“POWER CORRUPTS, AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY“
— Lord Acton, 1834-1902
It is the above enduring truth of all truths which explains why socialist/fascist-like Dems — within officialdom, in tandem with their counterparts, the media mob — support increasingly draconian measures. Ostensibly, this and that dictate is designed for the health and welfare of all. Hogwash. Dangerous nonsense.
Still yet, as always, visual aids are more than telling. Revealing. As such, consider the following as foretastes to come — in so far that rational folks (from all across the country and beyond) have come to the grim conclusion: Yes, the so-called “cure(s)” will end up being worse than the virus, infecting/affecting countless more, too!!
Yes, Tucker elucidates and pares down the draconian dictates to its bare bones….
Of course, the ever-fascist Facebook joins the fray. Par for Zuckerberg’s dictatorial course — the CEO of the very same pro-jihad platform which enables global terrorists — he is ideologically averse to siding with the enshrined and most inherent Constitutional right, that is, freedom of speech! This go-around, his “concern” is hidden beneath this and that gobbly-gook via so-called data extraction — that which he twists to suit the left’s quest for total control over, heaven forfend, the spread of free speech and information they disagree with! Zuck, this site says: F U * K Y O U!
But we are not done. Far from it. So, in furtherance to the incipient dangers — if the out-of-control, power-hungry leaders aren’t stopped without MASSIVE push-back — know that what they have done so far will pale in comparison to what awaits. Shiver the people timbers.
By the way, Israelis are growing restless too, as the draconian fall-out continues to wreck lives! There are millions more in dire straits throughout Israel, just like Yuval Carmi – hardworking business people, many of whom served the state before becoming small business owners, etc. On the verge of bankruptcy after years of hard work, Yuval (with countless others) can no longer feed his own family! Naturally, pithy words are expressed by the leadership, as Bibi weighs in….
Now that the stage has been set, let’s introduce yesterday’s analysis via AmericasCivilWarRising.org. Unarguably, it backs-up the underbelly and dangerous surveillance hidden beneath the corona relief bill! But if that is not scary enough, Chinese-made drones are “overseeing” the American public with the leadership’s consent!! What the hell is going on?
[INTRODUCTION BY ADINA KUTNICKI: As unprecedented national lock-downs continue throughout the western world, an increasing number of citizens are recognizing that all is not as it seems, that is, that the “marching orders” have less to do with public health concerns, but more to do with garnering control over the populace. Incontestably, since the onslaught of the CHINESE virus, more and more draconian measures are being imposed, even in the heretofore land of the free and the home of the brave. Naturally, Israel is in lock-step. But let’s leave that for another discussion.
Of course, “social distancing” makes sense during a pandemic which, sort of, erupted like a bolt out of the blue. However, as mentioned, a preponderance of the restrictive measures have nothing to do with public health issues. To the contrary. They are “testing grounds” for how far they can go to maintain governmental control, the tipping point, if you will, without causing massive backlash.
Now, if proofs in the pudding are required to demonstrate what’s what within the vast expanse of the U.S., so be it.
As such, the most glaring examples are coming out of “Gretch” Whitmer’s socialist-driven Michigan State House. For example, arbitrarily, as if by fiat, surgeries for joint/hip replacement, etc. are deemed elective and off the table, nevertheless, abortions are good to go! Did you ever?? And whereas the sale of gardening seeds and other household/personal supplies are taboo, alas, lotto, liquor, weed/smoke shops, and other numbing agents are open for consumption! You get the Orwellian picture. In fact, more and more Demster-controlled states are following goose-step-like and becoming equally oppressive.
Alas, if any of their draconian edicts are really enacted for public health concerns, this site is all ears! But never mind. Rational folks intuit that the aforementioned beats a straight path back to today’s thesis — more control via medical records, etc., etc. is evidence of Lord Acton’s very wise adage:
“POWER CORRUPTS, AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY”
Inexorably, the fork in the road, so to speak, is upon us. This is so because clear-eyed thinkers are realizing the prescience of Patrick Henry’s pronouncement at the Second Virginia Convention in 1775: “Give me liberty, or give me death!“]
WIRED.com By Sidney Fussell March 31, 2020
PRESIDENT TRUMP ON Friday signed the largest relief bill in US history, a $2 trillion lifeline to businesses, hospitals, and workers hit hard by the explosive spread of the coronavirus. More than 160,000 Americans have tested positive for the virus, according to the John Hopkins Coronaviurus resource center, more than any other country. But some civil liberties advocates and government watchdogs worry that the measure could enable new types of surveillance of Americans, without adequate privacy safeguards. They fear that emergency provisions could become routine over time.
