Big Data and Covid-19

Big Data systems fed from the government’s new tracking app would definitely help track, manage and contain the Covid-19 pandemic. If Dominic Cummings had that idea then all credit to him. Cummings has for years maintained a blog documenting his enthusiasm for new technologies and artificial intelligence, as reported on the DailyGasLamp. However, with the introduction a new smart phone tracking app, there are two small problems:

Cronyism

Taken from this Guardian Article: One of the IT companies that was hired to work with Dominic Cummings on the Vote Leave campaign, Faculty aka Faculty Science, previous called Advanced Skills Initiative, has been awarded at least seven government contracts worth almost £1m in the space of 18 months.

  • Faculty has links to senior Tory figures, and is rapidly expanding its reach into various corners of Whitehall.
  • Last year it was tasked with finding ways to apply artificial intelligence across government agencies. Faculty is run by Marc Warner, who has attended a meeting of the government’s scientific advisory group on emergencies (SAGE) and “behaved as Cummings’ deputy” as disclosed in an article in the Times.
  • Marc Warner’s brother, Ben Warner, is a data scientist, was reportedly recruited to Downing Street last year by Cummings after running the data modelling for the Conservative party’s general election campaign. Ben Warner worked on Vote Leave.
  • Faculty is working at the heart of the government’s response to the pandemic. It has been processing large volumes of confidential UK patient information in an “unprecedented” data-mining operation alongside Palantir, a US firm founded by the libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel. Faculty’s government work with Palantir on Covid-19 is based out of NHSX, the digital technology arm of the health service. This work was awarded to Faculty in March under the government’s fast-track procedures to respond to the pandemic, without any other firms being asked to bid for it.
  • Faculty’s work on the coronavirus response is only the latest government project it has secured under the Conservative administration. One early contract when called Advanced Skills Initiative, was for £32,000, funded fellowships in 2018 to place data scientists in city governments to help solve local challenges.
  • Last year Faculty was awarded a £250,000 contract from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to run a cross-government review on the adoption of artificial intelligence.
  • Under the contract, Faculty worked with two government departments – the Office for Artificial Intelligence and Government Digital Service (GDS) – “to identify the most significant opportunities to introduce AI across government with the aim of increasing productivity and improving the quality of public services”.
  • Faculty has been awarded a £264,000 contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to monitor the impact of the coronavirus on industry. (The DailyGasLamp analysis btw is free).
  • One of Faculty’s shareholders is Lord Agnew, a financier who has been a government minister since 2017. He has owned shares in the firm for the past four years. They are worth around £90,000, according to its most recent filings. In February this year it was announced that Agnew had become a minister in the Cabinet Office and Treasury and had taken ministerial responsibility for the GDS, which works with official bodies to use digital technology to improve public services. A government spokesperson said Agnew had had no role in awarding any contracts to Faculty while he had been a minister. However, Spotlight on Corruption, a watchdog group, has called on Agnew to sell his shareholding in Faculty, saying it raised questions over the government’s rules on managing conflicts of interests.

So just to reiterate, a Cabinet Office minister, Theodore Agnew, who is responsible for the government department that promotes the use of digital technology within public services, is resisting calls to sell a £90,000 shareholding in the company “amid claims of a conflict of interest” – yes, clear conflicts of interest are just “claims of a conflict of interest”. Hmm.

The government spokesperson replied that Agnew had followed the appropriate procedures by declaring his shareholding in House of Lords register of interests and under the ministerial code of conduct etc.

Holly Searle, Faculty’s head of PR and communications, said: “Faculty has strong governance procedures in place to guard against conflicts of interest when competing for new work. All of its contracts with the government are won through the proper processes and in line with procurement rules.”

In the meantime, some people are getting worried that the UK Government has handed over ALL NHS DATA to a consortium of companies which consists of Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Faculty and Plantir Technologies (a company named after an evil artefact that comminicates with far away places). So much so they are planning on sueing the UK Government.

Dominic Cummings has also been accused of conflicts of interest regarding the smart phone tracking app.

End of Democracy

This is a bit like who guards the guardians. There is no oversight either from crony corruption or it seems, the misuse of data. The control on data controllers should be applied by the Information Commisioner Office – see https://ico.org.uk/ – as discussed previously on the DailyGasLamp.

