Customers at a Whole Foods in DC are required to use a QR code to enter the store. A sign advises customers that “cameras and sensors register what you take and put back” and payment can be made without going through checkout. Buying groceries can be linked to a social credit score similar to China’s system.
A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that The Biden Administration cannot enforce a COVID vaccine mandate on federal contractors. The court wrote: “The President’s use of procurement regulations to reach through an employing contractor to force obligations on individual employees is truly unprecedented.”
The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service put out a bulletin called ‘Know the Signs’ to identify family and friends as potential terrorists. Potential terrorists used to be motivated by “their white identity or their faith” but in the past 6 months, a third group has emerged, those motivated by politics.
The CDC cannot impose mask mandates, but its recommendations influence local governments and schools. Los Angeles is reconsidering a mask mandate; we reported in July that LA County dropped its planned masked mandate over the summer because the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena announced that they would not enforce it.