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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #80 on: January 11, 2009, 02:53:34 PM »
The purpose of this letter is to advise and counsel those who fear that they are being oppressed by a distant government.  You will find that when you first remove the oppression caused by your own ignorance foreign oppression will subside and the disappear altogether.  The United States district courts are territorial and without judicial power.  This has been so since the Judiciary Act of 1789.  If you do not believe this to be true, I have provided the means by which you can dispute my opinion. The complete absence of any Article III district courts in 49 of the 50 states is a “judicial” disaster waiting to happen.  So far, it appears that no terrorist is aware that he or she may escape prosecution for a crime of terrorism because there is only one judicial court in the United States trial court system.  Past Congresses may have been able to successfully construct a complex administrative criminal law process where an accused voluntarily accepts the jurisdiction of a non-article III federal court and judge, but dedicated and emboldened terrorists may be able to destroy it in one case.   Congress must immediately establish Article III courts.

 

My task was to determine the legitimate jurisdiction of the federal district courts in your state.  I fulfilled my objective in the only reasonable manner possible; I gathered all the statute law and enacted code law used to create the federal courts in all the states.  I found only one instance in which Congress had declared that Article III was used to create the court.  The one exception is the district court of Hawaii.   Without exception, all the federal courts in your state are territorial.  The territory that constitutes each of the judicial districts of each court is the federal enclaves within the counties of the state that comprise those judicial districts.   Once the documentation for your local federal courts is reviewed and compared to the cross references provided in the government’s own Title 28 U.S.C., the public deception becomes flagrant.

here is what im talking about there is a way to beat the courts if you are a terrorsit.
http://www.freedom-school.com/law/territorial_courts.htm
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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #81 on: January 11, 2009, 03:17:08 PM »

New teen grog alarm over food essences

By Matt Johnston | January 12, 2009
Article from:  Herald Sun

TEENS are raiding supermarket shelves to get drunk on food essences, sparking calls for tougher clamps on high-alcohol food products. Concerned parents are calling for a ban on sales to minors in Victoria.

A ban was introduced in NSW from January 1.

The father of a teenager who died after drinking food essences has joined the call for bans to be looked at again. He successfully campaigned for large essence bottles to be banned from sale in 2001.

Alcohol experts say teens could swallow deadly amounts of alcohol from food additives without realising the risks they were taking. Some of the cooking materials have as much as 40 per cent alcohol content - about the same as most vodkas and whiskies - and cost as little as $3.

In 2001, sales of essence bottles in shops were restricted to 50ml or 100ml bottles. But parents have told the Herald Sun their children have been mixing those bottles of food essence with cans of soft drink to get drunk.

David Carpenter, from Gordon, near Ballarat, said he and his wife had found several bottles of vanilla and lime essence under their 15-year-old son's pillow and were worried about the potentially harmful consequences.

"There could be brain damage," Mr Carpenter said. "My concern is that there's a new wave out there of kids getting their hands on alcohol. "Even with all the new taxes, the kids are finding ways of getting alcohol."

Mr Carpenter said a security guard from a shopping centre in Ballarat had rung his family because their son was found drunk in the area. Bruce Clark, whose son Leigh died after consuming a large amount of food essence in 1999, said the issue needed to be looked at again by experts.

Bans on sales to minors should be considered, he said.

NSW liquor and gaming director Albert Gardner called for restrictions last year, prompting the ban on sales of food essences to minors.

But Liquor Licensing Victoria spokeswoman Mirjana Jovetic said no new complaints about essences had come through its office, and it was the responsibility of consumers to decide what they bought. "Parents and sales staff should always be alert to the dangers of alcohol consumption by minors, and exercise common sense and caution," Ms Jovetic said.

Australian Drug Foundation chief executive John Rogerson said essences could be dangerous in the hands of young people and could be lethal if taken in large doses.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24899724-5006785,00.html


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« Reply #82 on: January 11, 2009, 07:06:44 PM »
New teen grog alarm over food essences

By Matt Johnston | January 12, 2009
Article from:  Herald Sun

TEENS are raiding supermarket shelves to get drunk on food essences, sparking calls for tougher clamps on high-alcohol food products. Concerned parents are calling for a ban on sales to minors in Victoria.

A ban was introduced in NSW from January 1.

The father of a teenager who died after drinking food essences has joined the call for bans to be looked at again. He successfully campaigned for large essence bottles to be banned from sale in 2001.

Alcohol experts say teens could swallow deadly amounts of alcohol from food additives without realising the risks they were taking. Some of the cooking materials have as much as 40 per cent alcohol content - about the same as most vodkas and whiskies - and cost as little as $3.

In 2001, sales of essence bottles in shops were restricted to 50ml or 100ml bottles. But parents have told the Herald Sun their children have been mixing those bottles of food essence with cans of soft drink to get drunk.

David Carpenter, from Gordon, near Ballarat, said he and his wife had found several bottles of vanilla and lime essence under their 15-year-old son's pillow and were worried about the potentially harmful consequences.

"There could be brain damage," Mr Carpenter said. "My concern is that there's a new wave out there of kids getting their hands on alcohol. "Even with all the new taxes, the kids are finding ways of getting alcohol."

Mr Carpenter said a security guard from a shopping centre in Ballarat had rung his family because their son was found drunk in the area. Bruce Clark, whose son Leigh died after consuming a large amount of food essence in 1999, said the issue needed to be looked at again by experts.

Bans on sales to minors should be considered, he said.

NSW liquor and gaming director Albert Gardner called for restrictions last year, prompting the ban on sales of food essences to minors.

But Liquor Licensing Victoria spokeswoman Mirjana Jovetic said no new complaints about essences had come through its office, and it was the responsibility of consumers to decide what they bought. "Parents and sales staff should always be alert to the dangers of alcohol consumption by minors, and exercise common sense and caution," Ms Jovetic said.

Australian Drug Foundation chief executive John Rogerson said essences could be dangerous in the hands of young people and could be lethal if taken in large doses.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24899724-5006785,00.html

Wow, vanilla and lime essence, huh? I guess it's the new crack, huh?
What's next, school seizure of all cooking spices in home economics (cooking) classes?
What a stupid waste of police officer time...and some really paranoid parents that kid has.

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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #83 on: January 12, 2009, 07:30:59 AM »
Wow, vanilla and lime essence, huh? I guess it's the new crack, huh?
What's next, school seizure of all cooking spices in home economics (cooking) classes?
What a stupid waste of police officer time...and some really paranoid parents that kid has.

What's next? If I was going to guess I'd say nutmeg.


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« Reply #84 on: January 12, 2009, 07:40:45 AM »
Yeah, but what's WRONG with kids nowadays? 10 years ago, it was whippets, then it was kids snorting AIDS meds in Africa, now this?

These kids are just BEGGING for an "alternative reality". But why?

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« Reply #85 on: January 13, 2009, 03:24:48 PM »
Heartless Kiwis demand parents pay for dead Melbourne brothers' bills

By Anthony Dowsley and Kelly Ryan
Herald Sun
January 14, 2009 12:01am

    * Melbourne brothers killed in glacial collapse
    * Company wants parents to pay rental car bill
    * Keys were in pocket of victim

HARD-hearted Kiwis are demanding money from the devastated parents of two Melbourne brothers killed in a glacial ice collapse.

The company wants the Miranda family to pay for moving a rental car whose keys were buried with one of their sons.

Akshay Miranda, 22, had the keys to the Toyota Tarago in his pocket when he and his brother, Ashish, 24, were crushed to death at Fox Glacier, on New Zealand's South Island, the Herald Sun reports.

The owner of Wellington car hire firm New Zealand Car Rental Specialists says the family should foot the bill for a new set of keys and the cost of towing the van to Wellington.

Businessman Edwin Chan said he would not bow to emotional blackmail and would charge the Mirandas for replacement keys and towing costs, which he estimates cost up to $1600.

"Anything we get billed we will pass on to these people," Mr Chan said. "We are not charging them for the extra days.

"I do have compassion for them. But they obviously can't expect me to pick up the pieces.

"I don't believe at the end of the day I should have to pay. We have a business and we have to pay the bills. No one will say to me you do not have to pay the bills. They can't use emotional blackmail.

"I think it's just blackmail to a company."

Mr Chan said he would waive rental fees for the extra four days the car had been stuck at Fox Glacier and would try to minimise the additional costs. The hire costs are $96 a day for the eight-seater van.

But he was upset the keys were buried under the ice with Akshay because he was not permitted to drive the car.

"They have both been told not to drive the car," he said of the brothers. "The father and cousin were supposed to drive the car."

Mr Chan also criticised the dead pair for costing thousands of dollars for the search and recovery, saying they contributed to their own demise by entering an out-of-bounds area.

"At the end of the day they have cost the New Zealand Government a lot of money," he said.

The family was also charged $105 for a night they did not use at the South Beach Motel, near Greymouth, booked for the night of the accident.

Linda Goodson, who runs the motel with her partner Steve Nimmo, said they only charged the family for the one night a room was booked.

"There was a party of people booked for the Thursday and Friday night," she said.

