Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Amazon plastered New York transit with Nazi imagery and nobody is happy

Amazon plastered New York transit with Nazi imagery and nobody is happy: New Yorkers boarding buses and subway trains were surprised with a wall of Axis Powers propaganda, courtesy of Amazon, on Monday.

The e-commerce giant is promoting its new show Man in the High Castle — an alternate-history period piece that takes place in an America ruled by Nazi Germany and imperial Japan — by blanketing symbols of the two fascist governments across buses, subway trains and online ads, as first reported by Gothamist. (Patrick Kulp, Mashable)
Interesting timing, given the psychosis that is the "Islamic State" and the terror they are spreading across the globe.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Spying TVs

Coast to Coast has an item on smart TVs that spy on us. Not new news; this has been known for some time now. But a good reminder of what's out there, or rather, in there, as in, inside our homes:

Smart TVs Are Spying On Us? - Articles - Coast to Coast AM: Reportedly, a new breed of smart TV is actually spying on us!

One of the most popular brands can reportedly track everything you watch and then report them to advertisers, ProPublica reported.

For millions of viewers, the set's “Smart Interactivity” is preprogrammed as a default setting right from the factory.

This Smart Interactivity records a person’s view habits, including what they watched, the time and the channel they were tuned to and possibly what they recorded for later binge watching. (Coast to Coast)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Off the Grid News: "This American City Jails Citizens For Having Garden Weeds (Yes, Really)"

If you are among the 3,000 or so people living in Pagedale, Missouri, you can be fined -- and jailed -- for such things as not having matched curtains, walking on the wrong side of the sidewalk (what side is the right side?) and so much more. Read on:

This American City Jails Citizens For Having Garden Weeds (Yes, Really) | Off The Grid News: Rather than protecting and serving the public, Pagedale sets a revenue goal and then uses its code enforcement powers to achieve it,” House said.
Some of the Institute’s specific allegations against Pagedale include:
Revenue from non-traffic fines makes up 17.68 percent of the city’s budget.
Pagedale actually set a goal for fine revenues in its 2014-2015 city budget: $353,000.
In 2013, Pagedale’s municipal court heard 5,781 cases. The city’s population is just 3,304. (Off the Grid News)