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Open Letter to the so-called Cybernats | 10.01 Campaign10.01 Campaign.

I wanted to share this letter from Jim Sillars on the subject of cyber abuse, specifically in relation to the Campbell Gunn events I posted about earlier. It’s an intelligently written piece, and speaks of  the depths to which the UK will go to in making sure that independence support dies – not necessarily of natural causes either.

What this letter also underlines is that the Better Together supporters get away with murder on a daily basis, because the mainstream media will not cover threats and abuse targeted at First Minister Salmond, or Deputy First Minister Sturgeon. They do not cover the kind of bile doled out to the Weirs from Ayrshire, who have donated some of their lottery winnings to the independence campaign.

With only 6 points between YES and NO in the most recent polls, I can only imagine how better we would be doing if the way in which #indyref news was covered was not biased in favour of Westminster.

A post I made on Facebook yesterday (WARNING – it’s a little sweary):

Sick of all the shit being thrown around in this damn #indyref debate! Truly makes we want to shut down my social media until 2015! The worst thing about it all, without shadow of a doubt, is how bigotry seems to drive a lot of what I’m seeing. Sadly, the worst I have seen has come from Rangers fans, or rather, Orangemen who happen to support Rangers. I keep hearing about Cybernats and how nasty they are, and although I’ve seen some stupid comments, they have nothing on the kind of vitriol spouted by people with NO SURRENDER and the red hand of Ulster plastered all over their Twitter/Facebook accounts.

Jesus Christ people, when the hell are we going to grow out of this shite? Football teams and religion are just a poor excuse for both sides to be shitty to each other, pure and simple. Id this what we are going to leave for the next generation and the one after that? Are we still going to define ourselves by things that happened in centuries past, or by the slightly different way in which we worship a deity who might not even exist? After reading all the spiteful rubbish I’ve seen tonight, I am not proud in any way, shape or form to be Scottish. We’re a national and international embarrassment thanks to people who hate for no reason other than their daddy did before them.

And before anyone questions MY religion or motives, don’t let my surname fool you – I don’t believe in anything. There’s no Heaven, no Hell, no God, no Devil, no nothing except the big black and slowly becoming food for the worms. Any affiliation, club, cult or religion that causes a human being to hate another can’t possibly have a God at its helm.

So yesterday a particularly nasty day on social media over #indyref . Labour accused First Minister Special Advisor Campbell Gunn, of orchestrating a hate campaign against Better Together supporter Clare Lally. How Labour can hold one man responsible, when they have no proof is to quote Johann Lamont, “Astonishing!”  He certainly did make a mistake in speaking to the press and telling them she was related to Pat Lally, because that is simply not true.

He should have kept his mouth shut, BUT he didn’t attack her on Facebook, Twitter or any other media platform. Some people did and like any social media bully, they are pond life with nothing better to do than abuse those who are different in some way. However, this is not simply one incident, it is one incident in thousands that occur daily across the whole range of social media and a broad range of subjects. For the Better Together campaign to latch onto just one, brand it as anti-feminism and erroneously link it to the First Minister’s office, is a desperate attempt to smear that which they can’t debate.

It’s also worth pointing out that countless supporters of the YES campaign, myself included, have also had abuse thrown at us by supporters of Project Fear. I was accused of being a Nazi sympathiser by one BT supporter, a man who was a prominent figure in politics at one point and who now seems to spend much of his time trolling debate pages on Facebook. When the Better Together campaigners and their cohorts can say their support is perfectly behaved, then they can come and lecture us on social media protocol!

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More nonsense from the wonderful world of job hunting! Another in my occasional series of crap job adverts, which are hiding the truth about your prospective employers.

1.) Company confidential: Alarm bells ringing already. Chances are you’ve heard of them (probably from BBC’s Watchdog!) and they don’t want to scare you off.

2.) New start/fresh challenge: Some old bollocks you’d never sanely considered doing!

3.) Need to fill 6 positions IMMEDIATELY: 6 people never showed up for work this morning!

4.) ‘Outbound’ – ‘call centre’ – ‘market our products’: DANGER, DANGER – COLD CALLING ALERT, COLD CALLING ALERT!

5.) Good friendly personality: You must be able to take all manner of abuse from people who didn’t ask you to call them!

6.) Telephone manager to arrange interview: We’re NOT giving you our address…probably because we don’t have a premises!

7.) Self employed position: We take a cut of what you earn, making money off your sweat as you work 60 hours a week to pay your gas bill!

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Oh and just to make super sure you can’t reach us when you don’t get paid – we only use non geographic numbers!

