Camover revisited…

02/10/2013

Previous readers of I HATE HATE!!! may have seen my post of 27 Jan about the German sport “Camover” – an multi-player offline game that consists of destroying CCTV cameras. It’s a good idea, but unfortunately the puny, cowardly ISPs have been closing down sites thst are connected to it.

But never fear: here is a FAQ on a site about Camover: http://camover.noblogs.org/faq/faq-in-english/. Unfortunately, vlosing date for the original Camover game’s closing date was in February, and as far as I can tell, it’s now gone.

But why can’t we resurrect it? Make it international. CCTV is evil, and I live in the UK, a police state with probably most cameras in the world. So let’s do it!! Anyone interested, leave Comments or get me via Contact Form. CCTV is EVIL. So let’s kill the thing!!

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Robin Walker – what a nasty piece of Tory to find on the sole of your shoe!

01/05/2013

I am a member of online campaign groups like 38 Degrees and Open Rights Group. These are groups that ask members what campaigns it should get involved with, then the group will call on its members to send to local MPs. ministers and other such, so our will is focused and targeted and helps ensure that the government and others can’t just ignore us. Divided we are nothing. United we can do anything… well, the government can’t just ignore us.

My local MP is the Tory Robin Walker. Incidentally, his late father Peter Walker (1932-2010) was MP for Worcester until 1992, when he resigned as MP and was sent to the House of Lords to do his masters’ work. Robin has been a pretty engaged MP – he has replied to every email I’ve sent him (he uses official House of Commons writing paper and envelopes – you would have thought that Parliament had discouraged use of snail mail) but only once has he expressed agreement with my point, about the Defamation Bill). Most recently he sent me a (probably form) letter telling me how important it was that the government keep my communication and other logs for all eternity just in case I were a terrorist or paedophile. He wrote:

Communications data is vital for the police in their fight against crime, including serious offences, such as child abuse, drug-dealing and terrorism.

Note the use of the “big 3″: child abuse, drug-dealing and terrorism”. The suggestion is that opposing the Data Communications Data Bill is, or supports, nonces, pushers and suicide bombers. Thanks Robin; yet another reason to avoid voting for him when the general election comes round.

Right now, I don’t have a clue who’ll get my vote: it won’t be the Conservatives, the Lib Dems are no longer a viable choice…if Ed Miliband can drag Labour back to the left I might put my mark by his name; but how likely will that happen?

Brits are wage-slaves, with mortgages and their children’s educations keeping the populace keeping their nose to the stone, while bankers, corporate directors and other vested interests keep their money in tax havens. But don’t worry: the Conservatives want your personal data, phone logs, emails, bowel movements, whatever, stored for all eternity in a massive computer system that probably fail (as do most government-contracted computer systems do). We’re stuck with this situation unless someone does something about it.

Who’s your MP? Does he care about you? I’d love to see along string of Comments to this post, telling us how our MPs act for our best interests. And my current voting advice regarding the next election: go to the voting station, spoil your ballot (I like to write at the bottom of the voting card “None of the above” and a X in a box next to it), put it in the black box, and be on your way. This is not apathy, this is showing the establishment that the status quo must end.

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PCC Elections – Spoil Your Ballot!!!

06/11/2012

If you live in England or Wales, you might be interested in a jolly good wheeze dreamt up by some pinheaded sod in Westminster:

On 15 November 2012, in the first ever elections, 41 new police and crime commissioners will be elected across England and Wales to give you a say when it comes to cutting crime in your area [link]

Remember, I said you might be interested. But probably not. I mean, it hasn’t been big prime-time news, has it?

So, some fool has come up with this daft idea of elected “police and crime commissioners”. No one cares. So forget it. Move on. Right?

Wrong. This PCC idea is dangerous stuff. It’s going to make policing policy even more of a political issue, commissioners with party political affiliations are going to control even more of what the police do. And it’s being imposed on us, despite what the government say about “elections”.

We need the government know how horrific an idea this is. And one good way to put the point across is to wait til 15 November then spoil your ballot. Exactly how you do it is up to you; I personally will scribble out all the candidates’ names, write “NONE OF THE ABOVE” in big letters, before I drop it disparagingly into the ballot box. And then I’ll go home, hoping that everyone else has done the same.

Some people think spoiling ballots wastes votes. Some people think it legitimises the whole thing, refusing to vote at all is best.

I disagree. When spoilt ballots are collected, they are shown to candidates to agree the ballot is actually spoilt. Which means the candidates will get to see whatever you wrote on the paper. Also, spoilt ballots are counted and announced as (surprise surprise) “spoilt ballots”. So it will be clear what kind of proportion of the voters disagree with this entire farce.

