A must see video.
Toyota’s Japan Racing program, against Ford’s FPV, Holden’s HSV, Toyota Racing Development’s affectionately know in Australia as a TURD, with reference to excrement (but more
appropriately the extra vowel can signify Unrelated), as there is no relation to it’s Japanese arm, and this is where the trouble begins.
The whole point of ‘outsourcing’ is to denounce liability once things go ‘boom’, and that’s what
Although in this particular example this (outsourcing) pertains to the Motoring industry, the same applies to all others, especially Information Technology.
The ‘fish & chip*’ shop managers that were responsible for the ‘outsourcing’ of TRD should be sacked and put on the rice fields.
*- incompetent managers that could barely run a fish and chip shop.
IBM GSA has been known to employ substandard / unqualified personnel as they are cheaper that the qualified one with more experience.
Coca-Cola is misleading consumers by using words such as "energy" and "endurance" on VitaminWater bottles and claiming that the drinks reduce the risk of illness and boost health, said the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which is co-counsel to the San Francisco man who filed the suit in a California court.
"In fact, according to CSPI nutritionists, the 33 grams of sugar in each bottle of VitaminWater do more to promote obesity, diabetes and other health problems than the vitamins in the drinks do to perform the advertised benefits listed on the bottles," the health advocacy group said in a statement.
"VitaminWater is Coke's attempt to dress up soda in a physician's white coat. Underneath, it's still sugar water, although sugar water that costs about 10 bucks a gallon," said CSPI litigation director Steve Gardner.
Plaintiff James Koh said he used to drink VitaminWater after a workout, thinking he was doing himself good.
"I was attracted by the prospect of getting extra vitamins, but I had no idea that I was actually getting almost a Coke's worth of sugar and calories," Koh said in a statement.
"There's no way I would have spent money on that, had I known," he said.
VitaminWater sells in the United States for about $US1.50 ($A2.27) for a 20-ounce (590ml) bottle.
Twenty-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola, which are sold in vending machines and convenience stores, cost about $US1.40 ($A2.12).
AFP 16 Jan 2009
Nothing about any drink from Coca Cola is healthy. It causes tooth decay and stomach ulcers.
In its original formula it contained cocaine. It was marketed in Australia in 2008 as a natural (healthy?) drink.
It should be taken off the market.
Cocla Cola obtains water for $1.40 per 1,000,000 litres, whilst the public pay 570 times MORE for the same water from their tap.
FORMER Pyramid Building Society boss Bill Farrow is back in business with a lucrative deal that could net him up to $3.2 million.
Mr Farrow stands to earn up to $2.6 million from the sale of Geelong-based TV business World Wide Entertainment, and an additional $600,000 as a consultant.
The deal outraged Pyramid victim Dr Trevor Brown, a Geelong vet who sank $166,000 into Pyramid shares.
Pyramid collapsed in 1990 with debts of $2 billion, leaving thousands of depositors and shareholders out of pocket.
"I think it's disgraceful," Dr Brown told the Herald Sun.
Premier John Brumby said he sympathised with victims of the Pyramid Building Society collapse but could not do anything about Mr Farrow's new business dealings.
"It's not my job to defend Bill Farrow," Mr Brumby said.
Mr Brumby added that any investigations of Mr Farrow's new business dealing would be a matter for the federal government.
According to documents, Mr Farrow, former America's Cup skipper John Bertrand and their families could collect as much as $10 million after they sold World Wide Entertainment yesterday.
Members of both families will control the new company and also stand to make more money as employees and consultants.
The sale was approved yesterday at a torrid Melbourne meeting of shareholders in listed company Coneco, which is to buy World Wide Entertainment.
Company directors faced a grilling from shareholders upset at the deal, which hands control of the merged company to the Farrow and Bertrand families.
Shares in the new company are to trade on the stock exchange in two weeks.
It is believed Coneco has already raised about $600,000 by issuing new shares.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Farrow said he was "very keen to continue as a shareholder", but declined to answer questions.
