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Favoriting September 9, 2019: Arthur Holland Michel, author, "Eyes in the Sky"

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This week: Arthur Holland Michel, author, "Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All."



Pointers:

Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All (book)

@WriteArthur (Twitter)

Center for the Study of the Drone, Bard College, where Arthur is co-director.

Recent news:

50 U.S. states and territories announce broad antitrust investigation of Google (Washington Post, today): Only California and Alabama have not signed onto the probe.

Siva Vaidhyanathan on Twitter yesterday on Joi Ito's resignation from the Media Lab, and Larry Lessig's defense of Ito. Siva was on the show in June 2018.

Hong Kong’s Leader, Carrie Lam, to Withdraw Extradition Bill That Ignited Protests (NYT, Sep 4)

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Listener comments!

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ultradamno:

Hello Mark! The Techs-Rayed From Above!

Eyes In The Sky panel on C-Span: www.cato.org...
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Webhamster Henry:

Hello Mark & Friends! Here's another fun tale of "are they using my personal info to sell me something or what?"
www.buzzfeednews.com...
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queems:

howdy mark & folks
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annie:

present!!
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chresti:

Here! Lay it on us Mark!
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Bas NL:

Mark! Techtonicpeeps!
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Fredericks:

Ola, Techtones.
  6:03pm
John from Florham park:

Hello all technoids
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herb.nyc:

"a shit to the digital future"? sorry.
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queems:

how has it been 3 freakin years since this show started
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chresti:

Owls watch us, too
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Fredericks:

Pronounced with Spanish accent.
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ultradamno:

How tainted gold may have ended up in your iphone (The Weekly preview) www.nytimes.com...
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Webhamster Henry:

Show 100, a/k/a 0x64
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Fredericks:

It's nuts, Queems.
  6:04pm
John from Florham park:

@Queems time flies with a show like this
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annie:

seems like just a few months, but it's nice to know it's been so long!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:05pm
ultradamno:

@chresti I've heard they are not what they seem. I think it was a log that told me.
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chresti:

grim is in
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queems:

oh good i can't wait for a brand new reason for anxiety
  6:06pm
John from Florham park:

@Annie this is one of these programs that I go out of my way to listen too
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:06pm
chresti:

logs watch us too @ultra
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Fredericks:

Now we have to make our rooves look nice for the neighbors?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
queems:

"what is your problem alabama" should be their state motto
  6:07pm
John from Florham park:

Wonder how long they keep the chat logs for this station?
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annie:

Valerie plame is running for congress?!!
  6:08pm
John from Florham park:

@Queems Alabama is not known for their smarts
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:08pm
chresti:

No surprising- california is tech's oyster
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:12pm
chresti:

*not
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ultradamno:

I assume moral compasses are off the table, do you have a second choice?
  6:12pm
The Butterman:

I like good tech news.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm
Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

i usually throw up other things in despair :)
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Stashu:

Thank you, Mark!!!!!!
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Fredericks:

Wasn't Gorgon a Marvel super-villian?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:16pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Dr. Mark and all. Ready for my weekly Techtoscopy.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:17pm
ultradamno:

I thought they (gorgons) were a couple of girls with hair issues.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:18pm
ultradamno:

One of their cousins, I think www.californiaherps.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm
Mark Hurst:

Hi DJ Stashu! Hi Ken from HP! Ultra! Granny! Chresti! Bas! Queems! Webham! Annie! Chresti! JfFP! Fredericks! herb!
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Fredericks:

This is like Bentham's Panopticon.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:19pm
queems:

wow yeah i hate this just as much as i expected
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm
Mark Hurst:

@queems sorry I think my wording was kinda weird. We're starting year 3 but just finished 2 years. (show started in Sep 2017)
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:20pm
ultradamno:

There is a Marvel character (an Inhuman), whose issues are more shoe related en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:20pm
queems:

@mark that's still a goshdarn long time
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northguineahills:

The Gorgons were Medusa and her sisters. Medusa was the most beautiful woman in the world. and Zeus took notice, so, Hera cursed all of them.

So, in order to combat a Gorgon, you need a Theseus.
  6:21pm
John from Florham park:

@Queems more I listen too this show the more paranoid I get and I am not one of those Alex Jones type people
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Fredericks:

[img]proxy.duckduckgo.com...
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Mark Hurst:

@queems true, 100 shows, whoa. But in another way it's sorta flown by.
  6:22pm
tak:

gene hackerman
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Webhamster Henry:

My kind of uneasy opinion (express on my Techtonic interview) is if there's big eye in the sky, everyone should have access to it.
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ultradamno:

Was Enemy of the State really a blockbuster? NSA didn't like it www.businessinsider.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm
Mark Hurst:

