Names marked with an asterisk* in this piece have been changed to protect the interviewees’ anonymity.
Glasgow, Scotland – Sitting under the railway bridge at Glasgow Central Station, Alison* watches the world go by as an ice-cold December night grips Scotland‘s largest city.
Her eyes are sunken, her blonde hair matted, and her hands are calloused and caked with grime. As emphysema slowly takes its toll, her body is failing.
At just 36, Alison* has been a rough sleeper – on and off – for more than 20 years. Homeless, roofless and almost forgotten, she exists only on the fringes of society.
“When I wake up in…
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The Indiscreet Charm of the Gilets Jaunes
So it appears the privatization of France isn’t going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or “yellow vests”), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-Élysées disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising.
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The Controller lifted the embossed leather bound copy of Sun Tzu “Art of War” from the book shelf and idly flicked the pages. His eye was caught by the section on types of spy and the phrase expendable spies leapt out at him. He smiled. Espionage had moved on since Sun’s day. At some stage a military mind had noted that it was not necessary to recruit a spy to become an expendable spy. After all, no one with a grain of intelligence would consent to be recruited if they knew how they were to be used. But expendable spies were needed. As bait. To draw out the opposition. The solution was to use any handy low status member of the public who just happened to be in the right position. Perfect bait. Criminal minds soon develop a sixth sense for secret police penetration but an ordinary mug Joe or Jill Public raises…
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UK political groups spied on by undercover police – the list https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/ng-interactive/2018/oct/15/uk-political-groups-spied-on-undercover-police-list? CMP=share_btw_tw
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On page X of the document, it says: “NATO definition of PSYOPS. Allied Administrative Publication (AAP)-06 defines psychological operations as: planned activities using methods of communication and other means directed at approved audiences in order to influence perceptions, attitudes and behaviour,affecting the achievement of political and military objectives.”
On page IX, this footnote – “The term information strategy (its concept and definition) is not yet endorsed through official NATO policy. Its use here [in the UK], however, reflects current thinking on this subject and is coherent with current policy and doctrine initiatives in areas such as the effects-based approach, strategic communications and information operations.”
The British government is financing a large-scale network that influences political and public opinion in Europe using psyops. A substantial part of it is designed to attack the left, and to promote anti-Russian…
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It seems only half a century ago that adults were characterised by adult behaviour and only infants, idiots and the yahoos of both the feral upper class and lowest social class youth engaged in revolting and infantile behaviour. Adults would look with tolerant disdain as toddlers engaged in the very adult-shocking behaviour of introducing the naughty word poo into every possible discourse. Two year olds of the fifties who soon outgrew their behaviour unlike respectable adult journalists of today.
How we laughed at the outrageous sado-masochistic mass entertainment shows from the far East where contestants would compete for prizes by allowing themselves to be lowered into baths filled with worms/insects or other revolting mucks, now (is this multi-culturalism?) on a tv close to you and engaged in by our very own celebrities. Well, I always wondered what celebrities’ claim to fame was.
The days when Peeping Toms were despised as…
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I’m slightly surprised by the lack of discussion, in the media or online, about the Future of Work report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. There was a flurry of interest in the idea of the 4 Generation workforce (see Tuesday’s post) but not much about any of the report’s other findings.
Anyone interested in the labour market and the future of work ought to read this report. It is well researched and thought-provoking. Of course, its projections are educated guesses designed to get people thinking but you could say that about any government or think-tank report.
The disturbing thing about all the scenarios described by UKCES is that they are pretty grim for most employees. Apart from the highly skilled and the already rich, the outlook for everyone else is an increase in precariousness, uncertainty and low pay.
Here is a summary of the four scenarios for…
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Our final climate offering of the day blends two of our favorite topics, climate change and sustainable agriculture,m with a special focus on biochar [also known as terra preta]
The pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Amazon Basin had a remarkable secret, lost after their advanced civilization was destroyed by the disease brought by European explorers.
Sailing up the previously unexplored rive, Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana, traveled down the Amazon in December 1541 on a journey that would last eight months before he sailed into Pacific Ocean, along the way discovering a rich, densely settled civilization producing high crop yields in the rain forest where, contrary to popular perceptions, soils are typically thin and poor.
Orellana’s stories helped fuel the myth of El Dorado, the famous lost City of Gold, but when later explorer’s sailed the Amazon, they found no flourishing cities, leaving Orellana in dispute for the…
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