Panel Discussion – GMO Crops, Glyphosate and The Deterioration of Health in the USA (Part 1)

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS, GLYPHOSATE AND THE DETERIORATION OF HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Nancy L. Swanson 1, Andre Leu 2*, Jon Abrahamson 3 and Bradley Wallet 4
Panel: Kathleen Hallal, Moderator Dr. Stephanie Seneff, MIT Senior Research Scientist Dr. Nancy Swanson, Retired United States Navy staff scientist, author Dr. Anthony Samsel, Retired Science Consultant Dr. Don M. Huber, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University Jack Olmsted, Producer
A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United States (US) over the last 20 years. Similar increases have been seen globally.


This post was published at FarmWars on November 15 , 2014.

Hacked, Cracked, and Shelacked: U.S. Weapons Systems

It is not just Target that got hacked. This appears in The Washington Post.
Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry.
Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U. S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board.
Experts warn that the electronic intrusions gave China access to advanced technology that could accelerate the development of its weapons systems and weaken the U. S. military advantage in a future conflict.
This is the war of the future, and the Pentagon has no advantage. With the big systems, it is easy to steal them. It’s not World War II any longer. Everything is plugged into the Internet. The Internet is a large sign: ‘Come and get it!’ They came and got it.
Who did it? The article blames China. It could just as easily have been Russia.

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on November 15, 2014.

Extreme Weather Warning: As Polar Vortex Descends on U.S. ‘All Hell to Break Loose’

Leading physics professor Michio Kaku, of the City University of New York, has signaled a warning concerning the polar vortex now bringing extreme cold weather to a majority of states in the U. S.
‘Superstorm Nuri packs more energy than Hurricane Sandy. It’s headed our way, and we are in the bullseye. This weekend it’s going to plow into Alaska, creating fifty foot waves. Then, by midweek, all hell breaks loose. It’s going to combine with the jetstream, pushing arctic air perhaps as low as Florida,’ Michio Kaku told CBS News.
‘In the worst case scenario, it could mean a deep freeze. It means airlines canceling flights left and right. It means transportation being disrupted… we’re talking disruption that will peak between November 13 and November 15, but will ripple through the rest of November,’ Kaku added, telling viewers to ‘get used to’ polar vortexes, because ‘the earth is changing, and we’re going to see more violent swings.’
Northern states are expected to experience extreme lows that could reach -30 Fahrenheit and beyond, while early bouts of extreme cold will affect nearly the entire U. S., dipping between 15 and 30 degrees below normal.
It will bring snowstorms and heavy rains across the much of Northern United States and Canada, and heavy rains, particularly in the East.


This post was published at shtfplan on November 13th, 2014.

Why the Pentagon Dreads the ‘Sale’ of IBM’s Chip Business

I started my engineering career with IBM in the Hudson Valley. I went on to work in the semiconductor industry for many years, eventually ending up in the software business, supplying design tools to the industry.
So, I was meeting up with a friend in the business who just got back from a visit to IBM’s Burlington, VT, facility. And he had a couple of interesting observations.
First, IBM’s chip business is one of the only suppliers to the defense industry that is US owned. There are a few smaller players like Honeywell, but they can’t do the advanced fab processes you need to do processors, memory, etc. Intel doesn’t have some of the RF (radio frequency) processes that the military needs, so they’re not a complete substitution.
Second, The Department of Defense is very worried about sending critical chip designs outside the US; they’re worried that they could be back-engineered or even altered prior to fabrication.
Even though only the physical design layout is sent to the fab, it’s still just digital files (think a circuit board with all of the copper traces connecting components, but at a much smaller scale). Inserting a few thousand additional logic gates into a design with hundreds of millions of gates is not particularly difficult. This means a foreign power could, theoretically, insert a hardware backdoor into the chip that would be almost impossible to detect.
This isn’t science fiction. The DOD has been worried about this for years. You can’t look at the chip under a microscope and count gates, etc. to see if you’ve been hacked.