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When you’re job-hunting, you need to learn to read between the lines and learn ‘recruit speak’. Here’s an example of what I mean *£15,000 – £20,000 (DOE) = You’ll get £15,000

*Monthly bonus = IF you and your team meet targets and bonus criteria doesn’t change

*Up to 32 days holidays = You’ll start with 22 and MIGHT get Bank Holidays (but probably not)

*Client is a market leader = Doubtful you’ve ever heard of them

*Provision of high level customer service to clients across both the banking and telecoms industry = It’s an outsourced company and you’re there as long as they aren’t out-tendered

*Fun and driven workforce = Fun means nights out on the piss to forget your crap day and driven means you’re under the target gun

Government welfare minister receives £10,000 from aggressive loans company | Left Foot Forward.

I question the wisdom of DWP Minister Esther McVey accepting a cash donation from Henry Angest, the Chairman and CEO of Arbuthnot Banking Group. His company owns ‘Everyday Loans’  who provide unsecured loans to people on benefits at up to 80%  APR.

So-called ‘Pay day loans’ companies are generally seen to be adding to debt and poverty amongst the poor and those claiming benefits, so it makes my ‘Spidey Senses’ tingle  when  £10k of a £17.5k loan goes to a DWP Minister. Why would someone responsible for cutting benefits to the most needy in society, think it is acceptable to take money from someone whose company does nothing short of exploit those same people?

I do accept that the gentleman’s personal politics and his money are his own business, but I would also argue that there is a conflict of interest that the government must consider before accepting such a gift. Bearing in mind that  such business operates within guidelines set by the FSA, which operates under UK legislation, this could be seen as an incentive for those who set legislation to look favourably upon a particular company or business sector.

I’m not accusing anyone of anything (at the moment), but I think either the donor or the recipient, should gift that money to a charity which helps people either deal with or avoid debt.

Just a thought…

I loved Benny Hill. He appealed to me as the very ordinary guy that people liked, the chubby little fellow who seemed to get the girls and for the most important reason – he was just damn funny.

It’s a crying shame he was ousted from TV, pushed aside by the PC brigade who didn’t want to upset anyone. In fact, Ben Elton very famously suggested that crimes of rape were Benny’s fault, because of the way women were portrayed on his show. Although Elton later claimed he was quoted out of context, that ‘quote’ was probably the beginning of Benny’s end as far as ITV was concerned. Benny was no more harmful than the saucy seaside postcard, never sought to offend anyone and was generally the butt of the jokes in his sketches.

Benny died just 68, alone and in sitting in his living room chair in 1992. It’s incredible to me that he passed that way, having been one of our favourite comedians for decades. So for those of you who have forgotten about Benny, or who have never seen him perform, here is Mr Hill at his creative and comedic best.

ERNIE

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BBC News – Sudan woman faces death for apostasy.

Tell me again about how Islam is a religion of peace? 

I’m not one to read a headline and jump on whichever bandwagon is trailing behind it. I’m smart enough to know when a newspaper is simply publishing its own agenda as a news story, so the rabid writings in the Daily Mail for example don’t make me want to punch a Muslim.

However, recent events including the kidnap and forced conversion to Islam of 200 Nigerian girls, and the sentencing of a woman to death for aspostasy in Sudan suggest peace is not high on the agenda. These atrocities do nothing to allay fears that this religion, without a central governing body to guide its followers, can be interpreted in ways which justify terror and murder.

Nobody except Islam can clean up Islam. While they appear to do nothing except multiply in numbers, build more mosques and apologise after the most recent outrage, suspicion and fear grow in non Muslims and is a powder keg waiting for a flame. The BNP, EDL and numerous other drooling idiots may not make much noise politically, but on the streets they wield influence among those who are ready to use violence to fight back.

Islam cannot and should not be outlawed as some suggest, because Muslims have the absolute right to worship their deity in the same way other religions worship theirs. However, as long as splinter groups, sects and rogue Imams can teach their own version of this dangerous religion, then we will continue to see Islam violate peoples’ human rights.

Erik Sandberg posted in referendum on May 13, 2014 at 13:30:25 in the KILTR Referendum group on KILTR.

So, who wants to be the one to point out their little error then? Really lads, was this banner comprising only four words too difficult to get right?

I know that laughing at something like this can appear petty, but it really does sum up the NO campaign for me. People milling around without much purpose, a misleading headline and the inability to get even the simplest thing correct

The street sign just adds the perfect finishing touch – One Way – Yes indeed, backwards!

 

I wonder if the DWP is bullying Shiplee back to work, or happily handing over cash for him to stay at home?

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atos_dr_nick The man in charge of bungling the introduction of Universal Credit is currently only working a day a week after being on the sick since last Christmas.

Howard Shiplee is the builder that Iain Duncan Smith brought in to rescue his doomed project to reform benefits last year.  He is the sixth boss Universal Credit has had in the last two years and after just a few months in the job went on long-term sick leave.  According to Computer Weekly, who uncovered the story, he was suffering from bronchitis which has now developed into something more serious.  The publication claims the DWP are looking for someone to replace him behind his back.

Of course Shiplee, like everyone else, has the right to take time off if he is unwell.  But 20,000 people with respiratory conditions have been found fit for work since the Atos assessments began.  Under Universal Credit some…

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