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Agenda Setting: When should lockdown measures be eased?

Who sets the Agenda?

The BBC Agenda

The BBC News Presenter’s Tweet above consists of a short question and a statement, followed by another short question.

This is effective communication. Her job is to stimulate discussion. To guide viewers into the issue and also to help set the agenda.

This is the science of public opinion. It overlaps with agenda setting, propaganda and disinformation.

Competing claims don’t always get the same attention.

So who, or what, drives the agenda?

Is it a fixed or ever changing group of people?

Does Agenda Setting strategy depend on the situation?

The following quote is from the wikipedia entry on Agenda Setting

Although this topic would be interesting on any occasion, the current corona virus helps shine light on the workings of agenda setting.

It is much clearer to see the government’s messaging strategy as it is currently so prominent.

This means it is possible to speculate on the government’s objectives and definitively observe its methods.

Below is the oft repeated UK government slogan. It is Orwellian in its gaslighting.

If you have Covid19 you are encouraged to stay at home.

If you don’t have it, you are encouraged to stay at home.

So if you need help, you are encouraged to die quietly at home.

So the Covid19 story in the UK is one of propaganda and accounting.

Few people are being tested so nobody knows who has it and who doesn’t.

This means the disease can spread easily without anyone knowing where the hotspots are.

The technology for tracing is being rolled out late and is instead being used for general surveillance purposes.

The following Guardian article uses the word de-anonymisation to describe ministers taking data about the whole population and using it to target individuals, as you would expect in a full on police state:

This is just one example of the agenda. In France and at EU level the tracing conversation has already started. People know it means surveillance but they are forced to accept it along with all the other government imposed lockdown measures.

The population has trouble fighting draconian government measures at the best of times. But during an unprecedented global reaction to a post-war pandemic it is particularly hard to organise when you’re not even allowed to meet.

The yellow vests in France gathered to oppose Macron every weekend for over a year but have stopped thanks to Macron’s lockdown.

And in the UK all we have been treated to by the corporate backed media has been coverage of Boris Johnson supposedly contracting a severe case of corona virus which necessitated that he self isolate and eventually go to intensive care.

The same agenda setting techniques that were at play during the Brexit campaign are being redeployed during the corona virus.

The aim is not to defeat the virus.

It is to make sure the Conservative government cling to power and deflect all scrutiny away from them and onto anyone else such as the public, health care professionals, public commentators, regulators, suppliers, large corporations and even the opposition.

The following quote by Peter Pomerantsev is taken from the wikipedia entry on Vladmir Surkov, Vladimir Putin’s long standing head of communications.

It is hard not to see similarities with the way modern Britain is run. More effort is made here to convince the public that the government does not interfere with independent regulators, that there are checks and balances in place to protect the public.

But when something is important, then it’s political, and you simply can’t argue with the decision because no-one will hear you out or give you a platform.

Britain is a brilliant place to be rich and powerful. Otherwise you must do what you can to survive.

Vladimir Surkov — José Mourinho or Mr Bean?

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A Bigger Bang — How Facebook Kills Global Democracy

Facebook, as with British Justice, is open to all — just like the Ritz.

The Big Bang in the City of London Financial Sector happened in the Eighties and permitted US banks to massively expand their operations.

Stuffy old British banking gave way to a more openly money grabbing approach which meant people from varied backgrounds were allowed in to make their fortunes.

The Masons and the City establishment still ran the place but the lower orders were allowed in and, to a certain degree, their loyalty could be relied on.

This is what Thatcher, Blair, and Cameron represented.

A bizarre mingling of privilege and meritocracy.

In which a man like Jacob Rees-Mogg can praise Chancellor Sajid Javid as an inspirational Tory success story while also rightly claiming that the Queen is just a Constitutional Monarch (ie must know her place).

Rees-Mogg’s own father edited the Times and was only admitted to the Lords on a Life Peerage, in 1988.

So despite his professed love of Erskine & May, Jacob Rees Mogg’s fetish for Parliament’s rites and tradition is mainly theatrical.

His own family weren’t admitted till he himself was approaching twenty.

Facebook

Why the focus on the City of London and Rees Mogg?

The effect of Facebook on democracy and particularly political marketing is akin to the Big Bang on Finance.

There are so many social factors and consequences that accompany such a development.

Facebook was always going to be a threat to TV and Newspapers.

Zuckerberg allows everyone a voice, political messaging, without restriction — for a price.

As Rees-Mogg is in cahoots with Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, his own sister joined the Brexit Party and became an MEP, it should not come as such a surprise that yesterday Nigel Farage withdrew every Brexit Party candidate from any seat in which the current MP is a Tory.

This strategy would be nothing if Boris Johnson hadn’t already performed a purge of the party and guaranteed 100% loyalty to the Hard Brexit cause.

Personally I believe the EU and the ECB are awful corporatist militarist vehicles that UK should have nothing to do with.

So now Trump, Bannon, Farage, Rees-Mogg, Cummings, & Johnson are a more immediate threat.

They have to be dealt with but not by staying in the corporatist EU.

Ad Libraries

If you look at Facebook’s arguments for profiteering from political BS, the rôle of the Ad Library takes centre stage.

Facebook lets politicians scam its users by citing free expression and increased transparency about who is buying adverts and how much they are spending.

Here is today’s UK Ad Library (link above). It shows information about Sunday 9th November, as I write this post it is 0438 on the morning of Tuesday 12th November (GMT )

You can click on any of the entries for more details.

This is the Boris Johnson Page :

Ad-Library-Boris-Johnson-Page-part-one

The openness with which politicians now lie is not something we are going to be able to do much about as gatekeepers and intermediaries, ie press barons and their digital counterparts, now allow all sorts of untruth to go unchallenged.

It’s a great time to be blogging about the truth, sadly a little too great.

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BBC downplay Gov.uk data collection scandal

The BBC have published an article about Buzzfeed’s Gov.uk data collection scoop but buried it in the technology section.

I suppose we should be grateful to whoever at the technology section covered it.

But why have the politics section not touched it?

Did this story even get mentioned on last night’s Question Time?

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How’s that coup coming along?

There no coups in the UK. We just adapt. Some people might call it switching sides. Collaborating. Sleeping with the Enemy. Hypocrisy. Spinelessness. Disloyalty. Dishonesty. But that is to be kind. One has to survive. And if one accepts that that is the goal, then all else is up for grabs. So Rule No.1: Throw anyone under the bus. Rule No.2: Let there be no limitations. ie throw lots of people under the bus including family, friends, and especially the innocent. Rule No.3: There are no Rules.

This piece came out on Tech Crunch last night.

https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/11/brexit-means-clear-your-cookies-for-democracy/

I see someone has commented. Do you think numbers are low because no-one is interested, everyone is lazy, or because people are too scared of being surveilled.

Here is the story in the Guardian on Tuesday evening – six hours after the original Buzzfeed piece. Strange that it didn’t make the actual paper. Interesting that, for a story with the word alarm in it, there has been no follow up. Comments disabled, of course.

Is this like what happened when Hervé Falciani handed new ECB head Christine Lagarde a bunch of confidential HSBC tax files (Swiss Leaks) when she was the French Finance Minister?

She managed to get them to the Greek Government but quite cleverly didn’t get too involved.


So anyway the Guardian did something good, but didn’t put in the paper, allow comments or commission follow ups…

The Buzzfeed piece:

Needless to say BBC have completely ignored this story. Not a trace. Channel Four haven’t mentioned it either. Maybe they lack the resources? Maybe they lack the desire. Even UK Column haven’t touched it. Oversight? Or are they too controlled opposition?

Computer Weekly last night:

Independent touch it – look at the comments (there are only two)

One of the Comments points to this. The Big Kahuna. Look at the Pericles bit. :

The book Ratfucked springs to mind. It’s about gerrymandering. Except this time it’s cognitive. Neuro-rigging. With Maps. These are the people behind Cambridge Analytica, aren’t, they?

Johnson, Patel, Gove, Cummings.


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The Boris Johnson Phenomenon: Kiddy Fudge Pack Special

All that Ernst Rohm-style libertarian fudge packing at Guido must blind it to the optics of backing far right BS artist Alexander “Boris” “de Pfeffel” “Johnson” Kemal.

Kemal is the son of a fellow BS artist who goes by the name of Stanley Johnson.

Stanley Johnson should really be called Stanley Kemal as his own father was called Osman Kemal.

The Kemal, taken from Osman’s father Ali Kemal, was dropped in favour of Osman’s grandmother’s maiden name, Johnson.

All somewhat ironic given the penile note “Boris Johnson” etched onto the leaving book on his last day at Eton College.

That his main goal in life was “to secure more notches on my phallocratic phallus”

For such a great white patriarchy hype figure who puts so much emphasis on his phallus, it is quite telling that he is in such profound denial about his 100% patrineal Muslim bloodline.

Osman Kemal’s grandmother raised Osman as Wilfred and gave him her maiden name so not to appear too Ottoman during WWI.

The Ottomans happened to side with the Germans at that time.

So it’s even funnier still that Stanley Johnson has passed down the “de Pfeffel” onto his son, because that comes from his maternal grandmother’s maiden name — which just happens to be German.

So the PM is not just a shape shifter, he is drawn from a line of multigenerational duplicitous pragmatism.

It was during this period that Lord Mountbatten’s family changed its name from Battenberg to seem less German, the Royal Family too switched from Saxe Coburg & Gotha to Windsor due to anti-German sentiment.

Incest and paedophilia go hand in hand with modern Royalty.

The Queen and Prince Phillip are cousins and The Queen’s husband’s Uncle Louis Mountbatten is alleged to have been a notorious paedophile but who got away with it as he was a top military man.

Mountbatten was also apparently involved in a coup to overthrow the Labour Government in the 1960s.

For now we have Fake News in elections and Boris working to defend the right of Establishment Paedophiles.

I asked the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse if it would look into the Mountbatten allegations re: Kincora, a boys care home in Northern Ireland where many Top Government adults came to rape the boys.

They refused, saying Northern Ireland and Scotland are outside their remit. Who decided that, I wonder?

Boris said on LBC that money spent investigating “Historic Sex Abuse” is money “spaffed against a wall”.

It turns out his Digital PR man Craig Dillon has made videos defending Cliff Richard, Paul Gambacinni, and the notorious alleged paeedophile and convicted sex offender, the Tory Harvey Proctor.

In The Boris Show US writer Michael Wolff got Johnson to say he was “ready to be Vichy-like” in the case that a foreign billionaire bought the Spectator magazine where he worked.

For more evidence of his sycophancy, he referred to his own voice as sheep-like when speaking with President Trump at the G7.

This is deeply humiliating but makes perfect sense when contextualised by his great grandfather’s murder.

Ali Kemal was chopped into bits because he wanted to turn the Ottoman Empire into a British protectorate.

Till now I feared Brexit might mean we become Puerto Rico – a 51st state of the United States of America.

But now I can see that Russia, Iran, Algeria are all way ahead of us.

We will catch them up one day, if we are lucky.

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Ursula Von der Leyen’s gender balanced pro-war pro-austerity European Commission

Taken from Bloomberg Brussels

Project Pangloss

Even the Archbishop of Canterbury is signing up to “feed the five thousand” magical thinking Brexit #leapoffaith.

Far right Tory Andrew Bridgen castigated the Archbishop for wanting to call citizens assemblies to sort out Brexit.

But I think former oil exec turned man of the cloth Justin Welby just wanted to steal a bit of Boris and Greta’s thunder.

How many kids has he buggered and killed in person and via proxy?

Ian from Canberra suggests the figure could be as low as 42.

Daily Mail promoting the idea that only foreigners get perks in prison.

I should that say pokes?

But this was banned as it affected UK competition law (Enough of that).

Paxo blissfully unaware of the media and especially Newsnight’s role in all this.

Gove: A million to one chance things will go wrong

From Startup to Stasi

Brit to run human rights violating too big to jail Pharma firm

Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Check out Clive’s case. It’s shocking!

Sajid’s Splurge

Fleece the customer for shareholder value!

Don’t vote, it encourages them

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Team Boris was Paedo PR, Macron Hypocrisy

Yannick Jadot reckons he’s in with a shot for the Presidential Elections come 2022.

Will it be a run-off between him and Macron or will Marine Le Pen make it through to the deuxieme tour?

Either way, he is on form in this video in which he accuses President Macron of ignoring the fact that France is engaging in deforestation in Guyana, Malaysia and Indonesia while also importing Palm Oil in violation of EU law.

This is the type of platform that is simply not made available to UK Green or “Left wing” politicians.

BBC would not dream of allowing criticism of the Conservative Party.

When Laura Kuenssberg was accused of bias against the Labour Party, the complaint was rejected by her direct superior, hard Brexiteer Robbie Gibb, who then went on to become Theresa May’s head of communications.

Before, during and after Robbie Gibb’s time with Theresa May his brother, Nick Gibb, was Schools Minister.

Are there not supposed to be rules against this sort of thing?

As for the Greens in England, just a few weeks ago, Caroline Lucas proposed an all white all female cabinet as a solution to Brexit.

Upfront identity politics!

For the link between Environmentalism and Conservatism one doesn’t have to travel very far.

This piece came out recently on New York Times:

One can only speculate as to whether Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley Kemal-Johnson, crossed paths with Mrs Cordelia Scaife May when he worked on population at the World Bank in New York.

That other famous philanthropist David Koch died last week. He who made his money from oil from land he and his family stole from indigenous Indians.

The Kochs have funded the resurgence in Tea Party-style “nativist” US and UK Conservatism and it is to them that Boris Johnson owes much of his popularity.

“Boris”, real name, Alexander Kemal, (his grandfather (Stanley’s dad) was born Osman Wilfred Kemal), has hired plenty of think tankers on his various press teams and many of them will have been funded, albeit indirectly, by the Kochs.

Brendan O Neil of Spiked admits to receiving Koch money and, the contrarian that he is, permanently puts out odes to white nationalists, asset strippers and forest clearing land grabbers (pussy grabbers too).

Meanwhile we have Brendan’s sister in crypto-fascist arms Carrie Symonds (Boris’s latest squeeze) selling herself as an Oceans protector and protector of birds & women’s rights (surely you mean Ghislaine Maxwell).

Lovely Plumage

I missed the Camel fair in Pushkar when I visited India many years ago. Not sure what the difference is between a Camel Fair, a Birdfair, Jeffrey Epstein’s house or a Libyan Slave Auction for that matter.

