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humphrey

Big Brother sits back and smiles!

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/459577-top-tech-investor-smart-speakers-being-used-for-surveillance

Tech investor John Borthwick said smart speakers have multiple “problematic” layers and claims the devices are being used for surveillance.

“I would say that there’s two or three layers sort of problematic layers with these new smart speakers, smart earphones that are in market now,” Borthwick told Yahoo Finance in an interview published Sunday.

“And so the first is, from a consumer standpoint, user standpoint, is that these, these devices are being used for what’s — it’s hard to call it anything but surveillance,” he added.

Bloomberg reported in April that Amazon workers listen to what consumers command their Alexa devices to do.

Similar products are offered by Google and Apple — and reports followed Bloomberg’s that the companies also are listening to users’ voice commands.

Bloomberg issued another report that Facebook was listening to user’s voice commands made through the Messenger app.

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magsview

Wow, a ban, the law & order Dems won’t like this one bit.

But it might make some of the Yang people happy. If so, I hope they back off a bit as a result. Have noticed an uptick of people claiming to support Yang attacking pro-Bernie people on twitter lately.

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Tyrannocaster

Before our old Terv got sick we used to do what we called “Fun Class” for the dogs on Sundays. I wanted a class that wasn’t like anything I had ever done, so each dog does different things while the others do their own things, and they all have to be fun, or on the way to being fun. (Obviously, with a puppy there is a certain amount of stuff it has to get down first, but that should be fun, too.) So today we started up again, with just our remaining two and the addition of a fluffy puppy Cardigan named Mingus. (Fluffies have longer hair and technically cannot be shown, but damn, they are cute and I don’t like the show ring anyway.)

At the end of class we take a group picture, so here is today’s:

magsview

Great pic. Your canine cuties are so fun to look at! Look at them all posing like that, what great dogs.

But did I miss something? When did Jacquou get sick?

Thanks for sharing your pics. They always make me smile.

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Jacquou was a rescue dog who we got at the age of 8 1/2. He had a lot of problems then, including obesity, strange conformation (he was far too big for a Terv), severe arthritis, compromised immune system, skin infections, and pretty bad separation anxiety. Despite all of that, he was the sweetest guy you could imagine. We got most of that under control but there was nothing we could do about the arthritis (we tried) and then he developed a mass on his liver, a slow growing cancer. He also had laryngeal paralysis and it just made for a lot of work for him (lar par also affects the back legs). To top it off, his previous owners, who we believe loved him very much since he was so trusting and lovable himself, never taught him *anything* except how to get along with people, other dogs, and the world. I don’t want to minimize that – a lot of dogs never get that. But he was the only dog I’ve ever met who simply would not respond to a clicker, and I’ve been training them for decades. It was excruciating trying to teach him new behaviors and in the end, we decided to simply give him a good home and live with him.

This decision affected all sorts of things. Our fun classes had to stop because he couldn’t do anything and yet he wanted to participate. With just two of us and three dogs, it was too hard to manage them in class with him, and if we left him in the house he really wanted to be in the class. I felt so bad for him on this that we just stopped the classes, which was bad for the other dogs, but we knew it would just be for a few years.

Last month his cancer and lar par both got worse, which was hard for us, but he never changed his disposition; he stayed happy and (apparently) pain free until his last day. But he was shutting down, his abdomen was hugely swollen, and he couldn’t get up or walk easily and we had to do something so last Tuesday we had the vet come to the house.

He was a wonderful dog, an oversized wolf really. Scary and imposing at the same time, but only if you didn’t know him because he was just an enormous teddy bear. I really, really miss him and I wish we didn’t have to euthanize him but anything else would have been even more cruel than that, given his illness.

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Damn Ty. This post just brought a tear. I lost my dog Eskimo Jack on July 5th last year. Had him for 16 1/2 years. I’m too old now to get another dog. Your dogs are beautiful.

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Oh, re: posing. It was *really* difficult for little Mingus (on the left) to stay still long enough to get that picture! But he’ll get there, and today I was lucky enough to get all three of them looking decent, at least.

Mingus is a “plushie” or “fluffie”; his coat is longer than the standard and he can’t be shown, but boy, is he cute!

magsview

You have unusual dogs! the way the two on the right and left stand is adorable, their little paws off to the sides like ballerinas. And Coulaine is spectacular.

