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How Far Can Rule 41 Go?

“Be a citizen of the world!”

That’s a quote from “Passport to International Profit”, the first book I wrote in the 1970s.


“Be global” was the theme.  Technology was advancing to the point that we could live in one country, bank in a second country, earn in a third with a corporation set up in a fourth country… all directed from an office in a fifth country.  I called it the five point command posture.

Technology made this path of freedom easier and easier… then.

See why this is not the case today.

Since the 1970s, governments, almost everywhere,  have been using technology to systematically strip away global freedoms and tag their citizens with extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Extraterritorial jurisdiction is when a government exercises its authority beyond its normal boundary.

This means that a government’s hold, its control, its force pressed upon you, does not have to stop at any border.

Examples of this beyond-the-border, action has ranged from Russian killings of its citizens living abroad to America’s taxation of expats.

The Chinese government exercises its extraterritorial jurisdiction with forced renditions (aka kidnapping).  They forcibly repatriate people that they consider Chinese nationals — even when some are also citizens of other countries.  The Communist Party is serious. Its assertion is that anyone it regards as a national — no matter where they live, work, or study — is subject to its authority.

The US  claims authority over its citizen’s bank accounts wherever they may be.   The US taxes earnings on its citizens wherever they may work, live or earn.

Then Came Rule 41

In 2016, the US government decided to claim authority over your computer as well.  Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which was proposed by the US Department of Justice, was approved by the US Supreme Court.

This rule allows federal investigators to seek permission from a magistrate judge, in any state, to plant hacking software on a computer that’s… anywhere.

The Justice Department does not even need an elected judge to be this forceful.  Magistrates are not elected judges, but are judges appointed to assist district court judges in the performance of their duties (1).  They are “Justices of the Peace” who administer criminal or civil justice in minor cases, can act as a notary, administer oaths and perform marriages.  In some cases magistrates are not even required to have a law degree.

You can’t hide from US government hacking as US law enforcement has this easy legal path to hack into any computer, anywhere in the world.

This is a Rule… not a Law!

This enormous intrusion into our privacy is not even a law created in Congress.  This is a rule simply proposed by the Department of Justice, which the courts have gone along with.

How can it get worse?

If  Yuval Noah Harari, author of “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” is correct, the problem is about to get much, much worse.

Governments don’t want to just control our money and body, they want to take over our will.

Harari says: Governments and corporations will soon know you better than you know yourself.  Belief in the idea of ‘free will’ has become dangerous.

Harari argues that free will isn’t free.  We can make independent choices, but these choices depend biological, social and personal conditions that we do not control. We had nothing to do with our gender, family background, national culture, genes or the family we have.

He asks: Just observe the next thought that pops up in your mind. Where did it come from? Did you freely choose to think it? Obviously not. If you carefully observe your own mind, you come to realise that you have little control of what’s going on there, and you are not choosing freely what to think, what to feel, and what to want.

Harari thinks that the belief in “free will” is dangerous because governments and corporations have learned to manipulate our thoughts.

He believes that governments and big business can hack humans.

He says: It starts with simple things. As you surf the internet, a headline catches your eye: “Immigrant gang rapes local women”. You click on it. At exactly the same moment, your neighbour is surfing the internet too, and a different headline catches her eye: “Trump prepares nuclear strike on Iran”. She clicks on it. Both headlines are fake news stories, generated perhaps by Russian trolls, or by a website keen on increasing traffic to boost its ad revenues. Both you and your neighbour feel that you clicked on these headlines out of your free will. But in fact you have been hacked.

The scary aspect of Harari’s predictions are that governments can tailor their message to the unique weaknesses of each individual brain.   Algorithms can be used to spot and reinforce bias.

In recent years some of the smartest people in the world have worked on hacking the human brain in order to make you click on ads and sell you stuff. Now these methods are being used to sell you politicians and ideologies, too.

The really thought provoking point is that this is just the beginning.

Right now hackers rely on data based on what we buy, where we visit, the words we use on our phones, email and search for online.  Once biometric sensors are improved government hackers will have direct access to our facial expressions, our heart beat, blood pressure and brain activity.

Then they can correlate our physical rhythms with our credit card data and search history.   The hackers will know us and how to direct our thinking, better than ourselves.

His suggestion for combating this horrible intrusion is “come to terms with what humans really are: hackable animals. We need to know ourselves better”.

“Know thyself”.  We have all heard this before, but it’s valuable advice.  Modern technology allows too many people to sell us anything they want – be it a product or a politician.

If we get to know ourselves better and accept our vulnerabilities, we can start to build protection from that.

It is particularly important to get to know our weaknesses. These are the key features that hackers look for when they  hack you.  Algorithms reinforce pre-existing fears, hatreds, biases and cravings.

Hackers cannot create fear or hatred out of nothing. But when they discover what people already fear and hate it is easy to push the relevant emotional buttons and provoke even greater fury.

If we look within and accept that our thoughts and desires are not just ours, we become less attached to them.  When we understood that our desires are not just free choice, we’ll be better able to be flexible in our thinking.

Once we realize that we are a product of a history and surroundings we did not create and can do little about, we become more connected with reality and can see and hear other people better.

Curiosity can bring us back.

Thinking this way can expand curiosity.  When we accept that our thoughts and feelings are not all “us” we can begin to question and see through the attempts at control more clearly. .

Question everything and you’ll start being smarter.  We do not know all the things that governments might do to kill freedom, but if we can stimulate our curiosity we’ll be better positioned to bring our self control back.


Be Smarter With Less Stress

Join the top 3 percent of intelligent people in the world.

Become more independent and relaxed by becoming smarter.

