Criminalising the Population

Increasingly these days government agencies are taking the most efficient approach to policing the population. It turns out that the most efficient approach is to assume that everyone is guilty, to treat everyone like a criminal.

Possibly one reason for this is that this is the most cost-efficient way of policing a population. For example; (and speed cameras provide a very good example of this kind of mass disciplinary system) consider two police forces. Police force A sets out to catch people who knowingly speed, who are a danger to others. These criminals are savvy about speed cameras. To catch them therefore takes an intensive operation involving multiple police cars. In one morning Police force A nets 10 of these criminals. Police force B on the other hand realises that it is a numbers game. They set up a single camera in a spot where it is easy to make a mistake (typically they find a stretch of road with a 30 mph limit but with no buildings – the sort of road where there may well be a good reason for the speed limit but where it is also possible to make a genuine mistake). Police force B captures 50 people in the morning for a fraction of the cost of the operation conducted by Police force A. In the New Years Honours lists it is the Chief Constable of Police force B who is honoured.

Examples abound. One of the most notorious examples of this kind of dragnet policing is the BBC’s campaign of sending intimidating

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The law of money

Islamists apparently have Sharia law.

In the West we have the law of money.

After the Sarin gas attack in Syria on 21st August some information emerged about who supplied some of the pre-cursor chemicals. No surprise that Britain and Germany were major suppliers. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the supply was:

commensurate with the stated end use in the production of cosmetics and there was no reason to link them with Syria’s chemical weapons program. This remains the case.

Which is complete nonsense. Why would Syria have wanted

Russia calls their bluff

I’ve been trying to stay out of the Syria conflict, so to speak. But I can’t resist this one. Russia has tried to remove the pretext for a US strike on Syria by inviting Syria to surrender all its chemical weapons to some sort of international control.

The US Secretary of State, Kerry,

Raping your customers

Marketing is defined as exploring your customer’s needs and then meeting them.

Modern businesses which are driven to produce a profit for external shareholders are typically reduced to the situation where all they are concerned to do is to make profits. The ‘bottom-line’ is all-important. Either they have to make more profits than last year (in case the investor’s money goes elsewhere) or they have to strive to increase profits when they are falling. In any event all these kinds of businesses are just geared around one aim; to increase profits in the short to medium term.

In this context the legitimate aim of marketing is perverted. If the customer doesn’t need

The NSPCC is pants

The NSPCC is running a radio ad campaign to ‘teach parents how to talk to their children about the danger of abuse’.

The campaign features children (or people speaking in children’s voices) talking with their parents about their pants.

In fact this is probably a step forwards for the NSPCC. At least in this advert Mum is seen as someone to talk to, not presented as a figure of danger herself.

But, really; ads, on national radio about parents talking to their children about their pants.

Contrary to what the NSPCC would have people believe child sexual abuse is relatively rare. It is this incessant going on about it which normalises abuse.

Faking it

In Northern Ireland the government is spending public money faking economic activity. This report from Reuters  describes how the government is dressing up derelict shops with posters and paintings to make them look like thriving businesses. This is in the run up to a G8 conference to be held in Northern Ireland.

This seems a nice example of how the corporate-state-bureaucratic classes live in a phantasy world. They are prepared to use public money to sustain their phantasy. Rather than see the dereliction and decay which inevitably accompanies capitalism they paint over it.

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood is quoted as saying: “Northern Ireland is in the international spotlight so it is entirely right that we should portray it in the best light possible”. Just like China – or any other country the British press mocks when they fake it for the Olympics or some other major event.

Notice too the modern language of the political class; it is  “entirely right”. That is he is not going to justify it by argument and evidence, or by appeal to some sort of shared (democratic) principals. It is just “entirely right”. (“Beyond argument” as the Guardian would say).

Why do people vote for these people?