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[Misdirection] Becoming Aware

Posted by Lex Fear on October 23, 2008

I have often wondered why it is that people, Londoners in particular, ignore or avoid the easiest and most efficient ways of doing things. Instead wander around on some kind of autopilot for the most part, only to ‘sync up’ when other members of the herd are in proximity and become one giant retard.

Why, for example, when exiting the tube, flock towards the nearest ticket gate along with 300 other people, when simply going a few steps out of your way to the end gate takes you out of the jostling crowd and out of the station faster?
Why bump into or brush past someone on an empty pavement and stand within a foot of someone on an spacious platform (Londoners especially)?
Why be extra careful to drive at 29mph in a 30 zone, but not use your indicators, or observing other road users when turning?
Why lie for a mortgage you can’t afford, for an overpriced property, instead of questioning the price and value? Why do people want low interest rates and high property prices at all?
Why do company drivers lose their job for causing death by dangerous or careless driving, but not one Met officer loses their job for causing death by whatever excuse they are giving this month?
Why do people using a car park wait for someone to load their shopping and reverse out of a space near the exit, whilst I drive past, park in an empty space and am practically out of the exit before they’ve removed their seat belts?
Why do people in the UK still pay for a television license when it is not enforced (run by private contractors with no police or court powers)?
Why pay for an expensive operating system and anti-virus solution, when their are better free and open-source solutions for both online and to order?
Why, of all newspapers, is The Sun so obsessed with sex crimes and sexual deviants?
Why is Gordon Brown now hailed a hero for not-yet-even-saving an economy that he allowed everyone and their dog to rape and pillage till it was destitute?

I’m not asking these questions for specific answers, in most cases the answer is obvious… the point of my rhetoric is to question everything and take nothing at face-value. Which leads me onto the thing which inspired this post…

Ironically enough TfL have released a video under a new initiative for road safety. Ironic because they’re practically showing their own hand when it comes to how they form policy.

Watch and see…

It’s funny yes, and I have to admit, I didn’t see it coming either, but it does help to sharpen your senses.

So, do you trust your own eyes to see what is happening in the environment around you? Do you believe what you read because it is in black and white?

Here’s a little exercise, next time you are watching the news, reading the paper or out and about, try to read between the lines, try to deduct what is not being said and study the environment around you to see what is taking place.

You might just find yourself first in line or on a more pleasant journey because you were not willing to be treated like cattle.

HT: Neil Herron

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[Circular Wikiness] The Zany Ones

Posted by Lex Fear on October 19, 2008

One reason why you should never use Wikipedia as your only source for research or collaborating your story*. Also, do not trust everything you read in the dead tree press.

From now on, when anyone quotes Wikipedia to me in an online discussion, I’m going to call them “the zany one”.

*First reported by Private Eye, no linky sorry.

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[Housing Market] Don’t Get Fooled Again…

Posted by Lex Fear on October 18, 2008

So far I’ve resisted the urge to do an “I told you so…” post when it comes to the property market but I still get the distinct feeling that the general populace still hasn’t ‘got it’ when it comes to booms and busts – despite the fact there is now more information in the public domain than ever before – so much so that we should never be screwed over by an estate agent or indeed any salesman ever again!

I know that the past has always shown a trend of cycles, booms and busts, whatever you want to call them, it’s called the market – some win (those that do their research) some lose (everyone else). What the future holds, I don’t know. If enough people get hold of the information which is free and out there, I know it can change significantly, if enough people would only accept reasonably prices for housing, for example, there would be no booms. Imagine if people simply logged onto HPC or Property Snake, whilst having a gander at Our Property and the land registry prices for a street before bidding on a house… then maybe we could have a real truthful stable economy.. or at least stable housing market. Might even get fairer council taxes too…

For those of you that like a bit of schadenfreude (since no-one can get a mortgage or in their right mind would be buying now) I found a new tool the other day, Property Bee, which works as an extension to Firefox. What Property Bee does is collect data from users browsing a number of different property sites (eg. Rightmove) then inject it into the webpage as you surf to show you changes to the advertised details including prices. It also works for rentals.

What Property Bee does well is expose the dodgy underhand practices, reduction in asking prices and length of time a property has lay stagnant on the market. Property Bee gives power to the buyer and if enough people adopt this tool then it could really make difference for the future.

Check out this advertisement for example. £99,975 shared ownership, £199,950 original price… really? Install Property Bee and check out the history.

The tools are there, for free, when property passes the despair/blow off stage and begins to climb (and we have a few years yet) the there will ben no reasons left to fall for an estate agents claptrap again, ever.

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[High Noon] Bwankers vs Sheriff of Chicago

Posted by Lex Fear on October 13, 2008

From the Consumerist:

“Chicago’s sheriff has placed a moratorium on evictions for mortgage foreclosures, angering bankers who say he’s breaking the law.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he understood he was flouting the
law in refusing to have deputies carry out the rising number of
eviction requests, but mortgage holders must be accountable.”

Could this be a good reason to introduce Sheriffs back into the UK, Sheriffs who live in the community they work, have jurisdiction and character?

If only British bobbies and the very few (if any) honest bailiffs would step up to the plate here in the UK… unfortunately here in the UK we suffer from a disease of predatory systems and tick-box culture.

Let me explain.. the powerful (now nationalised) elite design the system, which is predatory and designed to be as inefficient and unhelpful as possible, utilizing holding actions against those they serve. They then train a portion of the monkeys that the predatory system is designed for, to abandon rational thought and follow a strict protocol of rules and tick boxes.

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