A study of 10,000 British people studied the pure relationship between intelligence and happiness stability.

IQ can predict the emotional ups and downs of life.   The research found that the lower the IQ,  the more stress and higher the ups and downs in life satisfaction.  The differences were not due to education, income, or jobs either, but simply IQ.


Delegates at a Super Thinking course relaxing in their secret rose garden.

Free yourself by becoming smarter, healthier, happier… in just weeks… hearing  a relaxation session that takes you into your secret rose garden.

Merri, David and I originally developed this session for our Super Thinking courses and have set it into an online workshop for you.

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Inflate Your IQ.

When it comes to money… inflation is cheating.

That’s bad for you.

When it comes to intelligence… inflating is smart… fair… good for you and it’s good for the rest of the world.

Monetary inflation is a sneaky government and business trick.

What cost a dollar in 1965 can easily cost $15 now.

They promise you more.


They devalue the currency so you get more dollars that buy less.  They can rip off your salary,  your pension…raise insurance, almost everything.

And they make you work harder… longer… for less.

Whittle, whittle, whittle.  Push, push, push.  That’s what monetary inflation does to you.

Fight back… overcome the inflation trick.  Inflate your IQ as you relax.

Gain more than IQ.

Be smarter… more energetic…. healthier… more relaxed.

That’s the way to get ahead!

Create more income opportunity.  Reduce stress.  Improve your health.  Be naturally smarter… use Super Thinking.

You can improve your IQ in just weeks.

You might well ask… How is this possible?

Here’s how the scientists say it is possible.

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ”(1)  show how you can be smarter and actually add matter to your brainThe article says:

           Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it.

Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years.

Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks of cognitive training, research shows.

British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later.  9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.

The study published in Nature said that on a scale where 90 to 110 is considered average, one student’s IQ rose 21 points to 128 from 107, lifting the student from the 68th percentile to the 97th compared with others the same age. 

MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kid’s skills.

There are practical steps people can take to see longer-term IQ changes.  New tasks stimulate the brain most.  Young adults given just one month of intense training in juggling, found an increase in the corresponding gray matter in the brain as early as seven days after the training began.

Fluctuations in IQ scores over time underscore the brain-boosting benefits of musical training and new experiences throughout a lifetime.

Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life.  Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points.

 Improve the brain through music… without lessons.

Here’s the Super Thinking story…

The educational program Merri and I developed uses a form of brain wave integration that increases IQ.

Super Thinking uses frequency (in music and a number of other ways) to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  The music creates the three C’s:  Calm, Clarity and Coherence.

This Super Thinking program is not a gimmick or trick… just advanced education.

Certain types of Baroque music are the base, and they make you smarter!


At least four best selling books, “Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain”,  “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000″ showed how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.

This Baroque music tactic alone is so powerful that Small Business Innovation Research… an official site of the US government granted over $100,000 for the specific purpose they said was: to provide a method to remove barriers which hinder or prevent the employment of blind persons.  An innovative method, the Lozanov Learning System, is proposed to help train blind persons to become computer programmers and operators of automated equipment.

Merri was among just a few who learned this technique directly from Dr. Lozanov the time he visited the USA.

Our Super Thinking workshop enhanced this system with numerous other tactics.

We added slight alterations in nutrition that create a higher IQ.   Altered nutritional tips in Super Thinking can make anyone 25% smarter!

Baroque Music and nutrition are just part of seven, easy to use, learning techniques that make you smarter.

Gain any skill, from computers to athletics to conversational languages…in less time…two-to-five times faster.

Here’s a huge bonus.  Super Thinking also relieves stress.  Super Thinking is fun.

You can use a Super Thinking focus in everything:  health… earning… education… investing.

Super Thinking works on the learner first…the data second.  This system “grows the learner” rather than the information.

If you have 4.5 inches of information flowing through a 4 inch learning pipe, the solution is not to add another inch of information.  The answer is create a six inch IQ pipe!

Share our years of experience.

For nearly 50 years, Merri and I have conducted hundreds of courses and tours for tens of thousands, in dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain).  Our Super Thinking Workshop has been one of the most profound.  Now the workshop is even better online because it condenses Super Thinking so you can increase your IQ, at home… right away.

The workshop shows how these mind expanding tactics can be applied to starting and running a business for extra income, to forex trading and investing.  Athletes of all types… golfing being one common sport benefit.  Our Super Thinking plan goes far beyond Lozanov and allows you to rapidly get smarter in every part of your life.

For example, real estate broker, Suzy Kurinsky took the workshop to help her learn Spanish.

She wrote: “You 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. 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!”

Super thinking can improve almost anything you do… faster, better, more fun and with less stress.

Another attendee to the Super Thinking Workshop sent this note.

 Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop and getting to know you.   I can see several ways to apply what I learned in the classes I teach.

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.

Super Thinking can help improve your health. Super Thinking can make you rich and add richness to your life.

However the time, travel expense and workshop cost (delegates have paid up to $999) have prohibited many from getting this benefit.

That’s why we have created the workshop in electronic form.  Get Super Thinking online for less than fifty bucks.

You can order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Relax in the Secret Rose Garden.

The workshop is divided into two parts.  Part one is the application… the sessions that tell you exactly what to do, what music to use and even includes two recorded sessions based around a secret rose garden that you can use.  We have kept this portion short and simple so you can easily start immediately.

Part two is a longer portion on theory.

Part one is enough.

Super Thinking is like jogging… giving results if you simply do it!

You do not have to know why Super Thinking works to increase your IQ.   But Part Two explains why you are getting the good results from Part One, if you want to know.

You might ask…”Will it work for me”?

