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26-09-2014 10:16
Doomwatch is the best show around

31-05-2014 09:13
Missed you this week.. Happy Birthday Alex for Sunday. you misunderstood my text last week as I meanth a local broadcast audience. ie Local Bar or suchlike

04-11-2013 00:50
Fantastic first show Alex and great to hear Patrick Henningsen again

03-04-2013 21:37
Good guest this week. When is someone going to knock on the Royals' door???

20-03-2013 21:40
pass the parcel lol

Doomwatch 12 - Mike Mitcham - Stop Smart Meters UK

Doomwatch 12 - Mike Mitcham - Stop Smart Meters UK

On Friday 31 January 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm GMT on Peterborough FM you are invited to join us for this 12th edition of DOOMWATCH, as alex:g talks with Mike Mitcham of Stop Smart Meters UK, in particular about the UK’s smart metering being on-track to be the next Government I.T. disaster, saddling consumers with a £12 billion levy on their fuel bills, for little or no benefit. They will also be covering some of the relevant news stories of the week. You are now not only able to listen in to DOOMWATCH, but you can also see the show, in-vision, via www.ukcolumn.org/doomwatch



HSBC Bank Refuses To Let Customers Withdraw Large Sums

As covered on the UK Column, on Monday. Some HSBC customers have been prevented from withdrawing large amounts of cash because they could not provide evidence of why they wanted it, the BBC has learnt. Listeners have told Radio 4's Money Box they were stopped from withdrawing amounts ranging from £5,000 to £10,000. HSBC admitted it has not informed customers of the change in policy, which was implemented in November.

The bank says it has now changed its guidance to staff. Stephen Cotton went to his local HSBC branch this month to withdraw £7,000 from his instant access savings account to pay back a loan from his mother. A year before, he had withdrawn a larger sum in cash from HSBC without a problem. But this time it was different, as he told Money Box: "When we presented them with the withdrawal slip, they declined to give us the money because we could not provide them with a satisfactory explanation for what the money was for. They wanted a letter from the person involved."

Mr Cotton says the staff refused to tell him how much he could have: "So I wrote out a few slips. I said, 'Can I have £5,000?' They said no. I said, 'Can I have £4,000?' They said no. And then I wrote one out for £3,000 and they said, 'OK, we'll give you that.' "He asked if he could return later that day to withdraw another £3,000, but he was told he could not do the same thing twice in one day. He wrote to complain to HSBC about the new rules and also that he had not been informed of any change. The bank said it did not have to tell him. "As this was not a change to the Terms and Conditions of your bank account, we had no need to pre-notify customers of the change," HSBC wrote.





Lloyds Banking Group 'Sorry' Over IT Glitch

Lloyds Banking Group has apologised after customers were unable to withdraw money from cashpoints or pay for goods with their debit cards. The group - made up of Lloyds, Halifax, Bank of Scotland and TSB - has 30 million UK account holders, and became aware of the difficulties on Sunday afternoon. It later said the problems - which lasted for several hours and were blamed on a "server failing" - had been fixed.



The Coming Climate Climbdown

Man-made global warming, or as it likes to be referred to these days as ‘climate change’, had a grand plan in its heyday. The mythology was underpinned by a new economic model, one which hoped to monetize CO2 emissions – or more accurately, the absence of CO2.

Think of Al Gore and his associates like David Blood as the Bernie Madoff of the environmental movement. They created a market which has been disintegrating from day one, including a total collapse of the Chicago Climate Exchange, but not before the principal players cashed in their shares and abandoned that hip. It’s a epic story of modern day high priests and soothsayers, political hubris and pseudo-scientific largess on a scale never before seen in history. But their story is far from over. Get ready for the epic climbdown.

The world’s only mandatory credits trading scheme – in Europe – is struggling to keep itself afloat. Reasons why Europe’s ETS is now on political life support and may be scrapped include massive over-issue of credits by European governments and the European central authorities, outright fraud and re-issue of already used credits, uncertainty concerning the future value of credits, and other factors such as the intrinsic worthlessness of ‘hot air credits’.

In a winter during which Niagara Falls partly froze over, for only the second or third time in more than 100 years, the whine that global warming is alive, well and menacing becomes difficult to gurgle with a straight face, but it has been so profitable to proponents like Al Gore that we can understand why they are loathed to invent a new Doom Thing. Their twin fight against climate-damaging and rapidly depleting oil, gas and coal reserves also has major real world logic problems.

Massive over-issue of ETS tradable paper was operated not only to make warmists happy, but also to please the carbon market maker banks and climate hedge funds, who rapidly broke any link between this asset creation binge and its real world base or “underlying asset” – of actual European CO2 emissions. Which have heavily declined in most EU countries since 2008, except by supreme irony in Green Germany, presently constrained to rapidly increase its coal-fired power production. European emissions have shrunk due to economic recession, outplacement of energy-intensive industries, energy saving, and the development of “green” non-fossil energy.

The morph of the ETS system from potentially or possibly useful, to dysfunctional and totally perverse, took no more than about 6 or 7 years from its start in 2005. Today’s credit prices are so low they are no incentive to not emit CO2, making cheap credits a subsidy to pollute and emit more CO2, while they also remain an incentive for energy intensive industries to delocalize and quit Europe spurred by fears that when ETS finally collapses, it will be replaced by straight and high energy taxes.

Meanwhile, the BBC noted last Tuesday that the “Burnt out EU is likely to curb climate goals.”  And indeed, binding national targets on renewable energy were dropped from new EU proposals unveiled on Wednesday. The UK had lobbied hard to have the mandatory 2030 target watered down, saying it would drive up energy bills.

Under the new plan, there will no longer be binding renewables targets for individual countries. There will be a big effort made to revitalise the EU emissions trading scheme. Much to the delight of the UK, there will be minimal rules on shale gas fracking. But at the very least, the EU stuck with a solid 40% target for emissions reduction by 2030.

When you consider the global situation, that figure of 40% doesn't look too bad, the BBC noted. Last year, Japan rolled back on its carbon cutting commitments, as did Australia and Canada. In the US, President Obama won't be able to get carbon cuts through Congress, he will have to rely solely on regulations to achieve reductions. Meanwhile, India and China in 2012 produced a third of the world's emissions, and both countries agree that any curbs on their carbon must be in the distant future. So in some respects, the EU's firm 2030 commitment is the only game in town. But there are concerns among some commentators that even the hard won 40% figure might ultimately get watered down.

The new proposals have to be reviewed by the heads of government later this year and legislation may be delayed until sometime in 2015. Some believe that if there is enough of a delay, Europe may not have completely signed off the 40% target by the time the Paris UN meeting happens in November next year. There is a view that if Paris ends in a messy compromise, the 40% target might actually be diluted in the wake, much to the delight of countries like Poland.

Meanwhile, Paul Hudson, a forecaster for BBC's regional programme Look North, said the Met Office's predictions had been wrong for 13 years out of the last 14, and said the incorrect predictions had all been 'on the warm side' rather than too cold. He said on his BBC weather blog that they had predicted the global temperature in 2013 would be 0.57C above the 1961-1990 average temperature of 14C, when in fact it was only warmer by 0.49C.

Mr Hudson, a trained meteorologist with 20 years' experience, said the global average temperature for 2013 meant that: 'So far this century, of 14 yearly headline predictions made by the Met Office Hadley centre, 13 have been too warm.' He added: 'It’s worth stressing that all the incorrect predictions are within the stated margin of error, but having said that, they have all been on the warm side and none have been too cold.' He said the 2013 annual temperature also meant that another Met Office prediction, that half the years between 2010 and 2015 would be hotter than the hottest year on record (1998) was wrong already.






Cyber attack launched through fridge as internet-of-things vulnerabilities become apparent

The first evidence of an internet-of-things cyber attack launched through household appliances connected to the internet – including a fridge – has been discovered, Software-as-a-Service provider Proofpoint has claimed.  The global attack took place between 23 December 2013 and 6 January 2014 using botnets – networks of infected computers - to send more than 750,000 malicious phishing and spam emails from domestic appliances as part of a wider campaign. The development raises security concerns surrounding the “internet of things”. At least a quarter of the 300,000 emails sent per day originated from devices that were not conventional laptops, desktop computers, smartphones or laptops.

Instead, the cyber attacks were launched using consumer gadgets, including media centres, televisions and at least one fridge. In many cases, the infected devices had been left vulnerable to hacking thanks to misconfiguration of passwords or in some cases, simply using the default password of the device. Many of the attacks targeted enterprises as hackers attempted to make off with information which could be used to commit further cyber crime.



