Amazon Go: The World’s First Checkout-less Supermarket

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Since December 2016, Amazon have been testing their ‘checkoutless’ supermarket in Seattle, Washington. To identify each customer and what they’ve purchased, ceiling-mounted cameras and sensors have been installed, as well as a phone application that the customer would use to enter the store. Shelved items sit on sensors that track inventory. When the already identified customer picks an item off the shelf, that items is deducted from the store inventory and logged in the customer’s digital shopping cart.

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The store was expected to open to customers far earlier in 2017, however, problems identifying shoppers of similar body types, as well as items being moved to different places on shelves have led to setbacks. Head of Amazon Go, Gianna Puerini said, “This technology didn’t exist – it was really advancing the state of the art of computer vision and machine learning”.

The tech conglomerate has been running brick and mortar retail stores since 2015, beginning with a book store in Seattle before expanding to another 12 stores across the rest of the US. As yet, Amazon has no plans to introduce their ‘checkoutless’ technology to their Whole Foods stores, a chain they acquired in 2016 for $13.7billion.

The technology behind Amazon Go was patented in 2014, before they released a video introducing the frictionless shopping concept to the world. Stores using this technology will have an enormous competitive advantage over all others, as it is known that the faster customers can make their purchases, the more likely they are to return. Just as they dominate the internet with Amazon Web Services – the cloud computing ‘super server’ used to host and organise such sites as Netflix, Pintrest and NASA – Amazon have set themselves up to dominate the $25trillion retail industry by becoming the sole suppliers of the frictionless shopping technology. “You will see more expansion from us”, said Amazon’s CFO, Brian Olsavsky, “it’s still early, so those plans will develop over time”.

Read More: World’s First Self-Driving Grocery Store Just Hit The Streets In Shanghai

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Chickens From British Supermarket Show Record Levels of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs

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Chickens on sale for human consumption in Britain’s supermarkets are now testing for record levels of superbugs that are resistant to some of the strongest antibiotics in use today, according to new research from the UK government. 

These results are alarming because resistance to antibiotics among livestock can very easily affect the resistance among humans, which could essentially render vital medicines ineffective against potentially serious diseases. Antibiotics were an extremely important discovery that have helped cure many ailments and save many lives, but the more they are used, the more ineffective they become because the bacteria becomes immune to them and thus becomes stronger and stronger.This is the cause for the development of what we have come to know as antibiotic resistant or “superbugs.” That being said, many people have also experienced detrimental health consequences as a result of antibiotic use.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) tested a large sample of fresh whole chickens from various retailers and found “significantly higher proportions”of campylobacter within the last 10 years. This is a harmful pathogen that was found to be resistant to the antibiotics that are commonly used to treat it.

The agency issued a warning, “This survey provides evidence that AMR (anti-microbial resistant) campylobacter are to be found on whole fresh chickens sold at retail in the UK. It is therefore important to handle the chicken hygienically and cook thoroughly to reduce the risk to public health.”

Also noted by the FSA was that the proportion of campylobacter-infected chickens, which showed resistance to key antibiotics in this instance ciprofloxacin, “has increased significantly” when compared with a previous survey of chickens sold in retail stores 10 years ago. The study sampled more than 4000 chickens from their samples of smaller numbers which were exhibiting campylobacter infections, which were were retested in order to detect whether or not they carried the bacteria that was resistant to the key antibiotics. In more than half of the samples, Ciprofloxacin resistance was identified – 237 out of 437 tests on Campylobacter jejuni and in almost half, 53 out of 108 another strain, Campylobacter coli.

These results clearly show that the amount of antibiotics being used to treat farm animals is directly contributing to the rise and spread of resistant bacteria, which in turn can have major effects on human health. One of the main methods of transmission to many of the strains of resistant bacteria is through direct contact with animals livestock. Proper handling, hygiene and thorough cooking can kill these bugs but any small mistakes can result in serious infections that antibiotics will not be able to treat.

Save Our Antibiotics?

