by Lou Collinsin News, WebsiteComments Off on Lou Collins Radio Show Mickey Summers talks Melanie Shaw & Nottingham Child Abuse Inquiry
On todays Lou Collins Radio Show Nottingham Survivor Mickey Summers & Mark Smith join me to talk about Melanie Shaw and the fake story of her being released from prison and The Nottingham Child Abuse Inquiry.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on BBC faces £500m cuts as Tories plan to freeze licence fee for five years – deja vu?
Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale is poisedto order a five-year freeze in the annual £145.50 licence fee. And a new review is expected to support Tory moves to stop people who refuse to pay the fee being sent to jail.
Maybe it’s just a nudge towards a alternative fix?
However, former BBC presenter Jeremy Paxman argued the licence fee is doomed. ‘It clearly can’t last,’ he said. ‘As computers and TVs become indistinguishable, a tax on a particular technology becomes almost impossible to justify.’
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on EU Court of Justice opens door for lawsuits against Greece
Hundreds of lawsuits by Greek government bondholders in Germany had been on hold since 2013 pending the ruling. The bondholders argue that Greece in 2012 forced them to swap their securities with new government bonds of a significantly lower nominal value. While none of the claimants accepted Greece’s initial offer, the government carried out the proposed exchange.
The EU court’s decision comes days before it is due to rule on another German case with the potential to send shock waves across the euro area. Judges are scheduled to deliver a verdict on whether ECB president Mario Draghi overstepped the mark with a 2012 bond-buying plan he designed to help save the euro.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on Researchers Predicted In 1971 That Debit Cards Would Become The Ultimate Spy Tool
In late October of 1971 a group of academics and technologists gathered at a conference at Georgetown. They were given the task of devising the most comprehensive (yet invisible) surveillance program imaginable. What they came up with sounds an awful lot like our current debit card system.
This was the question posed to the researchers in 1971:
Suppose you were an advisor to the head of the KGB, the Soviet Secret Police. Suppose you are given the assignment of designing a system for the surveillance of all citizens and visitors within the boundaries of the USSR. The system is not to be too obtrusive or obvious. What would be your decision?
What amazing, unobtrusive surveillance system did they come up with? It wasn’t a network of intercepting every phone call or placing cameras on every street corner. They imagined an electronic funds transfer system, or EFTS—a system that looks strikingly similar to the debit card system we all use today.