30 Apr 2012

LONDON NOT PEOPLE FRIENDLY, IF YOUR A TOURIST!



I realize that London may be a great metropolis, but it’s not very nice to people. We’re not friendly. Not that we’re rude, like the Parisians with their theatrical and frankly risible haughtiness; nor do we have New Yorkers’ LOUD  impatience. Londoners are just permanently petulant, irritated. I think we wake up taking offense. All those English teacup manners, the exaggerated please and thank yous, are really the muzzle we put on our short tempers. There are, for instance, a dozen inflections of the word sorry. Only one of them means “I’m sorry.”
So what you shouldn’t expect is to get on with the natives, or for them to take you to their bosoms, or to invite you to their homes, or to buy you a drink. They may, occasionally, if backed against a wall, be rudimentarily helpful, but mostly they’ll ignore you with the huffing sighs of people in a hurry. When you get lost, you’ll stay lost.
We have, collectively, osmotically, decided that we hate the Olympics. It’s costing too much, it’s causing an enormous amount of trouble and inconvenience, it’s bound to put up prices, make it impossible to find a taxi, but most of all, one thing this city doesn’t need is more gawping, milling, incontinently happy tourists.
On the bus recently a middle-aged, middle-class, middleweight woman peered out of the window at the stalled traffic and furiously bellowed; “Oh my God, is there no end to these improvements?” It was the authentic voice of London, and I thought it could be the city’s motto, uttered at any point in its history, embroidered in gold braid on the uniforms of every petty official.
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Opinion: 
Now being an Australian, and remembering the hype of the Olympics in Sydney I think this writer is a little unkind. The one thing that had the greatest effect on people was the volunteers, their efforts changed every ones attitude to Sydney, don't sell them short, the openness that was shown to visitors was unbelievable and this still sticks to this day.
COME ON LONDON, COME ON, COME ON!
COME ON LONDON, COME ON!

28 Apr 2012

RETRO VISION!..OR ANY VISION?...PLEASE!

VISION-LESS 
AUSTRALIAN POLITICS
SAD BUT TRUE!

Members of Abbott's team are deeply worried. They are getting closer to power, but no closer to being a serious, credible alternative government, they have no policies.

 "We are all worried that we will win a huge majority with a mandate for nothing," says a frontbench Liberal. "We'll have a mandate to repeal the carbon tax and the mining tax and a couple of lesser things, and then what, a void that's what?
Tony Abbott could put just about anything in our platform and still win the election but can he win an election with no platform?

Could Tony create history and loose the unloosable election. It would be a bitter moment for the Liberals.

It's entirely possible if he doesn't offer a positive agenda with a detailed manifesto of policies.

Kennett a first-rate premier, argues that it's not only necessary but crucial, Australians are craving something more than rage, no,no, and only offering a small target to the government.
"If you look at the election results in NSW and more recently in Queensland, the public is crying out for leadership.

That's why agenda setting is so important. Australians are tiring of the constant carping and negativity and the closer we come to an election the harder the electorate will look at both parties.

Australian are not stupid, and if they are treated with large doses of stupidity they will react. Both parties need to wake up to themselves or we will see minority governments well into the future.
The electorate will look for an alternative to both major parties, because they don't know what they stand for.

If Julia Gillard or Abbott could articulate a vision, the public would buy into it. Oppositions ought be offering a real policy alternative in the year heading to an election."

The final year is approaching. Abbott still has time and opportunity to offer himself as something other than not being another Gillard, if he doesn't he could do the impossible, loose, oh yes, he could.

There is a saying: The better the devil you know...The Coalition is unknown and will remain so if they are not careful!


27 Apr 2012

NATIONAL SUICIDE FOR ISRAEL..IF THEY DON'T CHANGE TACK.


Paul Krugman: “Policies of the current [Israeli] government are basically a gradual, long-run form of national suicide”

Edited by S W T Read 27/4/2012

The truth is that like many liberal American Jews — and most American Jews are still liberal — It's better to  basically avoid thinking about where Israel is going.
It seems obvious that the narrow-minded policies of the current government are basically a gradual, long-run form of national suicide — and that’s bad for Jews everywhere, not to mention the world.
This will bring him under intense attack from organized groups that try to make any criticism of Israeli policies tantamount to anti-Semitism.

It's only right to say something on behalf of Beinart, who has predictably to run into that buzzsaw. As I said, a brave man, and he deserves better.

I’m just waiting for the establishment thought police to come out and condemn this. Krugman is one of the most prominent liberals in America, and he rarely comments on things like this — big words from someone who gets (and deserves) so much respect.

It’s a boost for Beinart, too, who continues to be subject to a witch-hunt in the media.

Paul Krugman tells the truth, something that political leaders in Israel find hard to find.

Work shy layabouts.... England has plenty!


This business attempted to hire seven jobless people.

None turned up for work because it RAINED?

The new employees, who had all been without jobs, failed to turn up for their first day as sales operatives

These people milk the benefits system to death!

By ARTHUR MARTIN
PUBLISHED: 11:42 GMT, 26 April 2012 | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 27 April 2012 Edited by S W T Read 27/4/2012 12:30pm

 
Carl Cooper thought he was doing a public service by offering seven benefits claimants the chance to work for him.
But the company boss was flabbergasted when none of them turned up on the first day.
Astonishingly, not a single one even had the courtesy to tell the marketing firm boss they would not be coming in.

Carl Cooper today slammed 'work shy' Britain after seven of his new recruits failed to turn up to their first day of work yesterday because it was raining
Mr Cooper and other staff members called the new employees to ask them where they were.

Some refused to answer their phones when they recognised the number calling them.


When the staff finally got through, five said they would be better off staying on state benefits rather than doing the commission-based work.


Four of the seven also claimed  torrential rain had put them off.


One was unhappy about the prospect of paying a £5 train fare and another called at 12.45pm and said: 'Oh, sorry – I overslept.'

The saga illustrates the problems of enticing many young people to work, even at a time of recession and high unemployment.

Mr Cooper, who runs Car Smart, a marketing firm for independent car dealers in Canterbury, Kent, criticised the benefits system and said it rewarded people for doing nothing.

