29 June 2010

Is NATO a State Sponsored Data Haven?

Thickie-pedia tells us that,

"A data haven is a computer or a network that holds data protected from government action by both technical means (encryption) and location in a country that has either no laws, or poorly-enforced laws restricting use of data and no extradition treaties."

If protected from government action is construed to mean,

protected from compliance with

... then ... isn't NATO one massive State data haven?

26 June 2010

Misdiagnoses of Swine Flu

It's becoming clear that the swine flu pandemic was a lie. For links as to what the Council of Europe said about the pandemic read, "Larege Scale Placebo Medicine" on this blog.

A further aspect of the pandemic-that-never-was is the number of avoidable deaths brought about by misdiagnosis. One report comes from the British Medical Journal in, "Life threatening infections labelled swine flu" which has,

"Over six weeks (1 July 2009 to 15 August 2009) we reviewed cases of potentially life threatening conditions admitted to the Newcastle infection services in which diagnosis and management were delayed because of an initial, incorrect diagnosis of swine flu. During this time, rates of novel H1N1 swab positivity (22/336) suggested a local prevalence of 6.5% of patients presenting to hospital with a flu-like illness compared with 11.8% throughout England.3

A label of swine flu resulted in an average diagnostic delay of three days in six adults and two children who were admitted with potentially life threatening infection requiring timely antimicrobials. They had instead meningococcal meningitis; severe (11% parasitaemia) and mild (0.2%) Plasmodium falciparum malaria complicated by renal failure; acute myeloblastic leukaemia presenting with febrile pancytopenia; Campylobacter gastroenteritis with renal failure; Haemophilus influenzae respiratory tract infection (bone marrow transplant recipient); complicated soft tissue infection; and a fatal Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia with multiorgan failure.

Of course, if these misdiagnoses had not been picked up, as was the case here, unnecessary deaths would have been the result.

Consequently, a google search of misdiagnosis of swine flu returns pages of headlines such as,

"Mother 48, Dies of Meningitis after swine flu misdiagnosis"

and, "Diabetic boy died after swine flu misdiagnosis.

There are other cases reported but once one starts to look the exercise becomes somewhat macabre. Needless to say, the WHO lie has cost many lives.

10 June 2010

Troubled By Julie

"I got these Raybans from a crime scene, Bolly. Found them in the murder victims' bedroom. Nothing to do with the crime but I bagged them as evidence; after the trial was over I retrieved them from being destroyed. Happens all the time; no judge would convict a copper for that."

Meanwhile, moving from fiction to fact ...

There's something troubling about the story covered by one of the local newspapers under, Relief for detective Julie Hays as theft charges dropped.

The story explains,

"A WOMAN detective accused of stealing clothes and shoes which were due to be destroyed walked free from court yesterday after the prosecution formally withdrew charges.


Ms Hays, a 39-year-old detective constable with Northumbria Police, was due to stand trial next month accused of stealing two pairs of shoes and two jackets on July 21 last year.


In March when Ms Hays appeared in the dock, the CPS insisted on proceeding with the case despite judge Christopher Prince repeatedly questioning their barrister as to whether it was “in the public interest”.

The jackets and shoes, believed to have been evidence from a murder investigation, were due to be burnt, Judge Prince was told at a case management hearing.

Paul Newcombe, for the prosecution at that hearing, argued that the items in question were valued at £1,200.

The judge retorted: “That is ridiculous.

“Their value is zero, that is why they were going in the bin.”

The CPS shouldn't have caved into the Judge. The Judge was wrong in his assessment of the value of the items; this is determined by the market, not by him.

Further, we were denied the facts of the case whilst Detective Hays was denied the opportunity to clear her name. I don't know whether or not the abduction illustrated by the picture at the head of this post is close to what happened but this sort of thing will be going through the minds of many people who read this tale.

Sad day for all with regard to justice which was neither done nor seen to be done.
Update 4th May 2011 Allegations of this sort of appropriation has appeared again, "Gun police suspended over photograph"
"Eight members of a police force's elite gun crime unit have been suspended for "inappropriate behaviour".

