Drug Dealers Getting into the Online Shopping Game

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Instagram and Snapchat – A Drug Dealers New Turf

Cristal M Clark 

Let’s admit it, we all love the convenience of online shopping, not having to go to the store for everything from car parts, to booze and groceries, so is it really that hard to imagine that drug addicts would also appreciate the idea of being able to purchase their goods online as well?

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They are in luck because Instagram and Snapchat just to name a couple of social media platforms that do cater to drug dealers and customers with just a simple DM. Dealers have finally stopped hanging out in seedy alleyways to sell their drugs and are now treating the sales of drugs as an actual business. 

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Yes an actual business with sales goals, advertising and investing in selling. 

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According to Voltface, 1 in 4 individuals is selling drugs on social media, using creative advertising gimmicks such as but not limited to, high quality professional images of said product, giveaways, cold contacting. The majority of listings seen were for cannabis however, cocaine, MDMA, Xanax and nitrous oxide were also high up on the list. That is sadly naming just a few of the drugs you can buy through social media, not surprisingly users can score a lot more than just that. 

Nice, very comforting for parents. 

NHS reports that Class A drug use among 11 to 15-year-olds is in fact on the rise, not to mention that there have been a number of high-profile cases of children fatally overdosing. The truth of the matter is kids are not using drugs at younger ages, they are just using more deadly drugs these days and the number of adults looking for a way to cope has also more than tripled over the last decade, so the ability to obtain drugs online outside of the heavily policed dark web where it’s easier to hide from law enforcement is highly appealing to both users and dealers alike.  

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Users who sell drugs via social media are reporting that it’s easy to set up an account and locate potential customers to approach and sell their goods to. 

That of course is problematic to law enforcement because the social media platforms continually do things so as to shut the prying eyes of the system out, in fact the majority of social media platforms do everything that they can to protect the identities of their users and the account’s of their users. With the exception of Facebook, law enforcement can pretend to be some type of company that wants to “purchase” user information unbeknownst to the users and Facebook will just sell it to them. 

Now that dealers are treating the sales of drugs as a business and moving it to social media it’s only a matter of time before the cartels catch on to the game leaving the war on drugs standing on losing playing ground. 

Cristal M Clark

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Member of Motorcycle Club Slugs Guy for Wearing Fake MC Vest 

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Key West Florida, Sloppy Joe’s Bar 

Cristal M Clark 

In an incident caught on the security cam footage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West Florida, Pagans Member 52-year old Michael Robbins took offense to a vest a fellow bar patron was sporting Saturday night. 

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Michael was so enraged by the dupe that he was subsequently arrested and charged with, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, robbery, misdemeanor battery, criminal mischief and a felony charge of gang-related activity. He is being held on a $100,000 bond which I am guessing is a bit excessive. 

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At any rate, the victim, 36, hails from Virginia Beach, reported that he and some friends decided to wear “fake motorcycle vests,” purchased from Amazon, for fun while riding their “bicycles” to a Key West bar on Saturday night.

Wait, they rode actual bicycles not motorcycles? They then thought it would be funny to mock a club by wearing fake vests that didn’t even sport a real club’s patches? Turns out the vests these morons were wearing sported a logo depicting “Roman Empires Oceana.”

Patrons from Sloppy Joe’s Bar reported that Michael and fellow Pagans were giving the victim and his pals a hard time for wearing the vests, so the victim decided to leave the bar and head to his hotel room. As he walked out on Duval and headed toward his bicycle he was approached by Michael, who of course made some colorful references to the vest.

Before the victim could answer, Michael punched him in the face and then ordered him to hand over the vest, then promptly informed the victim that this was “Pagan territory,” and that if he saw him in Key West again, he and his Pagan friends would beat him up. 

The victim then told Michael his cut was part of a military group, to which Michael responded by ever so nicely asking the victim to follow him around the corner and the two were standing outside the General Horseplay bar on Caroline Street. Michael was heard saying: “If you ever come back to Key West, I will kill you,”  as he used his knife to cut patches off the vest of the victim.

Video shows Michael putting the patches in his back pocket. 

Now here is where things don’t make complete sense, if Michael had hit the victim hard enough to warrant felony charges, the guy wouldn’t have been able to follow him around here, not to mention inform Michael he was part of a military group. 

The incident was captured by a bar’s security camera and the footage shows Robbins putting the patches into his back pocket, police said.

Either way, Michael should not have punched the guy or destroyed the vest by cutting the patches off of it, yet again it’s sort of also a form of a harassment which could loosely be translated to a form of a hate crime, to sport a fake motorcycle club vest mocking members of actual motorcycle clubs for one’s own entertainment. 

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Police Impersonator Selling PCP

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Oklahoma City Drug Dealers Impersonating Cops These Days

Cristal M Clark 

I suppose these days everything is a thing up to and including impersonating a police officer and then selling some PCP. 

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Recently in Oklahoma City, 3 people were arrested for allegedly selling PCP at an apartment complex, one of which just so happened to be attempting to impersonate a police officer. 

Not super smart when dealing with real actual cops, but you know sometimes criminals are not the brightest bulbs in the box. But her getup, that is what takes the cake here. 

When officers with the Oklahoma City police department arrived at the scene, the woman who is identified as Shirlene Nelson, told them she was a police officer.

She was reportedly wearing a pink duty belt with pepper spray, two knives, handcuffs, brass knuckles and a “special police brass badge.”

Maybe it was the pink utility belt or the brass knuckles that gave it away. 

Either way perhaps this police impersonator needs to stop hitting the product prior to impersonating a cop. 

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E-Skimming Getting Worse by The Day

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FBI Issues Warning 

Cristal M Clark

I’m sure you all know about card skimming at the fuel station, the market and just about anywhere you swipe a card, we also need to worry about E=Skimming which is not a new thing. 

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E-Skimming, is an internet based card fraud where malware is injected into the payment page of a website to steal consumers’ payment details which of course happens when the hackers have unleashed malware on the payment page of the website. They then collect  customer card data when customers pay during the checkout process. 

Of course this has been a small problem since online shopping became a thing however, it’s now getting worse as each year passes. In fact according to the FBI, millions consumers’ data has been compromised by this kind of online scheme over just the past 2 years, and that my friends is just a stab in the dark at just how many individuals have had card data stolen through an online store because the FBI is having a difficult time obtaining a more precise count. 

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Unfortunately, consumers never see this or get a warning when any sites payment system has been compromised so, we can’t really tell. 

So what are we consumers to do here?

Experts suggest using a credit card for all online purchases over using a debit card because the money on a debit card comes out of your account right away and in some cases it can take a while to see the funds returned to the account. 

Consumers can also check with the bank that they use, most banks now have a feature included with most mobile banking apps that alert the user if a charge is run on his/her debit card and that alert is in real-time.

Banks are also really coming around in terms of fraudulent charges on cards, they don’t let the fund’s come right out before checking with the consumer in some cases where things seem off and they are getting faster at returning funds that were not authorized. 

Either way, the FBI does not see an end to this situation anytime soon, so when you shop online, keep an eye out for charges that don’t belong to you. 

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Want to Fight Off Coronavirus? Drink Some Bleach

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QAnon Urging People to Drink Bleach to Ward Off Virus

Cristal M Clark

Did you just read that headline and think WTF? Me too, me too, yet sadly according to the Daily Beast, influencers popular within the QAnon conspiracy are in fact encouraging their followers to buy a mixture called Miracle Mineral Solution, also known as MMS, also known as well good old fashioned bleach.

So what, you eat a tide pod then wash it down with some bleach?

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Some fringe groups of QAnon for whatever reason consider the liquid solution of sodium chlorite to be a cure all for autism, hepatitis, the flu, cancer, and HIV. 

Which couldn’t be further from the truth. Usually lemon juice or another citric acid is added to the MMS to make it into a beverage. That’s when the trouble starts because when the acid is added, the concoction then becomes chlorine dioxide, hence a bleaching agent.

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The delightful side effects of the mixtures ingestion include but are not limited to: severe vomiting and diarrhea, a potentially deadly drop in blood pressure, and acute liver failure; the benefits of ingestion are none, and certainly not the prevention of coronavirus, HIV, Hepatitis, the Flu or Cancer.

QAnon influencer Jordan Sather proudly stated on YouTube and Twitter recently: “I’m going to have to get home and MMS the whole state.” 

Another supporter of QAnon urged his followers to the tune of over 17,000 to take the following steps to protect themselves: “purchase a bleach spray,  I use this all the time to protect myself and my family. It kills viruses quick.” He then provided a link to a website that gave actual detailed information on how to make then use the concoction: “spraying this mixture in your mouth & swishing it around and swallowing.” This incredibly intelligent individual ended his presentation by providing instructions for how to use the mixture on your face, and to your fucking eyes to help with vision. 

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Of course QAnon believe that the Coronavirus is a new fad illness, yes a fad illness that was created by Bill and Melinda Gates as part of a eugenic plot and “depopulation agenda” to be achieved primarily through mass vaccination.

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The ineptitude of QAnon and it’s supporters is astonishing, just astonishing. I really do hope that none of QAnon and it’s supporters are gun owners, they seem to lack an overall level of intelligence that blows my mind. 

Cristal M Clark

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DOJ Investigation of Facebook Heating Up

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Facebook’s Antitrust Woes 

Cristal M Clark 

Facebook you either love it or you loath it and sometimes your in the middle of loving and hating it. Not that the DOJ dislikes Facebook, they just don’t feel that the social media giant plays fair when it comes to it’s acquisitions. 

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The Justice Department has an antitrust investigation into Facebook open currently and they are leaving no stone unturned. Reports are surfacing stating that the DOJ has reportedly been setting up interviews with Facebook’s rivals and is actively looking at the competitive nature of the industry as a whole in an effort to gain a better understanding of it, all in the name of nailing Facebook with antitrust charges. 

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One of the competitors of Facebook is Snap, Snap reportedly kept a dossier of documents that outlined Facebook’s “aggressive tactics” to thwart competition and had been talking to the FTC about them. Great another dossier in the news, I am sure every detail in it is accurate and note made up. 

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To be clear, the DOJ is looking at a different issue from the probes by the Federal Trade Commission, the House antitrust committee and a group of state attorneys general. Back in July, Facebook got hit with a $5 billion fine for its privacy issues.  

It’s not looking like Facebook is going to slide by without some form of charges over antitrust issues because the DOJ is being pretty relentless here. 

Cristal M Clark

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Armed 8 Year-Olds Defend Against Violent Drug Cartels

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Fighting Mexico Drug Cartels – Fuels Trump’s Anti Immigration Stance

Cristal M Clark 

Citizens in Mexico are taking drastic measures against cartels, villagers in southern Mexico are arming kids as young as 8 and recruiting them into the fold in order to defend against violent drug cartels that destroy, rape, pillage and kill those that live in the villages. 

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Mexico if you didn’t know, seems to be losing the war with cartel-fueled violence, reporting 34,582 homicides last year despite President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s promise to bring the gangs under control

In Chilapa, 10 local musicians were gunned down last week returning from a party, so the community trained and armed a couple of dozen children to defend against Los Ardillos (the squirrels), the gang that had been preying on the region. 

It’s a drastic measure for sure but desperate times call for desperate measures. According to news reports children have also taken up arms in nearby Chilpancingo, about 220 miles south of Mexico City, and in the village of Ayahualtempa.

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The communities are in Mexico’s most violent regions due to bloody turf wars between rival drug gangs. The villages and citizens of the region are caught in the middle and are now taking matters into their own hands, hence arming children and teaching them to kill. I get it, I do but this add’s fuel to the fire of Trump’s immigration argument. Arming children as young as 8 and teaching them to kill is not going to soften the President of the United States stance towards immigration. If anything this will only fuel his argument that we need to stop allowing immigrants from Mexico into the United States, and now especially those with children. 

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Amazon Plays With Hand Recognition 

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Pay Using Just Your Hand

Cristal M Clark 

We should have seen this one coming after voice recognition, facial recognition, being able to unlock a device with a finger, now Amazon is playing about with hand recognition in the hope that eventually we’ll be able to leave home without anything and just pay using our hands. 

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According to reports, palm vein recognition may be more secure and more reliable than actual fingerprints but, hand scanners are understandably more difficult and not to mention fairly impossible to install on mobile devices and computers, iPads and the plethora of other devices available to users. 

Amazon has an answer for that however. Although it’s still in the test phase the rumor is that the technology would require users set up and link their cards with their hands on scanners. All data, from the palm vein print to when and where transactions were made, would be stored on Amazon’s Cloud.

The move would give Amazon a huge advantage over other players in both tech and financial industries and it would more or less piss of financial institutions. 

Amazon plan isn’t limited to Whole Foods by the way. Amazon is in fact planning to make a pitch to coffee shops, fast-food, and other places where speed and convenience of payment are important. 

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And while this sounds fantastic, it also comes with huge risks and concerns over privacy for instance who can gain access to your palm print? No, not law enforcement Amazon much like the rest of the tech and social media giants except Facebook, do everything they can in an effort to protect users from the peeping eyes of big brother. I am leaning towards something along the lines of a hackers wet dream. Once Amazon is breached and it will eventually get breached, just another piece of you or I will be available to the hackers to play about with and sooner or later the havoc caused because hackers know more about us than we do and have access to more of our stuff than we do, the glass ceiling will come crashing down. 

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Your Images Stolen to Create Facial Recognition Database Unbeknownst to You

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Law Enforcement Using Startup’s Facial Recognition Database 

Cristal M Clark 

That selfie you took for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like is not as private as you might you think. A startup company, Clearview AI is a collaboration between Hoan Ton-That, an Australian native who moved to the US in 2007, and Richard Schwartz, a former aide to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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It’s a  facial-recognition startup that is being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the US to solve crimes, but little is known about the software, not even law enforcement agencies know much about it. 

When law enforcement uploads a photo to the application, which by the way has been used by more than 600 law-enforcement agencies, Clearview AI scans for matches across its catalog of billions of photos it scraped from social media websites, typically in violation of those sites’ terms of service. It then shows the results to whomever made the search, typically law enforcement however since so little is known about the software and who all is using it you can pretty much guess that law enforcement is not the only ones using the software.

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Clearview did not share which law-enforcement agencies have used its tool, they did indicate that hundreds of law-enforcement agencies have in fact utilized the software. 

The app’s founders reportedly began marketing the service to law-enforcement agencies for as little as $2,000 and interestingly, the founders reportedly relied on former and current Republican officials to approach law-enforcement agencies about using the low-priced service, or in some cases, a free trial of the software.

Alarmingly in a careful look at the software it was discovered that an underlying code in the application also revealed the software had been designed to work with augmented reality technology, meaning someone wearing special goggles or glasses could potentially use Clearview AI to instantly determine details, including a person’s identity and address.

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And these details, well that’s pissed Facebook off according to a spokesperson: “Scraping Facebook information or adding it to a directory are prohibited by our policies, so we are reviewing the claims about this company and will take appropriate action if we find they are violating our rules.”

Clearview however goes beyond just letting law enforcement use it’s software, it tracks whomever law enforcement is searching for and it sees everything law enforcement is searching for. 

Facial recognition technology has been centered around privacy issues and claims of racial bias in the technology. A study released in December by the National Institute of Standards and Technology found facial recognition technology had a racial-bias, typically having a a more difficult time identifying non-white people and women.

That being said, it’s just yet another intrusion or is it? I’ve long said that whatever you share on social media regardless of whether or not you make it private will in fact, eventually be fair game to some money hungry organization. 

Cristal M Clark

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