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A superior vaccine passport

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There seems to be a lot of chatter on Social Media and blogs as to what form our new vaccine passports will take.

I’ve posted about this before and using the online game Papers Please, (You can start practicing now)

But over at the blog, Bassett, Brash and Hide, I see Rodney has a post on the subject, “Papers”:

That demand is now a fait accompli. Before the year’s out we will need to carry our papers or digital ID everywhere we go. The police will be empowered to demand to see official documentation of who we are and our status. We could be innocently enjoying a cup of coffee when the police arrive for a spot check. “Papers!”

Is there anybody now willing to argue that this is hyperbole? For those who are demanding vaccine passports but saying they don’t agree with mandates I would simply point out the one is useless without the other.

Given that this incompetent government has often been caught spending millions of dollars on crap that goes nowhere it remains my hope that such incompetence will save us from totalitarianism.

I do hope that nobody in Wellington will take up this man’s suggestion, given that it would be cheap to implement, while bolstering our economic ties and eternal friendship with The Red Dragon:

On this front I was interested to read a recent article from Rod Dreher, who published a book called The Benedict Option several years ago:

“Today, a new post-Christian barbarism reigns. Many believers are blind to it, and their churches are too weak to resist. Politics offers little help in this spiritual crisis. What is needed is the Benedict Option, a strategy that draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient church. The goal: to embrace exile from the mainstream culture and construct a resilient counterculture.”

The Amish were way ahead of him on that front.

Anyway, his latest piece is titled, The age of the Anti-Christ is here, and while I’m not big on that whole theme it does have some interesting things to say about where we are and where we are going. I was especially interested in a non-theological series he refers to called, You Are Harvest, by an Irishman named Paul Kingsnorth, which unfortunately is on a subscriber Substack forum. Judging by Dreher’s excerpts I might consider subscribing, as I have for Leftist Matt Tabbi.

Many people see few problems with the march of the digital machine through every aspect of our lives. Many people have simply forgotten what it feels like not to be pulled and pushed and tugged and directed every hour of the day by the demands of the glowing screen.

Many people are not paying attention.

Well, books aside, there are many people who might not have made it this far through lockdowns without their glowing screens, but I see his point:

A couple of friends came to visit us from England. We hadn’t seen them for nearly a decade, and they hadn’t travelled anywhere since the pandemic began, so they were blinking excitedly in the sunlight. They had taken the ferry across the Irish Sea, which had necessitated them performing a particular technological ritual, one which went beyond even the longstanding norm of scanning their digitally-enabled passports and sitting on a boat full of CCTV cameras.

This time they had to have their photo taken, and show their digital proof of vaccination. They also, for some reason they didn’t understand, had to recite a string of numbers into a recording device. If I were being paranoid – and these days I usually am – I would guess that this was part of the creation of an embryonic digital voice recognition system, which will be used in future to supplement the eyeball scans, passport chips and smartphone-enabled health certificates which are already forming the basis of our glorious future of freedom and plenty.

I also appreciate, amidst the cries and the jokes about Stalin, Nineteen Eighty Four and the like, Kingsnorth’s take on how this develops, via another, earlier writer named Ellul:

But then, if Ellul is right, this is the direction in which the reign of technique will ultimately take us: towards the dictatorship of the Machine. Claiming in 1964 that technique had already ‘rendered traditional democratic doctrines obsolete’, he suggested that the new way of seeing would overcome any democratic objections, and would always tend towards total control. ‘Efficiency is a fact’, he wrote wryly, ‘and justice a slogan.’ Technique, through sheer dominance, would accrue power to itself until there could be no rational argument (the only kind of argument now accepted) against controlling the minutiae of our lives for the greater good.

By using the word ‘totalitarian’, Ellul was not suggesting that all nations would become dictatorships, let alone adopt an ideological framework like Nazism or Marxism to guide them. In fact, he said, such ideologies interfere with the direction of technique, which seeks efficiency rather than ideology. ‘Totalitarian’, in this context, simply meant that it would be impossible to escape the Machine and its assumptions. Everywhere you looked, there it would be: staring you in the face, directing your actions, digging into every facet of your life, giving you fewer and fewer escape routes each year.

Closer and closer I hear that rough beast slouching towards us, but it has reigns and they are held by kindness.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 29, 2021 at 2:22 pm

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  1. Interestingly enough (1) Rod Dreher joined our Orthodox Church

    And interestingly enough (2) старове́ры or Old Believers are an Orthodox equivalent of Amish or Mennonites

    And relating to the topic of this post, the surveillance society a very interesting trial just concluded in the USA the “Mennonite Murder Trial:.