@John I know how that feels - though I'm trying to latch onto good news (hence the news segment this evening) to remind myself that *good* change is also possible.
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chris:

hi, Mark and everyone. here listening and growing increasingly anxious... also, re that iran missle blowing up and a tweet by the orange one... watch this later... www.youtube.com...
  6:23pm
Sam:

Nice going Will Smith
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queems:

@mark the first time i heard this show i was in a stop and shop parking lot and i was like oh no, not a TECHNOLOGY SHOW. but then the guest said that he was telling his kid not to call the alexa "she" because it's not alive and i was like ok go on, i'm listening
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Bas NL:

Hollywood has too many cameras..
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:25pm
Webhamster Henry:

Gorgon is an inaccurate name though; "gorgon stares" turn people to stone; However, Argus had 100 eyes and was turned into a peacock by Hera. The NSA grabbed the name Argus, I think.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:25pm
Mark Hurst:

@queems ahh yes, the very first episode, featuring Meetup founder Scott Heiferman - "Alexa doesn't love you."
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queems:

oh, so that was the actual first episode!! wow, time flies
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chresti:

Should I start wearing a steel bowl hat? Or is a cone better?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm
Mark Hurst:

@chresti probably the broadest-brim hat you can get. Like wear a hoop skirt on your head and the camera will have trouble getting an ID on you from any angle :)
  6:28pm
Sam:

Don’t we have a constitutional right to privacy?
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Mark Hurst:

@chris will take a look, thanks
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:28pm
Webhamster Henry:

Hi folks, repeat after me:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

The 4th amendment basically states "no fishing expeditions."
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annie:

my walk is so distinctive, i may have to use a sombrero
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:29pm
chresti:

Haha Mark! You would think@Sam
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Mark Hurst:

@Webham thanks for the clarification - @Sam, there's your (summary) answer
  6:29pm
Sam:

Yes Annie but then you’ll be the only one with a sombrero so they’ll know it’s you!
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Mark Hurst:

@annie, maybe study Monty Python's ministry of silly walks
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Yeah see - couple it with mobile drones & killer robot police / soldiers...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm
Mark Hurst:

what if the Urban Sombrero became popular and everyone started wearing them? just an idea
  6:30pm
John from Florham park:

@mark was waiting for someone to mention that
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tak:

a hat with a huge mirror facing upwards
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Ken From Hyde Park:

Aerial camera that discovered something interesting: www.hightimes.com...
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annie:

i prefer the sillywalk... time to adapt, folks!!
  6:31pm
Sam:

Or we could all wear those hats with the beer on top and a straw leading to your mouth.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:31pm
Mark Hurst:

@John kids these days, they don't watch the seinfeld enough. it's all "Office" and "Friends" references
  6:33pm
John from Florham park:

@mark gotcha
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ultradamno:

Never mind hats, I'll take a tinfoil hazmat suit pbs.twimg.com...
  6:34pm
Sam:

It could be a great tool to suppress voter turnout in certain selected areas.
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annie:

long time ago, back where i lived, a man was eventually tracked down by the GPS his wife had secretly installed in their SUV to locate the i;;icit activities he was involved in.. he had murdered a girl he was "bothering... he choked her and left her by the road... the gps was his undoing
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annie:

sam, ... yep.. right on!
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Carmichael:

You gotta love the Drake.
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chresti:

Mylar sombrero, with a chrome pinwheel on top
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chris:

Sam, no need. there's facebook for that. watch The Great Hack on netflix
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annie:

the thing that gets me: all the camera work involved, all the footage... how can "they" get away with "the camera stopped.."
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Digital Bill of No Rights
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chresti:

Tinsel cape
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Bas NL:

You down there! Stop picking your nose!
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annie:

so.... sombreros for all!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:39pm
Mark Hurst:

@annie I saw this story last weekend (gotta look it up) about defense attorneys totally overloaded with (police) body camera footage, which is admitted as evidence - they have no time to review all the hours of footage!
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chresti:

..with pockets for ice packs @ultra
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Mark Hurst:

@Bas heh - all they need is a giant loudspeaker on those things, and we'll have the full telescreen from Orwell's 1984
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annie:

did they have no idea how much was involved with having to archive all this footage???
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Bic Lighter:

Is that a Baltimore accent? The machine should have told me by now.
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ultradamno:

The word 'fusion' makes nothing better.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:41pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

We'll evolve into C.H.U.D. people to avoid the cameras.
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chris:

if it were my specialty, i'd love to create open source software to help defense attorneys find key moments in body-cam footage very quickly...
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Mark Hurst:

@annie I think the defense attorneys didn't ask for it - they're just trying to bear up under the load of what's handed to them (but I gotta find the article & get the detail)
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Mark Hurst:

@chris great project idea.
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Carmichael:

Has the Cloaking Device been fully developed?
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annie:

please share if you are able, mark
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Bic Lighter:

