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Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy

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  • Oppressed citizens


I've been noticing that more and more of these stories are appearing at an alarming rate. Let's collect them here. They are very useful for making the point of tyranny is getting out of control when talking to a "sleeper".


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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2008, 06:09:09 PM »
China restricts flight cabin baggage

From correspondents in Beijing
April 25, 2008 08:26pm

CHINA will restrict most passengers from taking more than one piece of carry-on baggage on flights from May 1, the aviation regulator said today, in the latest of a pre-Olympic security crack down.
Earlier this month, China added matches and lighters to a list of banned items on board domestic flights after what it said was plot to bring down a flight from the restive far western region of Xinjiang.

The Government has banned passengers carrying liquids on board domestic flights since March 13.

Business and economy class passengers will now only be able to take one piece of baggage on board, which must not exceed 5kg, the General Administration of Civil Aviation said.

First class passengers will be allowed to take on two pieces, and the restrictions will only apply to domestic flights, the watchdog added.

The measure was "to guarantee aviation security,'' it said.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23599393-23109,00.html


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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2008, 06:10:04 PM »
Stripper's truncheon not a weapon

From correspondents in London
April 25, 2008 11:23pm

PROSECUTORS in Scotland have failed in their attempt to have the truncheon used in a stripogram declared an offensive weapon.
Judges at the appeal court in Edinburgh backed an original decision by a lower court judge to throw out the case, the BBC reported on its website today.

Stuart Kennedy - whose stage name is "Sergeant Eros" - was taken to court last year after being arrested while dressed in his fake uniform outside a bar in Aberdeen.

He said he told two female plain-clothes officers he was a stripper. But after watching his act, they charged him with impersonating a police officer and having an offensive weapon in public without reasonable excuse.

On hearing that the appeal had failed, Kennedy, a genetics student at Aberdeen University, was quoted as saying: "Excellent. It was a silly prosecution in the first place."

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23600591-23109,00.html


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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2008, 11:18:12 PM »
Student Gets $628 Ticket For Sitting On Ledge

04-25-2008
The Gazette

Most people who walk by Émilie Gamelin Park downtown see its many granite surfaces as an invitation to sit and relax.

Dozens were doing just that in the sun yesterday and ever since the park opened in 1992.

But as a Concordia University student found out Saturday, Montreal police, if they so choose, can hit you with a $628 ticket for nothing more menacing than sitting on a ledge.

Brendan Colin Jones, 25, was sitting on a park ledge on de Maisonneuve Blvd. just east of Berri St. At one point, he swung around southward and his feet were on grass behind the ledge.

The Victoria native's ticket cited his offending behaviour as "using urban equipment for uses other than those intended."

Montreal police Sgt. Ian Lafrenière said Jones was told "several times" that he was sitting "somewhere else than on a park bench" and in so doing was guilty of an infraction.

The ticket is the result of a new bylaw in Ville Marie, Lafrenière said, and the recipient has 30 days to contest it.

Jones, an economics and history student in his last year as an undergraduate, was studying at the Bibliothèque nationale when he decided to take a break and catch a few rays at the park.

He saw police approach people who were drinking alcohol nearby, took out his small digital camera and shot some photos.

"I saw this as an opportunity to observe how police deal with underprivileged people," Jones recounted.

Then a police officer came by and asked if he had been taking pictures.

"Once I realized she was attempting to get me to give her my camera, I became confused and told her I would not give it to her," Jones said.

"I had not committed any crime and had been sitting peacefully, just like many others around me."

The officer's two partners joined her, and Jones slipped the camera into his pocket. The police then told him it was illegal to sit in a city park when not on a bench and he would have to leave.

They said sitting on the ledge qualified as improper use of city structures, he recounted.

"I found this to be absurd, since there were no benches around and there were many other people sitting around the square," Jones said.

"The ledge and the area around the ledge where I was sitting is styled in such a way that it appears to have been intended to be used as a seating area in addition to any other apparent purpose it may have."

Jones said he was compelled to show ID and was handed the $628 ticket - a sum he can ill afford, because student loans from the British Columbia government saddle him with almost $30,000 in debt.

"I haven't paid my tuition for the last semester yet," he said.

He says he plans to challenge the ticket in Municipal Court.

Asked about fining someone for sitting in the park, Jean-Yves Duthel, spokesperson for Ville Marie borough mayor Benoit Labonté, said: "If they do it in respect of the bylaw, there is no problem."

The purpose of the granite surfaces at Émilie Gamelin Park is to have people sit on them, said Montreal architect Gavin Affleck, a specialist in urban spaces.

"A successful public space develops conviviality, use, social interaction, and obviously sitting around is basic," Affleck said in an interview.

"Trying to eliminate that from a public space is completely opposite to its whole intention."

Affleck said the fine is ironic because it penalizes "successful multi-use" of a low-lying wall.

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=c762e33f-ff08-4867-b174-22eb6aabdf43&k=84541


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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2008, 11:20:12 PM »
Mother fined for dropping 'a bit of sausage roll'

By staff and agencies
Last Updated: 8:12am BST 25/04/2008

A single mother has been fined £75 for "littering" after her daughter dropped a piece of sausage roll on the pavement.

Sarah Davies, 20, was feeding Chloe, four, when the roll slipped from her grasp inches from her daughter's mouth and fell to the floor.

The incident happened in Hull city centre on Monday and a fixed penalty fine arrived in the post just three days later.

Miss Davies said that pigeons swooped down to eat the remains just moments later.

She said: "I had just picked up Chloe from nursery. We were both hungry so I got us a sausage roll to share. I had a bite and then bent down to give a bit to Chloe who was on her bike.

“A tiny bit missed her mouth and fell on the floor and seconds later some pigeons flew down and grabbed it. I crossed the road and was approached by two men - at first I thought they were canvassers as they were dressed in tracksuit bottoms.