The Super Thinking Workshop will help increase your IQ.

Our guarantee.

I guarantee it.  Order the Super Thinking Workshop.  Use it for two months.  If you are not totally satisfied… in any way, during that time, simply let me know and I’ll send a full refund… immediately… no questions asked.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Another Super Thinking workshop attendee wrote: 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”.   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.   Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Inflation is a cheat… a crime when it comes to money.  Inflating your IQ to beat inflation is simple good sense.  Learn Super Thinking now with no risk.  Begin to increase your intelligence today.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop  $49.95.


(1) Read Wall Street Journal article Ways to Inflate Your IQ

(2) See government grant records on teaching blind persons with the Lozanov method


(1) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_magistrate_judge

(2) access.tarrantcounty.com/content/dam/main/justices-of-the-peace/Documents/jplocalrules_jan2012_comb.pdf

(3) www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/14/yuval-noah-harari-the-new-threat-to-liberal-democracy


Let’s Face It – Risk of Facial Recognition

Let’s face it… we have AI problems… now.

Forget the idea that there are distant prospects of super-intelligent machines eroding our core values in the future.  We need to face up to AI changes in the current moment.

Some examples are the risk of being hit by self-driving cars.  Election by bot and Deepfake video clips are two other AI concerns that undermine democracy, communications and truth.

Facial recognition may be the immediate AT worry that concerns many of us the most.

facial recognition BBC

This image is from the  BBC.com article “Central London in Facial Recognition Trial”. (1)

The article says: Elizabeth Denham, who was appointed Information Commissioner in July 2016, said in a blog published earlier this year that the technology could bring “significant public safety benefits”.

However, she said its application could also be “particularly intrusive”, and represented a “real step change in the way law-abiding people are monitored as they go about their daily lives”.

That word intrusive was a little warning.  Other articles warn us in a much harsher, and perhaps more realistic, way.

A new report from the AI Now Institute (2), an influential research institute based in New York, identified facial recognition as a key challenge for society and policymakers.

A report from UCLA says “The role of AI in widespread surveillance has expanded immensely in the U.S., China, and many other countries worldwide”.

In fact, the technology has been adopted on an even grander scale in China. This often involves collaborations between private AI companies and government agencies.  Police forces have used AI to identify criminals, and numerous reports suggest it is being used to track dissidents.

AI machine learning can identify people’s faces in photos and video footage with great accuracy.  This technology has grown with stunning speed and we should have concerns beyond the Chinese government using facial recognition.


It’s ironic that George Orwell wrote 1984 in England because this is where democracy may be losing its most important element, the right to privacy, at the fastest pace.

Facial recognition is here with us now in the Western World according to an article with a deeper warning at  Techdirt.com (3).  The bolds are mine.

The article says:  The DHS is shoving it into airports — putting both international and domestic travelers at risk of being deemed terrorists by tech that just isn’t quite there yet.  In the UK — the Land of Cameras — facial recognition tech is simply seen as the logical next step in the nation’s sprawling web of surveillance.  And Amazon is hoping US law enforcement wants to make facial rec tech as big a market for its cloud services and online sales.

Thanks to its pervasiveness across the pond, the UK is where we’re getting most of our data on the tech’s successes.  Well… we haven’t seen many successes. But we are getting the data.

And the data indicates a growing threat — not to the UK public from terrorists or criminals, but to the UK public from its own government.

London cops have been slammed for using unmarked vans to test controversial and inaccurate automated facial recognition technology on Christmas shoppers.

The Metropolitan Police are deploying the tech today and tomorrow in three of the UK capital’s tourist hotspots: Soho, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square.

The tech is basically a police force on steroids — capable of demanding ID from thousands of people per minute. Big Brother Watch says the Metro tech can scan 300 faces per second, running them against hot lists of criminal suspects.  The difference is no one’s approaching citizens to demand they identify themselves.  The software does all the legwork and citizens have only one way to opt out: stay home.

Given these results, staying home might just be the best bet.

In May, a Freedom of Information request from Big Brother Watch showed the Met’s facial recognition had a 98 per cent false positive rate.

In other words, a lot of people might get hassled or monitored in depth simply because the AI got it wrong.  They lose the right of due process.

What can we do about this invasion of our privacy?

I must agree that I feel more threatened by the intrusion of governments than by crime. But what can we do?

The techdirt.com article says that only option is stay at home.  That’s a bit restrictive but staying out of places that have cameras might be a good idea.

Soon we’ll have to forget air travel if we want privacy, if in fact there is any privacy left in that sector.  Delta Airlines announced a new face-scanning check-in system at Atlanta’s airport.

We’ll have to forget smartphones and public transport… maybe even banking.  Facial recognition is used to unlock Apple’s latest iPhones and enable payments.

Forget about getting a photo on Facebook which scans millions of photos every day to identify specific users.

Don’t be a tourist in Washington D.C. either.  The US Secret Service is said to be developing a facial-recognition security system for the White House.

Perhaps these systems will guarantee not to link up their data with the government and other AI systems?  Err… I think we have heard promises like that before.  It’s probably best to assume that if your picture is anywhere on a connected computer system, you can and will be tracked.

I lament our loss of privacy and seriously doubt that it’s leading us to a safer braver new world.   My concerns are the future will be more like in the book… Brave New World.

History is simply too littered with examples of the people in government using too much power for their own hidden agendas.

For now I stick to a flip phone and stay in Smalltown USA.  This helps privacy on the street.

If you feel deeply concerned about facial recognition, an article at Survivapedia.com (4) suggests 6 ways to foil  this intrusion.

