left behind

whilst I am now repeat watching old detective stories, it seems that the discrepancy in content from old to new communications methods has fallen behind sharply.

Nowadays crooks use modern technology to scam us with sims bought in bulk, which they use to ring, text, email bought contact lists until somebody falls for the tricks.

I noticed that somebody obviously bought sims in their hundreds and the numbers are very similar within a certain reach. Answering the phone and telling them not to ring back, makes no impression at all.

What they notice is that you answered the phone and that is enough for them to keep trying.

There are many other scams these days like

  • Royal Mail pay for parcel re-delivery
  • NHS, Covid Scams
  • Romance fraud, among others, a full list can be seen on the Neighbourhood Watch website.

Today’s serials often assume that all people in a locality know each other. East Enders, Coronation Street, etc. all show that everybody knows everybody else.

But, in a large city like London, people often do not know their neighbours. If people are lucky they have a job, but do not necessarily have friends at work or where they live.

Along comes the fraudster, who tells you, after they contacted you via, perhaps your social media, that they are really interested and you are the best thing since sliced bread, when otherwise you just get the typical criticism at work and a lot of loneliness.

Todays films, detective stories, soaps, do not address this changed environment.

I think it is about time, that producers address this and make films, which are relevant and not just fit for past sentiments.

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A lot of people still assume that somebody contacting them has a moral compass and actually means what they tell you, but as a current TV advert shows, the man got robbed of all his pension by a guy who simply saw the money at the end of it.

I get so many scam calls per day, that it would be too time consuming to report them all. We all have this problem, lots of scammers and no time to do report.

I think that also the police would be totally overwhelmed to follow up all scam reports as the scammers use burner phones on a giant scale. Scammers can simply purchase sims and use and throw them away.

By the time the police investigate reports, the sims have been buried in the sands.

I think there needs to be a sensible solution to this.

One way of dealing with this is put your landline on answer machine and set your mobile to reject all unknown callers and refer them to the answer machine. Most people who really want to talk to you and are legitimate will leave a message.

Not much progress – dealing with stereo types

Just wondering how little progress actually gets made because those making decisions are not qualified to make them. The new CIO constitutional frame work allows for great strides for charitable organisations, the way they can be set up and governed. But, as it is. charities often rely on volunteers, the volunteers are not qualified and set in their ways and so nothing can happen because decisions need to be made by those volunteers and can only be made on the basis of the knowledge that each person has.
Charities can actually charge for membership and they should use that to make companies pay towards regular running costs as to achieve more.

The same with crime reporting. If there were more anonymous crime reporting local facilities all over Britain, we could crack the hold that criminals have on whole swathes of our society.
Yet, nothing of the sort happens very fast.

What I also realised that its often always the same people.
We often remarked it on the local voluntary sector level, that it’s always the same people who show up to meetings and engage with organisations. Now it seems it’s also always the same actors, we see in films. I have no qualm with the ones we do see, they are all brilliant actors and seem jolly nice people but for a whole country, to always only show the same actors over and over, seems strange as if there are not enough people to go round to give more than a few people a job.
Human progress is not as flexible as I thought. Many people are set in their ways and not able to adjust to new situations quickly. Yet they hold all the strings.
Was just thinking that Thüring only got accepted because his skills were badly needed during war times. His personal choices were not appreciated widely it at the time.
Don’t we just love to create heroes and condemn them whilst they are alive and then praise them once they are dead.

I just hope that people don’t’ think that all those who strive to achieve change today but run against a wall don’t take it personal. We can only achieve what we are allowed to achieve and otherwise just have to go along with what is there and available.
Just when I had this court case. It went on over three years and now we see small amounts of progress being made in controlling hate speech at least on the Internet, whilst before this wasn’t even possible.

On the opposite site of the spectrum, we see those former heroes, who were embellished with statues, now being villains. Those former heroes achieved their fame by repressing others, mostly slaves. 

What we all really need is a little respect, to say it in the words of that famous Aretha Franklyn song. 

concerning crime trends

I am quite amazed that the police only advertises Crimestoppers for Anonymous crime reporting instead of seeking more service provision from localised providers.

