Facebook is building tech to read your mind. The ethical implications are staggering.

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A woman equipped with a brain-computer interface that she is wearing as a bathing-suit-style cap on her head.
Brain-computer interfaces like the mindBEAGLE system shown here can help people with paralysis communicate. Facebook wants to take the technology to the next level. AP

Facebook wants to create a device that can read your mind — literally. It’s funding research on brain-machine interfaces that can pick up thoughts directly from your neurons and translate them into words, the company announced in a blog post last week.

The short-term goal is to help patients with paralysis, by decoding their brain signals and allowing them to “speak” their thoughts without ever having to move a muscle. That could be a real public good, significantly improving quality of life for millions of people. In the US alone, 5.4 million people currently live with paralysis.

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The Story of Britains Child Migrants

cathy fox blog on child abuse

Empty Cradles by Margaret Humpreys [6]

A most moving book. I cried about 20 times during reading the book.

It is the story of how Margaret, a social worker for Nottinghamshire County Council  gradually discovers the unpalatable truth that the British Government and childrens charities trafficked children as young as 4 to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Rhodesia.

It was part of a deliberate policy to rid Britain of the problem of full childrens homes,  paying for their upbringing as well as having the “benefit” of populating the Empire with young white blood. These children were transported as orphans, often with names and dates of birth altered so that their parents, who had often not agreed or even known about the theft of their children, would not be able to contact them and vice versa.

empty cradle

If you think that is stark, then add to the mix some emotional, physical and…

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More Fake Happy News About Jobs

Tales from the Conspiratum

More Fake Happy News About Jobs

More Fake Happy News About Jobs

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Paul Craig Roberts

Aug 2, 2019

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the US economy created 148,000 new private sector jobs during July.  The jobs number does not translate into employed people as increasingly Americans hold two or more jobs.  For example, the BLS reports that from June to July the number of multiple job holders rose by 233,000 which is 85,000 more than the 148,000 new private sector jobs.  What we are seeing is not more people employed, but more multiple job holders. Since May the number of multiple job holders has increased by 534,000.  https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t09.htm 

The claim of a falling rate of unemployment over the past decade is inconsistent with the falling labor force participation rate. Normally, when employment prospects are good the labor force participation rate increases.  

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DWP announces increased jobcentre support for domestic abuse victims

Govt Newspeak

Anyone that is a regular reader of my blog will know I was once a victim of domestic violence [read my story here] and I can say with NO equivocation that domestic violence is extremely hard to spot [unless you live next door] and women lie out of shame, terror and pure helplessness.

My children and I walked away with the clothes on our backs [we were not poor my husband had his own business]. I can’t explain the joy of being safe, I had no money [becuse he’d controlled every aspect of our lives] but, you can’t put a price on your peace of mind.

Sometimes [an untrained person] interfering in a DV victim’s life can do more harm than good and endanger a woman [I attend the jobcentre regularly with my autistic son and the staff there couldn’t spot the moon – never mind a DV victim]. The…

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We’re all right Jack: FU peasants! – The Marriage Bar

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The Marriage Bar

When the ruling elite have got society arranged to suit them they like to keep it that way. In their view their enemy, the people who upset the apple cart, are the people who find ways to win within the rules even when those rules have been designed to ensure they lose – these are the people to be identified and stomped on as a priority. (And if they can steal their innovations and inventions which make life easier, more efficient, lest costly, that is a bonus).

The people they hate, the people they are out to destroy are the innovators and inventors.  People who play within the rules but find ways to circumvent the inbuilt handicaps. This is one reason why laws and rules are forever expanding. Whenever someone finds a loophole, the elite rush to close it down.

This is an ongoing task. The poorest people have no choice but to innovate and invent. Any country person, such as myself knows that if a job needs done and a tool does not exist or is not available you make do with what you have, turning tools to tasks they were never intended for, doing a job a different way avoiding the difficulty,  or finding a way to eliminate the job altogether if that is possible. You are required to innovate as your resources are never adequate for your needs. Necessity forces you to adopt this mind-set and as it becomes second nature you apply it to every area of life. You ask, why does this rule exist, and why must we accept the damage it causes?

Blocking  loopholes might be a major reason for many recent changes in social practices and laws.

Consider these changes.  When I was at primary school in the fifties one of my teachers was leaving teaching at the end of the year because she was getting married. In those days women in many middle class occupations were required to give up work on marriage. Partly  because in the era before generally available reliable contraception  marriage was inevitably followed by multiple births and increasing child care responsibilities. It seemed common sense that family responsibilities would disable the woman’s primary commitment to her job.  It was also assumed that the middle class wage of her husband was sufficient for her support.

However this common rule had an unwanted effect.  Many women, then and now found great difficulty in finding a suitable man to marry, that is a man of decent character who would not abuse them and whose income was sufficient to support a family. The marriage bar acted as an incentive for women to not marry but stay with their careers.  In addition the ejection of middle class women out of work created vacancies for educated working class women, who with even less chance of making a good marriage, prioritised career.  This trend was likely to increase with secondary education extended to the working class.

