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#BBC #tvtax is #racist, #sexist, and #ageist, targets the most vulerable. #TVLicence

Comment: Not to mention that the TV tax disproportionately targets poor black families.

Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Good old Capita keeps Auntie’s purse overflowing

Nearly three-quarters of TV Licensing criminal convictions in the UK last year were secured against women, according to data gathered by an anti-Telly Tax campaigner.

Of the 184,595 people across the UK charged with non-payment of the TV Licence by Capita TV Licensing, 21,300 were found not guilty – and 90 people were jailed for failing to pay court-issued fines. The figure for charges includes out-of-court disposals.

140,000 of those charged were taken to court, where an astonishing 101,000 women were found guilty. TV Licence evasion cases used to be heard before magistrates’ courts, sitting with a panel of between one and three magistrates. But since Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service introduced the Single Justice system, they are now reviewed by a single magistrate reviewing the court papers, not in full court. (The defendant does have the option of appearing in court to contest their case before a panel of magistrates should they wish.)

Although the number of women found guilty declined slightly – last year 107,000 were given a criminal record for failing to pay money to the BBC – as a proportion of the total number prosecuted, it was up by almost one percentage point, from 2015’s 70.8 per cent to 71.9 per cent.

Cleveland topped the charts for the number of suspected evaders, where Capita has nearly 29,000 suspects on its books. Warwickshire beat London into second place with 24,000 evaders, against the capital’s 19,000 suspected Telly Tax deniers. A Daily Mail investigation last year discovered that Capita operates TV Licensing as a high-pressure sales operation, with door-to-door salespeople being offered large bonuses for getting people to sign up to the £147/yr licence.

Eleven per cent of TV Licensing prosecutions in 2016 resulted in the defendant being found not guilty.

“This number of unsuccessful prosecutions lends weight to the view that cases are initiated on a speculative basis,” said Caroline Levesque-Bartlett, who gathered the data using Freedom of Information laws. A 2012 study found that one in ten of all criminal prosecutions in England and Wales were brought by Capita TV Licensing, which enforces the Telly Tax on behalf of the BBC.

The TV Licence funds the BBC, including its all-dominant news empire. Failure to pay the Telly Tax, which is payable if you watch live TV or stream BBC iPlayer online, is a criminal offence.

Earlier this year The Register analysed three months of prosecution data from the City of London magistrates’ court and found that Capita disproportionately targeted women for TV Licensing prosecutions. At the time the firm told us: “The government’s own independent review of TV licence fee enforcement found no evidence to suggest that activity is unfairly and intentionally targeted at women.”

The Perry Review referred to by Capita found that 70 per cent of Telly Tax prosecutions in 2014 targeted women, while 68 per cent of fines issued in the same year were handed to women. ®

Updated to add

A spokesperson for TV Licensing got back to us to say it ain’t done nothing wrong, adding: “An independent review of licence fee enforcement said the TV Licensing system is broadly fair and proportionate and found no evidence to suggest enforcement is unfairly targeted at women.

“We would always prefer people buy a licence rather than be prosecuted. When TV Licensing visits an unlicensed property, a statement is taken from any responsible adult who answers the door,” he added.


Pensioners could ‘lose free TV licences’ under new proposals

Wealthy older people could also lose the winter fuel allowance and have to fund their own social care under the Conservatives plans

Free TV licences for the over-75s could be means-tested once the BBC takes over responsibility for paying for them from the Government.

The benefit is currently universally available for all aged 75 and older, meaning that one in six households or around 4.36 million people do not pay the annual licence of £147.

But the BBC is considering scrapping this benefit for better-off pensioners, who have just learned that if the Conservatives win the general election, they could have to pay significant amounts towards the cost of their social care from savings and the value of their homes.

Supporters of the BBC, including Lord Melvyn Bragg and Lord Puttman, are reported to believe that Theresa May’s manifesto pledge to means-test the winter fuel allowance is an opportunity for the corporation to do the same with the free licences.

