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Since you are reading this online-you have not yet been locked out of the grid. How much of your day involves clicking online for one site and/or another? Do you know how much time you spend online? Have you ever added up the hours you spend on screens with some form of electronic device? The average adult US citizen is estimated to spend over 11 hours a day online-the most comprehensive study to date was done in 2015, by the Nielsen company.
"The media-stats company found that the average American adult over the age of 18 spends more than 11 hours per day on electronic gadgets."
The statistics for teens in the USA is even more concerning: "Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online 'almost constantly', according to the latest Pew Research Center poll, increasing concerns, about what many call the most crucial question of our age... "Have smartphones destroyed a generation?" www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-07/zombification-america-accelerates-45-teens-are-online-almost-constantly
My New Year's resolution (both western and Chinese New Year) is to spend less time on screens. I almost wasn't able to post this week due to a crackdown on VPNs combined with the electricity going off in the area probably because of extra usage in the snowy weather, celebrations and faulty wiring. I'm using this platform to issue a warning about always having Plan B and C for emergency light, water, communications and hygiene. There are a number of excellent resources for preparing and I will list a few in the references below.
Meanwhile, here in China the "citizen social scoring/social credit" system created by Google corporation is fully operational, no matter what you may read. (see my blog post of October 2, 2018 for details: www.jopatti.com/blog/echelons ) Even international students in provincial universities are scored. During this winter/Chinese New Year break we have more international students trying Kung Fu and Sandpa boxing for a month. Many of them are already studying at universities in China, yet hail from other countries such as Panama, Pakistan, Denmark, the USA, Israel, Holland, France and many from Germany since the martial arts website was translated into German and English. One of the trainees from Panama and one from Austria explained they already have a "score" after only being in China for less than a year. Their score was "moderate". Their behavior is measured against what Chinese government workers consider "social norms". Can you imagine what happens if a different political party gains control and changes the parameters of "social norms"?!
Now, these trainees told me, they are more careful about what they purchase by credit card, what they text, what they search online and where they go to shop but in large cities most stores have the biometric recognition installed so it is only in rural towns you are not under surveillance constantly. The areas not under surveillance are dwindling. Please watch this short video which reports on these programs and the implications for other societies in the very near future. It also explains the operations for the Data Industrial Complex (DIC) for the non-tech professionals, which should cause you to pause before buying the "latest" tech or "smart" (spy) devices-including in clothing ('smart wear'), books, shoes, appliances: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP-yweVg2q4
We have a glance at what some would want for the entire planet and every human being. Be aware, this creates self censorship as well as self masking very quickly in a population.
For those of you who remember the band, "The Police" their song "I'll be watching you..every breath you take, every move you make..." comes to mind. www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOGaugKpzs
Privacy is still not designated as a human right. Some establishments are advertising they do not have wifi or surveillance cameras as a draw to the more discerning customers. Just as companies and governments have monetized most every aspect of essential living from paying for water to paying a tax if you collect rain, the drive for making money off locations which are private and "off the grid" will increase. You can already imagine the market for clubs, recreation sites and business meetings which have premium offers of "no connection". Privacy may become an experience for only the elite, wealthy and criminal networks if we don't fight against this invasion and work for legislation recognizing privacy as a "right" to be protected. Ironically enforcing this right may in fact necessitate the use of "surveillance" and we have all become reliant on tools reliant on electricity.
Up in the mountains of Henan province the electricity goes off periodically and often at the most challenging times in terms of weather. It has been snowing but the time tested means of clearing snow is still hand held, hand made brooms which work remarkably well. They are light to hold and require physical movement which does warm you up performing this task. When the electricity is off, so are the surveillance cameras and the internet. They have gas for cooking, no need for refrigeration in the winter and their own water storage in tanks and food storage in underground cellars for emergencies. There are no elevators, lots of bicycles and scooters for transport, and solar panels. This is the way they have been living for centuries, only adding on modern conveniences carefully and not relying on them.
Hoping I will be able to post each Tuesday while I am still here in Henan. Please check on Tuesdays to see if my post is online. If not, thank you for your support and I shall have to find a work around while in China or wait until I depart. Your comments are always appreciated and please excuse any delay in responding.
Until next week-keep a low profile while you can,