Google now has the technology to control your thermostat

We all know Google has access to a lot of personal information. From email to social media, search engines to robotics, Google has its hand in just about every aspect of cyber life and, with its latest acquisition, Google now has the technology to come into your home.

“Let me tell you another story here. Google reach expands into your home. They just bought Nest for $3.2 billion,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “What is Nest? Oh, they are the ones that make your smart thermostats and fire alarms.”

It was announced late yesterday that Google plans to purchase Nest Labs for $3.2 billion – its second-largest acquisition ever. Nest Labs develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors.

On the surface, ‘smart’ home technology like the thermostats and smoke detectors developed by Nest don’t sound all that bad. After all, we all enjoy modern conveniences that at one point in time may have seemed incomprehensible. But when you consider how this technology can evolve, the scope of information gathering is frightening.

“So do you remember when we said that they are going to be able to turn down your thermostat; they will be able to control the temperature in your house,” Glenn asked. “[We told] you, don't put these thing this is your house because they will also gather information on what your sleeping patterns are; when are you leaving; where are you going; who's coming over? Because they will have all that information.”

“I don't think Google is necessarily going to be doing that on a daily basis,” Stu interjected.

“Not today,” Glenn agreed. “But why give them the power?”

Privacy concerns are clearly one of the major concerns surrounding this merger. The New York Times reports Nest will continue to operate independently under its own brand and expand its portfolio of connected versions of what it calls “unloved but important devices in the home.” Tony Fadell, Nest’s chief executive, will report to Larry Page, co-founder and chief executive of Google.

Fadell recently addressed the privacy concerns associated with the Google merge, explaining Google agreed to continue using Nest’s privacy policy, which states Nest only uses customer information to improve its products and services.

To Glenn’s point, Google might not be interested in the depth the information available from Nest immediately, but with time, the benefits of that data will reveal itself. Technology companies are obviously trying to one-up each other in terms of the services they offer and the information available to them, and this acquisition places Google surely in the forefront.

“Look, many of [Google’s] competitors seem to be stuck in the present,” Glenn observed. “I wrote on the top of the chalkboard [in my office], ‘Forget about today because by the time you figure out today, tomorrow is already here.’ It's all about tomorrow because of the increasing rapidity of technology, the growth of technology… You have got to be looking over the horizon.”

From Stu’s perspective, the most frightening part of the this technology boom is the opportunity it gives the government to access some or all of this data.

“All this stuff is scary, but that's the only part that really bothers me. I want them to see what's coming in the future. I don't want them to monitor me. I don't want them to turn information over to the government,” Stu explained. “That's where these things fall apart. It was the same problem Michael Moore talked about in his movie about how big companies wind up working so closely with the government, that it's not a big company anymore. It's just an arm of the government. It's crony capitalism.”

In the case of Google, however, Glenn sees the future unfolding a little differently.

“[Google] will not be an arm of the government. The government will be an arm of Google in the end. That's what you have to understand. Who in the government is going to stand against Google? They will have every bit of information, especially if we keep electing the worst of our society,” Glenn concluded. “I'm telling you, Google has the goods on everybody. Forget the NSA. Google will have the goods on everybody. You stand against the corporation; you are done… The world's changing in such a rapid and very exciting way – unless Google traps all of us, and they are the ones that could trap us all.”

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.