“But one came up to me, said he was from the council and said I was going to be fined for dropping litter.”

She added: “I felt really small and humiliated. I was treated like I was a criminal. Where is the common sense? It was a small, bite-sized piece - just big enough for her mouth.

“I went back to take a picture of the 'litter’, but it had been gobbled by pigeons. There was no litter there at all.”

Hull City Council confirmed a fixed penalty ticket had been issued by a member of its Environment Crime Unit.

A spokeswoman for Hull City Council said: “The issuing of the fixed penalty notice is the result of the mother’s actions and not as a result of child’s.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/25/nroll125.xml


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JAPAN: Cigarette vending machines with facial identification cameras
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2008, 07:14:58 AM »
A new wrinkle in smoking enforcement...
Mon May 12, 2008 4:44pm EDT

TOKYO (Reuters) - Cigarette vending machines in Japan may soon start counting wrinkles, crow's feet and skin sags to see if the customer is old enough to smoke.

The legal age for smoking in Japan is 20 and as the country's 570,000 tobacco vending machines prepare for a July regulation requiring them to ensure buyers are not underage, a company has developed a system to identify age by studying facial features.

By having the customer look into a digital camera attached to the machine, Fujitaka Co's system will compare facial characteristics, such as wrinkles surrounding the eyes, bone structure and skin sags, to the facial data of over 100,000 people, Hajime Yamamoto, a company spokesman said.

"With face recognition, so long as you've got some change and you are an adult, you can buy cigarettes like before. The problem of minors borrowing (identification) cards to purchase cigarettes could be avoided as well," Yamamoto said.

Japan's finance ministry has already given permission to an age-identifying smart card called "taspo" and a system that can read the age from driving licenses.

It has yet to approve the facial identification method due to concerns about its accuracy.

Yamamoto said the system could correctly identify about 90 percent of the users, with the remaining 10 percent sent to a "grey zone" for "minors that look older, and baby-faced adults," where they would be asked to insert their driving license.

Underage smoking has been on a decline in Japan, but a health ministry survey in 2004 showed 13 percent of boys and 4 percent of girls in the third year of high school -- those aged 17 to 18 -- smoked every day.

http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUST22491320080512?feedType=nl&feedName=usoddlyenough


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Teen arrested for 'blasphemous T-shirt'

By Ben Dillaway

June 25, 2008 10:01am
Article from: Gold Coast Bulletin

A GOLD Coast teenager who wore a T-shirt by English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth that reads 'Jesus is a c**t' has been charged with offensive behaviour.

Above the offensive slogan a nun is depicted masturbating.

A 16-year-old was arrested on Monday for wearing the shirt and was charged with offensive behaviour under the Summary Offences Act 2005 for public nuisance.

Senior Sergeant Arron Ottaway said the teen was walking along Hollywell Road, in Biggera Waters, when a officer saw him.

Police conducted inquiries at Australia Fair, where the teen said he bought the shirt, to find any shops selling it.

The Reverend Matt Hunt of the Helensvale Baptist Church said it was sad people spoke about the Lord in such a way.

"It's fairly common language these days to express sadness, anger or hurt," he said. "It's a degrading word to use and Jesus is anything but that. It's like calling white black."

Mr Hunt said using the Lord's name in vain was a serious sin.

"When someone comes to the point of saying Jesus is the devil or Jesus is 'expletive', the Bible does say be very careful because you're on thin ice."

Gold Coast lawyer Bill Potts said the arrest highlighted Australia's need for a Bill of Rights.

"One of the great problems with our country is that we talk about rights such as privacy and freedom of speech and the like but they are not enshrined or protected in any way as they are in America," he said.

"While there are always limits on freedom of speech, you can't incite violence or anything like that, it seems to be now more than ever that our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of expression should be protected.

"A Bill of Rights which enshrines that protection is long overdue in this country."

Mr Potts said charging the teen was 'ludicrous' and brought the law into disrepute.

"A shirt might offend some and might be amusing to others," he said.

"If a person was wearing the shirt in a church or a religious rally where it was specifically intended to offend or cause disruption, then perhaps the prosecution might stand a chance.

"However, to criminalise juvenile or boorish messages is to bring the law into disrepute. The police are acting like the thought police and censors."

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23919553-2,00.html


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Swedish school confiscates boy's party invitations

Sun Jun 29, 8:02 PM ET

A school has confiscated an 8-year-old boy's birthday party invitations after they were handed out during class because it said it had a duty to ensure against discrimination.

The boy handed out invitations to classmates at his school in Lund, southern Sweden, but did not invite two boys because they were not his friends, the Sydsvenskan newspaper reported earlier this week.

The school, 360 miles south of Stockholm, confiscated all the invitations, saying it objected because it had a duty to ensure against discrimination.

The report on Friday did not name the boy or his family. It said the boy's father has filed a complaint with the parliamentary ombudsman.

The father told the newspaper that the two classmates were not invited because one had bullied his son and the other had not invited his son to the classmate's birthday party.

"My son has taken it very hard," the father told Sydsvenskan of the school's decision. "It's like taking someone's mail."

The parliamentary ombudsman has asked the school board to decide on the issue before Sept. 8.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080630/ap_on_fe_st/odd_sweden_party_snub;_ylt=Ak9OKzlExbknPPpyptdxNkF0bBAF


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Girls told not to jiggle, men not to ogle

By Peter Michael

July 05, 2008 12:00am
Article from: The Courier-Mail

  • Lifesavers say they are becoming morality police
  • Having kick men off beach for ogling
  • Women also have to abide by "no jiggling" rule

SURF lifesavers say they have become "morality police" and have had to evict increasing numbers of oglers from popular topless sunbathing spots.

Senior lifeguards warned of men armed with hidden cameras who were filming unsuspecting female sunbakers on Queensland beaches.

They said "dodgy types" were warned on an almost daily basis about ogling and sitting unacceptably close to topless women while some perverts even used telescopes for spying.

