Monday, June 30, 2014

The Afghan Crisis


England and Russia.

Late cable news informs us that the Afghan frontier difficulty has been definitely settled, the protocol of the agreement between England and Russia having been signed by the two powers.

ENGLAND AND RUSSIA. (1885, September 15). Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1881 - 1907), p. 2. TROVE


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Queensland, where alpacas come to die

Isn't it a wonderful world. Isn't Queensland a wonderful state.

Here you can beat a couple of animals to death a get a pat on the back for it.

We allow a couple of idiots to beat two alpacas to death and just give them a slap on the wrist, now go away and don't do it again.

What is wrong with the judicatory ?
Are they asleep at the wheel ?
All the lights are on and no one is home ?

I am definitely not an animal rights campaigner, but this is just ludicrous. The dictionary says in the definition of ludicrous 'amazingly absurd'.
We pay the judicatory a small fortune to give us judgments like this. If I made such a judgment during my working day, I would get my arse fired out the door.
The Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says "He didn't spend any time in jail at all, and we do feel that's disappointing."
DISAPPOINTING ?????
What, is the boss scared that this judge will throw him in jail for being disrespectful of his court ?

These few words here don't even come close to what I am thinking of this judge.

Judge Judy does a better job

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tunnels and who should pay for them


Tunnel failures drive Gongestion tax Calls

by ANDREW MACDONALD in theCourier Mail 23/2/1913



AN inner-Brisbane congestion charge should be considered as a traffic-busting way to fund fufure large-scale infrastrucfure projects, say experts. The call for the reignition of debate over the politically volatile road-use tariff comes as Airport Link this week became Brisbane's second multi-billion-dollar tunnel project to financially collapse.

University of Queensland economist Professor John Quiggin said current tolling was falling short of revenue and congestion-reduction objectives and debate over introducing targeted charges for drivers on our most clogged roads during peak periods should be restarted.

He said the rethink could also involve reducing or scrapping tolls on the new roads to encourage use and further reduce congestion.

"The basic idea is that if you look at the way we charge for roads at the moment we (toll) the nicest newest roads, which are the ones that we would like people to use," he said. "So we're taking people off the roads that we want them on and putting them on to the roads that we don't want them on. A congestion charge has the merit of (being) relatively straightforward to collect and it picks out the busiest area."

Prof Quiggin said despite logical arguments for a congestion tariff, few politicians or interest groups were willing to champion or initiate debate.

Targeted charges for driving in specific zones near the centres of major cities like London, Stockholm and Singapore have become accepted means of reducing congestion, while also providing revenue for other projects.

In Australia individuals like former Treasury boss Ken Henry have also floated congestion charges to generate revenue for projects.

However, Premier Campbell Newman has strongly opposed such fees and his office yesterday referred a query on the issue to Transport Minister Scott Emerson.

Mr Emerson's office said a congestion charge was not a current consideration.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk "strongly opposed" such a charge, his office said.
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A few points to consider.
1.    don't we already pay a huge sum of money every year to register our vehicles
                What's that for, so they can have biscuits and tea every day or is it to build and maintain roads
2.    have a congestion tax so they can do away with the tolls on the tunnels
                have you ever seen a pig knock back food
3.    who dreams up these numbers for usage when these tunnels are built
                what, do they use a dart board, no, it is just the greedy high flyers thinking about how much money they would like to make
4.    "
A congestion charge has the merit of (being) relatively straightforward to collect"
                oh yeah, and how long did it take them to figure out how to do the current tolling
I'm sure you will think of other points about this debacle.


  

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Email Scams and GUMTREE


If you are considering selling any items on GUMTREE (and probably on other sites as well) you should take a look at the   following post   on this blog.

There are a number of scamers out there, and a number of them seem to reside in the Malasya - Singapore area, and they are very cleaver at getting you started on talking to them. Once they do get you to respond, they will step up the pressure and try to get you to send money to them. Of course they will make all sorts of claims about dealing with PayPal and Western Union, but the end result is to separate you from your money.