It’s a bit like having only one hospital for all the sick in Britain. Britain has a population of over 64 Million, yet only one anonymous crime reporting service among constant complaints by the police that there is concerning under-reporting for crimes.

Neighbourhood Watch is notoriously under-developed and growing Neighbourhood Watch groups would increase conscience and ability to repel crime, especially the scams and App led type.

Whilst I already often moaned about the normalisation of crime in some BBC programs like East Enders and now Time, I definitely miss an effort by the police themselves to help grow an army of local reporting networks.

Just imagine, that if only 1 % of the population wanted to report crime anonymously, the one service in Britain could never cope.

What we need is that every Neighbourhood Watch Association provides local crime reporting services for those who do want to provide information without getting involved.

In Tower Hamlets, we are leading the way.

the problem with getting information

Just as I wrote that last article about Facebook posts, I see this article about Novlett Robin Williams on Microsoft News. That exactly describes the problem with information sharing, passing on information and using some platforms.

Problem is that police use profiling for crimes and if somebody sends you a crime evidence to a personal email address and you pass it onto them from that personal email address then you are profiled into the crime.

I got a lot of pictures sent to my WhatsApp and had no idea about those but those were all harmless group photos from some walking group. I have warned police about using WhatsApp some time ago. WhatsApp can also be hacked.

I can well imagine that if you do not constantly monitor your phone, emails, spam folders, you can get a fair amount of stuff in it without knowing about it.

Hence I use different email addresses for different functions.

I do not want to be implicated in crimes just because people send pics about something they saw. I do not accept them at all any more on personal email addresses.

So, it is very important, that if you pass on information to the police that you make it quite clear that you are not personally involved in it.

I strictly monitor all my emails each day, but I have the time to do so, whilst others busy people hardly have time to look at emails because of job obligations. It’s a time thing, how much time do you have to check emails, how much time do you have to read online articles?

Only 100 years ago the human brain was much less busy. With the advent of modern technology our brains have a multiple amounts of work to do with memory and information storage. Our brains have not grown size-wise immensely since we gotten more to think about each day. Think this over please.

I remember having argued with this High-court judge that the current laws simply do not take into consideration how much time it needs to process something, to read something and fully understand it.

Just as nobody really reads the terms and conditions any longer – because we do not have the time to do so.

centralising services – Facebook

The positive first, Facebook has developed a way to determine what is deep fake and where the image comes from, reports Microsoft News. However on the other hand, the social media platform Facebook now acts as intermediary for all types of contract service if something is lost and wants to control how service provision works.

Facebook allows anybody to advertise cards, keys wallets.

What is even more concerning that, if you subscribe to a service, e.g. bank card, TfL travel card, driving license etc. you have a legal agreement with those service providers in case of loss.

Banking has become very much more secure in terms of supplying identity and consent. This assumes that you are in direct contract with your bank. However if now lost bank cards are advertised on Facebook, then the direct contract between the bank and the customer has been broken by the intervention of a third unauthorised entity, namely Facebook, who have no right to even deal in bank cards.

Facebook users have no qualm to advertise children’s found travel cards with name and pic on Facebook, breaching privacy of those individuals. I even found an American Express card, which prompted me to get in touch with American Express about this.

At the same time Facebook increases its godliness by removing posts from genuine services because they do not like them and call them spam.

With respect of anonymous crime reporting for example. Facebook removes all ads, which are not from Crimestoppers, as if there is a law that says that Crimestoppers are the only organisation who can provide that service. Even as Neighbourhood Watch groups can make their own arrangements with police how crime reporting is done, Facebook thinks they can control how policing works now by removing service offers from individuals without their consent.

So we got these two concerning issues.

  1. Facebook acts as unwanted intermediary lost and found service for lost items
  2. Facebook acts as unwanted service control on service provision with police for example.

There is absolutely no respect of privacy and data protection with Facebook. There is no respect of contract law between service providers and the user on Facebook.

TfL have told me that they cannot stop Facebook users to pick up lost cards and advertise them on Facebook. Is this supposed to increase the amount of Facebook users so that you go onto the platform just to find a lost item, instead of asking the actual service provider first?

I can understand and support it that platforms like Facebook remove hate speech and the like but getting involved in the dispersal of personal items like keys, wallets, bank cards, Freedom passes, driving licenses and getting involved in police methods is definitely overstepping the mark.

It could be bullying, that somebody stole a card from somebody, offers it on Facebook?

Where are the security checks that are supposed to be in place to ascertain that the rightful owner gets to use a card, if they can just be offered on Facebook when found?

the advertised cards could be deep fakes, stolen, found.

Especially when there are bunches of keys on Facebook, previously you had to go to a police station or other service provider and describe your bunch of keys, now they show the bunch and you do no longer need to describe it as there is everything on display for everybody to see.

How can the rightful owner of a lost bunch of keys be found if the advertiser, the finder on Facebook knows which door those keys open? Would the advertiser then follow the ‘owner’ to the door to see that it actually opens?

It’s a no brainer, that something isn’t right about those lost and found adverts on Facebook.

Time(s) are changing

I am starting to sympathise with the withdrawal of support for TV license fees for over 75. That is because the message I got from watching some BBC programs was less than desirable.

The latest blockbuster Time, which shows live in a prison and that of a prison guard. The prison guard happens to have a son who became a criminal and has been sentenced to imprisonment.

Criminals are exploiting this and put the prison guard under pressure to bring in drugs or the son will be slowly tortured to death.

The prison guard choses to give in and transport the drugs.

There were other possibilities to write that script. The prison guard could have fought the criminals and took a stand and reported the problem to authorities.

But that is what’s normalised on BBC programs these days, that criminality always wins and that we are all victims of it and there is little we can do about it.

That is a big reason why I stopped watching East Enders too.

I get more joy watching ITV these days, who are doing better in supporting every-day concerns of people. If I want to watch a great detective story, I have to pay for it on other channels.

Having said that, I absolutely hate the latest ITV drama advert. A woman comes home from work and has her partner tied up in a cupboard and makes no effort to release him but just takes a bottle of soda and leaves him there to rot. A new, highly acclaimed drama series on Britbox is titled: “The beast must die“. Seems also female to male violence. Why would I want to spend money on the secrets of the Krays?

I wouldn’t watch that for free. I definitely would not pay for it and if the ITV advert with the tied up man in the cupboard comes on, I do not watch it, I turn it off.

Total mayhem

The EU settlement scheme seems to be too much for the government to handle.

Today received not only one but two letters telling me that I am on their records as of EEA nationality.

Why comes that I also hold a British passport? I am on my third British passport by now because I am British since decades.

Whoever is writing those letters for HM Government doesn’t have a clue about anything. They set their computers to set aside anybody with a foreign sounding name and they send them threatening letters that they are not British enough and must be from the EU or Switzerland because their name doesn’t sound British.

It’s unbelievable discriminating and a total waste of British tax payers money.

Sending those letters costs the tax payer a lot of money.

The 2 meter metal pole

I have been onto Lidl before stating that some aggressive begging goes on within the realms of their local Hackney store. They duly addressed the issues and now the aggressive begging has ceased, at least when I shop there.

Yesterday I cam across a new menace. A large man with a huge metal pole (at least 2 meters long) approached shoppers who came out of the Lidl store and swore loudly at a couple of Asian women with prams.

Quite frightening. I can’t publish the picture that I took of that man, but I passed it onto police. So, why does a man need a large metal pole to beg? Is that metal pole a potential weapon? It certainly didn’t need to be used as walking stick as the man looked quite athletic and well groomed.

I just hope that the police monitor Well Street and look out for menacing people. The man hid at a bus stop opposite Lidl when he came back from one of his begging sprees.

The lost card world

The only thing I support about Labour is their trial to introduce a basic income in Wales. I really think a basic income would solve a lot of secondary problems of the rich and the poor world we have right now.

For example a lost card world has emerged.

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What this means is that if people hang around long enough outside of train stations or bus stations, they can bet to find a lost travel card somewhere, if not more than one.

What happens then is that a person advertises this lost card on social media. Yesterday I came across a travelcard of a child being advertised on Facebook as lost.

Facebook told me they don’t mind this happening. Even though it breaches the privacy laws to publish the details of a minor without the parents’ consent, Facebook doesn’t mind.

Now not even TFL minds that their travel cards are advertised on Facebook, in the hope of -reuniting the card with the owner.

Even relatives of school staff are involved in this. I have not yet heard back from the school in question whether they mind that their staff and family are involved of advertising children’s lost travel card on Facebook.

Complications would arise if there is a common name on the card. So if two Peter Joneses lost their cards and the first one picks it up but it actually belongs to the second one, someone gets a lost travel card until the original owner reports it as lost to TFL, that is when it gets cancelled. There is quite a big movement on advertising lost travel cards on a Facebook group, that so far has attracted in excess of 25 k followers. TFL only cancels cards if the original owner tells them, not if they get to know the card is advertised as lost on Facebook. TFL in fact doesn’t mind that some persons advertise their lost cards on Facebook.

When it comes to bank cards the situation drastically changes. I have seen quite a few ‘lost’ bank cards advertised on Facebook. To be collected by the real owner in a local shop for example or the advertiser asks to contact him/her.

What I find especially worrying about bank cards is that the ‘finder’ has no way of ascertaining whether the card loser was the actual owner of the bank card or is indeed entitled to have it. It may be a stolen card or borrowed card or something similarly sinister.

In the case of lost travel cards the advertisers claim that poor people could not afford to replace the cards, as if they magically know that the loser is a poor person. But in the case of bank cards, such arguments do not hold water, as bank cards are replaced free of charge.

Then there are the lost keys advertised on Facebook. Quite amazing. I can imagine that if you are homeless a bunch of keys to a flat would be attractive to you, if it is advertised on Facebook. How indeed would the finder know how to sort out ownership of the keys.

People used to hand in lost items at police stations or in case of travel cards at TFL but now they put it on social media instead and I wonder what else happens.

Obviously only the loser of an items would know the item. For example on the day of my driving test I was so nervous that I lost my key in the local post office. Upon returning there the staff could remember the keys being lost and me and returned the keys to me. However had the keys been advertised on social media, quite a few people would have come forward to claim them. Or my daughter lost her travel card in a bus, the bus driver still had it on the return journey and could remember us and so returned it to me. But had this card been advertised on social media, it would have been different. There are quite a few people with that name on the card.

What is really important is that there is a degree of privacy between the card issuer and the card holder and the bond between the two is being interrupted by third persons who take on the role of re-distributing those cards to anyone who claims them thereby circumventing the genuine owner of the cards.

Those third parties, publish the names of card holders publicly without being challenged of doing so.

More and less, it’s a con

Since the dismantling of Council run schools has progressed, we see the growth of free and private schools. But, those are no longer the luxury, lush kind, they are often in inadequate premises and with a lack of facilities.

There is no mod con, it’s just con.

Weren’t we all jealous of these luxury, pads in rural environments, castle-like structures, promised luxury upbringing for the wealthy.

Unfortunately today’s Conservative policies have ensured that private schools now means, paying more for getting less.

Those old council schools were purpose built and could house pupils in adequate rooms and facilities but today’s free schools just mean free to charge a lot for less.

My local private school promises astro turf facilities for sport but in fact they take their pupils to the local park and make them race on asphalt pavements on lanes, not wider than 60cm.

There are free schools in former office buildings, that do not have any sports facility but a roof top or another simply sticks their kids in an underground car park for break.

When I saw on TV yesterday that Tony Blair was the only successful Labour Prime for a while then I must say, he probably did more harm to Labour than good because he helped the Conservative establish their current modus operandi.

I now find myself, having to contact social services because I am concerned about a lack of care for children in private school facilities.

My local council is busy housing the poor in far away areas whilst the new residents of Tower Hamlets, who work and earn have to pay through the nose for small private schools, that have to rely on local parks to even have somewhere to take their kids in their breaks.

My local private school has put razor wire all around the premises but uses our local parks as outlet for their lack of space.

But, it is the local residents who pay through their service bills for the up-keep of parks and streets. ASB charges for leaseholders have trebled when in the past the Home Office just paid for police officers to be placed in localities around the city. Now police officers have been reduced and local residents have to pay to fund council employed police officers and ASB patrols through local landlords, when in fact a lot of ASB is being brought on by commercial activities in local parks, which attract drug dealers and hooligans to come into our neighbourhoods.

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