Link to original article http://www.paulstramer.net/2019/03/march-17-2019-dear-mr-trump.html
The kakistocracy’s Crime Syndicate arm, among other dirty tricksters, now has at its disposal new cutting-edge technology for creating fake personas. Nvidia researchers posted details of the method for producing completely imaginary fake faces with stunning, almost eerie realism. Here’s the paper. Coupled with computer generated images (CGI), one might as well largely disregard almost all that emerges from the Lugenpresse and Brave New World sources.
It’s called a “generative adversarial network,” or GAN. GANs employ neural networks to train a computer to learn the nature of a data set well enough to generate convincing fakes. When applied to images, this provides a way to generate often highly realistic fakery. Nvidia’s promo video demonstrates the new technology.
Researchers took inspiration from a technique known as style transfer to build their GAN in a fundamentally different way. This allowed their algorithm to identify different elements of a face that “researchers” could then control. The approach can also be manipulated and remixed using varied elements, such as age, race, gender or even freckles. Some results are shown below.
Adobe also has a project that uses GANs to improve the realism of images after they have been manipulated. GANs can also be used to sharpen up degraded images or older video. Of course, this could be used to ever-so-slightly alter to appearance of real “crisis actors” in future visual presentations, or eliminate the need for them altogether.
Read “Did Rochester Institute of Technology Class of ’07 Grads Provide Fake Personas for the Vegas Shooting?”
Psychologically, this advancement should be a slam dunk for pulling off hoaxes, blackmail, compromising people, assassinations, false flags and black ops. “Kayfabe” can now be enhanced. This is a term associated with pro wrestling, meaning presenting staged performances as authentic or real. Fake drama, fake tension, fake feuds. Jeff the pro wrestling fan explains it.
It’s fertile ground as several generations have already been brain warped through video gaming and “reality” TV to the point that they can scarcely discern CGI fiction, or what Winter Watch calls the “Cartoon World.” And most of the population either are unable to apply critical thinking or are too naive to process even glaring examples of skulduggery.
Motherboard discovered a Reddit editor (redditor) named “deepfakes”. Just a random dude who happened to enjoy playing the swap game with celebrity faces with the help of publicly available porn videos, a machine learning algorithm and his trusty home computer, of course. He made several convincing porn videos of celebrities, including Gal Gadot, Maisie Williams, Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson, Maisie Williams, Daisy Ridley and Aubrey Plaza.
This amateur was quoted as saying, “I want to improve it to the point where prospective users can simply select a video on their computer, download a neural network correlated to a certain face from a publicly available library and swap the video with a different face with the press of one button.”
False evidence needed to drum up star chamber crime charges? How much easier has blackmail and compromise become — as in “Hello, we taped your private intimacies and we know what you did.”
Who needs elaborate old-school compromising operations like Jimmy Savile, Craig Spence and Jeffrey Epstein when you have this tool? And we already know who’s minding the hen house.
By Nick Shaxon – Tax Justice Network,
According to an analysis by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP,) a leading US tax justice group, Amazon got a $129 million tax rebate last year, equivalent to a minus one per cent US federal tax rate, its second year running of negative taxes. (Its effective tax rate there was 3.0 per cent from 2009-18, according to ITEP.)
We haven’t surveyed its tax bills in other countries, but it is known to use tax havens like Luxembourg extensively to cheat on its taxes worldwide. And this follows Amazon’s long-running Hunger Games – style competition to get US localities to offer it biggest subsidy packages to try and persuade it to locate its second headquarters there: a shake-down that New York thankfully rejected recently.
How is Amazon escaping tax? a recent public filing says:
We have tax benefits relating to excess stock-based compensation deductions and accelerated depreciation deductions that are being utilized to reduce our U.S. taxable income [and] . . . As of December 31, 2018, our federal net operating loss carry-forward was approximately $627 million and we had approximately $1.4 billion of federal tax credits potentially available to offset future tax liabilities.”
Well, in short, they can deduct bumper stock benefits for executives from the company’s tax bill, and they have also made past losses (at least on paper,) which they can hold in reserve and deduct against future tax bills. (There are also other tax tricks, such as a ruse to cut its US sales taxes, which its competitors can’t match.)
But this isn’t the end of the story.
Monopoly rising, tax falling
Let’s start with a question. Amazon, at the time of writing, had a market capitalisation of $800 billion, making it the world’s second most valuable company, just behind Apple, at $805 bn. Given this immense wealth, what is it with these “losses” we keep hearing about?
