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Amazon Goes Full Big Brother by Installing Thermal Imaging Camera at Warehouse

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Amazon is setting up thermal cameras at warehouses all over the nation to detect employees with feverish conditions in efforts to better screen potential carriers of the Wuhan virus per a report from  Reuters.

These new cameras measure the level of heat individuals emit relative to their surroundings, according to what Amazon workers relayed to Reuters. The same account noted that the new screening process is a much quicker method to detecting the Wuhan virus than forehead thermometers.

“We implemented daily temperature checks in the locations of our operations as an additional preventative measure to support the health and safety of our employees who continue to provide a critical service in our communities,” Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish informed The Verge via an email statement. 

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“We are now implementing the use of thermal cameras for temperature screening to create a more streamlined experience at some of our sites,” Kish stated.

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At some warehouse entrances, screening tents have also been set up. Thermal cameras are expected to be installed at Amazon’s Wholefood stores.

Several employees revealed that if the cameras detected someone, they will be subject to a second round of checks via a thermometer to determine if they are showing signs of the Wuhan virus.

Amazon’s newly unveiled procedures come during a time when 50 warehouse employees in the U.S. caught the virus.

Zerohedge recently reported that Amazon employees launched various strikes at a New York Amazon warehouse, who urged the company to shut down the facility for disinfecting after a number of employees became ill.

According to one warehouse employee in Los Angeles, a screening line “wrapped around the facility one day.” After installing thermal cameras, the line disappeared as the process became more streamlined.

Amazon has taken proactive measures to distribute masks and gloves to employees as the company works to disinfect work facilities. According to other reports, the company is developing a testing lab to test employees for the Wuhan virus.

Zerohedge previously covered how corporate entities are using the virus to ramp up surveillance in the workplace. Jeff Bezos and co. are just catching up to this nationwide trend.

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If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?

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No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales.  In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.

It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales.  A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.

Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.

Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.

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Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:

Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.

“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.

Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.

“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”

Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.

 

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