"Alfred Fernandes, who is their cousin, rang to say there had been an accident, but he was going to get some of the party up here and to please leave the unit open. They never arrived."

Ms Goodson said she received a call on the Friday to say they would not be using the room and had agreed to pay the $105 fee for the night.

"Everyone is making us out to be the bad guys. We're running a business," she said.

The family, who were yesterday in Christchurch, were too distraught to speak to the media.

It is unlikely Akshay's body will be recovered for weeks. The holiday was paid by Ashish to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of their parents, Ronnie and Winnie, from Clarinda.

The getaway turned to tragedy when they watched ice blocks the size of cars rain down, but were unaware at the time their only two children were caught under the ice.

New Zealand authorities have said about a third of the 600,000 visitors to Fox Glacier ignored warning signs not to enter danger zones.

The Mirandas, who were on holiday with their cousins, are expected to return to Victoria within days with the body of Ashish.

Authorities may wait for the ice to melt before they retrieve Akshay's body.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24910881-1243,00.html



UPDATE

NZ man offers to pay costs of dead men's car hire

AAP
January 14, 2009 01:19pm

A NEW Zealand good samaritan has offered to pay the towing costs for the car hired by an Australian family whose two sons died when part of Fox Glacier collapsed on them.

Car rental company owner Edwin Chan drew anger from both sides of the Tasman after insisting the parents of Akshay and Ashish Miranda pay a fee of about $NZ2,000 ($1650).

Akshay Miranda, 22, is believed to have been carrying the keys to the Toyota hire car when he and his brother Ashish, 24, were killed under hundreds of tonnes of ice and rocks at the South Island's Fox Glacier last Thursday.

Constable Paul Gurney from Franz Josef Police Station said he had been approached by an Auckland man, who wished to remain anonymous, but would pay the outstanding bill.

"I had a phone call today from a man living in Auckland wanting to pay the bill. I have sent his details off to the family. They may give him a ring or just say thank you," Const Gurney said.

"The public are a bit, not outraged, but just think it is insensitive what the rental company has done."

The cost the car company is claiming would cover towing the car back to Wellington, in the North Island, and new keys for the vehicle, Mr Chan reportedly said.

Mr Chan has said his company NZRCS Rental Cars would not write off the costs because other groups, such as the towing company, would continue to charge his business for the work.

Meanwhile, it is expected the parents of the dead men, Ronnie and Winnie Miranda, will return to Melbourne this afternoon with the body of Ashish.

Authorities in New Zealand are yet to unearth the body of Akshay, and have said the remains may not be recovered until there is another big ice collapse or a flood dislodges the corpse.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24911713-23109,00.html


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« Reply #86 on: January 14, 2009, 02:35:47 PM »
British Airways workers arrested after plane damaged at Heathrow

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January 15, 2009 03:34am

TWO British Airways ground staff were arrested after a plane was damaged as it prepared for take off from London's Heathrow Airport.
The two men, aged 54 and 49, were held last Friday morning after damage was discovered to the fuselage of the plane, believed to have been caused by a small electric-powered baggage truck.

Media reports said the plane, an Airbus A321 bound for Aberdeen with 80 passengers, had been left with a gash and that the workers had failed to report the incident.

"Ground crew at Heathrow Terminal 5 became aware of damage to the fuselage of an aircraft preparing for take off," said a police spokesman. "Two men were arrested in connection with the incident."

The spokesman said the incident was not being treated as terrorism-related and the men were released on police bail after questioning. BA said the pair had been put on a precautionary suspension while detectives carried out investigations. A spokeswoman declined to say how badly damaged the plane had been and how its safety might have been affected. "The aircraft is being fixed by our engineers," she said.

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« Reply #87 on: January 14, 2009, 02:39:13 PM »

German ad slogan evoking Nazi camp pulled

From correspondents in Berlin
Agence France-Presse
January 14, 2009 09:30pm

A GERMAN advertising campaign was abruptly cancelled over complaints that the slogan used also stood at the entrance to the Nazi Buchenwald concentration camp, a newspaper has reported.

Coffee company Tchibo and oil group Esso will tear down advertising posters proclaiming "To Each His Own'', posted at around 700 petrol stations across Germany, the Frankfurter Rundschau said.

The phrase was originally coined by Cato over 2000 years ago (suum cuique'), but its German translation "Jedem das Seine'' was misused as a cynical slogan by the Nazis.

A spokeswoman for Tchibo, Angelika Scholz, told the newspaper the company had "no intention of hurting anyone's feelings''.

The slogan was "unfortunately'' chosen and the signs will be removed "as soon as possible,'' she said. Esso said the advertising firm that designed the campaign was unaware the slogan selected had Nazi overtones.

The Central Council for Jews in Germany, the country's leading Jewish organisation, complained the slogans were either "incredibly tasteless'' or showed a "total ignorance of history''.

The two companies are not the first to have used the phrase in Germany. Mobile phone company Nokia became embroiled in a similar row in 1998 when advertising interchangeable mobile phone cases.

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« Reply #88 on: January 18, 2009, 02:21:54 PM »

Car rego loss for fine evaders in Victoria

By Ashley Gardiner | January 19, 2009
Article from:  Herald Sun

THE Victorian Government is struggling to cope with an explosion in the number of unpaid fines.
Almost 1000 court orders lapse in Victoria every day.

Attorney-General Rob Hulls yesterday threatened fine evaders with cancellation of their car registrations.

Such a power has existed since 2006.

The Herald Sun can reveal the number of expired enforcement orders has skyrocketed by a shocking 130 per cent in four years.

Such orders are issued by the courts following failure to pay an infringement notice.

During 2007-08, more than 332,000 such orders lapsed because no action was taken.

In 2004-05, 142,000 enforcement orders expired.

A source said the number of expired enforcement orders was rising in line with the number of fines issued by the Government.

Shadow attorney-general Robert Clark said the resources to enforce the increased number of fines did not exist.

"While the honest motorist pays the fine, even if they believe it is unfair, the defaulters who thumb their nose at the law are getting away with it," Mr Clark said.

"The Sheriff's office has been understaffed and has had a series of management problems for years."

The biggest jump was between 2007-08 and the previous year; an extra 81,000 enforcement orders lapsed.

"The Sheriff's office is finding it harder and harder to cope," Mr Clark said.

Infringement notices can be issued by a range of state organisations, including the police, government departments and local councils.

During 2006-07, 4.1 million infringement notices were issued across all organisations.

Mr Hulls said yesterday Victorians who ignored fine reminders would not be able to renew their car registrations.

He said the Government would begin a six-month trial as part of a statewide crackdown on fine defaulters.

Mr Hulls said the Sheriff could direct VicRoads to stop the registration of a fine defaulter's vehicle.

"People who don't pay their fines run the risk of driving an unregistered motor vehicle," Mr Hulls said yesterday.

Fine defaulters will start receiving warning letters to this effect from today.

"It is the latest in a series of tough new sanctions introduced by the Brumby Government to target fine defaulters, including wheel-clamping and the suspension of driving licences," Mr Hulls said.

This power has existed from 2006, but has not been widely enforced until now.

Introducing the legislation into Parliament in 2005, Mr Hulls said: "Any renewal notice sent by VicRoads will indicate that a person will need to pay their fines . . . before the licence or registration can be renewed."

It was first foreshadowed in an announcement by Mr Hulls more than three years ago.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24930449-5006785,00.html


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« Reply #89 on: January 24, 2009, 12:59:03 PM »


Sniffing it out

Sleeman. [01:59] Daily Telegraph  |  23 January 2009

AS crowds pile in for Big Day Out, we take a closer look at the police's little helpers. Produced by Tim Artlett, Gemma Jones and Rebecca
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« Reply #90 on: January 24, 2009, 01:53:55 PM »

Schools call for junk food bans

By Stephen Drill | January 25, 2009
Article from:  Sunday Herald Sun

TEACHERS in Victoria should have the power to be lunch box police so they can confiscate chips, chocolates and sugary sweets to ensure children are healthy, principals say.

More than half of the state's top educators support a total junk food ban.

"Disruptive" mobile phones were also on the ban hit-list for 60 per cent of principals.

And the State Government has been given an end of year fail mark from principals over the "disgusting" condition of school toilets, with 54 per cent saying their blocks needed to be rebuilt or upgraded.

Some reported that students were so repulsed by smelly, dirty toilets, they would hold on all day instead of going at school.

The call for a total junk food ban follows a State Government move to ban confectionery from school canteens from next year and a ban on high-sugar soft drink in schools since 2007.

Victorian Principals Association chief Fred Ackerman has backed the move, saying teachers needed the authority to enforce healthy eating habits.

But parents are against schools becoming a "nanny state" and say they will continue to put treats in their child's lunch.

An exclusive Sunday Herald Sun survey of 217 of the state's 1600 government school principals revealed:

THREE-QUARTERS are worried they do not have enough welfare officers to help students dealing with family violence, behavioural problems and depression;

TWO-THIRDS say their schools are not safe against intruders; and

FOUR out of five schools say they do not have a bullying problem.

