Blacklisting and the role of social media and vetting agencies (private and govt)


The days of organisations like the Economic League and the Consulting Association keeping lists of political activists and trade union militants are, thankfully, long gone. These organisations were products of the 20th Century, though the CA managed to continue into the present century until it was closed down by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) after years of campaigning and investigations by union activists and others. But since those organisations’ demise, blacklisting has not only survived but is flourishing, thanks partly to the widening role of HR departments and recruitment agencies and their ongoing links with the intelligence arms of government, and partly to the impact of social media on our lives. Also, blacklisting in today’s brave new world is not just about preventing industrial action, but about profiling workers to ensure they are compliant, have the right corporate attitude and are most definitely not ‘radical’. Below are examples of…

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Yahoo confirms data breach affecting at least 500 million accounts

The Secular Jurist

Yahoo on Thursday confirmed that at least 500 million user accounts had their information compromised in a massive hack that it believes was perpetrated by a state-sponsored actor. The scale of the breach makes it among the largest on record. 

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10 Surprising Things Magnetic Fields Do To Your Brain

10 Surprising Things Magnetic Fields Do To Your Brain

by Mark Whittington

With so many devices, including MRIs, putting out electromagnetic energy, people are naturally concerned about what effect they might have on the human body. Could an electromagnetic field kill or harm us?

A blog called Gravity and Levity (1) that delves into physics and other science stuff examined the problem. It turns out that an electromagnetic field of about 100,000 Teslas strength would be sufficient to disintegrate the human body by distorting its atoms. The good news is that the nearest thing that would put out such a field would be a neutron star.

Electromagnetic fields of lesser strength can do strange things to the human nervous system, interfering with the electrochemical firing of the nerves that send signals from the brain to other parts of the body. According to a 1962 study cited by a previous Top Secret Writer piece (2), low levels of electromagnetic energy…

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Man with diabetes had to have his leg amputated because of benefit sanctions

Politics and Insights

David Boyce had to have his leg amputated when his diabetes spiralled out of control because he couldn’t afford to eat after having his benefits sanctioned                                                      David Boyce 

Photo courtesy of the Manchester Evening News.

David Boyce has diabetes. He was sanctioned for five months by the Department for Work and Pensions, which meant he had no money whatsoever to meet his basic needs. As a result, he had to sell his belongings, but couldn’t afford to eat properly and subsequently had to have his leg amputated, as his medical condition spiralled out of control. A healthy diet is essential as part of the management and treatment for diabetes.

David was a photographer who used to own a business, but was forced to give up his work because of ill-health. There was a dispute with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about his jobseeker’s agreement and he was…

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Bloodshed in Mexico: Corruption spirals onward

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Mexico is descending into a new abyss of violence, and it’s government officials who bear the brunt of the blame as the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto plumbs a new depth of unpopularity.

The latest polling numbers given the Mexican leader a favorability rating of 26 percent, the lowest number for any Mexican president in more than two decades.

One of the leading reasons for the presidential plunge is the nation’s growing level of violence, with the latest victims including both journalists and priests.

Real blood on the newsroom floor

The press has fared poorly under Peña, with an ever-growing number of journalists slain, and politicians from Peña’s party have been linked to some of the slaying.

From teleSUR English:

At least 26 journalists have been killed since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office, including two more last week.

Aurelio Campos, editor at the daily “El Grafico,” based…

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Peru: Mass Feminist Victory Confronts Embedded Patriarchy..Ni Una Menos

The Free

not-one-lessArlette was dragged by the hair and strangled by her boyfriend on camera as he screamed.”You’re mine or you’re nobody’s”.

But yet again the Judge refused to convict for ”lack of evidence”.

That was one of a string of horrific attacks on women that swept social media and provoked the massive 500,000 strong feminist demo last August 13th in Peru, supported by cities worldwide.ni_una_menos_5-1

Peru has finally joined the tidal wave of ‘Not One Woman Less’ protests that have inundated Latin and South America. Finally women are confronting the ingrained social license to treat them as sex slaves, private property, servants and veritable punch-bags in the service of runaway macho hubris.

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What Has This Endless War Achieved?

Rcooley123's Blog

This November, American voters will cast ballots for the fourth consecutive election while at war in the Middle East. Not a war in the conventional sense, where our military fights against easily identifiable opponents with a defined set of objectives and preferred outcome marking the end of hostilities, but definitely a shooting war with killed and wounded combatants and innocent civilians alike. Over a trillion dollars have been spent by US taxpayers so far, with thousands of dead Americans and allied soldiers, many thousands more injured and hundreds of thousands of casualties in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

Like every war the US has participated in since the end of the Second World War, these wars were never officially declared by Congress as prescribed by the Constitution, but were enabled by resolutions and funding approved by that branch of our government. An Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was…

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New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship

Stop Making Sense

Glenn Greenwald writes for The Intercept:

A man is seen near cyber code and the U.S. National Security Agency logo in this photo illustration taken in Sarajevo March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Dado RuvicA newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression. Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon: “If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious.”

The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87% of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al-Qaeda,’ “car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.’” People were afraid to read articles about those topics because of fear that doing so would bring them under a cloud of suspicion. The dangers of that dynamic were expressed…

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