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Our deadly Frankenstein: Social media's creators admit it dehumanizes people, disrupts social fabric and destroys democracy

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The Social Dilemma (2020) Directed by Jeff Orlowski
An important new Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, uses former Silicon Valley insiders to lay bare the existential threat Big Tech poses to civilization. It's much more than a dilemma.

The Social Dilemma is a remarkable documentary about social media platforms and their two billion users, and may well be the most important documentary made in America for decades.

The documentary is a radical, insider-based critique of social media and the large tech companies that created it - and continue to profit handsomely from it (especially given that they are monopolies and pay little or no tax in many countries).

Directed by American filmmaker Jeff Orlowski, The Social Dilemma features interviews with a number of former tech giant executives who created the technologies and business model that underpin the social media empire. Social media has only been with us for just over ten years and most of the interviewees are in their thirties.

2 + 2 = 4

Big surprise! Stats show lockdowns may have had little effect on Covid-19 spread

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A man walks dogs across a nearly empty 5th Avenue during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Manhattan, May 11, 2020.
In 1932, Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis famously called the states "laboratories of democracy." Different states can test out different policies, and they can learn from each other. That proved true in 2020. Governors in different states responded to the COVID-19 pandemic at different times and in different ways. Some states, such as California, ordered sweeping shutdowns. Others, such as Florida, took a more targeted approach. Still others, such as South Dakota, dispensed information but had no lockdowns at all.

As a result, we can now compare outcomes in different states, to test the question no one wants to ask: Did the lockdowns make a difference?

If lockdowns really altered the course of this pandemic, then coronavirus case counts should have clearly dropped whenever and wherever lockdowns took place. The effect should have been obvious, though with a time lag. It takes time for new coronavirus infections to be officially counted, so we would expect the numbers to plummet as soon as the waiting time was over.

How long? New infections should drop on day one and be noticed about ten or eleven days from the beginning of the lockdown. By day six, the number of people with first symptoms of infection should plummet (six days is the average time for symptoms to appear). By day nine or ten, far fewer people would be heading to doctors with worsening symptoms. If COVID-19 tests were performed right away, we would expect the positives to drop clearly on day ten or eleven (assuming quick turnarounds on tests).

To judge from the evidence, the answer is clear: Mandated lockdowns had little effect on the spread of the coronavirus. The charts below show the daily case curves for the United States as a whole and for thirteen U.S. states. As in almost every country, we consistently see a steep climb as the virus spreads, followed by a transition (marked by the gray circles) to a flatter curve. At some point, the curves always slope downward, though this wasn't obvious for all states until the summer.

Red Flag

Antifa mob assault black free speech activist in San Francisco

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Antifa found out about the protest and conflict quickly ensued.
A mob of Antifa assaulted a black man in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon.


Comment: The silent majority/conservative segment of the US has been, relatively speaking, mostly quiet up until now. But you can be certain that attacks like those on Philip Anderson - just for peaceably speaking his mind - are registering in the awareness of many. And one day soon will likely be responded to with equal if not greater force.


Arrow Down

The economic implosion of 2020: Job losses ramp up again as millions of Americans continue to slide into poverty

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The mainstream media keeps trying to convince us that things are about to get a whole lot better for the U.S. economy, but instead they just keep getting worse. On Thursday, we learned that another 898,000 Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week. That was the highest number that we have seen since August, and it is yet more evidence that a new wave of layoffs has begun. But according to the experts that the mainstream media relies upon, this wasn't supposed to happen. According to them, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was supposed to be steadily tapering off as the U.S. economy shifted into recovery mode. Unfortunately for all of us, those experts have been dead wrong.

Yesterday, I wrote about the decline of the middle class in our country, and here in 2020 this pandemic has greatly accelerated that process.

In fact, one new study has found that almost 8 million more Americans have plunged into poverty just since May...
Nearly 8 million Americans have slid into poverty since May, according to a Columbia University study reported by the New York Times.

Why it matters:The researchers found that the monthly poverty rate for September was higher than rates during April or May, and it also topped pre-crisis levels, "[d]ue to the expiration of the CARES Act's stimulus checks and $600 per week supplement to unemployment benefits."

Eye 2

Queen's former bodyguard molested two girls, 6, and photographed naked children

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Oliver Cooper, from Hopton in Staffordshire, served in the Household Cavalry for four years before being jailed for the sickening sex crimes he committed while he was a Beaver Scouts leader
The Queen's former bodyguard has been jailed for sexually assaulting two six-year-old girls and taking pictures of naked young children.

Paeodophile Oliver Cooper, 27, an ex-soldier in the Household Cavalry for four years, was sent to prison for his actions while he was a Beaver Scouts leader.

He was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault on a girl aged six, sexual assault on another girl also aged six, one count of taking indecent photographs of a child and 13 counts of voyeurism.

Eye 1

CCTV that blocks entry if you aren't wearing a mask being installed in UK shops

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© CCTV.co.uk
The new CCTV system can tell if a person is wearing a mask - and won't let them in if they aren't
A new CCTV security system that can tell if shoppers are wearing a face mask - and refuse entry to those who aren't - is now being installed at a number of stores across the UK.

The technology is being fitted by shops to ban awkward customers who refuse to wear a face covering during the coronavirus pandemic.

BirminghamLive discovered that as many as HALF of people visiting one branch of Morrisons were not bothering to wear a face covering after the city first went into lockdown.


