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How to recognize when you are being manipulated

How to recognize when you are being manipulated

How to recognize when you are being manipulated – as illustrated with this week’s “scare du jour”, where something almost everyone has never heard of, is instantly the talk of the land, complete with a government rulemaking already in progress. And all those talking in favor have synchronized talking points. Hmmmm….

Privacy: Test versions of iRobot’s Roomba vacuums leaked photos and video from inside homes

Privacy: Test versions of iRobot’s Roomba vacuums leaked photos and video from inside homes

iRobot—the world’s largest vendor of robotic vacuums, which Amazon recently acquired for $1.7 billion in a pending deal—confirmed that these images were captured by its Roombas in 2020. All of them came from “special development robots with hardware and software modifications that are not and never were present on iRobot consumer products for purchase,” the company said in a statement. They were given to “paid collectors and employees” who signed written agreements acknowledging that they were sending data streams, including…

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Media: News cannot get the simplest of facts correct

Media: News cannot get the simplest of facts correct

Local TV News KTVZ, Bend, Oregon published a report that 10 seconds of fact checking would have been detected as an erroneous news report. While about 80% of flights were canceled due to a heavy snowstorm, they ran a report saying the snowplows worked great and “no commercial flights were impacted”. WHAT?

Fake news: “How a digital nomad mom of 2 used ‘geo-arbitrage’ to save thousands on food and childcare while working from multiple countries”

Fake news: “How a digital nomad mom of 2 used ‘geo-arbitrage’ to save thousands on food and childcare while working from multiple countries”

Just an ordinary Mom of 2 traveling the world, working remotely, and saving tons of money by earning a U.S. income while living in much lower cost of living countries … the meme expressed here is bogus.

She was born in Albania, speaks multiple languages, attended universities in the U.S. and elsewhere, and did various work-related internship programs in Albania and Switzerland, was founder and CEO of he own business, almost certainly has EU citizenship and US residency, enabling her family to stay past the 90-day visa limits.


Just an ordinary Mom of 2.