Privacy gone wrong

In the wake of the latest London terror attack, the politicians are calling for an end to end encryption of WhatsApp :

‘No place to hide’: UK Home Secretary urges end to WhatsApp encryption after London attack

Problem is, that as part of the 5 eyes alliance :

Wikileaks Vault7 files: iPhone, Android and even WhatsApp messages ‘can be hacked by CIA’

The UK already have access to WhatsApp messages in real time. IF encryption was really hampering investigations, then explain how the UK Police stated :

“The phone in contact with Masood has been linked to a flat located above a curry house in Hagley Road, Birmingham, according to the Daily Mail. Hours after the attack, police arrested two suspects, a woman, 21, and a man, 23, on suspicion of involvement in the attack. In total, eleven people were arrested after the attack, but eight were later released without charge.”

Just does not add up does it? No need for a high IQ to understand that this is just another PR stunt to justify ever increasing surveillance.

Now, this ‘Anti terror’ excuse sounds all good and plausible, even reassuring, trouble is, it’s so far from the truth. The real problem comes from deliberate or accidental mis-use of the  information obtained.

A Government employee researched a company name on a website that claims to have a worldwide database of businesses and owners. Employee thinks they are a smart researcher uncovering hidden assets and puts the results forward as proof the visa applicant is of bad character and needs to be evicted from the country asap. Over 1 year later, I am still waiting on the verdict and unable to work without a visa. One year of life and income lost.

Problem:  The website is scraped from public records that are 9 years out of date. The website is owned by someone other than the listed fake owner. The fake owner owns 4 more websites such as : Getcashquick.com and one that Google refuses to list as it spreads malware, etc. (I recently found another similar site, equally outdated)

Had the lazy employee bothered to cross check with the Government’s own company and director database, guess what?  The company was de-listed shortly after that scape and has been re registered with a new owner for the last 6+ years.

Governments employ lazy idiots to use these systems, not high IQ people with commonsense and the brains to double check before launching the nuclear missile.There is no supervision or cross checking. Managers are too ignorant of their responsibilities and too lazy to perform meaningful work. They await pension day and the plastic gold watch from China before skulking off to the bowling club having dodged any actual work for the last 10 years.

So, the mis-use of data is the real concern, not terrorism. George Orwell’s 1984, albeit some 30 years late.

Want another example?

One Government employee tells another a fake story (Because they added one and one and got eleven. When leaving the room with egg all over the visage, they swore revenge). So, the vengeful Policeman tells a story to a pliable and ignorant employee. The employee feels like they are onto something really special that might get them a payrise and recognition from their boss and peers.

The ingrained laziness ensures they check nothing and head off around the office like the proverbial bull in a china shop. (Not actually true, but I can’t avoid the cliche) spreading the ‘secret’ information.

OOPS – Got it wrong, all actual evidence shows the story to be fake.

Now what? – 4 years have gone by as the employee has tried all sorts of stunts to cover their tracks. Like a doctor burying their mistakes, the employee hopes that various threats and pressures will cause the victim to run away, letting them escape culpability.

Problem? – I have it all in writing, ready to pull them down and award 10 year prison sentences to them both.

and THAT is why this surveillance and bulk meta data collection is a hazard to ordinary, decent living people. Bored, lazy Government workers with vivid imaginations, no commonsense and no brains running amok, causing disaster and harm with no oversight and no checks and balances.

Keep off the radar! 🙂

The Pension Scam

Saw an article I now can’t find (of course) about pensions.

The general talk is how we must contribute all our lives in order to get a pension.

The fact is, that, like hospitals, pensions are a revolving obligation. We fund hospitals from taxes (Some of which the Government should keep to build the next one (Remember ‘Saving up’?) and some of the taxes go to fund the day to day operation of the hospital. You don’t need to ‘save up’ for a heart attack do you?

Hospitals are funded on the understanding that they are there all the time, for all of the people.

Same as pensions.

The Government has known for 50 plus years that the ‘Boomers’ will be retiring. No surprise heart attack in that. The Government continuously takes taxes to pay for this retirement on the same basis as funding hospitals. People live, retire and die.

The problem is that the politicians have spent beyond their means and there has been no ‘Saving up’. All income has been spent and then more on the credit card of Government bonds.

So, the con job in the media starts – “Save up for your retirement”,”No pension for millennials” etc.

Hang on – the younger section of the workforce are paying their taxes. They expect hospitals and pensions ready and waiting when required. The taxes come in, doctor’s wages and pensions go out. Revolving door.

Government is now trying to lay the dishonest story that it is ‘Your’ savings paying for ‘Your’ retirement and that YOU need to accept there will be no pension when you retire (Because they have already spent it). So why are you paying for a pension you will not get?

As with most things – The Government is scamming you and the media are duly lapping up the BS and reprinting it.

When Millennials retire, there will be a workforce paying taxes to fund hospitals and pensions.

J is For Junk Economics

J is For Junk Economics : A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception

By Michael Hudson

March 10, 2017 “Information Clearing House” –  ” Michael Hudson, author of the newly released J is for Junk Economics, says the media and academia use well-crafted euphemisms to conceal how the economy really works.


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TheRealNews on Feb 28, 2017

Trump’s infrastructure plan will privatize all the benefits for the financiers and make sure that the population at large gets zero benefit from it while paying the costs, says economist Michael Hudson.

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TheRealNews on Mar 2, 2017

Trump is planning to turn the U.S. economy into a Russian-style kleptocracy, says economist Michael Hudson.

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TheRealNews on Mar 2, 2017

Economist Michael Hudson takes on the mythology surrounding government budgets and explains how the term ‘stability’ has been used as a cover for financial fraud.

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TheRealNews on Mar 4, 2017

Economist Michael Hudson explains why social security does not need to be ‘pre-funded’ by its beneficiaries

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Michael Hudson is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET), a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author of J is for Junk Economics (2017), Killing the Host (2015), The Bubble and Beyond (2012), Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire (1968 & 2003), Trade, Development and Foreign Debt: A History of Theories of Polarization v. Convergence in the World Economy (1992 & 2009) and of The Myth of Aid (1971), amongst many others.  He can be reached via his website, [email protected]

Hackers and the future

In response to a question about the geography of hacking, I wrote :

 

Ukraine specialises in PhP programming, has lax laws and a population hungry to earn.

Russians specialise in servers. Look on freelancer websites to determine specialities.

China has a lot of cheap labour, Triads and a lot of black market economy money and makes the items for sale.

Personally, I think this is the new reality because Brexit, Middle East conflict etc. leaves a huge population who are anti ‘rules’ and keen to do anything to make money. For example – the Somali pirates a few years ago was a symptom of the USA/UK/Germany dumping medical and radioactive waste in their fishing waters, killing their food source. So piracy syndicates earned money to ‘compensate’. You can’t expect people to just sit there and take it. Given the ease, anonymity and low risk of computing based ‘revenge’ (Versus bank robbery) I am sure you can foretell the future.

The one I worry about is the Swift banking system. Parts run on OS2 and the ATM’s on XP.Can’t update because of risk and can’t run a trial version to test, so the banks sit in fear. Only a spelling mistake saved them from a multi billion loss in India last year. How long before the hackers succeed?