Bloomberg Law: Website-Browsing Surveillance Suits Erupt After Appellate Ruling

The software also enables companies to conduct a form of human-subject research without the consent of the human subjects, and operates without regard to important privacy concerns such as limiting the amount of data that companies collect and retain, said John Davisson, senior counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

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Liberals call for ban on Homeschooling: Claim it’s Right-Wing Extremism! Push to Ban Independent Thought Ramps Up!

Homeschooling Kids Extremism

As the federal government ramps up its propaganda to deem anyone who doesn’t toe the democrat line an extremist, it seems those who grow their own food, homeschool their children, and want to live a self-reliant lifestyle have become the next target of the tyrants who wish to kill off independent thought and self-reliance.

It’s something we have warned about for over a decade and probably why we have been essentially shadow banned from social media and significant search engines – those who told tell the truth and refused to sell their websites to the mega-corporations that run over 99% of the internet have been demonetized, demoted in search, and shadow-banned on social media. In July of 2021, Facebook began warning users that they might have seen or been exposed to “extremist content” on social media. Oddly, the warnings seemed to target users who belonged to gardening, homeschooling, canning, and other groups that dealt with traditional skills and values.

Screenshots shared on other social networks showed a notice asking, “Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist?” and another that alerted users, “you may have been exposed to harmful extremist content recently.” Both included links to “get support.” This all came around the same time the White House admitted to working with social media companies to ban so-called extremists content.

Apparently, wanting to have the skills to live without government intervention in every aspect of your life is now an extremist position.

Homeschooling parents are targeted for wanting to provide an actual education for their children!

As the democrat party plunges into their dystopian wet dream, fresh off their historic win of convincing a majority of our brainwashed population that they should give up their civil liberties due to a cold virus, it seems there is no end to the insanity in sight. In fact, one of their many targets appears to now include homeschoolers as well – you can’t have children being taught to think for themselves!

The one upside to the democrat pandemic was how many parents saw their kids come back to life once the school shut down. Before the so-called pandemic, only 5.4 percent of households reported home-schooling children. During the pandemic, that number jumped to 11.1 percent.

“So parents are finding out, we do not need a government teaching license to be effective teachers. We do not need $12,000 of our neighbor’s tax money for our children to learn. We do not need the professor created curriculum,” Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute and editor in chief of Home School Researcher, told The Hill.

“We do not need our children to be around 27 peers for six hours per day to be well socialized. We could have more family time, we could have a more flexible schedule. We do not have to live at the whim of the institutional school and its schedule,” Ray added.

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Front Yard Pharmacy: Your Herb Garden, by B.W..

Introductory Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Use medicinal herbs under direction from your own doctor and with your own discretion. Always do your research before taking any medication, herbal or otherwise.

Does the world as it sits right now have you feeling overwhelmed and more than a little nervous about the future? Maybe you’re prepping like crazy, putting back food and water. Maybe you’re rearranging your investments and starting some of the projects you’ve been wanting to do for years.

In all of your preparation, have you made considerations for what you will do if modern medicine takes a nosedive? If cold and flu season ends up being much more problematic than it has ever been? What if you can’t find painkillers or cold medicine at the stores anymore? What if the pharmacy doesn’t exist in a future world?

Enter the medicinal herb garden. Often talked about as an alternative to modern prescription drugs, this is not a new topic to today’s prepper. Maybe when you think about medicinal herbs you conjure whimsical images of cottage gardens with neatly labeled herbs, shrubs, and trees. Or do you picture a romp through the woods gathering the herbs you need for your newest brew?

While there is nothing wrong with an apothecary-esque garden or a foraging expedition, the goal of this article is to place medicinal herbs in the spotlight as specimen plantings and feature plants of your front yard. The herbs, plants, and trees I suggest here will be powerful medicine for you and your family and are beautiful enough to sneak into even the most limited of spaces.

A Word of Encouragement for the Beginner

When I first heard about medicinal herbs, the first emotion I felt was fear. I’m not joking. My brain had a physical reaction to that combination of words because over the span of my lifetime there were subtle warnings. “DANGER!” “NOT APPROVED BY THE FDA.” “ALWAYS SEEK APPROVAL FROM YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING ANY HERBAL SUPPLEMENT.”