Well, part of the answer is that multinationals tend to be good (BAD!) at cooking up fake (or questionable) losses, to set against their tax bills, and they tend also to be good (BAD!) at lobbying for tax changes that make it easier to conjure up those losses.
But there’s a more interesting thing going on here too, which is about monopolies and market power. Amazon is, with little question, the world’s biggest monopolist. Crucially, it controls much of the infrastructure on which its competitors sell their products, or use cloud computing services, and this position of power enabling it to kill or hurt its competitors on a factor — market power — that has nothing to do with genuine economic productivity, innovation or entrepreneurship. It’s pure wealth extraction. Many players in the digital economy have to pay a private “Amazon tax” to stay in business.
That last section in italics is pretty much a word-for-word copy of language we often used to describe multinationals’ use of tax havens to cut their tax bills: we have simply replaced “tax cheating” with “market power.” (We will have more — a lot more — to say about this theme, quite soon: there is enormous overlap between the world of tax justice and that of monopolies and antitrust.)
Now, alongside those other tools for cutting tax bill, Amazon has been deploying another. It could easily use its massive existing market power to force consumers and others to pay higher prices. Yet anyone who has ordered cheap stuff on Amazon will feel that it hasn’t obviously done so. That’s because it has historically preferred to build market share by keeping its prices relatively low. While this strategy of selling cheaply may have reduced its profits – see the first half of the above graph — low profits have had the benefit (to Amazon) of cutting its tax bills.
But the other benefit, hand in hand with the tax benefit, is that its low prices have helped kill — maybe ‘slaughter’ is the right word — its competitors and its suppliers, allowing it to build not just market share, but market power. (Amazon once had a “Gazelle” unit whose task was to approach and buy up competitors “the way a cheetah would a sickly gazelle,” as Amazon’s boss Jeff Bezos, pictured, described it.) It is hardly a coincidence that nearly all of the richest people in the world are monopolists who have got rich through exerting power in markets.
Analysts have long argued that Amazon’s strategy has been to build market power for a while, then later on, once it had amassed enough to have to start worrying about a democratic response, to start flexing its muscles, and reap the profits. That seems quite compatible with the above graph.
It may be that Amazon’s US tax payments will eventually rise. But perhaps its pursuit of loopholes and lobbying will continue to keep the tax bill down. As the economist Gabriel Zucman points out –
Year after year, their 10-K says: “As we utilize our federal net operating losses and tax credits, we expect cash paid for taxes to significantly increase”… But somehow it never increases.
It’s time now to push for much more radical change in the international tax system.
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Just about everyone has heard of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), but what about Unidentified Future Objects? Alien encounters have been reported for decades. If there is one thing that the aliens are keen to tell us and have us believe, it’s that they originate on other worlds.
But, are they being truthful with us?
Might they really be time-travelers? In H.G. Wells’ classic novel of 1895, The Time Machine, an adventurous Londoner heads off into a dark future, where he clashes with cave-dwelling monsters, explores ruined cities and witnesses the final moments of life on Earth.
In the 1968 movie, Planet of the Apes, Charlton Heston’s character, Taylor, an American astronaut, arrives on a nightmarish world run by a race of talking apes.
By Emily Birnbaum | 21 March 2019
THE HILL — Instagram said Thursday it plans to block a slew of anti-vaccine hashtags amid an ongoing crackdown on medical misinformation on the platform.
The company, which is owned by Facebook, shared its plans after media outlets inquired about anti-vaccine misinformation continuing to spread on the social media giant’s platforms.
Facebook three weeks ago unveiled plans to combat anti-vaccine content, including a pledge that it would no longer promote anti-vaccine posts on Instagram’s search and “explore” features.
The Atlantic and CNN on Thursday reported that Facebook and Instagram’s search functions still recommend vaccine-related misinformation, including groups and hashtags that associate vaccinations with autism, a claim that scientists and experts have categorically debunked. […]
As I mentioned in this earlier Kp message post, I often read these articles, primarily for information which often “resonates” within me. This one, in particular, resonated quite mightily, in that it tells quite a story of how many ways the deep state is falling apart.
Currently, the US Democrat party, in a general sense, has continually gone to great lengths to downgrade Donald J. Trump and prevent him from doing what he came here to do. And they are helping expose themselves for (in many cases) the rather dark-intended beings that they are playing right now. Perhaps it will change, and I’m sure many who carry the “Democrat” label are not at all amused by what is going on in their own party ranks.
