Pinky and the Brain
Summary: A surveillance scheme for juniors and how it is being used to program the young generation to support patent monopolies of Bill Gates, such as GMO
PRISM, as exposed by an EFF and Tor (perhaps also FOSS by extension) enthusiast, gives governments across the world access to profiles (personal dossiers trained from data) for all individuals, enabling them to classify members of the population and highlight those deviating from the norm. Any instrument of power through control requires one-way surveillance, meaning secrecy for the government and none for the rest of us. How about if you wanted to highlight children who are not properly indoctrinated, i.e. people whose minds are not absorbing the propaganda decided on by plutocrats in ‘education’ boards? Well, here too they try to exploit technology for mass control. Who’s they? Those with money, power, and no morality. It is a no-brainer. Technology is a wonderful thing, but under the guise of advancement those at the top of the food chain try to introduce more user-hostile facilities by which to conduct en masse surveillance in the classroom, using cameras too (one of Gates’ latest adventures).
There are some bad things happening other than PRISM (which we had alluded to before someone leaked the documents for confirmation), including this trend of removing privacy from one’s own device, even if it is not connected to the Internet.
The Dept. of Homeland Security has finally coughed up its Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Impact Assessment of its suspicionless electronic device searches performed at border crossings by ICE and CBP agents. It’s been a long time coming.
Right now the US is also attacking people’s right to encrypt their hard drive/s. The tablet I am using to write this post on will, by default, upload all its content to Google servers for ‘backup’ (and access by governments). The point to be made here is, personal computing is under attack and we oughtn’t assume that letting kids be used by proprietary software is a good idea.
Earlier this month we showed Gates Foundation PR like this and keynote speeches from the female Gates, who is now lobbying in education (not just women’s issues as before) despite having no qualifications in this area. She is a powerful lobbyist now and on her agenda is her husband’s attempt to privatise schools.
Our recent posts explained PRISM and how it relates to freedom, emphasising why Microsoft is a vital part of PRISM, probably more so than Google (Microsoft controls Windows, i.e. many people’s computers, not to mention the partly Microsoft-owned Facebook). One thing we noted once before is that Gates found partners like Murdoch to share spying ambitions with. As Seattle-based teachers put it last week:
Gates and others have begun to collect information about our children from New York to LA and it is about to happen in Seattle thanks to the efforts of the Road Map project, et al, falling all over themselves to receive a pittance of educational funding, $40 M to be split between 7 districts in our state. That’s $5.7M if it were to be divided equally.
The Gates Foundation is building a national “data store” of such information, and intends to hand all this information to a new, separate corporation, which in turn plans to make it available to commercial vendors to help them develop and market their “learning products.” The operating system of this “data store” is being built by Wireless Generation, a subsidiary of the News Corporation, which has been investigated for violating the privacy of individuals both here in the United States and in Great Britain.
The database is a joint project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided most of the funding, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from several states. Amplify Education, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, built the infrastructure over the past 18 months. When it was ready, the Gates Foundation turned the database over to a newly created nonprofit, inBloom Inc, which will run it.
As we showed before, indoctrinating children in favour of Gates investments like GMO is part of the agenda. The corporate press in the area, some of it having been bribed by Gates, is already doing that. Watch this coverage for example:
The Seattle group gathered at Westlake Park and marched to the Gates Foundation in the Seattle Center area for a rally.
The author ‘forgets’ to point out the significance of this. Gates is a Monsanto lobbyist and investor. The protest organisers almost definitely know this.
In case you missed it, about two weeks ago the Pearson Foundation announced that it was receiving funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a national K-12 curriculum. Gates ponied up $3 million to have Pearson develop 24 courses, 11 in math and 13 in English-Language Arts. At the announcement, both foundations positioned it as the next logical step in the adoption of Common Core State Standards.
The announcement seemed to go over with a bit of a thud. First, it met some people’s fears that a Common Core would undoubtedly lead to a common curriculum. And for the growing chorus that believes in local control and local decisionmaking, having bureaucrats in Washington (or even with a non-partisan foundation) determine what fifth grade math needed to look like on the third Tuesday of March just reeked of the nationalism folks have pushed back on for decades (or even since the creation of public education in the United States itself).
The word school has nothing to do with education. The word is derived from Greek. What we increasingly see in the United States is that schools are used for social programming (for somebody’s gain), not for genuine education. Since 400 people in the United States (people including Gates and Murdoch) have more in combined wealth than 60% of the population (with this gap increasing over time), this is only to be expected.
Surveillance is about control and facilities like the NSA or schools boards are taxpayers-funded means of controlling the taxpayers (the rich don’t pay tax; in fact, they hardly pay anything back). This is class war, not a brands war. █