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Governments Are Tracking Peoples Location Using Their Smartphones Because Of The Coronavirus

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Has the government announced that they will start tracking people’s location via their smartphones in order to keep the coronavirus in check? It depends on which country you’re talking about. A new live index of security measures by Top10VPN details the countries which have already brought in measures to track the phones of coronavirus patients. Canada and the United States are not on this list.

For example, in Singapore on March 20th, an app  called TraceTogether was released by authorities in Singapore to help trace the spread of COVID-19. The app apparently is nearing one million users, and it was developed by the Government Technology Agency and the Ministry of Health. According to the Straits Times, the app can “identify people who have been in close proximity […] to coronavirus patients using wireless Bluetooth technology.”

Top10VPN lists 10 more countries that are starting to take similar measures, like India. Reuters reported that, “People suspected of having the coronavirus in India have received hand stamps and are being tracked using their mobile phones and personal data.”

Other countries on the list include Poland, The UK, Italy, Israel, Germany, Hong Kong, Austria, South Korea, Belgium, Iran, and Taiwan. The National Post is also reporting that Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Monday gave the authorities five days to develop a system to track people who have come into contact with anyone with coronavirus by using mobile phone geo-location data.

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the world, more governments are relying on mobile carrier data to track everything from patients who should be isolated to how well people are following limited-movement edicts. (The Verge)

The Rise Of Surveillance

Obviously, in such a crisis, it’s possible to conceive how such surveillance measures might be extremely beneficial when it comes to trying to slow the spread of COVID 19.  That being said, we’ve seen backlash from the general population on a number of surveillance issues. For example, after 9/11 the United States government really ramped up surveillance and security protocols, and when people discovered that the ‘war on terror’ was being used as a false pretext for increased surveillance, many were upset and tried to awaken others. Today, it’s not uncommon to see accusations put upon the US government for creating the same terrorist groups that they claim to be at war with. The false pretext here is bringing democracy to other countries and it is often referred to as “false flag terrorism.”

The leaks of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has also revealed a lot of information regarding the measures various governments have taken to keep an ‘eye’ on their citizens, as well as citizens of other countries. Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is another hero in that regard.

Their leaks revealed that the entire citizenry is actually tracked, and although these mass surveillance systems are constantly pushed as justifiable by the national security state, they are a big infringement on our privacy rights. If the ‘war on terror’ is in a sense a fabrication by the same group of powers that use it to justify mass surveillance, what’s really going on here?

Is mass surveillance really a tool to protect the citizenry? Nowadays, it’s hard for many people to see how governments, or at least the powers that control them, are actually acting in the interests of citizens. Whistleblower William Binney, who was one of the highest-placed intelligence officials to ever speak out on insider NSA information, made headlines when he resigned in 2001 after 9/11 after having worked more than thirty years for the agency. He has disclosed that the US government is so into tracking and monitoring people that their goal is nothing short of “total population control.”

A Pandemic As Justification For Surveillance

But what about pandemics, like COVID 19? Can a pandemic be a ‘false flag’ and be weaponized for ulterior motives? Again, this is a thought that most would simply brush off as a mere conspiracy theory, but it’s not out of the question, at least in my opinion. These days, it’s almost as if you can’t even share an opinion on something without getting a ‘fake news’ strike. The war on information is indeed real. For example, according to Dr. Ron Paul received a ‘fake news’ strike for sharing this opinion in an article:

“People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus “pandemic” could be a big hoax, with the actual danger of the disease massively exaggerated by those who seek to profit – financially or politically – from the ensuing panic.” (source)

Dr. Francis Boyle, a law professor who drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act, recently shared his thoughts about the Coronavirus, stating that it could be a bioweapon that was either released or leaked out of a lab. You can read more about that here.  Unfortunately the video in that article seems to have been removed off YouTube, I can’t find it, so you can watch another interview with him here if interested.

Questioning The Hype

This is not to say that the virus is not a threat, but John P.A. Ioannidis, a professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology and population health, as well as professor by courtesy of biomedical data science at Stanford University School of Medicine, makes some interesting points in an article he recently published titled “A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data.”

