San Bernardino shooting drill

Here we go again. See DAHBOO777’s video embedded below, which includes this statement from a KTLA report, “The San Bernardino PD’s SWAT team was training nearby…They were already suited up and ‘ready to roll.'”

My local news announced an interview with an eyewitness, the father of a man inside one of the buildings when the alleged shooting occurred. The only thing the man said was that the government must do something to stop mass shootings. Although the report was aired at least five hours after the event, no one knew the number of casualties.

The Wall Street Journal has this headline: In Grim Ritual, Barack Obama Again Calls for Stricter Gun Control After Mass Shooting. When are people going to wake up to the fact that these events are not real?

Florida Walmart reopens

In April 2015, Walmart closed five of its stores for alleged plumbing problems. In September, the company announced that the stores would be reopened and a local news outlet is reporting that the Florida store is now indeed open for business.

According to the report, “During the past four months, contractors filed permits for upgrades to the store, including one for a new roof.” What about the plumbing? According to the Hillsborough County government website:

A permit is required by any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system.

Just wondering.

Paris attacks look like Boston bombing

Couldn’t help noticing how similar these events look.

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And what about the coincidence/strangeness that Al Gore’s 24-hour live climate change telethon webcast from the Eiffel Tower was scheduled for that very day?

Al Gore not broadcasting due to terror attacks

“24 hours of reality”?

UPDATE

Uh-oh. Look at this:

CIA Director Brennan Met With French Security Chief Before Paris Attacks

Do these events ultimately have the same production team?

Media attacking conspiracy theorists for questioning Walmart closings

From some fool reporter at the Houston Chronicle:

Texans blame secret military takeover for Walmart closings, secret tunnels

The fact that five Walmart stores suddenly closed right around the time the US military is about to conduct unconstitutional drills amongst US citizens has caused some to believe there might be some relation between the two. This led the fool reporter to repeat the establishment propaganda:

Stars and Stripes, the news publication of the U.S. military, ran an article titled “Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise,” The Washington Post wrote “Why Operation Jade Helm 15 is freaking out the Internet—and why it shouldn’t be” and VICE News reported “conspiracy theorists think an army training exercise will bring martial law to the US this summer.”

It gets worse:

Yet many Americans apparently still believe they are the enemies the military is preparing to fight. It mirrors a national trend of extreme skepticism—a CNN poll last year showed trust in the government was at an all-time low, with only 13 percent saying the trust the government most of the time. Moreover, a 2012 report documented a dramatic rise in Americans rejecting the legitimacy of their government outright, and a 2015 Department of Homeland Security report warned of danger from right-wing groups resentful of military and police.

The fool reporter then links to one of his other foolish stories:

Patriot Day could rouse domestic violence, memo warns

Patriot Day [is] on April 19.

That’s the day when, 240 years ago, militiamen in the then-British colony of Massachusetts killed more than 100 uniformed soldiers, rousing the patriots to a violent uprising that ultimately led to the founding of the United States of America.

“Because terrorists like to attack on dates that are significant to them, it is important to remain vigilant,” the supposed Coast Guard memo said. “Terrorism is a real threat and it is important to remain vigilant, especially around terrorist anniversaries.”

Look at that. April 19th came and went and no “right-wingers” became violent.

Back to another one of the fool reporter’s statements:

Yet many Americans apparently still believe they are the enemies the military is preparing to fight.

Well, yeah. What are we supposed to believe when our government calls its own freedom-loving citizens “terrorists” while allowing real terrorists into our country through its unsecured borders? And, if you want real terrorism, how about what our government and its law enforcement are doing to American citizens? They are forcing vaccinations on people, killing Americans through police shootings and drone strikes, and groping us at airports. And that’s just for starters. I guess pointing these things out makes me a “terrorist.” But what does it make those who vilify me for pointing out such things?

I don’t think I’m particularly alarmist, although many would likely disagree. However, it feels like something’s coming and it doesn’t seem good. My suggestion is to watch and PRAY, although I have a hard time watching these days. It’s become too much to look at, like everything is coming at you at once. Perhaps God is nudging us to look away from the evil and to focus on Him. The Scriptures say that anything that kills, steals, or destroys is evil. Destroying our freedom is evil. However, they can never steal the freedom we have in Christ because it’s beyond their grasp. We can have peace, and even joy, in the midst of the chaos. I recommend peace and joy, if for no other reason than we can have them and the evil ones can’t.