In addition to payments to workers, the bill provides $150 billion for public health, including $4.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The money is allocated for increased testing, desperately needed protective equipment for doctors and nurses, and new preventive measures. This includes $500 million for a “public health surveillance and data collection system” meant to track the spread of the virus. Other countries use similar data to detect disease hot spots, decide where to allocate resources, and enforce quarantines or lockdowns.
“We’ve already seen a bunch of countries embrace the idea of monitoring, be it [through] cell phones [or] social media,” says Jake Laperruque, senior counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington, DC, nonprofit. The stimulus bill includes provisions that restrict some government spending, but when it comes to surveillance, “there’s really not that many.”
Other countries are leaning on tech companies to provide monitoring tools to slow the virus’ spread and enforce lockdowns. In the UK, the National Health Service is partnering with tech giants Microsoft, Amazon, and Palantir to use emergency call data to predict where ventilators may be needed. In China and Spain, location data is used to flag gathering spots where drones tell people to spread out. These are preventive health measures, but have potential for state overreach.
The concerns reflect the tension between tracking people’s movements to reduce the disease’s spread and expectations of personal privacy. “I don’t predict [relief money] will be used to start building up blue light cameras or buying drones, but I could definitely see it being used to build out infrastructure for things like location tracking, cell phone tracking tools, [or] social media monitoring tools,” Laperruque says.
The White House has reportedly approached several technology companies about harnessing user data as a means of tracking the spread of the virus. Google and Facebook dismissed these reports, but grant money from the relief bill could still go to companies with the same aims: tracking people as a proxy for the virus. Legal scholars say the final version focuses on providing money to strengthen local and state responses, with a heightened focus on data collection and surveillance.
Just hours after the Senate approved the bill on Wednesday, Trump sent new coronavirus guidelines to every US governor. The new guidelines ask governors to increase testing and begin rating their respective counties according to risk of infection: low, medium, or high. The relief bill is part of a new phase of response to the pandemic: increasing testing, using that data to track the virus’s spread, rating areas on risk, and finally allocating resources and increasing measures like lockdowns, if necessary.
Information and data collection are vital parts of the plan. The CDC will issue grants to carry out a number of tasks, many of which could be handled by technology companies: real-time updates on the spread of the virus, community messaging via social media, identifying and counteracting misinformation, assessing travelers’ risk of exposure, and predictive modeling of the future spread of the virus.
“This new information will drive the next phase in our war against this invisible enemy,” Trump wrote to the governors.
Technology is indispensable in a pandemic, but rushing to use untested algorithms can be dangerous. Sean McDonald is a digital-governance researcher at Duke University who studied the use of location data in fighting the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia. State health organizations shared information from cell phones, including location data, with international aid groups without user consent, rules governing its use, or a plan to ensure anonymized data stayed anonymous. (Research has long suggested anonymized location data can still identify people). McDonald warns that similar problems could crop up in the US.
“We have a lot of people with good intentions,” McDonald says, referring to tech companies volunteering their services. But he says the projects are experimental, and their outcomes could be “really dangerous or unjustified.”
One problem, McDonald says, is that scientists don’t have good data on how coronavirus spreads, either via surfaces or from person to person. The specifics of transmission—such as how long the virus lasts on metal as opposed to concrete, or if it can be transmitted through contact with bodily fluids—affect data modeling or projections. Because that information hasn’t been nailed down, algorithms predicting where and how the virus will travel should, for now, be viewed cautiously.
The relief bill provides some oversight of government spending, through a Pandemic Response Accountability Committee that will report quarterly. The 2009 stimulus bill in response to the financial crisis similarly created an internal board that spent years auditing funds. Investigations led by that task force resulted in over 1,600 civil and criminal judgments on fraud or similar abuse charges. As Liz Hempowicz, the director of public policy at the Project on Government Oversight, says, these regular updates can include checks on privacy overreach as well. But oversight may not stop overreach in the meantime.
“We have to be clued in to the fact that people will try to take advantage of this,” Hempowicz says. “And we just have to make sure that there are enough oversight mechanisms in place and conditions in place on [relief] money that we can try to head off as much of that as possible.”
Onto….DAILYPOLITICALNEWSWIRE.com By Mike Vance April 19, 2020
Elizabeth, New Jersey is using a Chinese firm’s drones to make sure citizens are employing proper social distancing. Reports in the past have suggested that these drones are feeding data to China.
Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage is deploying the drones to give warnings to Elizabeth citizens who are walking too close to one another while outdoors. The drone blares sirens and says “Stop gathering, disperse and go home!”…continue reading the scary truth here…..
Alas, in the spirit of the times, this may, hopefully, lend added strength to those who are suffering under the leadership’s boot……
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