In Cairns, women were allowed to sunbake topless on the Esplanade but lifeguards were supposed to enforce a "no jiggle" law.

Under the five-year-old rule, women could legally take their tops off as long as they did not strut about, swim in the pool, play beach volleyball or fling a Frisbee.

Cairns talkback radio has been running hot this week with a debate between women scared off by perverts and others who said they were offended by the "festival of flesh" at the lifeguard patrolled site. Self-confessed former topless sunbaker and Cairns Mayor Val Schier laughed off the concerns, saying topless sunbaking was a rite of passage for many young visitors to the north.

"If there are pervs or oglers they'd be hurried on by the lifeguards, it is an open area, it is not as if there are dirty old men in raincoats hiding behind phone boxes," Ms Schier said.

She admitted she, too, had sunbaked topless.

"I have bared my naked body to sun, it's freedom.

"It's a good feeling to be free of clothes," she said.

Bikini-clad backpackers Stephanie, 21, and Laurence, 23, from Belgium, wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

"As long as we don't wave our breasts about, run around half-naked, or go topless into the pool I think it is okay," said Laurence.

Senior lifeguard Daniel Fleming, 22, confirmed the concerns of lifeguards across the state, saying his role was increasingly one akin to the "morality police". "Everyday I have to shoo away dodgy characters," he said.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23971340-2,00.html


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Court rules on noisy chicken

From correspondents in Geneva

July 05, 2008 06:22am
Article from: Agence France-Presse

A SWISS court has ordered that a chicken be locked up in a soundproof box every night so its neighbours can get a good night's sleep.

The court at Ticino in southern Switzerland even stipulated that the box, in which the chicken must be kept from 10pm to 7am, should be at least eight cm thick and insulated with glass wool, , the ATS news agency reported today.

The decision ends a five-year battle between the authorities in the village of Sant'Antonio and the chicken's owner.

The authorities, alerted by complaints from neighbours, earlier ordered that the bird be put in a henhouse at night. The measure, however, was found to be pointless.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23972356-23109,00.html


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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2008, 05:21:18 PM »
Fairytales Come With Warning Labels

By Don  |  July 13, 2008
http://www.aim.org/don-irvine-blog/fairytales-come-with-warning-labels/
Children in Australia will be given safety messages by teachers after reading fairytales under a new child protection curriculum.

From the Sunday Mail.

TEACHERS are being urged to give children safety messages after reading them fairytales – warning not to copy characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and Hansel and Gretel.

A new child protection curriculum being implemented by the Education Department also requires teachers to refer to children's "sexual parts" and use their correct anatomical names with children as young as three.

Child development experts have backed the measures, but critics believe they are an example of political correctness overkill that could turn children into "little nervous wrecks".

Parents across SA are being briefed on the impact of the new curriculum, which aims to teach children from preschool upwards the early warning signs of being unsafe and recognising abuse.

Fairytales have come under attack in the U.K. but this measure is far more sweeping than anything I have seen regarding how political correctness has run amok with regard to young children.


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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2008, 05:29:10 PM »
Can't eat food either.

Toddlers who dislike spicy food 'racist'
By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent

Last updated: 9:29 AM BST 08/07/2008

Toddlers who turn their noses up at spicy food from overseas could be branded racists by a Government-sponsored agency.
The National Children's Bureau, which receives £12 million a year, mainly from Government funded organisations, has issued guidance to play leaders and nursery teachers advising them to be alert for racist incidents among youngsters in their care.

This could include a child of as young as three who says "yuk" in response to being served unfamiliar foreign food.

The guidance by the NCB is designed to draw attention to potentially-racist attitudes in youngsters from a young age.

It alerts playgroup leaders that even babies can not be ignored in the drive to root out prejudice as they can "recognise different people in their lives".

The 366-page guide for staff in charge of pre-school children, called Young Children and Racial Justice, warns: "Racist incidents among children in early years settings tend to be around name-calling, casual thoughtless comments and peer group relationships."

It advises nursery teachers to be on the alert for childish abuse such as: "blackie", "Pakis", "those people" or "they smell".

The guide goes on to warn that children might also "react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying 'yuk'".

Staff are told: "No racist incident should be ignored. When there is a clear racist incident, it is necessary to be specific in condemning the action."

Warning that failing to pick children up on their racist attitudes could instil prejudice, the NCB adds that if children "reveal negative attitudes, the lack of censure may indicate to the child that there is nothing unacceptable about such attitudes".

Nurseries are encouraged to report as many incidents as possible to their local council. The guide added: "Some people think that if a large number of racist incidents are reported, this will reflect badly on the institution. In fact, the opposite is the case."

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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2008, 04:33:01 PM »
Police ban pets used to 'pick up women'

From correspondents in Riyadh

July 30, 2008 11:50pm
Article from: Agence France-Presse

    * Religious police ban 'pick-up pets'
    * Dogs and cats can't be sold or exercised
    * Ban enforces strict religious code

SAUDI Arabia's religious police have banned selling cats and dogs or exercising them in public in the Saudi capital, because of men using them as a means of making passes at women.

Othman al-Othman, head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Riyadh, known as the Muttawa, told the Saudi edition of al-Hayat the commission had started enforcing an old religious edict.

He said the commission was implementing a decision taken a month ago by the acting governor of the capital, Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, adding it followed an old edict issued by the supreme council of Saudi scholars.

The reason behind reinforcing the edict now was a rising fashion among some men using pets in public "to make passes on women and disturb families'', he said.

Mr Othman said the commission had instructed its offices in the capital to tell pet shops "to stop selling cats and dogs''.

The 5000-strong religious police oversees the adherence to Wahabism - a strict version of Sunni Islam, which also forces women to cover from head to toe when in public, and bans them from driving.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24105390-401,00.html


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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2008, 12:17:56 AM »
Law bans dying in the Houses of Parliament

A ban on dying in the Houses of Parliament has been voted Britain's most ridiculous law.

