Culture Wars, Progressives, TechWars ← Previous post Next post → Comments Big Jim Jul 31 2019 at 12:08 am Monkey see, monkey do…AS TOLD… Calvin Jul 31 2019 at 12:19 am I discontinued Amazon Prime, I will not have an Alexis, Erica, or whatever they call themselves in my house, no new appliance is going to be capable of conversing with the master of the universe, I also cancelled Netflix and will record my own TV shows without the assistance of my cable provider. Now all I need is a bunker in the mountains and a tin foil hat and I’m ready for almost anything. Damned drones buzzing me again. John Jul 31 2019 at 2:20 pm Ever hear of shooting skeet? WayneM Jul 31 2019 at 12:46 am The hilarious part to me is how many people want the latest “smart” devices and especially the “smart” appliances. I’m okay with a fridge that only keeps things cold. I don’t need Big Tech to watch over my leftovers. Likewise all other domestic appliances. I understand many of the new “smart” TVs have built into their programming to default to report to Big Tech on all activities. When challenged on this, Big Tech shrugs and said it’s in the user agreements. Oh brave new world… John Jul 31 2019 at 2:34 pm In a better world than ours those “user agreements” would _not_ include violations of the 4th Amendment for the convenience of “Commerce”. If Big Brother wants more, they should pay for it in a separate agreement, not hide it in the legalese. kadaka Jul 31 2019 at 2:03 am However to be completely honest, the vast majority of humans are drones. It’s our nature, we’re communal creatures working for the hive. Give us food to eat, a place to sleep, and stuff to do that feels like we’re accomplishing something, and we’re good. So when the Amazon Shopper app pops up a weekly shopping list based on previous purchases and shows you’ll be saving enough to try these recommended-for-you products gleaned from your online viewing, most people will just click and be glad they have more time to catch a game or watch a movie, or do the wash if they have to. They won’t care. And with a 10-pair pack of new fresh socks only $8 thus well within disposable range, I also project the future will have significantly less clothes washing. Pete231 Jul 31 2019 at 2:31 am ” Click !” The little light comes on………. Pamela Jul 31 2019 at 3:17 am I thought we had Peeping Tom Laws on the books. Can they be charged with those? Peering through the blinds and watching remotely can be construed as the same thing… Hmm. Maybe start charging them for the shows… or can they be dealt with if children are in the home? Hmm. kadaka Jul 31 2019 at 3:54 am “Peering through the blinds and watching remotely” But a reoccurring theme among progressive-leaning media is virtual privacy. NYC apartments with tall uncovered windows, sunlight falling on the bed. LA hillside homes with glass-walled bedrooms, and bathrooms. Like gun-free zones offering safety, there are no telescopes or binoculars, no Peeping Toms, because They Are Not Allowed, their virtual privacy is guaranteed. You aren’t permitted to look in! So what does it matter what Alexa hears, it can’t be used in any bad way, their virtual privacy is assured so they are protected. eon Jul 31 2019 at 7:36 am Read From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe. To the Modernist “compound” architects, privacy was an outmoded, “bourgeois” concept that would be stamped out by glass-curtain “walls”, “revealed structure”, and a ban on window curtains. Which they called, yes , “worker housing”, except they intended it for everybody. The major roadblock to their Mazda dream of “absolute egalitarianism”, surprisingly, was decency laws. Even the high priests of Modernism, like Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, le Corbusier, and their American acolyte Philip Johnson had to bow to the legal requirements for at least screening off… the bathroom. To see their idea of the Radiant Future, look up anything referred to as “The Projects” in any major American city. Especially Cabrini Green in Chicago, built in 1962 and torn down in 2011, which was basically forty-eight years and eleven months later than it should have been done. clear ether eon Ozymandius Jul 31 2019 at 3:37 am Happy New Year, 1984 Wotan Jul 31 2019 at 5:04 am Chris – I have the feeling that this panel could be the cover-art … for an entire “1984” calendar? Bill G Jul 31 2019 at 5:08 am Like our ‘friends’ from the government, they’re here to help. Once the desired government is achieved, there will be no difference. Too bad the tech moguls promoting this don’t understand that. eon Jul 31 2019 at 7:38 am They understand it. But like every other clique of pseudo-Utopian fanatics, from the deep-ecos to Islamists, they think they’ll be running