D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi

A Typical Day



                                       
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Our Foreign Policy about China is an Unmitigated Disaster

With COVID-19 Canadians are finally waking up to the extent of the failure and its repercussions

Since 2003 the author has warned the Chinese people of the dangers posed to them by an authoritarian government in China. Since 2012 the author has warned the Canadian people of the dangers posed to them by an authoritarian government in China. He has joined the chorus of critics knowledgeable about China who are very concerned about our foreign policy (if you can call it that) with China. Our policy is not only non-productive, but destructive to everything that is Canadian. It took the COVID-19 crisis beginning at the end of 2019 to turn an existential threat to Canadians to a real threat. Ground zero for the virus was Wuhan. The virus spread very quickly to Canada where it has killed almost twice as many Canadians as Chinese.

Recently, therefore, he reviewed what took place at the meeting of the Special Committee on China-Canada relations to which Ambassador Barton was invited. As a background, the government under Justin Trudeau sent Michael Kovrig to China to discuss the Meng case without seemingly confirming that he had diplomatic immunity. At the time, our ambassador was John McCallum—at least until he was fired several weeks later. It is evident that Trudeau had not been informed of Kovrig’s diplomatic status or was unaware of it. Trudeau said "It is unfortunate that China has arbitrarily and unfairly detained two Canadian citizens, and indeed, in one of the cases, is not respecting the principles of diplomatic immunity." It is a fact though that Kovrig was on leave from Global Affairs Canada. He did not have diplomatic immunity and did not carry a diplomatic passport. Today, Kovrig remains in a Chinese prison on terms which are much more harsh and less humane than Mdme Meng who is under house arrest in her Vancouver mansion.

Fast forward to a year later. Ambassador Barton appeared before the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations on February 5, 2020. Again, the author commends him for his sense of accountability to Parliament. He talked about four key issues in the China-Canada relationship. They were the detained Canadians, his mandate, strained relations between Canada and China and Canada’s leverage with regard to food.

Brief mention will be made on two of the issues. While it is true that Canada has leverage over China in terms of food there is little to no evidence to suggest that Canada has actually applied that leverage. If you recall, the author wanted all future shipments of food to China suspended for 25 years after the pork embargo which followed the canola embargo—both for spurious reasons. With respect to Spavor and Kovrig it is again commendable that Ambassador Barton visits the prisoners on every occasion allowed by the Chinese government. Nevertheless, the fact is that the two Michaels continue to be in prison after 600 days.

At the time of the Special Committee meeting Prime Minister Trudeau was on his way to Ethiopia. He was to meet Prime Minister Ably Ahmed and President Sahle-Work Zewde in order to get Ethiopia’s vote for Canada’s seat on the UN Security Council. The date of the trip had been planned well in advance. Wasn’t it an extreme coincidence though that Ambassador Barton’s appearance before the Special Committee was on February 5, 2020 when Trudeau was on his way away?

As has been previously mentioned by the author on several occasions Trudeau did not discuss the outbreak of coronavirus in China to the Africans as far as we know. Nor did Trudeau seem concerned about its inevitable spread to Canada. Did Trudeau and Barton talk about the full implications of a possible spread of novel coronavirus to Canada on Barton’s return from China to the United States and then Canada? Who would know better than Barton what was going on in China? There isn’t any public information to answer these questions. Did Barton voluntarily quarantine himself in either the United States or Canada after his return from China. Probably not, as Foreign Affairs usually would be responsible for warning Canadians to take such precautions. Well, the Head of Foreign Affairs went along on the African junket. Novel coronavirus was the last thing on his mind.

The point of all this explanation is that novel coronavirus which later became COVID-19 was not one of the six concerns of the Special Committee. Why didn’t the Special Committee realize there was the strong possibility of a Chinese epidemic transforming into a global pandemic as of this date? Did Ambassador Barton not inform the Committee of this possibility?

It was known at that time the virus was highly infectious. It was more infectious than SARS which hit Beijing and Toronto particularly hard in 2003. COVID-19 is actually designated SARS-CoV-2. It is less deadly than that from which it was derived, but more infectious. At the start of February, it was estimated the mortality rate was about 2.4%. That estimate was later revised downward, but even at 1% the mortality rates are very high because so many people were being infected so quickly on an exponential basis.

It was also known that Wuhan which was a major hub for rail and air transport was locked down on January 23rd in what is called the (“Wuhan lockdown”: 武汉封城) at the beginning of China’s major, human migration during the Spring Festival. Hours later, lockdowns were applied to Huanggang and Ezhou. By February 2nd, a seven-day lock-down applied to Wenzhou, Zhejiang. It was also known that 5 million Wuhan citizens had escaped the lockdown before it was implemented of whom some left on planes for destinations abroad such as Canada.

