Son of Echelon

Breaking what’s becoming far too frequent radio silence, and I do apologise for that but life keeps happening, to mutter about John Snowdons revelations. I’m going to try and do the tricky thing and not talk about Mr Snowdon or his plight but concentrate on what he revealed. The revelations about operation Prism remind me of a long time ago in the earlier days of the internet and the rumours abounding about something called “Echelon”. This was a supposed system whereby the US government collected and snooped on everyone’s emails and everything else they did. This led to people adopting … Continue reading

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Puzzling about UKIP

Having recently been on my regular holiday to the lovely town of Whitby where I spent an awful lot of time in a pub, danced like an idiot and then got lightly singed (in short had a damn fine time) I’ve been way behind on the news and this whole local election malarkey. However I’ve now sort of caught up on all my news feeds and blogs and that sort of thing, and thus I’ve been reading an awful lot about those UKIP chappies. One interesting thing about catching up on about two weeks worth of news at once is … Continue reading

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Leveson calls for more pointless legislation

There’s been an awful lot written about the Leveson report, and I’m sure you’ve already read a fair chunk of it, so I don’t intend to say that much. The pointlessness of the whole investigation was summed up for me by this tweet from “The bard: The Bard (@TwitTwotBard): “Can anybody name one press wrongdoing identified by Leveson that wasn’t covered by existing laws? A law to say the press must obey the law?” As far as I’ve been able to determine, there’s not a thing the press are in trouble for that wasn’t already covered by existing laws. So … Continue reading

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Do keep up at the back

Just a shy of two years after Henrietta Williams mapped out the ring of steel to high light the social engineering taking place in the City of London and Eighteen months after the London Assembly started debating the privatisation of public spaces, the Guardian has finally noticed that public spaces are being quietly eroded. One thing I think the Guardian (and possibly Henrietta Williams) fails to differentiate is between places where a right of public access has been removed and where a right of public access never existed. Whilst there are an increasing number of pseudo public places that are … Continue reading

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ACTA vote tomorrow

This is terribly late to press for which I apologise but tomorrow (Thursday 31st) MEP’s will vote on ACTA, this has already been rejected by the Dutch government (though possibly just as an electioneering gimmick). Despite my tardiness if you haven’t already done so there is still time to e-mail your MEP. You could even use WriteToThem, which makes it terribly painless. If you’ve not heard of ACTA you may be wondering what the problem is then the OpenRightsGroup* explains it rather well here. But in summary it’s yet another piece of legislation dreamt up between the EU and big … Continue reading

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Rule of mob

As is ever my want I’m a little late to press with my ponderings on the matter of Stephen Hesters bonus, but this does mean I can mainly point you at articles written by better authors than I. Which is a good thing for everyone I suspect. As I may have commented once or twice in the past, I’m rather keen on the rule of law and of contracts being honoured, and as far as I can tell Mr Hesters bonus was a matter of contract. Mr Hester didn’t cause RBS to need a massive bailout he was brought in … Continue reading

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Of polar bears

(Oops forgot to hit post at the time – better late than never right?) On BBC’s frozen planet (the one of infamous misleading polar bear shots) after flying over the Arctic with two helicopters David Attenborough commented that the polars bears that the scientists he was with had been tranquillizing every year seemed to be doing not so well. In the context of the show this was linked to change in the polars bears environment, but I can’t help wondering what studies have been done on the ling term effects of tranquillizing polar bears. But nope surely can’t be that, … Continue reading

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A new bill of rights?

Friday see’s the end of the consultation period for our new bill of rights, or as Mr Cameron would have it our bill of rights, as he seems to be unaware of the existing documents which form our constitution (H/T

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This is not the war you’re looking for

Due to having had a bit of social life this weekend I’m a tad behind with the obligatory comment on the September 11 anniversary – but as it’s apparently compulsory I can’t let the date pass uncommented. On the bright side it also means I can largely just link to other people that have said what I want to say so much better than I would. Let’s start the ball rolling with Penn and Teller (H/T Angry Exile) From how we’ve reacted to that one incident and the subsequent nonsense in London – has basically meant that from the get … Continue reading

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Anarchy in the UK

Due to having recently acquired a social life, previously lost behind the sofa, I’m rather light on blogging and even further behind the news. Sadly I will catch up and probably go back to a load of things that no one’s interested in any more – however in the mean time it seems the police would like us all to snitch on any anarchist sympathisers we might know though they apparently have already backed down Captain Ranty as ever has is covered as does The nameless libertarian so there’s really nothing left to say it’s all done and dusted in … Continue reading

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