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Thank you. Cardigans have the cutest, fattest paws in the dog world! They are a totally separate breed from Pembrokes (the kind of Corgi the Queen of England has) and I much prefer them. Some of them are like little bears – you can see a bit of that in Biloute’s face over there on the right.

As for Tervs…I don’t even know where to start, they are so cool. The two breeds are vastly different; you get very different things from each one. With a Corgi (and I include the Pems here), you laugh every day. With a Terv, you have intelligence and beauty with you like a heat seeking missile that focuses right on you and doesn’t let up. Tervs are not for everyone; many of them are high maintenance dogs. But if you are the right person (and plainly, I am) they are incredible.

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I just saw her on twitter this morning and decided it was time to follow her. Glad to hear her out there battling.

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I would be lying if I said I trust them to find a solution.😁😜

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-31/u-s-unleashes-military-to-fight-fake-news-disinformation?srnd=politics-vp

It is similar to a fox guarding a henhouse.

U.S. Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation

Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the integrity of elections.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants custom software that can unearth fakes hidden among more than 500,000 stories, photos, video and audio clips. If successful, the system after four years of trials may expand to detect malicious intent and prevent viral fake news from polarizing society.

After the 2016 election, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg played down fake news as a challenge for the world’s biggest social media platform. He later signaled that he took the problem seriously and would let users flag content and enable fact-checkers to label stories in dispute. These judgments subsequently prevented stories being turned into paid advertisements, which were one key avenue toward viral promotion

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polarbear4

they mean unleashes military to plant the fake news they want you to believe.

this is insane. frack.

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never mind. lol.

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magsview

Hoping we get an update soon from orlbucfan.

This storm has me anxious.

Here’s a live streaming cam at Marsh Habor in the Bahamas. It’s quite a strong wind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RuhYgn41ms

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screenshot I just took

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A good resource for info.

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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magsview

Thanks, do you have a link sweetie?

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I edited it to add the link.

magsview

Thank you! I think it was operator error on my part.

orlbucfan

Checking in and thanks for the thoughts. Update: Dorian is creepily following a track close to Andrew years ago. NWestern Bahamas are getting nailed. Entire east FL coast on full alert. Dorian has winds clocked at 185 MPH. I live inland and not near any water body or flood plain. I and Capt Hi-Tech will be fine, but we are looking at major power outages. It is hot and muggy down here. T and R, WD13!!

magsview

Well I’ve been told that this is fake. Sigh. Sorry peeps.

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Did not look like a huge crowd. Although that is unusual for Bernie, I still want him to take a short break. Even extroverts need to recharge at some point.

magsview

Looked like a tiny venue, a few people sitting on the stairs. I hope he takes a break too, but I doubt he will. Maybe on Tuesday?

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i hope so. feeling like i can hear weariness in his voice. i love him too much. lol. he’s a grown up and will rest when he feels it, i suppose. ❤️🦜🤷🏻‍♀️

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NOT a good look! The people behind him is entirely made up with bernie bros and young people. /S

magsview

Haha, hubby caught me watching it and gave me some ribbing, so I pointed out all the young, white, male, Bernie bros behind Bernie which made him laugh.

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humphrey

The initial headline doesn’t show the final results.

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Like this!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/sacklers-could-hold-on-to-most-of-personal-fortune-in-proposed-purdue-settlement/2019/08/31/4577f93a-cb71-11e9-a4f3-c081a126de70_story.html

Sacklers could hold on to most of personal fortune in proposed Purdue settlement.

The Sackler family, which grew into one of the nation’s wealthiest dynasties through sales of the widely abused painkiller OxyContin, could emerge from a legal settlement under negotiation with its personal fortunes largely intact, according to an analysis reviewed by The Washington Post and people familiar with the discussions.

Under a novel plan to relinquish control of their company, Purdue Pharma, and resurrect it as a trust whose main purpose would be to combat the opioid epidemic, the Sacklers could raise most, if not all, of their personal share of the $10 billion to $12 billion agreement by selling their international drug conglomerate, Mundipharma, according to the documents and those close to the talks.

