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5G, Blockchain, and You

Many questions have arisen since the World Health Organization declared a worldwide public health emergency on January 30, 2020. Where did COVID-19 originate? How long will it take to “flatten the curve?” Are ubiquitous lockdowns necessary or effective for an ailment that has a 99% recovery rate? And perhaps most perplexingly, why did the World Economic Forum host Event 201 in October 2019 – a simulated pandemic exercise that eerily followed the real coronavirus narrative, complete with stuffed souvenir microbes?

So far, none of these questions have been sufficiently answered. Yet as the narrative goes on, the picture of the “new normal” we’ve been ushered into gradually becomes clearer.

Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, sees coronavirus as the catalyst for the “Great Reset” and the “fourth industrial revolution.” According to him, “The pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.” He seems excited, but what will that “reset” mean for us?

Schwab proposes to “build back better” using technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, and nanotechnology – which are supposed to be more “sustainable” than current technologies. The World Economic Forum has also toyed with the idea of universal basic income to fix economic issues caused by the coronavirus lockdowns.

Soon after Event 201 seemed to go live, skeptics of the official narrative speculated about a possible link between the pandemic and 5G technology, which was deemed “essential” and continued to be installed during the lockdowns. Official news sources claimed the virus originated in Wuhan, China – where, of all places, 5G was among the first to launch in November 2019.

Like mRNA vaccines, health effects of radiation in the 5G range haven’t been tested, and many citizens have been protesting its installation. However, thousands of peer reviewed studies have confirmed deleterious effects of existing wireless frequencies, ranging from tinnitus in some people to life-threatening arrhythmias in others, so there is reason to believe that 5G can cause similar problems. Indeed, symptoms of microwave sickness vary as widely as symptoms of COVID-19.

Despite mainstream news sources systematically ridiculing anyone who says “coronavirus” and “5G” in the same sentence, there is no disputing the fact that 5G will form the infrastructure of the fourth industrial revolution – namely AI and the IoT. With the rollout of vaccine passports, yet another one of 5G’s raisons d’etre becomes apparent; every passport holder is assigned a blockchain code that broadcasts his or her mRNA injection status. These codes could easily be expanded to contain other personal information as well, such as one’s social security number, banking information, and current location. A biometric digital ID – like ID2020, for instance – would essentially connect everyone to the IoT.

If all of this sounds a bit far-fetched, scan your vaccine passport and take a trip to China. Virtually every item there is marked with a blockchain code, which allows for cashless payments by scanning the code with a cell phone – or, disturbingly, by scanning your face, which is stored in a vast AI database and recognized by every camera you pass by in the street and in commercial buildings.

Once you’re assigned a digital ID, your data is collected at all times – where you go, what you buy, whether you’ve been “bad” or “good” – and this data can be used for a variety of purposes, from selling your information to advertisers, to informing law enforcement of your daily routine, to assigning you a social credit score.

So, there you have it – a method of surveillance that surpasses Orwell’s wildest nightmares. The vaccine passport is your ticket to a brave new technocracy.

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This article was originally published at The Activist Post.

Reflections

Let There Be Love

Lord, please teach me about agape love.

May this not just be intellectual knowledge, but experience. Let my life and my character be defined by agape love. Let this love be the basis of all I do, my only motivation.

Love has always seemed mysterious to me. Like the vastness of the world, I have never been able to fully comprehend love. The only way I know is to consider Christ.

Father, make me Christlike; I ask sincerely, though my simple mind can’t fully understand what that means.

Commentary

Postmodernism Is Dishonest Modernism

Postmodernism, which started in the late 1970s, is the school of thought that currently dominates Western society.

It is a modified form of modernism, which originated in the early 20th century. Modernism led to atrocities such as the World Wars, eugenics, and modern art. Yet as evil as modernism was, its offspring is even worse.

When modernism first took hold, society still had a sense of what it had lost by abandoning traditional values. Art and architecture became dull, depressing, and ugly, partially for pragmatic reasons…but also as a collective traumatic response to rapid industrialization. Giant tombstones known as skyscrapers entered the landscape, mass production removed the soul from human handiwork, and people resigned themselves to the reality that life was dreary and meaningless.

“And they’re all made out of ticky tacky, and they all look just the same….”

