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AWR Hawkins, Breitbart • Wed 2017 Nov 29, 4:45pm

Honolulu Police Order Medical Marijuana Cardholders to Surrender Their Firearms

And so it begins…
Judi McLeod, Canada Free Press • Thu 2016 Oct 20, 10:54pm

The kind of surveillance straight shooter WBEN Buffalo radio talk show host Tom Bauerle was under right in his own backyard would, in the telling, make anyone even the CIA sound crazy. Even Sherlock Holmes couldn’t have solved the puzzle given the complexity of clues.

But to the surprise of his stalkers, Bauerle and his team ended up cracking the most incredible of mysteries that enemies seized upon to portray him as “crazy”.…

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Nightmouse, Blazing Cat Fur • Tue 2016 Oct 4, 7:44pm

Agents employ devices that record the plate numbers of every car that passes through such events, according to emails obtained by The Wall Street Journal.…

Cites Daily Caller
PJ Media • Fri 2016 Sep 16, 2:50am

…The idea is simple: If you want a book, you take a book and leave another in its place. It's a nice, sweet idea that has worked out remarkably well, considering how many folks out there are Grade A jerks.

Speaking of jerks, however, the government is cracking down on such book sharing. Because of course it is.

…The L.A. Times followed up last week with a trend story:…"Crime, homelessness and crumbling infrastructure are still a problem in almost every part of America, but two cities have recently cracked down on one of the country's biggest problems: small-community libraries where residents can share books," Michael Schaub wrote.

…This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we can't have nice things.

I followed several links and ended up at Cool map for finding libraries. But turns out "Little Free Library" is trademarked, and they want you to register your little free library and pay a $40 fee to do so. So I guess big brother maybe just wants his cut!
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Tarun Wadhwa, MarketWatch • Fri 2016 Jun 3, 11:08am

…Nearly 250 million video surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the world, and chances are you’ve been seen by several of them today.… Soon anybody with a high-resolution camera and the right software will be able to determine your identity. That’s because several technologies are converging to make this accessible. Recognition algorithms have become far more accurate, the devices we carry can process huge amounts of data, and there’s massive databases of faces now available on social media that are tied to our real names.…

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Jack Hadfield, Breitbart • Sun 2016 May 22, 8:56pm

If your smart TV has a webcam built into it, hackers can access it over the Internet, just like webcams on laptops.…

What, you didn't know how the Internet works?
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AntiMedia • Mon 2016 May 9, 10:28am

“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted…the Patriot Act.…"

Mostly: the government is spying on you and doesn't want you to know.
Sophie Curtis, Daily Record (UK) • Tue 2016 Apr 5, 9:01am

Ever wondered what information Google is holding about you? Here's how to find - and edit - your account information and personal data…

Not that editing your data will actually cause Google to "forget" it!
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M. David, Counter-Current News • Thu 2016 Mar 10, 7:18pm

…The FBI has now instructed high schools across the nation to report students who in any way criticize government policies and what the report phrases as “western corruption.” The FBI is interested in determining – as part of some warped “pre-crime” program – who might become potential future terrorists.…

Nick Gutteridge, Express UK • Fri 2016 Feb 26, 12:28pm

A SCHOOLBOY was hauled out of class and interrogated by detectives after politically correct teachers reported him to the POLICE for visiting the UKIP website.… The 15-year-old went online earlier this week to research immigration following a classroom discussion on the subject,…

Carey Codd, CBS4 Miami • Fri 2015 May 22, 7:05am

…inside the family’s 12th floor condo… sitting at her kitchen table breastfeeding her 15-month old daughter on Tuesday when she had a strange feeling… "of someone staring at me and I looked up and there was a robot staring at me…” hovered just a few feet from her window for about 15 seconds, flew away and then returned… she could see the lens on the drone. “It was staring straight at me…”

Reaganite Republican • Fri 2015 Apr 24, 9:04am

U.S. Apartment Construction Soars While Home Ownership Tanks to 20-Yr Low
Covert scheme to cram us all into socialist cities and 'compact' America along Euro lines moving along briskly… [What ever happened to getting back to the land??]

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Joe Newby, Examiner • Mon 2015 Mar 2, 8:30am

On Friday, C.J. Pearson, a 12-year-old conservative from Georgia who posted a viral video supporting Rudy Giuliani, discovered that his personal Facebook page was locked. In an exclusive interview with on Saturday, Pearson said he received a message from someone about 6 a.m. Friday. That's when he learned his account and page had been locked for "suspicious activity." …

As is so often the case in these situations, Facebook did not respond to his requests for help. Nor would they tell him what the alleged suspicious activity was. We reached out to Facebook, but the social media giant has so far refused to respond to our request for comments.

Liberal Logic 101 • Thu 2015 Feb 19, 3:38pm

Great cartoon about FCC controlling the Internet, by… why do cartoonists make their signatures so hard to read?

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War News Updates • Tue 2015 Feb 17, 3:28pm

"This spyware is on all of our computers … we are all being monitored … and there is nothing that you or I can do about it." -War News Updates editor comment

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Jim Treacher / Daily Caller • Sun 2014 Jun 15, 10:09pm

If you don’t agree to submit your child to a psych eval for twirling a damn pencil, that’s child abuse. Say goodbye to him. This is Big Government in a nutshell: People you’ve never met making huge decisions about your life for reasons you can’t comprehend. And nobody is accountable.

