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A RANT: AMAZON BIOMETRIC DATA COLLECTION

Today's high octane speculation comes courtesy of an article from W.G., and a speculation in an email privately shared from B.H. (which is to say, a significant portion of today's high octane speculation isn't my own, but B.H.'s).

While I haven't until today blogged about the story of Amazon's collection of biometric data, such as people's palm prints from their smart phones, I'm certain most readers of this wensite are probably already aware of it, and hence I want to talk about today's article from W.G. because it raises a number of questions. Here's the story:

Senators want answers about Amazon's biometric data collection

Note that the concern is over using biometric data as part of a payment system, think of it as "the beast system":

A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Amazon Friday raising questions about its collection of biometric data.

The lawmakers are particularly interested in the expansion of the company’s palm print scanners program, Amazon One.

The scanners are used at Amazon stores to let customers pay without having to take out cards or cash if they enroll in the program.

...

“Amazon’s expansion of biometric data collection through Amazon One raises serious questions about Amazon’s plans for this data and its respect for user privacy, including about how Amazon may use the data for advertising and tracking purposes,” they continued.

Gee, Senators, ya think? Well, guess what? I don't believe, for one moment, that any of these Senators are genuinely concerned for "user privacy"; this from a government hypocritically shredding the Bill of Rights with the unending planscamdemic narrative, mask mandates, pressures to force the injection, and so on? Not a chance.

The real problem here is the one that we're all familiar with: since when did any person's body, or activity, become "data" that becomes the property of a corporation to monetize without due financial compensation to those individuals? Amazon may be offering people a rebate or financial encouragement to participate in their program, but $10 seems like a pittance for selling oneself to financial slavery.

But I have a deeper concern, one made evident to me by B.H.'s private speculation.

I do not, as many people know, have a cell phone, nor do I want one. One reason for that is that I recently had some company. We had two days of face-to-face and deep conversation about fascinating things. A cell phone didn't appear once to distract any of us from the conversation.  And all too often I've been in situations where conversation participants or movie-watchers were only half-involved, distracted by endless texting on their cellphones, and as one of this weekend conversation's participants observed, the cell phone (and other things) have utterly ruined the art and pleasure of face-to-face conversation in whole sentences and paragraphs that exceed sound bites.  At one point, however, the phones emerged simply to take pictures of the participants.

And it's that little incident that brings me to the other part of this story, and to B.H.'s private speculation, which impacts not just cellphone users, but all of us who  appear on podcasts and so on, on our computers. The essence of B.H.'s speculation is this: every time you take a selfie, someone somewhere has collected biometric data. Amazon may talk of deleting such data if a person requests it.  But it's out there somewhere. And given the technology, B.H. even wonders if , for example, they could even gather retinal imprint data from an individual's eyes in such selfies.  I don't know about that... I'm not a techie, and am increasingly inclined to view most of modern technological society not only as one big distraction, but one big increasingly inhuman mess.

And just to conclude my rant, I recently book a book of Artificial Intelligence generated "poetry" and "art". As I expected, the "art" was horrific - and incidentally, a modernist hodge-podge of styles, none of which could evoke the beauty, or skill and craft, of a Rembrandt, a Poussin, a Valsequez, or an Ingres, and so on. But the "poetry" was even worse, and of course, all of it modernist, "free verse", and a porridge of mismatched metaphors and total lack of rhythm and similes that would make even an E.E. Cummings or a T.S. Eliot or a Gertrude Stein wretch... and of course it was light years away from any real poetry like a Spencer, or Donne, or Elizabeth Barrett Browning, even G. Manley Hopkins or Auden, or the elegance of a Marlow. It was all, without exception, Dreck on Parade, the sort of "art" that a David Rockefailure would like, the sort of "poetry" one can imagine George Sauron Soros would read and enjoy.

We need a new mantra... perhaps, "Say no to technocracy."

Rant over.

See you on the flip side...

