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Robin Williams on Sarah Palin, Bono and his new film

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment
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Virgin Media Wants to Spy on You

November 27, 2009 3 comments

Virgin Media is now acting as chief lapdog to the Lord Mandleson sell out of the internet to the dying music distribution industry. Virgin Media is to trial deep packet inspection technology to measure the level of so called illegal filesharing on its network. Customers being monitored will not be informed.

Virgin will use a product called CView, sold by Detica, a BAE subsidiary that specialises in large volume data collection and processing, and whose traditional customers are the intelligence agencies and law enforcement. BAE profited massively from the Neo Con Labour War in Iraq and Afghanistan, now it loks set to profit again from The War Against Piracy.

The CView product will operate at the centre of Virgin Media’s network with an aim of estimating the proportion of filesharing traffic that infringes copyright.

40 per cent of Virgin Media’s traffic will be monitored. If you are on Virgin and are not being monitored today, tomorrow you may well be. If this is truly limited to peer to peer traffic then your next game on your XBOX 360 may be monitored. It would be all but impossible to identify the difference between a game played on your XBOX 360 and an encrypted bit torrent file. This will therefore exaggerate the amount of “illegal” bit torrent traffic.

The system will look at traffic to identify peer-to-peer packets. The programme then looks at those packets to determine what is licensed and what is unlicensed, based on data provided by the record industry.

Virgin promises data will be aggregated and and made anonymous. The trial though has no scheduled end date.

It should be remembered that CView uses the the same technology that powered the Phorm advertising system, which monitored individual internet users to target advertisements. It too was trialled – by BT – without customers’ consent or knowledge. The Government faces an EU investigation for allowing this.

Detica will want to sell this to other ISPs. So there may be no escape from this. Once all ISPs have this, how anonymous will traffic be then?

Virgin Media’s implementation will they promise focus on music sharing. Of course their proposed music download service has nothing to do with this. Are you sure you will not be flagged because of a video you watch on youtube or even Vidzone on the PS3? Do you trust the list provided by the Music Industry?

Detica has is also trying to flog CView to the Government. In the sales document, Detica said that as well as aggregate data, CView could be used to categorise filesharers and apply technical measures against them, or target them to be sold legal alternatives.

Welcome to Digital Britain.

Wow A PUMA Success

November 24, 2009 1 comment

If anyone had any doubt that Darra$h Murphy and her PUMA “movement” were anything other than a bunch of stupid racists then this is it. Darra$h Murphy proves that the PUMA movement is a collection of purely stupid idiotic knee jerk racists.

The bigot FLBarbara claims to run a shelter for women. What happens if a woman turns up to her shelter in a burka? Des FLNazi strip her or does she only accept white women?

After All FLNazi thinks that every Muslim is a potential terrorist.

The Burqa Barbie is not marketed by Mattel, PUMA Nazis may like to know that there is already an Islamic doll similar to Barbie, the Fulla doll, and it is on sale in the US. Let us see how long it takes for them to get their sheets in a flap about that.

Eliana Lorena has designed costumes featuring Barbie in a range of costumes from all parts of the World. I noticed that Darra$h has not protested the Chinese Barbie, you know the Country that only recently stopped binding the feet of women. Hard to protest China when Hate Pac Money is probably being used to outsource jobs to China. (Well what is it being spent on Darra$h?) Hello Mr Murphy.

Darra$h and her bitter bigots can run as many boycotts of this as possible. All of the stupid bigots have given away their life savings to her are short of funds and so cannot afford it, there are only a few being made and the funds are being donated to charity. So no PUMA money will be going there then.

They are surprised Save the Children has not contacted them. Well what a surprise. Why should they respond to a bunch of bitter Nazis objecting to a charity fundraiser? The cause of which is providing education to children in war torn environments.

PUMAs prove time and time again — they are a HATE PAC. An extremist bunch of Neo Nazi scum no different to the British Nazis, who actually to be fair to the stupid British Nazis actually welcomed an Asian member. Whatever happened to Nijima again?

Just more PUMA FAIL.


crossposted on StupidPUMAs

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Boycott Cafe Press

November 19, 2009 5 comments

click the picture above and join the protest and boycott!