Facebook isn't optional at the border. No account flags you for further investigation. Everyone needs a sock account.
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annie:

i can see someone coming out with a device which can sheild us... charging us many dollars for the service
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Mark Hurst:

Found it! "Police body cameras are capturing so much footage it’s driving some defense attorneys to quit": www.pilotonline.com...
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@annie: ...who has dinner & a drink w/ the creator(s) of the hazard...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm
Mark Hurst:

@Bic Lighter that's nuts
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annie:

saved the link mark, thanks
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Smokestack:

Don't worry, fellow citizens. There's no need to fear the eye in the sky if you've got nothing to hide...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:46pm
Mark Hurst:

@Smokestack exactly
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Bic Lighter:

@Mark, I'm not joking. Best to have a complete dummy phone when traveling.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm
Peanut Gallery:

Mark Germino & the Sluggers "Radartown"...think about it, won't you?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm
Mark Hurst:

@Bic Lighter wait 'til we need a spare set of DNA to input into the scanners
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annie:

i use a tracfone....not sure at all how much it's tracked
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Bic Lighter:

Not minimally participating in social media or big tech surveillance systems makes you a target.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:48pm
Mark Hurst:

@annie recent tracfones run Google's Android OS (sorry)
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Bic Lighter:

@Mark I think the fake DNA was part of a movie...
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I too use a tracfone.
...It's called - a tracfone...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:48pm
Webhamster Henry:

There was kind of a plot point on the last season of ELEMENTARY (and of course MINORITY REPORT) where AI's predict future crimes.
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annie:

i still just have a flipphone
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Bic Lighter:

Gattaca!
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Webhamster Henry:

Except MINORITY REPORT used psychics and not AIs!
  6:49pm
JakeGould:

*cough* “Minority Report” *cough*
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ultradamno:

Minority Report, wtih Will Smith's buddy Tom Cruise.
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annie:

i will never get a "smart" phone
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Bic Lighter:

In Gattaca having some fake to distribute DNA was important
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Bic Lighter:

@annie get a Potemkin Village smartphone....again, if you don't have one, officials will think you're hiding it
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annie:

mark, thanks for the show today!!
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ultradamno:

Pretty sweet deal for the pre-cogs though, just lounging around in hot tub all day.
  6:52pm
JakeGould:

@Annie: Having a flip phone is irrelevant to the surveillance described here. A smartphone allows you to have the Internet in your pocket and—thus—means that anyone with a service you use on that phone can track you.

Cell phone towers constantly track connection data and that data can be used to track you no matter how “dumb” the phone is. Read up on what a Stingray device is. This predates social media.

en.wikipedia.org...
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annie:

i can dig that, jake, but it's the least involvement i want to use..
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Carmichael:

Tower pinging is a tried and true technology for triangulating a cell phone.
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Bic Lighter:

I'm going with the classic tin foil hat
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:54pm
Webhamster Henry:

Wear a bowler or straw hat like all the other workers! prohibition.themobmuseum.org...
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Folsom:

there is a comic book about everyone wearing costumes when going out because privacy is too important, they had electronic cloaking masks/clothes.
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annie:

or!!! just gat a regular land-line.. no cellphone
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tak:

Private Eye. it's very cool
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Peanut Gallery:

www.youtube.com...
  6:55pm
JakeGould:

Also, retail stores have some fairly sophisticated people tracking tech. No cell phone needed! You are being profiled via visual deep learning tech.
  6:56pm
Sean from Iowa:

Instructions will be issued via your smart device... I mean come on....
  6:56pm
JakeGould:

Here is some info on retail people tracking. www.cnbc.com...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
Webhamster Henry:

You need a scramblesuit like in A SCANNER DARKLY.
  6:56pm
Sean from Iowa:

Electric shocks as well
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Bas NL:

Dr. Who had a great episode on people controlled by mobile devices..
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queems:

i love this song so much
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Webhamster Henry:

I thought you'd play "Every Step You Take".
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ultradamno:

Not TV Eye?
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chresti:

That's it webhamster
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Bas NL:

Thanks Mark! Thanks Arthur! And hey, hey, HEY.. Let's be careful out there!
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ultradamno:

Or Alan Parsons' Eye in the Sky
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Webhamster Henry:

Or rather Breath.... but whatevs.
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chresti:

Thanks Mark!
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Bic Lighter:

Tailoring a tin foil suit here
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
Webhamster Henry:

Thanks Mark. Now gargling for a Vocal Fry Singalong.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

My nose was just itchy. Honest!
  7:00pm
Sam:

I know you are Webhamster Henry. I’m watching you do it.
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Bic Lighter:

I heard that lemon juice will defeat the face scanners
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 7:00pm
Folsom:

@tak thanks, The Private Eye was the comic, couldn't remember the title.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm
Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone, great comment board this evening! See you next week.
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