Smile, You’re On Candid Camera: Cops Have Half Of All Americans On Facial Recognition Database

Smile, You’re On Candid Camera: Cops Have Half Of All Americans On Facial Recognition Database
But That’s Not Even My Good Side: Cops Have Half Of All Americans In Their Facial Recognition Database We read a lot about the intrusion of the surveillance state in a general sense, the fears we have about the ways our rights are being violated through 007-like activities that have become alarmingly routine. Activities like local, state and FBI use of Stingray devices to scoop up all cell phone activity in a particular area, or the Snowden revelations about the NSA doing the same greedy hoover routine only a much grander scale with our email and phone calls.… Read the rest

Your Tax Dollars At Work: 18 TSA Agents Take Down One 9-Year-Old Boy With A Pacemaker

Your Tax Dollars At Work: 18 TSA Agents Take Down One 9-Year-Old Boy With A Pacemaker
Security Theater At Its Most Farcical: 9-Year-Old Boy Taken Down By 18 TSA Agents–Due To His Pacemaker The great thing about theater as opposed to movies is that you can watch other people just like you, only a few feet away, living out fictional scenes of fictional lives. There’s something visceral and alive and on edge about these actors performing these roles without the safety net and distance of cameras and multiple takes and editing and airbrushing to cover their flaws.… Read the rest

Twitter Sings a Different Tune They Learned From Google: We Own Your Mind

Twitter Sings a Different Tune They Learned From Google: We Own Your Mind
If Twitter joins Google in using algorithms to decide what you should see, know, hear, absorb and thus believe, would you continue to use it? Google uses the chillingly named “Knowledge Vault” algorithm to lock us knowledge that it thinks you should not see. Or that the government thinks you should not see.  Or that NSF or DHS thinks you should not see. … Read the rest