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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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Flagrant Contempt of Parliament by Crony Capitalist Sir Howard Davies of RBS

Do we live in a truly decadent age?

Can anyone get away with anything?

These are questions I feel compelled to ask after watching just a few minutes of Howard Davies and Ross McEwan, of the taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), giving evidence before last Tuesday’s Parliamentary Treasury Select Committee.

To not, as a society, vehemently question the goings on at these proceedings implies a collective post traumatic stress disorder following the 2008 crash that has robbed us of the dignity and empathy that we need to recover.

But recover we must. Current tolerance levels for corruption and injustice remain incredibly high and we all too often simply carry on.

Dialectic-as-a-service

 

Rushdie used to quote Kundera by saying that man’s struggle against the system was like the persistence of memory when trying to forget.

What happens when we can’t forget?

Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche

What happens when powerful individuals are given platforms to defend corporate criminality while the rightful anger and people’s sense of injustice is segmented and siloed off to the point of non-existence, like the risk on a series of high risk collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) repackaged as Triple A reliable investments during good times only to re-emerge as toxic during the bad.

The risk and the anger never go away. They just get stored up for a later date. “They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind”.  Some will wonder why no-one heeded the warnings. How the journalists are to blame just as much as the government and the bankers.

Maybe the warning signs are hidden in the business pages. As Harvey Cox says in The Market as God, the concepts in the business pages are theological. Redemption and Retribution. People getting away with stuff and others getting punished. Why does God permit it?  Nowadays we have PR people, Regulators, Central Banks, Blacklisted Whistleblowers and a growing number of unhappy customers.

If you kick off about this stuff, people ridicule you for making a big deal out of nothing, for being an anti-business Social Justice Warrior that knows nothing about the way of the world.

If the facts of life really are conservative then why make a fuss about anything?

Anyway, here’s that master class in how to carry out state-sanctioned cannibalistic, rampant Crony Capitalism in broad daylight — and get away with it.

Lots of innocent Small Business Owners have been asset stripped of their families, marriages, businesses and homes by the RBS Global Restructuring Group (GRG), and all many of them will get is this:

It is hard to see which features of Crony Capitalism don’t apply here:

Crony capitalism is an economy in which businesses thrive not as a result of risk taken for them, but rather as a return on money amassed through a nexus between a business class and the political class. This is done using state power to crush genuine competition in handing out permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of state intervention[1][2]over resources where the state exercises monopolist control over public goods, for example, mining concessions for primary commodities or contracts for public works. Money is then made not merely by making a profit in the market, but by profiteering by “rent seeking” using this monopoly or oligopoly. Entrepreneurship and innovative practices, which seek to reward risk are stifled, since the value-add is little by crony businesses as hardly anything of significant value is created by them, with transactions taking the form of “trading”. Crony capitalism spills over into the government, the politics and the media,[3] when this nexus distorts the economy and affects society to an extent it corrupts public-serving economic, political and social ideals.

The term “crony capitalism” made a significant impact in the public as an explanation of the Asian financial crisis.[4] It is also used to describe governmental decisions favoring “cronies” of governmental officials. In this context, the term is often used comparatively with corporate welfare, a technical term often used to assess government bailouts and favoritistic monetary policy, as opposed to the economic theory, described by “crony capitalism”. The extent of difference between these terms is whether a government action can be said to benefit the individuals rather than the industry.

Off with their heads. No questions asked.

But for some reason, the British sense of fair play perhaps, they remain.

But how long can this carry on?

Here are the rules on lying to Select Committees from a Parliament Document: 

So none of what is said in a select committee hearing can be relied upon in civil or criminal proceedings against anyone but attempting to mislead is Contempt of Parliament.

I’m still waiting for the full transcript of Davies and McEwan’s hearing to go up. I feel the people at Parliament are dragging their feet.

I’m realising that Howard Davies’s chiaroscuro can be found near pretty much every financial crime scene going. With previous like you wouldn’t believe.

McKinsey, Treasury, Seconded Special Adviser to Nigel Lawson when he was Thatcher’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Bank of England, Head of the Audit Commission which is now defunct but was instrumental in overseeing Thatcher’s Privatisation and Denationalisation agenda including Fraud Investigation, the London School of Economics from where he had to resign because of his closeness to Colonel Gaddafi, and now he’s the Chair of the Fraud Machine that is the 71% taxpayer owned Royal Bank of Scotland.

Here he is on PFI. 

For more on how banks treat their customers, their staff, and the whistleblowers that speak out, follow Real Media, financial adviser Stephen Middleton, Bank Confidential,Kam Sandhu, Joel Benjamin, Ian Fraser, and Whistleblowers Mark Wright & Nicholas Wilson: