Before we look at how US technology in video and biometric surveillance are being tested globally, even in China… let me express once more that the purpose of this report is not to lament these intrusions or worry, but to understand them and adapt.
The change we see is natural… predictable in its randomness and part of our universal reality.
We can see nature’s motion..the way everything goes through phases of order and disorder in an experiment by Harvard students using pendulums. Here are some pictures from a video of the experiment. The video is linked below.
Harvard students built a device with a series of 15 pendulums in a row, each one slightly longer than its neighbor.
Then they set them in motion and…
filmed the result.
The resulting patterns in this short video are fascinating to watch. The pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion.
When all 15 pendulums are started together, they quickly fall out of sync—their relative phases continuously change because of their different periods of oscillation. However, after 60 seconds they will all have executed an integral number of oscillations and be back in sync again at that instant, ready to repeat the dance.
order… disorder… chaos… back to order. Actually it is all order… just parts of it are so magnificent that the logic does not have the power to see.
The purpose of analyzing government intrusions is to understand better, get ahead and adapt.
Chapter two of this report expressed concerns about intrusion risks from drones and biometric scanning.
Here we can see how US technology with drones, cameras and bio metrics are being tested in Mexico and even in China.
Excerpts from an article at singularityhub.com entitled Iris scanning set to secure city in Mexico then the world says: The million-plus citizens of Leon, Mexico are set to become the first example of a city secured through the power of biometric identification. Iris and face scanning technologies from Global Rainmakers, Inc. will allow people to use their eyes to prove their identify, withdraw money from an ATM, get help at a hospital, and even ride the bus. GRI’s eye scanning systems aren’t more secure than others on the market, but they are faster. Large archway detectors using infrared imaging can pick out 50 people per minute, even as they hustle by at speeds up to 1.5 meters per second (3.3 mph). The first phase of the Leon iris and face scanning project has already begun. It is estimated to cost around $5 million and focuses on law enforcement agencies’ security check points. Over the next three years commercial uses will be rolled out with banks leading the charge.
Whether you’re jealous or intimidated by Leon’s adoption of widespread eye identification you should pay attention to the project – similar biometric checkpoints are coming to locations near you. Some are already in place. Many companies have developed the means to take an iris scan and use these reference points to match them quickly to a database of scans. The problem has typically been that getting the image of the iris itself is slow and requires people to come very close to the scanning device. GRI has focused on improving the iris acquisition side of the technology, increasing the speed and range of their devices. Not only that, but they are bringing the costs down.
This makes me believe GRI’s implementation in Leon is eventually going to exceed anything we’ve seen before. Every other means of access (license, credit card, keys, etc) has the potential of being augmented or replaced by iris and face scanning. Get on a bus, pass security on the way into work, pay for a meal, order packages online – all without using anything besides your eye. The Leon project could make this futuristic world appear in just 3 to 5 years. That’s incredible.
We have to put this in a larger context, too. India just launched its enormous effort to digitally identify more than a billion residents using fingerprints, face, and iris scans. Japan already uses finger scans during entry into the country. The EU is working on a variety of passive scanning technologies to help secure airports and other public spaces.
Government and commercial institutions will endeavor to create enormous shared databases of biometric data and scan huge numbers of private citizens everywhere they go. The first phase of the project in Leon is going to help track the movements of ‘watch-listed individuals’. Rapid scanning face and iris scanning technologies will redefine our sense of privacy in ways that make Big Brother seem like a little sissy. Jeff Carter, chief business development officer of GRI, didn’t make any of this sound less threatening in his interview with Fast Company’s Austin Carr: “…we’ve even worked with three-letter agencies on technology that can capture 30-plus feet away. In certain spaces, eventually, you’ll be able to have maybe one sensor the size of a dime, in the ceiling, and it would acquire all of our irises in motion, at a distance, hundreds–probably thousands as computer power continues to increase–at a time.”“…If you’ve been convicted of a crime, in essence, this will act as a digital scarlet letter. If you’re a known shoplifter, for example, you won’t be able to go into a store without being flagged. For others, boarding a plane will be impossible.”