40 thoughts on “A RANT: AMAZON BIOMETRIC DATA COLLECTION”

  1. Again technology is an two edge sword & Here in Pa we are being hit HARD with Lantern 🪰’s from China HARD !!! & just wait America THEY are coming ta yer towns/city’s SOON ? People are really coming together on this PLAGUE & it’s been mostly online/ apps ( local/ state gov ALL but just taking your call !) Neighbors helping neighbors passing info & in a lot of cases boots on the ground help ! Again I don’t give an wits ass about technology🤔😀 technology is an two edge sword …just like people are ?

  2. In reply to your last questions Doc, I’m reminded of the opening first drafts of the Atlas robot and the videos we see of them dancing and doing Parkour now.
    How might we feel after AI masters the arts?

    1. it took a real breath when i saw a ‘defense’ sellshow (2018-19?) with the drone that locks unto ur head and shots to the brainstem. and he threw the drone over the audience.
      and the guy, with a really-really wide smile, said that they are able to deploy 70,000 (!) of them synchron

      we really have to go on a not high-octane, but high-octave speculation just about the possibility that we are still able to love each other right now. oh, boy

      and in th’ unovat r the boys who cleave their way all the brains. its not even tragic anymore

      and i really do not believe that humanity is killing itself. they just trying to mock us

      1. is that defense sellshow demonstration simliar to that video on a TED talk where he unleashes swarms of small drones with lights to coordinate a light show?

        And the audience is sheeple enough to enjoy the show and not feel threatened in the least? Wonder how many cognizant sheep dogs in the crown were smart enough to be nauseated by the possibilities.

        1. am not sure. no. its a guy who threws out the drone over and after activation its locks unto the headtarget, (to the forehead) and deploys its ammo.
          and he is smiling all the way. me think mama always wanted his little cub to do the cutie things, so he got it!
          dunno if heard the assessment of the lybian turkish drone at the UN council, that it went after its program without human ‘nod’ and killed some folks there… skynet on the catwalk

  3. Um Doc,
    Thank you for the intro to Amazing Polly.
    Just got this a couple minutes ago.
    I did nazi this coming – much
    https://rumble.com/vlgt57-boom-another-unbelievable-discovery.html?mref=6zof&mc=dgip3&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AmazingPolly&ep=2

    Rumble — I have a BOOM. Guess who runs Alfa Group, a massive international conglomerate out of Russia with investments in Banking, OIl&Gas, Telecoms, Food, Retail, Municipal Water systems and more? Come on a journey with me and find out.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      14:00 “Spies too over the world; and science as well,
      14:22 especially in mind control.

  4. Some of the new A.I. inspired “human” “paintings” aren’t so bad. The jet engine vomit art, for instance, requires that the subject carefully select from a palette of foodstuffs and modulate nutrient retention times, degrees of fletcherization, and exhaust parameters–both for the regurg, and for the engine itself via such spew factors as vectored thrust and use of afterburner. Results coyly mimic the gleamy pixelating wampum efforts of A.I. and Corporate artifice, by speaking viscerally to the plights of consumption, starvation, Romanesque Bulimia and outpouring social commentary, while creating a synergy between Art and spectator by powerfully stirring the creative juices of the viewer, to render up their own as yet unassimilated interior selves. Thus the viewer becomes incorporated into the digestive tableau–one with the Arti-form. Indeed, this sort of participatory spectacle captures and combines both the current bulimic vomitorium zeitgeist of Elite transgression and excess and the mimicking reaction to its artifice of the increasingly insubstantial, inessential and indeed, utterly non-essential underbeings looking on, with spectacular equipoise. What’s not to like? Of course, this is a joke–an attempt at bleeding off my own black humours. One must be careful, though. Over a year ago, in an email to President Trump, I pointed out among other things, that if masks were effective for the reasons given then goggles should also be required for those same reasons. I also went on at some length citing evidence for why Fauci was a dangerous psychopath who should be sacked immediately. My emails to the president were thoughtful and well considered and pertained to many then current subjects and also related to media attacks and ways of responding to them. I actually believe for a number of reasons that he either read them or received some of their gist from underlings. A few days after the one mentioning goggles and the psychopathic doctor, Fauci recommended that people wear goggles. He thus confirmed his nature via smiling riposte. About six or eight months ago, in an effort to undermine my Mothers faith in “the science” I casually mentioned that Covid could now be spread through farting and that butt plugs might become mandatory. She scoffed. Now, of course, “the science” is contemplating this as reality and my mother is a believer. You have to be careful what you put out into the universe. Rupert Everett refers to the morphic resonance that enables all rats to either know what one rat learns, or to learn it more easily. If the gag of jest engine vomit art is subsequently embraced by the…uhhh…intelligentsia, just know that I may have sussed it unknowingly from another learned rat somewhere, and thus may not be responsible for its emergence as a popularized form…. Best, Chris

