Enjoy the blog posts here. They are an eclectic collection of opinions, events, experiences and sadly a few tragedies. All are true and have happened to someone, somewhere. Just about all of them were avoidable. Visit every page on the site but come back here regularly as there will always be something new to read and hopefully learn from. Remember, few things in life are ever actually fatal.
To celebrate the birthday of George Orwell (real name Eric Arthur Blair), two Dutch artists are putting party hats on CCTV cameras. I love it. It reminds us just how much of Orwell’s dystopian future described in ’1984′ has come to pass. The man was ahead of his time in more ways than just one novel, or even two if you throw in ‘Animal Farm’. Read his essays and think about what he is saying; it is so relevant to our society today.
Hot off the Facebook Presses from the UK where car thieving is at the cutting edge and they are forever coming up with new ways to be nasty:
On Wednesday, I approached my car from the passenger side to place my computer bag on the front passenger seat.
As I reached to open the door I noticed there was a hole right under my door handle.
My first thought was, “Someone has shot the car !”
I began to think about it and inspect it a little closer and the “light” slowly began to dawn.
I phoned a friend who owns a body shop, and asked if he had any vehicles with damage to the doors that looked like a bullet hole.
“Yes, I see it all the time. Thieves have a punch and place it right under the door handle, knock a hole through, reach in and unlock it, just as if they have a key. No alarms, broken glass, or anything.”
I then placed a call to my insurance agent and explained it to him. I was puzzled that they left my GPS and all other belongings.
Here is where it gets scary !
“Oh no, he said, they want the break-in to be so subtle that you don’t even realize it. They look at your GPS to see where “home” is. Or check your address from Insurance and Registration documants in your glove box. Now they know what you drive, go to your home, and if your vehicle isn’t there they assume you aren’t, and break into your home.”
He said they will even leave a purse or wallet and only take one or two credit cards. By the time you realize there has been a theft, they may have already had a couple of days or more to use them. (I didn’t realize my situation for two full days!) They even give you the courtesy of re-locking your doors for you.
Periodically, walk around your car, especially after you park in a shopping centre or other large parking area.
Report thefts immediately….your bank w/missing cheque numbers, your credit card agencies, police, and insurance companies, etc.
Below is picture of what the hole looks like.
One would have to look pretty darn close to notice a hole like that. If the hole was on the passenger side I would never see it.
I have wondered for some time why that Islamic terrorist group is called by an English language title. ISIL/ISIS/IS. Now a few outlets are referring to it as ‘Daish’, as if to pay lip service to my social media posts asking why. I note it started as the Islamic State of iraq, Syria and the Levant. Then someone must have remembered the Levant includes Israel and as there is a good chance they are somehow behind the creation, funding, training and arming of this mob to destabilize the region to their benefit… they changed the name. I noted how ISIL never once threatened Israel in any way. Still haven’t. Huh? Every other Islamic terrorist group has sworn to blow Israel into the mediterranean, wipe them off the planet. But not ISIL . This does not make sense.
So they became ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Now just Islamic State. We know as fact the US have trained them when they were officially known as ‘moderate’ opponents of Assad in Syria. Moderate? Al Qaeda cut their ties with them for being too barbaric and vicious! Senator McCain has parleyed with them, so too John Kerry and others. We know the US supplied arms to Libyan ‘rebels’ to oust Gaddahfi after he tried to create an African IMF and their own currency as well as sell oil off the US ‘petro dollar’. Same reason Assad is copping it. The USA doesn’t give a tinker’s cuss about his alleged human rights violations. Never bothered them before. But he pals up with Putin and offers oil off the petrodollar and wham! Regime change is called for. Same reason the Ukraine is bubbling and Putin is being made out to be a demon. The US object to losing their petrodollar hegemony because their economy is built on FIAT currency (made up money) and debt.
Petrol is so cheap at the moment because the US and Saudi Arabia are playing games with supply. Hurting the Russians, sure. But they don’t care as it is cheaper than an all out hot war. IS are all Wahhabists, a Saudi centred Sunni sect of real nut jobs. So the Saudis fund IS who are upsetting Syria, a once stable, secular Arab state, but a threat to Israel and the US (via the petrodollar). Meanwhile, millions of ordinary people suffer. As always. The Turks could wipe IS off the map but instead buy their stolen oil. Since they pay with US petrodollars, the US doesn’t use its drones to wipe out the tankers delivering the oil over the Turkey-Syria-Iraq borders. Off course they can monitor these deliveries! If they can murder an entire wedding party in the Yemen with one Maverick missile, they can surely take out a tanker on one of the very few roads that can be used to smuggle the oil out on.
Make no mistake, we are being screwed over. Our own idiot PM, the Knob, loves to play lap dog to the yanks. Probably sees himself as a crusader fighting the evil moor. We are spending our tax dollars bombing people the Americans, Saudis and Israelis created so that their rich buggers can stay rich or get richer. Don’t swallow the Kool Aid, people. Even if there isn’t much we can do right now, at least let them know we aren’t stupid. We know what they are doing and we don’t like it, even if we can’t do much to stop them. Yet.
