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Is Orwell’s Big Brother Listening To You? Of Course – Now We’re Inviting His Uncles & Cousins To The Party

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  • The Facts:

    Invasive technology provided to us by big corporations to 'enhance our lives' is becoming ubiquitous within our homes. These corporations have proven to be insincere and untrustworthy about their agenda and their promises to respect our privacy.

  • Reflect On:

    Passively supporting the vision of big corporations to increase the presence of technological ears and eyes in our homes may bring further degradation of our personal privacy and freedom.

It’s funny how some kinds of high-level malfeasance (wrong-doing) can fly largely under the radar in our society until some random, fluke event snaps us into a momentary state of vigilance. I say momentary, because our authority has become expert at minimizing the damage of such events and lulling us back to unconsciousness in short order.

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A case in point came a few weeks back when a Portland, Oregon couple received a phone call from a person they knew, warning them to “Unplug your Alexa devices right now. You’re being hacked.” It turns out that this person had received a voice mail containing a private conversation about hardwood floors between the husband and wife.

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And indeed that person had been correct in presuming the conversation had been sent by Alexa without the couple’s knowledge. The couple’s Echo device mistakenly recorded their conversation and sent it to the Seattle resident, who was on their contact list. The couple unplugged their Alexa-enabled devices after the recipient of the message confirmed the subject of their conversation. “I felt invaded,” the wife said. “A total privacy invasion. I said, ‘I’m never plugging that device in again because I can’t trust it.’”

Amazon’s Damage Control

Now, Amazon says that Alexa, the virtual assistant that powers Amazon’s current suite of smart speakers, interpreted that background conversation regarding hardwood floors as confirmation to record and send the audio.

“Echo woke up due to a word in the background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa.’ Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud, ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer’s contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right.’ As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.”

This doesn’t jive with the couple not having any recollection of hearing from Alexa at all during the whole conversation. Oh, well, no matter… The explanation is really targeted at the general public, not the couple who have already declared they will no longer use the device again.

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The Bigger Picture

From all accounts, it’s reasonable to assume this incident was indeed a glitch. No ‘harm’ intended. But it is the kind of glitch that should make us stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture of what is going on here.

Firstly, it should be abundantly obvious to us that our authority can hear pretty much all our conversations and can record them any time they fancy. The fact that we are buying into the voice-driven technological automation of more and more of our household functions means we are essentially giving our authority carte-blanche to listen in on, record, pause and analyze whatever we say.

Not that we hadn’t been doing that already by virtue of carrying around smart phones with microphones. Siri and Cortana are at our beck and call, while Google and Facebook are now asking to borrow our microphone to enhance their own new voice-activated functionality.

Though we can find plenty of advice online telling us how to turn off the microphone itself, or un-link it from our applications of choice, I personally see this as a bit of a smoke-screen. It makes us feel like we have control, and can assimilate these technological gadgets into our lifestyles in a manner and at a pace of our choosing. What I think is really going on is that we are being acclimatized to allowing technologies to make many of our decisions for us, and more importantly to consider these technologies as our ‘friends’ (or for some, our ‘servants’). A dangerous leap of naivety indeed.

It’s Not The Technology

None of this should be taken to mean I am against technology itself, or doubt how technology has the capacity to make our lives better. I think of technology as neutral–neither good nor bad–and its capacity to be beneficial or detrimental is founded on the agenda and intentions of those who control it.

Oops. Sorry Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, et al, if you’re not on my ‘trust these corporations’ list.

Maybe I’m a little biased in this regard. I’ve written an article about Facebook opening up our private information to Cambridge Analytica, to target us with political ads based on our preference that some have said swayed the 2016 U.S. Election. I’ve written an article about Google opening their A. I. technology to the U. S. army to facilitate the eventual decision-making about who will be killed by drones based solely on computer algorithms. I’ve written another article where Elon Musk implied the only company he fears is Google, based on their acquisition of and secrecy around A. I. technology. Suffice it to say, I believe we have a healthy reason to be suspicious about the motives of large, powerful corporations, because their motivation BY DESIGN is to increase their wealth, power, and control at the expense of the rest of us.

Add In Government Agencies To The Mix

The revelations from Edward Snowdon cannot help but make us feel the same way about government agencies, who work hand-in-hand with corporations in the Oligarchy we live in. Discovering among other things that the NSA was able and willing to listen in on and record conversations of world leaders, including allies, who must have had their own high-level anti-spying technologies in place, means that such agencies are technologically–and morally–capable of anything.

Of course, all these agencies and corporations will tell us they’re not doing this or that–until we find out. And if the initial attempts at denial do not hold water, then the damage control statements float in like butterflies, complete with cringe-worthy apologies and hackneyed promises to do better to protect our rights and freedoms.

