Don’t Kill Yourself – or get Someone Killed – Playing Pokemon Go

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Source: NaturalSociety.com
Julie Fidler
July 15, 2016

Until a couple of days ago, I’d never heard of Pokemon Go. Now I can’t get away from the smartphone game, released July 6, but I haven’t played it, and I’m still trying to figure out exactly what it is. I feel old admitting it, but I had to look it up online for an explanation. Though if you have kids, you probably know more than I do.

(sigh)

OK, let me see if I can make this make sense. Actually, never mind. I’ll just quote Vox:

“In simple terms, Pokémon Go is a game that uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon ‘appear’ around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game. (This mix of a game and the real world interacting is known as ‘augmented reality.’

The idea is to “catch” all the virtual critters, and then train them to fight…or something.

All I really know is that everywhere I go, I see people standing around, pointing their phones at thin air. I see it in the supermarket, on the busy street in front of my house, at the mall; I even saw it in an Orange Julius line the other night. (Yes, I consumed sugar.)

Good: It Makes Kids (and Everyone Else) go Outside and Move

The good thing about Pokemon Go is that it requires people to get off their butts and go outside. I mean, kids are developing myopia (near-sightedness) from not getting enough sunlight. I guess we should be glad the creators and developers of Pokemon Go are giving kids a reason to turn off their TVs and wander out of the house, even if it’s just to spend more time on their smartphones.

And it’s not just kids who are into Pokemon Go. Plenty of adults are playing, too. If you don’t believe me, you must not have a Facebook account. I see as many grown-ups posting their Pokemon “catches” on Facebook as youngsters.

Don’t Walk Aimlessly in the Street Catching Pokemon

Unfortunately, not everybody can walk and chew gum at the same time, and even fewer can use a cell phone and not…well, accidentally kiss a car bumper. You have the driving-and-texting problem, of course, but people who are too distracted by their cell phones to safely walk across the street have made headlines in recent years, too.

Throw in a little Pokemon Go, and it’s like pouring gasoline on a forest fire.

On July 12, an Auburn, New York, man crashed his car into a tree while playing the augmented reality game, causing him minor injuries. Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler said of the incident:

“Luckily the driver was not seriously injured but this is an example of how easily accidents can occur when someone is engaged in the game and not paying attention.” [1]

Two men tumbled off a cliff on July 13 in San Diego’s North County while playing Pokemon Go, too. The Encitas Fire Department arrived on the scene to find a man about 80 to 90 feet down the cliff, on a beach. The second man was found unconscious about 50 feet down the cliff.

Both men were transported to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

The men decided to climb a fence and go Pokemon hunting despite a sign posted on the fence warning that the bluffs were unstable.

Pokemon Go has also lead to some creepy encounters and stomach-churning discoveries:

  • Police in Oregon reportedly received a call that a man had been stabbed while walking and playing the game on his phone.
  • In Wyoming, a teen stumbled across a dead man’s body floating in a river while she was searching for water Pokemon.
  • Players in Pennsylvania got locked inside a cemetery after closing while hunting for the creatures. [2]
  • In Missouri, 3 teens were arrested for armed robbery. The police believe the trio lured victims to their location using Pokemon Go. [3]

    The thing that truly disturbs me is that people are so focused on a smartphone game that they’re willing to disrespect some very sacred sites, including Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and Ground Zero in New York City. People have even been caught playing Pokemon Go at the Auschwitz Museum and concentration camp in Poland. [4] [5] [6]
    We may see lawsuits flying over Pokemon-related incidents. But it’s not the game that’s dangerous; it’s the lack of common sense among some of the game’s players.

    Read More At: NaturalSociety.com

Breakaway Links Of The Day – July 15, 2016

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Zy Marquiez
July 16, 2016

Here are yesterday’s links.

Hope everyone’s enjoying the weekend.

Be safe.

The CIA’s ‘Pokemon Go’ App Is Doing What The Patriot Act Can’t
[CorbettReport.com | James Corbett]

Cancer Study Halted After 3 People Die
[NaturalSociety.com| Julie Fidler]

The Reasons Why The Globalists Are Destined To Lose
[ActivistPost.com | Brandon Smith]

Toxic Chemicals Found In Bodies Of Residents Near Fracking Site
[RT America]

Totally Hijacked By Big Food: Organic Trading Association Turns Against Genetically Modified Food Labeling
[NaturalNews.com | Ethan A. Huff]

News & Views From The Nefarium – July 14, 2016
[GizaDeathstar.com | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

Killer Cop Robot Kills Cop Killer #NewWorldNextWeek
[CorbettReport |James Corbett]

Antidepressants Linked To Neurological Damage In Newborns, Study Finds
[NaturalNews.com | Amy Goodrich]