QANTAS is cutting 5,000 jobs from its 33,000 or so workforce and everyone is once again aghast. Our national carrier, the flying kangaroo! Oh dear, how can this happen? Well, part of the problem is the Irish Git, Alan Joyce. The $5 million plus a year hatchet man playing CEO. He was brought to Australia some years ago when that other airline, ANSETT, ended its days. He then took his golden parachute and baled out over Ireland, or wherever he went once the dirty work was done.
Then he is brought back to oversee the ripping apart of QANTAS. You see, he isn’t an Australian and while I am certain we could have found someone with sufficient talent and expertise to manage the company from our own ranks, he, or she, would then become something of a pariah in their own country. Far better to use a foreign mercenary, something the French have been doing since the 1860′s with the Legion Estrange. The airline has lost $252 million in the first half of the current financial year. So how are they still in business?
First of all it depends on how you do the accounting. Secondly, QANTAS is a very cash rich company as everybody pays in advance for their flights, while the company pays on 30 days or more. Well then it must be the competition? Virgin Australia are allowed lots of foreign ownership and so can tap them for cash whereas the QANTAS Sale Act means QANTAS must maintain a local majority shareholding and thus can’t attract the foreign investment. They have asked the federal government to either guarantee their debts (in other words the tax payer gives welfare to a huge corporation) or they change the Act and allow more foreign ownership.But to hold on to the landing rights in foreign countries at ‘national carrier’ rates, QANTAS must maintain majority Australian ownership, so how will they compete?
Like Virgin, they can form a domestic airline and an international one. Two separate companies, both using the same livery. Virgin Australia and Virgin Pacific did this. They could stop competing with themselves via their other company, JetStar but they have just sunk money into JetStar Asia and their grab for some of the lucrative business flying out of Singapore.
They are selling their lease of Brisbane airport and then renting back the facilities they need. This brings in cash and the rental is a huge 100% tax deduction. They might sell their frequent Flyer loyalty progam and make more than the company is valued at! This is only the second first half loss in the last 20 years, so they have plenty of money in the bank. Like I said, don’t cry for QANTAS. So what do they do? They slash jobs, 5,000 of them. It begs the question how will they operate? If they can operate with that many less staff, then surely they have been overloaded and have a lot of redundant roles. When Ansett went there was much gnashing of teeth and tears but all of those people found new jobs. The same will happen with QANTAS as will no doubt the assembly line workers at Ford, Holden and Toyota when they stop manufacturing here after the last few million of tax payer funded bailout money is paid to their executives and shareholders.
Don’t cry for QANTAS, they are a corporation. The employees have for decades enjoyed well above award wages thanks to their very powerful unions and of course, they have had the cheap flights perk they are always very quick to brag about when you meet one at a social function. The air traffic through our airports won;t decline, it is growing all the time. So the ground staff will still be needed, just wearing a different uniform. They will be taken up by contractors who will be paid in dollars QANTAS can write off as a legitimate cost of business, much cheaper than paying wages and superannuation and all the other benefits they currently cover.
If the airline can’t compete then it needs to shut down like any other insolvent business. There will be others to fill the vacancy, have no fear and no doubt they will scoop up the staff. As for Joyce, he will get his bonuses and his stock options and his golden parachute and move on to the next corporation someone wants to strip and sell off. Do I care? I haven’t flown with that airline for years and never will unless it is a code share and even then I doubt it.
February 6th is the International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation. I will be releasing a new edition of my short story, ‘The Cruellest Cut’ as part of a compilation of short stories in order to help raise awareness of this abhorrent practise. It goes on not only in third world communities, but here in Australia, the UK, USA, Canada, you name it. I will be donating part of the royalties from sales of the book, soon to be available on Amazon.com to a worthy charity that not only addresses the problem, but doesn’t waste money paying huge salaries to CEOs. Kind of cuts out the Red Cross and any religious based group but I will find a worthy cause.
It seems I was too generous with David James Sperring and Winbase Equities. I have been contacted by a group of former US Military retirees who were conned out of $25,000 by Sperring and Winbase Equities. No doubt there are many more. This criminal is a nasty example of the low life that exist and prey on the public. Make no mistake, he is very good at what he does, all successful conmen are; it is how they make their tainted livings. I have made some inquiries with my contacts in various places and he will soon be finding he is going to have to either face the music or go on the run once again.
