As the atrocities and horrors of the wars in Ukraine and Gaza continue, I have been seeing other terrible events around the world. The blame this time sits fairly and squarely with the sun. Currently, a number of earth facing coronal mass ejections have triggered geomagnetic storms resulting in earthquakes. With a solar maximum scheduled for 2024, we can expect many more solar storms going forward. Our thoughts and prayers go to those in the Philippines who have been evacuated from their homes after two massive earthquakes of 7.6 and 6.5 magnitude respectively. Tsunami warnings were triggered, and a large number of aftershocks have been recorded.
Last week, I woke to the news that even here in Cornwall we had had an earthquake, albeit a tiny rumble. This week I woke up to find snow! I can't remember the last time we had snow in Cornwall—there is nothing quite as surreal as seeing snow on a beach. As temperatures plummet in the UK, large parts of Cumbria are without power. An emergency refuge has had to be opened in Ambleside. With more cold weather to come, you can’t say you haven’t been warned.
A couple of weeks ago, I asked whether or not you would be able to give up your mobile phone. Most of you in the chat box overwhelmingly said ‘Yes’. But I wonder, would you have been able to get rid of it immediately? I don’t think as many would be able to say ‘Yes’ to that. I am guilty of this too. As I type, the bing noise is trying to distract me, to alert me to a text just received. While I want to ignore it, what if it’s an emergency involving a family member? Someone may be feeling poorly or perhaps stranded as a result of the weather and lack of trains, due to more strikes. I gave in and checked. It wasn’t urgent, but it proved to me how quickly ‘worry’ and anxiety can kick in.
Whilst we may all appreciate the convenience of a mobile phone, am I the only person who finds them incredibly invasive and high maintenance? There is nothing more liberating than going out without a phone, having some time to yourself with no interruptions. I consider myself fortunate in not having a ‘smart car’ and no ‘satnav’. I am pretty hopeless with directions and could get lost in an empty room, however, nothing will tempt me to be stupid enough to invest in a ‘smart’ car. Sure, there are cameras all around us, and I am sure we are all being tracked via satellite’s and CCTV, but no thanks, I am not buying into their ‘1984’ surveillance agenda. And before you ask, no I don’t have any ‘smart’ meters either.
The first handheld mobile phone call was made only 50 years ago. I seem to remember it was so big that it was carried in a purpose built suitcase. How much time do you spend on your smartphone, tablet or computer? Do you think you might be addicted to your device(s)? Are you perhaps fearful of being without a smartphone? If you are, you may like to research ‘nomophobia’ —yes, smartphone addiction is real.
I have always enjoyed ‘people watching’, although these days I appear to be watching people who are watching their black screens, too busy to notice that they are being watched. In the USA, 97% of the population owns a mobile phone, and of those, 85% own a smartphone. Asurion published a study in 2019 and reported that US citizens check their smartphones an astonishing 352 times a day, which equates to once every 3 minutes.
Here are a few statistics that have been collated from our friends across the pond in the USA:
89% check their phones within the first 10 minutes of waking up
75% feel uneasy leaving their phone at home
75% check their phones within 5 minutes of receiving a notification
75% use their phones whilst on the toilet
69% text someone in the same room as themselves
60% sleep with their phones at night
57% consider themselves addicted to their phones
55% say they have never gone longer than 24 hours without their phones
47% feel panic or anxiety when their phone batteries drop beneath 20%
27% use their phones whilst driving
Many form emotional bonds, many get anxious if separated from their smartphones, and many see their phones as ‘their significant other’. Smartphones as we know them will soon cease to be. To greet us in the ‘brave new world’ will be a new smartphone, one that will be integrated into the human body—no more cumbersome black devices to weigh us down. Everything quite literally at your fingertips. Who will need cash or bank cards? Who will even need paper and pens?
Smartphones are here to stay, unless we mean what we say and ditch them. How we interact with them will decide our future. Until then, however, the smart phone is certainly not our friend. As I’ve said before, it is a spy in our pocket. If you were told you were going to be followed, watched, listened to and monitored 24/7 by a government official, would you agree to that? I ask in order to make the point that this is exactly what is happening, only we are encouraging it and enabling it.
Thank you so much to Jacqueline for taking the time to email me. Her honesty is both refreshing and sobering.
You asked a little while ago if UKC people could give up their mobile phone and I think that there was a high percentage who said yes.
For me, being old and in very poor health, a mobile phone does have its very important uses, for which I am grateful. I first bought one before there were ‘smart’ phones because my car kept breaking down and I had to walk for ages looking for a phone box, only to find that sometimes it was out of order.
These days, I do not like to drive without my phone as a means of emergency communication. I use my phone with discrimination—I don’t like talking on it except for short conversations to convey information. I don’t use excessive apps and only hopefully fairly innocuous ones such as the weather and bus times.