Coneco chairman Bill Conn defended Mr Farrow, saying he had "a track record of building business success".
"I've known Bill a long time," he said. "He's a very creative person and can see trends in the marketplace. Bill made mistakes, which he would readily admit. Other people made mistakes with regards to Pyramid, including the Victorian Government."
Mr Farrow set up World Wide Entertainment in 1997. The company buys library footage, which it uses to make TV shows.
Under the takeover deal approved yesterday, World Wide Entertainment's directors are to join the board of the company.
Mr Farrow is not a director of World Wide Entertainment but will continue as a business development consultant.
World Wide Entertainment's shareholders, Mr Farrow, his son-in-law Jonathan Hutchings and Mr Bertrand, are to be paid $1 million in cash and $1.75 million in debt notes that can be converted to shares in Coneco.
They also will get $4.85 million of shares in Coneco and $3.05 million in cash and shares if the company meets performance hurdles.
Mr Hutchings, who will get $1.05 million as managing director over five years, said last night: "We are growing strongly. We employ about 60 people either directly or indirectly. In an economic climate that is very grim, it is a great little company."
heraldsun 6 Jan 2009
Here we have ANOTHER TYPICAL example of how Coroprate Fraud is rewarded by the people in power.
Laws are setup in such a manner that the people at the top of the food chain are EXEMPT from prosection, and are allowed to make further business deals, that may inevitable again lead to failure (bankrupcy = success, to the fraudster). These people are in the same circles, or if not, then ultimately part the 'boys club'.
These failures are paid for dearly by the general public.
Another example of the Anglo-Masonic system failing the people.
A Californian father was left speechless when he discovered his teenage daughter had sent an astonishing 14,528 text messages in one month.
Greg Hardesty thought there was a mistake with his 13-year-old daughter Reina's online phone bill when it stretched for 440 pages.
"First, I laughed: I thought, 'That's insane, that's impossible'," the New York Post reported the 45-year-old father as saying.
"And I immediately whipped out the calculator to see if it was humanly possible."
Reina's freakish month of texting equates to over 480 messages sent a day — or around one every two minutes for every waking hour.
Thankfully for Mr Hardesty's hip pocket, he had signed his daughter to an unlimited texting plan for $30 [A$42] a month — otherwise he figures AT&T would have slugged him with a $2,905.60 [A$4,113.13] bill.
"A lot of my friends have unlimited texting — I just text them pretty much all the time," Reina explained to her parents.
She said her texting had skyrocketed because she was bored on winter break and admitted to sending a bunch of messages to brag about her enormous effort.
The student has since been banned from sending SMS after dinner.
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Nothing proud about this whatsoever!
Read a book,
Ride a bike,
Go to the movies.
According to an interview in a secret location with someone claiming to be close to the heart of government (known to us only as "Barry"), the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands are to be taken away from mobile operators from 1st April 2007 and redeployed to other functions. This means that all mobile phone users in the UK will need to switch to a 3G handset before that date. Part of the transcript of our conversation follows:
MG: So, tell us some more about these government plans.
Barry: Well, what Whitehall wants to do is end the licence for that part of the radio spectrum early and redeploy the frequencies to something else.
MG: Can thay do that?
Barry: Sure, under the Anti-Terrorism and Domestic Communications Act of 2005, the government has pretty much all the power it needs. If it deems the frequencies to be important to the security of the country, then it can take back the frequencies without compensation. Anyway, these companies spent a lot.. I mean really a lot.. of money on their 3G licences. The government's going to be helping them out in the transition to 3G, isn't it?
MG: So, it's a national security issue? What are the frequencies going to be used for.
Barry: Well, there are two areas. The 1800 megahertz band is going to be used for a new network of gambling kiosks that will be linked to the forthcoming supercasinos planned for the UK. The government wants a gambling kiosk in every street corner and public place by the end of 2008.
MG: Errr... that's hardly national security, is it?
Barry: Well the money raised from gambling will go towards the other system, using the 900 megahertz band. That's going to be the State Safety and Security System. That's quite an interesting development.
MG: In what way?
