Integrity vs lie and deny until someone can provide physical proof philosophy

Too much of modern politics, the corporate world and some parts of society have adopted a lie and deny until someone can provide physical proof philosophy.

There are many examples of modern day political or corporate leaders of different stripes that have a well documented trend of this behavior. Many others do the same but are better at covering it up.

Before this age of misinformation and half truths, integrity and honesty used to be much more common.

Those lacking integrity used to be mostly involved in crime and related shady endeavors.

When claims of physical proof surface they or those they control or can leverage intimidate, bribe and resort to other measures to obtain, conceal or cover up the truth. When that fails they use tactics to divert attention, resort to more lies or misinformation about their accusers or worse. Only rarely and as a last desperate act do they admit wrong doing, apologize and ask for forgiveness.

The majority of their supporters turn a blind eye to this behavior as they only care about the person having similar beliefs as them on current issues. Many join in on the spreading of lies or misinformation to try and reinforce their point of view rather than focus on the whole truth.

Some leaders have consistently used outrageous and often false or misleading statements to sway and extend their supporter base. They repeat these over and over. The media initially calls them out but eventually stop as they appear to be picking on them.

How did we get to where we are?

Is it a result of ad funded social misleadia becoming more popular and influential than trusted media sources? Is it a result of the consolidation of ownership and control of much of the main stream media by a few very powerful and ultra wealthy individuals?

Reliance on proper peer reviewed science is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Has there been a loss of integrity in this as well?

Many people have lost trust or respect of politicians, parties, governments, entrenched bureaucracies, police, large corporations and other authorities.

Why do so many people give up on seeking the truth and accepting a lack of it from political, corporate and world leaders?

Even our Judiciaries are loosing respect as too often the decisions are influenced or biased.

The gap between right and wrong is getting narrow and it is becoming more about what you can get away with and what to do if you get caught rather than doing what is right.

How do we reverse this trend?

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OpenText won’t reopen half its offices after pandemic, amid restructuring and work-from-home success


Globe Subscribers:
Josh O’Kane – Small Business Reporter
April 30, 2020

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Online privacy tips for YouTube and in general plus some of their limitations

A tip for those that use the YouTube mobile app and care about limiting online data collection of personal information (aka digital fingerprint).

If you have signed in to the app to interact, upload or other feature but want to sign out after, Google has hidden the sign out option on at least newer versions of the app on at least Android. Below is how to find it again.

If you want to stay signed in or regardless you can still clear history and pause history (watch and search) under settings. It says this will prevent them from recommending content (and likely ads) they think you will like.

There is still collection of data online from what you watch for use by Google and content providers for analytics and other purposes but at least you are limiting some of what is tied to your personal accounts directly.

Here’s how to find the sign out option again:
From the phone’s settings (not app settings) go to Apps and select or search for Youtube, then storage.
Select “Clear Data” button.
Open Youtube app. You should still be logged in.
Select Account icon. On Account page select “Switch Account”.
“Sign out” should be now visible on the popup window.

More information on other privacy tips and some of their limitations:

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The Covid-19 pandemic has allowed Mother Nature to remind us what less human pollution looks like

Via and the weather network

The view of the Himalayan mountain chain’s Dhauladhar range is a rarity in country with a documented air quality problem.


The stunning scene was captured by a biologist that works in Venice

Clear skies near the Himalayas, in California and elsewhere with less polluting emissions. Jelly fish and schools of fish returning with clear waters in Venice canals and many other examples of what less human pollution looks like. Maybe this pandemic is mother nature’s way of reminding us of that.

At least it will help dispel some of the disinformation that has been coming from large polluting industries and the think tanks they fund, often covertly.

Himalaya range revealed as COVID-19 shutdown drives down air pollution – The Weather Network

Digital Writers
Saturday, April 4th 2020

Isabella O’Malley
Digital Reporter, Environmental Scientist
Sunday, April 26th 2020

Jellyfish seen gliding through crystal clear Venice canals – The Weather Network

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Revealed: ‘former Vodafone executive’ in 5G conspiracy video is UK pastor

Link to article in The Guardian plus added commentary

Jim Waterson Media editor
Fri 24 Apr 2020

Jonathon James, who regularly preached at churches in Bedfordshire, is the previously unidentified individual who reached millions of people with his detailed but nonsense claims that Covid-19 is a fake disease covering for the impact of 5G.

Coronavirus conspiracy theory video revealed ‘former Vodafone executive’ in 5G conspiracy video is UK pastor

Here is another example of disinformation and conspiracy theories taking advantage of peoples real fears from uncertainty and it resulting in violent and destructive behavior.

The more we allow the erosion of truth the more we will suffer the consequences. Many governments, political parties and politicians are partly to blame after their own misinformation or propaganda campaigns and general lack of real transparency exposed.

Many copies of this and other fake news were deleted by YouTube for breach of it’s dangerous disinformation policy yet new uploads continue after being shared by conspiracy theorists and supporters.

He faked being a former Vodafone executive and claimed to connect the pandemic, 5G, vaccines and Bill Gates. The popularity of his video grew, just as people believing them began to burn down phone equipment and harass telecoms engineers. He suggests that Bill Gates is involved in a plot to produce covid19 vaccines that contain mirochips to track individuals to ultimately herald the destruction of society.

