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Forecast Friday: They Already Know

“Every breath you take and every move you make

Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you” – Sting

There’s a Wisconsin vending company offering their employees microchip implants in their finger so they can do things like make purchases, log into computers, and the like, and I don’t think they’re the only ones. How retro is that? I thought biometrics were going to be the wave of the future – facial recognition, eyeball scans and the like. My dog had a microchip – do we really want to do that with people? And what about being hacked? We already have to worry about RFID transmissions being intercepted by ne’er-do-wells – why would this be any safer?

In the Middle Ages (strike that – I mean in MY Middle Age years, although for some of you it might as well be the same thing, because you don’t remember either), I valued my ability to be unavailable. If someone wanted to reach me or know where I was, either I told them, or they called me when I was by the phone. This was called PRIVACY – and FREEDOM.

Now we have cell phones. I believe an always-on cell phone can detect your breathing, and I know my iPhone tracks my moves / steps. Bonds? I’m sure that’s being tracked, too. I send a “private” email and almost instantly get ads about the email’s topic.

GPS lets the phone know where you are, and then it lets everyone else know. That’s what it means to find your friends nowadays. And with the way that FRIEND and FRIENDING is so loosely used, are those friends really?

Your cell phone or your smart TV (or heck, your smart toaster) can listen to everything you say all the time – just in case you tell it to do something, and everything you said travels out of normal earshot and is collected and analyzed.

Connected cars driving themselves, letting the other cars know where they (and you) are, and tell your house when to turn the lights on, how cool or warm it can be, and what you’ll be having for dinner (and probably won’t ask you any of it because the congress of digital assistants will know what’s best for you.)

I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, I didn’t dream of becoming a thing in the internet of things.

Just saying…

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BaastardsRevengeCoverToday is the release date for “Baastards’ Revenge” – the fourth story of my Herc Tom series:

Champion of the Empire Hercules Tom thinks this is a mere diplomatic mission to Baast; little does he know what the Baastards have in store for him. But don’t worry – this cat has proven time and again that he has more than the usual nine lives.

“Baastards’ Revenge” is available (and still at a reduced price) at the usual places online, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/upload/details/736440

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073YDXMLY

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CatsOfWar_I_CoverAnd with the release of “Baastards’ Revenge”, NOW would be a good time to read the first three Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire stories, all conveniently collected in Cats of War I:

“Purr Mission” – Major Tom’s dander is up. His cub is dying of the Morient Virus, and he knows their sworn enemies are responsible (the Baastards!), but bureaucats order him not to go to their planet to recover the antidote. Well, it’s easier to beg forgiveness than to ask Purr-mission.

“Nipped in the Butt” – More intrigue as a familiar hallucinogen finds its way into Ramses society. Are their long-time adversaries behind it? Time for Major Tom to save the Empire again…

“Cat and Mouse” – Major Tom has plans for his leave time: this cat is finally going to get some much needed R&R with his mates. But recent additions to the household (including his Admiral father-in-law and an uppity mouse chef), as well as an unexpected visit from yet another enemy puts his whiskers in a twist.

I’m offering a Smashwords coupon to cut the price to just 99-cents for the collection (such a deal!) Here’s the link on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/588921

Remember to use coupon code WF25Z

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VictimlessCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his previous publication “Victimless”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):  https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• His site on WordPress:  https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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