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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 59,254

About Me

Retired Mental Health/Sub. Abuse therapist, happily moldering in "Maycomb", 2 notches from the buckle of the Bible Belt. One cat away from crazy.

Journal Archives

IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology

This is HUGH!!!!!

BM’s CEO says we should reevaluate selling the technology to law enforcement

IBM will no longer offer general purpose facial recognition or analysis software, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said in a letter to Congress today. The company will also no longer develop or research the technology, IBM tells The Verge. Krishna addressed the letter to Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

“IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any [facial recognition] technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency,” Krishna said in the letter. “We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies.”

The entire Buffalo Police Emergency Response Team has resigned from their special unit positions!!!

Just now on twitter........ .


Hotline # for military who have been given illegal orders by the Pres./Gov.

Pls. share.


The woman journalist who was blinded by a police rubber bullet has a GoGundMe account now.

The mother of two was left with a life changing injury when a rubber bullet struck her in the eye. She had to be helped to the hospital by strangers in the crowd, as her eye filled completely with blood.
After going through surgery, doctors informed her that she would be permanently blind in one eye.
Doctors project that it will take up to 6 months or more for the wounds and scarring on her face to heal.


Since this was done in trump's name, I am donating from the stimulus check he so generously gave me.
I'll make sure he knows it too.

This just in from White House.......


A magnificent response to KellyAnn


What is one of your kitchen/house tools from long ago that you still treasure today?

50 years ago I bought a stainless steel mixing bowl set for $8.00.

Somehow over the years, and you won't believe how many moves, I kept them.

Just made an apple pie, and a lunch salad using them, and each time I grab for one, I appreciate how long they have lasted, and how cheap they were even back then.

# 2 item has to be my ancient huge waffle iron, handed down from my Mom, along with recipe she used.

What's yours?

Looks as if Twitler committed voting fraud...how ironic.

There's a WaPo article about trump getting into a argument with Palm Beach mayor and town council
over about his wanting to build a dock at Mar-a-Lago.
Turns out, if Mar-a-lego is his residence, it can't be a club, and if it is a club, it can't legally be a residence, per previous written agreement.
And if it is not his residence, he voted by mail illegally in Fla. election recently.

Attorneys and historical preservationists in South Florida immediately began digging into town records, unearthing an agreement that Trump made in 1993 to convert Mar-a-Lago from a single-family residence to a private club owned by a corporation Trump controls. The agreement includes a provision that bans members from using the club’s guest rooms for longer than seven days at a time three times a year. Trump’s attorney at the time, Paul Rampell, assured council members that he would not live at the club.

“One prevalent issue remains lingering, whether President Trump still considers Mar-a-Lago Club his residence,” Stambaugh said Tuesday. “He still can’t have it both ways. It’s either a club or a residence — not both. Florida’s voting laws apply to citizen Trump. If he resides there, he will have to close the club.”


another gift for your "Moran" collections


Enter your state and see how it is doing re: the virus in real time

For example, Alabama growth rate:

On average, each person in Alabama with COVID is infecting 1.12 other people. Because this number is only slightly above 1.0, it means that COVID is growing, but slowly.

Positive test rate=5.5%
Indicates testing is not widespread

ICU headroom used=
Alabama has 1,553 ICU Beds. Normally, 465 are unoccupied. We estimate there are currently 121 COVID cases in the ICU, or 26% of typically free beds. This suggests there is likely enough capacity to absorb a wave of new COVID infections.[/div


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