If they do get you to send money, you can just kiss it good-bye. There is no known way to get it back. It will be gone.

Go   have a look at the post   and be for-warned.





Here are some links to other articles about the same problem.


What is SMS fraud?

 

This next one will explain how a scam can work, read point 5 carefully.

Learn how to protect yourself from gumtree scams 

  Stay up to date with this blog and hear the latest about these scamers. On the right hand side you will see where you can enter your email address and every time someone posts a new comment, you will receive a copy.


 


Saturday, October 20, 2012

How a bureaucrat fixes a traffic problem



Many years ago in another life in the wonderful state of Queensland we had a Premier named the Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Among other things Joh thought Queensland was the most wonderful place to live and he wanted other Australians to experience the same thing so he invited them all to come and live here, now we know that was a mistake, our infrastructure just won't cope with the number of cars on our roads.

However, in the Bligh government there was a bureaucrat who listened to his minister when the minister wanted something done about the traffic jams on the Bruce Highway coming into Brisbane from the north. 
 
The bureaucrat said to himself, I've got a bit of spare money in the bank, why don't we put up some signs telling the motorists how long it'll take to get to the next exit, that'll fix everything. And so, after spending approximately $4 million they erected four signs that tell you how many minutes it'll take you to get to the next exit. I wonder, given the current Newman government policies if that bureaucrat still takes home money out of the public purse.




Rather than spend 4 million on trying to fix the traffic problems we'll just tell people how long they have got to suffer and at the same time we'll tell them in the media every day that the suffering is going to go on for a lot longer and it's going to get a lot worse. 

 


$4 million well spent, don't you think!!!




  

Friday, September 14, 2012

Another Money Scam


This email arrived to-day,



Having received your Claim Application, I am writing to inform you that I am a delegate from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme and to notify you finally about your outstanding Compensation payment of $2,811,041.00 USD with identification number UPS/UNHSP/280/012. This compensation is being made for losses/damages as a result of accident or illness. For more information, contact the UPS Dispatch Officer with your Name, Resident Address and Telephone Number for the delivery of your cashier check.

 United Parcel Service (UPS) 
Contact Name: Robert Ayo 
Tel: +2347039278107 
E-mail: robertayo_upsdisp07@dgoh.org

 


Please take note that you will pay a shipping/handling fee of $95.00 USD to UPS

Thanks for your patience. Smith Liz . Programme Manager United Nations Human Settlements Programme.

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It was sent from this address - liz.1.smith@hants.gov.uk


Other addresses used in this scam -

ups-delivery1@07168.cn
Beth.Phelan@mcesc.org
robertayo_upsdisp07@dgoh.org



You will note that they tell you up front that you will have to pay $95. If only ten people respond, they will have almost $1000. Of course, once you send the money, you will not hear from them again, unless they think you are good for a second bite.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

EMAIL Scam addresses


If you are selling anything on the net through sites like Gumtree or Trading Post and I'm sure there are others, do not respond to any SMS you get on your phone asking you to write to an email address.


If they don't want to talk to you, person to person, without hiding their phone number, you can bet they are trying to hide something else.

If they suggest or say anything about overseas, whether they are overseas or they want the goods sent overseas, treat it as a scam. Who in their right mind would buy a car in Australia and then pay the cost of shipping it to Malasya or Saudi Arabia when you can purchase something like a Mercedes Benz in those countries, brand new for half the price.

They will often tell you that they can't phone you because there are strict rules about making phone calls, or there is bad weather, or they are on an oil rig. For the same sorts of reasons they can't come and see the item but they will have a 'shipping agent' who will pick it up.

One of the most common things you will notice about these scamers is, they will talk about the money, but rarely, if ever, will they ask to see the item you are selling. They will almost certainly be prepared to buy the item unseen. If it is a car, don't send a photograph showing the number plate or other identifying plates (VIN or engine number), you might be surprised how quickly they seem to already own it or have some sort of claim on it.

