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Human Rights Vetos Procrastination

Human Rights must come first: European Courts rule UK has violated Human Rights in Iraq

European Union FlagTreatment of Iraq Citizens Not acceptable.

Human Rights has been violated by the British [and American] forces whilst in Iraq. The conclusion was not particularly hard to reach for the European Court of Human Rights I am sure. Many people have already been critical over US and UK actions in Iraq particularly the treatment of the locals.

House of Lords Overturned

Four years ago, the undemocratically elected house of lords of the United Kingdom ruled there was no breach. It will doubtless come as a rather disappointing ruling then that the European Court of Human Rights with supremacy over the House of Lords, and now the Supreme Court of Britain has ruled against them. It will come however as  a relief for minority groups worldwide. Governments will do what they want, but justice still will rule above even the Governments.

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News of the World Heavy hand flies in for cover up.

News of the World to be dealt with by Rupert Murdoch Personally

Rupert Murdock of News of the WorldNews of the World is soon going to be a thing of the past at least as far as publishing of the news paper is concerned. Tomorrow will be the last ever copy of the news of the world to be distributed. The story however is far from over. Indeed revelations today that News International’s most senior and most hated man is flying directly to London today to deal with the aftermath of the Hacking Claims.

Crime Scene

The news of the world offices are to be declared by the police investigation as a crime scene. This could be a problem for the corporate chairman. British Law allows for prosecution of directors for the actions taken by staff. If it  is deemed by the police investigation that criminal charges should be brought forward against News of the World, then Rupert Murdock himself may be subject to charges.

Protecting the Brand

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Afghanistan: Ten years later.

Afghanistan Ten years later.

Afghan army traineesAfghanistan War: The Reasons.

Afghanistan was declared by the United States to be harbouring terrorist as part of George W Bush declaration of your either with us our against us. This in the eyes of the United States gave them just cause to launch what has now became a decade long occupation of the middle east.

In two months it will be precisely 10 years since the joint armed forces of the United States and the United Kingdom despite widespread protest in international bodies declared war on Afghanistan.

Military Objectives

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David Cameron faces Wrath of Miliband

David Cameron faces the Wrath of Ed Miliband in Houses of Commons.

Houses of ParliamentEd Miliband may not be the toothless old cat he appears after all.

David Cameron was feircely and unflinchingly attacked today by Ed Miliband. The two leaders had a stand off in the house of commons over the News of the World. Starting off by playing the nice guy, Ed Miliband inisted that an enquiry into the News of the World’s recent hacking was required. David Cameron agreed could this be the first time the pair have set aside their differences and agreed on matters?

Inquiry into News of the World

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Meddling Prince Charles Embarrassment

Meddling Prince Charles Embarrassment to Royal Family

Meddling Prince CharlesFuture King Declares his Poltical Views

The last time that a British monarch set foot in the house of commons, his head was chopped off. The result of which lead to the formation of the Republic of England. England did not return to a monarchy for the better part of a decade, perhaps it is now time to return to those days.

Republic of Great Britain

Should it ever be declared that the United Kingdom should be converted into a republic, it seems by necessity that the title of United Kingdom should dissolve. A Kingdom by definition requires a monarch and by replacing the Monarch of Britain with a republic, this would be lost.

Changes to the way our political system works would have to be made; the House of Lords being more directly associated to the reigning monarch would need to be changed (really it does need to be changed already), to an democratically elected body.

Service to the people by the elected bodies of both houses of parliament would surely lead to more engagement by the people with their political figures. The people would start to regain the trust of the parliament, and the realization of the weakness of the use of a Monarch would become stronger by every day. The democratic republic of Great Britain would be formed.

Until that glorious day (which shall be a national holiday I am certain), we must put up with politicians being interfered with by many factors.

Prince Charles of Wales: The Meddling Prince.

Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the throne of Britain has been in the press for meddling in the affairs of others more than once. Lately his appearance has came in the form of meddling in the internal affairs of Parliament itself. Such actions should not be acceptable of a Prince of Great Britain, less so the future King.

Prince Charles has been accused by a spokesman for former Prime Minister Tony Blair as having been guilty of attempting to inter fear with the government’s strategies on a number of issues. These cover such wide scope as the British dealings with the Peoples Republic of China  to less urgent matters as genetically modified crops.  I am certain that the Prince has no qualifications that would make his unique insight into either of these matters relevant to the deliberations of the government.

Furthermore, in less than 10 months, he has been accused of meeting with no less than 9 ministers from the coalition government. This is a worrying number of secret meetings to have with political figures.