Cosmically, we are in a MASSIVE HIGH VIBRATION LIGHT influx period. Two days after the Kauai mission, Schumann resonances went up to 150 Hz (I guess that’s big). So like it or not, anything being “put out there”, energetically, is bound to come back, big time. That appears to be what is occurring with the D party.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading this and checking out the many links provided, so presumably one or two of you might also enjoy it.
[Kp Note: bolding in the highlights is my own. *TDS = Trump Derangement Syndrome.]
“…barely two-months from the crucial 2019 European Parliament Election due to be held between 23-26 May, this continent’s socialist leaders are staring into the abyss after pro-Trump populist forces in the Netherlands placed into power the Euroskeptic party Forum for Democracy… stripping the ruling socialist coalition of its majority… and that now sees the Dutch peoples joining with Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, all of whom have placed into power pro-Trump governments… a not so surprising cascade of victories when viewed in the light of President Trump being more popular in Europe than any of its socialist leaders.
“…a geopolitical assessment of Trump written by Joshua Mitchell, the professor of political theory at Georgetown University—that remains the first, and truest, analysis of what Trump is doing, and wherein it’s stated:
“‘If you listen closely to Trump, you’ll hear a direct repudiation of the system of globalization and identity politics that has defined the world order since the Cold War… six specific ideas…:
“‘(1) Borders matter
(2) Immigration policy matters
(3) National interests, not so-called universal interests, matter
(4) Entrepreneurship matters;
(5) Decentralization matters
(6) PC speech—without which identity politics is inconceivable—must be repudiated.’
“Burning across the entire European continent like an unstoppable wildfire, this report notes, President Trump’s reminding peoples of the moral virtues, industriousness and power of Western Civilization has sent down in flames every globalist-socialist government to come against him…
“In the United States itself, though, this report details, the globalist-socialist forces arrayed against President Trump have actually resorted to plunging vast swaths of their nation’s citizens into full blown mental insanity [aka, TDS*]
“…the once venerated global cable and satellite news outlet CNN — who… has engaged in a non-stop demonization campaign against Trump… in the past few days… fail[ed] to even tell their viewers that the US Supreme Court had handed Trump a stunning legal victory declaring he could detain any criminal illegal alien he wanted to… also, not telling their viewers that they are being sued for $250 million for reporting “fake news”
“Left with only mentally deranged anti-Trump viewers of CNN, and other failing globalist-socialist news outlets, to support them… the socialist-led Democrat Party has just received new marching orders going into the 2020 Presidential Election from… columnist Paul Krugman… not to even bother helping tens-of-millions of rural white Americans because they’re all uneducated racists…
“…at the same time a mass exodus of Jewish peoples from the Democrat Party has begun… leaving one to wonder who will be left voting for these Democrats in what is now being called “The Democratic Primary From Hell”…”
Europe Stares Into Abyss After Populist Trump Forces Throw Socialist Dutch Government From Power
A sensational new Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that barely two-months from the crucial 2019 European Parliament Election due to be held between 23-26 May, this continent’s socialist leaders are staring into the abyss after pro-Trump populist forces in the Netherlands placed into power the Euroskeptic party Forum for Democracy—that is now set to become one of the two largest groups in the Dutch Senate, stripping the ruling socialist coalition of its majority after winning provincial elections yesterday—and that now sees the Dutch peoples joining with Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, all of whom have placed into power pro-Trump governments—a not so surprising cascade of victories when viewed in the light of President Trump being more popular in Europe than any of its socialist leaders. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]
According to this report, the Forum for Democracy political party (Dutch: Forum voor Democratie, FvD) that has just swept into power in the Netherlands was founded on 22 September 2016, a little less than two months prior to President Trump winning his stunning election victory over globalist-socialist leader Hillary Clinton—and whose founder Thierry Baudet prepared to create this party on 19 September 2016 by his Tweeting out to his nation’s peoples the words “Donald Trump Does Have Ideas—and We’d Better Pay Attention to Them”—that referenced and linked to a geopolitical assessment of Trump written by Joshua Mitchell, the professor of political theory at Georgetown University—that remains the first, and truest, analysis of what Trump is doing, and wherein it’s stated:
If you listen closely to Trump, you’ll hear a direct repudiation of the system of globalization and identity politics that has defined the world order since the Cold War.
There are, in fact, six specific ideas that he has either blurted out or thinly buried in his rhetoric:
(1) Borders matter
(2) Immigration policy matters
(3) National interests, not so-called universal interests, matter
(4) Entrepreneurship matters;
(5) Decentralization matters
(6) PC speech—without which identity politics is inconceivable—must be repudiated.
