Simon Kent


Chinese Communist President Xi Jinping wants travelers to adopt a global QR code system to help determine their health status and travel “permissions” in a post-coronavirus pandemic travel reset.

During the virtual G20 summit on Saturday, Xi called for a coronavirus “global mechanism” which involves international recognition of health certificates in the form of QR codes to allow people to travel freely, according to state media.

The dictator says the system can be based on “nucleic acid testing results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes,” reported state news agency Xinhua.

“We need to further harmonise policies and standards and establish ‘fast tracks’ to facilitate the orderly flow of people,” he is quoted saying. “[We] hope more countries would participate.”

QR codes are bar codes that can be read by mobile phones that are a common tool of tracking and control in Communist China.

Under the scheme China has employed since February, users are issued a traffic-light style health code, with a green code allowing someone to travel freely, and an orange or red code indicating that they need to quarantine for up to two weeks.

The codes are based on a combination of big data and information submitted by the users themselves.

The leader of the Chinese Communist Party did not explain how the international scheme might work or if it would mirror the health code system which has been widely adopted in China.

The lack of detailed information has already been flagged by critics who see it is a piece of social engineeering.

In a tweet, the executive director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth expressed caution over Xi’s proposal.

“An initial focus on health could easily become a Trojan Horse for broader political monitoring and exclusion,” he said.

China been building its own mass surveillance network for the past decade, which boasts hundreds of millions of street cameras.

The surveillance network has been billed as the world’s most powerful facial-recognition system and aims to identify any of its 1.4 billion citizens within three seconds.

China is also looking at more digital methods of ensuring its citizens comply with the strictures of the single-party state.

Author: Simon Kent

Source: Breitbart: China Wants Passenger Tracking System for Global Travel Coronavirus Reset

The notion that somehow the ancient pastime of chess is inherently racist due to the rule of white pieces moving first has been broached on an Australian taxpayer-funded national radio network.

The controversy arose when the national broadcaster ABC proposed a radio slot on the matter Tuesday and sought an interview with John Adams, an economist who represented the Australian Chess Federation in 2015.

Adams declined, but then went on social media alleging the ABC had taken the position chess was “racist.”

“The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first,” he said.

Adams further explained the ABC was looking for a chess offical to comment on whether the rules should be altered.

“Trust the taxpayer funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything & everything in Australia,” he added.

Adams later told a different radio host the argument has been circulating in chess circles for years.

“All of this stuff is completely ridiculous,” he said on Radio 2GB.

“We’ve got bigger issues that are facing Australia and I don’t want the ABC talking about this sort of nonsense.”

When the segment finally went to air on Wednesday, host James Valentine quickly made clear approaching Adams was to have a discussion, not brand chess as “racist.”

His guest, Australian Chess Federation committee member Dr Kevin Bonham, took the opportunity to refute suggestions the rule of white pieces moving first was racially motivated.

Dr Bonham explained there were many reasons why it is standardised to have one colour move first in a game of chess.

“There are benefits to standardising it, in terms of things like publishing diagrams of the chess board, because when you [play with the board the other way around – when you play with black moving first, it effectively mirror-images which way round you have your pieces,” Dr Bonham explained.

He said there is no evidence to suggest the notion of having white move first was racially motivated.

“The pieces themselves don’t represent racial teams, they just represent the sort of combatants in a battle wearing different coloured uniforms if you want.”

Bonham also confirmed if you are playing chess casually, there is no reason why black can’t move first, a point acknowledged by other news outlets:

Author: Simon Kent

Source: Breitbart: Taxpayer-Funded Radio Debate: Chess Is Racist Because White Moves First

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has soared past that of ex-President Barack Obama’s at the same point in his administration, defying negative sterotypes driven by opponents as he became only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

Trump’s job approval rating 151 weeks into his presidency sits at 45 percent, as revealed by a Gallup poll last Wednesday. That puts Trump three points higher than the 42 percent approval rating Gallup found for Obama at the same point of his presidency.

Gallup’s poll recorded a similar job disapproval rating for both presidents 151 weeks into their administrations. Some 51 percent of voters said they disapprove of Trump’s performance in a Gallup poll conducted Dec. 2-15, compared with 50 percent of voters saying they disapproved of Obama’s performance in a Dec. 12-18, 2011 Gallup poll.

Trump’s approval rating has climbed six percentage points since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened an impeachment inquiry against him in September.

House Democrats subsequently voted to impeach President Donald Trump last Wednesday after the House passed article one of H.R. 755, which charges Trump with abusing the office of the presidency.

Now the House has passed articles of impeachment, the Senate will convene a trial to determine if the president should be removed from office.

That trial is expected sometime in the New Year although Pelosi has yet to offer any confirmation of the exact timing.

Author: Simon Kent

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Approval Rating Surpasses Barack Obama at Same Point in Presidency

President Donald Trump has met one of his key election promises and confirmed the U.S. will definitely withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

He made the announcement Wednesday night at an energy conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, denouncing the agreeement as a bad deal and lauding his pro-fossil fuel policies that make the U.S. an independent energy superpower.

Trump touted surging U.S. natural gas and crude oil output and his efforts to roll back regulations on energy industries as underpinning his administration’s intention to pull the United States from the 2015 international climate agreement.

“The Paris accord would have been shutting down American producers with excessive regulatory restrictions like you would not believe, while allowing foreign producers to pollute with impunity,” said Trump, who shared the stage with dozens of workers wearing hard hats.

“What we won’t do is punish the American people while enriching foreign polluters,” he said, adding: “I’m proud to say it, it’s called America First.”

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 9th Shale Insight Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on October 23, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ( BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

The first day he can officially start the process has not yet arrived. According to the terms of the agreement, Trump can submit a letter on Nov. 4 to the United Nations to start the clock to withdraw the United States formally from global climate pact.

Withdrawing takes one year, which would mean the United States would leave the agreement one day after the Nov. 3, 2020, presidential election.

As Breitbart News reported, as far back as June, 2017 Trump said he was looking forward to exiting the agreement.

The president spoke then of following through on his commitments to the American people.

“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord,” Trump declared.

Compliance with the accord could have cost the U.S. “as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025 according to the National Economic Research Associates,” said Trump. “This includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs — not what we need…”

Leaving the Paris climate agreement was a key part of Trump’s message as he campaigned for the presidency in 2016.

Former President Barack Obama unofficially entered the United States into the accord, which was adopted in December 2015 as the United Nations Climate Change Conference came to a close.

Author: Simon Kent

Source: Breitbart: Promise Kept: Trump Confirms U.S. Is out of Paris Climate Agreement

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