Privacy and Covid 19

by David Jackson

Reporting as if this is a fascinating thing. With not one word about the serious privacy violations that come into play when law enforcement take your temperature from a distance with a drone, without your permission.

Sounds like no big deal, it’s just your temperature and it’s for the safety and protection of us all. Things of this nature usually begin in a very benign manner. That’s not what worries me. It’s the potential and how history has shown us time and again that this kind of tech will be used by nefarious individuals or groups to do harm to our freedoms and rights.

Spying on Animals?

What the hell?

Animatronic babies that move realistically to fool animals and spy on them.

First off, I can guarantee the gorillas and probably other animals can tell that it’s not real. If a baby comes out of nowhere and it doesn’t smell like a gorilla and doesn’t feel like a gorilla. Yeah I just don’t believe that Gorillas are that stupid.

All they know is, hey it’s not one of those asshole humans that mutilate us, so they carry on with whatever. Still useful to those studying behavior but it’s no more fascinating than a mounted motion activated camera.

I wonder how many of us would give our temperature willingly if we were simply asked politely to do so? Nah, let’s skip that part and just use the tech available to us to do so covertly.

Why is this the way that governments and law enforcement operate?

Treat us all like criminals and I can guarantee that this will cause you to miss the real criminals. We all know this, it’s well documented. Mass Surveillance doesn’t work and it allows the criminals to get lost in the trillions of other data points collected and analyzed.

Like the war on drugs, our policies regarding security don’t work when we need them the most. Why do we allow them to continue to violate us with this broken umbrella blanket system?

I was under the impression that the citizens have the power. That the government and its agencies are supposed to be governed by us. This country was founded on the basis that citizens should never fear its governing bodies and that the power is that of those citizens to make adjustments as needed. The government is supposed to fear its people since we have the ultimate authority over how we wish the country to operate. I guess it has gotten too large to have this work today. Do you think the government has any fear of its population? Is there a worry or maybe even plans in case of the entire country revolting, starting a revolution and a coup.

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

In the words of Chaplin…. “Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …..

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you – enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

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