Glenn Beck: Google Flu?

Google Flu Trends... What else does Google know about you?

GLENN: The story last night on Drudge was Google Flu Trends and they are launching something called, you know, the Google Flu Trends and it's -- basically they take information from Google that you search for like flu symptoms or muscle aches or fever and they compile it on a map and if there's a huge surge in searches in one area, chances are the flu is breaking out there, then they can find the breakout. Government already monitors this kind of stuff using emergency room datas and information from doctors, but the search data shows that they can get that information for as much as a week prior. I mean, you are feeling pretty bad and so you Google search and then you let it go for a week and you are like, I better go to the hospital.

Now, I know some people saw that last night and went... what? What are they doing tracking? It's not personalized data. They supposedly can't see that I searched for muscle aches or Ring Dings, which is much more likely. They could just see that someone in my general area searched for it. You know, I'm a guy who -- well, you remember Digital Angels, Stu? Digital Angel was a chip that they could -- oh, and it's coming -- that they could put into you, and we were talking about this before 9/11 and Stu was like, that's crazy, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And I said, you know what? Oh, come on, you did.

STU: Where do you invent these conversations from? You invent them in your head. I want to hear a tape. We're on the radio all the time.

GLENN: Oh, and who is the keeper of the tape? Oh, that would be you.

STU: Me? I don't have the tapes.

GLENN: Oh, interesting, isn't it?

STU: I mean, I might be a little less reactionary than you but I mean, I can see the concern there. You don't want every --

GLENN: You were so -- oh, jeez. I can't --

STU: You have to question everything you say.

GLENN: I can't -- hang on just a second. We'll be back after this short break.

(Digital angel spoof)

GLENN: Okay, we're back. So we were having a conversation before 9/11 and I said, you want to chip people? You don't have to chip people now. You've got a phone. They know where -- they know where you are (whispering). They are watching you right now. Somebody's going -- they're going, where's Steve? Oh, you mean Steve the plumber? Yeah, where is he? Longitude....

So anyway, they know right where you are, and it's fine. It's fine if you trust the government. And I said back before 9/11, all you need is hunger, all you need is time where you're like, oh, boy, how am I going to buy food, I don't have a job, is fear. Somebody could be coming after me or, you know, is our country on the edge. That's all you have to do. You add those two things together and this kind of technology and you are seeing it right now.

Six months ago they took a poll and they said is the government doing too much and it was in the 60 percentile range where they said, no, you know what, government is doing way too much and they need to stay out of the private sector, they need to stay away. Well, now that we've had some fear interjected, now that number has reversed itself. Now it's like in the 40 percentile range with people saying, no, the government should stay out. People are saying I want more government. That's what happens. When people get afraid, they need someone to hold their hand. That's why I've always said Jesus and Hitler had an awful lot in common, and I know that makes people angry, but listen to the explanation. One was good; the other was evil. Sure. Got that. But they both could look at people who were afraid, people who were living in fear, people who were hungry, people who were hopeless and they said, I've got a plan; don't worry; I'm going to take care of you; everything's going to be fine; follow me.

So you have to trust -- you know when we used to say character doesn't matter in our elected officials? Oh, it does, and we're seeing the results of it now. It does matter. And that's why in areas of times of trouble you need to be able to trust them. So I don't have a problem with Google doing this and finding -- you know, it's not like -- I mean, the government doesn't misuse information like this. I mean, it's not like, you know, I've got votes ending up in a back seat of a car of a poll worker or anything, you know? Hello.

So the big brother aspect is at work here, and I don't trust the government, but there are things that we should -- you know, there are things that we should look into and we should do. But let me play devil's advocate here for a second. Flu isn't a joke. Do you know that it cost us $10 billion in lost productivity every single year, the flu does? 36,000 people in the U.S. die from the flu every year? Can you imagine if we were having a terrorist attack like the size of 9/11, 3,000 people every month. I would think that the vast majority of the audience would support keeping track of Internet searches. I mean searches with names attached. Not like this. The vast majority already supports wiretapping and e-mail searches because of one attack that happened seven years ago that was a fraction of this size. There should just be an opt-out thing. The more data used, you can get out of the program. I mean, there are a lot of search engines out there that aren't named Google. You don't want to be a part of that program, get off that grid, although I don't want government officials knocking at my door taking my temperature every time a bunch of teenagers decide to be funny to search for vomiting and the chills at the same time.

In the end we've got to trust our government. I don't. But that's why we need to elect officials and find and seek out those people that will help us run this government that are more like us.

Far away fields are always greener.

It is easy to look at someone else's life or another country and wish you were more like them.

Americans can be guilty of this. It could be Bernie Sanders wishing America was politically more like Sweden or other European socialist countries. It could be an American who finds out I'm Irish, been trying to move to America for over 17 years, and thinks, "Oh Jonathon, Ireland is a lovely free country - stay there. America has problems right now. You would not like it here."

Today, I want to take you on a journey and compare our nations' attitudes toward Coronavirus and the policies currently in place for "our protection."

I would also ask you to imagine you were in my shoes. Ask yourself which country you would want to live in.

Role of Government

Before discussing restrictions, it is critical to understand the very different governmental systems within our two countries. America is blessed to have a federalist system where states have considerable control over what happens in their states. DC, in theory, holds very little power.

Ireland is the exact opposite. We are a democracy with a big centralized government. The vast majority of power lies with our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and his cabinet. Local states have no control, as our restrictions are countrywide.

