The Nation State vs Big Data Companies – Rana Dasgupta

Very interesting article on the Guardian about Big Tech and finance shaping and controlling our political landscape and taking over our political systems, pushing us into a bizarre libertarian dream.

“There is every reason to believe that the next stage of the techno-financial revolution will be even more disastrous for national political authority. This will arise as the natural continuation of existing technological processes, which promise new, algorithmic kinds of governance to further undermine the political variety. Big data companies (Google, Facebook etc) have already assumed many functions previously associated with the state, from cartography to surveillance. Now they are the primary gatekeepers of social reality: membership of these systems is a new, corporate, de-territorialised form of citizenship, antagonistic at every level to the national kind. And, as the growth of digital currencies shows, new technologies will emerge to replace the other fundamental functions of the nation state. The libertarian dream – whereby antique bureaucracies succumb to pristine hi-tech corporate systems, which then take over the management of all life and resources – is a more likely vision for the future than any fantasy of a return to social democracy.”

An Interview with Victoria Haigh

“Nature is nature (…) interfere with it at your peril. Man made is never going to overhaul what God created.“ ~ Victoria Haigh

(The interview was done in 2014 // R.A.)

Victoria Haigh and the case of her oldest daughter made many headlines over the last couple of years. Victoria was a very prominent and successful race horse jockey and trainer in the UK. There were disputes with her daughter’s father over contact and eventually the case ended up in the UK family courts.Continue reading

Backlash and the Culture of Jailing Victims of Rape

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“When the enemy has no face, society will invent one.” ― Susan Faludi

Introducing the work of Women Against Rape and their work against the persecution and imprisonment of rape victims for allegeldy “fabricating allegations”.

Inverting crimes and accusing victims to be perpetrators is part of the “back lash culture” against women (and men too). Those who speak out, report abuse, rape, domestic violence etc will be silenced by the system and it’s helpers in police, judiciary, psychiatry and social work, and even “women’s advocacy” groups.

These pages are recommended for further reading

Letter in the Guardian

Layla’s story: jailed after reporting a sexual assault

The rape victims prosecuted for “false” rape allegations

I also want to remind of the case of D., who is persecuted for having reported rape and whose children were snatched by social services.

I have also written about D on this blog.

While not agreeing with some arguments of Susan Faludi in her book “backlash”, I am grateful for her insightfulness and analyzing from the onset what was coming to women in the Western (and Eastern) hemispheres.  It is recommended reading to understand more of the underlying contexts in the new wave of Western state supported abuses of women and children and how these patterns of abuse evolved and manifested to this point.

A snippet on surveillance and child protection (from 2014)

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From a press release by the British Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services:

“Without their knowledge, every pregnant woman (and expectant father) is screened by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to see if they may be a risk to the child, and they are monitored for risk factors like previous mental illness, domestic violence, being a teenager, unemployed, homeless, a former or current drug user, etc. They are then automatically referred to social services, who may hold child protection planning meetings before the baby is born.”

Christopher Booker, The Liberal and The Right Wing (Populist) Press, The Truth, and Child Protection

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“The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.” Hannah Arendt

When one deals with subjects of things that are hidden, such as uncomfortable truths, political and criminal cover-ups, moral and ethical scandals and all matters child protection, one quickly comes into the  murky world of conspiracy theories and deafening official silences. While the so called liberal press such as The Guardian in the UK says very little to nothing to enlighten the public about the excessive failures and abuses of the child protection system everywhere in the West, and in particular in the UK; the so called right-wing press such as The Telegraph says a great deal more about the subject, as it sees in these excessive failures expressions of the Stalinist uber-State, behind which lurks the European Union and a wider Marxist conspiracy to subdue, brainwash and hoodwink the British public. In a strange way such positions are in themselves comforting as it speaks of an old fashioned-ness, a world long gone, where beliefs could be quirky and weird without being too dangerous; and firm opinions, however reactionary, spoke of a certainty and “a place in the world”. However, history ain’t so forgiving any longer.

