Having a “secure” Google phone: The good, the bad, the ugly (but best)

First, a big thanks to ML for the information to all of us in this post. There are a lo of scams targeting conservatives and the security conscious, and some of them can compromise you in a huge way.

First, the one you really must not get. The bad:

The ‘Freedom Phone’ that far-right leaders are hawking is a cheap Chinese Android—and a security nightmare

Security experts are raising concerns over the “Freedom Phone,” a new device touted by prominent conservatives as both secure and censorship-resistant.

Unveiled on Wednesday by Erik Finman, the world’s youngest bitcoin millionaire, the $500 Freedom Phone claims to offer a series of robust privacy features as well as an uncensorable app store.

Finman states the Freedom Phone runs on a custom Android operating system known as “FreedomOS” and provides access to apps such as Parler, the social media service which had previously been banned from app stores in the wake of the Capitol riot.

The phone’s launch also came alongside numerous endorsements from popular right-wing figures such as Jack Posobiec and Candace Owens, who both offered their followers discount codes for the device. It remains unclear whether either individual is receiving financial kickbacks for promoting the Freedom Phone.

Please read the article at source. ONE of the problems with this fraud, is that it has what it calls an unmonitored and uncencored app store. This means you can download a virus, key-logger or root-kit or worse if there is such a thing, while imagining you are getting the latest time saver.

One you could get. The Good:

Amazon link: Silent Circle Black Phone:

Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackphone

Probably best to read the details at those links.

How to make your OWN Android phone secure. Difficult, but probably the best option. The Ugly:

Going Google-less: How to install a custom Android ROM with no Google apps or services

(This is complete instructions on how to de-google your phone and make it about as secure as one can do for a portable radio that has all your most important information on it.)

If you’re an Android user, Google has a scary amount of information on you, and matters get worse if you’re deeply embedded in the company’s app ecosystem — getting locked out of your Google account can have serious consequences then. Thankfully, Android is open source, so it’s possible to evade Google without having to leave the platform altogether — just look at Amazon’s tablets or Huawei’s Google-less phones. But if you’d rather be completely independent from big corporations, going for a free and open-source custom ROM built on top of Android’s core might be the best solution.

 

I personally accept that there’s always going to be some inherent privacy trade-off when you’re using an always-connected mobile device that you carry with you everywhere you go, but I’m curious if there’s a way to remove the ad company from the equation. It’s probably still not feasible to use nothing but open-source apps, but you might be delighted to learn that it’s possible to reduce your dependency on a single data aggregator like Google.

To go fully Google-less on your phone, you’ll need to install a so-called custom ROM, a custom operating system based on the open-source version Google provides. Depending on your device, this is a more or less involved process, and it might not even be possible. You will lose all data stored on your phone in the process, so be sure you have backups. If you make a mistake, you might end up with a permanently bricked, unusable paperweight, so please double- and triple-check what you’re doing, read all instructions before you start, and make sure you understand.While you might not like Google as a company, it still has to adhere to privacy regulations. That’s not true for open-source ROMs potentially created by bad actors going after your data. LineageOS and microG are sufficiently peer-controlled, but there’s no guarantee. Be aware that you could always fall for someone shady when you’re tinkering with your device, and that the risk is greater the more obscure the ROM you choose is.

(Please read the rest at site. Download the instructions perhaps, and then follow each to the letter. It may be a good idea to have someone under 20 with you when you do it, things being what they are. But if you are comfortable with tools like Home Brew or SUDO you should be able to do this without bricking your phone.)

This looks like a shop that sells you a phone where the process above has been done for you. One may be concerned about the motives, as the term, “surveillance capitalism” is a little pointed. But at least the point is at both ends.

From that site:

Escape from surveillance capitalism

Your mobile phone tracks you!

1. Up to 12Mb of your data is collected every day without your consent Learn More.

2. Most of your favourite apps contain trackers harvesting your location and activities.

3. Your documents on remote servers are scanned and analysed.

Choose /e/OS

1. /e/OS is open source, pro-privacy and fully degoogled Learn More.

