America Takes A Step Closer To Becoming A Cashless Society

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If you order a beer at a Flatstick pub in Seattle, Washington, don’t try to pay with $10 bill — you’ll walk away thirsty. It’s not that the US state of Washington has started charging Scandinavian prices for booze, but that Flatstick, a hot new mini-chain in the Pacific Northwest, does not accept cash. Neither does Bluestone Lane, an east coast coffee chain with locations in New York, Philly and D.C. Patrons there have to pay with plastic or an app called LevelUp.

Cashless commerce is popping up around the country, particularly in restaurants catering to a younger crowd, the kind of university brainwashed millenials who think its cool to make life easy for rip off merchants by relying on contactless cards or smart phone apps to pay. It seems millenials are more likely to leave home without any greenbacks, or even a wallet, and instead choose to live life with a smartphone and a few credit or debit cards attached. Or perhaps due to the abject failure of the education system these dorks haven’t mastered the basic arithmetic needed to use csh transactions.

Businesses who’ve gone cashless rave about the results. Flatstick owner Sam Largent told me plastic-only reduces error rates during times of complex accounting, such as calculating tips when shifts change. I’m not sure why customers should care about that but then in Europe your waiter is not likely to shoot you for tipping too little.

The value of cash transactions sank 7% from 2010 to 2015, according to The Nilson Report, while credit and debit card payments increased by nearly 50%. Meanwhile, ATMs, which had their 50th birthday last year, are disappearing around around the world, signaling the decline of the “cash run.”

Cash-free environments aren’t brand new. Political establishments have been pushing the idea of cashless lives for decades, the better to keeep tabs on the spending habits of individuals. Airlines went cashless a long time ago (for meals and other onboard purchases), and many other businesses are only taking automated payments (it gives them an excuse to fire another human being.) And with the meteoric rise of friend-to-friend payment apps like Venmo, Zelle and Splitwise, we’re no longer throwing $20 bills on the table after a meal (or handing over cash or checks to roommates for the gas bill).

But cash is a long away from dead, and as usual we find governments and mainstream media are deploying fake news to advance their agenda. The US Federal Reserve said in 2016 that 35% of U.S. transactions were still made in cash although 42% of UK transactions are still in cash. Numbers for other European countries, with the Scandinavian countries leading the race to dystopia while the nations of southern and eastern Europe cling to their banknotes.. And the amount of cash being used around the world continues to rise. Plus, there are still many of obstacles to going cashless.

For starters, the estimates suggest that around 7% of the populations of developed nations still do not use banking facilities. In other words, they live an all-cash life, so would be entirely shut out in a cashless society. Some also like the anonymity that comes with paying cash. Others use cash for budgeting reasons (when you’re out of cash, you stop spending – simples).

Still, on a global scale, eliminating cash offers some intriguing possibilities. Merely the elimination of large denomination banknotes, which the EU has done, makes life much harder for large-enterprise criminals, like drug dealers according to technocrats. OK, it’s far more conspicuous to carry around large piles of small bills, but wire transfers between banks in Switzerland and The Cayman Islands present no problems. And if you connect through a VPN the transaction is untraceable. People who claim that if all financial transactions were electronic, hiding crime would become much more difficult are takling bollocks. They either have little understanding of how the internet works (or how much of it is invisible to the World Wide Web,) or they are on the side of the big league criminals and corporate pirates.

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Privacy Conscious ‘Brave’ Browser Sues Google For Ad Data Harvesting

Google and other internet advertisers suffered a major blow to their progress towards world domination today: The company behind the privacy focused ‘Brave’ bowser has filed a law suit against Google, aiming to make the mining of user data from private computers a lot harder (and more expensive,) if Brave wins its case.

Founder Brandon Eich is hoping to bring the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the doorstep of the Silicon Valley corporations who have built their businesses on stealing and selling internet users’ data. Corporations like Alphabet, the holding company that ‘owns’ Google have routinely flouted national laws and disregarded ethical issues to achieve near molopoly positions in their markets.

“There is a massive and systematic data breach at the heart of the behavioral advertising industry.Despite the two-year lead-in period before the GDPR, adtech companies have failed to comply,” Brave’s chief policy officer Johnny Ryan told Reuters.

Eich and Brave are striking a blow at the way personal data is currently harvested by various websites and then used to target ads — if the company in question does not simply sell that information off to the highest bidder.

The complaint alleges that these practices “violate the GDPR’s requirement for personal data to be processed in a way that ensures they are properly secured, including against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss.”

If the court rules in Brave’s favor, companies like Google could face immense penalties — as much as four percent of their bottom line. Within a $273 billion dollar industry enjoying explosive growth on the backs of unwitting consumers, there is a lot of money potentially on the table.

Attorney Ravi Naik of London-based ITC Solicitors is representing the plaintiffs and has said that he believes the case “is likely to have far reaching and dramatic consequences, which may change our fundamental relationship with the Internet.”

In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets That Do Not Coperate With Censorship Policy

In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets That Do Not Coperate With Censorship Policy

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During a meeting held behind closed doors last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown, acording to several people who were present, warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth’s efforts to “revitalize journalism” (i.e. ensure nothing that does not concur with the leftist politics of CEO Mark Zuckerberg,) will leave media outlets dying “like in a hospice.”

