by 'fraudulent' marine park science"The so-called science that the government uses
to justify marine parks has been shown to be a fraud and in fact
could be doing more harm than good. Government is accused of
pandering to city dwelling Green party voters whilst avoiding
real threats to environment that would be hard to implement,
like getting agriculture to stop using poisonous chemicals that
run off into the sea. TCP first made this charge in issue # 4
over 6 years ago. "It claimed that authors said things
in their papers which they did not say. That is worse than plagiarism
- it's as bad as it gets in the scientific community."
More on the story.
Government to increase
Spying on Internet, AGAIN! Internet
freedom organisations are outraged at this latest invasion of
basic privacy and presumption of guilt. The government wants
to have everyone's web browsing history at their fingertips at
all times for any reason. The potential for political abuse of
this is profound. More here and here for another report.
Australian Customs throws
innocent man in jail.... A
Darwin man who spent three nights in jail over two bottles of
shampoo and conditioner wants an apology from Customs. ABC report here.
Australian Customs is at it again!
Customs is now requiring
people entering Australia to declare any porn. The problem is
defining porn and it is not illegal anyway. Those trafficking
in child porn are not expected to declare it (well dah!!) and
many are concerned at having customs searching their private
computer files to make THEIR judgment on it's legality. More. Customs claims no one cares and no
"formal" complaints made. more. But this person claims their "life
ruined" by the governments action. Sounds like a "formal"
complaint... read more and see what you think.
Finally Revealed! "some
Government departments have been paying Google millions of dollars".
Our government is using tax money to manipulate google searches.
more. TCP was the victim of government influence
of Google in 2007 when TCP articles critical of Australian Customs
Service were bumped off the search engine when they had been
on the first page of search for "australian customs".
Sailor rescued from her dismasted vessel.
"Within a few minutes of
being on board the fishing boat, I was already getting calls
from the press," she wrote.
More from Team Abby Website
"I don't know how they got the number but it seems everybody
is eager to pounce on my story now that something bad has happened.
"There are plenty of things people can think of to blame
for my situation; my age, the time of year and many more. The
truth is, I was in a storm and you don't sail through the Indian
Ocean without getting in at least one storm.
"It wasn't the time of year it was just a Southern Ocean
storm. Storms are part of the deal when you set out to sail around
"As for age, since when does age create gigantic waves and
Jessica Watson at Sydney
Harbour with Mum looking on and sailing into Mooloolaba today,
In an incredible act of hypocrisy,
Queensland Premier to make political points welcoming Jessica
home from a voyage the state of Queensland tried to stop! September
26th 09 .. "The Queensland Government has told the parents
of 16-year-old Jessica Watson that she should abandon an attempt
to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world."
See original ABC report And
NOW they say.. "What better day than Queensland Day to be
out there in force, out there in pink saying welcome home Jess,"
she (Premier Anna Bligh) said. See the ABC report.
A Message for the
On this Easter Sunday I would like to address
a thing that has been on my mind for some time and the recent
antics of the catholic hierarchy have made it impossible to be
To those priest, bishops, popes and paedophiles
that make up the catholic church: I have had it with you. Ive
always believed in tolerance(look it up). In spite of the churches
attempts over the years to shove their weird dogma into my life,
I have still let them go on while they aim to control what I
read, what I view on the internet and even when they attempt
to control the wombs of my wife and daughter.. But no more.
A message to the catholic church... The
number two sin in the world... Forget the ten commandments, though
you play fast and loose with those too, the number two sin in
the world is the intentional destruction of a childs innocence,
particularly by rape.
The number one sin in the world? Facilitating
and covering up for the number two crowd. Being an accessory
after the fact. Allowing a child rapist to attack again.. and
again... Any person high in the catholic church that says they
didnt know there were these kinds of problems in the priesthood
is a liar on top of their other sins because no one could be
The church and its minions have tried
to portray criticism of the pope and the church as atheists
that are out to get them. Wrong dickhead, stop trying to portray
the perpetrator as the victim, its people with children
that hate paedophiles and rapist and their facilitators. Its
about hating the crime. A particularly vicious and harmful kind.
Like the rape of over 200 deaf children in the US. The perpetrators
were protected and shifted around. Who was at the helm for this
one atrocity... Ratzinger. How many other times was the welfare
of innocent children superseded by the needs of the church?
I have read the bible and understand its
plain message, I dont need to have it interpreted for me,
the actions of the catholic church are not Christian, they are
the actions of a criminal organisation. They are about money,
Paedophiles must be identified and removed
from the presence of potential victims immediately. If a repeat
offender then they must be incarcerated and or castrated for
the protection of the innocents. Their rights end the moment
they rape a child. Their crimes can not be undone. Every persons
duty is to protect the children. Its that simple.
To protect the church at the expense of
children puts one in the number one category of crime. So go
ahead and spout off how unfair it is to criticise the poor old
man in the gold robes... I reckon its good to know who
you are and where you stand.
These are the people who claim to have
the ear of God???? OH Please!!
Please note that this text in no way refers
to Catholic laity. From the friendships I have made over the
years, I would suggest that if the priesthood had half the moral
integrity of the laity, the children would be safe.
Borders" places Australia on Freedom of Speech Danger List
march 12 10
Among the countries under surveillance
are several democracies: Australia, because of the upcoming implementation
of a highly developed Internet filtering system, and South Korea,
where draconian laws are creating too many specific restrictions
on Web users by challenging their anonymity and promoting selfcensorship. more
Wants Same Internet Power as China march 12 10
Google says it will not "voluntarily"
comply with the government's request that it censor YouTube videos
in accordance with broad "refused classification" (RC)
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy referred to Google's censorship
on behalf of the Chinese and Thai governments in making his case
for the company to impose censorship locally.
Google warns this would lead to the removal of many politically
controversial, but harmless, YouTube clips. more here
to allow police to do random body searches!
march 12 10
Proposed new law even to repressive for
Joe Hockey to swallow.
"A senior Federal Liberal MP has
criticised a push by state and territory governments to increase
police powers, saying it threatens individual liberty.
Joe Hockey used a speech to the Grattan Institute in Melbourne
last night to take aim at state governments trying to crack down
on crime by granting police the power to conduct random searches.
"Surely Australian interpretation of liberty extends to
the right of an individual to go about their daily business without
being subject to a random body search by police," he said."
Chairman to control reportage on the ABC march 12 10
"With just one speech, the ABCs
chairman has returned the national broadcaster to the days of
having a politically interventionist board running a culture
wars agenda and he has done it by trashing the editorial independence
of some of this countrys finest journalists.
Newman a former stockbroker and businessman
with no professional experience as a journalist or broadcaster has
not only insulted the editorial judgement of his senior
staff, he has used warped logic to do it." more here
site censored?? It could happen. transferred
from home page march 7th
TCP urges Australians to learn what our
government is planning to do with your access to information.
Conservative, right wing religious forces in our government are
attempting to control what you can read or view. Using pornography
as a cover, just like China does, our government will implement
a protocol that may be used to block anything it's secret panel
wishes blocked and the list of sites blocked will also be secret.
This will happen if you don't take responsibility for our future.
click here for more...
Feb 09 09 A Prediction.. Election to be Called Soon??
Last weeks call by the reserve bank NOT
to raise interest rates threw egg on the face of virtually every
economist that bothered to predict what they would do. Reason
being it was the only responsible thing to do in the opinion
of many, including us. The financial community had their say
by trashing the aussie $$ which gave away about 10% to the greenback.
Kay made the call, they are going to call an early election.
she might be right but if she is it screams political interference
in the reserve bank wanting to allowing the government to campaign
on financial management to offset their liabilities on Conroy's
internet censorship and the carbon trading/global warming issues,
regardless of the financial interests of the country. We'll soon
feb 08 09 Adobe "Flash Player" is computer spyware.
Spyware being defined as a program launched
into a computer that may send data on the computers use to the
maker or user of the program without the explicite knowledge
of the computer owner and especially if it is installed without
the computer owners permission. A quote from an article, "Spotlight:
Internet cookies bite back"
There's a more persistent kind of cookie
called a Local Shared Object [LSO] or "flash" cookie
small files stored on your computer by Web sites with
Adobe Flash media, such as video clips. Flash cookies can back
up data stored in regular cookies. So, using the browser controls
to delete cookies won't affect this "flash" variety.
