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The Watchers 0

A New Hampshire court wants Amazon’s Alexa digital surveillance device assistant to testify in a murder trial. Here’s a bit from the story:

Now, a judge has ordered Amazon to turn over any recordings the Echo device may have made from Jan. 27, the day the women were killed, until Jan. 29, when police discovered them tucked beneath a tarp under the back porch.

“The court finds there is probable cause to believe the server(s) and/or records maintained for or by Amazon.com contain recordings made by the Echo smart speaker from the period of Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, 2017 … and that such information contains evidence of crimes committed against Ms. Sullivan, including the attack and possible removal of the body from the kitchen.”

The story goes on to say that Amazon is inclined not to cooperate “without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us”* in the interests its customers’ “privacy” (because, I reckon, that belongs to Amazon).

I will be curious to see how this turns out.

But this is certain: So long as persons unthinkingly invite Big Data into their personal spaces and willingly subject themselves to perpetual corporate surveillance, we will be seeing more like this.

Me, I can flip my own damn light switch.

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*Like, maybe, just supposin’ here, a judge’s order?

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Everybody Must Get Fracked 0

From the website:

A new report, again, concludes that fracking is causing earthquakes, more and more earthquakes around the globe. And now lawsuits are helping hold the frackers liable for their action. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss the issue.

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The Entitlement Society 0

Robert Reich comments on the self-important snowflakes of our new Gilded Age and manages to find commonalities amongst a most disparate set of folks.

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Walking the Walk 0

I think Atrios is onto something here.

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The Medicine Show 0

Thom and Wendell Potter discuss how Big Pharma and Big Insurance are trying to scare Americans from fixing the healthcare mess that feeds their bottom lines.

More here.

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Responsible Fiduciaries, Reprise 0

Man and woman looking a a row of houses all up for foreclosure sale.  Man says,

Click for the original image.

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Responsible Fiduciaries 0

Apology, schmapology. What’s gone is gone.

Where are the criminal charg oh, never mind. They have impunity.

In yet another apology for the San Francisco-based bank, Wells said a calculation error involving a mortgage underwriting tool resulted in 625 customers being incorrectly denied or not offered modifications to make their loans more affordable. In about 400 of those cases, the homes were ultimately foreclosed on.

Follow the link for more responsible fiduciaries.

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Punishing the Victim 0

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The Pusher Men 0

This should be interesting:

Bland, Carroll, Grayson and Smyth counties (Virginia–ed.) have filed federal lawsuits accusing 15 prescription opioid manufacturers and three distributors of aggressively persuading doctors to prescribe opioids and turning patients into drug addicts for their own profit.

The lawsuits also say that the companies falsely told doctors that patients would “only rarely succumb to drug addiction.”

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The lawsuits accuse the manufacturers of:

  • Falsely, deceptively and unfairly marketing opioids.
  • Misrepresenting the risks and benefits of opioids.
  • Grossly understating and misstating the dangerous addiction risks.
  • Grossly overstating the benefits.
  • Targeting susceptible prescribers and vulnerable patient populations.
  • Making deceptive statements and concealing material facts.
  • Fraudulently concealing their misconduct.
  • And breaching their duties under federal and state law to prevent diversion and monitor, report and prevent suspicious orders.

More at the link.

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No Raise for the Weary 0

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Mangled in the Equifax Machine 0

This is an unbelievable cavalcade of stupid.

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Fiefdom of the Press 0

Image:  Persons staring at spiraling image on TV.  Caption:  There are 1500 newspapers, 1100 magazines, 9000 radio stations, 1400 TV stations, 2400 publishers owned by only 6 corporations.

Via Job’s Anger.

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Facebook Frolics, Biometric Boog-a-Loo Dept. 0

Mike Papantonio talks with Brigida Santos about why a judge is ordering Facebook to face trial over its collection of data from personal images.

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The Consumer Predation Bureau 0

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Life of the Trickled-On, Bank Robbery Dept. 0

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Merger and Monopoly 0

One of the most pernicious acts of Ronald Reagan was to suspend enforcement of anti-trust laws, leading the corporate consolidation we see around us, delivering the polity into the hands of our own homegrown oligarchs.

Thom and his guest discuss how monopolies work.

Afterthought:

It’s ironic that Republicans simultaneously extol vociferously the virtues of competition while actively supporting–and are supported by–those who would eliminate it.

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Pulling a Bank Job 0

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Goldman’s Sacks 0

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The Limited Access Information Highway 0

Thom discusses the Trump’s FCC’s attempt to end net neutrality.

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Chasing the Bait and Switch 0

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