There is even a disclaimer at the top of this article, but I’m telling you right now, that is there because it has to be there, on the advice of attorneys. I don’t want any one of the people reading this to go out and drink 2 gallons of elderberry syrup, proceed to throw up, and sue the pants off me. I believe the general population is smarter than that.

The collection of warnings from bureaucrats made me feel like I needed a Ph.D. in pharmacology to even think about tinkering around with herbs for medicine. But, I’m here to encourage you. Don’t be afraid! While it is always smart to use caution when trying something new, it is insanely unlikely that taking herbs will harm you to the extent that you are made to believe.

Many beginners are afraid that you will take these herbal medicines and immediately drop dead from a heart attack. Or poison yourself unknowingly. Or start singing “Kumbaya” with the spirits of your…

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GAO Report: Federal Agencies Lack Senior Leadership to Effectively Implement Privacy Programs

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, prepared in consultation with privacy experts including EPIC Senior Counsel John Davisson, canvassed 24 federal government agencies and found that most have failed to fully implement statutory privacy requirements. The GAO found that despite the massive amount of personally identifiable information (PII) collected by these agencies and the increasing sophistication of technology, most agencies struggled to fund and implement critical privacy program practices. Less than half the agencies surveyed have developed a privacy risk management framework, and ten agencies have not properly implemented a strategy for continuously monitoring for privacy risks. Further, agencies identified significant shortcomings in their privacy impact assessments (PIAs), including failures to initiate PIAs early enough in the process to be effective, or an inability to hold agency staff accountable for failing to complete PIAs.

The GAO recommended that Congress consider legislation to designate a senior privacy official at agencies and give that individual sufficient authority to ensure privacy requirements are implemented. The GAO further recommended that the Director of OMB share information and best practices across agencies, including application of privacy requirements and risk management to emerging technology, as well as information relating to PIAs.

EPIC has long worked to promote the use of privacy impact assessments and to ensure strict adherence with PIA requirements. Most recently, in EPIC v. USPS, EPIC brought suit to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s law enforcement arm from using facial recognition and social media monitoring tools at least until the agency has completed required privacy impact assessments.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Outdoors Dad

Fathers Day Gift Guide for the Outdoors DadFathers Day Gift Guide for the Outdoors Dad

Father’s Day is fast approaching. But don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to buy the perfect gift for your dad on June 21st. We have scoured the internet for the best buys to save you time and money.

If your dad loves the outdoor life, he is really going to appreciate a practical gift, something that he can use for one of his hobbies or help with his prepping priorities.

Whether your dad is a hiker, camper, prepper, or just loves to be outdoors, we have picked out the best gifts for your budget.

If you are planning a day’s hiking with your dad on Father’s day, then why not treat him to a new piece of hiking kit before you get started?

For Dads’ who love to prep

Multi-Tool

Leatherman Surge

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A good multi-tool is a must-have for your Dad’s Bug Out Bag

The Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool is made to a high standard and comes fully loaded with 21 useful features and a 25-year guarantee. All tools lock into place for easy and safe operation and can all be used with only one hand.

This real investment piece will serve your dad well for years to come.

Paracord Belt

Paracord Belt

ASR Outdoor Survival EDC 550 Paracord Belt with Stainless Steel Buckle, 48 inches (3 Colors)ASR Outdoor Survival EDC 550 Paracord Belt with Stainless Steel Buckle, 48 inches (3 Colors)

Paracord is an essential piece of survival kit

It is useful for many different scenarios, and you can never have too much of it.

It can be bulky to carry around, so your dad will find this Paracord Belt a useful way to free up some space in his bug out bag.

​For Dads’ who love to hike

If you’re planning a day’s hiking with your dad on Father’s day, then why not treat him to a new piece of hiking kit before you get started?

Hiking Boots

Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot

Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Hiking BootTimberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

Ideal for day hikes and longer weekend adventures.