Walmart closing 5 stores for plumbing problems – for 6 months!

Maybe Walmart suddenly closed five of its stores for plumbing problems. Or, maybe not. I don’t trust the Walmart company. Remember when they played Janet Napolitano’s Homeland Security announcements on their stores’ annoying television screens? No, I don’t trust them at all. I think their stores will one day be government distribution centers, or worse. Here are excerpts from local news agencies about the five stores:

Texas:

An unexpected Walmart closure in Midland has more than 400 employees out of a job. The Wal-Mart Corporation claims the store must close to repair major plumbing issues they have had for years…

According to Walmart representatives, the store had dealt with more than 100 problems in the last couple of years. Morales says the news was even more surprising to him because the location has never failed an inspection.

Texas:

Walmart is closing the Livingston store for six months starting Monday night for renovations and displacing around 400 workers in the process, according to a company official.

Southern California:

Customers arriving at a Southern California Walmart were shocked and dumbfounded to find its doors closed Tuesday with signs posted on it that read: “Closed indefinitely.” Also in disbelief were the hundreds of workers who depended on the Pico Rivera superstore for jobs…

The store on the 8500 block of Washington Boulevard closed at 2 p.m Monday to address serious plumbing problems, like persistent leaks and clogs, that resulted in over 100 incidents over the years.

A staff member told NBC4 the 500-strong workforce was laid off at the store, which they claimed is projected to be closed for six months to a year. Others claimed the move was retaliation for workers demanding better conditions and pay.

Florida:

The store closed Monday at 6 p.m. because of the ongoing plumbing issues. The employee News Channel 8 talked with said a sewage backup is the likely culprit.

The issues “require extensive repairs,” Walmart spokesman Amanda Hennenberg said in a statement. The store is located at 1208 E. Brandon Blvd.

Oklahoma:

The Tulsa Walmart that closed its doors Monday night was one of five stores across the country temporarily closing due to plumbing issues…Walmart says the Tulsa store has seen over a hundred instances of plumbing issues at the store and that’s why it needs to close for up to 6 months…

The retailer says it will have to go in with jack hammers and heavy equipment to fix the plumbing issue.

From Investment Watch:

What is going on? I just heard that numerous Wal-Mart stores from Texas to Florida are closing immediately for 6 month period due to “plumbing problems.” There was no pre-announcement and the store shelves were fully stocked. They even had to discount frozen goods 50% to get rid of the stock. They have given all employees a 2 month severance pay. Does this have anything to do with Jade Helm? I have heard that Wal-Mart has a contract with DHS to act as a command and logistics center for FEMA in case of a national emergency.

The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if the alleged plumbing problems aren’t cover for underground digging and building, like the Denver airport. Big plumbing projects move lots of dirt. As the Tulsa story states:

The retailer says it will have to go in with jack hammers and heavy equipment to fix the plumbing issue.

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Video: Gainesville man pulled over for giving cop the finger

This cop is a jerk. What police department would give an egotistical brute like that an armored military vehicle to play in? These stills are from the video: Gainesville man pulled over by this for giving cop fingerGainesville copGainesville cops

Our cops are driving military vehicles, wearing military gear, and treating citizens like dirt. Think the US is still a free country? Check out this lengthy list of US citizens killed by cops so far this year. May God help us.

Here’s the video:

What I learned from Roku’s privacy policy

This may be old news to many but since there may be some, like myself, who know information is being collected but don’t know much about how it’s being done or what’s being done with it, here’s a little of what I learned. This post contains a lot of lengthy quotes so you can spot info I didn’t cover or didn’t see. By the way, this is a Roku device:

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From Roku’s privacy policy:

We may also automatically collect information related to the use of Roku Sites – for example, we collect your computer’s operating system type and version, Internet Protocol (IP) address, access times, browser type and language, and the websites you visited before coming to a Roku Site. We also use cookies to better understand your needs. A cookie is a small text file that our Web server places on your computer hard drive that includes a unique identifier. Cookies enable Roku and others to track usage patterns and deliver customized content, marketing messages and advertising to you. We also collect information using Web beacons. Web beacons are electronic images that may be used on Roku Sites or in our emails. We use Web beacons, for example, to deliver cookies, count visits, understand usage of the Roku Sites, Roku Devices and Roku’s services, analyze the effectiveness of Roku Site features and campaigns, and tell if an email has been opened and acted upon.

