Pastors Targeted by Latest California LGBT Proposal

A group of California state legislators are pushing a resolution that would pressure clergy in the state to promote the falsehood that homosexuality and other LGBT behaviors are normal. According to the California Family Council (CFC), Democrat State Assemblyman Evan Low and three dozen other liberal lawmakers are aggressively pushing Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 (ACR 99), which calls on “counselors, pastors, religious workers, educators” and institutions with “great moral influence” to cease from preaching and teaching that there is anything wrong with individuals identifying as LGBT or participating in homosexual behavior.

As reported by CFC, “ACR 99 also condemns attempts to change unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion as ‘unethical,’ ‘harmful,’ and leading to high rates of suicide.”

This is not Low’s first effort at forcing the normalization of homosexuality and LGBT behaviors on California residents. “Last year Assemblyman Low introduced AB 2943, a bill that declares ‘advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual’ as illegal under state’s consumer fraud law,” reported CFC. “After receiving strong opposition from numerous Christian leaders and faith-based organizations … Low killed his own bill in hopes of coming up with a compromise.”

That compromise turned into ACR 99, which, although if passed would not carry the force of law, would as an official resolution from the State Assembly still carry weight in influencing public opinion.

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Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill to Face Legal Challenge

Georgia’s new abortion laws which state that abortion cannot be carried out after a heart beat is detected are being challenged. The lawsuit is being filled by American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Georgia abortion providers and reproductive rights advocates. They claim the bill is unconstitutional as it effectively cuts the abortion limit to 6 weeks. It is currently 20 weeks.

Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp admitted that he expected his bill not to go unchallenged.

Read More: NBC News

Line just went Orwellian on Japanese users with its social credit scoring system

It appears other countries besides China are heading toward a bleak dystopian future where a human being is scored by their online activities. Only this time, it’s a tech company and not a government implementing the social credit score. While not as bleak as China’s social credit system, today Line, Japan’s dominant social media company, introduced a slew of new products—the most alarming among them, Line Score, reports the Verge.

Line Score will use AI to give a social credit score to Line users. The strength of their social credit score will allow them to get access to better special deals and offers that Line users with lower social credit scores will not have access to.

While the new product is unnerving, it’s not completely out of character for Line. Recently the company has been positioning itself as a fintech provider, and its Line Pay digital wallet system is wildly popular in Japan. Line Pay also allows users to shop for insurance and allows them to invest in personal portfolios. Line Score builds on top of Line Pay by offering those with higher scores better perks.

However, before George Orwell rolls over in his grave, it’s important to note that Line stresses Line Score is opt-in only and that the company will never share a user’s Line Score with third parties without the user’s permission and it will not read a user’s online chats to determine their Line Score. Still, it’s unnerving that tech companies seem to think that social credit ratings are the next big thing for now. Hopefully, this is a trend that will not catch on.


Chinese buyers are pulling out of New York real estate in droves

China’s capital controls are making their mark on New York’s luxury real estate market.

In an effort to shore up its currency, the world’s second biggest economy has been cracking down on money leaving the country, and there are significant concerns (paywall) about its real estate developers’ levels of US dollar debt.

Having briefly been the main movers and shakers in New York real estate, Chinese developers have fallen behind the Canadians, the Germans and the Dutch. As trade war tensions increase and having money in the United States becomes less desirable, many of those developers have decided to service their debts by offloading massive New York properties, according to the Financial Times (paywall).

Project Veritas Uncovers Google’s Plans for Social Engineering and To Stop Trump in 2020

Project Veritas has received confidential documents from a Google insider. The documents and information, from the insider, show that since the 2016 election Google have been training their learning algorithms to ensure the narrative fed to those using the platform contains the content they [Google]  want to be heard.

The “Fairness” algorithms are being trained to return searching that fit with the narrative and idea of society they wish to create, thus programming the thinking of their users to agree with that narrative. This also affects YouTube, also owned by Google.

Furthermore Project Veritas has secretly filmed an interview with top Google executive, Jen Gennai, Head of Responsible Innovation, at Google. In the interview she is heard saying:

We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again.

We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?

Read More: Breitbart

Zuckerberg’s new cryptocurrency is absolutely terrifying

Just when it seems Facebook can’t get more sinister, more Orwellian or more mercenary, it does — announcing its own branded global cryptocurrency.

Does this strike anyone else as terrifying? A company that has operated with impunity, under zero federal regulations, whose CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has been called — in a hapless act of political theater — to explain his shadowy practices before Congress, yet has never offered specific correctives to any of his outfit’s failings or overreaches or unintended consequences, makes its next big move this?

As declarations go, it’s astonishing. Zuckerberg is out for nothing less than dominion over us all.

If you’re one of the site’s 2.6 billion users, Facebook’s operators know where you are all the time, whether you’re logged on or not. They know what you’re buying, even if you’re in a brick-and-mortar shop. They scan photos you upload for biometrics. They mine your data and sell it to advertisers, but they won’t say how much of it, only that it’s a small amount, promise.

Facebook’s not the product. We are.

Fake news, authoritarian propaganda, abuse by genocidal forces or ruthless dictators, Russian interference in our most recent presidential election — whoops, says Facebook.