While modernists lamented the loss of belief in God and transcendent purpose in life, postmodernists celebrate the degradation of society.

The postmodern aesthetic is childish…either using bright colors and wonky shapes or trying to be blatantly edgy and dark like the Satanic shoes pictured above, reflecting the tastes of a rebellious adolescent.

Unlike modernism, postmodernism is a perpetual state of childish consciousness…a refusal to grow up and accept responsibility, and a refusal to acknowledge reality. A post-truth world is a do-what-thou-wilt world, and from here we have nowhere to go but in a downward spiral. That is, unless society repents…but I doubt that will happen.

Commentary

The Media and the Masses

There is an evil spirit in the world that has an iron grasp on most people, and gains influence mainly through the media.

Profane music and lame Netflix series have overturned the dignity of past cultures. This is especially true in the United States, where postmodern pop culture originated. Yet nations such as India, China, and even Saudi Arabia also try to be “cool” by conforming to American exported pop culture. The whore of Babylon has fornicated with the kings of the earth.

In particular, the glorification of the gangsta in the 80s and 90s brought culture to a lower level worldwide. As a result, common courtesy has become a historical artifact. A general lack of respect toward others has seeped into even the highest levels of society. For example, President Obama took selfies at Nelson Mandela’s funeral instead of paying attention:

This type of behavior, along with Obama’s promotion of celebrities like Jay-Z and the Kardashians, forever eroded any dignity the Office of the President once had.

Thanks to the media’s influence, women around the world now speak with an annoying vocal fry, wear provocative clothing, and cake their faces with bright, dramatic makeup to draw attention to themselves. Men either act effeminate or exhibit toxic masculinity, like the actors they see on television. If people allow the media to alter their very identities, should I be surprised if the same impersonal conglomeration of sound and electronic images convinces them to alter their genetics by taking an experimental mRNA vax? If their favorite celebrity does so, they will undoubtedly follow like lemmings off the edge of a cliff.

Society favors those who seek the limelight…the flashy, the gaudy, the unsubtle…because society worships entertainment. Pop stars have the world spellbound, pied pipers leading humanity down the path of unapologetic narcissism. Satan enticed these people with promises of money, fame, the praises of men…all the world has to offer. He knows our weaknesses and uses them to tempt us.

No one is completely impervious to the media’s influence; almost everyone I know conforms to one image or another they’ve seen on television. Perhaps instead of feeling frustrated with society, I should see people as victims of a vast brainwashing cult I once belonged to as well. Only after I stopped watching television for several years could I see that the media consists entirely of propaganda, and nothing more.

The world is quickly moving toward greater evil. Many people sense this, even atheists who claim not to believe in evil as an objective reality. Yet resistance…even slight resistance…is powerful, just as even a small glimmer of light can help one navigate a pitch dark room.

Analysis

Reality Versus the Poetic Ideal

Poetry and literature often explore the difference between idealism and reality. Poets are considered highly idealistic people, perhaps even the messengers of humanity’s highest ideals, since fiction allows ideas to reign free without being bothered by cumbersome reality. Ideal morals and, of course, ideal love are some of the most common themes of literature and poetry.

Poetry tends to exalt the ideal and lament the disappointments of reality. Idealism includes high morals, usually pertaining to biblical standards. Good characters are portrayed as virtuous, living by a moral code.

Una in The Faerie Queene is an example of a character who strives to live according to biblical values such as courage, honesty, and chastity.

Ideal love, another major poetic theme, tends to be portrayed as highly passionate, exciting, and smooth in the sense that practical issues such as financial trouble or arguments between a couple are not included in its depiction.

“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” is a quintessential ideal love poem, only focusing on the pleasant aspects of love without mentioning the inevitable struggles. However, poetry may also acknowledge the disappointment that reality brings. Virtue must struggle against sin; in The Faerie Queene, this struggle causes great problems for Red Cross Knight, whose battle with sin is relentless. “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” gives a reminder that life is difficult and love does not always last. While poetry exalts the highest ideals, the bitterness of reality is also confessed with raw honesty.

Commentary

Public Versus Private Transportation, and a Blurring of the Lines

Just in time for Agenda 2030, Governor Newscum plans to phase out all except electric vehicles in the next fifteen years.

Will our dear governor buy Teslas for all of us?

