from Fellowship Of The Minds:
That device is ALWAYS listening and recording you. It won’t be doing that in my home.
I get that people enjoy new technologies but are you so lazy that you can’t get up to turn off the lights?
From Daily Mail: Amazon.com has set up model ‘smart’ homes across the United States for shoppers to experience what it’s like for voice aide Alexa to dim the lights, turn on the TV or order more laundry detergent.
by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
A police officer shot his gun inside a school full of children, on video, causing mass panic and injury, and he was not arrested.
Fowerville, MI — Imagine for a moment that you were carrying a pistol in a public space and all of the sudden, you accidentally squeeze off a round. Now, imagine if this place was a school.
There are two possible scenarios that would take place; the first one being that police return fire and you are killed. The second, less lethal result would be your inevitable arrest and charges of public endangerment, unlawful discharge, illegal use of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, terrorism, or a myriad of other infractions associated with sending a deadly projectile hurling through a space occupied by innocent people. You would immediately be facing fines, jail time, probation, and firearms restrictions.
from SHTF Plan:
Residents of Maryland and Virginia face double-digit percentage increases in premiums for individual Obamacare plans in 2019, according to rate requests made by insurers.
The largest hikes are being sought by CareFirst, which is seeking a 64% increase in Virginia, and a whopping 91% increase in Maryland for its PPO. Other insurers are following suit in the two states, with Kaiser requesting hikes of 32% and 37% respectively, followed by CareFirst’s HMO offering.
In Maryland, CareFirst wants to raise rates by 91 percent on a plan covering 15,000 people, Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. said. If approved, premiums for a 40-year-old could reach $1,334 a month. –Bloomberg
That’s over $16,000 per year for an individual plan in a state with an average personal income of $59,524.
by Robby Soave, Reason:
Last month, Richard Ned Lebow, a professor of political theory at King’s College, found himself in a crowded elevator with Simona Sharoni, a professor of gender studies at Merrimack College, during an academic conference in San Francisco. Sharoni asked Lebow what floor he needed. He replied: “ladies’ lingerie.”
It was a stupid joke—a “standard gag line,” Lebow later explained, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. But Sharoni didn’t think it was funny. And so she filed a complaint with the International Studies Association, whose conference they were both attending.
An ISA committee found that Lebow had indeed violated the group’s code of conduct.
by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute:
One of the few positive things in the ill-named USA FREEDOM Act, enacted in 2015 after the Snowden revelations on NSA domestic spying, is that it required the Director of National Intelligence to regularly report on its domestic surveillance activities. On Friday, the latest report was released on just how much our own government is spying on us. The news is not good at all if you value freedom over tyranny.
According to the annual report, named the Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities, the US government intercepted and stored information from more than a half-billion of our telephone calls and text messages in 2017. That is a 300 percent increase from 2016. All of these intercepts were “legal” under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is ironic because FISA was enacted to curtail the Nixon-era abuse of surveillance on American citizens.
by Nicholas West, Activist Post:
In the wake of tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting, we’ve seen a justification emerge for using drone surveillance of large public events. Most recently we saw drones being used at the 2018 Coachella music festival with very little if any public outcry. However, the use of drones for public protests is also being pursued, which finally has drawn the attention of civil liberties advocates in Chicago.
A new bill introduced by Rahm Emmanuel seeks to amend the privacy guarantees currently afforded under the Freedom From Drone Surveillance Act to include political protests as part of their consideration of “large-scale events.” According to Gizmodo, this amendment already has passed the first two stages of approval and is heading for the third soon. The ACLU is also disputing reports by the Illinois government that the ACLU was consulted and that their suggestions were woven into the new bill:
by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:
Once again the mainstream media has had a very, very bad week, with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner coming under fire from both sides of the political aisle for the nasty attacks on the women in the Trump administration, to the false claims that the “NRA was banning guns” at their annual conference, to “mishandling sexual harassment claims against Tom Brokaw,” to inappropriately screaming questions about Stormy Daniels at the president during the National Day of Prayer, causing one attendee to actual take them to task by saying “shame on you,” and castigating the reporter by telling him to have respect for the ceremony.
Topping off their bad week, multiple outlets, including NBC News and MSNBC, reported inaccurately that President Trump’s personal attorney was “wiretapped,” which then caused yet another round of corrections, retractions and apologies. (See: The Media’s No Good, Very Bad Week)
by Jack Burns, Activist Post:
New innovations in technology are allowing police officers to contribute to a growing database by implementing facial recognition software in Breathalyzer tests and body cameras.
The largest maker of body cameras in the United States, Axon, announced last week that it has purchased two artificial intelligence companies and it is creating an ethics board for the purpose of preparing to use the technology with its current products.
Despite acknowledging the “bias and misuse” that will likely take place with such a system, the company’s founder, Rick Smith argues that the tech’s benefits cannot be ignored. “I don’t think it’s an optimal solution, the world we’re in today, that catching dangerous people should just be left up to random chance, or expecting police officers to remember who they’re looking for,” he told WaPost. “It would be both naive and counterproductive to say law enforcement shouldn’t have these new technologies. They’re going to, and I think they’re going to need them. We can’t have police in the 2020s policing with technologies from the 1990s.”