Here are some links, to give you more food for thought: [link] [link] (yeah I know some of you will think “agh more Guardian shite”, but read it anyway. Especially the comments. Then you’ll start to see how many people, of all political types, see ballot-spoiling as the way to go. Spoil Your Ballot!!!

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They’re screwing up Olympic security… and now G4S want to run our prisons?!

22/07/2012

This is completely insane. Security firm G4S won the nice juicy contract to run London Olympic security – which they’re messing up already, before the Games even start; they are possibly in the running to take over privatized police services in the West Midlands (though luckily the Olympic security fiasco has changed some minds over this); and now they are bidding to run 5 new privately-run prisons – a plum worth up to £2 billion!

Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I think services like policing and running prisons should not be run by companies whose only aim is to make a profit, We’ve seen how G4S works in the Olympics fiasco – they can’t employ the number of guards and trainers required, despite the fact they’ve had years to prepare for it, and now the Army are going to have to supply soldiers to do the work G4S have already been paid to do. If G4S win the bids to run prisons and police forces there will be at best Keystone Kops antics going on, at worst there’ll be carnage in the prisons and on the streets.

We need to make it clear to our “government” (wtf are the LibDems thinking of, going along with such insane policies?) that privatising the police would be madness, and G4S in particular should be kept away from anything to do with safety or security, be it private or public.

I also think G4S need to be looked at very carefully: why do the government continue to consider them for these roles? Is someone in government getting kickbacks from this? FFS, when will government corruption ever end?

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G4S couldn’t provide decent security for a children’s party, never mind the London Olympics

12/07/2012

It looks like G4S, the private security firm entrusted with the security of the London Olympics, is making a right pig’s ear of the job. In the Guardian, we are told how rushed, unprepared, and potentially insecure G4S’s recruitment is proving to be. Robert Brown, a former police sergeant who retired after 30 years service with Kent police and who has has grade one private security qualifications and has worked for the Home Office, advising on covert operations, after he left the police, described how G4S got back to him in February, even though he’d applied back in November; then he went through a farcical training programme. He told the Guardian:

“The instructors had been given a script that they had to stick to, and if you asked a question, they would not be able to give you an answer. The training was very basic and minimal. Having undergone their training I realised that they only wanted cheap labour

“They were trying to process hundreds of people and we had to fill out endless forms. It was totally chaotic and it was obvious to me that this was being done too quickly and too late,” Brown said.””My great worry was this was being done before the vetting process had been completed.”

If vetting is as chaotic as the so-called “training”, there is the possibility that some kind of terrorist attack might be made during proceedings. But G4S care? I don’t know.

But I do know that Surrey Police care about G4S’s seeming incompetence. Some time ago I wrote a post about the possibility of police services being privatised, with G4S one of the main contenders. Well, I’m pleased to inform you that the Surrey Police have scrapped the idea

Surrey police authority decided on Thursday to suspend its involvement in the £1.5bn joint “business partnership programme” with the West Midlands police after a discussion in which the failure of G4S to deliver on Olympics security was cited as a factor [my emphasis]

So at least something good has come about this fiasco. Let’s just hope G4S’s inept and chaotic operation doesn’t result in something tragic happening.

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UK police privatisation in 5 years… and we don’t care???

20/06/2012

According to David Taylor-Smith, the UK head of G4S, the world’s largest security company, within 5 years most of Britain’s police forces will be privatized.  And what’s more, he thinks no one will be bothered by this!  Taylor-Smith  said he expected police forces across the country to sign up to similar deals to those on the table in the West Midlands and Surrey.

Taylor-Smith, whose company is in the running for the £1.5bn contract with West Midlands and Surrey police,and is also providing security to the London Olympics, said he expected forces across the country to have taken similar steps within five years . “For most members of the public what they will see is the same or better policing and they really don’t care who is running the fleet, the payroll or the firearms licensing – they don’t really care,” he said.

Well hold it right there, Taylor-Smith!  And come on people – don’t any of you remember Robocop?  At the moment we have police services who do the job because they believe in it.  But private corps like G4S are in the business because they want to make money out of it.  Their primary motivation is profit.  Which means less properly-trained officers and more Mickey-Mouse “Community Support Officers” who have next to no police powers at all – it means less patrols, less police visibility, more “policing” by telephone.  And the profit motivation means officers will be paid less, which in turn means decent officers will have less motivation to sign up.  Do we really want to be “protected and served” by the kind of security bozos who currently spend their days chasing kids around shopping malls?

The fact that G4S are in the running for all this privatised-police work, and also have the Olympics security gig, says to me that they probably paid to have “face time” with government ministers and other such officials.   You know, the “cash for access” deals that bit David Cameron in the ass not long ago?  You wanna be policed by these corrupt shady corporations?  Cos I tell you what – I don’t!

 
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