Opposition education spokesman Martin Dixon has also supported the junk food restrictions, saying there was no down side to a blanket ban.

"The idea of a junk food ban in canteens is a good move, but it's only a drop in the ocean. Kids find ways around it," he said.

Parents Victoria chief executive Gail McHardy said education about healthy eating was better than prohibition.

"Lunch is only one meal of the day and healthy food is not always affordable for some community members," she said.

Education Minister Bronwyn Pike also said she was against the idea of taking parents' lunch box rights away.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24958719-5006785,00.html


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« Reply #91 on: January 28, 2009, 01:24:51 PM »

Church schools can ban gay staff in South Australia

By Greg Kelton
The Advertiser
January 29, 2009 12:01am

    * Church schools can knock back gay staff
    * Schools retain "non Christian" dress rights
    * Loopholes under revised laws

CHURCH schools will retain the right to refuse to employ gay teachers in South Australia under a watering-down of proposed anti-discrimination laws.

Religious schools also will retain the right to prevent students, who belong to a non Christian  religion, from wearing the dress or adornments of that religion at school.

The new Bill, which replaces a controversial 2006 Bill, gives employers a loophole under which they can refuse to employ people wearing religious dress, such as burkas, by allowing them to set "reasonable" standards of workplace dress.

Proposed legislation to make the changes is set down for debate when Parliament resumes on Tuesday.

That follows nearly three years of debate and intense behind-the-scenes negotiations between Labor and the Opposition.

Under the old Bill, church schools wanting an exemption to discriminate on the grounds of sexuality were required to lodge a copy of their policy with the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity and make it available to current and prospective staff, students and parents.

That has been watered down so schools only will need to have a written policy available on inquiry and publish it on their website if they have one. Other proposed changes include:

RAISING the age limit from 12 to 16 under which a student can make a formal sexual harassment complaint.

DROPPING a proposed unlawful act of victimisation if a person were to "engage in a public act inciting hatred, serious contempt or severe ridicule of a person or group".

DELETING part of the Bill which made it an offence to discriminate on the grounds of where a person lived.

LIMITING discrimination on the grounds of caring responsibilities to those looking after immediate family members while the original Bill had a much wider coverage.

Opposition justice spokeswoman Isobel Redmond said the Liberals, who supported large sections of the original Bill, would decide their position at a shadow cabinet meeting next week.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24977297-1246,00.html


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« Reply #92 on: January 31, 2009, 04:30:28 PM »

Cranky cop in row over Krispy Kremes

By Hannah Davies
The Courier-Mail
January 31, 2009 10:09am


EVEN the doughnut-loving Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons would have been appalled. Well, maybe.
A Brisbane police officer got into a holey row with Krispy Kreme staff, demanding to be served free doughnuts.

Shocked customers looked on as the officer argued with staff for several minutes in a bid to get his freebies, before finally storming off - empty handed and non-cinnamon-fingered.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," a witness said. "He was quite rude, insisting his doughnuts should be free. He was so greedy for the doughnuts. I thought, 'you swine, get your money out and pay for them like everyone else'."

As the icing on the cake, Krispy Kreme has now decided to stop supplying Brisbane police with leftover doughnuts.

The junior constable from the City Beat unit, on Adelaide St, was reprimanded by colleagues after the embarrassing scene.

Before the incident, officers had been regularly popping in to collect free boxes of leftover doughnuts at the store in nearby Albert St at the end of the day.

Staff were unable to sell the doughnuts and were only too happy to oblige.

A police source said the officer had become confused and thought the free doughnut arrangement applied at all times. "Everyone's a bit annoyed because they were a nice treat at the end of the day with a coffee," he said.

"It's a shame the arrangement came to such a nasty end, because we do love Krispy Kremes - although our waistlines are looking a lot better now."

A spokeswoman for the Queensland Police Service said the officer's behaviour could not be condoned.

"A constable from City Beat received managerial guidance at the time of the incident," she said.

It is believed the Krispy Kreme store now gives the leftover doughnuts to the homeless instead.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24988152-29277,00.html


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« Reply #93 on: February 02, 2009, 06:48:51 AM »
Graffiti girl jailed for first offence

By Byron Kaye

AAP

February 02, 2009 05:44pm

    * Girl writes nickname on cafe wall
    * Jailed for three months
    * No prior criminal history

AN 18-year-old girl with no prior criminal history has been jailed for writing her nickname on the wall of a Sydney cafe.

Cheyene Back, who turned 18 last month, wept as she was sentenced to three months jail for graffiti on the public wall at Hyde Park Cafe, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Back, from Daceyville, was caught with a black texta at the scene last month.

She was convicted of intentionally destroying or damaging property in Downing Centre Local Court this afternoon.

The word she allegedly wrote, "2shie", measuring 30cm by 60cm was still on the wall after her sentencing.

She was caught with a group of about five youths.

Hyde Park Cafe is seeking $200 compensation.

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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #94 on: February 06, 2009, 07:29:08 AM »

Emirates Airlines insists man's ashes travel as luggage

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February 06, 2009 12:01am

    * Told to check in husband's ashes
    * This is contrary to Sikh tradition
    * "Must be transported respectfully"

A BRISBANE family is in shock after an airline told the mother she could only take her husband's ashes to India as checked luggage, contrary to Sikh tradition.

Nashater Hayer and her daughter Debbie are scheduled to fly to the Indian state of Punjab on Sunday to throw Kewal Singh Hayer's ashes into the Kiratpur River, but the airline will not let Mrs Hayer carry the urn with her.

Mrs Hayer does not speak much English, but Debbie Hayer said her mother was distraught to find out the airline expected her husband's remains to travel in the cargo hold, The Courier-Mail reports.

"I've been on the phone to Emirates the last two days non-stop and I'm still waiting for them to get back to me," Ms Hayer said.

"I rang the general number and got put through to the United States. I rang the Brisbane Airport office and they put me through to Melbourne. I'm just disgusted with the way they're behaving."

Sikh tradition says the deceased person's ashes must be transported respectfully before they are distributed in flowing water.

Emirates Airlines has refused to budge, and when contacted by The Courier-Mail would only refer to their policy which bans human remains as carry-on baggage because of the "unsuitability of these items for security inspection prior to boarding".

But Sikh Council of Australia president Ajmer Singh Gill said other airlines usually did not have a security problem with remains.

"Even under the new security rules, ashes do not qualify as dangerous - we haven't come across this one before," Mr Gill said.

Debbie Hayer said she would not have booked with Emirates if she had known about its policy.

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Council to seize trolleys
« Reply #95 on: February 20, 2009, 12:56:06 AM »
Council to seize trolleys



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19/02/2009 5:12:00 PM

http://redland.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/Political/council-to-seize-trolleys/1438723.aspx?storypage=0


REDLAND City Council is moving to rewrite local laws to allow it to seize abandoned shopping trolleys from public places and demand retail outlets pay a release fee to recover them.

The council flagged the new, tougher approach at a committee meeting this week after admitting its past efforts to work cooperatively with shopping centres to reduce the number of trolleys left in creeks, parks and by the roadside had only had "limited" success.

Councillors backed proposed changes to the local roads law, but council officers are still working out how the seizure scheme will operate and, after seeking legal advice, will bring updated details to next week's general meeting.

The draft changes unveiled at Wednesday's planning and policy committee meeting would allow the council to pick up shopping trolleys left abandoned on or alongside suburban streets and impound them for a set period of time - probably a few weeks or months.

The council would give trolley owners - supermarkets and shopping centres - the opportunity to recover seized trolleys from storage, but they would have to pay a release fee to do so. The exact charge has not yet been set.

The proposed new local law, if approved in its current form, would allow the council to destroy or sell any trolleys that were not reclaimed.

The council already has the power to fine people caught dumping trolleys on suburban streets, but the local authority has flagged changes to the penalties so that it can simply issue infringement notices on the spot rather then having to take the matter to a Magistrates Court. The on-the-spot fine is expected to be $200 under new penalty unit values - one-tenth of the maximum penalty.

Council officers are understood to be considering possible changes to the wording of the proposed new local law ahead of next week's general meeting to clarify what streets the seizure powers would apply to.

Councillors have also asked officers to adjust the local parks law to give the council the power to seize shopping trolleys in public places other than roads and footpaths.

The draft changes will have to be sent to the State Government so it can have its say before the council seeks public feedback.

Council Infrastructure Planning Manager David Elliott said shopping trolleys continued to be a “vexing” community issue, with residents making 56 complaints about stray trolleys since January last year. Many councillors insisted the true number of dumped trolleys would be much higher.

Shopping centres are now trying to find innovative new ways to solve the problem of lost trolleys. The recently launched national “Trolley Tracker” initiative offers cash prizes for residents who report wayward trolleys by phoning 1800 641 497 or visiting www.trolleytracker.com.au.

Division 9 Councillor Karen Williams, whose division includes the busy Capalaba shopping centres, said the trolley issue had progressively worsened with the major retailers centralising their trolley operations and directing residents’ calls to other states rather than their local store.

