Did China Stage the Videos of People Collapsing in Wuhan?

26-04-21 03:32:00,

“Coronavirus has people keeling over in streets” (TomoNews US, February 3, 2020)

Published: April 26, 2021 (upd.)

Already in mid-March 2020, SPR argued that the coronavirus situation appeared to show aspects of a possibly serious pandemic, a mass psychosis, and a psychological (i.e. propaganda) operation.

Since the early days of the pandemic, some people have been wondering if the notorious videos of “people collapsing in Wuhan”, which emerged in late January 2020 (see above), had in fact been staged by the Chinese government to frighten the West into lockdowns and self-destruction. After all, it is argued, such events haven’t been seen anywhere else later on during the pandemic.

For instance, on January 31, 2020, British newspaper The Guardian titled: “A man lies dead in the street: the image that captures the Wuhan coronavirus crisis”. A week before, the British Express titled: “Coronavirus horror: Social media footage shows infected Wuhan residents ‘act like zombies’”.

But an analysis of these videos and their context shows the following:

  1. Contrary to claims that there were “dozens” or even “hundreds” of such videos, there were only about ten such videos, which were shown in various places and in various combinations.
  2. Most of these videos really had nothing to do with covid. Rather, these videos showed drunk people, homeless people (even in other Chinese cities), road accidents, unspecified medical emergencies, and even training exercises run by Chinese authorities.
  3. Because of the simultaneous virus outbreak, first responders in Wuhan often already wore protective equipment (the famous white bio-hazard suits). Thus, to bystanders and to people uploading and sharing the videos, it may have looked like actual “sudden coronavirus deaths.”
  4. In many cases, video titles, captions, or comments did suggest or claim the videos showed “sudden coronavirus deaths”, but in no case was this confirmed or claimed by Chinese authorities. In fact, several of these videos were quickly debunked by Western “fact checkers”.
  5. It looks like most of these videos were shared internationally not by people close to the Chinese regime, but by people and groups opposed to the Chinese regime (e.g. by ‘Voice of Hong Kong’ and ‘Badiucao’),

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China Launches New App Allowing Citizens to Report Others For Expressing “Mistaken Opinions”

19-04-21 02:44:00, censorship

Big Tech giant blacklists public interest news story once again.

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15 April, 2021

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Facebook is blocking links to a New York Post story that exposes Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ controversial recent home buying spree, preventing users from sharing the link publicly or via private message.

The Post article from April 10 is headlined ‘Inside BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ million-dollar real estate buying binge’ and reveals how Khan-Cullors, a self-described Marxist, recently purchased four high-end homes for a total of $3.2 million.

As we previously highlighted, one of the homes, a $1.4 million dollar property, is located in Topanga Canyon, California, where the black population is just 1.6 per cent.

Another of the homes, a “custom ranch” located in Georgia, is surrounded by “3.2 rural acres” and features a “private airplane hangar with a studio apartment above it” in addition to an indoor swimming pool.

After one BLM activist called for an investigation into how finances were being used, other prominent figures within BLM threatened legal action against him.

Now Facebook is completely blocking users from posting a link to the original NY Post story in yet another brazen act of partisan censorship.

When attempting to post the link, the user is met with the message, “Your post couldn’t be shared, because this link goes against our Community Standards.”

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Users can’t even send the link via private message to their Facebook friends.

“Facebook will not allow you to post this NY Post story or even to message it to another person. (I just tested it),” tweeted Abigail Shrier.

Facebook will not allow you to post this NY Post story or even to message it to another person. (I just tested it).

So Facebook is now effectively opening your mail and reading the contents for ideologically objectionable material.

Anyone worried?https://t.co/L2MqxnK7Ry

— Abigail Shrier (@AbigailShrier) April 15, 2021

“So Facebook is now effectively opening your mail and reading the contents for ideologically objectionable material.

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China’s Huawei plans to launch ultrafast 6G networks by 2030 – media

19-04-21 09:24:00,

While many countries around the world are only starting to embrace 5G technology, Chinese tech giant Huawei has come forward with plans to roll out its much-faster successor.

The plans were revealed by the company’s rotating chairman Xu Zhijun at a conference in Shenzhen earlier this week, according to a Chinese media report. The official said that 6G networks will be introduced to the market in less than 10 years, by 2030. 