Adobe's Web site offers ways to control or delete Flash cookies.
Firefox browser users can get an add-on to detect them.
Even "normal" computer cookies
can be used to make you pay more... TCP looked at the adobe
site to see if we could clean their LSO's out of one of our computers
that had it installed without permission but was unable to locate
edited Feb 8th 09 Your Media Lies to You Every Day and
They Do it Because You Let Them!
Some US media (think Fox) and virtually
all Australian Media feed you daily doses of utter rot. Some
you probably catch and you think you know which is which but
the truth is you would have to be enormously diligent not to
get taken in a lot of the time. Need a gross example? Well here
is one... "A Current Affair"(ACA) is a highly rated
Australian TV show. In cooperation with police recently televised
a video clip purporting to show a "hoon" driver in
criminal acts that they used to create fear and distrust and
support for police to control these dangerous drivers(think justification
for even more repressive enforcement). The problem was it was
a lie. The video was an old "youtube" thing that was
done as an application for a position on a popularTV show, "Top
is the story on the site "Crikey". But they didn't
stop there... they had to follow it up the next day to compound
the lie. ACA and NSW
Police digging a hole over fake hoon story Here
for More. There was a story a couple of weeks ago, quoting
a statement by one of Queenslands biggest bullshitters, minister
for misinformation, Paul Lucas, slamming the youth/backpacker
van hire company "wicked". The
story and his statement said that all except 4 vans were pulled
off duty in Queensland due to safety inspections which was
absolute rubbish. The
owner of the company disputed Lucas's claim and in fact I
was at the town of 1770 that weekend and personally saw twice
as many of the companies vans there than what Lucas claimed were
still on the road. Lucas has slammed the sailing community in
similar fashion in years past. At least Wicked Vans had their
reply published later but not without Lucas getting the last
twisted word. This was an example of very poor journalism on
the part of the ABC. Wicked vans should have been contacted for
reply before the original allegation was published.
The Coastal Passage will never
print rubbish on behalf of government or advertisers or because
getting it right is 'too hard'..
Every publishing cycle, we are contacted by vendors who want
editorial space as a condition for their advertising buck. Soon
after we refuse the material we see it published in things like
multihulls 2 U or cleat to sheet or heads 2
holding tank or whatever... as editorial content, and that
is what "journalism" has been reduced to in Australia.
Editorial for sale, and if an advertiser can't be bothered with
providing their own propaganda, a staff hack can always be hired
for cheap. Even when they try they usually fail to get it right.
Real journalism is hard work, it's not printing press releases
The Coastal Passage can not be bought and
the papers gets it's facts right. If you question why TCP coverage
differs from other publications and that makes you wonder, consider
this; TCP has never had to make a correction of fact. Others
have. Multihull world had the emabarrasment of the "Multihaven"
fiasco, and Cruising Helmsman was forced to pay TCP money and
make correction last year. Shiny paper does not accuracy make.
Dec 29 09 The "Moral Majority" has never been either
So, you think you live in a secular country?
Were that it were so. The latest incarnation of the religious
right's inclination for control is the internet "filter".
This is classic church intent, unchanged for a thousand years.
We have names for the periods when the churches powers were at
a zenith, "the dark ages" or "the inquisition"
and lest we forget the "crusades", especially the legendary
cruelty and exploitation of the "children's crusade".
I will contend that any time a person or people can justify any
lie or deceit to further their goal, their vision for perfection
of society by their definition, you have evil and tyranny. But
that was then and we live in a modern society with protections
and rights so we don't have to worry.... bullshit. The mainstream
media has no interest in bucking the churches quest for power
but occaisonaly an article sneaks into a back page or in an obscure
page like this one.... You are paying taxes to support religious
services and events. Your children are subject to indoctrination
by virtue of the fact that public schools have been severely
disadvantaged in funding with tax payer money pouring into church
controlled schools and even in your public schools religion is
taught and portrayed as virtuous. The churches already have much
control over mainstream media. Newspapers self censor out of
fear, TV is controlled literally by government which is controlled
by right wing religious nutters like Stephen Conroy, minister
for communications, who now brings us the so called "filter"
when 95% of the people who use the web(according to a poll conducted
by "The Age") hate the idea. The rational is to protect
children from child pornography which is absurd on the surface
of it and even more ridiculous to IT professionals. It's a sham.
