- “Never let a Good Crisis go to Waste” is evidently national policy.
- Encroachment of your rights is the greatest danger of Coronascam 2020.
- Is it high time for some socially distanced mass protests and class action lawsuits?
Fred Durst is screaming in my ear at full fuckin’ volume — neck veins bulging, rage pounding out through his feet and into the stage. “Faith!” Jump, slam. Jump, slam. Jump, slam. “You gotta have faith!!!” I haven’t let him do this in more than 10 years but today I need it. Today, I love it. My faith is depleting fast and it turns out I’m not the only one. “Do you trust the information you hear about coronavirus from the News Media?” they asked. Not at all, you answered.
- 3% — Unsure
- 47% — Not Very Much / Not At All
- 50% — A Great Deal / A Good Amount
The people to sheeple ratio is shifting quickly as that distrust grows upwards of 65% in some demographics. (Here’s the full study.)
(Let me begin by clearly stating that nothing in this article either directly or indirectly suggests not abiding by the World Health Organization’s “Advice for Public” on COVID-19, which advice can be found in full, right here. It is, however, a scathing inditement on the systematic subversion of long-cherished rights of the American, and in many cases, the international, citizenry. If you’re reading this from a home in which you are “sheltered in place,” point made. We can do better. Grave as COVID-19 may be, to cite but one statistic that reflects mental health, health and happiness, more people have in fact taken their own lives since the start of this outbreak, than have fallen victim to the virus itself [17 Nov 2019 to 22 Mar 2020 = 124 days x 123 = 15,252 suicides. CV deaths to date = 14,703, “Last updated: March 23, 2020, 06:29 GMT”]. When the predictability, stability and reason afforded by foundational national policy is sept away in hysteria and rights are abridged, we all lose. One could argue the comparison is mute as the COVID-19 death rate is exponential. So, too, has been the erosion of basic human rights and civil liberties.)
Faith — Dedicated to America
Well, I guess it would be nice if I could touch your body
I know not everybody has got a body like you
But I gotta think twice before I give my heart away
And I know all the games you play because I played them, too Oh, but I need some time off from that emotion
Time to pick my heart up off the floor
Oh, when that love comes down without devotion
Well, it takes a strong man, baby
But I’m showin’ you the door’Cause I gotta have faith
I gotta’ have faith
Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith
I got to have faith, faith, faithBaby, I know you’re askin’ me to stay
Say “Please, please, please don’t go away”
You say I’m givin’ you the blues
Maybe you mean every word you say
Can’t help but think of yesterday
And another who tied me down to loverboy rules
Before this river becomes an ocean
Before you throw my heart back on the floor
Oh, baby, I reconsider my foolish notion
Well, I need someone to hold me but I’ll wait for somethin’ more
Yes, I gotta have faith
Ooh, I gotta have faith
Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith
I gotta have faith, faith, faithI’ll just have to wait
Because I’ve got to have faith
I gotta have faith
I’ve got to, got to, got to have faithBefore this river becomes an ocean
Before you throw my heart back on the floor (I just gotta have faith)
Oh, oh, baby, I reconsider my foolish notion
Well, I need someone to hold me but I’ll wait for somethin’ more’ Cause I gotta have faith
Ooh, I gotta have faith
Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith
I gotta have faith, faith, faith
© Warner Chappell Music, Inc
What started as a straightforward attempt at compiling an official timeline of COVID-19 as well as the occasional search through “Recent” posts on Instagram under (only) “related” hashtags pretty quickly evolved.
Instagram for one, owned by Facebook, stopped letting its users sort the hashtag “Coronavirus” by “Recent,” for God forbid anyone actually keep up with the global fiasco unfolding, and the two platforms censor into oblivion anything they don’t like. It’s the dark beauty of billion dollar trade secret algorithms.
But the barn door was closed well after the four horses of the mass media apocalypse had already left the stable: Veracity, Integrity, Honesty and Accountability. #DeleteFaceBook. #FaceBookSucks. #Period.
Social scientists would tell me to stay calm and stop letting external triggers affect my view of things, you know, maybe watch some of the tens of thousands of shamelessly monetized, fear mongering, hysteria inducing NBC and Washington Post YouTube updates on CV. (I made it as far as stopping by several of them to drop a thumbs down and a vertical comment where publishers only want horizontals — toe the party line.)
Case in Point: NBC News put out the video “Debunking Conspiracies Around The Coronavirus.” Published 13 February 2020, it’s since been watched 51,940 times. It has a 28/72 like-to-dislike ratio. 72% aren’t convinced.
YouTube also censors videos they don’t like and Big Brother has only grown since COVID-1984. In case you hadn’t heard, communist China did the same over any CV coverage that didn’t fit their narrative. For Italy, all you’ll ever hear and see are staggering numbers of deaths and carnage and scenes of desolation. But did you know, 99% of “CV deaths” in Italy actually had other illnesses, most of them multiple other illnesses. Sheeple should know, this isn’t your nemesis Alex Jones, or David Icke. It’s Bloomberg. Problem is, the article was 1 of more than 1.1 billion articles on Coronascam. True story.
They’d tell me to avoid the fake news and the conspiracies. So I did and found out that this is about as real as it gets. Sure, this needs a much stronger spotlight shone on it for a lot longer, but it’s time for some socially distanced peaceful protests in every city in America and Class Action Lawsuits en masse. It’s time to flush out a lot of things. (Mr. President, you once had my vote.)
In an era where we capture everything on our iPhone cameras, from dinner salads to selfies, where is all the carnage from other than agenda-driven mass media outlets? Nowhere. True story.
Fall in love, not in line they say. Love it. Sign me up.
Wipe & Flush: Habeas Corpus
“Habeas corpus… is a recourse in law through which a person can report an unlawful detention or imprisonment to a court and request that the court order the custodian of the person, usually a prison official, to bring the prisoner to court, to determine whether the detention is lawful. ” – Wikipedia
21 March 2020: “Report: Trump’s Justice Department Wants To Suspend Habeas Corpus“
“President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice has sent documents to Congress requesting a suspension of the rules for habeas corpus, the right of a person who is arrested and to appear in an expeditious way before a judge to be formally charged.
“Politico reported on the developments in a report on Saturday, detailing how they had examined documents for the request.
“The writ of habeas corpus is sometimes called “the Great Writ” due to its importance. Without its recognition, a government entity can arrest individuals indefinitely, without charges of any kind or the chance to argue for their defense/release before a judge or a court of law.
The Trump administration made the request due to the current crisis the nation is facing concerning the spread of coronavirus, Politico reported.
“The suspension of the rule is unlikely to be approved by Congress, due to the House of Representatives being under the control of Democratic lawmakers. However, it does highlight how the Trump administration is seeking broad authority and new powers under the current national crisis.” – Hill Reporter
21 March 2020: “DOJ Seeks new Emergency Powers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic“
“One of the requests to Congress would allow the department to petition a judge to indefinitely detain someone during an emergency.
“The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.
“Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department’s requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court hearings are conducted. POLITICO also reviewed and previously reported on documents seeking the authority to extend deadlines on merger reviews and prosecutions.
“In one of the documents, the department proposed that Congress grant the attorney general power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.”
“The proposal would also grant those top judges broad authority to pause court proceedings during emergencies. It would apply to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil process and proceedings,” according to draft legislative language the department shared with Congress. In making the case for the change, the DOJ document wrote that individual judges can currently pause proceedings during emergencies, but that their proposal would make sure all judges in any particular district could handle emergencies “in a consistent manner.”
“The request raised eyebrows because of its potential implications for habeas corpus –– the constitutional right to appear before a judge after arrest and seek release.
“Not only would it be a violation of that, but it says ‘affecting pre-arrest,’” said Norman L. Reimer, the executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “So that means you could be arrested and never brought before a judge until they decide that the emergency or the civil disobedience is over. I find it absolutely terrifying. Especially in a time of emergency, we should be very careful about granting new powers to the government.”
Reimer said the possibility of chief judges suspending all court rules during an emergency without a clear end in sight was deeply disturbing.