“Boris” trades off the idea that one of his ancestors manumitted his beautiful slave girl so he could marry her. And we all know Boris is a stickler for tradition.

“Johnson” visited Standard and Independent owner Evgeny Lebedev’s castle unaccompanied when he was Foreign Minister in 2018.

He’s not answering any questions about it. So he could well have fucked a goat and drank the blood a newly defiled child at the altar of Koch / Saud / Kushner for all we know.


Yes there are supposed to be rules about this stuff, but if the press are in your pocket…

“Johnson”‘s dad Stanley wrote a book recently called Kompromat.

And in Naked Gun 2 & a half Lt. Leslie Nielsen aka Frank Drebin says, of the boxing, “All I know is never bet on the white guy”.

Similarly, “Never argue with a man who buys his ink by the barrel.”

Still, in 2008, when he wasn’t yet London Mayor, “Boris” Kemal was interviewed by Michael Wolff for Vanity Fair.

Wolff went on to write Fire and Fury, the book that got Steve Bannon ejected from the White House.

In the article, entitled The Boris Show, Johnson muses on the probability that he himself (with investors) would run and own the Spectator Magazine (which he edited at the time).

Smelling a rat, he then accuses Wolff of only interviewing him so he could size him up on behalf of Vanity Fair’s Condé Nast owners so that they themselves could then put in a bid.

Turning on the charm, Johnson goes on to say, of any potential foreign billionaire owner:

I heard about this quote in recently deceased Heathcote Williams’ 2016 book Brexit Boris: From Mayor to Nightmare.

The G7 Biarritz meeting is the perfect example of Boris at his most Vichy-like.

Half the UK seems to think that because “Boris” is white and has been to Eton that “Johnson”-Kemal is not capable of the most Vichy-like treachery.

How ironic that Biarritz is in southern France:

Boris Johnson’s name is as much Boris Johnson as Stephen Yaxley Lennon is Tommy Robinson.

These people pick show biz masks and masquerade as Super Patriots, based on their fake names.

At least Priti Patel, Sajid Javid and Dominic Raab have kept their names!

But on that topic, and speaking as a first generation immigrant (my parents are from Northern Sri Lanka) I find it interesting that Javid, Patel, Raab and Johnson are first second and third generation immigrants.

And, despite their lip service to tradition, the Royal Family, and Winston Churchill, they regard most Brits as fundamentally workshy.

And they have no qualms about reinforcing Nazi-like eugenic values in the UK welfare and employment structures.

Who would have thought such evil psychopathy could be served up by this dream team of Muslims, Jews and Hindus?

Hahaha.

Machiavellian Political Correctness was the key to backdoor asset strip, and set fire to regulation, meaning human rights.

And all the while Boris’s Girlfriend Carrie Symonds pretends to care about women.

Let them eat cake. Not tonight, Josephine.

Because Boris is too busy packing kiddy fudge in the dungeon of a castle with his secretary for pensions, welfare and the disabled, Amber Rudd.

But seriously, speaking of Boris and Paedophilia, there is a link.

He told Conservative radio host Nick Ferrari that money spent investigating historic child sex abuse was £60m “spaffed” up a wall.

It turns out that Craig Dillon, who runs Westminster Digital, his social media adviser, has the contract to promote Cliff Richard, and the convicted sadistic evil incarnate paedo Harvey Proctor.

Here’s Harriet Harman, herself compromised on the topic of paedophilia.

She ran Liberty when it was called NCCL (National Council for Civil Liberties).

Her Uncle, Lord Longford, wrote a report on pornography and went on a tour of Scandinavia with Jimmy Savile and Cliff Richard in the 70s. Though Harman is asked about Cliff Richard in the interview, which has now been suppressed by the BBC, no mention is made of her Parliamentarian Uncle’s links with paedophiles and murderers, Cliff Richard, or of her own connections with the Paedophile Information Exchange:

All this grooming going on, and so much protection for perpetrators.





Proctor worked for the Duke of Rutland in 2015 when he was raided by the police looking for evidence of paedophilia.

Here’s Rutland trying to help Proctor get a payout from the Met:

Proctor is campaigning for anonymity for the accused but in reality he is campaigning for compensation. He was the one who not only voluntarily ended his own anonymity, he named other co-accused into the bargain.

Those who were innocent have Proctor to blame for the public undermining of their reputations!

The understanding is that Proctor is into beating rent boys in school uniform. Newspapers ran stories on this and he’s paid fines for it in the UK and has been spotted with young rent boys in Morocco.

None of the recent news reports on Proctor mention any of this stuff.

The Duke of Rutland for who he worked is in Jeffrey Epstein’s address book. Several times. There is a connection between Rutland and Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s main procurer and daughter of disgraced publisher and fraudster Robert Maxwell aka the Bouncing Czech.

Maxwell and Epstein are both rumoured to be Israeli intelligence assets.

Proctor appears to think he can do a Boothby:

The Lord & Gangster, (& Rent Boy Cat Burglar)

Lord Boothby (a Tory) was a friend of Churchill’s and the Krays. He was an alcoholic, a gambler and into rent boys. When the Mirror (before Maxwell bought it) published a story about the above photo (without printing it), the then PM Harold Wilson had the story shut down because one of his own MPs Tom Driberg moved in the same circle and Wilson feared blowback (excuse the pun) if Driberg’s name got mentioned.

There was an election coming up and the Profumo affair had already given the press and public a bit of an appetite for scalps and scandals.

So Boothby sued the Mirror and won £40k. More than £500k in today’s money.

Looks like the vile paedo Proctor is doing the same. Wanting to sue the police for calling a paedo a paedo.

But not to worry, Priti Patel and Boris Johnson are trying to ram through facial recognition, GM food, and tasers to all police as if everyone consents and no-one notices.

This is a golden age for propaganda. The BBC is an utterly out of control fascist corporatist machine. It is conducting psy-ops via iPlayer on a gargantuan scale. It has learned much from Savile.

DELETE EVERYTHING!

I am trying to get them to hand over the Future of Farming GM reports that they did on Breakfast tv last week.

You would think I was Julian Assange angling for a Royal Family Incest tape featuring Charles, Andrew, Mountbatten and one of the gardeners.

The GM issue is live and they won’t permit debate.

On Saturday they were getting everyone ready for all Police to have Tasers. Don’t they realise that proper criminals will get tasers too?

I emailed the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) about the FBI allegations that Lord Mountbatten (ex Viceroy of India, Prince Phillip’s uncle, mentor to Charles, member of the Lords and former head of UK Armed Forces) was a paedophile who visited the Northern Irish children’s home Kincora for sex with young boys.

They refused to commit.

I asked them about BBC reports that paedophiles operate with impunity right now because of staff shortages on the Forensics side at Sexual Assault Referral Centres.

They refused to commit.

I asked about Epstein related paedophila.

They refused to commit.

Boris is getting what he wants. Paedophiles operate with impunity and privatisation marches on. The Amazon forest burns, he gaslights with his Tory PR bit of stuff and very soon will have successfully lobbied for Evening Standard Editor and former Tory Chancellor, George Osborne, to be named head of the IMF (with Donald Trump’s help).

Bolsonaro, Netanyahu and Johnson are all friends with Trump.