The world is indeed full of many lies and many reversed truths, propaganda and diversions, and so deep goes the rabbit hole of many stories that any serious writer quickly learns to throw over board all preconceptions about left or right, liberal or conservative, this or that, and rather focus on gathering facts – and not believe a word that is thrown out by anybody else without verifying it. In this process of researching and re-evaluation all leftovers of random personal opinions and sacred beliefs are quickly lost and at this stage many collapse, get scared, throw in the towel and seek refuge in the known and what they believe to be safe, as this offers at least some sort of position in life and perhaps a safe haven in a life that could deteriorate otherwise  into one eternal shitstorm. Because one eventually realizes: there is indeed much evil in this world and nobody wants to know about it. 

Everybody who observes closely the murky world of child protection rapidly loses  sacred beliefs about the “good” state and “good child protection workers” and a “fair judicial system” and “unbiased experts”. What one discovers instead is gross incompetence, corruption, ignorance, fear, broken lives, lost children, deprivation of the most basic legal and human rights, and many lies that are piled up like dog shit in order to cover up, divert and confuse about what really happened to Baby P, the Forced Ceserian Italian Mother, the UK Family Barrister going AWOL, Vicky Haigh, etc. The deeper truth of most of these cases is widely ignored by The Guardian & Co, while The Telegraph’s Christopher Booker is one of the very few who write about these cases, causing outrage in the liberal and non-liberal establishment for naming judges and shaming individual councils for their excessive failures and sometimes outright criminal activities.

While I am not a friend of Booker’s revisionist historical views on Thatcher having always been an outspoken enemy of Apartheid (did I only imagine that infamous quote of her’s that the ANC is a terrorist organisation… btw: they were, they did throw bombs.. and that Mandela is a terrorist), or his views on the European Union as a giant Marxist conspiracy to explain the serial cock ups in the UK legal system (the issues are more complex and twisted). I am however supporting the man in his highly informed work on the effects of the failures of the UK child protective and legal system by bringing some of the hair raising and awful individual cases of victims of this system to the public. Fact is, the good man receives hundreds of emails and letters every week with cases that desperate parents and victims of this system bring forward. There are too many to publish, but each of this cases is a life, a story, a disaster, an outrage, that describes  the workings of a system where individuals simply don’t care about the effects of their combined actions. Things weren’t that dissimilar in Nazi Germany, there too people just didn’t care because they could hide behind the belief that one acts for a “collective good” and one doesn’t do anything worse than the next link in the system’s chains.

Perhaps one needs to talk to the individually affected people, to a mother who looses her children into forced adoption because she happened to be raped, or to a mother who battles social services because she reported the sexual abuse of her child, or to survivors of the UK-Australian Child Migration Scheme, to understand how increasingly twisted  Western society has become in its intricate bureaucratic (mis)workings, and how easily people get destroyed and how happily and readily people from within “the system” participate in the most monstrous and EVIL abuses. And how all this feels like the dawn of a new era of full on fascism, 21st century style. Here, I said it!

So, while The Guardian & Co continue to do the safe, official social stories, always concerned for the delicate constitution of their “liberal clientele” and their liberal “we are good people” belief system, other people go down and dirty and publish the filthy truth, some less, some more successful. I am personally no longer surprised that many people don’t like liberals and go over to the right, and to the right wing media, and I say this as a person who once worked herself for The Guardian newspaper and got her paychecks from them and who can’t stand the cheap honey-trap ideologies of the right.  Yet if liberalism and leftism really means nowadays to lie and hide for the sake of those in power, then the left and all the  liberals deserve to go down.  Shame how all this cowardice plays right into the hands of the very fascism everybody confesses to be against and that started to take us over in unison – see the UK legal and child protection system, which is just one battlefield of many.

A little personal courage of everybody would help. So, thanks Christopher Booker for your everyday bit of a little courage, and never mind all the bollocks.

The Elephant in the Room – A Short Sociology of Forced Adoption and a Tale of Two Women

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“I was seeking justice and freedom and human rights and thousands of miles later thousands of pounds later and hundreds of miles walked later and hundreds of doors knocked on later I didn’t fucking find it“. – Dave

Meet Dave. Dave is in an intelligent, articulate women in her 30s. She had a good job in an architect’s office; earned money; dated; was the average British girl. Then she got unlucky. First she met a man who wanted to ruin her life and the life of their children, and then she met the State who took over from the man in continuing the ruining.

The background of Dave is made up, but Dave’s story is not. This is her story as told by the Lib Dem MP John Hemming in the Daily Mail. There are many more Daves all over Britain.

