Web Research Links for the Week of 1/6/20

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Virginia Wants to CLOSE Non-Govt. Gun Ranges and Create AMMO-FREE Zones – by Daisy Luther – https://www.theorganicprepper.com/virginia-close-gun-ranges-ammo-free-zones/ – “HB567 wants to ensure gun ranges are government-owned… In a blow not only to gun owners but also to small business owners, HB567 would outlaw many indoor gun ranges that are not owned by the state government. What’s more, the private ranges allowed would have to cater to law enforcement as their primary clientele. And they’re not done yet – the gun ranges would serve as data-collection points… HB318 would create ammunition-free zones… Making about as much sense as the law that caused the original hullaballoo – the one that would ban weapons that “could” possess extended magazines, even if the owner has no such magazines – HB318 would send anyone in the possession of ammunition to prison for a currently-undetermined amount of time… I suppose they’re concerned that someone might have ammo in a gun-free zone and throw it really hard, causing a mass casualty incident? This would-be law encompasses more than ammunition. It also includes the possession of stun weapons and knives with metal blades… Virginians have been defiant in the face of these attacks on the Second Amendment, with Tazewell County going as far as creating an official militia and the sheriff of Culpeper County vowing to deputize thousands of citizens to protect their rights… Practically the entire state has vowed to protect the rights of gun owners and the movement is still growing, as shown by the map below… The votes on these gun control bills and budget appropriations will be held in the first couple of months of 2020… ‘This is going to be an exciting couple of months,’ Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said Monday. (source)… It certainly is, Governor Northam.”

Venezuelan National Assembly To Reactivate Legislative Agendahttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/venezuelan-national-assembly-to-reactivate-legislative-agenda-20200106-0014.html – “Parra said that an ordinary session of Parliament has been called for Tuesday to begin the work towards national reconciliation and depolarizing the country… ‘The first phase is to save Parliament from destruction. No political party can be above the Constitution,’ he said at a press conference… Meanwhile, Parra specified that during Sunday’s voting session there was a quorum with the participation of 150 lawmakers, of which 81 supported the new board of directors… ‘Everyone stayed until the vote, no one nominated another board, no one asked for verification because the result was conclusive,’ he explained… Parra also assured that, during the election, all the orders of the Constitution for this process were respected. Finally, highlighting that no country in the world ‘has the authority to guide an autonomous Parliament.’ ”

5G and geospatial will together power future cities – ‘I Am Geospatial’ And I Will Track You Forever… (w/Video) – by Anusuya Datta – https://www.geospatialworld.net/article/5g-and-geospatial-will-together-power-future-cities/ – “As challenges like population pressure, deforestation, traffic congestion, deteriorating infrastructure, crime and resource crunch impact cities the world over, smart city innovations couldn’t have come at a better time. Smart cities may save the world as much as $22 trillion by 2050, according to the Global Commission on Economy & Climate… Accurate geospatial information helps governments design better cities, improve public services and engage with citizens. Urbanization of the future will be driven by geospatial data and location would be a crucial component in digitalization of cities. And as cities get smarter, much of this location data has to be in real time. This is where geospatial and 5G converge. 5G and geospatial will together be powering cities of the future… ‘5G will act as the connective tissue of tomorrow’s digital economy, linking everything from smartphones to wireless sensors to industrial robots and self-driving cars,’ says Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Together they are the critical link for a smart, interconnected world, bringing the next level of connectivity to industries and society that helps in shaping digital cities.” – Bonus video (below) – I AM GEOSPATIAL (2 min) :

New Study: US Gov’t Spent $6.4 Trillion on Military Actions in Over 80 Countries Since 9/11 – by John Vibes – https://www.activistpost.com/2020/01/new-study-us-govt-spent-6-4-trillion-on-military-actions-in-over-80-countries-since-9-11.html – “A new study from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University has estimated that U.S. taxpayers have spent $6.4 trillion on wars and military actions in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia since September 11, 2001. This is far more than the government spends on all its other expenses for an entire year. In fact, this is about $2 trillion more than the $4.4 that was allotted for the entire federal budget last year, according to the Treasury Department… The study also estimated that over 801,000 people lost their lives directly in the fighting, with 335,000 of those deaths being civilian. However, these are likely conservative estimates that only reflect a portion of the lives that were lost. As the study notes, at least 21 million people were displaced due to the fighting in these wars… One of the most startling revelations in the study was the incredible scale of the global war on terror.”

T-Mobile Already Installed 25,000+ New 5G Towers and Cell Sites in U.S. – by B.N. Frank – https://www.activistpost.com/2020/01/t-mobile-already-installed-25000-new-5g-towers-and-cell-sites-in-u-s.html – “When it launched its 5G service at the end of 2019, T-Mobile said it had deployed more than 25,000 new towers and cell sites to provide 5G to 200 million points of presence (PoPs). Still, it’s not disclosing exactly how many 5G cell sites it’s deployed and their exact locations… Early in December, T-Mobile unleashed 5G nationwide and provided a map for users.   They also started offering free phones for new customers.   Recently, a T-Mobile customer had an unfortunate experience with her new T-Mobile phone – it caught fire – within a month of having it.  The potential for 5G to cause phones and other devices to overheat (including base stations) was reported several months ago.  Of course, her new phone overheating and catching fire could just be a coincidence.”

U.S. Denies Iranian FM Access To UNSC Meeting. Iranian Parliament Declares All US Military ‘Terrorist Entity’https://southfront.org/the-us-denies-visa-to-iranian-fm-impeding-him-from-attending-unsc-meeting/ – “Zarif wanted to attend a meeting of the Security Council on the topic of upholding the U.N. Charter. The meeting and Zarif’s travel had been planned before the US assassinated General Qassem Soleimani… Iran’s U.N. envoy, Majid Takht Ravanchi, has described the killing of Soleimani as ‘an obvious example of State terrorism and, as a criminal act, constitutes a gross violation of the fundamental principles of international law, including, in particular … the Charter of the United Nations.’.. This is not the first time the US has abused its position as the UN host nation, and there’s been calls in the past to move the UN headquarters to a country such as Switzerland.”

Pentagon Warmongers Double-Down, Deploying 6 Nuclear Bombers to Persian Gulf – by Patrick Henningsen – https://21stcenturywire.com/2020/01/07/pentagon-warmongers-double-down-deploy-6-nuclear-bombers-to-persian-gulf/ – “After escalating tensions in the region by attacking facilities and leaders from both Iraq and Iran, war hawks in Washington DC are now doubling-down on their World War III rhetoric by deploying six nuclear-enabled long-range B52 bombers to the contested British territorial island of Diego Garcia located in the Indian Ocean… This latest deployment comes on the heals of two other recent B52 wing deployments, firstly beginning in 2016, when the Pentagon sent six bombers to Qatar near Iran, and also this past November 2019 when the US moved another wing of B52’s to the Mediterranean island of Crete, and quickly proceeded to use one of these aircraft to provoke the Russian air force in Syria… US officials told CNN that Diego Garcia was chosen this time in order to keep the aircraft out of the range of Iranian missiles.”

U.N. Approves China-Backed Internet Convention, Alarming Rights Advocateshttps://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/12/28/u-n-approves-china-backed-internet-convention-alarming-rights-advocates/ – “The United Nations on Friday approved a Russian-led bid that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime, alarming rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom… The General Assembly approved the resolution sponsored by Russia and backed by China, which would set up a committee of international experts in 2020… The panel will work to set up ‘a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes,’ the resolution said… The United States, European powers and rights groups fear that the language is code for legitimizing crackdowns on expression, with numerous countries defining criticism of the government as “criminal.”.. China heavily restricts internet searches to avoid topics sensitive to its communist leadership, as well as news sites with critical coverage.” Comment: But, certainly Russia is helping to defend us against the onslaught of globalist Technocracy?

Colleges Track Hundreds Of Thousands Of Students Using Their Phones – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/colleges-track-hundreds-thousands-students-using-their-phones – ” ‘We’re adults. Do we really need to be tracked?’ said sophomore Robby Pfeifer, a student at Commonwealth University in Richmond, which recently began using the campus’ WiFi network to track students. ‘Why is this necessary? How does this benefit us? … And is it just going to keep progressing until we’re micromanaged every second of the day?’.. School and company officials, on the other hand, argue that monitoring students is a powerful motivator and will encourage students to adopt habits geared towards success… ‘If they know more about where students are going, they argue, they can intervene before problems arise,’ according to the Post… That said, some schools have taken things further – assigning “risk scores” to students based on factors such as whether they are going to the library enough.”

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