Initially reported by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg,” the story prompted outraged responses which saw vthe social media giant insisting the comments were taken out of context, even though five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting agreed on what Brown had said. And to be honest, the words ‘dying like in a hospice’ leave little room for misinterpretation.

“Mark doesn’t care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes,” Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “We will help you revitalize journalism… in a few years the reverse looks like I’ll be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.”

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook, a company with a long track record for being economical with the truth, is “vehemently” denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. Facebook, however, has so far refused to release its transcript and tape record of the gathering. Enough said.

Brown’s warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that don’t get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isn’t trustworthy news comes as progressives are finally understanding that for all his left wing posturing Zuckerberg is far from liberal and are raising alarms that Facebook’s entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and non – conformist news publishers.

As Common Dreams confirmed in July, independents’ fears were somewhat justified when Facebook revealed its first slate of ‘government propaganda approved’ news segments as part of its Facebook Watch initiative.

While Facebook claims its initiative is part of an effort to combat “misinformation,” its first series of segments were dominated by such corporate outlets as Fox News and CNN.

In response to Brown’s reporting that Zuckerberg “doesn’t care about publishers,” Judd Legum, who writes the Popular Information newsletter, argued, “Anyone who does care about news needs to understand Facebook as a fundamental threat.”

“In addition to disputed quote, there are also Facebook’s actions, which are fully consistent with the quote,” Legum added.

“We desperately need to develop alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook.”

As with certain corporations involved in internet search and advertising, computer operating systems and online retailing, all run as Facebook is, by members of the Silicon Valley Cunt’s Club, Facebook and Zuckerberg want it all and see no ethical reason why they shouldn’t use any means availabe to get it all.

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UKIP Call to ‘Defend Free Speech’ Against ‘Globalist Elite’ After Social Media Purges

We reported last week that Britain’s most undemocratic and authoritarian Prime minister to date, Theresa May, was planning to set up a committee of MPs and government officials to monitor and advise on shutting down ‘fake news’ internet sites. They would use a definition of fake news that embraced satire, parody and comedy.

The UK Independence Party (UKIP), currently enjoying a resurgence in polls as support for both government and officials weakens, has urged UK citizens to defend free speech in the West after big tech firms are rumoured to have collaborated with governments to remove non – conformist websites, including InfoWars and Tommy Robinson, from social media.

On Monday, Apple, Facebook, Pinterest, Spotify, and Google-owned YouTube removed content from InfoWars and its owner Alex Jones, saying he and the website violated their policies against hate speech and harassment.

Supporters of the ban say Mr Jones is a conspiracy theorist (he is,) who deserves to be silenced (he doesn’t), while critics have claimed the purge is an attempt to interfere in the U.S. midterm elections and described it as a form of “political censorship”. It is a move that is likely to backfire as Trump is gaining in popularity ahead of the US mid term elections in November and the 2016 experients shows his supporters are far less likely to reveal their voting intentions than the virtue signalling democrats.

On Tuesday anti – Islamification activist Tommy Robinson was expunged from Facebook’s Instagram platform. He has already been banned from Twitter but still has an un-verified Facebook page with approaching a million followers, which he fears will be next.

In a statement, UKIP said: “These are private companies but the politically correct establishment is acting through corporations hand in glove to snuff out anything the globalist elite do not like.

“Free speech is under threat in the West, and we must stand firm in defence of it, otherwise, all dissenting voices will be muzzled.”

UKIP itself, which has won the last European Parliament election in Britain and remains the nation’s most significant party in that assembly, has also been the target of censorship by big tech firms.

The party’s leader and Gerard Batten MEP and one of its representatives in the London Assembly were “shadow banned” on Twitter last month, making it hard for most users to see their messages and severely restricting their reach on the platform.

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E.U. Fines Google $5 Billion for Abusing It’s Dominant Position

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The European Union yesterdays imposed on Google and it’s parent company Alphabet Inc. the long awaited $5 billion for “denying rivals a chance to innovate” through the way it installs apps and plug ins on it’s Android operating system which is the user interface for most smart phones and tablet computers.

“Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits,” claimed EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. “They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere.” and concluding, “Google now has to stop it.”

Google predictably disagreed with the verdicts, and reportedly intends to appeal against the fine.

“Android has created more choice for everyone, not less,” declared Google in a statement. “A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition.” That’s complete bollocks of course. Unlike Linux, the open source operaing system on which it is based, Android is as much proprietary software as its main rival, Apple’s iOS.

Last year, Google faced a fine of up to $9 billion from the EU following a seven-year investigation into the company, however, they ended up paying $2.72 billion.

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Can We Control Big Tech Corporations

We learned today that the British government is to fine Facebook £500,000 for its part in the abuse of uers’ private information in the Cambridge Analytica scandal which doinated the news for a couple of weeks earlier in the year. At the same time Google is facing much larger fines imposed by the EU, for the offence of manipulating search results to benefits its own interests. These amounts are unlikely to make any difference as they are paltry to the big tech companies. Google, we hear, are so worried by the fine that they are in business as usual mode.

So how can we bring the big tech companies to heel, break up their monopolies and convince the arrogant, inexperienced CEOs that LAWS apply to everybody.

There was a well thought out article in The Guardian a few days ago that takes a constrictive look at the problem