“In one appalling case in a quiet corner of England, a middle-class mother is currently being threatened with having her children forcibly adopted after she was raped by her husband, who was imprisoned for his crime a few weeks ago.

Social workers say that, despite the fact that her husband has been sentenced to six years and the couple are about to divorce, the wife allowed herself to be raped and therefore cannot protect their children in the family’s home.”

There are a few more – extraordinarily painful – fragments to Dave’s case not mentioned in the Daily Mail. During their relationship the man, who is obviously an emotional and social pervert, had raped and severely beaten Dave. Eventually she broke away.  She pressed charges against the man and he eventually got imprisoned for 6 years. All should be fine, one should think, but lo and behold, social services got involved and decided to apply for a care order for Dave’s children. When Dave got wind of Social Services’ intention to apply for a care order – 11 days before it was actually granted by a UK court – she left the UK for Ireland but her children were eventually seized in Ireland by intervention from UK social services and returned to the UK by the Irish courts. 

Forcibly returned to the UK and separated from her children, Dave sees her own life and the life of her children being destroyed a little bit more every day. “The threshold met was domestic abuse and failing to protect. He was sentencd to six years for rape and assault by penetration whilst I was pregnant. I fled to Ireland when he was arrested as I feared for our safety. SS got it into their heads I was escaping them. I was pursued and they used him to get to us as he has parental responsibility. (…) The SS says I am emotionally unstable and have refused all psychiatric assessments. I have never once had a psychiatric assessment through care proceedings [but] only a psychologist I organized who said she wants to help me.”

Now meet Judge P.  Judge P is a family court judge. She states things like the following on an adoption site that calls itself  “Be My Parent”.

There are many more adoption websites such as Be My Parent. There is for example “UK Adoption” (which is now trimmed to be an “international adoption site” – a clear sign of the involvement of US adoption and foster care businesses in the UK forced adoption system) where prospective adopting parents can get advice like the following on the matter of birth parents and contested adoptions:

It should also be noted that Judge P, who writes on “adoption parties” on “Be My Parent,” is the judge in Dave’s case at the family court. She is handling Social Services’ application to put Dave’s children up for care and onto a placement order; which means she decides if Dave’s children should be force adopted them and to take all parental rights away from Dave. It can be assumed, based on Judge P’s article for “Be My Parent,” that Judge P is an adoption friendly judge, and that she is directly and unashamedly affiliated with the UK Adoption Lobby which is really nothing else but a franchise of US Adoption and Fostering businesses. It can also be assumed that Dave never had a chance. She was raped first by her perverted ex, and then again by the perverted State, who privatized the welfare of the public for the benefit of the few. And Dave and her children are not one of the few. In Dave’s own words “I was seeking justice and freedom and human rights and thousands of miles later thousands of pounds later and hundreds of miles walked later and hundreds of doors knocked on later I didn’t fucking find it“.

There is much to ask about the system of forced adoptions in the UK and how social services, lawyers and judges work hand in hand with an government that is led by  industry interests. Every day incredibly cruel and reprehensible decisions are made by taking children from perfectly adequate, though not perfect parents. Many parents affected have reported a system entirely geared against them, and I wonder about the deeper implications with every case I hear and read about — beyond questions as to whether these parents have abused their children or not. I simply know too much about how  justice for “ordinary” people in the UK operates and how business interests override any due course at courts and in so called “care meetings” and in politican’s offices. I don’t doubt that most of the parents who are losing their children in this system are indeed innocent of the crimes they are accused of, and that the system of forced adoption has very little to do with child protection; but everything with business incentives and social engineering agendas.

There is no other explanation for the underlying dynamic behind such severe abuse of people and their children. What else is the belief system of a woman like Judge P that she orders the children of a woman like Dave to be torn from their mother? Is it a sincere belief that the children are better off far away from their once raped and beaten mother, or is it a wish to punish the children of perpetrators and the former partners of perpetrators? The UN Convention on the Rights of Children  states clearly, that all must be done by the State for children to live with their family –  certainly the UNCRC wasn’t present in any of the  court rooms Dave had to visit.

