A software engineer in my Facebook community wrote recently about his outrage that when he visited Disneyland, and went on a ride, the theme park offered him the photo of himself and his girlfriend to buy – with his credit card information already linked to it. He noted that he had never entered his name or information into anything at the theme park, or indicated that he wanted a photo, or alerted the humans at the ride to who he and his girlfriend were – so, he said, based on his professional experience, the system had to be using facial recognition technology. He had never signed an agreement allowing them to do so, and he declared that this use was illegal. He also claimed that Disney had recently shared data from facial-recognition technology with the United States military.
Yes, I know: it sounds like a paranoid rant.
Except that it turned out to be true. News21, supported by the Carnegie and Knight foundations, reports that Disney sites are indeed controlled by face-recognition technology, that the military is interested in the technology, and that the face-recognition contractor, Identix, has contracts with the US government – for technology that identifies individuals in a crowd.
O, Romney-O, Romney-O, Wherefore art thou, Mitt Romney? You flip-flop here, you flip-flop there, You flip-flop almost ev’rywhere. You ballyhoo what you’re gonna do And then you pull a switcheroo; You now malign what you found fine; Seems like you’ve got a jellyfish spine. Obamacare, by you begun, Now you’d trash it on day one. Gun control you did extol, But now you’re preaching decontrol.
O, Romney-O, Romney-O, Wherefore art thou, Mitt Romney? We’ve got no clue what you will do Or what new view you’ll pander to. Time was you championed women’s choice, But you no longer heed their voice; On gay rights, too, guess you withdrew Support they once enjoyed from you. Global warming, EPA, Immigration, minimum pay, Roe V. Wade, also fair trade, All joined your flip-flop cavalcade.
O, Romney-O, Romney-O Wherefore art thou, Mitt Romney? So many things that you were for You’ve turned against and slammed the door. Stimulus and cap and trade, Education, foreign aid, Campaign reform, tarp rescues, too, All victims of your switcheroo. You take your stand on shifting sand, We never know where you will land; You vacillate, you fabricate, A wishy-washy candidate.
O, Romney-O, Romney-O, Wherefore art thou Mitt Romney? As gov’nor you let taxes rise, Now ev’ry tax you demonize. You say regardless of the facts You’d take an axe to the millionaire’s tax; You’d feed the greed of the richest few The poor and middle class you’d screw. Your tax returns you hide from view What evil lurks there we’ve no clue; If they’re not bad why hesitate? Is it that they incriminate?
O, Romney-O, Romney-O, Wherefore art thou Mitt Romney? At Bain you plundered with a flair And walked away a zillionaire. You shipped off-shore, good jobs galore To China, India, Singapore; A job creator you are not. And to boast you are is tommyrot. As a total fraud, Mitt’s got no peer; What we must do is crystal clear: Let’s give Obama four more years! Yes, it’s Obama – four more years! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!