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”. Today, we focus on China’s Big Brother Software.
How Safe is Tap Water?
Bruce sent us this: The US drinking water supply is mostly safe, but that’s not good enough. Here is a snippet:
“There are more than 151,000 public water systems in the United States serving residential communities, schools, office buildings, hospitals and other sites. It is especially challenging for small communities to fund infrastructure upgrades and monitor water quality. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. drinking water delivery system a D on its most recent infrastructure report card, based on the high number of leaks and the presence of both legacy contaminants like lead and new threats like PFAS.”
The Army’s ‘Google Earth On Steroids’
Reader DSV sent this: Army’s ‘Google Earth On Steroids’ Can Look Inside Buildings
Sweden is Encouraging Prepping
Video: Why Sweden is encouraging citizens to become preppers. (Thanks to Terry H. for the link.) A PDF pf the English edition of the booklet mentioned is available for free download here.
House Democrats Pushing for Impeachment
Like a contumacious child, the Democrats who rule the U.S. House of Representatives are now pushing for impeachment of President DJT. Even though the exhaustive two-year Mueller investigation came up with no evidence of collusion with the Russians by Trump, or the members of his campaign staff, or his transition staff, or his seated cabinet, the Democrats persist. My personal assessment is that the Democrats will try to keep this up, to shade the 2020 election. Perhaps if Attorney General Barr begins to earnestly investigate the machinations of the Uranium One deal (which truly smacks of collusion), then the Democrats will relent–in effect saying: “We’ll stop the impeachment talk if you lay off investigating Hillary Clinton and President BHO.”
In China: The Real Big Brother Software
Another from frequent blog content contributor DSV: Frightening system targets anyone not behaving to gov’t standards. Here is an excerpt:
“Human Rights Watch has uncovered the “inner workings” of software used by police in the autonomous territory of Xinjiang that monitors people for any deviation from “an algorithmically determined norm.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation said the app is used by authorities to communicate with the Integrated Joint Operations Platform, IJOP, which collects information from all surveillance in the territory.
The system targets “just about anyone” who isn’t behaving according to the government’s standards.
EFF noted IJOP “requires a massive amount of manual labor, all focused towards data entry and translating the physical world into digital relationships.”
Xinjiang is home to the Uighurs and other Turkic minority groups that have been targeted in crackdowns by the Chinese communists.
“Political education centers” now house an estimated 1 million people, and spying on citizens is a standard practice.
“While we fight the introduction and integration of facial recognition and street-level surveillance technologies in the U.S., existing research from Human Rights Watch gives us insight on how facial-recognition-enabled cameras already line the streets in front of schools, markets, and homes in Kashgar. WiFi sniffers log the unique addresses of connected devices, and police gather data from phone inspections, regular intrusive home visits, and mandatory security checkpoints,” EFF said.
Human Rights Watch obtained a copy of a mobile app that police officers use and released its source code, revealing that it allows police to do “investigative missions” such as individuals or tracking vehicles.
It also incorporates facial recognition.=
The app focuses on 36 “suspicious” person types.
For example, someone who travels, such as leaving the territory, even if it is legal.
Those who have communication software on their phones, such as WhatsApp or Telegram, get extra attention.
A red flag is raised also when any disappears from an online presence.”
New York State Bill Attempts to Derail SCOTUS Case
And another from DSV: New York State Bill Would Allow NYC to Keep Restrictions at the Heart of SCOTUS Case.