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Fundies and facial recognition: Why I don't like Google Glass

IIRC it was a year ago that someone who taught at a Christian school took a vacation in Europe, some pictures of her having wine made it to Facebook, and the teacher was subsequently fired. Recently, a basketball coach at an Idaho high school was canned after a picture of her fiancÚ touching her chest made it to Facebook. In both cases, the pictures were on the fired individuals' own FB pages and were brought to the attention of school officials by enraged parents.

Jump forward a few months from now. Facial recognition is a mature software technology. Webcrawling is a mature software technology. And we are about to be inundated by people wearing camera-equipped eyeglasses, glasses in which the cameras will be blended in so well you can't see them if you don't know exactly what you're looking for.

There really isn't anything preventing the talibornagains and RWNJs from welding together these three technologies to create the ultimate leash on employees. I know and you know that most of these Glasses will be used to upload streaming video to the Internet, and it'll wind up on the users' YouTube pages. Someone will create watchmyminions.com or something similar, that for a fee will search the web for photos of your workers and send you any they find. You can even create categories of evil: went into a business that sells something the employer doesn't like, partook of entertainment the employer doesn't like, went to kinds of healthcare providers the employer doesn't like.

The Question of the Day: Will Fred Phelps picket Paul Crouch's funeral?

Phelps loves picketing the funerals of preachers deemed not sufficiently godly - remember, he picketed Jerry Falwell's funeral. So...when will Phelps announce he's gonna picket Paul Crouch?

Microsoft's "Pawn Stars" commercial is the most disgusting running this season

I happened to run across this spot on Thursday.

To start out, does anyone really think "how much am I gonna be able to hock this for?" when making a buying decision?

I just had a frightening thought re. the Macy's Parade

They have actors from the musicals currently running on Broadway doing songs in front of Macy's.

Imagine what would happen if "Springtime for Hitler" was currently running.

In Idaho, children's creative writing is different than in your area

Most smaller newspapers run a "how to cook a turkey" feature, where a first-grade class gives such charming directions as "cook at one million degrees for one minute."

Today I got one of those in...sixteen first graders wrote on how to cook a turkey; half of their recipes start with "get a gun and a truck and hunt for a turkey."

Beware the Jury Duty Scam and tell all the old people you know

This has been happening in North Idaho for a couple of weeks; tell your mom so she doesn't fall for it when it comes to a town near you.

The scammer calls you, tells you they're from the sheriff's office, and informs you that you failed to report for jury duty. They then tell you a warrant for your arrest will be served unless you pay $2000. You are to buy a Green Dot card, then call back (they give an out-of-area number) with the card number.

They seem to focus on people over 80 years old, so this seems to be the new Grandpa Scam.

Spaghetti: the GOP healthcare plan

Many of the members of this fine website have wondered what the Republicans plan to replace Obamacare with if they ever manage to repeal it. Some of us say they don't have one.

That's not exactly true. They have one. It involves spaghetti.

If you go to small towns and read their weeklies, you'll find frequent references to Medical Fundraising Dinners. "Jane Doe was recently diagnosed with advanced lung cancer from a lifetime of living in a mining town. She needs $2 million to pay her medical bills, so a fundraising dinner will be held at Fourth Street Holiness Church on Thursday at 6 p.m. Spaghetti will be served."

Spaghetti is always served.

With full implementation of Pastacare, you won't ever need to cook again. We the People can just go to fundraising meals three times a day...soon there will be Pancakecare, raising money over buckwheats and coffee, and Tunacare, raising money over fish sammies at noon.

Republicans are famed for lack of forethought, and so it is with Pastacare. Three questions come to mind.

The first is, how much spaghetti does one need to sell to pay for a heart valve? Does that much exist?

Second is, what happens when people can not stand to eat another strand?

And the most important: isn't health insurance better?

Add four more stores to your Thanksgiving "bad list"

Dick's Sporting Goods opens at 8 pm Thanksgiving


and Sports Authority opens at 6 pm Thanksgiving


as does Office Depot (8 pm)


and Kohl's (8 pm)


A thread for people who think Obamacare should be perfect, right now, or it should die

I will admit, this thread is a gamble: almost all the people who think Obamacare should be eliminated because it didn't start out totally perfect - or, for that matter, who'd think it should be eliminated even if it was flawless right now - are on a different site, or not on the internets at all. But what the hell...

Walmart is the biggest private employer in the world. Five years after its founding, Walmart had 24 stores, all in the state of Arkansas, and generated less than $13 million in total annual sales. (By way of comparison, a single large Walmart of today will do that much business in a month.)

The Miami Heat are the defending NBA Champions and have won the title three times. In their first eight seasons, they made the playoffs twice, were eliminated in the first round both times, and were considered the worst team in professional basketball.

This is Honda's first car. Enough said!

The point: things take time to get right, and there are some things about Obamacare, as it stands right now, that are a quantum leap over what we had - allowing people to keep their kids on their policies through their college years comes to mind immediately. To use a metaphor, condemning Obamacare right now before it's even been fully implemented (and after three years of Republican attacks and defunding) is a bit like going to the store, picking up an onion, pointing at your spouse, and screaming at the top of your lungs, "this is terrible spaghetti sauce! What makes you think you can cook!?" Give Obamacare a little time to simmer before you decide it's unsalvageable.

They already tried that

We have an art community but the only "accepted" art forms here are plein air painting and abstract oils. I used to date an artist who did jewelry and paper art and couldn't give her work away in town. (She has good results from Etsy tho.)
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