After initially pulling the Psalm 109:8 merchandise which not so covertly issued threats against the President, Cafe Press had a change of heart regarding DanceswithPumas racist and bigoted propaganda store, here is their response;

Cafe Press reverses its decision

The crap stays up after all, according to another mass email (in which no one is bcc’d):
Dear Michelle,Thank you for contacting CafePress.com!

Cafepress looks at content on a case by case basis, and makes decisions about what content is permissible based on our content usage policy.

Anti-presidential gear has been a mainstay at Cafepress since we were founded in 1999 and has become a key component of political discourse.  Our site has become a cultural barometer of public opinion and as such designs often come into question.  In managing our content we are trying to protect self expression, while making sure we are not advocating violence.

We initially pulled the Psalm 109:8 content from our products today because broader media dialog indicated that these designs potentially suggested violence towards the president. Based on current public discourse and further review of the actual content, we have determined that it is fair political commentary and we are in the process of reinstating this merchandise.  As with all of our content, these designs will continue to be reviewed and if at any time their meaning is construed as advocating violence we will revisit our decision.

Your ticket code is LTK419085799243X. Please use this code in any further communication.

Best Regards,

Margene H.
Content Usage Associate
(650) 655-3104 (O)
(650) 240-0260 (F)
http://www.cafepress.com

What a bunch of bullshit that is, anyone who has read the bible knows what the meaning of  Psalm 109:8, if you are not familiar with it, it says this;

8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labor.
12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favor his fatherless children.

Sounds like veiled threats to me and at the very least a call to all the fundies for physical action against the President. I urge everyone to contact the person above at Cafe Press and demand that the material be taken off of their website.

email the following and ask them to look further into Murphy and DWP’s cafe press store;

rachel@msnbc.com << Rachel Maddow

countdown@msnbc.com  << Keith Olbermann

hardball@msnbc.com << Chris Matthews

h/t to obot for the link to the DK diary that the above info came from

cross posted at Stupid Pumas

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The Not So Loyal Speech. A Monument To 13 Years of Labour Failure

November 19, 2009 2 comments

When the General Election finally happens Labour will have been in power for 13 years. Labour was elected with a massive majority in 1997, they promised reforming zeal and delivered nothing.

Their legacy is one of a failed economy crippled by debt and unlikely to recover for many many years.

An acute housing shortage, deliberately encouraged to continue boosting house prices to beyond economic sense.

Spending billions on “cutting child poverty”, while creating a tax credit system with overpayments and debt built in.

Despite the real difficulties young people have as registering as unemployed the highest ever levels of youth unemployment.

American levels of student debt being accepted as a norm. Removing a ladder of opportunity from the poorest.

Public service waste because services became driven by performance indicators, not service delivery.

The Queen’s speech today reflected a manifesto of promises that Labour should have tackled years ago, not 6 months before an election.

The proposed bills stand not as a promise of a bright New Labour future but as a monument to Labour failure.

Bribery Bill
This if passed would make it illegal to bribe a foreign official to obtain or retain business. Furthermore, if businesses fail to prevent a bribe being paid by their employees or by other firms on their behalf an offence would be committed.

I guess that the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair and the “estranged” husband of Labour Minister Tessa Jowell are grateful that this bill was not on the books previously.

Child Poverty Bill
This will enshrine into legislation a promise that was so badly broken by Labour, their desire to end child poverty by 2020. It forces the government to make annual reports to Parliament on the success of its strategies to end child poverty. This bill owes NOTHING to the aim of ending child poverty, it simply reflects a demand from Labour campaigners to enshrine into law Labour policy. This bill is as meaningless as its aim.

Equality Bill
Again a complete monument to Labour failure. The gap between rich and poor has never been wider, but this bill would require the whole public sector a duty to “narrow the gap between rich and poor”. Departmental wide responsibilities tend to mean no one is responsible.

This bill would also ban age discrimination outside of the workplace – such as when buying goods and services like healthcare. Does this mean the end of SAGA?

Business with more than 250 employees would have to report on gender differences on pay.

Labour finally wakes up to the power the Government has as a customer, not by directing LAs to properly control the amounts spent on suppliers, but by forcing Public bodies to use their £200bn of public procurement power “drive equality” in private sector firms.

Fiscal Responsibility Bill
The title is NOT a joke. This would place into law the promise to halve the budget deficit within four years. Labour is still attached to the Neo Cons. Parliament would be able to approve medium-term fiscal plans. Again, something previously shrouded in secret under Labour, but now a requirement in law?

Children, Schools and Families Bill
This is yet another bill ignoring student poverty, something Labour made worse when they replaced the previous Tory mix of loans and grants with loans and fees. Not exactly something proised in the Labour manifesto and with public finances in a disastrous state, something that will now take generations to tackle.

This bill shows yet again the Labour Nanny approach to education, while attempting to portray it as parental rights. Labour have learned nothing from the failure of performance indicators, so to prove the point they are making these indicators – guarantees. Parents will have a right to nag schools if they do not deliver. The schools will be given report cards.

Teaching to performance standards is the reason why school children can pass a test, but know nothing of the subject they are taught.

We should of course be grateful that this bill promises “greater flexibility” for primary schools to set their own curricula.

It would set a requirement that all young people receive at least one year of sex and relationships education. Those children from religious backgrounds would not, as now be able to opt out. This may or may not be a good thing, but it is hardly more parental power.

Home educators will have to be registered and inspected.

Flood and Water Management Bill
The floods of 2007 caused £3bn of damage, this bill will pass the financial responsibility to Councils. Surface water flooding would become their legal responsibility.

Sustainable drainage systems will have to be considered for new building developments, this is nothing new. Existing Planning law could achieve that.

Further powers will be given to the water companies to control customers’ usage during droughts. Again another sop to the French Government Water Industry.

Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Bill
This would make it an offence to use, produce, develop, acquire, stockpile, retain or transfer cluster munitions.
So why now when Labour has no time to dio anything? Why did they seek an exemption from a treaty ban in 2008?

The US and UK used nearly 13,000 cluster munitions containing an estimated 1.8 to 2 million submunitions in the three weeks of major combat. A total of 63 CBU-87 bombs were dropped by US aircraft between May 1, 2003 and August 1, 2006.

Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill
The one worthwhile part of this bill reminds me of right wing Tea-Baggers in the US. Labour finally propose ending the stupid Serious and Organised Crime Act ban on demonstrations around Parliament. So it will be ok to demonstrate against a potential Tory (Tory/Lib Dem) Government, but for most of the time Labour was in Government – not against them.

As long as they don’t start saying protest is patriotic.

It would give Parliament the ability to scrutinise treaties, while of course ignoring the fact Labour promised a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

It ends the by-election of hereditary peers to sit in House of Lords, which therefore reduces their number over time. It also allows for the disqualification of peers convicted of serious offences or subject to a bankruptcy order. I wonder who they are getting at?

It allows Peers to resign Peerages. Something that already has a precedent.

Crime and Security Bill
More Nanny and less tackling the real problems, as this introduces mandatory assessment of parenting needs when 10 to 15-year-olds are considered for an ASBO.

The amount of information police need to record when carrying out stop and search, I guess they are forgetting SUS laws. Yay to the Daily Mail agenda.

It gives police the power to bar suspected domestic violence offenders from their homes for a period, even if not charged. All very well, except of course it ignores the somewhat important principle of innocent before guilty, but who will house those barred from their own homes?

It would make it a legal requirement to store air guns safely.

Possession of a mobile phone in prison without authorisation would become a criminal offence.

Wheel-clamping businesses will be subject to a licence.

The DNA database will continue to grow. Adults who are arrested but not charged will have their DNA recorded for six years. Of course, when Labour politicos were arrested, they were not subject to fingerprinting and DNA testing. It would also allow the police to record DNA samples and fingerprints of sexual and seriously violent offenders returning to UK following a conviction overseas.

Digital Economy Bill
A disgusting and disgraceful sop to the music and film industry at the expense of Internet Service providers. A bought and paid for Government.

Of course in terms of technology, this bill does nothing to deal with the highly unfavourable tax regime this Government placed on IT workers. The consequence of this is that the UK games Industry, which was the 3rd largest in the World is slipping to 5th place and probably even worse.

Ofcom would be given a legal obligation the duty to assess the UK’s communications infrastructure every two years.

The digital radio switchover would happen by 2015.