Barry: Well, it's the next step after national ID cards. As you know, each card will have an RFID tag in it, and the new monitoring system will be able to track the movement of the RFID tags as the card holder moves around. These will be placed in public areas, pavements, roadsides, major buildings.. that kind of place. One neat feature of the system is that it can detect people who aren't carrying their ID cards and it will then distribute a photo of the offender.
MG: That's going to cause quite a stir with civil liberties groups, isn't it?
Barry: Well.. if you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear. I understand that the fine for a first offence is only going to be around five thousand pounds or so. Of course, once the system is complete it will be able to identify the offender from a facial recognition program, and then it will automatically convict and sentence that person without having to go through the effort of using the courts. Offenders will simply have the fines deducted from their bank accounts, or if it's a second offence then the police will be sent round to their homes to pick them up. They're hoping for about 90% accuracy in the facial recognition program.
MG: So.. what happens if it can't pick up the RFID tag? It might be blocked by something bulky.. like a 3G phone, for example.
Barry: It's up to every person to make sure that the RFID tag can be picked up by the scanners at all times. Again, the system is quite simple.. the fine or whatever will happen automatically. Ignorance of the law is no defence, but the government does acknowledge that a small number of people will be fined in error. We think the scanners will pick up the tag correctly in 99% of cases. In the future, we may implant the RFID tag directly into the subject to reduce the error rate.
MG: 99% sounds great - but that means that for every thousand people who pass by the scanner, 10 will be incorrectly flagged as offenders?
Barry: Well, that's quite a small proportion. And after they've been arrested and searched by the police and had a DNA swab taken, then they're quite welcome to lodge an appeal against the fine.
MG: Wow.. that's going to cause a stir when it gets out. Thanks for that.. can I buy you another drink, Barry?
Barry: Better not, I think I saw one of the black-out helicopters hovering across the street.
With that, out contact vanished into the night and we haven't heard from them since. If anyone else remembers seeing a black helicopter hovering outside the Springtime Jester pub in Shoreditch, then please let us know.
At Mobile Gazette we are extremely concerned about these forthcoming regulations. Not only will they be damaging to the mobile industry, but it's just possible that their may be privacy implications with the ID card monitoring system. We urge anyone who is concerned to write to their MP as soon as possible. For more details about this legislation, please click here.
Mobile Gazette, 1 April 2006 (April fools?)
Well, it already past the end of 2008.
Has this not been implemented because of technological limitations?
Is this plan also headed for the colonies (Australia?)
There must / will be some sort of population movement logging in the near future for ALL Australians, under the banner of social security / medicare, something EVERY citizen must have.
Legislation will be passed through all the states and the cattle loging will begin.
"This Bill has seen almost no debate, and no public consultation -- yet it introduces the most fundamental attack on our personal freedom since the failed 'Australia Card' proposal of the 1980s," said Anna Johnston, chairperson of the APF.
Labor state MP and parliamentary secretary Tony Stewart first introduced the bill last December with the intent to authorise the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) to introduce a state photo card for those who had no driver's licence, proof of age card, or other forms of identification such as a passport or photo birth card.
"Many people often have a need to produce some form of personal identification in order to secure goods and services. Businesses and government agencies also rely on a photo identification document to provide assurance that the person that they are dealing with is who they say they are. The NSW Government has been approached by numerous community groups asking for a NSW photo card," he previously said.
On behalf of then Roads Minister Carl Scully -- who first drafted the Bill -- Stewart denied that the NSW photo card was another 'Australia Card'.
"The card will be purely voluntary and will help those in the community who have a need for a photo card but cannot have one because they do not fit the criteria for other photo identification," Stewart said during the Bill's second reading.
However, APF's Johnston said the Bill was the "worst kind of Big Brother proposal" because it "places no limits on how much information the RTA can collect about people, and few limits on who can access the data". Additionally, she believes the centralised database required to realise the proposal is likely to increase the risk of identity theft and fraud.