They try to portray anyone opposed to the filter as a supporter
of child pornography, which I find personally offensive. I have
children, I respect children and the families that make sacrifices
for the benefit of children. I hate those that exploit or abuse
children and would treat paedophiles simply; chemical castration...
or other castration but surely and utterly prevented from ever
harming more than once. And for those that protect and conceal
those that abuse? The same. One could argue that the churches
have good reason to campaigning against child abuse.... they
This is not about protecting children but
everything to do with acquiring power and blocking dissent.
Dec 29 09 Beware
the debt trap Australia...
Australians as a whole think we are invulnerable
to the financial woes experienced by the USA. Think again. We
are amassing incredible debt and sooner or later it has to be
paid back... with interest. According
to this report at the ABC quoting Debt Adviser (that's an
occupation?), Dominique Grubisa, the average Australian now owes
$74,000 between mortgage and consumer debt like credit cards.
That amount of debt now exceeds the total GNP of the country.
Taking a guess at the proportion lets say about $15,000 of that
is credit card debt at 15% and the balance is all mortgage at
8%. Thats a generous outlook, but even so that means every adult
in Australia owes $6,970 in interest only! So for a couple in
a household, $13,940 a year. There is now an industry based on
selling debt to pay other debt. Who is the winner here?? And
how did it happen? And where is the money coming from??? And
what happens when it stops flowing?? I suggest people
are most vulnerable just when they think they are bullet proof.
DEC 6th 09 The elimination of the middle class
Think it can't happen in Australia? Well,
it is happening but not as fast as in the US. But a lot of people
know that what's happening in the US today is Australia's eventual
"Can you imagine an America without
a strong middle class? If you can, would it still be America
as we know it?
Today, one in five Americans is unemployed,
underemployed or just plain out of work. One in nine families
can't make the minimum payment on their credit cards. One in
eight mortgages is in default or foreclosure. One in eight Americans
is on food stamps. More than 120,000 families are filing for
bankruptcy every month. The economic crisis has wiped more than
$5 trillion from pensions and savings, has left family balance
sheets upside down, and threatens to put ten million homeowners
out on the street."
This link from the Huffington
Post in the US.
November 14th 09 The Mary River has been Saved!!... or has it?
And if it has been saved, was it because
of environmental concerns or a political expediant?
This morning as I fired up the browsing
computer to get the morning news fix with coffee in hand, Kay
walked into the room and looking over my shoulder at the headline
I was reading... "Water Found on the Moon", without
the slightest hesitation she remarked, " Anna Bligh will
be after that, she'll be putting a dam up there." I just
about fell out of the chair laughing..
November 14th Courier Mail Does it Again?
Whenever the government is in trouble there
is always the News LTD papers to bail them out with another fanciful
"report"(?). In Todays paper there is an article on
how generously the people were treated that had to sell out to
the state for the dam reserve that is now (hopefully) defunct.
"Price Drops For Dam Land" The article
gives 3 examples of homes in Kandanga, claiming their value at
"only" $120,000 whilst the state had given them $157K
to $265K. So before we flew out of the house with our cheque
books to scoop up a couple of these bargains we had a look at
and got another lesson in how little that paper relies on facts.
We could find no listing less than $250,000. Two of the three
examples listed in the article were on Main street. We looked
up the page on the
web site that reports recent sales and according to them
the last house sold on Main street was for $440,000! HMMmmm...
The average price for recent sales (6) in Kandanga was $529,917.
Actual accounts from locals suggests that
the opposite of the thrust of the article is true. People were
bullied into selling cheap and now that it is over (hopefully)
the state is in a position to profit by the sales of the land...
unless it goes to mates of burearocrats.. but that would be corrupt
of course.. so that won't happen... right?
October 21st... edited October 24 ... Can You Trust Australian Media?
