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Rule Your Technology or It Will Rule You

We must protect ourselves and become masters of the digital world rather than its servants.

Jeff Davidson

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With each passing day, we become more enamored by online information and communication services. Concurrently, various Federal agencies should be on the lookout, seeking to shield us from the onslaught of web intruders, scammers, robocallers, and spammers. As we’re all witnessing, such protection is not happening.

Too many people have long been hooked and bagged, including some of your office mates. They have voluntarily surrendered vital, personal information to vendors: Vendors who will exploit that information for all it’s worth. 

How can we protect ourselves and our communities, nevertheless, and ensure that we are the masters of the digital world rather than its servants?

Too Powerful and Constantly Abusive

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Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, in her article titled, “Overthrow the Prince of Facebook” remarked, “The signal fact of Mr. Zuckerberg’s career is that he is supremely gifted in one area – monetizing technical ingenuity by marrying it to a canny sense of human weakness.” She observes that Big Tech, in general, has become too powerful and abusive.

If you’ve been cautious about where and to whom you dispense personal, private data, you have a decent chance of remaining out of the clutches of internet titans such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Apple, Amazon, Pinterest, etc.

To stay in relative control of your personal information, here is a basic roster of 30 tips and observations in five categories – daily behaviors, email procedures, social media activities, smartphone use, and web browsing:

Daily Behaviors

* Never send your social security number or other vital data via email or a website

* Use the Google ‘delete all searches’ procedure. Search no “Delete my Google browser history.”

* Work offline when being online is a distraction

* Clear cookies every night

* Backup your important work

Email Procedures

* Set your email junk mail filter to a highly protective setting

* Do not respond to any unsolicited offers that come via email

* Avoid opening any attachment from an unknown party

* Issue a statement to vendors that your contact information is strictly private

* Remove yourself from as many lists as possible

Social Media Activities

* Delete private information that you’ve posted on social media sites

* Forsake posting on news or social sites using an identifiable email address

* Chastise, on social media, any vendor who shares your contact information

* Quit reporting your whereabouts via social media sites

* Diminish your use of social media in general

Smartphone Use

* Turn off the GPS option on your phone as often as possible

* Bypass answering a phone call from 888, 877, 866, 855, 844, or 833 area codes

* Delete all phone apps that you don’t use

* Limit the data that you provide on apps that you do use

* Clear the cache and temporary data files on your phone apps

Web Browsing

* Change your internet browser every 90 days: for example, Chrome to Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, etc.

* Undertake private web browsing with Browse Happy, Tor Browser, or Epic Browser

* Patronize search engines other than Google: Yahoo, Bing, Gibiru, Startpage, etc.

* Keep your browser software up-to-date

* Peruse a variety of news sites for greater objectivity

Long-Term

* Register your websites using the alias filing feature

* Update passwords on a periodic basis and make them unique

* Change credit cards every two years

* Remain alert: Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, etc., are not your friends

* Realize that cutthroat, globalist website CEOs seek to control you, not serve you

Break up Those Monopolies

I wish I could report good news, that the tech giants would tone down their aggressiveness and ruthlessness. It’s not going to happen without congressional action.

Where is Teddy Roosevelt when you need him? Most of these mega-companies need to be divvied up. They represent monopolies that do not benefit society. Even if that occurs, it won’t be for years, and they will still be unrelenting in their attempts to systematically extract your personal data. Let the user beware!

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Confidence in Biden Declines – Devastating New Poll Numbers | Schaftlein Report

Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com )

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Confidence in Biden Declines – Devastating New Poll Numbers | Schaftlein Report
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Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com )
Topics:
1) Wall Street Journal Poll show cratering confidence on a majority of Key Issues – Voters favor Republicans
2) Rents are up 13.9% in a year as Inflation and Amenities drive up costs
3) Most Economists see Fed Bond buying program ending in March paving the way to raising interest rates to combat inflation
4) Cornell Professor Saule Onarouva, a radical educated in Russia and nominated for Comptroller of the Currency, withdraws her nomination after withering criticism
*Biden nominated a left wing radical to oversee bank regulation – Another sign of the far left shift in Biden’s world
5) Sen. Manchin warns of Inflation and is non committal on his support of the massive Climate and Social Spending $1.75T Bill being pushed by Democrats
*”Party Line Votes almost never succeed” – in push for bi-partisanship
6) Biden digs in threatening veto of bi-partisan Senate Bill to Nullify Vaccine Mandates while Appeals Courts continue to overturn his orders
7) Crime – Dozens of Bullets fired at SUV in Brazen Assault killing a 12 year old boy in LA
*Fox Christmas tree burns in NYC, man arrested
8) Kemp – Purdue tied in race for Georgia Governor – primary bid on Republican side
9) Biden and Harris Billboard in Wisconsin – Dumb and Dumber goes viral
10) Pfizer says its booster can protect against Omicron variant

