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Half Food Bank users repaying Government Emergency Loans

I had to call the council a few weeks ago because I had no money left after I’d applied for Universal Credit and been given an emergency loan of £360.

Normal payments are made 5 weeks in arrears so I was left waiting for the first normal payment to come in.

The council told me I could go to a food bank. They arranged for a voucher to be sent to the Food Bank and off I went on the day I was told to be there.

Therefore I’m currently paying off a Universal Credit emergency loan and going to the North Paddington Food Bank.

The people there are very nice and I don’t know what I’ve had done without them.

When I saw this story in the Guardian just now it didn’t surprise me one bit.

The country is not in a good way and the debate around Universal Basic Income really must be had.

I assume the Labour Party are dead against it but where do they think they will get their votes from when so few people are able to work and many jobs will simply not return?

Going to the Food Bank because you are repaying the most basic bills like council tax and small universal credit loans feels very similar to structural adjustment programmes imposed by the world bank and IMF on developing countries from the 1980’s onward.

James Wolfensohn died the other day – apparently he did something to help 35 countries. I’m not so sure.

Here is the Indian Biometric ID card system, Aadhaar, linked to health and welfare benefits:

I’ve blogged about Aadhaar before.

I rarely look back at my old blog posts – but this one was pretty good:

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Court of Protection still Above the Law

The Daily Mail has been one of the only periodicals to cover the permanent scandal taking place at the Court of Protection.

Here’s the story:

Here’s the Editorial:

I have long said that when the Mail is bad it is evil but that when it is good it is brilliant.

Christopher Booker, who passed away last year, used his Sunday Telegraph column to, amongst other things, report on the war against families and specifically senior citizens being conducted by the Family Courts and Court of Protection.

Now that we are entering a period of draconian legal power grabs, there is no reason why the Family Courts and Courts of Protection wouldn’t find a way of granting themselves and their select clients yet more anonymised and unaccountable power.

This is from John at the the Slog (the one I just reblogged):

Roger Lewis discussed raised this with me yesterday:

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From Clickbait to Jailbait, Aadhaar

Aaadhaar is India’s massive biometric ID Card system. And it’s flawed.

It takes it’s name from Hindi for Foundation or Base.

Aadhaar is run by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) under the  Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (“Aadhaar Act 2016”).

The Indian Government referred to it as being voluntary when it started in 2014 but quickly made it compulsory.

People would be denied access to basic services if they couldn’t produce an Aadhaar card.

Quantify, Qualify

The age old urge to measure life for tax & regulatory purposes means Aadhaar is entering surveillance’s pantheon of legends.

It joins the English 11th Century Domesday book, IBM’s Nazi Holocaust punch card system, the Food and Agricultural Organisation‘s Codex Alimentarius, and Britain’s Universal Credit.

Even passengers for Noah’s Ark were grouped in twos.

Gender may have been a unique identifier, but don’t quote me.

Genocide makes me Nervous

Hippopotami

Have you heard the one about the late Drug Lord Pablo Escobar’s Hippos?

The Garden of Eden

Back to Codex, the apple symbolises rather more than man’s biblical quest for perfect information.

Apparently the original Apple logo was a pen and ink drawing of Sir Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree.

For years it has been rumoured that Apple’s iconic logo, a stylized apple missing a bite on one side, was inspired by the circumstances surrounding the death of Alan Turing.

The groundbreaking mathematician and computer scientist committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple in 1954.

British Intelligence agencies were making him take oestrogen to suppress his homosexual tendencies. He couldn’t take it any more.

One is reminded of the state-backed torture of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

The Apple of Discord

Mālum Discordiae meaning the Apple of Discord plays with the spelling and pronunciation of malum which means apple with a long a and evil with a short one.

Paris was asked to judge a beauty contest between three goddesses because Zeus was too chicken.

Eris had turned up to a party she wasn’t invited to on account of her always starting trouble.

She brought with her the Apple of Discord.

It was Golden and would be given to the most beautiful woman at the party.

Zeus was asked to judge. He let Paris do it.

The next day, after bathing, the three goddesses each attempted to bribe Paris. Aphrodite, the Patron Goddess of Prostitutes, offered him the most beautiful woman in the world — Helena of Sparta.

