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Chicoms Hit Citizens With 10 Point Social Credit Score Penalty For Not Wearing a Mask in Public

Communist tech tyranny being mirrored in the west.

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The Communist Chinese government is punishing citizens in some areas of the country who commit COVID-related transgressions such as not wearing a mask in public by deducting 10 points from their social credit score and in some cases putting them on no fly blacklists.

A lengthy article in the London Times explains how the CCP exploited the COVID pandemic to massively expand monitoring of its own citizens and introduce new methods by which they could be punished for committing COVID-related infractions that didn’t rise to the level of criminal acts.

Some of the newly introduced transgressions which lead to social credit score points deductions and travel bans include failing to wear a mask in public (10 point deduction) and failure to self-isolate (50 point deduction).

“Those who made the blacklist were punished by a variety of measures, including prohibition from buying flights, high-speed rail travel and luxury hotel bookings,” reports the Times.

“Citizens with the lowest scores can be barred from government employment, and businesses can be excluded from subsidies or participation in government procurement programmes,” the report adds.

People in some areas of the country “caught hiding virus symptoms, concealing the details of their recent travel, avoiding medical treatment or having contact with suspected patients had their misdemeanours added to their personal social credit file.”

Mirroring social media censorship and actual government legislation in the west that seeks to punish people for spreading “conspiracy theories” or “misinformation,” China likewise deducts social credit score points for “spreading rumours,” a punishment that was inflicted upon medical workers and journalists who blew the whistle on China trying to hide the outbreak in the early days of the pandemic.

“The bar for falling foul of the social credit system was much lower than for breaking the law,” according to the report. “During one month last year, 96 infringements of Covid-related rules, such as the concealment of travel history, were recorded by the Shanghai government. Only nine were deemed serious enough to warrant criminal proceedings, but all were made public online and attached to the individuals’ credit records.”

British MP Bob Seely summed up the desired effect of the program, which is to “(encourage) people not to question the system because otherwise you will face a myriad of problems and complications in your daily life.”

In contrast, those who spread what the Communist regime deems to be ‘truthful’ information about the pandemic and the vaccine are put on “red lists” for their good behavior and rewarded with perks which include cash payments, low interest loans and discounts on utility bills.

The COVID pandemic allowed the CCP to further centralize social credit score pilot projects into one scheme, with citizens being given green, amber or red status via a traffic light app to determine their compliance with regulations.

“It allowed China to deploy the full force of the surveillance state, tapping into a trove of data on movement and behaviour — combined with casual brutality towards those who resisted quarantine after being flagged by the algorithms,” said Ian Williams, an expert on Chinese cybersecurity.

“The ‘social credit’ elements involved the fine-grained analyses of social media behaviour, location, movement and the monitoring of social interactions,” he added.

Former British diplomat in Beijing Charles Parton said the intent of the system is to “reinforce the totalitarian control of the people” by creating a “police cloud” framework that will allow authorities to monitor and predict the activity of dissidents and activists.

Meanwhile, in the west, the deplatforming of conservatives started with Big Tech companies banning users and led to banks freezing accounts and the TSA putting people on no fly lists for their political opinions.

A similar progression occurred in China, where the system began in the corporate sector and eventually expanded into the state directly metering out punishments to individuals.

The only difference it seems between the Chinese system and the west is that the Chinese government cannot rely on a legion of mob activists and self-proclaimed journalists to do the dirty work for them.

These hate groups have weaponized Twitter to facilitate the organized harassment, doxxing, deplatforming and all round life-ruining of conservatives and anyone who questions the mob’s narrative on a daily basis.

Communist Chinese dictators could only dream of having access to such an army of thought crime hall monitors and tattle tales.

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Massive Peer-Reviewed Mask Study Shows ‘Little To No Difference’ In Preventing COVID, Flu Infection

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A massive international research collaboration that analyzed several dozen rigorous studies focusing on “physical interventions” against COVID-19 and influenza found that they provide little to no protection against infection or illness rates.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, is the strongest science to date refuting the basis for mask mandates worldwide.

And of course, the CDC still recommends masking in areas with “high” rates of transmission (fewer than 4% of US counties, as Just the News notes), along with indoor masking in areas with “medium” rates of transmission (27%).

Masks are still required in educational institutions in Democratic strongholds such as New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington and California, according to the Daily Mail. Boston Public Schools denied its “temporary masking protocol” in early January was a “mandate,” following a public letter against the policy by student Enrique Abud Evereteze.

