Genie in a Bottle

Davos

In the third series of House of Cards, the President (played by Kevin Spacey) decides to create a New Deal-type jobs programme.

A Keynesian stimulus — just like America First.

This week’s Davos World Economic Forum is the perfect chance for Trump to talk up his protectionist programme:

Trump’s only attending to stop President Xi stealing the show.

But authoritarian China is now so embedded in the world economy that even Trump can’t put the Genie back in the bottle.

President Xi the Genie is quite a thought.

Especially as Ali Baba, not Aladdin, represents the biggest 1001 Nights story in China.

AliPay, owned by Ant Financial, part of the Alibaba Group, is expanding globally.

They just had a buyout of MoneyGram in the US rejected on security grounds.

But they’re already here in the UK – they are a backer of Ofo.

And in the shops too –  at least in Qatari-owned Harrods.

China are also in the English Premier League:

As Cameron and Lord Chadlington’s UK-China fund is already lobbying on behalf of Chinese Government backed firms to penetrate UK Public Services in Fin-Tech and Healthcare Sectors ie NHS, it’s time to start worrying: 

It won’t be long before AliBaba run the NHS along with US insurance firm United Health.

Ali Baba have very sophisticated voice and facial recognition technology.

Recognising your voice in a crowded room.

This is happening at the House of Commons Health Select Committee on Tuesday:

2.30 pm

Health – Oral Evidence Session
Memorandum of understanding on data-sharing between NHS Digital and the Home Office

Yusef Azad, Director of Strategy, National AIDS Trust
Dr Joanne Bailey, Member of the Advisory Panel, National Data Guardian
Marissa Begonia, Coordinator, Voices of Domestic Workers
Dr Lucinda Hiam, General Practitioner, Doctors of the World
Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health England
Lord O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords), Department of Health
Sir Ian Andrews, Non-executive Director, NHS Digital
Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, NHS Digital
Caroline Nokes, Minister for Immigration, Home Office
Jonathan Marron, Director General, Community Care, Department of Health
Hugh Ind, Director General of Immigration Enforcement, Home Office

Location: The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

What’s going on?

Potential parallels with the Indian Aadhaar Biometric ID card System & the Chinese Sesame Credit Social Credit Rating Agency (owned by AliBaba) — with a bit of deportation thrown in.

In China if you get a high Sesame Credit score you can get a visa and skip customs as you are trusted.

On the flip-side will you need a high UK social credit score just to stay in the UK?

Aadhaar and Sesame Credit link State, FinTech, Big Data, Health, Insurance, Surveillance & Privacy.

Sesame Credit is a good example of State and Corporations working hand in hand.

TenCent are another big Chinese firm that do Social Credit Systems.

Despite the American Committee for Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) recently blocking Ali Baba’s Ant Financial from buying MoneyGram for Security / Data reasons, in the UK we’re handing the Chinese Government the keys to our Nuclear Park — so why not all our data and (linked) healthcare technology too?

Why wouldn’t Home secretary Amber Rudd use such surveillance technology?

Amber Rudd knows a thing or two about Economic Crime:

Nicholas Wilson voiced some concerns at the Hustings at Hastings

 

Turns out once again that he was utterly vindicated

Chinese Surveillance Technology

Any surveillance technology Amber Rudd buys from China is going to be even more effective for having been developed under authoritarian conditions.

Hinkley

This is from HSBC whistleblower Nicholas Wilson

Here is a recent must watch film about HSBC, UK, China and Hinkley – Unbelievable final 20 minutes:

The National Data Guardian released a report in December.

They say it’s to inform patients of the uses of data sharing but it looks to me like it’s all about Big Business, FinTech and Insurance
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-data-guardian-2017-report-published

National Data Guardian for Health and Care 2017 report

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/668729/NDG_Progress_Report_FINAL_v1.1.pdf

Speaking of NHS and Big Data, also taking place on Tuesday:

3.15 pm

Artificial Intelligence Committee – Oral Evidence Session

This session will look at how algorithms and AI are changing the nature of healthcare delivery. It will also consider the ways in which the NHS can harness the value of its data without compromising on patient privacy and consent.