It seems that “web beacon” is a nicer name for what’s called a “web bug.” According to Wikipedia:

A web bug is an object embedded in a web page or email, which unobtrusively (usually invisibly) allows checking that a user has accessed the content. Common uses are email tracking and page tagging for web analytics. Alternative names are web beacon, tracking bug, tag, or page tag. Common names for web bugs implemented through an embedded image include tracking pixel, pixel tag, 1×1 gif, and clear gif. When implemented using JavaScript, they may be called JavaScript tags

Web bugging is analogous to conventional bugging, but is not as invasive or intrusive. The term should not be confused with the more benign web spider, nor with the more malicious computer worms.

How web bugs are used on websites:

Companies or organisations, buttons or images of which are included on many sites, can thus track (part of) the browsing habits of a significant share of web users. Earlier, this included mainly ad- or counter-serving companies, but nowadays buttons of social media sites are becoming common.

How web bugs are used in email:

Through the use of unique identifiers contained in the URL of the web bugs, the sender of an email containing a web bug is able to record the exact time that a message was read, as well as the IP address of the computer used to read the mail or the proxy server that the user went through. In this way, the sender can gather detailed information about when and where each particular recipient reads email. Every subsequent time the email message is displayed can also send information back to the sender.

The Wikipedia article includes info on how to avoid web bugs.

Here is Roku’s disclosure about its devices:

We regularly and automatically collect information about your Roku Devices and your usage. The collected information about your Roku Devices includes, for example, the IP address associated with your Roku Devices, your device types and models, device identifiers, the retailer to whom your device was shipped, various quality measures, error logs, software version numbers, Wi-Fi network name (SSID – service set identifier) and strength. We also collect usage data such as your search history (including letters you key in for searches, and utterances provided in connection with your use of voice search), search results, content you select and view and content settings and preferences, channels you add and view, including time and duration in the channels, and other usage statistics. Usage information collected from Roku Devices may be associated with your Roku account or with product device identifiers (such as product serial numbers and other identifiers including those used for advertising and analytics). We associate device identifiers and usage data with your Roku accounts and other personally identifiable information for purposes described in this Policy.

Apparently, the newest Roku players have “voice search.” From CNET:

…touch the dedicated button [on the remote] and a dialog pops up to indicate that the mic is listening.

It seems Amazon Fire TV also has voice search. What are the chances that these devices cannot be remotely activated? I wonder whether the tyrannical globalist overlords ever dreamed we’d be so willing to pay for the devices they use to spy on us?

Users who use Roku’s mobile app lose even more privacy:

If you download Roku Mobile Apps to a mobile device, we also automatically log information related to your mobile device and network. We may log, for example, your device type, device identifiers, Wi-Fi networking connection data, information about connected Wi-Fi devices, the types and versions of mobile operating system you use, time-stamped logs of data exchanges associated with the Roku Mobile Apps, and usage statistics associated with the Roku Mobile Apps such as your search history (including letters you key in for searches, and utterances provided in connection with your use of voice search), search results, content you select and view, and channels you add and view. We also log whether you use Play on Roku to play content stored on your mobile device (such as music, photos, or videos) through the Roku Device connected with the Roku Mobile App. To let you play content on your mobile device through the Roku Device, the Roku Mobile App needs permissions to access content and other information stored on your mobile device.

It’s not only Roku that’s collecting data through its products:

Third parties who provide us with analytics services for the Roku Sites, Roku Devices and Roku Mobile Apps may also automatically collect some of the information described above, including, for example, IP address, access times, browser type and language, device type, device identifiers and Wi-Fi information.

There’s also this:

Other third parties, including channel providers, advertisers and ad networks, may also automatically collect information about you through the Roku Sites, Roku Devices, the Roku Mobile Apps or our services, including personally identifiable information about your online activities over time and across different websites, devices, online channels and applications when you use our services.

How do you like strangers having all that info about your kids?

There’s more:

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the activities of these third parties when they are collecting or using data for their own purpose or on behalf of others. Please consult the respective privacy policies and statements of such third parties for more information, including how Google uses data when you use its partner’s sites or apps.