This country has been subjected to a full on Nazi Coup.

Boris is being openly Vichy-like with no-one better to serve up the medicine that Priti Patel and Sajid Javid.

Good luck, UK.


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Murdoch Mafia Appoints Morgan as Media Minister in Classic McCarthy Manoeuvre


Nicky Morgan, who defended former Chancellor George Osborne becoming the Editor of the Evening Standard on the basis that he would be the voice of Liberal Conservatism, has accepted the position of Media Secretary in what must rank as the most craven Vichy-like government in the UK ever.

Shape-shifter Osborne backed Boris who, in turn, has hired Morgan.

Johnson visited Lebedev for a weekend in Italy in 2018 and refuses to disclose what was discussed.

In this Michael Wolff 2008 Vanity Fair piece, Johnson says of his behaviour toward foreign press barons (click, at the bottom, to page three of the following embedded pdf), “Still, if the owner is someone other than myself, I am ready to be Vichy-like. I am prepared to praise and flatter shamelessly.”

This slavishness to foreign capital will have been honed at Eton — Capital without Borders.

The-Boris-Show-Vanity-Fair


Morgan now rather conveniently oversees George Osborne’s Standard and his employer Lebedev Holdings’s Independent.

Morgan’s appointment comes two years after having defended Osborne’s right to edit the Standard, despite his deregulatory & austerity policies still unfolding – starting with Grenfell.

That’s right, there is simply no non-captured London Newspaper.

The Standard was sold by the Mail to Lebedev around 2009.

And now it has a mystery Saudi Shareholder.

Even the UK Government says the Evening Standard is a tool of the Saudi State.

No wonder the previous Culture and Media Secretary, Jeremy Wright, who was already quite the poodle, had to go.

He ordered a public interest notice into the Saudi Shareholding last month.

wrightlebedevnotice

The Guardian reported this at the time.

Lebedev (and Osborne) urged the Government not to investigate the new Saudi owners.


Amol Rajan is the BBC’s Media editor. He appears to have something of the corporatist spook about him. Venal.

This is him talking about his ex-boss, Lebedev, selling stakes in the Standard and Independent to the Saudi state.

No-one seemed to notice at the time. But two years later it is being occasionally reported on because the FT looked into it and Wright felt he had to make it look like he wanted to do something.

Incidentally, Wright was Attorney General when Lisa Osofsky was appointed head of the Serious Fraud Office, another poodle organisation.

The Standard printed a puff piece on her a few months ago.

Standard.

Ofcom Stitch-Up

Ofcom the broadcast regulator is to deliver the verdict on the Saudi owners to Nicky Morgan on August 23rd.

Though Ofcom’s boss, Sharon White, is heading to John Lewis, she will be heading up Ofcom till the end of the year.

White, along with Standard Editor George Osborne & Lord Adonis, attended the Bilderberg Conference in 2017.

Her husband Robert Chote, runs the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), created by George Osborne in 2010 to monitor public spending.

This was originally supposed to be seen as an independent body that signed off on austerity, but was eventually often referred to as the Treasury Poodle.

So it’s all very cosy.

The nepotism is staggering.

And it isn’t concealed, though questions aren’t exactly encouraged.

Loyalty over principle wins every time.

So where are the watchdogs?

What now for truth or justice?

As with Boris Johnson, one of Elias Canetti’s grandparent’s origins were in Turkey.

This morning as I skimmed Canetti’s speech for Hermann Broch’s 50th Birthday in Vienna in 1936, I was struck by the idea that a decent writer ought to be immediate, inexhaustible, universal, in opposition, and to have a special vice.

Could this be the beginning of a Golden Age of journalism?

Or a new McCarthy era in which all signs of socialism or solidarity with all fellow citizens no matter what their age or background is to be frowned upon, and even persecuted?

Keep your eye on developments re: the Kushners and the new film that will be coming out in September about Murdoch and Trump’s old mafia lawyer Roy Cohn.

With the Epstein paedophilia case suddenly coming to light and Tom Watson mainly pushing Labour Anti-Semitism stories while whitewashing all alleged Westminster VIP paedophiles such as Greville Janner, Leon Brittan and the known paedophile Harvey Proctor, the McCarthy Communist witch hunts (which were profoundly anti-semitic) and the Lavender Scare (into homosexuality) seem to be taking place in reverse.

VIP Paedophiles are getting the upper hand and the idea of anti-semitism is being used to pursue anti-racist lefties.

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“Kingmakers” — 160,000 of dem

The Language of Propaganda & Manipulation

Check out the bastardised use of “kingmakers” below.

This from Wiki:

This from the Tory Party website. Kofi aptly means Friday in Ghana.

More from Wiki. Maybe the Tories and the Times have point:

From West Africa to the West of England

Arms sales were declared illegal in a UK court yesterday, but look how the Times reports it, no mention of illegality or complicity in war crimes.


In the adjacent story the only reason Saudi are being forced to withdraw from Yemen is British shareholders can no longer profit from killing Yemeni kids.

Explo Nani Kofi

We leave the final word to the Real Kingmaker – Explo – Nani – Kofi

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From Startup to Stasi : The Rise & Rise of CIA man Jeff Bezos

From Secondhand Bookseller to Surveillance Capitalist

In 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the murder of JFK, the filmmaker Alex Cox released a book, The President and the Provocateur, which compared the lives of John F Kennedy and the man commonly referred to as his assassin — Lee Harvey Oswald.

Here it is on Amazon:

Alex Cox in 2013 on the President and the Provocateur

Synchronicity

At 4pm on the day of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, I walked into Housmans, a radical peace bookshop on Caledonian Road, near Kings Cross in London.

Staring at me was a copy of Peter Dale Scott’s Crime and Cover Up.

I picked it up.

The man who sold me the book, Tim Gluckman, told me that the author, Peter Dale Scott, had invented the term parapolitics which wasn’t conspiracy theory but Deep Politics — a theory of how the state really works.

I told Tim about my then plans to write a play about the attempted assassination of Oscar LaFontaine the ex-head of the German Social Democrat Party (SPD) in 1990 in Cologne.

Tim said he was in Cologne that night – recalling the hullaballoo.

A couple of days later, I was reading Crime and Cover-Up on a bus when I remembered that it was Sunday 24th November 2013 — the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald.

I called a friend who had told me about a spoken word event he had tickets for. We attended, thinking the main draw would be the news presenter Jon Snow. It turned out that Alex Cox was speaking – presenting his new book.

The New York Times 2011 Umbrella Man video by award winning director Errol Morris

Alex Cox replies to Errol Morris over the New York Times Umbrella Man video

The New York Times longer 2013 video also by Errol Morris

I have to admit I have a bit of a soft spot for Errol Morris.

I watched his documentary Fog of War about former US Defence Secretary Robert Macnamara several times in the cinema.

I saw it at the London Film Festival with my mum. She had taken me to see Oliver Stone’s JFK at the cinema years earlier.

My mother and Errol Morris both feature in the interview I did with Eric Olsen about how he coped with the CIA murdering his dad, an American biological weapons scientist, in 1955.

Errol Morris had made a six part Netflix docudrama – Wormwood – about it.

Eric fell out with Errol and reporter Seymour Hersh, over compromises he felt they had made.

