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On Feb. 19, police shattered truck windows and battled demonstrators as law enforcement continued to press in on the main protest location in downtown Ottawa.
Around 1 p.m. on Feb. 19, Ottawa police said that 47 persons had been detained and 38 vehicles had been towed.
A large police presence remained in downtown Ottawa, a day after law enforcement stepped up operations against demonstrators opposing COVID-19 mandates in order to disperse rallies near the Parliament Buildings of Canada.
Many trucks and cars have been removed from the protest location by police, and more were driven away on Feb. 19, although some remain. Demonstrators are still present in the neighborhood, with some fresh arrivals on February 19.
Following the federal government’s deployment of the Emergencies Act, police operations were expanded. On Feb. 18, police made over 100 arrests and removed 21 vehicles from the downtown core, according to police.
On Feb. 18, mounted police and cops on foot advanced on protestors, knocking some down. Some officers were highly equipped, with assault weapons among them.
On the same day, the House of Commons began its session after being adjourned on February 18 due to police activities on Parliament Hill.
The House is presently considering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act on Feb. 14 to deal with the ongoing protests.
The proposal is opposed by the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois, who argue that the situation does not merit its deployment. The NDP has stated that they support the Liberal government’s use of the act.
The House must debate and vote on the bill within seven days after the government’s introduction.
Tamara Lich, one of the Freedom Convoy’s organizers, is due in court on Feb. 19 after being arrested on a charge of advising others to conduct mischief.
Chris Barber, a fellow Freedom Convoy organizer who was also detained, appeared in court in Ottawa on Feb. 18. Barber was released on $100,000 bail with the condition that he leave Ontario and not publicly endorse the Freedom Convoy or communicate with the other major protest organizers.
Pat King, a vocal demonstrator, was also detained and will appear in court on Feb. 19. Organizers Lich, Barber, and Benjamin Dichter claim that King is not among the Freedom Convoy’s leaders.
Truck drivers started a movement against the federal government’s requirement that truck drivers crossing the US-Canada border get vaccinated for COVID-19, which sparked continuous protests against COVID-19 mandates and limitations. More people opposed to various mandates and restrictions joined the movement as enormous convoys of trucks and other vehicles headed to Ottawa to protest the mandate.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced on Feb. 17 that information is now being shared by law enforcement with Canada’s financial institutions in order to cut off funding for the ongoing protests, thanks to additional powers provided under the Emergencies Act.
“The RCMP has shared the names of both individuals and businesses, as well as crypto-wallets, with banking institutions, and accounts have been frozen, with more to follow. “The registration procedure with FINTRAC has begun for crowdfunding platforms and payment service providers,” Freeland said at a press conference.
Despite the proposed repeal of COVID-19 vaccine regulations pertaining to cross border truckers, the public is not satisfied; And rightfully so. They’re trying to put a band-aid on a problem that they’ve created, when all freedom loving citizens can see right through their egregious agenda. They’ve adopted anti-domestic terrorism protocol to deal with those who seek to observe their medical freedom. The Canadian constitutional crisis is seemingly far from over. But it seems as though the public will continue to make themselves known as this tyrannical agenda unfolds.
Nothing these tyrants say or do will cause God fearing men and women to relinquish their faith in Christ. Despite their feeble attempts at persecution, Christ is king. 2 Corinthians 12:10 says: “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.
Following the success of a recent effort to have the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scrap its facial recognition program, privacy advocates are now targeting other agencies that employ the technology.
Public interest groups and legislators from both parties reacted angrily to reports last month that the IRS required people to upload selfies for an identity verification program managed by ID.me. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called on the IRS to end the program, while Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) sought a blanket prohibition on the IRS collecting biometric data. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Media Alliance have joined the chorus of public interest groups calling for the IRS to abandon its plan.
Their advertising was a big hit. The IRS announced on February 7 that it will not utilize a third-party business to use face recognition to authenticate new accounts.
The IRS isn’t the only target of the privacy campaigners. EPIC and a coalition of 40 other interest groups sent a letter to other government agencies on Feb. 14 urging them to halt their facial recognition programs.
“Using a third-party face verification service also causes unnecessary security risks that are facilitated by government authorities, pushing people to pass over biometric data to a private corporation.” “Fraudulent activity is increasingly targeting biometric data, notably faceprints,” the organisations warned.
“The use of faces as a credential to access sensitive information by federal and state authorities is likely to result in large-scale data breaches of a credential that cannot be easily updated.”
Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) joined the chorus a day later with a letter to the Department of Labor requesting it to assist state unemployment offices in ditching ID.me.
According to the letter, more than half of the states require job seekers to first create an ID.me account before filing for unemployment benefits. After the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, when most of their business moved online, government agencies’ usage of facial recognition accelerated.
