In an astonishing move, HM Government has now enacted a law that allows any government (because it’s now part of case law) to sentence someone for breaking a law that didn’t exist at the time they “committed” an “offence“.
Worst of all, our dear labour Party let HM Gov do it!
So what was “allowed” (as they thinly described it) is now “not allowed”. Legality curiously disappears in this “allowing” farrago, yet some things were and are illegal yet hardly anyone was sent to the clink. Just a few token stooges.
So much for our privileged elite.
Not so good if you’re struggling in this artificially enforced time of economic restraint, wholly created by a roulette-based banking and investment class that shares the revolving door world with our politicians.
Now set in case law, the precedent has now been set for any law to be so applied. You can now be penalised for something that was legal when you did it, but isn’t legal now. That’s what it means. Forget (for the moment) the injustice done to thousands of poor folks, fooled and misled into being stripped of their benefits.
The bigger picture is far worse and will have far reaching consequences.
This is really the ghastliest abomination from a whole series of actions where the freedom of the individual has been sequentially stripped over the past decade or so. No wonder they’re all smiling. On top of this they’ve now gagged the press with whom they previously had such a nice cosy relationship. They’ve made it so that if someone wins a libel case, they still have to pay all legal expenses!
Of course, terrorism (or the perception of terrorism through the western filter screen) is at the route of it. The silent majority have let leaders do and say anything for so long that they’ve become accustomed to being scared and placid for so long that they can’t tell right from wrong anymore. But consider this:
It’s always been illegal to trade with certain proscribed countries, organisations or individuals, (call them COI) at a given moment. But it wasn’t always so. At another moment, the list is different.
The precedent now makes it illegal for anyone to have traded with certain proscribed COI in the past even though they weren’t on the proscribed list years ago! This is the bonkers conclusion to this daft legislation. You can dream up any amount of scenarios. All bonkers but now, apparently, all legal.
The cause of all of this was a cease and desist request to me via email by a lawyer, Matt Thomson working at Kronenberger Burgoyne. They found me by the simple expedient of checking my WHOIS for this website. This public visibility is something that in his earlier business of Just Think Media and many of the websites run by him, Jesse Willms obviously failed to do – it being very well documented on-line in such places as the legal settlements with the various organisations and persons that he offended, say. Currently, his WHOIS is visible, and I’ve now discontinued those postings or comments and/or their threads above, as requested.
The cause of my postings was my observance of the extremely high level of complaints by users of Mr Willms services at his websites, and reported as such on a host of consumer-focussed websites and organisations, which I won’t list here for brevity, but are widely available. This is what attracted my attention and I would not have published anything without this high level of consumer complaint. (Obviously, why would I suddenly start spouting on a personal blog site about a Canadian about whom I knew nothing? Like der!)
The effect of the wide complaints, was that users of Mr Willms services complained to their finance organisation using such terms as “deceptive practices” and “unlawful withdrawals” from their bank or credit accounts. (n.b. this is the recommended procedure as reported here with a concert ticket selling scam – Added 12/11/10)
Whether we think that all these people were under the mass delusion that they all had the same experience, or not, the effect of this was that credit processing was limited to Mr Willms businesses which made transactional business difficult for him.
Mr Willms therefore sought to apportion blame to his customers and any organisation reporting their complaints for his downturn in business. ( His earlier businesses for which he reached a legal settlement with Oprah Winfrey et al he appears to have terminated.)
This, for all the above in this paragraph above entitled “Cause and Effect”, is my opinion of the history surrounding Jesse Willms and his businesses over the last few years. How he now conducts business is a different issue entirely, which is why I’m stating the fact here.
This “Cause and Effect” paragraph now ends.
I’ve published the full message to myself below, and it makes interesting reading for those interesting in such things.
A very interesting part of the threatening letter to myself from Matt, was the limits to my free speech on something that only they deem confidential and that may or may not be subject to copyright laws! Matt says:
This letter is without prejudice to the assertion of any and all rights and remedies of Mr.Willms, all of which are expressly reserved. This is a confidential legal communication and is not intended for publication, including publication on a website or via email distribution. Any republication of dissemination of any part of this letter will constitute infringement of copyright and a breach of confidentiality.