He was left stunned when none of the new recruits turned up for work. They are a bunch of workshy layabouts.


Australia is looking for workers, not in England it seems!

NOT REALLY
BUT SOMETIMES IT SEEMS SO!


MURDOCH AND CAMERON...JUST BUDDIES...OR IN BED TOGETHER?


There is a lot of mud that's going to stick to Cameron thanks to Murdoch!
Can his reputation survive, it's doubtful?

Were deals done or not?

Maybe it went like this:

  1. The Murdoch press would throw its weight behind the Conservative Party in the 2010 general election, and in return the Conservatives would back known Murdoch policy objectives.
  2. Cameron's Conservatives started to throw their weight behind a number of News International policy objectives just before the election.
  3. August 2009, nine months before the election, Murdoch's son James launched an attack on the BBC (Rupert Murdoch's greatest commercial rival) in a speech at the Edinburgh Festival.
  4. Jeremy Hunt a few days later, wrote an article for The Sun calling for the licence fee to be frozen and demanding that the BBC cut back on its commercial activities.
  5. Notoriously, Rupert and James Murdoch resented the way media regulator Ofcom interfered in their business.
  6. July 2009 - surprise, surprise - Cameron announced that the Conservatives would abolish Ofcom(Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries).
  7. The best evidence concerns Conservative Party support for Rupert Murdoch's third key commercial objective: the takeover of BSkyB, announced in June 2010, just one month after the general election.
Monday's publication of 165 pages of internal News Corporation text messages and emails will perhaps tell us a troubling story.
WOULD I TELL FIBS?
   
IT WAS ONLY A LITTLE ONE!


26 Apr 2012

IS IT A DREAM..OR REAL..WHEN IN DOUBT..WHAT'S IT ABOUT..THE TRUTH IS ALWAYS THE LOOSER!


A WOMAN who says she was "groped" by a senior officer onboard HMAS Success had dreams of being sexually assaulted before the incident, a Sydney court has heard.

The woman, who gave evidence against Ralph Weingaertner in the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday, texted a colleague a few hours after the alleged incident saying, "It disturbs me to realise I had all these dreams about people doing very similar things and now it's happened."

Chief Petty Officer Weingaertner has pleaded not guilty to assault with an act of indecency against a junior female sailor onboard HMAS Success on July 26, 2011.

The prosecution has alleged Chief Petty Officer Weingaertner picked up the woman physically in a storeroom and touched her groin area as he set her back on the ground.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court she laughed initially when she was picked up, but then she stopped.

"It was quite absurd to me that it happened. I felt like a child," she said.

"I became embarrassed it was happening. I knew it was inappropriate."

Nick Boyden, acting for Chief Petty Officer Weingaertner, put it to the woman that his client's hand had not slid up her leg and touched her groin as he put her back on the ground.

"I guarantee it happened," the woman said.

The court heard the woman had first complained about the incident in a text to a colleague seven hours later.

When asked to explain what she meant about the dreams, the woman replied, "I had been having dreams about being sexually assaulted."

The colleague, a petty officer who was in the storeroom at the time of the alleged assault, told the court he had witnessed "playful banter" and a mock fight between the pair before Chief Petty Officer Weingaertner picked the woman up.

But he said he did not see where Chief Petty Officer Weingaertner's hands were when he put the woman down.

The woman was "quite distraught" and crying when she later told him what had happened.
"She basically explained that she was groped," the sailor said.

The hearing is continuing

A waste of the courts time, looks like it, how will we ever know what the truth is, was it just good fun an accident or something taken the wrong way, or was it really a traumatic experience.

I'm afraid this case does sound a bit fishy, I wonder was there a connection between these two before the incident?

Fact or fantasy, we watch with interest.

CAMERON'S BUTLER SHOPS AT "TESCO"..WOW WHAT A SCOOP...HIS BUTLER IS JUST LIKE US?


'I'm not a snob, my butler shops at Tesco'
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 16:29 GMT, 23 April 2012 | UPDATED: 15:10 GMT, 25 April 2012 Edited by S W T Read 26/04/2012

Out of touch? Prime Minister David Cameron has been given advice by Twitter users about how to 'keep it real'


‘Call me Dave’ was today told to ‘keep it real Dave’ by thousands of disgruntled Twitter users.


The Prime Minster is battling alongside the rest of the country he says. In his efforts to ride out the current economic crisis but unpopular and embarrassing gaffs have left voters questioning his integrity.


Twitter users poked fun at Mr Cameron’s wealth and ‘toff’ background.


Mr Prescott, who started the hashtag, posted that the Prime Minister should ‘eat caviar straight out of the tin’ and start ‘hanging out with northern MPs…like Nick Clegg.’

Sonia Poulton: Cameron and Osborne ARE out of touch. When will they also be out of office?
Poll slump for Cameron as he admits it's time to 'raise our game'


David Townsend teased Mr Cameron for his recent claim that he shopped in Sainsbury’s. Mockingly he wrote: ‘I’m not a snob. My butler has shop's at Tesco.’


David Cameron has come under fire for 'pastygate' when he claimed to have eaten a pasty from a branch in Leeds that doesn't exist.


‘His favourite song is the Hollies. ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Butler.’


Chris Orton said the leader should keep it real by ‘visiting the city of Cambridge to see how the other half live in the north.’


Duncan Jefferies said he should refer to ‘guns as shooters’ when flogging arms to dodgy regimes.’


After a turbulent month he vowed to ‘learn some important lessons’ but his fightback was marred by an extraordinary attack on him and George Osborne by Tory MP Nadine Dorries who branded them ‘arrogant posh boys’ who ‘don’t know the price of milk’.
YOU RANG PRIME MINISTER?




Town of Dull to twin with Boring

25/04/2012 - 19:15:48
Residents of a small Scottish community called Dull are aiming to form an interesting partnership with the town of Boring in America.

The two places have agreed to a declaration of sisterhood.

Steve Bates is a Boring planning officer, that's a planning officer from Boring in Oregon, and said that people there are in favour.

"Everybody is laughing, we're having a good time with it," he said.

This is really exciting stuff! 