The privacy concerns have been highlighted by 177 cyber experts. They have written an open letter to the goverment to stop the app being used as a mass-surveillance tool. Why?

  • The UK government stated that it would not use Apple and Google’s built-in privacy protection systems to anonymise data collected from apps on iPhone and Android smartphones.
  • This allows the government to create a database that could then be used to de-anonymize users, and just like Cambridge Analystica and other AI/Big Data companies have proven, be used for other purposes.

And sure enough security concerns have now developed into security flaws.

Also discussed before on the DailyGasLamp, the “exhaust” from Covid-19 would be a significant boost to Dominic Cummings’ Voter Intention Collection System… no need to worry about going to the polls, there would be instant analysis of whether the Government Response to the pandemic is working… not working for you, but working for THEM… whether they and their cronies need to worry “politically” about any the decisions that are killing off the old and disabled. Big Data in the hands of this particular government means the End of Democracy, as explained here. Probably the end of many other things too (depending on your attiritude to spooks!).

This is further described in a tweet from Carol Cadwalladr – linking terrorist surveillance and covid with the support Dominic Cummings and his chums…

Ultimately it is supposed to be the 4th Estate to keep the Government in check. The BBC is merely the Ministry of Truth. The newspapers are owned by billionaires. Social media is now corrupt. Suggestions on a postcard, please… (PS you cannot rely solely on Piers Morgan for all 4th Estate watch-dogging.)

Summary: the new smart phone app and the way it is likely to be applied, will be not only be measuring the spread of the virus but also (via Big Data) the political impact: the public reaction to the covid-19 response, allowing the Tories to persue the cheapest, eugenics-like policies at a level which will not remove them power.

Gaslighted by the British Army

The British Army has been reorganised over the last 10 years as part of a plan called Army 2020 Refine. While generally shrinking the Army organisation, there is one area which is new and growing and that is 77th Brigade. This is the UK’s military PysOp group.

At full strength, the Brigade would consist of 453 military and civilian personnel with staff also from FCO and the Stabilisation Unit, of this total there will be 440 military posts in the brigade with up to 42% of these being reservists. A FOI answer in December 2016 stated that the brigade consisted of 182 regular and 266 reserve posts with only half of those posts filled.

In April 2019, a Scottish Labour candidate faced questions over links to a ‘secretive military propaganda unit’ aka 77th Brigade. The implication being is that 77th Brigade was involved in operations to secure the union in the Scottish Referundum, a point made within Craig Murray’s blog. (Craig Murray is now indited, by the way, because of his legal reporting of the failed Alex Salmond court case).

In October 2019, a Twitter exec was accused of working for 77th Brigade… “Twitter Executive Revealed to Be ‘Psyops’ Soldier Linked to Spreading Disinformation Across Social Media”. In this article, it reveals the comments of David Miller, a professor of political sociology in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, who has been studying propaganda and public relations efforts concerning the British government. He believes that the links being social media and 77th Brigade “threat to our democracy,” saying

“I would say I know a good amount about army propaganda and ‘psyops’ operations as they’re called, but what is interesting is how little information we have 77th Brigade, I suppose it means that all their work is covert, but what I would like to know is what they exactly are they doing? Are they just tracking accounts or are they trying to influence people’s views? …And because we know so little about exactly what they’re doing, we have to look elsewhere for clues. If we look at the documents leaked by Edward Snowden about the NSA and its JTRIG [Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group] program, we can see that governments are clearly lying and deceiving people by creating troll farms and fake accounts that try to influence the way people think. What the governments will say is that they are trying to prevent radicalization and acts of terrorism, but I think it’s deceptive and is a threat to our democracy. Twitter is also deceiving us because it is not acting as transparently as it could. If they are working with army personnel in this way, it is extremely damaging to our democracy.”

David Miller October, 2019
University of Bristol professor David Miller
University of Bristol professor David Miller says that links between the British Army and Twitter are a “threat to democracy”. University of Bristol

Now we know that 77th Brigade has been working to counter disinformation in the CovId-19 lock-down. Is that the disinformation from the UK Government, Donald Trump or where? That bit is not so clear.

What we do now know is captured from a whistleblower and reported UK Column, Friday 24th April, 2020. It’s worth a watch.