“The average response time to these calls in recent months in Capalaba has been up to three weeks, leaving our suburban streets looking like a shopping centre carpark,” she said.

A council report said the latest plan to seize abandoned shopping trolleys followed similar law changes in Brisbane and Logan cities. Councillors will decide what course of action to take at next Wednesday’s general meeting.
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Call for 30kph (18mph) speed limit in CBD / Congestion tax
« Reply #96 on: February 23, 2009, 04:26:32 AM »
Call for 30kmh (18mph) limit in CBD

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/call-for-30kmh-limit-in-cbd/2009/02/23/1235237504358.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Andrew Wight | February 23, 2009


Speed limits of 30kmh would be enforced on Brisbane CBD streets under a plan being debated this morning by Brisbane City Council (BCC).  In a submission currently before council's Civic Cabinet, the BCC City Centre Master Plan said a proposal to reduce speed limits to 40kmh did not go far enough.

"Consideration should be given to achieving an upper limit of 30kmh throughout the area, with exceptions for Ann and Turbot Streets," the submission said.

The 30kmh limit plan has already met with support from Bicycle Queensland.

"This is a straight-out safety issue: we've had research to suggest reducing the limits from 60kmh to 40kmh lowers the injuries and fatalities by 50 per cent, but lower it to 30kmh and it's a 95 per cent drop," Bicycle Queensland manager Ben Wilson said.

"Being hit by a car at 30kmh is the equivalent of a hard rugby tackle."

Mr Wilson said it had taken more than 10 years of lobbying to reach this point - and while a further reduction to 30kmh would be welcomed, he considered the prospect unlikely.

"Brisbane isn't ready for 30kmh. There are still motorists in Brisbane that think higher speed limits in the city mean going quicker," he said.

Brisbane City Council Deputy Mayor Graham Quirk said the speed review had been prompted by 524 accidents - including four deaths - in the CBD between 2001 and 2006.

Civic Cabinet is today expected to vote to change limits in several streets to 40kmh, including George Street and Roma Street. However, Ann and Turbot Streets would remain at 60kmh due to their status as busy through-traffic streets. North Quay, which funnels onto the Riverside Expressway, may be included in the speed reductions.

Streets to be reviewed include:

* all streets in the CBD between Ann and Alice Streets, including Alice Street;

* all streets in the CBD between North Quay and Boundary Street, including North Quay;

* all of George Street including the section between Roma Street and Ann Street; and

* Roma Street, Tank Street, Herschel Street and Makerston Street.

"At the moment there is far too much traffic going through the CBD that wants to go somewhere else," Deputy Mayor Graham Quirk said in a statement.

"People clearly associate vehicle speed with safety so it is no surprise to us that most people want to have a slower, safer and more relaxed CBD.

"With the Lord Mayor's TransApex bridge and tunnels scheme we will be able to offer alternative routes to through traffic and make the CBD a safer location for everyone."

RACQ media spokesman Gary Fites said he believed a speed limit of 40kmh brought "the right balance".

"This move recognises the level of pedestrian activity on the CBD and that speed limits should reflect that," he said.

"We've been assured that there will be plenty of signage."

During consultation on the plan, 27 per cent of those consulted were not in favour of reductions, calling instead for programs to educate pedestrians and drivers.

The council's Labor Opposition leader, Cr Shayne Sutton, said a 40 kilometre limit was not enough to guarantee pedestrian safety.

“Our city centre needs a comprehensive pedestrian plan that is dedicated to making the CBD a safer and more pedestrian-friendly place," Cr Sutton said.

 “The Lord Mayor has been dodging the issues of pedestrian safety and traffic management in the CBD for far too long and it’s simply not good enough."

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Charge for congestion, says expert

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/charge-for-congestion-says-expert/2008/09/17/1221330921900.html

Tony Moore | September 18, 2008


Brisbane may not suit a London-style congestion tax, but could consider a "cordon-charging" scheme, a UK congestion charge expert said yesterday. Now the RACQ wants Main Roads to again investigate whether there were future benefits for motorists because of the popularity of the E-toll technology.

Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt wrote to the RACQ last month rejecting its most recent request to investigate a congestion pricing scheme for Brisbane. John Mason is the head of enforcement operations for London's congestion charge, which is run by Transport for London.

He told delegates at the Queensland Infrastructure Summit conference at the Marriott Hotel yesterday that the decision to cut London's skyrocketing congestion costs was the trigger for London to act. But he said Brisbane need not follow London's example.

He said there were different charging schemes which could be designed to suit Brisbane.

"London's inner-ring road network allows traffic to go around the central city," Mr Mason said.

"So any traffic that previously went through the zone could go around the ring road. That zonal scheme works very well for central London. But you could potentially do a cordon scheme in somewhere like Brisbane."

Brisbane does not have an effective free ring-road system, although the tolled TransApex tunnel projects will provide some alternative. A cordon scheme sets boundaries around congestion hot zones and charges motorists who want to drive through the zone. Mr Mason said detailed analysis could tell planners where traffic was going, why people drove through the CBD and what the alternatives routes would be.

"It works in London because you have the (congestion charging) zone and you have the ring road and people can find an alternative (free) route."

The RACQ supports building a free ring-road system in Brisbane and investigating a cordon-style congestion price for South-East Queensland, general manager of public policy Michael Roth said. The motoring body first pitched its ideas in a 2006 submission to the Queensland Government's Green Paper on Smart Travel Choices for South-East Queensland. Mr Roth said the current trend to build toll roads allowed roads to be built quickly, but charging motorists to use them reduced their ability to cut congestion.

RACQ research showed that the new Hale Street Link would be used by 50 per cent fewer cars than it could if the second bridge was free, because some motorists would not pay the toll.

"So we don't see tolling as a very good solution for congestion," Mr Roth said. "We don't see it as effective as an inner-city ring road system and a well-designed congestion charge."

He said about 300,000 Brisbane motorists already used E-toll transponders, which made it simpler to monitor a cordon-style, congestion-pricing scheme. Traffic congestion will cost Brisbane $9 billion a year by 2026 if no steps are taken to reduce it, the council's public transport committee chair, Jane Prentice, said. London's congestion charge was introduced in 2003. Motorists now pay up to £8 ($18) to drive into central London.

Mr Mason said the charge has helped take about 70,000 cars out of central London and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 16 per cent.

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RACQ (Royal Automobile Club of Queensland) - Economic & Public Policy Analysis

January, 2006

http://www.racq.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/8984/Policy_toll_congestion_position.pdf

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RACQ Position on Road Infrastructure Funding and Traffic Congestion Management

Opposition to tolls:

RACQ believes that the funding of roads is a fundamental responsibility of government and therefore maintains a policy of opposition to road tolls.The Club maintains a vigorous pursuit of greater government investment in roads and their maintenance on the basis of their importance to the economy and the community overall.

It is the RACQ’s view that public borrowing for road infrastructure, based on sound cost benefit analysis, constitutes a rewarding investment for the government and the community as a whole.

The RACQ rejects the concept of accepting tolls on new roads as a “last resort”, particularly given the increasing tendency of governments to make them the “first option”. In circumstances where governments persist with the imposition of tolls on specific projects, the RACQ will actively seek the best possible outcomes for motorists in regard to level of tolls and availability of suitable alternative free routes.

What constitutes a “reasonable” or “adequate” alternative non-tolled route will be determined on a case by case basis, but with strong weighting on such factors as convenience, equity, safety and level of congestion on the alternative route.
RACQ recognises that tolls inevitably discriminate against sections of the motoring community on the basis of both income and location, denying them the opportunity to enjoy the time-saving or safety benefits of a high-class road facility. This is an important component of the club’s in-principle opposition to toll roads and we believe government has an obligation to mitigate such inequity in all instances where tolls are imposed.

Effective anti-congestion measures required
Based on extensive research, RACQ recognises that tolls are inherently counter-productive to effective congestion management in urban environments (tolling-off effect). Where tolls are imposed on bypass routes, governments must therefore take practical measures to reduce this negative consequence by maintaining a free flow of general traffic on alternative routes.

The RACQ recognises that south-east Queensland, in particular, has a significant and growing traffic congestion problem, which needs to be managed effectively if economic activity and road transport in the region are not to experience severe dislocation.
The RACQ has conducted extensive research on this issue that supports a comprehensive package of measures for congestion management to be effective. This package includes a comprehensive, free-access orbital road system for Brisbane and selected improvements to public transport prior to implementation of congestion pricing on routes into the cental business district. This pricing would be variable from zero charge, depending on congestion levels and/or time of day.

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RACQ - Toll roads not a congestion saviour


The RACQ's president has told a national toll road conference that charging motorists to use new city bypass roads is not an effective solution to Brisbane's traffic congestion crisis.

Instead, Julie-Anne Schafer advocated greater cooperation from all levels of government to provide the city with a comprehensive non-tolled ring road system and then charging motorists to use city roads only when and where they became congested.

"Tolling roads built to relieve traffic congestion is inherently contrary to that very objective," Ms Schafer told the National Toll Roads Summit in Brisbane.

