Britain After Brexit – I told you so :)

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Britain After Brexit – I told you so 🙂 (±x)

Published on 30th September 2016
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20161010 Update

Some interesting articles published about Marketing Volatility re the GBP as well as Privacy Concerns:-

20160930 Update

Apparently ‘We can go where we want to’ (second verse) but why is the UK Government going nowhere? No strategies for exit, no ‘boldly going where no government has gone before’?

I read an interesting article today about the aftermath of Brexit and wanted to share it with my fellow Linkies (is that the term?)

Financial markets do not like uncertainty and for companies in the UK it must be a tough time, having wasted a third of the year since the vote.

Foreigners looking to invest and British Citizens such as myself who would be looking to reside in the UK again have advantages in that overseas earned income would have greater purchasing power since Sterling has depreciated over 10% against major currencies and the housing market has cooled off somewhat.

My only concern is that areas of Welfare and Human Rights are going to be problematic in the months/years to come. October 2016 as the time to start exit procedures has been pushed back to March 2017 and it makes Great Britain look like Little Britain!

We should have used the opportunity to make us a world Superpower again, as in the days of Empire:-

I lost interest in the Brexit Balls Up for the last three months as it is clear that people had voted based on half-baked nonsensical political garbage rather than anything that was actually cogent.

There was a bit of a flurry in terms of legal challenges, I recall, but those are not really feasible for reasons obvious enough and the decision as to the strategy falls squarely on Tough Tess and the Tories.

Part of the problem is that Britain is both the Surveillance State and the Welfare State. In relation to Surveillance the problem has just got worse with the latest reincarnation of the Investigatory Powers Bill

Theresa May’s surveillance plans should worry us all | John Naughton

So Theresa May’s investigatory powers bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons. It passed its third reading by 444 votes to 69 and now goes to the Lords for further consideration. Their lordships will do their best – and they are good at scrutinising complex legislation ....

I am really not sure how people continually fail to see where this is going and the impact on Human Rights:-

Self-Discipline

When I was residing in Singapore I was absolutely impressed by the fact that for the first two years after leaving school, there is compulsory National Service for the Singaporean men. It was an exciting opportunity to undergo military training and even fly the odd F-16 but it did facilitate the women into jobs sooner which they capitalised upon with their two-year head start.

I do have to state that I was astonished by the fact that the ratio of the main races of people (Chinese / Indian / Malays) who were commercial airline pilots was not reflected in the Air Force (hardly any Malays (typically Muslim) were allowed to fly fighter aircraft, for some reason). I could only think of two people at the time, and they were effectively flying transport aircraft as their daily duties.

That aside, however it remains a viable option to create a well-disciplined society.

Combined Cadet Force

When I was at Mount St Mary’s College I was a prominent member of the Combined Cadet Force and reached the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer and was senior cadet of the RAF Section. I also became a marksman with .22 and LE .303 as well as L98A1 5.56mm and L1A1 SLR 7.62mm . Also I won the Eastern District Submachine Gun championship as well as being one of only 30 cadets to attend the prestigious Leadership Training Course at RAF Hereford, home of the Special Air Service Regiment.

I have to say that the fun-fairs became truly fun-filled as I would win the large stuffed toy time and time again, with very little effort!

Also, I wanted to join the Royal Marines as a Medical Officer. Everyone knows that the British Royal Marines are far better trained than their American counterparts! This interest was as a direct result of getting exposure to different career paths before University and there is an obvious parallel to National Service.

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Edward de Saram put a stop to my career in the British Armed Forces obviously, and instead I ended up in Information Security. However I do have some unusually-well connected American friends and I have undergone tactical weapons training / close protection so I can now shoot even better than before plus training in relation to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which are detonated by cellular signals.

I have been involved in various covert surveillance operations such as two in Bahamas in 2010 and three in Hong Kong SAR in 2014. When I had clowns hassling me in Sri Lanka from August 2015 onwards they were no match! Or maybe that was the product of a Jesuit School education rather than tactical training 🙂

National Service

One idea I had for the UK was that the Government should introduce National Service again, but make it voluntary. Specific benefits and tax allowances could be granted to citizens in the scheme and over a period of time it would hopefully reduce domestic crime over 5yrs allowing money to be spent on tackling the issues of global terrorism rather than graffiti and dole-bludgers 🙂

Additionally, National Service could be made compulsory for the various foreigners (without the benefits) that are ‘apparently’ sponging off the state or taking jobs from citizens. People would think twice before coming and then those that did would perform a useful function 🙂

And I am sure it will help ‘men’ go from this:-

back to this:-

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Joseph S R de Saram (JSRDS)

Information Security Architect / Intelligence Analyst / Computer Scientist / Human Rights Activist / COMSEC / SIGINT / TSCM
RHODIUM GROUP

Joe’s Kitchen

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Joe's Kitchen (±x)

Published on 18th Sepetmher 2016
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“My personality is designed by me – my attitude is defined by you!” – JSRDS

Gordon Ramsay OBE is a world-class British chef, restauranteur, and television personality. His restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars in total, which is phenomenal. Many of the issues that I face when working with human resources can be attributed to psychology, and in this post I will touch upon why successful people ‘drown in stupidity‘.

