A Petition About Apple & Privacy

Those of us who are really tuned in to the alternative media and who are “privacy conscious,” have probably heard already about Apple’s plans to scan the iPhones of their customers, starting with the rollout of IOS 15 this fall.

To me, this was quite a shock. Stories about the NSA backdoor in Windows have been circulating since Windows 98 has been around, and that is quite a while ago. Edward Snowden confirmed that these are not just stories, by the way. But Apple? Truly sad.

One could argue that this is a good thing, this backdoor. If enough precautions are taken, why not use this technology to increase the chance of bringing child molesters to justice? Yet this strategy is a very dangerous one, and privacy is a basic human right, not to be violated.

I am therefore grateful that the Electronic Frontier Foundation has started a petition to encourage Apple to stop its plans to scan our phones. This beautiful organization fights tirelessly for this one basic human right that is so often trampled on these days: the right to privacy.

The petition says: “Don’t Scan Our Phones. The ‘child safety’ changes Apple plans to install on iOS 15 and macOS Monterey undermine user privacy, and break the promise of end-to-end encryption. I urge Apple to reconsider these systems. Continuous scanning of images won’t make kids safer, and may well put more of them in danger. Installing the photo-scanning software on our phones will spur governments around the world to ask for more surveillance and censorship abilities than they already have.”

Clear language. I have signed the petition and urge you to do the same using the link below. Thank you!


Petition Against Mandatory Vaccination

Recently I found an interesting website from “America’s Frontline Doctors”  with a petition “to prevent people from being intimidated or pressured into taking experimental vaccines.”

These doctors are not against vaccines in general, as some organizations are. America’s Frontline Doctors clearly state in their disclaimer: “SMD & AFLDS is NOT “anti-vaxx” or in any other form to be considered or mislabeled as disapproving of established, reputable vaccines when taken voluntarily without coercion.”

For me, this is a crucial difference. Vaccines are not evil. There are vaccines which have proven to be a blessing and vaccines which have proven to be a curse to humanity. With the new, experimental vaccines, we don’t know yet which of the two it will be. We can make predictions, but only time will tell.

In most countries there is some kind of (constitutional) law which states that these vaccinations cannot be made mandatory. Yet how much is your right to decide for yourself worth if a lot of external pressure is applied to try to force you to get your shot?

How “voluntary” are vaccines, when there is talk about making people unable to fly, to cross borders, enter restaurants and cinema’s, get healthcare, or even enter the place where they work, without a “vaccine passport?”

I have nothing against vaccines in general. I have great problems with coercion, lack of transparency, and lack of freedom. What is currently happening worldwide is a giant operation to get the whole world vaccinated against COVID-19, with experimental vaccines.

The ones who organize this gigantic experiment don’t ask my opinion or yours about whether we want this or not, or whether we think it is the best thing to do. So please check out this website, and if you agree with me that this is a cause worth supporting, please sign the petition.

Meaningful Action – Online Petitions

A while ago I read online that there are people who use graffiti to spray “COVID = HOAX” on walls, as a way of taking action against the current lockdown measures. I understand the good intent of this idea, but I do not approve of the method.

First, people who put graffiti everywhere, not just as “graffiti art” on designated places, are generally seen as guys who destroy property, who cause damage. They are not taken very seriously by a lot of people.

Second, the COVID-19 outbreak is real, and when you are, for example, a nurse who has seen someone die of COVID-19, what will you think about this message, “COVID = HOAX”? I really doubt that someone like that will support these kinds of actions.

It is much more effective to focus on admitting that the COVID-19 outbreak, a flu-like disease, is real, but that the response that we are currently forced into is highly questionable. The how and why of this response needs to be addressed, and alternatives proposed.

Do not believe that you cannot make a difference here. Every journey starts with the first step, and when many people join together, change is possible. There are countless examples in the history of humanity that have proven that this is true.

One of the things you can do is signing online petitions against the lockdowns, like for example the “Great Barrington Declaration.” This is a beautiful initiative of a group of professionals who were looking for better alternatives than general lockdowns.

“As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.” Check it out!

There are many other petitions offered on the Internet at the moment. I have signed some petitions specifically for the Dutch. Most likely there are also petitions for the area or country where you live, so why not check this online?

It is easy to succumb to negativity and complaining about the current lockdowns, but taking positive action is useful and will cheer you up. I believe that we owe it to ourselves and to our world to keep working towards a solution. Never believe that you cannot make a difference.