At one point in our interview Eric referred to his dad’s fateful meeting with brainwashing expert William Sargant.

Eric told me Sargant was MI6 & CIA. Frank Olsen had confided in him but Sargant ratted on him.

Frank Olson was a potential whistleblower. Sargant told the CIA he wasn’t ‘with the programme’.

Sargant himself used deep sleep techniques.

For many years my mother was a psychiatric clinician at the William Sargant ward in Ealing Hospital in West London. But till I met Eric I had no idea what Sargant did .

The Family, a cult that Julian Assange was exposed to, through a step-father, in the late 70s early 80s, were also said to have used deep sleep techniques.

My own father worked for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), as a systems analyst on mainframe computers throughout the eighties and much of the nineties. This was in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

It was against everything he stood for.

I believe my father was a former Marxist.

We would likely have given money to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Was that before or after we knew children were being given guns and cyanide pills?

Either way, he told me the Tories had done him more good economically than Labour had, but he could NEVER VOTE TORY.

On the evening of New Years Eve 1999 / 2000 my dad told me that while everyone got all all excited about the millennium, the thing his mind was on was the fortieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

Forty years previously he and his friends crowded round a radio in Sri Lanka listening to how a tiny island had taken on and were beating the regional superpower.

Back to the chase

After Alex’s talk we went to the pub in Camden somewhere. I asked if he’d chosen to do the event because it was the 50th anniversary of Oswald’s murder. He said this was just a co-incidence. His agent booked everything.

Had JFK managed to stay alive, today, May 29th 2019, would have been his hundredth birthday.

His apparent killer, Oswald, born in October 1939, was only 24 when the President was killed.

I’m only halfway through Cox’s book.

At this stage, as Cox makes clear in the first video, it all seems a bit much for one man to have masterminded.

And Oswald doesn’t appear to have been very stable. Hardly sniper material.

There’s plenty of photo-doctoring happening too. At which Oswald himself appears to excel. Oswald has a Zelig-like ability to pop up in all sorts of places. Occasionally in two places at once.

Cox points out that in Cuba and New Orleans Oswald was said to have attended meetings and made inquiries about hiring cars for Cuba – at exactly the same time as he was getting engaged to his new wife Marina in Minsk, Belarus.

This is a photo if Oswald on a boat with John Wayne (or is it?):

Photo and film-tampering is still an issue today Facebook is refusing to take down known Nancy Pelosi Deepfakes.

Big tech appear to be deciding what people get to think about.

Bernard Cohen said in 1963:

The Press “may not be successful much of the time in telling people what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling its readers what to think about. The world will look different to different people,” Cohen continues, “depending on the map that is drawn for them by writers, editors, and publishers of the paper they read.”

Back to Bezos

As the title suggests, my main motivation for writing this article was to do a rudimentary character analysis of Jeff Bezos.

I would also like to compare and contrast with Julian Assange.

The Richest Man in the USA Vs The Most Wanted

Amazon Vs WikiLeaks

Although the thought experiment seemed a bit weird at the start, the more I think about it, the better it feels.

I remembered what Alex Cox had done with JFK and Oswald.

I also thought of Post-Freudian child psychotherapist author Adam Phillips:

What would he make of JFK, Oswald, Bezos and Assange connections?

In particular their obsessions, their families, their patronage?

JFK

Apparently JFK’s dad, Joseph Kennedy, wasn’t the most likeable of chaps. He bankrolled his son’s political career and had strong Mafia, Union and Democrat connections. He was the first Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Ambassador to the UK from 1938-1940.

Taken from Phillip Whitehead’s The Bootleg Politician in the Independent – 1992

JFK’s sister Rose was put into a mental home and had part of her brain removed on the understanding she was “retarded”.

Maybe her dad simply feared she would go ‘off-message’ — thus undoing his investments in his sons John and Robert Kennedy.

Oswald

Oswald’s father died before he was born. He and his mother moved many many times during his childhood and adolescence. This mysterious character appears to have been a bisexual left wing double agent of sorts who had backing from various parties, all of whom seem to have eventually deserted him.

His apparent love of communism and hatred of racism was so out of place in early 1960’s Dallas but for some reason his views appear to have been tolerated by all.

Assange

Assange’s father split from his mother before he was born and, like Oswald, he lived in many towns before settling down in Melbourne as a teenager.

This was used as part of his defence when he was prosecuted by Melbourne police for computer hacking as Mendax in the early nineties.

Taken from Julian Assange’s Wikipedia Page

According to wikipedia between 1979 and 1981 Assange’s step-dad was a member of the Australian cult known as The Family which was later revealed to have starved, drugged and sexually abused many of its members – particularly children.

Such exposure to cults might also explain Assange’s perceived Messiah Complex. The need to construct an image of a figure that can really be trusted in a world of government & media BS & PR.

Bezos

Bezos’s step-father Mike (Miguel) left Cuba for Miami in 1962 aged just 16.

This was part of the CIA’s Operation Peter Pan, designed to create a brain drain in Cuba and supposedly to save children from being sent to the Soviet Union where their families were told they would end up in camps.

Though Operation Peter Pan started before Kennedy became President, he knew about it and fully approved. Peter Pan went on throughout America’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was also around this period that Kennedy set up the NSA surveillance agency.

Mike learned English and became an engineer for Exxon – a company that were very big in Cuba before Castro kicked them out.

Mike Bezos adopted Jeff when Jeff was just three years old.

Jeff’s maternal grandfather Lawrence Preston Gise looked after him on his ranch in Texas every summer from when he was four to when he was sixteen.

Gize had been a senior manager at the Atomic Energy Commission and before that at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) that later became DARPA, frequently referenced as the agency that created the internet.

So Bezos is an extremely well connected creature of the cold war.

This is very well signalled in Plutocratic Mirage of Self Made Billionaires.

It’s funny that Trump hates Amazon and has previously referred to how much he loves WikiLeaks.

At last week’s Amazon Annual General Meeting (AGM) 12 proposals were made by shareholders and employees to improve the way Amazon does business.

Some related to climate change and Amazon’s carbon footprint.

Others were in relation to Facial Recognition.

Amazon have a product called Rekognition which is being marketed to the military, police and border cops.

Proposals were made to have an ethics committee to study the effect of Amazon’s facial recognition on human rights.

Jeff Bezos and the majority of his shareholders, are not particularly bothered about Amazon’s environmental impact or human rights violations.

Although he made that noise earlier in the week about having a dad who is an immigrant / refugee this was just an amazing PR exercise to distract people from the evils of facial recognition.

There is plenty of evidence that the facial recognition algorithms discriminate against non binary, women and people of colour.

This was raised in a committee on facial recognition in the US last week.

Here Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks about gait and voice as well as facial recognition.

She points out that white males are more likely to be correctly identified with this technology – but all other groups are prone to being misidentified.

Amazon defeated the Facial Recognition proposals by a large margin

Some businesses welcome government contracts:

This ex-Facebook exec is completely ok with doing business with the military:

Watch CNBC’s interview with Oculus founder Palmer Luckey from CNBC.

