This class action suit caught my eye today from one of my feeds, ClassActionLawsuitsInTheNews.
YouPorn, YouPorn Cocks and YouPorn Gay Privacy Class Action Lawsuit Complaint Filed Over Alleged Internet Browsing History Sniffing
Initially, I thought,
“well that’s tough on those visiting such websites…. they should know what to expect…”
…and other such sentiments.
But then I thought,
“hang on – this technology is used by all websites, and the principle of using vulnerabilities in Java (this time) and other coding as a means to steal user information etc can be applied to all websites that we visit”
It’s not the same as revealing government or business secrets that in an honourable and ethical world should not be secret in the first place, is it?
No it isn’t.
The difference is in the scale of the watching – because the defendants are using Big Brother monitoring techniques for the prime purpose of theft in all its guises.
Notionally, our governments are supposed to “ask the people” by way of an appointed legal authority to do phone tapping etc. The fact that Wikileaks has exposed our representatives doing the opposite time & time again (amongst other illegal things) only clarifies the difference between the right way of living and the wrong.
If our representatives acted honourably, then there would be no need for Wikileaks, or Amnesty International etc.
And plainly, the class action shows that a whole host of people believe the porno-defendants were not acting honourably at the personal level. How many people think this?
Well, the class action is asking for relief for, get this……
Each and every United States resident who has visited Defendant’s website in the previous four years.
And that’s one heap of a list of IP addresses. Where will they get that? Hmmm.
Solicitors James Beresford and Douglas Smith – who took millions from Miners – lose their appeal
Finally, after yet another year of time has passed, the crooked and not very appealing (they called themselves ‘entrepreneurial’) James Beresford and Douglas Smith, formerly of Doncaster-based Beresfords Solicitors, have had their case against being struck off the solicitors’ roll quashed.
Unbelievably, Beresford and Smith deemed themselves fit to practice after ripping off taxpayers and widows. See this BBC story
Doubtless, all the poor widow women who got a few hundred quid compensation for watching their husbands cough themselves to death because of industrial injury while the solicitors ran off with millions of taxpayers’ and their money will be gladdened by this…
What should have happened is that all their ill-gotten gains should be taken back. It’s not enough to stop them practising. They deliberately set out to double-charge both victims and the taxpayer. In many cases, these charges were wholly excessive anyway – and then they doubled them!
What actually happened is that the grinning Beresford is now set up in another profitable business, living the life of Riley while the widows continue to suffer. The slow drip of employee dissatisfaction shows the bloke to be as odious as before and karmic retribution is getting closer and closer for Beresford, at least. (added on information received in later comments below)
The reality is that Beresford and Smith don’t just need their names striking off some paper roll. They haven’t suffered in any way.
They need their balls striking off for having the balls to take money from those that could least afford it and who put their trust into their professional expertise where they promised to do the best for their clients.
As it is now, the interest on their ill-gotten gains is more than a banker’s pension. I truly believe that Karmic Retribution will hurt these people very badly indeed. It’s up to them to set right their wrongs or else they will suffer terribly. I don’t have to do a thing. I just know it.
See these related posts of mine and the other links on the devilish actions of the lawyers.
Finally BT has seen the light and dropped the Phorm privacy inquisition software from it’s future plans. This follows on from it’s unwarranted secretive tests on it’s own consumers last year and the resulting furore that has seen Phorm fuck around with a huge damage limitation exercise designed to shift the focus from it’s activities onto the “benefits” of it’s “service”.
So it’s sighs of relief from this writer. We don’t want that sort of thing going on here, we’re British, you know!
Of course, BT hasn’t given clear reasons, but I’m sure that their decision is commercial and not altruistic. Leopards cannot change their spots. But in this case, whatever the motive, it’s the correct outcome.
Phorm shares fall as BT opts out: Phorm is a controversial system of internet advertising. Shares in the online ad firm Phorm have fallen by more than 40% after BT said it had no immediate plans to use the service that tracks online behaviour.
This morning, PM Gordon Brown told Andrew Marr that he wants to ‘clean up’ parliament.
He wants a ‘code of conduct’ for MPs to follow. The thing is, there’s already a code of conduct – it’s called the law!
All we, ‘the people’ want, is to have reasonable laws and for people to follow them, equally.
Members of Parliament are special. They have special responsibilities. In a nutshell, they represent us in the speaking house, the parler-a-ment. This simple fact makes them special. Within the speaking house they are allowed to say quite derogatory things about each other which in the outside world could be libellous. But this is the nature of the game. This is the special status that exists in Parliament for our representatives so that they can speak without fear or hindrance.
This simple freedom seems to have been forgotten.
Now they must all watch what they say, toe the party line, think of the future and their reputations…… Big Brother watches everything.
Now they think that they need extra-special status and self-justifiably grab whatever beneifits and remunerations they ‘think’ they are due.
This is the show we have now stumbled upon; evading tax, feathered nests and the nepotic practices of a third rate African despot, that is.
