Posts Tagged ‘Globalisation’

Don’t be a Gov’t stooge #Occupy

July 29, 2013

Over the years I’ve noticed various protest groups gaining strong supportive publicity and generous donations. These have linked in with Government/political wish for public opinion to move in that direction.

We now have Western Gov’t’s (G20)  concerned about tighter control of the masses, through invasive snooping, surveillance, interception of communications and blanket CCTV (to which we are not allowed access)

Their big concern is the use of the Internet by the masses to inform each other of Government actions.

Such democratic interaction makes it difficult for lazy and/or oppressive control of the populace. This interaction has led to the Arab Spring, various popular uprisings (e.g. Brazil)  and the spread of the Occupy movement around the world

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2012/sep/17/occupy-map-of-the-world

Governments are trying desperately to seize control of the Internet but have learned in China and elsewhere that this can not be done, simply by edict.

Apart from the likes of Google and Twitter not being prepared to lose business and pay the cost of supporting such meddling, there are hacktivists, who can circumvent and subvert such attempts, with popular support.

It is well documented that UK and US political parties have invested heavily in research into moulding public opinion, sharing idea’s and using these techniques in their election campaigns and, now, as part of their Globalisation of privatisation of State assets.

In recent months we have seen a campaign, now openly backed by David Cameron, “following public opinion”  to prevent access to child porn over the Internet.

Nobody can argue with the need to stop this filth but the overwhelming public outrage against such people has given politicians a foot in the door.

Cameron hasn’t just called for prosecution of these people, he’s called for a block on all porn.

My immediate concern was for the “opt-out proposal”, which reminded me of the opt-out clause offered by the Nazi’s in Holland, whereby those who didn’t deny being Jewish would be automatically labelled as Jewish, on the I.D. cards, issued by the Nazi’s during German occupation of that country.

I later found this :
http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/07/uk-internet-porn-censor-to-also-block-conspiracy-theories-2723196.html?utm_campaign=&utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fb4in.info%2FrDvl&utm_source=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2F49MbJkCGyP&utm_content=beforeit39snews-buttonsunderheadline&utm_medium=twitter

This is less subtle than I have proposed.
According to Wired:

    As well as pornography, users may automatically be opted in to blocks on “violent material”, “extremist related content”, “anorexia and eating disorder websites” and “suicide related websites”, “alcohol” and “smoking”. But the list doesn’t stop there. It even extends to blocking “web forums” and “esoteric material“, whatever that is. “Web blocking circumvention tools” is also included, of course.

The definition of “esoteric” makes clear that censorship of broad topics is the goal of this so-called ISP filter:

    es·o·ter·ic [es-uh-ter-ik] adjective
    1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest;
    2. belonging to the select few.
    3. private; secret; confidential.

Translation: anything outside the acceptable mainstream narrative will be filtered. In short, the free flow of information is under assault with this law.

This will be pushed by various women’s groups, as simply protecting children.

Feminist groups will probably be encouraged to add their voice by wanting a ban on “exploitation of women”, “simulated rape” and “violence against women”

Ignoring the fact that such films will still be made and viewed, the relevant Government empowerment will ostensibly be with popular support and the moral blackmail of any opposition.

Another line of attack is to be against Twitter, which is a platform for popular opinion to be expressed and snowball into campaigns.

The recent “rape threat” against the lady who “got” Jane Austen onto the new £10 note, could be a first step in such a campaign

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2380303/Jane-Austen-banknote-campaigner-Caroline-Criado-Perez-receives-Twitter-rape-death-threats.html

There is a double Irony here.

a) the petition to take action against Twitter was based on the supposition that The Law did not apply (despite poor Sally Bercow’s over-the-top punishment for an indiscrete tweet)

b) the speedy, 12,500 signature petition was only possible through Twitter.

Nevertheless there is now a case for the Governmebt to step in and propose legislation forcing Twitter to block anyone that the Government takes exception to, with similar add-ons to those proposed for Google’s blocks.

If you are concerned about feminist issues, please do not be a Government stooge, Fight for more effective action against bullies and pervert’s and don’t voluntarily surrender your freedom of action.

You could wake up one day and find yourself being prosecuted for calling on some top politician to be investigated for a sex-crime.

 

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Globalisation is a creeping menace, which is a danger to those advancing it.