Part of the fear of 5G and China is due to there being a lot of information about Huawei telecom (China’s largest private company) and other Chineses equipment manufacturers getting subsidies and dumping equipment below cost in foreign markets plus allegations of spying and intellectual property theft.

There is also allegations that some of this fabricated. The US has charged Huawei with fraud for selling to Iran against sanctions. Canada has been dragged into it when the US requested it detain and extradite Meng Wanzhou who is deputy chairwoman of the Huawei board and CFO.

She is the daughter of the companies founder Ren Zhengfei. China has denied the allegations and retaliated by detaining several Canadians with questionable charges and banned import of Canadian canola and pork some of which has been lifted.

Snowden leaked a bunch of info about what the NSA was doing for years secretly to try and stop them from being used but why would they need to keep it secret if they had proof?

The truth likely lies in between somewhere and hopefully will come out in an unbiased court.


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Is your Wireless plans in Canada more expensive than it needs to be?

For my friends in Canada with mobile wireless lines that are not on a contract or you want to upgrade your device but have hestitated because new plans cost nearly 50% or more even before any new device cost added.

When your contract expires, you no longer have a device balance and you do not want to upgrade you maybe able to reduce your monthly cost or upgrade your device and get a unadvertised promo plan.

This example is with Rogers but similar maybe available with Bell, Telus or other providers. Hopefully this still valid as there was rumors online today of Rogers no longer offering previous promos after Apr 14th. If so see what new offers have come out.

If you are on a Rogers Share Everything plan still, do not use a lot of data and don’t want to or can’t pay the higher cost for a Infinity plan that starts at $85 /m with BYOD and unlimited data (10 GB at regular speed then reduced speed after) you can try asking them for a non sharing plan.

As of Mar 13th there was one for $55 /m with 4 GB data, unlimited Canada wide calling and messaging plus voicemail. At the time this plan was only available in Ontario and wasn’t promoted online. If you are not in ON you can still tell them the new plans are too costly and you are planning to switch to another provider unless they can offer something better. It helps if you can tell them you have been a long time customer. Either way they may be able to offer it as a loyalty offer. You may need to ask to speak to their supervisor.

I was able to get this for an existing line that was off contract and a new line I was adding. The device cost if you are upgrading or adding new device can be financed. E.g. New iPhone was $24/m for 24 months and then $10.50/month credit for 24 months. The infinity plans with new iPhone were starting at $95/m.

Here are offers from most of the carriers:

Previous offers that may still be available.

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Was the Covid-19 pandemic manufactured by China or is it just benefiting from it?

April 11 2020

Post on social m(isl)edia followed by some criticism of parts of this theory.

“The coronavirus traveled all over the world from Wuhan China, but it did not reach Beijing or Shanghai or other major cities in China. Can anyone explain how is that possible?

There are so many questions, after all, where it all started, in China, the Chinese stock market did not collapse, but the American and European markets did, and when those markets collapsed, the Chinese bought a lot.

All roads lead back to China

1. They created a virus for which they already had an antidote.

2. They purposely spread the virus for financial gain.

3. There is a clear demonstration of efficiency to such an extent that they built hospitals in a few days. To build so many hospitals they had to be prepared with organized projects, for example, with the ordering of equipment, the hiring of labor, the water and sewerage network, the prefabricated building materials and the storage in an impressive volume. Everything happened so fast that everyone was speechless.

4. They caused chaos in the world, beginning with Europe and the rest of the western worlds.

5. Quickly decimating the economies of dozens of countries.

6. Stop production and manufacturing lines in factories and primary production in dozens of countries.

7. Causing the stock markets to crash and then they bought stocks, bonds and companies at bargain prices.

8. They then quickly gained control of the epidemic in their country. After all, they were ready and he was never really out of control.

9. In all this, they managed to lower the price of basic products, including the price of oil.

10. Now they are going back to mass production while the rest of the world is stopped.

Also note how quickly Chinese unions activated to “hoard” purchases of bus cargo to regional shopping centers across Australia, stripping our shelves of toilet paper and staple foods.

It happened before most of us knew what was happening, even before we knew what the Coronavirus was.”


A lot of that is probable and wouldn’t be surprising if it true. Part of a new type of modern warfare similar to the cyber warfare that has been taking place mostly behind the scenes but with huge impacts.

Here are some criticisms for this theory:

#1. Many experts in virus genetics from different countries working independently came up with the same or similar conclusions. It very unlikely that it was engineered as it would have been extremely difficult. It would have been much easier to use an existing strain that had already jumped to humans but was isolated before it widespread. They said it likely came from bats (likely horseshoe) or an intermediate host like pangolins. Some examples here.

#3. China does not have the level of bureaucracy to slow down emergency actions or preparedness that most liberal democracies have. There is costs to rights and freedoms for the chinese people so not saying they are better overall.

#9. The Saudi Arabia and Russia spat over not implementing production cuts caused the inital price crash in oil. The pandemic just made it worse as it drove down demand.

… agreed on the oil point. But that was just one of a great many products.

Original post and more comments

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