    In this case a young airman stationed in Arizona drove 7 hours to a Mennonite community in Northern New Mexico where he kidnapped a young Mennonite woman and ultimately murdered her in a National Park in Arizona.

    What makes this interesting is how he was caught

    The cops got the data from all the cell phone towers on the route from where she was kidnapped to where she was found and looked for phones that had travelled that route at the appropriate times

    And given this was a highly isolated part of the country and it was late at night there was only one phone that matched – and voila they had their man

    This was all done with court orders though

    It is the ubiquitous cell phone that is the key – most now use biometrics to unlock and the home for your “vaccine passport” or “Green pass certificate” as it is called in the EUSSR is your cell phone which when loaded onto the phone can be digitally tied to the phones IMEI so the biometric link is place

    Phone bank apps require the phone to be locked and the biometric unlocking is the most convenient

    Most people have GPS location on so your phone is tracking your every move down to the meter and Google stores this unless you tell it not to – it is theoretically delectable

    The “vaccine passport” is all very Mark of the Beast given that is grants or denies permission for you to do anything based on criteria decided by the Government and also presumably logs what it is you are seeking to do,

    And while it might seem an escape to become Amish, Mennonite or an Old Believer how many could do that in reality – for a start you would need to hold the Faith but even if you faked it could your wife make all your clothes on a treadle sewing machine? Or wash them all by hand? Can you hitch a horse to a buggy and drive it? Or plow a field behind a horse drawn plow? Build a house with hand tools only?

    There is also the language thing Pennsylvania Dutch or old Russian to learn

    You more or less have to be born and raised in those communities to live that way – they are growing though, they have lots of kids and most of them prefer to stay with their own than live to with the“English”

    Andrei

    October 29, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    • Well my daughter has bought a sewing machine, but it needs electricity. 🙂

      At the rate things are going we’re looking at what we can do to convert the farm to other uses.

      Tom Hunter

      October 29, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    • Old Believers like Amish? Not quite. The main difference between the Old Believers and reformed Orthodoxy is in the liturgy. The Old Believers however, while being socially and culturally conservative, don’t renounce modern inventions like Amish.

      Taieri

      October 30, 2021 at 8:23 am

  2. I’m really curious as to what is going to happen next in NSW on December 1st. Apparently, all restrictions on the unclean will be lifted. Feels like a long time until then.

    Meanwhile, of course, Dictator Dan is going gang busters, insisting that the passport will be necessary all of next year, while trying to gain total control of Victoria. Has used NSW & NZ as justification for what he’s doing!

    Have posted links to several videos on Kiwiblog’s GD.

    I know I should probably blog, but I’m more a hunter than a gatherer and storyteller. 😛

    Lucia Maria

    October 29, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    • I have three old friends in Melbourne, quite Lefty in the cultural sense, but they laughed when I sent them that YouTube video of the NSW premier “Gladys” so…. I almost afraid of asking them what they think of what’s happening there. I’ll probably find that they cheered the cops crushing the protests, a complete and utter reversal of decades of their complaints about the Fascist state.

      It’s rather depressing.

      Tom Hunter

      October 29, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    • Hi Tom, I have a sister in Melbourne.

      A few months ago, she told me was getting jabbed – she had to, she said.

      Typically, intermittent Fridays is the night we chat. Haven’t talked to her for several weeks, and since then I’ve been going through Avi Yemini’s on the ground youtubes on what it’s like in Melbourne.

      Was thinking of phoning her last week, but then thought that she was probably out, so would leave her alone.

      Tonight is the night. Will have ‘that’ chat.

      She’s more on the conspiracy side than I am, so not sure how it’s going to go. 😛

      Lucia Maria

      October 29, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    • Have to add, that until I watched Avi Yemini, I did not realise how bad and how scared the citizens were.

      The police are so heavy-handed, it’s incredible.

      Am guessing it’s probably worse in the inner city, due to potential gatherings for protests, my sister is out in the suburbs.

      Lucia Maria

      October 29, 2021 at 5:08 pm

  3. Nick K

    October 29, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    • It’s going to get very confused with me, I use my maiden name in some circumstances and my married name in others.

      Lucia Maria

      October 29, 2021 at 5:09 pm


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