UK Government refuses to Condemn Death Threats

With death threats being made against court case victor Gina Miller and the media calling for the judges to be removed (including trying to out an already out judge) one would imagine that Theresa May would be calling for calm. Instead silence! One social media post about Gina Miller called for her to be given two shots in the head and put out with the trash. Again total silence from Liam Fox and his friends.

On a more silly note a US TV sports anchor with the same name suddenly had 28,000 Twitter followers after she was mistaken for the other Miller. Sadly though she also received death threats, again silence from the UK Government. One can only imagine that Liam Fox and Theresa May agree with acts of violence against their real or mistaken opponents.

More information at The Guardian

BBC News Story on the US Gina Miller.

This should be put in context, so far we have had racist attacks on foreigners in the UK, at least two Brexit related murders and calls for supporting remain to be made into an act of treason.

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Brexit Facts

In light of today’s court ruling I decided to put a quick summary of the status of Brexit so far. Please find an unbiased list of points below.

  • The Government’s plan to avoid a vote in Parliament is ruled illegal. Parliament now to have a vote unless the Government wins an appeal in the Supreme Court or at European Court level (oh the irony).
  • Atleast two people murdered as a result of Brexit and possibly a third. One MP and two members of the public (both EU nationals living in the UK).
  • 16% rise in reported hate crimes, 300% around the time of the vote itself. These include Nazi symbols being put on Polish centres, assaults on foreigners and letters posted through foreigners doors. No rise in hate crimes in Scotland. Many Brexit journalists dismiss the rise as political correctness in reporting gone mad.
  • Russian “in-kind benefits” found to have made their way to leading Brexiters (Source: The Times). The result was Tory politicians supporting the Russian invasion of Crimea.
  • Tory Councillor initiates a petition to have those who continue to support staying in the EU to be prosecuted under treason laws. Petition disappears.
  • UKIP and Right wing press call for war on the judges who ruled against them.
  • Death threats made against those who took the Government to court and won.
  • UK Government threatens to name and shame employers who employ foreigners, in particular those with staff members from the EU.
  • UK Government refuses to rule out deporting EU nationals post-Brexit, saying that this requires negotiation.
  • UK Government states that those who continue to criticise Brexit are not patriotic or true Brits.
  • The three Brexiteers (negotiators) David D, Boris J. and Liam F.  are now on such bad speaking terms they had to arrange a meeting on neutral territory in order to help overcome some differences.

On the plus side:

  • UK population voted for Brexit by a margin of 51.9% to 48%, the people spoke. Scotland voted to stay in Europe.
  • Brexiters who called for UK Parliament to be supreme express outrage that it will be given a role in some aspects of Brexit.
  • New hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland now likely. This may lead to an increase in crime around the border.
  • Boris Johnson did not become PM.
  • UKIP showed it’s true colours by letting two MEPs “scuffle” in the European Parliament. One ended up in hospital, he subsequently said the party was out of control.
  • The estimated 350m UKP saved per week by leaving the EU will actually be saved and not spent on the Health Service, thus helping to reduce the deficit and helping to increase deaths among the lower classes who cannot afford private healthcare. So natural selection! Ironically these were also the people/areas which voted for Brexit.
  • European Union is set to save hundreds of millions as subsidies to Wales and Northern Ireland will cease post-Brexit.
  • Nigel Farage says he will disappear from politics but promptly re-emerges as UKIP interim leader.
  • In an interview a major Leave donor openly admits to using lies to win the referendum (Source: The New Statesman).
  • UK Government internal report predicts a GDP contraction of only 9.5% as a result of Brexit.
  • There is no hard or soft Brext, just Brexit according to the EU. Thus keeping any decision and negotiating positions quite simple to understand.
  • No clear plan from the Government, they say that this is to prevent them from having to give away their negotiating hand.

Despite these facts the people voted for Brexit and that decision even if I do not agree with it  should be respected but it must be subject to scrutiny by Parliament. Whatever kind Brexit occurs I hope people do not end up losing their jobs or seeing a decline in key public services such as the NHS.

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Recent Auto UI Publications

LIST and our colleagues in the MADSAV project from The University of Luxembourg and the University of Salzburg recently presented work at the Automotive UI conference in Ann Arbor Michigan. In addition we organised a workshop on situational awareness in autonomous vehicles.

1st Workshop On situational Awareness in Semi-Autonomous Vehicles

Towards A Taxonomy of Autonomous Vehicle Handover Situations

You Never Forget How to Drive: Driver Skilling and Deskilling in the Advent of Autonomous Vehicles

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Three Jobs Available at LIST

At LIST we currently have three positions available for talented researchers and software engineers.

These are:

Researcher in Mixed Reality Training Environments

Software Engineer in Mixed Reality Applications

Computer Science Engineer for Web-Based Content Applications

The positions are attached to two exciting research projects TARGET and LOCALE.

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Why you should never bank in Britain!!

For years I warned people in the UK about the dodgy practices of British banks, in particular the use of excessive fees to bankrupt individuals and businesses so that the self-same banks could in turn buy the assets back on the cheap. Then sell them for a huge profit later. There were a few stories about this when I lived in the UK in the mainstream media and I had heard of excessive fees being used to punish people who without the fees would have been perfectly ok. Now after years of passing this message around it is official, Royal Bank of Scotland has been ripping off it’s customers for years (allegedly) by putting perfectly healthy businesses in to it’s Global Restructuring Group so that it can either extract massive fees from them or so even less ethically it can sell the assets on the cheap to one of it’s own subsidiaries. In one case a senior RBS executive sat on the committees of both its restructuring unit (designed to help) and the property unit (which later bought up the assets). Of course when your annual bonus benefits from such decisions who can blame him?

According to leaked emails on Buzzfeed and an investigation by BBC Newsnight the practice was widespread and involved more than 16,000 businesses. Of these 16,000 less than 6% were returned to normal banking facilities. It should be said the aim of this unit of RBS was officially to help companies return to financial strength and not make a profit. It was never there to make a profit, until leaked documents from an insider pointed to it being a core profit centre for the bank. You can also hear a first hand account of the actions of Royal Bank of Scotland in the above episode of Kaiser Report. Why one should always take the Kaiser Report with a pinch of salt, most of the time the underlying stories are spot on! So well done to Max and Stacy for banging on the corrupt drum for some years!

On the face of it this may sound like nothing but the effect for many people was the loss of their home, marriage and in some cases their lives. The GRG behaviour sadly resulted in suicides. But as any UK Bank executive will tell you death can also lead to a profit for the bank!

Bank of Scotland, I suspect you are next… better get those document shredders going!

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