The Amazon in various ways

What the Amazon rainforest is for the world, Amazon online is for shoppers. Just tried out Amazon fresh and the experience was definitely worth it.

Superb ordering, great logistics and the food is actually fresh and on time and as ordered.

I was very reluctant to even try Amazon fresh and kept on going on the established companies like Asda, Sainsbury’s Tesco and Ocado. But they are old-fashioned and out-dated compared to Amazon.

Must mention that Ocado is good and delivers fresh and on time but it is expensive.

I just love a bargain and the offers on Amazon fresh are unsurpassed and it is actually better value for money than going to a supermarket and get the bargains of the day.

From the selection process, the shopping experience at Amazon online is not much different from going to Lidl but Amazon has at all times a wider variety of products available.

What I love about going to Lidl is that they have some cheap products I love like German Rye bread or bakeware and German sausages but they also sell a mix of products and the food shelves are mixed with the general store shelves, so that I do not have to spend hours trodding through huge areas to find what I am looking for and their products are seasonally appropriate.

That is the big difference in this Lidl concept, that it offers seasonally selected items, whilst in other supermarkets, they store all the stuff all year round – with the exception for Christmas decorations perhaps – and occupy huge amounts of shelf space, and it takes ages to navigate the stores. Large Asda, Tesco or Sainsbury’s stores takes half a day to navigate. But Lidl doesn’t do online orders.

Amazon online offers all that at the touch of a button.

What I find especially ideal with Amazon fresh is that it is sooooooooooo easy to add on to an order and they immediately alert you if you can’t add something on and you can add things on much nearer to the delivery date.

All their goods are sent in paper bags and come without a bag charge and they have wicked special offers on top of all that good service.

Just thought I mention it. I just love it if I do not have to complain that fruit is off – as it sometimes happens with Sainsbury’s deliveries.

I want to mention that I am not sponsored by any company to advertise them, these are genuine personal experiences, which I want to share. I am not dependant on any company agreements.

The cookie saturation

Just mentioned on a blog a couple of days ago that I am currently suffering from Plantar Fasciitis and promptly today, whilst I play a game online, during the advertising break, I get an ad stating that there is an ideal gadget to help me in the mornings. If I only buy this item and put it on in the mornings, my foot problems, due to Plantar Fasciitis, will be much better.

Of course that is a result of cookies and algorithms re-calling matching ads, fed into some database by companies seeking customers, that then are played during my games to me to make me buy this item.

Of course that principle of making people use free market economy solutions would work if people had unlimited amounts of money to buy what somebody produces somewhere and then get it shipped to them.

Would we really still need doctors, a National Health that prescribes established medications to those wanting certified solutions rather than promoted ones?

When I search anything into a search engine, promptly following on from that for several days, I will get inundated with ads about articles relating to that search.

It’s just like that once an interest is shown that then gets thrown back into our faces again and again with the hope that we spend money on that item.

If we would have no other option than to buy what is being offered to us in case of a need, then we would probably end up getting back to woodoo or witch-craft solutions rather than optimised nationally approved medicines.

Where is the quality control and who checks what type of products get advertised to us? Those freedom of market economy gurus would be able to set the standards if they are the only ones having the power to provide solutions.

Probably Human Rights standards is the only mechanism that saves us from those wanting to sell us anything that goes without making sure we have enough money to buy the stuff.

The same old

When I had these legal proceedings going on in a court of law against various Labour Party members, the Guido Fawkes website was used by a lot of people to communicate on a foul and abusive basis.

Now again, the same principle has come into play again in that Guido Fawkes has become the communications hub to try and ridicule the Labour Party because some conversation was published that Jonathan Ashworth made to someone else, which was then published by Paul Staines.

I am frankly very surprised that the BBC even bothers to invite Paul Staines to panel discussions of sorts and asks for that man’s opinion. The sensationalism associated with Guido Fawkes is more than embarrassing.

Quite remarkable that Labour members continuously need to seek reassurance via the right-wing communications networks. But I did at the time establish that the Guido Fawkes website was run via a German based Internet server.

National Broadband

The Labour Party is pushing for the roll-out of national broadband and wants to nationalise BT for that purpose.

As a former webmaster I must support this scheme because it helps the nation to utilise national communications networks, which are the least vulnerable to exploitation.