THIS SITE MAY BE MADE FOR THESE TOWNS

MURDOCH..I HAVE NO POLITICAL CLOUT!..NONE AT ALL!


Murdoch tells British court his political clout is overstated


Here was his big chance, he said before a judge, to set the record straight: that for all the talk of his political clout through publications like the mass-market Sun, he never took advantage of it, and that he expects those who work for him to adhere to high ethical standards.


"That is a complete myth, that I used the influence of the Sun or supposed political power to get favorable treatment," Murdoch testified, declaring, "I've never asked a prime minister for anything."


AND THEN...... THEY SHOULD HAVE ASKED
1. Mr Murdoch have they ever asked you for anything.
2. Have you ever suggested a subtle change of policy.
3. Have you ever threatened limited coverage of a policy you didn't agree with.
4. Have you ever warned them to keep News informed, or else, bad coverage.



Despite the hacking scandal that has damaged both his media empire and his reputation, Murdoch said he remains a lover of newspapers and summed up his journalistic mission this way in court Wednesday:


"Always to tell the truth, certainly to interest the public, to get their attention, but always to tell the truth.... I have great respect for the British public, and I try to carry that through."mmmmmmmmmmm....


Whether the British public reciprocates that respect is now doubtful, it seems that this ("Never ending Story") is sorely testing the honesty factor, there is a long way to go yet.


25 Apr 2012

COMPENSATION FOR SEX? YES IN AUSTRALIA YOU CAN APPARENTLY!


Aussie woman gets worker's comp for sex injury

An Australian woman who injured herself while having sex on a business trip is entitled to worker's compensation, a court has ruled.

The government worker was hurt by a glass light fixture in her hotel room while engaged in a bit of nookie on a 2007 busines trip, according to reports.

Her barrister succesfully argued in federal court that sex was an "an ordinary incident of life" just like sleeping and showering, adding that she was injured during her "course of employment".

The judge ruled in her favour: "If the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation." So having sex is no different?
ROLL AROUND HEAVEN ALL DAY.
IF YOU HURT YOURSELF YOUR COVERED...GET IT?



Cycling proficiency? No?-- Now Old Aged People get a crash course in mobility scooter safety.


By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 00:10 GMT, 25 April 2012 | UPDATED: 03:07 GMT, 25 April 2012 Edited by SWT Read
Test drive: PC Dave Williams tries out the mobility scooter course for himself, in a bid to cut accidents in Christchurch, DorsetPC Dave Williams tries out the mobility scooter course for himself, in a bid to cut accidents in Christchurch, Dorset.
 
(Personally this looks kinda cool!  I want one)
They leave bystanders bloodied and bruised after mowing them down as they race through the town.
The culprits?No, Not irresponsible teenagers or daredevil bikers.


They are but pensioners on their mobility scooters!


So bad is the problem of reckless scooting in Christchurch, Dorset, that residents have complained about the way elderly drivers ride their 8mph machines.
One pedestrian was left with a bruised face and cut lip after being knocked down recently.
In response, the police have organised a scooter driver awareness course in the town, where almost a third of the population is of retirement age.

Pensioners are put through their paces on an obstacle course of crossings, traffic lights and cones.
Scooter salesman Mike Ruddick, who helped organise it, said: ‘The people who tend to speed are men, who traditionally go for the bigger scooters.’


I wonder has PC Dave ever been walking with pensioners when a cyclist screams past without sounding a warning, they believe they own the footpath and roads. Dave some training for them might need to happen before pensioners.



ISRAEL DISREGARDS PEACE NEGOTIATIONS AND CONTINUES WITH LEGALISING SETTLEMENTS!


ISRAEL has decided to legalise three settler outposts in a move that totally ignores the feelings of the Palestinians once again.
They said some years ago that they would remove these settlement to boundaries set by the UN.
It is dismissive response to a letter from president Mahmoud Abbas calling for a settlement freeze.

A ministerial committee has decided "to formalise the status of three communities which were established in the 1990s" against the UN agreement.
The Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as usual ignores world opinion and treats the Palestinians with contempt, the word peace appears to mean something totally different to him, it seems that stiring up trouble is his idea of negotiation.

The move sparked an angry response from the Palestinians, Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now, which said it was the first time the government had created new settlements since the 1990s.

The three outposts - Bruchin, Rechelim and Sansana - had no Israeli legal status since they were set up, but will now join the 120 official settlements dotted across the occupied West Bank that are home to more than 342,000 people.

The Palestinian leadership said the decision was "expected" and said it was "the Israeli answer" to a letter from Mr Abbas to Mr Netanyahu, in which he laid out the Palestinian grievances over the collapse of the peace process and outlined his demands for restarting negotiations.

Central to the letter was the demand for a settlement freeze. A a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, agreed that what was happening on the ground was "the real Israeli response" to Mr Abbas's letter.
THIS IS AN EVEN MATCH?

23 Apr 2012

IF THE SLIPPER FITS--BEAT UP OR TRUTH--DID HE SLIP OR WAS HE GIVEN THE SLIPPER?


Extracts from an article by Richard Willingham in The Age: April 23, 2012


JAMES Ashby, the adviser who has made sexual harassment claims against Speaker Peter Slipper, has had his own run-in with the law and has made few friends in the media.



Mr Ashby was fined for making threatening phone calls to a radio rival when he worked at a Newcastle radio station. He stood down in 2002 over the incident and was fined $2000 and given a three-year bond.



Mr Ashby was known as Jimmy on NXFM when he rang rival Jim Morrison while Morrison was on air, Newcastle Local Court previously heard.
''Yeah, go for it you f---ing psychopath,'' Mr Ashby said.
''Next time I see you riding on your f---ing bike I'll hit you, you idiot, all over the sloppy road, you dumb prick. F--- it, if I was your mother I would have drowned you at birth.''



In March, a Sunshine Coast Daily reporter's phone was allegedly thrown by Mr Ashby after journalist Owen Jacques asked Mr Slipper about his expenses



Last week, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported Mr Ashby was refusing to speak to police regarding the complaint.
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My comments on this matter:


I don't condone the actions of Mr Slipper if indeed they are true but if these allegations are not proved in a court of law where does that leave the Coalition, they have already condemned the man!
As for the Cab Charge allegations, they to have to be proven.