They do, after all, move fast and break things.

Facebook outsources the monitoring and taking down of dark materials — murders, child pornography and all manner of depravity — to contractors, and as The Verge reported last week, employees at a company called Cognizant were overworked, underpaid and ill-equipped to view such traumatizing content all day, every day, with even their bathroom breaks surveilled and limited.

Earlier this month, Business Insider reported that 68 percent of shareholders want Zuckerberg out as chairman. But that doesn’t matter, because Zuckerberg holds so much controlling stock that he simply ignored the vote.

And that is everything we need to know.

Facebook, like Amazon and Google and Apple, loves to sell its products as designed — no, dedicated — to the betterment of humanity.

“Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together,” Zuckerberg said of his mission in 2017.

A few weeks ago, in a scathing op-ed, Peggy Noonan wrote of being summoned to Zuckerberg’s office for an off-the-record meeting with other “conservative activists” to discuss their concerns.

Willing to attend only if she could also report, Noonan declined, and was later told by a Facebook employee that the actual plan was “to get the conservatives fighting with each other” and top it off with a speech by Zuckerberg that would leave them “bored to death.”

Attendee Glenn Beck, Noonan wrote, left a true believer, gushing over Zuckerberg’s “earnest desire to ‘connect the world.’ ”

There seems little to trust here. So when Facebook swears that its Libra cryptocurrency won’t be used to target ads and to definitely, absolutely keep your privacy intact — caveat emptor.

Guess whom Facebook is going after with this latest project? Poor people in failed states who have no access to traditional forms of banking, let alone wealth building. Surely the impetus here is humanitarian.

As to what institutions are going to back Facebook’s currency — which was created in secret, and which will eventually exist in the physical world as an alternative to US currency, accessed through its own ATMs — that remains unclear.

What is undeniable is Zuckerberg’s ambition. His power is presidential, if not more so, because it remains untrammeled, unregulated and borderless. If there was ever a moment to break up Facebook, as co-founder Chris Hughes and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have called for, it is now.


Protesters in Hong Kong Sing Hallelujah to the Lord

A simple hymn sung in Hong Kong’s churches has become the anthem of the protesters across the city. The protests are about new extradition laws that China want to impose on Hong Kong.

At first the Christian protestors hoped the hymn would release tensions with the police. For Christians the protests are not only political but also religious. They can see the new laws being used to limit religious freedoms they enjoy, but are not shared by the church in mainland China. Many Christians in Hong Kong have smuggled Bibles to the mainland, and the new laws could see them arrested and sent their to face trial. Hong Kong is also a safe haven for Chinese believers who have fled the persecution of the mainland.

However, the hymn has quickly been taken up by all the protestors, not only those of faith. The Hong Kong authorities have said have suspended the bill, however protestors say they will continue until the bill is scrapped entirely.

Read More: BBC

Alaskan Regional Government Meeting Opens with “Hail Satan” Prayer

In Soldotna, Alaska a member of the Satanic Temple was given permission to open the regional government meeting with an invocation.  She closed her invocation with the declaration, “hail satan”.  This prompted dozens of attendees to walk out.

There were also protests outside the local government building. With people holding up banners saying, “reject Satan and his works” and “know Jesus and his love.”

Read More: Washington Post

Big Techs Economic Goals: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.

In her new book Shoshana Zuboff, Professor at Harvard Business School, outlines the goals of the tech giants like Google and Facebook. Zuboff argues that their “goal is to automate us” by trading in our personal experiences as their raw material. She says we are now in an age of surveillance capitalism.

In an interview with Democracy Now Zuboff explains what this means:

Read More: The Guardian 

Obama Environmental Rules Close to Being Rolled Back Under Trump

It is expected that the Trump administration will take its final steps this week in replacing Obama-era environmental legislation. Obama’s Clean Air Act was implemented to move the country away from coal and towards natural gas as well as renewal sources of energy.

However, critics of the act said it gave the Environmental Protection Agency too much power, that over stepped it’s remit. The Trump Administration are seeking to give power to the individual States to manage their energy policies in a way which will best suit that State’s individual needs.

Read More: Fox News

Mixed Reaction to Sen. Hawley’s Bill to Crack Down on Big Tech Giants

Sen Hawley has proposed a bill that would force tech companies like Facebook and Twitter to prove they are politically neutral. Conservatives have been seeking ways to stop these tech giants controlling the political narrative and promoting their own agenda.

“Social media companies that have routinely deplatformed conservatives and censored conservative speech should no longer enjoy the protections granted to politically neutral platforms,” Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, said in a statement Wednesday, referring to Section 230. “These tech companies claim they have no ideological bias — it is time they prove it.”

However, some conservatives think Sen. Hawley’s bill could have the opposite affect. They fear that the legislation would cause tech companies to remove political content that they fear would spark controversy, and thus further shut down the conservative voice.

“If social media firms are worried about being liable for user-generated content, they’re likely to be more aggressive in taking down any vaguely political content, out of fear that it could put them in legal jeopardy,” Philip Klein, a writer at the Washington Examiner.

Read More: The Daily Caller