Category: The Asaph Files

Digital Dependence

That’s the phrase I woke up with.

Whhaat? Why? So after some coffee and AM focus, I dove in to investigate this phrase.

Digital. What does that mean? Go ahead, how would you define it? Ummm, having to do with digits???, the internet??? How are you doing? Easy? Challenging?

“Digital, in its broadest sense, is any piece of technology that connects people and machines with each other or with information.” According to Leighton.com/whatdoesdigitalreallymean

For us old timers, we first knew it as IT – “Information Technology”, and it was how documents, spreadsheets and databases created information through the use of hardware, software and their necessary methods.

The term digital has now superseded IT and includes the addition of social media, mobile and cloud services.

But why does this matter and why should you keep reading?

Because we are living in a digital world and it is changing rapidly. So fast, in fact, that we cannot keep up with it, nor can our legislation. It, this digital world, is at the forefront of our First Amendment rights and the loss of them.

From October 29, 1969, when the US Dept. of Defense’s ARPANET delivered it’s first message from UCLA to Sanford and crashed the ARPA network, the technology has grown to a rate of 11 new users per second, resulting in one million new users each day. (“wearesocial.com/2019-global-internet-use)

Of the 7.8 billion people in the world today, 4.388 billion are active internet users, representing 57% of the total population; the vast majority of those are mobile users, 3.986 billion or 52% of the total population.

The stats reveal that these users are spending on average 6 hours and 42 minutes online each day. That means we are connected to devices hundreds of times each day.

These are the places those 4.4 billion are visiting during those 6+ hours digitally connected.

Please notice those companies, especially the ones at the top.

Now, we realize that time spent on devices is not all play and scrolling. We are emailing, reporting, comparing, creating, ordering, communicating, you know, actually working. The lines between leisure and work however, are slowly slipping away, as we are responding to emails “off the clock” and checking Facebook while “on the clock”. Our devices and their APPS, all digital, are “making life easier”, so they say.

In whatever amount of time we are spending in the digital world, we are being bombarded with messages of all sorts. We know that our search history is collected and we are targeted by ads and other messages that “they” deem important.

I can’t for the life of me figure out why, on my Instagram feed, since the election, COVID19 warnings and messages have disappeared! Has the pandemic ended? Why is it no longer inserted after nearly every picture? (I jest, but seriously!) Is it no longer important?

But back to the title, Digital Dependence.

Whether we like it or not, we are dependent on our digital world. Banking, PC/laptop data, cloud storage, medical records, records of most kinds for that matter, travel, communications, etc. We are dependent.

So, the first action step for me is to do whatever I can, to cover my butt, in the event those digital connections are lost. I mean it, folks. In the world in which we live, you cannot discount that possibility. My husband speaks of “EMP’s”, but as we are seeing now, there are several more ways our digital world could be upset. So back up, keep hard copies, write things down, arrange for other means of taking care of your business and dealings. Seriously.

Second action step, we need to make any changes in our surfing habits that are necessary. Six plus hours a day for the average person, online???? Don’t tell me you don’t have time to pray, read the Bible, meditate, talk with your family, visit neighbors or call your father.

Third and last action step, beware of the messages that are bombarding you while in the digital world. I am so ticked at some of these that just keep showing up on my feed or in my stream. I don’t believe them, hate seeing them and can’t get rid of them. I refuse to allow them to cloud my thinking and will seek to keep my head above the foggy, rising waters that wants to overwhelm me. The best way to do that, I have found, is to get off the devices!

I am an optimist and I do walk by faith, but the digital dependence we have learned to lean on is teetering, and I feel in my spirit we must prepare, we must beware, we must wise up. Change is coming and we need to be ready for it. Forewarned is forearmed.

photo from Larry Elder

What do you think? Am I off base? Where are you on my three action steps in our digital dependence?

Cheers to you.

From the Asaph Files

Weird title?

I want to start a series to which I will add information that I have been researching that I feel is important for you to know about. Information about different topics and on different themes.

Because Asaph was a collector or gatherer, I am calling this my Asaph files. Today is the first installment from the Asaph Files.

Topic – The World Economic Forum’s global plan called “The Great Reset”

This past Fall I began hearing about “The World Economic Forum” and its founder and Executive Chairman, Klaus Schwab. What captured my attention was the bold declarations and plans of this group –

“to shape national economics, priorities and business models.”

http://www.weforum.org

The plan of The Great Reset Initiative as stated in the “Sustainable Development Plan Agenda 201” is to institute “a set of dimensions to build a new social contract that honors every human being.”