This post was published at Wolf Street on November 12, 2014.

The Endgame of US ‘Islamic State’ Strategy: ‘Keep Arabs Divided, Rule Over Them’

21st Century Wire says…
The ISIS/ISIL phenomenon is a custom-built, violent gang organisation, which is the media face of a Salafist Islamic pseudo-ideology specifically designed to weaken the region. The end result is a 360 theater of terror designed mainly for western audiences.
Since the beginning of this ‘ISIS Crisis’ we’ve shown readers various facets of who the ‘Islamic State’ really is, where they came from and why. The timing of the emergence of ISIS is also important. There are still many unanswered questions however, like what is the Islamic State’s actual relationship with foreign agencies like the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Turkish (NATO) intelligence, Saudi intelligence, and Israeli intelligence? In time, history will flush out the answers to these and other key steps in the ISIS DNA strand, and the guilty parties will be duly noted. The following is a major piece to that puzzle. Here’s what the CFR mob and the mainstream media do not want you to know, or understand…
By Nicola Nasser
Dismantling what the former US President George W. Bush once described as the Syria-Iran component of the ‘axis of evil,’ or interrupting in Iraq the geographical contiguity of what King Abdullah II of Jordan once described as the ‘Shiite crescent,’ was and remains the strategic goal of the US-Israeli allies in the Middle East unless they succeed first in ‘changing the regime’ in either Damascus or Tehran.
The US, Israel and their regional allies have been on the record that the final target of their ‘regime change’ campaign in the Middle East was to dismantle the Syria – Iran alliance.
With the obvious failure of Plan A to dismantle the self- proclaimed anti-Israel and anti-US, Syrian-Iranian ‘Resistance Axis’ by a forcible ‘regime change’ in Damascus, a US-led regional alliance has turned recently to its Plan B to interrupt in Iraq the geographical contiguity of that axis.
This is the endgame of President Barak Obama’s strategy, which he declared on last September 10 as ostensibly against the Islamic State (IS).
This would at least halt for the foreseeable future all the signed and projected trilateral or bilateral Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian pipeline networks to carry oil and gas from Iran and Iraq to the Syrian coast at the Mediterranean.
Israeli Col. (res.) Shaul Shay, a research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and former Deputy Head of the Israel National Security Council, anticipated in writing on last January 21 what he called the ‘Salafi Crescent’ that is dangerously emerging to challenge the ‘Shia Crescent.’
‘The growing involvement of Sunni Salafi jihadis in Iraq (since 2003), among the rebels in Syria (since 2011), and in Lebanon has created a ‘Salafi Crescent’ from Diyala [in eastern Iraq] to Beirut,’ he wrote.
‘A positive outcome’ of this ‘Salafi Crescent’, will be the decline in Iranian influence in the region,’ Shay concluded.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 11, 2014.

Hawai’i lava flow destroys first house in rural town

Lava has been slowly snaking its way toward Pāhoa for months, but it took an oozing stream of molten rock just 45 minutes to burn down an empty house.
Firefighters standing by to tackle any spreading wildfires, let the flames consume the 1,100-square-foot structure Monday afternoon as a relative of the homeowner watched and recorded video of the destruction with an iPhone.
It was the first house incinerated by a lava flow from Kilauea volcano on the Big Island that scientists have been warning the public about since August. And it likely won't be the last.

This post was published at Fox News

Fukushima Radiation Detected 100 Miles Off California Coast

While no US Federal Agency sees fit to monitor ocean radioactivity in coastal waters, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) has taken on the task of keeping the information flowing in a world of ‘promises’ that everything will be ok. As WHOI reports this week, scientists have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California.
As WHOI reports,
Since the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown in 2011, the radioactive plume has traveled west across the Pacific, propelled largely by ocean currents and being diluted along the way. For now, the levels of Fukushima radiation hitting the West Coast is below where one might expect any measurable risk to human health or marine life, according to international health agencies. The findings confirm data earlier this year showing cesium-134 traveled across the Pacific to the coast of Canada.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/11/2014.