They are made from full-grain waterproof leather and are seam-sealed for complete protection from the rain or if you need to cross water during a hike. They have a padded collar and tongue to give comfort and protection to your ankles as you move.

Backpack

Under Armour Adult Hustle Backpack

Under Armour Hustle BackpackUnder Armour Hustle Backpack

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The Rise of Chinese Surveillance Technology in Africa (part 5 of 6)

Personal Data Vulnerabilities in Africa

By Bulelani Jili, EPIC Scholar-in-Residence

Digital initiatives have widened the range of personal data collected by African states. In 2011, the Nairobi government employed a French company, Imprimerie Nationale, to create a biometric data system for their national identity card program. This digitization initiative was justified as a way to bolster tax recovery, streamline administrative processes, and strengthen national security priorities.

Disagreements

From the very beginning, the development of the system stalled due to disagreements between Safaricom, the leading communication company in Kenya, and formal banks over how to structure the system. On the one hand, the formal banks aimed to build a credit reporting system and new government registration program that would allow customers to formalize non-fixed assets like cattle. These assets would then act as a new form of collateral that would allow more citizens to borrow from the banks. The banks, and their advocates, justified their position by appealing to the need for secure identification, stronger national security, and better tax coverage and recovery. Safaricom, however, advocated for a simpler digital biometric registrar system for delivering high-interest micro-loans that did not require collateral. This disagreement was never resolved since the ambitious plan for a panoptic biometric registration, announced by the government in the early 2010s, ultimately never came to pass. Following this outcome, Safaricom launched their micro-loan program, M-Shwari.

Huduma Namba

In 2019, the Kenyan government announced an even more ambitious plan: the National Integrated Identity Management System, popularly known as Huduma Namba, which means service number in Swahili. The database contains information, including biometric information, on Kenyan citizens and foreign residents in the country. It crucially collected the fingerprints and facial photographs of almost 40 million Kenyans. Broadly, the state initiative aimed to consolidate a citizen’s passport, national identification, driver’s license, and social-security card into a single credential. This change would appear not only to engender administrative ease for the government, but also streamline access to public services and participation.

High Court’s Decision

This later initiative also stalled. Kenya’s High Court found that the digital ID initiative did not have sufficient safeguards. Kenya had established a Data Protection Act in 2019 which aimed to manage and protect data once it is acquired, processed, and stored. Yet, as it stands, there are no clear regulations as to how Kenya’s biometric databases or facial-recognition technologies will be used or how the data in these systems will be appropriately vetted. Accordingly, the court ruled to pause the rollout of Huduma Namba because (i) there was no practical legislation in place to guarantee the security and safety of the biometric data processed by the state and its corporate partners and (ii) there were no means to ensure that the systems would not deprive access to historically marginalized groups in Kenya.

The court also ordered the government to conduct a data protection impact assessment. Since then, the government has appealed this decision, calling for a clearer outline…

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How to Pick Contractors for Your Homestead – reThinkSurvival.com

There are plenty of benefits of living in a bustling city — employment opportunities, restaurants and entertainment, shopping, meeting people and high-quality amenities are only a few worth mentioning. Yet, many city dwellers dream of trading it all in for simpler living somewhere off the beaten path. That’s why more people opt out of their lease renewals and pack their belongings for the homestead life instead.

Beginner homesteaders will be eager to start their new lifestyles. After stumbling upon a beautiful property, they’ll want to quickly seek out contractors to help them build the future they’ve envisioned for so long. Yet, homesteading requires highly specialized expertise, making it essential to choose trustworthy professionals. This article will provide you with the most crucial steps for hiring a reputable contractor for your homestead.

Homesteading by the Numbers

On May 20, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, allotting 160 acres of public land per citizen interested in improving and residing on it. Today, about 93,000,000 homesteaders occupy 270,000,000 acres of land, taking on rigorous agricultural work to build a new lifestyle.

Homesteading is hard work and not everyone is cut out for it. Nevertheless, those who choose to be more self-sufficient — foraging, gardening organically, making their own clothes and living sustainably — usually benefit from doing it.