What people generally do not understand is that anybody who provides broadband hosting services, can completely and totally monitor the communications that are done via that network.

There is no privacy. Privacy is an illusion that people generally have. The more service providers there are, the less certain can people be who actually can monitor their activities.

Every email sent, call made, message, picture is stored somewhere on a server and can be called up and looked at by a person if needed. Even when they are on an encrypted services, the service provider can still look up your messages in plain sight, even though others cannot see that.

If you are now subscribed to a hosting service for your Internet communications or broadband, they can actually look at and monitor what you communicate.

I had access to server-side communications, I ran my own commercial websites and could store any communications made via the web services.

I would be very careful to sign up with web service or broadband providers, which are springing up like mushroooms all over the place. The more there are the more it is likely that your information and communications can be exploited and shared without your knowledge.

Rushanara a proud remainer

Just got the first Labour leaflet through my door and Rushanara Ali states she is a proud remainer.

So much for all those on TV debates who call Labour pro leave and waiting to do the Brexit. Either Rushanara has an individual deal as local and established MP or Labour has a general policy of remain.

I am happy about this because that clears the air with those who will argue for pro-remain and keep on saying Labour is for Leave. Rushanara also argues for a People’s vote on the issue, which is fair.

The last referendum was years ago and so wishy-washy, it was unable to be executed. This time round people should get acceptable optionso n Brexit with the referendum.

I will be voting Labour this time because years of austerity have left Britain starving of investment. Rushanara is always communicating about issues, I contact her with.

Our technology is behind Japan, who as a similar Island nation are fully covered with broadband.

Fibre broadband everywhere will attract investment and also provide important security for all parts of Britain. I also hope that Labour will introduce free University education for students of British students in Britain.

I don’t think that private broadband firms have the money to put on a full network of cabelling throughout Britain because they would need the money for the work, which remote people and villages simply could not afford.

The lack of communications facility through a lack of broadband makes our communities vulnerable to abuse by criminals, who have advanced technological methods to their advantage. Our residents and businesses need to be able to communicate with law enforcement and potential customers for business ventures.

Free university education should save a lot of money in administration fees for the scheme that is currently in place. Students simply do not constantly want those depressing letters, telling them how much they own and how much the debt has increased with added interest. Perhaps one could ask for a contribution to university education once a student has graduated and gotten established with a very well paid post without sending constant letters reminding them. Perhaps one could attach a clause waving any pay back of the degree will be benefitting the UK.

Many other countries have nationalised utilities, which the Tories have all privatised with detrimental effect on services. Tories are crazy about privatisation and put the principle before effect. Any policy is only as good as the service it provides.

 

Back to reality

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Johanna Kaschke a judge at London Swimming Regional Champs

Just decided to air this blog again, after I had been hiding it for years because of the shame of losing this libel trial. But history is what it is and we just have to live with it. Apparently we are now being defined by our online history and seeing that employers now choose employees by their public profile, I can well now understand that it is absolutely hopeless for me to ever get a well paid job.

What has happened so far?

I am a pensior now and I volunteer a lot to keep busy. I volunteer with

  • my local community centre
  • my local Safer Neighbourhood team and Neighbourhood Watch
  • for British Swimming at competitions as a swimming judge/starter

I am not active in politics at all. It is just amazing how small local activities of a female to do with political parties or interest groups get blown out of all proportions. Does it have to do with power-sharing?

Just having watched Dragon’s Den this week, there is now an online business that offers to clean up people’s public internet profile for a yearly membership of £70, so that it is easier to get the well paid job.

I think I will pass on that and allow the people who so completely and utterly bullied me online to live with their own conscience.

In the meantime, after having left the Conservative Party and been politically abstinent for years, I tried to re-join the Labour Party but was refused membership by my local association apparently just a year after I applied, apparently when I posted a picture of  being at a Jewish synagoge durinng a multi-faith celebration of the yearly Holocaust commemoration, which also included Councillor Islam for Bethnal Green. I declined an inviation to appeal the refusal.

Somehow I have the feeling I just don’t fit into political parties and will give that a miss in future.