"They will be able to track when you book a flight, borrow a video, post a gift overseas, or go to the pub. The Commonwealth Government has recognised the risks of centralising vast amounts of personal data -- it means only one database to hack into, or one clerk at the RTA to bribe," said Johnston.
"If the Coalition, minor parties and independents don't force amendments to this Bill, we will soon be seeing an Australia Card for NSW," she added.zdnet.com.au article here
Britain's Prince Harry has apologised for using racist language after a Sunday newspaper reported he had filmed himself calling an army colleague a "Paki" and telling another he looked like a "raghead".
The video obtained by the News of the World plunges the 24-year-old prince, the third in line to the throne, into fresh controversy four years after he sparked outcry by wearing a Nazi swastika at a fancy dress party.
The newspaper posted the video on its website and said it was made in 2006 when the prince was still an officer cadet.
It begins as he is waiting with his platoon in an airport departure lounge for a flight to a training exercise in Cyprus.
Touring the room with a video camera as his colleagues snooze, he spots an Asian cadet and says: "Anybody else around here?... Ah, our little Paki friend, Ahmed."
"Paki" is a racist term for Indians or Pakistanis.
The royal family issued an apology, but insisted the prince had used the term without malice.
"Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offence his words might cause," a spokesman said.
"However, on this occasion three years ago, Prince Harry used the term without any malice and as a nickname about a highly popular member of his platoon.
"There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend."
The report said Harry made the "raghead" remark - a racist term for Arabs - while on the exercise.
Once again he is behind the camera when he spots one of his comrades with camouflage netting over his head and as he looks up at the lens, Harry says: "It's Dan the Man ... F... me, you look like a raghead."
The royal spokesman said: "Prince Harry used the term 'raghead' to mean Taliban or Iraqi insurgent."
The prince served with the army battling the Taliban in Afghanistan last year but was forced to return home after his security was compromised when a carefully arranged media blackout on his deployment was broken.
Harry, an army lieutenant, is to begin training soon as a combat helicopter pilot.
Britain's equalities watchdog, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the racism claims "appear to be disturbing allegations".
"We will be asking the MoD (Ministry of Defence) to see the evidence, share that evidence with us and their plans for dealing with it," a spokeswoman said.
"We will then consider what further action might be necessary."
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said: "Neither the Army nor the Armed Forces tolerates inappropriate behaviour in any shape or form.
"The Army takes all allegations of inappropriate behaviour very seriously and all substantive allegations are investigated.
"We are not aware of any complaint having been made by the individual," the spokeswoman said, referring to "Ahmed".
She added: "Bullying and racism are not endemic in the Armed Forces."
In another clip from the three-minute video, Harry pretends to make a mobile phone call to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
He says: "Granny, I've got to go. Send my love to the corgis. And grandpa... God Save You... yeah, that's great. See you, bye."
It is not the first time that the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana has been forced to apologise for his actions.
His decision to attend a friend's fancy dress birthday party wearing a swastika armband in 2005 sparked widespread criticism. The publication of photographs of that incident was followed by a swift apology from the royals.
In the past, it emerged he had smoked cannabis as a teenager and he was once involved in a scuffle outside a nightclub with a paparazzi photographer, but in recent years Harry has sought to shake off his 'playboy prince' reputation.
He is heavily involved in a charity in Lesotho to support children orphaned by AIDS which was launched in memory of his mother, and is patron of several other children's charities.
AFP 11 Jan 2009.
The English aristocracy is RACIST, and they only breed within their restricted gene pool, hence their nickname the blue bloods.
Harry is MOST LIKELY the product of an affair.
They (the royals) are involved in these charities in order to LOOK GOOD only, as they consider the menial activities of the peasants revolting.
The term Paki is an abbreviation. If it is considered offensive, then the term Aussie should be considered offensive.
In Australia, the term WOG is aimed at Mediterranean Europeans, and is considered RACIST as it is ususally used in slander against the Europeans, BUT no one does anything about it.
If you call someone a slope, the you are branded a racist, BUT if they call you a wog, then there are NO repercussions.
The only thing Harry is sorry about, is that the matter is public.