A growing trend in homesteaders indicates people born between 1981 and 1996 are most interested in generating deeper connections with the environment. The generation that grew up during a digital evolution now recognizes the importance of being more of a producer than a consumer.

However, while you can homestead anywhere, not every state is ideal. For instance, Hawaii’s cost of living is almost double the national average. In New Jersey, a robust industry has left nearly half of the state’s drinking wells heavily contaminated with “forever chemicals.”

Montana currently boasts the most homesteads, with 151,600 properties occupying 34% of the state’s total acreage. Meanwhile, 45% of Nebraska is made up of homesteads. Some other popular states include Iowa, Tennessee, Idaho, Missouri and Arkansas, based on the primary factors conducive to homesteading, such as:

  • Cost of living
  • Arable land for farming
  • Water and air quality
  • Homeschooling laws
  • Climate
  • Friendly state laws

Iowa in particular is one of the most homestead-friendly states. The state offers unlimited homestead exemptions if you own a half-acre within city limits or 40 acres in a more rural area. Also, Iowans pay lower property taxes, have a solar energy tax credit of up to $5,000 and relaxed homeschool restrictions.

10 Tips for Picking Contractors for Your Homestead

Breaking ground is an exciting time for homesteaders, but a lot needs to happen before construction begins. If you’ve never built a house from the ground up, bringing your plans to fruition might seem like a daunting task. Even experienced general contractors should still look for someone else to oversee the construction of their homestead, as any knowledge gaps could hinder progress in completing the project.

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8 DIY Barn Design Ideas You Can Build on a Budget

Barns are a great addition to your home, but constructing a barn can be overwhelming since it’s a significant investment involving meticulous planning and decision-making. However, there are several ways to cut costs without jeopardizing your barn’s structural integrity and functionality. Most barn designs have the flexibility for every budget, but some design elements may not be necessary. Regardless, it can be daunting to choose the design features when you’re on a tight budget. The following design ideas can help you build a functional barn and reduce costs.

1. Consider Alternatives to Concrete Foundation

Concrete is a common material in the foundation and flooring of most suburban and agricultural barns. Nevertheless, concrete isn’t necessary, depending on how you intend to use the barn. Concrete is more expensive, and using other alternatives can help you save significant amounts of money.

Typically, you can use budget-friendly alternatives like gravel, dirt, asphalt, and stone. Asphalt is more expensive than gravel and dirt but cheaper than concrete flooring. However, asphalt can be expensive in the long term since it requires more maintenance.

2. Column Spacing

Some barn designs require multiple columns for structural support, but you have the liberty to choose the number of columns you’ll use. The average Horse Barn Builder in New Jersey maintains a column spacing of 6 to 12 feet.

Using fewer columns means your construction costs will be lower since fewer columns require fewer trusses. Consequently, you can save money on materials and labor. However, it’s essential to consider your barn’s structural integrity when designing its column layout.

3. Interior Finishing

It’s easy to incur higher building costs when you go for high-end interior finishing in your barn. While the finishing is very appealing, it may not be necessary.

Typically, drywall interiors are popular but expensive options. You must prep the barn for stud walls that secure the drywall and look for high-quality insulation materials. The drywall is prone to rot without proper insulation, leading to high repair costs. Linear steel panels are also used for interior barn finishing and are more durable, low maintenance, and energy-efficient than dry walls. However, the steel is prone to rust if it’s damaged.

OSB tends to be the most budget-friendly option. It’s a versatile material and cheaper than linear steel and drywall, making it an excellent choice for DIY enthusiasts on a tight budget. On the flip side, you can’t paint or stain OSB, meaning your barn will appear unfinished. If this aspect isn’t at the top of your “must haves,” OSB interior finish can help you save lots of cash.

4. Cheaper Sliding Doors

Overhead barn doors can be quite convenient, especially if you plan to keep large equipment in the barn. More so, they are fitted with garage openers for quick hands-free operation. However, they can be expensive.