June 2020 Update: Kevin Ryan discusses the propspects that Covid-19 pandemic was a PysOps….

Pandemic Disaster and Preferential Response

Evidence

There is evidence that the disaster resulting from the CovId-19 pandemic is man-made.

And you can’t rely on the evidence from government statistics. This information from CorbettReport.com which contains extensive references to all its claims and conducts open-source investigations.

  • Let’s discuss the origin of the virus… The Chinese identified the CovId-19 virus in December after the medical emergency that occured around Wuhan. Subsequently a link to the same virus infecting bats was identified! The link was made to markets selling wild animals for food which had then led to the transmission of the virus to humans.
  • But there is a Conspiracy Theory that the virus started elsewhere. The Chinese themselves have accused the USA of releasing the virus at the 2019 “Military Games” held in Wuhan. Regardless of whether you believe it or not, this pandemic has seriously soured relations between China and USA beyond Huawei. Trump deliberately called CovId-19 the “Chinese Virus” and has merely poured more oil on the fire. The US and Chinese are now in a proxy war.
  • The virus itself could also be man-made. That statement is not made lightly, there is a good scientific source for this.
  • Since Wuhan actually houses the chinese P4 Biochemical Warfare Laboratories, was there a leak from their labs? The United States has a similar facility at Fort Detrick and there were fears that such a leak could happen there. Was the P4 Lab hacked? Is the bat story just a cover?
  • Without going any further through the haze, it looks like there is a national or international agenda which is in the elite’s interests and not ours.

We are being gaslighted now. The news and stats are controlled so working out the truth will be hard. Beyond any Conspiracy Theory is the need to ensure that we all keep safe and do not give Boris Johnson’s government a free ride. They have already stated they want you to die, make sure it is not you!

Problem, Reaction, Solution

This information needs to be taken in the context of the earlier DailyGasLamp article regarding the smelly state of the US/UK response to this pandemic. The UK and US reponse to this (real) virus is preferential to the rich and right wingburying bad news, and hushing up the internal strife within the Labour Party and the fraudlent GE2019. All during a Presidential election year…

 

Welcome to your gaslighting. Read this while you can. Such news may be blanked out in the future.

Stories being lost in CovId GasLight

While the Queen is coming on TV to say “stay indoors… we will meet again” (rather obviously WW2 imagery), questions over her son, Andrew, and his relationship with arch-blackmail and pedophile, Geoffery Epstein, and victim, Virginia Roberts, remain unanswered. Andrew claims that he can’t remember the relationship – presumeably because he was bonking so many other of Epstein’s young girls at the time. Andrew doesn’t refute knowing Epstein only Roberts. He claims that the photo of him and 17 year old Roberts was faked (despite photographic experts claiming it hasn’t been). He counters her acusations by trite responses: how he couldn’t sweat at the time because of PTSD from when he was a helicopter pilot in the 1982 Falklands War and on a particular date Roberts mentioned, Andrew claimed he was at Pizza Hut in Woking despite not producing any substantial evidence for these counter claims. It’s nuts! No impartial person would believe Andrew and not believe Roberts. That is why Andrew is refusing to help the FBI investigation into Epstein (despite saying pubically that he would).

Anyway here is a full video of the investigation into Epstein and his role with the global elites.

Video of Epstein investigation (March 2020)

Meanwhile a new book highlights the danger of still-on-the-run, Epstein Accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell. American lawyer Bradley Edwards made it his life’s mission on behalf of countless young female victims to put Jeffrey Epstein behind bars. Following the billionaire paedophile’s “death”, he has written a book, Relentless Pursuit. The Daily Mail is reprinting summaries of the stories within the book which includes Maxwell herself abusing young girls.

Meanwhile, Roberts’ latest concern is that doctors are trying to kill her off with CovId-19. While her paranoia levels may be quite high on this claim, try to see it from her perspective: it is not an unreasonable conclusion considering the the strangeness of Epstein’s own death and the strange suicide of Ghislane’s father. But to truly decide how this is news is being treated, just read some of the comments to the Daily Mail story: the overwhelming majority are criticisms of Roberts herself!

