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Grocery Giant Kroger To Begin Home Delivery Service Of Groceries By Partnering With Driverless Car Company Nuro

Grocery Giant Kroger announced plans Thursday to partner with driverless car company Nuro to deliver groceries using its autonomous driverless vehicles.

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Kroger announced plans Thursday to partner with driverless car company Nuro to deliver groceries using its autonomous vehicles.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12: 4 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Self-driving autonomous vehicles are on the verge of being perfected, and when fully operational it will cause a paradigm shift not seen since the beginning days of the 20th century. When the automobile was first introduced in the late 1890’s, it was seen as interesting novelty that would soon fade away. Then Henry Ford came along with the moving assembly line and seemingly overnight America, and then the world, was driving. Driverless vehicles are on a similar path. Once all the kinks are worked out, you will see driverless vehicles absolutely everywhere, just like in those futuristic movies. People running to and fro? Knowledge being increased? Welcome to the time that the prophet Daniel saw

The partnership comes as the U.S.’s largest grocery players continue to tackle the expensive challenge of “last mile delivery” — the final step in getting a product to a shopper’s home. It is a feat that is particularly perilous when dealing with fragile products like fresh food. It is further complicated by populations that vary wildly across the U.S, with some far less dense that others.

Walmart recently said it was partnering with Postmates to expand its online grocery delivery program. Amazon announced early Thursday plans to partner with entrepreneurs who run their own local delivery networks of up to 40 delivery vans. It is not clear whether it will use that network for food delivery.

Kroger, meantime, has made a series of bold steps to further its online grocery and delivery business over the past few months. It announced its investment in British online grocer Ocado, which it will use to build out automated warehouses throughout the U.S. It also bought meal kit company Home Chef.

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Watch official video of Nuro driverless car being put through testing. Nuro was founded in 2016 to harness the power of robotics and artificial intelligence to solve new challenges at a global scale. Click here to visit the Nuro website.

Earlier this month, it said that digital sales for the past quarter had grown 66 percent. “We cannot just rely on physical stores to reach all of our customers for delivery and and pick-up,” said Yael Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer in an interview with CNBC.

Kroger has over 2,800 stores across the U.S., under banners like Fred Meyer, Ralph’s and Harris Teeter.

Nuro, founded in 2016 by Google engineers, is an autonomous car company built explicitly for the business of transporting goods. That means its cars are slimmer and designed differently than ones meant to carry people. Nuro does not yet have special refrigerated cars, but is working on a new iteration of cars with such technology.

Nuro is focused on deliveries, specifically the kind that are low-speed, local, and last-mile: groceries, laundry, or your take-out order from Seamless. The startup thinks that automating these services could help shoulder the sharp increase in last-mile deliveries, while also reducing traffic accidents and boosting local businesses who are looking for ways to thrive and compete in the age of Amazon.

Kroger and Nuro will begin their partnership this fall. Cosset did not detail a timeline, but did say it would be “aggressive.” It will experiment with the technology in areas that both overlap with and are separate from where it plans to build out its Ocado warehouses.

“Where you have high density, an autonomous vehicle may not be the best solution,” he noted. Eventually, though “you can expect the roll out of Ocado as well as fulfillment capabilities, autonomous delivery … to be available to 100 percent of America,” said Cosset.

In its earlier days, shoppers will need to schedule windows of delivery in advance, but Dave Ferguson, Nuro’s co-founder, said he envisions a longer-term model through which shopper orders more on-demand. Nuro also plans partnerships with other retailers beyond Kroger, which it may build by sharing a cut of the revenue.

Still, with driverless-grocery delivery in its infancy, the Kroger partnership faces a number of uncertainties.

It will take time to build out the infrastructure necessary to support it at scale. Planning for expansion is difficult because demographics across the U.S. may differ in 10 or 20 years. Meantime, markets across the country vary drastically in when, what and how frequently they order their groceries.

There is also the importance of making sure someone is home to pick up the groceries once they are delivered to their house.

And there are legal questions, should the driverless cars lead to accidents. “It’s our responsibility to make sure those vehicles are safe and safely navigating the roads,” said Nuro’s Ferguson. source

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Australia Is The Only Democratic Nation That Tracks Its Citizens By Their ‘Faceprint’ For COVID Containment Procedures, But That’s About To Change

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Australia’s unique use of facial recognition technology from tech startup Genvis, called a faceprint, has caused controversy, stoking privacy fears that it could become a world leader in regulating its use.

Let me introduce you to a term that is about to become ‘all the rage’, your faceprint, and it soon will replace your fingerprint as the primary means of identification. In Australia, a tech company called Genvis has struck it rich by supplying the government there with faceprint tools to track their citizens who have COVID. This has worked so wonderfully well during the pandemic that now this draconian technology is being rolled out to all citizens who want access to any government services.

“Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.” Ezekiel 3:8 (KJB)

The Genvis site says “What started with the introduction of a simple Q.R. code based travel permit system to manage the travel restrictions that came into effect in March 2020 has evolved into a comprehensive platform that powers much of Western Australia’s COVID response in support of the state’s elimination strategy. The G2G app uses facial recognition to confirm the identity of people in quarantine and location services to verify their location. A full-scale quarantine management solution, G2G Now saves significant police resources and is an Australian first.” If you need that translated, it reads like this. “We used the pandemic to rollout hyper-invasive faceprint tracking technology, and that worked so well we will now be using it on all citizens for their every interaction for any government service”.

One of the oh-so-catchy slogans created by the Genvis marketing team is “we’ll contact you when it’s time to check-in”. Oh yeah, man, I bet you will. I believe the Eagles said it best when they sang “You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave.” Thank you very much, but I will not be checking-in.

Australia is now tracking their citizens via their faceprint from Genvis

FROM THE BBC: If a person in Western Australia contracts Covid-19, they must remain in home quarantine for the following seven days – as do their close contacts. The police check up on their whereabouts by sending periodic text messages and require a selfie to be sent back to them within 15 minutes. The police use facial recognition technology and GPS tracking to determine if the person who took the selfie is at home. If they are not, they quickly follow up with a knock on the door and a potentially hefty fine.

The G2G app by local tech start-up Genvis has been used by more than 150,000 people in the state since it was rolled out in September 2020. The same technology, albeit provided by different companies, has been piloted in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Australia stands out as the only democracy to use facial recognition technology to aid Covid-19 containment procedures while other countries were pushing back against the idea of such surveillance.

San Francisco was the first city in the US to introduce a moratorium against police using facial recognition in May 2019. It was quickly followed by Oakland, also in California, and Somerville in Massachusetts. AmazonMicrosoftIBM and Google have declared they will not sell their facial recognition algorithms to law enforcements agencies until there is a federal law in place. In November 2021, Meta said that Facebook would delete one billion “faceprints” and cease using the technology for the purposes of tagging people in photos.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has called for a moratorium on the technology until Australia has a specific law to regulate its use. Human rights campaigners say there is potential for the personal data obtained to be used for secondary purposes, and that it is a slippery slope towards becoming a surveillance state. Groups such as Amnesty warn that the use of facial recognition leads to racial discrimination.

“The pandemic created all these new justifications for using facial recognition technology,” says Mark Andrejevic, a professor of media studies at Monash University in Melbourne and the author of a forthcoming book titled Facial Recognition.

“Everything went online and organisations were trying to make things work very quickly. But the implications haven’t been thought through. Do we want to live in a world where everything is rendered and there are no private spaces? It creates a whole new level of stress that does not lead to a healthy society.”

Consent is needed for the G2G app to be used, and it was also needed in the aftermath of Australia’s Black Summer bushfires of 2020, when those who had lost their identification papers used facial recognition to qualify for disaster relief payments. But there have been cases of facial recognition technology being used covertly.

In October, convenience store group 7-Eleven was found to have breached their customers’ privacy by collecting faceprints from 1.6 million Australian customers when they completed satisfaction surveys. The faceprints were purportedly obtained in order to obtain demographic profiles and prevent staff from gaming the surveys by boosting their ratings. It did not receive a fine. Australia’s Department of Home Affairs began building a national facial recognition database in 2016, and it appears poised to roll it out. In January, it put out a tender for a company to “build and deploy” the data.

“Facial recognition is on the cusp of relatively widespread deployment,” says Andrejevic. “Australia is gearing up to use facial recognition to allow access to government services. And among law enforcement agencies, there’s definitely a desire to have access to these tools.” READ MORE

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Pope Francis Personally Meets With Transgenders At The Vatican To Confirm Them In Their Lifestyles, Does Not Give The Gospel Or Warn Them About Hell

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Pope Francis met with a group of transgenders on Wednesday, with one of the group, Alessia Nobile, a man who now lives as a woman – claiming the Pope told him to “always be myself.”

I think it’s a good thing when Christians take the gospel to the homeless, the hungry, the sick, the downtrodden and the castaways of society, that’s what Jesus did for sure. But Pope Francis is not a Christian by an biblical definition, and when he goes to ‘minister’ to groups like transgenders, he never takes the gospel with him. Instead, in a private audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis confirmed a group of transgenders in their sin, with smiles and applause all around. If you want to know how to get saved from Hell, click here. Pope Francis won’t tell you, but we will.

