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  • list of those allegedly targeted for illegal monitoring by ousted Obama holdover Amb to Ukraine:

    10/14/2019 11:41:46 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 11 replies
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  • Apple unveils $999 iPhone 11 Pro and $1099 Pro Max, its 'most powerful and most advanced' [tr]

    09/10/2019 1:34:38 PM PDT · by C19fan · 127 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 10, 2019 | Cheyene McDonald and James Pero
    Apple has finally revealed the newest designs in its iPhone lineup. The firm unveiled the iPhone 11 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino on Tuesday, showing off a handset with a 6.1-inch display that will come in six colors: purple, white, yellow, green, black, and Product Red. Apple also showed off its new premium model, the iPhone 11 Pro, which will come with either a 5.8-inch or 6.5-inch display. The stainless steel device boasts three cameras and will be available in four colors, including the new Midnight Green, all with a matte textured finish.
  • September 3, 1939: Fireside Chat 14: On the European War

    09/01/2019 2:10:56 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    UVA Miller Center ^ | Sep 3, 1939 | Franklin D. Roosevelt
    My fellow Americans and my friends: Tonight my single duty is to speak to the whole of America. Until four-thirty this morning I had hoped against hope that some miracle would prevent a devastating war in Europe and bring to an end the invasion of Poland by Germany. For four long years a succession of actual wars and constant crises have shaken the entire world and have threatened in each case to bring on the gigantic conflict which is today unhappily a fact. ...I myself cannot and do not prophesy the course of events abroad -- ...I cannot prophesy the...
  • Silicon Valley Copycats China's Orwellian Social Credit Scheme

    08/26/2019 11:23:03 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    PJ Media Vodka Pundit ^ | 8/26/2019 | Stephen Green
    In China, it's becoming common for subjects of the Communist state's growing digital apparatus to be denied air travel or business class train tickets, have their internet bandwidth throttled, have their kids denied admission to better schools, denied employment in certain sectors, or even have their dogs taken away. It's called "social credit," it's kept track of digitally and with zero transparency, and Beijing is trotting it out in stages by 2020 as a sort-of kinder, gentler totalitarianism. Think of it as a digital Stasi. Your neighbor catches you smoking in a non-smoking area, and reports on you with his...
  • Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system

    08/26/2019 11:49:18 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 19 replies ^ | 8/26/19 | BY MIKE ELGAN
    In China, scoring citizens’ behavior is official government policy. U.S. companies are increasingly doing something similar, outside the law. Have you heard about China’s social credit system? It’s a technology-enabled, surveillance-based nationwide program designed to nudge citizens toward better behavior. The ultimate goal is to “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step,” according to the Chinese government. In place since 2014, the social credit system is a work in progress that could evolve by next year into a single, nationwide point system for all Chinese citizens, akin to...
  • Recommendation for setting home thermostats at 78 degrees goes viral

    08/20/2019 3:59:00 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 104 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/20/19 | Marina Pitofsky
    Energy recommendations from a government-backed program have gone viral after suggesting that people should keep their home thermostats at least at 78 degrees for cooling. Energy Star, which works with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department to set efficiency benchmarks for appliances, electronics, building materials, lighting and other products, recommends that Americans program their thermostats to at least 78 degrees from 6 a.m. The program then recommends temperatures be raised to at least 85 degrees from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at which point it recommends again setting temperatures to at least 78 degrees. Thermostats should be then...
  • Paging Big Brother: In Amazons Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite

    08/19/2019 9:06:26 AM PDT · by DFG · 28 replies ^ | 08/19/2019
    In George Orwells 1984, the classics of literature are rewritten into Newspeak, a revision and reduction of the language meant to make bad thoughts literally unthinkable. Its a beautiful thing, the destruction of words, one true believer exults. Now some of the writers own words are getting reworked in Amazons vast virtual bookstore, a place where copyright laws hold remarkably little sway. Orwells reputation may be secure, but his sentences are not. Over the last few weeks I got a close-up view of this process when I bought a dozen fake and illegitimate Orwell books from Amazon. Some of them...
  • Amazon Is Coaching Cops on How to Obtain Surveillance Footage Without a Warrant