It beat off strong competition from the law making it an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the monarch's head upside down on an envelope.

Law banns dying in the Houses of Parliament. A bye-law in Liverpool where women were apparently banned from going topless in public unless they worked in a tropical fish store came third.

However, the city has denied such a rule existed, saying it was an urban myth.

A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said: "It's something that has been heard of before and does crop up from time to time, but it is absurd."

But people really are banned from dying in parliament on the grounds that it is a Royal palace.

Nigel Cawthorne, author of The Strange Laws of Old England, said: "Anyone who dies there is technically entitled to a state funeral. If they see you looking a bit sick they carry you out quickly."

Also in the top ten, at number seven, is the Royal Prerogative of 1324 which decrees that any whale or sturgeon found on the British coast belongs to the monarch.

Other laws on the list include Oliver Cromwell's decree from around 1644 to combat gluttony by banning people from eating mince pies on Christmas Day and the old London bye-law allowing pregnant woman to relieve themselves in a policeman's helmet.

The survey, carried out by television channel UKTV Gold, also asked people to comment on some of the more absurd international laws. Top of that list was a bye-law in Ohio banning residents from getting a fish drunk.

http://www.funreports.com/fun/08-11-2007/1536-dying-0


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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2008, 08:40:33 PM »

Sleaze crackdown ordered on Indy revellers

By Greg Stolz

August 15, 2008 06:00am
Article from: The Courier-Mail

    * Indy revellers warned not to 'cross the line'
    * Women in highrise units told not to flast breasts
    * Premier shocked at lewd behaviour on show last year

A SLEAZE crackdown at this year's Gold Coast Indy has been ordered by Premier Anna Bligh, who warned revellers they will face arrest if they "cross the line".

Ms Bligh was offended by "lewd" behaviour, including women flashing their breasts on highrise balconies, during her first visit to Indy as Premier last year and has told organisers to clean up their act.

Under a new code of conduct, highrise unit owners will warn guests not to expose themselves, and the Premier has placed revellers on notice that they face arrest over such behaviour.

"I indicated to the organisers of Indy last year that I thought we could be doing better in relation to managing some of the more lewd behaviour," she said yesterday at the Gold Coast launch of the Pan Pacific Masters Games.

"I don't think anyone wants to see the fun taken out of Indy but I don't think most people want to see it cross the line into obscenity either.

"You can have a lot of fun without turning off international visitors and spectators."

Ms Bligh admitted the code of conduct for unit owners was voluntary but said it had support.

She said while lewd behaviour on highrise balconies was difficult to police, "people shouldn't take any comfort from that".

"If the police can identify you, they can make a charge," she said.

A ban on full-strength drinks sold at bars inside the Indy precinct will also be implemented this year.

The crackdown comes as the State Government prepares to fete Indy Racing League supremo Tony George at this year's race in a bid to renew its contract for five years.

The IRL is demanding organisers reschedule the event, which the Government pumps $11 million into, and Ms Bligh said this dispute was far from resolved.

"We've got a bit more negotiating to do ... there's a lot of money at stake and we'll be making sure that we get good value for taxpayers," she said.

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Laser guns removed from showbags

August 21, 2008 12:43pm
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TOY guns and puzzles that could fall apart releasing tiny balls, have failed safety checks and will be removed from show bags at this year's Royal Adelaide Show.

Consumer Affairs Minister Gail Gago said inspectors checked all 338 show bags and removed six toys, four guns, the puzzle and a plush dog with eyes that could easily come off.

Of the four toy guns taken out, two also incorporated laser pointers, something the minister said could damage a person's eye.

"Lasers have no place in children's toys because of the significant safety risks,'' Ms Gago said.

 Ms Gago said the small number of toys found to pose a safety risk showed traders were taking responsibility for the safety of their products.

The Royal Adelaide Show starts on September 5.

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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2008, 04:59:38 AM »

Italy's summer of bans

Emboldened by a nationwide crackdown on crime and a government decree, Italian mayors have issued a string of often bizarre by-laws to enhance "public decorum."
Italian newspapers have dubbed this year's holiday season "the summer of bans," with tourists and locals facing harsh fines if they fail to comply.
So, to make sure you don't end up serving your holiday in the slammer, here's what not to do in Italy...

Sandcastles
Building sandcastles is forbidden near the sea in Eraclea, near Venice.

Bikinis
When in Capri, women are not aloud to wander off the beach in a bikini.

PDA in cars
Public displays of affection in a car can earn you a fine of up to 500 euros ($AU855) in Eboli.

Feeding birds
Feeding pigeons is strictly off-limits in the centre of Lucca.

Groups in parks after dark

In Novara groups of more than two people are forbidden from lounging around in parks at night.

Mowing on weekends
Locals mowing their lawns at the weekend in Forte dei Marmi will be prosecuted.

Reading in parks
Rodrigo Piccoli, 33, was forced to call a national radio station to protest after he was fined 50 euros ($AU85) for lying down in a park in the northern city of Vicenza to read a book. The town's mayor has since promised to drop the ban.

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« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2008, 06:08:00 AM »
Woman ejected from US federal building over lesbian T-shirt

By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk • August 26, 2008 - 15:20

An woman in California was threatened with arrest and forced to leave a government building because a security guard took offence at her T-shirt.

Lapriss Gilbert, 31, wore a lesbian.com shirt when she went to collect a Social Security card for her son.

The guard, who works for Paragon Security, challenged her and forced her to leave the building.

Ms Gilbert contacted her mother who called the police but before they arrived she was readmitted and escorted to the front of the queue, the LA Daily News reports.

The security company is under contract to the Department of Homeland Security to guard the building in Van Nuys.

A department spokeswoman condemned the guard’s actions and said that Paragon had been contacted about the incident.

