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Once again, the Kansas National Guard is trying to dispel a false rumor that has taken life on social media.

Individuals are receiving a letter which falsely claims the Department of Homeland Security will mobilize the National Guard to enforce a national quarantine.

The Department of Homeland Security does not have the authority to mobilize the National Guard as described in the graphic. Additionally, there is no discussion of a nation-wide quarantine.

"You may see National Guard men and women working in your communities," read a statement sent out by the Kansas National Guard on Friday. "There are 72 Guardsmen on State Active Duty status currently supporting the COVID-19 response conducting warehouse operations, commodity distribution, planning, access control, mailroom support and manning the State Emergency Operations Center with interagency partners."

Members of the Kansas National Guard live, work and raise families in the communities they serve. It truly is neighbors helping neighbors. Any help you can provide in dispelling unfounded rumors would be helpful to all of us as we battle COVID-19 together.

Kansans are asked to help stop this rumor.

The Kansas National Guard has have created the hashtag #KSRumorWatch. If people have questions about whether something is legitimate or not, they can reach out to using that hashtag and officials will get an answer via official channels for them.

They are also using #SpreadFactsNotFear and #StoptheRumors

(16) comments

netloafer

There has to be room for hope. While I understand the “need” to lay the blame on someone or some thing for this virus, I find it deflating. I’m at the point where I prefer hope over anger and despair.

To that end, I’m posting a link that describes the work being done by the University of Pittsburgh, the same university that gave us the Salk vaccine back in the early fifties.

There is hope. There really is!

https://spectator.org/university-of-pittsburgh-announces-possible-covid-19-vaccine/

SnowGypsy

I think the real fear comes from having Kelly as the governor. We have just learned that she is in bed with a service that is watching our movement using cell phone GPS. It is called "unacast" and she admitted in a press conference that she is using it to track "social distancing". That really doesn't help anyone trust anyone associated with the government in Kansas now does it?

bluebonnet12

Yep. Kelly has looked at data from a service called Unacast (that has existed for 6 years and serves many industries) to see aggregate and ANONYMOUS data about Kansans' movements. Am I missing something? What's the big deal here and how did this turn into her "in bed with" them?

If you're disturbed by this, SnowGypsy, sounds like you should probably just get rid of your cell phone. Your movement is always being recorded.

Gary Lukert

If Jesus Christ were physically walking the earth today, Conservatives/Republicans would hate him. These people today are of the same ilk as the crucifiers of Christ 2000 years ago that sided with Barabbas!

Alfred

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

SnowGypsy

That it is being used to limit our freedom of movement is the issue. And, no one knows what additional information the Governor is getting or how she will use it. If you are member of the website, please enlighten us to what information is for sale. I am not the only one concerned about this: https://www.mcphersonsentinel.com/news/20200402/kansas-coronavirus-update-state-looks-for-compliance-in-gps-data-gleaned-from-cellphones-infections-at-552-with-14-deaths I guess many are anxious to give up their freedom for a $1,000 check from the government, but my freedom is not for sale. https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/3/26/21192653/coronavirus-privacy-social-distancing-data-collection-unacast Seriously, is no one familiar with google and is "knee jerk" the go-to here?

Aim_High

Governor Kelly is in bed with Unacast? Lol, lay off the crack cocaine and remove your tinfoil hat. Anyone can go to the site and see the same thing she did... it took under 2 minutes of reading to realize you are full of it.

https://www.unacast.com/covid19/social-distancing-scoreboard

Gary Lukert

Amen, Aim High! Amen!

SnowGypsy

When you go to the website, OK listen now, and you don't have an account, you see the "public" view. If you know for a fact that the Governor doesn't have account there, please provide a link to something that states that. If you took the time to look at the website, you would see that they are selling information. The free info would do very little without being a member for more "details". Maybe read a little slower or ask for help next time!

Aim_High

Again... under 1 minute of google.. "Kelly says all the information in the online scoreboard is public information and she says Kansas does not have a contract with Unacast." You didn't even bother to look? Lazy.

I have also looked at their (UnaCast) website and read their privacy policy (its short). The important parts are " We insist, among other things, on: Proper disclosures relating to the collection of location data, User opt-in consent for the collection of location data from mobile devices, Respecting mobile device users’ choices and device settings. ALL THE DATA THEY COLLECT IS CONSENTUAL!! Not to mention anonymous, but someone already said that.

Maybe instead of reading slower, you should just try..... reading? LOL.

Gary Lukert

Kelly is already the Greatest Governor in the history of Kansas. You Suck.

Alfred

IMHO she is not the greatest governor of Kansas in my lifetime let alone of all time.

SnowGypsy

No, Gary, you do which is why my child with DD is still at home rather than in a residential program. Get that did you? Your posts here served as your "resume"! Kelly has messed up with her overly draconian measures, watch and learn!

billrw3

Ok, junior, since you're still working on the whole learning for yourself thing. Are you unfamiliar on how data aggregators work? You conflate the point that individuals were too lazy to read the fine print, clicked yes to use apps that granted location data, and they license it to a 3rd party who then can data mine that alongside other data point providers and give a pretty solid output of not everyone's positions, but everyone who has opted in. Given their data levels, you're probably looking at under 15-20% of smartphone users, but it's enough to give a good sampling. But since anything created by a democrat scares the shit out of you, where if it was made by GOP you'd be first in line to sign up.

honest.abe

"The apple don't fall far from the tree."

honest.abe

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt."

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