A day out

It’s a day out for many families and individuals who just can’t do much travel or go anywhere. A day out demonstrating seems the perfect solution. And compliments of HM Government, people can just come out, hold demos, sit in streets and enjoy the day.

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A lot of young people and also older ones, find the theatrical appeal of going against the grain fascinating. Sitting in busy roads, stopping traffic, showing the government that all power lies in those who sit-in, gives a sense of purpose I suppose.

It also provides cash-strapped and bored families a way to spend the day, it costing nothing.

I compare that with the young Afghan mother who sits in the street with her child, complaining of a lack of food, water and money, waiting for a Taliban fighter to chose her as new mate.

I suppose it would be only the people rich enough and full fridges to afford the time to stop food deliveries, holding police from fighting criminals.

I don’t see such demos to stop crime, I want to see the same amount of people who waste working time to actually report crime and take part in their community, talking to their neighbours.

I don’t suppose it’s whole communities who turn out for the demos in London. It seems to be some individuals who do not know their neighbours where they live who come to demonstrate to connect with somebody.

Instead of connecting to their local communities they just go out into the streets, demonstrating against the very people who provide for their plentiful lifestyles.

I think people need to invest more into their local communities to stop crime and anti-social behaviour to develop to the extent as it has develop in counties like Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.

It seems logical that the people organising such demos – to save the planet – do that with an agenda to keep our law enforcement busy looking after demos instead of fighting criminals.

That seems a circular equation.

Jake Davidson, another weirdo

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This case just reiterated that parents have to systematically repel their own children’s attacks.

I came across a lady last week who tearfully admitted that her daughter beat her, I told her not to put up with and report it to police.

Parents have a big responsibility. If we allow kids to step over the line then they will never learn the difference between wrong and right.

I just apply the same principle to all. Nobody is allowed to take the Mickey.

web v app

The increasing use of App seriously manages to reduce reach, in fact it curbs it.

For example the current messaging of Tower Hamlets Police on Twitter has a wide reach and the great effect of this is that it connects to a huge amount of readers.

Just seen that some boroughs now have an OWL App, which does not allow publication beyond subscribers, which seriously diminishes reach of people. There is also the Nextdoor app, introduced through the government, which is extremely busy and doesn’t stop buzzing. The Safeland App however does some seriously good work by connecting alarm users to each other and to services, which other communication only apps don’t do.

The sheer amount of apps available now means that our phones, tablets and pcs are filled with icons of various apps to choose from.

most of us have several pages full of apps already

Companies pay us rewards for using their apps instead of using the web.

The trend to turn away from www to app is concerning as it reduces the ability to communicate openly, which is the principle of democracy.

The more apps are in use, the less can the content of app communications be monitored and people who are members of those apps are in serious danger of being brainwashed one way or another.

I am unable to use all apps on the market, so communication flow is already interrupted because some people have favourite apps and don’t use others. People are less likely to switch to see what happens on another app.

Any person can only use so many apps and is unlikely to ever be informed what happens on another.

It is much easier to manipulate smaller amounts of people on closed apps into thinking in a particular way and that – similar to sectarianism – leaves users open to manipulation.

I think the trend to use apps instead of www is not a good one. If things happen on the open web, sure we would also concentrate on some website, but still be able to look into others through searches and prominence and sheer availability.

I am unable to see what happens in an app unless I take part and nobody has the time to do all apps.

Especially in the case of the police, the current public appeal some police forces’ posts have on Twitter, Facebook, web based services is quite far reaching and has a very good effect on the general public. For example appeals to solve certain crimes, the public showing of how asb and crime is handled has many beneficial effects and attracts friends. But, when all this is taken off the web and put on closed apps, that beneficial effect gets removed and taken out of the public domain.

See how many apps you have on your phone and see how many new ones come out each day.

Time is money

Again I am surprised to see that there is no time-efficient crime reporting system in place.

If everybody who heard about crime stoppers actually would ring them, their line would be unavailable for months. But, as it happens, people only get referred to this one anonymous crime reporting site.

Currently phone waiting times for the 101 system in London are around 1 hour.

With the best intentions, who has time to wait for that?

On the point of crime reporting. It even takes quite a bit of time to fill in the online forms for councils and/or police online reporting.

Looking at the reality of the situation, if you work as a delivery courier in London for example, you may see concerning things 10 times per day. But you cannot possibly want to get involved in 10 investigations, want to spent 10 hours waiting on phones to get through, spend 20 minutes reporting each incident online on the Met Police website.

It is impossible to report fast and anonymous.

In Tower Hamlets we have just put up a quick to use form to just upload pictures, very basic info like time, date, place, short description. You do not have to give any personal details but can if you want.

I think crime reporting has to keep up with the times and actually enable people to quickly upload a pic that you might have on your camera to a webpage, without having to worry about getting detectives knocking on your door day and night to enquire about your involvement, when there is none because you happen to be working in London.

Also there are many spam and phishing messages in circulation. At one point I got so many and reported them to the government phishing email, that they blocked me as spam.

If you have a system, you need to be able to maintain it to actually make it work.

So why can criminals purchase endless amounts of sims and use them for burner phones to send out phishing messages and calls just to throw away the sim after a day and replace it with another one.

If police were to investigate each burner sim, used for spam or fraud phone calls, they would be looking into Britain’s bins for the rest of their days.

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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.

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.

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.

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