    1. I need to go over that again to metabolize it properly. Before I do let me run to the fridge for a dose of yogurt and proteolytic enzymes.

      Ok. Now I’m back. I wouldn’t worry to much about feeling responsible for what you projected. There were more than you, me and a few people putting that goggles think out there on twitter and elsewhere. It does show that the psyopians are paying attn to the feedback loops though.

      In terms of morphic resonance and the 100th monkey type think, it feels like a good workable idea. When I drilled down on it more the story of the monkey’s cleaning their potatoes on an island with Japanese scientists feeding them and watching panned out differently than it’s sold to the public. It wasn’t a magic telepathic switch flipped. It was more cultural than that. One female figured out washing her potato in the sea was better. The knowledge base spread from there and to her kids. The next generation spread it out faster – as kids will do.

      The idea was that it magically hopped to another island population of monkeys instantly. Never saw evidence of that. What feels much more likely is that we are all more simliar than we think. Experientially, genetically and developmentally. Since our pasts are so similar, much of our future will be as well. We problem solve in a lot of ways the same. Thomas Kuhn wrote about scientific revolutions and mostly about the resistance to change in smart people clubs. Inherent in that though is that smart people from separate clubs usually work out similar solutions at the same time independently.

      A smart guy once told me, we’re all the same in that we’re all unique.

  5. I agree completely dr. Farrell, it seems to me the more an empire fades , so does morals and artistic beauty, maybe I’m wrong but it seems to be the case , plus it’s being pushed on the masses as well

    1. Most conservative sites I have read in last few days have repeatedly ranted about how Taliban already has harvested data off of phones and hotel systems. Apparently they have already dissappeared over 1,000 people who were contractors to US military?

  6. So Amazon wants to know its customers better or is this a high-tech watch over its livestock and beast of burden. In other words keeping track of their thralls and junkies.

    1. Think they’ll give people more bathrooms than half a mile away in their new department stores that replace the department stores they put out of business?

      Wonder what happened to all those anti-trust laws. Oh yeh. It was an emergency, right? Laws no longer apply.

  7. just a little hungarian after sith/sauron:
    sor – line, row, file, queue
    sors – fate
    soros – fated, lined, serial, sequential

    tables of fate (serial/sequential/file/rows) – imagine that data…

      1. when i was reading thou my brother
        quite’a always wandering
        wheres the wander and wheres the ring
        as i saw thee in mirror of mine
        gave thee the honor for thy passing by
        so always the honor and always the ring
        in one seamless hollow for that what we bring

        hümmögjönk egy kissé ezen

          1. its really uptou whatever u enjoy. dont ever make a fuss about me.
            u not really made a dogfoot to hold unto your reply. I’m sorry

        1. anakephalaiosis

          Horizon is the ring of “seamless hollow”, and man is always in its center, at the point of honor, when in the KNOW.

          In Old Norse, horizon is “sjóndeildar-hringr”. It literally means the ring, that separates the sight.

          In Old Norse, the tribes were called “ættir”, originally “áttir”, and latter also means directions.

          In Old Norse, the place of tribal gathering, the “þing”, becomes the point, that men approach, from all directions.