In  this country you are innocent until proven guilty. Unless you are a politician!


I'm afraid that I treat this story broken by the News as possibly another beat up on behalf of the Coalition.


As for Mr Ashby, well his statements will be tested, however it seems from his past that this guy is loose cannon.
Who once he gets a bee in his bonnet, can often and can go of half cocked!


If one reads his allegations it seems highly probable that he could have taken the utterances by Mr Slipper out of context all together.
IF NOT DON'T GO THERE!










20 Apr 2012

CAT STEVENS(Yusuf Islam) TO PREMIERE HIS NEW MUSICAL IN AUSTRALIA MAY 31st...LET'S HOPE HE'S STILL GOT WHAT IT TAKES!


Artist once known as Cat Stevens explains why he left music, why he returned and why his latest project tops the rest.
Malika Bilal Last Modified: 18 Apr 2012 10:35 Edited SWTR 20/4/2012

Yusuf is currently working on a musical featuring songs he wrote as Cat Stevens 


Moonshadow:
 It's a Musical Fantasy. Set to premiere in Australia on May 31, the production is a mix of the artist's hits from the 1970s with a string of fresh songs penned for the play.

The musical represents a summit of sorts - topping a controversial career that has seen Yusuf go from triple-platinum award winning musician to a man on the verge of abandoning his craft forever.

 He says at one point, perhaps music was his my religion. For a lot of us growing up in the West in the early '60s and then '70s, music was a way of life. It was a way to express ourselves. I was a serious dreamer and I was looking for the truth.
Then he finally bumped into Islam through a gift of the Quran, he realised that all the answers I needed were there.

 So he trod very carefully. He decided because of the almost insulting approach that the media took to him about embracing Islam that he had had enough of that, so he didn't bother to continue.

It was his son who finally brought guitar back into the house. When he picked it up, he suddenly realised he had another job to do.

His son didn't say anything. He just left it, and he was surprised that he remembered where his fingers should go.

What would he tell other Muslims who have a passion for music but are also trying to walk this line - this schizophrenia of sorts that oscillates between 'music is good' and 'music is forbidden'?

Well as far as sacred texts are concerned, they cannot be ambiguous he says. There are no gray areas. When it comes to music, there is no word 'music' in the Quran.
Obviously there are insinuations and implications and situations where music is being played and its haram because there’s drinking and fornication - well that’s sex, drugs and rock and roll.

But in the end, it is the interpretation. So yes, I believe there is haram(bad) music and yes, I believe there is halal (permitted) music.


Is there an over-arching theme in his music or an outward meaning of his songs he wants to convey?

Yes he says: He tells stories. He tries to tell true stories. It's about how people live and what their problems are - how we love and fall into trouble and bleed and laugh. That’s ended up being the theme of his musical that he's writing and that he's going to put on in Australia at the end of May.

It's all to do with journey he says. There are only two types of stories: those about leaving home and those about coming back.

So where did his idea for this musical Moonshadow come from?

He says: I grew up on the West End of London surrounded by theaters and musicals and always dreamt of writing a musical. It happens that now I have the perfect opportunity, after having written so many songs.

It's a story about a world where there’s no sun and no day, only night. There's only one moon providing natural light.
That means everybody has to work extra hard to buy these embers to keep their houses warm.

In the middle of all this, there's a boy who has a dream about another world - the World of the Lost Sun, called Shamsiya. He meets his moon shadow and he decides to go on a journey to find that World of the Lost Sun.


GERMANY THE HOME OF EFFICIENCY "TRAINING PEOPLE FOR RETIREMENT"

Retiring man admits he 'did nothing for 14 years'

Published: 11 Apr 12 16:10 CET Edited by SWTR 20/4/2012


A German state employee got one last hurrah when he sent a farewell email to 500 colleagues detailing how he had been paid €745,000 for “doing nothing”. 


He said he had been “present, but not really there” for the 14 years. He had been employed as an engineer at a state surveying office in North Rhine-Westphalia. 


Duplicated structures of the organisation caused a shuffling around of work, this constantly left him with an empty in-tray. 

“I am entering retirement fully prepared,” he wrote in the email, before stating exactly how much he had been paid during his career of keeping his desk warm - €745,000. 


The 65-year-old thought he had had the last word before heading out the door for the last time, wrong his email was leaked to the regional media and he is now the focus of some attention. 


“I do not wish to say anything else,” he told local paper“That email was not intended for public view.”


So, if what he says is true how many other apprentice retirees are there out there, just training for a comfortable no work future.I wonder how long the training takes, perhaps 14years is the norm.


The mayor of Menden, where he worked, has expressed his disappointment and said he felt a “considerable pinch of rage” when he saw the email "The the man had not once complained to the staff council about not having enough to do". 
“This kind of behaviour is very telling,” 


Menden town council has had to make considerable budget cuts, which has seen the man’s former job (A job, joke!) eliminated.
I'LL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHEN I RETIRE.
I WONDER, MAYBE I'LL JUST PUT MY FEET UP!

19 Apr 2012

AUSTRALIA SHOULD HAVE WELFARE SYSTEM LIKE ASIA.....VERY LITTLE OR NONE!

WE SHOULD BE LIKE UNDER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES IN ASIA, SAYS HOCKEY.

This is a guy who under the Howard government agreed to lavish spending on welfare for the the rich and introduced the baby bonus(no longer needed) and are now proposing parental leave to the tune of $75,000 for the rich and a Nanny bonus for the wealthy.



Speaking in London, Mr Hockey said that by Western standards the highly constrained public safety net in Hong Kong and other Asian places might seem brutal ''but it works and it is financially sustainable''.


''Contrast this with what we find in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. All of them have enormous entitlement systems spanning education, health, income support, retirement benefits, unemployment benefits.''


Australia spends less than half as a percentage of GDP compared to those above, is Hockey suggesting that we should drop back to almost no welfare like ASIA rather encourage under developed countries to aspire to become like us.
"What should we do, become like them!"


Government revenues fell far short of meeting the cost and the difference had to be made up by borrowing he claims, which is debatable. 
He said that over the years there had been some key decisions to reduce spending, Mr Hockey said it still had ''a lot of spending by government which many voters see as their entitlement''.
I wonder Joe, do you mean middle to wealthy welfare which you guys brought in.