Don't let anyone take possession of any goods, no matter what the reason, until you have the money in the bank. Not a cheque in the mail, not even a bank cheque from what appears to be a recognised bank, wait until it is cleared by your bank (usually 4 working days).

And don't send money to them (the so called buyers) for any reason. When was the last time you had to pay your bank a sum of money so that they could give some money. You are the seller, you don't have to pay to sell items, so why would you have to send money to them so that you can get the money they have supposedly paid to you, usually via PayPal or Western Union.

IF   THEY   ASK   FOR   MONEY   -   YOU   KNOW   IT   IS   A   SCAM.  CEASE   ALL  CONTACT,   DO   NOT   RESPOND   TO   ANYTHING.

The following email addresses and variants of them are known scammers:


alancoper5@gmail.com
alancoppr@gmail.com
bevanbarker@gmail.com
bobbpaul@hotmail.com
daved1516@gmail.com
davidbryant07@live.com.au
ellanjames467@yahoo.com
hype2452@hotmail.com
ianrom8228@gmail.com
kend11@live.com
loricop@gmail.com
martinskent05@gmail.com
melvinjohnson112@hotmail.com
nestorbailey@yahoo.com.au
plmangion12@gmail.com
richcute1@gmail.com
robbiefrawley@hotmail.com.au
robpol2288@gmail.com
rodrichmond55@hotmail.com
shype2456@hotmail.com
taylor.johnson610@googlemail.com
timlan50@gmail.com
val_ken@live.com
walldon0@ymail.com service@intl.paypal.com.au




















The following are from other people who have written with addresses that they have found.
riddlelouise@gmail.com
damiendemolder@btinternet.com
peterjohnon69@gmail.com
crisell.sandra102@gmail.com
lowemartin82@yahoo.com
katemcc.2011@gmail.com
joshandmarita@gmail.com
fk0320@live.com
kellydiana54@yahoo.com
lanbinson@gmail.com
pmangion19@gmail.com
Craigton2@gmail.com
grastrymail
bsimkin2002@gmail.com
rodvies@gmail.com
desconnor30@gmail.com
tilyard3@gmail.com
john.frezie001@gmail.com
anne.william0009@gmail.com
ryansenior82@yahoo.com
janemile1@gmail.com
janemile11@gmail.com
janemile@gmail.com
tv.samss@gmail.com
tv.samaa@gmail.com
rosshat97@gmail.com
mattrosemary@hotmail.co
adamsray387@yahoo.com.au
bartymicky@gmail.com
johndaruss68@gmail.com
kingsleyholler@yahoo.com
torres.espana.ambassadoroffice@gmail.com
brad.allen@gmail.com
brad.allan@gmail.com
pickupagentfees@mail2australia.com
artsligh@gmail.com
jobsed@gmail.com
crawfordhills-matt@hotmail.co.uk
premierjohnjarvis@gmail.com
nathanbut3@gmail.com
bonand104@gmail.com
millalice1@gmail.com
robertjohnny56@hotmail.com
robert.thomas-1@hotmail.com
paulassuiebest@yahoo.com.au
cecilia.david009@gmail.com
byphilip1@gmail.com
pstephen2002@gmail.com
johanpetersson27@gmail.com
Desoconnor32@gmail.com
lewintdaniell@gmail.com
dav.latty101@gmail.com
titinifebola@hotmail.com
Grahamjames852@rocketmail.com
ayshahasan45@yahoo.com
Danobrien32@gmail.com
Danobrien@gmail.com
bx5txnballer23@gmail.com
samuelolivia1@gmail.com
beth.phelan@mcesc.org
ups-delivery1@07168.cn
collejacob22@yahoo.com
johnstanz0@yahoo.com
wincia2@gmail.com
jssbiak7030@outlook.com
Jeaaica.thomas0009@gmail.com
schosking@gmail.com

If you have any more email addresses please post a comment below. Even if you don't have a new email address please add a comment and let's show just how big and widespread this problem is. It may prompt someone in a government somewhere to do something about the scamers and other criminals on the internet.