Camera finders (cars in the UK use them like radar detectors already), sunglasses & baseball hats, hoods, changing hair and makeup and even sunglasses with near infrared led lights are among the suggestions.   One pair of eyeglasses designed by professors Isao Echizen and Seiichi Gohshi of Kogakuin University has an array of 11 NIR LEDs in front of the face to blind digital cameras.

Other suggestions include retro-reflective clothing, accessories, burqas, URME Prosthetic Masks and balaclavas.  Some of these might draw more attention than not.

Whatever works now… expect the AI to catch up so this will get harder so we’ll keep looking for answers to share here with you.


Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere

How to Gain Extra Freedom – While Almost Everyone Loses Theirs.  Profit from post COVID-19 trends.

I invite you to join Merri and me in expecting the world to get better… to live and earn based on that expectation but…  to also prepare for bad times as well as good.

Just in case… the world goes sideways… we will still survive and prosper.

We do not give up anything much.  We can enjoy the good parts of the new economy, as we protect ourselves from what can be bad.

For example in my report “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere”,  you’ll see how to make your dining room table bring you more control, more time, more income and more freedom.  After all, what can be more accessible than a dining room table?


Dining room tables we worked from (and we also sold the tables for a profit).

You’ll even learn how to turn dining room tables into income and tax deductions as we have with these dining room tables we build out of local wood.

Let me be clear.  I expect that the world will get better, at least for the few who adapt and avoid the dangers that the changes from the COVID pandemic will bring. 

The wealth of the world, albeit with inequality, will continue to grow.  This collapse of the global economy will bring an incredible new opportunity for those who know what to do.  Thes profit making avenues offer enormous income potential and even work well in disaster scenarios.

Let me provide one simple, concrete example.  Ginseng.

This is a great health root.  The demand is growing especially in China.  At times good dried Ginseng sells for $1,000 a pound!  This is an incredible and easy crop to grow.   The less care you give it, the more valuable it can become.  Yet if everything goes south, the health qualities will be good to have and make it an excellent barter item.  Once you know what to do with ginseng, it’s easy to grow in your back yard.

Even better one of the best kept secrets is that ginseng and 125 other medicinal crops that are currently unsustainable but can be grown on land  that is extraordinarily cheap.

goldenseal ginseng

Ginseng we grew in our back yard.  I know about growing ginseng through experience and explain why and how in the report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”.

Loquats are another example of an easy to grow crop that help promote natural health.


Here I am by one of the many loquat trees at our Florida farm.

Loquats are a great fruit for making jam and such, but the loquat leaf has amazing medicinal qualities.  Its is a registered medicine in China and due to its anti viral and respiratory system enhancing qualities has an especially  growing demand right now.   The images below from Amazon.com show that the leaves sell for about a dollar per leaf!

I have many trees on the farm but started growing loquat seedlings last year.


Loquat leaf tea has become really important during the pandemic due to its respiratory strengthening qualities.

I have been drinking a lot of home made loquat leaf tea during the pandemic.

The report “Live Anywere-Earn Everywhere” shows specific places that reduce your living expenses, easily increases your income, makes you smarter, healthier and provides tax benefits as well. 

There are specific places where property is especially inexpensive, now because previous owners do not know about the special qualities created by the pandemic.

Learn about these specific places.  More important learn what makes these places special and seven freedom producing steps that you can use to find other similar spots of opportunity.

Here are some of the experiences this report shares:

The report includes a tax and career plan broken into four age groups, before you finish school, from age 25 to 50 – age 50-to 65 and what to do when you reach the age where tradition wants you to re-tire.  (Another clue-you do not need to retire and probably should not).

The report is very specific because it is about what Merri and I, our children and even my sister and thousands of our readers have done and are doing.

Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere focuses on a system that takes advantage of living in Smalltown USA, but earning globally.

  • Learn about the magic of the north facing slope.   This is where Merri and I live almost half of our time.  North facing mountain land is some of the least expensive in the world but has hidden values that the report reveals.  There is a lot of this land and a lot of hidden value that you can tap.   When we bought our Blue Ridge farm (252 acres) I mentioned this to my Swiss banking friend.  “That’s bigger than the entire village where I live!” was his response.  Smalltown USA offers a last chance at having a lot of space.  By living in two Smalltown places there are enormous tax advantages as well.  One step in the system saves Merri and me over $28,345 in taxes a year.

The report shows how to buy cheap north facing slopes and create an income producing tiny home for $29,000 or less.

If you lack the $29,000 to invest, a start up using tents is even less.  These are tipis we put up at our farm before we built our first tiny home.  Learn how they can create tens of thousands of dollars in income for you.

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  • See ways that small businesses like Tipi rentals can be enhanced by the pandemic but also create BIG tax savings as well as extra income.  For more than 30 years Merri and I have enjoyed a strong six figure income, some years more, in the millions.  Yet there have been very few years when we had to pay federal income tax.  The report lays out a three structure program and how it is used when you are in school (up to age 30), then from 25 to 50, 50 to 70  and beyond 70.   Learn why Chapter C corporations and pensions can be better than the normally recommended Chapter S.  See how new mileage log rules gives you a possible opportunity to increase your tax deductions using IRS Form 4562.  Using a two-vehicle strategy you can gain $12,976 in new deductions even if you do not have to drive one mile further or spend one additional penny on your car.
  • See how a greenhouse can help you eat better and be healthier, plus provide income and a tax deduction and be funded by a government grant.


Our North Carolina greenhouse.

gary scott greenhouse

Our Florida greenhouse.