Also on rt.com China successfully sends world’s first 6G satellite into orbit to test technology

Huawei vowed to release a white paper explaining its vision for the development of next-generation networks in the near future, the report said. While details about the technology are scarce, China’s CGTN reported that 6G networks may be 50 times faster than 5G. Given that 5G networks allow the transfer of up to 20 gigabits per second under ideal conditions, the speed of its successor may reach 1,000 gigabits per second.

While it will definitely enable users to download everything from apps to videos faster, 6G technology can also allow use of the internet at high-speed movement, for example in a plane, the report notes.

Also on rt.com Huawei posts record profit in 2020 despite mounting US pressure

Huawei is one of the global leaders in 5G development, but some countries have opted to restrict the use of the company’s equipment amid US pressure. In 2019, the tech company revealed that it started working on 6G networks “long ago.” Its CEO Ren Zhengfei said that the technology was still in the early stages, projecting that some ten years could pass before it becomes a reality.

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section

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“CHINA BAD”, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

12-04-21 01:21:00,

The planet is ruled by a tyrannical oligarchy which uses governments as weapons to destroy disobedient nations while churning out news stories about how those nations needed to be destroyed because they were tyrannical and undemocratic.

The British royal family are murderous imperialists living on stolen wealth and dressing up like ridiculous Dungeons & Dragons characters and they deserve nothing but scorn, mockery and rejection throughout the entire world.

Saying Trump wanted to end the wars but the military industrial complex wouldn’t let him is the same as saying nothing.

When Bernie Sanders promoted the idea of shrinking the insanely bloated US military budget by a paltry ten percent, he was met with a solid steel wall of opposition. When presidents want to increase that budget, they are told “Yes sir, anything you say sir, we’ve got the papers all drawn up already.”

A political establishment which thinks it’s crazy and extremist to reduce a massive military budget by ten percent, and that it’s sane and moderate to increase it, is a crazy and extremist political establishment.

It’s crazy how I still get people telling me I write too much about US aggressions against China even as the Biden administration is openly admitting that it is increasing America’s insanely bloated military budget in order to deal with China.

While it may be true that Biden is increasing Trump’s military budget, and that Yemen is still being starved to death, and that the deportations continue and the kids are still in cages, and that he broke his campaign promises and is the same as Trump, oops ran out of characters.

— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) April 10, 2021

My American husband had a layover in Beijing years ago and was surprised to see so many perfectly happy people, laughing and clowning around like anyone else. He hadn’t even realized he’d been propagandized into expecting joyless conformity until he noticed his own surprise.

The west has been propagandized about China for a long, long time. The propaganda initiatives being launched right now are so successful because they’ve got many decades of earlier propaganda acting as a primer.

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China’s Digital Currency Has Nothing to do with Bitcoin

07-04-21 01:20:00,

China’s digital currency has left the testing stage and is set for a full rollout to the entire country and region. For some reason, the major media stories on the topic circle around the issue of Bitcoin, invented in 2009 as an alternative to government paper money. 

Just because a money has the word “digital” in the title doesn’t mean it is a form of Bitcoin. It is not. It is nothing more than a government currency with a different delivery system. 

  • The digital Yuan does not live on a public ledger. It is controlled centrally by Chinese authorities, to be changed if, as, and when political whims require such. 
  • The digital Yuan is not a peer-to-peer currency but rather requires the use of officially regulated financial intermediation. 
  • The digital Yuan does not have a market-based valuation independent of the old version of the currency. They are tied together. 
  • The digital Yuan does not have an algorithmic protocol dictating the production of new assets (akin to money creation), much less an end date at which point no more will be created. It is a currency with a discretionary money supply controlled by the government.
  • The digital Yuan is programmable to the point that the currency can be made to expire, thus forcing consumers to use it up by a certain date. This is a twist on an obscure, unconventional monetary policy innovation known as a Gesell currency: expiring money, which gives the issuing government a heightened degree of control over money velocity. 
  • The digital Yuan permits a new method for surveilling the population, creating new data which can be tracked by authorities. Bitcoin has pseudonymous protections for user privacy. 

The value of Bitcoin and other uncensorable, trustless, decentralized cryptocurrencies and assets was to no small extent based upon the interlocking relationship between the distribution of new currency units and the processing power needed to drive transactions. 

Cryptographic security gave the blockchain actual use value. That market-derived valuation – seen in the live, ticking price of coins or other mining rewards for public blockchains – provided an incentive for miners to compete in the packaging of blocks.

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