Alternative browser - https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en


Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data

The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents. The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location.

Some apps, the documents state, can share users' most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether or not the user may be a swinger.

Many smartphone owners will be unaware of the full extent this information is being shared across the internet, and even the most sophisticated would be unlikely to realise that all of it is available for the spy agencies to collect. Dozens of classified documents, provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden and reported in partnership with the New York Times and ProPublica, detail the NSA and GCHQ efforts to piggyback on this commercial data collection for their own purposes.

Scooping up information the apps are sending about their users allows the agencies to collect large quantities of mobile phone data from their existing mass surveillance tools – such as cable taps, or from international mobile networks – rather than solely from hacking into individual mobile handsets.



One in four expensive 'long-life' bulbs doesn't last anything like as long as the makers claim

Many energy-efficient LED light bulbs failed before their advertised lifespan, tests have found. Some did not even reach the EU’s new minimum of 6,000 hours which comes into force in March. LED bulbs from Ikea and Technical Consumer Products (TCP) performed worst, according to Which? The consumer watchdog and European partners tested five samples of 46 types of bulb. New EU regulations say that from March 1, 90 per cent of any batch of LED (light emitting diode) bulbs should last at least 6,000 hours.

The bulbs were switched on for 165 minutes, then switched off for 15 minutes, in a continuous cycle until they failed. Five types of bulb, some costing more than £10, stopped working before 6,000 hours in the majority of samples tested. Another five failed before 10,000 hours for the majority of samples tested, despite claiming lifespans of at least 25,000 hours. In total, 66 of the 230 samples failed before 10,000 hours, though all claimed to last at least 15,000. Bulbs from TCP and Ikea were the only ones sold in the UK. Both companies said the types of bulbs tested have now been discontinued. Ikea said the bulb had passed its own tests and those in a third-party laboratory. It said it was looking into why the bulb failed the Which? test and has removed it from sale in countries where it was still available. TCP said it was already aware of the problem with its bulb, which is why it was withdrawn from sale. It said it no longer dealt with the bulbs.

The Government announced in 2007 that traditional, incandescent light bulbs would be phased out by 2011, beginning with those greater than 100W. The move away from traditional bulbs has been part of a drive to reduce energy consumption across Europe.

Consumers have been told that their electricity bills will drop as a result of switching to energy-saving bulbs. The Energy Saving Trust states that fitting a single energy-saving bulb can save on average £3 a year, and that by replacing all their traditional light bulbs householders could save £55 a year. But the ban frustrated many householders who found the old-fashioned bulbs cheaper than the energy-saving variety that replaced them.

Energy-saving bulbs have also been criticised for emitting low levels of light and for the time they take to reach full brightness, and are disliked because some types cannot be dimmed. As a result some people began to stockpile the traditional bulbs which – although officially outlawed – can still be found in some small electrical or lighting shops which have unsold stocks.



TV crime dramas like Homeland and Sherlock show why we need snooping laws to catch terrorists, Cameron claims

David Cameron yesterday cited the success of fictional television spies as a reason for reviving the controversial ‘snoopers’ charter’. The Prime Minister said he wanted to resurrect plans to allow the police and security services to eavesdrop on the public’s internet and mobile phone use. The contentious legislation was dropped last year amid a storm of protest from civil liberties groups and the Liberal Democrats.

But in an extraordinary intervention, Mr Cameron pledged to introduce ‘essential’ new laws after watching TV shows Spooks, Homeland and US Sherlock Holmes spin-off Elementary. The award-winning - but fictional - TV crime dramas all portray police and intelligence officers using communications data to catch villains. He told a parliamentary security committee that monitoring private information was essential to keep citizens safe from terrorist attack and serious criminals.

He said: ‘In the most serious crimes [such as] child abduction, communications data... is absolutely vital – who called who and when, and where was the telephone at the time. Not the content, but the communications data. “I love watching crime dramas on the television. There’s hardly a crime drama where a crime is solved without using the data of a mobile communications device.

“We have to explain to people is that... if we don’t modernise the practice and the law, over time we will have the communications data to solve these horrible crimes on a shrinking proportion of the total use of devices and that is a real problem for keeping people safe. Everybody raises questions about who has access to my data and why but I’m absolutely convinced that proper rules for communications data is essential.”