No Liberal: Hillary Is Pro Multinational & Pro Military-Industrial Complex
[TheDailybell.com]

Legislation In Alaska Requiring Labeling Of GMO Salmon Will Now Be Reversed By The Senate’s Fake Labeling Bill
[NaturalNews.com |Wes Maxwell]

Annual Healthcare Spending Rises To $10,000 Per Person
[RT America]

Study: Diet Low In Calories & Sugar During Chemotherapy Treatment Reduces Cancer Tumors By 50 Percent
[NaturalNews.com | J.D. Heyes]

39 Fantastic Prepping Tips
[TheSleuthJournal.com | Gaye Levy]

Extensive Vegetation & Lakes Cover Surface Of Mars
[Ancient-Code.com]

Betrayed! Whole Foods & The Organic Trade Association Just Plowed Right Through American Consumers [Op Ed]
[NaturalNews.com | Mike Adams]

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: Inner Cities, Violence, Poverty, Drugs
[NoMoreFakeNews.com | Jon Rappoport]

10 Foods That Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
[HealingPowerHour | Dr. Akilah Schäfer]

The CIA’s ‘Pokémon Go’ App is Doing What the Patriot Act Can’t

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Source: CorbettReport.com
James Corbett
July 15, 2016

Privacy advocates (that’s establishment speak for “normal human beings”) celebrated earlier this week as the House rejected yet another attempt to expand the Patriot Act’s snooping provisions. House Resolution 5606, better known by its Orwellian name, the “Anti-terrorism Information Sharing is Strength Act,” would have allowed Big Brother to access Americans’ financial information based on what the government deems to be “suspicious activity.” Given that the DHS has labeled such things as using binoculars, paying with cash, or even “appearing normal” as “possible terrorist activity” in the past (thus making pretty much every human being a possible terrorist), everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that the bill failed.

But don’t breathe that sigh too deeply, because exactly as that threat to privacy was being extinguished, another one was rising to take its place. It goes by the name of “Pokémon Go” and it is a so-called “augmented reality” game that allows users to capture, train and battle virtual Pokémon by chasing them around through real world environments with your smart phone.

pokemongoFull disclosure: Although I live in the land of anime and video games, I have never played any Pokémon games, watched any of the shows, read any of the comics or bought any of the toys associated with the franchise. I don’t know anything about it except for the name of that ubiquitous yellow Pikachu character. So if you are an out-of-touch fuddy-duddy like me, you may be surprised to learn that the “Pokémon Go” app, launched just one week ago, is the hottest thing on the planet right now.

To put into perspective just how popular this game is, it topped the App Store’s “Top Grossing” category within 24 hours of its release. Now, just one week out, it has been downloaded an estimated 7.5 million times in the US alone and is generating an estimated $1.6 million a day for Nintendo. But here’s the truly mind-boggling part: In just the first two trading days after the game’s release, Nintendo’s market value rose a staggering $7.5 billion. That’s right, folks, this is not merely a game, it is a phenomenon.

For those unfamiliar with “augmented reality” gaming, it’s a type of game where one tracks virtual characters or objects that appear on their smart phones through real world environments. The Pokémon Go game is prompting scores of people out into the streets to go chasing for wild Pokémon to capture.

It is also prompting heists, violence, hoaxes and hysteria.

pokemonilluminatiOn the more innocuous side, some restaurants and businesses are already trying to cash in on their proximity to spots with a lot of in-game activity. On the less innocuous side, robbers are now using “Lures” (which attract Pokémon to a certain spot) to lure gamers in to be mugged. One 19-year-old hunting for water Pokémon in a rural river ended up uncovering a dead body, one IT executive got fired from his job after an online Facebook tirade inspired by frustration at the game, and one YouTuber who was live streaming the game while out Ubering allegedly saw someone get murdered right in front of him…but that turned out to be a hoax.

If you’re wondering what’s going on here, you’re not the only one. It seems the internet is flipping its collective lid over this app as the line between gaming and the real world gets blurrier. But perhaps all of this pales in comparison to the game’s terms and conditions.

Firstly, the app requires an excessive amount of permissions on a user’s device, including the ability to read your contacts, find accounts on your device, and access your camera. The app even requires full access to a user’s Google account, which it can then use to read your emails, send emails from your account, browse your Google Drive documents and photos, etc. But apparently that’s just “a mistake” and will be “corrected soon.”

Secondly, the game’s privacy policy contains such gems as: “We may disclose any information about you (or your authorized child) that is in our possession or control to government or law enforcement officials or private parties.” What could go wrong?

