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Great to be with you today. We are heading into a wonderful weekend. I myself — I mentioned earlier — I’m hoping to get out there and do some fishing.
When I was a boy I fished a good amount, but I haven’t done much lately, but I got to get out there with my family and try to get ourselves exposed to it.
Sometimes you never know who will be really excited and energized by certain things. Sounds like a good summer thing to do. So keep an eye out if there’s a place for you to go fishing. I recommend it. It’s therapeutic.
Now, what do you need to know today?
You know, it’s Friday night, all the news again is just a cacophony of news — you know you just kind of want to kick back. You’re probably gonna watch some T.V. — South Korean baseball. Well, they’re getting closer to sports.
Later on in the program, we’re going to talk with a young journalist who is at the nationalpolls.com, which is an online periodical news site that is started by our friend, Rahim Hassam. His name is Brain Allman. He wrote a piece on TikTok.
So what you need to know today is — the power of social media is being illustrated by TikTok. So that’s good, but you can’t stop there.
What do we know about TikTok now?
Tens of millions of people have downloaded it, it’s completely controlled and owned by the Chinese Communist regime. There’s a sort of front group in there or something, but it had access to the American market by a great trick of the Chinese, which is they bought another company — an American company, and they kind of moved into the market.
So now, we have TikTok, with tens of millions of users, and they are posting all sorts of data, but what the article will talk about — later on in the program — the important thing here is — someone reverse engineered TikTok.
And they looked at what TikTok was doing, and they realized that TikTok is — as a matter of what they’re doing — the access they have to your phone when you download the app, say yes to the notifications that you must to use it, and you have it on there.
The access — it really is a data gathering site, a data gathering tool.
Now, that probably doesn’t sound too surprising, but when you hear that it’s the Chinese Communist regime that’s doing it, it makes you kind of stop.
So, alright you’re saying, “Well, wait a second. Are we compromising our national security by allowing this?”
Well, when amazon.com — Amazon the company said last week in a memo — all their members, all their workers should not have TikTok on their phone using their amazon.com address — the reason why is they’re trying to move the action theTikTok data collection away from their own company.
So there’s a commercial aspect.
Well, is there a national security aspect? Well, sure. Why not? I mean clearly there is.
So the movement now is to ban TikTok. The question is under what rubric do we ban TikTok?
Now, I’ll answer you myself. I say we’re in a second Cold War with China. So we have to act like we are in a war — a Cold War — not act like we’re in a negotiation.
TikTok doesn’t have free speech protection, commercial protection under U.S. law because they are our enemy. They are our cold war enemy.
That’s how I see it, but I’m not the only one making decisions and I’m not the only one leading on this. And too many people in public office in high levels think that, “Well, we’ll just get along, we’ll get some assurances, some patches written into the code, it won’t be a big deal…”
I don’t know. I don’t believe it.
But here’s where we are on this, and what you need to know — we have now had enough people across the spectrum saying we must stop TikTok. It’s a data gathering tool. It’s an influencing tool — and we’ll hear more from Brian Allman in a few minutes — for the Chinese Communist regime.
Okay, so there’s a consensus developing, and I’m glad to hear it.
We ought to push through, and I think the only way you can get to the idea of banning them is to say it’s a national security question, so we should. But that’s got to be the way you argue.
Here’s another part of this — here’s the next thing you need to know.
What you ought to know is if the power of TikTok being described so clearly by policymakers, by other social media entities, by computer engineers who have reverse engineered or are looking at the reverse engineering — if it’s so clear to everybody how bad TikTok is as a gathering tool and how bad it is in the hands of an enemy — why are we not having the next conversation?
Which is — which other apps have control over us, have influence over us and have that impact on us?
And it’s pretty easy to see.
Twitter, Facebook, Google YouTube, and although some of them aren’t so obviously — SnapChat, Instagram — some of them aren’t so obviously — like TikTok you’ve sort of can see it — it’s called TikTok, it’s always videos, it’s all these people being silly so you sort of see it easily.
But if it’s true that, that app downloaded and used the way the communist Chinese are using it is bad for us, isn’t it also true that these other apps are bad for us?