it. clear ether eon John Jul 31 2019 at 2:41 pm And the interesting thing is their fanatic hatred of the likes of Ayn Rand and Jordan Peterson stems from the fact that AR and JP tells them in no uncertain terms that they will _never_ run the show for very long. Calvin Jul 31 2019 at 5:43 am I work in a production environment and we ordered some very expensive machines from a company in Italy. We had them set and up and working for a couple of years when they got into a pissing contest over customer support. We saw them on our touchscreen inside our machine just before a breakdown of a software related nature. The kind of problem that required us to pay a premium for tech support remotely. Yeah, its a brave new world… Randy Jul 31 2019 at 6:12 am Any one ever watch the scifi show “Lexxx?” The first episode is where the Dems want us to go…living in “coffins,” attending to our “assigned” work details and watch out for demerits! You’ll end up heading to “recycling” where they’ll recycle your organs for the betterment of society!!! TOXIC DASTARDLY DAN Jul 31 2019 at 6:30 am Lexx is one of my favorites, but then, I’m training myself to live in the post-apocalyptic world. JJ cooper Aug 02 2019 at 8:54 pm Ah, Tanstaafl! One of my favorite “words”. I haven’t seen it in ages and i am so glad it’s back. JJC cmblake6 Jul 31 2019 at 7:00 am What did I say about scary? TOXIC DASTARDLY DAN Jul 31 2019 at 8:22 am Chris, Was that an intentional Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference? chris muir Jul 31 2019 at 9:10 am Alexa would need 2 heads for that, heh. Browncoat Jul 31 2019 at 9:22 am Dammit! I read it and it triggered a neuron but… failed to feed/fire. All hail Zaphod!! JTC Jul 31 2019 at 9:36 am “…the monkey spoke.” No, that will be at the convention after the draft. And it will think it is in charge. Bill G, it occurs to me now that gov and tech could very well be one and the same, that Chris’ little list of helpmates in panel one are the evil cabal behind the monkey and the clowns. Bill G Jul 31 2019 at 1:28 pm Gov and tech are not one and the same yet; Zuck, et. al. don’t understand out what the leftist agenda consists of after full government takeover. John Jul 31 2019 at 2:52 pm The tragic thing is that these well-meaning goal oriented geniuses will not pause to consider that they are paving our way to Hell. They, like so many others of their ilk, believe that intelligence is a substitute for wisdom. JTC Jul 31 2019 at 4:39 pm Listen to the NPR piece I reference downthread and tell me that again. Tech as practiced by commies in China and in Chris’s list (arguably redundant) are blending into and possibly becoming/controlling leftist gov at light speed. Halley Jul 31 2019 at 9:38 am If she could learn how to shape-shift dark psychic forces while yodeling about cosmic love, Skye’s Democrat campaign would be all set to go. JTC Jul 31 2019 at 10:10 am So why didn’t the “journalist” moderators interrupt all the leftist babble in the “debate” to say, “Hey, it’s the economy stupid! Let’s talk about that!” Oh, wait… Halley Jul 31 2019 at 10:50 am Well, at least they all, candy dates and moderators, are really honest, bright as hell, and have the best of intentions. JTC Jul 31 2019 at 12:49 pm Y’all take the time to listen to the podcast or whatever of the NPR story I am listening to in the car right now of the Fresh Air interview with the technical editor of WaPo, who in spite of being owned by Amazon really comes down hard on them…absolutely chilling. Punta Gorda Jul 31 2019 at 2:13 pm National Pubic Radio? No thanks. JTC Jul 31 2019 at 4:31 pm Yeah I know but absolutely the best you will hear from any of the opposition, not supporting them just using them for intel. This particular piece will shock you with the even-handed reality of it. JTC Jul 31 2019 at 10:17 pm https://www.npr.org/2019/07/31/746878763/how-tech-companies-track-your-every-move-and-put-your-data-up-for-sale Pamela Jul 31 2019 at 6:30 pm Have they started throwing Poo yet? That’s what monkeys do kadaka Jul 31 2019 at 7:00 pm They seem enamored of an “empowering” thing I heard of in the movie “The Help” where they use it for delicious pies and cakes they want us to eat. (And why do they freely excuse so many forms of assault?) President Warren will keep America safe by giving other nations a free first nuclear strike The future Commander in Chieftess wants to order us to open wide and swallow. Pamela Jul 31 2019 at 10:10 pm I’ve come to the conclusion that the Dems/Socs are like the guy that promises not to come in your mouth and does so anyway. Then as an afterthought, says he lied about not having any STDs. JJ cooper Aug 02 2019 at 8:56 pm GROSS! But so male. JJC Reply Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.