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Shocking Things Used By The Surveillance Industry to WATCH YOU!

Apr 23, 2014 -- 9:46am



It's no secret that surveillance – both by government agencies and corporations – has become a major part of society. So too is the tracking of our actions and preferences as consumers. Data mining alone is a 100 billion dollar industry.

Here is a list of all the random things watching us. And these objects aren't just tracking data, trends, your browser history or credit card patterns, these things are actually watching YOU.


1) The Statue of Liberty Saw What You Did

That's right, Lady Liberty, the monolithic structure that greets our poor, tired, huddled masses, is part of Big Brother's surveillance enterprise. Actually, it has been since 2002, when early generation face-recognition software was installed. Since then, the technology has evolved and so has the amount of money infused into the surveillance industry. In 2012, contractor Total Recall Corp. outfitted our fair lady with FaceVACS-VideoScan software, which ravenously tracks all faces in real-time, pinpointing race, gender, ethnicity, age, and even "client behavior," whatever the hell that means.

Kind of ironic, that a larger than life symbol of Liberty and Democracy is being used for arguably unconstitutional domestic surveillance.


2) Mannequins Have Cameras In Their Eyes 

Yup. The $245 billion dollar luxury goods industry will stop at nothing to extract your soul and sell it back to you. Five companies in Europe and the U.S. are currently using the EyeSee polystyrene frame mannequins, whose eyes are equipped with police grade face-recognition cameras.

Italian mannequin maker Almax SpA supplies these bionic oddities, offering companies the holy grail of retail: "personalizing" their sales offerings. So, next time you're walking by a mannequin, remember: that unspeakably beautiful object could be watching you.



3) Vending Machines Watch You Decide

The next time you're standing at a vending machine and start to feel embarrassed about your inability to decide between candy or chips, keep in mind that you may very well be under surveillance.

In Tulsa, a vending machine robbery was solved after the criminals' faces were captured on a camera situated inside. The cameras are owned and installed by the vending machine companies themselves. The purpose – besides law enforcement – is unknown.



4) Kinect May Hear ALL Of Your Conversations (even when you're not playing)

Everybody knows that Kinect, the motion sensing console featured in millions of family living rooms, has a camera. Of course it does, that's how it senses your movements, but what if you found out that not only is Kinect recording and storing your activity, it may also be recording and storing the conversations you have while you're playing and even while it's turned off? That's right, Bif, you've let the big bad Big Brother demonwolf right into your house!

Microsoft officially denies that Kinect records conversations, but then in the same sentence they brag about the device's ability to read your heartbeat and recognize individual voices!



5) Billboards Read Your Everlasting Soul

The company Immersive Labs has created software for digital billboards that allows them to watch your face and then tailor a specific ad based on your facial features. Next time you're waiting to catch a subway and those glowing marquees reflect your sad face across the tracks, expect a Prozac advertisement to pop up, or maybe an ad for liquor — depends if they're tracking your liver too!



6) Jell-O/Kraft/Adidas....(In Capitalist America, Product Consumes You)

Jell-O, Adidas and Kraft all use facial recognition software in supermarkets to help them craft more effective TV commercials. The creepiest part of this is the cameras are actually linked up to Facebook as well, so the company could hypothetically couple their video surveillance with social media profiles for an even juicier data grab 




Powdered Alcohol Has Arrived!

Apr 21, 2014 -- 2:47pm

From Huffington Post


Palcohol may soon be at a liquor store near you. The product was recently approved for consumption by the Federal Government, which means society could well be on its way to snorting itself into oblivion. But that's NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE USED, PEOPLE.

From the company's site:

We have seen comments about goofballs wanting to snort it. Don't do it! It is not a responsible or smart way to use the product. To take precautions against this action, we've added volume to the powder so it would take more than a half of a cup of powder to get the equivalent of one drink up your nose. You would feel a lot of pain for very little gain. Just use it the right way.
Palcohol, which is used by adding water to a powder packet, also seems to have been caught with its e-pants down because SB Nation, Gawker and other sites found verbiage used on the company's now-changed homepage that seemed to advertise the product as a solution to the hassle of trying to sneak booze into venues.

"What's worse than going to a concert, sporting event, etc. and having to pay $10, $15, $20 for a mixed drink with tax and tip. Are you kidding me?!" the text read. "Take Palcohol into the venue and enjoy a mixed drink for a fraction of the cost."

A new preamble on the site's homepage now states:

There was a page visible on this site where we were experimenting with some humorous and edgy verbiage about Palcohol. It was not meant to be our final presentation of Palcohol ... Many media outlets copied some of that old verbiage about taking Palcohol into venues to avoid high drink prices. But what they didn't include in their stories is that we mentioned on that same page, that you should check with the stadiums first to make sure they allow it.
At any rate, Gawker thinks this stuff could be dangerous:

It's hard to imagine how or why the federal government signed off on Palcohol, a product that, in the wrong hands, could make the darkest days of the Four Loko era look tame.
But the company, which also says its product can be sprinkled on food (vodka eggs, anyone?) insists that, when used as directed, Palcohol has as much alcohol as a regular mix drink.



Frustrated? Pay To Break Stuff! VIDEO

Apr 17, 2014 -- 2:11pm

Huffington Post

It's tax season, and a new business in Boise, Idaho, is banking on customers' frustrations. Or so they say.

At Das Breakroom, you can pay to break junk: windows, keyboards, cell phones. Sure, it looks like mindless violence, but some customers say it's therapeutic.

"I was having a horrible week, and I found myself on the verge of tears," customer Lindsey Shultz told KBOI. "I was just pacing back and forth, like, 'What am I going to do? I'm so frustrated right now,' and I walked here and broke an entire box of stuff, and 10 minutes later, I felt perfect, fine."

Sounds novel, but Das Breakroom isn't the first place to adopt a cash-for-smash business model. Similar venues have popped up in Texas and San Diego over the years.



10th-Grader Suspended For Having Yellow Squirt Gun?!?!

Apr 17, 2014 -- 2:07pm

From Huffington Post

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A 10th-grader in Maine has been suspended for 10 days for having a bright yellow squirt gun.

The Sun Journal ( says the teen was suspended in accordance with Lewiston High School policy after the toy fell out of his backpack. The student wasn't identified.

School Superintendent Bill Webster tells the newspaper that the suspension could be reduced and that administrators "will work to balance the discipline with the facts of the case."

He also says that water pistols, even ones that don't look like guns, can be disruptive.

Across the country, schools are grappling with the issue of how to handle weapons, both real and fake. Some students have been suspended simply for pointing their fingers in the shape of a gun.



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