SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at teh latest wave of censorship and social engineering via social credit scores.
Social Credit Scores Are Already Here
Avalanche Lily alerted me to this piece, over at The Last American Vagabond: Social Credit Scores Are Already Here. And in related news: Gab CEO Warns VIsa Is Helping To Bring China’s “Social Credit Score” To America
YouTube Reinstates Bitcoin.com’s Official Channel After Suspension
They’re still up to their old tricks: Youtube Reinstates Bitcoin.com’s Official Channel After Suspension.
Kassam’s Twitter Suspension Triggered by UK Law Enforcement
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: PROOF: Kassam Twitter Suspension Triggered By UK Law Enforcement Demand to Censor Journalism. This article begins:
“The suspension of The National Pulse Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam’s Twitter account appears to have been triggered by United Kingdom Law Enforcement insisting a factually accurate breaking news tweet was ‘in violation of UK law.'”
Minnesota’s Gun Sales Surge
YouTube to Ban Content That Contradicts WHO
Countries Using Virus Curbs to ‘Silence Critics’
Reader Bob D. sent us this: Some countries using virus curbs to ‘silence critics’, ex-leaders warn. An excerpt:
“‘Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to silence critics and tighten their political grip,’ wrote some 500 signatories, including more than 60 former leaders, in an open letter organised by the Stockholm-based Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).
‘Even some democratically elected governments are fighting the pandemic by amassing emergency powers that restrict human rights and enhance state surveillance without regard to legal constraints (or) parliamentary oversight.’
More than 80 countries have enacted emergency measures, according to the U.S.-based International Center for Non-Profit Law, ranging from curfews and fines for those who breach the rules to extra surveillance, censorship and increased executive powers.”
Russians Leading Latest Ransomware Attacks
Reader C.B. spotted this, at Techxplore: New wave of ransomware from Russian-led hackers: researchers
NY Gun License Applicants May Wait 6 Months
This one came to us courtesy of reader D.S.V.: NYPD: Gun License Applicants Can Expect an Answer in 6 Months. The article begins:
“The NYPD’s gun licensing webpage details how to apply for a license to own a gun for self-defense, then adds the caveat that applicants can expect an answer in six months.
According to the NYPD, “Within approximately six months of receipt of your handgun application, and all required documents/forms, you will receive a letter informing you whether your application was approved.”
This raises the question–What are NYC residents who are enduring a stalker, an abusive spouse or former spouse, or perhaps the threat of danger in the streets, supposed to do in the six months between applying for a gun license and hearing back from the NYPD?”
Apple’s App Store Censors
Apple removes two podcast apps from China store after censorship demands. This is just the latest example of their censorship. Also see: Does Apple’s Strict App Store Content Policy Limit Freedom of Expression?
Trump’s Twitch Account Suspended
I found this piece by commentator Tim Pool linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Trump’s Account Suspended As Wave Of Censorship Sweeps Across Internet Banning Pro-Trump Voices
Update on the Zerohedge Ban From Twitter