Monday, May 22, 2017

Another spy cop uncovered

From Spanner Films;
Did you see in the news last week that another spycop has been uncovered?

The Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, Andy Coles, used to be “Andy Davey”, spying on activists in London Greenpeace   (yes, the same tiny activist group which Helen and Dave McLibel were in, along with two other known spies). And he was sleeping with a 19-year-old activist, who is now starting legal proceedings against him and says “I was groomed by someone much older, and far more experienced, and I was manipulated into having a sexual relationship with him. I didn’t even know his real name.” 

He has now resigned. 

You only read about that story - and most of the other reveals of spy cops in the last few years - because of the unsung work of the Undercover Research Group. Led by Dutch ‘activist-journalist-detective' Eveline Lubbers, they're an exceptionally dedicated team, all working for next to no money, doing all the donkey work before giving the story to the mainstream media, who then take the credit. For example, the Andy Coles revelation was trailed on the BBC as “reported by Channel 4 and the Guardian” even though Eveline and her team had painstakingly built the case against him for months before any other organisation got involved. 

We now know that more than 100 police spies infiltrated more than 460 activist groups over 50 years - and, of those 100+, less than 15 have so far been identified. Ironically, the Public Inquiry is currently only focussing on spies which have already been outed by the URG (and other campaigners) - meaning that the police themselves are not contributing any additional information to the “public” inquiry. Meaning we will probably only ever know about the spies which Eveline and others manage to out. So you can see how completely vital their work is. Please give them some cash if you can as they’re desperately sort of funds to carry on:

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Why is BBC news so pro-Tory?

The average age of a BBC1 viewer is 61 according to the latest estimates published by the BBC Trust. Does this reflect why the BBC news is pro-Tory? Do people become more conservative as they age and/or become more wealthy?

It appears so. Rightwing political parties’ best chance of rapidly winning over voters could be via the lottery. A joint Australian and British study has found that lottery winners tend to switch their political allegiances to rightwing parties after their windfalls. They also appear to become less egalitarian and less concerned by the challenges faced by people on low incomes.

Professor Nattavudh Powdthavee, a report co-author at the University of Melbourne, told Guardian Australia that the researchers were studying whether political ideologies are driven by deeply held ethical views or self-interest.

“The amount won in the lottery is completely randomised but we saw that the more you win, the more right-leaning you become,” he said. “You are more likely to favour rightwing ideas, such as lower taxation, and are less favourable to redistributive policies.
So get rich...or try sharing.

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Star Trek depicted a united Ireland by 2024 so Irish TV banned it

Did you know....

The 12th episode in the third series of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ was banned and never shown on terrestrial television in Britain or Ireland. That’s because in that episode Commander Data, musing on terrorism in the year 2364, noted that Ireland had been reunited in 2024.

In his study of terrorism, the Star Trek character Data notes that Ireland was unified in 2024. As a result, this episode was not originally shown on free-to-air television in the United Kingdom for many years. It was not broadcast in the Republic of Ireland by the Star Trek rights' holder, RTÉ, during the programme's run.

An Irish economist has his view on things

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