In it, he points to the fact that current fatality rate predictions are useless, ridiculous, and are simply scaring people, when it looks like this is not going to be as bad as all the hysteria makes it seem. In fact, he makes the point that coronaviruses already affect tens of millions per year, and could  have fatality rates as high as 8% among the elderly population. A recent study published in Italy shows that 99% of people who have died so far from COVID 19 had pre-existing medical conditions that made them more susceptible to death. This may have changed as we are still in the early stages. You can read more about that and access that study here.

The point is, although it’s best to take precautions, we may be dealing with something that is no different from many viruses and diseases already out there with regards to the number of infected, and the death rate as well as the dangers that are posed the elderly and those who already have underlying health conditions. So why all of these lockdown measures now?

After the passing of this “fiasco,” you can rest assured that there will be those who will have profited off this event politically and financially, and perhaps we will see some new legislation come into fruition as a result.

On a final note, it’s quite a head-scratcher that nothing but drugs and vaccinesare being promoted as the only potential solutions when other substances have showed promise. This is why clinical trials for intravenous vitamin C have begun in China, for example. But in the West, that’s ‘fake news’ and there is no possibility that it can even work. If that’s the case, why would China start clinical trials and why would doctors take to youtube to express the fact that success is being seen?

These are all very important questions to ask, despite the fact that the answers may not be readily available. I’ll leave it up to you to speculate. In my opinion, it’s quite clear in this day in age that nothing is ever presented as it really is.

This article (Governments Are Tracking Peoples Location Using Their Smartphones Because Of The Coronavirus) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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Donald Trump Signs The “Secure 5G And Beyond Act Of 2020″ Into Law

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5G wireless technology and the implementation of it is one of many examples of how we truly don’t live in a democracy, but rather, a ‘corporatocracy.’ We are living in a world where powerful corporations seem to dictate governmental policy, and heavily influence various politicians as well as the president of the United States. We’ve seen this for a number of years now, and some presidents have warned about the power that exists which seeks to control all. President Dwight Eisenhower referred to it as the “military industrial complex,” President Theodore Roosevelt referenced it by stating that, “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.” Today, Donald Trump refers to it as the “deep state.”

Sadly, right now, we seem to be living in the illusion of democracy, we believe that the people direct most of what happens, but perceived unethical and immoral implementations and measures taken by governments today usually go against the will of the people, or they simply go through and get approved due to the fact that these measures receive little or  no attention at all and many people are simply unaware of the concerns associated with them.

5G is no different in this sense, and it’s one of many great examples. Paul Bischoff, a tech journalist and privacy advocate, recently compiled data regarding telecom’s political contributions to influence policies that benefit their industry, it’s quite revealing and may shed some insight as to why the concerns of 5G are constantly ignored and not even acknowledged by our ‘leaders.’

In the case of 5G wireless technology, a number of scientists, journalists and activists have voiced their concern regarding the implementation of such technology. A few months ago, a number of doctors, scientists and activists have sent a National 5G Resolution letter to President Trump, requesting a moratorium on 5G technology until the potential hazards for human health have been appropriately investigated.

Dr. Martin L. Pall, PhD and Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University wrote a report whose title says it all: “5G: Great risk for EU, U.S. and International Health! Compelling Evidence for Eight Distinct Types of Great Harm Caused by Electromagnetic Field(EMF) Exposures and the Mechanism that Causes Them.”  In his report he bluntly stated the following:

“Putting in tens of millions of 5G antennae without a single biological test of safety has got to be about the stupidest idea anyone has had in the history of the world.”

And he’s clearly not alone in his opinion. The Environmental Health Trust Points out with regards to the letter sent to President Trump,

The 5G Resolution was developed during the first three-day US medical conference fully dedicated to this topic, Electromagnetic Fields Conference on Diagnosis and Treatment, which convened in Scotts Valley, California in September. (Watch videos from the conference here.)

Unfortunately, President Trump recently signed into law two bills designed to boost wireless and broadband networks: the Secure 5G and Beyond Act and the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act. The first requires the president to develop a strategy to secure and protect 5G technology, while the second is meant to improve the accuracy of maps detailing where broadband is and isn’t available in the US.

According to CNET,

Under the 5G Act, the president must consult with Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defence and other agencies and submit to Congress a plan for rolling out secure 5G, both within and outside the US, within 180 days.

The next generation of wireless technology, 5G brings increased networks speeds and network responsiveness and promises to help bring about real-time mobile applications for technologies like driverless cars and virtual reality. The nation’s biggest wireless companies, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, began rolling out 5G service last year.

The Broadband DATA Act, meanwhile, is expected to change how and what information the FCC collects about broadband access to ensure that the federal government has more granular information about where broadband can be found.

Where I live, in Ontario Canada, 5G infrastructure is set to begin in the Toronto to Montreal corridor. Without this implementation, daily human exposure to microwave radiation is already much higher than a trillion times higher than it was before cell phones.

Again, president Trump has not acknowledged the concerns being raised by the citizenry regarding 5G technology.

A Few Examples of Concern

Dr. Anthony Miller, Professor Emeritus with the University of Toronto, and adviser to the International Agency for Research on Cancer said: “Many scientists worldwide now believe that radiofrequency radiation should be elevated to a Class One human carcinogen, on the same list as Cigarettes, X-Rays, and Asbestos.”

Doctors  have advised the province that increased health care costs can be avoided if the government takes precautions to protect the public from exposure to wireless 5G technology. You can get a transcript of the event and more where Dr. Miller spoke at Canadians for Safe Technology.

“My clinic is already assessing patients from across Ontario who are sensitive to microwave radiation from their wireless devices including cell phones, Wi-Fi, and an increasing number of smart appliances,” said Dr. Riina Bray, Medical Director of the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. “We expect wireless 5G to add to this burden.” – Miler.

Frank Clegg Former President Of Microsoft Canada has released an insider’s view educational video regarding the health and safety concerns of 5G and wireless technologies. You can access that here.

This stuff is indeed hitting the mainstream, one recent example of mainstream awareness is an article published in the blog section of Scientific American titled “We Have No Reason to Believe 5G is Safe” written by Joel M. Moskowitz. It’s great to see such a publication at least mention the health concerns of this type of technology, it shows how awareness continues to be created.

Yet there is a completely different side, one that claims 5G technology is completely safe and poses absolutely no risk to human health. That being said, wireless companies continue to warn shareholders, but not people, that EMFs are not insurable.

If you’re interested in learning more about the concerns being raised with 5G wireless technology and what you can do to protect yourself, this resources page via the Environmental Health Trust is a great place to start.

This article (Donald Trump Signs The “Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020″ Into Law) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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Doctors Say Loss Of Smell Or Taste May Be Early Signs Of COVID-19

Doctors around the world report up to 70% of COVID-19 patients experience a loss of smell or taste.

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(CONVERSATION) — Doctors from around the world are reporting cases of COVID-19 patients who have lost their sense of smell, known as anosmia, or taste, known as ageusia.

The director of the University of Florida’s Center for Smell and Taste and the co-director of the UF Health Smell Disorders Program answer questions about this emerging trend.

Is The Loss Of Smell An Early Sign Of COVID-19?

Loss of smell occurs with the common cold and other viral infections of the nose and throat. Anecdotal reports suggest the loss of smell may be one of the first symptoms of COVID-19. Doctors around the world are reporting that up to 70% of patients who test positive for the coronavirus disease COVID-19 – even those without fever, cough or other typical symptoms of the disease – are experiencing anosmia, a loss of smell, or ageusia, a loss of taste.

new study just published found that 20 of 59 patients (ages 50-74) interviewed in Italy reported a smell or taste loss. More research is needed to understand this link, but it may provide a low-cost, practical indicator of which people should self-isolate or get further testing, depending on the symptom severity and testing availability.

What Are Anosmia And Ageusia?

The body’s chemical senses include smell, used to detect volatile odours, and taste, which recognizes food compounds like sugars, salts and acids. A number of chemosensory disorders result in the diminishment, distortion or complete loss of smell or taste functions. For example, anosmia is the complete loss or absence of smell, while hyposmia is a reduced ability to smell. Similarly, ageusia is an absence of taste.

Approximately 13% of people over 40 years old have a significant impairment of their sense of smell. These numbers are lower for younger people, but significantly higher for the elderly. By contrast, taste loss is much less prevalent, and often results from physical damage to the taste nerves. Even so, both smell and taste disorders are quite common and can have major negative impacts on the health and quality of life of the millions affected.

According to news reports, many of the COVID-19 patients reporting a chemosensory loss describe a loss of taste. However, it is more likely that smell loss accounts for this symptom. When we eat or drink, the brain combines our perceptions of taste from the mouth with what is known as retronasal olfaction – that is, the perception of smell that comes from odours leaving the mouth and entering the nose through the connecting passage in the throat – into what is specifically called flavour.

Patients who have experienced anosmia or severe hyposmia may describe a loss of taste but are still able to detect sugar, salt or acid on the tongue. What they have lost is the contribution of smell to their perception of flavour. We would predict that in most cases, the taste loss reported by COVID-19 patients is likely due to a reduced or absent ability to smell.

Why Could The Coronavirus Cause Anosmia?

Loss of smell can result from many diverse causes such as head trauma, nasal polyps, chronic allergies, toxin exposure and neurodegenerative disease.

One of the most common causes of anosmia and hyposmia are viruses that produce upper respiratory infections, often referred to as the “common cold.”

Viruses could impact smell function in any of several ways. They could attack various cells in the nasal tissue, inducing local inflammation and disrupting odour detection. The virus could directly disable or damage the sensory cells in the nose that detect odours. Another possibility is that viruses could follow the olfactory nerve’s pathway through the skull and into the brain, where they could do additional damage. Whether this coronavirus wreaks havoc on our sense of smell by killing olfactory sensory neurons, by disrupting their function or by otherwise impacting nasal olfactory tissues remains unknown, but will certainly be an important area of investigation.

Could Anosmia Serve As An Early Indicator For COVID-19 Disease?

The doctor and patient anecdotes reported recently describe a high incidence of anosmia in COVID-19 patients, including many without other symptoms. Thus, smell testing could be a useful tool to identify people who may be infected with COVID-19.

Indeed, some otolaryngologists, doctors who treat diseases of the ear, nose and throat, in the United Kingdom and United States have recommended that individuals who experience a sudden loss of smell or taste should self-isolate for 14 days, and that smell testing should be integrated into COVID-19 screening protocols.

But do the facts bear this out? For example, one small study of 59 people found that 60% of patients with upper respiratory infections not related to COVID-19 had a significant reduction in their ability to smell. This might suggest that the prevalence of smell loss associated with COVID-19 is no higher than that typically experienced with the common cold.

Unfortunately, smell testing is rarely done as part of a normal doctor’s visit, so the data to resolve this is lacking. Furthermore, self-reporting of smell function can be inaccurate. It is thus critical to conduct controlled scientific studies to assess whether smell disorders such as anosmia are an indicator of a COVID-19 infection.

It will take time to conduct those studies. In the meantime, what should you do if you experience sudden smell loss?

The advice from ENT UK, a professional group which represents ear, nose and throat surgeons, and the British Rhinological Society seems prudent. Self-isolate, and contact your physician for recommendations of next steps.

Smell testing as part of a typical COVID-19 screen, as recommended by the American Academy of Otolaryngologists, also makes sense, even if the test is not diagnostic for COVID-19 in and of itself.

Simple scratch-and-sniff smell tests could be sent to patients to take in their home and report via secure communications, minimizing coronavirus exposure of overburdened health care providers.

Along with body temperature readings and a patient history, smell testing could allow physicians to make better choices about who to prioritize for self-isolation or more specific COVID-19 testing.