 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee now stakes the fear

Finally after years of bringing my court case, which was largely about manipulation of reader’s moods towards radicalism, Sir Tim acknowledges that the web can be manipulated in a bad way and that new laws are needed.

I argued long and hard that the current libel laws, which require a reader of a story to read the whole article to make up the mind is out-dated as people do not have the time to read and thoroughly analyse stories they read online. There are too many stories and people do not have enough time.

People read headlines and make up their mind. This also played a big role in the Brexit. People were given slogans and by the sound of it, decided. It was only after the referendum that explanatory articles were put up on the web to show people what it all means.

Nobody spends hours, days, weeks looking up statistics, reading up history to consider one story they read to find out how true it is.

A large part of my court case centred around factual truth on reports and it was thrown out because of freedom of expression.

In hind-sight. I was a LEA appointed school governor in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. I was put into a small school with a large number of Asian pupils.

Then some Labour members put up stories that I was once suspected to be a member of the RAF, Red Army Faction, showing machine guns in their logo. Those were the German terrorists of the 70s. The fact that I was acquitted and given compensation was a small remark at the end of the story, whilst the blazing terrorist part was the headline.

I then stepped down from my post of school governor to avoid those, who tended to think radical to see me as an ambassador of radicalism in Tower Hamlets.

At the time, the situation was much worst than it was today. It was when hate preaching was still around on the streets, it was when the Iraq war was in full swing and it was when al-Qaeda was in action and it was still before Daesh was established and young kids were encouraged to leave Britain to go to join them.

I did see this coming and felt that radicalization was a mood that was very dangerous at the time and it led to many bad things happening. I tried to avoid it catching on in Tower Hamlets by leaving my public post and by making declarations in court to make it clear that people abused the past to further radicalism.

It all fell on deaf ears. But now it seems that people finally see how the readers can be manipulated, that new laws are needed to bring more facts to the fiction and to avoid false news.

A revolution for education

An American university is the first to provide a completely free of charge online course, that carries a valid degree as a result. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, will offer a course on Circuits and Electronics. It does not require formal entry qualifications but one has to understand science and maths to pass. There are interactive exercises.

I very much welcome this concept because it frees up education for anybody to study from their own environment without having to group their whole lifestyle around study. The university plans other courses to follow and there is finance for it but contributors to the courses are sought.

This puts a stop to putting people under severe pressure for education.We are constantly blackmailed in having to pay very high prices for education, cannot have kids and study or work and study and that puts an end to it all, brilliant.

Hacking made possible by corruption

I wrote about this previously, saying that if those who are the best in computing would be in work, there would be no hacking.I do not defend the hackers but its obvious they could not get jobs that’s why they are hacking in the first place. Why could they not get jobs if they are so good at their field? Most likely because employers chose computer programmers according to whose kid they are or who the parents are or where they live rather than how good they are at computing. It’s a who you know industry.

There are sustained hacking attacks on established websites, even those who provide the most important government backed web sites. They got to be pretty good those hackers as they have not been found out yet.

It is hardly possible for somebody who is good at something to let their talent lay to waste just because they cannot find a job doing it. Of course they will try and disheveled those who denied them a job in the first place and that is the government and the established industries. It does not make their services any better if they keep on employing inferior web designers who allow their sites to be hacked by those who know the job.

If those hackers were in charge of websites, the likelihood of those sites being hacked is extremely remote as they know all the tricks.

There are many with superior technology skills in the Far East and if you look up on your firewall you will see the origin of hackers as often being Chinese. Yet hacking is not restricted to far away places. Computing knowledge is one of the most learned skills today and the arsenal of technical wizards is huge. I think employers should try harder to find the best for the jobs rather than employ the wrong people to do websites.

Just to mention nobody ever managed to hack my website when I had my own. This one is only a borrowed one from WordPress and I have no desire to conceal any content from people.

World War II was partly lost by the Germans because their technology was busted by those who were better at it and cracked the codes, this type of scenario now seems to get repeated by the hackers who beat the ….out of the establishment but really the establishment needs to make sure to employ those who are good at what they do. It is a big problem nowadays that the ruling classes always want to make sure that their children get the best jobs, that is happening throughout. Real talent gets sidelined for the lower jobs and that produces a lesser quality at the top and hence we see the state the economy is in today.

