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FACIAL RECOGNITION: IRS HEARD YOU!

In response to Congressional opposition and the potential threat of a massive tax revolt, the Internal Revenue Service has announced that they are transitioning away from facial recognition

Reference Blog Entry:  THE GOVERNMENT IS OUTSOURCING THE COLLECTION OF BIOMETRIC DATA

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IRS announces transition away from use of third-party verification involving facial recognition

The IRS announced it will transition away from using a third-party service for facial recognition to help authenticate people creating new online accounts. The transition will occur over the coming weeks in order to prevent larger disruptions to taxpayers during filing season.

During the transition, the IRS will quickly develop and bring online an additional authentication process that does not involve facial recognition. The IRS will also continue to work with its cross-government partners to develop authentication methods that protect taxpayer data and ensure broad access to online tools.

"The IRS takes taxpayer privacy and security seriously, and we understand the concerns that have been raised," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Everyone should feel comfortable with how their personal information is secured, and we are quickly pursuing short-term options that do not involve facial recognition."

The transition announced today does not interfere with the taxpayer's ability to file their return or pay taxes owed. During this period, the IRS will continue to accept tax filings, and it has no other impact on the current tax season. People should continue to file their taxes as they normally would. <Source>

Bottom line…

Rule One: Never interrupt the cashflow that raises questions about the nation’s solvency or ability to pay entitlements.

We are so screwed until Congress cuts back on political corruption, their profligate unprioritized spending, and gets serious about waste, fraud, and abuse.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



WILL GREED AND GREEN POLICIES DESTROY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN A MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE?

There is little doubt in any Californian's mind that the fearsome 750-mile San Andreas Fault represents an existential threat to Southern California.

The southern portion of the San Andreas Fault running from Parkfield to the Salton Sea in southern California is considered by Caltech’s famed seismologists as a major threat for a major magnitude 7+ earthquake sometime in the near future.

So it is natural for residents of Southern California to wonder if those requesting mining permits from the State of California have conducted seismological studies before extracting lithium close to the San Andreas Fault and the newly discovered Salton Trough Fault, which runs parallel to the San Andreas Fault?

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Where Is There More Lithium to Power Cars and Phones? Beneath a California Lake.

The U.S. race to secure a material known as ‘white gold’ turns to the Salton Sea, where energy companies hope to extract lithium from a geothermal reservoir

In the U.S. hunt for lithium, an essential component of the batteries that power electric vehicles and cellphones, one big untapped source might be bubbling under a giant lake in Southern California. 

The U.S. currently imports almost all of its lithium, but research shows large reserves in underground geothermal brines—a scalding hot soup of minerals, metals and saltwater. The catch: Extracting lithium from such a source at commercial scale is untested.

At California’s Salton Sea, three companies, including one owned by Warren Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc., are pushing ahead with plans to do just that. Those efforts are backed by money from governments eager to secure supplies of critical minerals that are key to several modern technologies.

The plans could turn this southeastern corner of California into one of the largest producers of what some call “white gold” at a time when most of that material comes from Australia, Chile and China. The geothermal reservoir under the Salton Sea area is capable of producing 600,000 metric tons a year of lithium carbonate, according to estimates from the California Energy Commission. That level of output would surpass last year’s global production.

[OCS: The question regarding the Earth’s deformation and the alteration of water levels have yet to be answered.]

The key to unlocking all that lithium is the superheated geothermal water deep beneath a broad area that includes the Salton Sea. For decades a number of local geothermal plants have extracted that water to produce electricity. Some of those same operators now want to reach for the dissolved lithium that also resides in the geothermal brine.  An initial push came in 2017 after the California Energy Commission began awarding grants to help advance lithium extraction processes. Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which is conducting tests at one of its 10 geothermal plants, received $6 million and another $14.9 million in federal funds. The company said that commercial production should begin in 2026. <Source

Bottom line…

First, why is the taxpayer paying for testing that could produce billions of dollars in profits for private companies? Second, what is the people's return on their investment -- and spare me the talk about national security interests.

Lessons from history appear to suggest where big money and political power are involved; safety concerns are minimized until something happens – then blame is diffused as a “systemic problem” with no individual or organization held accountable. 

A major regional quake will certainly kill or injure thousands of people and cause billions of dollars in property damage.

Please show me the research!

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS