Aspects Of 500

Aspects of Information work and Usage

So here I am

Retired but still practising Library and Information work.

– Information Provider.

– Information worker..

– With aspects of my life to be found online

&

– An archive in Amsterdam

It’s a good combination to have.

Yet some of the same kind of activity has been done about me by the state.

Spycop[s]

The Infamous Special Demonstration Squad [ SDS ] was established during 1968.

It was established to infiltrate politically active groups and report their activities to the Metropolitan Police Special Branch, but it has now emerged that the information which these spycops gathered was being passed on to MI5.

I and many of the political campaigning groups I was involved in were the subject of SDS reports.

Greenpeace [ London ] which I have been involved with for many years was infiltrated by at least Three Spycops.

Trying to find out

So here I am

– Trying to find out just how extensive the state spycops built files on me

&

– A Core Participant in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Not that the inquiry is opening up that many of the files about myself, my friends, and the various campaigns which I was involved in.

What is known ?

So just what has the inquiry revealed about me which I didn’t know already ?

That I and my mates were spied upon?

I knew that already.

The true and cover names of the various spycops ?

Most of the ones we do know about are in the public domain, including the notorious Bob Lambert who went by the cover name of Bob Robinson while he was spying on me.

Open the files

The inquiry is slowly releasing some information about just who was spied upon to some core participants, but it is far from complete.

While we are still demanding a full list of all the spycop cover names, and those campaigning groups they spied upon.

In the meanwhile: – 

The documents I have received do include my individual Special branch file number, but not what is included in it.

500

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of what the inquiry has revealed, is that the SDS reports were passed on to MI5.

These files are rubber stamped with the number 500.

I am thinking to get a badge made with a drawing of a rubber stamp with the number 500 on it.

Practical Campaigning – Ethical Issues.

I’m Just so pleased that I was taught about ethics at school, even if I can only remember just some of the principals of it all.

Now what strikes me is that more people should of been taught them, as some of those principles apply to why we all need to have the vaccine.

The same kind of Ethical principals apply to the need to be Vegan.

It is all very well talking about personal choice, and the principal of Human Rights, but what about if these choices impact upon other people or life upon this planet?

I guess in many ways it is an aspect of just why we need to engage in joined-up-campaigning.

This is one of the aspects of life that I mentioned in my article A few thoughts about the One in Seven which has just been published within the latest issue of Information For Social Change [ ISC ].

Yet

One of the side effects of lockdown has been the chance to think about the kind of society it would be ideal to live in, even though most of us have had to deal with the practical issues which face us all.

It also has been many of us the chance to think What Next? & Where Do I Want To Go Next ?

Yet

The coming few months will be very busy with the end of lockdown.

The first thing is that Part two of Tranche One of the spycops public inquiry is taking place next month, and I am hoping to learn about the activities of the spycop[s] that I knew during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Though the inquiry is redacting so much information that it is very hard going to get anything which is really useful out of it.

Then comes all of the active campaigning which needs picking up on again, and the chance to meet other activists in order to work out what we can do next.

Some things which need doing are very obvious, but we will need to build up an activist base once more. As and when these activities will be posted on the Close Capenhurst Campaign website.

Whatever Next ?

Here is how we now seem to start Every Day.

And Today’s Crisis is …

Just reading the newspapers or listening to the radio news it seems to be that way.

Brexitland

We have now moved from the Shambolic world of politics, to an everyday story of a dystopian folk, or life under the Rabid Right Wing Tory Government.

The list of what is going or has gone wrong within the last year would take just too many hours to list.

All I will say is that the whole Brexit disaster can be summed up as a totally predictable mess.

Planetary Disaster

Next we have the ongoing radioactive and planetary mess which needs to be cleaned up, but again this is just too long to list.

Nukiller New Build, Radioactive or Chemical Waste dumps, the failure to tackle global warming, create a safe sustainable transport, etc, etc.

The list goes on and on and on and on.

Yet there are still too few activists working to reverse this unfolding disaster.

While there is still a shocking lack of attention paid to recycling, or stopping to produce those items which are very difficult to recycle.

Eating and Riding Our Way to Disaster

If we are what we eat, then we also live in an environment which is the product of our eating and travel habits.

It always amazes me just how many can not see that being vegan and campaigning for pedestrian rights is so tied up with creating an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, or how it matches up within the concept of Joined-up-campaigning.

If

If all of the above seems to be the product of some highly depressing thinking about what we face right now, then you are right to do so.

Yet

Yet there is still a lot which we can all do right now, while planning for some major changes and mass demonstrations once the present pandemic is over.

May Day

May Day is an ideal time to stand up against the Rabid Right Wing Tory Government.

May the 9th is Europe Day.

