Category Archives: Privacy

Valid Mind Reading Tests

Isolata Demonstratum – A fact, known with certainty to only oneself, which is used to verify that one’s mind has not been read.

I know something about you that you do not know I know: You have tested god, the universe, reality, the matrix, or whatever you are calling it these days, to see if your thoughts are yours and yours alone. Admit it, you’ve done it.

You may be surprised to learn that everyone else has too. It is a universal human trait. Some do it subconsciously, some have no name for these tests, others more self-aware have taken the time to name them things like “myknownlys” or “horks”, but we all have them.

Horks test for time continuity and/or mind readers. If you’ve told no one your current hork, only a time traveler, or real mind reader (God, supernatural beings, alien, or a super advanced technology) besides you could know it. Don’t be fooled, people with digital access and/or people watching or listening covertly may tell me things like passwords or a ritual I did on a secluded beach, but none have as yet broken my own isolata demonstration, things only I know which I haven’t told a soul, little details which I know with an abiding certainty have never gone beyond my own thoughts.

If this universe is some kind of super advanced simulation, horks are part of the built-in security system. If you are one with me, that is, inside my mind; if you know my soul, or if you have come back from the future, I have a way for you to prove it: pass my current test.

Here’s another thing everyone does: eventually, you leak your self-known-only fact somewhere. As soon as you write it down, or whisper it, say it to yourself so your lips move (almost imperceptibly, but measurably by AI and cameras) or confide in any electronic device, no matter how secure, your hork becomes just a guarded secret, like a password, and not an actual hork.

Sometimes it’s a little game we play that we progressively make it more and more known by various means, giving clues, pretending we didn’t reveal it, when we did, because a part of us really does want to make a pure thought connection with someone.

Are you aware of your own private reality checks?

How would your life change if you had proof of someone reading your mind without being connected to, for example, an fMRI machine, which can, by the way, over time, make good guesses about types of thoughts and feelings you are experiencing.

According to a 60 minutes show, (see video below) while there are idiosyncratic mappings, results are close enough from person to person for an fMRI machine to tell what object you are thinking about.

In a test for the show, a woman who had never had a brain scan was shown images while in a brain scanner and was asked to think about each one. After that, the machine replayed the scans and guessed 10 of 10 items correctly.

This is pretty astonishing, but not a controlled experiment. Were they just scanning the pattern produced on the visual cortex of known images they had trained with many subjects?

Time will tell if real thought reading by machines works.

For now, evidence says no one can read your most private thoughts, at least not remotely. Unless this is a simulation, in which case, your thoughts are just part of the system.

Thoughts?

Xeno

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Water Used as Invisible Ink

Is that paper really blank? A new technique using special reusable paper makes water an undetectable invisible ink. Researchers in China developed a rewriteable paper coating that can encrypt secret information with relatively low-tech invisible ink — water.

A message printed out by a water-jet printer on a manganese-complex-coated paper is invisible to the naked eye, but the message reveals itself under 254 nm UV light. The paper can be ready for another round of printing after erasing the message by heating it with a blow dryer for 15-30 seconds. The method, presented September 25 in the journal Matter, allows reversible secure printing for at least 30 cycles. The recorded information is invisible under both ambient light and typical UV light. The data will only appear under a photoluminescence lifetime imaging (PLIM) technique, protecting it from general decryption methods. (PhysOrg)

The water-jet printing method is cost efficient ($0.002/print) and environmentally safe, although the short-wavelength UV light used to read the page is still potentially harmful to humans.

What will be the first book published using invisible water printing?

#invisibleink#hiddenmessage#chinesecrypto#oddnews#strangenews#hiddenart#shortuv#cheapprinting#waterprinter#interestinginventions#inventions

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The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike.

We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still?

I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans.

I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously.

Long ago, I found and interviewed a man when researching “reptilian aliens” (they are just metaphorical, in my view) who advocated over email “storming Area 51”. I disagreed with his plan because the real Area 51 is on a US military base, it is still run by the CIA as far as I know and I also thought he might be an agent of a foreign government. You never know. I’m not into anything subversive, I follow laws and believe in peaceful change.

One thing I read about Area 51 that was reinforced by real voices of government employees in the news, was that people working within agencies don’t always agree with policies they are supposed to follow. It is the duty of workers to follow the direction set by leadership, but there were differences of opinion within, just as within the FBI, and also between agencies. I’m no insider, this is just what I gleaned over the years.

I like the idea of humans getting organized as a species, but not under fascism. I don’t like Nazis or any other violent war-promoting control freaks. The idea of people writing about Reptilian Aliens, as I have understood it, is that there are factions of “cold blooded” ideological Nazis in the US government. Some were imported from Germany after the war in Operation Paperclip and these scientists grew in power in the Shadow Government. They are opposed by other groups that take seriously their oath to uphold the Constitution and to protect citizen’s rights to complain.

Until the mainstream news started talking about the Shadow Government after the attacks of 9/11/2001, I didn’t think there really was such a thing. After learning there is, I still placed my faith in the good side of the inner US government, writing articles on xenophilia.com such as 10 Proven Conspiracies and Why I Still Trust the Government. (The upshot was that “the Government” is not a single thing, it is different groups with different goals and ideals, many competing.) Conspiracy is a real thing; we have laws against it in the USA and people, including members of Congress, have gone to prison for it. Not every conspiracy theory is true, but some are, investigators have to look at the facts, the real facts, when available.

