Δευτέρα, 21 Νοεμβρίου 2005

This is nuts! (En värdelös statlig produkt)

After a bonanza of armoured money transports in Sweden, (Not mention a spectacular robbery at the Securitas depot in Stockholm), some extremely bright civil servants have proposed the following monstrosity:

-Since neither the security companies nor the Swedish police seem able to prevent the cash robberies, maybe it is time to withdraw all the 1000, 500, 100 crown bank notes. 50 crown bank notes and 20 crown bank notes alongside the now existing coins will remain in circulation for the smaller transactions. The rest of the transactions will be conducted by credit and cash cards.

Some arguments:
- Practically all of the criminal economic transactions are made in cash.
- If someone loses his wallet full 'o cash, then the money is gone for good, BUT if you lose your card, you can always apply for a new one.
- Hey with only nickels and dimes around the robbers won't have anything worth robbing right?

And finally according to an other genius, it seems that banknotes have proved to be a defective state product. In order to protect the public it has to be revoked.

Oh dear. Just when I thought that Swedish officials were getting some sense.

Guys whatever happened to policing, efficient that is. Why on earth won't you fund the police instead of making ridiculous proposals , which if implemented can prove by far costlier. Like the bad guys won't steal and forge cash cards/credit cards in a much larger scale than they already do now.

Talk about of a measure of the type "Tooth hurts, then cut off the whole head".

If one is into conspiracy theories, he/she could assume that the whole thing is just a pretext for the Swedish state to impose an even stricter control over its citizens.

Oh well. I guess Mr Bodström will fix that too.

Τρίτη, 18 Οκτωβρίου 2005

Sweden: From a moral champion to a peeping Tom?

I am amazed that a proposal for the total surveillance and storing of all telecommunications data within the EU would come from a country like Sweden that has declared herself a "Moral Champion".

But then again isn't "Socialdemokratin" all about telling people what to do, think and feel?
Of course the social democratic governance of Sweden is responsible for "Folkhemet" a very efficient welfare state (At least all the way to the 80's).
But so much welfare can, and has led the government of that country to think that they know best and thus citizens should do exactly as the elite commands.

Maybe in that "Big brother" spirit came Mr Bodström's proposal.
And his argument "A person who has not committed a crime has nothing to fear" is for laughs to say the very least.

Picture this:
The government decides to install microcameras in every single room of your home for security reasons. Yaeh ya' know, if a burglar breaks in your house our boys will catch him on camera on the act. Neat huh?

"Hope you don't mind if our boys peep a little in your bedroom or your bathroom since you'll be sooo safe old boy. As long as you are not a criminal you have nothing to fear."


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Yeah right.

This measure will be as effective against crime and terrorism, as the London surveillance cameras in catching the suicide bombers.
That stockpile of personal communication data will be there for the taking for anyone who wishes to do so including criminals.

Imagine. Insurance companies, multi national corporations, your business competitors etc. would just love to get their hands on your communication data. And they will, because in all security systems there is a weak link, and it is usually a person that can either be bribed or fooled.

In the same manner criminals and terrorists will manage to bypass the data storing system pretty soon after its implementation. After all the mouse is always one step ahead of the cat.

At least the European parliament showed some backbone and rejected this monstrous proposal. But unfortunately some sort of compromise was reached in the end, allowing each country to decide on her own as for the data storage.

Well it seems that Sweden is on a highway to hell... er I meant an Orwellian paradise.

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