"In the case of arterial roads, our governments have been progressively moving away from the tradition of free access to taxpayer-funded facilities, but have done so in ways that will not effectively deal with traffic congestion and road damage."

Ms Schafer said tolls on new roads encouraged drivers to stay on existing unpriced, congested roads, undermining the congestion-alleviating potential of the new road.

"The higher the toll, the smaller the benefit to the community overall," she said.

In relation to toll roads delivered through public private partnerships, the RACQ recognised the benefits of private provision of the vast bulk of goods and services. But the RACQ retained concerns over the application of this model to roads.

"Prime among these concerns are inappropriate allocation of risk bearing, and conflict between the congestion-alleviation goal of governments and the profit-maximising objective of private operators," Ms Schafer said.

Referring to well documented problems with Sydney's privately operated Cross City Tunnel, including local street closures to funnel traffic into the toll facility, Ms Schafer warned that governments retained the responsibility of protecting and advancing the public interest in such matters and the political risk of not doing so.

The RACQ believed that a change of approach and attitudes by the State and Federal Governments was vital to effectively addressing the Brisbane's growing traffic congestion problem.

The Queensland Government needed to make decisions on urban transport infrastructure on the basis of the comparative social benefit-cost analyses rather than on planning ideology that currently resulted in the provision of non-tolled bypass roads being neglected in favour of heavily subsidised public transport projects.

At the same time, the Federal Government's reluctance to provide a greater return of fuel excise to roads and its minimal interest in helping address urban congestion had increased pressure on state and local governments to fund congestion-alleviating facilities without access to the major taxing mechanisms that were currently in the Commonwealth's hands.

Ms Schafer suggested that a reduction in federal fuel excise to make room for anti-congestion pricing on the busiest city roads at peak periods would be a valuable Commonwealth contribution to managing urban traffic congestion, with revenue raised being used to help pay for toll-free bypass routes.

"Canvassing consideration of anti-congestion pricing comes at the risk of criticism from some politicians, who claim such charges would be 'anti-motorist'," she said.

"But, meanwhile, they charge ahead with traditional toll facilities that will extract cash from motorists' e-Tag accounts regardless of time of day - or any meaningful impact on congestion within the road network."

Ms Schafer told the conference two-thirds of RACQ members polled on the issue supported anti-congestion pricing with fuel tax offsets as part of a congestion management package, inclusive of toll-free bypass routes, fixing bottlenecks on other roads and public transport improvements.

She referred delegates to a recent major report on Britain's road transport system prepared for that country's government by Sir Rod Eddington, in which the former British Airways chief executive and current adviser on business issues to the federal ALP stated "road pricing has the potential to deliver substantial benefits for road users, for the environment, for the economy and taxpayers".

"Here in Australia, a recent Commonwealth Treasury paper on Australia's Infrastructure Policy and the COAG National Reform Agenda was completely devoid of reference to tolls," Ms Schafer said. "Instead, it made a case for congestion pricing.

"Noting that vehicle owners currently paid for their overall road use through fuel taxes and registration fees, the Treasury paper's authors argued that these charges were not appropriate for tackling Australia's urban congestion challenges."

Outside the conference, Ms Schafer said the Eddington report and the Commonwealth Treasury paper added additional weight to RACQ calls to reform fuel excise into charges that better reflected the 'external' costs that vehicle owners actually generated, either through congestion or, in the case of heavy vehicles, road damage.
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Re: Call for 30kmh (18mph) speed limit in CBD / Congestion tax
« Reply #97 on: February 23, 2009, 04:46:05 AM »
Lowering speed limits would seem to increase congestion, cut the speed in half, double the time you spend on the road.

The city where I live, had bad congestion, then the city has been replacing 4 way stop signs with round a bouts or two way stops, and increased the speed limits in most parts of the city, and it is actually not bad at all anymore.

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Re: Call for 30kmh (18mph) speed limit in CBD / Congestion tax
« Reply #98 on: February 23, 2009, 05:30:06 AM »
Lowering speed limits would seem to increase congestion, cut the speed in half, double the time you spend on the road.

The city where I live, had bad congestion, then the city has been replacing 4 way stop signs with round a bouts or two way stops, and increased the speed limits in most parts of the city, and it is actually not bad at all anymore.
Believe me your lucky to get above that speed in the city and the pedestrian stop / walk signs nearly get you run over.

A transit system trialling at Heathrow Airport (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7hgipbHBK8) would do wonders in Brisbane City. Especially going from South Bank crossing the river to the CBD...Universities, Libraries, Shopping Centres, Parliament etc.

But I should expect that nothing like that will ever eventuate here.
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Re: Call for 30kmh (18mph) speed limit in CBD / Congestion tax
« Reply #99 on: February 23, 2009, 06:23:08 AM »
Believe me your lucky to get above that speed in the city and the pedestrian stop / walk signs nearly get you run over.


If pedestrian traffic is a problem, the city should consider pedestrian overpasses. Where I lived, I am not sure if it building code or just the developers here, the airport , parking garages, and malls are either connected or have raised or lowered walkways. We also have two north south, and three east west bicycle "freeways". They go along our rivers and canyons so they were easy to build.

Sure it costs a lot to build but think about it this way, lets say you cut transit time for 10,000 people an hour a day, which can easily be done by modifying the worst intersections, the income/leisure of those people will increase the taxable income and will easily pay for the project.

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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #100 on: February 24, 2009, 06:57:26 PM »

School bus driver drops kids at police station

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February 25, 2009 10:34am

A SCHOOL bus driver took a detour to the local police station to get officers to deal with misbehaving children.

The Queensland Times reports the driver took the bus load of St Edmund's College and St Mary's College students to the Yamanto station just after 3.30pm.

Apparently the students had refused to wear seatbelts and the last straw was a lolly that hit the driver on the head.

“I think it was the straw that broke the camel's back,” said one man, who was picking up his younger brother from the police station.

One St Edmund's pupil said he felt the bus driver had overreacted.

“People were mucking around but he did not have to go that far,” he said.

He added that the driver beeped his horn repeatedly outside the station for 20 minutes before three police officers came out and told the school kids they were being stupid.

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« Reply #101 on: March 13, 2009, 08:00:59 AM »
Stop Use of Word 'Leper'

Use condemned as discriminatory at Global Appeal

LONDON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/

Mr Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Elimination of Leprosy and Japanese Government Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy, has called for an end to the common use of the word "leper."

Speaking at the launch in London of the fourth Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination Against People Affected by Leprosy, held to coincide with World Leprosy Day, he said that the word "carries the meaning of a pariah, or social outcast."

Mr Sasakawa said that people affected by leprosy have demanded that the term not be used. "Unfortunately its use continues to this day in the news media, including the UK media, impacting on the dignity and human rights of people with the disease."

This year's Global Appeal has been publicly supported by the world's religious leaders -- appealing to the power and influence of religion to change deeply discriminatory attitudes in society as experienced by people affected by leprosy. Sixteen religious leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, the Chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulamas, the Chief Rabbi of Israel and the President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care at the Vatican, have signed the Appeal.

Mr Sasakawa, who is also Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, pointed out that "since an effective cure became available in the mid-1980's, 16 million people have been cured of leprosy worldwide. But, if we include family members, perhaps as many as 100 million people face leprosy-related discrimination in some form, often on a daily basis."

In June 2008, the UN Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to eliminate stigma and discrimination against leprosy-affected people.

However, in contravention of the resolution, several countries including the United States and the United Kingdom have regulations restricting the issue of work or residence permits to people with leprosy.

Mr Sasakawa said that removing "discrimination from society requires the co-operation of society's most influential members. Therefore I ask the religious leaders who have signed this year's Global Appeal to convey its message to their believers and followers."

Source: The Nippon Foundation

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« Reply #102 on: March 16, 2009, 04:46:57 AM »
A Happy Story!

Lets face it, protesting nude is stupid and down right dangerous in this brave new world of tasers, pepper spray, rubber bullets and heat cannons. I thought I'd post this story because the police were in attendance and there were NO incidents! NONE! If there are any Melbourne police reading this, well done! This is how the police are supposed to behave. Be there in case there is trouble and leave the protesters, no matter how idiotic they are, alone. I am pleased to post this no violence or violation of rights story.




Nude cyclists take to Melbourne streets

16 Mar 09 @ 09:12am by Michelle Rose



A couple get an unusual wedding photo at State Parliament during the World Naked Bike Ride. Picture: Josie Hayden

A NEWLY married couple got a wedding picture with a difference when naked cyclists converged on their photo session at State Parliament yesterday.

World Naked Bike Ride organiser Heidi Hill said the newlyweds grabbed the chance to get a photo when the cyclists reached the mid-way point of their annual ride yesterday.

“They were having photos taken on the steps of Parliament House and all of a sudden we showed up and they had to have a photos with us,” Ms Hill said.

>>Gallery: the naked ride through Melbourne
>>Gallery: last year’s ride
Warning: both galleries contain nudity

Ms Hill said the naked bike ride through Melbourne’s streets went off without a hitch.

Police accompanied cyclists from Fitzroy to State Parliament and back yesterday, but no arrests were made.

