Canadian Government Rolls Out The Most Disturbing App Ever

in #news5 years ago

by James Corbett
June 16, 2017

I warned you in 2010, when I published Episode 145 of my podcast, "You Are Being Gamed."

I warned you in 2015, when I released my video on "Sesame Credit: China’s Creepy New Social Engineering Experiment."

I warned you last year in these very pages, when I penned my article detailing how "The CIA’s ‘Pokémon Go’ App is Doing What the Patriot Act Can’t."

Throughout these warnings, the threat has been clear: Behavioral science is merging with game design, creating virtual Skinner boxes that have been carefully crafted to keep millions of people doing meaningless, repetitive tasks for thousands of hours. Those techniques are being studied by (and in some cases, like in China, implemented by) governments to better shape and manipulate the behaviors of their citizens. And this merger of behavioral science, gaming and government will be one of the biggest threats to free humanity in the history of the human species.

But you didn't listen, did you? You thought, like so many others have thought before, in so many different contexts, that it could never happen here. It could never happen to us.

Well, guess what? It's happening. Worldwide, they're rolling out the governmental behavior control games, and they're not even hiding it. The nightmare future has arrived.

This time it's coming from the Canadian government, which the brainwashed Canadian public has been duped into believing is a doting mother who wants nothing more than to swaddle her citizen/children in her loving arms. I should know, having been born in the geographical space that the mapmakers call "Canada" and having the word "Canadian" stamped on my passport. Yes, the very same magical book that allows me to pass the imaginary lines of the psychopathic control freaks and that declares me to be a loyal subject of Her Majesty Queen Elizardbeast, so take it with a grain of salt. But the point is: Canadians have been taught to love their government, not fear it—because, after all, their government adores them.

And what better sign of that maternal love than a government-sponsored app to encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle? Well, guess what, fellow comrade of the Canadian socialist utopia? You're in luck! The government of Ontario has just announced that it's investing $1.5 million in just such an app. And the CBC, the media indoctrination arm of the Canadian government's Ministry of Truth, tells us this is because they are betting the app will make you healthy. So what could possibly go wrong here?

Long story short: In 2015, the Public Health Agency of Canada teamed up with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, and YMCA Canada to create an app that would manipulate its users into pre-determined behaviors—in this case "healthy behaviors" (as determined, of course, by the Canadian government and its cohorts). The app rewards users for "correct" behavior with points that can then be redeemed for real world goods via tie-ins with popular Canadian loyalty and point programs like Aeroplan, Petro Points, Scene (Cineplex), and More Rewards. The federal government ponied up $5 million to get the app off the ground.

So, just to be crystal clear: Canada's nanny state has openly developed a behavioral modification program to reward citizens for "good" behavior. And the very best part? The app is named "Carrot Rewards." As in "carrot and stick." You can't make this stuff up.

The app is so far only available in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario (but you can petition your provincial government to partner with the program, too!) and to date has 300,000 registered users.

Now let's play a little game of our own: I challenge you to go out there and find a single article, video, newscast or blog post about the Carrot Rewards app that isn't spine-chillingly creepy. I don't exempt the app's official feel-good marketing dreck from that challenge, either. In fact, the advertisements for this app are especially creepy.

I mean, get a load of to the app’s tag-line: "Guiding and rewarding you every step of the way!"

Or read the boast smeared across the homepage of Carrot Insights, the app’s developer: “We found a better way to influence the behavior of millions by harnessing the power of smartphones and loyalty rewards.”

Or watch the, I mean "newscasts" that seek to explain the app to new rodents...I mean "users," boasting that "the app will talk to you all the time and say 'why don't you take a quiz about the flu shot?'"

Seriously? Have I become so detached from the realm of normie politics that I read too much into everything, or has the entire world gone completely mad? I'm going with the latter.

But maybe you're not convinced yet.

"Oh, sure, James. It's kind of creepy for the government to be rewarding citizens for their behavior. And the idea that the government is watching everything you're doing in real-time via your pocket slave device is a bit Orwellian. And this could be the thin edge of the wedge for something more sinister...But look at the app! It's a healthy living app. You get points for exercising and getting a good night's sleep and what not! Isn't this a good thing? I mean, it's not like they're pushing pharmaceuticals or vaccine propaganda or anything harmful with it, are they?"

Oh but yes, dear reader, they most certainly are.

As you'll have seen from the creepy coverage of the app, Carrot Rewards is constantly bugging you to get your flu shot, or rewarding you for successfully completing propaganda quizzes about flu shots and about other forms of protection and treatment offered up by big pharma-approved medical "science." And that's not all! The app will also train you to "care [more] about the environment" (presumably by memorizing chapter and verse of the Holy Bible of Climatology) and, bizarrely, to "be more financially literate because financial literacy is one of the most important predeterminants of health."