February 5, 202O was a fateful day for another reason. Ambassador Barton said some of the 650 embassy staff in Beijing “were aware of a potential problem [in Wuhan] well before it hit headlines.” "A number of people in our Beijing embassy ... were identifying this as a potential issue. Really, the author knew about it in mid-January before the Wuhan lockdown! The United States knew about the issue at the beginning of January; although, at this early time, important details were not disclosed by the Chinese.

It was no longer a potential problem or issue on February 5th, but an actual one. It was actually a disaster more than a problem. To his credit we are told that Ambassador Barton wanted to rush back to Beijing to help staff serve Canadians in China.

We did not though see Trudeau or his Foreign Affairs Minister rush back to Canada to serve Canadians with regard to COVID-19. We did not see them initiate planning and emergency, control measures in Canada after February 6th. Rather, they were off to Senegal from Ethiopia to kill two birds with one stone to secure member votes so Canada could vote on the Security Council. They forgot in Canada that a bird in the hand was worth more than two in the African bush.



https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-diplomatic-immunity-michael-kovrig-1.4975759

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/dominic-barton-china-committee-1.5453779

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_lockdown_in_Hubei

A Typical Day


The author's poetry and prose would be even more prolific and qualitatively better if he wasn't constantly distracted by security issues on-line. There is no rule of law on-line. There is no privacy, but only piracy. It is the wild, wild west. While the government says that it is doing its best to protect citizens, the bald truth is that it is behind most of the invasion of privacy or at the very least countenances it for its own purposes.

It is like a giant vacuum cleaner that illegally sucks up information for its own sake to hold for an unknown purpose. The very premise of the Five Eyes network is to spy on citizens without repercussion or culpability for dubious security reasons on an extra territorial basis. For example, if Canada cannot get information legally about a Canadian citizen then it asks the United States to acquire it and vice versa. The emphasis is on vice.

Today, was a typical day. My computer was hit by a Hypervisor which hijacks through an alternative operating system. It's a rather nasty virus that takes control of everything and mines data. First, it dismantles your anti-virus program. Second, it shuts down your VPN. Third, it holds your files and programs hostage. Fourth, it acquires passwords and data on forms. Finally, it modifies browsers in ways that are not friendly.

It is not as if the author doesn't have experience with these things. He has lived in authoritarian regimes for two decades and now he lives in Canada. As a result, he spends about 30% of his time on security issues. It goes with the territory so to speak. If he spent any more time then he would have to change his profession to cyber security.

Solving the Hypervisor issue was rather routine. First, one has to identify the problem. The Windows 10 program has been temporarily replaced with an outdated Windows 8.1. Without going into boring detail one must go to the Run Command and make some changes. Next, enter Powershell with administrative privileges and submit a command. The third step is to reboot. Determine if the net 472 developer pack was damaged or altered. Ensure Hypervisor Program is turned off in Windows Features. Lastly, re-establish apps through Defender. The problem is solved until Windows updates.

The author has relinquished his Smartphone. A short demonstration was given to him by someone who is in the know in the intelligence community. He now uses a flip flop. From a digital specialist in 1985 to a "flip flopper" in 2019.

The same kind of trend has become imposed on him with regard to his websites. He was able to adapt the program a decade ago to do something it was not designed to do; namely, handle multiple languages--even within a phrase. With regard to security he used multiple blocks so that if one were knocked down the others would survive. This meant that he might have 50 blocks on one page. Those innovations could not be migrated to the dumbed down version of the program. If the medium is the message then it has been reduced to the lowest kind of denominator. It is all ease and please or easy pleasy.

It is not surprising that most people in the West do not spend 30% of their time on security issues. They have more important things to do. What is surprising though is that they go out of their way to surrender their freedom, privacy and security to Google, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Yahoo, Amazon, Spotify, Statistics Canada, Royal Bank etc. Someday they may realize that the most important things in their lives are freedom, privacy and security.


D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi

2018年12月19日


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Eight Days a Week


Monday:      Lowered encryption level on secure socket layer site.

Tuesday:     Removal of password to anti-virus program

Wednesday: Early termination of programs requiring re-registration

Thursday:    Publication of all images is blocked.

Friday:        Password confirmation by phone signals are delayed by 15 minutes

Saturday:    Activated camera when accessing website

Sunday:       Dismantled anti-virus software

Monday:      Twitter blocked through browser manipulation

These are not covert, political attacks by Chinese in Canada or abroad on a Canadian. These are covert, political attacks through cyber espionage by Canadians in Canada on a Canadian citizen.




                                             


Instead of Eight Day's a Week maybe the title should read Baby's in Black from the same album. Baby's in Black what can I do"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJFpUb7JGYo