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A chilling Alexa tale that is just the tip of the iceberg

This Woman’s Amazon Alexa Experience Is Jaw-Dropping.

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I’m willing to bet that, at some point this week, many of you have clicked a box indicating that you’ve “read and agreed to the terms and conditions” of something.  Of Anything.

I’m also willing to bet that only a handful of you carefully read over that document before getting on with whatever newfangled service or app you’re working with, even after hearing the horror stories coming out of Silicon Valley in regard to Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, and more.  In fact, a great many of us have been receiving an extraordinary amount of emails from our app providers telling us that they’ve updated their “privacy policies” as well…which is certainly related to the continued fallout from that very scandal.

But still, we simply click away a lot of our rights, and our value.

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You see, you are giving away something for free that Facebook, Amazon, and Google all pay a whole lot of money for:  Your browsing data.

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The internet has provided advertisers with an unfettered opportunity to monitor the way you interact with the world around you, especially now that the world around you is covered by the internet. Every keystroke, search term, vacation booking, or car review you read creates a profile of you and your consumer habits.  This is like finding a treasure map for the predatory vendors of our nation, and folks such as Facebook and Amazon who harvest this info are selling it for top dollar.

They are selling your personality to advertisers, and you’re letting them through the terms and conditions.

What’s worse?  They’re putting wiretaps in our homes now, disguised as ambiguously female personal assistants.

Take the latest story out of Portland, Oregon in which a family has found conclusive evidence that their Amazon Alexa was spying on them.

“My husband and I would joke and say I’d bet these devices are listening to what we’re saying,” said Danielle, who did not want us to use her last name.

Every room in her family home was wired with the Amazon devices to control her home’s heat, lights and security system.

But Danielle said two weeks ago their love for Alexa changed with an alarming phone call. “The person on the other line said, ‘unplug your Alexa devices right now,'” she said. “‘You’re being hacked.'”

That person was one of her husband’s employees, calling from Seattle.

“We unplugged all of them and he proceeded to tell us that he had received audio files of recordings from inside our house,” she said. “At first, my husband was, like, ‘no you didn’t!’ And the (recipient of the message) said ‘You sat there talking about hardwood floors.’ And we said, ‘oh gosh, you really did hear us.'”

Danielle listened to the conversation when it was sent back to her, and she couldn’t believe someone 176 miles away heard it too.

This chilling tale is just the tip of the iceberg as well, considering that the most powerful technology companies in the world are all competing for efficacy in the realm of data collection.  Soon, the Google/Facebook/Amazon user data war will begin in earnest, and we will be nothing more than fuel for their corporate machines.

 

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Southern Restaurant Scorched After Refusing to Serve Unvaccinated People

The unvaccinated are quickly becoming second class citizens in America.

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In these late-stages of the pandemic, there are a number of emerging plot lines that almost seem more controversial than those that we experienced at the beginning of this fiasco, and it makes us wonder if some of it isn’t just for show. For instance, in the restaurant industry, where just about every businesses owner is struggling mightily, there are a number of different approaches to dealing with this latest “delta” variant of COVID-19.  This is of particular note now that many establishments had reopened during the lull in cases, and are now hanging on for dear life during “delta”. But one restaurant in the deep south has thrown their prosperity aside, and are making the controversial decision to serve only vaccinated customers. An Atlanta restaurant is making the bold decision to serve only customers who are fully vaccinated. Argosy Restaurant and Bar, located in East Atlanta Village, is one of the first businesses in Georgia to mandate with signs that say “No Vax, No Service.” The company owner made the decision earlier this week after he and several of his employees, who were all fully vaccinated, contracted the virus as breakthrough cases. The owner has suggested that these breakthrough cases were worse for business than treating the unvaccinated as though they are second class citizens. “We did it strictly as a business decision after multiple staff members tested positive,” said restaurant owner Armando Celentano. “We had to close down during a busy weekend, losing out on tens of thousands of dollars.” The decisions certainly stirred up a great deal of conversation on social media, where the restaurant received both praise and criticism for its decision.

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US Women’s Soccer Team Skips Representing U.S.A. at Opening Ceremony

The ultra-woke U.S. women’s soccer team — big losers thus far — decided to skip representing the U.S.A. during the Olympics opening ceremonies.

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The ultra-woke U.S. women’s soccer team — big losers thus far — decided to skip representing the U.S.A. during the opening ceremonies at the Tokyo Olympics Friday. The famously anti-American soccer team claimed that they could not attend because they were scheduled to attend practice during the opening event, according to WXIA-TV. “Obviously we can’t be there, I don’t know who scheduled us to practice at this time,” chief anti-American team star Megan Rapinoe told the media. The women’s soccer team was all about protesting against the U.S.A. during its first Olympics game this week but lost to New Zealand in a crushing 3-0 final. Rapinoe added that this year’s gams are different than past games. “It looks quite different and feels quite different than in the past, but all of us are thrilled to be here,” she said. Team members Abby Dahlkemper and Rapinoe enacted a lame “private parade” and posted it to Twitter: https://twitter.com/USWNT/status/1418557013739536390 The America-hating women’s soccer team was not the only American team that skipped the opening ceremonies. Both the women’s and the men’s U.S. gymnastics teams also skipped the ceremonies. They similarly held their own version of the parade” https://twitter.com/InsideGym/status/1418539840564572160 Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

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