2. No data scanning or location tracking 24/7.

3. Check built-in trackers in apps before installing.

4. Store or back up your data in your private space.

Parler appears to be pushing the scam Freedom phone. Be advised.

 

 

 

FaceBook becomes more open about its communist nature

Daily Mail:

Facebook asks Republicans if they need ‘support’ for becoming ‘extremist’ and will send the same to anyone who has searched ‘key words related to white supremacy’

Facebook is targeting conservative voices and asking them if they need ‘support’ after being becoming ‘extremist’ in its latest overreach on free speech and censorship which users say is patronizing and offensive. 

Several conservative voices like John Cardillo, House Delegate Nick Freitas and Alex Berenson shared screenshots of the alerts they received on Twitter. 

The alert asked: ‘Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist? We care about preventing extremism.

‘Others in your situation have received confidential support.’

Another targeted people which Facebook deemed had been ‘exposed’ to ‘violent extremism’ and asked them if they needed ‘support’. 

The ‘support’ being offered is access to groups like Life After Hate which seeks to rehabilitate people with alt-right views. On its website, they use a photo of the Capitol rioters as an example.

Epoch Times:

Facebook Now Sending Messages to Some Users Asking About Potentially ‘Extremist’ Friends

Some Facebook users have recently reported being sent warning messages from the social media giant relating to “extremists” or “extremist content.”

“Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist?” one message reads. “We care about preventing extremism on Facebook. Others in your situation have received confidential support.”

The message also provides a button to “Get Support,” which leads to another Facebook page about extremism.

Redstate editor Kira Davis, who said was sent a screenshot of the message from a friend, wrote: “Hey has anyone had this message pop up on their FB? My friend (who is not an ideologue but hosts lots of competing chatter) got this message twice. He’s very disturbed.”

Lets be perfectly clear. The following story has meaning. Ignore are your peril.

China’s President Xi Jinping ‘turns down Mark Zuckerberg’s request to name his unborn child’ at White House dinner

Mark Zuckerberg may have impressed China’s President Xi Jinping by speaking to him in Mandarin, but it didn’t stop the leader from turning down a personal request from the Facebook founder.

According to Page Six, at a prestigious White House dinner hosted by President Obama and the First Lady, Zuckerberg approached President Xi about the subject of his unborn child.

Facebook and blatant manipulation of opinion goes back several years at least. Remember Tommy Robinson policy?

Recently, Project Veritas released materials with hidden recordings of Facebook insiders revealing some of the lengths they go to, in order to manipulate public opinion, and force a narrative on the world. This narrative has nothing to do with facts, or public health. What it does have to do with, is a matter of speculation. But what is fact, is that Facebook has been doing this for years and years. Covertly and overtly.

While discussing the Project Veritas materials with a colleague, a memory of a Danish TV interview with the top man for Facebook in Scandinavia surfaced, where overtly, not on hidden camera, but right there at a news desk, in front of all of Denmark, on TV, he explained that Facebook had a policy whereby Tommy Robinson was banned from the platform, and anyone who posted anything of his would be blocked or banned, and no supportive posts would be tolerated. But, the Facebook executive explained, anything bad someone wanted to say about Tommy Robinson would be allowed. And presumably promoted.

This needs to be added to the recent Project Veritas materials on Facebook for a more complete understanding of the true hideousness that make up the Zuckerberg organization.

This clip was translated and published sometime before September, 2019:

Here are the new Project Veritas materials on Facebook’s deceptiveness and manipulations.

Documents here.

 

The real danger is not from the vaccines

Perhaps the most discouraging thing about humanity, is the vast vast majority of us do not learn by hearing or even seeing first hand. But that a bad thing must happen to us directly before we change our minds.

After watching that short Twitter video of Joe Rogan and listening to a bit of Dennis Prager, it occurs to me that the discussion about vaccine deaths in a way is a distraction from a far greater horror. While its true that in the short term, these mRNA devices cause an order of magnitude more deaths and serious problems than any previous vaccine, the actual amount by percentage of recipients is extremely small and measured in single digits per million vaccinated. At least so far. No one knows medium to long term effects yet. (The trials aren’t finished till 2023 in some places, even if the FDA decides to jump protocols and give approval early to please the current admin. That is not real approval. Thats politics and corruption)

But the real evil is in letting people die who could have been saved by HCQ, Zinc, Ivermectin, monoclonal antibodies and any of the other treatments that we have seen proven are safe and effective. And all in order to maintain a state of emergency that ensures funding for an untested technology that makes big pharma hundreds of billions. This is not free market. A free market would let anyone say anything and people who had a proven safe, cheap and effective treatment like Ivermectin, HCQ, and even Quercetin and Zinc and others I have forgotten already, would be on everyone’s screen.

This makes Youtube and Twitter and Facebook’s complicity in suppressing life saving information under the cynical lie of medical misinformation, while allowing shamanistic or magical or new age “treatments or cures” for cancer and or anything else on their platforms, a crime on an order of magnitude nearly impossible to comprehend.

This is a far bigger issue than the immediate deaths and serious illnesses because none of them may have been necessary at all had governments, clearly in league with big pharma, not silenced any knowledge of actual treatment that would have reduced deaths by at least 85% according to Dr. Peter McCullough.

Anyone who works for social media should consider the following:

If you are a low level employee, and not management, lets say for the sake of analogy, a Sergeant or lower down to enlisted man cleaning the latrines in these organizations, start taking notes now, about who knows what, and who gave what orders to suppress truthful information. Because some day there is going to be a round of trials with serious consequences to the guilty. And those of you who enjoy the good life working for high tech, well either you will have the evidence we need to prosecute the people who knowingly suppressed factual information and caused so very many deaths, or you might be seen as part of those who knew the truth and find yourself in the wrong box of the courtroom.

Start taking notes now. The evidence that this is the case is already way past what is needed for a court of law. The big players at this point are estimating that they are too powerful for rule of law or justice to touch them at this point. I hope even for their sake they are wrong. Because if you skew justice too far, you get something much worse in the aftermath. Just ask Maximilien Robespierre.

Patrick Moore, Co-founder of Greenpeace, on BOLTA (Andrew Bolta’s) amazing show Australia

Andrew Bolt and Patrick Moore go afield at the end though when they speculate as to why facts which oppose the narrative are disallowed in media, social or otherwise, and why “fact checkers” on Facebook like about, well facts. The answer is, as it has been for some time, that with the left, the point is never the point. The revolution is always the point. The left must force the culture leftwards at all costs. So we must say polar bears, (which are very photogenic, unlike Norwegian rats), are declining despite special measures in place to protect people from bear attacks by the swell they are having in population. “Fact Checkers” are there to make sure that the truth, actual facts, cannot be permitted to interfere with the narrative. The left is always on the side which pushes away from Western Civilization, and in some ways, from humanity itself.

Project Veritas busts Zuckerberg for holding views that he banned on his own platform

Firstly, at this point Im surprised every CEO doesn’t start their weekly meetings with, “Hello staff, colleagues, volunteers, and of course, whoever is watching from Project Veritas”. At this point they really should.

But I see this a little differently than James O’Keefe does.

This isn’t about hypocrisy, This is about Judo-Propaganda. That is when a platform like Facebook or Youtube or Twitter, pretends to be a user’s forum for ideas and free speech, but actually uses the energy of their users as a weapon to achieve a specific agenda or outcome. The people who work against the desired narrative will be suppressed but subtly so that their energy is drained while not actually getting out to very many people at all. If people know, for example on Facebook or Twitter, how little their audience really was, even after the culling of subscribers we see for non-leftists, they would not bother to use it and find some other means to reach people who want to share their views.

So its quite a nasty little trick to play on them. Meanwhile, people who push the consensus narrative, for example pro Covid measures or Global Warming or criticism of Islam is racist etc., will actually be amplified by the platform so its narrators will have more authority than their actual, shall we say, ‘organic’, following would naturally be.

Clearly this mRNA treatment is not a vaccine in any way that we would define it.

It is not made of killed or attenuated live viruses for the purpose of training your immune system against the wild pathogen.

It does not confer immunity or interfere with the transmissibility of the pathogen to the recipient.