For commercial applications it’s just as incredible: “Right now, we can determine how many eyeballs are on a Web page. And what you look at and click. For the first time, we can do that in a physical world. If you look at this or that advertisement, and then go purchase the product advertised, we can tie those two things together.”
“When you get masses of people opting-in, opting out does not help. Opting out actually puts more of a flag on you than just being part of the system. We believe everyone will opt-in.”
Does that vision sound ominous to you? It does to me, and I’m pretty biometric friendly. Yet I’m also fairly cynical. People already have a pretty good handle on my information. Google reads all my emails, albeit in an anonymous way. My bank knows most everything I buy, ditto for credit card companies. As Carter points out, I already deal with these commercial trackers every day. And I’ve opted into these systems. I could pay for everything with cash, but I find the convenience of plastic too great to ignore. While I’m worried about being verbally assaulted by billboards that try to identify me, they’re going to arrive whether I want them to or not.
Rather than fight the advent of biometrics, I’d rather focus on controlling how such data is used.
This shows how global government intrusion has come to Mexico, India, Japan and the European Union. China has not been ignored.
A New York Times article by Andrew Jacobs and Penn Bullock entitled “A U.S. Tie to Surveillance Push in Chinese Cities” by Keith Bedford says: As the Chinese government forges ahead on a multibillion-dollar effort to blanket the country with surveillance cameras, one American company stand to profit:
Chinese cities are installing surveillance systems with hundreds of thousands of cameras.
The article tells how how recently, a US led fund purchased a division of a firm that may be the biggest maker of videos for a Chinese government program called “Safe Cities”. This program uses a sophisticated and modern program that monitors places where the public gather such as cinemas, campuses, hospitals, and places of worship. The program allows the government to monitor from centralized command centers..
The company is called Uniview Technologies. They manufacture cameras and software they brand as “infrared antiriot” systems. The police or military can share data in real time via the internet through this system.
The article says: Previous projects have included an emergency command center in Tibet that “provides a solid foundation for the maintenance of social stability and the protection of people’s peaceful life,” according to Uniview’s Web site. Such surveillance systems are often used to combat crime and the manufacturer has no control over whether they are used for other purposes. But human rights advocates say in China they are also used to intimidate and monitor political and religious dissidents. “There are video cameras all over our monastery, and their only purpose is to make us feel fear,” said Loksag, a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Gansu Province. He said the cameras helped the authorities identify and detain nearly 200 monks who participated in a protest at his monastery in 2008.
For those who have read “1984” or “Brave New World”, this can be scary stuff… but every generation has had scary stuff evolving in their lives. Ours just seems to be evolving faster.
The biggest problem is one of convenience. Though using a credit card opens up all types of intrusion in the private and government sector we use them anyway because they are so darned convenient.
One can choose to opt out. A recent BBC article entitled “The American who quit money to live in a cave” says: Daniel Suelo lives in caves in the canyonlands of Utah. He survives by harvesting wild foods and eating roadkill. He has no job, no bank account and does not accept government welfare. In fact, Suelo has no money at all. Suelo may have shunned all the trappings of modern American life, but he is not an isolationist.
Since abandoning money in 2000, the former cook from Moab, Utah has remained an active member of his community and avid blogger.
Mark Sundeen, author of The Man Who Quit Money, admits many people would regard Suelo’s alternative lifestyle as bizarre. But the 2008 financial crash has led many to question the value of money. He explains some of the lessons found in Suelo’s philosophy.
Merri and I in our isolated farms in both North Carolina and Ecuador have gravity fed spring water… abundant food growing on the land and could live there without electricity or external contact with the world.
The key though is the word “could”. Dropping out requires changes in lifestyle that most of us are not willing to commit.
Since we want the convenience, there is little we can do to stop this intrusion. Our modern electronic world brings huge benefits… but also invites intrusion.
Upcoming chapters will look at what we can do. There are rays of hope… plus we can see everyday ways to profit from the change and intrusion.