From left to right of the ruling classes, they’re greedily identical. Depending on how much wealth they currently have, their aspirations to further wealth naturally vary – but the greed in their minds is the same.
The PM Gordon Brown has said he’s appalled and shocked by the revelations – despite being one of the ringleaders during the information-blocking process! Now, in a further devious twist, in the interview, he’s not-so-subtly trying to shift the focus away from MPs again!
He just can’t stop it, can he? He’s in total denial and his brain is in action debt! Fiddle, fiddle, fiddle. Hide, hide, hide.
So yet another ‘code of conduct’ is supposed to be the panacea! It’s just staggering ineptitude and a total denial of the events in recent financial history where our money systems, all obeying a ‘code of conduct’, all visibly folded. And he wants more of the same?
He says that he,
“…wants a clean-up of all public institutions – such as the NHS and the BBC”
This is the “smoke and mirrors” distraction, which could be all well and good, especially in the champagne-bottle-strewn corridors of the BBC. Unfortunately for Brown, these institutions are already ‘code of conduct’-ed to the gunwales!
We need a Code of Conduct Czar we’ve got so many! Call it OfCodeOfConduct! OfCon for short, with the emphasis on Con.
All changes since 1997 have been a Brown/Blair initiative. This means it’s their idea and their fault. He can’t pass the buck!
Like MPs expenses, the power for change is as directly in his hands now as it always has been, and it’s disingenuous to shift blame again. He’s Prime Minister for fuck’s sake! If he can’t do it, what’s he for?
In fact, it reveals the depths of psychotic deception to which our leader, Gordon Brown, will plummet in a vain quest to change Britain (to what?) before the axe falls on him. He’s frantically grasping at straws, trying to stay afloat in the maelstrom of his own creation and management.
This psychosis means that all his good works (and to be fair, there have been many);minimum wage, better family allowances, better health service, 12 week operation wait, new hospitals, better child care, rail electrification etc; they are all as nought.
They’ve been completely cancelled out by the institutionalised corrupt practices at all levels of society under his watch.
Most will inevitably be rolled back by some future government, disguised as part of a ‘wider process of reform’, as they’ll say.
And if this future government is a bunch of Nazis then we’re in big do-dos.
Because the bad things that Brown & Blair have started – e.g.
the police state
shoot to kill
war on terror
arrest and detention without trial for indefinite periods
lies to further a war
massive reliance on databases and their subsequent loss!
…many of these won’t be rolled back. It’s that chip-chip away at freedom. Eventually when it’s all gone, then there’ll be a realisation. And if we don’t fall into the Maelstrom, there’ll be a bloodbath in it’s place…
What Must be Done?
Sack people who are incompetent with minimum compensation. This means No Payment For Failure. Make sure that this applies to politicians and all hitherto cushioned leaders, business or otherwise. It’s what 99% of the population have to endure. Enforce this by passage of a “Corrupt Payments and Bonus Law”.
Pass a law to retrospectively get money off the corrupt and incompetant bankers. This is what we’d do in the fight against organised crime. It’s what we do against dole-scroungers who’ve abused the system. This is what we do against tax-evaders. It’s the same thing – Just do it!
No more Codes of Conduct. Make proper, morally clear, enforceable law.
An end to all priviledge. Equal treatment under the law and one law for everyone.
Use the army to get our money back from Tax Havens. Give them something useful to do instead of propping up heroin production in Afghanistan… It’s our money that’s been siphoned off – go and get it. We won’t need an ‘International Banking Code of Conduct’ for the future. I mean, what would little Cayman, Bermuda and Lichenstein really do if a troop from Norton Manor Camp pull up at the front door of the ****** Bank Of ***** and ask for all our money back? If the army can’t do that and protect the wealth of our nation, then retire them.
The reactions in the NOTW article and other tabloids have been suitably strong, and that I think, is the reason for it’s publication in the NOTW. It’s to gauge the mood and set the trend; there’s an election looming! He’s out-stepped the Tories in right-winged-ness!
However, on the No10 website there’s an article where the PM confirms that our community policing is to stay (see Neighbourhood policing “here to stay”). In this, and combined with the above, I see his communal spirit pushing through. It’s a recognition of the fact that communities, to a large extent, police themselves.
For instance, it’s well known that large matriarchal figures exist on the large estates and have a huge governance on the internal running of schools. Ask any teacher. This governance is totally outside the law. It’s a fact of life.
I see Brown’s overall words as trying to offer a concrete substance to this fact.
But it’s the way it’s done that’s bad. It tars all young people with the same brush, when clearly, we and they are all individuals. I don’t think it’s a one-size-fits-all solution, like a National Service for free. Altruism comes from within, and to impose it from without isn’t altruism and doesn’t enforce a sense of social responsibility. Quite the opposite. People will see it as Big Brother, like Comrade Stalin forcing the crowds to smile for the camera. They’ll smile, but they’ll hate it and reject it.
But it’ll please the Colonel Blimps and outraged-from-Tunbridge-Wells types for a bit. It may keep their votes his way.
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