Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Police Racist Mugs, Really?

The corporate media follows a formula to sell newspapers, or in the modern era having their stories read online.

Not everything presented may be factual; it may be purely an opinion of the article writer, based on a preconceived idea rather than fact.

The corporate media cashed in on the Jill Meagher murder, while many others get murdered and go missing.’ Homophobia’ which is nonexistent is a corporate media coined term also attracts readers, as does any event regarding terrorism.

The new slogan now is ‘racism’, to which the Victorian Police (Inc.) have been targeted.

Headlines from the corporate media like:
  • Stubby holders mocking Sudanese migrants distributed among police in Sunshine in Melbourne's west
  • Premier joins over racist stubby holder
  • Top brass angry at racist police stubby holders
are designed to invoke emotion in the uneducated masses rather than logic and assertion of the situation.

The alleged culprit is the Victorian police from Melbourne’s western suburb of Sunshine.

The instrument of racism apparently is the message on a stubby holder.
 
The words are as follows:

SUNSHINE POLICEWhoever says Sunshine brings happiness has never worked here’ ” with a picture of a fish holding a hook.

For the sake of this article, not going into too much detail, the Anglo-Masonic forefathers who planned out the cities of Australia, put industry in the west, with the rulers in the near east.

It is no secret that the western suburbs of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are areas where the less affluent live.

These suburbs have housed a lower class, lower educated people for decades if not at least a fair few generations (multiples of 25 years).

The drink coolers contain no message implied or otherwise stating ANY form of racism, but rather the working conditions.

The message on the holders does not refer to anyone’s race, colour or creed.

ANY court in Australia that would imply that the content on the stubby holders is racist, not only is against free speech, but also would show a high level of incompetence.

A pathetic attempt at justice, and a complete waste of public and police resources.

Liberals puts NBN chief Mike Quigley on notice


Quigley

THE Coalition has put NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley on notice that his position may not continue under an Abbott government after a horror week for the $37.4 billion project in which it was revealed that workers and residents were exposed to asbestos risks during the rollout.


As evidence emerged of an exodus of senior construction and safety staff from NBN Co in recent months, the opposition's communications spokesman, Malcolm Turnbull, reiterated concerns about the selection of Mr Quigley.

Although he stopped short of saying he would appoint a new NBN Co chief executive, Mr Turnbull said: "I don't think (Mr Quigley) was the best choice for that role given the fact that he had never run a telecom company or built a telecommunications network, been responsible for building one; he had worked for a vendor. Certainly the performance of the NBN Co in its continuation of its construction project has not been very impressive, has it?"
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, who would need to be consulted on any management changes by the high-powered NBN Co board, has given Mr Quigley his full support.

Mr Turnbull's comments came as the NBN Co revealed that a contractor on the project had been killed in an accident on an NBN work site at Kiama, near Wollongong, south of Sydney, and as the Gillard government dramatically escalated its intervention into the asbestos exposure issue, with Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten announcing that Labor would convene a meeting on Monday with Telstra and the main communications unions.


Telstra and the NBN Co have been rocked by revelations this week that some contractors working for both organisations have been mishandling asbestos contained in Telstra pits that are being prepared for the National Broadband Network rollout, raising the threat of contamination for employees and residents near the work sites.

Mr Turnbull yesterday insisted that occupational health and safety had to be the top priority and declared that the Coalition's cheaper, quicker $20.4bn rollout would mean disturbing fewer deadly asbestos fibres during construction. "Strict compliance with asbestos safety rules are not optional," he said. "It has to happen. And occupational health and safety have to be the top priority. Clearly that hasn't been the case. There's plenty of blame to go around, both with Telstra and the NBN Co, and no doubt their contractors."


He maintained that the Coalition's fibre-to-the-node network - which would see new fibre cables laid to street corners and then linked into Telstra's copper network for the last connection to homes - "does not involve so much disturbance of legacy infrastructure".

The Gillard government ramped up its involvement by calling a crisis meeting for Monday.

Asbestos victims advocates and unions seized on the announcement, making fresh calls for a James Hardie-style asbestos fund, standardised training for all workers dealing with the deadly fibre and significant revisions to the training requirements for workers on NBN Co and Telstra sites.

Mr Shorten, a former Australian Workers Union national secretary, said Labor would ensure Telstra would "not walk away from any claims" for compensation and that a register would be established for anyone potentially exposed to asbestos.