But the Government is definitely being targeted by Amazon too. This piece appeared in Monday’s Financial Times. It doesn’t seem to have sparked much discussion. Public Procurement policies were one of the main obstacles for the large trade agreements that Trump eventually ripped up such as TTIP and TPP. The Buy America policy insisted that every part of every product bought by US states as well as the federal government had to be sourced from within the US. I think it’s good he got rid of the trade agreements but now Jeff Bezos is going to clean up! :

Government-contracts-become-Amazon’s-new-target-market-Financial-Times

There are arrows at the bottom of the article above that you have to press to get onto the next page.

Anna by Ella Hickson is on at the National Theatre in London at the moment. It’s about living in a surveillance state and has plenty of Stasi action. Should it have been called Alexa?:

And what about “Dark Kitchens”?

In conclusion, Assange and Oswald both smart guys, were always on the move as kids and in that sense parts of their emotional “development” may have been affected. Oswald seems a bit more like Chelsea Manning than Assange. Chelsea Manning is current in jail, unlike Hope Hicks, Trump’s former adviser, who is also not co-operating with government enquiries.

Assange’s contact with the Family may have prepared him psychologically for anything the rest of the world can throw at him. If many children that he knew, and quite possibly himself, were drugged, hypnotised and sexually abused when growing up that would also explain his need to right wrongs on a global scale. How could the security services shills at the Guardian, Times, New York Times or Washington Post possibly understand such a motivation. All they see is a white guy who hates them. These journalists have historically put more effort into ignoring government and security services sponsored paedophilia than reporting on it.

Check out the latest development in the Inquiry into Historic Child Sexual Abuse.

Transcript:

The little contact I’ve had with them tells me the thing is a joke. They spend a lot of money on media and television adverts but deliver very little by way of communication or interaction. The main priority seems to be on not inquiring into anything.

Earlier this year the BBC reported that paedophiles were escaping with impunity due to staff shortages at sexual assault referral centres. The problem is that the three day window within which forensic evidence has to be collected so that the CPS could secure a conviction is being regularly breached. This is often due to privatisation.

I contacted the Home Office and the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry about this. I got nowhere. They gave me a press release from the forensic regulator. But nothing from Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, or Victoria Atkins, the Minister for Women, Sexual Violence, and Safeguarding.

Atkins is a nasty piece of work.

As Women’s Minister she blocked full gender pay gap reporting in this country. That’s right, she put her career first and blocked the Treasury Select Committee recommendations to widen the criteria for gender pay gap reporting in financial services.

She gave no reason for this.

Her husband makes his money selling cannabis for Brtish Sugar but she is the drugs Minister. Theresa May’s husband’s firm is involved in all this too. NHS contracts for purchasing medicinal cannabis have all been allocated and May’s husband is invested in the firm with the monopoly. So rival cannabis producers are criminalised while the profiteers are quids in.

We covered some of this here, as well as hacking vs journalism:

Unsurprisingly Surveillance Capitalist Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post is calling Assange a spy today. Bezos’s relationship with the CIA explains everything we need to know about his paper’s idiotic line.

If you want to click on Bezos’s site you are offered a cheaper subscription is you agree to be tracked / targeted. The guy doesn’t miss a trick.

I think Jimmy Dore covered some of this well a couple of days ago.

So happy 100th Birthday JFK. The more I read about you the less I like.

For anyone who is interested in Assange’s case, there is another hearing tomorrow morning at Westminster Magistrates’s Court:

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From Startup to Stasi: The Rise & Rise of CIA Man Jeff Bezos

From Secondhand Bookseller to Surveillance Capitalist

In 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the murder of JFK, the filmmaker Alex Cox released a book, The President and the Provocateur, which compared the lives of John F Kennedy and the man commonly referred to as his assassin — Lee Harvey Oswald.

Here it is on Amazon:

Alex Cox in 2013 on the President and the Provocateur

Synchronicity

At 4pm on the day of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, I walked into Housmans, a radical peace bookshop on Caledonian Road, near Kings Cross in London.

Staring at me was a copy of Peter Dale Scott’s Crime and Cover Up.

I picked it up.

The man who sold me the book, Tim Gluckman, told me that the author, Peter Dale Scott, had invented the term parapolitics which wasn’t conspiracy theory but Deep Politics — a theory of how the state really works.

I told Tim about my then plans to write a play about the attempted assassination of Oscar LaFontaine the ex-head of the German Social Democrat Party (SPD) in 1990 in Cologne.

Tim said he was in Cologne that night – recalling the hullaballoo.

A couple of days later, I was reading Crime and Cover-Up on a bus when I remembered that it was Sunday 24th November 2013 — the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald.

I called a friend who had told me about a spoken word event he had tickets for. We attended, thinking the main draw would be the news presenter Jon Snow. It turned out that Alex Cox was speaking – presenting his new book.

The New York Times 2011 Umbrella Man video by award winning director Errol Morris

Alex Cox replies to Errol Morris over the New York Times Umbrella Man video

The New York Times longer 2013 video also by Errol Morris

I have to admit I have a bit of a soft spot for Errol Morris.

I watched his documentary Fog of War about former US Defence Secretary Robert Macnamara several times in the cinema.

I saw it at the London Film Festival with my mum. She had taken me to see Oliver Stone’s JFK at the cinema years earlier.

My mother and Errol Morris both feature in the interview I did with Eric Olsen about how he coped with the CIA murdering his dad, an American biological weapons scientist, in 1955.

Errol Morris had made a six part Netflix docudrama – Wormwood – about it.

Eric fell out with Errol and reporter Seymour Hersh, over compromises he felt they had made.

At one point in our interview Eric referred to his dad’s fateful meeting with brainwashing expert William Sargant.

Eric told me Sargant was MI6 & CIA. Frank Olsen had confided in him but Sargant ratted on him.

Frank Olson was a potential whistleblower. Sargant told the CIA he wasn’t ‘with the programme’.

Sargant himself used deep sleep techniques.

For many years my mother was a psychiatric clinician at the William Sargant ward in Ealing Hospital in West London. But till I met Eric I had no idea what Sargant did .

The Family, a cult that Julian Assange was exposed to, through a step-father, in the late 70s early 80s, were also said to have used deep sleep techniques.

My own father worked for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), as a systems analyst on mainframe computers throughout the eighties and much of the nineties. This was in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

It was against everything he stood for.

I believe my father was a former Marxist.

We would likely have given money to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Was that before or after we knew children were being given guns and cyanide pills?

Either way, he told me the Tories had done him more good economically than Labour had, but he could NEVER VOTE TORY.

On the evening of New Years Eve 1999 / 2000 my dad told me that while everyone got all all excited about the millennium, the thing his mind was on was the fortieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

Forty years previously he and his friends crowded round a radio in Sri Lanka listening to how a tiny island had taken on and were beating the regional superpower.

Back to the chase

After Alex’s talk we went to the pub in Camden somewhere. I asked if he’d chosen to do the event because it was the 50th anniversary of Oswald’s murder. He said this was just a co-incidence. His agent booked everything.

Had JFK managed to stay alive, today, May 29th 2019, would have been his hundredth birthday.

His apparent killer, Oswald, born in October 1939, was only 24 when the President was killed.

I’m only halfway through Cox’s book.

At this stage, as Cox makes clear in the first video, it all seems a bit much for one man to have masterminded.

And Oswald doesn’t appear to have been very stable. Hardly sniper material.

There’s plenty of photo-doctoring happening too. At which Oswald himself appears to excel. Oswald has a Zelig-like ability to pop up in all sorts of places. Occasionally in two places at once.