  • There are similar benefits from having a second home office defined in IRS publication 463 and IRS publication 587, even if your desk is a dining room table.  The report also shows how your dining room table can become an actual income producer as its creates a huge tax deduction at the same time, not to mention a great place to eat, work and lay out plans for a brighter, safer more lucrative and enjoyable future.
  • Living in this environment is also healthier, economically as well as physically.  You’ll see in the report how researchers at Harvard found an amazing correlation between living in conditions found on north facing slopes, longevity and mental health.  The researchers were quite surprised by this strong correlation that also extended into mental health.  In addition to feeling better, reducing stress and having more Joie de Vivre the places outlined in “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” can help you avoid hospitals, high cost disease management (aka health care) and BIG pharma while providing an investment opportunity in three plants that have some of the fastest growing demand in natural health care.  These three plants are just one of seven business opportunities that can create multiple streams of income.
  • How changes in cell phone and internet technology eliminated the need to be in one place.   An old law that creates new opportunity for small business in small towns is available to everyone.
  • Use the specific search and purchase guide.  Construction plans are included that show how to generate first tier income that leads to five, second tier avenues of earnings.
  • How to pay off old debt and avoid new debt by avoiding spurts and embracing value. 
  • Learn seven skills that will always have value.  See how to turn First Aid, medicinal plants, hospitality, food, trees, alternate energy and writing to sell into everlasting, low stress wealth.

merrily farms

This pond we created at our farm brought us pleasure but also helped create a safe, healthy food supply, extra income and a tax deduction as well.

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This may be the most important report I have written in 50 years.  The information is certainly the most urgent.  Do not delay.  The risks are upon us right now and you’ll understand how the final steps of the alliance are taking place as you read the current news.

To take any risk out of gaining this urgent information with my full satisfaction or money back guarantee.  If you are not totally happy, simply let me know.  I guarantee you can ask for a full refund any time within 60 days and I’ll refund your payment in full, no questions asked.

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(1) www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-46584184

(2) ainowinstitute.org/AI_Now_2018_Report.pdf

(3) www.techdirt.com/articles/20181218/16562041265/london-metropolitan-police-deploy-facial-recognition-tech-sporting-100-failure-rate.shtml

(4) www.survivopedia.com/6-ways-to-defeat-facial-recognition




Government Intrusion II

This is Chapter II of our report on Government Intrusion.  See Government Intrusion I.

New technology comes with a double edge sword.   We gain but usually at the loss of something.   Life changes.  Society evolves and if we are not careful we can see this process as all bad.

Really overall though… technological advances over the past 100 years have brought a lot more good than harm.

When governments are bad… new technology can be used badly… but dwelling just on the negatives obscures many wonderful new opportunities.

Up in the Blue Ridge, where we live in the summer for example, cars meant that police could catch moonshiners faster during the stupidity of prohibition.   That created Thunder Road and NASCAR.  But let’s look at what good cars have brought mankind!

Then radios meant no one could outrun the police.  Yet most aspects of radio are good.

Radar brought a much greater intrusion in our lives especially if we like to drive fast.   However radar also does an awful lot of good.

Government intrusion is always a concern, and every free man and women has the responsibility to make sure its government uses new facilities for the people.

We as individuals are also smart to understand what governments can do and to look for ways that we can also use the same technology to make our lives and the lives of those around us better.

This is why our reports have been looking at ways to gain from new potentially intrusive technology since the 1970s.

This report is being created to examine how we can profit and improve our lives from the ways that governments can intrude in our lives.

This chapter looks at the potential for government intrusion in our lives using drones.

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Photo from defensetech.org article “Police Drones Are Already Here.”  This is the Seattle Police Department’s Draganflyer UAV.

Our first government intrusion reports were written decades ago in my 1970s book “Passport to International Profit”.   Then the basic idea was to avoid government domination by being a multi national.

I realized that these ideas needed a serious update when I discovered last week that my new camera was tracking me.  I began getting location related advertisements scrolling across my view finder compliments of the GPS in the camera.

Talk about peeping directly into the window of the soul!  What can be more intimate than a photographer’s eye and its relationship with the image in the viewfinder as we capture that brief moment of time?

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Image from Guarding ground zero at www.digitaltrends.com

What’s to stop a reverse process?  Could someone see from my retina from my camera and know what I am taking a picture of?  That’s a truly scary thought. This report will touch on retinal scans later but first drones and the way they can intrude locally and globally.

Just as the US used the muscle of the US dollar to force banks globally into abandoning bank privacy, it is using its muscle to take over air space globally.

A March 2012 New York Times article entitled “U.S. Drones Fight Mexican Drug Trade” by Ginger Thompson and Mark Mazzetti gives us a clue how the Feds are doing this when it says:  Stepping up its involvement in Mexico’s drug war, the Obama administration has begun sending drones deep into Mexican territory to gather intelligence that helps locate major traffickers and follow their networks, according to American and Mexican officials.

The Pentagon began flying high-altitude, unarmed drones over Mexican skies last month, American military officials said, in hopes of collecting information to turn over to Mexican law enforcement agencies. Other administration officials said a Homeland Security drone helped Mexican authorities find several suspects linked to the Feb. 15 killing of Jaime Zapata, a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Immigration agent.

President Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderón, formally agreed to continue the surveillance flights during a White House meeting on March 3. The American assistance has been kept secret because of legal restrictions in Mexico and the heated political sensitivities there about sovereignty, the officials said.

In recent years, the United States has steadily stepped up its role in fighting Mexican drug trafficking, though officials offer few details of the cooperation. The greatest growth involves intelligence gathering, with Homeland Security and the American military flying manned aircraft and drones along the United States’ southern border — and now over Mexican territory — that are capable of peering deep into Mexico and tracking criminals’ communications and movements, officials said.

