Everyone knows about Google Earth able to spy on you when you sunbathe in the nude.

But now commercial satellites are being used to confirm reports of human rights abuse in Burma such as forcing people to relocate from traditional villages to Military controlled areas.
Scientific American reports:

“If an attack was reported in a certain area and that attack was said to have destroyed a village or certain villages, we looked for satellite images before and after the date of attack,” Bromley said.

“We literally scroll through them inch by inch and look for villages that essentially disappeared.”

But another use of the satellite data is to confirm the military crackdown on civilians including Buddhist monasteries by watching military deployments and checking on destroyed buildingsp

And it should be noted the funding of this comes from ” Bromley’s group got funding from the Open Society Institute and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.”

The Open Society Institute is the brainchild of George Soros, who was demonized earlier this week for his funding of Move On and other political activities in the US. Soros’ money is being used to unduly influence the election via front groups, a practice that is called “astroturfing” where a small number of manipulators form fake “grass roots” groups that are then given pulbicity in the press who is under the impression that their opinions are a true grass roots representation.

One can argue that big business does the same, and that Soros’ money only “levels the playing field”, but one reason the American public has such a dim view of politicians is the suspicion that the government represents the agenda of the rich, not the desires of the average person.

As a Doctor, I oppose Soros’ use of the Open Society to influence medical practice. This groups funds a group who works for making the dying process more humane, but is actually giving a wedge for the pro euthanasia movement to be given a seat at the table. They don’t actually espouse euthanasia: They don’t have to. They only have to fund pro euthanasia “ethicists” (and in many of our medical schools, the pro euthanasia mindset is politically correct, based on the idea of “autonomy”, as if the weak, the depressed, and cognitively challenged can make rational decisions).

The other initiative by the Open Society is funding Medical Marijuana laws. Actually as a doctor, I have no problem with the use of marijuana for cancer and peripheral neuropathic pain. The problem is that the Open Society espouses to remove all laws against using narcotics and other mind altering drugs, and is using the medical marijuana laws as a wedge to legalize all drug use.

Sigh.

It’s not only the Saudis whose charity money goes not only to help people but to fund propaganda for an elitist utopian agenda.
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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. 

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