Sunday, February 12, 2012

Previous blog is vandalised

For the second time in less than a month this blog has been vandalised, and in exactly the same way: by logging into my account in and deleting a graphic. The first time, on 21 January, it was an email Declan received from Haringey Borough Commander Det Chief Supt Sandra Looby concerning a written threat we received from our live-in landlady, human rights activist Belinda McKenzie, to have us physically removed from our flat with the help of her Polish builder - a few hours before I received an email from Twitter telling me that the Network for Church Monitoring Twitter account had been compromised and I should change the password.

This time it is a response Declan received from the chief executive of Companies House - the government body charged with registering all companies in the UK, including non-profits - confirming that when it comes to annual returns, the Head Office in Cardiff, Wales doesn't acknowledge receipt of documents filed on paper in their London office which are then delivered across the country to them by overnight van. The email is back now.

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Despite that reliable home internet access has been part of our rental agreement since our tenancy began in July 2009, Belinda has given us so many excuses for not fixing the atrocious internet speed we often get that I couldn't possibly enumerate them all. On 3 January 2012, she wrote: "I'm not going to mess about any longer with ‘half measures’ - I will call Virgin first thing tomorrow and book an engineer to move the modem from the middle floor upstairs to you". She changed her mind the next day!
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Neutralized MI5 whistleblower David Shayler lived for a couple of years in one of the rooms below us, until 2007 more or less; see N4CM blog of 25 January Property Warrant: Open Letter to the Prime Minister for some stunning photographs of Shayler since 2007. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges has a very informative piece in Truthout about what he sees as familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement. Top of the list is to "physically eradicate the insurgents' logistical base of operations to disrupt communication and organization". Sounds familiar to us too.