Secret Hand Written Letters.

The Prince of Wales is well known and has a reputation of having writing letters to anyone he feels needs to get a scolding off. A panel has been set up to consider the future role of the Monarch in Britain, and it has suggested that the Prince needs to be open and transparent about his interfering in public affairs. Although I must admit, his interfering should really not be tolerated and should publicly apologize for his actions.

Future of Britain not a Monarchy

There are many people out there that will view this latest outburst by the Prince as a time to move away from a monarchy once and for all. It is a time to build a strong future for Britain, the first step is definitely becoming more democratic. Get rid of the house of lords as a nominated for life entity and get rid of the Monarchy. When we start electing everyone that represents us we have a chance to influence our own political future.

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Financial Times

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Can a universe be stored within a universe?

Can a universe be stored within that universe?

Universe MapCommon logic might suggest it is impossible to store the entire universe within the universe. Lets for now ignore the logistics of how one could actually move the whole universe to somewhere within that universe surely it would be a circular logic.

The origin of this thought pattern appart from perhaps my general madness, comes from an article which I read at work the other day there. It was talking about the Digital Universe. That being the collective storage of all electronic information globally.

Expansion of the Universe

What we shall do in this line of thought is neutralize the assumption that the universe is growing and infinte. My reasons for this decision is because the physical universe is expanding, and the digital universe is also expanding. In fact, the article in question expects that this year, we will generate 1.8 ZettaBytes of additional data. A quantity so huge that we would need enough iPads to build the great wall of china, but at twice the height of the normal Great Wall of China.

To Scale Modeling

Alright, so we have at least enough storage to store the great wall of china physically to scale. How far can we take it, within that storage facility lets place 3d modeled graphics of everything to scale of 1:1. That is, if you build a box, 1 meter wide, by 1 meter high in your 3-d graphics world, if you were ot output it on a 3-d printer, you would end up with a 1 meter wide, 1 meter high box.

Now, taking the storage capacity of the world, against a 1:1 model of an object, we should be able to establish what the ratio of the digital universe to the physical universe is.

Sentient Life

Fundamentally, all life comes down to motion of electrical signals and reactions from those signals. Now, as a programmer I know that we could emulate this process, so if we were to integrate the raw physics of the universe to our 3d-model of the universe, we would great what would appear to be a working model of the entire universe to the point that life within it surely must achive sentient status.

So we can create an entire duplicate of our universe, fully working in digital form. In theory at least, the logic involved in making this work would cost a fortune and I can imagine we may encounter many ethical questions about doing it in the first place. Would it be ethical to create sentient life which we can destroy entire civilizations with just by hitting the power button?

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British Medical Association on Quality Premiums

British Medial Association does not trust Quality Premiums.

British Medical AssociationBritish medial association and the NHS Reforms.

The British medial association (BMA) has openly criticized the quality premiums section of the NHS reforms. They fear that the changes proposed by the unthinking government could be seen as paying doctors to not treat patients. The British Medical Association has had the response of “we’ll review it” by the Department of Health. The department of health has stated that they will reward commissioning bodies for improving health care. That could not be a more vague term of course.

They have instead stated that great care will be required. I am not entirely confident in the Department of Health’s ability to run a massive operation with ‘great care’.

Damaging to Trust

The British Medical Association has stated that if the reforms are to go ahead without a serious consideration of the opinion of the public, it will damage relationships. Patients may find themselves in the belief that doctors are fobbing them off instead of referring them for the medical treatment they badly desire in order to make a quick buck. It is much like the NHS Direct telephone support, consumer confidence in that is not too great I know from my family’s experiences of it.

This comes during a time when confidence in the conservative party’s leadership is low. The British Medical Association has already placed a vote of no confidence in the Health Secretary earlier this year. They can only hope that the government strategy to involve many players in the deciding of what bodies are suitable for the quality premium: overseers, patients and doctors and presumably the British Medical Association will play a part in that too. They say that no health care system can provide what everyone wants, cant it really? Surely everyone wants a clean hospital, clean doctor and to have access to the treatment for the problem they have? Is that really so unattainable? If so we seriously need to reconsider the strategy of the NHS in a cross party basis.

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Financial Times | GPonline

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Social Media Report Background Checks in USA

Social Media Background Check for Employers

Background Check FingerprintIn the United States, a company setup ran by Max Drucker has been given the authority to use social media as a legitimate background check for employers. This poses a few problems for the general public and leaves the United States employment service open to a huge number of risks.

How it works.

The social media background report would need to look up your details and make a best guess about that person. Lets take the company ceo as an example.