May 17, 2013

watching the 1943 film “millions like us” hit home how we’ve lost the ability to handle people, with consideration.
In the film, women factory workers were trained to evacuate the factory during an air raid and to return to work promptly.
No bellowing of orders, just a switch in the Tannoy music. “Post Horn Gallop” for evacuate and “Colonel Bogey” for all clear. The last was neat in that it was effectively a two finger salute to the attack.
Everything was subtle and low key, like the use of Beethoven’s fifth, a sort national in-joke, registering the inclusivity of all classes.

Although Class distinctions were still blatant and even obtrusive into the Sixties, we began to see the political classes looking at the People in a new way.

It was 1955 that the patent for battery cages was taken out and the principle began to expand to other area’s of farming.
I’ve no evidence that battery farming affected the attitude of the powerful towards the peasantry but I’m minded that Ghandi did propose that:
‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated”

The Seventies brought Flower Power and Full employment. The common people had opinions and got above their station.

In America they objected to the VietNam War.

Everywhere they objected to nuclear proliferation and Unions demanded a bigger share of the National Wealth.

The rich backed off and concentrated on countries where despots held power and the Communist supply lines were long i.e. S.America.(S.E. Asia was a lost cause, because of China  and the Middle East was problematic because of Israel and because of Russia)
Then the Communist states began to crumble as their populaces lost the ability to provide wealth (I can’t understand how N.Korea keeps going).
The collapse of the Communist countries meant that the danger of domestic populations was reduced, as insurrection would now rely on domestic financing.

Initially there was still the problem of domestic financing of the plebs. The steel and cotton industries had been shipped to the Far East but there was still coal-mining and various light industries such as shoe manufacture and electronics. The key was Information Technology, which would render heavy Labour obsolete. Encouragement of I.T. and women’s Lib. meant that a smaller, cheaper and more amenable work force would emasculate the union’s and the domestic financing of plebian power.

The lesson’s of psychology, as applied to advertising, became the means of control. Later, the work of Goebbel’s developed into study of Mob psychology, which fitted in with the factory farming mindset of those in power.

If you cast your mind back to the 80’s, you can see how the reins of Globalisation have been attached, progressing up through the social ranks. Jobs such as office cleaning were privatised and put out to tender to the lowest bidder. Hours were longer, conditions and pay poorer. Those in the next tier up may have felt sympathy but they were untouched, as yet.
(This was the era of Sir Keith Joseph, who believed himself to be Maggie Thatcher’s puppet Master. His keynote thought was the you gave the manager’s carrots and reserved the stick for the workers.)
Next up were various other labourer jobs e.g hospital porters and binmen. then semi-skilled, bus drivers, auxiliary nurses, nursery assistants and so on.
Consultancies full of people with MBA’s were employed to implement the changes through re-organisation and job evaluations.

Middle management and higher were encouraged to see these changes as their primary function. They were given certificates by organisations such as “Investor’s in People” and similar Government contractor’s.

Higher management were encouraged to consider themselves as distinct from those beneath.

In Schools, the headteacher moved from being a senior/ experienced colleague, working alongside his staff to a new role as the Manager/administrator in a separate, closed off part of the school. Instead of a school secretary, he had an admin team and forms to complete, if you wished to raise issues. Headteachers, compiled dossiers on staff, based on lesson plans and observations of lessons, which were required to fit ever tighter constructs. Those records which showed staff in a bad light could be used to censure staff (the stick).

Those in other state run sector’s, including the Civil Service, will have seen this happen. However; it also happened in larger bureaucratic private organisattions in the finance sector and even many Unions.

Many manager’s may be well above the existing water line and believe themselves safe but why should there be any safe level?
Are even Politician’s and Government’s safe?

With Globalisation being driven by those who have financial control over politicians, there will come a time when the oligarch’s see little point in pretending to rule through Democratic means.

If the Roman Empire had the technology to control the minutiae of everyone’s life, it could could have lasted, even longer.