Now, there are parts of that that sound good and respectful. Of course we should honor every human being, who doesn’t want that?

And that is where I don’t want people to stop listening or paying attention, because this initiative is not honorable to every human being.

Here’s their plan on how they will shape a new economy, set new priorities and business models that “honor every human being”.

First, lest you think I am on some sort of weird tangent or conspiracy theory, here is a partial list of companies that have already jumped fully on board with The Great Reset. There are over 639 global companies on board, I counted each one!

  • American Heart Assoc.
  • AARP
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Bloomberg
  • Bank of America
  • Chevron
  • China
  • CVS
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Hewlet Packard
  • Honda
  • Japan Bank
  • Kaiser
  • Mastercard
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Microsoft
  • NASDAQ
  • NEC
  • Pfizer
  • Pepsi
  • PayPal
  • Rockwell
  • Russian Direct
  • Sun Pharmaceutical
  • SAP
  • The Coca Cola Co
  • The Lego Brand
  • Time
  • Tyson Foods
  • Verizon
  • Visa
  • Volvo
  • Walmart
  • Zurich Insurance

These companies, along with the big four accounting firms, led by the Bank of America CEO Brian T. Moynihan, are already underway in the execution of the Davios Manifesto and the new “Duty to Society”.

Here is a summary of what they are committed to and how they plan to achieve it. Again, this is research anyone can do, who is interested in what is going on.

The Davios Manifesto (which will be officially rolled out in January of 2021) makes these three declarations:

The purpose of a company is to engage all its stakeholders“. via – a. fair competition b. treating people fairly c. suppliers are partners d. supports the community e. shareholders return on investment

A company is more than an economic investment. It fulfills human and societal aspirations, in a broad social system. Performance is measured not just on return, but environmental objectives.”

A company is multinational in scope and serves all those stakeholders.”

Bottom line here – according to Klaus Schwab, “shareholder capitalism, as we currently know it, must change to stakeholder capitalism.”

Check these quotes revealing their business plans.

As stated in “The Four Building Blocks of The Great Reset”, August 11, 2020,

” 1. “Change our mindset” 2. Set new metrics 3. Design new incentives 4. Build genuine connection”

“COVID19 is redrawing the geopolitical map of the world and providing a unique opportunity to reimagine capitalism and think about the kind of people we want to be.” (TIME – The Great Reset)

Bank of America has released “Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics” that will be added to companies annual reporting in two years.

Folks, businesses as we know them will cease to exist.

The small business I work for, will no longer be able to function as it has for the past twenty-one years. Soon, new metrics will be placed on them, mandating that every vendor in their supply chain receive equal treatment, provide fair and safe work environments, are practicing green practices, and is equally sharing in their stake in the business. My boss will no longer be responsible for his employees but for every person, in every country that he even remotely does business with.

We are told that businesses do not have to stop sharing profits for their shareholders, they “only need to shift to a long term perspective on their mission; looking beyond the next year to the next decade.” (TIME – The Great Reset)

Whaatt??

The small businesses today are struggling the make it into the next year, and are in no position to forecast ten years down the road! C’mon!

With “every country, from the US to China must participate” and “every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed” wrote Klaus Schwab, we are seriously looking at a plan to fundamentally change not just America, but businesses in America and around the world.

“To rebalance economies” means taking away from those who have and giving to those who have not, across the nations – down the supply chain.

It means the merging of businesses with the state.

It means global government, and one unified global order.

It means no local governments or individual empowerment.

It means that by 2030, no one will own property.

It means international decisions are made over local independence and sovereignty.

THIS, is The Great Reset. This is moving ahead. This is the shape of the future.

“We are at a turning point of human kind – we should not underestimate the historical significance of the situation that we are in.”

Professor Schwab 11/20

DUH. Ya think?

There is so much more I could say and other branches to this, but that is not for now.

What is vital right now, is that YOU be aware of how America and the the world are being set up for CHANGE. There is a serious, global move to change the world as we know it. The plan is clear, in print and espoused by hundreds of global businesses and governments.

I am not wanting to be an alarmist, but a reporter of facts. This is underway!

Be aware. Investigate it for yourself. Take action as you see fit.

Until next time.