Apparently, Cuomo will do just about anything to keep Americans’ eyes off his scandals and on to his absurd COVID policies. Given that calls have risen for stripping Cuomo’s emergency powers, it does not appear that the “Governor” of New York will be heeding these calls anytime soon, especially when viewing the latest COVID contraption that is suddenly required for New Yorkers to enter varied businesses.
That contraption would be the so-called “COVID passport,” or, more accurately, the “Excelsior Pass” (no idea where that name came from). New Yorkers are only fortunate enough to have this “Excelsior Pass” in one of two potential scenarios: They’ve been vaccinated against COVID, or they’ve “recently” tested negative against COVID.
“Recently” does not appear terribly well-defined, but it will be soon enough. Especially for individuals interested in performances at Madison Square Garden and other locations.
Cuomo was sure to trot the convenience of this pass in a press release, though the real convenience is for Cuomo, given the momentary distraction from the snowballing number of accusations.
“Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass’s ‘Wallet App, … Each pass will have a secure QR code, which venues will scan using a companion app to confirm someone’s COVID health status.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
Well, that’s not … creepy. Imagine how long the check-in lines for various events will become now …
Cuomo also continued to trumpet his own horn regarding COVID in New York, conveniently failing to make any reference to the nursing home fatalities.
“We’re doing everything we can to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as possible, as quickly as possible, while keeping the infection rate down and re-energizing our economy in a safe, smart way …
As we begin reopening the valves on different sectors of our economy, we are putting guidelines in place to ensure individuals attending events involving larger gatherings have tested negative for COVID or have been vaccinated to avoid an outbreak of the virus. The Excelsior Pass will play a critical role in getting information to venues and sites in a secure and streamlined way, allowing us to fast-track the reopening of these businesses and getting us one step closer to reaching a new normal.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
Wow, quite a few statements wrong with the above. First and foremost, “re-energizing out economy in a safe, smart way?” Considering that New York remained one of the resounding bastions of BLM and Antifa “protests” last year, it is safe to say that telling the NYPD police to stand down while criminals proliferate is not the greatest way to even open the economy in a “safe” way, never mind re-energizing it.
Not to mention multiple New York businesses have been widely cited as closing down for good, given the inability to sustain their operations in any meaningful way underneath the tyrannical grip of Cuomo.
However, even more disturbingly when Cuomo references “a new normal” at the end of his statement. In other words, Cuomo mentions nothing about “a return to normal”; instead, he is looking forward to “a new normal.” Apparently, the “new normal” involves the government tracking people to a degree never before seen, judging from Cuomo’s idea of normal.
Which is when Cuomo tells the greatest nonsense of all: the supposed privacy protections.
“Robust privacy protections are woven throughout the digital health pass solution, giving individuals a secure, verifiable and trusted way to maintain control of their personal health information using an encrypted digital smartphone wallet or printed credential. Each participant will be able to determine if they would like to use it — and if so, what passes they wish to use for which purpose — all without sharing their underlying personal data. User data is always kept completely confidential, and participation is voluntary. The QR code only informs the venue if a pass is valid or invalid.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
“Participation is voluntary,” yet the app is “mandatory” to enter businesses? Come again?
And as far as any data protection goes, any privacy claims go out the window after the government has permitted Facebook and other tech behemoths to violate privacy just as much as they please …