He accepted and in return gave Aphrodite the Golden Apple, on which Eris is said to have inscribed: Kallistei meaning “to the most beautiful one”.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre this week with the photo
Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Ghislaine Maxwell
Prince Andrew at a Trade Event in Bankgok las week
Prince Andrew, Boris Johnson, & Carrie Symonds last night
Prince Andrew and Peter Mandelson’s friend Jeffrey Epstein
Roger Hallam of Extinction Rebellion
Carrie Symonds and Chris Packham CBE at 2019’s Birdfair in Rutland
Chris Packham at Extinction Rebellion London in 2019
Chris Packham picking up CBE at Buckingham Palace with Extinction Rebellion tie
Vivienne Westwood honoured at Buckingham Palace

Paris was handed Helen which rather irritated her husband and sparked the Trojan War.

Apparently Zeus’ sister / wife Hera who had also been in the running for Most Beautiful Girl in the World was not best pleased with Paris either.

Golden Apple

Il pomo d’oro (The Golden Apple) by Antonio Cesti was originally composed to mark the wedding of the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and Margaret Theresa of Spain in 1666.

The Chinese Women

Gluck’s Chinese Women finishes with a ballet scene dedicated to Eris’s Apple of Discord.

Chinese Surveillance

Where China have their Social Credit system like Baidu, Ali Baba, and Tencent (BAT), the UK has Facebook / HMRC / Universal Credit, and India have Aadhaar.

Aadhaar Trailer

This film looks brilliant.

Vandana Shiva & Linsey McGoey

One shouldn’t talk about measuring life without mentioning Vandana Shiva and Linsey McGoey’s various projects with regard to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Whereas Vandana Shiva is very concerned about patenting food and other data issues, McGoey goes for the Gates Foundation as a whole and measuring its effect on Global Health and Education Policy.

Shiva’s latest is the Oneness Vs the 1%

And McGoey has just released the Unknowers:

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Goodhart’s Compass & News of the Week: 22/04/2018

What a funny week we’ve had: Wages, Inflation, Sterling, Labour shocks, Enoch Powell, Windrush, Home Office, Deportations, Andrew Neil and David Goodhart, Nick Timothy, Hostile Environment, Modi, Gove, Mode4, The Times, ALEC, Cambridge Analytica, Barbara Bush, Basic Income, Biometrics, Aadhaar, Syria, Peter Hitchens, Owen Jones, Amelia Gentleman and Jo Johnson, Amber Rudd, Caroline Nokes, Mick Mulvaney, Lance Armstrong, The Serious Fraud Office, Aaron Banks and Local Elections — all very Surkov. (explanation to come)

Some of these issues were mentioned in Amusing Ourselves to Death, a podcast out later today. I will include some links for some of what we talked about and a few more from the list above.

Corbyn who has been personally accused of Anti-Semitism was one of only a handful of Labour MPs to oppose Theresa May’s Hostile Environment Strategy in Parliament in 2013. The Conservative MPs all voted for it and the Labour MPs who accuse him of Anti-Semitism all abstained. Actions speak louder than words, ha?

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes claimed not to know the numbers when asked bout how many people had been deported but promised them all Biometric Residency Permits. WTF?

Amber Rudd accused her own department of being too focused on policy and not on individuals. But she’s been running it since she took over from Theresa May in July 2016. It was during Rudd’s incredibly hostile speech at the Tory Party Conference in October 2016 that the Pound dropped like a stone.

Recent wages figures may have outstripped inflation for the first time in a long time and Sterling may have hit a recent high but it has since fallen and the wage increases mask a labour shock fuelled by a fall in immigration due to foreign workers unwilling to come to Britain.

According to Theresa May’s definitions David Goodhart’s grandfather was a Jewish immigrant to the UK. Yet Goodhart himself, despite being descended from the Jewish Bankers who set up Lehman Brothers,  thinks nothing of lending support to the far right French National Front and to Hungarian far right anti-Soros Orban Party.

Obviously Andrew Neil is also severely compromised.

 

 

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 Function Creep: Indian ID Card Expanding in Scope

Real Media have been looking at the links between UK, US and Indian National Database and surveillance systems.

Here are two highlights: