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    Quote Originally Posted by CasperParks View Post
    I recall reading about that service at one of the mainstream media outlets.
    From the USPO, it is called "Informed Delivery".

    Suppose we are one step away from them opening up the mail, and just sending us a scanned image?
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    Quote Originally Posted by calikid View Post
    From the USPO, it is called "Informed Delivery".

    Suppose we are one step away from them opening up the mail, and just sending us a scanned image?
    That reminds of an old joke, "You have the right to see any files the FBI has on you. And if they don't have a file on you, they'll gladly create one."

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    NBC News reports The War on Cash Intensifies: Visa Offers Restaurants $10,000 to Go Cashless by Ben Popken

    Visa has declared war on cash and its "opening salvo" is to start paying restaurants $10,000 to go completely cash free.

    The credit card giant is this week announcing a new plan to hand out thousands of dollars to up to 50 small food and restaurant vendors if they agree to stop taking cash.

    Visa will also upgrade the restaurants' checkout terminals so they can accept contactless payments, like Apple Pay, and invest in some of the stores' marketing costs. When you pay at one of the stores you would only be able to do so with a credit or debit card, or via mobile payment. The program participants will be picked from an online application that starts in August.
    Click here for NBC News article The War on Cash:

    Opinion, this amounts to "boycotting" people who use cash.

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    'Fiat' currency and now this.

    Very troubling as it will no doubt make it far easier for the TPTB to hamstring us financially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wansen View Post
    'Fiat' currency and now this.

    Very troubling as it will no doubt make it far easier for the TPTB to hamstring us financially.
    Not to mention Law Enforcement's inability to track your every financial move when you use cash.
    So much easier to investigate (with a proper warrant) when every penny transacted is recorded, stamped, filed, indexed.... and archived FOREVER.
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    Hearings on FISA reform/renewal are a chance for real change, so why aren't the major players at the table making noise?

    Silicon Valley mostly quiet in internet surveillance debate in Congress
    By Dustin Volz

    Facebook Inc, Alpabet Inc's Google, Apple Inc and other major technology firms are largely absent from a debate over the renewal of a broad U.S. internet surveillance law, weakening prospects for privacy reforms that would further protect customer data, according to sources familiar with the matter.

    While tech companies often lobby Washington on privacy issues, the major firms have been hesitant to enter a fray over a controversial portion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), industry lobbyists, congressional aides and civil liberties advocates said.

    Among their concerns is that doing so could jeopardize a trans-Atlantic data transfer pact underpinning billions of dollars in trade in digital services, the sources said.

    Technology companies and privacy groups have for years complained about the part of FISA known as Section 702 that allows the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to collect and analyze emails and other digital communications of foreigners living overseas. Though targeted at foreigners, the surveillance also collects data on an unknown number of Americans - some privacy advocates have suggested it could be millions - without a search warrant.

    Section 702 will expire at the end of the year unless the Republican-controlled Congress votes to reauthorize it. The White House, U.S. intelligence agencies and many Republican senators want to renew the law, which they consider vital to national security, without changes and make it permanent.

    A coalition of Democrats and libertarian-leaning conservatives prefer, however, to amend the law with more privacy safeguards.
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    Remember how direct deposit of paychecks started as voluntary with promise they never make it mandatory?
    Then it became a condition of employment. They boycott hiring people refusing direct deposit!

    Biochip Implants is becoming as they are - a hive-mind and leads to eternal darkness...
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    16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
    17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

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