Who has the time to find out who’s partnering with Google? At the same time, who trusts Google with their personal information?

The Roku privacy policy continues, addressing how third party advertisers are also collecting data:

Each Roku Device has unique identifiers, including a unique, non-permanent identifier called Roku Identifiers for Advertisers (RIDAs)…We supplement that information with information collected from Roku Sites, Roku Mobile Apps or third party data sources to further personalize the advertising you see on your Roku Devices. We use third party service providers, such as Google, to help deliver, personalize and target this advertising.

Channel providers, third party advertisers and ad networks may also use RIDAs and other information they collect about you from your Roku Devices, for their own advertising purposes…

This Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, the data collection, data usage, advertising, and other activities of channel providers, third party advertisers and ad networks.

RIDA stands for “Roku Identifiers for Advertisers.” From February of this year:

Courts Continue To Find That Unique Device Identifiers Are Not Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Under The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA)

On January 20, 2015, a district court judge in New Jersey dismissed with prejudice a VPPA action against Viacom, Inc. (“Viacom”), holding that disclosure of anonymous user information to Google, Inc. (“Google”) was not actionable because such information did not constitute “personally identifiable information” (“PII”) as defined under the VPPA…

The court found that nothing in the VPPA or its legislative history suggested that PII included anonymous user IDs, gender and age, or data about a user’s computer. Plaintiffs argued that Google, because it already had so much general information at its disposal, could use the information garnered from Viacom to ascertain personal identities.

There’s Google again. They seem to have access to all the data that’s collected on everybody.

Roku’s privacy policy lists how it uses the data it collects. Most are seemingly nice things such as providing customer support and tailoring the Roku experience to users’ preferences. Then there are these:

to enforce our terms and conditions or protect our business or users; and
to protect, investigate, and deter against fraudulent, unauthorized, or illegal activity.

Can they detect such things by collecting data on our electronic devices and operating systems, our SSIDs (the name you’ve given to your local network), and who sold you your Roku?

I love this part. It’s advising users who post comments on the Roku website:

Please be mindful of your own privacy needs as you choose what to share and make public.

The privacy policy then mentions those with whom Roku shares its users’ private information. These include third party contractors they hire to sell additional Roku “products and services” and anyone else Roku uses to provide customer support and perform analytics. In addition:

Roku may also share your information to (i) comply with laws or to respond to lawful requests and legal process, (ii) to protect the rights and property of Roku, our agents, customers, and others, including to enforce our agreements, policies, and terms of use, or (iii) in an emergency to protect the personal safety of Roku, its customers, or any person.

Could it happen that Roku data could be turned over by, say, anti-gun types who work for Roku? Could Roku’s “voice search” record the sounds of you cleaning your firearm and give that data to the Feds? That would be covered under iii above. Let’s take it a step further and consider that someone who doesn’t like you might have a friend who works for one of Roku’s third party vendors. There’s also the possibility that a pedophile in your neighborhood knows someone with the same type of access. Also, everyone should be aware of the fact that human beings look at information about people they know.

The Roku privacy notice includes a section on disabling some of the spy devices and how to request to opt out of third party tracking, which is useful even if you don’t own a Roku. It ends with a warning:

Roku uses industry-standard methods of securing its electronic databases of personal information. However, you should know that no company, including Roku, can fully eliminate security risks associated with personal information…

Information collected by Roku or on our behalf may be stored on your Roku Devices, on your mobile device if you use the Roku Mobile App, or on our servers, and may be transferred to, accessed from, or stored and processed in, the United States, EU member state countries, India, the Philippines and Costa Rica, and any other country where Roku or its service providers maintain facilities or call centers, including jurisdictions that may not have data privacy laws that provide protections equivalent to those provided in your home country.

If you have questions about Roku’s use of personal information you can contact them. However, don’t expect a quick response:

We will use commercially reasonable efforts to respond to your request in a timely manner.

“Commercially reasonable”? What the heck is that? From USlegal:

Commercially reasonable efforts is a term incapable of a precise definition and will vary depending on the context in which it is used.

It means they’ll get back to you when they get back to you, i.e., it means nothing.

Surely, Roku isn’t alone in its spying and data collection. I hope this look at their privacy policy helps us understand what we’re losing by using such products.