He said a lower level of entitlement meant countries were free to allow business and individuals to be successful. ''It reduces taxation, meaning individuals spend less of their time working for the state, and more of their time working for themselves and their family.''


Joe I must be stupid, if we have much less welfare we will have to work more just to cover the basic needs, wouldn't that mean less time with the family etc.


The present government would like to reduce it, that's obvious, who is opposing such cuts, the coalition of course.


No Joe, you can't have it both ways.



Apart from supporting budget crackdowns on the proliferation of such benefits as the disability support pension, it has opposed any move by the government to go after so-called middle-class welfare, moves the government says are vital to keep spending sustainable.
Measures which created structural deficits such as the private health insurance rebate, the baby bonus or the family tax benefit system have been capped or means tested by Labor and the Coalition has opposed or criticised all of them.



Sure there is to much middle class welfare, guess what Joe Hockey, you gave it to them, will you cut it out, not likely, there's votes in them there hills
JOE 2+2 DOES NOT MAKE 5!
YOUR STILL IN SHORT PANTS


17 Apr 2012

OVER EATING , OBESITY AND DEATH CAUSES FIRES!

Surge in Obesity Sparks Crematorium Blazes 
Original story by Ulf Hanke 13/4/2012. Edited by S W T Read


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY SAYS
FAT PEOPLE CAUSE FIRES EVEN WHEN DEAD


As the number of obese Germans rises like other places in the world the funeral industry is scrambling to make adjustments in how larger bodies with more fat can be safely incinerated.
A number of crematoriums have suffered severe damage when burning fat overwhelmed their emergency measures.
  
The crematorium employee in the western German town of Hamelin took a last look at the coffin before pushing it inside the furnace.
This was the third coffin he had processed on the morning of January 13, and the body itself weighed over 200 kilograms (440 pounds).
Of that, only two kilograms of ashes were supposed to remain after cremation.


15 minutes later, flames shot out of the crematorium's 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) stainless-steel chimney, and parts of it began to melt.

Firemen determined that the smoking chimney was glowing at 600 degrees Celsius (1,100 degrees Fahrenheit). They cooled it from the side and used an infrared camera to track the spread of heat through the building. It took four hours to reduce the body in the furnace to ash.


Cremations in Germany and around the world are becoming more complicated owing to an increase in obesity, around half of the country's deceased are cremated. Roughly 15 percent of Germans are obese, and the figures are climbing.


The funeral industry has had to adapted to these new conditions with super-size coffins and crematorium furnaces outfitted with larger doors.

One problem remains: Due to their high fat content, obese bodies often burn so hot that they overtax crematorium facilities.

The cause of the chimney fire in Hamelin appears to have been "extreme heat due to burning a high amount of fat," according to Carl Schmidt, the crematorium's manager.

No one knows exactly how often such things happen. But especially heavy bodies have long been considered one of the causes of spikes in pollution levels found during periodic inspections of crematorium exhaust emissions.

A SMALL AMOUNT OF ASH THEY SAID!

16 Apr 2012

UN TERRIFIES SYRIA...DOES IT REALLY?


                    

                       



                         WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR MAN!
           ONE MAN ONE VOTE, THAT'S WHAT YOU SAID!
                                                        
                                                    "IF I JUST HAD A BIT OF MUSCLE! "
       
                                                 
SO I DID, I DIDN'T EVEN BLINK
SOME THINGS YOU JUST GOTTA DO!

TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING

WE DON'T NEED IMPORTS..OR DO WE?
CAN WE AFFORD A HIGH DOLLAR?
BUT........OUR DOLLAR BUYS MORE!





IT'S JUST POLITICS...WHO KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT YEAR?

15 Apr 2012

NATIONALS WANT TO BRIBE MUMS....WHY DO WE NEED TO PAY PEOPLE TO HAVE BABIES?...OUR GENERATION MANAGED TO HAVE KIDS WITHOUT ANY HELP.


NATIONALS Senator Barnaby Joyce is pushing Tony Abbott to double the baby bonus for stay-at-home mums to $10,000 if he wins power at the next election.

Fearing a backlash over the generosity of the Coalition's proposed paid-parental-leave scheme, which would offer wealthy working women up to $75,000, the Nationals have proposed a better deal for stay-at-home mums.

"It's an incredible sacrifice for women to stay at home. says Joyce.

Well over half female population choose to stay at home because they believe it gives their children a better start in life, its not always decided by the mighty dollar.

Married women or single women who choose not to have children should be really upset by the bias towards stay at homes mum's. Who already receive such largess from governments.

Because they don't have children they are forced to subsidise those that do out of their taxes.

The Nationals say it will help them to buy a house, does that mean that couples without children don't deserve help with housing, come on people for years managed to bring up children with nothing more than a small endowment subsidy per child, we all managed.

I am not suggesting we return to the so called old days but we have gone overboard, guess what, most of these subsidies are treated as gifts and they are spent on luxuries such as new TVs, Sound systems, Iphones and such.

The Nationals first flagged the policy at the 2010 election.

Minister Penny Wong said Treasury costings revealed the Budget impact of the Nationals plan to boost the baby bonus would be as much as $3 billion over three years. It would cost the Budget $890 million in 2013-14, $990 million the next financial year, and $1.1 billion the following year.
THIS IS THE REAL BONUS
AND IT'S FREE
IF YOU WANT ONE

14 Apr 2012

Australian Politicians are branching out. Theme songs are in! Mary Poppins look out! TONY POPPINS (Abbott) is about to make a name for himself.

TONY'S SONG


Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey
Chim chim cher-ee!
This leader is as lucky, as lucky can be
Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when I shakes 'ands with you

Or blow me a kiss and tell me you luv's me too!
Cause I luv's me'self very much, oh yes I do
Now, as the ladder of life 'as been strung
You might think a leaders are on the bottommost rung
Though I spends me time creating ashes and smoke
In this 'ole wide world there's no 'appier bloke

Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey
Chim chim cher-ee!
A leader is as lucky, as lucky can be
Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when you vote's for me

Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey
Chim chim cher-ee!
A leader is as lucky, as lucky can be
Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when you vote's for me

I choose me off siders and bristles with pride, yes, I do
A Hockey the shaft and a Rob for the flute
Up where the smoke is all full of hot air
'Tween pavement and stars is the leaders big world
When there's 'ardly no day nor 'ardly no night
There's things 'alf in shadowy left and a far way right
We just say's no to everything's, it's working all right
On the rooftops of Canberra coo, what a sight!

Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey
Chim chim cher-ee!
When you're with a Leader you're in glad company too
Nowhere there's never been a more 'appier crew
We just say's no, what ever they do, when they say something we just say boo!
Them wot sings, "Chim chim cher-ee, chim cher-oo!"
We're on our way to the top that's where we be
Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim cher-ee, chim cher-oo!

Tony Abbott to extend the child-care rebate to nannies.
THE LEADER OF CHIMNEY SWEEPS IN ACTION

AUSTRALIAN'S ARE SICK...A LARGE BLACK HOLE IN POLITICAL LEADERSHIP!


 INSPIRATION VACANT
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AUSTRALIAN are disappointed by the quality of leadership.
The political debate is ''descending into farce'', we need a political leader with vision, this research shows.

''People haven't warmed to Julia Gillard, they are also uncertain and sceptical about Tony Abbott,'' says the director of Ipsos, which conducted a survey to find out what's in peoples minds and the mood of voters.
''They are not excited or interested in him as an opposition leader.


A report on the nationwide survey says: ''Discussion about political leaders was overwhelmingly negative". Participants indicated a strong sense of disappointment in the quality and behaviour of leaders.

''Some felt that the quality of leaders was so bad that the political debate was descending into farce.''


Participants are quoted as saying things like.
''I don't want to vote Labor. I don't want to vote Liberal."
"I don't want to vote for any of them''.
"They think we care about the personality rather than the policies and we don't''.


Others told the researchers that ''Australians deserve a lot better from politicians, both sides of the fence … they continually fight, squabble and argue about power. They've got no integrity.''



"The mining tax was viewed to be feeble at best and, at worst, something of a farce which would hardly make a dent in the massive profits of the mining companies.''


''It's kind of like who do you vote for at the moment, Curly or Moe?

"Because they're all a bit of a joke at the moment".


We've lost all the characters of years gone, those who could debate policy intelligently and had some charisma.
Also the leaders of the past did not pander to the press, the 24hr news cycle and daily polls like performing seals.


You look at the alternatives, it just doesn't feel like there's anyone there, is there anyone there?

PLEASE!  WE NEED HELP DESPERATELY. 
DO YOU THINK IF WE KEEP GOING ..ARF!..ARF!.AT ONE ANOTHER
THE VOTERS WILL LOVE US TONY?


GOING, GOING, GONE..THE GREEN MAN IS LEAVING


Original story by Michael Gordon 
April 14, 2012 - 3:00AM

THE END
FOR
BOB THE BUILDER
"A VERY NICE BLOKE."

A relaxed Bob Brown, shortly after his resignation yesterday.
A PAIN IN THE ***** TO OTHERS

THE confirmation of him leaving came in code. It took the form of a note, scribbled by Bob Brown at the Global Greens Congress in Senegal a fortnight ago, and passed to his partner, Paul Thomas. ''One week and six days,'' was all it said.


Thomas' handwritten reply conveyed a mix of joy and relief that something that had been a matter of private discussion between them for weeks had finally been resolved. ''Thank goodness!'' he wrote.


No one who intercepted the notes would have had the foggiest notion that they concerned the end of one of the most remarkable political careers in Australia's history - one that began 37 years ago when a young idealist GP stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for the United Tasmania Group, the world's first green party (which later morphed into the Tasmanian Greens).


It is clear he chose to do what few federal leaders have managed - walk away at the peak of their powers and maximise the prospects of their successor at the next election.

TO SOME A WRECKER .... TO OTHERS A BUILDER!
A BUILDER OF A GREENER FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN
Bill Leak





UNBLOCK YOUR MONEY...TOILET PLUNGER BANDIT STIKES


In America a Man attempted to rob three banks with a toilet plunger, yes three! I kid you not!


A Utica man faces felony charges. Police say he attempted to rob three different banks armed with a toilet plunger. Surveillance photos captured the suspect entering the Key Bank on Genesee Street Thursday afternoon. 


Around 1:30 Thursday afternoon, Utica Police responded to the Key Bank for a report of an attempted robbery. Officers also were contacted by two other banks that said the man had also entered there and demanded money. 


Bank employees say he came in started yelling obscenities, asking them to put money in a bag. Police say he threatened the tellers with the plunger. 


Officers in an unmarked car responded to the scene and saw the suspect walking away. When the suspect saw the officers, he ran. Police caught up with him and took him into custody. 


Lawrence Deptola, 49, of Cottage Place in Utica is charged with attempted robbery, a class "E" felony. 
PLUNGE INTO THE WILD SIDE
CLEANING OUT BANKS IS FUN!

13 Apr 2012

POLITICS DOWN THE TOILET!


DEPENDS ON HOW IT PANS OUT!
The 2012 Bald Archy Prize Winner is:


TO FLUSH OR NOT TO FLUSH THAT IS THE QUESTION!


WHAT PRICE WILL YOU GIVE ME?
I KNOW IT'S THE BEST OF A BAD LOT!
WHAT CHOICE DO WE HAVE!

MINERS Turning Australia into a very large bottomless pit......But do they don't want to pay for the privilege...NOT ON YOUR LIFE!


WINING AND DINING ON OUR BACKYARD.....AND WHEN THERE FINISHED?
WE'RE LEFT WITH A HELL OF A LOT OF BIG HOLES AND NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT!.
THEN WHERE DO THEY GO!
ANYWHERE THEY CAN MAKE MORE BIG HOLES.

The Minerals Council of Australia declares the mining industry has paid its fair share of tax and is "not a bottomless pit" for continual tax increases.


It's apparent that they consider Australia as a very large "bottomless pit".


The MCA broadside came as BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers warned there had been "very appreciable cost increases" at BHP's Australian operations, with raw material prices and the dollar rising as productivity fell.