For example Chapter Four of this report looked at the dreaded IRS Form 8938. The conclusion is to adapt and be better at keeping records.
The very next day two articles in USA Today outlined benefits we can gain from this.
The first entitled “http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx
Budget-battered IRS sinks under workload by Sandra Block says: At the walk-in center in East Harlem, N.Y., Belquis Castillo, 40, left in exasperation Monday afternoon after waiting more than an hour. Castillo needed copies of her 2010 tax return so her son can enroll in online college courses, but was told the computers were down.
The long waits are the result of the IRS’ expanded workload and diminished workforce, says IRS Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, whose 2011 annual report identified inadequate resources as the most serious problem facing taxpayers. In 1995, the IRS had a staff of 114,018 to process 205 million tax returns. In 2012, it has 90,907 people to process nearly 236 million tax returns. For this tax filing season, the IRS has 5,000 fewer employees than it did a year ago.
“This is the lowest staffing level I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been with the IRS 26 years,” says David Carrone, president of the Louisiana chapter of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). The
This is a really significant article in my mind published by the largest circulation newspaper on April 17, 2012. The mainline press are the first (after the IRS perhaps) to sense weakness and go for the jugglar… to draw blood. Normally on the last day taxes are due the IRS PR system has managed to get an article in the press about the dangers of not filing tax returns in a timely way. This year the roles are reversed… the press is after the IRS not the taxpayer.
Here is a really vital idea that shows a way that some are already profiting (through service) from the power of being organized.
Another USA Today article entitled by Craig Wilson entitled “Got Clutter? There’s an expert for that. Craig’s article tells how a CPOs, certified professional organizers are professionals just like doctors and lawyers. Here is an excerpt from his article which I linked below: The 4,000-member National Association of Professional Organizers met here recently, just in time for the annual spring cleaning at your house. You have clutter. Admit it. That’s the first step.
“Organizing” is big business and growing, the industry having doubled in size in just the last 10 years. Although there are no firm figures, the industry — including professional organizers and big-box retailers such as The Container Store— is heading toward being an estimated $1-billion-a-year business.
“Doctors save lives and we change lives,” Izsak says. “We’re not a luxury service. We’re a necessity. We truly have an impact on humanity. How many can say that at the end of the day?”
Such efficiency comes at a price, of course. Fees for a professional organizer can range from $50 to $200 an hour, depending on the CPO’s experience, the chore at hand and the location, cities being more expensive places to live if you’re messy. You don’t want to be a hoarder in Manhattan.
Both the shaky economy and the fragile psyche of the country is working in professional organizers’ favor.
“People feel like they’ve lost control of their lives,” Izsak says. “That’s where we come in. The one thing they can control is themselves, their time, their lives. So they reach out to us.”
There also are trends to be found among the clutter. Cleaning up the computer has become as important as cleaning out the cupboard.
The other big trend involves senior citizens. More than 10,000 people in the USA turn 65 every day. “That’s 10,000 new customers every day,” Robertson crows.
“There is so much money to be made in this industry,” he says, acknowledging that his yearly salary now is “way into the six figures.”
Ann Gambrell, an organizational consultant in Torrance, Calif., saw this coming years ago. She is one of the five founders of NAPO in 1985, so long ago that when she said she was helping people organize, most everyone thought she was organizing labor strikes. She now runs Creative Time Plus. Kind of like all the stuff stored somewhere in the bowels of our computers.
Digital stuff can pile up
Lauren Halagarda is a CPO based in coastal North Carolina. She calls herself a “technology translator.” Her company, the Organization Connection, specializes in helping people get their digital life in order.
Wow… increased government intrusion means we need to be better organized. because the government is intruding because it is battered… its intrusion loses effectiveness if there is organization.
Here is some positive ideas we can derive from this thinking. This reality has created an entire new industry… Organizing. CPOs (Certified Professionals Organizers are earnings six figure incomes! Wow!