Remember, the letter was sent to me without my request. Now as far as I’m concerned, and as a subject of the United Kingdom of Great Britain etc, anything I receive, except something from HM Government in the UK that is subject to the Official Secrets Act, I can publish or copy as I see fit if I have a copyright. Is this letter copyrighted? Even if it is, and I profoundly disagree that it is…..I can still publish. How so?
Being a published musician with my copyright works being plundered on-line, I’m not unfamiliar with copyright law.
This is some Crawling Chaos music for you to enjoy and has Jeff Crowe at his finest and for which I have a Copyright that allows me to play it here etc.
A clause in the US version, which almost exactly follows that in the UK and elsewhere through international treaty and general agreements, is that it’s not illegal to reproduce copyright work under the “Fair use” clause for a host of reasons. This is the clause below, taken from the Cornell Uni. Law School website which is copied from the required US law. (They state: Title 17 of the US Code as currently published by the US Government reflects the laws passed by Congress as of Feb.1, 2010, and it is this version that is published here.)
§ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include— (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
Cease and Desist
And here’s the cease and desist to myself Link, to which I’ve complied with all listed terms and by the removal of listed exhibits.
I’ve complied in that all of what I’ve said previously about Willms and a host of other on-line businesses and services, (don’t forget), is either
repetition of opinion, fair comment and prior art from other sources when I consider them as such. My website history shows that I’ve blocked commentary or linkage that is tortious, slanderous, insults appearance, race or sexual orientation of a person, is bigotted etc.
Now back to checking the internet to ensure that businesses are run fairly and that consumers (i.e. me, you and everyone else) do not suffer. This website, and all its contributors, will continue in this vein. All documentation and IP Addresses is available to any legal process, especially those that seek to protect the common man from the bad people and iniquities that exist in our fast-changing world.
After all, it’s always the common man that suffers from the actions and decisions of the creative types… Mostly, they just want to get on and live their lives free from harassment. Here ends my bit for now.
The home secretary faces the threat of more scientists resigning after sacking his chief drugs adviser Prof David Nutt for his comments about cannabis policy. Two members of the drugs advisory panel have quit in protest and others are to meet to discuss their next move. Alan Johnson said Prof Nutt was sacked for “crossing the line” between giving advice and campaigning for a policy.
The point is that there’s a conflict between safety, facts, opinions, freedom, freedom of speech, duty, duty of care, education, class and knowledge.
Currently, a few tens of people each year die while taking ecstasy. Most actually die from dehydration and related effects, not from the drug.
However, the drug is addictive in that it’s effects diminish with repetition and the user has to take more each time to obtain the same experience.
It can be argued that taking one drug leads to taking others, which seems a reasonable supposition. But even so, the deaths due to drug taking, as opposed to the deaths due to crimes within the drugs supply industry are miniscule.
Far better would be to fully legalise all drugs but to have life imprisonment for illegal supply. In this way, there’s be nothing to stop ‘curious’ people making their own drugs…
An even better, and logical proposition, would be to focus on preventable deaths as they stand in the real, accountable figures. Start by checking the official government death statistics… Oh! And here they are (it’s a big PDF file)
In this right-riveting read are all sorts of weirdness.
For instance, the number of deaths from CYSTITIS is greater than those due to those surrounding Ecstasy intake!! Perhaps we should be focussing our energies here?
But even more shocking, is that the deaths due to NOT WEARING A CRASH HELMET while driving a CAR are more than Ecstasy and Cystitis combined.
If HM Gov were truly concerned about the welfare of it’s citizens, they would insist on the use of crash helmets now and also make it impossible for motor vehicles to exceed ANY speed limit by the use of automatic speed limiting devices? Maybe install equipment to prevent vehicle movement if there’s alcohol on the driver’s breath?
But that removes the freedom of a person to drive how they like? – is the obvious riposte. And why should I have to wear a helmet inside my car? And if I want to drive while drunk, that’s my choice!
So? And there we are back to my first statement: “The point is that there’s a conflict between safety, facts, opinions, freedom, freedom of speech, duty, duty of care, education, class and knowledge.”
And in that, the scientist is absolutely right and Johnson has chucked away all ‘fair comment’ values of a free society and ended the debate by shooting the messenger. Meanwhile the carnage on the streets continues both by vehicle and by the gun and knife.
Either way, it’s still carnage – and deaths from Ecstasy are a pimple in comparison.
Following the biggest financial meltdown in history over the last 2 years, the optimists are vociferously making themselves known and talking the economies of the world, up.
However, the United Kingdom is not doing as well as Germany (and France), apparently. The reason for this is that Germany’s profits have mainly come from manufacturing exports and their trading is done mainly in the Euro which makes their transactions and agreements easier. Also, in Europe they are not so het up about house ownership and thus didn’t have the collateral to increase the levels of personal debt that has been seen in Britain. This was the news this morning.
Meanwhile, UK house prices are sliding up again….
Q. So is it back to normal?
A. I think attitudes are back to normal.
White van man and the manic BMW & Audi drivers are hammering down the motorways again, so they can obviously afford it.
In the same news programme this morning it was stated that Britain’s recent prosperity is based on… the financial markets.
So Germany makes, while Britain gambles…
And as optimism returns, all the platitudes about financial controls are being quietly swept aside. Instead of controls, HM Gov is going to increase the tax on the gamblers!!! (see “Call for bank tax to curb bonuses” )
These are all clever people apparently, and they’ve all done their economics homework.
But they fail to correlate the fact that the gambling spiv country has done badly in the recession and that the prime reason for the recession was people acting like gambling spivs.
So while they’ve made “agreements” for tax-havens like Bermuda & Liechtenstein to behave better, Britain, in actual fact, has not altered it’s behaviour. It’s whole raison d’etre and source of wealth is gambling and spiv cons.
Britain is like a Las Vegas in the ocean. Only bigger.
This morning’s news from “The Independent” will of course shake gasps of angst from those affected and that don’t know, but for the folks at the sharp chalky end, the Teachers, and for the Children pushing through life, this will come as no surprise.
The true reality can be gauged from the evidence – evidence from asking:
Forget about any puffs of nonsense emanating from government or the myriad of ‘standards’ and ‘examinations’ agencies. None could exist without the other, and neither could exist without
Students to Teach
Taxpayers to pay the bills
Forget, also, any claims from the Education Department about what people and schools should be doing. The reality is that should should be applied to every duty, but most fail in it so often that failure becomes the norm and replaces the standard as an aspiration..
Tell Me About This ‘Reality’ – surely exam marks are higher than ever and more pupils than ever can go to a school of their choosing?
Firstly, forget about the current TV advert saying £20-25k starting salary – you can get up to £35k.
I’ve true knowledge that there is a surplus of teachers. Hundreds work in supply teaching (a.k.a. as agency staff) in each Education Authority and are lucky to complete a full week.
The priority of the school head is to fulfil their various ‘targets’. These are educational and financial.
In plain financial terms, it’s cheaper to employ two or even three untrained ‘teaching assistants’ than it is to employ one teacher.
It’s certainly cost-effective to get rid of experienced teachers before they approach the magic £35k! This is extremely common. Again, I have true knowledge of this reality.
In plain educational terms, it’s simpler to do MCQ and rote type exercises than to be taught. The perceived mentality is that all knowledge is on the internet – so look it up and ditch the teacher.
Unfortunately the science chickens are coming home to roost. This year HM Gov and it’s agencies admitted that the exams are too easy and students aren’t pushed for real knowledge. This year Cambridge rejected thousands of triple A and higher students…. Everyone can’t get an A! Say no more.
In educational and social terms, despite a falling pupil role because of a falling birth rate and despite promises and assurances that recognise the fact that the surest way to child improvement is small class sizes, classes are the same size now as 30 years ago.
In plain educational terms, many students don’t have a fixed teacher all year in many of their subjects – they are all supply teachers or assistants. I have true knowledge of this. c.f. the Dept Of Education statement in the Independent article reads;
“Our guidance is that cover supervision should only be used as a short-term solution.”
In plain ‘crowd control’ terms, it’s not unusual that the two untrained ‘assistants’ can’t cope, and that otherwise employed teachers must be pulled from nearby lessons to sort things out. I have true knowledge of this.
And so to the news item at the top of the page. From the two bouncers employed as crowd control, one has already been sacked because of .. well er.. “a disciplinary offence against a member of staff”!! There were only two of them. They’d been ‘checked’.
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