He does not mention just how generous and how much they have been allowed to write off by Governments of all colours for years, it shows just how one sided their argument is and all it does is make them seem even greedier if, that is possible.


Echoing warnings from resource industry leaders about Australia's declining competitiveness as a place for mining companies to invest, Mr Kloppers said it was important to consider carbon costs, labour productivity and costs and the exchange rate when deciding on new investment.


He mentions once again "carbon tax", this is a tax that has not yet taken effect yet he has already closed a mine, come on, this mine was no longer viable and he knows it in my opinion.
WOW! LOOK WHAT WE LEFT YOU.
AND YES!
YOU CAN SEE IT FROM THE MOON
(No you can't eat it, drink it or pay for your health with it, but it's real big though.)

10 Apr 2012

MEN ARE PREGNANT!..AND CHILDREN ARE GERIATRIC!...According to NHS in England.

Mamma mia!
Why there are 20,000 pregnant MEN in Britain
More than 3,000 children and teenagers have apparently also accessed geriatric services.
Original story By CLAIRE BATES Modified by S W T Read 10/4/2012

At first glance, the NHS appears to be dealing with something of a modern medical miracle.
According to national statistics gathered on NHS care, nearly 20,000 male patients in England required midwifery services between 2009 and 2010.
What's more alarming is that over the same period 17,000 men apparently required obstetric services - a specialism for pregnant women and their babies, while a further 8,000 saw a gynaecologist.

This could have dire consequences for the future.
Will men start to have menstruation and menopause, if this is the case then the NHS could be overwhelmed it is believed they are already arranging for training for male midwives and birthing clinics would also be effected.

The effects could be wide spread, imagine pregnant cricket players, soccer players and god forbid rugby players. Even referees and umpires! We jokingly called some of these old women, not so funny now is it!

Researchers believe reason for this large change could of course be chemicals in the diet or their minds being effected by the influence of strange stories in the media or a sudden influx of oestrogen in the drinking water.

Phew!
No don't worry guys there hasn't been a sudden influx of oestrogen in the drinking water - instead the bizarre results are due to a series of data entry errors.
It is the mother of all mistakes? There are at least 20,000 pregnant men in the UK if NHS statistics are to be believed. 

Researchers from Imperial College London NHS Healthcare Trust reviewed all the available data from HESonline, They found mix-ups were rife as the system relies on inputting fiddly medical codes.

So a single keystroke can change a patient's visit to a specialist eye clinic into a session with a midwife.
This explains why the statistics also revealed more than 3,000 children and teenagers had supposedly accessed geriatric services, while 1,600 adults over 30s had seen a child psychiatrist.
Meanwhile 20,000 adults were recorded as attending outpatient children services.
THE ABOVE STORY.....A MISTAKE
THIS MAN?......IS REAL!


9 Apr 2012

AUSTRALIA becoming a "surveillance state"

WE THOUGHT THAT THE LAWS FORESHADOWED IN ENGLAND WERE DRACONIAN, THINK AGAIN...WE ARE DOING IT ALREADY! 

AUSTRALIAN law enforcement and government agencies are accessing vast quantities of phone and internet data without warrants, prompting warnings of a growing "surveillance state" and calls for tighter controls.

The Attorney-General's Department has released figures showing federal and state agencies accessed telecommunications data and internet logs more than 250,000 times during criminal and revenue investigations in 2010-11.

A Senator has called for tighter controls.

''We've already taken some pretty dangerous steps in this country towards the surveillance state,''he said at recent conference on internet privacy, '' not that many of us are either interested or aware that it's going on, including people like me who should know better.''

Data available to police, security and other government agencies under federal telecommunications law includes phone and internet account information, outwards and inwards call details, phone and internet access location data, and details of Internet Protocol addresses.
Access is authorised by senior police officers or officials rather than by judicial warrant.

Federal government agencies using telecommunications data include the Australia Federal Police, Australian Crime Commission, the Tax Office, the departments of Defence, Immigration and Citizenship and Health and Ageing, Medicare and Australia Post.

Data was also accessed by state police and anti-corruption bodies, government departments and revenue offices, the RSPCA in Queensland and Victoria, the Victorian Taxi Directorate and Wyndham City Council in Melbourne's west.

Victoria Police was the largest user of telecommunications data, with 65,703 authorisations in 2010-11. The force has reported a jump of more than 50 per cent in authorisations over two years.

The scale of telecommunications data mining by police and security agencies has also been illustrated by the release under freedom of information of a ''highly protected'' report on a single AFP-Defence Department leak investigation in 1999-2001.

In an effort to identify the source of leaks to the media of secret intelligence reports on East Timor, the AFP and Defence security investigators accessed phone call records of nearly 14,000 phone services totalling more than 77,000 calls.

The Australian Privacy Foundation recently noted that it was now easy to track a person's mobile devices, smartphones and tablets ''in real-time, or retrospectively''.
IN AUSTRALIA HOW BIG ARE THE EARS
AND WHO CLEANS THEM
IF THEY AREN'T CLEANED REGULARLY THEY COLLECT A LOT OF RUBBISH



8 Apr 2012

PETROL PRICES.......UP AGAIN..WHY..BECAUSE THEY LIKE THE MONEY


ACCC's fired up over fuel
Guess what, they are blaming the consumer! Why because we just don't understand.
We're to dumb!


THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission admits it has to do more to educate motorists about fuel prices so they say.


ACCC chairman Rod Sims said Australia's fuel prices had risen and fallen in line with all other developed nations.
He doesn't seem to realise that it is possible that oil companies are manipulating world prices so that the all other developed countries fall in line with pricing.


But his agency was unable to get that message through to mainstream Australia, why do you think that is so, could it be that people are a wake up. Between Oil companies and their cosy arrangement with major retailers they can do what they like.


''If you look at a graph of petrol prices in every country, you'll see every country is the same,'' Mr Sims said. ''Our efforts [communicating the message] so far haven't worked as well as what we'd have liked.''


The ACCC needs to look at pricing more from a world perspective, not the narrow outlook they have now and they need the powers to do it properly.


