Forced practices of innovation enjoy no rest in a totalitarian society holding a pocket ace on the rest of the world.
Inherited from the recalibration procedures meticulously performed over billions of years by the deft hands of evolution, the essence of humanity has far outgrown the utility of a cave, and in the modern world, the absence of friends and sports, coupled with the bad influence of a drinking buddy with good intentions, the need for a mancave. The presence of the novel Coronavirus has certainly shocked much of society into taking a day-by-day approach to life, and removed the wide buffers of comfortable spacing between individuals through the adoption of travel restrictions. Ironically, social distancing is battling against the tide of forced cabin fever, as the scope of area for the average person has been diminished in the same manner of magnifying the resolution on the preferred digital mapping program. Without even raising a finger, and allowing the relentless propaganda to perpetuate fear, many US politicians are realizing their dream of afflicting society with the first symptoms of Socialism, in the form of shrinking proximities by banning non-essential travel. Over the first few days of the glorified lockdown and assault on Constitutional freedoms, the European model of locality which works in nations with populations under 10 million, is already wearing thin, especially with the closure of bars and restaurants.
Human beings are meant to be social, and this does not imply that social media in any shape or form is the answer to recreating the joyous and therapeutic benefits of group interaction, a crucial function of existence that fills a need. With a strict quarantine in place for many states, and a complete absence of concrete answers from government and health officials as to the fate of the near future, the lingering ambiguities are at best tedious, and at worst, intolerable. Unfortunately, with people craving interaction and information, both the media, and syndicates of the Chinese government have stepped forward in providing fuel for the fire of misinformation and panic. For the former, the resurgence of a widespread and captive audience is repairing a decade of financial degradation, an unsavory and lucrative renaissance for a scoundrelly industry, as the economy tanks due to a universal unrest. The latter arrogantly waits in snarky anticipation with a tail coiled around gold reserves, primed to manipulate a one-sided business deal in advancing five spaces towards recapturing Taiwan, and planning their next global conquest.
Amid the maelstrom of cultural chaos as everyday life feels like being upside down 20 feet beneath the ocean’s surface in a frigid rip current, the demand for facts and figures and some semblance of buoyancy is off the charts. While individuals cannot recreate the past, the next best thing is to scratch and claw for the even the faintest inclination of familiarity, a natural human reaction to extenuating circumstances, leaving the psyche vulnerable. Enter the piranhas of the mainstream and the feeding frenzy of the Chinese Communist party into pheromone trade winds and adrenaline sweat of a unwavering disco trip hop experience, where the boundaries of sensibility are constantly being reset and the atmosphere rivals the micro-seconds before the front doors are opened in the charged moments before the Black Friday stampede of serial bathroom tissue and bottled water hoarders. The powers that be, have society exactly where they want them, and two weeks of ugliness is simply and excuse for 9 calendar months of indoctrination and reeducation, where the essence of Americana will be begging for the opportunity to grovel for a new pair of trousers at the government coop.
While the press has gone on full battle lighting attack mode in deploying language of gloom and doom such as, “lethal, sweeping, apocalyptic, exhausting, lethal, overwhelms, scrambles, slashing, and futility,” the b-grade tawdry movie experience of news has viewers scrambling for answers, as the unethical pervades. Even the much-maligned social network behemoths are abstaining from flooding devices and story walls with visceral unsubstantiated content teeming with trepidation and eliciting fear. The Chinese approach is subtly pathological and cold-blooded in nature. Beijing and People’s Liberation Army officials, are utilizing statistical websites and interfaces, to create their own narrative within the public sphere, in presenting data points that are probably inaccurate, are serve an ulterior motive in achieving the two-pronged malaise of achieving unification efforts and increasing global prestige.
At least one of the major Coronavirus resources websites allegedly tracking the spread of the disease can be directly linked to China, and digital consumers are unaware as to the possible deliberate corrosive editing and tainting of the data presented.
The seemingly innocuous and informative named site of World0meters, is a popular destination listing apparent concrete numbers and daily updates as to the spread of the Coronavirus infection. Due to the high volume of search engine inquiries, the digital database ranks near the top of the results pyramid, and internet users have built a healthy rapport in visiting and promoting the site. The problem is, that no one has questioned the validity of the data offered, as the domain has evolved into a destination for many in completing the daily routine.
Executing a basic research effort, Worldometers.info is actually owned and operated by a Dadax, a cloud computing firm based out of Shanghai.
The company offers live banner advertising packages through the website, for domains and apps starting at $35 per month, a standard revenue model practiced by informative domains such and Weather Underground and Flight Aware. Stunningly traffic onsite has increased twelve fold during the Coronavirus fiasco of a propagandized society altering nightmare threatening nationalism and basic liberties. The growth of organic visitors eerily echoes the logarithmic curve of global infection frequency during the last two months.
Perception of information has inherent value, if the audience is willing to believe (courtesy Similarweb.com)
Founded by Han Wang, Worldometers is receiving an infusion of revenue through basic SEO infrastructure, which allegedly funds a limited business model advertising specialized software solutions. A quick tour of the company website, shows a lack of updated information, and limited engagemet in business to business ventures. However, the evolution of the website into a trusted brand of critical information is both curious and unsettling, as a Chinse owned almanac disseminating specific data to a virus which originated in Wuhan is not an arrangement which is conducive to accountability.
Interestingly, the website shows China with only 81,285 officially documented cases, a figure that is highly unlikely considering the prevalence and virulence of the pathogen spreading since December of last year. While US figures to skyrocket based on factors such as the reliability of testing kits and documented and accurate information made available to the public by the CDC and local health departments, the alarmingly ballooning numbers hold some credence of red flag warnings, when evaluating the snapshot from the perspective as a speculative economist. However, when faced with incredulous presence of both India and Russia showing under 1,500 combined cases, one has to surmise if the data collection and presentation venture is part of grander scheme derived by Beijing to destabilize US and European economies as retribution for international sanctions suffered by monopolistic Chinese corporate entities attempting to commandeer the marketplace.
There are other options out there tracking the virus, and a more trusted source is provided by the folks at Johns Hopkins university.
As citizens in free societies demand transparency and truth in comprehending the scope of what health officials refer to as a global pandemic, the opportunity exists for a rogue government through commercial channels to cause resounding disruptions and volatility throughout first world populations. Proliferating fear is an offensive weapon that the Chinese have perfected since the onset of the Cultural Revolution in preying on vulnerable consumers searching for answers. The destructive capabilities have only been heightened within an environment embracing political correctness and the love affair with the social justice lobby for flowery cultural identifiers, instead of the cold hard facts.
The success rate of email “phishing” scams emanating from the slums of Lago, Nigeria are indicative that a burgeoning plague indeed threatens the industrialized world which does not involve the body’s immune system. Gullibility may not directly harm or kill, but hinders productivity, sanctity, and liberty. As contrived stupidity rears its ugly and afflicts billions, the next best thing for a real virus, is a quivering population that is based on the offerings enabling instant gratification and not reason. The 10 thousand Chinese controlling 1 billion people realize this unequivocal fact, and will stop at nothing to transform the world into an ideological minefield of discontent and fleeting nightmares.
Just ask Jeff Bezos and Amazon how things will end.
The Johns Hopkins map and database can be located here.
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