Advances in technology make our lives better in many ways but also create increased government intrusion. This evolution is natural and at times will create apparent chaos… which is simply a greater order that our logic cannot process. Every problem this chaos creates also develops opportunity such as the inflow of increased data to the government, which can overburden its increasingly less dependable staff. Those who maintain increased order during such chaos can be in charge and in very strong positions. Government intrusion even creates new opportunities for tax preparers and other professionals such as CPAs.
Next time you think government intrusion, be disgusted Yes. The government has no business in our homes… but since we invite them in through convenience… look for the way that this natural process can also benefit you.
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Shawn and Suzanne Bandick teach Super Spanish in Mexico and Canada.
The course integrates the use of musci with 17 lessons that teach you over 4,000 Spanish words.
Fluency in a language is considered to come when you know 1,200 words. To prove that it is possible to gain this and much more, let me share just one of the 17 lessons.
Here are the thousands of Spanish words lesson #1: All words in Spanish and English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently. For example action is accion, education educacion, manipulation, manipulacion, etc.
Now you already literally know hundreds of Spanish nouns. This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons you gain. The next lesson teaches you how to pronounce each of these nouns. Then you learn in a third lesson almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.
You also learn how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds). This simple lesson leaves you sounding like a Spanish professor.
There are many other lessons. For example lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything you want in Spanish. Lesson six gives you the valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples your Spanish capacity with yesterday, now and tomorrow.
By the end of the three day course you will feel quite comfortable speaking Spanish without stress!
A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you. After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible! Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador. The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course. In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) . In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music. What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life. Rob Christi
The Super Spanish helps you start speaking and understanding Spanish right away. This can help you speak Spanish faster and make your traditional Spanish course easier and more effective.
A Livescience.com article helps explain why this course works and how delegates are creating Spanish sentences by the first lunch break and can communicate well in Spanish after just three days. This article by Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer, is entitled “CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages”.
Four important points in the article are shown in excerpts below with my comments to show what has been wrong with traditional Spanish courses and why the Super Thinking tactic is perfect for this program.
This three day course gets you speaking and thinking Spanish all the time so you can use and/or think Spanish every day… and communicating even from the beginning. In this way the education grows even when Spanish is not being spoken.
The Super Thinking course first integrates the brain. Students learn better with relaxed concentration. Then the course teaches them 17 simple lessons so they know 4005 words in Spanish and can use them to create sentences. In this way, you can communicate in just three days.
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Here are what delegates wrote about a Super Thinking + Spanish seminar.
“Hi Gary & Merri, You two are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Well, as you can see prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range. My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!” Suzy Kurinsky
Another wrote: Thanks for the Spanish course. This technique is truly a breakthrough in learning. I believe I learned more Spanish in four days than I learned in four weeks in a previously attended Costa Rica language school. The Costa Rica school taught a very limited number of memorized words and phrases. Ted.
Another delegate at a Super thinking plus Spanish seminar wrote: The Super Thinking approach exposed us to a broad variety of works and the technique needed to expand the language. Again, Thanks for the experience.
One attendee wrote: I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything during the seminar. You guys are indeed a shining example of having a business that truly serves others. And thanks for the extra time spent and good things taught to me personally. I have begun to implement them already and will continue to apply them. And you might be interested that waiting for my flight home I ended up sitting next to a woman from Quito and could understand some of what she said in a cell phone conversation. We talked a little and she said that I should visit Ecuador! Thank you again for your real graciousness and acceptance! I will also write to Merri and thank her as well. And I wish that I could do something for you two!
Another wrote: Thank you! We always look forward to spending time and learning about so many fascinating things. Like Minded people and Vivaldi! What could be better?
Another sent this note: Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish! I really enjoyed the workshop.
Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes. I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra. I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life. I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.
Thank you for sending the file of the 4005 Spanish words. This will be very helpful in my daily review of Spanish.
Another emailed this: Every day I’m becoming more proficient in Spanish. As I get ready to do something, I think about how I would say it in Spanish. Thank you again for a Super Workshop! With love and blessings,
Another: It certainly was an interesting and intriguing four days for me. I enjoyed the Spanish but even more so, all the tentacles that extended during those four days that went into so many different directions.