Event participants last week vowed they were prepared to be arrested if police tried to stop them riding nude along Brunsick and Lygon streets.

Police last year told male cyclists to cover up “because men have exposed genitalia”.

Ms Hill said about 50 cyclists who braved the cold yesterday “had a ball” on the hour-long ride.

“We had a couple of people fall off in the wet on the tram tracks, but no one was injured,” Ms Hill said.

“Police were helpful but unobtrusive. They let everyone ride naked.”

Fellow riders in Sydney were not so lucky.

“They weren’t even able to ride topless. They had huge trouble,” Ms Hill said.

Ms Hill said the nude group received a warm reception from onlookers on the ride.

“There was not one negative comment. It was just applause and screaming,” she said.

Ms Hill said traffic was stopped at the intersection of Brunswick St and Johnston St so the cyclists could get a group photo.

“The tourists loved it,” she said.

“It was different in Lygon St – it was more shock. People sitting at restaurants weren’t really expecting us.”

The ride, which has been going for five years, is one of two to be held this year.

“We do a winter ride to support Eugene, Oregon, our naked sister city,” Ms Hill said.

“They rode for us yesterday even it was snowing. Last year they got tasered. It is a criminal offence over there.”

Ms Hill said the ride aimed to promote positive body image as well as the environmental credentials of cycling.

“There were naturists, there were bike activists there just to promote bike safety and then there were greenies who wanted a greener planet,” she said.

“I do it for the body image - for young girls to realise not everybody looks like Britney Spears,” she said.

“The only images they see of naked people are airbrushed.

“Everybody who comes off the ride feels fantastic about themselves.”

Ms Hill said the youngest participant was a fully clothed three-year-old who rode on the back of her dad’s bike seat, while the oldest was in his 60s.


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« Reply #103 on: March 23, 2009, 05:43:54 PM »

Baggy-trousered teen fined for cheeky flash

Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:12pm EDT

CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian teenager wearing baggy trousers and no underwear was fined after his pants fell down just as a female police officer was walking past, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

Trent Joseph Wroe, 19, was fined A$250 ($168), and ordered to wear a belt, after the February 28 incident in Mooloolaba in the northern Queensland state, the Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper reported.

Police told a magistrate's court that Wroe deliberately bared his buttocks, but Wroe said he was wearing a pair of borrowed pants which were too big and fell down in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He said he would apologize to the police officer, and promised to wear a belt and underwear in future.

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In case you have been living in a cave here are some examples...and yes, it's considered fashion.




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« Reply #104 on: March 24, 2009, 04:27:32 PM »


NOTE: Tim Tams are a chocolate biscuit made by Arnott's Biscuits, Australia. A Tim Tam is composed of two layers of chocolate malted biscuit, separated by a light chocolate cream filling, and coated in a thin layer of textured chocolate.

According to Arnott's, around 35 million packs are sold each year – nearly 400 million biscuits, an average of approximately 1.7 packs per Australian and 2.5 packs per New Caledonian. Tim Tams were first put onto the market in 1964. They were named by Ross Arnott, who attended the 1958 Kentucky Derby and decided that the name of the winning horse Tim Tam was perfect for a planned new line of biscuits.
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Due to the fact that American cookies have become inedible garbage that taste like flavored plastic, Tim Tams gain an almost instant popularity with Americans that try them.

Tim Tams are an Australian icon, like Oreo's in the U.S.



Tim Tams banned by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore at council events

The Daily Telegraph
March 25, 2009 12:01am


Off the menu ... Clover Mooore has banned "cruel" food products from council events. Picture: Jim Trefyllis.

    * Clover Moore bans "cruel" food
    * Only healthy products at council events
    * Tim Tams scrapped

SYDNEY Lord Mayor Clover Moore has banned Tim Tams from council events for fear they're partially produced through cruel child labour on Africa's Ivory Coast.

In a move to create "sustainable, healthy and cruelty-free catering" at City of Sydney meetings and events, staff have stopped providing chocolate biscuits along with meals containing eggs, bottled water, fat-rich cakes, dairy deserts and "bad" fish species.

One of the first attempts at the new politically correct meals policy was at the council's Investing in Sydney's Future business forum on February 25.

On the menu were vegetables (locally grown), NSW wines (organic) and "a good fish species choice" (blue-eye trevalla).

Liberal councillor Shayne Mallard, who was at a briefing on the guidelines, said the first hint of the new policy was when Tim Tams disappeared from meetings.

"We are being dictated to by a radical green agenda telling us what fish we can eat, what water we drink and banning eggs or Tim Tams instead of focusing on issues like saving jobs," Mr Mallard said.


"Council staff told me Tim Tams were banned because 80 per cent of world cocoa production comes from the Ivory Coast, where there are allegations of child labour."

An Arnott's spokeswoman said only a very limited supply of chocolate was from the Ivory Coast.

"But this supplier is a member of the International Cocoa Initiative, which is dedicated to ensuring no child is exploited in the growing of cocoa and to ending child and forced labour," she said.

Requests for comment from Ms Moore were declined yesterday but a spokeswoman said: "No particular brand of food or drink has been identified as being off the menu."

In a memo obtained by The Daily Telegraph, the council's environmental projects manager Kirsten Woodward said the council would serve only cruelty-free and healthy options.

"Vegan, vegetarian and lactose intolerant options have also been developed for future events," Ms Woodward's memo said.

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« Reply #105 on: April 01, 2009, 10:20:01 PM »

Court told police officer bashed tourist, shoved hose in his mouth

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April 02, 2009 12:01am

    * Six counts of assault, three victims
    * CCTV shows blood 'sheeting down' path
    * Police witness sheds tears in court

A FORMER Queensland police officer allegedly bashed and kicked a handcuffed tourist unconscious before nearly drowning him by jamming a fire hose into his mouth.

Former senior constable Benjamin Thomas Price, 32, yesterday faced Proserpine Court for committal on six counts of assault on three victims.

Police whistleblower Constable Bree Sonter broke down in tears as video of the alleged attack outside Airlie Beach police station was shown to the court, The Courier-Mail reports.

The emotional father of the alleged victim stunned the court as he stood and yelled: "You're a brave man Price, I hope you get a fire hose jammed up your arse in jail."

Timothy Steele, 24, a plasterer from NSW, suffered a broken nose, black eyes, a head wound, hearing problems, memory loss and lack of sensation in his arms and hands after his arrest in the popular Whitsundays tourist town on May 24 last year.

He told the court he was trying to break-up a fight between two mates when he was capsicum sprayed by Sonter. It is alleged Price led the handcuffed Steele to a police car before saying "watch your head" and smashing his face into the vehicle, knocking him unconscious.

Price allegedly dragged Steele from the car outside Airlie Beach watchhouse, repeatedly punched him and "kicked him with his boots" in the face, breaking his nose.

CCTV video footage from the police station shows a dazed, heavily bleeding Steele being dragged into an alley beside the watchhouse. It shows the handcuffed man being punched in the head before having a fire hose jammed into his mouth, where it was held for up to 90 seconds as another officer watches.

Steele screams and groans in agony and blood can be seen sheeting down the concrete path as the policeman stands on the handcuffs, pressing his hand into the back of the man's neck, forcing his head into his lap in a brutal spine lock.

"I felt like I was going to drown," Steele told the court.

"He jammed the hose into my mouth. I couldn't breathe. I was coughing and spluttering blood. It was pretty scary. It went on for a long time.

"I called him a pussy. He knocked me about. I was pretty dazed, I'd had a boot to my face, my nose was broken. I was choking on my own blood, I felt like I was drowning."

Constable Sonter, now based at Sandgate, broke down as she told how she could hear Steele screaming for help.

"I could hear Price yelling 'You like that?' and then a smack sound, it sounded like a punch, and Steele went quiet," she told the court.

The strongly built former officer, who now works as a tree-cutter, also allegedly repeatedly punched another man in the face during an argument about urinating in public.

He also is accused of assaulting tourist Renee Tomms.

Price, who has not yet entered a plea, is represented by Queensland Police Union barrister Steve Zillman.

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« Reply #106 on: April 05, 2009, 01:01:44 AM »

Exam cheaters jailed on state secret charges

Fri Apr 3, 2009 12:38pm EDT

BEIJING (Reuters) - Eight Chinese who used high-tech communications equipment, including mobile phones and wireless earpieces, to help their children cheat at university entrance exams have been jailed on state secret charges, local media said.

The eight, from the wealthy eastern province of Zhejiang, got together in 2007 to plot how to help their children as "they knew their achievements were not ideal," the official Legal Daily said.

One of the parents hired university students to provide answers which were sent to the children via wireless earphones while they were in the exam room, the report said.

But their ruse was discovered after police detected "abnormal radio signals" near the school, the newspaper said.

The parents were given jail terms ranging from six months to three years after being found guilty of illegally obtaining state secrets, it added, without saying what happened to their children.

China's college entrance exams, or "gaokao," are fiercely competitive tests.