I always turn it off at night and it lives under a protective EMF covering when I am not using it. I don’t do social media except very limited Facebook for friends and family, mostly happy birthday and things like that. Nevertheless, I do recognise the dangers of everything ‘smart’ and deeply regret the addiction to it demonstrated by many. By the way, I can still read a map, write letters by hand (which I enjoy), mend clothes, cook food, do arithmetic without a calculator and all those useful skills that we were taught in the old days’. I expect that you are the same.
Yes Jacqueline, you are right, I am the same.
Phones have no emotions, but they do have a big appetite for data. Smartphones in 2023 are fitted with many sensors in order to manage and monitor health conditions and to make a diagnosis. But more importantly, this ground breaking technology has opened a new window of opportunity for our healthcare systems and Governments to obtain raw medical data, at low cost, by effectively turning our phones into a medical device. The NHS Long Term Plan states that digital-first primary care will be the new option for every patient. Smart Devices, apps, wearables and personalised medicine are the way forward. But would you trust your phone to diagnose cancer? It appears that even the manufacturers of smartphones don’t! I recently checked the Terms and Conditions of my Apple device. It states:
Your device is not a medical device and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical judgement. It is not designed or intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any condition or disease. Please consult your healthcare professional prior to making any decisions related to your health.
In the United Kingdom, the Medicines Health and Regulatory Products Agency (MHRA) regulate all medical devices. Smartphones/hardware are not classified as medical devices and are not regulated by the MHRA, although the software used on smartphones in the form of wellbeing and health apps are. Regulatory bodies have their own guidelines for medical apps. Do you know if the app you are using is accurate, or even who designed it? Has it been approved? And if it has, do you trust it? Would you trust your phone app with your life? Who is accountable should the information you receive from an app put your health at risk? What is the difference between a safe app and one that may be harmful, or will you find out too late?
Finally, my last question. Does ‘convenience’ outweigh accuracy, safety, privacy and confidentiality? Thus far, no one appears too keen on addressing this fundamental question. Are you willing to sacrifice your privacy, confidentiality and data for ‘convenience’? What price are you prepared to pay in order to count your steps every day, check your blood sugar, video call your relative or order a takeaway? Is that price really worth your privacy?
White Lung Syndrome
What is being described as a ‘mystery pneumonia’ affecting children appears to be sweeping through China. White Lung Syndrome is emerging as a new health issue of global concern and is being closely monitored by the World Health Organisation who have issued this report. The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued a statement on 24 November 2023 announcing that they are closely monitoring the clusters of outbreaks in children reported in China.
Similar respiratory conditions have been reported in Europe and the USA, although these have largely been blamed on a combination of diseases currently circulating in the population, including influenza, SARS-COV-2, Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Mycoplasma Pneumoniae. I don’t suppose anyone will be surprised to learn that health services are encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated. White Lung illness presents with symptoms of cough, fever and fatigue. Children under the age of 5 years may present with a runny nose, watery eyes, wheezing, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Lest anyone forget. In October 2022, The Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security, World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation conducted a table top exercise in Brussels, Belgium called ‘Catastrophic Contagion’:
The exercise simulated a series of WHO emergency health advisory board meetings addressing a fictional pandemic set in the near future. Participants grappled with how to respond to an epidemic located in one part of the world that then spread rapidly, becoming a pandemic with a higher fatality rate than COVID-19 and disproportionately affecting children and young people.
Another interesting data point to note is the link between Mycoplasma Pneumoniae and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). White Lung Syndrome is usually treated with antibiotics, however, there are already concerns surrounding AMR, particularly in the case of Mycoplasma Pneumoniae infections. Dame Sally Davies, UK Envoy for AMR, stated;
Anti-microbial resistance could kill us before the climate crisis does.
Professionals are blaming ‘lockdowns’ and low uptakes on childhood immunisation. However, blaming a period where children could not socialise and mix, conveniently avoids the question of a causal link from the Covid–19 vaccine. Am I joining dots that don’t exist? Are you joining similar dots and coming to similar conclusions? Only time will tell.
Stories in Brief
Who has heard of DARC? The Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability programme has been unveiled by the UK, Australia and the USA. A global network of three ground based radars will be operated jointly and will be able to provide 24/7 all weather capabilities that can ‘characterise’ objects in deep space with a range of 22,000 miles away from earth.
By creating a web of global surveillance coverage above the earth, DARC is designed to detect potential threats to defence or civilian space systems. Cawdor Barracks in Pembrokeshire, Wales has been identified as the UK’s preferred DARC site.
Moderna admit their Covid–19 vaccines cause cancer
The Exposé have reported on a revelation made by Dr Robert Malone at an appearance at an ‘Injuries Caused by Covid–19 Vaccines’ hearing led by Congresswoman Marjorie Tyler. It appears that Moderna’s patent shows that vials containing billions of DNA fragments, plus many other contaminants, are linked to birth defects and cancer.