Ms Gilbert was reportedly told by the guard that he had jurisdiction over her clothing under the Rules and Regulations Governing Conduct on Federal Property.

In fact it makes no reference to clothing.

"As an African-American and a lesbian, I haven't been through one day without facing some sort of discrimination … but this is just shocking" Ms Gilbert told the Daily News.

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Up to 500 North Texas students suspended over belts

02:28 PM CDT on Tuesday, August 26, 2008

By JANET ST. JAMES / WFAA-TV

Dress code violations at Seagoville High School caused serious problems today.

Somewhere between 150 and 500 students were banned from class because of their belts.

Total enrollment of the school is about 1,200.

The belts are supposed to be plain black or brown with a standard buckle. Anything else -- like holes in leather -- is considered a decoration, and a violation.

Those who didn't follow dress code were put in in-school suspension or sent home with parents.

Many say the rule is too harsh - too soon.

"They need to be concentrating on what they learn not how they are dressing," said Rosa Banda, a mother.

A DISD spokesperson says the district supports Seagoville High's principal, saying he's sending a message early in the school year, so they don't have to deal with dress code issues once learning starts in earnest.

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Primary school bans cartwheels, handstands

Updated Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:48am AEST

A North Queensland primary school has banned cartwheels and handstands in the playground.

Belgian Gardens State School in Townsville has banned all gymnastics activities during lunch breaks, declaring it dangerous because it has the potential to cause back and neck injuries.

Cali Buschgens, 10, has been reprimanded for cartwheeling on school grounds and her grandmother Val Bryce says the ban is a sad reflection on modern society.

"Sadly I think this is probably linked with the current society where litigation is rife and I feel that schools are probably trying to avoid a child being hurt and an irresponsible mother then trying to sue them for it," she said.

Education Queensland has defended the ban on unsupervised gymnastic activities.

Regional executive director Vicki Baylis says fear of litigation was never a factor in the decision and it was made purely for the students safety.

"The issue around the gymnastics is around the safety of the kids and it was not motivated by any concept of litigation, but certainly [by] that safety and well-being component of those kids when we're talking heads and necks and potentially backs if there were an injury."

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says she is surprised by the decision, and says the school is obviously taking student safety very seriously.

"I'd be interested to hear from this school what prompted them to take this action, because school communities by and large try to meet the standards that parents have in that community," she said.

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« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2008, 06:21:09 PM »
UPDATE:Australian school may backflip on cartwheel ban
Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:29pm EDT

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - An Australian school which recently banned its students from doing cartwheels, somersaults and other gymnastics during recess is reviewing the decision after parents and students got all bent out of shape.

The school, in the coastal town of Townsville in Queensland state, told students they could not perform any acrobatics such as handstands outside class because they were a safety hazard.

"The school is actually reviewing this," a spokesman for the Queensland state's education department said Wednesday.

A statement by Education Queensland released Wednesday said the decision had been taken "in the interests of the safety of all students as well as in recognition of the school's physical environment."

But it added: "The school will work with its parents and citizens' committee and the school community to ensure an appropriate balance between student safety and their right to engage in gymnastic activities."

The school had classified gymnastic activities a "medium risk level 2" danger to children when performed in class.

But Australian media said parents shocked by the ban also discovered that other popular sports such as cricket, tennis and soccer also had the same risk classification but were not banned.

Sports are a national obsession in Australia, with levels of participation and spectating much higher than in many other developed countries.

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Police to shame jaywalkers on TV
Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:43pm EDT

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai police will post photos and videos of jaywalkers in newspapers and on TV in a bid to shame them out of breaking traffic rules, local media reported on Thursday.

Offending pedestrians, moped riders and cyclists would be snapped at selected intersections and their images put in regular columns and on special television programs set up by police, the Shanghai Daily said.

The scheme had come under fire from lawyers who said public humiliation was too steep a punishment for jaywalking and warned of defamation lawsuits against police.

"It's a principle of law that a penalty should match the seriousness of the crime," Liu Chunquan, a local lawyer, told the paper.

Jaywalking is a way of life in major Chinese cities, where crossing roads legally can be a hair-raising battle of nerves with oncoming cars disinclined to give way to pedestrians.

Traffic police recorded 7.78 million jaywalking violations at Shanghai intersections in the first eight months of 2008, the paper said.

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Don't take "holy" water onto pope plane
Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:42pm EDT

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican has warned journalists who will travel with Pope Benedict to Lourdes next month not to put the revered water from the shrine in their hand luggage on the papal plane or it may be confiscated.

The pope will travel Sept 12-15 to Paris and the site in southern France where the Madonna is said to have appeared to a peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, 150 years ago.

The millions of pilgrims who visit the shrine each year drink from its fonts, many believing its water to be potentially miraculous and healing. Most take bottles of it away with them.

"In order to avoid their confiscation during security controls at the airport, Air France recommends putting any bottles of Lourdes water in baggage what will go into the hold of the plane," a Vatican advisory to reporters said.

While the water from Lourdes is not strictly considered "holy" -- holy water is found in churches and must be blessed by a priest -- many websites about Lourdes describe it as "holy."

Security measures limiting liquids allowed in carry-on baggage have been in effect since 2006 when a plot to bring down planes with liquid explosives was discovered.

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Woman wearing veil told to leave Italian museum
Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:31pm EDT

By Philip Pullella

ROME (Reuters) - The head of one of Venice's most prestigious museums apologized on Wednesday to a Muslim woman asked to leave the building by a guard because she was wearing a veil over her face.

The episode, which has kindled controversy in the Italian media and arguments between centre-left and centre-right politicians, occurred on Sunday in Venice's Ca' Rezzonico museum, which houses 18th-century Venetian art.

"I'm sorry for what happened and if she ever wants to return to our museum, she will be more than welcome," director Filippo Pedrocco told Reuters by telephone from Venice.

The woman, visiting the museum with her husband and children, had cleared security when she entered the building.