The officers, part of Merseyside Police's Matrix Disruption Unit, are facing a misconduct investigation by their force's professional standards department.
There are also allegations that items seized during search operations later appeared on the internet auction site eBay."

Update 1st June 2011. The BBC asks, Who, What, Why: Is taking rubbish illegal? explaining,
"A woman has admitted handling stolen goods after being accused of taking potato waffles, pies, and 100 packets of ham from a bin outside of a Tesco Express in Essex. But if something is thrown away, when is it illegal to take it?

Sacha Hall, 22, denied a charge of theft, which was left to lie on file, over taking the items said to be worth a total of £215, which the grocery store had discarded after a power cut had spoiled large amounts of food.

Hall said dozens of people had taken food from the Tesco bins but that she had only received a bag, mainly containing ham, brought to her flat by a friend."
The article gives more details and other examples from case law.

09 June 2010

Creepy Cargo Cult

Junior Apprentice

Thickie-pedia describes a cargo cult in the following manner,

"A cargo cult is a type of religious practice that has appeared in many traditional tribal societies in the wake of interaction with technologically advanced cultures. The cults are focused on obtaining the material wealth (the "cargo") of the advanced culture through magic and religious rituals and practices, believing that the wealth was intended for them by their deities and ancestors."

The BBC's Junior Apprentice programme gives a distinct impression of a cargo cult; the cargo being success and the means of obtaining it weird rituals and practices that are being mimicked by children. The programme is really creepy and as difficult to watch as an American child beauty pageant.

The activity of the children remind me of Skinner's Pigeons; again from thickie-pedia,

"One of Skinner's experiments examined the formation of superstition in one of his favorite experimental animals, the pigeon. Skinner placed a series of hungry pigeons in a cage attached to an automatic mechanism that delivered food to the pigeon "at regular intervals with no reference whatsoever to the bird's behavior." He discovered that the pigeons associated the delivery of the food with whatever chance actions they had been performing as it was delivered, and that they subsequently continued to perform these same actions."

The puzzle is ... why is this stuff so popular? Why was it ever commissioned? What do people think that they can learn from probability freaks such as Sugar?

ps I don't see any difference between Junior Apprentice and the usual one; the junior one just illustrates the point more clearly.

07 June 2010

Peston Yer Ponce

Peston, ace BBC correspond, tells us about how there is No More Money.

He says in his report,

"As for David Cameron, he is today shutting down the other engine of economic growth, the public sector: a state that grew and grew and grew under New Labour is set to shrink and shrink and shrink, says the prime minister."

Which displays a shocking ignorance of the way the economy works.

Read it again. Yes. Peston really did write,

"...the other engine of economic growth, the public sector...".

What a knacker. C'mon Peston, man. Raise yer game.

04 June 2010

Large Scale Placebo Medicine

Pharmalot has the story, WHO Criticized For Pandemic Conflicts Of Interest, which discusses criticism of the World Health Organization's reaction to criticism of it by PACE, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

In a press release (455/(2010)) PACE says,

"...there was “overwhelming evidence that the seriousness of the pandemic was vastly overrated by WHO”, resulting in a distortion of public health priorities.

Presenting his report, Mr Flynn told the committee: “this was a pandemic that never really was”, and described the vaccination programme as “placebo medicine on a large scale” (see video below).

In its adopted text, the committee identifies what it calls “grave shortcomings” in the transparency of decision-making about the outbreak, generating concerns about the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on decisions taken. Plummeting confidence in such advice could prove “disastrous” in the case of a severe future pandemic, it warns.

In particular, the WHO and European health institutions were not willing to publish the names and declarations of interest of the members of the WHO Emergency Committee and relevant European advisory bodies directly involved in recommendations concerning the pandemic, the parliamentarians point out.

The report, The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency
, can be found here (pdf).

The story came to light earlier this year, see Two Doses Of Crazy; while it is easy to be wiser with hindsight, a casual dismissal of these types of stories doesn't help anyone.