Telstra, which is responsible for the asbestos remediation in its infrastructure, has deployed 200 specialists to manage cases of breaches in asbestos management by the telco and its contractors.

NBN Co has also activated a team of managers to oversee asbestos-related issues across the country. But new doubts have been cast on the NBN Co's ability to meet its ambitious rollout schedule after at least seven senior executives with responsibility to oversee construction of the project have exited in the past two months, following other key departures.


The Australian has learned that senior managers from NBN Co's operations division have either resigned or been made redundant in more than four internal organisational restructures that have occurred over the past 18 months.

Last night, NBN Co spokesman Andrew Sholl: "NBN Co's turnover is well below the national average."

But insiders said resignations among senior staff with years of construction experience have increased in recent months as dissatisfaction grows with the way the company is being run.

"It's a bad situation that is just getting worse. It's not a very fun place to work and there are tonnes of people who are pretty dissatisfied in there," said one former executive who wished to remain anonymous.

Key departures in recent months include the NBN Co's executive general manager of construction strategy, quality and efficiency Paul Takac and its manager of construction, health and safety Paul Donker. Executive general manager of construction program management Stephen Butler left in January,

Some sources say the departures underline the influence of NBN Co chief operating officer Ralph Steffens, a German expatriate who has instigated four organisational restructures since joining the company at the end of 2011.

"Ralph pretty much has the whip hand in there. It's pretty much turning into the Ralph and Mike show," one NBN insider said. In March, NBN Co was forced to slash the number of homes and businesses that would be passed by the fibre-to-the-home network by the end of the financial year by as much as 44 per cent, or 150,000. The network is now expecting to pass 190,000-220,000 premises with fibre by the end of June, compared with the 341,000 promised.


One NBN source said increasing levels of administration, bureaucratic processes and a focus on short-term targets had caused a "structural, organisational and operational" crisis at the company.

theaustralian.com.au 1 Jun 2013

The NBN is another monumental fraud and 'Money for Mates' deal at the expense of the tax paying general population.

It is very doubtful that the full extent of the fraud will ever be reported.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Optus boss admits we're poorly served

Optus boss Kevin Russell has finally come clean on what most of us already knew: the poor service standard of the Australian telecommunication industry.

Local telco providers often fall well behind technology companies and even Australian banks when it comes to looking after customers, Mr Russell said.

Proof of the poor service can be found in complaints against telcos to the industry ombudsman, which reached ''stratospheric'' levels in recent years, he said.

''The standard of service in Australia relative to the standard of service in the UK just seems have gone backwards,'' Mr Russell told an Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce lunch in Melbourne.

It was important for the industry to lift its game on customer service to head off competitors such as Google and Apple and to recoup billions of dollars invested in its super-fast 4G network and spectrum licences, he said.

''It makes me nervous that two core competitors have brand recognition with customers that is fundamentally higher than our relationship,'' he said. ''That is a strategic risk that makes me nervous.''

Optus is Australia's second-biggest telco with more than 9 million accounts linked to its network.

Meanwhile, Mr Russell said he worried about whether telcos were able to get returns on their large investments in spectrum and 4G networks in an environment where revenues were expected to decline steadily.

Australia's major telcos, including Optus, recently paid a combined $2 billion to expand their wireless data and broadband capabilities. Telstra, Optus and TPG all bid for new licences in the auction of wireless spectrum previously allocated to analogue television.

''My simple logic is if you are going to ask people to pay a bit more, your service better be good. Happy customers will pay a bit more and … unhappy customers will not pay a bit more.''

He said telcos are likely to charge more in the coming months as they roll out their super-fast 4G networks which allow people to download data faster.

smh.com.au 31 May 2013

Australia is truly in the telecommunications dark ages, no thanks to the industry's regulators.

GSM networks set up in developing countries are cheaper and faster than in Australia.

So called government regulators work for the benefit of corporations and not the general populous, as percieved by many.

If the government regulators worked for the benefit of the masses the results would speak for themselves.

