Wednesday, October 24, 2007



There is a Massive effort underway to document every residential and commercial building in the entire U.S.

Be warned by going to their website you will receive no less than 6 cookies, (I do not know if they are tracking cookies or not,) which can be removed in Firefox but I am not sure about the procedure with IE or Apple.

While I was at home yesterday an older man with a camera was standing in the street taking pictures of the neighbors house and asked me for the address. I told him I did not know, then I asked him why he was taking pics anyway, He showed me his ID Tag from ZAIO, he explained he was contracted by ZAIO to take pics of all properties in the area, he himself has been in real estate here in town for 35 years.

I did some research through their carefully worded website. These people are spooky as hell. First of all, they are based in Canada, the company is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, they are BIG money boys, former financial execs, not Democrats.

They are hiring people through real estate firms to photograph every single house on every single street in America, referring to our houses as "public domain". and ripe for the picking to "aid Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue" in addition to documenting every single address and putting a picture there to make it easy to find by who knows who! And keep it all in a "Secure Database" for their perusal and money making schemes.

I do not trust these people. This is spooky. they go around during the day when people are at work taking pictures of peoples homes with license plate numbers and what ever else the camera catches. People do not know they have been put into an enormous database, there is NO formal notification, only if you personally ask one of theses "photogs" will you even know what is happening. The website does have an opt out page, but how do you opt out and CAN YOU opt out, there is no proof you have been removed, no accountability operating from Canada Eh?

Questions remain, why is a Canadian company allowed to gather information on Americans' residences, names, addresses, etc.? What is being done with the information? Who can access this information and for what reason? Is there some other unknown purpose for this information that we are not being told? And how would we know? Is this "offshore" attempt at hiding information gathering being done to avoid accountability to US law?

Why is this project being done in semi-secrecy? If I would not have inquired as to what that mans' purpose taking pics, I would not even know this program existed.

Go HERE to see for yourself.

Maybe I'm just being paranoid, maybe not.

You are on candid camera and being added to an extensive database whether you like it or not.



micki said...

I think this is just a scheme to automate appraisals on real property.

It's a version of "outsourcing" in a way -- instead of drive-by "appraisals" this "service" will let lenders look on-line for "appraisals" and save tons of dough.

There are many reasons to be wary, but personally I'm not too worried about this particular scheme.

Hey, people take pictures of my landscaping because they want to replicate it (not bragging, just stating a fact). I couldn't care less.

I mean ANYONE can see our house unless we wrap it up Cristo-style! (Is that that guy's name who wrapped buildings and called it art?)

micki said...

Oh, and BTW, they are using licensed appraisers to take the photos -- what idiots those appraisers are!

They are helping to eliminate their own jobs down the road!

º¿carol said...

I've been to sites like that. Here's one:

I've seen pictures on sites of homes I know.

I think Micki is right. It's just another automated appraisal site.

David B. Benson said...

Paranoia seems to be a common mental disorder affecting those living in the twentyfirst century.

But just becuase I am paranoid doesn't mean I don't have actual enemies...

David B. Benson said...

because, d**n it!

Or that I can type correctly, either.

David B. Benson said...

More Chinese Lead in Products

No wonder I am paranoid...

DEN said...

Doc, there are those that question motives, that is NOT paranoid, just cautious.

Stalkers will love this stuff, and so will other snoopers.

Wherever there are databases, their is the potential for abuses.

Trust no one is the rule of the day.
Hell, look at the Justice Dept.

It has never been so bad and is not likely to get better.

micki said...

Now this is a horse of a different hue on compiling databases -- biometic scanning for school lunches??????

This scheme might make me semi-paranoid.

micki said...

Bill and I thought about becoming substitute school teachers a few years ago and had to be fingerprinted at a certain stage of the process.

Bill had no "readable" fingerprints.

We said to heck with it.

Our (grown) kids said we were NUTS anyway to even think about substituting.

DEN said...

Micki, good decision, 90% of kids are very undisciplined and do not respect teachers at all, and really hammer on subs, I know, I did that before, never again.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil roared to a new record over $90 on Thursday as tight inventories and fresh signs OPEC will shrug off calls for additional oil from big consumer nations sent prices up more than 3 percent.
@ Reuters

David B. Benson said...

Oh good! $100 per barrel soon.

Then maybe we'll be serious about biodiesel and biogas?

micki said...

Holy Danamite!

