The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an Order on January 12, 2021 requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the US. This Order will be effective on January 26, 2021.
This Order applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents.
The Wall Street Journal has a helpful guide to the new rule.
The coronavirus is controlling the entire world.
I have found the following to be useful sources of information about privacy and am sharing them to help other people:
- That One Privacy Site: The site has excellent VPN reviews. The site also has valuable information about email providers.
- Privacy Tools: Provides knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against mass surveillance.
- Techlore YouTube Channel: Useful privacy-related tutorials in plain English.
- IntelTechniques Podcast is a weekly podcast that helps listeners to maintain their privacy.
- Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University: The Center brings “together the sharpest, most thoughtful people from around the globe to tackle the biggest challenges presented by the Internet.”
- ProtonMail: Encrypted Email and VPN provider in Switzerland
- Tutanota: Encrypted Email provider in Germany
- Tutanota Guide to Leaving Google
- No More Google – Privacy-friendly alternatives to Google that don’t track you
- Secure Messaging Apps Comparison
- WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and iMessage: Choosing a Private Encrypted Chat App – WSJ
- Choosing a Linux Distribution
- Encryption Tools
- Kev Quirk writes about de-googling his life over a two year period in a thoughtful series of articles. Kev’s website is beautiful while respecting the privacy of his readers. He also keeps his costs reasonable. The first article in the series is here and the second is here.
Even so, Gmail has a lot to offer if your main concern is security, as distinguished from privacy:
If your main worry is that hackers could gain access to your email, then you should rely on Gmail. To be clear, for a majority of users, the threat of hackers trying to break into their emails looking for a way to make a quick buck is more real than the threat of a government investigating them as part of a crime. With the proliferation of phishing attempts and the threat of hackers obtaining your password via hacks of other services, this is what the average consumer should be worried about. Google has one of the best teams of security engineers in the world. Moreover, the company has several strong security mechanisms for users to protect their account.
The complete recordings of the Nuremberg War Crimes trials are now online for the first time. The International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, the custodian of the original materials, arranged the digitization of its archive, collaborating with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris. There are 775 hours of recordings so this is not for the casual listener.
Edward Rothstein writing in The Wall Street Journal explains that the recordings aren’t easy to listen to in part because the recordings do not translate the German, English, French and Russian spoken at the trial. Even so, Rothstein concludes that:
what is heard, even now, seems remarkable: a rough first draft of judgment, beginning just five months after the war with Germany ended and unfolding over nearly a year as its arbiters strained to fit minimal forms of existing law to maximal forms of moral degradation.
This is a tense period in the nation’s capital. Key institutions look like an armed camp. I have lived in Washington over 40 years and have never seen anything like this.
January 27 is designated by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Since 2005, the UN and its member states have held commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism.
Since 2010, the UN has designated specific themes for the annual commemorations that focus on topics such as collective experiences and universal human rights.
The UN’s theme guiding Holocaust remembrance and education in 2021 is “Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution after the Holocaust”. It focuses on the measures taken in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust to begin the process of recovery and reconstitution of individuals, community, and systems of justice.
Seven events are planned from January 21, 2021 through February 11, 2021. Registration is free.
It would be a dangerous error to think of the Holocaust as simply the result of the insanity of a group of criminal Nazis. On the contrary, the Holocaust was the culmination of millennia of hatred, scapegoating and discrimination targeting the Jews, what we now call anti-Semitism.UN Secretary-General António Guterres