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VIRTUAL ASSISTANT Alexa told a customer he was a “s**thead” after he asked it to play some music.
Michael Slade, 29 was shocking to hear his Amazon Echo Dot call him the rude name a day after he had cancelled his Prime subscription.
After coming home and asking the personal assistant to play some music, he got the reply: “Sure, here’s your playlist ****head on Amazon music. Sorry something went wrong.”
Although the voice assistant bleeped out the swear word, shocked, Michael, from Cwmbran, south Wales said: “I couldn’t believe it.
“I tried to cancel my subscription and had a short conversation with someone in customer services and the next day my Alexa is calling me names.
“I’ve spoken to technical support and they’ve never heard of this happening before.” The online business owner said he’s never set up a playlist on Amazon music and has no idea why it’s playing up.
After contacting Amazon they sent him a £5 gift voucher to compensate him.
He said: “The technical team couldn’t believe it. They kept saying sorry but they didn’t know what had happened.
“I normally asked it to play me music. I’ve never made a playlist. When I ask it to play music, it would say ‘here’s something you might like’ and it’s normally some pop or student favourites.
“I was a bit annoyed at the gift card they send me – five pounds is hardly enough for being called a s*** head.
“All I wanted to do was cancel my Prime subscription because I wasn’t using it. I’ve wondered if someone has changed something on my account.
“Although it’s strange because everything else works fine and it is still calling me Mike.”
It is possible to get Alexa to make rude comments using software which can be uploaded to the device.https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/9390172/alexa-insults-man-cancelled-amazon-prime-subscription/
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a dozen Air Force F-22 stealth fighters have deployed to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, part of a force buildup requested by U.S. Central Command in May in response to what it called heightened Iranian threats against American forces in the region.
The Air Force arm of U.S. Central Command on Friday said the F-22 Raptors arrived this week at al-Udeid air base to “defend American forces and interests.” It posted to its website photos of several F-22s arriving there on Thursday and said this is the first time F-22s have deployed to al-Udeid, which is a hub for U.S. air operations in the Middle East…https://apnews.com/d0a8fe7f91924bb69a6c5936e3acd30f
The extreme heat wave that is suspected in killing several people this week set an all-time high in France on Friday. Relief is on the horizon but not before the heat strengthens its grip across Europe this weekend.
The highest temperature ever measured across France in the entirety of record keeping was set on Friday afternoon. Temperatures soared to 45.9 C (114.6 F) at Gallargues-le-Montueux in southeastern France, exceeding the nation’s previous all-time record high of 44.1 C (111.4 F) at Conqueyrac on Aug. 12, 2003.
Amid the unrelenting grip of dangerous heat, France’s national weather service issued the first ever “red” hazardous weather warning for southeastern portions of the country on Friday. A “red” warning is the highest level out of a four-level alert system put into effect after the deadly 2003 heat wave that claimed 15,000 lives, according to the Associated Press...https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/dangerous-extreme-heat-wave-tightens-grip-on-france-spain-and-other-parts-of-western-europe/70008660
Several deaths are being blamed on the scorching, record-breaking heat wave blanketing much of Europe.
The news agency Europa Press reported that at least two people have died in Spain from the heat, according to the Associated Press. Authorities in France are also linking at least four deaths to the heat, the AP reported.
Also in France, a 6-year-old child suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by high-pressure water shooting from a fire hydrant that was illegally opened…https://weather.com/news/news/2019-06-26-europe-heatwave-germany-france
The Supreme Court on Friday dealt a blow to Alabama pro-life advocates by declining to hear a case over a law which would ban the procedure with few exceptions.
The decision to punt on the case means that lower court rulings striking down the recently passed law banning dilation & evacuation abortions will stand, according to The Hill.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a concurring opinion that he agreed the court should not hear the case, but called it a “stark reminder that our abortion jurisprudence has spiraled out of control.” –The Hill
“Although this case does not present the opportunity to address our demonstrably erroneous ‘undue burden’ standard, we cannot continue blinking the reality of what this court has wrought,” wrote Thomas.
The Justices have previously turned down similar cases from Indiana and Louisiana…https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-28/supreme-court-deals-blow-pro-life-advocates
This initiative [to “present a global plan of action against hate speech
and hate crimes on a fast-track basis”] should be deeply concerning and
is likely to serve only to silence critics of the UN, including its
agenda on migration and the GCM.
The EU, for its part, according to statements by Hungary and Austria,
does not appear to agree that implementing the Global Compact should be
up to every EU member state. Instead, the EU is working on making it
legally binding, even for those EU countries who have not adopted the
“A ‘secret document’ has been published on work by the European
Commission’s legal service to formulate ‘lengthy and devious’ legal
grounds for suggesting that the compact is, after all, mandatory for EU
member states.” — Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.
In December, world leaders of 165 countries adopted
an ostensibly non-binding agreement that propagates a radical idea:
that migration — for any reason — is something that needs to be promoted, enabled and protected.
The agreement is named the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), and now comes its implementation.
The UN has not wasted any time in setting this “non-binding” Compact in motion. Already at the Marrakesh Conference in December, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres launched the Migration Network (Network), a new addition to the UN bureaucracy, and seemingly intended to “ensure effective and coherent system‑wide support to the implementation of the Global Compact”. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will serve as the coordinator and secretariat of all constituent parts of the Network in implementing the Global Compact.
The UN, in other words, has set its enormous bureaucratic infrastructure into full motion to see to it that the Compact will have maximum impact across the globe. IOM director-general Antonio Vitorino has already sent a warning to critics of the UN migration agenda. “If we want to succeed in having a more humane and better world, we should resist the temptation of negative narratives that some want to spread about migration,” Vitorino said recently. The Global Compact contains a provision, clearly signaling that any disagreement with its agenda will not be accepted and that the signatory states will work to dispel “misleading narratives that generate negative perceptions of migrants.” According to Objective 17 of the Global Compact, member states are obligated to: UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres, in a January press conference, took it even further, not limiting himself to speech about the Global Compact:
“We need to enlist every segment of society in the battle for values that our world faces today – and, in particular, to tackle the rise of hate speech, xenophobia and intolerance… Poisonous views are penetrating political debates and polluting the mainstream. Let’s never forget the lessons of the 1930s. Hate speech and hate crimes are direct threats to human rights, to sustainable development and to peace and security. That is why I have tasked my Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, to bring together a UN team to scale up our response, define a system-wide strategy and present a global plan of action against hate speech and hate crimes on a fast-track basis”.
This initiative should be deeply concerning and is likely to serve only
to silence critics of the UN, including its agenda on migration and the
The EU, for its part, according to statements by
Hungary and Austria, does not appear to agree that implementing the
Global Compact should be up to every EU member state. Instead, the EU is
working on making it legally binding, even for those EU countries who
have not adopted the Compact.
“A ‘secret document’ has been published on work by the European Commission’s legal service to formulate ‘lengthy and devious’ legal grounds for suggesting that the compact is, after all, mandatory for EU member states”, saidHungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. He added, “Although the document was not released the way the EC would have wanted it to be, the commission ‘has confirmed its existence'”.