Max Drucker quotes:

“move ti reno if your trying to…”

bertos, gym, work, sleep

So what can we tell from this? Well clearly Social Intelligence CEO Max Drucker has very poor english skills. Lets put that into his record. His photo is of a group, we’ll have to assume that he was at a drug induced frat party. Now lets give him an employability score. Well, unfortunately we do not wish to have drunk drugies working for us, we can no longer consider his application. Now we must send a rejection letter.

Privacy?

What, you think that it breacheas privacy? I completely agree. I would also encourage that Facebook work with the people to block out their service to prevent any missrepresentations of an individual to employers. The decision to use this kind of service as an employer should not be undertaken lightly. Deny the wrong person a job they were suitible for and you may find yourself at the wrong end of a class action lawsuit for misstreatment of the individuals privacy.

The United States seriously needs to think about what kind of a country they really want to be. This kind of company starts moving them deeper into commuism and they are already far from being a great honourable country.

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Consumerist | SIC

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Senior Aid to David Cameron meets Grim Reaper.

Grim Reaper Strikes Glastonbury – Political Aid to The Prime Minister Killed

Death has arrivedSuspicions are likely to be high amongst those that have found out. Death at Glastonbury but it is no ordinary citizen, the deceased was a freind of David Cameron and chairman of the west Oxfordshire conservative association: Christopher Shale.  He has been described as a close political ally of the Prime minister and today David Cameron has made a statement which expresses that closeness. Describing him as ‘a big rock in his life that has been rolled away‘.

Suicide or Sinister?

The police have restricted access to the toilet area where the body was found.The have not yet indicated that it has been treated as supicious. They have suggested that this may have been a suicide. Was it really however, a senior political ally of the prime minister of Great Britain and father goes to a music festival to kill himself?

Perhaps something else is going on that is not quite being expressed to the world. The likelyhood of someone doing that does not seem high in my opinion.

Critism of Conservative Party

The discovery of his death suspiciously comes just hours after a leaked document indicated that Mr Shale had been highly critical of the conservative party in recent times. Stating openly that the party needed to radically change. Perhaps this opened up for some retaliation back against the man who wanted to change the party for the better? A more modern, liberal and accepting of change conservative party surely would make him quite a few enemies within the party itsself.

Time will tell…

The police are actively investigating the death and over time it is certain they will build up a true picture of what happened. Ultimately the truth always will come out.

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Independant | Gaurdian | Gaurdian (2)

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Facebook and how you can use it to make money

How to use Facebook to Make Money

Facebook PictureFacebook is big, Facebook is popular and Facebook is something you should be thinking about if you want to generate money.

They say that finding new customers is hard, and I can sympathies with that feeling. However in the case of social networking, facebook appears to be doing very well for itsself. Considering that they have managed to build a commercial success around what is essentially a brain dump onto a website is very impressive.

As a company however, why should you want to ignore Facebook? Would you ignore Google in your marketing strategy? I didn’t think so.

Statistics speak for them self, around 250 million people are logged into Facebook in any given day. With around 500million users considered to be active. As a business you want to make use of this huge amount of users. But you dont know how to go about it do you?

Facebook Pages

Lets get started by setting up a Facebook page. You need to set up one if you have not already. This is certainly the first place to start your Facebook marketing strategy from.  This is the starting point, you should be actively marketing it – have staff posting on it, link from your existing website to it. “like” it and share it.

Generating Likes

The key to developing a commercial strategy on Facebook is to have fans that like your products. Putting your products onto Facebook is important and there are a number of strategies that can be done to make this happen. E-Commerce developers can develop your website so that products are integrated to Facebook. You could even have your own full shop in place.  Integrating a shop into Facebook allows you to start accepting Facebook Credits as a payment method.

Custom Landing Page

Why not consider setting up a custom landing page? Redbull and Coca Cola have done it and done it rather well. Your custom page would make you stand out from that of your competitors.

Special Offers

Promote on Facebook only special discounts Dominos are very good at doing this giving special offers which are larger than through other channels.

What you can get out of it is that with an average user having 100 friends, if they comment on your special offer, or share it, and we assume that you have generated 100 fans of your page, then that a huge 10000 people are going to see your product or service. How much would it cost you to send a mail shot to 10,000 people daily? I’d wager it’ll cost more than spending a good few hours setting up a good Facebook campaign.

Employing this strategy will see a growth in your business, an inactive Facebook account has reportedly generated some of the big firms 60K site visits a month. Becoming active they could easily see that figure double.