UK’s £12 billion ‘Smart’ Meter programme is a disaster

The UK’s smart metering is set to be the country’s next Government IT disaster, writes Nick Hunn – saddling consumers with a £12 billion cost on their fuel bills for little or no benefit. Having delayed the Fiendishly Complicated United Kingdom Enduring Deployment of smart meters earlier this year because of technical delays, you might expect that the British Government would have spent some time reviewing the technology they had mandated.

If they had done so, it would have become clear that the programme was out of control. Under the surface, too many cooks have ratcheted up the technical complexity to the point where it is no longer fit for purpose. However, it appears that no-one wants to point out that the Smart Metering Emperor is stark naked. That’s largely because those overseeing the programme don’t have the depth of technical knowledge to understand the implications of what is going on. And as always with big Government driven IT programs, whilst there’s money to be made by the metering industry and consultants, momentum rules. It seems perfectly justifiable to carry on and saddle consumers with a £12 billion white elephant which will further inflate domestic energy bills. As a result of this lack of due diligence, smart metering is firmly on course to be the next big UK Government IT disaster.

It’s not that there’s a fundamental problem with smart metering, but there are massive mistakes in the way that the UK has decided to do it. When the programme started, it was seen as world-leading. It should have set a global standard for smart metering, giving UK plc a commanding lead in exporting expertise to the rest of the world and creating long term employment opportunities.

The other challenge is the eternal one of calculating the financial benefit. Whilst everyone expects Government projects to overrun and under-deliver, smart metering takes this to a level which makes the HS/2 assessments look like models of financial prudence. Successive analyses have shown no net benefit, so DECC has made up illusory benefits in an attempt to justify the smart metering deployment. Each of these has needed more unproven technical complexity to be incorporated into the meters to deliver the benefits, making the overall cost uneconomic.

So the cycle is repeated until a set of make-believe benefits can finally be submitted to gullible Ministers as firm returns for the programme. Alex Henney – an industry veteran who has charted deregulation and the rise and demise of competition within it, summed up the case as, “civil servants have cooked the numbers to come up with a net benefit”.

Many agree with him. Taken together it’s repeating the classic failure cycle of a changing specification leading to conflict and more change, while driving costs out of control and causing deadlines to slip. In 2012, a Cabinet Office review gave the project a red light and recommended it should be abandoned. DECC drove through the light and carried on. There is an obsession to make ‘smart’ meters do things which are far better done over other channels, such as demand response and consumer engagement.



Energy bill-payers face hundreds of millions of pound charges for ‘pointless’ smart meter displays

Consumers face paying hundreds of millions of pounds in unnecessary energy bill levies to fund household “smart meter” displays that companies have warned could be largely redundant. Ministers want smart energy meters, which take automatic gas and electricity usage readings and send them back to energy companies, installed in every household in Britain by 2020.  Bills will initially rise to pay for the £12bn programme, which will fit meters in 30 million homes and businesses.

However, the Government claims it will eventually save consumers money because they will also be provided with an “in-home display” which enables them to see their energy usage in real-time, encouraging them to cut back and be more efficient. But critics fear the Government has failed to keep up with the pace of technology and the rise of smart-phone apps. They argue it is pointless to give customers separate display panels when using smart-phone apps could be a cheaper and more popular alternative.

Major energy company Scottish Power told the Telegraph that the displays, which cost £15 to £25 or even more, could be a waste of money and has called for a review of the entire £12bn programme to reduce costs for consumers.



Live Blood Analysis – Observable Effects of RF/MW Radiation from ‘Smart’ Meter

More than 5,000 studies now show RF/MW radiation to be harmful to human biology, animals and plants. Acute and chronic exposure to RF (radio-frequency) and MW (microwave) radiation can, even at very low power-densities, lead to not only the negative health effects shown in this video, but calcium ion damage in cells, endothelial cell dysfunction, nitric oxide depletion, oxidative stress, melatonin disruption, blood-brain-barrier leakage, DNA damage, sperm damage and more. Glucose metabolism changes within the brain are observable after just minutes of cell phone use.