Intelligent women of both the middle and working classes were by being forced to choose,  some were deciding a good job was a more secure option than gambling on a bad marriage. It also gave them financial independence in contrast to wives total dependence on their husband’s generosity. Unhappily married women might glance jealously at  single career women in charge of their own lives and income and wonder that they had made a bad choice.

Before this trend – before the  trickle could become a flood – the rule about married women being forced to give up work was abandoned.

This could be viewed as a response to the innovation of women to not prioritise marriage but choosing careers instead.

If the marriage bar had continued it is likely increasing numbers of women would have rejected marriage in favour of career. Working class women would have raised their socio-economic status and in some cases would have ended up better off than middle class wives. They also might become middle class, something that the elite did not want. Marriage kept women down. Wives rarely had their own money. Careers could be an escape route, but especially for the working class. This if it could not be prevented, could at least be hindered.

The marriage bar might also have had another unintended effect. The bar applied to marriage not co-habitation. Co-habitation was uncommon in those days due to the huge stigma attached, but it could be some couples in order to retain the woman’s career were opting to secretly co-habit. Marriage as an institution is very useful to the state. It can be used as a very convenient tool of oppression of women. The innovation of walking away from marriage, choosing to co-habit instead freed women financially and also freed them from oppressive situations which marriage enabled.

Another practice at the time was taxing married couples earnings as a single unit. At that time it only applied to married people not co-habitees.

Altogether the financial incentives for women to not marry were great.

Ending the marriage bar was a very successful move in social engineering. Removing the marriage bar reinforced the class divide.  Middle class women staying in their careers blocked vacancies for working class women trying to work their way out of poverty. Two career families shot up in wealth widening the economic gap between the middle class and working class, leaving the latter further behind. Middle class  women now included in the old boys network also blocked the few vacancies which previously educated working class men could have taken. The working class aspirations for socio-economic advancement into the middle class was effectively stymied.

Keeping women (middle class) in their place was surrendered to the more vital objective of keeping the working class in their place. The changes also removed the disincentives for middle class women to marry.  And when they married and bred to capacity, the working class aspirants were again excluded.  Altogether a very successful move.

The elite do not want a meritocratic society.  And the middle classes do not want competiton from the working class. The elite do not want a flexible class system, but a rigid caste system, where they sit safely on the top of a stable society, with everyone locked into place below them that they can exploit at their leisure.

We’re all right Jack. FU peasants!

SUMMARY

Problem for women; avoiding oppression and escaping poverty

Innovation: avoiding marriage and opting for career instead.

Solution of the social engineers: abandoning the marriage bar and taxing married couples as individuals.

Result: middle class two income families hugely expand economic distance between themselves and the working class; career aspirations blocked for educated working class women and men; middle class women are encouraged to marry and have large families;

Class status quo reinforced at cost of increasing socio-economic power and status of middle class women.

Class stereotypes reinforced that the working class are in subordinate and dead end employments because they are too stupid to do anything else (having had most of their opportunities taken away)

Middle class arrogance and feeling innately superior to the working class reinforced.  Their financial position is so improved that they have no concept of living at subsistence level which is the standard experience of working class people. They are out of touch with the reality of most peoples lives. They  have grown closer in mind-set and values to the elite.  All the better for keeping the working class in their place.

(There was a saying around when I was a kid. “Just when you are about to make ends meet, somebody moves the ends”. This sums up  working class experience. It seems every advance is followed by a change which restores the status quo or pushes you further back).

KEY CONCEPTS

keeping you in your place

maintaining the status quo

economic suppression of the working class

 

US billionaire Epstein, child abuse and money

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 12 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Taina Bien-Aimé on Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest, Alex Acosta, Fighting Sexual Trafficking and More

Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, discusses the recent arrest of Jeffrey Epstein and how it is related to her efforts to end sexual trafficking.

By David Walsh in the USA:

The case of Jeffrey Epstein and the depravity of America’s financial elite

13 July 2019

The resignation Friday of Alexander Acosta, Donald Trump’s secretary of labor, is the latest development in the widening scandal surrounding American financier and “money manager for the super-rich” Jeffrey Epstein. On July 6, Epstein was arrested at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport and two days later charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex.

Acosta was forced out of office because of his role in 2007, as US attorney for…

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THE HEART OF DARKNESS: THE SEXUAL PREDATORS WITHIN AMERICA’S POWER ELITE

Tales from the Conspiratum

John W. Whitehead, Rutherford

“As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensating to increase. And the dictator (unless he needs cannon fodder and families with which to colonize empty or conquered territories) will do well to encourage that freedom.”—Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Power corrupts.

Anyone who believes differently hasn’t been paying attention.

Politics, religion, sports, government, entertainment, business, armed forces: it doesn’t matter what arena you’re talking about, they are all riddled with the kind of seedy, sleazy, decadent, dodgy, depraved, immoral, corrupt behavior that somehow gets a free pass when it involves the wealthy and powerful elite in America.

In this age of partisan politics and a deeply polarized populace, corruption—especially when it involves sexual debauchery, depravity and predatory behavior—has become the great equalizer.

Take Jeffrey Epstein…

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