(at 3:30 pm)
Dr Julian Huppert, Chair, Independent Review Panel for DeepMind Health
Ms Nicola Perrin, Head, Understanding Patient Data, Wellcome Trust
Dr Sobia Raza, Head of Science, PHG Foundation
(at 4:30 pm)
Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian for Health and Care, Office of the National Data Guardian
Dr Hugh Harvey, Clinical Artificial Intelligence Researcher and Consultant Radiologist, Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Martin Severs, Medical Director, NHS Digital

Location: Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

 

Culture Wars: When ‘Consent’ means Rape

Adultery just made an appearance in the NYT Ethicist Column:

  1. The reader claims although he and his wife love each other, she’s been very ill and has said he can have affairs.
  2. He’s agonising over whether to be honest about his situation with future sexual partners.
  3. He disclosed his circumstances on a dating site and ended up being called an adulterer and a ‘dirty old man’.

Here is the Ethicist’s reply:

Marital vows should not, in ordinary circumstances, be subject to renegotiation. But you have taken your wife’s declaration to mark a departure from ordinary circumstances. What now? Sex requires the consent of all parties involved, and real consent rules out substantial misrepresentation. So you’ll have to find a partner who’s O.K. with your situation. This, as you’ve discovered, may be difficult, given the attitudes of the women on your dating site, most of whom will want at least the prospect of a romantic relationship. (You refer to having your wife’s permission; some of your respondents may have wondered whether she really felt she had a choice. But presumably you’ve decided that her consent was in fact full-hearted and freely given.)

So what is Consent anyway?

This bit:

 Sex requires the consent of all parties involved, and real consent rules out substantial misrepresentation.

Ok, so this is interesting. We’re now talking about full consent and partial consent. Where partial consent would be based on incomplete or unreliable information.

a.k.a. Alternative Facts / Unknown Unknowns.

How many of Weinstein, Spacey or Savile’s alleged victims could be argued to have consented?

On the grounds they were free to reject their alleged assailant’s advances?

It wouldn’t require a particularly skilled lawyer to make such an argument.

Not if the courts put the onus on victims to prove, without evidence, that they refused to consent.

Culture War

November 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther kickstarting the Reformation by nailing his demands to a Wittenberg church door.

Sexual Reformation

The smart people at the Spectator recently found a way to combine the Westminster fallout from the Weinstein Sexual harassment scandal with the anniversary of Luther’s Reformation.

They likened the media frenzy about sexual abuse in Westminster to a witch hunt and painted it as positively Puritan.

Even the Conservative Woman decided to get in on the act and attack the left’s feminism for depriving men of sex.

Yes that’s right – The Conservative Woman!

So what would a real Puritan have to say about all this?

Peter Hitchens attacks the Jihadi Left.

When Rape becomes Consent

Under certain circumstances actual rape, as above, is reclassified as consent.

What about the other way around?

In the British Spycops case several law-abiding UK campaigners ‘consented’ to sex with undercover police who had infiltrated their activist groups by using false identities and lying about the state-funded nature of their motives.

In one case a policeman fathered a child with an activist — before going missing.

One victim has referred to this as Institutional Rape.

Given the seriousness of these crimes and the fact that they were carried out by law enforcement officers following orders, it is staggering that there hasn’t been a full Inquiry launched so as to ensure complete transparency about this chapter of our history and to be able to learn lessons and move on.

Instead we face more cover-ups as our cowardly leaders close ranks once again and teach us that they literally rape with impunity.

 Sex requires the consent of all parties involved, and real consent rules out substantial misrepresentation.

PM Theresa May and current Home Secretary Amber Rudd will both be fully aware of these cases.

But there’s a culture war being played out.

Both have presided over failed Child Sexual Abuse Inquiries again involving Westminster Paedophiles.

The stakes are high and until May or Rudd chooses to end the culture of abuse, the reign of terror will have no end.

Tory Confusion over Brexit

The Pound looks likely to collapse during the upcoming Tory Party conference

Financial Markets are looking for reassurance.

Instead they have been treated to David Davis.

Amber Rudd will remember her speech about companies having to report the amount of foreign staff on their books.

This policy was a disaster – but the Government don’t seem to have learnt a thing.

As a run on the pound is inevitable, it would be good to hear from Labour how they would react.