When she reached the second floor, a room guard told her she must remove her "niqab," which leaves only the eyes visible, or leave.

"The room guard was over-zealous. He should not have done it. She already passed security and his only duty was to guarantee the safety of the artwork in his room," Pedrocco said.

The woman was believed to have been a member of a well-off family visiting Venice from Saudi Arabia or a Gulf state.

She refused to take off the veil and left the building, which faces Venice's Grand Canal and houses works by such 18th century Venetian masters as Giandomenico Tiepolo.

Italian anti-terrorism laws dating from the 1970s ban the wearing of face coverings in public but they are rarely enforced in cases of Islamic veils.

Italian media reported that the guard, who Pedrocco said worked part-time and was employed by an outside security firm, would be disciplined and risked being fired.

However, the guard, whose name was not disclosed, was hailed as a hero by some in the Veneto region, where there has been tension between long-time residents and Islamic immigrants.

Senator Roberto Castelli, a member of the anti-immigrant Northern League, asked the justice minister to make sure the guard was not disciplined or sacked "for doing his duty and making sure the law was respected."

Giancarlo Gentilini, deputy mayor of the city of Treviso north of Venice, said the guard should be "given an award and not punished."

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Stabbed teen ordered to 'befriend' attackers

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September 07, 2008 12:01am
Article from: Sunday Herald Sun

    * Magistrate tells bashed teen to meet attackers
    * Victim nearly beaten to death by gang
    * Attackers to apologise to teen

THE mother of a victim of a bashing is outraged her son has been asked to "make friends" with his attackers.

Joseph Lauretta is gradually losing sight in one eye after he was stabbed and repeatedly bashed at a teenage birthday party gatecrashed by a gang.

He was one of eight people needing hospital treatment after the attack at the teen party last year.

Three attackers have pleaded guilty to charges and face a Children's Court.

But Joseph's mother, Rosanna Lauretta, is angry a magistrate has asked victims to meet their attackers.

She said the attackers were expected to apologise.

"It's outrageous. Why would you put an 18-year-old victim in the same room as the people who nearly beat him death?" she said.

"Joseph had 27 staples in his head, missed six months of school and failed year 11 because of them."

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Disabled man banned for drink driving in wheelchair
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Barmy German bureaucrats have banned a disabled man from 'driving' for a month after he was caught drink driving – in his wheelchair.

Michael S. (20) of Hagen was stopped by police at 1:05am, when he was seen swerving back and forth in his electric wheelchair.

The student was on his way home from a birthday party and after drinking beer and schnapps, he could barely drive in a straight line. He even fell out of his chair at one point.

Because it was Michael’s first offence, the judge charged him with negligent drunkenness in street traffic and slapped him with a €100 fine. But the half-witted authorities didn't stop there and banned the disabled man from driving in his wheelchair for one month!

Michael said: “I didn’t know that I’m not allowed to drive drunk! I made a mistake but I am also dependent on my wheelchair.”

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« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2008, 11:41:23 AM »
This follows a raid on a Perth newspaper by 16 Police Officers in late April

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23628010-661,00.html
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23/09/2008 5:33:00 PM

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/General/raid-on-journos-home-unacceptable/1280197.aspx


The owners of The Canberra Times say they are "gravely concerned" over an "unacceptable" police raid on the Canberra home of one of its journalists this morning.

Australian Federal Police arrived without warning at the inner-north home of the paper's National Affairs Correspondent Philip Dorling at 8.30, investigating allegations of the leaking of official secrets.

The seven federal agents backed by two computer experts and armed with a search warrant, arrived at Dorling's Braddon doorstep demanding access to documents relating to a story published in the newspaper on June 14 this year.

Source: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/political/revealed-our-spy-targets/789537.aspx

The article, Revealed: our spy targets, exposed Australia's espionage efforts directed at China, North Korea and our Allies, South Korea and Japan.

Dorling's story quoted material from classified briefing papers prepared for Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon shortly after last year's election and gave a rare insight into the activities of Australia's secretive Defence Intelligence Organisation.

The AFP officers, from the force's Economic and Special Operations group and led by Federal Agents Suzanne Evans and Mick Turner, spent more than five hours searching Dorling's house for documents relating to the report, while the computer experts combed the reporters' laptop and home computer hardrives.

They seized a laptop, a computer hard drive, a mobile phone, documents and a copy of The Canberra Times from June 14, which were all taken back to AFP National Headquarters in Civic for examination.

The AFP raided Dorling's home once before searching for the source of a leak in September 2000, when the journalist was working as a staffer for the then Labor foreign affairs spokesman, Laurie Brereton.

The editor of The Canberra Times, Peter Fray, said, "Phil Dorling was doing his job - the job of every journalist, and that is to reveal the truth".

And Fairfax Media's Corporate Affairs boss Bruce Wolpe said the company was "gravely concerned".

"Fairfax Media is gravely concerned by this legal assault on one of our journalists for doing his job.

"A Federal police raid on the home of a journalist cuts to the heart of the operation of a free press, and is unacceptable.

"We have long advocated the need for shield legislation to protect the public's right to know and today's disturbing events show once again that enactment of a Federal shield law is imperative."
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Swiss high court strikes down Geneva smoking ban
Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:57pm EDT

GENEVA (Reuters) - Smokers in Geneva were given a reprieve on Tuesday after the top Swiss court struck down a ban on smoking in public places, in force since July 1, saying the local government had overstepped its powers.

The ban was approved by nearly 80 percent of Geneva voters last February.

But the Federal Tribunal has ruled that the local government had no legal basis to impose the ban, having failed to wait for the cantonal parliament to adopt a formal law after the referendum, the Swiss news agency ATS said.

"The Federal Court's decision will have the effect of delaying for several months the application of a decision which Genevans have clearly taken," Geneva's government said in a statement about the ruling by the Lausanne-based court.

Smokers in public buildings, bars or restaurants risked a fine of up to 1,000 Swiss francs ($908), while owners of establishments risked a fine of up to 10,000 francs for violating the ban.

Voters in eight of Switzerland's 26 cantons have approved bans on smoking in public places although not all have come into force yet. Both Zurich and Basel voted at the weekend in favor of more restrictive smoking regulations.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2008, 10:30:07 PM »

'Contact' lunchtime play banned by school

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October 16, 2008 10:42am
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    * Many favourite playtime sports banned as "too rough"
    * Approved non-contact play only, says school
    * Rough play was leading to fights and disobedience

A GOLD Coast school has banned traditional Aussie sports from the playground, saying they are too rough.

Coombabah State School has banned children from playing lunchtime games of rugby league, Aussie Rules and rugby union, as well as soccer and touch football, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports

Students who held a protest yesterday against the new rules could now face disciplinary action.

The blanket ban on all contact sports, which applies only to Year 7 students, comes after reports of fighting during games.

The schoolyard games, including football and soccer - which past generations can recall playing every morning tea and lunch breaks - are now regarded as 'too rough'.

The ban will be in place until the end of the year.

Students would be allowed to play alternative games, provided they were not "contact" games, the Bulletin reported.

School principal John Hoskings was not available to comment yesterday but an Education Queensland spokesman said the move was necessary.

"The safety and welfare of all students is the school's highest priority," he said.

"The school has been forced to restrict Year 7 students from taking part in contact sports following a number of recent incidents that have escalated into fights.

"Coombabah State School does not tolerate bad behaviour, particularly physical aggression between any students."

With the ban in place and a lack of volunteer coaches to supervise team games, some students may miss out on playing contact sports altogether.

In August, there was outrage when a Townsville school banned children from performing cartwheels and handstands in the playground.

Belgian Gardens State School banned all gymnastics activities during breaks, saying it was protecting students from injury.

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Moreton Bay 'Green zone' ban breaches attract hefty fines
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2008, 09:20:21 PM »
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20/10/2008 5:50:00 PM


FISHERMEN could be fined up to $1500 for dropping a line in new Moreton Bay green zones.

Sixteen per cent of the Moreton Bay marine park will be made off-limits to fishing under a new marine protection plan - and the State Government says there will be no grace period for wayward anglers when the bans take effect in March.

Recreational fishing groups have called on the government to allow leniency in the first three months to spare "innocent" boaties from $375 on-the-spot fines. The maximum penalty would be $1500.

Debate on the measures came as green groups and the seafood industry continued to clash over how much protection was justified.

Environmental organisations such as the Australian Marine Conservation Society insist the plan does not go far enough, while the Moreton Bay Seafood Industry Association says it is disappointed that highly productive fishing areas will be quarantined.

Unveiling the plan in Cleveland on Sunday, Premier Anna Bligh said the government would spend $15.1 million buying out commercial fishing licences but she did not believe the move would force consumers to buy more imported seafood in the long term.

In a bid to quell local concerns, changes have been made to draft green zones near Amity Point, Point Halloran and Point Talburpin, and the Bay Island Transit System will gain an exemption to go-slow zones.

The changes have been welcomed by State Labor MPs but a rival politician and a local environmentalist have voiced serious concerns over the process that led to some of the revisions.

Bay Island Transit System raised the alarm early this year over proposed large vessel go-slow zones in the southern part of Moreton Bay, saying the restrictions would add to travel times and drive up the cost of island transport.

Member for Redlands John English said the company had been granted an exemption from the go-slow zones because it had agreed to redesign vessels to minimise the impact on dugongs.

In other changes, the final Moreton Bay zoning plan pushes proposed fishing bans away from the shoreline at Point Halloran and Point Talburpin.

This will allow anglers to continue to drop a line from the popular fishing sites, but in both cases the green zone now extends further into the bay to compensate for the changes. Mr English said he was satisfied with the compromise.

Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming branded the two amendments an “intensely political, last minute job to save a local state member” in the lead-up to the next election.

The Liberal National Party recently attacked Mr English for launching petitions calling for the changes after revelations Sustainability Minister Andrew McNamara’s office had input into the wording.

Wildlife Preservation Society president Simon Baltais said the relocation of the green zone away from Point Talburpin would make it easier for the State Government to push ahead with development in southern Redland Bay.

Member for Cleveland Phil Weightman said a draft zone on the western side of North Stradbroke Island had been moved further south to allow yabbying to continue near Amity Point, and a new green zone had been added offshore to the west of Amity to protect seagrass.

Mr Weightman welcomed the government’s plan to trial an artificial reef at the Harry Atkinson site north of Peel Island.

See the final zoning plan at www.epa.qld.gov.au/moretonbay

FISHI NG LINES

* Premier Anna Bligh says she does not believe the new Moreton Bay zoning plan will increase seafood imports. "This is about ensuring there is still fishing in the bay because we're protecting sensitive breeding areas now and well into the future."

* Sustainability Minister Andrew McNamara says boaties will be informed about the green zones through signage at boat ramps, material at fishing shops, signs and markers on the water, and updated GPS data.

* Queensland Game Fishing Association conservation officer Evan Jones says a proper public education campaign is needed. "We don't want to see people innocently pinged for going to areas they didn't know about."

* Moreton Bay Seafood Industry Assocation CEO Kellie Williams says she's disappointed with the zoning plan. "There will definitely be a reduction in the amount of seafood being supplied from Moreton Bay."

* Opposition food security and agriculture spokesman Ray Hopper says he thinks the government's $15 million compensation package for commercial operators will not be enough.

* Wildlife Preservation Society president Simon Baltais says more protection is needed. He's also calling on the government to set up a new authority to properly manage the bay.
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Australia bans the word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers
« Reply #30 on: October 24, 2008, 03:54:57 PM »
Australia bans word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers
The word "drought" makes farmers feel depressed and should be replaced with "dryness", a panel of Australian government experts has said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/3246178/Australia-bans-word-drought-as-too-upsetting-for-farmers.html

By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
Last Updated: 11:47AM BST 23 Oct 2008


The group also warned farmers to get used to the lack of rain because dry conditions are expected to continue.