I grew up in a very SQUARE box with loving and intelligent parents but my world remained within this box, unable to see beyond those walls, as I was never encouraged to “think outside the box”.. Mike has been opening doors and leading me outside this box but because of my upbringing I have not completely embraced or understood what was beyond those doors he opened for me. As I have gotten older I have become more open to the world outside those doors yet those old tapes continue to play and I have not been able to completely release myself and experience all that can be.
Another shared this: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me, I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible” and I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted. I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.
I found all the information you offered on healing, realigning the body, nutrition, etc. so fascinating, have you ever thought about doing a course on just that? With the aging population and the health care issues I think it would be not only an interesting course but one that would be very beneficial to so many. I, personally, would love to learn more about what you talked about and plan on purchasing the book, “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Healing” for my Kindle.
Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!
Another: We had fun at Disney World on Monday and sat beside several Personnes Espaniol. We could understand them however I couldn’t make sentences quickly, but could say one or two word phrases that were understood. We arrived home at 3am yesterday – the airlines were very late in Denver due to a crew incident.
I found myself making up sentences all day yesterday as I was running errands. John knows more vocabulary than I at this point as he has studied Spanish previously. Today I will begin to review the lessons and construct sentences to send to you and the group – as you suggested below. Es en BUENO sugestion!!! I also received the email Merri sent with the 4005 words and started to scroll through those yesterday.
Another: Thank YOU for everything you have done to create and bring this wonderful experience to all of us. It takes a well sychronized team of people to put on an effective, change producing seminar! I have given many seminars and enjoyed the experience immensely. The outcome is even better! Estoy une infantil de Super Thinking and Spanish, y es possible aprender en tiempo.
John and I both thank all of you for the wonderful experience – we are working now to clear up things so we can leave for the Galapagos and Ecuador November 25th – December 20th. Nosotros tiene muchos appreciacion! Gracias y Abrazos,
Another: Muchas gracias para la informacion! I had a wonderful time at the Super Learning + Spanish weekend!… excelente!
I was impressed with your depth of knowledge on numerous subjects and your ability to speak about them with exceptional recall. Con mucho apriciar, P.S. Yo estoy enteresado en Espanol #2.
One delegate even explained how after our course they ended up as the accidental translator: Gary, I have sent a couple of messages, and a story of Mike being able to translate yesterday for a Spanish person who couldn’t understand what a man was trying to tell him!
We loved the seminar, and are excited to put the super learning to practice, and especially the great company of like-minded people (especially G & M!) Muchas Gracias! Tiene an excellante dias.
One delegate communicated entirely in Spanish…. after just our Super Thinking + Spanish seminar: Buenas dias nuestra maestra perfectamente, Merri! Muchas gracias por la lista espanol.
Claro, David y yo aprendemous mucho espanol el fine de semana pasada. Gary y usted nos hacen espanol muy facil aprender. Es importante continuar a practicar espanol cada dia. Gracias tambien! Buenas suerte…hasta la vista! Con mucho amor,
Comments from another delegate: I wanted you to know that the Spanish course has proven incredibly helpful. Dealing with internet service providers and shopping for appliances, etc., normally would have required me hiring a translator to follow me around. While it may not be pretty or 100% grammatically correct, I am understood. Thank you! Saludos!
Delegates during a relaxation session.
Another a dentist said: I was so delighted with my experience at the Spanish training. I felt more confident of ability to pronounce Spanish than I ever was of French or German. Funny… I did not think I remembered any French or German but when I cannot remember the Spanish words the German and French popped up. Practicing my pronunciation made my trip home go faster. I never enjoyed pronouncing either of the other two, but this was fun. It is hard to fall asleep at the wheel when you are moving your mouth to speak Spanish. It does work your mouth in a different way. I realized that you have to say each syllable slowly and correctly(until you get it perfectly) and when you do it is impressive.
It was amazing to see us all writing such advanced sentences after a few days and so much more enjoyable than having to go through the alphabet to build the words to build the sentences.