Fiery Temper, Criticism and Swearing

As a reality television personality, Ramsay is known for his fiery temper, strict demeanour, harsh critiques, and use of expletives that have contributed to his media appeal as a celebrity chef. He often makes blunt and controversial comments, including insults and wisecracks about contestants and their cooking abilities. However when he praises someone he praises them in a similarly fervent manner. Sound familiar?

So why does Ramsay get angry? It is because high-ability individuals often underestimate their relative competence, and may erroneously assume that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.

It then causes a massive amount of frustration when others fail, and often Ramsay is annoyed because he cannot understand why they have failed. It is clear he is getting more annoyed about the ‘why’ than the original failure itself when some scallops have been burnt!

One thing that Ramsay continually exhibits is an interesting corollary of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

Named after David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University, it occurs when people fail to adequately assess their level of competence — or specifically, their incompetence — at a task and thus consider themselves much more competent than everyone else.

This lack of awareness is attributed to their lower level of competence robbing them of the ability to critically analyse their performance, leading to a significant overestimation of themselves.

In simple words it’s “people who are too stupid to know how stupid they are”.

The inverse also applies: competent people tend to underestimate their ability compared to others; this is known as Impostor Syndrome. Albert Einstein suffered from this during the last month of his life and I have been suffering from this after the 1217 incident. I was forced to question myself because of the lesser-minds around me and their hostility towards me if I did not comply – so I did, to keep the peace, and I took the path of least resistance.

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a slightly more specific case of the bias known as illusory superiority, where people tend to overestimate their good points in comparison to others around them, while concurrently underestimating their negative points.

The effect has been shown by experiment in several ways, but in this case Dunning and Kruger tested students on a series of criteria such as humour, grammar and logic, and compared the actual test results with each student’s own estimation of their performance.

Those who scored well on these tests were shown, consistently, to underestimate their performance. This is not terribly surprising and can be explained as a form of psychological projection: those who found the tasks easy (and thus scored highly) mistakenly thought that they would also be easy for others. This is similar to the aforementioned “impostor syndrome” — found notably in graduate students and high-achieving women — whereby high achievers fail to recognise their talents as they think that others must be equally good. But they are not and we get ‘pissed off’ 🙂

Origins

Dunning and Kruger properly proved its existence in their seminal, 2001 Ig Nobel Prize winning paper “Unskilled and Unaware of It,” doubtless at great risk to personal sanity. Interestingly enough the current investigations against me ALSO exhibit this phenomenon – it is just laughable in fact!

They were famously inspired by McArthur Wheeler, a Pittsburgh man who attempted to rob a bank while his face was covered in lemon juice. Wheeler had learned that lemon juice could be used as “invisible ink” (that is, the old childhood experiment of making the juice appear when heated); he therefore got the idea that unheated lemon juice would render his facial features unrecognisable or “invisible.”

After he was effortlessly caught (as he made no other attempts to conceal himself during the robberies), he was presented with video surveillance footage of him robbing the banks in question, fully recognisable. At this, he expressed apparently sincere surprise and lack of understanding as to why his plan did not work – he was not competent enough to see the logical gaps in his thinking and strategy.

The idea that people who don’t know that they don’t know (“Dunning-Kruger effect” is so much less confusing than any “know-know” phrase) isn’t particularly new. The Bertrand Russell quote is from the mid 1930s, and even earlier, Charles Darwin, in The Descent of Man in 1871 stated “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” Even back in ancient Greece, Plato’s Apology attributed to Socrates the quote at the top, which today is often summed up as, roughly, “the wisest people know that they know nothing.”

In his 1996 book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, Al Franken described the phenomenon of “pseudo-certainty” which was rampantly being displayed by pundits and politicians such as Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich, who would use “common sense” as the basis for their confidently-made assertions, but without actually backing them up with time-consuming research or pesky facts. Franken prefers the term “being a fucking moron.”

Relevance

When I was getting over the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the issues of being rubbished by journalists in 2000 (as opposed to the issues of Rhodium PLC which have never bothered me), I was down, and not functioning at my normal level.

When I was living in Western Australia I initially thought that people were competent and it was a good lifestyle. My confidence was down and being in that environment was akin to playing a weaker opposition in soccer to get a couple of wins under the belt.