So, that font of knowledge, Dana Perino, WH press secretary-in-chieftess, in defending the busheviks' editing of Center for Disease Control director Dr. Julie Gerberding's Senate testimony on the "Human Impacts of Global Warming," said the White House decided "to focus that testimony on public health benefits" of climate change.

Helloooooooooooo! Health benefits of climate change! I did not make that up.

So, a reporter followed up with this question:

Q: And one more. You mentioned that there are health benefits to climate change. Could you describe some of those?

MS. PERINO: Sure. In some cases, there are -- look, this is an issue where I'm sure lots of people would love to ridicule me when I say this, but it is true that many people die from cold-related deaths every winter. And there are studies that say that climate change in certain areas of the world would help those individuals.


The lunatics are in charge of the asylum.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- That is a standard denialist argument.

You're right.

They are.

DEN said...

Al sez:

Dear Den,

Current, the media company I co-founded six years ago with my partner Joel Hyatt, just last week launched a new web site that integrates television and the Web in an unprecedented way. It provides, as never before, a platform for citizens to make the media their own.

One of the features I'm most excited about on is called Viewpoints. Viewpoints is a virtual town hall where you can share your opinions, in video, about the issues that matter in the 2008 election: from global warming to government eavesdropping, and many more.

This digital town hall is already bustling, and you can find viewpoints from me and from a lot of people, including the candidates running for President. Come and listen to their positions and, more importantly, tell them and the rest of the world what you think!

Since Viewpoints is the only place on the Web where you can easily share your view in video, my hope is that you'll take this opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the pundits on TV and help contribute to a new platform for public discourse. All it takes is a webcam and 60 seconds.

And, since we'll be taking the most popular and most compelling viewpoints and airing them on Current TV -- now available in 52 million homes around the world -- you may very well get your voice heard on our global TV network.

I look forward to seeing and hearing you on, as we deepen the discussion on these important topics:

Thank you,

Al Gore

DEN said...

Good article on the whiny repugs:

I first noticed the right's successful use of phony sanctimony and faux outrage back in the 90's when well-known conservative players like Gingrich and Livingston pretended to be offended at the president's extramarital affair and were repeatedly and tiresomely "upset" about fund-raising practices they all practiced themselves. The idea of these powerful and corrupt adulterers being personally upset by White House coffees and naughty sexual behavior was laughable.

But they did it, oh how they did it, and it often succeeded in changing the dialogue and tittilating the media into a frenzy of breathless tabloid coverage.

In fact, they became so good at the tactic that they now rely on it as their first choice to control the political dialogue when it becomes uncomfortable and put the Democrats on the defensive whenever they are winning the day. Perhaps the best example during the Bush years would be the completely cynical and over-the-top reaction to Senator Paul Wellstone's memorial rally in 2002 in the last couple of weeks leading up to the election.

@ Common Sense

The "Art" of whining gained the repugs too much ground they did and do not deserve, sniveling shrillitude extraordinare.

DEN said...

Dear Friend,

I just signed this letter asking Harry Reid to oppose immunity for companies that break the law. The ACLU,, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Working Assets Wireless, and many prominent bloggers have signed this letter.

Enough is enough. The law is the law, for big companies and for individuals alike. Join us.

Read the letter and sign up here:


ò,óarol said...

Climate change and there will be fewer cold-related deaths? I can't believe that actually came out of that woman's mouth. Man, that's stretching it! How can ANYONE take that bunch seriously even if they once did?

micki said...

Dr. B, I have to admit that I'd never heard that particular denialist spin. The health benefits of climate change!? Wow.

Carol, it's the same 25% +/- that believes the bushevik crapola. True believers. Nothing will change their minds (using the term loosely).

Everyone, hey, has anyone gotten an update from Carey?

Also, did ya'll see that there is preliminary evidence, according to the fire investigators, that arson is possible in at least two of the fires? What makes some people tick, anyway?

Gerald said...

Will Hitler Bush blame the Iranians for the California fires and commence to nuke Iran???

Gerald said...

I don't know why the man was taking pictures of homes. But, I do believe that the Nazis are trying to gain more money to fight endless wars and will use the data to increase property taxes and drain us more and more until we are broke.

Nazi America is a banana republic under the rule of an insane despotic emperor.

Gerald said...

Posters, Carey has had a terrible year. First the shingles, second the death of her husband, third an ill younger son, and fourth fires in San Diego!!!

Every person does experience problems but Carey has had more than her share for one year.

Gerald said...

The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is being attacked, and every man will be glad of these conscience-soothing falsities
– Mark Twain