Remote Controlled Humans Via Internet in Real-Time Now a Reality (Update)

Every day seems to bring new revelations in the area of neuroscience.
Over the past year we have learned that scientists have been working on ‘neural dust’ to create a remote-controlled computer pathway to the brain; that scientists have been successful implanting false memories in mice; an experiment at Harvard enabled a human to remote control a mouse by thought alone; and the world’s first ‘telepathic e-mail’ was sent.
However, when it was announced last year that remote-controlled humans via the Internet became a reality, it was still met with disbelief. The research team from the University of Washington who conducted this experiment is now announcing that they not only have duplicated their original experiment, but believe that they have moved a step closer to making this a viable technology that could be rolled out in the not-too-distant future. Their full press release with video follows our initial report below.
We recently reported on the release of a secret DARPA mind control program at Arizona State University. Part of that research was focused specifically on the attempt to replicate through language the same results obtained with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which is a way to directly control movements, speech, and one’s perception of reality via electromagnetic waves aimed at the cerebral cortex. Julie Beal also reported on DARPA’s solicitation for portable brain recorders that could eventually be used in every classroom in America. Clearly there is a will to put research into action.
But so far, the ability to remote control an object from a distance with the mind alone has been limited to video games, drones, and the above-mentioned mouse. However, as you can see in the video below, a human-to-human remote link has been established. A researcher was able to control the hand movements of a person jacked in to the ‘brain net’ in a completely different building:


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 9th, 2014.

Full Report: GE Crops, Glyphosate, and the Deterioration of Health in the US

Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America
Nancy L. Swanson, Andre Leu, Jon Abrahamson, Bradley Wallet
Journal of Organic Systems, 9(2), 2014

Abstract
A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United States (US) over the last 20 years. Similar increases have been seen globally. The herbicide glyphosate was introduced in 1974 and its use is accelerating with the advent of herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (GE) crops. Evidence is mounting that glyphosate interferes with many metabolic processes in plants and animals and glyphosate residues have been detected in both. Glyphosate disrupts the endocrine system and the balance of gut bacteria, it damages DNA and is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer.

This post was published at FarmWars on November 9th, 2014.

EPA gives more credibility to industry-funded studies than peer-reviewed science when approving pesticide use

A memo from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highlights the way that this agency gives more weight to poorly conducted, industry-funded studies than to the overwhelming body of evidence showing that pesticides are harmful.
The memo concerns an insecticide named chlorpyrifos (trade name Lorsban), manufactured by Dow Chemical. Until 2000, the chlorpyrifos was widely used in household bug sprays such as Raid. But due to strong evidence that the chemical was poisonous, especially to children, the EPA struck an agreement with Dow that the chemical could continue to be used for agriculture if it were banned from indoor use.
“These data do suggest that inhalation or dermal exposure can lead to life-threatening effects,” the EPA said at the time.
Still harming children’s brains Dow has been on the defensive about chlorpyrifos for years. Even before restricting the chemical’s use, the EPA fined Dow $876,000 for 327 separate counts of violating the Federal Insecticide, Rodenticide, and Fungicide Act (FIRFA) with regard to chlorpyrifos. FIRFA requires pesticide manufacturers to report all complaints about pesticide poisoning within 30 days.
In 2004, the New York Attorney General’s office fined Dow $2 million for falsely claiming, for decades, that the chemical was safe, even after it was proven otherwise.

This post was published at Natural News on Sunday, November 09, 2014.

Dr. Kaku Warns That ‘All Hell Is Ready to Break Loose’

One of America’s most prominent scientists, in the area of theoretical physics, Michio Kaku, told the audience on CBS This Morning that the Earth is changing and we need we will see more violent and dramatic swings in climate and other phenomena.
Kaku warned that by midweek, all auto, train and air transportation could be greatly impacted and the effects will be with us for the remainder of the month. In short, Kaku believes that all hell is ready to break loose.