Meanwhile Andrew breaks cover to hand over Easter Eggs in a publicity stunt. Obviously expecting to go unchallenged, unpunished.

Of course, no story at the moment can go without discussing Boris Johnson and his return from the fridge-like environment of the ICU at St Thomas’ Hospital. Regarding Prince Andrew, he said he’d seen good that Andrew has done for UK business overseas; he sat next to Andrew in public in November… and that the institution of the monarchy was “beyond reproach” – like being able to do what they like, to who they like with no justice to the victims… From the DailyGasLamp point of view, the elite control the news agenda using news management to bury bad news, never letting a crisis go to waste, fooling the public with bread and circus displays, keep watching the TV (because the revolution will never be on TV)…. so… on a scale from 1 to 10 how likely were the elites ready to commit election fraud in December 2019?

June 2020 Update: USA demands UK hands over Prince Andrew!

CovId-19 Policy Patchwork

The Conservative Government under the leadership of Boris Johnson has had a distinctly dreadful approach to the CovId-19 pandemic. Since their initial stumble, the government has unveiled a patchwork of policies to support industries, particularly the financial sector, then almost as an afterthought, a further patchwork of policies to support workers, a novel concept for Conservatives. Yet it seems that these people centric policies are quite threadbare and the result will be a whole raft of winners and losers both in terms of financial and health outcomes.

Winners and Losers

The following is a review of job type by social grade and it illustrates that over 50% of the working population cannot work from home with only a third of the self-employed able to keep working, (assuming, that is, there is enough economic activity to keep them going).

  • Employed people in AB and C1 grades (Management, professionals and adminstrative) are winners both in terms of finances and health outcomes.
  • The 66% of the self-employed and most of the C2 and DE grades, skilled manual labour and unskilled – which is some 40% of the workforce – will either be worse off financially, having to apply for Universal Credit, OR will be on the front line of the Cornavirus pandemic.

Estimates

Social grade statistics are given below.

This is an estimate of the potential for homeworking for employed and self-employed people at different social grades based upon the availability of communication systems that would allow home working and the types of jobs involved.

The Office of National Satistics provides the total size of the UK workforce as 31,800,000 and the proportion of self-employed as 15% of the total. This figure is applied (not quite realistically) across all social grades to provide the following pie charts. The AB are Dark Blue – winners – they can work from home – except if they are self-employed! The DE are light blue and C2 are yellow – they can’t work from home – serious losers – either they are on the front line or financially impacted. The tourist industry including pubs, hotels etc accounts for about 3 million (10% of the workforce). The Government have given them special support (80% of salary). So the remaining C2 and DE will either be employed on the front line at low wages or they will be queueing for Universal Credit.

The C1 grade (red) are doing nearly as well as the AB grade (except of course, these jobs are likely to be decimated by future technology improvements in AI).

Social Group Potential for Home Working (DailyGasLamp)

And this says nothing about the economically “inactive”, retired, disabled, students or those people caught in the gig economy (at least they are probably used to the internet world).

Using the numbers and proportions given above, over 50% of the working population cannot work from home with only a third of the self-employed able to keep working, assuming there is enough economic activity to keep them going.

Home Working Potential (DailyGasLamp)

This probably does not say anything new. But it does say it with pie charts. Even the BBC (now finally) are pointing out that the poor are losing out while the rich sit around.

Front Line Thanks

Obviously the people on the front line have guarenteed jobs but their health is at risk. Many are working without adequate PPE. A round of thanks must go to:

  • Health workers (Doctors, nurses, paramedics and all ancillory workers)
  • Local Council services including Social Care workers particularly the elderly or supporting the sick and disabled in society
  • Food and drug industry including retail and delivery services (including mail and parcels)
  • Public transport, electricity, water services, telecommunications
  • Cleaning services and refuse dispoal
  • Security services (Police, Armed Forces, Fire brigade, Prison Services etc)

These people all deserve immediate pay rises and recognition. No doubt there is a list of other people that haven’t been mentioned here. Contributions welcome.