Cóilín Nunan, scientific adviser to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, told the Guardian: “It is scandalous that [government rules] still allow for poultry to be mass-medicated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Twenty years ago, a House of Lords report said this should be stopped. Even the US banned the practice over 10 years ago because of the strength of the scientific evidence. So why are British and European authorities still refusing to take action?”

Even the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is aware of the issue and the European Food Safety Authority have advised: “Given the high levels of resistance to fluoroquinolones in broilers [chickens bred for meat], and the assessment that a large proportion of human campylobacteriosis infections comes from the handling, preparation and consumption of broiler meat, this is a compelling example of how antimicrobial resistance in food and animals may impact the availability of effective antimicrobial agents for treating severe human campylobacter infections.”

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Be Warned, FDA Issues New Stronger Warnings About Risks of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

What Can We Do?

To state the obvious, you can stop buying meat that comes from factory farms or that isn’t free of antibiotics. Yes, it is more expensive to buy organic, pasture raised, antibiotic free chicken, but you can certainly limit your intake in order to compensate for the higher price. Or, maybe this is all serving as a lesson that we should consider moving towards a plant-based diet.

There are last resort antibiotics, but once these are used then there is nothing left, and we will have no way to treat serious illnesses. We have to stop using so many antibiotics now, and given that in the U.S.  80% of all antibiotics used are given to treat animals in factory farms, it would be wise that we limit our consumption of meat coming from these places. This is just one reason out of many.

We can all do our part to protect ourselves, the animals and the environment – what is realistic for you? What can you do to help alleviate this problem?

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Russian Security Service Detains Suspect in St Petersburg Supermarket Explosion


The explosive device detonated at a branch of the Perekrestok supermarket chain in Russia’s second largest city on December 27, leaving at least 13 people wounded.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Saturday it had detained the organizer of the blast. The suspect has been handed over to the Investigative Committee for the interrogation.

This development comes in the wake of reports that the terrorist group Daesh claimed the responsibility for the incident. The terrorists, however, failed to support the claims with any kind of evidence.

Prior to that, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the incident as a terrorist attack, saying that the FSB should deal with terrorists within the law. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said later that the blast wasn’t considered by authorities as a failure of the intelligence services.

Meanwhile, the Russian Investigative Committee has said that “all possible versions of what took place” would be scrutinized.

By Thursday morning, six of 13 people injured by the explosion were released from a hospital. St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said that every victim of the incident will get 300,000 rubles in compensation.

Also in December, the FSB detained a group of Daesh supporters who planned to carry out a series of explosions in the city, targeting such sites as the Kazan Cathedral.



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Elite Pedophile Ring ‘Child Supermarket’ Discovered In Portugal

An orphanage in Lisbon, Portugal has been exposed as a “child supermarket” for pedophiles, where global Elites can “buy” children to sexually abuse.

The orphanage is controlled by a Ferrari-driving procurer known as “The Doctor”, who picks out and examines children ready to sell to the upper echelons of society and establishment in the US and Europe known as “The Magic Circle”.

A caretaker of the orphanage, known only as Bibi, who was responsible for transporting children in a van, has come forward to expose the sickening practices of the Casa Pia (House of the Pious) and claims to have witnessed children being “delivered” to government ministers and high-ranking diplomats, to famous television stars and members of the judiciary.

According to the Daily Mail, a 17th century Lisbon orphanage, where more than 4,000 children are cared for each year behind high stone walls, the doctor would summon selected boys and girls from their beds for examinations one night each week.

Where possible, he chose deaf-mutes.

After checking that the children were not suffering from any sexual infections, the doctor was joined by the orphanage caretaker, known as Bibi, who ushered the unfortunate children outside to a waiting van.

With the doctor following in his red Ferrari, Bibi drove the van to the prestigious homes of some of the leading members of Lisbon society.

There, the children were repeatedly sexually abused. Some were allegedly drugged to make them compliant; others were plied with alcohol.

