Author Archives: Matthew Bell
Ian Bone wrote the following and we think he’s got a point…
“I think we should start rioting, it’s about time we stopped the authorities pushing us about and ruining this country.
“It’s about time we stood up for ourselves for once. So come on rioters – get some. LOL.”
This is an absolute attack on free speech. The 17 year old lives in a small village near Bury St.Edmunds.There is nothing specific in his facebook post to any area – it’s a general statement. He’s been given a curfew, youth rehabiitation order and god knows what else. He’d even deleted it so it ws only up for a short time.The weekend before last Nik Cohen posted in The Observer ‘Why are there no riots here’ – why aint he been done. Or a thousand pieces you could read in broadsheets giving opinions or on leftie blogs like this. Why pick on teenagers? So you the cops and CPS can impres with their ‘robust’ approach. This prosecution is worse than the other one because it’s a general statement of opinion by no mean a specific incitement. If a kid in Syria had posted this he’d be hailed a hero. It’s now a crime here to say ‘I think we should start rioting’. I think we need a lot of people who write and blog to stand up now and be counted on this one. Maybe some mass signed statement – maybe all put our names to what this kid has said and wait for the knock at the door. First they came for the 17 year old Facebookers.The WITCHFINDER GENERAL was about in the area of Bury St.Edmunds. Now in the midst of RIOT HYSTERIA he’s back.
Go on, what are you waiting for? WE ARE ALL FACEBOOK KIDS!!!
- Anarchists respond to the London riots – Solidarity Federation | libcom.org (indigenist.blogspot.com)
From ‘Legit News’:
In the event of a security breach – such as a terrorist attack – seven individuals now hold keys to the internet that may needed to get it running again. All seven of the key holders are spread around the world and five of the individuals are be required to travel to a secure location in the United States in order to get it the web back functioning if it goes down. From this month on, the internet will become more secure through a new international agreement and process which verifies web sites and helps protect email accounts from fraud, using high tech cryptographic keys. DNSSEC (domain name system security) as it is called is a new online security system that ensures people reach a genuine website, rather than a look-alike pirate site.
Yesterday, I stumbled upon this piece by Timothy Stanley, a Daily Telegraph contributor and American historian. American in the sense that he loves American history. He’s not a yank.
Anyway, his piece was about the death penalty potentially being discussed again in Parliament. At least, that’s what he started off thinking:
Britain is talking seriously about the death penalty for the first time in over a decade. It was last discussed in Parliament when the Human Rights Act was passed in 1998, and now blogger Paul Staines (of Guido Fawkes fame) is petitioning for another House of Commons debate in 2011.
It seems Dr. Stanley has fallen at the first hurdle here. From what I can gather, Britain is NOT talking seriously about the death penalty. Paul Staines is. And, of course, the Twittering classes are buzzing, as are most politico/commentary blogs. These groups are from representative of Britain.
The ePetition process has to gain 100, 000 signatories before it ever gets anywhere near Parliament, and, at time of writing, it has garnered only 7, 992, so, hopefully, the dear Doctor won’t be the only one to fall at the first hurdle.
He goes on:
We can expect anti-death penalty campaigners to point to America as an example of why it should stay banned.
Not so careful reading of the petition to maintain the ban doesn’t just point to America, but states:
British Justice should not be in the same league as China, Iran, North Korea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Syria
I understand the Doc is an Englishman in New York, or, rather Los Angeles and occasionally Washington, but, in the scheme of the debate, I don’t think the US version of capital punishment will, or should, be used as the only example of what’s wrong with the sentence.
Accepting the many obvious injustices in the US legal system, there is an instinctive British snobbery towards Americans that renders any comparison between our two countries unflattering.
I don’t think the reason the death penalty was outlawed had anything to do with snobbery. But, good try.
the reason for the decades criminals spend waiting for their execution is simple: money-hungry lawyers and sympathetic liberals keep on appealing their sentences.
Is the Statesophile of the belief that innocent men have never been executed by the state? Execution cannot be rectified. People must always be allowed to appeal their sentence. What about the case of Sally Clark, wrongly convicted of killing her children, who was released 18 months later. Under the terms of Staine’s petition, she would have been executed, without a doubt if ‘sympathetic liberals’ and their appeals were ignored, an act which, as it happened in reality, exposed major floors in our justice system, not to mention if Clark had been executed.
