If I got you upset with yesterday’s blog about the shadow government behind Biden, you may not want to read this one. It will really get you going.
For years, Americans have always wondered how people in other countries such as China tolerate the constant surveillance and oppression of speech that is conducted by the CCP. They marvel at how anyone can submit to a “Social Credit System” willingly. Surely, no one in the United States would allow that to go on.
Well, you can marvel at it if you want, but you are already part of a social credit system and you don’t even know it.
It’s important to know what the Chinese system is and how it is implemented. For detailed information, here’s a link to a very good description from WIRED Magazine. (Be aware, when you go there, the site will ask to collect information on you. Ironic, right?)
Some of the more interesting parts of this article explain how the government social credit system is currently disconnected from the private social credit system. The private social credit system is billed as “voluntary” meaning you can elect to opt in. However, it seems the long term plan is that these two mechanisms will eventually merge, and citizens will have every aspect of their lives controlled by their “scores.”
How are scores determined? They are determined by the subject’s behavior. Jaywalk? Lose points. Play too many video games? Lose points. Have children? Gain points. Some dating sites not only use these scores to determine if a person is a worthy person to date, but they also allow people scanning your profile to give you a score which builds an aggregate score. ( If you have ever seen the “Black Mirror” episode on social media scores, this will seem familiar.)
Although the system is voluntary, people are being incentivized to participate. Rewards are given to those who do, those who don’t get “disincentivized’ i.e. punished. What does this sound like? Does it sound like free donuts, food, beer etc. for getting vaccines? Yeah, it does.
What is very interesting is what happens to you if you are “blacklisted” via the social credit system. Again, from WIRED:
Liu Hu is a journalist in China, writing about censorship and government corruption. Because of his work, Liu has been arrested and fined — and blacklisted. Liu found he was named on a List of Dishonest Persons Subject to Enforcement by the Supreme People’s Court as “not qualified” to buy a plane ticket, and banned from travelling some train lines, buying property, or taking out a loan.
“There was no file, no police warrant, no official advance notification. They just cut me off from the things I was once entitled to,” he told The Globe and Mail. “What’s really scary is there’s nothing you can do about it. You can report to no one. You are stuck in the middle of nowhere.”
If those last two paragraphs don’t ring a bell with you, let me help.
Over 1700 people have been put on airline “no fly” lists for disregarding mask rules. This includes people whose young or disabled children were not technically required to wear a mask, but were told to put one on their child. When they couldn’t they were removed from the flight and put on the no fly list for that airline. Some people were put on the list merely for arguing about the mask rule with airline staff. Most were not aware they were on the list until they showed up at the airport. They had no recourse and many were stranded. They lost the “points” that allowed them to fly.
Okay, that’s just one example. But, I have an even more personal one. You may remember the other day that I was banned from Facebook. I still haven’t been told the reason. They asked for my photo ID if I wished to appeal and find out why. I declined. I was sent another email yesterday reminding me that if I wanted to appeal my banishment, I just needed to send them a copy of a photo ID. I told them no, again. Why? Facebook has a lax attitute about the recent breach of their security regarding subscriber information. They claim they will only keep my Photo ID pic for 30 days and it will be secure. I don’t think so. Finally, I have been a subscriber of theirs for 12 years and NOW they want ID? For what? Something is not right. *Just as a side note, I opened up my “credit score” this morning after the bureau contacted me I and found it was good but, strangely had dropped 14 points overnight. I pay all my bills on time, haven’t added to credit card balances lately, have decent savings, etc. I went to look up why and the reason was the my debt to worth ratio had gone up 6%. When I calculated what that would have to have been, the figure was impossible. Coincidence? Who knows. Am I paranoid? Possibly, but when facts don’t back up what happens, one begins to think.
Then, today, a friend of mine messaged me and told me that he also had a suspended account and was asked for a photo ID and also told Facebook no. Then, they did something really weird. They asked him to “Take a video selfie. We need a short video of you turning your head in different directions. This helps us confirm you are a real person.”
Let that sink in for a moment. Why in earth, hell and creation, do they need a video to confirm he is a real person? I think it’s possible that Facebook is not only instituting its own “social credit system” but is also using information to identify people of different ideologies. The fact that we don’t know why we were banned leads me to believe that this is pretext for collecting our personal information. Where is it going? Who is gathering it?
Remember that Chinese reporter. No one told him anything.
So, let’s connect the dots. The Department of Homeland Security, CIA, DOJ, and FBI have recently designated people who are Conservative and support Trump as possible “Domestic Terrorists.” That designation alone can deprive a citizen of all of his/her rights. Big Tech has pledged their support to them. The Department of Defense and the DOJ are the process purging certain political views from the armed forces and law enforcement. They base some of these purges on social media posts. Let’s not forget the interest of the deep state to have approval to collect all electronic and other communications from all Americans with or without Congressional approval. Can you see we are getting into some very scary times?
And how about the possibility of “vaccine passports?” We haven’t even mentioned those. Remember, voluntary at first, coerced later. Don’t think a free country will do that? Ask Israel. Ask Canada. The next step would clearly be getting points for being good little citizens, negative points for disobeying.
Back to the CCP. Why did they institute “social credit score systems?” It should be obvious that as an authoritarian, one party tyrannical government, they don’t want anyone living independent, free thinking lives. They oppress and control people. What do Democrats and Leftists want to do? You know the answer.
As I close, I want you to think about the following “ideas” that the left has proposed for the “betterment” of society and how these might become part of a social credit system.
- Biden wants us to eat 90% less red meat as part of a climate change agreement.
- Pets have been determined to contribute negatively to our carbon footprint. We should have fewer pets. ( How does the ASPCA view that?)
- Having children puts a strain on the environment, we shouldn’t have children. ( I have a link to a really cool article where the author actually thinks about that.)
- Owners of rental properties contribute to climate change, all rental properties should be maintained by the local government. Owning one’s own home is also frowned upon. ( Public housing anyone?)
- Reduce the amount of dairy people consume ( it’s that old cows fart methane thing.)
- Lawn maintainence contributes to global climate change.
- Carbon tax on each mile a person drives.
- Homeschooling is being called racist ( for the record, it has been called that for a while.)
- Home improvement projects contribute negatively to climate change because they require materials that are taken from natural resources.
I can see how these initiatives can be folded into a social credit system. Eat one too many hamburgers a month? Negative points. Add milk or cheese to that and again, negative points. Mow your lawn? Negative. ( By the way, someone tell the Town of Oxford so they will stop bugging me when my lawn gets too tall. ) Replace your old floor? Negative.
I may be going over the cliff on this one, but just remember this. If someone had told you ten years ago that we would be encouraging young children to change their sex at the age of 6, you would have put me in a rubber room.
Hang in there folks! I believe God has this. All he wants from us is to keep speaking out. And I will, no matter how many platforms ban me!
Link to that Vogue article:
My “message” from Facebook. Do you see anything that looks wrong?
Upload Your IDTo help us check that this account belongs to you, we need a photo of your official ID. This could be a driving licence, passport or other type of official identification. If there are any issues, we’ll send you an email.