This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 09 Nov, 2014.

SNOWPIERCER: Deep Themes of Geoengineering, Controlled Oppostion and Transhumanism

Snowpiercer stands out as a recent example of a trend fans of film are witnessing more of: philosophically-focused science fiction and fantasy.
While it could be argued that many science fiction classics deal with some philosophical themes, the trend has become far more common than in previous decades. In the last several years, films such as, After the Dark, The Double, Enemy, Another Earth, as well as many others, ask audiences to grapple with complex conundrums such as globalism, meaning and the self, morality and death, and even deeper esoteric questions, like alternate worlds and mystical symbology.
While Hollywood is busy with found-footage horror, cynical raunchy comedies and comic book blockbusters (the latter of which do incorporate conspiriana), lesser-known independent films are touching on far more abtruse matters that extend beyond the realm of the political. Seeing new films clearly influenced by Terry Gilliam, for example, is a welcomed beacon of hope. A rebellion in the arts – towards asking meaningful questions that challenge social engineering and prepackaged think-tank paradigms is precisely what is needed, and that is partly my intention with my work at Jay’s Analysis.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 9, 2014.

Can’t We All Just Trust Our Governments?

Reuters has posted an interesting review of a new book by Geoffrey Hosking called Trust: A History. The thesis? Apparently that trust “provides a substitute for prescience. The unchecked pursuit of self-interest can undermine trust.”
This is surely one more globalist meme: Capitalism is a fragile endeavor and only regulations, rigorously enforced by vast government enterprises, can create and nurture trust. (My paraphrase.)
Here’s a larger excerpt:
What is the glue which holds an economy together? Disciples of Adam Smith would argue that self-interest serves as the organising principle. The problem with this way of thinking is that it overlooks the fact that man is not an island unto himself. He is a social animal, who must have constant dealings with other people. Besides, according to John Maynard Keynes, it is impossible to pursue our self-interest rationally, because we don’t have enough information to make probabilistic judgments about the future. Instead, we must rely on irrational animal spirits as a spur to action.
Hosking traces the genealogy of trust from its origins in family life, where it is imbibed in infancy, through organised religion – faith and trust being closely related concepts – to its secular role in modern economic life. Throughout this progression, our capacity to trust has become ever more extensive. “The advantage of being able to trust one another,” wrote John Stuart Mill, “penetrates into every crevice and cranny of human life; the economic is perhaps the smallest part of it, yet even this is incalculable.” Or in the blunt expression of one sociologist cited by Hosking, without trust we could not get out of bed in the morning.

This post was published at The Daily Bell on November 08, 2014.

Paul Krugman’s ‘Triumph of the Wrong’ Column Is Dead Wrong

“Politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth.” – Paul Krugman
What leads me to conclude Paul Krugman’s latest column is dead wrong? First of all, I agree with him on one thing. Krugman offers a summary of supposed conservative, free-market solutions and claims the Republicans have been wrong about everything. We agree only because the GOP really hasn’t offered any free-market solutions, only talking points opposing the socialism and centralized police state created by both political parties. This doctrinaire enemy of freedom and liberty makes the case that only Socialist Party 1 and Socialist Party 2 are allowed to offer legitimate and approved solutions to top-down Washington incompetence and mismanagement.
Focusing on the GOP election victory, Krugman’s editorial “Triumph of the Wrong” is a typical sour grapes whine from the leading economic apologist for socialism in the US. Even his title reminds me of an earlier socialist movement’s propaganda masterpiece, Leni Riefenstahl’s 1935 film “Triumph of the Will” about the Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg. It is the most effective propaganda film of all time with no comparison to the drivel put out by this latter-day apologist for socialism and the centralized state.
Although choosing a column title column similar to the most well known Nazi film of Hitler’s Third Reich might grab attention from Internet search engines, I believe it is in poor taste and reminds readers of the all too many similarities between the Third Reich and the Washington government championed by Krugman today, both at home and abroad.
But then again, Krugman has a history of this. His 2007 book, The Conscience of a Liberal, is another self-aggrandizing title knockoff of one of the most important political books of the 20th century, Barry Goldwater‘s 1960 book classic, The Conscience of a Conservative. Goldwater’s book of conservative and free-market ideas heralded the takeover of the GOP by true conservatives and restored the Republican Party to prominence with Reagan’s election.
Yes, the ideas of the book today are incessantly slandered and abused, not just by Krugman and the Democrats but also by the GOP establishment. Incessantly, that is, except at election time when limited-government solutions are paraded for a few days to excite the voter base only to then be quickly hidden under lock and key until the next election.

This post was published at The Daily Bell on November 08, 2014.

Five ways to protect your privacy in an increasingly intrusive world

We have moved into the age of Big Brother. Though not as crudely obvious as two-way TVs in everyone’s dwelling the way George Orwell depicted in his novel 1984, all the electronic devices we use can be tapped into by Homeland Security, the CIA and the the NSA (National Security Agency).
Let’s get a concise understanding of what the NSA is about from a couple of unnamed NSA officials interviewed in 2012 by WIRE magazine, as their hugely sprawling center was nearing completion in rural Utah.
They explained how the NSA had made incredible breakthroughs with cryptanalyzing, or breaking through any and all encryption codes for computers and cell-tower-dependent communications, which are crucial for maintaining privacy and security.
The mammoth Bluffdale, Utah, NSA center will be able to pry into any online activity and cellular or satellite communication anywhere to harvest data for its databanks. According to one of the officials, “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.” [1] But it’s not just the Big Brother operations that one needs to be wary of. There are private companies and criminal hackers who want to get into your communication systems as well.
(1) Avoiding biometric scanner facial/iris identification:
Biometric scanners are appearing in many train or bus stations, airports, banks, schools, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, intersections and even computers and phones. Who knows who ultimately has access to that data?
Some are concerned that scanners can be used to track someone’s identity from place to place, and have created several convoluted, impractical measures to avoid being recognized facially or by iris reading that, in this author’s opinion, are much ado about nothing.
Besides, some of these silly “solutions” may get you into more trouble, while others are not cost-efficient. [2] There’s a much easier, old-fashioned way. Wear large, high-quality sunglasses.

This post was published at Natural News on Saturday, November 08, 2014.

Newest pro-GMO study falls short of scientific standards; industry latches on to generalized conclusions claiming GMO safety

Proponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are trumpeting the results of a recent massive meta-analysis published in the Journal of Animal Science, claiming that it conclusively proves the safety of GMO foods. Yet, this supposedly conclusive study fails to meet basic scientific standards and is therefore unable to inform our knowledge about the safety of GMO foods.
According to Forbes columnist Jon Entine, the study by Alison Van Eenennaam (a former Monstanto employee) and Amy E. Young “reviewed 29 years of livestock productivity and health data… [representing] more than 100 billion animals covering a period before 1996 when animal feed was 100% non-GMO, and after its introduction when it jumped to 90% and more.”
Yet, according to Claire Robinson of GMWatch, the analysis is flawed for the following reasons:
1. Failure to use proper controls Eenennaam and Young combine numerous studies into one massive data set, which they then exhibit in a table of livestock production statistics from 1983 to 2011. This supposedly shows that, over that time, animals’ milk yields and weights at slaughter increased, and the percentage of animals condemned as unfit at slaughterhouses (due to illness) decreased.

This post was published at Natural News on Friday, November 07, 2014.