Here is the text of a typical email sent by one of the scamers -

Thanks for the mail, I am very keen. How i wish i could come for viewing and inspection as am currently overseas at the moment and i want it picked up before i get back. I would be paying via PayPal which is safer for me or bank transfer as well safe. Kindly send me a paypal payment invoice or create an account at www.paypal.com.au if you don't have one or your bank details for me to make payment. I will make a concrete pick up arrangement with my transport agent who will be coming over for pick up once you receive full payment into your account. I will be expecting your email.I will need this following details so i can proceed with the payment right away
Are you the first owner? What is your reason for selling it?
Have a nice day.


Would you buy something without seeing it ? Some of these items are cars and boats and they have to be here in person to register them. In Queensland at least, a human being must front up with the paper work to register or change the ownership. Once it is registered, they can renew it by electronic means. If they are overseas, they can't register it and if they do send someone to pick it up, it will remain in your name, and everything that happens after that will happen in your name.

On some of these emails you will find an email address that purports to be for PayPal and looks legitimate such as -
service@paypal.com.au    or
service@paypal.com   BUT
the underlying address that the email will go to is -  informationcenter@mail2finance.com   or   service@paypalworldwide.com, which of course are scam addresses.  DON'T WRITE TO THEM  


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Long-neck visitor

While I was working inside this afternoon a commotion began in the back yard and when I went to investigate, there to my surprise was a long-neck turtle being harassed by everything that could fly, at least two dozen birds, all squacking and going nuts over the intruder.

I don't know how far he had travelled but he was dry and looked as if he could do with a feed and a good dose of H2O. I found a large tub, placed a house brick in the middle and enough water to be level with the top of the brick. I then went to the fridge and got a piece of steak and cut it into small slivers and back to the turtle. Droped a piece in the water and he was onto it in an instant. Within a minute he had eaten the lot; guess he was a bit hungry.

Now, what to do with him. He couldn't stay where he was and it would be no good taking him to the local creek; too many very busy roads around. After a phone call to the local wild life people, lake Kurwongbah was suggested, which is just a couple of miles away, so in the car and off to the lake.

It is a big lake and I'm assured that he has relatives living there. I hope he is happy in his new home. It is always a good feeling to see them go free.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Abbotorie Worker

Seen on the Australian Government Jobs website an ad for an -

Abbotoire Worker

I wonder what an Abbotorie is ?

There is not much hope for all those unemployed workers when the people who have a well paid job can't even spell.



The ad was posted by a company called 'Jobfind Centre', what they need is to find a dictionary.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Customer service nuance style


I get yet another email from them saying that I should uninstall the software from the old computer so
that it will be properly de-activated and you can keep your activation for the software.

Bit hard to do when the old computer does not work any more.

Then they tell me that they have reset the number of activation so that I should now be able to activate my software. Why not just do that the first time around instead of all this nonsense of to and fro emails.

This is a company that could take a lead (and learn something about customer service) from someone like Dyson. Even though the problem has been resolved it leaves a bad taste and you would have to think twice about dealing with them again.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Nuance Customer Service


Watch these pages.

A simple matter of moving a piece of software from one computer to another, and already this nuance crowd have started hiding behind so called customer service talk.

These people are going to take the mantle away from microsoft in the how to treat the customer stakes.

There will be more about this and I will post it right here for the world to see.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Flood 2011


The floods in Queensland in 2010-2011 produced many images to remind us of the power of water and how destructive it can be. This photograph is but one of them and it shows how high the water level can get in a very short time.


The photograph was taken standing on the north bound lanes of the bridge over the North Pine River in Petrie looking towards Lawnton. The top rail of the south bound deck is normally about eight meters above the water level in the river.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Catching a few rays

No, I'm not dead
Sometimes it all gets to be too much and a fella has to just lay down and take it easy. It is after all summer, so why not do a little sun-baking. Mother and I have been very busy the last couple of weeks feeding junior and teaching him how to see off the competition. It is very pleasant just laying here and soaking up the sun's rays.