That is an ideal day to engage up campaigning against the Brexitland Disaster.

In between Time

This is now an ideal moment to read up upon all those various issues which we do need to get back to active campaigning upon later on in the year.

While looking at all those lifestyle changes which we need to make.

The present dire situation we are in is one of the worst we have ever experienced.

Yet very soon the cry will start : –

Today’s Solution is ––

Time For A Rethink

Individual Rights or Being Socially Responsible.

There is currently a major set of arguments which centres around the rights of the individual, as opposed to those who are adversely effected by the actions, or rather inactions, of many such individuals.

All of which comes down to the medical dangers posed by the anti-vaxx lobby.

Now a lot of this thinking comes down to totally rational mistrust about what any government might be promoting.

Yet a refusal to be vaccinated does have Adverse Effects Upon Us All.

New Social Networking Options or A Civil Liberties problem.

Over the last 120 years many major changes in Science and Technology have resulted in the ways that we live, and communicate with each other.

I’m old enough to remember a postal delivery twice a day, and how important it was to have lots of phone boxes to use.

I know that there are a lot of people who are still concerned with how social media and mobile devices might effect their civil liberties.

Yet such concerns did not stop us from posting letters as they might of been intercepted by the state, or from using phones because they might have been tapped. We all knew about it, and learned how to be discreet about various confidential issues.

We are now all able to communicate and interact with each other in many news ways, which my grandparents could never of imagined at the start of the 20th century.

Without the use of all these social media and mobile devices none of us would be able to truly communicate or co-operate together.

Mistrusting the state and the multinationals is something which we should all keep doing.

Yet this mistrust should not overspill in to a total mistrust of all technology.

A good example being that we should have a mistrust of all aspects of the nukiller power industry, but welcome the technology which goes with developing both solar energy and wind turbines.

Time to Rethink.

Thus we need to do some fundamental rethinking about the nature of any technologically based society, and just what we can do promote positive social change.

What keeps striking me is just how we have so many individuals who are trying to solve 21st century problems using 19th century thinking.

It’s Time For Some Rethinking.

 

The Other Agenda

Right Now

What applies to politics applies to life too.

That is, to take the Overview, but keep an eye on the details.

With so many of the campaigns I’m involved with that’s very much the case.

Yet there is also something else which goes with that.

The need for to have a very wide ranging general knowledge in order to deal with any subject one might be asked about.

This is very much the case with all of the anti Nukiller and spycops campaigning I’m doing right now. That’s the work which I’m having to very much focus upon right now.

Which brings on to just why we all want answers from the Undercover Policing [ Spycops ] Public Inquiry.

Bob Lambert

One of the most shocking aspects of the whole spycops issue which deserves a lot more attention, is how they manipulated the campaigning work of the various groups they infiltrated.

That’s exactly what spycop Bob Lambert did with Greenpeace [ London ].

He moved the emphasis of the group away from focusing upon anti militarist and anti Nukiller campaigning, to that of mainly working upon animal rights activists, and thus the whole Mucklibel set of trials.

The most important questions being how much was that a spycop policing policy, and how much damage has it done to our other ongoing campaigning ?

Brexitland – An Educational Failure

The Brexitland press is full of news stories about exam results which are based upon ‘predicted results’, and algorithm predictions.

Yet it should also be remembered that the exam results issue is a total distraction from the fact that 1 in 7 of the adult population are still to a greater of lesser extent Functionally Illiterate.

Keep in mind that the 1 in 7 do make up a very high percentage of the long term unemployed.

It is this 1 in 7 who we need to focus our attention upon, as their future is now extremely grim.

They are the ones who will not be able to benefit by remote learning.

They are also the people who just not able to read all the health care messages which are being issued.

What Next ?

While no thought is being given to the very intensive one2one adult literacy classes which are now suspended, especially are many of the older ex teachers who could do such training are still in self isolation.

If the issue which we now face is long term economic decline, with high unemployment levels, then some serious thinking about this use needs to be done.

A good start to solving this problem might be to train more adult literacy teachers.

The Brexitland Dictionary

Word Changing

As the world changes so does the definition of words and expressions.

Sometimes this happens in the most alarming ways.

Living within Brexitland one gets to read a few words or expressions on a very regular basis which need to be listed in the New Brexitland Dictionary. These especially refers to ones used by the Rabid Right Wing Tory party, who supposedly run the country.

Various Examples

Here are a few examples which illustrate what they keep repeating time and time again, and their real meaning.

– World class or world class technology.

It does not work.

– Historical Important figure or individual.

Someone who was an imperialist, militarist, jingoist or who repressed & exploited people.

– Military leader.

Militarist.

– The ‘need to protect our coastal fishing waters after Brexit’.

Uncaring about ecology or our fellow creatures.