  • America's restrictions vary from state to state. You will find the majority of businesses are open but operating with some restrictions.
  • Churches, malls, retail, gyms, cinemas are mostly all open.
  • Bars and restaurants are open but usually at a reduced capacity.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No travel limits.
  • Travel between states is allowed, but some states like Alaska require a negative Covid test.
  • Guests are allowed in homes, but some states have a limit (but not enforced).
  • Masks are either advised or mandatory in different states.
  • Social distancing is required.

When researching this article, the most prominent complaints were restrictions on visiting loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes. These restrictions have upset many people because you have a proud history of believing in individual freedoms. The government is not your parent and does not have a right to tell you how to live.

Now let me introduce you to Ireland.


Ireland is currently on the highest level of lockdown possible and has been since Christmas Eve. We are officially on lockdown until March 5th, and our lockdown is getting more severe. Our government has already confirmed lockdown will be extended until After Easter.

Ireland has a stay-at-home order in place, and you are to work from home where possible.

  • "Essential" retail is open but with stupid rules. Some of our shops are half-open and half-closed. Imagine a Walmart that is allowed to sell food, but large parts of the clothing section are closed because they are not deemed essential.
  • Non-essential retail is now fully closed. At the start of lockdown, outlets were allowed to offer a click-and-collect service – but that has now been banned.
  • Gyms and cinemas are all closed. Ø Bars and restaurants are closed and unlikely to re-open until mid-summer.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No guests are allowed in homes or gardens.
  • Masks are mandatory and with fines.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Churches are allowed to open for private prayer, but the mass is strictly online. This has caused a lot of distress for families. Ireland is a Catholic country. I know many older people who have not received communion since last March. My mother is a funeral director and has witnessed the pain caused to families, as only ten people are allowed to attend a funeral, regardless of the Church's size. Imagine a large family deciding what ten people can attend? How do you choose that? Sadly, the Irish Church is spineless and accepts every rule the government passes.
Additional Tyranny

Very few businesses are open right now, but that is not the end of the restrictions. There are limits on how far you can travel. I am currently off my work because of Coronavirus restrictions. There are two legal reasons I can leave my house: personal exercise/walk the dog and to purchase food/essential items from the store. These activities must be completed within three miles of my house.

My human right to privacy has also been crushed. If I decided to get in my car tomorrow and just drive, I would encounter several police checkpoints where I would have to disclose where I live, where I am going, and the purpose of my trip. If the trip is not essential, I will be told to return home and likely given a fine.

Tyranny North Korea Style!

Most countries have border controls, all with similar intent: control who enters the nation, set how long they can stay, and mandate what they can do.

The one exception to this rule is North Korea. Their intent is not to control who enters. Instead, they seek to ensure no one leaves and defects to the South.

As you can imagine, life in Ireland is not exactly pleasurable with the above restrictions. This is especially the case for people like me who suffer from severe depression and are desperate to escape.

If tomorrow I woke up and decided I want out (which I very much do) and found a country I could enter legally, I AM NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE.

The Irish government has deemed all international travel is not essential and has placed police at all our ports and our airports. If I attempt to go to the airport, I would be greeted at a police checkpoint outside the airport, told my journey is not essential, and sent home with a fine. Currently, the fine is €500 ($600). New legislation is being discussed in parliament to increase the penalty to €2,000.

The police have new powers for people who get past the checkpoints and continue to travel overseas. When they return to Ireland, they can be sent to jail for a month. They will also have a criminal record – that record would likely disqualify the person traveling to countries like America and Australia.

Irish People

I could talk to you all day long about why America is unique and exceptional. There are so many different reasons. One of the reasons is your people, and I highlight Alexis de Tocqueville's sentiments, who said, "America is great because Americans are good." Americans have this rebellious streak in their soul, and it can be traced all the way back to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. This great spirit is based on being an independent sovereign individual and wanting to live life to the fullest and not be stopped or controlled by ANY government.

Irish people are good and decent. However, they do not share the same characteristics. They believe and support government control because it is all they have ever known.

If you ask the average Irish person about the current government, he will likely tell you he dislikes one of the parties involved or an individual leader. Yet, ask that same person what he thinks about the restrictions, and he will defend them. I hear some say they believe the government has not done enough.

On the rare occasions that people break restrictions, the most significant backlash will likely come from the community, as they brand those people selfish and irresponsible.

Going Forward

The damage from Covid is going to be around forever. Our actions have caused damage to our mental health and the economy (with businesses closing and jobs lost). This will cause poverty. This is made worse by governments' reckless spending and borrowing of money we simply do not have.

However, I would argue we have a much bigger problem stemming from Covid: social acceptance of governmental control in a "crisis."

When a government is powerful enough to compel someone not to leave their house, define their job as non-essential, or tell someone they can't hug their grandparent, what exactly is off-limits? What control or power is a line government won't cross for the "common good"?

Most importantly, do you think governments worldwide will fix this issue and give back the powers they have taken? Or is it more likely we will just move onto a new crisis – maybe climate change or the Great Reset?

This is why the world needs America. We don't need the American military to intervene and save us.

We NEED America to rediscover why you are an exceptional nation. We NEED you to be the statue of liberty shining out the beacon of light, hope, and freedom for the world where your actions remind all of us what is possible when we unleash the energy and individual genius of mankind. If we work hard to reapply these principles, we can take another 5,000-year leap forward together.

Writers note: The policies listed here are based solely on Ireland. However, you see very similar restrictions in England and throughout Europe.

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Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

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"I am all for justice. I am all for making sure we catch the bad guys, as long as the bad guys are not defined to be on only one side," Glenn said. "Merrick Garland said [Monday] that there was no comparison between what happened on January 6th and what happened over the summer. That is because the Washington elites see themselves as better than somebody who owns a taco stand. I don't. The Constitution doesn't. They are the same crime."

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