What Google and Apple are cooking up (and it is not dessert)-rebaked version

I decided to add substantially to this piece as there were significant developments during the week and to respond to some of the criticism.

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Steve Jobs is now turning in his grave….

Governments and politicians love crises, they learnt it from the dictators of the world. Crisis was always, and still is, the tool used by an oppressive regime to manipulate and control people; mix in a little bit of racism with a sprinkling of nationalism and it becomes your patriotic duty to defend the dictator you were trying to depose in the food riots a few weeks before.

In this present “crisis”, governments are taking full advantage of the fear that has been created by a complicit media to push through legislation that would never have been passed during “peace time”. This is all done under the banner of “saving lives” — apparently if you act quickly and strip everyone of their liberty we will save “millions” of lives. The trouble is, push those figures a little bit and most of those “millions” would die anyway within the next 12 months with or without COVID-19. The author of the report that locked the UK up now admits a “2/3rds overlap, perhaps more” and the first contra study has appeared in the Lancet medical journal [3] arguing the closing of UK schools (and by implication, most social distancing for the healthy) is unjustified. This paper, unlike the original report prepared for our government, was peer-reviewed and accepted by experts generally.

The contrived nature of this “crisis” should be obvious to anyone who wants to step back and look at reality. In the UK at the moment we have “emergency” facilities opened by our monarchs (no less — and the British Establishment roll out our monarchs when additional sedation of the population is required) that are completely empty with no patients and this is a repeated pattern at these “desperately needed” facilities. It was primarily a very public, expensive and slick psychological stunt to try and ensure the population stays well-behaved during their incarceration and people are frightened into obedience; if you dare to challenge that they are empty, it is simply because “our strategy is working” rather than evidence that the strategy was fundamentally flawed.

All this I discuss in greater detail in my previous articles as well as cross-referencing medical experts with how it should have been handled — in short, mass testing of at-risk groups, fire-walling institutions with high-risk groups, and targeted quarantining when people are infected. It is the only long-term sustainable strategy — this is going to be a repeating problem for now every nutter out there will now be working on malicious biological entities to wreck the world. The most remarkable fact is that by just getting fit and healthy, most people without pre-existing conditions can survive this type of infection with a little discomfort. It is not sustainable to paralyse the world when you have a flu problem and borrow from the magic money tree to pay everybody to stay at home; unless, of course, you have the agenda for a 1984 worldwide social change to introduce a Brave New World order. That, as is becoming increasingly obvious, is both the WHO’s [2] and the Chinese agenda. The “Chinese” dimension is emerging from conspiracy theorist to mainstream, as it becomes plain just how ruthless that regime is and how it is quite happy to use its enormous econmic power to further its political agenda.

This is going to be a repeating problem — every nutter out there will now be working on malicious biological entities to wreck the world.

However, dig a little deeper — there are actually two versions of the specification — one talks about Bluetooth and the other about GPS and the overall architecture. What is so significant about the tech is that it will be built into the operating system — this means it can operate independently of you (just by you switching on your phone), of any privacy settings and you can never be sure that it is turned off, even if you turned Bluetooth off or even if your phone is turned off — preboot execution is now pretty common for communication devices, you have to pull the battery out to be sure (think Nicky in the Bourne Ultimatum). It is a bit like your webcam having an “in-use” light on it, but it is only conventional and a courtesy that a programmer lights that up, you can deliberately not light it up for legitimate purposes but of course that means it can not be lit up too for illegitimate purposes; same goes for built-in microphones for recording from and covert listening in. I found an interesting message in my Windows privacy settings informing me that “the settings were bypassable by any devices that decides to bypass them [by being built into the operating system] — if you want robust security, unplug the device”. Works for external devices but what about the built-in camera, microphone, GPS…

I found an interesting message in my Windows privacy settings informing me that “the settings were bypassable by any devices that decides to bypass them [by being built into the operating system] — if you want robust security, unplug the device”.