The problem with electric cars is the amount of electromagnetic radiation they emit. As someone with a sensitivity to wireless radiation, I wouldn’t be able to tolerate driving a Tesla…and though I don’t particularly enjoy driving anyway, owning an automobile is imperative in California. The urban sprawl is spread so haphazardly that most people must drive everywhere; being able to walk to work, school, or shopping centers would be a luxury.

In other places, owning a vehicle isn’t necessary because the city has a compact layout and people can rely on public transportation, but not in California. The public transport here has unique issues. Besides driving a car, there are basically two choices for transportation: buses or trains. The vast majority of people prefer to go by car because despite the inconveniences of driving and owning a vehicle, the inconveniences of taking the public transportation are worse.

Public transport in Southern California is notoriously awful. Buses only arrive once per hour, and they often arrive early or late. Sometimes they don’t bother to show up at all.

For instance, OCTA in Orange County has a sketchy reputation because many homeless or just plain crazy people ride those buses. Trips are also a bit expensive without a bus pass. Each round trip cost $5 back in 2015, before I had a car. The price is probably higher now.

A Typical OCTA Passenger

Riding the bus isn’t a completely negative experience, however. OCTA was convenient to me as a university student, especially since the school gave out free bus passes. That spared me the hassle of having to find places to park, pay for gasoline, and drive in traffic.

Taking the train has another set of issues. First of all, most people won’t even consider the train because of the expense; a round trip ticket costs around $70. Also, the train doesn’t help at all for going somewhere local, though it is good for long distances; an advantage is that the train avoids traffic, making long distance trips much shorter. Yet the train isn’t practical for everyday life.

That’s why in Southern California everyone opts to drive. Drivers have more control; they can leave whenever they want to without having to worry about missing the bus or train. Driving is ideal for short distance trips, since the bus will stop often and make the journey much slower. Drivers can also choose what music to listen to, and they can decorate their cars however they like.

Disadvantages of driving are paying for gas (especially these days), having to find parking, the stress of traffic, and higher chances of being in an accident. Another collective issue is that driving causes pollution. California’s sky has an orange tinge due to the exhaust of countless cars.

If public transportation in California was better, many more people would use it. Other cities have successful public transport systems that California could learn from. For instance, many people in Boston don’t own cars because the subway can take them everywhere they need to go.

In Seattle buses arrive every ten minutes (and they’re safe). The layout of LA was slapped up without much forethought, so everything is spread out, unlike those other cities. Still, California could certainly improve the current public transportation system. The government has talked and talked about doing so, but has never followed through…and I for one would rather see a functional public transport system than more of the same hellish traffic, except with electric cars instead of the ones we have now.

More people using public transportation would lead to a healthier life as well. Pollution would decrease, and there would be a stronger sense of community as people traveled together rather than being isolated in their cars. Maybe they would make new friends with the people they encountered during their daily commutes.

That will never happen, though. Agenda 2030 isn’t really about improving the community or the environment; that’s just a cover for the technocratic takeover plot hiding behind terms such as “sustainability” and “climate change.” Instead, I bet LA will eventually turn into a dystopian “smart city.”

Analysis

Comparing and Contrasting Psalm 37 and Psalm 73

Psalm 37 and Psalm 73 clearly express the same theme through different perspectives. Psalm 73 contains honest frustrations of the psalmist that lead him to struggle with his faith; though this is not to imply that Psalm 37 is dishonest. The impression gained from Psalm 37 is that the psalmist struggled with the same frustrations in the past and overcame them over the course of time, after seeing the abiding sustenance of the righteous compared to the sudden devastation that wealthy evildoers eventually experience.

Psalm 37 contains no trace of the discouragement expressed in Psalm 73. Psalm 73 might be compared to a best friend one relates to through complaints in common, while Psalm 37 would be a wise grandfather giving advice in retrospect of his life experience. Both reach the same conclusion that God is just and faithful to follow through with His promise to bless the righteous and cast off evildoers.

Both advise being still before God in order to realize that truth, and by “being still” they mean not just physically, but mentally. Entering God’s presence and focusing on Him requires clearing the mind of anxiety and frustration, which allows one to receive insight from God. Such a relationship with God results in wisdom, peace, and assurance that God will remain just and faithful.