But, in the ultimate form of cognitive dissonance:
Opponents will point out that the death penalty is practiced in the states with the highest murder rates. This is true, but it doesn’t mean that executions don’t work – it just means that they take place where they are needed most.
A vicious circle, if ever there was one. And, Dr. Stanley exposes his right-wing, conservative, and self-confessed Sarah Palin, gun loving buffoonery for what it is. BULLSHIT.
EffComm, the “helpful home for resources related to a variety of training sessions on presenting skills and data presentation: “Communicating Effectively”, “Power & Point” and “Presenting Data & Information”, claims the Guardian Media Group (GMG) is trying the use jedi mind tricks, a Confundus Charm, or something else, to ensure we don’t understand their 2011 Annual Report.
Look at the Revenue graph in the last link.
I’m no Ian Malcolm, but within a second my brain registered that GMG’s revenue fell significantly since 2007.
However, EffComm, helpful as they are when it comes to Powerpoint etc, claims the designer was trying to make the reader believe revenue had increased, and was
attempting to sweeten a rather bitter pill
I don’t get excited about maths, or graphs, but, I’m madly paranoid and love a good conspiracy, however, I don’t think the X (or is it Y) axis was actually the second shooter on the Knoll. But, keep up the good work. I love having Powerpoint presentations explained in a way that makes me care.
Swede Richard Handl, arrested for possessing nuclear material, claims he was trying to split the atom in his kitchen. However, it appears he contacted the police himself, with concerns over his potential creation. Swedish authorities don’t seem be quite on the ball, considering that this bloke’s radiological hocus pocus was detailed on his blog.
The Guardian reported today that scientist at the University of California claim there may have been two moons, which orbited the Earth together, until a collision splattered one of them across the other. Interesting…
Rather more serious, however, is his distortion of something else that I wrote. He quotes this from a Spectator blog post that I wrote about the murder of the Israeli Fogel family in the West Bank, a terrorist atrocity in which even the throats of the children and a baby were cut:
The moral depravity of the Arabs is finding a grotesque echo in the moral bankruptcy and worse of the British and American ‘liberal’ media…
And she says she makes a distinction between violent and non-violent Muslims…Hmmm, really?
His implication is that I was accusing all Arabs of being morally depraved. But of course I was not…
…And thus he merely draws further attention to his weird obsession with me (check it out for yourself on Google) which is now driving him ever deeper into that hole he has dug.
I also do find it amusing that Melanie Phillips accuses me of ‘obsession’ given I have blogged on her a few times… compared to the thousands of articles she has written just about Muslims. What would that be called?
We posted in June, following Panorama’s Undercover Care-The Abuse Exposed, in which an undercover reporter gained a job at Castlebeck’s Winterbourne View care home, which has since closed, and recorded the abuse doled out by support workers to their vulnerable clients, ranging from waterboarding to actually pinning disabled adults to the floor with a chair. The abuse was first exposed by a whistleblower, nurse Terry Bryan, but was ignored by his employers and, more shockingly, the care regulator, the Care Quality Commission.
Castlebeck, the provider at the centre of the abuse scandal, is ultimately owned by Swiss based Lydian Capital Partners, an independent private equity fund which
invests in market leading businesses in order to achieve long-term capital growth(The webpage this was retrieved from, strangely, is no longer accessible, along with contact details. Hmmm)
This group has investments, and ownership, in numerous service providers, including Cygnet Healthcare (a secure mental health care provision), Wellness Foods, and Barchester Healthcare…
Now, as an update to our earlier post, we can reveal that within Lydian’s other investments, care staff are being instructed to
…shadow new staff, because apparently new starters… are taking payments from newspapers to report on the goings on within…homes.
This apparently followed the reiteration of the ‘No Mobile Phones’ policy, and sections of the said policy being reproduced in poster form and placed at strategic points throughout the home.
It’s understandable to apply such a policy, given the possible reasons a nefarious individual may have to take pictures and recordings, more clearly demonstrated by the exposure of a nursery assistant in a pedophile photo sharing group; this is intended to protect people in care, who often to not have the cognisance to consent, let alone fully understand the world around them.
However, I can’t help but think that this latest action is not simply intended to protect vulnerable adults, but rather, an attempt to prevent further disclosures which harm the ‘caring’ facade of these large, profit-making, private care homes.
It casts a cynical approach to whistleblowing procedures. Information we have seen indicates that said procedures lean heavily toward dealing with issues in-house, and recourse to external bodies is a nuclear option, of last resort, which is why policy and regulations need to be immediately revised, so that declarations under whistleblower law should be made directly to the care regulator, cutting out the senior managers with an eye to the ‘Dealing With The Media’ file beside their computer.