"Words like drought ... have negative connotations for farm families," a report by the Drought Policy Review Expert Social Panel found.

"There needs to be a new national approach to living with dryness, as we prefer to call it, rather than dealing with drought."

The country is currently in the grip of "the big dry" - a drought which has lasted seven years so far and is crippling the farming sector.

The report into the social effects of the drought found it had eroded farming communities and forced families apart. The weather conditions were also a major cause of depression among farmers, it found.

Panel member Lesley Young said the the research revealed the drought did not just affect men.

Women had been forced off farms to earn extra income, and often took the children with them, breaking up families, she said.

Small towns were also suffering, the report found.

Local sporting teams in rural communities had been affected because residents were so depressed that they no longer had the will to join in.

Several small towns no longer had enough people to form a team because "people could no longer justify both the cost and the time away from the farm".

More than 1,000 farmers and their families turned out to talk to the panel about how the drought had affected them.

Panel chairman Peter Kenny said it was obvious that the enduring dryness made life very hard for farming communities.

"We wonder why people have got so much pressure on them out there and they are blowing their brains out and there is a lot of them doing that," he told the Australian newspaper.

"It is clear that drought is having an impact on the wellbeing of farming families and rural communities."

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Re: Australia bans word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers
« Reply #31 on: October 24, 2008, 03:57:01 PM »
They are banning anything that would make you feel upset WOW SICK I TELL YOU
"BUT ITS FOR YOUR BEST INTEREST."
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Re: Australia bans the word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers
« Reply #32 on: October 24, 2008, 03:58:15 PM »
Hey, Australia, get this:

drought
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Sue me.

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Re: Australia bans the word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers
« Reply #33 on: October 24, 2008, 04:03:12 PM »
DROUGHT!

That should get their attention. ;D
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Re: Australia bans the word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers
« Reply #34 on: October 24, 2008, 04:14:17 PM »
The drought in Australia is being intentionally caused by the same NWO forces now creating weather disasters all over our planet.

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Serious matter as Asbo bans laughing
http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Serious-matter-as-Asbo-bans.4629265.jp
By Michael Howie

DON'T laugh. Don't stare. Don't clap your hands.

They sound like the sort of instructions a primary school teacher would bark at his unruly pupils.

But these ruthless restrictions have been imposed on a father after a long dispute with neighbours over speed bumps.

Stuart Hunt, 45 is also banned from waving objects at people and adopting a menacing stance.

The long list of bizarre prohibitions is contained in an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) delivered to Mr Hunt, of Drumnadrochit in Inverness-shire.

"The Asbo just dropped through my door without any warning. I'm not meant to stare at people or laugh. You wouldn't think it was the basis of an Asbo. It's wishy-washy nonsense," said Mr Hunt.

Mr Hunt is to challenge the terms of the Asbo. He appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court this week accused of breaching the order.

His lawyer, George Mathers, said the terms of the Asbo were "nonsensical". He said: "It contravenes any individual's human rights, a right to a proper, family life. How can you do that if you are not allowed to laugh at anyone. He would technically be breaching his order if he laughs at a joke."

He added: "It is ludicrous. This restricts the fundamental rights of an individual. The Asbo is pretty meaningless. It certainly proposes obligations way beyond what is proportionate.

"We are look at lodging a bill of suspension, which is a form of criminal appeal. We are claiming the Asbo is incompetent and, if it was accepted and there was no Asbo, then Mr Hunt would not face an alleged breach of threat."

Highland Council yesterday attracted ridicule for drawing up the Asbo conditions.

Matt Foot, a lawyer who founded the UK group Asbo Concern, said Mr Hunt's order was probably the most bizarre he had come across.

"It's absolutely ridiculous. Someone else was recently threatened about being sarcastic, but this one is unbelievable. If a person isn't allowed to laugh then we really are living in Stalin's Russia.

"You can imagine some wonderful defences, like 'I wasn't laughing, I was smirking', or 'I wasn't staring, I was just looking'."

"I'm amazed the court let this one through. Not only is it ridiculously prohibitive, it is also totally unenforceable."

The order was issued because of Mr Hunt's feud with Stuart and Shirley Latham. Two years ago they forced Mr Hunt to remove unlawful speed-bumps he had put near their home.

A spokesman for Highland Council refused to discuss why the conditions were drawn up but a statement said: "The council is confident that the order is competent."

So many bizarre ways to be antisocial

A NAKED would-be opera singer was among the bizarre list of people handed Asbos in Scotland last year. Other unusual orders:

• A man from Wales was banned from hospitals except in real emergencies after he faked drug overdoses to stay in hospital.

• A mother-of-two from Lincolnshire was banned from singing as her voice was so bad.

• A man from Rugby was banned from borrowing money from a friend.

• A Clackmannanshire man was banned from shouting at his television.

• An 18-year-old from Swindon was banned from playing football in the street.

• A Somerset man was banned from having a rooster.

• A country and western fan from Leeds who plagued neighbours by playing Dolly Parton songs around the clock was banned from playing music in her home.
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Re: Australia bans the word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers
« Reply #37 on: October 28, 2008, 09:29:25 PM »
The drought in Australia is being intentionally caused by the same NWO forces now creating weather disasters all over our planet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI0_mQg33pQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkb2eN9wVSQ



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Re: Australia bans the word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers
« Reply #38 on: October 28, 2008, 09:39:29 PM »
It's just like Brave New World. Get us to enjoy even the most dismal conditions. And if they can't fix it, change the perception of it.

WE did the same thing with the word "recession" up until a month ago.

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Re: Australia bans the word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers
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Australia bans word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers

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