– Investing in the future.

Making huge short term profits at the expense of long term social, economic, and ecological Improvements.

– Housing Market.

Making even larger profits by the buying and selling of homes, while ignoring the basic human right to have a secure place to live in, and giving more individuals the chance to become rough sleepers.

– Rough Sleeper.

An individual of no worth as they can not fill the coffers of those who run the Rabid Right Wing Tory party or any of their mates.

– Prime Ministerial Advisor.

Dominic Cummings.

– Government Spokesman

Dominic Cummings.

– Government Chief Scientific Advisor

Dominic Cummings.

– Government Chief Medical Advisor

Dominic Cummings.

– Government Policy.

Anything Dominic Cummings says it should be.

– Social Reform.

Any set of actions which will give the upper hand to the multinationals and Rabid Right Wing state.

– Legal Reform.

see: – Social Reform.

– Employment Law Reform.

Taking away workers rights in order to make yet larger profits.

– Economic Reform.

See: – Employment Law Reform.

News Media

– The Daily Torygraph.

A front piece for the Rabid Right Wing Tory Government.

– The Dully Mail or Excess.

A totally uninformed view of the world.

Fake News.

– Anything which is critical of government policy.

How we describe it all.

Shambolic, Uncaring, Unthinking, Manipulative, Dystopia, and making it all up as they go along.

Not a solution

The only good thing about living in Brexitland is that nobody expects anything to ever work properly, and so there is no shock when it does not do so.

For more information see: –

Gaffer tape, WD40, and Super glue.

In Times Gone By And In Times Present

In Times Past

Much of the current social and political debate is about how society is changing for the worst, while others might argue how some things are much better now than in decades or centuries ago.

Yet nothing is said about how this really compares to the past.

Here are two examples how things have changed for the better over the last 100 to 150 years: –

The School leaving age

and

Life Expenctency

Henry Mayhew

I wonder just how many of the younger generation realise just what the reality of life was like in an earlier age as described by Henry Mayhew.

Or

How many of the younger generation would know about, of ever come upon a Tosher or Mud Lark did?

Now that might seem like ancient history many people, but some of the descriptions within the Road to Wigan Pier are still within the living memory of many of the older generation.

Housing

It’s not so long ago that a very high percentage of the population lived in bedsits or HMOs as they are now classed as being.

Remember the expression ‘A shilling for the gas’ ?

Or

How it was normal to sleep in the same room as a gas cooker before that become illegal.

Yes things have improved a lot over the years.

Yet they have not.

– We now have a lot more rough sleepers than in many decades.

– Adult education in terms of evening classes is now almost a thing of the past.

– While one in seven of UK adults are functionally illiterate to a greater or lesser extent.

In Times Now

Margaret Thatcher said that:- “there is no such thing as society”.

While many of her supporters said “Greed is Good!”.

To which there was a response which went:-

The family is dead! Long live the family !

All of which are totally wrong, but they are attitudes which still prevail to this day.

In times to come

Social Change or Social Revolution ?

If history and all the recent events have taught us anything, then we must care for both society and the individual.

That’s something which compliments the concept of: –

Think Global Act Local.

What Comes Next ?

Introduction From 85 Years Ago

This is the introduction to the H.G.Wells book.

What Are We to Do with Our Lives?

Published: Watts & Co    1935

‘ The world is undertaking immense changes. Never before have the conditions of life changed so swiftly and enormously as they have changed for mankind in the last fifty year.’

Though in environmental terms it is more like the last 15 month to 5 years.

While in many ways we are now going through a major set of changes which will impact upon us all over the next 50 day and thus in to the future.

What next ?

Over the last 15 days it has been the case of us all asking: –

What Next?

In many ways we have all been very surprised upon how things are changing.

Yet for all the observations we make about just what is happening to us all right now, many of the pundits predictions upon economic, political, social, and ecological issues, are still based upon what has happened in the past.

Never the less there are a number of key indicators which worth looking at:-

– Changes in Housing provision,

– The stock Market and Wider Economy

– Changes in Food Production and Provision.

– An ending to the use of Nukiller Power and Extreme Energy,

– Public and Private Transport.

&

– How we all socialise from now onwards.

Rough Sleepers, Self Isolation, & What Needs Doing Now

There is something which I just don’t understand, and that is how two major issues are Not being linked up together.

If any rough sleepers were to catch the Corona virus, then they would not be able to self isolate themselves.

With so many rough sleepers on the streets, we really might then have a major epidemic to deal with.

The same might also be said about all other forms air born diseases, but I’ve still to see any rough sleepers being offered face masks.

Yet politicians and the health care authorities, seem not to of woken up to this issue.

Thus we do need to ask some urgent questions, and address this problem: –

Before it is too late!