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(Reuters)   Trump-supporting company that owns Motel 6, a chain that illegally sold its guest lists to ICE without a warrant, just bought our DNA   (reuters.com) divider line
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2020-08-05 10:45:56 PM  
In 2019, The Intercept revealed that two firms owned by Blackstone were partially responsible for the burning of the Amazon rainforest

Oh damn.  They're the villains in a Bond movie.
 
2020-08-05 10:55:47 PM  
I suspect that whole of people have already freely given their DNA to Motel 6.
 
2020-08-05 10:56:55 PM  
whole lot of people

dammit
 
2020-08-05 11:29:47 PM  
They need to identify all the murder victims found in their rooms.

//watch too many true crime shows.
 
2020-08-06 12:22:04 AM  
Your DNA, cheapo-subby, my DNA is safely stored in the bed spreads of at various holiday inns, they value my and my prostitutes' privacy.
 
2020-08-06 12:38:01 AM  
Motel 666, am I right? Or does Trump own the copyright on that number? Maybe Jarvanka owns the copyright. Kushners own 666 Fifth Avenue. If it were on 6th Avenue, it would have a plethora of 6's.
 
2020-08-06 12:39:12 AM  
Wait. Trump can't own the number 666 because that is the Christian gemetria for Fox. Rupert Murdoch owns Fox 666 Faux News. At least his children are decent enough to be embarassed by the Old Man's Vice and Folly.
 
2020-08-06 1:44:27 AM  
Subby, the thing you manage to remember about Blackstone, one of the largest investment firms in the history of mankind and slightly more powerrful than God, is that they own a minor motel chain. That's what you managed to remember?

I see.

And you think they WANT your DNA?
 
2020-08-06 2:23:59 AM  
Surprised the Mormons agreed.
 
2020-08-06 2:30:59 AM  

LrdPhoenix: Surprised the Mormons agreed.


as if Mormons accepting money is unusual.  long as the church gets their cut.  Mormons are just Catholics without altar boys.
 
2020-08-06 3:43:36 AM  

doomjesse: LrdPhoenix: Surprised the Mormons agreed.

as if Mormons accepting money is unusual.  long as the church gets their cut.  Mormons are just Catholics without altar boys.


Well, the whole endeavor is part of their holy mission to posthumously baptize all the world's dead so they can eventually go to heaven, or whatever.
 
2020-08-06 6:59:22 AM  

wejash: Subby, the thing you manage to remember about Blackstone, one of the largest investment firms in the history of mankind and slightly more powerrful than God, is that they own a minor motel chain. That's what you managed to remember?

I see.

And you think they WANT your DNA?


Subby was reminding us that Motel 6 sent its guest lists to ICE, which was considered to be a very serious violation at the time.

Of course, we've ha all kinds of worse things happen since then, so I understand your apathy.
 
2020-08-06 7:10:34 AM  

RolandTGunner: I suspect that whole of people have already freely given their DNA to Motel 6.


They'll leave the black light on for ya!
 
2020-08-06 7:45:29 AM  
I use ancestry.com and findagrave.com (owned by ancestry) daily, but you're a complete fool if you send DNA to ancestry or anyone else.

/hopefully this means they're improving the ancestry.com infrastructure as the site is slow as fark
//more likely they'll just do layoffs and jack the price up 25%
 
2020-08-06 8:41:19 AM  
Glad I never fell for that ancestry DNS bullshiat.
 
2020-08-06 8:41:30 AM  
I'm pretty sure they have plenty of out DNA all over their walls already.

And ceilings.
 
2020-08-06 8:41:54 AM  
Honestly, they could have just gotten DNA from their Motel 6 beds... but ok
 
2020-08-06 8:42:00 AM  

Rattlehead: Glad I never fell for that ancestry DNS bullshiat.


DNA bullshiat. Working on DNS this morning.
 
2020-08-06 8:43:25 AM  

Rattlehead: Rattlehead: Glad I never fell for that ancestry DNS bullshiat.

DNA bullshiat. Working on DNS this morning.


8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4

There, work done. Time for more FARK.
 
2020-08-06 8:45:16 AM  

Creoena: I use ancestry.com and findagrave.com (owned by ancestry) daily, but you're a complete fool if you send DNA to ancestry or anyone else.

/hopefully this means they're improving the ancestry.com infrastructure as the site is slow as fark
//more likely they'll just do layoffs and jack the price up 25%


Ummm... Why are you checking ancestery.com and findagrave daily?
 
2020-08-06 8:48:47 AM  

RolandTGunner: whole lot of people

dammit


That's funny.  My mind filled in the blanks just fine until you pointed it out.
 
2020-08-06 8:51:18 AM  
My wife keeps wanting to send in our DNA to Ancestry. She insists it's completely anonymous. I told her no farking way. It's data harvesting on a whole different level.
 
2020-08-06 8:51:41 AM  
WTF? This is bad. This is the 4th Reich. Will Experian be next?

I didn't want a DNA test in the past as they all sell/share info. The only genetic test I will take will be done at my Doctor's office for genetic precursors, as long as it would stay private, away from health insurance companies and investment firms etc...


