In the End, Alexa Is Listening to Your Conversations

The University of North Carolina recently held a conference entitled Conflict over Gaza. The university was awarded a $235,000 grant for this conference and 38 of the largest departments and schools at the university sponsored the event.

A filmmaker by the name of Ami Horowitz got into the conference with a hidden camera and microphone. What he saw was nothing short of stunning.

“This was a major conference, with hundreds of students, professors, and administrators, who spent a weekend bashing Israel and whitewashing the terrorist organization Hamas. If it only stopped there.”

His first question also recently pushed by Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar: “Does Jewish money control U.S. government policy?” “Oh absolutely!” said one attendee. “You guys,” she begins before catching herself. “Not you guys — Jewish lobbyists are very rich.”

“This is historically known,” says one male attendee, another adding, “By everyone.” . “They’re influencing our politics,” said yet another attendee. “You know, and their money rules the world,” said another. Nauseating.

Counter this with Israel trying to land on the moon today. We watched it, spellbound. In the end they had a failure of the spacecraft and could not land successfully. They are the fourth country to try this and we have no doubt they will try again.

We continuously wonder what the Arab world has contributed to mankind. Not much. And yet, all over the world, people continue to despise the Jew and feel ‘badly’ for the poor arabs. Spare us.

Blanche, did Julian Assange, the founder and CEO of Wikileaks, think he would be able to stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London forever? He’s been holed up there for seven years and from the looks of things after his arrest today, he didn’t age well, to put it mildly.

We will refresh your memory as to why Assange had to seek refuge in that embassy: He was accused of rape and sexual assault by two women in Sweden in 2010. He denied the accusations and sought political asylum (in the embassy) to avoid extradition to Sweden in 2012.

But that’s only part of the story. His real fear was being extradited from Sweden to the U.S. because of the WikiLeaks’ release of classified U.S. documents. Keep reading.

WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of U.S. military documents and videos from the Afghan and Iraq wars, including the so-called Collateral Murder footage and “Iraq War logs.”

They also released a trove of more than 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables in 2010. Former U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking the documents. We’re not done yet. FYI Chelsea Manning was born Bradley Manning. Get the drift? But we digress.

Wikileaks, aka Assange, leaked two sets of emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. The first was from the Democratic National Committee, and second from a very close Hillary Clinton aide, John Podesta.

The emails proved to be one of the many death blows to Hillary because some voters believed they showed that the DNC had conspired against Bernie Sanders to install Clinton as candidate, which in fact was the case.

And one more thing. Wikileaks is not related to Wikipedia.

Not that we told you so, but we told you so. Amazon is listening to your Alexa device, which, in English means they are listening to your conversations. And why, you may be asking, are they listening to your conversations?

The thousands of people across the globe employed by Amazon are listening to be able to transcribe and annotate them and feed them back to the software so that Alexa can better grasp human speech. Really?

The employees – ranging from Boston to India – signed nondisclosure agreements barring them to speak publicly about the program. According to Bloomberg, they work nine hours per day, with each reviewer going through as many as 1,000 audio clips per shift. Let’s bet some of those employees are having a good laugh at your expense.

While some of the recordings are more in the realm of the mundane, such as singing in the shower, others can be more serious.

Many people who own these devices say the same thing: Let them listen, I have nothing to hide. Until you say that you are going out of town and someone empties your house.

Montreal’s mayor, Valerie Plante, is at it again. In 2015, Mayor Denis Coderre spent $1.2 million to ‘fix’ a street by adding a bicycle path. Unfortunately, the street was too narrow for a road, a sidewalk and a bicycle path, but no one noticed that before they started. So some pea-brained bureaucrat decided that the sidewalk should be narrowed. Unfortunately, no one ever checked to make sure that oh, say a stroller would fit on said sidewalk, which it didn’t.

Well ladies and gentlemen, your tax dollars are at work again. Now it’s Plante’s turn to fix the street. Her solution: making the sidewalk wider, keeping the bike path and…eliminating no less than 50 parking spots. You live on that street and have the gall to own a car? A plague on you and your car.

Theresa May and Great Britain were supposed to leave the EU tomorrow, April 12. That’s not happening, as since the referendum to leave held in June 2016, GB has not been able to find a way to do so.

Their new deadline is, ready for this Blanche, October 31 which, in case you don’t know, is halloween. Could be worse, they could have said April 1 which is of course April fools.

The midwest, ie. South Dakota and Minnesota are receiving almost two feet of snow today. As we saw on Facebook recently: Someone was trying to ‘download’ spring and the computer spit back “that function is not allowed in your area”. The never-ending winter continues.

Good Shabbos We’ll talk…

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