Big Brother Sent Me a Travel Report
A couple weeks ago I received an email from my email provider with the subject title of “Todd, your November update.” The email contained details of where I had visited based on trackings from my smart phone. The map page contains an amazing amount of information for a device that I normally only use for trips, the doctor’s office, and when I go out to eat.
Last month Terry, our Friend Mike Hile, and myself went to Dallas to do interviews for Terry’s latest with David Reagan’s Lamb and Lion Ministry. The map had recorded nearly every major location we stopped at on the trip. We had lunch at Applebees in Sulfur Springs, TX; we had dinner at Ihop in McKinney, TX, and on the way back we stopped at Red Lobster in Texarkana.
Millions of Americans are walking around with phones that have, unknowingly, created one of the most disturbing and unintentional “surveillance states” to ever exist. If people go to Home Depot and soon get coupons in the mail for lawn care products, most people would probably think it’s from their credit card company selling their data. A smart phone can tell that you walked around the riding lawn mower area for several minutes, so John Deere would love to send you a booklet that could help close the deal. I remember in the early days of internet maps, Google earth had Papa John’s pizza on the wrong side of the highway where a bank was located. Today, most major businesses are precisely located on the map.
Despite the ongoing claims by companies that people’s data is “anonymous,” it is very easy to link people via the email or name used on your smart phone. You can’t be anonymous if they can track you right to where you live.
Paul Ohm, a law professor and privacy researcher at the Georgetown University Law Center, said that describing location data as anonymous is “a completely false claim that has been debunked in multiple studies.”
Companies like Verizon and AT&T have been selling the data for years. Last year, Vice found that data being sold was used by bounty hunters to find specific cell phones in real time. Telecom companies pledged, after the scandal, to stop selling the data. But there is still no law that prevents it. Because most people are not fugitives from the law, they don’t seem to mind that dozens of companies can track you down.
It’s not just the big companies that are tracking your movement. Any app that provides a free service is collecting data. The Weather Channel sold foot traffic to hedge funds that allowed them to profit from Chipotle’s 2016 E. coli crisis. The data predicted that sales would drop by 30 percent in the coming months. Chipotle’s same-store sales ultimately fell 29.7 percent, and firms like Foursquare made millions selling short the company’s stock.
I could think of dozens of situations where the distribution of this information could result in embarrassment or inconvenience. Someone who has a stalker or is going through a bad divorce could be at substantial high risks.
Even in cases where no major harm results, the ability to track people can be very creepy:
One tracking company observed a change in the regular movements of a Microsoft engineer. He made a visit one Tuesday afternoon to the main Seattle campus of a Microsoft competitor, Amazon. The following month, he started a new job at Amazon. It took minutes to identify him as Ben Broili, a manager now for Amazon Prime Air, a drone delivery service.
Broili commented: “I can’t say I’m surprised. But knowing that you all can get ahold of it and comb through and place me to see where I work and live — that’s weird.”
The main thing that is keeping us safe from this type of technology is the Big Brother stigma. If Microsoft had called Broili into the office and asked what was he doing at Amazon, there would be a storm of protest against this level of monitoring. Since we are at the point where people can lose their job for saying they vote Republican, we’re not far from the point where companies are thinking you work for them 24/7.
My biggest fear is how this technology will relate to end-time events. When the world suddenly becomes hostile to anyone who is associated with Bible prophecy, tribulation saints will need to pitch their smart phones. The Antichrist won’t come to power until the halfway point, but he’ll then have 3 1/2 years of data history to red-flag people for internment.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7).
New Year for New World Order
Lest one thinks the leftists on the political spectrum are solely responsible for the globalist dementia that seems to be infecting half of America today, we must remember the facts.
George H. W. Bush (Bush 41,) upon taking office following the Reagan years, spoke nineteen times, with ebullient eloquence, about the New World Order he and the world community leaders planned. Suddenly there was no talk of making America great again, or of sovereignty of nations. The emphasis of his speeches was sprinkled with mention of the “thousand points of light” that would make the world at large safer and more prosperous.
