From NBC News here:
A group of Amazon shareholders are calling on the company to stop pitching its facial recognition tool to local law enforcement agencies, writing in a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos that the technology could pose a privacy threat and a financial risk.
The letter comes amid mounting criticism of the tool, called Rekognition, from privacy activists and civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union. The groups have raised concerns that the tool could be used to build a system to automate the widespread identification and tracking of anyone.
What are the odds that the bald vampire at Amazon gives a flying fuck about your privacy if he can make a buck on his surveillance state software?
Slim, I say, slim.
From NBC News here:
Microsoft, facing a backlash over a nearly five-month-old blog post that said it was “proud to support” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, joined the growing chorus of critics Monday calling on the agency to end its child separation policy.
Damn you interwebz!
Nothing like having ethics that change on a dime when they get exposed!
Capitalism is killing the planet and needs to change, says investor Jeremy Grantham
“Capitalism and mainstream economics simply cannot deal with these problems. Mainstream economics largely ignore [them],” Grantham says. “We deforest the land, we degrade our soils, we pollute and overuse our water and we treat air like an open sewer, and we do it all off the balance sheet,” he adds.
This doesn’t seem fair (or rational) that people who have made a lot of money in the stock and bond markets get to speak their mind on the financial pages without being attacked and disparaged as tree huggers and hippies.
This must be the power of money. So not only is money free speech in elections it’s free speech in the press and they’re free to say anything without getting shit tossed their way.
Bigly unfair horseshit I say.
From the Guardian here:
“God has blessed us with natural resources. Let’s use them to feed the world. Let’s use them to power the world,” Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and devout Christian, said last year. Under Pruitt, the EPA has moved to roll back dozens of regulations aimed at maintaining clean air and water.
Barber is derisive of this attitude, which he says stems from a disastrous misunderstanding of a passage in Genesis in which God gives man “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”.
“Dominion in this sense means to care for, not destroy,” Barber said. “The first commandment is to take care of creation. To destroy creation is fundamentally irreligious. It’s a violation. It’s a sin. Pruitt says he believes in God but you’ve never seen him pull out scripture that shows Jesus said we must help corporations poison the water.
Just an extremely polite way of telling EPA head Scott Pruitt to go fuck himself for he is an ignorant and destructive piece of shit.
From the Daily Beast here:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) openly waded into the New York gubernatorial race on Wednesday, telling The Washington Post that he believes it was “absolutely” a mistake for Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez to endorse incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Asked if the decision makes it harder to trust that the DNC won’t play establishment favorites in the 2020 presidential election, Sanders responded: “It does.”
Andrew Cuomo is a piece of shit who is deeply aligned with scumbag Wall St. hedge funders.
This idea that the Democratic Party is a fairly run organization is looking more ridiculous by the day.
Headline from the Daily Beast:
Steve Mnuchin Blacked Out Schedule on Days of Controversial Trips
I think blacking out your schedule is a reasonable symptom if you’re a swamp bitch hiding all the shit you’re doing.
The idea that President Cheese Doodle promised to drain the swamp on the campaign trail has been made ludicrous by this sneaky bitch Mnuchin and the king of pricks, Scott Pruitt.