McDonald's CEO Eats His Own Junk Food

McDonald's CEO claims he's lost 20lbs in a year despite eating at the chain EVERYDAY as company reports dismal salad sales


  • Don Thompson told investors on Wednesday he lost the weight because he got his 'butt up' and worked out
  • He revealed salads make up just 2-3 per cent of U.S. sales
  • This compares to the Dollar Menu, which generates 13-14 per cent of sales
  • Thompson said the firm, which has heavily promoted its healthier options, will again focus advertising on hamburgers and chicken sandwiches

Weight loss: The boss of McDonald's, Don Thompson, pictured, has claimed he's shed 20 pounds in the past year wile eating at his fast food restaurant 'every, single day'The global chief executive of McDonald’s has claimed he lost 20lbs in weight – despite eating from the chain’s menu every day.

Don Thompson said he regularly worked out at a gym to lose the pounds but did not stop wolfing down the fast food meals whenever he could.

But his claims were met with scepticism on Twitter with some branding it the ‘McDiet’ and asking him to ‘prove it’.

Last week McDonald’s unveiled its most unhealthy item ever, the Mega Potato, which is a double size portion of fries. At 1,142 calories it is more than half the recommended daily calorie intake for a woman.

Mr Thompson said he shed the weight over the course of a year by getting up early in the mornings and going to the gym.

The fast food boss insisted he still ate at McDonald’s ‘every single day’, although he did not specify what he chose from the menu.

He admitted that despite McDonald’s trying to rebrand itself as healthier, its salads make up only two to three per cent of sales.

But he claimed the company was making efforts to include more vegetables in its meals.

Thompson, who has been on the job for less than a year, was responding to a question about how the company is adapting amid growing concerns about obesity when he pointed out his slimmer frame.

He said that he lost the weight by getting active again and noted that it's rare to see Europeans that are 'very, very heavy' because they walk a lot.

'And so I think that balance is really important to people,' he said.

'I don't see salads as being a major growth driver in the near future,' Thompson told investors in New York on Wednesday, according to Bloomberg News.

It's no wonder the salads have failed to lure health conscious diners when they are often as fat-laden as a Big Mac and boast names such as Bacon Ranch and Southwest Crispy Chicken.


He said that he lost the weight by getting active again and noted that it's rare to see Europeans that are 'very, very heavy' because they walk a lot.

'And so I think that balance is really important to people,' he said.

'I don't see salads as being a major growth driver in the near future,' Thompson told investors in New York on Wednesday, according to Bloomberg News.

It's no wonder the salads have failed to lure health conscious diners when they are often as fat-laden as a Big Mac and boast names such as Bacon Ranch and Southwest Crispy Chicken.

In comparison to poor salad sales, the restaurant's Dollar Menu generates 13 to 14 per cent of U.S. business, he said.

But he claims the company isn't giving up on selling fruit and vegetables. For instance, some of McDonald's new McWraps have tomato, cucumber slices and shredded lettuce inside, he said.

McDonald's first added tossed salads to its U.S. menu in 1987.

Bloomberg News reported earlier this month that it is considered ditching Caesar salads after it already got rid of Fruit & Walnut salads from its menu this year.

McDonald's shares fell more than 2.2 per cent to close at $98.28 on Wednesday, after the announcement. At one point they declined as much as 2.9 per cent for the biggest intraday drop since October 19 and they continued to fall on Thursday.

The shares gained 15 per cent this year through to Tuesday. In comparison, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index advanced 16 per cent.

The world's biggest hamburger chain announced it was axing its Fruit & Walnut salad in March after competitors Burger King Worldwide Inc and Wendy's Co began closing the gap with McDonald's.

The world's biggest hamburger chain for years held a huge lead against most rivals, but some of those chains now are luring away diners with fast-changing menus featuring tempting new food.

dailymail.co.uk 31 May 2013

Company CEO's also provide fasle information in the guise of marketing in order to boost sales i.e. and therefore company profits.

McDonald's is a global enterprise that produces carcinogenic, salt and fat laden junk food for the masses, targeted at low educated, low earners.

A documentary film directed by Morgan Spurlock,  titled Super Size Me show the real effects of eating junk food every day.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Size_Me :

Spurlock ate at McDonald's restaurants three times per day, eating every item on the chain's menu at least once. Spurlock consumed an average of 20.92 megajoules or 5,000 kcal (the equivalent of 9.26 Big Macs) per day during the experiment.


