Not at all, I was actually asking if anyone knew any more about who/what was involved. The other thing is that BP may attempt to offload responsibility on Halliburton and other contractors, that's all.
No black helicopters or tinfoil hats or anything, just trying to find out a bit more. I've noticed that a lot of folks here on Slashdot are pretty clued up (no sarcasm, I learn a lot from reading the comments here) and thought I'd ask if anyone else had anything to add. I was particularly curious to see if anyone could substantiate the claim that a commenter made on the Indy site about Halliburton having bought a company that specialised in this kind of repair work.
Apologies if it looked like I was trying to make a point, that really wasn't my intention. Reading back over my comment I can fully understand how it appeared that way though!
Apologies if this is old news, but didn't Halliburton actually do the work on the pipe that broke? According to The Independent it would seem so:
A commenter on that story asserts that a week before the trouble occurred, Halliburton bought a smaller company who specialise in these kinds of repairs, but I've been unable to find any details about this. Anyone got anything on this?
You've probably been through the various options already, but if you need ID to get served in bars and pubs, and get into clubs, have a look at these guys if you haven't done so already:
It may also be useful to apply for a provisional drivers license too if you haven't done so. I'm ancient, and for various reasons don't drive, but my provisional license is reasonably useful.
Hope that helps anyway!
Ok, it was clever in a sort of averagey way, not massively funny or amusing. No Iron Nappy being changed or the kid being sick in the suit or anything that would cause it to go viral in the way that bodily fluids do.
Maybe it was just a part of someone's college project or something.
It's not just the Biometrics, it was the database behind it (the National Identity Register) that would log every use of the cards/access to the database e.g. at borders, checkpoints, when opening a bank account, getting into a club, being carded by the police at a political meeting etc... Oh, and fines of £1000 if you don't keep your records up to date.
In other words: you're tagged for life, citizen.
Most of this was also in the Lib-Dem-drafted Freedom Bill: http://freedom.libdems.org.uk/
* Scrap ID cards for everyone, including foreign nationals.
* Ensure that there are no restrictions in the right to trial by jury for serious offences including fraud.
* Restore the right to protest in Parliament Square, at the heart of our democracy.
* Abolish the flawed control orders regime.
* Renegotiate the unfair extradition treaty with the United States.
* Restore the right to public assembly for more than two people.
* Scrap the ContactPoint database of all children in Britain.
* Strengthen freedom of information by giving greater powers to the Information Commissioner and reducing exemptions.
* Stop criminalising trespass.
* Restore the public interest defence for whistleblowers.
* Prevent allegations of ‘bad character’ from being used in court.
* Restore the right to silence when accused in court.
* Prevent bailiffs from using force.
* Restrict the use of surveillance powers to the investigation of serious crimes and stop councils snooping.
* Restore the principle of double jeopardy in UK law.
* Remove innocent people from the DNA database.
* Reduce the maximum period of pre-charge detention to 14 days.
* Scrap the ministerial veto which allowed the Government to block the release of Cabinet minutes relating to the Iraq war.
* Require explicit parental consent for biometric information to be taken from children.
* Regulate CCTV following a Royal Commission on cameras.
One thing that often gets missed is the fact that the ID Cards legislation allows for:
- fines for not keeping the database up to date with your details, roughly £1000 un UK money
- logging details of every occasion that the ID card is used to access the National Identity Register, e.g. id you get carded at a political event, open a bank account, details get logged.
The other issue was the spiralling costs of the system, and yet another issue was the complete ineptitude of the UK Government in keeping the data safe and secure. They have already lost personal details (names, addresses, details of children etc) of 2.5 million benefits claimants on DVD-roms they left on a train.
In addition to all these issues, was the simple fact that the cards provided almost no benefit at all to the average citizen. Kidz wanting to buy Booze already have ID cards that cost far less via private schemes (and that don't keep details of every transaction on a database either).
It really is a hugely extensive population tracking device, completely at odds with the ideas of privacy and freedom, and with little real benefit for anyone except a bloated State that wants to extend its tendrils into every aspect of our lives.
If you still really think that this massive Orwellian/Kafkaesque system is a good idea, then check out Terry Gilliam's excellent film 'Brazil'...
New York... when civilization falls apart, remember, we were way ahead of you. - David Letterman