All this is very baffling and confusing and one starts to wonder and muse and gets rather distracted from the raw facts of gross injustice that are done for the sake of business, even though this is the big elephant in the room that nobdoy ever dares to mention. Instead, projections are employed to distract from the issues, projections such as that something must be wrong with a woman like Dave when she ends up with a perverted man. Even though perverted men (and women) are common currency, just like perverted bureaucratic system are nowadays common, and brutal wars in the name of “humanitarian missions”, and politicans who lie happily to keep their friends from the business world happy. When viewed from this angle, one makes the unsurprising discovery that the UK system has itself a perverted mind, that it is a perpetrator itself nationally and internationally, and that it routinely punishes victims of perpetrators on a micro level in its court rooms, but even more perverted, it understodd how to make a lucrative business out of this perversion. That business of perversion is called child trafficking and it is disguised as a system of child protection.

It is a no win situation for abused people  either way and my overall impression is that the “system”, as a mix of private and public life, macro and micro financial and political interests, and the relating macro and micro social control, is geared towards the utilization of people who fall foul to perpetrators, while also causing  most of these problems to begin with.

As for the “psychiatric disorder”, the UK social services tried to pin on Dave, she is reporting the following anecdote, that leaves me buffled how stupid shrinks really are and how utterly obsessed with their own – here we go again again – business agendas. Nobody wants to name the elephant, because it is their own elephant too.

From Dave…

“I got a Brilliant quote from the Psychologist:

“I treat people and help people with Psychological problems and I cant help you or treat you that way because there is nothing wrong with you. Its societies perceptions. I’m sorry but somehow I am trying to help. I can’t change this shit social system. I cant change the judicial system. I cant change the fact you have always and will always be misunderstood. You will always be wrongly judged. I cant change the fact you see this world differently than most. I don’t know what to say to you call me and talk to me.”

My answer “yeah, well maybe we can go for a walk in the park and feed the ducks.”

Psychologist “yeah, sounds good.”

Me: “to be the most immaculate sheep in the flock I firstly and most importantly need to be a sheep. I’m not a sheep am I ?”

Psychologist: “No, you’re not!”

Me: “Well, I’m screwed then”.

Psychologist: “I don’t know what to say.”

Female Chauvinist Pigs, The Issues Uncovered

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Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture (2005) is a book by Ariel Levy which critiques modern feminist raunch culture in the United States and elsewhere. Levy argues that America is a sex obsessed culture that objectifies women and encourages women to objectify themselves. Citing examples ranging from the fad of Playboy Bunny merchandise for women to the moral panic of rainbow parties, Levy argues that American mass culture has framed the game so perversely that young women now strive to be the “hottest” and “sexiest” girl they know rather than the most accomplished.

Since publication of Levey’s book in 2005 this phenomen of women being their own worst enemy when it comes to the exploitation of their bodies and sexuality has significantly deepend. Now women are happy porn directors, and celebrate the surgical clipping of their own labias and the labias of their ‘girlfriends’ so they all look like ‘porno’ vaginas (which is what?). That labia clipping causes scaring and numbing – who cares, as long as we can be star in our ‘own free porn’ or preferably even in a professional porn movie. In the West ‘us women’ are so free that we can even rent ourselves out for gang banging and swinging blow job parties including gagging and bondage etc. For no charge! Cause porn is fun and who wants to be a chicken in a gang bang?

On the other side of this version of ‘female liberation’ the women of raunch have the veiled women of Islam put in front of them, women who are allegedly all forcibly and routintely circumcised and robbed of their clitoris and labias through kitchen table operations, and who are mere ‘sex objects’ and can not self-determine their sexuality, which means under this definition of freedom that they are denied their human right to flash their  breasts or join a gang bang without getting executed by bonkers mad Muslim men. Ehhh, what? C’mon, ideological dogs of war, how stupid do you think us women are? Well, actually very stupid, cause even though all this smells like a very dead propaganda rat Western women raunch continues to run riot and continues to pretend that objectifying the body is freedom of expression when it is in fact nothing but exploitation and self-abuse in one of it’s most severe forms. This form of abuse really comes to life when compared to the ‘the oppressed other women’ – which is pre-dominantly the oppressed Muslim woman. The woman who allegedly has no rights, no say, no voice, no face, no clitoris, because of her backward religion and culture.How odd it is, that in porn movies every pussy looks the same, and every porn actress looks like any other. Sex-robots everywhere…