Even more so in organisations who have dubious recruitment practises, where it is normal for entire families to be employed in the same unit.
Most services provide their employees with the basic, statutory protection under whistleblower laws, but, without the foresight to considers situations where, having reported the malpractices of carer A, an employee is left to work alongside their husband, carer B, who’s less than happy at what you did.
All of this only creates an environment in which the reporting of malpractise is, in the first place, the real nuclear option, and often results in negative consequences. Information is not yet gathered about the proportion of whistleblowers who go on to be subject of some form of detrimental treatment, but, stories indicate that whistleblowing should, sadly, be approached with extreme caution and fear, and often, with a career change on the horizon.
In the meantime, at the centre of all of this, are the most vulnerable in our society. Lest we forget.
- Scandal of abuse at Irish tycoons’ care homes (independent.co.uk)
- Care home boss quits as firm at centre of Panorama abuse exposé prepares for critical report (guardian.co.uk)
- Rich investors with a stake in care home abuse hospital (telegraph.co.uk)
- Behind closed doors (aspergersinfo.wordpress.com)
- CQC and Castlebeck and whitewash (careintheuk.wordpress.com)
It seems Melanie Phillips checked our blog, and got the idea all wrong, as demonstrated in her latest piece in the Daily Mail today.
Mentioning Breivik’s drug habits and patriarchal problems as possible reasons for his, quote ‘psychosis‘, it seems dearest Melanie is trying ever so hard for it not to appear that she, and some other (insert minority group)-phobes, and a murderer have similar political attitudes.
This week’s news and general going’s on may have been overshadowed by Hackgate, the US financial crisis, and Libyans leaving London, but, here’s a few stories that caught our eye:
Joe Pesci, Oscar-winning actor famous for his roles in Goodfella’s, Home Alone etc., is suing Gotti film makers Fiore Films, after gaining 30lbs for a role as a gangster lead, and for $3million, only to be given another role, with a smaller fee of $1million, and a small to no reason for gaining weight.
Designer Andrew Ainsworth, the man behind the Storm Trooper of Star Wars fame, has been selling replicas of the classic sci-fi chic, much to the chagrin of Master George (Lucas) and Lucasfilm, who claim he doesn’t own the intellectual property, and so couldn’t sell the galactic armour. However, thanks to the UK’s Supreme Court, the design is now in the public domain, and Mr. Ainsworth won the case. The courts, and, indeed, an incredible mark up price, is strong with the little man.
The remains of over 30 wild Boars have been turning up on the Brittany coastline, just as the French holiday season gets underway, raising fears that toxic algae may be the cause, prompting mass clean ups. As if to make things worse, it appears that local farmers may be to blame, as high concentrations of nitrates have been found, implicating farming fertilizers. When the algae is washed ashore, and dries, it becomes dangerous, if disturbed, say by feeding boar, or walking human, by the realise of gases. It is reported that fours years ago, similar events felled a horse rider and his mount, though without fatal results.
The numbers of wild wolves is increasing across Europe, prompting calls for culls to check the increase. Maintaining the historic threat of the canine to livestock, the French government authorised the hunting and killing of a single wolf, after it drove 62 ewes into a ravine, killing them. Wolf predation in Britain ended in the 18th century, and, save for the peculiar ideas of a Dutch landowner in Scotland, looks unlikely to return to these shores.
US government wildlife biologist Charles Monnett, noted for his research into the effects of climate change on Arctic ice levels, and the results on polar bear population, has been suspended from his role for possible ‘scientific misconduct’. It’s claimed that the US government is thinking of opening up areas for drilling, and potential contractors have been less than happy about environmental research delays. A petition has begun, Monnett remains under a gagging instruction, and government officials maintain that Monnett’s research and ‘inconvenient truths’ (ie. polar bear cubs dying from exhaustion swimming from melting ice floats amongst a few) are not the reason for his suspension.
From their Coffee House blog:
A leading left-wing British blogger decided that the real story of the Norway tragedy was that in his bizarre online manifesto, Breivik had quoted from articles by Melanie Phillips in the Daily Mail and Jeremy Clarkson in the Sunday Times. As with the Giffords aftermath, it was insinuated (and more) that conservative columnists are not merely people the left disagree with, but active facilitators of murder.
…not quite, just active facilitators of intolerance, in all it’s forms.