Totalitarians R US

Big Data says PRISM is bad for business

December 11, 2013

Most governments spy on their own citizens and those of other countries. Big Data technology gives some more scope than others. The Snowden leaks revealed that the US NSA and Britain’s GCHQ mined petabytes of data from a host of electronic sources, ostensibly to track terrorists as part of the covert PRISM project.  Sometimes they went by the book, submitting government approved requests to electronic media owners, ISP and mobile network operators who were signed up to PRISM. But they cut out the paperwork when there was only 24 hours to save the planet, which... More

Freedom of speech – Sri Lankan style

October 25, 2009

Earlier this year the world’s media were largely banned from reporting in the North and East of Sri Lanka, with poignant echoes of Israel’s stance in Gaza. Some of us – mea culpa – believed the government when they claimed that it was largely for the safety of journalists and to avoid fanning the flickering flames of Tamil Tiger (LTTE) resistance – mea culpa. Unfortunately, murdering journalists and intimidating others achieves the polar opposite effect. Here is an article from Australian newspaper “The Age” which alleges serious abuse of human... More

Britain is officially the 51st State and McKinnon must fry

July 16, 2009

Tribal politics won the day again in the mother(fucker) of all Parliaments as 59 Labour MPs voted yesterday to defeat the Tory motion to stop the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the US (Thus passim). 84 Labour MPs had signed the motion to review the 2003 Extradition Treaty but under pressure from the whips (read Mandelson’s Blairite Stasi) 15 abstained, 59 touched their toes and only 10 backed the Opposition Motion. It was a glaring display of everything that is deeply wrong with the UK Parliamentary system, and should be... More