This continued for years. Assaults were filmed; pictures of one attack were subsequently found at the home of a suspected pedophile in Paris.

According to medical records, the victims’ injuries were horrific – and consistent with serious sexual assault and rape. In witness statements, many were able to describe in minute detail the homes where they were taken and identifying marks on the bodies of their abusers.

The existence of this so-called “magic circle” of the Portuguese establishment, allegedly involved in an international pedophile ring using boys and girls from Casa Pia, was last week likened to an earthquake waiting to shake Portugal to its foundations.

New allegations about the scale of the network will be put before the country’s highest court within the next few weeks.

Amid rumors of links to other pedophile gangs across Europe and the U.S., international experts on child sex crimes and murders are expected to be in court when the case re-opens, four years after a group of victims broke a silence lasting more than 30 years.

It proves what international crime agencies have long suspected: that Portugal has become a magnet for predatory pedophiles from around the world, using the country’s lax laws and preying on the high numbers of poor, abandoned children.

Pedro Namora, a former Casa Pia orphan who witnessed 11 rapes on fellow orphans, during which they were tied to their beds, believes elements in the force have conspired to suppress scandals, fearing damage to the country’s reputation.

“Portugal is a pedophiles’ paradise,” said Mr. Namora, now a lawyer campaigning on behalf of the Casa Pia victims. “If all the names come out, this will be an earthquake in Portugal. There is a massive, sophisticated network at play here – stretching from the government to the judiciary and the police.” “The network is enormous and extremely powerful.

There are magistrates, ambassadors, police, politicians – all have procured children from Casa Pia. It is extremely difficult to break this down. These people cover for each other because if one is arrested, they all are arrested. They don’t want anyone to know.”

Now 54, Mr. Namora watched as friends sank into alcoholism, drug addiction and death after their traumatic childhood experiences at Casa Pia. “I was the only one who made it,” he said. “What could I do? I couldn’t keep silent.”

He has received death threats and warnings about what will happen to his own children, after taking up the case when an orphan called “Joel” approached him, saying prominent pedophiles were using Casa Pia as a “supermarket for children”.

Mr. Namora has been threatened after fighting on behalf of the abused children he grew up with.After being telephoned by a stranger offering to pay off his mortgage, he was told the exact movements of his own three children and warned that they and their father would come to a grisly end unless he shut up.

An open, warm man, Mr. Namora makes an unlikely conspiracy theorist, but he believes the case, which he brought to light in 2003, will underscore Portugal’s growing attraction for pedophiles, which has seen six children disappear in recent years.

One reason for this attraction is that the law was quietly relaxed last year, ahead of the forthcoming trial, meaning that repeat offenses against the same child would merit only a single charge – and a lesser sentence.

The initial investigation was badly handled when allegations of abuse were first made at Casa Pia in 1982. Carlos Silvino, the man known as Bibi, was linked to rapes and assaults, but police “lost” pictures showing prominent Lisbon politicians with him and the children.

He was only charged after dozens of children came forward in 2003. They also accused Jorge Ritto, a former Portuguese ambassador, of child abuse.Ritto, it transpired, had also once been sent home in disgrace from a posting in Germany after an incident involving a young boy in a park.

The conspiracy did not end there. Teresa Costa Macedo, a former secretary of state for the family, has revealed that she knew about the attacks in the early Eighties and that she had alerted General Antonio Ramalho Eanes, the then Portuguese president, about the allegations.

Mrs. Costa Macedo, who remained silent for two decades after being warned she would be killed if she spoke, now says that the caretaker “was just one element in a huge pedophile network that involved important people in our country. It wasn’t just him [the caretaker]. He was a procurer of children for well-known people who range from diplomats and politicians to people linked to the media”.

While still a government minister, Costa Macedo handed police “photographs, an account of the methods used to spirit children out of the orphanage and testimonies of a number of children”. Many of the photographs were found at ex-ambassador Jorge Ritto’s house. Police reportedly found four children locked up who had been missing from Casa Pia.