As a result, the then-32-year-old Spurlock gained 24½ lbs. (11.1 kg), a 13% body mass increase, a cholesterol level of 230, and experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and fat accumulation in his liver. It took Spurlock fourteen months to lose the weight gained from his experiment using a vegan diet supervised by his future wife, a chef who specializes in gourmet vegan dishes.

The video is also available for viewing at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z74og9HbTM

Corporate fraud lies have no boundaries.

Toddler spends big bucks on 'free' iPad app


"I was shocked how difficult it was to get a refund": Tegan DeClark with her daughter Amelia.

All Amelia DeClark wanted to do was feed her virtual horse on her mother's iPad.

But within 30 minutes, the three-year-old had racked up more than $100 after her little fingers frantically swiped across the brightly coloured buttons on the free My Horse app, confirming real-time payments from her mother's iTunes account.


"The first time I knew about it was when I looked at my bank account," Amelia's mother, Tegan DeClark from Toowoomba, Queensland said.

The communication consumer group, ACCAN is calling on the Australian competition regulator, the ACCC, to force free gaming apps to disclose whether the games require "in-app" purchases to continue playing.

"The apps are misleading" said Teresa Corbin, ACCAN's chief executive, who describes them as "freemium".

"The child wouldn't necessarily understand it is real money ... and they think it's part of the game and part of the simulation."

The My Horse app had urged Amelia to buy more food for her horse, but she needed 2500 credits. These credits cost $109, which was charged straight to Ms DeClark's credit card.

After one week spent on the phone to Apple, Ms DeClark was finally refunded the money, but only on a "goodwill" basis.

"I was shocked how difficult it was to get a refund," said Ms DeClark, a real estate agent.

Ms Corbin estimates there are thousands of free mobile and tablet apps like My Horse aimed at children which encourage users to buy credits for virtual incentives such as food, rubies, diamonds or even to proceed to the next level of the game.

In a submission to the Consumer Affairs Advisory Council, ACCAN has targeted three apps - The Simpsons: Tapped Out, The Hobbit: Kingdoms, and Tap Paradise Cove - all of which blatantly encourage in-app purchases, Ms Corbin said.

The peak group suggests that gaming apps should include a simple logo informing the user of any potential costs involved in playing the game. The submission also suggests that Apple and Google app stores take responsibility for accepting and resolving complaints about apps purchased through their Australian stores.

When playing The Simpsons app, users are told they have to wait 90 days for a crop of corn to grow. Or, more appealingly, they can complete the task instantly if they purchase 1060 doughnuts, which will cost $48.58 on iTunes.

In another scene on the app, the character Homer says: "Wow. I'd spend any amount of money - real actual money - to have a town like this!"

In March, five-year-old Danny Kitchen gained international attention when he asked for the password to his family's iPad and managed to spend the equivalent of more than $2500 on "darts" and "bombs" to battle zombies in the game Zombies vs Ninja. His mother, Sharon Kitchen, told the British media that he was on the game for less than 15 minutes.

theage.com.au 3 Jun 2013

Under Australian consumer laws, misleading information or deceptive advertising, clearly not stating the products one buys is illegal.

Apple are fully aware of this deceptive practice, yet support it.

Unfortunately the legal system is designed in such a manner that it is out of reach to the general populous to take corporations of Apple's calibre before the law courts.

Consumer groups may allegedly help, but this is the exception rather than the norm.

The authorities have the capacity to fine Aplle, but any monetarty penalty will be a joke.

Eleven assaulted in home invasion

Eleven people have been assaulted with a pole and beer bottles after up to 20 men broke into a Melbourne home.

Police say two men were walking along a St Albans street on Friday night when they were approached by a group of men who assaulted them and stole a case of beer.

The pair ran into a nearby home and locked themselves inside.

Police say a short time later between 15 and 20 men broke into the home and assaulted 11 people with a pole and beer bottles before stealing money and mobile phones.

Four residents of the home required hospital treatment for their injuries but have since been released.

Investigators have been told the offenders are believed to be of African appearance and want to speak to anyone with information about the incident.

theage.com.au 2 Jun 2013

As part of the policy to destroy communities, authorities have allowed the criminal element to be imported into Australia under the 'refugee' banner.

What is realistically being covered up is the actual assaults by these criminal gangs, even though apparently there are crime statistics published.

The government has a policy not to disclose the real figures, in order to keep the pupolation under control.