/Damn.
 
2020-08-06 8:53:39 AM  
And they say tik tok is a national security risk. I'll hand it to repubs here, they can endanger liberty with just barebones tech.
 
2020-08-06 8:57:03 AM  
It may be time to fess up that the DNA sent into Ancestry was taken from a drunk on a dare. It explains the change in profile every six months.  This is a really big data breach.
 
2020-08-06 8:59:56 AM  

Mister Buttons: Creoena: I use ancestry.com and findagrave.com (owned by ancestry) daily, but you're a complete fool if you send DNA to ancestry or anyone else.

/hopefully this means they're improving the ancestry.com infrastructure as the site is slow as fark
//more likely they'll just do layoffs and jack the price up 25%

Ummm... Why are you checking ancestery.com and findagrave daily?


I'm a contributor to findagrave.com.  I add memorials to findagrave.com and do research on all of the memorials.  I've been sort of on the findagrave exercise plan since Covid started.  No one goes to cemeteries so it's been great to get out of the house to a place no one's around since I'm working from home all day.

/everyone there is practicing social distancing as they're all six feet underground
//here all week, veal, waitress, etc.
 
2020-08-06 9:01:01 AM  

JerkStore: My wife keeps wanting to send in our DNA to Ancestry. She insists it's completely anonymous. I told her no farking way. It's data harvesting on a whole different level.


If there was a way to anonymously get DNA checked, I'd be fine with that.  Paying to get that data with the knowledge cops/insurance companies could get their hands on it from here until infinite... no thanks.

I'll just keep donating my DNA onto tissues and paper towels, thank you very much.
 
2020-08-06 9:07:02 AM  

ox45tallboy: I'm pretty sure they have plenty of out DNA all over their walls already.

And ceilings.


"Motel 6: We'll leave the blacklight on for you."
 
2020-08-06 9:10:22 AM  
I guess I'm an oddball for not giving any farks about my ancestry. It's enough for me to know there's an unbroken chain of life from me all the way back to the first self-replicating molecular gizmo.

I've got family who go nuts for this and who are all proud of being related to some famous names from history. As if that mattered at all. I suppose thanks to them my name is in the database, but I'll be damned if I give them any more information.
 
2020-08-06 9:12:20 AM  
Motel 6?
They probably had a lot of DNA already and just needed a place to keep it.
 
2020-08-06 9:16:55 AM  

weddingsinger: In 2019, The Intercept revealed that two firms owned by Blackstone were partially responsible for the burning of the Amazon rainforest

Oh damn.  They're the villains in a Bond movie.


It makes sense. If you only have one firm burning down rainforest you can't exactly say "why are you burning rainforest so much more slowly than this other firm?"
 
2020-08-06 9:17:39 AM  

RolandTGunner: I suspect that whole of people have already freely given their DNA to Motel 6.


Yes, various holes have received plenty of DNA in Motel 6s.
 
2020-08-06 9:19:29 AM  

StatelyGreekAutomaton: RolandTGunner: I suspect that whole of people have already freely given their DNA to Motel 6.

Yes, various holes have received plenty of DNA in Motel 6s.


As have the curtains, sheets, walls, remote control...

/Don't judge me.
 
2020-08-06 9:20:19 AM  
If the mormons are selling it, the end is near.
 
2020-08-06 9:23:01 AM  

JerkStore: My wife keeps wanting to send in our DNA to Ancestry. She insists it's completely anonymous. I told her no farking way. It's data harvesting on a whole different level.


I never would have sent Ancestry mine in a million years, but then my parents did. Thanks parents.
 
2020-08-06 9:32:38 AM  

PirateKing: I guess I'm an oddball for not giving any farks about my ancestry. It's enough for me to know there's an unbroken chain of life from me all the way back to the first self-replicating molecular gizmo.

I've got family who go nuts for this and who are all proud of being related to some famous names from history. As if that mattered at all. I suppose thanks to them my name is in the database, but I'll be damned if I give them any more information.


I really got into it years ago and had some of my lines traced back to the 1600s, but I kept finding so many mistaken or questionable entries and realized that a single wrong name could make an entire branch be completely wrong. Not to mention how many are wrong because of wives cheating on husbands. There were some completely dead ends too like a great great grandmother who was Cherokee and obviously there are no records of her ancestors. Mostly I wanted to see how far back I could go and trying to get to the 1500s or earlier but it was discouraging to get so far and find an error and then like you I realized none of this crap matters anyway. They may be my direct ancestors but I never knew them and genetically I'm barely related to them anyway so who cares.
 
2020-08-06 9:43:22 AM  
I f*cking called this years ago, despite a bunch of friends telling me to lighten up and just go ahead and sign away the rights to my goddamned DNA so I could see that "oh hey I'm mostly Irish and Polish."

Everything is a scam.
 
2020-08-06 9:51:57 AM  
This is really the only way that this could have gone. I don't know what people expected by giving their dna to a company.
 
2020-08-06 10:07:18 AM  
I'm trying to think up some joke about DNA and hotel sheets. Anyone having any success with that?
 