Cox points out that in Cuba and New Orleans Oswald was said to have attended meetings and made inquiries about hiring cars for Cuba – at exactly the same time as he was getting engaged to his new wife Marina in Minsk, Belarus.

This is a photo if Oswald on a boat with John Wayne (or is it?):

Photo and film-tampering is still an issue today Facebook is refusing to take down known Nancy Pelosi Deepfakes.

Big tech appear to be deciding what people get to think about.

Bernard Cohen said in 1963:

The Press “may not be successful much of the time in telling people what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling its readers what to think about. The world will look different to different people,” Cohen continues, “depending on the map that is drawn for them by writers, editors, and publishers of the paper they read.”

Back to Bezos

As the title suggests, my main motivation for writing this article was to do a rudimentary character analysis of Jeff Bezos.

I would also like to compare and contrast with Julian Assange.

The Richest Man in the USA Vs The Most Wanted

Amazon Vs WikiLeaks

Although the thought experiment seemed a bit weird at the start, the more I think about it, the better it feels.

I remembered what Alex Cox had done with JFK and Oswald.

I also thought of Post-Freudian child psychotherapist author Adam Phillips:

What would he make of JFK, Oswald, Bezos and Assange connections?

In particular their obsessions, their families, their patronage?

JFK

Apparently JFK’s dad, Joseph Kennedy, wasn’t the most likeable of chaps. He bankrolled his son’s political career and had strong Mafia, Union and Democrat connections. He was the first Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Ambassador to the UK from 1938-1940.

Taken from Phillip Whitehead’s The Bootleg Politician in the Independent – 1992

JFK’s sister Rose was put into a mental home and had part of her brain removed on the understanding she was “retarded”.

Maybe her dad simply feared she would go ‘off-message’ — thus undoing his investments in his sons John and Robert Kennedy.

Oswald

Oswald’s father died before he was born. He and his mother moved many many times during his childhood and adolescence. This mysterious character appears to have been a bisexual left wing double agent of sorts who had backing from various parties, all of whom seem to have eventually deserted him.

His apparent love of communism and hatred of racism was so out of place in early 1960’s Dallas but for some reason his views appear to have been tolerated by all.

Assange

Assange’s father split from his mother before he was born and, like Oswald, he lived in many towns before settling down in Melbourne as a teenager.

This was used as part of his defence when he was prosecuted by Melbourne police for computer hacking as Mendax in the early nineties.

Taken from Julian Assange’s Wikipedia Page

According to wikipedia between 1979 and 1981 Assange’s step-dad was a member of the Australian cult known as The Family which was later revealed to have starved, drugged and sexually abused many of its members – particularly children.

Such exposure to cults might also explain Assange’s perceived Messiah Complex. The need to construct an image of a figure that can really be trusted in a world of government & media BS & PR.

Bezos

Bezos’s step-father Mike (Miguel) left Cuba for Miami in 1962 aged just 16.

This was part of the CIA’s Operation Peter Pan, designed to create a brain drain in Cuba and supposedly to save children from being sent to the Soviet Union where their families were told they would end up in camps.

Though Operation Peter Pan started before Kennedy became President, he knew about it and fully approved. Peter Pan went on throughout America’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was also around this period that Kennedy set up the NSA surveillance agency.

Mike learned English and became an engineer for Exxon – a company that were very big in Cuba before Castro kicked them out.

Mike Bezos adopted Jeff when Jeff was just three years old.

Jeff’s maternal grandfather Lawrence Preston Gise looked after him on his ranch in Texas every summer from when he was four to when he was sixteen.

Gize had been a senior manager at the Atomic Energy Commission and before that at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) that later became DARPA, frequently referenced as the agency that created the internet.

So Bezos is an extremely well connected creature of the cold war.

This is very well signalled in Plutocratic Mirage of Self Made Billionaires.

It’s funny that Trump hates Amazon and has previously referred to how much he loves WikiLeaks.

At last week’s Amazon Annual General Meeting (AGM) 12 proposals were made by shareholders and employees to improve the way Amazon does business.

Some related to climate change and Amazon’s carbon footprint.

Others were in relation to Facial Recognition.

Amazon have a product called Rekognition which is being marketed to the military, police and border cops.

Proposals were made to have an ethics committee to study the effect of Amazon’s facial recognition on human rights.

Jeff Bezos and the majority of his shareholders, are not particularly bothered about Amazon’s environmental impact or human rights violations.

Although he made that noise earlier in the week about having a dad who is an immigrant / refugee this was just an amazing PR exercise to distract people from the evils of facial recognition.

There is plenty of evidence that the facial recognition algorithms discriminate against non binary, women and people of colour.

This was raised in a committee on facial recognition in the US last week.

Here Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks about gait and voice as well as facial recognition.

She points out that white males are more likely to be correctly identified with this technology – but all other groups are prone to being misidentified.

Amazon defeated the Facial Recognition proposals by a large margin

Some businesses welcome government contracts:

This ex-Facebook exec is completely ok with doing business with the military:

Watch CNBC’s interview with Oculus founder Palmer Luckey from CNBC.

But the Government is definitely being targeted by Amazon too. This piece appeared in Monday’s Financial Times. It doesn’t seem to have sparked much discussion. Public Procurement policies were one of the main obstacles for the large trade agreements that Trump eventually ripped up such as TTIP and TPP. The Buy America policy insisted that every part of every product bought by US states as well as the federal government had to be sourced from within the US. I think it’s good he got rid of the trade agreements but now Jeff Bezos is going to clean up! :

Government-contracts-become-Amazon’s-new-target-market-Financial-Times

There are arrows at the bottom of the article above that you have to press to get onto the next page.

Anna by Ella Hickson is on at the National Theatre in London at the moment. It’s about living in a surveillance state and has plenty of Stasi action. Should it have been called Alexa?:

And what about “Dark Kitchens”?

In conclusion, Assange and Oswald both smart guys, were always on the move as kids and in that sense parts of their emotional “development” may have been affected. Oswald seems a bit more like Chelsea Manning than Assange. Chelsea Manning is current in jail, unlike Hope Hicks, Trump’s former adviser, who is also not co-operating with government enquiries.

Assange’s contact with the Family may have prepared him psychologically for anything the rest of the world can throw at him. If many children that he knew, and quite possibly himself, were drugged, hypnotised and sexually abused when growing up that would also explain his need to right wrongs on a global scale. How could the security services shills at the Guardian, Times, New York Times or Washington Post possibly understand such a motivation. All they see is a white guy who hates them. These journalists have historically put more effort into ignoring government and security services sponsored paedophilia than reporting on it.

Check out the latest development in the Inquiry into Historic Child Sexual Abuse.

Transcript:

The little contact I’ve had with them tells me the thing is a joke. They spend a lot of money on media and television adverts but deliver very little by way of communication or interaction. The main priority seems to be on not inquiring into anything.

Earlier this year the BBC reported that paedophiles were escaping with impunity due to staff shortages at sexual assault referral centres. The problem is that the three day window within which forensic evidence has to be collected so that the CPS could secure a conviction is being regularly breached. This is often due to privatisation.

I contacted the Home Office and the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry about this. I got nowhere. They gave me a press release from the forensic regulator. But nothing from Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, or Victoria Atkins, the Minister for Women, Sexual Violence, and Safeguarding.