When I began to feel better I realised that the same people were not that bright, so I moved to Melbourne in 2009. As I was then feeling even stronger, I restarted with my US clients and lived in Bahamas in 2010 before returning to Melbourne.

After that boost I ended up living in Singapore from 2011 onwards – the efficiency and money being things I liked and became accustomed to. All the previous bases are currently still in existence, so it is not a case of moving from country to country – various assets are immovable!

After a data loss in 2012, which once again caused cognitive issues, and then a heart attack that Edward de Saram caused in May 2013, I became down again.

I ended up in Sri Lanka in July 2013 and once again found the initial set of new people cheap and cheerful. However when my mind rebooted in 2015, I suddenly found myself with exactly the same issues that I was having in Western Australia.

But it was a lot worse because Sri Lanka is a corrupt country and I do not speak the language. Many bluff their way through everything and only have superficial knowledge of complex matters, and were subserviently destroying data materials and harassing me!

So when people are told that they have to get involved in some operation against me, they simply follow:-

“Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences.”

This is how my Impostor Syndrome then started, in which I was questioning myself and having long calls to try and reassure people for issues that they were having. I should have simply told them to ‘shape up or ship out’. My current Australian lawyers are another set of people who are messing things up because of their incorrect analysis of the actual situation, and listening to unchallenged lies.

I will upload the conversations with them in due course for a research perspective as it is fascinating to see the flawed logic as well as negligence of the lawyers concerned!

Rhodium Human Resources in 2016

Having identified the issue, the solution is simple. I have decided to interact with no-one except Tania, who is in charge of Rhodium entities.

Tania’s additional role is to ‘chew the cud’ and work with human resources. She is also introducing Psychometric Testing and regularising the positions with all contractors almost immediately.

My Role in Rhodium

I will do nothing apart from get new business and work with clients, period. The Legal and Accounting function is being completely outsourced and I will simply focus on Information Security and Human Rights.

Having isolated myself from the Groupthink, things are spectacularly on the up once more.

As I have always told my workers ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of my kitchen’ 🙂

Joseph-S-R-de-Saram

Joseph S R de Saram (JSRDS)

Information Security Architect / Intelligence Analyst / Computer Scientist / Human Rights Activist / COMSEC / SIGINT / TSCM
RHODIUM GROUP

Groupthink - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Most of the initial research on groupthink was conducted by Irving Janis, a research psychologist from Yale University. Janis published an influential book in 1972, which was revised in 1982. Janis used the Bay of Pigs disaster (the failed invasion of Castro's Cuba in 1961) and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 as his two prime case studies....

Dunning–Kruger effect

In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory superiority comes from the inability of low-ability people to recognize their lack of ability. Without the self-awareness of metacognition, low-ability people cannot objectively evaluate ...

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

The next time we assume it’s simply a combination of inflated ego and wild-assed ambition that drives certain people to want to become president, we may want to reconsider...

The Dunning-Kruger Effect And Why It's More Important Than Ever To Make Up Your Own Mind - mindbodycoach.org

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell Any observation of 21st century culture can't help but give one the impression that there are a lot of incompetent people in the world doing stupid and often dangerous things...

Please Mr Postman v3

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Please Mr Postman v3 (±x)

Published on 9th September 2016
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20160929 E-MAIL FOR RHODIUM ENTITIES IS NOW LIVE – SEE THIS POST FOR MORE INFORMATION. GET IN TOUCH PLEASE! E-MAIL FOR ME WILL BE LIVE ON 01 NOVEMBER 2016 AS WE ARE REGULARISING THE RHODIUM ENTITIES FIRST.

Contacts - EMAIL LIVE !

20160929 See below for the LINK - Get in touch for Corporate Accounts and Corporate Legal issues first, and watch this space as we bring other e-mail addresses online soon! First and foremost, thank you for your patience during this difficult time of...

20160915 E-MAIL ADDRESSES

First and foremost, thank you for your patience during this difficult time of human resource deficiency…

For matters of an Accounting nature please write to:-

[email protected]

For matters of a Legal nature please write to:-

[email protected]

However there is a two step process for e-mailing Rhodium entities. If you immediately attempt to write to the above addresses, your e-mail will be rejected. Please DO so and be familiar with the message confirming rejection.

From Saturday 01 October 2016 onwards we will be sending an e-mailshot explaining the new system and protocols in detail. We will be providing a link which you can click on which will facilitate the agreement of our terms. After approval you will be able to e-mail us directly reasonably freely!

Additionally, as a side note we are having an issue with the party responsible for the maintenance of the Registered Office of various Australian entities and their failure to update the Shareholder and Director details correctly – we will provide the new address next week as there are various changes that we need to notify ASIC and the ATO about.