Suggestions for future policy provided here

Too Much News

There is too much news and not enough analysis. CovId-19 is seriously changing the world. Who knew that a Cold Virus would cause so much mayhem? Besides Boris Johnson, of course…

The DailyGasLamp is hard at work on several stories… here is the heads up:

  • The relationship of the campaign of Anonymous Companies and Brexit – and the destruction of the planet – it’s hideous. Contributions to follow this up would be welcome.
  • Bernie Sanders getting the “Jeremy Corbyn treatment” by the USA media. This pandemic has turned up at exactly the time to disrupt Sanders’ presidential campaign…
  • DailyGasLamp is still following up the (illegal) use of AI for the GE2019 campaign. See new article here
  • Finally… (hold your breath)…
  • Stories that the CovId-19 virus itself is man-made. That statement is not made lightly, there is a good scientific source for this.

We built a chimeric virus encoding a novel, zoonotic CoV spike protein—from the RsSHC014-CoV sequence that was isolated from Chinese horseshoe bats—in the context of the SARS-CoV mouse-adapted backbone. The hybrid virus allowed us to evaluate the ability of the novel spike protein to cause disease independently of other necessary adaptive mutations in its natural backbone.

A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence
Vineet D Menachery et al

This information needs to be taken in the context of the earlier DailyGasLamp article regarding the smelly state of the US/UK response to this pandemic.

Take It On The Chin

Catch Up

Trying to keep up with CovId-19 news and changes in policy is difficult for the DailyGasLamp which was set up to expose the fraud of the 2019 General Election. Again the haze, the confusion, the smog… the Main Stream Media seems united to praise Boris Johnson’s handling of the situation and his “scientific” approach. Yet “clearly”, this science was basically a bunch of non-medical people considering the impact on the economy since they were ignoring WHO advice.

To asume this chaos is in some way just inevitable is getting away from the level of pre-planning undertaken by the government in this country and abroad. Obviously there is a big row about this. The Dominic Cumming’s Do-Nothing approach to develop Herd Immunity which Matt Hancock et al are trying to distance themselves from… was a disasterous policy which will cause thousands of further lives to be lost.

Johnson really meant for us to “take it on the chin” and develop Herd Immunity. It was a deliberate policy as this thread shows (Thanks, Stefan Simanowitz)… another reason to hate Dominic Cummings.

H1N1 and other flu outbreaks have occured in past decades. The current modelling tool for this current pandemic was written some time ago, modeled for a flu outbreak, and is now being rapidly updated to cater for CovId-19 and making it available for policy makers.

The modeling initially was wrong, assuming CovId-19 was like flu and the impact underestimated.

That’s the official story, right? All these events “just happen” don’t they?

Something is Not Right

The DailyGasLamp is here to shine a light on the foggy details. Since we are in the middle of this, it is unclear, but using the lens of skeptism there are a few things that do not seem right. Each point below is going to be a range of increasingly unlikely statements but all of them, collectively, look like the elites have (again) being playings us like pups.

  • Firstly there has been pandemic planning in the UK and worldwide for many decades yet there seems in this case a deliberate policy of making us feel unsafe. There are arguments in the govenment as soon as Johnson and Cummings presented their plan of herd immunity. The government knew that their medical preparations were inadequate!
  • The government’s patchwork of policies don’t go far enough and so are doomed to failure. But the political opposition in the UK is very weak at the moment as they are in the middle of a leadership election, the only activity in the UK which appears to be going ahead as normal. In spite of all of this, the press is giving the government a free ride.
  • The government has draconian measures ready to go through Parlaiment. Goodbye free speach, strikes, protests… and because of the top down, elite-friendly approach to providing help, the government could turn the whole of the UK into a jail. This sort of legislation is not written in a couple of weeks. It would more likely take months or years to write, but has been signed off in Parlaiment in ultra quick time. It looks like there has been considerable planning – but not of the useful medical kind.
  • It is interesting to note that Boris Johnson campaigned in the General Election on only two policies: Brexit, and the supposed 40 New Hospitals for the “Fanatstic” NHS. Policies that seem straight out of his “Nudge Unit”. Did Johnson have pre-knowledge of this pandemic just like this and this?
  • Could this be possible? Let’s discuss the origin of the virus… The Chinese identified the CovId-19 virus in December after the medical emergency that occured around Wuhan. Subsequently a link to the same virus infecting bats was identified! The link was made to markets selling snakes for food which had then led to the transmission of the virus to humans. (The snakes had eaten bats!)
  • But there is a Conspiracy Theory that the virus started elsewhere. The Chinese themselves have accused the USA of releasing the virus at the 2019 “Military Games” held in Wuhan. Regardless of whether you believe it or not, this pandemic has seriously soured relations between China and USA beyond Huawei. Trump deliberately called CovId-19 the “Chinese Virus” and has merely poured more oil on the fire. The US and Chinese are now in a proxy war.
  • Since Wuhan actually houses the chinese P4 Biochemical Warfare Laboratories, was there a leak from their labs? The United States has a similar facility at Fort Detrick and there were fears that such a leak could happen there. Was the P4 Lab hacked? Is the bat story just a cover? Cue music for “Mission Impossible”.
  • Without going any further through the haze, it looks like there is a national or international agenda which is in the elite’s interests and not ours.