Mr. Bush’s move away from Ronald Reagan’s America-centric ideology and actions was surprising to most so-called conservative thinkers. After all, Reagan’s vice president promised that his (Bush’s) election would mean a continuation of the Reagan agenda. He even promised “Read my lips… No new taxes!” while campaigning against Democrat Michael Dukakis.
It should not have surprised. George H. W. Bush was totally in the camp of the globalists elite. From his years at Yale until the time following his years as war hero, then as head of the CIA, he was a one-worlder bent toward erasing nationalistic borders–both ideologically and in geophysical terms.
He was a nice guy. I liked him. Still do think fondly of him in some ways. But, he fell into the satanic trap of believing that human effort, apart from the controlling hand of God, can change the hearts and minds of fallen humanity. Many, even among Christians who believe that only the God of Heaven can make this planet more peaceful and more righteous, are convinced that President Trump is on the way to changing things. That is, this president, these believe, can and will defeat the global humanists. The tables, they believe, are beginning to turn away from the Barack Obama view that America is fundamentally at fault from its foundation and must come under the umbrella of globalism.
The global elite now see that they will have to take a backseat to the United States and forget their plans for establishing their vaunted New World Order. This seems the opinion of a good number of observers.
If the likes of the people within the intelligence services of the US and the mainstream media can be exposed, tried, convicted, and marched to incarceration, the pathway will be clear to make America great again. This is the thinking of many who are fed up–as am I—with the shenanigans of what has come to be called the Deep State.
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh says emphatically that this scenario just isn’t in the offing. He believes that these who should be frog-marched in orange jumpsuits to jail, as he puts it, are but the pawns of forces much higher than themselves. Those in the globalistic stratosphere who tried–and are still trying–to pull off a coup d’etat against Trump will bring more pressure than ever in order to establish their desired one world order.
I agree, but only in part. Rush sees the evil as strictly human in their constituency, although he does acknowledge, in a cursory way, seemingly demonic influence.
We who believe God’s Word can be assured that the forces at the highest levels of these intrigues who are fomenting all the evil are the “powers and principalities” of Ephesians 6:12. These will never give up their “wickedness in high places.” Their very existence depends on winning their war against all that the God of Heaven has established as truth. To lose means they’ll be assigned for eternity in the Lake of Fire. Therefore, the battle–the war—is destined to grow infinitely worse while the time of Christ’s Second Advent nears.
That they are already in process of ratcheting up the final stages of war against God is, like all other converging signs of these end times, in today’s news. The following opinion piece gives enlightenment to the coming assault.
Here we are, on the cusp of 2020 and a brand-new decade, and the global elites no longer feel the need to hide themselves or their agenda…the Bilderberg Group no longer meet in secret, being sure than nothing can stop their New World Order Agenda. Such is the case with a group called Global Citizen which brags of a $48 billion dollar bank account, and the endorsement of top-name Hollywood music and movie stars to sell their message to ignorant and worshipful millennials…
Tonight, Hollywood superstar John Legend wowed the crowd at London’s Royal Albert Hall, along with other icons in the entertainment industry:
The artists performing at the inaugural Global Citizen Prize ceremony include Jennifer Hudson, host John Legend, Raphael Saadiq, Sting, Stormzy, and special guests Chris Martin and H.E.R. As well as musical performances and calls-to-action for Global Citizens everywhere, the program will feature powerful, inspirational stories of people taking action to positively impact their communities—to serve as a reminder that every one of us is capable of achieving great things.
Interestingly, they did it with a stage set that was built around the Illuminati All-Seeing Eye, just like Kanye West did at Lakewood Church with Joel Osteen. (“Singer John Legend and Hollywood Elite Meet in London to Hand Out ‘Global Citizen Prize’ under the Illuminati All-Seeing Eye,” Geoffrey Grider, Now The End Begins, Rapture Ready News, December 21, 2019)
The year 2020 doesn’t seem to be the year that promises a step-back from the hate-filled assaults on the political, societal, or religious fronts. Rather, the new year seems to be a harbinger of the doubling-down of the warfare by the minions, both human and demonic, in the “high places” of Ephesians 6:12.
Of course, there is always the “blessed hope” of Titus 2:13, who must even at this troubling moment be preparing to call His people, the Church, to Himself.
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” (Revelation 4:1)