Under armed guard at a safe house last week, Bibi could count himself a lucky man. He originally faced allegations that he had sexually assaulted more than 600 children. That has since been reduced to 30. Silvino has hinted at the high-level of the conspiracy, saying: “They can’t touch me – there are too many people involved.”Following Ritto’s arrest, the police questioned Carloz Cruz, known as Portugal’s “Mr. Television”, and Joao Diniz, a high- society doctor and driver of the red Ferrari. The network allegedly went further. Paulo Pedroso, a government minister, was arrested and quizzed about 15 cases of child sexual abuse.

Amid allegations that pedophile networks have become endemic in Portugal – the European police force Interpol has named the country as one of the worst offenders in Europe – there are fears that the Casa Pia scandal will come to eclipse Belgium’s notorious Marc Dutroux case, in which the arrest of a notorious pedophile and child murderer revealed a sordid picture of judicial and political corruption.The culture in which such a serious child abuse network was allowed to operate is the same culture that pervades the whole of Portugal.

Was it this attitude that led to the bungled initial investigation in the Madeleine McCann case?



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World’s first to offer fingerprint payment come to UK supermarket


The march toward a cashless society has now moved from the theoretical to the phase of widespread adoption. This is primarily due to developments in the tech sector that now enable the easy use of biometric recognition systems, as well as the increasing acceptance from a public who is becoming familiar with turning themselves into a password for their personal devices.

Behind the scenes, governments and corporations have been building the political and economic enticements via the Better Than Cash Alliance to ensure that the world eventually gets “de-cashed.” We’re now witnessing the full roll-out of an architecture that has been in development for many years.

China’s high-tech KFC recently made headlines when it began testing facial recognition payments in its KPRO store. Cashless agenda denialists, however, could readily point to China’s authoritarian government to ease any fears about an impending technocratic takeover occurring in the (supposedly) more democratic West.

Well, today’s cashless agenda news does come from the West, and it’s a world’s first. As reported by The Telegraph, London’s Costcutter supermarket has announced that its shoppers can now pay by finger vein scan.

It works by using infrared to scan people’s finger veins and then links this unique biometric map to their bank cards. Customers’ bank details are then stored with payment provider Worldpay, in the same way you can store your card details when shopping online. Shoppers can then turn up to the supermarket with nothing on them but their own hands and use it to make payments in just three seconds.

Nice and convenient, of course.

Longtime readers of Activist Post might remember an article by Brandon Turbeville written in 2011 warning that this was being tested as a future payment system. Remarking at the time about how smartphone payments would eventually seem outdated, he explained:

Taking the cashless control grid one step further, an article published on August 8, 2011 in Technology Review, entitled “Beyond Cell Phone Wallets, Biometrics Promise Truly Wallet-Free Future,” explains that major corporations are not even waiting for the “digital wallet” to catch on. They are actually moving forward with a system that will allow for an individual to swipe their palm, not their phone, in front of a digital recognition device in order to gain access to various buildings, pay for merchandise, or otherwise identify oneself.


Indeed, this new type of technology, even this specific product, is already being introduced all over the United States.

For instance, New York University’s Langone Medical Center has already implemented the vein scanners in some of its medical facilities. Manufactured by Fujitsu, the scanners are being placed in the hospital under the guise of greater convenience (the marketing gift that keeps on giving) and faster access to medical records. Health histories, insurance forms, and other documents are all handled electronically and at a much faster pace with the help of the new vein scanners.


Schools, too, have begun to implement the Fujitsu systems. For instance, the Pinellas County School District in Florida recently announced that it was introducing the system in order “to identify students and thereby reduce waste and the threat of impersonation.”

With the new scanners, the students are able to have their meals deducted from their account, upon scanning their palms, as they march single file in the feeding lines during lunch time. Of course, this type of technology is not new to Pinellas County. The students have been finger scanning in order to gain access to their lunch for years.

