Question 11 – where is it? I don’t see the need to numerate the questions …


Bookdrop at the Ministry of Justice for April 1

From Liberty:

Dear Writers,

We would like to invite you to join Shami and Liberty staff at a book drop outside the Ministry of Justice at 11.30am on Tuesday 1st April, as part of our ongoing protest against the prison book ban.

 Liberty will be wrapping up a large present of books for the inmates of HM Prisons c/o Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Tuesday 1st also happens to be Mr Grayling’s birthday (as well as April Fool’s Day) so we’ll also have a ‘birthday’ present for Grayling too – a copy of Liberty’s pamphlet ‘Churchill’s Legacy – The Conservative case for the Human Rights Act’ in a bid to address our wider concerns over Grayling’s plans to devastate legal aid and human rights.

 Please do let us know:


·         If you can come along on Tuesday to help deliver the present. Liberty House is situated very near the MOJ in Westminster so please join us first from 11am and we can head over together

·         If you want to donate any books, or one of your own books for the book drop


We’re planning to invite the press so we’d appreciate it if you’d keep our plans confidential for now. We will let you know when we are ready to share more widely and your help with this would be extremely welcome!






Sally Scott
Project Officer

Protecting civil liberties

If you poison everyone, they can’t eat, so their teeth won’t rot

It’s always the way of the industrial age that if one profiteering practice causes a disaster, the solution is never desist, but apply another profiteering practice. So the solution to industries freely shitting carcinogens onto everybody is not stick a filter on the stack, but to have those factories make medicines to treat the arising cancers. The solution to global warming is not to move as quickly as possible away from CO2-emitting hydrocarbon fuels to tidal power and fuel cells, but to make a Space solar screen (presumably under the UN’s control? lol); to not reduce our CO2 output, but fill the oceans with iron oxide and encourage algae to soak up all that CO2; not to switch to lower-input organic farming, but replace all crops with Monsanto’s copyrighted GM foods and beholden our ability to eat to their lawyers. And so the solution to rotting teeth is not eat less sugar, but fluoridate our entire water supplies.

The problem is sugar. People eat foods stuffed with sugar by food manufacturers, sold by supermarkets who go out of their way to stop people knowing what’s in their food, and because people choose to eat too much choc and pop not least because it’s now available everywhere. And this causes kids to treat the world like a wall-of-death ride, and causes obesity and diabetes, and that causes untold amounts of misery and costs in fuel and treatments and all sorts.  

So the solution, surely to God, is cut sugar production and exclude it from the processed food chain. But that would be too easy, especially when there’s a sitter of a technical solution waiting for us to deploy at our ever greater cost, i.e. throw a vile industrial by-product into our reservoirs by the megatonne. Brilliant, why didn’t I think of that.

Google en-crapped-on

Google announced on Thursday it is bolstering encrypting its Gmail system to stop unwarranted snooping, by using https instead of http. Https is more secure than http, but still flawed, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation has reported: (note the EFF story is https, but the Google Blog is on http – ?!)

Still, a valiant move by Google nonetheless, moving to https having become “a top priority after last summer’s revelations,” alluding to the NSA’s capers, but not mentioning the NSA specifically … because they can’t stop the NSA or any US spies from delving. Not least because that’s what they do for a living, but because the Patriot Act demands US firms hand over all data accrued from beyond the US to the spooks for free.

That doesn’t apply to US citizens, though, *phew*. But so what? Is the timing of Google’s statement just to distract away from a class action lawsuit that was brought against Google for violating the privacy of Gmail, a suit that only this week was thwarted in the courts?

In any case, as Google has done a lot of business with the NSA and others, setting up Intellipedia for one Would Google really jeopardise its well-paid relationship with the spies by making their job harder? Could it if it wanted to?