Yes, that's right, the same Canadian government that purposefully converted its public central bank into a Federal Reserve clone and stewarded over more financial follies, scandals, debacles and disasters than you could shake a stick at is now presuming to teach citizens financial literacy by dishing out reward points on a behavior-modification app. There are no words...

The worst part of all of this is that the Carrot Rewards app and the many similar ones that are coming soon to your country, wherever you live, are the fulfillment of humanity's worst nightmare: the merging of behavioral science with game design and governmental control. As Carnegie Mellon's Jesse Schell pointed out in his "Most Disturbing Presentation Ever" in 2010, all three of these fields of study provide windows into human nature and potential for behavior modification. Up until now, though, we've only had behavioral scientists trying to design games and game designers trying to manipulate behavior. But what if we had governments coming up with the desired outcomes, then behavioral scientists determining how to manipulate users into producing those outcomes, then game designers figuring out the best way to put those ideas into a game? Wouldn't that be the most powerful and effective way to alter the habits and behaviors of a given population?

Well, wouldn't you know it, that is exactly the combination of inputs that Carrot Insights chief executive Andreas Souvaliotis openly brags about: "The healthy messaging is provided by governments and agencies, and then behavioural scientists work to make it appealing for app users."

Ladies and gentlemen, I truly don't know what else to say about how insidious and ghoulish this all is.

I could encourage you to revisit Huxley's rebuke of Orwell, where he points out that the tyrannies of the future will not be Nineteen Eighty Four-style boot-in-the-face police states but Brave New World-style dystopias employing psychological conditioning and narco-hypnotic suggestion.

I could tell you to revisit the work of Neil Postman, who spent many years warning us about how we are Amusing Ourselves to Death and sleepwalking into a society where substantive critique and debate on important subjects are being subsumed by mere televisual entertainment.

I could exhort you to re-read the opening passage of Edward Bernays' book, Propaganda, where he writes: "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."

But I'm afraid if you don't see the writing on the wall by now, you probably never will. To you I'll simply say: "Enjoy your app!" And to my discerning readers, I offer this admonition: "The gap between you and the rest of the herd is about to get even wider. Prepare yourselves accordingly."


Please keep posting here, James! There is a bifurcation of society currently in play - on one side there are those (like most of us here) that recognize the control mechanisms on a grand scale. On the other (sorry to say - most of my friends/relatives) there are those that shrug their shoulders and repeat the idiotic phrase, "Well, I've got nothing to hide!" Being able to recognize larger patterns is not something most of the population is privy to and those that do are marginalized. We are the "flying fish" that have grown wings and see there is more than the water we live in yet the regular fish cannot fathom what we've seen and can only look at what they think are malignant formations (the wings) on our scaly bodies.

Well said, very profound tonypapa
All my family are in the same pond of thinking

Thank you for the apt reply healthiswealth, and I see what you did there;) upvoted! Nice to know we are not alone in our thinking.

Great minds think alike my friend :)

Thank you, James! Pleeeease post more often on steemit, because I (and I guess - many others) love your content!

We really should talk james....let me know if u get a moment. Ive been seeing this since beginning. My area of most interest is gamification which brought me here...but this is a very real fear.

Governments are always looking for new ways to control their subjects. No single government can spend $1.5 million dollars on a mobile app. Unless the mobile app is designed to increase government revenue or its for the defense department. I totally agree with you in this post!

Governments are FUCKING DISGUSTING!!!
ANARCHY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are NOT the only one who thinks this is bizarre James, everything here is backwards and upside down. Yeah they like to lure the plebs with free flu shots, in the us last year the grocery stores were giving people 20% off their groceries if they took the shot...

Welcome to steemit James, glad you made it here as well. Upvoted, following and reading your blog now.

Great to see you posting on Steemit today. Upvoted and resteemed!

yes. you are right......... i'm totally agreed with u in this . thanks for this post. keep it up.
upvoted you.

"Yes, the very same magical book that allows me to pass the imaginary lines of the psychopathic control freaks and that declares me to be a loyal subject of Her Majesty Queen Elizardbeast..."

^I laughed.

Excellent information, as usual. Thank you for taking the time to compile it. I think even a cursory understanding of the Hermetic principle of polarity could remedy any populace of its naivete concerning things that sound good on the surface. At least it would compel them to consider what the potential for abuse might be. But alas, we have already "amused ourselves to death."

The ploys outlined in this post remind me heavily of [cognative dissonance-inducing] lines from the climactic ending of Jim Henson's The Labyrinth:

"I ask for so little. Just let me rule you, and you can have everything that you want. Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your slave."

-Jareth the Goblin King

It's frightening to see how many people think this stuff is a great idea.

This is terrifying. But the even more terrifying aspect of it is just how many people are willingly signing up to be brainwashed.

How are people so unaware of the agenda? It's just so obvious!

Definitely creepy. They are simply trying to maintain control. Religion used to be the means for that, but now that it is outdated they arw looking for new ways. It's not hard to see that everyone is addicted to their phones. There are so many apps out there to distract us from reality. Orwell predicted this in the book 1984. "They will not look up from their screens long enough to notice..."
Thank you for your post. I hope that by reading it people will wake up and not fall prey to the agenda. One love

Thank goodness we have decentralized information sharing solutions like Steemit!

After watching the 2nd video, I still think these are good ideas but the maybe the implementation needs work. Yes I've read both Brave new world and 1984.

I can see beneficial social incentives for example right here in Steemit, through a blockchain. I'd just worry about privacy. Like for instance @canadian-coconut is writing and resteeming about the dangers of Vaccines and there are many others like you and me who write about the legal system and how to get out of it.

The real danger is not having the right information and being subjected to WiFi and 3-4-5G wireless carcinogenic radiation all the time

Not to mention the possibility that brainwave entrainment technology may be being broadcast across the electrical grid. Have you come across that yet? I have a great Solari Report interview on the topic. I'll come back later after I get a chance to upload the PDF for anyone who's interested. My brother is buying an oscilloscope later this year and I'll post my findings (to confirm or deny) once I've metered for myself.

Adding that extra harness of subliminal manipulation across the hum of electricity in your grid-powered home is that extra touch of love that shows you how much Big Brother truly cares! <3

wow........ keep it up

I live in this nanny nation of Canada. I've realized it's going to hell on a handbasket for some time now, but what are the options for relocating to a freer jurisdiction? Seems to me that all the so called western countries are in the same boat.

Great content pleasure reading.

I'm late to read this. Certainly no surprise that it up there in the HOT status.

I've been calling it mindscaping since the late 70's. Boot camp put me wise to what had happened to me during my education...well up until the last couple years of high school anyway. Boot camp being much less subtle of course.

I'm not surprised by any of this even though it's the first time reading about the details. Nor am I surprised that there is a large percentage of the poopulation ready and willing to be led by the nose throughout their entire lives.

It won't be long now. The elites are obviously sharpening up their melon ball spoons for their upcoming total domination feast...the appetizer on the menu will be sheeple brains and eyeballs served up in a steaming half skull with a garnish of grated frozen testicles...swimming in a congealed rue of inert semen and menstrual fluids.

Guess we all get what we deserve for allowing this and they get their just deserts...infanticide a la mode.

Bon appetite mothafuckers! Let the scrapening begin.

Thanks for bring this information to my attention.
This app will sucker the sheep to play to get the rewards like us here on Steemit.

a loyal subject of Her Majesty Queen Elizardbeast

LOL, I like the carrot game presentation video! I think it is a good idea ;)

Oh my goodness this is BEYOND creepy. Am I watching an episode of Black Mirror?? Life imitating art I guess, this is the dystopian future we've been making movies about for ages.

packs bags
moves off grid

@corbettreport Yes, the chasm between those who are aware of the mass deception and those who accept the deception is getting very wide as some individuals appear to be unable to accept the horrible truth about mass deception from institutions.
You Should Feel The Forced Herding Down The Digital Economy

James you have a rich content pls dont stop posting on steemit

I LOVE CARROTS THOUGH! You know what they say though, the big brother takeover will be demanded by the masses because we are that brainwashed. Thanks for the info, as someone who would be considered "Canadian" as well I find it troubling.

Outstanding, eh?

Great post as always James. Glad to see you posting here at Steemit. Any chance of you guys doing another excellent report on the White Helmet terrorist ruse in Syria? Your October report last year was outstanding. Plenty of new evidence now available to make the case.

Just short of words

That was a good read! Thanks "pot" i do not live in Canada... well I am living in Germany now, do not know what is worst ;) And thaks a lot for the last video about the games and masses... was talking with a friend about it the other day, this guy have the examples I did not that momment :)

Many thanks for this and for all your work James.

Ah yes, the evil Canadian government is trying to provide incentive for its people to lead a healthy lifestyle. How horrifying. We can't have that, can we? One of the reasons Rene Levesque wanted to separate from Canada - the evil Canadian government would have him cut down on his cigarettes!

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