Stories of cheating surface every year, despite stiff penalties. Students reportedly pay for leaked exam papers, smuggle in mobile phones and electronic dictionaries, or pay others to take the exam for them.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Sugita Katyal)

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« Reply #107 on: May 08, 2009, 06:53:27 AM »

New smoking bans pass through Parliament

May 08, 2009
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WESTERN Australia's tough new smoking bans, which impose fines of up to $1000 for smoking in cars carrying children or between the flags at the beach, are set to become law after passing through the Lower House of Parliament.

Independent MP Janet Woollard, who framed the legislation, said she was hopeful the Bill would be passed by Parliament's Legislative Council as early as next week.

The new laws will ban smoking within 10m of playgrounds, in cars carrying children under the age of 16 years, in the alfresco areas of cafes and restaurants, in at least 50 per cent of outdoor areas of hotels and in designated beach bathing areas.

Cigarette advertising will be banned in all shops, while outlets other than tobacconists will be required to keep tobacco products under the counter or in a drawer where they are hidden from view.

In the original Bill, Dr Woollard had sought a ban on smoking in all outdoor areas of hotels.

The laws have been watered down to allow smoking in up to 50 per cent of the hotels' alfresco areas, with publicans found to be in breach of the laws liable for fines of up to $2000.

People found flouting the law face an initial $200 fine, while repeat offenders can receive a penalty of $1000.

In NSW, similar tobacco laws will come into effect from July 1.

These include a $250 fine for smoking in cars with children, and a total ban on tobacco companies sponsoring sporting and racing events.

A report in December last year showed Australia's smoking rate has dropped from 34 per cent in 1980 to 19 per cent in 2007.

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« Reply #108 on: May 23, 2009, 05:06:35 PM »

Tokyo park plays high-pitch tone to teen vandals

Fri May 22, 2009 2:48am EDT
 


TOKYO (Reuters Life!) - A Tokyo park has started playing a high-pitched tone at night that only young people can hear to help drive away teenagers who keep vandalizing the toilets and other facilities.

"We were having trouble improving the situation and trying to decide what to do, when we found out about The Mosquito and decided to give it a try," said Haruyuki Masuda, an official in charge of parks in Tokyo's Adachi district.

"The Mosquito" is a device that emits a high-frequency tone that is unbearable to those who can hear it, Masuda said.

The local authorities decided to act after young people hanging out in the district's Kitashikahama Park inflicted damage amounting to around 700,000 yen ($7,400) there last year.

"We could not do anything about it from just patrolling," Masuda said.

People's ability to hear high frequencies falls as they age. The device produces a high-pitch tone of around 17 kilohertz, which teens can hear but older people cannot.

While such devices are used at some convenience stores in Japan also troubled by teens, Masuda said district officials were hesitant at first.

"We were a little worried about whether the local government should be using such a device to exclude certain people, even if these are young people that are causing problems," Masuda said.

"But we have been unable to resolve the issue and many people said we should try it," he said, adding that the device would be tested at the park from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. each night until March 2010.

(Reporting by Yoko Kubota, editing by Miral Fahmy)

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« Reply #109 on: May 28, 2009, 07:31:50 AM »
Out-of-school bullies face suspension
Principals can confiscate mobile phones


Article from: AAP

May 28, 2009 09:42am

SOUTH Australian school principals have been given greater powers to combat students who bully others outside school hours.

Principals will now have powers to suspend students for bullying others when not at school, SA Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith said.

Principals have also been given powers to confiscate mobile phones suspected of being used by cyber-bullies, she said.

"Through new technologies students can become victims of cyber-bullying at any time of the day,'' Ms Lomax-Smith said.
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« Reply #110 on: June 12, 2009, 05:28:36 PM »

Aussie bar mat mum Annice Smoel denied US visa

By Brendan Roberts
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June 12, 2009 12:01am

    * Annice Smoel denied US entry visa
    * Ineligible because she is a convicted criminal
    * Could be barred from US for 7 years

BAR mat mum Annice Smoel's dream family trip to Disneyland is in tatters after she was denied a US visa because of her conviction in Thailand.

Ms Smoel had planned to take her four daughters to Disneyland to make up for the family's Thai nightmare.

The trip was all but cancelled after the US embassy knocked back her application for a non-immigrant visa, the Herald Sun reports.

Ms Smoel is ineligible because she is listed as a convicted criminal after she was jailed for stealing a bar mat in Phuket.

The 36-year-old Melbourne mother said her daughters - aged six to 12 - would be shocked by the latest drama.

"They are going to be devastated, absolutely devastated by this," Ms Smoel said.

"They've been having nightmares and coming into mum's bed at night since I got back.

"It would have been the perfect way to take their minds off all of what's happened."

Ms Smoel received a conviction, a six-month jail term suspended for two years and a small fine after she agreed to plead guilty to theft in exchange for her freedom.

She was given her passport and allowed to leave Thailand after 18 days.

At a meeting with the US embassy in Melbourne yesterday, Ms Smoel was told her conviction for stealing rendered her ineligible for a non-immigrant US visa.

She could be barred from travelling to the US for up to seven years.

"They told me that normally you have to wait five years after a suspended sentence expires to be eligible for this type of visa," Ms Smoel said.

"That's seven years away, my girls will be grown up by then."

Ms Smoel's only recourse relies on the wording of the Thai theft charge.

If her conviction is for a misdemeanor charge and not a felony charge, she may get a reprieve from US authorities.

"I've got to get all the Thai court documents translated into English and hope the charge is a misdemeanor and not a felony, but I'm not very hopeful," she said.

The family was originally to fly to the US in May when Ms Smoel was trapped in Thailand after the bar mat prank.

A US embassy spokesman said it did not comment on specific cases.

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« Reply #111 on: June 19, 2009, 06:07:53 PM »
Hey, let's have some more riots like we did last year!  ::)



France considering ban on burqas, spokesman says

Reuters
June 20, 2009 03:32am

FRANCE may introduce a law banning full burqas if a parliamentary commission finds the growing number of women wearing them have been coerced into doing so.
Nearly 60 legislators signed a proposal on Wednesday calling for a parliamentary commission to look into the spread of the burqa in France, a garment that they said amounted "to a breach of individual freedoms on our national territory".

France, home to Europe's largest Muslim minority, is strongly attached to its secular values and to gender equality, and many see the burqa, which covers the wearer from head to toe and hides her face, as an infringement of women's rights and is increasingly being imposed by fundamentalists.
The country has been divided by fierce debates about how to reconcile those principles with religious freedom.

"If it was proved after this inquiry that burqa-wearing was forced, in other words that it contradicted republican principles, then naturally parliament would take all the necessary decisions," Luc Chatel, who is the industry minister and government spokesman, said.

Asked about the possibility of a law, he replied: "Why not?"

President Nicolas Sarkozy has not yet spoken on the subject but promised to address the issue in a speech on Monday to members of parliament.

More than 40 legislators from his ruling centre-right party signed the proposal.

The deputies did not say how many more women were wearing burqas.

The legislators' proposal echoed a controversy that raged for a decade in France about Muslim schoolgirls wearing headscarves in class.

Eventually, a law was passed in 2004 banning pupils from wearing conspicuous signs of their religion at state schools.

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« Reply #112 on: July 21, 2009, 04:00:06 PM »

Police terrified by 6 year olds "pretend" reactor.



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Charges dropped against black Harvard professor
Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:47am EDT

BOSTON (Reuters) - Authorities in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday dropped disorderly conduct charges against a preeminent black scholar stemming from an incident that drew fresh attention to police treatment of minorities in the United States.

Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested at his home in the Boston suburb of Cambridge last Thursday by a white police officer after a woman called police to report that a man was trying to force his way into the house.

Gates, 58, had merely experienced difficulty opening his own front door after returning from a trip to China, according to his lawyer. But police said Gates exhibited "loud and tumultuous behavior," including accusing police of racism.

A statement on the Cambridge police department's Web site said, "The City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Police Department, and Professor Gates acknowledge that the incident of July 16, 2009 was regrettable and unfortunate."

"This incident should not be viewed as one that demeans the character and reputation of Professor Gates or the character of the Cambridge Police Department," the statement said, adding that the charges were dropped.

Gates is the director of Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African & African American Research and is one of the most prominent black scholars in the United States.

The incident renewed a debate over "racial profiling" and whether police in the United States treat blacks and other minorities differently than whites -- even after the election of the first black U.S. president in Barack Obama.

"I'm outraged that this could happen to me in my own home but I'm outraged that it could happen to any individual," Gates said in an interview with the Washington Post.

Gates, who is seeking an apology, called the incident "deeply painful and traumatic," and told the newspaper he would use it as the basis for a documentary on "racial profiling."

A statement from his lawyer, Charles Ogletree, released on Monday said Gates had been unable to enter his damaged front door after returning home from a trip to China. Ogletree, also a Harvard professor, said Gates managed to enter the house through the rear door, and his driver carried in his luggage.

After police arrived at the house, Ogletree said, Gates showed his Harvard identification and driver's license, and asked the policeman for his name and badge number. The police officer walked away, and when Gates followed him to the porch, he was arrested, Ogletree's statement said.