Cue in a contrite Mark Zuckerberg appearing before congress a month ago. Correction, a contrite Mark Zuckerberg who seems to have been lying, according to some.

What people like MZ really mean, if you read between the lines and behind the lies, is that they will try harder to make sure their true agenda and methods don’t leak out any more. As it is, we probably only ever find out about 5% or less of what they are actually doing that we would object to.

Let’s Remain Vigilant

All this to say one thing: the powers that are currently in control of most of the technology being introduced to us today appear to be self-serving, immoral people whose organizations do not have the best interests of humanity at heart. There is overwhelming evidence that technology that WOULD be of great benefit to all individuals on this planet–healing technologies, magnetic and free energy come to mind–have been violently suppressed because they present a threat to the power structure currently in place.


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While some technology like computers and smartphones have already become an essential part of our modern lifestyles, we might do well to resist introducing more technology into our homes and lives than is absolutely necessary, and prevent the Googles and Apples of the world from having a ubiquitous ‘background’ presence in our environment.

If and when a big collapse in the power structure on our planet occurs, and if in the aftermath we have reason to believe that those who are making and proliferating technology are doing so in the interest of human individuals, then and only then will there be reason to take down the red flags. In the meantime, I believe the awakened citizenry of our planet would be better off minimizing their buy-in to the tech-is-good sales pitches of large corporations, and thinking twice about inviting even more technological ears and eyes into their homes.

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Vancouver Council Votes Against Mandatory Mask Mandate: They’re Not Required

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  • The Facts:

    Vancouver, Canada will not have a required mask policy in civic facilities, and instead will simply recommend that people wear them.

  • Reflect On:

    Should governments recommend what they feel we should do and present the science instead of forcing certain measures on the population that many people and health professionals clearly disagree with?

What Happened: The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will not mandate masks inside city buildings and will “strongly encourage” people to wear them instead. This is a bold move as many cities across the globe have mandatory mask measures in place.

The proposal by Counc. Sarah Kirby-Yung, which would have required masks inside city buildings, was opposed by more than a dozen speakers who pleaded with the city council to vote against it.

“Please consider our forefathers fought for our freedom, and if we release that choice, it’s the first step towards a dictatorship,” said one speaker according to City News. “Masks are used as weapons and they have certainly been used as weapons against me and others to silence and marginalize us and it’s not fair.”

According to Coun. Christine Boyle, public health experts encourage wearing masks, but a mandatory policy is not needed.

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Positive Association Found Amongst COVID Deaths & Flu Shot Rates Worldwide In Elderly

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  • The Facts:

    A recently published paper has found a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and influenza vaccination rates in elderly people worldwide.

  • Reflect On:

    Why does vaccine hesitancy continue to grow worldwide? What's going on? What information/factors are contributing to this hesitancy?

What Happened: A recently published study in PeerJ  by Christian Wehenkel, a Professor at Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango in Mexico, has found a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and influenza vaccination rates in elderly people worldwide.

According to the study, “The results showed a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and IVR (influenza vaccination rate) of people ≥65 years-old. There is a significant increase in COVID-19 deaths from eastern to western regions in the world. Further exploration is needed to explain these findings, and additional work on this line of research may lead to prevention of deaths associated with COVID-19.”

To determine this association, data sets from 39 countries with more than half a million people were analyzed.

The study was published on October 1st, and two weeks later a note from the publisher appeared atop the paper emphasizing that correlation does not equal causation, and that this paper “should not be taken to suggest that receiving the influenza vaccination results in an increased risk of death for an individual with COVID-19 as there may be confounding factors at play.”

The paper provides evidence from others which have recently been published that ponder if the flu shot could increase ones chance of contracting and dying from COVID-19.

For example, this study published in April of 2020, reported a negative correlation between influenza vaccination rates (IVRs) and COVID-19 related mortality and morbidity. Marín-Hernández, Schwartz & Nixon (2020) also showed epidemiological evidence of an association between higher influenza vaccine uptake by elderly people and lower percentage of COVID-19 deaths in Italy, which directly contradicts the author’s own findings and suggests that the flu shot may help prevent COVID-19 related deaths.

He goes on to mention another study:

In a study analyzing 92,664 clinically and molecularly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil, Fink et al. (2020) reported that patients who received a recent flu vaccine experienced on average 17% lower odds of death. Moreover, Pawlowski et al. (2020) analyzed the immunization records of 137,037 individuals who tested positive in a SARS-CoV-2 PCR. They found that polio, Hemophilus influenzae type-B, measles-mumps-rubella, varicella, pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13), geriatric flu, and hepatitis A/hepatitis B (HepA-HepB) vaccines, which had been administered in the past 1, 2, and 5 years, were associated with decreased SARS-CoV-2 infection rates.