These six ideas together point to an end to the unstable experiment with supra- and sub-national sovereignty that many of our elites have guided us toward, siren-like, since 1989.
A future where states matter.
A future where people are citizens, working together toward improvement of their lot.
On 6 July 2017, this report continues, President Trump traveled to Poland and spoke before a gathering of nearly one-million of it peoples, and where he fleshed out his “six specific ideas” into a full throated defence of Western Civilization against the globalist-socialist forces trying to destroy it—with his declaring:
As I stand here today before this incredible crowd, this faithful nation, we can still hear those voices that echo through history. Their message is as true today as ever. The people of Poland, the people of America, and the people of Europe still cry out “We want God.”
On both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger — one firmly within our control. This danger is invisible to some but familiar to the Poles: the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people. The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies.
Our adversaries, however, are doomed because we will never forget who we are.
And if we don’t forget who are, we just can’t be beaten. Americans will never forget. The nations of Europe will never forget.
We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers.
We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.
We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success. We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives. And we debate everything. We challenge everything. We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves.
And above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom. That is who we are. Those are the priceless ties that bind us together as nations, as allies, and as a civilization.
Our citizens did not win freedom together, did not survive horrors together, did not face down evil together, only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values.
We did not and we will not.
We will never back down.
Burning across the entire European continent like an unstoppable wildfire, this report notes, President Trump’s reminding peoples of the moral virtues, industriousness and power of Western Civilization has sent down in flames every globalist-socialist government to come against him—and because of, in France today, sees its socialist government now having to call out its military to protect itself from its own citizens seeking their freedom from socialist tyranny.
In the United States itself, though, this report details, the globalist-socialist forces arrayed against President Trump have actually resorted to plunging vast swaths of their nation’s citizens into full blown mental insanity—as evidenced by new reporting showing that millions of Americans are now worshiping Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a “godlike” figure in their hopes he will destroy Trump—many of whom are naming their children and pets after him—buying idols of his likeness to decorate their homes with—and lighting religious votive candles and praying to him, too.
Millions of insane Americans begin worshiping and praying to “Saint” Robert Mueller
Actively participating with these globalist-socialist forces plunging millions of American citizens into full blown mental insanity, this report explains, is the once venerated global cable and satellite news outlet CNN—who for the entirety of the Trump presidency, has engaged in a non-stop demonization campaign against Trump, that in the past few days alone has seen them failing to even tell their viewers that the US Supreme Court had handed Trump a stunning legal victory declaring he could detain any criminal illegal alien he wanted to—with their, instead, telling blatant lies about their nation’s Electoral College system, while, also, not telling their viewers that they are being sued for $250 million for reporting “fake news”—and whose non-stop anti-Trump hysteria now has media experts saying that watching CNN “is like watching an ex-husband seethe about his ex-wife all day and all night”—and explains why CNN’s ratings have suffered a double-digit historic ratings collapse, as only the most mentally ill people are able to live in such hate as they’re spreading.
Left with only mentally deranged anti-Trump viewers of CNN, and other failing globalist-socialist news outlets, to support them, this report concludes, the socialist-led Democrat Party has just received new marching orders going into the 2020 Presidential Election from New York Times, and Nobel Prize winning columnist Paul Krugman—who shockingly told the Democrats yesterday not to even bother helping tens-of-millions of rural white Americans because they’re all uneducated racists—a stunning call that comes at the same time a mass exodus of Jewish peoples from the Democrat Party has begun—thus leaving one to wonder who will be left voting for these Democrats in what is now being called “The Democratic Primary From Hell”—but whose answer too appears to be moot as TrendMacrolytics, the highly esteemed economic research firm whose model correctly predicted Trump’s 2016 win when most opinion polls did not, has just released their 2020 election forecast showing that President Trump is on his way to a 2020 election victory landslide.
Security lapse the latest privacy issue for the social-media giant
By Jeff Horwitz and Robert McMillan | 21 March 2019
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL — Facebook Inc. for years stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in a format that was accessible to its employees, in yet another privacy snafu for the social-media giant.
The incident disclosed by the company Thursday involved a wide swath of its users, though Facebook said no passwords were exposed externally, and it hasn’t found evidence of the information being abused.
Facebook estimated it will notify “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users,” the company’s vice president of engineering, security and privacy Pedro Canahuati said in a blog post Thursday. […]