2020-08-06 10:13:00 AM  

JerkStore: My wife keeps wanting to send in our DNA to Ancestry. She insists it's completely anonymous. I told her no farking way. It's data harvesting on a whole different level.


This. No farking way am I willingly providing my dna to anyone that isn't one of my doctors, required lab work for my doctors, or a hospital where I've had to have surgery. Those are plenty and I at least have HIPAA laws to keep findings between me and my doctors private.
 
2020-08-06 10:13:53 AM  
Its easy. Just sign an irrevocable contract with an LLC that gives them exclusive rights to your entire genome, any mutations thereof, future iterations etc.... And be the one who owns the LLC.
 
2020-08-06 10:19:23 AM  

Biohazard Banana Suit: This is really the only way that this could have gone. I don't know what people expected by giving their dna to a company.


I expected the worst, which is why I used a false name and a burner email.
 
2020-08-06 10:24:32 AM  

Tomoko: PirateKing: I guess I'm an oddball for not giving any farks about my ancestry. It's enough for me to know there's an unbroken chain of life from me all the way back to the first self-replicating molecular gizmo.

I've got family who go nuts for this and who are all proud of being related to some famous names from history. As if that mattered at all. I suppose thanks to them my name is in the database, but I'll be damned if I give them any more information.

I really got into it years ago and had some of my lines traced back to the 1600s, but I kept finding so many mistaken or questionable entries and realized that a single wrong name could make an entire branch be completely wrong. Not to mention how many are wrong because of wives cheating on husbands. There were some completely dead ends too like a great great grandmother who was Cherokee and obviously there are no records of her ancestors. Mostly I wanted to see how far back I could go and trying to get to the 1500s or earlier but it was discouraging to get so far and find an error and then like you I realized none of this crap matters anyway. They may be my direct ancestors but I never knew them and genetically I'm barely related to them anyway so who cares.


Same. I got past a couple generations and found a lot of dead ends. Some things are meant to be lost to time.
 
Juc
2020-08-06 10:26:12 AM  
Well shoulda figured that'd happen at some point when you send stuff to companies.
Data is easy money for a lot of companies, and most companies would do pretty much anything for easy money.
 
2020-08-06 10:28:13 AM  

PirateKing: I guess I'm an oddball for not giving any farks about my ancestry. It's enough for me to know there's an unbroken chain of life from me all the way back to the first self-replicating molecular gizmo.

I've got family who go nuts for this and who are all proud of being related to some famous names from history. As if that mattered at all. I suppose thanks to them my name is in the database, but I'll be damned if I give them any more information.


I've never been interested about ancestry, but I have been curious about 23 and me.  I think it'd be neat to know whether I am what I think I am or whether someone in the past stepped out.  More importantly, I am curious about risk factors for diseases which 23 and me identifies.  However, until there are laws on the books about how the DNA info must be kept confidential/destroyed upon request, I am not biting.
 
2020-08-06 12:38:40 PM  
I'm pretty grateful people on my Dad's mom's side have our family tree going back as far as possible. I know all about my mom's mom's side. I'm German and English the whole way back and my family has lived in the same area of the US for generations, except for my great grandpa who immigrated from England in the early 1910s. Nothing interesting at all.
 
2020-08-06 1:00:12 PM  
as if that trove of data wasn't assume to be sold off as why anyone created it in the first place.
 
2020-08-06 2:46:00 PM  
Why aren't foreign governments, like Canada, intervening? Ancestry made lots of promises to Canadians about keeping their results secret.
 
2020-08-06 4:57:53 PM  

Creoena: I use ancestry.com and findagrave.com (owned by ancestry) daily, but you're a complete fool if you send DNA to ancestry or anyone else.


Ok.

Why?

Spell it out for me, like I'm the fool. I sent mine to 23 and me, as they test for things like hemochromatosis (which my brother has).

How was I hurt by this transaction? Am I continuing to be hurt? Could I have alternatively sold my dna somewhere?
 
2020-08-06 6:35:21 PM  

Farking Clown Shoes: wejash: Subby, the thing you manage to remember about Blackstone, one of the largest investment firms in the history of mankind and slightly more powerrful than God, is that they own a minor motel chain. That's what you managed to remember?

I see.

And you think they WANT your DNA?

Subby was reminding us that Motel 6 sent its guest lists to ICE, which was considered to be a very serious violation at the time.

Of course, we've ha all kinds of worse things happen since then, so I understand your apathy.


It's not apathy.

If Blackstone wanted to share data with ICE, it damn well would not have had Woody the counter attendant doing the dirty out front of everybody with the local ICE guys. That was old Motel 6 tradition going back to the good ole days.

Blackstone does far better and far worse things than that nickle-and-dime shiat to whole 3rd world nations.

They aren't picking up Ancestry to get your DNA. They found a few bucks under a couch cushion to invest and saw Ancestry's traffic and subscriber growth and grabbed it.

It's not like the genealogy sites were refusing to hand over your DNA to anyone with a subpoena in the first place. This horse is out of the barn, down in the tavern thowing back Heinekens with Farmer John.
 
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