“That is something that should not happen in a democracy,” he said.” – Politico
Wipe & Flush: Your Internet Privacy
Now, I don’t know where y’all have been over the last few days and nights but I imagine it’s at home, under “Shelter in Place” orders, and while you’re tied up in that and all that it’s entailed for your work, income and life, some cretinous Government folk (S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham, Conn. Sen. Richard Blumenthal & Co.) have been busy, real busy, stabbing your back. I mean what a time to go for the jugular — of your own damn nation. Welcome to the end of your privacy online, welcome to the end of end-to-end encryption — such as that offered by WhatsApp and other platforms — welcome to the EARN It Act:
Here’s how The Breeze describes its passing: “
“This also isn’t the first instance of the U.S. government sneaking a bill through Congress while the American public is too distracted to call their representatives and prevent it. The Patriot Act, passed in 2001, allows search warrants to be passed without probable cause. National Security Letters (NSLs) can be issued without a judge’s approval to retrieve phone records, banking information and more. This personal information is saved forever. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, in just a few years after passing the Patriot Act, 143,074 NSLs were conducted. Fifty-three of these cases led to criminal referrals, and none of them were related to terrorism, which the act was first imposed for.
“This bill was pushed through in the wake of the panic following 9/11, similar to how the U.S. government is now trying to use the COVID-19 panic to push through its latest atrocity. The passage of time won’t be enough to rid ourselves of this bill, either, as the Patriot Act was restored in 2015 the day after it expired, rechristened as the USA Freedom Act.” – The Breeze (bolding added)
Bitcoin Magazine defines this as “The US Anti-Encryption Bill That Threatens Private Speech Online (19 March 2020), while the Daily Caller goes so far as to say the EARN IT Act… Could ‘End The Internet As We Know It.” (21 March 2020)
Wipe & Flush: The 1st Amendment
Amendment I: The U.S. Bill of Rights — “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The U.S. Bill of Rights, ratified 15 December 1971
18 March 2020: “Close the Churches”
“State and local shutdown orders shouldn’t exempt religious gatherings, and those communities should comply.” – The Atlantic
21 March 2020: “Yes, the government can force churches to close. Here’s why.”
“In the U.S., religious groups enjoy robust legal protections. Does that change during a public health crisis?
“Faced with new restrictions on in-person gatherings, most houses of worship in the U.S. have temporarily closed their doors.
“But some churches, synagogues and mosques have rebelled against requested — or, in some cases, required — changes, and sometimes faced police raids as a result.
“Amid a public health crisis like COVID-19, can the government really force a house of worship to close?
“Legal experts said the answer is almost certainly yes, as long as regulations are reasonable and applied equally across all religious groups and other types of organizations.
“Policies don’t violate religious freedom laws if they’re created in order to save people’s lives, said Michael Moreland, director of the Ellen H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at Villanova University.
“So long as those restrictions are neutral and applicable to everybody, religious institutions have to abide by them,” he said.” – Deseret News
Wipe & Flush: The 2nd Amendment
Amendment II: The U.S. Bill of Rights — “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – The U.S. Bill of Rights, ratified 15 December 1971
17 March 2020: “New Orleans mayor signs emergency orders that can restrict sale, transportation of firearms and alcohol”
“In what looks like some more knee-jerk reaction “safety protocols,” the Mayor of New Orleans signed a couple of emergency orders that can restrict the sale or transportation of alcohol and firearms.
“In light of COVID-19, it’s understandable to see certain actions transpire in response. We’ve seen businesses temporarily close, public schools shut down, things like that.” – Law Enforcement Today
Rep. Hank Johnson Files HR 5717 “The Most Anti-Second Amendment Bill In Recent History”
HR 5717 is a classic case of a bill waiting in the wings for a good national distraction. Just ten days after the first reported US case of COVID-19 (and a day before the US Secretary of Health and Human Services declared COVID-19 a public health emergency for the entire United States), Congressman Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. [D-GA] introduced H.R. 5717, the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020 on 30 January 2020. Now I’m not a huge gun buff myself but I’ve gotta say that after 15, 20 minutes of reading, my preference leans toward The Truth About Guns’ title: “HR 5717: Killing Off America’s Gun Culture in One Generation” Act. Here’s a great 21 March summary of HR 5717 from Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, a “community founded by US Marines to expose the lies of main stream media.” My kinda guys.
“Stop HR 5717 – Destruction of the 2nd Amendment“
- Title I creates a Federal license for guns and for ammunition. In other words, you will have to be licensed in order to own a firearm or bullets.
- Title II creates “universal background checks” and requires a 7 day waiting period as well as a required reporting of any denials.