The rest of the media is starting to catch
up with TCP's concerns. Here is a copy (word
doc or PDF or original
source) of the report made by an SBS reporter lamenting the
lack of freedom of access for independent media in Afghanistan
and Iraq. A quote from the report; Major actions have been
and continue to take place without any information at all being
released to the press and the Australian public until well after
the event, if at all. The only information we get is filtered
through second-hand accounts given to "friendly" journalists
such as News Limited's Ian McPhedran. Nothing approaching real,
factual and balanced reporting of these ongoing and significant
operations is possible given the current constraints on press
access to these units.
In the current issue of American Newsweek
source) the Murdoch/News LTD papers in the US are under serious
attack for their performance over the years. The US has a lot
of News LTD papers and broadcast media but nothing like the virtual
monopoly that exists in Australia. If you have developed an opinion
concerning any item you read in a News LTD source you have likely
been manipulated. This may seem a strong statement but it is
based on my own experience. I consider myself a sophisticated
news reader with a sensitive bullshit-o-metre... but I have found
myself buying into their rubbish on occasion. For just a short
while, I bought into the children overboard fiasco. It
is embarrassing to admit now, but they did it the old fashioned
way, by appealing to my lowest instincts, my own bigotry that
allowed me to believe these people were so foul they would throw
their own children in the water to take advantage of our official's
better character. As we now know (all but a few hard core red
necks in far north Queensland) the exact opposite was true. When
the government tried that again to get elected, the Haneef affair,
the full force of the Murdoch media wasn't enough to pull off
that lie again. So we elected the phoney little choirboy from
Queensland and now he works closely with News LTD...
Not convinced yet? How about what the reporters
themselves say? Here is an excerpt from a leaked internal memo
source) from the reporters at the Adelaide Advertiser, the
original News LTD paper, and management; Reporters feel there
is a lack of reasonable direction and leadership from management...
Management often dictates an editorial line it wants reporters
to take that is in conflict with what our contacts say. Much
of a day can be wasted trying to find one person to say what
management wants them to say. This is not reporting, it is
I need to note that there are excellent
people on the News LTD payroll, but these are generally columnists,
not reporters.. Also, not every city is controlled by the News
LTD monopoly, Fairfax media is conservative and has to compete
in a market shaped by News but still manages some independence
but some areas like Brisbane and the Gold Coast in Queensland
are totally News LTD.
In short... if you believe the country
is on the wrong track, look to our media and who runs the show
because we have been sold out.
Jessica Watson and SY
I have been getting emails asking why I
haven't commented on this yet. The answer is because I haven't
been able to trust the information that has been available from
'both' sides. That is the government sources quoted in News LTD
media and statements issued by her publicists. Talk about a pile
of bullshit! But one thing I am certain of; The Queensland Government/MSQ, has no legal and
certainly no moral authority to publicly or privately criticise
any aspect of the girls voyage! And another I strongly suspect; was the states intervention
in this private matter a cheap attempt to dislodge the otherwise
top story of their own police chief caught out with allegations
of misconduct that if proved should see him imprisoned for years???
They wouldn't play cheap politics with this persons life now
would they?? choke cough....
In any case, the word of super sailors
like Don McIntyre and Joe Akacich means much more to me than
a bunch of low life politicians with an ax to grind and scores
to settle, and they reckon she is better than ready.
Advise to Jessica from TCP??
1, Stop speaking through the publicity
machine! Make statements direct to the Australian people. Your
honesty and abilities will shine through the bull.
2, Sail conservatively, reef most of the
time, but then you already knew that.
3, Be very hesitant in taking anyones advise...
this included. You are a sailor born, best of luck to you.
September 13, 0640 hours
Traveston Dam gets green
Quoted from the ABC; Queensland's Coordinator-General has signed off
on the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal for the state's south-east,
more than three years after project was announced.
In his final report, Colin Jensen has outlined extensive environmental
conditions under which he believes the proposed $1.5 billion
dam near Gympie could be built.
They include increasing vegetated areas around the Mary River
and its tributaries and establishing islands and sand refuges
for the Mary river turtle.
Premier Anna Bligh says federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett
should decide whether to approve the dam by November.
This info was released to the Brisbane
paper, The Sunday Mail much earlier than other media. Was this
because they could count on the Murdock paper to be... supportive?