He currently works at a car dealership, Pine Belt Cadillac in Tom’s River, New Jersey; yet his work permit ran out some months ago. He has assaulted his US wife, abandoned their baby and is wanted for serious assaults in several places. He claims to have been a former professional boxer and something of a bad lad in the UK. Gee, I’m terrified. Well I would be were I an unsuspecting drunk in a bar or a woman trying to protect her child. The David James Sperring’s of the world are not the kind of person to face you and take you on in a fair fight. He is nasty and no doubt a sociopath/psychopath of some ilk. Someone best avoided but not to be feared. The thing is, the people who he has ripped off in the USA are not the kind of people you trifle with. At least one is a former US Marine and I know first hand, these are the lads you want on your side in a fight, not facing you. They may be too old to fight him physically but I have no doubt they have other weapons they will use to good effect.
The lesson for me is that we can all be conned. I did my due diligence and investigated the company as far as I could, then I made a decision and took a risk. It failed. I accept that. I accept that I have been conned and I have learned from this. By sharing my experience I take some comfort that others might not suffer because I have posted this blog.
If you ever wondered where all those bullets fired into the air by excited Middle Eastern types went, watch this. A wedding in Sanaa, the capital of The Yemen, Gangnam Style and an idiot with an AK47. He fires off a burst of full auto and loses control of the weapon. Two die, two more are wounded. A wedding the bride and groom will never forget. This is their ‘culture’, apparently.
A Texas man has been arrested for failing to return a library book. Others have been jailed although a 4 year old was allowed to pay a fine and avoid incarceration. This is America, after all. It seems excessive at first glance, at least to those of us that live in a country that doesn’t have more people in gaol than any other in the world and a larger percentage of the population imprisoned than any other. But think about it.
If you borrow a library book and don’t return it, surely you have formed the intention to ‘permanently deprive the owner thereof’? That’s larceny.
“A person takes and carries away, any thing, the property of another, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner thereof.”
Even if at the time of the taking and carrying away the intent wasn’t formed, surely when the due date fell and he still didn’t take it back he had decided to keep the goods. Three years later given he still lives in the same town one could be forgiven f0r thinking he wasn’t going to return the book (and complete his contract with the library) unless he was given some serious motivation. A night in the County Jail did the trick.
So was it excessive? Books cost a lot of money and not returning them on time deprives others from being able to read them. Crime is crime, is it not? Where does one draw a line? Read the article linked here and let me know your thoughts.
The random shooting murder of Australian Chris Lane, 22, in Oklahoma USA this week has stunned decent people in both countries and elsewhere. The three losers who did the murder are aged 15, 16 and 17. Fortunately there is a white one among the trio so we can rule out a racial motive. In fact, we can rule out every motive other than they want their fifteen minutes of fame, maybe less. They posted to Facebook they had killed one and were after another and if police hadn’t caught them so quickly they would no doubt have killed again, and again.
What is it with these people? They are bombarded with all kinds of media messages promoting murder from black gangsta rap ‘music’ to tv shows and FPSG (first person shooter games). While I doubt any single influence causes them to kill, the combination of all the messages bombarding them from birth plus what passes for parenting these days has to have some say in the matter. Even concerned parents are often impotent when the kids know society won’t punish them in any way and they can do as they please because they know their ‘rights’. Add to this the ease of availability of firearms and that American mindset regarding their 2nd Amendment rights and you have a society that kills, incarcerates or rips off its own when it isn’t out there invading and bombing everyone else. What happened America? What happened to the once greatest nation of the 20th Century? And you were, make no mistake.
You fear your government, hence the insistence on the right to bear arms etc. You fear the rest of the world and probably with good reason given the number of drones flying over sovereign territory as we speak. You fear your industry and commercial sector with good reason (think Monsanto, Wal-Mart, Wall Street et al) and you fear each other. People now fear the FEMA will seize their stock piled food sources in time of emergency and give them to the masses (saw the video just this morning!) or enter your homes and so on and on and on. No wonder so many are retiring overseas. Well, I have found Americans to be generous, brave and great people to have with you in a crises, at least the ones I have met over the decades and when you get them away from their society. So those of you who want to are welcome to come and live with us and bring all those great qualities of self reliance and ‘can-do’ that made your nation great. Just leave all the other rubbish, your guns and bibles, your attitudes to homosexuals and different races, your worship of capitalism and fear and loathing of democratic socialism back there. We have enough home grown bigotry, ignorance and stupidity here already.
We all love to read about uppity young punks who get their come-uppance, ideally from a retired soldier or self defence expert. Well here the hero is both a former soldier and a one-time boxing champ. The young bloke broke into this man’s home, attacked him with a bladed weapon and was sorted out for his trouble. Not in any Hollywood fashion, all slick, choreographed action but a more realistic fight for his life kind of struggle.
Fortunately the 72 year old triumphed, the punk is off to make new friends in the local prison and all is once again well in the world. But what if the punk had scored with his slash? What if the old guy had a heart attack, even after the police dragged the dross down the driveway? Have no pity for the scumbag, drunk, drugged or whatever. Think beyond what happened and imagine how very easily it could have gone, and almost did go, horribly wrong. That’s when we read one of those tragic waste of life stories.