Don’t even start typing…

Remember all those Facebook rants you wrote and then wisely deleted before posting? Facebook’s been studying them to better understand your self-censorship behaviour.
That’s right. So even posts you never posted are now being tracked and noted. Big Zuckerberg is taking notes. This pdf report is worth a read.

Relinking to an old idea: the basic income

“Ideas can and do change the world,” says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea’s 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked — and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all.

This Canadian city has eradicated homelessness


This is an amazing project, now here in the UK too.

Housing First is a homeless assistance approach  that prioritizes providing people experiencing homelessness with permanent housing as quickly as possible – and then providing voluntary supportive services as needed. This approach prioritizes client choice in both housing selection and in service participation.

Housing First programs share critical elements:

  • A focus on helping individuals and families access and sustain permanent rental housing as quickly as possible;
  • A variety of services delivered to promote housing stability and individual well-being on an as-needed and entirely voluntary basis; and
  • A standard lease agreement to housing – as opposed to mandated therapy or services compliance.

While all Housing First programs share these elements, program models vary significantly depending upon the population served. For people who have experienced chronic homelessness, long-term services and support may be needed.

For most people experiencing homelessness, however, such long-term services are not necessary. The vast majority of homeless individuals and families fall into homelessness after a housing or personal crisis. For these households, the Housing First approach provides them with short-term assistance to find permanent housing quickly and without conditions. In turn, such households often require only brief, if any, support or assistance to achieve housing stability and individual well-being.

Which part of Theresa May’s campaign isn’t fake?

I am shocked by the level of stage management in this election campaign. Will politicians of the future not even meet the public? When I say that, I am referring of course to the Conservatives who have stooped to this low point of political campaigning. Yet, they seem to get away with it unchallenged.

This example here is how the deception of Theresa May’s campaign is sold to the public on BBC, Sky and ITV.

Images and footage from a so-called rally screened on the news today gave the impression that Theresa May was greeted by a large and rowdy audience. But if those channels were truly reporting the news, they might have panned to the right and left, then you’d realise that this was a crowd of a couple of dozen party faithful in a small warehouse on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Compare that to the crowds of over 10,000 to 20,000 which greeted Jeremy Corbyn in Gateshead, and you’ll soon realise why the news channels didn’t show Corbyn’s rally at all.

This is how the television fools people… and there are many being fooled.

First take a look behind the scenes of this video on Facebook. Then, after you’ve watched the video, have a look at how this same meeting was screened on the BBC, then you’ll realise just how badly we are being manipulated  by mainstream media.



Now compare this to Jeremy Corbyn in Gateshead:





Remember #CatGate? Theresa has form

While news stories soon get forgotten and buried in the ether, social media is the perfect platform for digging these stories out and, given the right current affairs setting, they can shape the conversation in unexpected ways.

Remember #CatGate?  Well, Theresa May (at the time Home Secretary ) said in her speech to Conservative Party conference that owning a cat means illegal immigrants are allowed to stay in Britain. Andrew Neil puts her straight.