I keep repeating that I support peaceful change because it is true and because, on the spooky side, I fear that vocal people who complain peacefully, may one day be attacked, framed as radicals or turned into criminals in political theater by Nazi factions in the Shadow Government using dirty tricks, digital and otherwise. Let’s hope not.

I pray the good and honest people and groups win this epic battle.

Being interested in the culture of oddities, I have driven to Nevada and stayed at the Little Ale’Inn near Area 51 a few times. I enjoy the ET alien thing, the interesting people you can meet, and the science fiction fun aspect of it. I liked the movie Independence Day and enjoyed driving on the ET highway. I also personally like the idea of a US Space Force, although people laugh at it and some strongly oppose it.

How can we fix corruption and undue influence of big business in government if not by “storming Area 51?”

I like capitalism and competition generally, but support an idea by the Yang campaign to reasonably rein in the influence of super wealthy individuals and lobby groups:

Democracy Dollars. The easiest way to minimize the influence of super-rich individuals and SuperPACs in our politics is to drown that money out with contributions by normal Americans. Under my Democracy Dollars plan, every American would receive $100 per election cycle to donate to candidates of their choosing.

Via AndrewYang

I don’t endorse him as a presidential candidate, but I like this idea.

Representative Democracy, allowing the majority of the people (instead of a cabal) to pick the best leaders works well only if we have well informed voters. To make Democracy Dollars work, we first need truth in advertising and truth in news reporting.

Simultaneous with Democracy Dollars, we need laws that provide stiff fines for lies, and even stiffer fines for lies about lies–in other words, an American realist movement.

Candidate Joe Biden made a slip I heard yesterday while he was campaigning. He said, we need to support “truth not facts”. I do not support non-factual “truths” as facts are the basis of truth.

I support accurate and fearless fact checking as the basis for an effective peaceful democracy. We must protect the rights of reporters to investigate and report the truth.

I support local police, the FBI and the CIA and the NSA which I believe to be composed mostly of individuals of strong moral character who sometimes have to fight within their organizations for what is right, for what is truly American, for our rightful way of life.

Please save a copy of this on your computer, in the cloud, etc. and republish the bejeebies out of it if it ever gets “disappeared” by anyone who tries to put other words or ideas into my mouth! 😉

Peace, love and music,

Xeno of True Strange News

Blogging at xenophilia.com & truestrange.com

Xeno is a songwriter who has written over 100 songs, a reporter and blogger for 30+ years and nephew of a member of the band Steppenwolf. He was engaged to the personal chef of a California billionaire and has traveled to all 48 lower US states interviewing people for an eventual book on happiness. He opposes violence and promotes peaceful positive change.

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$5 Billion Fine for Facebook’s Privacy Violations, Wall $$?

Strange News Alert: Facebook is about to be hit with the largest fine ever imposed by the FTC against a tech company, 5 billion dollars, but the strange thing is, this is being called just a “slap on the wrist” for the super wealthy world social media giant.

The FTC began probing Facebook in March 2018 following reports that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users. …

Republican Congressman David Cicilline called the settlement “a slap on the wrist.”

“This fine is a fraction of Facebook’s annual revenue,” he said in a statement on Friday. “It won’t make them think twice about their responsibility to protect user data.” …

[The FTC was was concerned that ] Facebook had violated the terms of a 2011 agreement, which required Facebook to give users very clear notifications when their data was being shared with third parties.

Via CNBC

Business Insider agreed that this amount will not change Facebook’s money making anti-privacy practices.

  • Facebook has $45 billion in cash and securities on hand and generates $5 billion in cash each quarter, even after investments in property and equipment, so it can more than afford the fine.

  • … The fine isn’t likely to change Facebook’s behavior; instead, the company is likely to see it as just a simple cost of doing business.

  • On Twitter, many are asking who gets the money?

    From what we can tell, it likely won’t be Facebook users who get paid. A previous investigation “Where Do Those Huge Federal Fines Go?” By NBCBayArea said fines usually go straight to the U.S. Treasury for general use.”

    In light of this, we wonder at an interesting coincidence: 5 billion dollars is around the projected cost of a southern border wall.

    President Trump has said that he will veto any bill that doesn’t give him the $5 billion he has demanded for his border wall

    (Source)

    The US-Mexico border is 1,954 miles (3,145km) long and crosses vast deserts and mountains in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. About 654 miles of that have some sort of manmade barrier, such as fencing or a wall.

    (Source)

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spoke out against the wall in 2016 and the Whitehouse response was to criticize his lack of understanding of the situation.

    “I hear fearful voices calling for building walls,” Zuckerberg told a packed conference room of developers and media. “Instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges.”

    The day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized those who, like Donald Trump, have called for building walls, the Trump campaign fired back… [calling him] an insulated billionaire who doesn’t understand the danger posed by illegal immigration.

    (Source)

    Will the current president use Mark Zuckerberg’s really big privacy violations fine for a personal slap on top of the financial ding? There is no reason to suspect any such thing at this time, but I personally think that might be on some minds at this time.

    National Priorities lists important things we could do with $5b, such as Provide Medicaid for 1.4 million people, More than double federal spending on energy efficiency and renewable energy or Increase federal aid to public K-12 schools by 30%.

    Stay tuned to find out.

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