New Zealand becoming police state: Covid-19 lockdown to be taken seriously, but reporting neighbors & abuse of power goes too far

RAEL’S COMMENT: “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
 

New Zealand – the “land of the long white cloud” – has evolved into a police state overnight amid the fallout of Covid-19, with people now being encouraged to dob in fellow Kiwis who flout lockdown rules.

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Panicked politicians who want to be seen to be acting are the real danger of the coronavirus outbreak

RAEL’S COMMENT: ‘Ron Bailey, Reason Magazine’s science correspondent, explains its ultimate effect will be ‘like a particularly bad flu season, with a case-fatality rate somewhere between 0.2 and 0.5 per cent.’
It does not help that numerous psychologists are telling us ‘don’t let coronavirus tip society into panic’. As a sociologist with a professional interest in how fear works I can confirm that nobody decides to panic.

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Belarus’ gamble: Lukashenko ignores Covid-19 warnings as the rest of Europe panics

RAEL’S COMMENT: Another great Leader respecting freedom of people: Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko who said, “Better to die standing, than to live on your knees.”
With most of Europe gripped by Covid-19 panic and in lockdown mode, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko sees no cause for alarm — and life has gone on as normal. But is it a level-headed response or a risky gamble?

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Sweden says no to quarantine – is this the most reckless or the most proportionate Covid-19 response in the West?

RAEL’S COMMENT: This is the right decision: respecting the freedom of people and the Human Rights, which guarantee the freedom of Movement of men and ideas.
With most of Europe imposing extraordinary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus, Sweden has left its citizens surprisingly free. Are Swedes rolling the dice with their public health, or is everyone else overreacting?

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Twitter REMOVES posts by Brazil’s Bolsonaro in crackdown on information that ‘may increase risk’ of Covid-19 spread

RAEL’S COMMENT: The funny censorship of “social” medias becoming in fact a factor of conservatism and politically correct. But thankfully, like any censorship, they are being nullified by people using other medias. As long as we keep a diversity of social media censorship will be useless. We just need to fight so there will never be only one controlled by governments.
 

In an unprecedented move, Twitter has yanked two posts by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in which he took aim at coronavirus lockdowns as part of his controversial campaign to avoid a shutdown of the economy.

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