Ahhh.. that's better

The lad who lives here is pretty good to us, because he mows the lawn a little more often than he needs to just so we can pop over to find some more food for the young fella. Well, I had better go stand in the shade for a while now and cool off a bit. It's a tough life.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Moreton Bay Regional Council

 This blog was originally posted on the 1st of December 2010 and the green wording was added on the 7th of December 2010. New photographs have the date below them to distinguish them from the originals which were all taken on the 1st of December.

It is always reassuring to see your local government (council) hard at work, but there are times when you have to wonder if there is anyone up there in head office making any decisions, or should I be asking that question in another way.


In one of the local parks in Leis Parade in Lawnton they have just done some wonderful work on restoring part of the park. The section I refer to is a seventy to ninety metre stretch that runs along the bank of the North Pine River. This section of the bank is at a turn in the river and it cops the full force of the river when it floods. They have planted some new plants, mostly smaller grasses and little shrubs and spread a truck load of bark chips. Oh, and they cut down a gum tree.

The cut down version of a gum tree
7 Dec 2010

What's that I hear you say, surely they wouldn't cut down a gum tree in the middle of a koala habitat; would they? This was quite a substantial tree, about 600mm in diameter almost a metre from the ground and right on the bank of the river. I can only imagine that some koala has written to council complaining that the tree was obscuring their view, I mean why else would you cut it down. Of course you're right, silly me, where else would they get their bark chips from to cover the bare ground where the river had washed away some of the soil and grass. Very remiss of me. In the old days I would have been sentenced to carrying night soil for a month for saying such things about our beloved council.

Now let me see. What's the date today? Ah yes, first of December in the year of 2010. What's that I hear outside, precipitation, good heavens, is it the rainy season already. I do hope those koalas down at the park have some trees to climb. If it rains for another hour or so they are going to need swimming lessons.

We have known for a few years now that trees hold the banks together and help stop erosion. And in this case provide some food for the furry ones. The first time we get a decent bit of rain, all those plants and the nice bark chips are going to be relocated. I'm sure that some early primary school children would have a better understanding of the principals involved here with regards to erosion, the environment and koala habitat.










You can see what happens when there is only a small amount of rain. Look at the difference with these supports for the rail bridge. The weather forecasters are telling us that heavier falls are expected later in the week. What will the result be then?
7 Dec 2010


7 Dec 2010

These pictures show the supports of a rail bridge a hundred meters from the bank of the river back behind the photographer. You can see where erosion has occurred at the base of some and debris is piled up against the others.  
The gravel that was placed around these posts is the same material used on railway tracks (and was probably placed here by Queensland Rail) and yet it is moved so easily by the water.



And here is another photograph looking from the rail bridge back towards the river where some erosion is taking place and the lovely repairs were done. You will see a rise in the ground between the two trees were the river gives the park another top dressing of river silt and small gravel every time it floods. By the end of this rainy season you should see all of the material our wonderful council has placed at the far end of the park (you can just make out the brown bark chips at the end of the lawn) somewhere close to the photographer's feet.
7 Dec 2010

The photograph on the right is looking in the opposite direction to the previous photograph. Look at the new top dressing of river sand, silt and those wonderful bark chips. All that money spent by our wonderful council spread somewhere else six (that is 6) days after it was put down.


Well done council.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kurds and spiders

Saddam Hussein I dare say
Has no fear of spiders today
But he is like miss muffet
Who sat on her tuffet
'cause both had kurds in their way

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thunderbird (TB)

I received an email about an addon for TB called ThunderbirdNotes and tried to install it. It crapped TB 3.1.2 so then I downloaded a newer version of TB from the TB site and I couldn't get it to install. Fortunately I still had the old installer for 3.1.2 so I have reinstalled the old version.
It just pisses me off when things like that happen, still, TB 3.1.2 is still better than that ms crap.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Vacuum Cleaner

    Now that the election is out of the way, we can get down to more important things, like my vacuum cleaner.

