1984 Monday

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SINCE HIS INAUGURATION, President Donald Trump has found little funding for his “big, beautiful wall.” In the meantime, however, another acquisition promised to deter unauthorized immigrants is coming to the border: iris recognition devices. Thirty-one sheriffs, representing every county along the U.S.-Mexico border, voted unanimously on April 3 to adopt tools that will capture, catalogue, and compare individuals’ iris data, for use both in jails and out on patrol. Biometric Intelligence and Identification Technologies, the company behind the push, has offered the sheriffs a free three-year trial, citing law enforcement’s difficulties in identifying unauthorized immigrants whose fingerprints can be disfigured through manual labor or self-inflicted wounds.

Iris recognition is just the latest surveillance technology helping fortify what the White House hopes will make up a “digital wall,” a concept that many border sheriffs view as less intrusive than Trump’s envisioned 30-foot barricade stretching from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California. For law enforcement, the tool promises to help identify people without reliable fingerprints and to deter repeat border crossers. And for Biometric Intelligence and Identification Technologies, which frequently goes by BI2, rapid border expansion means its existing national iris database will receive a huge influx of biometric information on unauthorized immigrants, boosting its product’s capabilities to potential law enforcement clients across the country.

@ TI

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20 Responses to 1984 Monday

  1. Den says:

    Eye on intrusion. Lest we forget there are devices out there that will tell when we are lying by eye reactions opening up a whole new world of invasive procedures for job applicants and others. Is it an invasion of privacy or admission of guilt eliminating the need for a trial? 1984 has arrived, what is next, Soylent Green?

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Just 81 °F out with a 6 mph breeze and some clouds. Pleasant.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Out to the optometrist’s office which was open for my errand and then back to the Birch & Barley requiring 60 minutes again. A quail call and then a butterfly. River seems way down.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      While resting at the Pullman Community Garden on the way home I saw a medium sized, flashy colored bird hover for a second and then dive behind a tree. Later saw a quail which ducked into the tall grass. Daily total is 123 minutes.

      Day 2: 50+123=173 minutes, well over the minimum recommendation for a week.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    What is Austin, Minnesota, known for?

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  5. Micki says:

    This now defunct wacky “festival” in AUSTIN TX greatly annoyed AUSTIN MN…

    Spamarama was a long-time annual festival and competitive cookoff held in Austin, Texas from 1976 to 2007 in recognition of Spam.

    The Pandemonious Potted Pork Festival, SPAMARAMA was held on a weekend close to April Fool’s Day.

    Cooking entries included various flavors of SPAM ice cream, Moo Goo Gai SPAM, GuacaSPAMole, chicken-fried SPAM, SPAMguini, and SPAMalama Ding Dong, a concoction made with the pink colored meat, whipped cream, and chocolate.

    Other events included the SPAM carving display involving themes based on current events, body parts, or animals such as the SPAMagator, the SPAM calling contest, the SPAM toss, the SPAM facial, and the Tug of War across a pit filled with SPAM jelly.

    ….courtesy of Wikipedia

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  6. Den says:

    @ The SPAM factory:

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  7. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Watching your Spam video, now I want some Spam! I grew up with that stuff, it has a special place in my heart.

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