- Title III requires a person to be 21 years of age to possess or purchase a firearm, unless they are a member of the US military or are on a ranch or farm. Those who commit misdemeanor domestic violations will now be barred from firearms purchase or possession. Secure gun storage and/or gun lock devices will be required for all gun owners of both handguns and rifles…and the rules for them are stringent. It expands the gun free zones for ALL schools and colleges, flying in the face of state laws that have removed the gun free zone designations.
- Title IV establishes grants for states that pass red flag laws and creates a Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order.
- Title V creates a ban on nearly all semi-automatic rifles and any large magazines, as well as “ghost guns.” There is a prohibition on possession of suppressors and other accessories. It also bans home builds for any weapons.
- Title VI prohibits the sale of multiple firearms, limiting each person to one firearm per month.
- Title VII requires dealers to keep records of firearms sales and institute “security” requirements.
- Title VIII increased the excise tax on firearms to 30% and ammunition to 50%.
- Title IX creates a community grant program for gun violence intervention, and funds for research.
- What about “shall not be infringed” do these Democrats not get? Clearly unconstitutional, this bill should be stopped in its tracks. As soon as this virus crisis is over, you can be sure the Democrats will be pushing it hard. Though it has little chance of Senate passage, the House could shove it forward. Call your Representatives and express your opinion.” – Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children
Wipe & Flush: Posse Comitatus Act
“The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law…signed on June 18, 1878, by President Rutherford B. Hayes. The purpose of the act….is to limit the powers of the federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States.” – Wikipedia
21 March 2020: “Here’s What Calling in the National Guard Means” – New York Times
“In Puerto Rico, they are taking passengers’ temperatures at the island’s largest airport. In Wisconsin, they escorted cruise ship passengers back to their houses for quarantine. In Florida, they are swabbing people’s noses near Miami to test for the coronavirus.
“At least 7,300 National Guard members are aiding in the coronavirus response in all 50 states, as well as in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, as of Sunday morning, according to Army Maj. Rob Perino, a spokesman for the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va. He warned that the numbers could change rapidly as states modify their response to the virus, which continues to sicken more people each day.
“When Guard members have been deployed, the sight of camouflage-clad troops and military vehicles has prompted false rumors of martial law and military-enforced quarantines. But Guard members are currently being ordered to complete tasks that are much more mundane.
“In New Rochelle, N.Y., a suburb of New York City that has been hit hard by the virus, members of the Guard unloaded pancake mix and rice and cleaned public buildings. In West Virginia, they taught emergency workers how to properly use and decontaminate protective equipment.” – New York Times
Not intending to scare, I’ll admit I for one am pro-deployment of the National Guard. And under present circumstances, their deployment allegedly doesn’t violate Posse Comitatus. However, here’s why it’s also worth mentioning: Credible videos have surfaced showing large quantities of military equipment being transported to, and moving in on, major US cities. What happens if or when violence breaks out? When crumbs in a breadline or rationed squares of a dunny roll aren’t pacifying the people? Or when the explanation for the Guard’s presence is ill done? People panic. Is the Guard going to stand by watching while local police forces do their best — police forces who have already announced less arrests and more leniency in their efforts? (Not to mention, the release of inmates from state prisons and jails.) And who are now backed by court systems that aren’t even open? Oh, the things you can do when fighting an enemy that no one can see.
(Is COVID-19 the new KORO?
Koro, anyone? For those who don’t remember, Koro is/was a delusional disorder where people thought their genitals were literally receding into their own body and that they’d invert and—poof!—disappear. Grown men all over the world tied strings to their penises to prevent it — in Africa, Asia, Europe and, yes, the United States. “When fear is employed, facts are incidental.” – Simon Sinek. But I digress.)
No, I don’t think the Guard is going to stand by in that event. And that’s the problem. I’ll go so far as to say, based on the 20, maybe 30 hours I’ve spent attempting to wrap my head around this from every angle and asking Cui Bono? in every language I can think of — financial, immigrational, medicinal, political, psychopolitical — the reaction has well outpaced the threat. Very well outpaced it. This doesn’t bode well with 75-million sitting ducks, whose small business are crumbling before them, their hands bound by bogus law and Executive Orders. (For a regularly updated list of COVID-19 resources for small business, click here.)