So, its important to mention that correlations between the flu vaccine have also found that it may decrease ones chance of deaths from COVID-19.

But are there studies that have shown an increased chance of death or contracting other respiratory viruses as a result of getting the flu shot? Yes.

That’s also discussed in the paper. For example, he mentions a paper published in 2018:

In a study with 6,120 subjects, Wolff (2020) reported that influenza vaccination was significantly associated with a higher risk of some other respiratory diseases, due to virus interference. In a specific examination of non-influenza viruses, the odds of coronavirus infection (but not the COVID-19 virus) in vaccinated individuals were significantly higher, when compared to unvaccinated individuals (odds ratio = 1.36).

The study above found the flu shot to increase the risk of other coronaviruses among those who had been vaccinated for influenza by 36 percent. The study was conducted prior to COVID-19, so it’s not included and only applies to pre-existing coronaviruses. The study also found an even higher chance of contracting human metapneumovirus amongst those who had received the flu shot.

Below are some more studies regarding the flu shot and viral infections that hint to the same idea.

  • 2018 CDC study (Rikin et al 2018) found that flu shots increase the risk of non-flu acute respiratory illnesses (ARIs), including coronavirus, in children.
  • A 2011 Australian study (Kelly et al 2011) found that flu shots doubled the risk for non-flu viral lung infections.
  • 2012 Hong Kong study (Cowling et al 2012) found that flu shots increase the risk for non-flu respiratory infections by 4.4 times.
  • 2017 study (Mawson et al 2017) found vaccinated children were 5.9 times more likely to suffer pneumonia than their unvaccinated peers.

Why This Is Important: We live in an age where vaccinations are heavily marketed. We’ve seen this with the flu shot time and time again and we are also living in an age where a push for more mandated vaccines seems to be growing.

Dr. Peter Doshi is an associate editor at The BMJ (British Medical Journal) and also an assistant professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He published a paper in The BMJ titled “Influenza: Marketing Vaccines By Marketing Disease.”  In it,  he points out that the CDC pledges “to base all public health decisions on the highest quality of scientific data, openly and objectively derived,” and how this isn’t the case when it comes to the flu vaccine and its marketing. He stresses that “the vaccine may be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and that “the threat of influenza seems to be overstated.”

This is a touchy subject that dives into medical ethics and the connections that big pharmaceutical companies have with our federal health regulatory agencies and health associations. Vaccines are a multi billion dollar industry.

At a recent World Health Organization conference on vaccine safety, it was expressed that vaccine hesitancy is growing at quite a fast pace, especially among doctors who are now becoming hesitant to recommend certain vaccines on the schedule. You can read more about that and find links to the conference here.

We have to ask ourselves, why is this happening? Is it because people and professionals are becoming aware of certain information that warrants the freedom of choice? Should freedom of choice with regards to what we put in our body always remain? Are we really protecting the “herd” by taking these actions?

In a 2014 analysis in the Oregon Law Review by New York University (NYU) legal scholars Mary Holland and Chase E. Zachary (who also has a Princeton-conferred doctorate in chemistry), the authors show that 60 years of compulsory vaccine policies “have not attained herd immunity for any childhood disease.” It is time, they suggest, to cast aside coercion in favor of voluntary choice.

When it comes to the flu shot, I put more information and science as to why so many people seem to refuse it, in this article if interested.

The University of California is currently being sued for mandating the flu shot for all staff, faculty and students. A judge has prevented them from doing so as a result until a decision has been made. You can read more about that here.

In South Korea, 48 people have now died after receiving the flu shot this season causing a lot of controversy. You can read more about that here.

The Takeaway: There are many concerns with vaccines, and vaccine injury is one of them. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act has paid more than $4 billion to families of vaccine injured children. A 2010 HHS pilot study by the Federal Agency for Health Care Research (AHCR) found that 1 in every 39 vaccines causes injury, a shocking comparison to the claims from the CDC of 1 in every million.

Should these statistics alone warrant the freedom of choice? Should the government have the ability to force us into measures, or would it simply be better for them to present the science, make recommendations and urge people to follow them? When the citizenry is forced and coerced into certain actions, sometimes under the guise of good-will, there always seems to be a tremendous amount of uproar and people who disagree. Why are these people silenced? Why are they censored? Why are they ridiculed? Why don’t independent health organizations receive the same voice and reach that government and state “owned” or organizations do? What’s going on here? Do we really live in a free, open and transparent world or are we simply subjected to massive amounts of perception manipulation?

