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Consider Google’s motto: “Don’t be evil.” Have you ever stopped to think about that motto? Isn’t it a little bit like Richard Nixon saying “I am not a crook”? Does it not sound like a reassurance intended to refute that which is true? “Give the lady what she wants”—now there’s a motto that confirms that a company’s priority is the customer. But why would a truly good corporation need to urge its employees not to be evil? And what about the choice of the word evil? Why choose the extreme? No, “Don’t be evil” is something a serial killer my say to himself when his killing is out of control. Good people don’t need to tell themselves not to be evil.

Google has admitted complying with requests from US intelligence agencies for data stored in its European data centers, most likely in violation of European Union data protection laws.

Gordon Frazer, Microsoft UK’s managing director, made news headlines some weeks ago when he admitted that Microsoft can be compelled to share data with the US government regardless of where it is hosted in the world.

At the center of this problem is the USA PATRIOT ACT, which states that companies incorporated in the United States must hand over data administered by their foreign subsidiaries if requested.

Not only that, but they can be forced to keep quiet about it in order to avoid exposing active investigations and alert those targeted by the probes.

This situation poses a serious problem for companies like Microsoft, Google or Amazon, which offer cloud services around the world, because their subsidiaries must also respect local laws.

Read the rest at Softpedia.

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What is this if not a clear case of government employees giving kids drugs in order to make them more docile and compliant? Kids are being trained to live in a world in which the state drugs people to keep them in line. There’s nothing new about teachers prescribing drugs; what’s interesting here is the sheer number of kids in the U.K. being doped up by representatives of the state.

Teachers have been blamed for the record number of children prescribed ‘chemical cosh’ drugs such as Ritalin.

There are now some 650,000 eight to 13-year-olds on the drug or its equivalents.

This marks an astonishing rise, up from 92,700 in 1997 and just 9,000 in 1990, according to NHS figures.

Yesterday it emerged the vast majority of the children were given the potent drug on the instruction of their teacher.

Critics say staff are too quick to dish out drugs if their pupils get restless – in an effort to keep ­control of the classroom. And experts warned of the damage inflicted on ‘developing minds.’

Read the rest at The Mail Online.

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Isn’t this touching: A benevolent government “unit” is following the principles outlined by U.S. social engineer Cass Sunstein to get people to hand over their money and their organs to the state.

It’s worth noting that Prof. Sunstein, a close confidant of President Obama, has advocated, among many other things, infiltrating and discrediting groups critical of the government, as reported by Salon last year.

Shame, vanity, laziness and the desire to fit in are all to be used as tools of Government policy by ministers acting on the advice of a new psychology unit in Whitehall.

The first glimpse into the confidential work of the Cabinet Office’s Behavioural Insight Team came on Tuesday when ministers suggested members of the public should be able to make small charitable donations when using cashpoints and their credit cards.

On Friday, the Cabinet Office again followed the unit’s advice in proposing that learner drivers be opted in to an organ donation scheme when they apply for a licence, and also floated the idea of creating a lottery to encourage people to take tests to prove they have quit smoking.

These initiatives are examples of the application of mental techniques which, while seemingly paradoxical to the Coalition’s goal of a smaller state, are likely to become a common feature of Government policy.

The public will have “social norms” heavily emphasised to them in an attempt to increase healthy eating, voluntary work and tax gathering. Appeals will be made to “egotism” in a bid to foster individual support for the Big Society, while much greater use will be made of default options to select benevolent outcomes for passive citizens – exemplified by the organ donation scheme.

Read more at The Independent.

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File this article under “civil unrest.” The year 2011 may well be the year of the popular uprising as austerity hits home throughout the developed world. The unrest will be more acute in Europe than in the U.S. because the U.S. isn’t as highly socialized and fewer people are dependent on government largess—so far.

Unions are gearing up for a demonstration in the spring against the Government’s massive cuts in public spending, predicting it will be a “huge” national event.

The TUC is organising the protest in London on March 26 and said that by then, the impact of the austerity measures will have started to take hold, with an expected loss of tens of thousands of jobs.

Union members from across the UK are set to join the demonstration in London’s Hyde Park, which will follow a series of protests in recent weeks against increases in student tuition fees and cuts in public services.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “People have yet to feel the full impact of the Government’s cuts. When they do – as we saw with the cancellation of the schools building programme – they have been angry.