Adding to the confusion, the vast majority of the nation's media reports on the latest West Texas Intermediate oil price. This benchmark has little, if any, bearing on the price of fuel sold at Australian petrol stations.


Mr Sims believed the role of the ACCC should not go beyond monitoring prices to uncover anti-competitive behaviour.


''If Parliament wants us to control petrol prices we will but I don't think we should,'' he said.


Why bother having the ACCC at all, they just do not want to do the job properly.


6 Apr 2012

ITALIAN MEN TO HAVE A LIMP FUTURE


NEVER MIND GETTING UP IN THE MORNING
GETTING IT UP MAY TAKE A LOT LONGER

Italian pharmacists threaten 'Viagra strike'

Hospital pharmacists are threatening to cut Italians off from their Viagra as part of their protest against Government reform plans for the sector.

Union official Loredana Vasselli said pharmacists decided to focus the protest on Viagra because it is a sought-after drug but withholding it “does not put patients’ health at risk”.

Pharmacists will stage a series of labour actions during April, culminating with the so-called “Viagra strike” by not dispensing the blue pills if their complaints are not redressed.
BUT I NEED HELP

CALL THE FOREIGN OFFICE...we can fix anything,Not really!

William Hague(Foreign Office) warns Brits abroad. 
DON'T WASTE OUR TIME
WE HAVE IMPORTANT BUSINESS TO ATTEND TO!
NO, IT'S NOT FINDING FALSE TEETH FOR YOU!

Original story By EDDIE WRENN


Call the Foreign Office for help, not this kind of help.

  • I need help putting together a chicken coop!
  • My Sat Nav is broken!
  • I can't find my false teeth!
  • Where can I get hold of a dog-minder?
  • What's the weather like tomorrow?
  • Runny jam
  • Plastic surgery problems
  • Help erecting a chicken coop 


He urged expats and tourists not to stretch scarce consular resources by making 'bizarre demands'.
Among the calls logged by overseas Foreign Office staff are requests for advice on where to have Christmas lunch in Spain and a plea for assistance translating 'I love you' into Hungarian.

'It is not our job, for example, to book you restaurants while you are on holiday. 'This is obvious, you would think.
It came as a surprise to the caller in Spain who was having difficulty finding somewhere to have Christmas lunch or a man in Florida last year who found ants in his holiday rental, we are not the people to ask for pest control advice.
'If you are having difficulty erecting a new chicken coop in your garden in Greece as someone else was, I am afraid that we cannot help you.'
THIS IS NOT IN OUR JOB DESCRIPTION
(By the way does anyone in the Australia Foreign Affairs Department relate to similar stories)




5 Apr 2012

IS THE USA a dying democracy....IS IT BEING BLINDED BUY BIG MONEY


 Americans are often told that voting is a sacred right and the foundation of American democracy.
That the United States is the world’s most democratic nation.


The government provides financial support, technical assistance, and political resources to promoting global democracy and the US news media are quick to publicise inadequacies in the way that other countries conduct elections.

The US should look at their system and begin at home. They should begin by identifying fundamental flaws in the way that the US practices one person, one vote, and by questioning whether elections actually function to promote a level playing field.

One of the key ways in which those with great wealth preserve the status quo is to deter less privileged citizens from voting.
The Jim Crow laws preventing African Americans from voting after the abolition of slavery and the passage of the 15th Amendment following the Civil War.
The means used were levying a poll tax (a fee) in order to vote and it required those seeking to register to pass a literacy test, one that was administered by local election officials.

Many long-standing measures ostensibly enacted to ensure honest elections are in fact designed to achieve the goal of reducing turnout by youth, racial minorities, and low-income groups.

The enormous expenditures by the super-rich on election campaigns.
Registration requirements.
In order to be eligible to vote in the US, one must register to be placed on the voting rolls. In most states, the registration process is complex and cumbersome. Citizens must register before the election and at times and places that are not well known.

Many countries, citizens are automatically registered when they reach voting age, or can register throughout the year at their local town hall.

Eligibility.
Several measures further trim the electorate. For example, one must have lived in a community a sufficient length of time to register to vote. The residency requirement especially affects college students.
Another group barred from registering is the former prison population. While prisoners are ineligible to vote in most countries, many US states permanently disqualify felons who have fully served their prison sentences.

The act of voting.
The difficulties of voting do not end with registration. In most countries, voting occurs on Sunday, a day of leisure.
Elections in the USA are typically held on Tuesday - a weekday and therefore an inconvenient time for many citizens to reach the polls. Nor is there much provision for early or absentee voting.

The barriers to voting helps explain why voting turnout in the United States is among the lowest of long-established democracies.
In a democracy touted as the best in the free world it is a lamentable this situation, though it is hardly new, the situation has worsened in the recent years.

Malcolm Turnbull(once leader of the opposition in Australia)
Mr Turnbull has sharply criticised the corrupting power of money in the US and described America as looking ''like a country that is barely governed''.



The former Liberal leader and member of Tony Abbott's shadow cabinet says American politics is becoming ''profoundly dysfunctional''.

He attacks the Republican idea that the budgetary situation can be improved by cutting the taxes of the wealthy as ''just bizarre'', and describes the right-wing Tea Party as extreme, reactionary and radical.

Author Robert Manne writes: ''He thinks that American voluntary voting encourages Republican extremism and the search for 'hot-button issues', like abortion or guns or gay marriage or Obama as a secret Muslim.

''He is concerned about the fragmentation of opinion and collapse of the rational centre. He is profoundly concerned about the 'self-evident' corrupting influence of 'the power of money'.''


Super Pacs
By allowing corporates to make unlimited donations of this kind, the court gave birth to the so-called Super Pacs, which are turbocharged fundraising "political action committees" that support a candidate while remaining nominally independent of his or her campaign.

Australia, do we have the beginning of Super Pacs
In Australia in recent times we have seen corporate power wield it's money in what could only describe as political manipulation, they do so with immunity without any direct linkage to political parties.
The future may see them using the same logic to manipulate the electorate system by having no direct link to parties. There appears to be nothing to stop this evolving into something similar to Super Pacs.

Beware Australia it will be the beginning of the end for what we call Democracy.

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