Now, of course, it seems perfectly reasonable that you should want to provide information that would help in the tracking of possible risk of infection of those close to you and then alert some central medical facility. That is being a caring and compassionate citizen, concerned for the health and well-being of your fellow citizens. That is what gives this type of scheme its prima facie plausibility. Just as the mayor of New York is going to send in the police to break up funeral gatherings, “This is about saving lives. Period.” However, again and again, we are missing the contrived nature of this pandemic — for those who are fit and healthy, this represents virtually no risk — mortality in South Korea was less than 1% and even where it was higher, in Spain and Italy for example (around 10%), there were local lifestyle and demographic exacerbating factors and even now, Spain is re-opening for business. The brutal reality is that the world cannot afford to stay shut, it has to re-open for business and we will find a way to live with this risk just as we live with the flu.

The brutal reality is that the world cannot afford to stay shut, it has to re-open for business and we will find a way to live with this risk just as we live with the flu.

Totalitarian imposition of “lockdowns” that destroy small to medium size businesses and hand greater power to multi-nationals is more socially and economically destructive for far more than those who will die from COVID-19.

For what you have being proposed is the first real-time, accurate to within a few metres (where ground corrected GPS is available) location data on everyone carrying a “smart” device with GPS and/or Bluetooth capability. Imagine my surprise when the CEO of Fitbit said he was making all my data (along with any Fitbit user) available to “government agencies” to help fight COVID-19. It will only be really “useful” to them if they can tie it back to me — once they have the hardware “address” (the MAC-ID), they can.

There is a surreptitious agenda that is pushing the circumvention of normal liberty, privacy and legislative oversight and using “saving lives” as the cover.

Of course, we all want national security but, and this is where we have to disagree with the Major too, not at any price. If staying “safe” means that I am only going to be allowed out of my house for a 1 hour exercise period, cannot bury my dead and have to work from home courtesy of Zoom, guess what, I will take the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and any other similar low-grade pathogen! That is my right as a citizen. We are not dealing with a deadly disease with a 90% kill-rate. In case you have not noticed, far more people have recovered than have died, including our very own Primeminister, have the media now concentrated on the recovery rate, no — that should show their news-making and selling agenda.

If staying “safe” means that I am only going to be allowed out of my house for a 1 hour exercise period, cannot bury my dead and have to work from home courtesy of Zoom, guess what, I will take the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and any other similar low-grade pathogen! That is my right as a citizen.

In case you have not noticed, worldwide it is expected 95 in every 100 will have recovered rather than will have died. In South Korea , where you have the best data, it was less than 1 in 100. Why? As a population group, South Koreans eat better and are fitter.

Update 01/05/2020 — If you are British, find out just how corrupt this legislation is here:

So, as a parting word, by far the greatest threat this pandemic has posed is the threat to our basic freedom and liberty. Never have the politicians with their “experts” been so bold as to strip the basic rights from people and they have used the media and technology with shrewd perfection to execute it — a message of fear on the news media masquerading as “wisdom”, propagating a narrative of “saving lives” when people’s lives are being destroyed by isolation and financial ruin.

If staying “safe” means that I am only going to be allowed out of my house for a 1 hour exercise period, cannot bury my dead and have to work from home courtesy of Zoom, guess what, I will take the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and any other similar pathogen!

[1] This makes the same basic error as the work it uncritically references — not being honest with the assumptions about the mortality rate; it builds a super-elaborate case, drowning you in jargon and graphs, justifying invasion of privacy without dealing with the basic flaw in the modelling, the enormous overlap between those who would still die of something else, if not COVID-19.

[2] The WHO has been the most successful internationalist agency with roots back to 1851. It is unashamedly messianic in character as a way of creating a new secular world order as witnessed repeatedly in its most senior leaders over the years, see https://www.garynorth.com/public/20793.cfm for a great overview.

[3] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52180783

[4] https://www.newscientist.com/article/2240288-do-face-masks-work-against-the-coronavirus-and-should-you-wear-one/#

[5] On signs all round the country and all over our media, on Facebook avatars (people cannot go to the coast for example, car parks are closed), you have the word “Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives”.

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I write engineering software for a technical website and am studying part-time for a PhD in Philosophy, https://planetmacneil.org/blog/.

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