In their letter, Wyden, Booker, and Warren said, “It is alarming that so many state and federal government agencies have outsourced their key digital infrastructure to the private sector.” “One of the most notable companies in the market, ID.me,… utilizes facial recognition software and lacks transparency about its processes and outcomes, which is particularly troubling.”
A request for comment from ID.me about the public campaign against it was not returned.
The business introduced a new way to authenticate identity without using computerized facial recognition on February 8.
“We’ve listened to user complaints concerning facial recognition software and are implementing this essential adjustment,” said ID.me CEO Blake Hall. “We’ve added an option for users to check directly with a human agent to guarantee customers have even more choice and control over their personal data.”
“In recent weeks, we’ve tweaked our procedure so that government institutions can provide consumers the option of verifying their identification with an expert human agent rather than a selfie check. This configuration is currently available to agencies. Beginning March 1, all ID.me users will be able to erase their selfie or photo from their ID.me account.”
Not everyone agrees that the government should forsake facial recognition. “The IRS was wrong to cave in to frenzy,” the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) remarked on Feb. 8.
“As tax season begins, it is sad to learn that the IRS has caved in to advocacy groups opposed to any and all forms of facial recognition,” the ITIF said. “Every year, the IRS tries to prevent billions of dollars in return fraud, identity theft, and other financial crimes that harm ordinary Americans, and more facial recognition would have been a step in the right direction.”
Those in favor of biometric data collection by large corporations, and government agencies are merely consumers concerned with ease of access. They lack a fundamental understanding of the implications of releasing open ended technology coupled with continuous innovation. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a way of describing the blurring of boundaries between the physical, digital, and biological worlds. It’s a fusion of advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, genetic engineering, quantum computing, and other technologies. It’s the collective force behind many products and services that are fast becoming indispensable to modern life. Things like GPS systems that suggest the fastest route to a destination, voice-activated virtual assistants such as Apple’s Siri, personalized Netflix recommendations, and Facebook’s ability to recognize your face and tag you in a friend’s photo.
The person who labeled today’s advances as a new revolution was Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum and author of the book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution. In a 2016 article, Schwab wrote that “like the revolutions that preceded it, the Fourth Industrial Revolution has the potential to raise global income levels and improve the quality of life for populations around the world.”
Let’s not forget that Klaus was also the author of ‘COVID-19: The Great Reset‘. Directing his attention to a post pandemic paradigm shift. In which the very driving force behind our economic growth comes from advancements in technological cultivation of nature. Once Klaus got his message across, the royal family posted a two minute video displaying their support in the World Economic Fourm’s intentions. The end of the video displays the photo below, i’ll let those with keen eyes find what’s hidden here.
What most fail to grasp is that when all of the leading technologies of our civilization are combined, we’ve entered dangerous territory. If you combine advanced robotics, and artificial intelligence alone you’ll have a soulless person. There are kids playing around with AI code in their rooms nightly. This isn’t some far off threat, it’s a golden ticket for the less fortunate who want to make it big. Learning just two programming languages is enough to make six figures if you’ve got an extensive portfolio.
Why are tech companies paying so much for programmers? They’re in a rush to find the pinnacle of efficiency and innovation. But they never ask, what’s on the other side of that door? Once society reaches peak efficiency, Christians will already be subject to persecution. Because why would they bow to Jesus when they’ve got all the tricks up their sleeves? They will be taught to believe that we haven’t looked at life from their point of view. Everyone will paint the Christian man as evil for simply detesting human nature.
The technology comes with a price, if you don’t play by the same rules as the UN, WEF, Lucis Trust, etc. you’re going to be a second class citizen. The elite have cast their shadows on civilization to make their mark during each and every industrial revolution. Today we see Elon Musk trying to influence the crypto market by entertaining careless young traders. While at the same time, trying to make a breakaway civilization to get to mars.
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution, finally, will change not only what we do but also who we are. It will affect our identity and all the issues associated with it: our sense of privacy, our notions of ownership, our consumption patterns, the time we devote to work and leisure, and how we develop our careers, cultivate our skills, meet people, and nurture relationships”Klaus Schwab
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is reshaping every sphere of human life — from government to commerce; from education to healthcare. It is even impacting human values, opportunities, relationships and identities by modifying virtual as well as physical worlds of human beings. It is in my firm belief that Christians won’t get access to much of the technologies to come. By choice of course, because that is the nature of the puzzle God has laid out for us. We’ve been given free will to live for the world and repent there after. But to be born again, solidifies your role in this world. We’ve identified ourselves based on the values the bible emphasizes, and used them for the foundation of our very identities. To walk away from that is the unthinkable. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.
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