Ryan Gallagher, • Tue 2013 Feb 12, 2:03pm

the Massachusetts-based company has acknowledged the technology was shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national security system capable of analysing "trillions of entities" from cyberspace. [video]

Ben Howe at RedState • Tue 2013 Feb 12, 2:00pm

The real threat is that Google, or perhaps just a few people within the leadership of Google, may be quietly operating as a private intelligence agency for the left.

And every time you use Google or Gmail you could be contributing just a little bit more of your behavioral data to the left.

Declan McCullagh, CNET • Thu 2012 Nov 1, 11:20am

Police are allowed in some circumstances to install hidden surveillance cameras on private property without obtaining a search warrant, a federal judge said yesterday. … U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled that it was reasonable for Drug Enforcement Administration agents to enter rural property without permission -- and without a warrant -- to install multiple "covert digital surveillance cameras" in hopes of uncovering evidence that 30 to 40 marijuana plants were being grown. [Sure, that old Constitutionally-mandated warrant stuff, it's so old dead Euro male.]

Shaun Waterman, The Washington Times • Wed 2012 Oct 3, 3:02pm

Researchers from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center have developed malicious software that can remotely seize control of the camera on an infected smartphone and employ it to spy on the phone’s user. [Hunh! I always presumed this was developed long ago.]

Eye of Mordor
Daily Mail • Thu 2012 Jul 12, 12:17pmHomeland Security buys 'big brother' laser scanner that can tell if you are high, what you are carrying and even what you had for breakfast... will be able detect the most minute traces of molecular discrepancies in both individuals' bloodstream and carry on luggage from 50 meters away… will likely be deployed throughout airports and other high-risk areas… said to be ten million times faster and one million times more sensitive than the scanners used in airports and border patrols currently… The size and portability of the Picosecond Programmable Laser scanner means that in addition to airports and border points- which are expected to be the main areas of use- there is the possibility that the scanners may be put in police cars and subway stations. [Emphasis added]
Washington Times • Tue 2012 Jul 10, 6:43pmThe head of the National Security Agency on Monday denied reports that NSA’s new data center in Utah would collect and store data about Americans, including their e-mails and web-browsing habits. [What nonsense! How could you even think of such a thing. Especially with all those redundant technical and legal guards in place, right? Right? Helloooo?]
World News Updates • Sun 2012 Jul 1, 9:32pm
There could be 30,000 drones over the US by 2020. [large graphic]
John Koetsier at VentureBeat • Sat 2012 Jun 30, 5:55pm
IBM calls it Intelligent Operations Center (IOC), and in the past three years has led over 2,000 projects to “monitor, measure, and manage city services such as water systems, public safety, transportation, hospitals, electricity grids, and buildings.” Just this past week, the company announced new projects in South Bend, Indiana, Davao, Philippines, and Lyon, France. In each of them, the company will be working to add sensors to everyday infrastructure, install software to integrate and manage the massive inflow of data, and provide city officials with the information and intelligence they need to run their cities better. Hopefully, the result will be better, more livable, and more sustainable urban environments.
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Daily Mail • Wed 2012 Jun 27, 5:37pm
tiny remote controlled vehicles based on insects are already likely being deployed.
Bob Barr
Bob Barr, Daily Caller • Fri 2012 Jun 15, 4:02pm
According to The Daily Mail, Google hopes to use the planes to “create 3D maps with much more detail than its satellite-derived Google Earth images.” That may sound like a worthwhile endeavor, but there are very real privacy risks involved. For example, the planes and the photographic equipment they employ are so sophisticated they “could potentially see into homes through skylights and windows.” The story illustrates a major problem: Technology is moving far faster than policy, laws and regulations have accommodated.
The Week • Thu 2012 May 24, 7:26pm
A new smartphone app called SceneTap… employs facial-detection software and cameras placed strategically in bars and nightclubs to tell users the age and gender makeup of an establishment they're thinking of visiting.… patrons being scanned by cameras don't necessarily know that they're being monitored. Some privacy advocates call it "creepy…." [You think that's creepy? It's just a foretaste.]
Zero Hedge • Tue 2012 Apr 24, 12:16pm

Since retiring from the NSA in 2001, he has warned that the NSA’s data-mining program has become so vast that it could "create an Orwellian state." Today marks the first time Binney has spoken on national TV about NSA surveillance. Starting with his pre-9-11 identification of the world-wide-web as a voluminous problem since the NSA was 'falling behind the rate-of-change', his success in creating a system (codenamed Thin-Thread) for 'grabbing' all the data and the critical 'lawful' anonymization of that data (according to mandate at the time) which as soon as 9-11 occurred went out of the window as all domestic and foreign communications was now stored (starting with AT&T's forking over their data). This direct violation of the constitutional rights of everybody in the country was why Binney decided he could not stay (leaving one month after 9-11) along with the violation of almost every privacy and intelligence act as near-bottomless databases store all forms of communication collected by the agency, including private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches and other personal data. [Emphases in the original.

HD Guru • Fri 2012 Mar 23, 12:15pm

Samsung’s 2012 top-of-the-line plasmas and LED HDTVs offer new features never before available within a television including a built-in, internally wired HD camera, twin microphones, face tracking and speech recognition. While these features give you unprecedented control over an HDTV, the devices themselves, more similar than ever to a personal computer, may allow hackers or even Samsung to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data.... And while there is no current evidence of any particular security hole or untoward behavior by Samsung’s app partners, Samsung has only stated that it “assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable” in the event that a product or service is not “appropriate.”...
[h/t samzenpus on SlashDot, c/o Ace of Spades\