Draconian, overreaching and rights-crushing government action spans the globe about as fast as Coronascam itself. It follows a semi-predictable pattern: Censorship, Initial Infection, Overblown Reaction (remember the NBA shutdown over 1 case), Shelter-in-Place / Curfew, Great Depression Lines, Rationing, Destruction of Small Businesses, Call In the Army…. Where it goes from here depends more on you and I than on anything. Perhaps you’re shocked at my heartless audacity. Do some research, thanks.
2 March 2020: “Beijing rolls out colour-coded QR system for coronavirus tracking despite concerns over privacy, inaccurate ratings” – South China Morning Post
- Beijing residents will be assigned coloured QR codes, with only those with green codes being able to move around the city freely
- The system, which has been rolled out in more than 100 cities across the country, has been criticised for a lack of transparency and potential mislabelling – South China Morning Post
1 March 2020: “In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags” – New York Times
“As China encourages people to return to work despite the coronavirus outbreak, it has begun a bold mass experiment in using data to regulate citizens’ lives — by requiring them to use software on their smartphones that dictates whether they should be quarantined or allowed into subways, malls and other public spaces.
“But a New York Times analysis of the software’s code found that the system does more than decide in real time whether someone poses a contagion risk. It also appears to share information with the police, setting a template for new forms of automated social control that could persist long after the epidemic subsides.
“The Alipay Health Code, as China’s official news media has called the system, was first introduced in the eastern city of Hangzhou — a project by the local government with the help of Ant Financial, a sister company of the e-commerce giant Alibaba.
“People in China sign up through Ant’s popular wallet app, Alipay, and are assigned a color code — green, yellow or red — that indicates their health status. The system is already in use in 200 cities and is being rolled out nationwide, Ant says.” – New York Times
3 March 2020: “China’s coronavirus detection app is reportedly sharing citizen data with police” – The Next Web
“Last month, China rolled out an app for people to test if they’ve been in ‘close contact’ with people exposed to the fast-spreading coronavirus. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the app assigns a color code to users. While the code is visible to folks using the app, it also shares that data with the police.
“The system, powered by Alibaba’s popular payment app Alipay, is in use in more than 200 cities. People can scan a QR code to get a green, yellow, or red tag. The green tag means you are healthy and can roam around the city unrestricted, yellow means a seven-day quarantine, and red means a 14-day quarantine.” – TNW
21 March 2020: “10 countries are now tracking phone data as the coronavirus pandemic heralds a massive increase in surveillance”
“Governments across the world are galvanizing every surveillance tool at their disposal to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Countries have been quick to use the one tool almost all of us carry with us — our smartphones. …
“Other countries are likely to follow suit. The US is reportedly in talks with Facebook and Google to use anonymized location data to track the spread of the disease — although Mark Zuckerberg subsequently denied this. And the UK’s top scientist has endorsed the use of contact tracing.
‘Samuel Woodhams, Top10VPN’s Digital Rights Lead who compiled the index, warned that the world could slide into permanently increased surveillance.” – Business Insider
18 March 2020: “European mobile operators share data for coronavirus fight”
“Mobile carriers are sharing data with the health authorities in Italy, Germany and Austria, helping to fight coronavirus by monitoring whether people are complying with curbs on movement while at the same time respecting Europe’s privacy laws.
“The data, which are anonymous and aggregated, make it possible to map concentrations and movements of customers in ‘hot zones’ where COVID-19 has taken hold.
“That is less invasive than the approach taken by countries like China, Taiwan and South Korea, which use smartphone location readings to trace the contacts of individuals who have tested positive or to enforce quarantine orders.
“In Germany, where schools and restaurants are closing and people have been told to work at home if they can, the data donated by Deutsche Telekom offer insights into whether people are complying, health czar Lothar Wieler said.
“If people remain as mobile as they were until a week ago, it will be difficult to contain the virus,” Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute, said on Wednesday.” – Reuters
Okay, I’m sick of this. I’ll stop by again to flesh this out and polish it off. For now, an ice cold Corona. Be safe. Keep abreast of what’s going on outside your walls as you’re shuttered in and please don’t forget that our biggest failure, perhaps our only failure, would be forgetting about this when it’s all done and over with. Then, the fight will begin. No, I’m not suggesting or advocating anything more violent than observing, remembering, voting, protesting, suing, creating a storm. Rights are not rewards, we deserve them as much as we fight those who would try deny them.
“It was a bright cold day in April,
and the clocks were striking thirteen…”
George Orwell, Opening Line of 1984