Once the position with Rhodium entities is properly regularised, something similar will be put into operation for my personal matters. Until then I am not on e-mail though if you need to contact me then feel free to call, day or night!

Rhodium Group E-mail Systems ONLINE

We have pleasure in announcing that we have now finished our redesign of systems and workflows, and that e-mail will be OPERATIONAL on Sunday 9/11.

This is a short overview of the new system though we will be communicating with all parties in due course, in relation to our vastly improved workflows.

Since 1995 we have been using the format [email protected], (or shortened variants) in which a particular person’s e-mail address would be represented by xxx=’first name’, yyy=’last name’, zzz=’domain’, aaa=’tld’. zzz and aaa were typically rhodium and com respectively. A typical address would have been [email protected] for example.

From 01 July 2016 we decided to delete our user-centric e-mail accounts (such as [email protected]) in favour of generic departmental accounts. By doing so we are able to plan more contractors who can work behind the scenes and deal with backlogs expediently, via the export of .msg files out of the .pst files 🙂

We desired to have more of a group ‘feel’ using rhodium.group but unfortunately confusion arose because we have previously used rhodiumgroup.com . The new tlds (top level domains) provide tremendous opportunities as well as confusion and we were thinking of whether we operate at the lowest common denominator or the highest levels of hyper-efficiency for our clients.

Department-Centric Approach

As you may be aware Tania de Saram is in charge of Rhodium Group entities, and has decided to have the department-centric approach in which we use different tlds for different facets of the global business, and lock down domains once and for all.

Additionally we will be providing a list of persons who are associated with us, as it came to our attention that various parties are passing themselves off in Rhodium roles when their previous role was terminated many months ago!

Regrettably we have been forced to take this course of action with limited notice (as well as routing instability over the preceding months), because of the injurious falsehoods and tortious interference, which have resulted in copious amounts of electronic attacks and commercial disruption.

Furthermore we will be using restricted lists and aggressive filtering for certain areas such as Accounting and Legal. Each e-mail address that you propose to use will need to be vetted after our terms are explicitly agreed and your address is approved by us. This process will be occurring in advance of us accepting e-mail.

Additionally the servers will also be stripping attachments and converting e-mails to plaintext automatically without our intervention, as well as automatically rejecting e-mails from parties who do not comply with our terms and/or are not white-listed.

With a view to avoiding ‘back-scatter bounces’, you may not receive a rejection e-mail from our systems if either your address or the address you are trying to e-mail is invalid.

Please be assured of our closest attention at all times, and thank you for your patience during this time of human resource deficiency 🙂

Joseph-S-R-de-Saram

Joseph S R de Saram (JSRDS)

Information Security Architect / Intelligence Analyst / Computer Scientist / Human Rights Activist / COMSEC / SIGINT / TSCM
RHODIUM GROUP

PS Unlike Hillary we don’t lie about our e-mail issues 🙂

Money, Money, Money

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Money, Money, Money (±x)

Published on 8th September 2016
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Rhodium Accounting Systems ONLINE

After contractors in Australia and Sri Lanka had caused significant damage to Rhodium’s commercial operations via injurious falsehoods, tortious interference and theft of resources and data, we are pleased to announce that our redesigned systems have now been implemented.

Every time we were close to clearing the backlog, some clown or another would conveniently steal or destroy the materials, either paper-based or electronic!

We are now ameliorating the situation in the most expedient manner possible using a number of different contractors, although their involvement does not alter the contractual nature of your existing relationship with the Rhodium entity concerned.

Information Required

We require the following information as colour pdfs, without which we would not be in a position to resolve matters to our mutual satisfaction:-

1) The full legal name of the entity providing your goods and/or services, with postal address, url, phone, fax and general e-mail address;

2) The full name and e-mail address of the person responsible for Accounts Receivable / Credit Control;

3) Accounts Receivable Statements showing the full and detailed transaction histories between ourselves since the commencement of the relationship;

4) Tax Invoices (with your tax identification) issued to the correct Rhodium entity, together with supporting documentation such as detailed descriptions of the work product and detailed time-sheets for contractors;

5) A detailed audit trail showing all payments received from us, including payment methods used such as credit cards or bank transfers and currency conversions applied;

6) Copies of all agreements entered into with yourselves including those that have been superseded;

7) Any other relevant information which would assist us in performing a full Creditor Circularisation.

Please be assured that our commitment to resolution of outstanding matters is not in question, and your patience during this time is gratefully appreciated.

Joseph-S-R-de-Saram

Joseph S R de Saram (JSRDS)

Information Security Architect / Intelligence Analyst / Computer Scientist / Human Rights Activist / COMSEC / SIGINT / TSCM
RHODIUM GROUP

We will be providing a list of e-mail addresses and new procedures next week, which you can use to get in touch with us with the above information.