One “smart” lamppost down
If you see a shiny new lamppost in Hong Kong, don’t expect it to guide you into Narnia. These are hi-tech “smart” lampposts–whenever a liberal or other variety of communist calls something “smart,” be very afraid of it–which the pro-freedom protesters in Hong Kong say are being used by the government to spy on them (https://www.wsj.com/articles/hong-kong-protesters-spy-a-new-enemy-lampposts-11567161002).
The government denies it. Just keepin’ track of the traffic, they say.
Hong Kong, a former British possession, was ceded back to China in the late 20th century and incorporated into the communist country as a “semi-autonomous” zone where vestiges of freedom would be allowed to persist. The catch is, semi-autonomy ends in 2047, at which time Red China will swallow up Hong Kong. But a lot of people in Hong Kong think the Chicoms won’t wait that long.
Despite government denials that the lampposts are being used to spy on people, protesters have been sawing them down, breaking them with sledge hammers, and pulling out the wiring. It seems they don’t trust their city’s puppet government which exists at the sufferance of the reds in Peking (“Bay-jing” to show-offs).
They also believe that the lampposts are being used to track them by means of “chips that are now mandatory on people’s local identification cards.” That wailing sound you hear in the background is jealous American liberals wishing they could do that here. So people in Hong Kong have learned to block the chips by using aluminum foil–“wrap your whole wallet,” popular wisdom says.
Human liberty is the gift of God; it is not natural to fallen man in a fallen world. That’s why there’s always someone, usually lots of someones, trying to wipe it out. Utopian humanist governments always wish to be as gods. They always turn out to be as devils.
Don’t let them do it to us here.