South Korea is still requiring masks on public transport and in medical facilities after dropping COVID mandates in most indoor settings, including gyms, Monday, Reuters reported. -Just the News

According to the Cochrane study, which included the work of researchers at institutions in the  U.K., Canada, Australia, Italy and Saudi Arabia, a total of 78 studies were analyzed. Most recent additions to the meta-analysis were 11 new randomized controlled trials.

As unlisted study author Carl Heneghan – who directs the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford noted on Twitter: “Wearing masks in the community probably makes little or no difference to the outcome of influenza‐like illness (ILI)/COVID‐19 like illness compared to not wearing masks.”

The Danish study had trouble finding a major journal willing to publish its controversial findings that wearing surgical masks had no statistically significant effect on infection rates, even among those who claimed to wear them “exactly as instructed.” 

Mainstream media overlooked red flags in the Bangladeshi mask study, which found no effect for surgical masks under age 50 and a difference of only 20 infections between control and treatment groups among 342,000 adults. -JTN

Bottom line, mask wearing “probably makes little to no difference,” when it comes to influenza-like or COVID-like illnesses, regardless of type of mask used.

We’re sure the cult of Fauci will now start insisting peer-reviewed meta-analyses aren’t ‘the science.’

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Australian Health Authorities Call For More COVID Boosters… But The Public Says No

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Australia and New Zealand suffered some of the worst pandemic mandate conditions of any country in the western world, crossing the line into totalitarianism on a number of occasions. 

Australian authorities restricted residents of larger cities to near house arrest, with people not being allowed to go more than 3 miles from their homes.  Citizens were given curfew hours between 9pm and 5am.   They were banned from public parks and beaches without a mask, even though it is nearly impossible to transmit a virus outdoors and UV light from the sun acts as a natural disinfectant. 

In the worst examples, Australian citizens received visits from police and government officials for posting critical opinions about the mandates on social media.  Some were even arrested for calling for protests against the lockdowns. In Australia and New Zealand, covid camps were built to detain people infected with covid.  Some facilities were meant for those who had recently traveled, others were meant for anyone who stepped out of line.

As the fears over covid wane and the populace realizes that the true Infection Fatality Rate of the virus is incredibly small, restrictions are being abandoned and things seems to be going back to normal.  It’s important, however, to never forget what happened and how many countries faced potentially permanent authoritarianism under the shadow of vaccine passports.  If the passports rules had been successfully enforced, we would be living in a very different world today in the west.

Luckily, the passports were never implemented widely.  Australian health authorities are once again calling for the public to take a fourth covid booster shot, but with very little response.  Only 40% of citizens took the third booster, and new polling data shows that 30% are taking the fourth booster. 

With an astonishing rise in excess deaths by heart failure in Australia coinciding exactly with the introduction of the covid mRNA vaccines, perhaps people are deciding to finally er on the side of caution.  Why take the risk of an experimental vaccine over a virus that 99.8% of the population will easily survive? 

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NIH Failed To Monitor EcoHealth Alliance: Federal Watchdog

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After an 18-month audit, a federal watchdog says that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) failed to adequately monitor and address problems involving EcoHealth Alliance, a New York City-based nonprofit that was used to offshore risky gain-of-function research to Wuhan, China after the Obama administration banned the practice in 2014.

According to the report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the “NIH did not effectively monitor or take timely action to address” compliance issues with EcoHealth.

In April 2020, after then-President Donald Trump claimed the SARS-CoV-2 virus could have come from the WIV lab, NIH terminated the EcoHealth grant with little explanation. That step was widely condemned by scientists, and OIG’s report now says NIH improperly executed the termination because it did not provide a valid reason or provide EcoHealth with required information for appealing the decision.

A few months later, NIH reinstated the award but immediately suspended it, setting conditions for resumption that EcoHealth said it could not meet. NIH permanently terminated the WIV subaward as of August 2022 for compliance issues, including WIV’s failure to provide NIH with laboratory notebooks related to the funded experiments. –Science

The audit examined the above grant, as well as two others from 2014 to 2021 which totaled $8 million, but largely focused on $600,000 of it which went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The NIH faulted EcoHealth for failing to promptly report gain-of-function results in some experiments, however the company has blamed a computer glitch at NIH for the 2-year delay.

Digging into the report is US Right to Know’s Emily Kopp, who has broken down various aspects of the OIG report.

Meanwhile, the audit also found that the nonprofit billed NIH for $89,171 in disallowed costs, including expenses such as alcohol, and a staffer’s $3,285 trip to a conference that was miscoded, and should have instead been billed to a non-NIH grant. 

The OIG recommends that the WIV (but not EcoHealth) be banned from receiving future NIH funds.

Meanwhile, EcoHealth just scored a fresh $3 million grant from the Department of Defense.

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