Bay of Skaill
I’ve been playing with a digital extraction of Skaill on Reaper. Have a listen. Guess what’s been done….
A video is to follow (slow encoding to get the quality I need) which is highly appropriate given my partly Orcadian roots and the track title. Skaill is the final track from “C” – “The Big C”, by Crawling Chaos. It is Jeff Crowe and myself jamming with some post recording tape twiddling. Skara Brae which we both fascinated by is nearby and is why we chose the track title after getting the Ordnance Survey map out! Thanks to Jeff Lynne on TV the other night for some inspiration to get this project started.
Regular readers of these pages will not be surprised to learn that this “business” hides their identity (see my opinion on hidden identity here) – see WHOIS link
And knowledgable and wise internet folk will also not be surprised that the link takes you to a typically gaudy Get-Rich-Quick website, prototing the dubious merits of Robert Allen. This time it is called… wait for it (drumroll)…
Home Wealth Package
Home Wealth Package - 1st page
The actual URL (after a redirect from http://wbcnewsonline.com/business/read-more.php) is http://apply.robertallenswealthpackage.com/?hop=rgamedia&c1=467659339&c2=400444 and it looks like the screenshot on the left.
Amazingly, there are only 5 places remaining! (This dubious sales tactic is everywhere on the web as well as normal retail – this post I wrote over two days and in the morning there were still 5 places remaining, gosh.)
Now obviously, this is a pile of poo. But when you try to leave you get:
“The begging prompt” – see here:
Please Don't Go!
You will notice that the cakground has changed….? This is because the page has redirected to another one already! It’s:
..which means that trying to close the crap, qualifies me for an e-e-e-even more special offer that allows me to earn up to £379 per day (actually, I won’t get out of bed for less than £380 a day, so they’ve failed on that one). This is the full page on the left.
An analysis of the page shows the same “loadsa money” girl from the Google Treasure Chest templates and I even spotted one iStockPhoto in the guise of the couple called “Jane & Jeremy C – Liverpool, UK”.
But check the bottom of the page – they carefully state in the smallest font known to mankind that,
Photos used are Not of actual customers.
Well that’s alright then.
Another thing that is obviously alright as it obviously does not seek to decieve is the disclaimer in tiny font at the bottom that states,
Home Wealth Package is not associated with CNN, People and TIME
…despite the prominently displayed logos at the top of the page. This behaviour also occurred on the first landing page. See two screenshots below.
This is a common pattern of behaviour for these scam get-rich-quick websites – they almost always have huge random logos of reputable internet businesses which are then diclaimered away in tiny printy at the botoom of the page.
Sign Up & Start Earning! Rush My Order!
Handily there’s still five “positions” remaining…. Better get one fast, eh? Clicking the nice large buttons takes me to this screen, where the logo disclaimer is now noticable by its absence!
Home Wealth Package - signup start
Please note the text at the bottom which states “We respect your privacy and will not rent or share your information with anyone.” – – This is NOT what happened when I did this previously (see links at beginning of this post). At that time my email address was mercilessly spread around like confetti!
Get Started Now!
Click Bank Payment Form
Clicking that button takes me to the Click Bank form where I would normally pay my £19.97.
At this point I left but consider what Robert Allen and his marketteers now have, even though I haven’t bought anything…?
They have my name.
They have my phone number.
They have my email address.
Fortunately, I gave my name as Mystic Meg, my phone number is that of Scotland Yard and my email address is my spam harvester.
But for anyone else suckered into this tissue of lies, they’d now be open to even more spam as an absolute minimum.
Co-incidentally with my observance of the Facebook advert, I got some email spam this morning onto a little-used email address that wanted to sell me email spam lists by profession! It looks like the start of a new campaign.
This is it with my email xxxx-ed out:
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Delivery-date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 18:07:23 -0600
Received: from smtp.sernam.cl ([184.108.40.206] helo=mail.sernam.cl)
by junction.site5.com with esmtps (TLSv1:AES128-SHA:128)
(envelope-from <[email protected]>)
for xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Mon, 20 Dec 2010 18:07:22 -0600
Received: from dockside (220.127.116.11) by mail.sernam.cl (192.168.254.106)
with Microsoft SMTP Server id 8.1.436.0; Mon, 20 Dec 2010 21:04:21 -0300
To: <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>,
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Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 21:04:21 -0300
Received-SPF: None (CorreoCas2.sernam2k.cl: [email protected]
does not designate permitted sender hosts)
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Last April (9 months ago), I contrasted the sling and arrows of fortune as they applied to an admitted mass-murderer and one convicted of mass murder who always protested his innocence. (see Megrahi and Calley Compared and Contrasted)
Now, fully 9 months after the wholesale shock in the West at Megrahi’s early release (the personal recollectionally-challenged Vice-president Clinton was notable in her non-charitable words about all this), the journalists at the BBC have seen fit to look at the matter more closely. (see ‘Flaws’ in key Lockerbie evidence)
Well this is great! It looks like Megrahi was stitched up after all. As he has always claimed.
Another ‘expert’ has decided that there was no way that a crucial piece of evidence could have survived the bomb blast. More importantly, the evidence wasn’t examined correctly and was just assumed to be “the bit that everyone was looking for”.