Video games ratings would become compulsory for games designed for children aged 12 and above.

Channel 4 would be given a public service remit – despite the pressures it faces on advertising.

Energy Bill
Private companies will bee forced to issue rebates for fuel to poorer customers. Interesting as a fair chunk of the UK fuel industry and the Water industry is liked to the French government.

Financial Services Bill
This would establish a Council for Financial Stability, after all, the man who served as Chancellor for so many years was able to deliver Britain from Boom and Bust – NOT. It would be chaired by the chancellor, and comprising representatives of the Treasury, Bank of England and Financial Services Authority.

Strengthens the FSA to take “action” on pay of those in financial services, following the recent outcry over bonuses. So pay deals become more hidden. It also supposedly promises “action” in UK and somehow internationally, on bankers’ pay.

It would require banks and other financial firms to set up “living will” to make them easier to wind down in the event of a crisis. From “too big to fail” to how to fail.

It would bans unsolicited credit card cheques and enables the setting up of national money guidance service. Despite the fact that they exist already.

It also promises to allows groups of consumers to bring court actions against financial institutions. Again something consumers can do.

Personal Care at Home Bill
This election bribe would guarantee free personal care for the 280,000 people with the “highest needs”, such as those with serious dementia or Parkinson’s disease.

It provides free care to a further  166,000 people who would otherwise have to use their savings to contribute. It also promises to help 130,000 people needing to enter care homes for the first time to “regain their independence”. As well as adaptations to the neediest people’s homes to increase their independence.  Where is the money Gordo?

These bills are promised, but lack of Parliamentary time pretty much ensures that they will never see the light of day.

House of Lords Reform Bill
Promises that the Lords will be between 80% and 100% elected. States the government should not hold a majority in the second chamber and its members must be independent.Nice timing from a Party that will no longer be in Government. Legislate themselves in to a position of power.

International Development Spending Bill
Requires that 0.7% of gross national income is spent on development from 2013. This was in each Labour Manifesto and they continually failed to meet it. Gordon broke his promise to the poor of the World.

The promises on health care and housing of course failed to materialise.

A failed legislative agenda from a failed Government.

A selection of some of the searches that brought people to my blog

November 17, 2009 2 comments

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Make of that what you want.

Why Minimum Sentencing Laws Are Wrong

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

What would you do if you found a bin bag in your garden that had a sawn off shot gun with it?

a) phone the police and take it to them to hand it in
b) phone the police and leave it for them or someone else to pick it up
c) leave it – someone else may pick it up.

If you chose a) or b), because you were concerned that someone else may do bad things with the gun, you would now be looking at FIVE years behind prison. This is now the fate of a Paul Clarke from Surrey.

Mr Clarke, an ex Soldier, was on the balcony of his home when he spotted a black bin liner at the bottom of his garden. He took it indoors and inside found a sawn-off shotgun and two cartridges.

The next morning he rang the Chief Superintendent and asked to see him. He went to the station, took the gun out of the bag and placed it on the table so it was pointing towards the wall. It was therefore not a threat.

At that point Clarke was immediately arrested for possession of a firearm and taken to the cells.

All well and good you would have assumed. The police need to verify that the man is honest, law abiding etc. He would be allowed to go on his way.

No. He was charged with possession of a fire-arm. Possession is illegal.

Just like speeding, there is no defence for possession of a firearm. If you do more than 30 in a 30 zone, you are speeding. You are guilty. Pay your fine, add points to your licence.

If you are holding a firearm, you are holding a firearm. You are in possession. It is illegal.

There are however cases that are not in the public interest to prosecute. However the Crown Prosecution Service also have Performance Indicators to meet.

One of those targets is to increase the level of prosecutions for crimes reported to the police, by 1.2 million. The CPS calls the difference between crimes reported and prosecuted the justice gap. This is an easy prosecution.

So a jury will find him not guilty?

No – they can not. The Judge confirms the case put by the prosecution – possession of a firearm is in the UK a strict liability issue. There is no legal defence.

So the Judge can be lenient? No, the minimum sentence for possession is five years. Mr Clarke will be out within 2 1/2 years for good behaviour, for his crime of good behaviour.

Remember this case when newspapers and politicians start screaming demands to get tough on crime.

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