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

This Woman’s 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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Dr. Fauci Makes It Clear: Coronavirus Death Toll ‘Likely Less’ Than We Originally Thought

Will the media still say Trump handled things poorly?

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Dr. Anthony Fauci announced on Wednesday that schools should be able to reopen in the fall. That is certainly good news for parents, although a decent amount of children likely aren’t going to be thrilled. Fauci also noted that the death toll from COVID-19 is likely to be “less” drastic than originally reported. If that is the case, will the mainstream media still hammer away at President Trump for responding poorly to the pandemic? Probably. From The Daily Wire: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered a healthy dose of optimism this week when he said that schools should reopen in the fall, and that the COVID-19 death tolls are lower than the original estimation. “You know, it is unpredictable, but you can get a feel for it if we start talking about the things where the curve goes down,” Fauci said during the Tuesday task force briefing. “How we respond and what kind of a rebound we see or don’t see, I think is going to have a lot of influence probably more immediately on things like summer camps than it does in the fall.” Fauci continued, “I fully expect – though, I’m humble enough to know that I can’t accurately predict – that by the time we get to the fall that we will have this under control, enough that it certainly will not be the way it is now where people are shutting schools.” He added, “My optimistic side tells me that we’ll be able to renew to a certain extent, but it’s going to be different. Remember now because this is not going to disappear. So we’re going to have to have in place the capability of doing the things that we talk about all the time on…

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Majority of New Yorkers Prefer ‘More Severe’ Pandemic If It Means Trump Loses 2020 Election

How awful is this??

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Ami Horowitz went to New York City to ask people a simple question: “Would you go for this deal: that the coronavirus lasts longer and is more severe, but the president guarantees to lose the election?” No brainer, right? Well, not to a lot of people. From Daily Wire: In his latest digital short, filmmaker Ami Horowitz took to the unusually empty streets of New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, to ask residents if they would be willing to “make a deal”: have the country suffer a longer, more severe crisis if it means that Donald Trump will definitely lose the election. A majority of the people Horowitz talked with said it was a “hard” decision, but opted for a more damaging, deadly pandemic just so long as Trump is defeated in November. […] After a man with a shaved head responds, “I want him gone,” Horowitz presses, “Okay, no matter what?” “No matter what, yeah,” the man says. WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czgzOl9Vj8k&feature=emb_logo Pretty awful. Here’s more COVID-19 randomness, via Twitter… https://twitter.com/gmanews/status/1248052166360629253 https://twitter.com/realDailyWire/status/1248052393318576134 https://twitter.com/barstoolsports/status/1248054269720154112 https://twitter.com/malcolmconn/status/1248056972064075776 https://twitter.com/wsbradio/status/1248056795689635840 https://twitter.com/NBC10/status/1248056936253317127 https://twitter.com/Kobi/status/1248056099040677888 https://twitter.com/OpIndia_com/status/1248045462256402432 https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1248043708324478986 https://twitter.com/BroBible/status/1248053107583582208

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