    08/06/2019 4:22:20 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies ^ | August 5, 2019 | Caroline Haskins
    Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance company, is teaching police how to convince residents to share camera footage with them. When police partner with Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance camera company, they get access to the “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. Police don’t need a warrant to request this footage, but they do need permission from camera owners.Emails and documents obtained by Motherboard reveal that people aren’t always willing to provide police with their Ring camera footage. However, Ring works with law enforcement and gives them advice on how to persuade people to...
  • FBI Wants Tech to Track Social Media for Criminals and Terrorists Before They Act

    08/04/2019 4:26:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 77 replies
    Nextgov ^ | JULY 31, 2019 | Brandi Vincent
    The Federal Bureau of Investigations aims to acquire access to a social media early alerting tool that will help insiders proactively and reactively monitor how terrorist groups, foreign intelligence services, criminal organizations and other domestic threats use networking platforms to further their illegal efforts, according to a request for proposal amended this week. With increased use of social media platforms by subjects of current FBI investigations and individuals that pose a threat to the United States, it is critical to obtain a service which will allow the FBI to identify relevant information from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other Social media...
  • Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

    08/02/2019 1:51:09 PM PDT · by familyop · 64 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 2, 2019 | Mark Harris
    ...South Dakota...Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before concluding in central Illinois...the balloons are intended to provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats,...The balloons are carrying hi-tech radars designed to simultaneously track many individual vehicles day or night, through any kind of weather...Sometimes its referred to as combat TiVo because when an event happens somewhere in the surveilled area, you can potentially rewind the tape to see exactly what occurred, and rewind even further to see who was involved and where they came from.
  • Deal with Amazon requires local police to encourage people to buy Ring products

    07/27/2019 3:46:19 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 7/26/2019 | Ayyison Matyrus
    Amazon has struck up deals with local police departments to encourage people to buy its Ring security products in exchange for free Ring video doorbells and access to a special police-focused Ring portal. According to Motherboard, which saw a copy of the agreement between Amazon-owned Ring and the Lakehead, Florida police department, Ring requires police to advertise its products within their communities. In addition to free Ring tech, police departments get access to a portal that allows them to request Ring-recorded footage directly from community members. Motherboard obtained details of a memorandum of understanding and emails between Ring and the...
  • The New Ways Your Boss Is Spying on You

    07/21/2019 8:56:34 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 66 replies
    WSJ ^ | 19 July 2019 | Sarah Krouse
    Its not just email. Employers are mining the data their workers generate to figure out what theyre up to, and with whom. Theres almost nothing you can do about it. ... Employers are parsing those interactions to learn who is influential, which teams are most productive and who is a flight risk. ... to examine data on the sender, recipient and timing of over 130 million emailsnot the content of the messagesfrom more than 20,000 U.S. employees to see what dots it could connect about relationships. Its not just emails that are being tallied and analyzed. Companies are increasingly sifting...
  • How going cashless allows Big Brother to spy on your every move: (trunc)

    07/14/2019 11:03:35 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 113 replies
    DailyMail.Com News ^ | By Ian Birrell In Sweden For The Mail On Sunday | Published: 19:22 EDT, 13 July 2019 | Updated: 22:36 EDT, 13 July 2019
    Gustaf can remember the precise date when he last used cash. 'It was October 7 last year,' he told me without hesitancy. 'I found an old note that I had forgotten about and used it to buy some sweets.' Like many others at his university in Gothenburg, Sweden, Gustaf relies on cards and smartphones to spend money. 'None of us use cash you just don't need it these days,' he said. Card only: Sweden has become a cashless society so shoppers have switched to cards and smartphones But there is one problem a big one. The 20-year-old computer...
  • Big Government and Big Tech Are Partnering to Track Us Everywhere

