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Chips, Surveillance & Privacy

Earthfiles investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe discussed the bizarre story of the alleged human-alien hybrid found dead in Los Angeles and said to be involved with the CIA; mysterious and spectacular crop formations found in the wheat fields of Wiltshire, England on the summer solstice this past June, and the breaking story about the sun going to sleep in 2030 and ushering in a brutal mini ice age across the planet.

In the first hour, political commentator and economist John Lott reacted to the shooting of two reporters in Virginia on Wednesday and the ramifications the event may have on gun laws.

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Chips, Surveillance & Privacy

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Date: Wednesday - February 25, 2009
Host: George Noory
Guests: Katherine Albrecht, Roger Tolces, Harry S. Dent

During the second hour, private investigator Roger Tolces spoke about the latest news in surveillance. Relating to the fact that all computers are assembled in China nowadays, he presented his theory of the "Manchurian microchip." According to one of his sources, these machines are secretly equipped with a hidden microchip that can be activated at any time by China's military-intelligence service, for information gathering purposes.

He also talked about keystroke logging and spyware, and how the US government can install this on computers without entering your premises. There's a lot of government paranoia right now, fueled by things like the Patriot Act, he explained.

Appearing in the latter half of the show, privacy expert Katherine Albrecht warned of GE's development of a technology called "Smart Grid." The plan calls for people to install "smart" meters and thermostats in their homes, which would allow outside parties to monitor their household activities remotely. Sometimes appliances could be turned off during peak usage hours, which could pose problems. And such detailed monitoring would encroach on people's privacy, she noted.

Albrecht also expressed concerns over the increased usage of RFID tags to track drivers in their cars. Such tags may also be added to "enhanced" driver's licenses, and this would turn the cards into remotely readable tracking devices-- making people trackable all the time. She offers a newsletter about RFID privacy issues at spychips.com.

Economic Analysis

First hour guest, consultant Harry S. Dent offered analysis on the economy. While we may see a rebound with the Dow bouncing back up in the Fall of 2009, that will be short-lived and we'll be in another downturn by 2010 that will last through 2011, he said. Such economic downturns tend to occur at 40-year intervals, based on population demographics, he added.

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