NAH.. they wouldn't do something sleazy like that...
This is a familiar topic around casa de
Norson. First of all... this is not about drought proofing the
residents of Queensland, it is about coal mining and money!
People from outside Australia may be very surprised to find
out that Queensland is actually building desalination plants.
The most costly and environmentally destructive means of supplying
water possible. We don't need water because of the (former) drought
or increased population though it is always good practise to
conserve, we need water because a grid was put in place recently
to take our water north to the coal mines.
This is a quote from a mining study
done six years ago; "Access
to a reliable source of water is an essential requirement for
coal mines. Even those mines that do not wash their product through
a preparation plant need significant quantities for dust management,
drilling, human consumption and numerous other uses. Current
corporate reports provide statistics showing that approximately
200L of fresh water can be consumed for every tonne of coal produced,
although that can vary both upwards and downwards according to
operating practice and circumstances. The transformation of this
fresh water to dirty water which must then be managed through
the mines systems and storages generates additional challenges.
In Central Queensland the combination of extended drought conditions,
continued new coal developments, a beleaguered agricultural sector
and a new regulatory regime for managing water has placed the
issue at the top of the public agenda. Water availability is
now a limiting factor on development in the region." Click here for the 11 page report
in PDF. Click here to view a report done
by TCP 5 years ago on the waste water problem and related environmental
Since that report, coal mining in Queensland
may have better than doubled. Certainly it has increased substantialy.
So.. where are they now getting this water that was the "limiting
factor on development in the region" six years ago...
answer? They took yours! And now you pay for desalinated water,
and stand by and watch whilst they (state government, bought
and paid for by the miners) dam the most sensitive estuary system
in Australia after the Murry River (which has already been destroyed),
and tell you it is for the poor old blokes in Brisbane who just
want to water their garden. Oh yeah.. they will tell it's a matter
of jobs... their answer to everything. And they tell the truth!
With the miners making billions, you might get a low wage when
it trickles down, and all you have to do is give away something
that isn't yours, the next generation's future.
If this dam goes through, the Great Sandy
Straits and Fraser Island will be irrevocably changed in a few
years. The Mary River, which is the main fresh water source for
this system, will be nothing but a tidal gully. This will be
the final nail in the coffin of the Great Barrier Reef as the
straits and Hervey Bay was the biggest and last breeding area
for species requiring estuary systems for reproduction and spawning.
August 28, Australia
Oh shocker... donno what they are talking
about? According to the UN representative, the act of taking
control of a peoples property and income among other issues is
a clear violation of human rights. "In my opinion,
as currently configured and carried out, the emergency response
is incompatible with Australia's obligations under the convention
of elimination of forms of racial discrimination and the international
convention on political rights," But of course the
government insists it is all about protecting children.. well
the government has had a million opportunities to help black
children and hasn't given a shit until it meant seizing land
and cash... then it is a paramount issue! http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/27/2668915.htm
Howard 'fear-mongering' on
bill of rights
And no one has done more to extinguish
rights around the place then that elitists little worm that did
this in the first place and now comes out swinging against the
whole country having guaranteed rights... the biggest bag of
blowhard bullshit since Menzies. "Australia is the only
liberal democracy left to not have formal human rights protection,"
says Amnesty International. Thanks to John Howard who thinks
he and his mates should be the ones to decide what rights people
have (and anyone who contradicts him is "elitist"!?)
we have the travesty of Customs boarding Australian vessels in
Australian waters, Independent news a memory and internet freedom
under grave attack. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/27/2668611.htm
And if this is any example of the activities
of our armed forces, we are in deep shit! If
ever there were an example of loutish, immature and downright
STUPID behaviour.. this is it... and these people they let have
So.. the government wants to know where
the bloody hell all the tourist have gone? Seems
more might be missing than can be accounted for by the economic
situation... so they ask "Who the bloody hell are we".
How about.. we are the paranoid punishment freaks that are reverting
back to convict days and you better bloody well like it! Well.
so much for that approach, it might not be working.... http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/26/2667137.htm?section=justin
Aug 18; Sometimes the news business is so slow and boring you
wonder why you even look at it.... and then some days it goes
by you like a freight train.