“It wasn’t that long ago when there was no way the D.E.A. could conduct the kinds of activities they are doing now,” said Mike Vigil, a retired chief of international operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration. “And the only way they’re going to be able to keep doing them is by allowing Mexico to have plausible deniability.”

The leaders emphasized “the value of information sharing,” a senior Mexican official said, adding that they recognized “the responsibilities shared by both governments in the fight against criminal organizations on both sides of the border.”

Still, much of the cooperation is shrouded in secrecy. Mexican and American authorities, for example, initially denied that the first fusion center, established over a year ago in Mexico City, shared and analyzed intelligence. Some officials now say that Mexican and American law enforcement agencies work together around the clock, while others characterize it more as an operational outpost staffed almost entirely by Americans.

Mexican and American officials say Mexico turns a blind eye to American wiretapping of the telephone lines of drug-trafficking suspects, and similarly to American law enforcement officials carrying weapons in violation of longstanding Mexican restrictions.

One American military official said the Pentagon had flown a number of flights over the past month using the Global Hawk drones — a spy plane that can fly higher than 60,000 feet and survey about 40,000 square miles of territory in a day. They cannot be readily seen by drug traffickers — or ordinary Mexicans — on the ground.

But no one would say exactly how many drone flights had been conducted by the United States, or how many were anticipated under the new agreement. The officials cited the secrecy of drug investigations, and concerns that airing such details might endanger American and Mexican officials on the ground.

“I think most Mexicans, especially in areas of conflict, would be fine about how much the United States is involved in the drug war, because things have gotten so scary they just want to see the bad guys get caught,” said Mr. Selee of the Wilson Center. “But the Mexican government is afraid of the more nationalistic elements in the political elite, so they tend to hide it.”

Expect the spread of US drones in other countries because the drones are powerful tools.  This means that one can no longer eliminate the eye of the government by simply crossing a border.   The drone can see and the information garnered is most likely going to be shared.

Billions in Information Sharing

The drones are the seeing eye and the information shared is the biometric IDs.

An article at terrorism.about.com says:  Biometric identification was given a legislative green light. The Patriot (Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) Act of 2001, renewed in 2006, mandated that standards for biometric identification be established.  The imperative to create standards and new technologies paved the way for a massive infusion of government funding. Evan Ratliff at Wired, Inc. noted spending projections of $10 billion, in 2005, and that US-VISIT (an immigration data and biometrics system) alone had had $10 billion poured into it.

The combination of drones, biometric ID and information sharing can create a terrible intrusion.

BiomterictrendsGrowth.com sows that bio metrics have been with us for quite some time when it says: More and more private and government organizations turn to facial recognition biometric (just think DMVs), but privacy concerns slow broader adoption.

After a driver sits for a photo at the Illinois Secretary of State office to renew a license, officials use facial-recognition technology to give the resulting image a close look. First, state officials verify that the face matches the images portrayed on previous licenses issued under the driver’s name. The second, more extensive run-through determines if the same face appears on other Illinois driver’s licenses with different names. Washington Technology’s Alice Lipowicz writes that since starting the program in 1999, the state has uncovered more than 5,000 cases of multiple identity fraud, according to Beth Langen, policy and program division administrator at the Illinois Secretary of State office. The state pays Digimarc Corp. about 25 cents per license for the service, she said. “We are very pleased. It is a fraud for which we have no other tool” to combat, Langen said.

About 40 percent of the nation’s drivers will undergo such facial-recognition database checks when they renew their licenses in twenty states.

Several other projects and developments are driving growth in facial recognition:

* The State Department uses it for its database of foreign visa applicants’ facial images, which it has been building since 2004 under a contract with L-1 Identity Solutions. The system was developed at State to reduce visa-related identity fraud.

* The FBI’s $1 billion Next Generation Identification system is being built to add face and palm print biometrics databases to the crime-fighting arsenal. It also will make it easier to share data from the existing fingerprint system. The FBI chose Lockheed Martin Corp. Feb. 12 as the prime contractor.

* DHS’s U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program is experimenting with multimodal biometrics, including facial recognition, said Director Robert Mocny. US-VISIT collects fingerprints from visa applicants and shares that information with other agencies.

New technologies for 3-D facial recognition and new algorithms for greater accuracy are being developed. For now, Lipowicz writes, we should expect to see more motor vehicle offices adopting the technology, industry experts said. More sharing with law enforcement and with other states might come later if privacy can be protected. “Facial recognition is getting to a point where it really has a high degree of potential acceptance. But it is not yet capable in covert and face in- the-crowd applications,” said Walter Hamilton, chairman of the International Biometric Industry Association. “In my view, facial recognition at state motor vehicle departments is one of the most logical applications. It works the best,” said Jeremy Grant, senior vice president at Stanford Group. investment research firm.

Cameras in drones may not yet be able to pick put people in a crowd, but they can alert authorities to unusual activity.

The article “Guarding ground zero” at  www.digitaltrends.com explains how:  While the WTC security system will employ technology from a wide array of companies, including Diebold and SightLogix, the bulk of the system is being outfitted by Houston, Texas-based Behavioral Recognitions Systems, or BRS Labs. BRS Labs makes a product called AiSight (“eye sight”), which uses artificial neuro network (ANN) technology, allowing it to “autonomously identify abnormal behavior within the field of view of a surveillance camera in real time,” according to the BRS Labs website. Anytime something unusual happens within view of an AiSight-powered camera system, an alert is sent to the appropriate authorities.