The law makers and politicians current policy of Australia being a dumping ground for criminals dates back to the colonial times of over 200 years ago.

The citizens are NOT protected from these criminal organisations, by niether the law nor police.

Federal judge orders Google to hand over data to FBI

A FEDERAL judge in the US has ruled that Google must comply with the FBI's warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company's argument that the demands were unconstitutional.

Google
FBI counter-terrorism agents began issuing the secret letters, which don't require a judge's approval, after Congress passed the Patriot Act in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

The letters are used to collect unlimited kinds of sensitive, private information, such as financial and phone records and have prompted complaints of government privacy violations in the name of national security. Many of Google's services, including its dominant search engine and the popular Gmail application, have become daily habits for millions of people.

In a ruling written May 20 and obtained Friday, US District Court Judge Susan Illston ordered Google to comply with the FBI's demands.

But she put her ruling on hold until the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals could decide the matter. Until then, the California-based company must comply with the letters unless it shows the FBI didn't follow proper procedures in making its demands for customer data in the 19 letters Google is challenging, she said.

After receiving sworn statements from two top-ranking FBI officials, Illston said she was satisfied that 17 of the 19 letters were issued properly. She wanted more information on two other letters.

It was unclear from the judge's ruling what type of information the government sought to obtain with the letters. It was also unclear who the government was targeting.

The decision from the San Francisco-based Illston comes several months after she ruled in a separate case brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation over the letters. She ruled in March that the FBI's demand that recipients refrain from telling anyone - including customers - that they had received the letters was a violation of free speech rights.

Kurt Opsah, an attorney with the foundation, said it could be many more months before the appeals court rules on the constitutionality of the letters in the Google case.

"We are disappointed that the same judge who declared these letters unconstitutional is now requiring compliance with them," Opsah said on Friday.

Illston's May 20 order omits any mention of Google or that the proceedings have been closed to the public. But the judge said "the petitioner" was involved in a similar case filed on April 22 in New York federal court.

Public records show that on that same day, the federal government filed a "petition to enforce National Security Letter" against Google after the company declined to cooperate with government demands.

Google can still appeal Illston's decision. The company declined comment Friday.

In 2007, the Justice Department's inspector general found widespread violations in the FBI's use of the letters, including demands without proper authorization and information obtained in non-emergency circumstances. The FBI has tightened oversight of the system.

The FBI made 16,511 national security letter requests for information regarding 7,201 people in 2011, the latest data available.

couriermail.com.au 2 June 2013
 
A clear indication of how corporations work together with governments in passing data on everyone to the authorities.
 
What the masses are treated to is a charade, and a public theatre that corporations are resisting.
 
The excuse nowadays is 'terrorism', when previously it was the evil 'communism'.
 
Communism was bankrolled by the gloabal financial elite of which included the Bush, Rothschild and Rockefeller families with banking institutions JP Morgan as the most prominent ones.
 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sex Lies Facebook and Bad Mothers

There is the age old saying that every generation should be familiar with that being with reference to the “good old days”.

But what exactly does that mean?

There once was a time when the pleb’s voice was not only oppressed, but would not be able to travel for any significant distance for it not only to matter, but also not be heard.

The role of the plebs is to work and pay up to 50% of their measly wages to the ruling elite, only to return to the small single fronted workers cottages to have dinner only to wake the following day to enrich the industrialists yet again.

The print media was in control by a handful of people, and the mind of the masses was steered by propaganda from the corporate elite.

Ahh those were the “good old days”.

Enter the era of the Internet, and to the trial and tribulations of the plebs of today.

While the politics of oppression of the masses has not changed, the voice (or print) of the herd can now be heard over vast distances, on a global scale instantaneously.

ANY Trailer Park Trash mother or ‘Ho can now obtain a smart (smarter than her) phone and post her narcissistic photos or her sexual conquests of the evening on a global scale over the Internet via Facebook.

While this may be entertaining to some, sexually provocative poses which imply that one’s life is all but one HUGE party of sexual conquests is quite disturbing, especially when one has children that eventually may see their mother a nothing else but a cheap hooker.

What is even worse is that people of this calibre who have just passed their ‘pen license’ have enough keyboard skills to use (Ctrl C) and (Ctrl V) to post meaningless messages and quotes that apparently pertain to their relationship breakup and their apparently fantastic single parenting skills, which incidentally are a farce.

