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You're probably right, but at the end of the day, so what? All this tracking of our lives is for one purpose: sales and marketing. They're just trying to pinpoint the ads the relate to your life, and of stuff you may be considering to buy

No, that's what they tell us to make us feel good. The whole China social tracking thing is coming. It's already here and has been for a lot of people. Anyone who had/has a US government security clearance (many hundreds of thousands of people) already authorized them to dig into all your social media accounts and track everything (even your DMs). I don't know for a fact but, it's pretty reasonable to expect that everything Google knows, the US government knows.

That used to take manpower to do the digging. Again, we are seeing AI stuff digging up details of things around the web and figure out seemingly amazing things. Compiling a list of everything you ever posted, your political and social leanings, etc, would be pure child's play for that same AI.

I've posted it before and here again for any who missed it: if you see a Google or Facebook log-in option on a website, they already know who you are. Even if you don't use Facebook, it has assigned an ID to you and is still tracking you around the web. Amazon does the same. Google and Facebook can cross check that and combine the results very easily. Even if they're not displayed, the cookies are there. Websites sign up for free services like Google analytics to watch site traffic. Why free? Because that's now one more place Google (or the others) can track you.

And it makes complete sense that the government(s) would pay those services for your background information if they needed to know it for any purpose. Watch what you say and do online, even under a pseudonym.
 
You guys avoiding FB: Why?
Because it's like this video. I've had an example of every one of these characters contact me. I swear there are mentally ill people cruising FB Marketplace just to strike up conversations like this. Large commercial items get it less than consumer items, but it still gets annoying. Worst experience I had was with a tire changer, that made no sense.
 
No, that's what they tell us to make us feel good. The whole China social tracking thing is coming. It's already here and has been for a lot of people. Anyone who had/has a US government security clearance (many hundreds of thousands of people) already authorized them to dig into all your social media accounts and track everything (even your DMs). I don't know for a fact but, it's pretty reasonable to expect that everything Google knows, the US government knows.

That used to take manpower to do the digging. Again, we are seeing AI stuff digging up details of things around the web and figure out seemingly amazing things. Compiling a list of everything you ever posted, your political and social leanings, etc, would be pure child's play for that same AI.

I've posted it before and here again for any who missed it: if you see a Google or Facebook log-in option on a website, they already know who you are. Even if you don't use Facebook, it has assigned an ID to you and is still tracking you around the web. Amazon does the same. Google and Facebook can cross check that and combine the results very easily. Even if they're not displayed, the cookies are there. Websites sign up for free services like Google analytics to watch site traffic. Why free? Because that's now one more place Google (or the others) can track you.

And it makes complete sense that the government(s) would pay those services for your background information if they needed to know it for any purpose. Watch what you say and do online, even under a pseudonym.
It's just a sad part of current life that most people won't really "get it" until it's far too late. The mentality shared in this thread further proves the point. People are lead to believe it is "just about ads", but it is FAR more than that! It's nothing I care to discuss here because I'm talking to deaf ears. Your insurance company tracks you, your government tracks you, your car tracks you.

I remember when the head of the CIA gave a statement that "we don't track people's phones", BUT, a little something slipped out during Covid! Your movements were 100% tracked. Just remember that your freedom won't just be taken all away some day, it will be very slowly eroded hair by hair so you don't notice. The digital age has made it super easy for all parties involved because people "don't care" right now......because they don't understand it.
Reality - I have a close 'someone' to me that makes regular visits to the pentagon. Their simple words resonate with me....."I am very scared of what is happening"
 
Reality - I have a close 'someone' to me that makes regular visits to the pentagon. Their simple words resonate with me....."I am very scared of what is happening"
It's amazing how quickly this site's discussions are picked up by the search engines. Somebody will post a question, I'll highlight some machine model number and look it up on DuckDuckGo and the same discussion will often be the first or second search result.

For anyone who says, "I'm self-employed and won't ever need to get a security clearance" yes, until you want to capture that new RFQ for some contractor and they require you to have a secure room to store the parts, assembly of whatever and details about the construction. Oh, they'll pay you for all of this but, you need to jump through the flaming hoops to get it.

Now they're doing a background check on you (and your employees). Everything ever posted on the web (maybe even ironically or to stir the pot) will be called into question during an interview. Every stupid thing you did as a teen. Every dumb comment you made on a YouTube video. Every fantasy scheme you posted on a gaming group. These things might come up as interview questions or you might never know what they found or why you were declined.

It's a very small step from this only being people with authorized background checks to being everyone.
 
Thanks to the 2nd Amendment, it's going to be difficult---if not impossible, for the government (or those controlling it) to take absolute control of our lives.

And let's be real here, if our government gets to the point of using the military and weaponry against it's own citizens, our country would be finished anyway. Only those with guns, ammo, and other vital resources would have a chance in that scenario.

I've got real life to worry about and deal with, no time for the far-fetched.

So "they" track what where I go, what I say, and what I buy on the internet. It's only providing me with more effective advertising, (and I'm going to get hit with that regardless, so it may as well be relevant).

"They" have been tracking every major financial transaction in your entire life---the credit rating system, yet people don't seem to get up-in-arms over that...

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There is/was a marketplace scam where buyers would ask for your phone number. Then they text you with code number and ask you to text that number back to prove you are not a bot. By texting that number back you give them, permission to get into your goggle account and hack lots of stuff. Not just facebook but everything on your phone or linked to your phone
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Thanks to the 2nd Amendment, it's going to be difficult---if not impossible, for the government (or those controlling it) to take absolute control of our lives.

And let's be real here, if our government gets to the point of using the military and weaponry against it's own citizens, our country would be finished anyway. Only those with guns, ammo, and other vital resources would have a chance in that scenario.

I've got real life to worry about and deal with, no time for the far-fetched.
Annnd this just got posted...

 
Annnd this just got posted...

I could type a novel about it, but the facts remain that there is a HUGE intelligence gap between Big Tech and the general population. The population can barely understand how to load an app, which is precisely what Big Tech wants. All those FORCED phone updates you get are all part of the evil plan. That has been proven by IT specialists.

But for the feeble minded, I try use analogies that are easier to understand. You are handing out free entry door keys to your home and car to people you don't know and don't like you, to use any time desired, and include raiding the fridge at midnight. What is that? You lock your door at night? No you DO NOT.

My only hope is that by venting about it, 'some' people might start to inquire and learn.

Let me share one thing rather disturbing. A good friend is in the video surveillance biz. One of their OEMs discovered embedded software and hardware in some of the most 'vetted' vid systems out there! Those cams were inside the highest government buildings! They were sending out vid packages back to China! So if you ask me if I have a "Ring"? F no I don't! I am not saying this was Ring but even your damn 'smart' thermostat has been activated. Why does a thermostat need a microphone......:nutter: The population is enticed by the "oh-shiny" stuff and are fed the BS that it improves your life.
 








 
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