We are being gaslighted now. The news and stats are controlled so working out the truth will be hard. Beyond any Conspiracy Theory is the need to ensure that we all keep safe and do not give Boris Johnson’s government a free ride. They have already stated they want you to die, make sure it is not you!

COVID-19 and Future Policy

As predicted last July, part time prime minister Boris Johnson has terrible leadership skills. This isn’t the first crisis he has backed away from responsibility but this time his response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency may have major impact. Loose talk or policy, whatever, the term “Herd Immunity” has horrified scientists world wide when its been applied to COVID-19: such a policy could condemn as many as 1 million to death in the UK with no guarantee that any future immunity protection would occur. The UK stance of “no action” has been condemned by the World Health Organisation and regardless of whether it is right or wrong, science-based or just mumbo-jumbo, the UK government should be working with other neighbours, especially the EU, on a coordinated approach to the pandemic. Instead Johnson’s “your loved ones may die”, “take it on the chin” approach, seems to have been taken from the Donald Trump’s lead: while the UK policy has been bad, the USA is far worse! If you want to hear how bad that then listen to Mike Galsworthy broadcast on twitter!

Future Specific Policies

Anyway, assuming that many people are covering the Cornavirus in detail… then let’s discuss what policies are required to move forward out of this crisis…

Various commentators have suggested the following postive approaches at addressing the crisis:

  • Testing of people suspected of COVID-19 at home – rather than bunging up hospitals and doctor’s offices and causing spread of the virus
  • Test for people at airports / ports – all part of a wider track and trace system to contain and understand the epidemology of the virus.
  • Providing people with proper sick leave (even for people just suspected of having the disease).
  • Minimise contact and reduce public gatherings until test, contain and control policies are in place – this could be several months
  • Build more ventilators for hospitals
  • Fund NHS, find a cure, roll it out
  • Release of non-violent prisoners from jail

Wider Policies

But already we have run into problems: testing at home? testing at airports? proper sick pay? release prisoners? All these policies need a complete change in government direction! What about the problems to travel/transport/retail/catering/tourism/entertainment industries? Are these just going to go to the wall?

What we need is:

  • Universal Basic Income
  • Nationalised public transport
  • Relief from mortgages and rents
  • Free education for nurses. Actually for all students. End student debt!
  • Free broadband for everyone
  • End homelessness

A form of QE for the rest of us. This just a short list… for a full list see here

Potential Problems

What we don’t need is “socialism-for-the-already-rich”:

Enabling a Change of Direction

There is no point, wishing for a Corbyn-led government. That boat has sailed. In the UK the chances of dislodging Boris Johnson lies in the courts, not parlaiment (but stranger things have happened). But this year, the best change of direction would be a Bernie Sanders president in the USA. A Sanders Presidency would be a siesmic shift towards a greener, health conscious, anti-war set of policies. Despite his huge appeal to US voters, the DNC is attempting to anoint “gaffe machine” Joe Biden by… voter suppression! This is on-top of the other fun and games in earlier rounds of state elections where there has been troubling mismatches between exit poll and final totals.

Collectively we know the right thing to do. Yet the billionaires are funding and fixing puppet leaders, gaslighting a proportion of the population (and most of the mainstream media), to ensure the rich get richer and the poor – not just get poorer but to completely die off! So yet again, no matter what we do, we come back to this concept of “democracy”… do we want this or not? It either needs to be fair or… what? Please add a comments below?