Yet the proposed settlement — built on the projected value of drugs not yet on the market — offers gains for both sides if the company and more than 2,000 cities, counties, states and others that have sued Purdue and the family can craft a deal.

Purdue would produce millions of doses of badly needed anti-addiction medication and overdose antidotes for the public, free of charge; the company would also contribute hundreds of millions of dollars in cash and insurance policies that could be worth more; what’s left of the company, including its North Carolina production facility and other assets, would change hands.

It seems to me that once again the wealthy seem to get away undamaged despite their greed.

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Trump continually spews garbage but his followers just lap it up.

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LOL

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I borrowed this from a tweet.😁😊
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humphrey

No sense in them being anonymous.Are any of these your Rep.?

https://gritpost.com/pro-extinction-caucus-61-dems/

Of course, that caucus is chaired by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), who has been massively dismissive of climate action like the Green New Deal, which she once characterized as “the green dream or whatever.” However, nearly all members of House Democratic leadership — with the exception of Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico) — are also opposed to the Green New Deal and have no specific climate plans of their own. This includes House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-South Carolina), and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York).

1. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Alabama)
2. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona)
3. Rep.Jim Costa (D-California)
4. Rep. Julia Brownley* (D-California)
5. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California)
6. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-California)
7. Rep. Pete Aguilar* (D-California)
8. Rep. Lou Correa* (D-California)
9. Rep. Diana DeGette* (D-California)
10. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado)
11. Rep. Jim Himes* (D-Connecticut)
12. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester* (D-Delaware)
13. Rep. Val Demings* (D-Florida)
14. Rep. Lois Frankel* (D-Florida)
15. Rep. Theodore E. Deutch* (D-Florida)
16. Rep. Alfred Lawson (D-Florida)
17. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Florida)
18. Rep. David Scott (D-Georgia)
19. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. (D-Georgia)
20. Rep. Ed Case* (D-Hawaii)
21. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois)
22. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois)
23. Rep. Robin Kelly* (D-Illinois)
24. Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Indiana)
25. Rep. André Carson* (D-Indiana)
26. Rep. Dave Loebsack* (D-Iowa)
27. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-Louisiana)
28. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland)
29. Rep. Debbie Dingell* (D-Michigan)
30. Rep. Brenda Lawrence* (D-Michigan)
31. Rep. Dan Kildee* (D-Michigan)
32. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Michigan)
33. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota)
34. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi)
35. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri)
36. Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nevada)
37. Rep. Donald Norcross* (D-New Jersey)
38. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-New Jersey)
39. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey)
40. Rep. Frank Pallone* (D-New Jersey)
41. Rep. Albio Sires* (D-New Jersey)
42. Rep. Kathleen Rice* (D-New York)
43. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries* (D-New York)
44. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-North Carolina)
45. Rep. Joyce Beatty* (D-Ohio)
46. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)
47. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon)
48. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pennsylvania)
49. Rep. Matt Cartwright* (D-Pennsylvania)
50. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-South Carolina)
51.Rep. Vicente González (D-Texas)
52. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)
53. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
54. Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas)
55. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas)
56. Rep. Al Green* (D-Texas)
57. Rep. Aston Donald McEachin (D-Virginia)
58. Rep. Don Beyer* (D-Virginia)
59. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Washington)
60. Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin)
61. Rep. Gwen Moore* (D-Wisconsin)

polarbear4

what a list! Thanks. 😴cu tmrw

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humphrey

I saw that earlier and I am glad you posted it.👍👌

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how long will it be before the media institutions that have the money and connections to get a story like this decide not to tell us the story?

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Wow. I was a student participant in a project called Operation Crossroads Africa in the summer of 1960. My group of about 12 students worked on manual labor projects with Ghanaian students in Ghana. I remember hearing whispers from some in my group that Lumumba was sneaking men into Ghana for military training. In my interview with the Harvard professor who was studying the Crossroads project for a book he was writing, the one question he asked that I remember most was whether I was aware of any CIA agents in my group. I was a naive 20 yo but about 6 most later Patrice Lumumba was assassinated and the question haunts me to this day.

polarbear4

wow!!!! sounds like a real adventure. hope to hear more at times.

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