Why AI is better

Like other artificial intelligence systems, AiSight uses computer learning to build “memories,” or “Hypocepts,” as BRS Labs calls them, based on what it “sees” through the cameras to which it’s connected. These memories become more and more refined over time, as the AiSight system gathers and analyzes more and more information about the environments it watches.


The benefits of AiSight are not simply that it learns on its own, but that it could prove more effective at actually preventing crime. Standard surveillance systems have been shown to do little to actually stop people from breaking the law. According to a 2005 study from the University of Leicester in the UK (home to the world’s largest public surveillance network, CCTV), the presence of a surveillance cameras did not actually reduce crime. Yes, the footage can be used by law enforcement as evidence after a crime is committed. But that’s hardly acceptable at a site as vulnerable to catastrophic terrorist attacks as the WTC.

Because AiSight automatically detects suspicious behavior, like a car parked in a strange location, a person wandering around in circles, or someone snooping where they shouldn’t, and immediate contacts the authorities, it’s possible for AiSight-powered systems to stop terrorism or other dangerous crime before it actually happens. Combine this with the WTC’s facial recognition and iris scanners (which can identify if someone is in the federal database), and the chances of another disaster occuring there become greatly lessened.

Why this is terrifying

You may have notice that, so far, I’ve spoken positively about BRS Labs and AiSight; from my research, it seems like a vast improvement over previous surveillance software systems. But that’s just the tech geek side of me talking. The suspicious, civil liberties advocate side is thinking, “Creeping Jesus! This is the beginning of a terrifying Orwellian police state!” Which very well may be true. Not that much can be done to stop it — nor would most people would want to, anyway.

Modern “search and seizure” laws under the Fourth Amendment are defined by the 1967 US Supreme Court case, Katz vs. United States 389 US 347. In its decision, the Court declared that, “What a person knowingly exposes to the public, even in his own home or office, is not a subject of Fourth Amendment protection, but what he seeks to preserve as private, even in an area accessible to the public, may be constitutionally protected. Generally, a person walking along a public sidewalk or standing in a public park cannot reasonably expect that his activity will be immune from the public eye or from observation by the police.”

Beyond Big Brother

There are some other concerns… such as private use of drones.


The AR Drone in your Smartphone.  The accessibility of  drones and ease to consumers will lead to use in the private sector. Already the Parrot AR drone allows a smartphone user to easily control a remote controlled flying camera using a smartphone.  It’s easy to setup and easy to fly.

The River of Blood

A number of January 2012 news article showed how a  private Drone Enthusiast discovered a “River of Blood” using a drone. He was using the drone to survey the course of a local river when he photographed an environmental hazard coming from a Texas slaughterhouse.

Drones and Water

The applications here for law enforcement and of course the media are obvious.  Where else might this be applicable?  I always wondered how governments could enforce water restriction laws.  Drones can easily pick up those who are watering when they should not!

The day is not coming when police will have drones. The day is already here.

An article “Look to the skies” at arstechnica.com says:  The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and elsewhere) have driven the rapid development over the past decade of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—robotic planes flown by some combination of remote “pilot” operators, software, and GPS navigation. Ranging in size from that of a flying model kit to full-sized aircraft, UAVs, also referred to as unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), have done everything from spotting roadside bombs to bombing alleged Al-Qaeda hideouts—and now they’re ready for civilian jobs. As war efforts wind down, the military is preparing to bring home the over 7,500 UAVs deployed overseas—and the companies that build them are looking to create a domestic market for the technology.

Federal Aviation Administration rules have so far tightly limited the use of UAVs to the same sets of rules applied to hobbyists flying radio-controlled model aircraft. But all that is set to change, thanks to legislation slipped into the FAA’s 2012 funding bill, signed on February 14. The law is pushing the FAA to stop worrying and love the drone by setting deadlines for starting UAVs’ “integration into the national airspace.” The FAA is now soliciting public input on locations for six test sites where it will look at ways to integrate UAVs into the same airspace as human-piloted aircraft.

In addition to fast-tracking the use of small UAVs by law enforcement and emergency responders by as early as May, the law also sets deadlines that could allow the first wave of certified “safe” drones to take to the skies as early as August. By September of 2015, the law dictates that the FAA will have rules set for the licensing of commercial and civil UAVs, and that they will be fully integrated into the “national airspace.”

That could have a potentially huge impact on society and culture—in both a positive and negative sense. “There’s a stunning amount of innovation going on in the drone world,” and a long list of potential applications, said John Villasenor, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and professor of electrical engineering at UCLA, at a panel discussion on drones at Brookings on April 4. He called drones the equivalent of the space program in terms of their potential impact on technological change.

“What the military has shown abroad is there’s a tremendous amount of stuff you can do with this, if the regulatory environment permits—not just surveillance,” said Benjamin Wittes, a senior Brookings fellow, also at the April 4 event. Based on the advances in self-guidance and self-landing technology, he said, “there is no good reason anymore for there to be pilots in the domestic airspace. The main barrier is psychological, not technical.”

The applications for unmanned aircraft—both for government and business—range from the mundane to the insane, covering everything from the monitoring of highway traffic and land use to airborne wireless Internet gateways. The military has already begun work on adopting autonomous helicopters based on the Kaman K-MAX to deliver cargo on the battlefield; airfreight companies could be among those lined up to bring that technology to the commercial world.

In Texas, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office acquired a Shadowhawk helicopter UAV from Vanguard Defense Industries last September with some funding help from the Department of Homeland Security to support the department’s SWAT team; the Shadowhawk costs $40 an hour to operate, compared to the $500-per-hour cost of a full-sized helicopter. There are downsides—last month, a Shadowhawk prototype crashed into a SWAT armored vehicle during a photo op when it lost contact with the controller and shut down.