“For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:17,18 (KJB)

Back in 2020, we showed you how Pope Francis wrote to a nun called Sister Monica, who works with the transgenders down in Argentina, and congratulated her on her support of their lifestyle choices. “Dear Monica, God who did not go to the seminary or study theology will reward you abundantly. I pray for you and your girls. Don’t forget to pray for me. May Jesus bless you and may the holy virgin take care of you. Fraternally, Francisco.” This from the man who claims to be the ‘vicar of Christ’ on this earth, someone with the ‘keys to the kingdom’? Pope Francis couldn’t unlock the door to the outhouse, much less open it to let you get into the kingdom. The only place Francis will lead you is straight to Hell.

‘We felt welcomed’: Francis personally meets group of ‘transgender’ individuals in papal audience

FROM LIFESITE NEWS: At the end of his General Audience June 22, Pope Francis met with a group of six transgender people, who were accompanied by an LGBT-promoting priest, a nun, and the mother of a transgender boy. 

One of the group, Alessia Nobile – a 43-year-old man who now lives as a woman – told fanpage.it that “it was exciting. We felt welcomed.” Nobile presented himself to Pope Francis “as a transgender girl,” but said that Francis replied “he didn’t care who I was, that we have one Father, as if he wanted to tell me ‘You are a sister’.” Nobile also gave the Pope a copy of his autobiography, called “La bambina invisibile,” which details his transgender thoughts and desires while growing up. 

Pope Francis reportedly told Nobile, “You did well to write your story. Bravo!”

Nobile added that Francis told him to “always be myself, but not to be wrapped up in prejudice against the Church.” The 43-year-old has a degree in social sciences, but currently earns his living as a “sex worker.” 

He praised Francis’ welcome for the transgender group, saying that the meeting with the Pope sent “an important message”:

Often we transgender people who are victims of prejudice, also nourish prejudices towards others and we think, starting with prejudice and prejudice, that the Church does not accept us regardless and we do not even seek a meeting. 

I instead felt welcomed, taken by the hand, and embraced. In the month of Pride I think this is an important message. The best thing about having spoken with Pope Francis is that it was simply a confrontation between people and not about our diversity.

The meeting was reportedly organized by Sister Genevier, a nun who lives as part of a tiny community in an amusement park. When she suggested the meeting to Pope Francis, Sr. Genevier was reportedly told to “bring them all.” Sr. Genevier was accompanied by an un-named priest, according to Nobile, who is part of a pro-LGBT organization “Strategia Nazionale LGBT.”

Nobile himself has garnered media attention for reportedly being the first transgender “woman” in the south-eastern Italian region of Puglia “to obtain a registry sex change in 2016 without being forced to undergo sex reassignment surgery.”

All the other members of the group, including the five other transgender individuals, met the Pope individually and spoke with him for a few moments. 

Their meeting is not included in the recorded stream of the Papal Audience found on the Vatican News YouTube channel. However, nearly 300 photos found on Vatican Media’s site document the Pontiff’s meeting with Nobile and the entire group. 

Pope Francis has apparently been making an increased number of such “important messages” to the LGBT movement in recent months. During a private audience in May, Francis allegedly told Professor Aaron Bianco, who is in a same-sex “marriage,” to continue his efforts to make the Church more open to homosexual unions. READ MORE

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MAD MAX: ‘Crazy Auntie’ Maxine Waters Calls For Her Crazed Followers To Defy The Supreme Court And Riot In The Streets Until They Get Their Way

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Rep. ‘Crazy Auntie’ Maxine Waters joined the chorus of Democrats and pro-abortion activists reacting furiously to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday.

Democrats are not against guns, because they have plenty of them, they are against non-Democrats having them to defend themselves. Democrats are not against laws, they use the law all the time, but they’re against any law that go against their stated agenda. So what’s the reaction when the highest court in America makes a decision based on the Constitution of the United States? To Hell with them, they cry! Cue the rioters, cue the burning buildings, and cue the Biden administration applauding it every step of the way. Oh yeah, man, burn it all down.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2 (KJB)

Our Podcast today was on the rising spirit of Antichrist as it relates to abortion in general, and to Roe v. Wade in particular. The same people who held riots in 2020 that killed 20 people, saw 2 women raped and caused $2 billion in property damage are getting ready to do it again. They will have blood, guts and death one way or the other, either from killing their babies, or from killing you. Think I exaggerate? Go ask David Dorn, he’ll back me up.

Maxine Waters on Dobbs Ruling: ‘The Hell with the Supreme Court, We Will Defy Them’

FROM BREITBART NEWS: Maxine Waters, flanked by Rep. Al Green (D-TX), joined activists outside the Supreme Court following the ruling, telling reporters: “The hell with the Supreme Court, we will defy them.”

“You see this turnout here? You ain’t seen nothing yet,” the California Democrat, who serves as chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, also warned.

Earlier Friday, the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, deciding that the Constitution does not include a right to abortion, thus returning the issue of abortion laws to state legislatures. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the court’s 5-4 decision.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Alito said. “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.” READ MORE

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