In reality this bad mother after breaking the family unit, falsely applies for a AVO (Apprehended Violence Order) AND obtains it.

She drags her sordid toddler’s behind until 2am, depleting them of much need sleep (read child abuse) all for the selfish purpose to drive to her friend’s place for a smoke break.

She posts pictures of randoms who she had sex with during the night, one may be at 8pm, with a bouncer at a popular night club, the other at 11pm with a banana bending DJ from another popular night club.

She may whinge how she cannot financially afford her children, whilst simultaneously making weekly appointments to her expensive hairdresser, counting the hundreds of dollars in her purse needed for the all night binge drinking session coming up.

A few days later she may even post how much of a great parent she is, all to the amusement of her closest friends, who know the real story, simultaneously being the laughing stock on a global scale.

Unfortunately Facebook is littered with bad mothers that are not only taking up valuable bandwidth, electricity and oxygen, but also have burdened society with their loser children.

Unfortunately there are no laws that prevent Trailer Park Trash from breeding, only as a consolation prize the government may take the children away.

Did Curiosity find a rat on Mars?

What do you see in the picture below? Rocks, dust, or something a little furrier?

According to some netizens, it’s unmistakable – this is a space rat.

"This odd creature was discovered on Mars by a person in Japan in March,” Scott C. Waring wrote in a blog post on UFO Sightings Daily.

"This animal was not the first to be discovered in NASA photos,” he went on, but is in a long line of strange creatures."


A rat or a rock? Photo: UFOSightingsDaily.com

Just how a rat could come to be living on the -55C surface of Mars is quite the mystery, but Waring and his colleagues have an answer for that one.

"Is NASA placing animals from tiny cryogenic chambers inside the rover onto the surface of Mars to conduct tests?" he asked.

NASA were quick to hose down such claims, but welcomed the interest in the Mars Rover images.



Sharp eyes - the magnified image showing a 'rat' came from this Mars Rover photo. Photo: NASA
It seems we may have longer to wait for more credible signs of life on Mars, but there is hope.

In December last year, NASA scientists revealed evidence of water having been on the surface much more recently than previously thought.

"We have characterized a very ancient, but strangely new 'gray Mars' where conditions once were favorable for life," said John Grotzinger, Mars Science Laboratory project scientist at the California Institute of Technology.

"Curiosity is on a mission of discovery and exploration, and as a team we feel there are many more exciting discoveries ahead of us in the months and years to come."

"A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment," added Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program. "From what we know now, the answer is yes."

au.news.yahoo.com  31 May 2013

NASA has the roots of a government military organisation.

Military organisations and informing the public are not words that are generally used in one sentence, as there is a significant conflict of interest of informing the plebs what the government military are doing.

History will recall all too many incidents where governments provide false information to the public.

There may have well been life on Mars, maybe even not that long ago, but it is how truthful the authorities are that matters.

Only not too long ago the plebs were told (by the authorities) not to venture out to sea, as the world is flat, when the authorities knew all to well that world is a sphere.

Centrelink calls in debt collectors to chase 99-year-old

CENTRELINK has called in debt collectors to chase a 99-year-old who had been overpaid $7700 in the aged pension, the Auditor-General has discovered. 
 
The debt collectors were unleashed before Christmas, just six weeks after the pensioner managed to pay back $2085.

The nonagenarian had been receiving overseas pension payments, on top of the Australian pension.

The Auditor-General also revealed yesterday that Centrelink had spent 22 years trying to recover $9400 it overpaid in unemployment benefits.

The debtor paid back $2638 last April but was referred to debt collectors in November.

The Auditor-General's report, tabled in Federal Parliament yesterday, reveals that debt collection agencies Dun & Bradstreet and Recoveries Corporation chased 152,682 Australians for debts totalling $368 million in the six months to February this year.

Centrelink's biggest outstanding debt was $197,485, paid to an aged pensioner who lived overseas for 15 years.

The agencies collected $114 million last financial year - just 16 per cent of the value of debts referred to them by Centrelink.

The report shows 7015 people still owe Centrelink more than $10,000 - with the average debt $20,000.

National Welfare Rights Network president Maree O'Halloran yesterday questioned why debt collectors had been sent after a 99-year-old.

"You wonder about the efficacy of it, and the human part of someone being hassled and harassed at 99 years of age," she said.

