DrainTheSwamp- Born of Lies and Ignorance – NHS Still in Crisis Part 1

Once more its election time and there are shrill demands to stuff another £350 million per week into the NHS, as though this is a complete and permanent solution to a giant nationalised industry that has been in crisis, for almost seventy years, since it was founded. This echoes the ignorance that surrounded the founding of the NHS and the lies that sought to conceal some very disturbing vulnerabilities.

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DrainingTheSwamp – An Addiction to Junk Software

The large scale attack on computer systems, including many of the British NHS systems, has generated considerable publicity, not least because NHS patients have suffered considerably with operations cancelled and medical facilities closed. We do not yet know how many have died as a direct or indirect result of the lack of NHS facilities in consequence of the hack. Surprise has been expressed in the media, but this is a situation warned about more than forty years ago, with regular warnings following over the years since. The only real surprise is that this form of attack was not taking place regularly for many years, but then this is not the first attack, just the first to receive widespread publicity.

A very large part of the huge risks are a result of an addiction to junk software and a desire to adopt new functionality with very little though of its benefits and threats.

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The Battlebuses are on the Move

We are in the middle of an outbreak of elections. Last week, of course, with just one month to go before the General Election, much of the country went to vote in local elections. Amidst all the stories to come out of those results, the most unexpected must be the poor performance of the Scottish National Party. They lost seats as ordinary Scots continue to reject Nicola Sturgeon’s Remoaner push for, as their slogan says: ‘Independence in Europe’. The Scottish Conservatives, who respect the vote for Brexit and the 2014 vote to stay in the United Kingdom, made massive gains. Surely it is time for Remainers who claimed Brexit would lead to the ‘inevitable’ break-up of the United Kingdom, to think again.

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Leave.EU’s Country Before Party campaign – News update

 

For evidence of how lacklustre a General Election campaign this is turning out to be, look no further than Theresa May’s carefully choreographed appearances. This week the Prime Minister was accompanied by husband Philip on the One Show sofa, discussing matters critical to the national interest, like which of them puts out the bins.

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May’s muted campaign, together with the Corbynites’ desperation to propose totally unfundable, if popular, Labour policies and UKIP’s determination to become irrelevant as quickly as possible has so far meant, bizarrely, the Brexit General election is looking anything but. Asked five times on Tuesday to confirm whether a Labour government would leave the EU, Jeremy Corbyn declined to answer. Victory in Europe Day was this week too, a momentous anniversary that went unnoticed by the political establishment. No matter what you may see on the One Show, the ruling class doesn’t know how the other side lives.

Without fearsome competition, May’s men have no obligation to say more on Brexit, or anything else for that matter, than has already been put out into the ether. The few nuggets – caps on energy prices and immigration (don’t hold your breath) – are strategic scraps, inserted into the debate to steal territory from Labour and UKIP respectively at minimum risk.

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Was the 2015 election bought?

 

Breaking news – the Crown Prosecution Service has said it won’t prosecute any of the candidates suspected of flouting electoral law in 2015. The CPS agreed with the Electoral Commission that the Conservatives did misreport their spending, which allowed them to stay under the spending limits. But they got off on a technicality – that the CPS can’t prove that they did it on purpose.

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Embassy Statement Regarding First Exercise of Recent Constitutional Amendment

London, 10 May 2017: The National Communications Centre (NCC) in the Kingdom of Bahrain confirms that the Military Judiciary will consider, for the first time, a case against three individuals, one military personnel and two associates whom are non-military personnel. The three are accused of committing terrorist crimes related to planning to target military installations and Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) personnel.

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War on ‘dirty diesels’ sees surge in UK diesel owners dumping their cars for cleaner alternatives

 

 

 

 

 

  • More than half (56%) of all enquires on car buying website Motorway.co.uk in April were drivers looking to sell a diesel car (even though only 47.7% of cars on the road are diesels)
  • New survey reveals almost a fifth (18.9%) of diesel car owners are looking to sell their cars 
  • A predicted 15% drop in the value of a second-hand diesel by the end of 2017 could wipe more than £17bn off the net worth of diesel car owners

London, 9th May 2017 — Thousands of diesel car owners are already looking to offload their vehicles after a “triple whammy of bad news”, to buy newer, cleaner alternatives before the value of their cars plummets, according to figures from car buying website Motorway.co.uk.

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OPEC and Non-OPEC Nations Will Reduce Oil & Gas Production to Restore Supply-Demand Parity

 

Vertically integrated companies are best poised to make the most of the growth opportunities in a volatile industry, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Energy & Environment team

LONDON – 8 May 2017 – The demand-supply imbalance in the oil & gas industry over the past couple of years has had far-reaching economic and geopolitical implications for the global market. The strong production in the North American and Russian markets led to an oversupply, which triggered a price crash and economic instability in the euro zone, geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Africa region, and low demand in Asia-Pacific. Further, the low revenue inflow compelled oil & gas majors to roll back their capital expenditure (CAPEX) and oilfield services.

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Macron email leaks – comments and analysis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Following the hack affecting Emmanuel Macron’s campaign over the weekend, Chris Doman, security researcher at AlienVault, comments: “The impression on the 4Chan boards, where the data was dumped – the so-called “armpit of the Internet” – is that this is all a game. But the effects of repeated attacks against political parties is serious. It’s unlikely those orchestrating these attacks would have the best interests of those happily spreading their output at heart. While the French elections are now over, it’s unlikely these types of attacks will be. Related attacks targeting German political parties for the upcoming German elections have already been identified.”

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