Uploaded on Monday 2 April, 2018 to the erosion of liberty
Closed-circuit television in the surveillance society
In the Simpsons cartoon, in episode #461 entitled 'To Surveil With Love', the fictional town of Springfield decides, in a forum by majority vote, on hiring the services of British security consultant Nigel Bakerbutcher to install talking surveillance cameras all around the town after an unattended gym bag containing plutonium sparked pandemonium for being blown up inside a train station, thus causing a nuclear explosion.
Talking closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) with megaphones prying into people‚Äôs lives exist in the real world. Such devices that tell people off for dropping litter or committing acts of anti-social behaviour were first tried out in the Netherlands, and subsequently in other countries, as an effective cost-cutting measure of policing the streets, leading some critics to cry foul over the scheme on points of civil liberties. The vast majority of surveillance infrastructure today consists of mundane spy technologies.
British society is the most surveyed in Western Europe; however, its levels are dwarfed by China's infrastructure, whose CCTV output is estimated to exceed half a billion by 2020. China has invested vast sums of money on deploying smart cameras equipped with facial recognition technology which can read faces, estimate age, ethnicity and gender. In 2018, China has rolled out facial recognition sunglasses to police officers, thereby mobilising the range beyond static positions. With the trend unfolding of where we are moving towards as a surveillance society, who knows what tomorrow brings?
Ellen Hodgson Brown, President & Founder of the Public Banking Institute (PBI) and author of such books as "The Web of Debt", The Public Bank Solution", addresses the PBI 2012 conference in Philadelphia.
Victoria Grant, seen here aged 12 years old, addresses the first annual Public Banking Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Her father and she discovered that the debt money system was what was wrong with the Canadian economy and decided to do something about it.
The Bank of North Dakota was established by legislative action in 1919 to promote agriculture, commerce and industry. North Dakota is the only state to have escaped the credit crisis. For every year since 2008, it has run a budget surplus and it has the lowest unemployment figures in the US, the lowest default rate on its loans and the lowest foreclosure rate.
Mike Krauss, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Project, puts forward his proposal, based on the success of the Bank of North Dakota, to create a Public Bank for the state of Pennsylvania. Such a move would free the state from the clutches of the Fed, reduce the debt burden, boost investments and serve the public interest.
Most people hold the view that their bank deposits are safe with the big commercial banks, however, this assumption is not based on the facts. This video features official government documents detailing information that should sound anyone's alarm bells [edited].