Lord Bragg, who voluntarily pays the licence as part of a campaign to encourage wealthy pensioners to support the BBC, told The Sunday Times he thought means-testing would be “a very sensible idea”.

And Lord Puttman, who chaired an inquiry into public service television last year, said the BBC would be “silly” not to at least discuss means-testing with the Government.

Former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, who struck the deal for the free licences with the BBC in 2015, said he could “see a case for means-testing on the grounds that why should a rich retired person get a winter fuel payment, so why should they get a free TV licence?”

Under the current system, all households containing an adult over 75 can get the free licence, even if there are other adults of working age in the home, costing the tax payer around £622m in 2015-16.

Responsibility for administering the free licences will pass directly to the BBC from the Department for Work and Pensions in June 2020 under the terms of the Digital Economy Act.

Mr Whittingdale suggested it could be made easier to restrict the free licences on the back of a Conservative victory. The Government has pledged in return to increase the licence fee in line with inflation.

The consultancy firm Frontier Economics is looking into options regarding the licence fee on behalf of the BBC.

Charities have been critical of suggestions that over-75s should not automatically be eligible for the free licence, pointing out that around five million older people in the UK say the television is their main form of companionship.


BBC probe after TV licence collectors ‘deliberately target vulnerable people who haven’t paid’

Ruthless bosses reportedly ordered staff to catch 28 evaders every week and promised incentive bonuses of up to £15,000 a year

The BBC has ordered an investigation into TV licence collectors following reports that they are deliberately targeting vulnerable people who have not paid.

Enforcement officers at Capita are ordered to catch 28 evaders every week and promised incentive bonuses of up to £15,000 a year, according to a Daily Mail investigation.

The company is reportedly paid £58 million a year to collect licence fees for the broadcaster.

Staff targeted vulnerable people, including a war veteran with dementia and a young mother in a women’s refuge, the paper said.

One of the bosses was allegedly caught telling an undercover journalist: “We will drive you as hard as we can to get as much as we can out of you because we’re greedy.”

The BBC has ordered an urgent investigation into the report and said financial incentives were offered only for licence sales, not prosecutions.

“We are very disappointed by the conduct of Capita’s interviewing managers in this particular case, which is not in line with the high standards we expect and does not reflect the policies in place,” a spokesman said.

“We have asked Capita to investigate urgently and ensure swift and appropriate action is taken.”

She added: “We expect inquiry officers to behave in a courteous, professional manner and abide by a published code of conduct.

“Capita’s incentive scheme operates purely on licence fee sales, never on prosecution statements taken, and Capita has confirmed again that this is how it operates.”

Anyone with a television or who watches iPlayer without a licence can be fined up to £1,000 and be given a criminal record.

Capita bosses also face being called to Parliament to explain themselves to MPs, according to the Daily Mail.

The company told the Mail that its incentive scheme applied only to sales of licence fees, not the number of people officers interview so they can be taken to court.

Is #Trump’s presidency a #Democrat #falseflag? #MarkZuckerberg #Oprah #OprahWinfrey

Why did Trump win the election?

Perhaps the global elite rigged the election in favor of Trump so Trump could start violence amongst leftist groups such as Antifa/BLM and right-wing groups.

Perhaps Trump himself orchestrated the Charlottesville terrorist attack and purposely targeted leftist anti-Trump protestors to be attacked in order to discredit the GOP as violent extremists.

Perhaps Trump himself has ordered Alex Jones to spew insane conspiracy theories about Charlottesville in order to discredit the GOP as batshit nuts conspiracy theorists.

Perhaps Trump’s entire presidency is a Democrat false-flag so that when 2018 comes around, the Democrats regain a majority control of both the House and Senate and retain that majority over the GOP, and perhaps the GOP will never regain control of the Hosue and Senate because the voters will see them as the party of violent extremism and conspiracy theories.