Internet Security! Some cop with typical attitude went into a rave
about how evil the web is it should be shut down... but the reader
responses were interesting.. A few had a clue but the amount
of ignorence on the part of computer users is surprising and
concerning. See this TCP page for
information on "the dark side".... http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/17/2657529.htm?section=justin
But I have the answer to the whole problem...
Make supplying, selling or distributing software in any fashion
without detailed description of what the product actually does,
a crime. Like it was a food product. Almost all computer virus
occurs from users installing software that does many things other
than what the user is being told, and that begins with Microsoft,
the people that brought you updates and a need for
anit-virus protection, and all the other popular
means of invading your privacy.
Queensland Corruption! Watch the weekend news. Thats when stories the
government doesn't want you to see come out. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/16/2657163.htm?section=justin
A big resort development was rejected by the state governments
new found concern for the environment? Bullshit, the media was
unto the fact there was so much corruption involved that to continue
would virtually guarantee that there would be another affair
like the recently convicted minister, Nuttal.
Our courts are the tool of
corruption. Australian Judiciary
is a joke. If it's you against the government or a person with
influence in government (regular briber.. er party contributer)
you are toast. Even our old friend Paul Hogan is getting the
shaft. The ATO (like the US IRS) has been in Paul's shit for
years but has never made a case. However, they did manage to
convince the court to release all his private financial
records to the media in spite of never having charged him with
an offence. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/16/2657244.htm?section=justin
From Time Magazine... (August 24) for the
second issue running, this time in an article about Nobel winner
Steven Chu on global warming, it was mentioned how important
it is to have a light coloured roof on your house. We worked
that out years ago from refitting our old steel boat and finding
the difference between the grey primered and white finish coat
temperature. Every building we have owned since has been painted
white to great benefit. One sloppy coat of white acrylic paint
will profoundly reduce heat on a tin roof, or tile for that matter.
Wednesday, the 29th,
What kind of a political thug would try
this on in the 21st century? From
"The Council for Civil Liberties
says proposed by-laws for Alice Springs are unconstitutional.
A new rule would require a person who
is "apparently intending to publicise a view about a particular
issue" to apply for a permit from the Town Council. "
Any moron that has gone as far as 4th grade
knows that is evil and wrong.
"Fitzgerald warning puts power brokers
in a spin"
Some of Queensland's most powerful people
have been rocked by corruption buster Tony Fitzgerald's scathing
analysis that the state is slipping back to its dark past.
The man who headed the Queensland corruption
inquiry that resulted in sweeping reforms 20 years ago, says
cronyism and secret deals remain alive and well.
For a lot of people that's news, for me
at TCP that's DUHH!! No Shit Sherlock! I didn't think I would
ever see an election stolen right in front of my eyes... but
I have in Queensland. AND IT WAS DONE LEGALLY! Well, more or
less. Lets just say the laws were made in an obvious manner to
facilitate. And who was the winner? A bunch of local crooks made
out pretty good in a petty low rent fashion but the big winner
was a mining company. The recent corruption conviction of former
minister Nuttal was nothing. The dumbstruck look on his face
when he got popped said it all. He thought he had the perfect
right to extort cash for favours from mining executives...
Mr Fitzgerald said in part; "Neither
side of politics is interested in these issues except for short-term
political advantage as each enjoys or plots impatiently for its
turn at the privileges and opportunities which accompany power."
He's nicer than me, the way I've been saying it for years
is, they are all pigs and their only goal in life is to feed
at the best end of the trough.
See the courier mail
The Queensland government, starting with
the Sheldon- Borbridge abortion back in 96 and really making
headway under the Beattie regime, systematically dismantled all
the safe guards put in place after Mr Fitzgerald exposed the
corruption of the Jo government. For readers outside Australia
or younger readers, virtually every minister in the mess was
corrupted, blatantly and openly. The state was run like a crime
syndicate. The Chief of police was running the prostitution and
gambling and Russ Hinze was shaking down every government contract.
Everything had a price. Development approvals? Roads contract?
This is a good outline of the issue.. Tony
Kock in the Australian
Volumes could be written of the current
corruption from what I know... imagine what the total is...