One of my favourite author’s Scott Mariani. Writing explosive stories with the great character he created, Benedict Hope. The latest gung-ho story called The Moscow Cipher actually highlights one of the things that has bothered a lot of people. That of mind-control. I’ve wondered about that as well since even in this country that is a process carried out. It is not a bloody affair as depicted in the book but nevertheless computers, the power of the chip has made it so much easier to influence the minds of the general public. Fake news, little bits of untruths here and there. No hesitation in deluding the general public. Just read, listen and make your mind up. All done in the name of “the truth would harm us all”. But will it? . We have smart phones. With chips that know where we are, what we do and what we say. And yes, it is logged somewhere. We have been rail-roaded into using Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp. Google knows more about you than the taxman or even your partner and that is saying something! Our bank and credit cards will tell the powers that be, our exact life-style, what we buy, what we eat.. The question really is – why? Well, it has always been that way. It is power and power means money and influence. It means control. Control of the masses. But and this is the funny thing, although those who use this type of mind-control it can also be used against. There is just one question nagging my mind, if there was no control at all would we, the masses, benefit? Perhaps I should not ask that question because I think I already know the answer.