Google’s Vint Cerf warns of ‘digital Dark Age’ – BBC News

This is a really important an interesting question.  How long do documents ‘live’?  Is it only as long as the equipment is around to access them?  What value do we place on these documents, images etc?

Have a read of this report of Vint Cerf.

Google’s Vint Cerf warns of ‘digital Dark Age’ – BBC News.


Privacy and the Tor network

I don’t use TOR.  I can’t see a reason for doing so, since I believe there is no hiding place on the Internet.  If someone wants to hide there, they’ve had it.  Agencies around the world, with enough tech savvy, highly skilled people, unlimited budgets and political muscle are going to find you.  It may take a little time, but the outcome is certain.

Which begs the question, is anywhere truly private?  Are you private in your own home?  I work on the assumption that no matter what I do, I can be watched.  Privacy and security are matters that begin with taking personal responsibility.

I wish societies had developed so that privacy was sacrosanct.  They haven’t.

Below is the release from Europol regarding the take down of sites.

Global action against dark markets on Tor network | Europol.

The Put patients first: Back general practice campaign

We use our GP practice a great deal.  I’ve been there today and I’ll be back on Friday.  At times, it’s like a second home in that one of the family may be there any day of the week.  What we find is an excellent service.  But we know that they’re under pressure.

To quote: ‘The Put patients first: Back general practice campaign is demanding that the governments of the UK increase funding for general practice from an historic low of 8.39% to 11% of the UK NHS budget by 2017.

Ive no doubt that healthcare will be an issue at the general election.  Figures are going to be produced that proves any point a politician may wish to make.

That isn’t the whole story though.  We need to decide what the NHS means to us as part of the fabric that holds us together, then campaign for it.

We MUST defend the NHS against privatisation, splits and most of all, career politicians who are out of their depth being in charge of this great national jewel.  It’s OUR NHS.  Please take a look at the website below, some of it I find shocking.

Campaign Home.

MPs’ expenses: official records from scandal-hit era have been destroyed: Fancy That

First of all, it’s difficult to put in to words what I feel about this.  So I’ll be straightforward and simple.

These records are public property.  By what criteria were they destroyed (or have they been really)?  On whose authority?  Who stands to win out their destruction?

This is one more nail in parliamentary democracy’s coffin.  The people cannot be taken for fools, mugs, plebs, idiots anymore.  Enough is enough.

I would want investigative journalists to work tirelessly in exposing corruption and criminality in Westminster.  Just for the sake of it.  That place stinks to hell of the rubbish that populates it.  It’s time for a complete clear-out.

MPs’ expenses: official records from scandal-hit era have been destroyed | Politics | The Guardian.

Help comes in many forms

I received help today – from my family and my therapist.  It’s a little strange that people can confide in a stranger about matters that are so serious – life and death – that are uncomfortable with those closest to you.  I wonder why that is.

Perhaps it’s a dis-interest, or distance maintained by the therapist.  That creates a ‘vacuum’ of sorts, that then goes on to be filled with conversation.  I don’t know.  But we do talk to strangers a lot.  In the shops, or a gathering.  We feel a need to share an understanding of the world or events.

Next time you’re in a shop, strike up a conversation with someone.  See where it takes you.

BBC News – Birmingham Ebola-party club apologises for theme night

I just can’t understand this.  How can this happen in the form of ‘entertainment’?  Have these people no humanity?  For ‘lack of judgment’ read ‘money ching ching’.  The least they could do is offer the proceeds/profits they may have made to an organisation that fights Ebola.

BBC News – Birmingham Ebola-party club apologises for theme night.


Trust is a post modernist word

Trust – a belief in the dependency of a person or institution – is in short supply.  Associated concepts – integrity, honesty, morality, are also victims of the times we live in.  Here’s my (incomplete) list of institutions I don’t trust:

  • The state
  • The state’s armed wings – the military, the police, the intelligence services
  • The law
  • Religious organisations
  • The constitution (made up, un-written, unaccountable)
  • The banks and any other financial organisation, including the World Bank
  • Any politician
  • The BBC
  • Any governmental department or quango
  • The monarchy
  • The United Nations

Why these in particular?  Because it is quite clear that they are only interested in their own survival and any other function is irrelevant.  They are all masters of blame shifting, sometimes on to the most vulnerable people in our and other societies.  People who can’t fight back.

It’s time to bring trust back in to the body politic of our lives.

We might start by making people in power visible and truly accountable.  Not this democracy this once-in-five-years sham, but real democracy, where the people can get rid of those in power, including heads of institutions, at very short notice.  But that would be a start only.

We really require a mechanism of true people participation in the decision making structures of our governance.  Institutions, governments and states should be afraid of the people, not the other way around.

That may require a revolution, which will require charismatic leadership.  Where is it?  Really, where is the leadership that could carry millions of people with it to a better society?  Some parties talk the talk, but all are unable to deliver the change we need – the change back to trust.

Coalfield communities

I’m the son of a miner who in 1972 took part in a won a strike.  He died in 1973, but in spirit also won the 1974 strike.

As I write, MPs are in the chamber speaking about those days.  What comes through and is strongly matched by my memories of the time, is the community was all in it together.  We aren’t that now when out troops go to war.

A full inquiry must be held in to policing and the full armory of the state that was brought against the miners, especially in 1979.  Years afterwards, bitterness is evident in the coalfield areas.  It must be addressed.

Vinyl – who needs it?

We have dozens of vinyl records.  Those that I bought, I think I can remember where, when and why I bought them.  I can remember the first time I played them.  I remember the horror of scratches, dust and static.

I don’t have those memories with downloads.  The digital convenience age, where instant gratification is god, comes complete with a memory vacuum.  I have thousands of tracks on countless drives and I don’t remember what I’ve got.

Worse, I don’t remember why I’ve got them.

So when you next listen to a vinyl records, with all the technical imperfections, just remember, it’s perfect.

A New Start


I just looked at the blog and realised that I haven’t posted anything since April.  There’s many good reasons for that, the main one being laziness.  I know, I shouldn’t be lazy, but I plead guilty..  There are though mitigating circumstances m’lord, the biggest of which has been health.  I really mean family health – all of us.  But at this time, that seems to be leveling out a bit, so I can get back to blogging.

I’m going to set myself a target of posting every day, even if it’s just to pop in.  I know, you’re thinking ‘he’ll never do it’.  You may be right.

Let’s just see, shall we?

Believe In Yourself, No Matter What Life Throws At You

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