A quality sliding door can be a better choice that helps minimize the overall building costs. While you won’t get the convenience of automation, you’ll enjoy a more affordable price tag. Still, you can get a door fitted with a StepSaver Latch system…

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The Best Throwing Knives for Beginners (No-Spin and Rotational Options)

Even though knife throwing goes back hundreds of years, it was only in 2009 that knife throwing experienced its modern revival.

Now, there are numerous competitions around the world. Top manufacturers are making throwing knives. I wouldn’t be surprised if ESPN added a knife-throwing show soon!

While you can throw any knife, the knives made for throwing are very different. Further, some knives are better for no-spin throwing or rotational throwing.

Here’s what you need to know to pick the best throwing knife for beginners that can still be used as you gain experience.

Most “Throwing Knives” Are Not Very Good!

Before I get into what the best throwing knives are, I feel the need to do a mini-rant. I checked out what some other websites listed as the best throwing knives. Pretty much all of them recommend the same knives. And those knives are mostly crap.

Why? The knives are either too small, too light, or both. Oh, and some sites recommend kunai throwing knives. Unless you are a nerdy anime fan, there is no reason to get a kunai (more on why kunai knives suck for throwing later).

I get that websites make affiliate money by recommending certain products. But they should at least do their research!

We also have affiliate links on this site, but we aren’t going to recommend products that are complete crap just to make money.

What Do We Recommend?

All the throwing knives listed here are larger in size and weight and are primarily center-balanced.

Cold Steel is the absolute best. They don’t break, even when thrown incorrectly.

But the other knives reviewed here are also suitable for beginners, especially on a budget.

Just know that you’ll eventually end up with some broken blades. By then, you’ll probably be ready to upgrade to a better set of throwing knives anyway.

Best Throwing Knives Overview

Throwing Knife Reviews

Cold Steel Sure Flight Sport

Overall Length: 12″ | Steel: 1055 carbon | Weight: 8.3oz | Balance: Center

Cold Steel Sure Flight SportCold Steel Sure Flight Sport

Cold Steel knives are by far the best when it comes to commercial throwing knives. They won’t break like other cheaper alternatives.

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As for this Sure Flight knife, it is well balanced with a good length. This makes them suitable for beginners who aren’t sure whether they want to throw rotational or no-spin.

It is a bit lighter, so it won’t be as good for throwing long distances. However, while learning, the lighter weight will keep wrist strain down.

Note that this knife doesn’t come with a sheath. You’ll have to buy that separately. The sheath can hold up to three blades.

Best for: Rotational or no-spin; not great for long distances.

Cold Steel Pro Balance

Overall Length: 13¼” | Steel: 1055 carbon | Weight: 11.5oz | Balance: Slightly towards the handle

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CBP Compiles Massive Amounts of Travelers’ Data through Border Seizures

In a letter to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Commissioner Chris Magnus, Sen. Ron Wyden revealed that CBP has compiled a massive amount of travelers’ data through the searches of cellphones, iPads, and computers seized from travelers at U.S. airports, seaports, and border crossings. The data from the searches is kept in a database known as the Automated Targeting System, which pulls data from numerous sources. According to Sen. Wyden’s letter, CBP officials are adding data from as many as 10,000 electronic devices a year to the database, which is accessible to at least 2,700 CBP officers without a warrant. Further, unlike other government surveillance databases, CBP officials with access are not required to record the purpose of their search.

In his letter, Sen. Wyden criticized CBP for “allowing indiscriminate rifling through Americans’ private records” and called for stronger privacy protections. Sen. Wyden’s letter to CBP comes three days after Sen. Wyden and Sen. Ed Markey sent a letter to ICE urging it to end its “dragnet surveillance system.”

For years, EPIC has challenged CBP’s execution of warrantless searches of electronic devices at the border. In its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit EPIC v. CBP, EPIC obtained records relating to CBP’s auditing mechanism for its electronic search procedures, all audits, and the CBP handbook on security policies and procedures. The documents include access control proceduresauditing procedures, a device search audit chartuser agreements, and memos regarding the Inspector General’s field audit reviews of border searches of electronic devices, among other records.

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