Still awaiting justice / Features / Home – Morning Star

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/94291

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“Why haven’t they been able to access key CCTV footage from the night?” is precisely the sort of question which would be unnecessary under Trusted Surveillance. Why? Because under Trusted Surveillance, Citizens are innocent until proven guilty, Authority is Guilty Until Proven Innocent.

It, therefore, doesn’t matter if they cannot produce the evidence. From the moment they took the victim into custody, they are – under the principles of Trusted Surveillance – obliged to record and audit every second of that custody. The reasons for their initial suspicion, the discussion leading to the decision to arrest, the arrest itself and a continuous multi-sensory log of the period of custody would all be stored and accessible on demand by a Jury.

Witholding the data would be a criminal offence with minimum sentence equivalent to whatever offence they were allegedly prosecuting. That would incentivize the proper recording of their behaviour. Eliminate the corruption made possible by the illicit power relations within society and we can move on to a climate in which rational social decision making at least becomes possible…

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization | Video on TED.com

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_mccandless_the_beauty_of_data_visualization.html

If you haven’t, watch this…

ACLU to Spy on Echelon

http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/1999/11/32586

good luck with that!

Information Warfare, I-War, IW, C4I, Cyberwar

http://www.psycom.net/iwar.1.html

useful looking portal for cyberwarfare related matters

Hospital whistle-blower awarded 1.2m compensation over sacking – Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7970365/Hospital-whistle-blower-awarded-1.2m-compensation-over-sacking.html

whistleblowers are an absolutely vital part of Trusted Surveillance and our battle against the authoritarians. Awards like this give a tremendous confidence boost to future heroes and a major and well deserved kick in the bollocks to the bureacrats…

Asil Nadir trial could be prosecutorial nightmare, warn experts | Business | The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/aug/26/asil-nadir-trial-fraud-allegations

another example of how money can buy your way out of trouble. Note how he’s even managed to persuade Customs officials to give him a private clearing procedure on board a privately chartered Airbus – just so he can avoid the media. Joe Public barely notices…

Inside the DEAs War Against Mexican Cartels – Fox News Video – FoxNews.com

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4316122/inside-the-deas-war-against-mexican-cartels?playlist_id=86925

Good to see the DEA has such a firm grip on reality. Their opponents on the Mexican side of the war are “the most evil criminals in the world”. Presumably this moral relativism includes the ethical assessment of those who recruit and condition suicide bombers; predatory paedophiles, child and adult sex slave traffickers, and those corporations who sell polluted or substandard drugs to the third world after losing their licence to sell the poisons to us. And none of these, apparently, are quite as evil as the Mexican Drug Cartels. How so? Well those others aren’t targeting DEA personnel, so that might have prejudiced her obviously well informed evaluation. And, of course, and they’re “peddling poison” into the US, where millions of misinformed customers are lapping it up, utterly unaware of the terrible harm that 45,000 tons of weed must be doing them. As we know from these government funded studies

SENIOR LAWYER SAYS &BEWARE OF COMING POLICE STATE&

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=5531

another brave citizen being punished for tweaking the authoritarians’ tail…

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/usnews/ci_15389535

chances are you’re not a relative or close friend of Adam Montoya. If you are, you have my deepest sympathy. If you’re not, how would you feel if one of the friends or relatives of this victim of the Prison State were to hunt down and kill the prison guards responsible for this crime? If I were on the Jury I would certainly acquit on the grounds of justifiable homicide. A classic example supporting the case for Assassination Politics. And why has story not appeared in any mainstream sources (that I can find)?

Exploring virtual copies of objects | KurzweilAI

http://www.kurzweilai.net/exploring-virtual-copies-of-objects

another significant little step towards full immersion VR…

Agence Global – Article

http://www.agenceglobal.com/Article.asp?Id=2264

if this helps even one bigot reorder their own beliefs, it will be worth the effort. But somehow I don’t believe even one bigot will get beyond the first paragraph…

When Your Blogging Friends Are Liars | IttyBiz

http://ittybiz.com/when-your-blogging-friends-are-liars

Serious point. I’m fairly confident that I have never knowingly lied online. And it’s certainly not because I’m more moral than anyone else. It’s because since day 1 (which, for me was back in 93 when the web was in its infancy) I have been fully conscious that anything we put out here can always be found again and, in simple self-defence, I have always tried to ensure that I can defend whatever I wrote as either the truth or my genuine recollection of the truth. I have, of course, got many things wrong, I’m sure, but never because I lied about them. Like everyone else, I am occasionally ignorant of the extent of my own ignorance…

Conservapedia: E=mc2 Is A Liberal Conspiracy | TPMMuckraker

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/conservapedia_founder_takes_on_the_notorious_liber.php

this is why Creationism should be taught in schools.

This item alone has relevance to the teaching of Physics (“How far would it have had to be from Jesus to the sick boy’s house for the observation to be “meaningful” that the healing and the declaration occurred at the same time?“) ; Philosophy of Science (“What is the epistemological error in the authors analysis of the parable as evidence for non-locality?“); Psychology (“What makes people think like the author? and what does this tell us about their own education and conditioning?”); Sociology (“How do viable social groups form and last when based on such clearly irrational precepts? and what implications does this have for Society?“) and Politics (“Is it possible to have genuine Democracy in Societies where a significant proportion of potential participants share a similar Social Psychosis?“)

Damn that’s a whole curriculum right there…

Its time to presume the web is guilty • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/20/sysadmin_blog_presumed_guilty/

If we, as corporations and individuals, want the internet to remain free and open as it is today, then we have to solve these problems before the governments of the world try to do it for us

Egg-‘king-zaccly

Orange gives the green light • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/20/orange_outage/

bollocks. This reminds me I still haven’t got around to having a showdown with the bastards over their deliberate throttling of upload speeds at Glastonbury. Found ’em doing exactly the same at WOMAD a coupla weeks later. It’ll be interesting to see what it’s like at Reading next week…