Smart Meters and EMR: The Health Crisis Of Our Time - http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/dr-dietrich-klinghardt-smart-meters-emr-the-health-crisis-of-our-time/


Motorola ‘vitamins’ turn your body into authentication token

From Wired: Google-owned tech company, Motorola [whose own counter-research into wireless radiation showed DNA damage] has unveiled a prototype vitamin tablet which enables your entire body to function as an authentication token. The pill was introduced by Regina Dugan, former director of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and current head of Motorola’s research division. It highlights the fact that hacking is a major concern as we conduct more and more of our business online and that many companies are investigating or implementing alternative authentication strategies to the straightforward username/password scenario.

“I take a vitamin every morning, what if I could take vitamin authentication?”  Dugan asked onstage at the D11 conference. She then went on to describe the device as “my first super power”. The tablets contain a small chip with a switch and something that amounts to an inside-out potato battery.  After swallowing it the acids in your stomach act as electrolytes, which power the battery and turn the switch on and off in a sequence. The result is that your body contains an 18-bit ECG-like signal, which can be picked up by devices and used as an authentication method.



Your Rights in Relation to Smart Meters

Quite simply, there is no law or legislation forcing anyone to have a Smart Meter; for our physiology and sense of well-being to be impacted, for our utility supplies to be placed onto the web, for our personal safety and security to be put at risk, for our privacy to be violated, or for our personal behaviour at home to be analysed, profiled and monetised.

Each and every one of us has indefeasible rights that cannot be given to us by another human being nor lawfully taken away from us.  We are living, breathing, human souls and we can damn well refuse a Smart Meter on whatever grounds we like.  Big Energy may try to tell us otherwise, and in the process perpetrate a fraudulent misrepresentation and distortion of reality.   Just remember that these companies provide us with a service and they are not in charge – you are!



DVD – Take Back Your Power – by Josh del Sol


Reported benefits of Smart Meters:

  • Enhanced energy security
  • Reduced greenhouse gases
  • Improved urban air quality
  • Increased grid asset realisation

These new meters are shown to be huge fire risks, catching fire, much to the denials of the companies involved, and being installed by poorly trained staff.

In the USA, financial stimulus money was given to companies for installing smart meters, with everyone being told this would reduce energy use by 4% by 2030.

The meters will be able to charge at different rates according to “Time of Use”.

In the USA in 2012, 5,321 alternative energy patents were suppressed. The American patent laws allow any interested agency to shut down a patent.



Linda emailed us and said: On 19th February, peaceful protesters from across the country will gather nationally across 144 of the locations used by ATOS to administer work capability assessments.  The brilliant work of the alternative media and news know why we are doing this although many others have yet to wake up. We urge you to support our campaign to end this horror. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. Alex, I know you have loads to do and broadcast (because I listen to it), but it would be great if you could mention the ATOS Demo on your show. See ATOS National Demo on Facebook for all the local details.

Peterborough - https://www.facebook.com/events/734564879901793/


Phone scam to be aware of

This was reported in Birmingham just yesterday, with a “PC Miller” calling saying he was from Walsall Road Police Station. The claim is that the officer has some of your bank cards after picking up members of an Eastern European gang who were in possession of them. There may be suggestions that they have been cloned. He then suggests you call your bank immediately. However, the scammers will then have put an intercept on your line. If you call your bank’s number, you will be redirected not to the bank but to the scammers. They can then prise all the necessary details of your account out of you so they can fleece you.

If you don’t call, you may be aware that your phone line hasn’t cleared if you pick up your receiver again.

Also, the “Officer” will not be able to tell you which bank or credit cards he apparently has in his hands - unless it is a lucky guess, or says that as the cards are cloned he cannot tell. And the Walsall Road Police Station is officially known as the Perry Barr Police Station.

There was a case similar to this on Watchdog a while ago, and in that case when the person called the "bank" they said they'd send a courier round to collect her bank cards, so they could check them to make sure they were okay. So, she gave her address and a short time later there's a knock at the door and the woman hands her cards over! Never to be seen again of course and finds her account emptied...


Water cannons and riot control - http://www.ukcolumn.org/forum/anything-goes/watercannon-and-riot-control - viewer discretion advised as there are some harrowing pictures.

The Alternative View 5 - Humanity Versus Insanity. Friday 16th May to Sunday 18th May 2014. Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 6JT. www.alternativeview.co.uk

Next week – Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire is joining us, as he does first Friday of every month.  Advance notice that our scheduled guest for 25th April is the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright. So, start working on your questions now. Our thanks to Lynsey and Nicola for helping to arrange this.

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