    I have one of those pretty yellow and grey plastic vacuums from Dyson and when I first bought it about five years ago I was a bit skeptical, given that it is plastic and all, however my opinion about it has changed dramatically.

    In the top of it there is a small particle filter which is a plastic dish about six inches in diameter and 3/4 of an inch deep and it has a foam pad in it which fills the dish. (That's the blue bit in the picture.) The foam part, which you clean every six months or so, was starting to disintegrate and so I had a look at the Dyson web site to find out what and where to get a new one.


    On the site it showed a picture and gave all of the information you need to make sure you are getting the correct part for your particular model. The heading for this part is 'Dyson lifetime filter' and so I wrote to Dyson and asked what that meant. Instead of explaning what it meant they sent back a letter saying that they had dispatched a new one in the mail at no charge. A couple of days later the new filter arrived and with it was an invoice saying that there was no charge for the item.

    How can I put this. Well done Dyson. I know now that I made the right decision when I bought it because it works perfectly and does a good job and the no nonsense service makes it a pleasure to do business with Dyson. I would recommend a Dyson to anyone. The vacuum and the company are brilliant,  WELL  DONE.

The VOTE

Well I have done my bit. It wasn't a donkey vote, but I'm pretty sure we will still end up with one.

In the electorate of Dickson there were six candidates for the house of reps, guess which one got number six? Yep, you were right first time, that turncoat peter dutton. And guess who got number five, right again, the labor party candidate the one who is backing that two bit back stabbing red head, can't even remember her name. Good thing they have on the ballot paper which party they belong to.

In the next couple of days we will find out who we disliked the most. Then I guess we will have three years of the other lot telling us why we have to pay more for the privilege of having them in the big white house in Canberra.

Do you ever get the feeling we are just going around in circles?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Vote

The following is an email I sent to Joe Hockey after yet another letter from a liberal wanting me to vote for them.
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Just to let you know Joe, I will not be voting for your buddy dutton in Kallangur.

WHY ?

Because, isn't he the same muuum, it's hard to call him a person, who wanted to desert this electorate for a safe seat elsewhere ? I don't like and never have liked keating, but he would call dutton a 'scum bag' and rightly so.

And why would I vote liberal anyway ?  What was it that your other mate said about broadband ? Lets just throw a few wires on the power poles, she'll be right. That says a lot about what we can expect from your lot.

I normally vote liberal in the national election and labor in the council election, but you will not get my vote this time. Does anyone in the party have their brain switched on?

Suddenly I am being inundated with letters from small liberals, I wonder why? Wouldn't have anything to do with trying to save your place at the trough, would it?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Loophole in employment laws

     For those who are not aware, there is a loophole in Australian employment laws large enough to drive anything through.

     If you are working through an employment agency on a casual basis you can be fired from a job without being fired. That is to say, suppose that you have been working for some period of time at one particular place and for some reason, (it can be racial, personal, sexual, religious or any other reason you can think of) the boss/supervisor there has only to ring the employment agency and tell them that you are no longer required. That's it, no explanation, no reason, no excuse. Simply tell the employment agency that you are no longer needed. Effectively fired, but because you are still on the employment agency's books you have not been fired. If they can't find any other work for you, it is just bad luck, you still haven't been fired. All of this means that you have absolutely no recourse and no ability to do anything about it under Australian employment laws, no matter what you have heard or suspect that the problem may be. The people you have been working for can say quite openly that it was racial, personal, sexual, religious or just plain vindictive but because you are still on the employment agency's books you have not been fired so therefore you can't bring any action of any kind.

     Don't bother going to government departments, political parties or unions because no one wants to know. It is a nice little loophole that lets everyone off the hook, just plain bad luck for the little guy at the bottom of the heap.