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Volcanic eruption of COVID-19 conspiracy theories

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Ever since the day Adam and Eve fell for Lucifers deception, the root of evil was planted deep in the soul of mankind.

From the moment man engaged the slithering serpent in a conversation, wickedness became woven into the fabric of our universe. There remains for a man no hiding place from evil. The shades of evil will always be found everywhere you go and in every corner, you turn.

The silhouette of evil casts a long shadow over the affairs of mankind. No matter what we do and however much we try, we are never going to rid the world we live in of evil. While from time to time, God in His mercy stays the hand of evil from coming near our dwelling and Hes able to stop the long claws of evil from piercing our habitation, God will not banish evil from our world.

That is until such a time when the events in the calendar of God for the world has been fulfilled. Our world is a wicked place and that is the reality of our existence. Nevertheless, in the midst of pervading evil, God has established righteousness. Through the dark clouds of vileness, the ray of goodness always shines through. The goodness in our world is seen in all the things that bring reprieve from all our sweat and provide us with relief from our toil. Goodness can be found in the things that lengthen our days and make our days on earth a little bit more tolerable. Goodness in our world is the advancement in science and technology that has transformed communication, education, and transportation. Goodness is the innovation in medical science and medical engineering that has led to the eradication of many sickness and diseases and provided a cure for what once was a death sentence; as a result of which people are living longer and more productive lives. The goodness in our world includes revamped banking system, modernized financial market, and a more equitable social system. Goodness has revolutionized the reach and access to information. The way we entertain ourselves to release the stress of our daily existence has also been touched by the goodness that exists in this world.

A traveller (R) sanitises his hands in compliance with measures at the bus terminal to curtail the spreads of COVID-19 coronavirus following the ease of interstate travels at the Ojota bus terminal in Lagos, on July 1, 2020. – Bus terminals across the country have commenced business following the removal of restrictions placed on interstate movements outside curfew hours by the government as measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

You see, technological and scientific inventions in and of themselves are not inherently evil. There is nothing nefarious about vaccines by which the world has been able to eliminate some of the deadliest communicable diseases that afflict mankind and have given some of the poorest children of the world a new lease on life. The internet and the worldwide web are not satanic inventions. They are tools that provide access to an abundance of information that we erstwhile never had, and because of them, our knowledge and wisdom have taken a quantum leap. Living in a world that is interconnected through the ingenuity of technology is not a bad thing, it is just another evidence that despite being prone to iniquity man is still capable to use their mind to achieve a greater good. Aeronautical engineering and air travel have shrunken distances between far-flung places and turned the world into a global village of intermingling and cohabitating souls. This has been a much welcome boom for the spread of the Gospel for it has made it possible to bring the good news of salvation to billions of otherwise unreached people. Technology has simplified banking and commerce.

Gone are the days when banking transactions required a visit to the bank. But now that we are able to bank online, we can avoid having to stand in line. Retail giants like Amazon and Walmart are technological disruptors who have turned online shopping into a thing of joy. Broadband internet and wireless networks have produced major improvements not only in entertainment but also in learning and commerce. Tele-education and remote learning have made the attainment of a higher education a possibility for many. Telemedicine has brought healthcare to the remotest outposts in the world. Labor productivity has risen, and job satisfaction increased, by technology like Skype and Zoom that make telework and telecommuting possible. With more people working from home there are fewer cars driving on the highways which in turn diminishes carbon emission that protects our environment. Less time spent on driving also translates to fewer road accidents and the associated morbidity and mortality.

The transition from 4G mobile technology network to a next-generation 5G is not the anti-Christ showing his evil hand. It is only a proof of the residual goodness in the heart of man shining through causing him to seek to make the world a better place. The 5G mobile technology has the potential to positively transform our world in immeasurable ways. It is billed to provide a much faster and more reliable internet and mobile connections for users. 5G could even usher in a new era of smart cities in which energy grids, traffic signals, and emergency services are linked to reducing inefficiencies (NBC News). With its ultra-low latency, i.e. the short lag time between a device pinging a network and getting a response, remote surgeries between two distant locations become a possibility.

For instance, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Harvards Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) can remotely perform surgery to separate a pair of conjoined twins at University of Ibadans University College Hospital (UCH), giving these kids the opportunity to achieve a good quality of life, attain to their God-given potentials, and grow up to become productive citizens as adults. Creating an individualized digitalized identity program, either through vaccines or some other platforms, to ensure that the millions of poor, vulnerable and displaced people of the world can access essential health and social services, apply for jobs, open mobile money accounts in their own name, and buy what they need most for themselves and their families, is nothing diabolical, and it actually improves the wellbeing and standard of livingof many.

Among all of Gods creation, Satan is a master imitator and counterfeiter. The devil does not have the seed of creativity in him; only the man into whom God breathed the breath of life can create and produce something good. But because the nature of the world is inherently evil, the goodness in our world is always subject to corruption by the devil. Satans speciality is to twist, imitate, and pollute everything good that is created.

For every pure and pleasant thing that exists in this world, Satan always works to make impure and rotten. He pollutes the goodness of science and creates a counterfeit of technology. And his counterfeit is always odious and so, it is with the new 5G mobile technology and ID2020 initiative both of which have become foils for conspiracy theorists within the Church and the secular world. A vaccine with microchips is not the mark of the beast. It is yet another novel technological feat that introduces greater efficiencies and more robustness to childhood immunization programs. Instituting a digital ID that enables individuals to prove who they are across institutional and international borders and across time while giving them control over how their personal information is collected, used, and shared, is not a machination of the devil for secret surveillance and mind control.

Already we live in a microchipped world, and theres hardly any technological device that does not have a microchip in them. Airlines, automobiles, artificial intelligence devices like Amazon Alexa, mobile phones, computers, CCTVs, televisions, home security cameras, and luggage scanners at airports have microchips. Likewise, lifesaving medical devices, laboratories equipment, passports, credit cards, etc. all have some type of chip or the other installed in them that make them function optimally. These devices are already in use to heal, shop, travel, monitor, surveil, secure, and collect terabytes of data that go on to be used for sophisticated analytics, quality control, quality assurance, quality improvements, and planning. That is the reality of living in a digitalized world.

To live and thrive in this world we have no choice but to use these stuff. When we are warned in Scriptures about the coming and reign of the Anti-Christ and his sidekick with two horns like a lamb who spoke like a dragon, it isnt a summon to fight and resist the advancement that science, medicine, engineering and technology bring to the world.

The prophecies about the end-times are not a condemnation of technological inventions, neither are they a call to arms against scientific innovations. Rather, it is God telling us to be wise and understand the ways of Satan. Because the devil cannot create, he counterfeits and pollutes everything that is good making them crooked and unsavory. These warnings are to unmask Satans modus operandi, which is to corrupt everything that is good and profitable. God is merely calling on us to always let the goodness within us overcome the evil in our world.

Coronavirus, a deadly virus, is on a rampage in our world, our ways of life have been put on pause, lives are being lost, jobs are vanishing, means of livelihood are disappearing. As of this writing, as many as 4.8 million people have been infected across 188 countries. And of those, close 320,000 have died. In Nigeria alone, more than 6,000 confirmed cases and almost 200 deaths have been reported. Nobody knows when life will get back to normal or whether it ever will. Many governments are clueless, incompetent and impotent in stopping the disease. And few, if any, have ever seen anything like this. So, understandably people are scared and petrified. Who isnt? Denying that Coronavirus is real or asserting that those sick or dying from COVID-19 are actually victims of 5G irradiation is a baseless, irrational, and idiotic fear-mongering not founded on science or commonsense. The notion that all these pain and suffering have been deliberately unleashed on us all just for the purpose of global domination by a few powerful people, or to establish a one-world government, or to usher in the anti-Christ, belies incredulity. It is a conspiracy theory that can only be plausible in the mind of the insane.

As a leader or someone who holds influence over peoples lives and values human lives, what you dont do when people are frightened is pour an accelerant on the fire of fear. Compassionate and empathic shepherds of Gods flock would not heighten the fear by dabbling in an area they dont have expertise. No one occupying a position of authority who is in their right mind would present as fact a mish-mash of disparate and unrelated information which is nothing but lies and concocted conspiracy theories. Those who shape opinions would choose their words carefully and not mislead people or give false hope. A pastor who cares about the souls of men would not bewitch men and hold in captivity the people they lead.

No preacher with sound knowledge of Scripture and steeped in eschatology will call on other Christians to rise and stop the anti-Christ from emerging. We can no more halt the events of the end of the universe or delay the coming and activity of the anti-Christ than stop a high-speed freight train simply by stepping in its path. To think we can is arrogance informed by ignorance. Whether we like it or not, the events of the end-times will happen and there is nothing we can do about it. Gods agenda cannot be stopped, His calendar cannot be derailed, its foolish to think we can. God does not tell us not to think or use our brain. He hasnt asked that we suspend commonsense which apparently is not so common. On the contrary, He wants us to be ready and prepared, living our lives holy, and exercising wisdom and sound judgment. All God asks of us is to watch and pray.

Ojumu, MD, MPH, of US National Institutes of Health, wrote the United States of America.



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Covid-19 conspiracy theories not among reasons given for test refusal in Victoria

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No one in Victoria is known to have cited a conspiracy theory for declining to take a Covid-19 test, the states health department has said, despite the health minister, Jenny Mikakos, blaming such beliefs for some of the 10,000 refusals as mass testing is carried out across Melbournes hotspot suburbs.

A spokeswoman from the health department told Guardian Australia on Friday: People have declined a test for reasons such as not wanting to do nasal swabs and showing a preference for saliva testing, and language barriers which our massive team of door-knockers try to overcome.

Guardian Australia had specifically asked the department if conspiracy theories were a reason people had declined the non-compulsory tests.

Door-knockers have been doing either testing, community education or both, the department spokeswoman said.

The response contradicted comments from Mikakos on Friday that belief in conspiracy theories was among the range of reasons for test refusal.

We are analysing that data to see exactly why people are refusing, but it is concerning that some people believe that coronavirus is a conspiracy or that it wont impact on them, so what I want to stress here is that coronavirus is a very contagious virus, she said. It can go through your family very quickly, it can affect your neighbours, your loved ones, and your entire community. So for those individuals in those communities who have not yet been tested, we are urging them to get tested as quickly as possible.

Guardian Australia has contacted Mikakos for comment.

The comments followed 65 new cases being announced in Victoria on Friday and 108 on Saturday after 17 days of double-digit growth, with a continuing and concerning number of new cases associated with transmission in households and families. Public health workers and legal experts have expressed concern that members of the community in hotspot suburbs may be unfairly criticised by people in non-lockdown suburbs, or overly targeted by police who are patrolling areas under lockdown to ensure people only leave for legitimate reasons.

Adding to confusion for residents in hotspot suburbs are mixed messages about who requires a test. While the government has said anyone in a hotspot suburb under lockdown can receive a free test even if they have no symptoms, a video seen by Guardian Australia shows two door-to-door workers who appear to be from the department of health tell a family they do not need to be tested as they are not symptomatic.

The video, taken on 29 June during the blitz, shows the two men, dressed in orange department of health vests and purple lanyards visiting a home in the hotspot suburb of Keilor Downs.

The tests are going on in the [nearby] avenue if you have any symptoms or anything? the workers told a resident of the home. When the resident replied that no one in his home had symptoms, the public health worker replied: Oh, thats all right. The other public health worker mentioned a kit that would allow the resident and their family to be tested at home, but the first worker cut him off and said, No, its all right. If you dont have any symptoms, its fine.

The resident replied: We dont have any symptoms but we can get tested, but was still not given a test kit. The first worker told him: Please make sure you maintain inside please, before the pair left. The interaction lasted about 30 seconds. The resident, Dave, who asked Guardian Australia not to include his last name, said he was concerned this interaction would be counted in the test refusal figures.

Theres no clarity right now so we dont know, Dave said. We dont know whats being counted in refusal, whats being miscounted … There is no detail behind what anybodys saying so I cant tell. He said that after the interaction he took his family to be tested despite being told it wasnt necessary.

[The workers] were fairly confused, they didnt understand what I needed to do, what I didnt need to do … I mean I can see why it might be inconsistent for people who dont speak English, as well as elderly folk.

The department of health and the premiers office declined to comment on the video or if the interaction would be counted as a refusal, but a spokeswoman for the premier confirmed that every household visited during the blitz should have been told to get tested.

Anyone living in the restricted postcodes is encouraged to get tested for coronavirus regardless of whether they have symptoms, she said.

All staff working on our suburban testing blitz are briefed ahead of their shift to ensure they can provide advice to residents about symptoms, hygiene and current restrictions, as well as how they can get tested.

Team members are a combination of department of health personnel, trained public health staff, and newly recruited staff. Since the blitz started last Thursday, more than 150,000 samples have been collected across the state and more than 94,900 doors have been knocked on.

While there has been misinformation spread via text messages and on social media, the department of health and premiers office have provided no detail about whether locked-down communities have been more likely to believe these conspiracy theories. This is despite Victorias chief health officer, Prof Brett Sutton, saying on 24 June that conspiracy theories may be partially responsible for the Victorian spike.

A woman named Ann contacted Guardian Australia to say she had received a text message that purported to be a police bulletin. The text warned against answering the door to door-knockers. It read: People are going door to door handing out masks, they say its a new initiative from local government. They will always ask you to please put it on to see if it fits you.

It has been doused with chemicals which knocks you out cold and once youre knocked out they proceed to rob you. Please do not accept masks from strangers. Remember, we are living in critical times and people are desperate to take advantage with the aim of making money. Crime rate has skyrocketed, so please be cautious and play safe!

Please send to all your friends, colleagues and loved ones so as to help them stay vigilant in this adverse situation. A spokesman for Victoria police said the message had also been widely circulating on social media for some months, long before the lockdown.

Meanwhile, Sarah Carter, the mayor of Maribyrnong city council, which contains suburbs among the hotspots, blamed entitlement on people declining to be tested.

It makes me feel incredibly angry, she told Channel Nine on Wednesday. I just think its the height of entitlement, to be honest, not to take the test, and I would urge everyone in our community, when asked, to take that test.

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YRKKH Upcoming Story: Sita Suhasini’s shocking past connection unlock present conspiracy

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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Upcoming Story: Sita (Alka Kaushal) and Suhasini’s (Swati Chitins) shocking past connection, unlock present conspiracy 

Star Plus longest running show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is gearing up for interesting twist.

The show is returning back for its audiences on 13th July, the makers are bringing in new dhamaka.

Goenka’s are suffering a business loss and are trying to compensate for the same by getting deals.

Here Sita marks her entry and Dadi is eager for Goenka to do business with her and asks Kartik to get the deal.


Sita and Suhasini’s past friendship

While now Naira ends up messing all and thus has to play double role game, while Sita is well aware of it.

Sita and Suhasini very well knows each other and were friends at sometime, Sita is back to seek revenge of past from Suhasini I’m the disguise of friendship.

Will Naira and Kartik be able to learn this shocking fact, stay tuned for more exciting updates only on entertainment news website latestgossipwu.com



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Slavery, the Declaration of Independence and Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

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Slavery, the Declaration of Independence and Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"


Frederick Douglass.

 

July 4 is an appropriate time to remember Frederick Douglass’ famous 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” The speech is—for good reason—most famous for its powerful condemnation of slavery, racism, and American hypocrisy. But it also includes passages praising the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers. Both are worth remembering.

Here is, perhaps, the best-known part of the speech:

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.

And there is much more material of the same kind in the speech, ranging from a denunciation of the internal slave trade, to an attack on the then-recent Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The key point is that slavery and racism made a mockery of America’s professed ideals of liberty and equality. And, sadly, that legacy is far from fully overcome even today.

But Douglass’ speech also includes passages like this one, praising the American Revolution:

Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men too great enough to give fame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men. The point from which I am compelled to view them is not, certainly, the most favorable; and yet I cannot contemplate their great deeds with less than admiration. They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory.

They loved their country better than their own private interests; and, though this is not the highest form of human excellence, all will concede that it is a rare virtue, and that when it is exhibited, it ought to command respect. He who will, intelligently, lay down his life for his country, is a man whom it is not in human nature to despise. Your fathers staked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, on the cause of their country. In their admiration of liberty, they lost sight of all other interests.

They were peace men; but they preferred revolution to peaceful submission to bondage. They were quiet men; but they did not shrink from agitating against oppression. They showed forbearance; but that they knew its limits. They believed in order; but not in the order of tyranny. With them, nothing was “settled” that was not right. With them, justice, liberty and humanity were “final;” not slavery and oppression. You may well cherish the memory of such men. They were great in their day and generation. Their solid manhood stands out the more as we contrast it with these degenerate times….

Their statesmanship looked beyond the passing moment, and stretched away in strength into the distant future. They seized upon eternal principles, and set a glorious example in their defense. Mark them!

Elsewhere in the speech, he also praises the revolutionaries’ refusal to submit to oppression merely because it was backed by law. This is an obvious reference to the those who, in the 1850s, argued that abolitionists had a duty to submit to the Fugitive Slave Act and other unjust proslavery laws. It is also a rebuke to “just enforce the law” arguments backing submission to deeply unjust laws in our own day.

Douglass recognized that the American Revolution not only espoused high principles, but had actually made important progress in realizing them—even as he also condemned the failure to realize them more fully, and the hypocrisy of Americans for tolerating the massive injustice of slavery, which so blatantly contradicted those principles.

In other writings and speeches, Douglass also praised the antislavery potential of the Constitution(which, I think, he in some respects overstated). His purpose in the Fourth of July Speech, was not to denounce the Founding Fathers, but rather the white Americans of his own time.

This raises the question of how we should think about slavery and the American Revolution today. Elsewhere, I have argued that, on balance, the Revolution gave an important boost to the antislavery cause, in both America and Europe—most notably by inspiring the “First Emancipation”—the abolition of slavery in the northern states, which was an essential prerequisite to eventual nationwide abolition.

I do not, believe, however, that this fact completely exempts the Founders from severe criticism on their record with respect to slavery. Most obviously, they still deserve condemnation for the fact that many of them were slaveowners themselves. People like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, and George Mason all owned slaves throughout most of their lives, even though they well knew it was wrong and a violation of their own principles.

Jefferson famously denounced slavery as “a moral depravity” and “the most unremitting despotism.” Yet he kept right on owning slaves. The same goes for the others, though Washington did finally free his upon his death. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that they continued to perpetrate a grave injustice because they did not want to suffer the loss of wealth and social status resulting from manumission.

This isn’t even a matter of “judging historical figures by modern standards.” It is a matter of them failing to live up to their own standards.

In addition to failing to free their own slaves, most of the Founders also failed to prioritize the abolition of slavery as an institution. They did take some important steps, such as promoting abolition in the northern states, barring the spread of slavery to the “Old Northwest,” and eventually banning the importation of new slaves from abroad. But they pretty clearly did not give abolishing the greatest moral evil in the new republic the priority it deserved.

Instead, they often prioritized less significant, but politically more advantageous issues. Alexander Hamilton (who was not a slaveowner) is often praised for his antislavery attitudes—in some ways justifiably so. But, throughout his political career, he repeatedly subordinated abolition to other priorities. Much the same can be said of most other political leaders of the day.

With great power, comes great responsibility. When it comes to slavery, most of the people who wielded great power in revolutionary America and the early republic failed to fully live up to theirs.

But the condemnation they deserve for that failure must be balanced against the very real progress they made possible—including on the issue of slavery. In addition, we should remember that we ourselves may not be free of the same types of faults.

It is far from unusual for people to set aside principles when they collide with self-interest. How many of us really prioritize doing what is right when doing so requires us to pay a high price? We like to think that, if we were in Jefferson’s place, we would have freed our slaves and prioritized abolition. But it is far from clear we would actually have the courage and commitment to do so.

Modern politicians, too, rarely prioritize the most morally significant issues ahead of those that are most politically advantageous in the short run. Given that slaves could not vote—and neither could many free blacks—it is actually notable that the Founders did as much to curb slavery as they did, even if it was nowhere near as much as they should have done.

In sum, Frederick Douglass was right to praise the American Revolution, and right also to condemn the gross injustice and hypocrisy of the nation’s failure to live up to its principles. In thinking about the Founders today, we too should praise the great good they did—which ultimately outweighed the harm. But we should also remember their greatest shortcoming. And we should be wary of too readily assuming that we ourselves would do better if faced with the same kinds of choices.

UPDATE: In previous posts, I have written about Douglass’ underappreciated speeches on immigration and how we should remember the Civil War.

 



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