For me, the absolute key piece is that Megrahi was identified by someone in Malta who did not like him, several months after the bomb blast and even longer than after he’d met him!!! In all the cases of identification evidence, this has to be the most shoddy and flimsiest I’ve ever seen!!!
But the big questions are:
Why was none of this done decades ago?
What is wrong with us and our judicial system?
Why are so many innocents convicted for BIG crimes?
Of course, someone still did the heinous deed. It just wasn’t Megrahi, that’s all. But we all know where the solution lies.
Watch how they pick and choose which bits of ‘science’ to believe!
Abandoned for 100 Years
Last week, smiley Alan Johnson fell out with serious Professor Nutt because the professor said some factual scientific things, things proven by statistics and analysis to have an overwhelming degree of proof. This was that drinking alcohol and smoking is far more dangerous than cannabis and ecstasy pills. See dont-shoot-the-messenger-if-you-dont-like-the-message and associated links.
Now, this week, Ed Milliband has taken the opposite approach and said:
So, despite there being three major accidents involving nuclear power, he says it’s safe! In actual fact, he said this:
“I do understand the anxieties that there are because there have been concerns about nuclear power.” “I think it is right that we go ahead with this. It has a good safety record. There is no evidence that people’s fears about nuclear are grounded, in my view.”
The trouble with this, is that a nuclear accident isn’t the same as a car crash, it isn’t at all like a train crash or a plane crash. It actually isn’t anything like an earthquake or tsunami, natural hazards that many have to live with.
Hinkley Point Power Station
In a nutshell, if Hinkley Point Power Station down the road from me goes up in a similar fashion to Chernobyl, because of the prevailing wind, most of England will be uninhabitable and we’ll all have to go to Scotland!
The Three Close Shaves
In order, there was Windscale when I was a child and was exposed to Strontium in the milk which had to be chucked away for months. The records show that this was a really close shave for us in Britain and Scandinavia – only half an hour away from a worse-than-Chernobyl disaster!
Then we had Three-Mile Island, another skin of the teeth episode but this time by the Americans.
Then there was Chernobyl which has left a 100 mile square piece of Russia uninhabitable and left sheep inedible thousands of miles away in Britain for years. If the Chernobyl event had been here, as I say, all the Midlands would’ve needed evacuating. As it is, Russia is very, very big, and they’ve room to move….. We don’t. It’s a little island. Full of jobs-worth’s and idiots, by the sound of it.
Subway to Nowhere
Q. So which scientist is Milliband believing? Which scientist says it’s “safe”?
Q. What evidence is Milliband ignoring that leads him to think people’s fears are “ungrounded”, as he says?
A. The evidence of his head in the sand, that’s what!
In this case he is using the infrequent bad events and calling them safe because they don’t happen often. And because we’ve been very, very lucky; that’s all.
The stats show something different, because there are only about a couple of hundred nuclear plants across the globe! Three have gone up!!! For me, this is piss-poor odds and I don’t wish the lottery-like risks, especially when there are a host of other alternatives.
He’s a clever man, but that doesn’t mean he’s always correct.
In his same speech (on TV some years ago), he said that an incident killing about 1 million people every 100 years was almost inevitable, but comparing it to road transport, or to dying from an overheating world, or the natural cancers we’d get anyway, then many more would die in the same period….
That’s statistics and that’s a scientist speaking. It’s the balance of probabilities and the the certainty of proof expressed in numbers.
However, it does not make it right and it does not make it something to which we should aspire.
There has to be a better way – and there is. There are a pot of technologies available, especially when the economies of scale in mass manufacture are taken into account. I don’t mean battery cars, the biggest red herring ever. But there ARE a host of solutions and the biggest obstacles are:
Vested interests – oil companies and the politicians and businessmen that are attached.
Lack of belief – we people can do anything we set our minds to – even splitting the atom and making global war with it!
Stasis in Innovation – a host of tools are already available but people are scared and no-one wants to take the first step…
But look at it this way. If all houses and industrial premises are forced by law to be covered with low cost film photovoltaic cells, how much electricity will we have and how many people MIGHT get hurt if a roof collapses?
A. A lot of electric and not many people!
Surely, something like this is worth trying rather than putting a host of concrete death stars on our doorsteps?
Call me stupid if you like, but there’s something particularly disturbing about the ethics of the planned carve-up of the big two banks rescued last year by our taxes. (see RBS and Lloyds in major shake-up for details)
Normal Practice During Business Mergers
If two companies merge or one buys out another, quite often they do the same line of business and a major financial attraction of this process is the savings from using common systems – like I.T., accountancy, management, office costs and all the other common costs like these.
They have a fancy word for it – synergy. A usual consequence when departments merge like this is for staff, say 30-50% of them in the affected areas, to lose their jobs
Logically, if a formerly merged business has to split up, you’d expect the two separate businesses to have to increase these management-al areas to properly run the two businesses?
Otherwise one business will not have any I.T. function and the other might not have any office space for management. Things like that. At the very least they’ll need two managers instead of one!!!
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