There are some in law enforcement who are interested in doing more than just watching with UAVs—some have expressed interest in arming UAVs with nonlethal weapons. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel told The Daily in March that the office was “open to the idea” of adding weapons to their Shadowhawk, which could include flares, smoke grenades, tear gas, tasers, or rubber bullets for crowd control—allowing police to disperse protestors or angry mobs without even being on the scene. The Shadowhawk could also be equipped with a beanbag “force baton” to be used to subdue a suspect “from altitude.”

The idea of armed flying police robots seems, to some, a really bad idea. Security technologist Bruce Schneier responded to the news of Montgomery County’s purchase of the Shadowhawk with the question, “Why does anyone think this is a good idea?” American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney Catherine Crump expressed her incredulity over the concept as well at the Brookings event. “The potential weaponization of drones and the way the debate has developed, I found startling,” she said—the potential for inappropriate use of force against individuals by police could be huge if actions were based solely on what could be seen through an UAV’s cameras.

That’s a scary thought… the police with weapons in drones and using biometric technology.

Think of the mistakes that could be made.  The computerized profiling… making decisions out of context from afar.  Plus there are the mundane risks.  One wonders how long it will be before some jet taking off or landing somewhere sucks a drone into its engine or when one will crash through a house or into a car.

According to an article at  defensetech.org, a Shadowhawk drone-chopper belonging to the Montgomery County,Texas, Sheriff’s Office has already crashed… into a SWAT truck belonging to the Sheriff’s office.

Drones are here to stay having reached us as products of war.  Most new technology that moves from military to domestic use brings jobs, increased productivity and numerous social benefits.  I expect drones will as well.

Drones in Ecuador

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According to the Daytona news Journal:  Unmanned planes, dubbed Piquero, the Spanish word for a native bird in the Galapagos Islands, weighs 55 pounds and has a 12-foot wingspan They will cost $5,000 to $10,000 each.  (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students and professors have designed a drone that will help keep poachers from killing sharks and whales near Ecuador.

The unmanned aerial vehicle will be used to prevent poaching in the Pacific Ocean around the Galapagos Islands, an area rich in marine life.

The goal is eventually to have a fleet of about 30 such aircraft in a few years to monitor that area, according to Charlie Reinholtz, Embry-Riddle professor/chairman of the department of mechanical engineering and faculty project leader.

Embry-Riddle has been working for the past year and half on the project, collaborating with a group of faculty and students at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador, which has a research station in the Galapagos.

So drones can bring a lot of progress and good.

However they will also bring more intrusion into an increasingly public world.

 What to Do?

The ways new technology and greater government intrusion will change life is hard to say.  How to adapt to such complexities…or even harder to project.

This is why we have been focusing on simple solutions. Simplicity is a key to combating complexity.

One simple fact is that as there is more government intrusion, as there are larger populations and greater isolation… people will want to meet and unite with like minded souls.

Our writer’s camps and self publishing courses show how to monetize publications with events and how to use special interest groups to market events and publications.

Here is an excerpt from a lesson of our online self publishing course.

Special Interest Groups Can Create Excellent Prospecting Paths

Special interest groups can be excellent prospecting paths for overseas events.


Merri greeting and meeting in Cotacachi, Ecuador.

Expats have been meeting lately at the Inn Land of the Sun Fridays and Saturdays for homemade pizza, special dishes and quinoa.

Here is a case study of how one of our Super Thinking + Spanish teachers launched his  events marketing efforts with success.

This study can help you see one way to build an events business based around travel.

This teacher planned to travel to several Spanish countries where he had never been.
Due to time restrictions he only had three and a half weeks to market his first course when he arrived in Uruguay… thousands of miles from his home in this country for the first time.

He had no contacts to kick start his first event.

Yet he garnered 12 delegates for his first course with over $4,000 of income.  We consider this a very good start.

He began by finding out about expat meetings… looking for expat forums and visiting language exchange meetings.

Expat forums.  The expat meetings provided access to people who were writing blogs for the expats in Uruguay.

These expat groups can be large and active.

Let’s take Peru as a quick example.   A quick Google search for expat blogs in Peru reveal www.expatperu.com.

Just this one site invites expats to an St. Patrick’s Day event at the Irish consulate and…


has a schedule of events.




special and regular events including get togethers and Spanish courses.  Both are great places to meet prospects for a Spanish course.

Expat meetings.  Merri and I have never been good at meetings like this.  We are introverts… so are not great in social groups, plus we have always tended to mingle, live, work and socialize (in a limited way) with family rather than expats.

In spite of this, such groups are great prospecting paths.

Referals.  The teacher in Uruguay took one more step that worked well for him.  One of the expat bloggers had lived for some time in Uruguay but needed to speak Spanish better.

The teacher offered him a free attendance if he could bring three delegates.  This idea accounted for a fourth of this courses initial turn out.

Language exchange meetings.  These are meetings where expats meet residents and trade language. The locals speak Spanish (or whatever the language might be)… the gringos speak English.  They are typically fun social events with dozens… even 100 or more in attendance.

The ideas above offer excellent, fun and fulfilling ways to create new friends as you develop prospecting paths to market and conduct events as you travel or go to a new place.

Learn how to earn from two hot trends as a Super Thinking + Spanish teacher.

Learn about our online writer’s and publisher’s course.


U.S. Drones Fight Mexican Drug Trade

Guarding Ground Zero

Biometric ID article

Look to the skies Is it time to stop worrying and love the drone

Police Drones Are Already Here

Drones in Ecuador