And what will happen when 2020 rolls around? Perhaps Trump’s presidency will ensure that a Democrat – Mark Zuckerberg or Oprah Winfrey – will become president and ensure that the voters never put a Republican back in the White House because the voters will see the GOP as the party of violent extremism and conspiracy theories.

#UniteTheRight organizer #JasonKessler: #Obama supporter, #Occupy activist. #FalseFlag

Report: ‘Unite the Right’ Organizer Jason Kessler Was Obama Supporter Involved In Occupy Movement

‘Unite the Right’ organizer Jason Kessler was reportedly an Obama supporter involved in the Occupy movement as recently as November 2016, before establishing his white supremacist group “Unity & Security for America” in January, 2017….

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Report%3A_%E2%80%98Unite_the_Right%E2%80%99_Organizer_Jason_Kessler_Was_Obama_Supporter_Involved_In_Occupy_Movement/60313/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The story is from blacklistednews, and it seems legit.

Anyway, November of 2016 Kessler is a liberal Occupy guy, and he’s watching Trump’s ascent, then 10 months later he’s a “white supremacist” sparking a race riot that the media blames on Trump.

Call me ignorant but this sure looks like cointelpro.  If Kessler’s not an infiltrator then my granny was Long John Silver.

#Firefox to ban access to #AltRight websites? #Infowars #Drudge #Breitbart #NaturalNews #FreeSoftware #OpenSourceSoftware

This is why so-called “open-source” software isn’t necessarily FREE software.

Free software doesn’t just mean “zero-cost”. Free software is software which doesn’t impose restrictions on the end user.

Any web browser which restricts access to certain websites is not free software.

There are two types of restrictive software models. One is the proprietary “closed source” model which is made by corporate toadies who make such software to stoke their egos and control you. The other is the “open source” model which is made by elitist software developers to stoke their egos and control you.

I know some of you phony “open source” guys will just say “well why don’t you just download the source code and make it truly free?”

To you, I say this:

We are witnessing the death of the free software movement. One day, the Free Software Foundation will be taken over by supporters of restrictive software models, and Richard Stallman will be ousted.

Then we will see Mozilla switch from an open-soure model to a closed-source model and actively sue those who attempt to alter the Firefox source code and release Firefox derivatives.

Then we will see Google eliminate the open-source Chromium browser and sue those who attempt to make Google Chrome derivatives.

Then we will see Canonical make Ubuntu a closed-source operating system and actively sue those who make Ubuntu derivatives. So say goodbye to Ubuntu derivatives such as Peppermint OS and Linux Mint.

While the #sheeple are distracted by #Charlottesville, the #NWO brings back the #plague. #BubonicPlague

Fleas are testing positive for the plague in parts of Arizona

Officials in two Arizona counties are warning the public after fleas in the region tested positive for the plague, the infamous infectious disease that killed millions during the Middle Ages.

Navajo County Public Health officials confirmed on Friday that fleas in the area have tested positive for the rare disease. The public health warning follows a similar notice from Coconino County Public Health Services District in Arizona warning of the presence of plague in fleas found there too.

Both counties are situated in the northern part of Arizona.

“Navajo County Health Department is urging the public to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to this serious disease, which can be present in fleas, rodents, rabbits and predators that feed upon these animals,” the public health warning states. “The disease can be transmitted to humans and other animals by the bite of an infected flea or by direct contact with an infected animal.”

Officials also urged persons living, working, camping or visiting in these areas to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure, including avoiding sick or dead animals, keeping pets from roaming loose, and avoiding rodent burrows and fleas.

While the warning may ring alarm bells for people who only know of the plague from history books, the findings are not without precedent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that studies suggest that outbreaks of the plague occasionally occur in southwestern U.S. states like Arizona during cooler summers that follow wet winters.

Symptoms of plague include sudden onset of fever, headache, chills, and weakness and one or more swollen, tender and painful lymph nodes, according to the CDC. If untreated, the bacteria can spread to other parts of the body.