Naturally, these days not everyone is worried only about the intrusive nature of turning one’s body into a password to be mined by algorithms for corporations and governments, but just as legitimately about having their financial data hacked.

No worries, says the developer of the newest form of vein scanning, Sthaler. Although company director, Simon Binns, manages to sound creepy and objectifying even while trying to reassure the vein-scanning public:

This is the safest form of biometrics. There are no known incidences where this security has been breached.

“When you put your finger in the scanner it checks you are alive, it checks for a pulse, it checks for haemoglobin. ‘Your vein pattern is secure because it is kept on a database in an encrypted form, as binary numbers. No card details are stored with the retailer or ourselves, it is held with Worldpay, in the same way it is when you buy online.”

System developers are projecting that adoption of the technology will be rapid, with perhaps thousands of stores, nightclubs and membership services getting on board in the near future. The question is: Will it be optional? And if so, for how long?

As Brandon Turbeville concluded more than 6 years ago:

It should be noted that almost every element of any control grid begins by being optional when it is first introduced to the target population. But, as more and more individuals acquiesce to the system, the more inconvenient and, subsequently, the harder it will become for the rest of us to opt out. Eventually, the ability to opt out will be removed altogether.

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Montreal supermarket opens huge organic rooftop garden

Talk about slashing food miles; ‘fresh from the roof’ is as local as it gets.

When an IGA supermarket in the Saint-Laurent borough of Montreal was told by the city that it had to install a green roof on its 25,000-square-foot building, owner Richard Duchemin went an unconventional route. He built a big, beautiful organic garden on top, where 30 kinds of vegetables are grown organically in soil watered by the store’s dehumidification system. Two employees tend the produce – beets, kale, tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, radishes, and basil, among others – and package them for sale downstairs, where “fresh from the roof” has become a fun new tagline.

What’s interesting about this garden is that the vegetables are grown using soil, rather than the hydroponic systems that are more commonly encountered on rooftops (like the amazing set-up at the Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv). Duchemin wanted to do it this way so that the produce could be certified organic by Ecocert Canada. It is difficult to keep soil fertile on a rooftop, so an agronomist was brought in to develop a proper fertilization plan.

The rooftop also features eight beehives that produce 600 jars of honey each year. These are sold in the store below. There has been some trouble with insect pests, but the gardeners are trying to offset that naturally by planting deterrent wildflowers. Eventually the store may start selling its rooftop-grown fresh-cut flowers, too.

Duchemin told the Montreal Gazette that he hopes to inspire other supermarkets with this project, said to be Canada’s biggest rooftop garden:

“People are very interested in buying local. There’s nothing more local than this… Some restaurants have little boxes where they grow herbs. We pushed it further because we know we’re able to sell what we produce here.”

He has noticed a decrease in energy costs, as well, since the garden insulates the roof in wintertime. The store itself is LEED Gold-certified. As you can see in the promotional video below, the garden paths have been laid out to spell the name ‘IGA,’ apparently visible from planes landing at Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport.

It’s wonderful to imagine a world where industrial-sized buildings transform their roofs into urban gardens. It makes so much sense to use those vast, flat, sunny spaces to grow food for the surrounding neighborhood and eliminate (or at least reduce) the need to import produce from elsewhere, especially during Canada’s brief growing season. It creates valuable, meaningful, healthy work and makes more of a profit for the store than simply planting vegetation on top. Such gardens don’t even have to be run by the store; other urban farmers could rent the space from which to start a market gardening business or CSA program.

When it comes to urban rooftop gardens, the sky’s the limit.

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Hamburg supermarket attacker was 'known Islamist'

Hamburg (AFP) – The suspect who killed a man with a knife in a Hamburg supermarket was a known Islamist with psychological problems but his motives remain unclear, German officials said Saturday.

Identified as a 26-year-old Palestinian, he arrived in Germany in 2015 from Norway but was due to be deported as his application for asylum was rejected.

Friday’s assault risks reopening a bitter debate over refugees two months before general elections, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel over her decision to open Germany’s borders in 2015 and let in more than a million asylum seekers.