“But in 2011 thousands of people will lose their jobs and councils will have little choice about slashing away at popular and vital services.

“As it becomes more and more obvious that the cuts bear down on those who did least to cause the crash, while those who were responsible continue to live in their bonus-driven super-rich bubble, people will get even angrier.”

Read more at The Independent.

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A law banning protests would be straight out of Soviet Russia or Communist China. As the looting of the people accelerates and the state removes the velvet glove from its iron fist, all pretenses of being a free, open, and tolerant society are being abandoned.

Scotland Yard will consider asking the Home Secretary to ban further student marches should the levels of violence which have marred the recent protests continue, Britain’s most senior police officer said yesterday.

More than 180 people have been arrested after four protests in London against the Government’s proposal to increase student tuition fees.

The most violent scenes were witnessed last week, when protesters clashed with police in Parliament Square. The clashes left 12 police officers and more than 40 protesters injured. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall came under attack as they were driven to a charity event nearby.

Read more at The Independent.

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A BBC propagandist tries to twist the story of a man with cerebral palsy who was dragged out of his wheelchair by police during recent protests in London. Among other things, the BBC talker asks the man–who can’t even propel his own wheelchair–if he was throwing chunks of concrete at the police. The victim responds to the grilling quite eloquently.

From the video’s Youtube description:

BBC interview wheelchair user and cerebal palsy sufferer Jody McIntryre after he was dragged from his wheelchair by police on two seperate occasions at the anti-tuition fees protest on the 9th December 2010 in London. The presenter is Ben Brown. I apologise for some glitches in the video, this is because of a bad signal and dodgy aerial cable.

If you wish to complain about the conduct of the presenter the BBC complaints form is here http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/ This was shown on the 8 o’clock news on BBC News channel on the 13th December.

This is the 2nd incident. (No video of the 1st available.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUHzSQ…

Also read Jody’s own account on his blog at http://jodymcintyre.wordpress.com/201…

Interview on Sky news is here: http://is.gd/iI2rY (2nd video on the page.)

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid…
And another Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Menacin…
Jody McIntyre fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jody-Mc…

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Hey Chuck, how do you like being among the “commoners”? About 1:08 into this video, someone begins saying “Off with their heads!” Oh dear. This does not bode well for the future of the British monarchy. We don’t use the tag “Civil Unrest” as often as we’d like to, but we’ve been using it more often in recent weeks. Perhaps this is the beginning of a trend?

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It’s business as usual as a British peer talks on the floor of the House of Lords about once conspiring with the Bank of England to launder money for the Irish Republican Army. He then explains how this sort of behavior continues to this day. This video is a little old, but news of the corporate takeover of the developed nations is unfolding so quickly that we can barely keep up with it all.

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This is where the welfare state naturally leads: forced labor at the command of the government.

Long-term benefit claimants could be forced to do manual labour under proposals to be outlined by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

He is due to outline plans for four-week placements doing jobs like gardening and litter clearing.

He said the message would be: “Play ball or it’s going to be difficult.”

But the Archbishop of Canterbury warned that the planned welfare changes could drive people “into a downward spiral of uncertainty, even despair”.

Under the plan, claimants thought to need “experience of the habits and routines of working life” could be put on 30-hour-a-week placements.

Anyone refusing to take part or failing to turn up on time to work could have their £65 Jobseekers’ Allowance stopped for at least three months.

The Work Activity scheme is said to be designed to flush out claimants who have opted for a life on benefits or are doing undeclared jobs on the side.

Read more at the BBC.

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Just another incremental step in the tightening of the noose. People may complain for a while, but eventually this latest outrage will recede into the background. When’s the last time you heard anyone talk about warrantless wiretapping? It’s just an accepted part of our reality now.

Even the most law-abiding driver might feel a shiver down the spine when spotting this speed camera at the roadside.

For as well as detecting speeding, it is packed with gizmos that check number plates to make sure insurance and tax are up to date.

It also measures the distance between vehicles to spot tailgating and takes pictures of the inside of the car – to make sure you are wearing a seat belt.

The latest weapon in speed camera technology can capture footage from 150ft away.

It is the first to detect multiple offences at the same time and is connected to police computers via satellite, so that prosecutions can be started within seconds of any offence.

Development of the system, known as Asset – Advanced Safety and Driver Support for Essential Road Transport – is being funded with around £7million of European money.

Read more at The Daily Mail.

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