And so the question becomes — what do we do about it?
How do you do something — if you get in the mail, snail mail a newsletter from someone who is particularly abhorrent — let’s say you get a newsletter in the mail from people who, you know, hate Capitalism, and they’re Marxist communists and they hate Capitalism, and they write about how bad Capitalism is, and they’re hateful.
Well, it’s kind of free speech, right?
If you want to get that in the mail, even if you want to pay for it, if it doesn’t cross over a line, which is the kind of lines we know about infamenting, insurrection, or threatening violence or something that’s inappropriate — it’s kind of protected.
You can make the decision to pay twenty dollars a month, or twenty dollars a year — Communist Party of America and get their terrible, terrible insights and their directions in the mail. Snail mail.
Likewise, can you sign up for certain electronic apps that some of us think are bad for you, but you decide they’re not?
So some of us — me included — and remember Abigail Shrier was on the program last week.
She did an interview. Her book is called Irreversible Damage, and it’s about the efforts of the Transgender movement, especially targeting girls. I asked her, “What do we do about it?” And she said, “The first thing we do about it is get our girls off of social media because it’s damaging to them.”
So if you believe like I do, that these social media giants are managing your neuroscience of influencing you to be addicted, hooked, and attentive to these apps and to these services — that’s what I believe — and I believe it by the way is true of the big media also.
Cable T.V., CNN, as you know, I did a six month stint at CNN as a contributor. I was up in their offices in New York for four or five days a week — three or four days a week, sometimes five days a week — for weeks on end.
And what I saw was, they have a lot of money and they were dialing testing and testing what was effective. They were using all the technology to influence what you see, and what you feel, and therefore, what you know and do.
And it’s even more at large on the big tech. And you can’t tell what they’re doing to influence you.
So, what do we do about it? Right, what you need to know right now is Americans are being dominated by the big tech giants who are — who have a vision for our lives.
And they’re not telling you what it is.
The vision for our lives is the one that gives them the most opportunity for their business model. Usually, big money, but also to grow it and to show growth, so that they can get influence to get investors.
A lot of times they’re not making money yet, but they’re showing growth so that they can get investors.
So what you need to know now is we are being dominated.
We are being dominated, but not just by TikTok; but, we are being dominated by big tech.
And the impact of it is clear when you see people who aren’t well. And I don’t want to just sound like a fuddy duddy by the way who, you know, in the old days said, “Oh the television is bad for you that new fangled television.”
I’m not saying that. I am saying part of that.
I’m saying look closely at the details that we were able to find out about TikTok — what they’re doing and how they’re doing it — and then broaden your thinking to the big tech and say to yourself, “What are we going to do about it?”
So what you need to know is — we are being dominated by big tech. Dominated.
And the first thing we have to do is admit that, right. Understand it. We have to know it. We’re getting that down.
And then we have to figure out what we are going to do about it. And in the case of TikTok, I think we can ban it.
In the case of Abigail Shrier, last week, about her book on pressure on young girls on transgenders — get rid of social media.
Some of it’s going to be a change in our attitudes, in our habits, but you can’t change your attitudes and your habits without identifying the problem and seeing the problem.
Yesterday, on the program, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft identified the problem of voter fraud. What are we going to do about it is the question.
In this case, what you need to know is the TikTok example — I hope we ban it — we’re banning it because it’s bad for America’s health. True.
I think it’s bad for our national security. True.
But what you need to know is big tech is dominating us like they — like no one’s ever done before.
In terms of neuroscience, how we interact, how our bodies react, what we see becomes what we know, and it becomes what we believe and do.
What we see becomes what we know — to be true — and it becomes what we do.
There’s a lot at stake. There’s a lot at stake.
And what you need to know is that and what you need to do is that we have to rise up, identify the problem, be clear about it, and take the kinds of steps to break ourselves from this in terms of the policy — the public policy — of our nation as well as to break ourselves of what we’re going through.
We’ll talk about that later on in the show and what you need to do.
Alright, it’s Ed Martin. I’ll be back. Thanks for tuning in on the Pro America Report. Be right back.