Norovirus, otherwise known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, is back, and just in time for Christmas. According to the NHS website, 351 patients were in hospital with diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms compared to 126 in the same week last year, including 13 children compared to 3 in 2022. It goes without saying that the UKHSA, aka Medical Industrial Complex, are to heighten surveillance.
It may not therefore surprise you to know that an mRNA vaccine for Norovirus is already in development. A dangerous experimental vaccination for diarrhoea and sickness, which, for the majority of us, clears up within days and doesn’t require any medical interventions, makes no sense at all. Keeping hydrated and close to a toilet is essential. Norovirus is highly contagious and can spread through hospitals or communal settings at lightning speed. Norovirus and dehydration can be dangerous to young babies who are unable to feed, the elderly, the vulnerable and those who are immunocompromised. If in doubt, call 111.
They’re coming for your car
Many thanks to another eagle eyed viewer, Del, who sent me a very interesting 3 minute video from YouTuber, Geoff Buys Cars. He reveals information received from someone from within the insurance industry. Unless you own a ‘digital’ or ‘connected’ car, you won’t get insurance. It is a simple as that. A ‘connected car’ is one which operates using mobile data networks which are controlled through your smartphone or a specialist dedicated device. Essentially, this means that your ‘digital car’ could be switched off at any time without your knowledge or permission. From digital keys to integrated automatic breathalysers, it appears the freedoms enjoyed and associated with driving are gone.
This is a term that I heard twice in one day. My rule is that if that happens, I red flag it and investigate further.
My trail started at Gresham College. Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are widely used in many items we have in our homes such as, carpets, non-stick cookware, cosmetics, foam for firefighting and furniture textiles. They are linked with cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility and an increased risk of asthma and thyroid disease. You would think we would need to remove them entirely, wouldn’t you? However, the World Health Organisation has become increasingly concerned after finding PFAS in hundreds of drinking water samples in the UK. Do you know what is coming out of your tap? If you haven’t already, now may be a good time to consider purchasing a water distiller. In the USA, The Pentagon says banning PFAS chemicals would threaten national security. Microelectronic chips, lithium-ion batteries, helicopters, torpedoes and tanks all contain PFAS chemicals.
NHS dental treatment costs soar by 40% since 2015
A poll commissioned by the Liberal Democrats revealed 1:5 people (21% of the population) who failed to get an NHS dentist appointment in the past year turned to DIY dentistry. Only 48% of children saw an NHS dentist in the last year, while only a third of adults have seen an NHS dentist in the last two years. Do you live in a ‘dental desert’?
Woman named ‘world’s ultimate cyborg’—52 metal chip implants
Anastasia Synn, a magic performer, who lives in California has been named the world’s most ‘technologically implanted human’. With 52 chips embedded into her body, she boasts having the ability to open locks, take mobile phone calls, and perform magic tricks with just one chip in her hand. She claims having 52 chips implanted all around her body makes her life easier. She's also claimed a new world record, but I can think of better and less invasive ways of breaking records!
All we don’t want for Christmas is a new Covid–19 ‘variant’! And before you all write in, I know Covid has never been isolated. I am a terrain theory type of a gal, so don’t shoot the messenger please. We are hearing that the variant Pirola has a ‘daughter’. I thought it was bizarre that, in the days of gender equality, a virus has been referred to in the feminine. JN1 is on the rise. Data is still scarce, so as yet, the fear factor has not been ramped up. Does anyone else believe the recent round of Covid–19 boosters might have anything to do with it?
Do you have an emergency plan? Are you prepared for a dark cold winter? A quick tip for drivers, on these cold mornings, it’s no fun scraping ice from your windscreen. It can also be quite time consuming having to sit in the car and wait for the warmth of the engine to activate your windscreen demister. To speed the process up, try pulling down your sun visors because this will direct the warm air towards the windscreen allowing for a quicker melt. Of course, you could always purchase a windscreen protector, like I did this week.
I will be keeping my eyes on COP 28 which is due to finish 12 December 2023. Will a 7 year covenant be signed, and will our lives change forever? A 12 day event in Dubai, one of the biggest oil producers in the world, are hosting 70,000 attendees in person. They want to push through 70 mandates which will come to pass in the next 7 years. If you are attending and fancy a burger, sorry, no meat will be served at COP 28.
Film of the week
Will the King (not my King) announce an ‘alien’ agenda at COP 28? Perhaps it is no coincidence that a new film, King of UFO’s, focusing on King Charles and The Royal Family’s fascination and experiences with aliens was released at the same time as COP 28 got underway.
Book of the week
Harmony: A New Way of looking at Our World — a blueprint for a more balanced and sustainable world by King Charles III. Is this the blueprint for COP 28? And just how sustainable is the King?
Until next week,
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians KJV 6:12