Merkel expressed her sympathies to victims and their families and vowed that “the violent act must be and will be clarified”.

Investigators were still struggling to determine the exact motive for the assault, which left six people injured.

The suspect “was known as an Islamist but not a jihadist,” said the port city’s interior minister Andy Grote, noting “there are indications of radicalisation”.

But Grote stressed that while there could have been an Islamist motive, the suspect also suffered from “psychological instability”.

“It remains unclear which was the overriding element,” he said.

The Palestinian suspect is being held but has refused to speak about why he staged the attack, Nana Frombach, the spokeswoman for the local prosecutor’s office said.

Germany’s interior minister Thomas de Maiziere also cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

“The jihadist ideology could be used as a justification for action that may actually be motivated by other reasons,” he said, adding that “the real motives could perhaps lie in the personality of the perpetrator.”

The attacker had entered the supermarket and taken a kitchen knife from the shelves.

“He ripped off the packaging and then suddenly brutally attacked a 50-year-old man who later died,” said deputy police chief Kathrin Hennings.

He later wounded two more men in the supermarket before fleeing, hurting four other people along the way, before he was overpowered by courageous passers-by.

The man had brandished the bloodied knife, shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Greatest”) as he fled the scene, but bystanders gave chase and flung chairs to stop him.

– ‘Almost exemplary’ –

If confirmed as an Islamist attack, it would be the first in Germany since Tunisian Anis Amri drove a truck into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market on December 19, killing 12 and injuring 48.

News website Spiegel Online named the supermarket attacker as Ahmad A., while officials said he had not appealed against Germany’s decision to deny him asylum.

In fact, he had helped to obtain documents to facilitate his departure from Germany.

On the day of the attack, he had even gone to the authorities to ask if the papers had arrived. Police chief Ralf Meyer said the suspect was “almost exemplary” in this aspect.

And heavily armed police who searched a Hamburg asylum seekers’ shelter where the man lived failed to find any weapons.

– ‘Started drinking heavily’ –

At the accommodation in a leafy suburb, the suspect’s neighbour, who gave his name only as Mohamed, described him as “very intelligent”.

“He was always helping other asylum seekers with their paperwork,” the 31-year-old Syrian refugee told AFP.

But in recent weeks, he “had a crisis, he bought Islamist clothes and read the Koran very loudly in his room”.

“And three weeks after Ramadan, he had another crisis. He started to drink heavily and smoke joints… he was sad that his mother was ill and that his asylum request was rejected,” recounted Mohamed.

Ahead of elections in September, the latest assault risks rekindling the debate over the record refugee influx.

“It makes me especially angry that the perpetrator appears to be a person who claimed protection in Germany and then turned his hate against us,” said Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz.

“What was this man doing in Germany?” the mass-circulation Bild newspaper asked.

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Muslim robe-wearing man stabs customer leaving Paris supermarket (VIDEO)


A man with a knife concealed in a traditional loose-fitting Muslim robe has attacked a customer carrying a pack of beer in a Paris supermarket, local media reports.

The incident took place at a Monoprix supermarket in the 13th district of Paris on Tuesday evening, Le Point newspaper reported, releasing a video of the attack.

The footage shows a man with a pack of beer exiting the supermarket when he is confronted by a man with knife. The weapon was allegedly hidden inside the attacker’s djellaba, a Muslim long loose-fitting robe worn usually in Maghreb region of North Africa, the paper reported.

The victim protected himself with his forearm, while one of his friends grabbed the assailant by the throat, forcing him to retreat. The victim reportedly received a non-life-threatening injury.

Le Point cited a source close to the investigation as saying that the suspected attacker was born in Paris in 1996. He was arrested in the north of the French capital on Wednesday morning, the paper added.

The initial investigation found that radicalization played no part in the attack, Le Point said, adding that the anti-terrorism office hasn’t yet picked up the case. Police still have to determine the motive for the assault, and whether or not the assailant knew the victim.

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