Atkins is a nasty piece of work.

As Women’s Minister she blocked full gender pay gap reporting in this country. That’s right, she put her career first and blocked the Treasury Select Committee recommendations to widen the criteria for gender pay gap reporting in financial services.

She gave no reason for this.

Her husband makes his money selling cannabis for Brtish Sugar but she is the drugs Minister. Theresa May’s husband’s firm is involved in all this too. NHS contracts for purchasing medicinal cannabis have all been allocated and May’s husband is invested in the firm with the monopoly. So rival cannabis producers are criminalised while the profiteers are quids in.

We covered some of this here, as well as hacking vs journalism:

Unsurprisingly Surveillance Capitalist Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post is calling Assange a spy today. Bezos’s relationship with the CIA explains everything we need to know about his paper’s idiotic line.

If you want to click on Bezos’s site you are offered a cheaper subscription is you agree to be tracked / targeted. The guy doesn’t miss a trick.

I think Jimmy Dore covered some of this well a couple of days ago.

So happy 100th Birthday JFK. The more I read about you the less I like.

For anyone who is interested in Assange’s case, there is another hearing tomorrow morning at Westminster Magistrates’s Court:

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A Hundred Years Ago Traitors Like John Redwood Might Have Been Hanged

Asking investors to abandon the UK goes against the UK’s interests. No amount of debate can change that. Yet that is what Parliamentarian and Brexiteer John Redwood has done.

How can he be forgiven?

Brexit would allow for the UK to frighteningly reinstate capital punishment.

I would like to think John Redwood himself might be one of the first to be hanged.

Although it is true that our head of state has been revealed to have money invested offshore – it is quite another thing to actively encourage this sort of thing to happen.

The Conservative Party have tried to push the blame for the migrant crisis from migrants themselves onto the people smugglers.

Will the same logic apply to those intermediaries who are rewarded for eroding the UK’s financial interest?

Telegraph Drama

It felt like more ‘Enemies of the People’.

The Telegraph’s front page:

The online content itself is biased but ok.

Here is the website:

And the actual piece:

I watched some of the proceedings yesterday — Dominic Grieve did a great job.

As far as Britain’s business interests are concerned these ‘mutineers’ are actually the only trustworthy Tories.

The Telegraph quote the pathetic Sir Bernard Jenkin whose contorted logic and uncharismatic speech made him look desperate.

John Redwood contributed in the same way.

Coppola’s Comment

Read this excellent Frances Coppola thread on Redwood and make up your own mind:

The FT should be ashamed of themselves for giving Redwood a platform.

Letwin’s Monster

Sat next to Redwood during the debate was Oliver Letwin with a rather pained look on his face. He admitted in his new book Hearts and Minds that his 1988 book Drift to Union converted Bernard Jenkin into a Eurosceptic.

How must he have felt in the knowledge that this retard has taken the country hostage?

Jenkin also said it’s ok to leave the EU because most countries are outside the EU and are perfectly fine. Hardly the best defence of the Brexit cause.

Maybe he should spend a bit more time in Albania or Puerto Rico?

Last night Frances Coppola retweeted this:

Max Hastings’s Guilty Conscience

But former Telegraph Editor Max Hastings summed things up in August:

Hastings of course employed the bumbling oaf Boris Johnson at the Telegraph. He sent him to Brussels and even promoted him to assistant editor so, just like Letwin, this Tory Remainer ought to feel much remorse.

 

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The Strange Death of Globalisation

Attention

This week Japan wrote an open letter threatening Britain with divorce.

The Japanese government said its firms could quit UK over Brexit-related uncertainty.

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And the Financial Times advised British companies to pay attention.

A Call to ARMs

But despite this, Japan’s SoftBank snapped up Britain’s largest technology firm.

What is going on?

Is ARM so strategic that SoftBank bought it in spite of its own government’s concerns, or is the Pound so weak that SoftBank just couldn’t refuse?

Very mixed signals from the Japanese — do they know something we don’t?

Either way, ARM and SoftBank’s CEOs issued a joint statement via Brunswick, their PR firm, in which they took technocracy to a whole new level:

“Whether it is advanced robotics, 5G networks, green data centers, supercomputers or intelligent connected devices, we can and will help to enable positive change. It is now our collective vision to realize an Information Revolution that brings happiness to everyone”

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 Sovereignty

If ARM really are as world-beating as they sound then surely patriotic Government Ministers like Business Secretary Greg Clark, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, or even Gaffe-Prone Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would have intervened to protect hard-won UK sovereignty and stand up for GB PLC.

Think Again.

PM Theresa May, former Business Secretary Sajid Javid, and new Chancellor Philip Hammond have a fondness for referring to Britain as being “open for business”.

But what does this actually mean? Is everything up for grabs? Are there no limits?

Judging by this week’s newspapers, the answer is mixed.

For us cynics who believe the UK government can’t help selling everything and anything — the tide may be starting to turn.

TTIP

Following the BREXIT vote the EU-US Trade agreement also known as The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is said to be floundering.

At the G20 this weekend the official communique stated that Globalisation needs to be sold to the masses. Rising populism threatens Big Business — Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump are a step too far.

G20 globalization & labour & migrationThere is a bit of a paradox at play here.

Businesses and governments are supposed to serve both consumers and citizens.

But has government gotten so into bed with business that it now fears a backlash?

And what of these populist candidates?

Some of them — especially the Tea Party — are funded by Big Business.

Alt-Left

I remember hearing Webster Tarpley in 2008 saying that the only way to get at Obama was to attack him from the left.

That is what we’ve seen played out over the last 8 years.

In the US Big Business has got behind the most extreme side of the Republican Party. The same model has been exported to the UK.

The FT ran an editorial on Monday in which they actually referred to the limits of deregulation. I thought I was hallucinating:

Here is arch-Brexiteer, Conservative MEP, Daniel Hannan in the Sun – note how the article refrains from using the term TTIP :

Hannan Sun

ALEC

Hannan is part of a radical right-wing American Republican Party ‘think tank’ called ALEC — The American Legislative Exchange Council.

Their mission is to deregulate and privatise everything from the bottom up. Liam Fox is a member. So is prominent UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.

ALEC have successfuly deployed a coup d’état in the UK by shifting the policy landscape and terms of debate onto their terrain.

This is Hannan addressing ALEC in 2009.

Hannan spearheaded the Brexit campaign from Brussels.

He famously surprised Newsnight presenter Evan Davis the day after the Brexit vote by saying he didn’t think Brexit meant an end to free movement of labour.

Why would a Tory MEP as passionately devoted to both EU-US relations and Brexit be prepared to go on TV straight after an immigration-dominated campaign and say he believes in free movement of labour?

Foreign Firms

And where does this leave us in relation to the foreign takeover of another UK firm?

Foreign firms are obviously in favour of free movement of labour but not that keen on regulation.

So if the UK deregulates even further in favour of corporations and away from employees, then I can’t see the Japanese or any other government complaining.

Here is an article from today by George Monbiot on the current state of play re: TTIP and its ugly Canadian sister CETA.

For anyone interested in finding out more about TTIP & CETA there is a facebook group, a website, and a couple of mailing lists for general trade issues and for organising actions.