End of year 2020.


It’s that time of year to for me to take a break from blogging until sometime in the new year. If something interesting happens, I’ll no doubt drag myself away from the festivities to put pen to paper. The blog itself needs a bit of general maintenance which has been put on the back burner … Continue reading

Redux from 20th October 2016 – I wouldn’t trust them with my security. Why should you?


Though written four years ago, this one touches on several issues of current interest. It was written a couple of weeks before Trump’s victory which laid waste to a lot of carefully laid plans, not to mention years of patient work and money. Mice and assorted men ran in all directions after the shock and … Continue reading

There are only three power blocks in the world – America.


In the previous two articles in the power blocks series, I discussed how the problem of an increasingly assertive Oligarchy turned out differently in China and Russia. The problem in both cases was that their own home-grown and foreign oligarchs wanted a bigger say in the actual running of the countries, if not to rule … Continue reading

There are only three power blocks in the world – Russia.


Between long bouts of silence and mulling over a cogent response, I’m actually a good listener. It’s the only way to learn anything. It often leads to interminable conversations to which my minimal contribution is nothing more than the customary nodding until I feel the onset of logic chip meltdown and suddenly remember my perm … Continue reading

There are only three power blocks in the world – China.


Taking them in a very particular order, I’ll start with China. At its inception it was modelled very much on Stalin’s Soviet Russia. All political enemies were either killed or ran for their lives, a harsh regime of unquestionable conformity was imposed, but the carrot of a glowing socialist future was always dangled before the … Continue reading

Fighting big tech – WhatsApp


Up until ten or so years ago, the usual way of sending a typed message to anyone was via texting. All you needed was their mobile number and you could send a short text message to them which similar to them checking their email, you’d be sure they’d get the next time they turned on … Continue reading

Redux from 13th April 2018 – The end of the happy time.


There are a number of articles over the years I’ve written on the censorship and propaganda tendencies I thought big tech and the media would take. Excess is the invariable trait of any monopoly. At the time, I suspect they were greeted with mild skepticism, but as we’ve found in the recent presidential election, they … Continue reading

Fighting Big Tech – Dump Youtube if you want uncensored news


A number of years ago before big tech began to think it was a Master of the Universe, I set up a Pointman account with Youtube to upload a few harmless videos. With the passing of time and what I perceived to be the growing malignancy of big tech, I stopped using it at all. … Continue reading

What’s happening with Facebook?


First of all, let’s get your head straight about Mark Zuckerberg. Any big enterprise falls into one of two categories, and Facebook is no different. It either operates along the lines of a horse designed by a supposed committee of excellence, which results in a camel or it’s a pure sleek predator rapaciously growing the … Continue reading

Is this a LEGO scam site?


I’m a grandfather blessed with children and grandchildren. As with so many younger children nowadays, they’re mad about Lego, so what to get them for Christmas was therefore a nobrainer. Lego is a very good toy from a lot of perspectives but it’s also quite pricey, so it seemed only natural to look around the … Continue reading

Direct action – Put some pressure on your representatives.


My father, a man of a very even temperament, once said to me after somebody he knew had let him and themselves down, “I’ll never forget a good turn, but by Christ, I’ll remember a bad one twenty years”. At the back of all that even temperament was still an elemental country boy who still … Continue reading

Direct action – Support the witnesses.


If like me you’ve been watching the various witnesses come forward to testify in front of hearings about the criminal activities they saw on election night, you can’t but be struck at how brave yet how ordinary they are. They’re all public spirited enough to have came forward, make sworn affidavits and then appear in … Continue reading

Redux from 28th September 2017 – Blowback? You ain’t seen nothing yet.


There are a number of articles over the years I’ve written on the censorship and propaganda tendencies I thought big tech and the media would take. Excess is the invariable trait of any monopoly. At the time, I suspect they were greeted with mild skepticism, but as we’ve found in the recent presidential election, they … Continue reading

C is for Confidentiality


Back in 2004, the then UK Information Commissioner said in an interview that he was concerned that people were sleepwalking into a surveillance society. The warning was too late then, and today we live in what can better be described as a saturation surveillance society. It’s everywhere and although it might have some benefits, it … Continue reading

The enemy within


An agent in place, otherwise known as a mole, represents a great danger to whatever organisation they work in. For instance the American spy John Walker, who used his position of trust in the US Navy to spy for the Soviets, sold a huge amount of information that ranged from the strategically crucial down to … Continue reading

Will America simply refuse to be ruled by Biden’s puppeteers?


The word consent is nowadays generally associated with various degrees of sexual molestation to which the victim has not agreed, but before that it had a much broader meaning within the context of politics. In essence it meant that governing a large number of people could only be done by their tacit cooperation if the … Continue reading