Forget Tesla ‘D’ – This Is The Fastest Electric Car In The World

When we think of electric cars, probably the first thing that comes to mind is the Chevrolet Volt, which is smooth running but needs frequent recharging. Plus it’s no speed demon.
But if you think electric cars still deserve consideration, take a look at the ‘Grimsel,’ the creation of the technical schools ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. On Nov. 3 the studentsput the spurs to the car and got it to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in 1.785 seconds, using less than 30 meters of track.
That’s nearly twice as fast as Tesla’s fleet Model S P85D. And it’s record-breaking.
One of the 30 students from the two schools, all members of the formula Student team at the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ), had the Grimsel roaring down a runway at the military airfield in Duebendorf to beat the old record of 0-to-100 kph in 2.134 seconds that had been held by an electric car built by the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology.
The new record is awaiting ratification by the Guinness Book of World Records.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/07/2014.

I’m Terrified of My New TV: Why I’m Scared to Turn This Thing on — and You’d Be, Too

I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too.
The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy.
The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.
It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide “gesture control” for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face. On the upside, the images are saved on the TV instead of uploaded to a corporate server. On the downside, the Internet connection makes the whole TV vulnerable to hackers who have demonstrated the ability to take complete control of the machine.

This post was published at Alternet

Here’s Why You May Not Want to Celebrate ‘Flu Season’ with a Flu Shot

It’s that time of year again.
You can’t even go to stores without being bombarded with signs and displays promoting it.
Everywhere you go, people are talking about it.
After all, it is a very profitable time of year.
‘Tis the season, as they say.
No, I’m not referring to the holiday season – I’m referring to flu shot season.
What are the reasons the flu vaccine is being pushed onto us so forcefully? Is the flu THAT deadly? Does the government truly have our best interests in mind?
As someone with a health sciences background who has been researching vaccinations for over twenty years and has personal experience with vaccine reactions and failures, I have made an informed decision to opt out of getting the flu shot.
Here are my reasons.
Hype, fear-mongering, and propaganda: What’s the underlying agenda?
The mainstream media would have you believe that the flu is a killer virus that leaves thousands dead in its path every year.
But how many people actually die of influenza annually?
It’s hard to find accurate statistics on this because the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is the government agency that tracks disease outbreaks, and they, well…they claim they don’t know the answer.
Here are the reasons the CDC says it can’t determine exactly how many people die from the flu each year:
States are not required to report flu-related deaths in people over age 18 People sometimes die from flu-related complications or secondary infections and not the flu itself Medical care is sometimes sought too late for influenza to be detected via respiratory samples, or test results are flawed (false negatives can occur with some tests) Because the actual number of deaths via flu are supposedly impossible to count, the CDC estimates flu-associated deaths based on death certificate information. And, because flu seasons vary in length and severity, the agency says ‘a range of estimated deaths is a better way to represent the variability and unpredictability of flu.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 3rd, 2014.

The Internet of Spy-Things

Your Hi-Tech Gadget is Watching You … A friend pointed us to a recent article published by the Brennan Center for Justice that discusses the transformation of household gadgets into spying devices. The author bought a new TV, and after reading the 46 pages of ‘privacy policy’ in the manual, is apparently apprehensive about turning it on. Actually, ‘privacy policy’ seems a misnomer. It would be more accurate to rename it ‘spying policy’.
An excerpt from the article:
I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new ‘smart’ TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media, and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too. The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too – if you read through the 46-page privacy policy.
The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how, and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect ‘when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.’ It records ‘the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.’ It ignores ‘do-not-track’ requests as a considered matter of policy.
It also has a built-in camera – with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide ‘gesture control’ for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face. On the upside, the images are saved on the TV instead of uploaded to a corporate server. On the downside, the Internet connection makes the whole TV vulnerable to hackers who have demonstrated the ability to take complete control of the machine.
More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a ‘voice recognition’ feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: ‘Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.’ Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV. You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening.

This post was published at Acting-Man on November 4, 2014.