Ms O'Halloran said the debts were rarely deliberate.

"It's almost always someone's made a mistake - either Centrelink or the person (receiving the payment)," she said.

The report shows Centrelink "over-recovered" debts from 7021 Australians, who ended up paying back $6.3 million more than they were supposed to.

People on welfare benefits are able to pay back their debts gradually, usually through a 15 per cent reduction in their payments.

But those who find a job are referred to debt collectors if they fail to pay back the debt within 42 days.

The debt collection agencies are paid a commission - estimated at $8 million this financial year - based on how much cash they recover.

The report shows that nearly one million Australians owe Centrelink money - including 279,103 families overpaid the family tax benefit and 286,121 unemployed people paid too much in Newstart allowance.
Nearly half the debts are more than two years old.

One in eight people used a credit card to pay back the money.

news.com.au 31 May 2013

Debt collection in Australia is illegal.

Corpau has obtained information from legal sources that urged to maintain strict anonymity with regards to the matter.

This is literally a legal secret kept from the masses, as "revealing the mysteries of government*" is not on the agenda.
 
* - See corpau article:
  
Political Economy of the Mass Media - Stupid Man 

Face it, Eddie is one of the AFL's untouchables

If Eddie McGuire's mindless and zoned-out media moment taught us anything then surely the obvious lesson is that some individuals in this great game remain greater than the game itself.


Offering one's resignation has become something of a habit for club chiefs during this tumultuous and scandal-ridden AFL season, but there was no better bet than McGuire on Thursday winning the backing of his board and the endorsement of league chief Andrew Demetriou.

The AFL chief executive admitted he had spoken too soon in playing down the hurtful racist remark aimed at Adam Goodes on Triple M breakfast radio early on Wednesday, but the fact remained that Demetriou's default position was to defend McGuire.

Collingwood will not suspend McGuire any more than Essendon will stand down James Hird. Had McGuire's name been Greg Westaway (St Kilda) or Steve Harris (Fremantle) he would have stepped down by now at the very least pending a racial vilification charge - which Demetriou confirmed for McGuire on Thursday.

Had Matthew Knights, not Hird, overseen the pharmacologically experimental program at Essendon, never adequately checked nor controlled and which still sees players not fully aware of what they have taken and facing bans from anti-doping authorities, then he would be finished.

But Hird is too big and has chosen to place himself above his club, believing himself now to be its saviour. Only the AFL has the strength to take on the Essendon legend but the prevailing view is that the league too remains beholden to the court of public opinion.

It must at the very least discipline McGuire. Goodes as it stood on Thursday had no intention of further mediation with the Collingwood president given the two had already spoken and McGuire's apology had been reluctantly accepted by the Swans champion.

Goodes told his coach he planned to play on Saturday and believes for now that he has said enough. Most people thought after last Saturday Goodes had said enough for his entire career. McGuire on the other hand has barely stopped talking since his hurtful comment.

If McGuire has escaped lightly in tangible terms, the same cannot be said for Matt Rendell, the former Adelaide recruiting chief who was sacked by the Crows 15 months ago following a private meeting with two AFL officials in which Rendell allegedly invoked a scenario in which only indigenous players with one white parent would be taken by clubs.

Rendell has always denied much of what was attributed to him as well as the tone of the conversation but he was sacked no sooner than the media exposed him.

McGuire has pointed to his strong history fighting indigenous causes; Rendell too could claim that. But he lost his job. That is how it is when you deeply offend members of a race that has been bullied and mistreated and discriminated against for two centuries now.

It is true that McGuire has been publicly pilloried and humiliated - although his discomfort was nothing compared with Goodes, who must continue to demonstrate leadership in a different form at the SCG on Saturday.

But surely the day draws nearer for the AFL to demonstrate the leadership the game expects of it and do so without discriminating against the lesser lights nor favouring the powerful.

theage.com.au 31 May 2013

A typical example of how racism is condoned by the 'authorities'.

Eddie McGuire should have been sacked on the spot.

In the real world of the masses, one would be given notice immediately for this kind of remark.

Australia's Anglo-Masonic Westminster legal system IS racist, but behind closed doors.

Moon may harbour alien minerals: Study

MINERALS found in craters on the Moon may be remnants of asteroids that slammed into it and not, as long believed, the satellite's innards exposed by such impacts, a study says. 