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Hotel Chain Provides Free Rooms For Doctors And Nurses Fighting Coronavirus In NYC

New York City has quickly discovered that it is time to act united.

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Lana Eucalyptus, The Mind Unleashed

The Four Seasons Hotel in New York City announced Wednesday they are opening their rooms for medical workers free of charge. The luxury hotel is located in Manhattan Billionaire’s Row and has responded to the governor’s call to action.

On March 24 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke to the media at the Javits Convention Center calling for action on the part of business leaders.

A crisis shows you a person’s soul,” Cuomo announced. “The weaknesses explode and the strengths are emboldened.”

The governor has called for an aggressive national strategy for testing, school closures, and hospital surge capacity to slow and mitigate the impacts of CoViD-19. He has also recently decided all non-essential businesses state-wide must close in-office personnel functions until further notice.

Ty Warner, the chairman and owner of Ty Hotels and Resorts, stood for the challenge.

H. Ty Warner earned his wealth through the success of the hit children’s toy line Ty Beanie Babies and in 1999 he bought New York’s Four Seasons Hotel for $275 million. Years later he pleaded guilty to money laundering millions into Swiss Banks and lying to the IRS.

The Four Seasons Hotel has been awarded 56 Five-Stars by Forbes Travel Guide, the highest honour from the guide. And for the fifth year in a row, the hotel has received the most Five-Star ratings awarded to a hotel brand in a single year. With many locations around the world, the company encompasses 44 hotels, ten spas, and two restaurants.

Many of those working in New York City have to travel long distances to and from their homes after putting in 18- hour days,” Warner said. “They need a place they can rest and regenerate.”

Several medical facilities are located within a 30 block radius of the luxury hotel. These include Bellevue, Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYU Langone, and Mt. Sinai. There is still no word on which facilities will be using the free rooms.

New York holds approximately a third of the nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases. The anxiety has heightened in the crowded city and more people are looking for leaders to whom they can depend on in this time of uncertainty. Longer work days in addition to facilities overloaded with CoViD-19 patients has increased pressure on the healthcare industry.

Each and every hand willing to help can greatly relieve the overwhelming situation which now faces the nation. New York City has quickly discovered that it is time to act united.

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Crocs Launches Program To Donate 10,000 Pairs Of Shoes To Healthcare Workers Every Day

Medical personnel can sign up for a free pair by going to the “Sharing a Free Pair For Healthcare” website.

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Elias Marat, The Mind Unleashed

When you go into a U.S. hospital you’re unlikely to see doctors and medical workers wearing Air Jordans, Yeezys, Off-Whites, or any other premium shoe brands.

Instead, you’re most likely going to find medics wearing a humble pair of Crocs. And while the potato-peeler-like clogs may be the shoe brand that fashion-conscious folks love to hate, medical students and professionals love Crocs for a good reason: at the end of a shift, it’s extremely easy to wash blood, feces, and other bodily fluid off of the comfortable shoes made of waterproof molded polymer resin.

And now, their manufacturer has pledged to donate 10,000 Crocs per day to healthcare workers as they fight on the frontlines against the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reports.

Crocs CEO Andrew Rees said:

“Over the past week, we have spoken to healthcare workers, their facilities and even their family and friends, and they have specifically asked for our shoes in an effort to provide ease on their feet, as well as ease of mind as they need the ability to easily clean up before they go home to their families.”

Crocs plans on delivering some of the shipments directly to hospitals, but medical personnel can also sign up for a free pair by going to the “Sharing a Free Pair For Healthcare” website.

While Crocs plans on donating shoes as long as supplies last, the website notes that due to a “tremendous response” to their efforts, the company had already reached their daily free pair limit by early Thursday afternoon.

However, Crocs encourages medical workers to “check back at 12 p.m. ET every day to get in line for your free pair.”

Rees said:

“The duration of our giveaway will depend on our level of inventory and the amount of requests we receive.

These workers have our deepest respect, and we are humbled to be able to answer their call and provide whatever we can to help during this unprecedented time.”

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