‘Smart’ Lampposts Spying on Hong Kong Protesters?

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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.

Addicted to the Internet? Welcome to Boot Camp!

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(Thanks to Susan for the news tip)

We’ve all seen this: half a dozen young people seated at a table, every one of them glued to his or her phone instead of interacting face to face. And a lot of us know somebody who can’t be born away from his computer.

Well, in the workers’ paradise of China, they’ve set up a military-style boot camp for teens and 20-somethings. It’s supposed to break their addiction to the Internet (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11345412/Inside-the-Chinese-boot-camp-treating-Internet-addiction.html).

Here, the hapless nerd is committed into the program, usually by his parents, for three to six months. The three chief elements of the “therapy” are 1) denial of access to all electronic devices, 2) no outside contact, and 3) training the subject to “follow all orders.” Plus lots of calisthenics.

Lamented one dad, “We couldn’t control him anymore,” adding that his son was spending 20 hours a day on the computer.

According to the guy who runs the camp, Internet addicts are generally run-down physically, their eyes suffer, and–dig this!–brain capacity decreases by around 8%! But you can get the same results by watching The View.

He estimates some 24 million young people in China are Internet-addicted.

Well, there you have it–better living through coercion. You can bet American liberals are already wondering if they could use these techniques to engineer our own socialist utopia.

But all those addictions, of whatever kind, are about a futile effort to fill a hole in the soul that only God can fill.