Moon 
The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, cast doubt on the little we knew of what the Moon is actually composed of.

It had long been thought that meteoroids vaporise on impact with large celestial bodies.

Unusual minerals like spinel and olivine found in many lunar craters, but rarely on the Moon's surface, were therefore attributed to the excavation of sub-surface lunar layers by asteroid hits.

Olivine and spinel are common components of asteroids and meteorites, and have been found on the floors and around the central peaks of lunar craters like Copernicus, Theophilus and Tycho that are around 100 kilometres (63 miles) in diameter.

A team from China and the United States simulated the formation of Moon craters and found that at impact velocities under 12 kilometres per second a projectile may survive the impact, though fragmented and deformed.

"We conclude that some unusual minerals observed in the central peaks of many lunar impact craters could be exogenic (external) in origin and may not be indigenous to the Moon," they wrote.

Co-author Jay Melosh from Purdue University in Indiana, said the finding answers the conundrum exposed by earlier studies which said craters the size of Copernicus were not big enough to have dredged up the contents of the Moon's deep, interior mantle.

"It also warns planetary scientists not to use the composition of the central peaks of craters as a guide to the interior of the Moon, whose dominant mineral might not be olivine," he told AFP.

On Earth, spinel and olivine create rare gemstones like peridot.

In an article commenting on the study, Erik Asphaug of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, said the theory meant that material excavated from Earth by large impacts during the planet's early days may still be found on the Moon.

The scattered material was known to have hit the Moon at velocities as slow as 2 km/s and should have survived, if the study's assumptions are correct.

This suggested yet another explanation for the existence of spinels on the Moon, said Asphaug: They came from Earth.

"Even more provocative is the suggestion that we might someday find Earth's protobiological materials, no longer available on our geologically active and repeatedly recycled planet, in dry storage up in the lunar 'attic'.

"Certainly, the potential of finding early Earth material is emerging as one of the primary motivations for a return to the Moon by human astronauts in our ongoing search for the origin of life."

Unlike the Earth's crust, which is repeatedly recycled through the process of plate tectonics, the Moon's hard crust dates back billions of years, offering clues to the formation of the solar system, including Earth.

news.com.au 27 May 2013

Second man accuses police officer of assaulting him

A POLICE officer accused of bashing a suspect with a torch pepper-sprayed a handcuffed man less than two months earlier. 
 
Internal investigations cleared Leading Senior Constable Nathan Warrick of wrongdoing in both incidents, although the use of the spray was deemed "a poor option".

Leigh Harnden contacted the Herald Sun after reading a report about Geoffrey Craig Barnes' claim that his cheek was torn open by the torch-wielding officer and he was humiliated by being paraded in his underwear.
Mr Barnes is suing the state and Sen-Constable Warrick and another officer, claiming he was repeatedly assaulted, falsely imprisoned, humiliated, threatened, and locked in a cell for more than five hours, and then freed without being questioned about any offence or being legally arrested.

Mr Harnden said he was arrested after a disagreement with his ex-partner about his children's housing but was not charged. He is seeking legal advice about launching his own action.

Mr Harnden complained at the time to Victoria Police's ethical standards division about his treatment by police at Wyndham Vale in February 2010, saying Sen-Constable Warrick sprayed him in the face while he was handcuffed and under arrest; deliberately pushed him backwards into the rear of the divisional van, causing to him to hit his face on the door; and injured his left thumb and wrist while handcuffing him.

Mr Harnden's complaint was forwarded to local detectives, who found none of the allegations to be substantiated. They said Sen-Constable Warrick "acted in accordance with the law and accepted police practices, with the exception of (his) use of the OC spray".

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Steve Daniliuk found Mr Harnden's injures were the result of his lawful arrest, with no evidence they were due to deliberate acts.

"The use of OC spray on this occasion was in response to a perceived threat of violence. However, its use would appear to be a poor option and one that I have recommended should be addressed through workplace guidance and training," he said.

Sen-Constable Warrick remains on active duty and will defend any case brought by Mr Barnes.

Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said police managers had given the officer guidance about the use of OC spray.

news.com.au 29 May 2013

More brutality in the hands of the police which is supported by government and therefore the law courts of Australia.

The role of the police is to keep the herd population under control.

This is done by whatever means necessary.