A police report said Gates initially refused to provide identification and after the officer explained he was investigating a reported break-in, shouted "this is what happens to black men in America."

The report said Gates made threats against the policeman, then followed the officer outside and yelled at him. He was then arrested.

(Reporting by Jason Szep and JoAnne Allen; Editing by Stacey Joyce and Will Dunham)

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« Reply #114 on: August 25, 2009, 08:03:02 PM »
Monkey arrested - Perth police = Nazi\\\'s



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BRENTON Green was monkeying around when he donned a costume to entertain city shoppers, but the stunt backfired when he was arrested and tossed in the lock-up.
Dressed as a monkey, Mr Green, 21, attracted the attention of two police officers on bicycles as he paraded among Perth shoppers on Sunday afternoon, hugging people, posing for photos, waving and dancing.

When the officers interrupted his show in front of about 40 onlookers and asked for his name, he responded by shaking his head and making strange sounds.

The second time police asked for his name, Mr Green replied: ``Monkey\\\'\\\'. The officers responded by pushing him against a shop window and handcuffing him in front the stunned audience.

Mr Green said the idea of Monkey\\\'s Day Out had been spawned from the Free Hugs campaign phenomenon - the story of Sydney man Juan Mann, who has led a mission to hug strangers to brighten up their lives.

People worldwide from Sydney to Helsinki to Tokyo and London have now joined the Free Hugs movement, but police in some cities have ordered the campaign be banned, amid public liability concerns.

WA Police spokesman Sgt Graham Clifford said officers intervened after seeing the monkey man bump into several people and knock a hamburger out of another man\\\'s hands.

Police said Mr Green failed to give them his name by ``continually shaking his head and making squeaking noises\\\'\\\'.

Mr Green was taken to the East Perth police lock-up and was charged with failing to comply with a police request. He was bailed, with the condition not to return to the city.

But as he walked to the train station, the same arresting officer, re-arrested Mr Green, claiming he had breached the conditions of his bail. He spent Sunday night in the East Perth lock-up.

``I thought it was pretty ridiculous, I thought it was some sort of a joke. And then he put the cuffs on me and I just couldn\\\'t believe it,\\\'\\\' Mr Green told PerthNow today.

``I was in police custody for over a day.

``Last night I saw four stories on the news with people getting bashed, home invasions...what are they doing wasting their time arresting me when they could be spending it dealing with more serious crimes.\\\'\\\'

Mr Green\\\'s mate Brad Hurle, who filmed the arrest and posted the footage on YouTube, said he was angered at the police response.

``It\'s a bit ridiculous that police locked him up when there are real criminals out there,\'\' Mr Hurle said.

``There was absolutely nobody that had a problem with him. Everybody got a kick out of it. It was just a feel-good thing to create a bit of love, but the police put a stop to that. \'\'

Mr Green appeared in Perth Magistrates Court yesterday charged with failing to comply with a request given.

He was released with a spent conviction, a three-month community release order and ordered to pay $60 in court costs.



NOTE: It is the law in Australia that you have to supply a police officer with your name, identification, home address and answer any \"reasonable\" questions. You must also follow (within reason) their instructions, i.e. move along, go home, etc.


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« Reply #115 on: August 25, 2009, 09:28:39 PM »
Potential Reason for Knock and talks? Warning for Gun Owners There were 18 residents here in Albuquerque got on the front page of the NRA news yesterday from Knock and talk policemen. Gone now but looking for it. (should have posted it yesterday.)
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« Reply #116 on: September 02, 2009, 02:56:46 AM »

Woman fired for e-mails in all caps

by Chris Matyszczyk
September 1, 2009 11:33 AM PDT

Being an accountant is hard.

You have to deal, in general, with people who can't count, can't save receipts, and then expect you to bail them out from all their troubles.

So please consider the plight of Vicki Walker, an accountant with ProCare Health in Auckland, New Zealand.

According to the trusty New Zealand Herald, ProCare, in dismissing Walker, told her that her e-mail style had caused ripples of disturbance in the serene landscape of her fellow workers' minds.

Her sins, for there were reportedly several, were that she used capital letters, bold typefaces and, perish the mere concept, red text in her e-mails.

Perhaps Walker should have just sent a nice, hand-written note.
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Walker reacted to this dismissal with an exclamation point and some question marks. She took ProCare Health to an employment tribunal, where she was awarded 17,000 NZ dollars ($11,447) in compensation.

She told the Herald that she found it curious that ProCare Health only produced one e-mail in evidence during the proceedings.

This was not an e-mail for those of a tender disposition. It was intended to advise staff on how to fill out claim forms.

The time and date were in deep red. And one sentence was rather boldly highlighted in blue. It read: "To ensure your staff claim is processed and paid, please do follow the below checklist."

Goodness, that does seems terribly abrasive, doesn't it?

Walker had to fight hard in order to see her claim succeed. She told the Herald: "I am a single woman with a mortgage, and I had to re-mortgage my home and borrow money from my sister to make it through. They nearly ruined my life."

Perhaps it isn't all that surprising, then, that having won her case for unfair dismissal, she now reportedly intends to pursue ProCare for further compensation.

I wonder whether she'll be outlining her claims in an e-mail. Perhaps she might use bold green type.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10322998-71.html?tag=mncol


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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #117 on: September 06, 2009, 07:37:21 AM »

Vietnamese blogger released after outcry

September 06, 2009
Article from:  Agence France-Presse

A VIETNAMESE blogger who was arrested in a recent crackdown and who also printed T-shirts to protest a controversial mining project has been released after a week in custody, he said.

Bui Thanh Hieu, 37, was one of three online writers recently arrested in a “mounting crackdown” that drew strong condemnation from a global press watchdog.

All three had touched on the sensitive topic of Vietnam's relations with China. Hieu, who blogs under the name Nguoi Buon Gio (Wind Trader), said he was set free on Saturday after being arrested for allegedly “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the state”.

He said he had printed T-shirts in protest against bauxite mining projects in the Central Highlands that had triggered a rare public outcry, partly because a Chinese company has been granted a major contract there.

Vietnam and China, both ideologically communist, are engaged in a boundary dispute over two South China Sea archipelagos, the Paracels and Spratleys.

Another blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 30, was arrested by about 15 officers around midnight Wednesday at her home in the southern coastal city of Nha Trang, her mother said.

The blogger, who wrote under the name “Me Nam”, on July 20 wore a T-shirt calling for the cancellation of the bauxite project and announcing Vietnamese sovereignty over the Paracels and Spratleys, her mother said.

A foreign diplomat, who asked not to be named, said Quynh had gone ``a step further'' than blogging by wearing and producing the T-shirts.

Hieu and Pham Doan Trang, a journalist for prominent news website VietnamNet who was arrested on August 28, was also involved in the T-shirt venture, the diplomat said.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had called for the immediate release of Hieu and Trang.

”Growing commercial and diplomatic ties with China are particularly sensitive in Vietnam, given the two neighbouring countries' often antagonistic history,” the CPJ said.

US ambassador Michael Michalak recently expressed concern over Vietnam's efforts to crack down on the media and to “criminalise free speech”.

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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #118 on: September 20, 2009, 06:45:16 AM »
No surprise here. Ned Kelly was a rebel and an outlaw. Metallica are corporate shills.







Baby can be called Metallica, but not Ned Kelly

The Sunday Telegraph

September 20, 2009 03:00am

Naming a child Ned Kelly ruled "offensive" by NSW registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

YOU can call your kid Metallica, Fully Hektik Sik or God Bless, but don't even think about giving him the name Ned Kelly - that would be offensive.

Christian names deemed acceptable and unacceptable by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages provide interesting reading.

The Registry can reject a name for a number of reasons under the Registration Act 1995.

Reasons include that the name might be obscene or offensive, is too long or includes "symbols without phonetic significance."

The Act also bans official titles, ranks or names "contrary to the public interest for some other reason".

Nor can names be a sentence.

Ned Kelly was rejected for public interest reasons, as was Jesus Christ. Post Master General and Chief Maximus were rejected because they are titles.

Other names knocked back included a blank space, the child's Medicare number and the number seven, a name suggested in the sitcom Seinfeld.

Titles including Prince, Princess, Dame, Duke, King, Queens and Lady have all been rejected, but Prince, Queen, Lady and Sir are eligible used on their own.

For reasons known only to the Registrar, Metallica, Fully Hektik Sik and God Bless are acceptable.

For privacy reasons, the Attorney General's office, which oversees the Registry, could not reveal Metallica's identity. Fully Hektik Sik's surname also remains unidentified to all except his/her family and friends.

Attorney General John Hatzistergos urged parents to use common sense when choosing a name for their child.

"A person's name is their signature for life, their identity," he said. "A person's reputation will forever be linked to it and I would remind parents of this special significance when choosing a name for their child."

Sweden recently ruled Metallica an acceptable name, along with Budweiser.

France and Denmark give citizens a list of names to choose from.

In 1980, prior to the Registry being tightened up in 1995, an Australian couple successfully registered their child with the name Monkey.

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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #119 on: October 02, 2009, 05:22:54 PM »

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