Reflections

God Is Faithful Yesterday, Today, and Forever

God promises several times through the Bible that He will reward those who love Him and cast down those who practice evil.

Psalm 37 reassures us that God’s timing often seems slow, yet He always fulfills His promises. David claims, “But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.” The “meek” refer to the righteous; by choosing this word, the psalmist creates a foil between the righteous and the unrighteous. In the Bible, unrighteous people are almost always characterized by arrogance, the opposite of meekness.

Though arrogance seems to prosper for awhile, there shall come a time when those taken advantage of by the wicked will rule the world in peace. The theme of reversal from evil to good is found in Psalm 73 and elsewhere in the Bible. Though the psalmist may not see the results of God’s promise yet, he remains faithful and transcends frustration by considering the situation from God’s perspective. Life experience also contributes to his confidence in God’s promise:

“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”

The contrast between young and old suggests the wisdom of a long life; the psalmist has lived long enough to witness how events develop over time, and he has seen that God cares for the righteous. He assures those who seek to do good that God will take care of them and their children. Even if they are not as wealthy as the wicked, God will provide for their basic needs. For Christians, true wealth is spiritual rather than physical.

Analysis

Worrying About Wicked People Is a Waste of Time

Psalm 37, written by David, has a similar theme to Psalm 73. However, the tone of this psalm is more consistently confident than the language in Psalm 73. The Psalm begins, “Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.”

The psalmist knows the time of the wicked is limited, and their prosperity is fleeting. The use of parallelism gives a sense of reinforcement to these claims. As in Psalm 73, no vague language is used. The similes “fade like the grass” and “wither like the green herb” create a vivid image of what shall eventually happen to evildoers.

Everyone has seen green grass that turns brown and dry after a few sunny days. Besides the grass giving us a mental image, the psalmist further implies that the wicked aren’t worth worrying about; nothing is as benign and forgettable as grass. “The green herb” gives a similar impression.

Unlike Asaph, David seems unfazed by the apparent success evil people enjoy. His advice is, “Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices….For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.” In these lines, David expresses great trust in God and His justice. The words “cut off” in regard to the wicked seem to expand upon the simile of comparing evildoers to grass, which is easily cut and discarded. The advice to be still before the Lord is what Asaph describes in Psalm 73, which quieted his anger and led to peace.

Analysis

The Wicked Never Prosper (At Least Not For Long)

Psalm 73 has a detailed description of pride, which is foul to God: “They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression….Therefore the people turn and praise them, and find no fault in them. And they say, ‘How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?’ Such are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.”

Like today’s corrupt politicians and celebrities, the evildoers the psalmist describes seem to suffer no hardships. They are rich and admired despite their evil deeds. Some are intimidated by the lofty words and arrogant demeanor of these wicked people, so they join them in mockery of God.

Asaph is obviously distressed by the unfairness of the situation, and offended by those people who have no reverential fear of God whatsoever. The psalmist seems to desire swift justice to fall upon them, and he might be a bit frustrated with God for allowing their behavior to continue without apparent consequence. He laments the tendency of arrogant scoffers and those who take advantage of others to prosper in the world, and has trouble reconciling what he sees with faith in a just God.

However, by envying the wicked, the psalmist admits he is being foolish and failing to trust God’s plan. His feet “had almost stumbled,” a metaphor implying that his faith is shaken by seeing evil people flourish. The end of Psalm 73 returns to the uplifting tone of the opening line, which contains a statement about God’s holy nature. Rather than abandoning God and joining the scoffers, the psalmist returns to God’s presence, where he finds reassurance:

“But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end. Truly You set them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin.”

When the psalmist stops focusing on the evildoers and starts focusing on God instead, he realizes their prosperity only lasts a short while and will come to a destructive end. He perceives this truth, implying that he gained the insight from God as a result of prayer and reflection — a subtle revelation, rather than hearing the voice of God externally. “Slippery places” brings to mind the precariousness of walking on a slick surface such as ice, and the violently rapid fall that can suddenly result from a single misstep.

Only by focusing on God instead of the problem does the psalmist realize this truth. Remembering God’s justice lifts his spirit, so the psalm ends with an uplifting promise that God will make everything fair in due time. This applies to contemporary arrogant, wicked people and scoffers as well, along with cowards who are influenced by them.