Korn is a band that I haven’t listened to in quite a few years now, but is a band that I really dug when they first came out. Their self-titled debut was the soundtrack to many good times cruising around town in my pick-up truck during my senior year in high school. I stopped paying attention to them around their sixth album, which was released over a decade ago.
They just released a new video for the song “Spike in My Veins,” off of last years eleventh studio album The Paradigm Shift. In the video the band performs in front of a large wall of televisions as recent ‘celebrities’ in the ‘news’ like Toronto mayor Rob Ford, Miley Cyrus, and Justin Bieber flash across the screens.
But within each clip, there appears to be a glitch, as shots of President Obama on celebrity talk shows are intermingled with his political comments on NSA spying.
Korn singer Jonathan Davis recently told Rolling Stone, “We are all so caught up in watching crazy media on the internet and TV that we are manipulated into ignoring that our privacy has all but disappeared.”
Maybe, just maybe the pop culture tide is starting to shift, if ever so slightly to the side of the liberty minded.
While most of the nation is caught up in the post Super Bowl period and the various controversies about the different advertisements that were shown during the game, the Federal Government today announced plans to go forward with a plan that would require all vehicles to be equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems.
This past August the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) completed a year-long study in Ann Arbor that cost taxpayers 25 million dollars to see if connected cars would make driving safer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to release the findings “shortly.”
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx claims that this technology could potentially save “…thousands of lives and even prevent accidents in the first place.” He hopes to submit the regulation by the time Obama leaves office in January 2017.
From The Detroit News:
The technology — which involves vehicles repeatedly sending wireless signals to each other — can help alert cars if a oncoming car is about to drive through a stop sign. It can detect threats from hundreds of yards away and tell drivers if they can pass safely or make a left turn.
“DOT believes that the signal this announcement sends to the market will significantly enhance development of this technology and pave the way for market penetration of (vehicle-to-vehicle) applications,” the department said.
Acting NHTSA chief David Friedman said the technology is a “game changer” and “nothing short of revolutionary.”
“Decades from now, it’s likely we’ll look back at this time period as one in which the historical arc of transportation safety considerably changed for the better,” Friedman said.
Foxx said the technology will not compromise driver privacy and won’t record the location of drivers. Some privacy advocates and conservative websites have raised concerns.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade group representing Detroit’s Big Three automakers, said much work needs to be done. Spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist said devices to connect vehicles “may play a larger role in future road safety, but many pieces of a large puzzle still need to fit together. We need to address security and privacy, along with consumer acceptance, affordability, achieving the critical mass to enable the ‘network effect’ and establishment of the necessary legal and regulatory framework.” Read More…
Just exactly what we need, more government in our lives… said no founding father, ever.
The State’s never-ending battle to invade our privacy never ends. The latest attempt to violate the right to privacy comes from the California (where else?). Next week a City Council Committee in San Jose is going to discuss a proposal introduced last Thursday by Councilman Sam Liccardo, that would ask for homeowners to give access to their home security access to the Police for, you know, “the greater good.”
From The San Jose Mercury News:
Privacy groups say the latest proposal is part of a broader trend toward a world where authorities have more surveillance access to places that once were considered private.
“To me the really interesting and troublesome part of it is the way we are starting to privatize government surveillance — to enlist private citizens in a way that is kind of unprecedented and could be potentially really dangerous,” said Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit. “Once you give the police unfettered access 24/7, you’re relying on them to exercise their restraint.”
Retired judge LaDoris Cordell, the city’s independent police auditor, said the proposal is the next logical extension of technological advances that have helped provide cops with more video of crimes. It’s common now for onlookers to take cellphone videos of officers, and the San Jose Police Department is working on a new program to equip officers with body-worn cameras.
“You tend to behave when the cameras are on you,” Cordell said. She doesn’t see the idea so much as an “intrusion on privacy” but as a way for residents to “know what’s going on in their neighborhood.” Read More…
I’m reminded of this great Benjamin Franklin quote, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.“
Rather then taking this for what it is, an act of nature. I’m sure some conspiracy minded types are probably scouring the book of Revelations & the predictions of Nostradamus to find a way to spin this as ‘the end is near.’
Via the Daily Mail:
Two white doves released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture today were attacked by other birds.
As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace.
One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off. Read More…
Authorities in Kingwood, TX are looking for a wizard, or would that be an enchantress? (That is what you would call a female wizard right?) The unidentified hooded woman robbed the Woodforest National Bank inside the Kingwood Walmart on Tueday, Jan 21st.
Authorities believe the woman is the same person who robbed the exact same bank on Janurary 6th.
According to KPRC in Houston:
During Tuesday’s robbery, the FBI says the robber approached the teller and said, “I’m back!”
A teller recognized the suspect from both robberies.
The FBI says nobody was hurt in either holdup. The woman wore different hooded jackets and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash during both crimes.
The suspect is described as as a white woman, 40 – 45 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130 pounds with dirty blonde hair.
How exactly does somebody walk inside a bank that happens to be inside of a Walmart, inside the the State of Texas, rob the place & get away only to do it again a few weeks later?
Who handles security at that Walmart? Is it this guy?
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