https://rumble.com/embed/vntkos/?pub=4 Confidence in Biden Declines – Devastating New Poll Numbers | Schaftlein Report ———————– Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com ) Topics: 1) Wall Street Journal Poll show cratering confidence on a majority of Key Issues – Voters favor Republicans 2) Rents are up 13.9% in a year as Inflation and Amenities drive up costs 3) Most Economists see Fed Bond buying program ending in March paving the way to raising interest rates to combat inflation 4) Cornell Professor Saule Onarouva, a radical educated in Russia and nominated for Comptroller of the Currency, withdraws her nomination after withering criticism *Biden nominated a left wing radical to oversee bank regulation – Another sign of the far left shift in Biden’s world 5) Sen. Manchin warns of Inflation and is non committal on his support of the massive Climate and Social Spending $1.75T Bill being pushed by Democrats *”Party Line Votes almost never succeed” – in push for bi-partisanship 6) Biden digs in threatening veto of bi-partisan Senate Bill to Nullify Vaccine Mandates while Appeals Courts continue to overturn his orders 7) Crime – Dozens of Bullets fired at SUV in Brazen Assault killing a 12 year old boy in LA *Fox Christmas tree burns in NYC, man arrested 8) Kemp – Purdue tied in race for Georgia Governor – primary bid on Republican side 9) Biden and Harris Billboard in Wisconsin – Dumb and Dumber goes viral 10) Pfizer says its booster can protect against Omicron variant

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January 6th Committee Begins Another Criminal Referral for Top Trump Aide

Seems a bit desperate, don’t you think?

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Where once the Democrats worked overtime to prevent the world from discovering just how desperate they truly are, we now have a progressive posse that has no qualms about flamboyant flailing and unfettered fiasco.

This is most simply observed by keeping a keen eye on the select committee investigating the events of January 6th, who realize that their time is limited by the Democrats’ likely loss of control of Congress at the end of next year.  That development would almost undoubtedly see their committee dissolved, hence the reason for their desperate actions and frantic pace.

The latest sign of such a turn comes to us in the form of a criminal contempt charge for Mark Meadows.

Mark Meadows’s cooperation with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection appears to be over as quickly as it started.

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Just one week after the committee announced it had reached an agreement with Donald Trump’s former chief of staff to produce records and appear for an initial deposition, Fox News reported Tuesday morning that Meadows and his attorney were planning to notify lawmakers on the House panel that they could not reach an understanding on how to work together.

“We have made efforts over many weeks to reach an accommodation with the committee,” Meadows’s attorney George Terwilliger told Fox News, explaining that Meadows had been willing to appear voluntarily to answer questions that he believed were not covered by executive privilege. However, Terwilliger said that over the weekend, the committee made clear it was also planning to look into material that Meadows considered privileged, pointing to a subpoena that had been issued to a third party for Meadows’s cellphone records.

The committee was unmoved by the argument, however.

“If indeed Mr. Meadows refuses to appear, the Select Committee will be left no choice but to advance contempt proceedings and recommend that the body in which Mr. Meadows once served refer him for criminal prosecution,” they said.

“Even as we litigate privilege issues, the Select Committee has numerous questions for Mr. Meadows about records he has turned over to the Committee with no claim of privilege, which include real-time communications with many individuals as the events of January 6th unfolded,” read the statement from Thompson and Cheney. “We also need to hear from him about voluminous official records stored in his personal phone and email accounts, which were required to be turned over to the National Archives in accordance with the Presidential Records Act.”

Meadows is the second Trump adviser to be targeted in such a way by the committee, with Steve Bannon’s contempt trial set to begin in July of 2022.

Where once the Democrats worked overtime to prevent the world from discovering just how desperate they truly are, we now have a progressive posse that has no qualms about flamboyant flailing and unfettered fiasco. This is most simply observed by keeping a keen eye on the select committee investigating the events of January 6th, who realize that their time is limited by the Democrats’ likely loss of control of Congress at the end of next year.  That development would almost undoubtedly see their committee dissolved, hence the reason for their desperate actions and frantic pace. The latest sign of such a turn comes to us in the form of a criminal contempt charge for Mark Meadows. Mark Meadows’s cooperation with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection appears to be over as quickly as it started. Just one week after the committee announced it had reached an agreement with Donald Trump’s former chief of staff to produce records and appear for an initial deposition, Fox News reported Tuesday morning that Meadows and his attorney were planning to notify lawmakers on the House panel that they could not reach an understanding on how to work together. “We have made efforts over many weeks to reach an accommodation with the committee,” Meadows’s attorney George Terwilliger told Fox News, explaining that Meadows had been willing to appear voluntarily to answer questions that he believed were not covered by executive privilege. However, Terwilliger said that over the weekend, the committee made clear it was also planning to look into material that Meadows considered privileged, pointing to a subpoena that had been issued to a third party for Meadows’s cellphone records. The committee was unmoved by the argument, however. “If indeed Mr. Meadows refuses to appear, the Select Committee will be left…

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