Our technology knows everything about us

Most of us are always excited to have the latest and greatest piece of technology, whether it be a new iPhone, or a new app that makes your life easier. It is amazing how technology is growing and expanding from what it was 20-30 years ago. Pat and Stu took some time on radio, with the help of Jeffy, to discuss some new technology that will be upon us faster than you think!

Remember having to map out your route before a trip, because there was no GPS? Or printing out those 5 pages of step by step directions from Mapquest? How many young people can figure out how to read a map to get from point A to point B anymore? Even Pat relies on GPS technology today. He said on-air this morning concerning his use of GPS technology,"if I need to get to a place that I'm not--never been to, I have to use GPS, because--but with other cities that I have lived in, I learned the city pretty darn well."

If the use of GPS technology as an example, look at how far we have come from using basic print out maps, to having satellites pinpointing you location. Stu expanded upon the subject, discussing new apps that send warnings to others driving your route. Google is one of the leading companies working on this technology where they use Android phones to see if people are slowing down their speed limit. Stu raised the key question, when you purchase that phone, "Do people who have Android phones, though, realize that type of monitoring is going on?"

It appears that technology is not going backwards anytime soon, with more and more privacy being handed over in the name of "making your life easier." See Pat, Stu and Jeffy discuss a new program coming out from Spotify, called Nestify.

Rough Transcript Below:

JEFFY: My wife just put an app on her phone for hiking, because she's the only one that exercises in the family. It is exactly where you walk, how fast you walk, gives you a map, satellite map of where you walk, everything, man. They know exactly where you are at.

STU: The app people.

JEFFY: Them.

PAT: You don't want the app people police -- they are brutal.

JEFFY: Thought TSA was bad?

PAT: Don't try the app people police.

STU: This is -- every company is going through this now. The ones that are best at it will survive, but they are also the most invasive. There's a new product coming out from Spotify, the music streaming service called Nestify, I guess it is called. I read a review of how it works. Typically, you like -- you have a program where you are listening to songs, you could click like or unlike or five stars or one star. They are getting to the point now where they store and listen to every song you have ever listened to, through Spotify. They know how long you have listened to them. Like if you get 20 seconds in and skip it, they know how you listen to them, they know how you group the songs. You think like the example the author used was he listened to Hooked On a Feeling, because of the trailer to Guardians of the Galaxy, so it was like his most listened to song. Like well, typically a music service would say okay, he loves this song, we are going to play more Blue Suede songs. Well, he doesn't like any other Blue Suede songs. I don't know if there is another Blue Suede song. I could be wrong on that. So what they were able, just by analyzing this guy's data, was to realize he likes certain songs -- it could tell when you like a song, but you don't like the artist. It could tell when you like songs from a typical genre --

PAT: Pandora doesn't do that.

STU: It can tell -- his most played songs were like some classical artist. And it was like London symphony or whatever, but the reason for that, he listens to a generic play list when he works, but you actually don't like that music. It is just mood music in the background. So it won't pick those songs, even though they are your most listened to, because it realizes, okay, this is something you do only at this time. If you go to the gym and you listen to techno music, because you want to get pumped up, they will realize this is the time of day you are normally at the gym. We will suggest techno music. It's that advanced.

PAT: Is it already out?

STU: No. This was the first demo of it.

PAT: That will revolutionize things again.

STU: All this keeps coming, the amount of data they have on you.

PAT: They know when you get to the gym.

STU: And the GPS location, to know when you are inside the gym.

JEFFY: And Netflix is laying the groundwork for that, because you watched. So you realize hey, recently watched, so you are able to look at --

STU: Is it -- one of the series they did. I think "House of Cards". So "House of Cards", it was a series in another country first, right? So the original "House of Cards", Netflix realized the people who watched the original "House of Cards" series also watched a lot of Kevin spacy movies, so they went to Kevin spacy and pitched him "House of Cards", knowing people that likes A already liked B, so they will love C.

JEFFY: A lot of people thought it was crazy.

STU: They paid him a fortune for that thing.

PAT: I think they said that number before and it was wrong, but $125 million or something, $150 million. It was a lot.

STU: Now that are on season 3?

JEFFY: Just released season 3.

PAT: But look at what they can do?

STU: This is the conflict with technology. I think -- and talk radio, we are looking at things differently than most people. We are looking at what is the ramification for the country in the future. What is the privacy concern, what is --

PAT: Most people are just thinking this is convenient. I love this. I want this. First, yes, you want -- it is music that you like and you want it to sort out the crap that you don't. You want it to understand that. And then the traffic thing, when it's telling you how fast the car is ahead of you -- so you could avoid that area. What is the alternative? If you want really good traffic, go to traffic and weather together, every nine minutes on the 4's. Coming up in just a few minutes and we will play some Carpenters for you too.

Critical race theory: Struggle sessions

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China has a rich legacy of torture. During the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Communist Party used a variety of torture techniques. These became more and more advanced over time. This included public humiliation and public executions.

One specific kind of public humiliation is what's called "The Struggle Session." It was a punishment reserved for people who committed wrong-think. The point was to publicly degrade the person until they swore allegiance to the Communist Party. Their focus is on the elimination of the power base and/or class position of enemy classes or groups. It was also a warning to everyone watching: If you don't bend your knee to communism, you will be destroyed.

If you don't bend your knee to communism, you will be destroyed.

It was a way to punish anyone who so much as disagreed with Communist Party dogma.

These struggle sessions often took place in busy areas.

They also took place at universities, like the struggle session for the professor You Xiaoli, as recounted by Anne Thurston, in Enemies of the People:

You Xiaoli was standing, precariously balanced, on a stool. Her body was bent over from the waist into a right angle, and her arms, elbows stiff and straight, were behind her back, one hand grasping the other at the wrist. It was the position known as "doing the airplane." Around her neck was a heavy chain, and attached to the chain was a blackboard, a real blackboard, one that had been removed from a classroom at the university where You Xiaoli, for more than ten years, had served as a full professor. On both sides of the blackboard were chalked her name and the myriad crimes she was alleged to have committed...

The scene was taking place at the university, too, in a sports field at one of China's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. In the audience were You Xiaoli's students and colleagues and former friends. Workers from local factories and peasants from nearby communes had been bussed in for the spectacle. From the audience came repeated, rhythmic chants ... "down with You Xiaoli! Down with You Xiaoli!"

"I had many feelings at that struggle session," recalls You Xiaoli. "I thought there were some bad people in the audience. But I also thought there were many ignorant people, people who did not understand what was happening, so I pitied that kind of person. They brought workers and peasants into the meetings, and they could not understand what was happening. But I was also angry."

Struggle sessions have been revived, and exported to America. They come in many forms.

Forced apologies.

Beatings in public—like the mob attack on Rand Paul.

Or the 12-year-old boy who was sucker-punched.

Or the 12-year-old boy who was stabbed for being white.

Anti-racism seminars, like the one in Seattle.

Or the one involving Sandia Labs executives seminar.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

The long-awaited New York Attorney General's report on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo is out — and it is bad for Cuomo. The Democratic AG concluded that the Governor did sexually harass multiple women during his time in office.

On Tuesday's radio program, Glenn Beck questioned is the AG's report would be enough for Democrats to condemn him and call for his resignation? This is what the #MeToo movement was started for, Glenn noted, if Gov. Cuomo doesn't resign quickly, that says a whole lot about today's Democratic Party. Watch the clip to hear more of the conversation. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

Watch the clip to hear Glenn tell the full story. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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