          In Old Norse, the compass was called “átta-viti”, i.e. a “directions knower”, and the eight-legged horse of Odin (Adonai) was the 8-point compass.

          Scythian ideology is based on the compass:
          https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/mw33eogfihtmnbe/adonai-yoga.png

  8. I imagine many of us Gizaheads have been exposed to the fierce activism of Alison McDowell.
    https://wrenchinthegears.com/
    I discovered her via a video in which she explains how playgrounds and school environments are being designed to capture motion/action data from toddlers and other kids who wear Fitbit-like bracelets. This is annoying enough. She then explained how the biometric and action data would be collected and combined with the kids’ test data, and more. Much creepier was her description of how well-meaning improvement initiatives might be instituted for certain neighborhoods, racial profiles, etc. The intense measurement regime tracks all this over many years. Then, the data can be used to securitize an aggregation of “improvement zones” (my term, not hers). Investors could bet on whether a particular zone would meet their improvement target. Voilá–a new derivative market. Another reason why Microsoft / Gates were so keen to burrow into schools. Now Amazon joins the fun. Apologies to Ms McDowell for my oversimplified take on her brilliant and alarming analysis. I guess clever jailers usually get the inmates to build the prison, right? I’m not trying to be flippant here. Becoming awake/aware is challenging enough. Then, choosing a wise response is a whole other adventure.

    1. My wife and I received Fitbits from our daughter, who seemed to think that we don’t walk enough although we take our dog for considerable walks every day. We considered them to be hi-tech pedometers, until the day we received e-mails informing us that Fitbit was to become a part of Google! They were off our wrists and in the trash immediately, but of course someone still has the past two years or so of our walking habits.

      1. Remember when Quinn Michaels hacked into Fitbit data bases that showed people tracked on their walks all over the planet which in turn showed people running giant rings like the one at Fermilab in Illinois? I have seen people jog the 4 mile ring repeatedly. Neighborhood people, visiting scientists, workers, all walk and run the ring. It’s a nice nature walk on the prairie.

        So those tracks show up massive rings where ever people are doing so with their fitness trackers on. The global map showed these. Also noticeable were rings on the planet (below the surface on most) that nobody knew about. Even one in Antarctica. Another below an ocean surface. Then there were all the tunnels exposed below and between buildings all over the planet on government and MIC contractor complexes.

        In short order (under a week), orders went on that all military personnel and contractors lose the fitbits. Made a small newsplash. Was funny stuff to alot of us watching for such things. Not that I trust Quinn Micheals all that much but he still posts on youtube quite a bit. He’s brought out some other interesting tidbits about folk like Peter Thiel.

  9. Robert Barricklow

    Well, I going to enjoy this rant about the Giant Anaconda[aka Amazon] that is steadily squeezing out the many ways of being human; pressing unchecked w/its web services; holding up more and more of the internets backbone, while shutting down the ability the speak freely online; coiling around more and more global industries, building them out from the ground-up, such as an unregulated globalized shipping network.
    These data company empires platforms moral compasses spin only when bad PR hovers near them.
    Amazon acts as if it is the law; building-out its own court system.
    Amazon can’t do what it wants w/o inhuman governance cooperation.
    Amazon’s move to find a new headquarters was a case in governance cooperation personified at an extremely deep level. City governments were sending out proposals to Amazon that even some government officials themselves weren’t privy to. This secrecy symbolizes a massive pipeline between governments and these corporations. Why, by some estimates, more than $90 billion in tax breaks goes from citizens to lure corporations annually-more than the federal government spends on housing, education or infrastructure[Amazon paid near zero taxes].
    238 cities voluntarily handed over massive treasure troves of data about themselves. Amazon now has a godlike view of what’s happening in digital commerce, and now cities have helped give it an inside look at what’s happening in terms of land use use and development across the USSA.
    Oops!
    Running late!
    I’ve been ranting way too long myself.
    [To today’s embracing blog post when I return.]

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Back in the saddle again…
      No! I didn’t purchase it on Amazon.