But wait, it gets worse!

pokemonciaThe maker of the app? Niantic Labs. Never heard of them? That’s because until last year they were an internal start-up of none other than Google, the NSA-linked Big Brother company. Even now Google remains one of Niantic’s major backers. Niantic was founded by John Hanke, who also founded Keyhole, Inc., the mapping company which was created with seed money from In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital arm, and which was eventually rolled into Google Maps.

So yes, the Pokémon game currently taking the internet by storm (and scooping up all their data, including activities, movements and communications) was created by a CIA-linked businessman who gestated his company at Google.

Feeling safe yet?

As it turns out, the big, bad Big Brother Spies of the NSA and the DHS and the CIA don’t really need their Patriot Act powers, after all. All the powers-that-shouldn’t-be need to do is create a fun, shiny trinket for the people to play with and they will literally pay for their own surveillance.

Welcome to the “Matrix Economy,” where people pay to spy on themselves…and have fun doing it!

Huxley would be proud.

Read More At: CorbettReport.com

Killer Cop Robot Kills Cop Killer #NewWorldNextWeek

Source: CorbettReport
James Corbett
July 15, 2016

Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. In this week’s episode:

Story #1: U.S. Approves UN Use Of Force To Protect Civilians In Conflict
http://bit.ly/29EY2zU
U.N. Peacekeepers Accused Of Raping Civilians In Central African Republic (Apr. 6, 2016)
http://cnn.it/29F6T3C
On This Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide, Bill Clinton’s Words Ring Hollow (Apr. 13, 2016)
http://huff.to/1TS2wFI
Video: CIA, UN Worked Together To Overthrow Democratic Republic Of The Congo In 1960
http://bit.ly/29DoTdP
Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians
http://bit.ly/2aaVWI4
R2P or: How the Left Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Wars of Imperial Aggression
http://bit.ly/2aaWxcO
Keith Harmon Snow Reveals the Truth About the Rwandan Genocide
http://bit.ly/29DoJmu
Christopher Black Destroys the Myth of the Rwandan “Genocide”
http://bit.ly/29zCuD3
Who Is Samantha Power?
http://bit.ly/29R9VGF
Wikipedia: Samantha Power
http://bit.ly/1WBYtz6
NWNW Flashback: Sunstein Publishes Conspiracy Book (Mar. 21, 2014)
http://bit.ly/29Tw6c4
5 Reasons This Will Be The Summer of Rage
http://bit.ly/29y42cX

Story #2: Military Robotics Makers See Future For Armed Police Robots
http://bit.ly/29ZijU8
UN Says Terrorists ‘Actively Seeking’ To Build Deadly Army Of Killer Robots
http://bit.ly/29KptKo

Story #3: Efforts To Expand Financial Surveillance Portion Of The Patriot Act Fail, For Now
http://bit.ly/29Kpga5
The CIA’s ‘Pokémon Go’ App is Doing What the Patriot Act Can’t
http://bit.ly/29R34dE

#GoodNewsNextWeek: DuPont Guilty Verdicts Keep Piling Up + Pot Not Pills & Pee Power
http://bit.ly/29Kqxh8

#NewWorldNextWeek Headlines: Obama Breaks His Promises Again, Sends More Troops to Iraq
http://bit.ly/29Enbig
Fool’s Errand: NATO Pledges Four More Years Of War In Afghanistan
http://bit.ly/29R61uK
US, NATO to Add Forces in Poland
http://bit.ly/2aaW62b
Inside The FBI, Agents Outraged At Hillary Email Decision
http://bit.ly/29y42d3
Obama, Bush Join Dallas Memorial In Singing “Battle Hymn Of The Republic”
http://bit.ly/29IJvpk
“Reminder: Sanders was never running for president. He’s running to keep more-lefties in the Democrat Party until Endorse Hillary Day.”
http://bit.ly/29DpvzY
Novella By Saddam Hussein Gets English Translation
http://bit.ly/29Tw2Jx
Osama’s Son Vows Revenge Against US For Killing His Father In Online Audio Message
http://bit.ly/29F792d
Portland Christmas Tree Bomber’s Appeal Puts FBI Entrapment In Spotlight
http://bit.ly/29EnklZ
Former European Commission Chief Barroso Lands Goldman Sachs Role
http://bit.ly/29EYOgd
The Original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer Source Code Is Now Available Online
http://bit.ly/29wHblT
Sony To Create Emotional Robot That Bonds With Humans
http://bit.ly/29Pwqu1
Poor Security Puts The U.S. Electric System At Risk
http://bit.ly/29zCH9t
How The U.S. Could Go Dark
http://bit.ly/29F7Dpk
Power Outage Disrupts New York Subway On Blackout Anniversary
http://bit.ly/29PwOJ8

Previous Episode: Americans Prefer Death by Meteor to Clinton or Trump
http://bit.ly/29ZipLL