Comment: Evidently the number of people that do not believe the lies of the government and are not willing to obey the illogical orders is rising. If this were really the Black Death there would be no need to force people to protect themselves.


Comment: The crackdown in the UK is becoming more Orwellian by the day: Meanwhile, the movements against government tyranny around the world is also growing:





It's also worth pointing out that, back during the first lockdown, before the government suddenly decided, against the scientific evidence, to enforce obligatory mask wearing, a doctor that appears regularly on TV spoke about the uselessness of masks against viruses:

UPDATE 21 Oct 2020

A UK marketing firm claiming to be writing on behalf of both the CCTV company and the Whiteley Garden Centre - has contacted Sott.net to counter the original article's claim that the 'mask recognition technology' prevents customers from entering the store:
There were some incorrect statements made in your piece - specifically that it blocks access to the store if a mask is not detected. This is not the case at Whiteley's. Customers who are not wearing a mask will see a message appear on a screen as a prompt to put one on if they are able to (and not exempt), however anyone can enter the store regardless of wearing a mask or not. At no point is entry to the garden centre blocked if someone is not wearing a mask.
To which we would just point out that the technology of course does not physically prevent someone entering the store. But it alerts the other customers and staff, who then compel the offender to put one on - at which point, if they do not, a member of staff presumably asks them to leave.

Which is tantamount to the same thing!!!


Megaphone

The civil rights legend who opposed critical race theory

Martin Luther King
© Carl Lynn/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP
Critical race theory, or CRT, is in the news these days but many people still may not know what it really means. They think CRT is part of the Rev. Martin Luther King's civil rights efforts. In truth, it is directly opposed to the central concept and vision he most stood for. One of the last and greatest civil rights leaders of our time -- and one of King's closest friends and advisers -- did understand CRT, and explicitly rejected it.

Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker (pictured, at right) was a legend in the American civil rights movement. Executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the critical years of 1960-1964, he was a co-founder of CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality), chief of staff to King, and King's "field general" in the organized resistance against notorious Birmingham safety commissioner "Bull" Connor. Walker compiled and named King's "The Letter From Birmingham Jail." He was with King for the march on Washington that produced the "I have a dream" speech, and in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Afterward, Dr. Walker came north to New York City to serve as minister of the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem. He was one of the nation's most respected ministers until his death in 2018. In his book "David and Goliath," Malcolm Gladwell dedicated a chapter to Dr. Walker and his work in Birmingham. The cover of Ebony magazine called Walker "The Man Behind Martin Luther King." In short, no one may have known King's thoughts better or been closer to them than Dr. Walker.

Comment: See also: Political indoctrination: The truth about critical race theory


People 2

US to carry out first federal execution of a woman in seven decades

Lisa Montgomery

Lisa Montgomery
The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it has scheduled the first federal execution of a woman in almost 70 years, setting a Dec. 8 date to put to death Lisa Montgomery, convicted of a 2004 murder.

Montgomery, who was found guilty of strangling a pregnant woman in Missouri, will be executed by lethal injection at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana, the department said in a statement.

The last woman to be executed by the U.S. government was Bonnie Heady, who was put to death in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The justice department on Friday also scheduled a Dec. 10. execution for Brandon Bernard, who with his accomplices murdered two youth ministers in 1999.

Evil Rays

Pandemic disruptions indirectly killed 75,000 more Americans than reported, study says

the body of a patient who died inside the Coronavirus Unit
© AP Photo/David
In this July 6, 2020, file photo, the body of a patient who died inside the Coronavirus Unit at United Memorial Medical Center is covered in sheets in Houston.
About 225,000 more Americans died between March and July during the pandemic — a 20% jump from previous years, a new study out of Virginia says. Of those excess deaths, just 67%, or about 150,500 people, were a direct result of COVID-19.


Comment: If that's even the correct number given all the inflated numbers that hospitals have been known to put out to fluff up the "threat".


This means that nearly 75,000 more people may have indirectly died from the coronavirus pandemic than official death counts reported in that time, researchers with the Virginia Commonwealth University said.

These include people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, dementia and heart disease who could not receive the medical care they needed or emotional crises that led to drug overdoses or suicides, according to the paper published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The gap between official and unexpected deaths could also be explained by delays in reporting COVID-19 fatalities, "miscoding or other data limitations," a news release on the study said.

Put another way, for every two U.S. deaths attributed to the coronavirus, a third occurs because of disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Comment: While the article is ostensibly about individuals who died as an indirect result of the virus, the author couldn't help but plant the propaganda seed of another surge coming soon. And given the usefulness of the virus to keep many people compliant and scared and unaware of the much bigger economic changes afoot, ie.the Great Reset, we wouldn't be surprised to see another "outbreak", however manufactured, by the media and aligned interests sometime soon.


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'We are in a truly Orwellian culture': Amazon yanks Covid-19 skeptic's book for ominously vague 'content violations'

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© Reuters/Brendan McDermid
Amazon has joined its Big Tech fellows in ramping up censorship of any criticism of the "official" Covid-19 narrative, deploying obfuscatory excuses to justify removing journalist James Perloff's latest book, he told RT.

After selling a respectable 3,500 copies over the last two months, Perloff's book on the coronavirus pandemic and its weaponization by world governments, 'Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red-Pilled,' was suddenly "banned" by Amazon.com, the writer revealed on Twitter on Thursday.