      Oh [Excrement]!
      Social credit system Chinese-Amazon style coming soon?
      I’ve read about using facial recognition from Amazon’s cloud; acting an an authentication algorithmic guard in various capacities, in public & private spheres of influence.
      The Crocodile tears, Bill of Rights shredding Senate, all have Amazon’s rekognition[correct spelling] ring-police-partnership software, including facial and license plate detection.

      Yes, technology is being bent by the visional lens of those controlling what is financed and what grants are being pursued. It is an inhuman bending of a light; a spectrum of possibilities, if you will – a bundling of dark sided propensities; pointing towards anti-life collective, a transformation from one ent1ty to the other – both in environment and being.
      A metamorphosis most assuredly foul.

  10. we may say no to technocracy but technocracy says yes to itself by designing its own self-help mechanisms.
    https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-08-15-in-a-world-first-south-africa-grants-patent-to-an-artificial-intelligence-system/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
    “DABUS (which stands for “device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience”) is an AI system created by Stephen Thaler, a pioneer in the field of AI and programming. The system simulates human brainstorming and creates new inventions. DABUS is a particular type of AI, often referred to as “creativity machines” because they are capable of independent and complex functioning. This differs from everyday AI like Siri, the “voice” of Apple’s iPhones.”

    autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience, very poetic.

    “At first glance, a recently granted South African patent relating to a “food container based on fractal geometry” seems fairly mundane. The innovation in question involves interlocking food containers that are easy for robots to grasp and stack.”

    1. So, let me get this straight,
      The AI programming which was created b y Thayer, has come up with another program to make robots more useful in interlocking food containers presumbly for whose food? Or rather
      Whose the food? And whose the master and whose the slave.
      In other words,
      Whose on first?
      Seems very hive like, insectoid like and not human

    2. What is invented tells us the most about the value of the system.
      So far it seems the inventions will not help humans (if not damage humans). Seems like the inventions will only help robots to replace humans.
      Odd how these kinds of technocrats seem to flow out of S Africa.

  11. There is a social media site Nextdoor which is harvesting individuals’ name, address, postcode, family details, images, preferences, politics, interests etc.
    Unlike other social media sites, it does not connect friends, but instead it connects neighbours, who may not know each other at all and share only a geographical neighbourhood! The neighbourhood can be large and include a whole district or county rather than just the neighbours in your street.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/sep/08/i-know-all-their-pet-peeves-why-neighbourhood-apps-are-a-mixed-blessing
    Presumably you have it in the USA?
    Nextdoor will even issue invites on behalf of existing members to up to 20 non-members in the neighbourhood inviting them to join the social media site. Nextdoor pays for the postage, letter and envelope.
    Nextdoor relies on a system of “lead” users to watch out for and report problematic posts in the neighbourhood, which it then decides either to retain or remove. Big brother in action!

    1. Yes Michael UK we have Nextdoor here in US (Pennsylvania) & I’ve personally seen the good/bad with the app? Technology is an double edge sword ⚔️ just like people are 🤔 & no I don’t know the answer ta this mess 🙃

      1. “Technology is an double edge sword” and the convenience technology offers is very easily made into a Trojan horse.

    2. Read a couple blog posts about neighborhood apps and talked with younger neighbors. That idea is jumping the shark fast. It routinely devolves into shouting matches and feuds. Consider Gladys Kravits’ running the whole thing and nagging and prying constantly everywhere. After all, what’s the point otherwise. So I was told consider the clientele such software attracts. More and more amazed by the younger families moving in. When the neighborhood turned over we made a point of introducing everyone to everyone we could. Made for interesting talks, cooperation and valued consults from knowledgeable folk (kinda like conversations here). Now the tide is turning. Most of these kids know each other better than we do and are reintroducing our neighbors to us. We’re learning more and more every day.

    3. It’s here. In my area it’s a lot of woke folks whining about other people’s poor water conservation habits. Guilt over white privilege. Lots of vaccine gestapo-esque Karens. Occasional lost or found pet. The latter is the only thing it’s good for. Otherwise very creepy.

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