    07/09/2019 12:27:37 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 42 replies ^ | Posted at 9:07 am on June 27, 2019 | by Seton Motley
    George Orwell was a brilliant individual. A man of incredible insight and foresight. In his unfathomably predictive novel 1984, Orwell warns of Big Brother: (O)stensibly the leader of Oceania, a totalitarian state wherein the ruling party Ingsoc wields total power for its own sake over the inhabitants. In the society that Orwell describes, every citizen is under constant surveillance by the authorities, mainly by telescreens.The people are constantly reminded of this by the slogan Big Brother is watching you: a maxim that is ubiquitously on display. In modern culture, the term Big Brother has entered the lexicon as a...
  • Conviction comes after DNA, family tree crack 1987 killings

    06/29/2019 10:30:45 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 69 replies
    ABC News / AP ^ | June 28, 2019 | Associated Press
    A jury convicted a Washington state man Friday in the killings of a young Canadian couple more than three decades ago a case that was finally solved when investigators turned to powerful genealogy software to build a family tree of the then-unknown suspect. Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Jay Cook, disappeared in November 1987 after leaving their home near Victoria, British Columbia, for what was supposed to be an overnight trip to Seattle. Their bodies were found in separate locations in northwestern Washington state about a week later. Investigators preserved DNA evidence that was recovered from...
  • Walmart adds AI-powered cameras to more than 1,000 stores to reduce checkout theft, report says

    06/23/2019 5:33:18 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 99 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 23 June 2019 | Katherine Lam
    Walmart Opens a New Window. is working to reduce checkout theft in more than 1,000 U.S. stores with the help of cameras powered by artificial intelligence Opens a New Window. . The retailer began investing in the surveillance program, dubbed Missed Scan Detection, several years ago in an effort to combat shrinkage loss due to several causes including theft, scanning errors, waste and fraud, a Walmart spokeswoman told Business Insider Opens a New Window. . "Walmart is making a true investment to ensure the safety of our customers and associates," Walmart spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins told the business site. "Over...
  • World View reaches new milestone in Stratollite development

    06/06/2019 7:55:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies ^ | June 6, 2019 | by Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON World View announced June 5 it performed the longest flight to date of its stratospheric balloon, demonstrating its ability to carry out missions traditionally reserved for satellites. The company said its Stratollite balloon system recently completed a 16-day test flight, taking off May 18 from the companys headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, and landing June 3 in Nevada. Prior to this flight, the longest flight by a Stratollite was five days. In addition to proving its ability for extended flights, the Stratollite also demonstrated its ability to maintain position. That included multiple tests where the balloon stayed within an...
  • UK 7 medical conditions drivers must report

    05/20/2019 4:48:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 49 replies
    News Gazette ^ | 5-20-2019
    Seveven medical conditions drivers must report in UK
  • The Canadian Government Is Now a Dangerous Big Brother

    05/04/2019 5:17:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/04/2019 | Michael Brown
    This important story has been out for some days now, but I waited before writing. Why? Its because I did not want to write yet another article on transanity. Another article on extreme transgender activism. Another article on the world being turned upside down. But this is too urgent. Too disturbing. In a totalitarian regime, its a parents worst nightmare. Im talking about government intervention. About hostile, outside forces coming right into your home and usurping your authority. About the courts forbidding you from parenting your child. And, worse still, threatening to punish you if you dare try. Allow me...
  • Amazon listening-in flap shows that one way or another, free stuff is always going to be paid for

    04/14/2019 7:35:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Today's most creepily Orwellian story is about tech/retail giant Amazon. A Bloomberg story, picked up by Fox News, says that Amazon's Alexa talk-to-the-computer 'digital assistant' service, which a lot of us use, has a bunch of listeners-in on the other side. Far from talking to a machine, as you think you might be doing, you are offering up some reality-TV for the hipsters listening in. And lots of them like to pick up the conversations, the ones that amuse them, and share their recordings of with all their co-workers on some company bulletin board: Here's the Fox writeup: Alexa is like having...