The rulers have to stop being self-serving and start to think on the survival of the species instead of  just their own self-serving policies.

Of course if the hacker attacks are led from some enemy country then it could be seen as an act of war but if its some kids from our own shores then it is just sheer frustration of not being recognised as having a talent that goes to waste because somebody less good was given the jobs.

Often enough the hackers from our own countries are genuinely concerned and want to lay open weaknesses in security.

The problem with our privately financed education is that any parent who spent thousands on a child’s education thinks they are entitled to the top jobs, goes without saying.

There is no longer a desire to do talent finding. Sometimes the biggest talents can have communication disabilities or are not quite as clever as expected in their interview techniques. So employers are looking for talents with the wrong methods. They should search for talents instead of waiting for the best communicators to come forward.

It is very easy to manipulate the recruitment process and employers tend to give jobs to those who are the best able to manipulate the recruitment process but that doesn’t necessarily mean those people are best at the jobs they are asked to do.

Of course if you were an employer, wouldn’t you want to give the job to the son of Tony Blair (only an example)  if he applied, rather than to the shy autistic person who is excellent at programming but not so great personality wise?

One other possible link is bribery within the industry see link here.

But hackers are now becoming an increasingly independent powerful entity and plan to launch their own satellite. It looks like the Internet becomes its own entity and it is governed by the Hackers council. Well, where there is corruption there usually appears an anti-dote, serves them right. Wonder whether any entrepreneurs want to invest into hacking, which seems to be the future investment.

Privacy versus Secrecy, prostitution through the back door?

I am very concerned about those Super Injunctions enabling the rich to stop gossiping. Because it’s just what people do, people get relationships easy when they are rich and people then gossip about them.

Lets just take the old-fashioned boy meets girl constellation, although there are others possible.

It’s often been the moment of fame when a girl found out that her recent one-night stand was a famous star, that kept her going for the rest of her live and naturally she would boast about that to her friends. It’s just always been super-normal to talk about human interaction of any type.

Why now forbid those chats on the basis that it would wreck a rich person’s profitability? It’s now all about money.

I have read somebody argued that a child could become subject to playground bullying or taunting if the nature of an extramarital relationship was to become public. That is frankly laughable.  That is excusing the wrong behaviour by saying it could cause more wrong behaviour. Its like fighting evil with evil so to say.

These type of super injunctions also allow and aid and promote the plain sexual exploitation of people by rich super stars. If no one can even talk about it then that little relationship with the poor girl never existed and that poor girl has been taken advantage of and cannot make any gain from giving herself to the entertainment of that rich person who never intended to let that relationship go any further. Because that is what this boils down to if the rich can have sex with the poor but the poor are not allowed to speak about this. It is then no longer a relationship, how ever short, it is just a service someone has to give for free. But that is not what the Big Society is about then is it? Surely the idea of volunteering cannot go so far! Because if it does it would mean legalizing prostitution but only if it is done voluntarily.

That means the public profile of the rich person is still intact whilst the poor person has been sullied and has to suffer in silence. It brings the concept of slavery and human exploitation nearer to us. It opens the question when is a relationship worth to report about?

It makes me puke to think that rich people can have this respectable front and flawless family imagine when in fact the person has a seedy and secret personal life and dirty habits.  It becoms a dirty habit if one cannot see it as a relationship between people any longer.

As I just read online, nobody can factually stop people from talking on the Internet such as, where search engine results bring up chat. People can post anonymously and if it infuriates enough people they will simply stick together to publish regardless. I think those recent English super-injunctions are repression of the worst kind and even laughable.

What is more important as an question if the fact that once you are rich and constantly in the media for professional success the public is interested in your private life too and you cannot separate one from another, if that fact would stop brilliant professional talent from blossoming in the public media and/or stop careers before they even take off.

Lets face it there are thousands of brilliant football talents out there and it is only because some major firms have banked on marketing one personality, that they have invested considerable amounts of money in doing so, that those names are worth something to them. The industry itself is not flexible enough, they should stop putting all eggs into one basket and highlight talent and allow new talent to come through the undergrowth and push the old names out when they cannot live up to public expectations.

Musicians were always notoriously immoral with wild parties and now they suddenly are expected to drop their lifestyle and live like prudes to help sell more records?

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