Sitting at my keyboard, I can access information that the Roman Emperor, Caligula, could have only dreamed of. With systems such as Trapwire, I would be able to spot potential conspirator’s, before they were aware that they represented a threat. With sampling of peoples TV viewing etc. I could access profile’s of any individual, with more intimate detail than any market researcher or CIA spook could imagine possible. With electronic money and almost paperless society, I could strip a person of all property and rights. Who you are, is defined by what your database says you are. Under present legislation, I could turn you into a Bin Laden and have you legally executed, without anyone being able to refute the basis of my action. There’d be no need to fake evidence and create martyr’s.

Would you want me to have that power?

Globalisation is creating the situation, whereby one person could eventually have such power.

The Roman Empire may have been shaky towards the end but it was external forces that brought it down, A global Empire would have no external, or internal enemies that could end it.

I hope people, in a position to act, realise that they are not safe from the danger of globalisation, the reduction of people to binary digits and the threat of World Peace.

Economic war on a Global scale could be a consequence of Newly awakening China

May 26, 2012

A recent posting in Fullermoney makes an interesting take on China.

Its neighbours are Russia to North (past border disputes and “sabre rattling”), Japan to the East (successfully fighting above its weight, economically and memories of WWII) and India to the West (could outstrip China in rampant Capitalism).

These are all socio-economic rivals.

Throw in The US navy (and trade interests) to the South and that leaves China looking to Europe, or S.America as an economic ally/trading partner.  Africa is too beset by immature political systems and despots to be a challenge, despite its natural resources.

S.America is only just waking up to its potential and is not far along the road to Global competition, especially with big neighbour USA seeing S.America as within its domain/control.

Europe, with German dominance, is the most likely link-up for China but there lies a problem, because Russia will feel itself in a sandwich to both East and West, with its only possible partner being India.

Just the fact that these bloc’s are being forced to form, under Globalisation, creates a situation similar to the “Scramble for Africa”, which led to The Great War.(W.W.I)

#occupy who’s read The shock doctrine by Naomi Klein?

April 4, 2012

Basically, the book describes how Milton Friedman set the basis for American foreign policy and the whole Global privatisation scene by claiming that all States Assets (owned and paid for by the 99%) should be sold off  to private business (the 1%) at rock bottom prices.

The best way of doing this should be by exploiting crises that occur.

(my examples below, better substantiated ones in the book )

E.g. Banks go into debt causes monetary crisis, government must shore them up to protect the economy.

Economy collapses (crisis), privatise state assets to fund Bank debts.

Economic growth stops as people laid off (crisis) Cost of Gov’t debt interest rises.

More people unemployed need more Government borrowing to protect 99% (!). Crisis.

Previously crises would occur naturally but US Security found that crises (a little war here and there) could be created.

Whoever was responsible for 9/11, it didn’t matter. This crisis enabled Bush and Blair (and their successors) to enact “security legislation” to continue erosion of Civil Liberties (the better to Gobble us up with) and invade a few Islamic countries, so they could be “re-stabilised” by Halliburton etc.

russian democracy

October 25, 2010

Watching David Dimbleby travelling through Russia, by train, it seemed that he was making some telling political points.

The first was that in Czarist Russia, you could be sent to prison for preaching Democracy. In Communist Russia, you could be sent to prison for preaching Democracy and, now, In Capitalist Russia, you will be sent to prison for preaching Democracy.  The poor Russians haven’t sussed out that if you have a parliamentary democracy, with a two party system, you can con the people into believing that they live in a true Democratic system. Maybe, as in China, they can’t trust each other enough to transfer power between cliques, every 8 to 12 years.

The other cameo that struck a chord was how the poor Russian Government was having to import foreign workers, in this case Chinese, because their own people were too indolent and didn’t know how to work hard for two-thirds of their normal pay. Still with Globalisation, it’s a sort of piety, in that it allows the transfer of wealth from the slightly better off nations to the slightly worse of nations. The sort of charitable intentions that help the oligarchs to salve their consciences as they bask on tropical beaches, sipping their cocktails and worrying about how to help the poor of The World.

Haiti help

January 22, 2010

 

It is over a week since the earthquake in Haiti.

How can it be that they are still short of medical supplies and how can it be that we are still seeing TV images of volunteer medical staff attending to patients in the streets, using implements such as the wine bottle pen knife that was displayed?

We continually hear of Globalisation, with Global summits and the Global market, as though it’s for the benefit of everyone on the planet.

When it comes to Emergency aid, all we get are piecemeal promises and unco-ordinated action.