It does cause the cells to manufacture a new protein which itself is part of the Wuhan Flu virus. In theory this offers an attenuated immune response to the wild virus so you don’t get quite as sick. But it’s a very new technology and people are quite reasonably trepidatious about having it injected, particularly if they are of child bearing or siring years since we have no idea what this might do to one’s germ line.

So this tends to lend weight to the idea that Facebook is not a sincere censor of the truth as Zuckerberg sees it but it is the Habermas-Marcuse narrative engine we always knew it was.

The racism of Twitter and your right to your own device

A reader of Vlad discovered in their Twitter feed, an unusual survey being done by Twitter itself. The questions seemed awfully racist so he tried to screenshot them and discovered that for some reason, his device would not allow him to do so. Put another way, a device he owns would not allow him to screen capture questions he was being asked by big tech. They can know his thoughts, but he cannot save the questions or let anyone else know what Twitter is doing.

Fortunately he had a second phone with which he could take photos of the survey:

Notice the warning he got when he tried to capture the first question on the survey at the bottom. In a way that is more honest than I expect from Big Tech. There are ways they could have made sure you can’t record the survey without you knowing I bet.

The person who sent this material in checked the phone by screen grabbing the Twitter feed though and it worked fine. So its not with Twitter in general or the device. Its strictly this survey that wouldn’t capture.

Question 2:

Question 3:

Question 4:

Question 5:

Question 6:

This feels like it might be related:

Social media now unabashedly leftist totalitarian and partisan with its banning of all classical liberal positions

First, Alphabet/Google/youtube has seen fit to delete videos of actual sworn testimony at Senate hearings on the effectiveness of ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine as treatments for the Wuhan Flu,  AKA Covid 19. This is a move that should frighten anyone still living in the illusion of a world of a free marketplace of ideas.

We went out and found that footage and it is below now. However we strongly reccomend that people watch the entire hearing. There has been, and continues to be something very wrong when multiple safe and effective and inexpensive treatments, most recently Colchicin, is available to treat the Wuhan Flu and yet governments are going out of their way to make sure we cannot get these treatments. And it is not to maintain a supply. If the US can ramp up production of ventilators the way they did, then turning up the knobs at the factories already making these medications should be very very easy.

Next: Twitter deletes the account of a classical liberal party in Spain, VOX. The only party still trying to allow Spanish culture and law to exist in Spain, and to control their borders etc.

Vox announced this Thursday that will file a complaint against Twitter Spain for censoring the official account of the party for the purpose of “influence” the next Catalan elections scheduled for February 14 after a message about the “Islamization” of Catalonia.

According to the party, the message that has motivated the “censorship” is framed in the campaign ‘Stop Islamization’ which launched this week the formation led by Santiago Abascal to denounce the political parties for having promoted “the dangerous Islamization of Catalonia.”

They represent approximately 0.2% and are responsible for 93% of the complaints. Most are from the Maghreb. It is Catalonia that is leaving the unanimous indolence and complicity with imported crime. Only Vox remains “, specifically the message that has motivated the social network to have limited” temporarily “some of the functions of the official Vox account.

In a thread on Twitter, the party leader stressed that it is a “extremely serious fact” because the social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg “usurps the functions of democratic states” and has announced that they will file a complaint “against this totalitarian action that seeks, among other things, to influence the next Catalan elections.”

There are lots of examples of this on this site. In fact our own VladTepesBlog channels have been deleted by Youtube a few times. But the tempo is up and the beard is down for Social media’s censorship of anything which is a threat to the new fascism. Fascism of course in the true sense. The merger of a far left collectivist and centralized government, namely communism, with no value for the individual and no place in the institutions for truth, with giant companies like Google, Costco, and the companies that stayed open and bottlenecked the whole population in their stores, somehow to help stop the spread of Covid, which seems to us at least intuitively as wearing masks is, to be less of a threat if people mostly all went to small shops instead of all mixing at the same few giant warehouses.

Thirdly, Apple and Android (Google again) planning to remove the Telegram App both off the store, AND off of your phone!

(Comments are more useful than the video)

Fourthly:

YouTube suspends Trump indefinitely, stops Giuliani monetizing clips

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube has suspended Donald Trump indefinitely from the platform and said it will also prevent the former U.S. president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani from being able to monetize his clips, U.S. media reported.

It comes a week after the social media giant confirmed it would extend a ban on Trump’s channel — which has just under three million subscribers — joining other social media platforms in banning his accounts following the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The Google-owned firm has faced some criticism over its slow response following the violence in Washington, as well as the proliferation of conspiracy theories on the platform.

If more examples of big tech censorship appear tonight they will be added to this post. But one way or another, they will appear, and they will be posted to this site.

Thank you Sassy for bringing to our attention, the missing video of Dr. Pierre Kory.

 

 

Comments: How it was, how it is now

In 2009, I had the opportunity to see someone speak who to this day I think is the smartest man I have ever heard.

His name is David Yerushalmi. A constitutional lawyer in the US. A man who has argued cases before the Supreme Court and won, and who has defended some of the people beleaguered by the left even back then and since.

In his talk, he explained how freedom of speech works under US law. To be more accurate, I should say, how it worked in 2009. It still technically works like this, but the law is the least of our worries these days.

David explained that you can say anything, even that you want to kill so and so, providing that there is no “immediacy.”

In other words, if a person says or writes, “Im so mad at so and so that I want to kill them!” or, “I hate so and so this much I hope they get a bullet in the head!” that is perfectly legal right up to the point where the person adds “immediacy”. This means when they say, “I want to kill so-and-so tomorrow at 2:00 PM”, now its a crime. It has gone from protected speech to a threat and a plan to carry out that threat.

This all seems very reasonable. It was a great way to run a nation. Maximal allowance for normal human emoting, but a clear line where the law needs to act to prevent a crime.

The left however, which has been planning the destruction of all reason based societies for over a century now, has taken a page from the Chinese war manual, that of unlimited warfare. Or perhaps the Chinese took it from the Frankfurt School, who took it from Marx.

But however the chain of events happened, the result is that the left, in their unceasing efforts to totally deconstruct Western Civilization and all of its institutions, went outside the usual implements of a free society. They find people with a voice and destroy them by getting them fired, getting their families fired from their own jobs, doxxing, arranging for groups of communist insurgent thugs to attack them or their property, and who seem strangely immune from criticism and the law when they do.

One of the most pernicious tactics is the deliberate reinterpretation of whatever they might say to make them appear to have violated vague sets of selectively enforced rules and many many more similar, but unethical, unfair and often even illegal tactics. One clear example is how when President Trump made a video asking people to peacefully go home and the importance of peace in the democratic transfer of power, the video was removed from all leftist controlled platforms and the narrative that President Trump called for violence was invented and amplified as a justification for his further public destruction.

This website for its entire 13 years of operation is riddled with stories about people who have been deplatformed or otherwise destroyed for wrongthink.

And in the last week, it could be entirely those examples, that and it could have a dozen times more examples than we have posted, just from what we have seen in the comments and on Twitter etc.

At this point, what is legal is of considerably less importance than the actual rules of expression as they are enforced by extralegal measures by the left. Which means when you are speaking of a leftist leader, you must phrase your emotional output very carefully. Of course, if its part of the attempt to assassinate President Trump’s character, memory, legacy, accomplishments etc. you can say whatever you want and be celebrated for it, and all the 1st amendment rights will be aggressively championed for you.

Advisor to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau tweet

I suppose this is part of what one communist, or was it an Islamic tactician explained, would be how they would use our very freedoms to destroy us. But they left out how the really destructive part was denying those freedoms to their enemies. Namely us.

So I ask all commenters to this site to consider the reality of freedom of speech today when using this site. Say what you want of course. but don’t make it easy for our enemies, and they are large and powerful, to destroy this site, and go after its people.

We are working on a project to allow real freedom of speech as written in the US 1st amendment right now. And it will have all the freedoms AND legal limits that are the parameters of the traditional American approach to freedom. But till that is up and integrated, please curb your most unfiltered thoughts in the face of what ruefully we have to admit is the new reality, the new landscape of a post legal America and West.

Thank you all for your efforts. This community, which is all of our accomplishment, is still the greatest thing I have ever been involved with.

Eeyore for VladTepesBlog.