When it come to the flu shot there is plenty of information on both sides of the coin that point to its effectiveness, and on the other hand there is information that points to the complete opposite. When something is not 100 percent clear, freedom of choice in all places should always remain, in my opinion.

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Some South Korean Doctors & Politicians Call To Stop Flu Shots After 48 People Die

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    The number of South Koreans who have died after getting flu shots has risen to 48, but health authorities in South Korea have found no link between the vaccine and the deaths.

  • Reflect On:

    Is the flu shot as safe as it's marketed to be?

What Happened: It’s that time of year and flu shot programs are rolling out across the globe. The number of South Koreans who have died after getting the flu shot has now risen to 48 and some South Korean doctors and politicians have called to stop flu shots as a result, according to Reuters. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) has decided not to stop the program, and that flu vaccines would continue to be given and will reduce the chance of having simultaneous epidemics in the era of COVID-19.

Health authorities in South Korea have explained that they’ve found no direct link between these deaths and the shots. KDCA Director Jeong Eun-kyung said, “After reviewing death cases so far, it is not the time to suspend a flu vaccination programme since vaccination is very crucial this year, considering…the COVID-19 outbreaks.”

According to Reuters, “Some initial autopsy results from the police and the National Forensic Service showed that 13 people died of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and other disorders not caused by the vaccination.”

The South Korean government is hopeful to vaccinate approximately 30 million of the country’s 54 million people.

Concerns Some People Have With The Flu Shot: One concern many people seem to have is the worry of a severe adverse reaction.

Dr. Alvin Moss, MD and professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine emphasizes in this video:

The flu vaccine happens to be the vaccine that causes the most injury in this country. The vaccine injury compensation program, 40 percent of all vaccinations in this country are flu shots, but 60 percent of all the compensations are for the flu vaccine. So a disproportionate number of  vaccine related injuries are the flu shot.

Moss is one of many who believe that the flu vaccine is not as effective as it’s been marketed to be. For example,  A study recently published in Global Advances In Health & Medicine titled “Ascorbate as Prophylaxis and Therapy for COVID-19—Update From Shanghai and U.S. Medical Institutions outlines the following:

Recently outlined A recent consensus statement from a group of renowned infectious disease clinicians observed that vaccine programs have proven ill-suited to the fast-changing viruses underlying these illnesses, with efficacy ranging from 19% to 54% in the past few years.

Dr. Peter Doshi is an associate editor at The BMJ (British Medical Journal)  published a paper in The BMJ titled “Influenza: Marketing Vaccines By Marketing Disease.”  In it,  he points out that the CDC pledges “to base all public health decisions on the highest quality of scientific data, openly and objectively derived,” and how this isn’t the case when it comes to the flu vaccine and its marketing. He stresses that “the vaccine may be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and that “the threat of influenza seems to be overstated.”

These are just a few examples out of many claiming that the flu shot has not really been effective, opposing others that claim it is.  Mercury that’s still present in some flu shots also seems to be a concern.

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act has paid more than $4 billion to families of vaccine injured children. A 2010 HHS pilot study by the Federal Agency for Health Care Research (AHCR) found that 1 in every 39 vaccines causes injury, a shocking comparison to the claims from the CDC of 1 in every million.

Professor Heidi Larson, a Professor of Anthropology and the Risk and Decision Scientist Director at the Vaccine Confidence Project stated at a World Health Organization (WHO) conference that more doctors are starting to be hesitant when it comes to recommending vaccines.

The other thing that’s a trend, and an issue, is not just confidence in providers but confidence of health care providers, we have a very wobbly health professional frontline that is starting to question vaccines and the safety of vaccines. That’s a huge problem, because to this day any study I’ve seen… still, the most trusted person on any study I’ve seen globally is the health care provider…

This is no secret, and actions against mandates are being taken. The University of California was recently sued for making the flu shot mandatory. That trial will begin soon, and you can read more about it here, and find information regarding the claim that the flu shot can help in the times of COVID-19.

The Takeaway: We are living in an age of extreme censorship of information, no matter how credible or how much evidence is provided, information that goes against the grain always seems to receive a harsh backlash from mainstream media as well as social media outlets. Why is there a digital fact checker patrolling the internet? Should people not have the right to examine information openly and freely and determine for themselves what is and what isn’t?

As far as vaccines are concerned, despite the fact that there are many safety issues the scientific community  is bringing up, a push for vaccine mandates continues and the idea that we are protecting other people is usually the narrative that’s pushed hard. Vaccine skepticism is growing at a fast pace among people of all professions, and people aren’t stupid. There’s a reason why more and more people are starting to question what we’ve been told for years, and those reasons should be acknowledged and openly discussed amongst people on both sides of the coin.

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