03 July 2014

Barack Obama voted the most unpopular US President since WWII according to Quinnipiac University survey

US President Barack Obama isn’t rating well with his fellow Americans.
US President Barack Obama isn’t rating well with his fellow Americans. Source: AP
WE LOVE him but it seems his own countrymen can’t stand the sight of him. 

Barack Obama, who has 43.9 million Twitter fans, has also landed the title of the most unpopular US President since World War II. This means he even rates lower than his predecessor George W. Bush.
While it’s no secret his popularity has been waning, a new poll has revealed just how disliked he has become since sweeping to power in 2009.

A Quinnipiac University survey has shown that even Republican Party presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have been a better choice for voters.

According to the poll, 45 per cent of people say the country would have been better off if Mr Romney had been elected in 2012, and a staggering 38 per cent see him as a better choice.

Leaders are generally rated lower once in power — take Prime Minister Tony Abbott, for example. His popularity has plummeted to the depths that saw Julia Gillard outed in favour of Kevin Rudd’s return.

But Obama’s popularity would come as a shock to Australians who have mostly regarded the president as being in line with our way of thinking.

And he’s certainly popular on Twitter. In December 2012, President Barack Obama scored the most retweeted tweet of the year with an image of him and first lady Michelle embracing along with the words “four more years”.

So why do we love him?

According to conservative commentator Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, American presidents — with the exception of George W Bush — have always been well regarded by Australians due to the ANZUS treaty and our close alliance with the US.

The treaty, which is an agreement underpinning the enduring military alliance between the United States of America and Australia, is one policy most of us are comfortable with, Mr Switzer said.

Obama is also regarded as quick on his feet, a confident speaker and isn’t an embarrassment or prone to gaffs, he said. Australians also have a fondness for the First Lady — a regular on the Ellen Show.

But it’s probably the president’s thinking that most Australians connect with. His climate change policies have carried favour, particularly with younger Australians.

Earlier this month Obama introduced the toughest global warming measures of any American president and is reportedly keen to talk about climate change at the G20 summit in Brisbane later this year.

And he said Australia had got gun control right while his own nation “should be ashamed” at its inability to address a surge in school shootings.

But, most importantly, the president loves us back. “I love Australia, I love Australians,” Obama told Tony Abbott last month as they worked through issues of the G20 summit.

The President of the United States and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard connected when
The President of the United States and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard connected when it came to climate change. Source: News Limited
So why do Americans hate Obama so much?

Mr Switzer said he was surprised Obama was more unpopular than George W. Bush and “even Nixon who was the only president to resign (over Watergate)”.

“But the reality is his policies have failed to kickstart the American economy,” he said.

The editor of American Review said the economy was important to Americans as was good financial management during times of recession.

No one likes leaders in power

With the exception of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, every other leader of a western democracy has experienced a slide in the polls since becoming elected.

Mr Switzer said Britain’s PM David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and Tony Abbott had all become less popular since attaining power.

Perhaps New Zealand’s PM John Key should share the secrets of his success with his US cou
Perhaps New Zealand’s PM John Key should share the secrets of his success with his US counterpart. Source: AFP
Obama’s failure to tackle US economic woes

America’s economy remains sluggish despite Obama’s best efforts to fix it, according to Mr Switzer.
He said a failure to grow the economy made many Americans anxious with fears of another recession and that his “big spending interventionist policies had clearly failed”.


Universal health care also hadn’t sat well with many Americans with Mr Switzer saying it was as well received in the US as the carbon tax was here.

US failing to assert leadership during a crisis

While many Americans didn’t necessarily want to become involved in major wars, Obama had failed to show any strong leadership during the Ukraine crisis and his inertia over Syrian and the Middle East issues frustrated many, Mr Switzer said.

President George W Bush, pictured when he heard the news about hijacked commercial planes
President George W Bush, pictured when he heard the news about hijacked commercial planes crashing into the World Trade Centre, isn’t rated as low as Obama is right now. Source: News Corp Australia
Opposition in congress

The Tea Party and Republicans remained strongly opposed to many of the president’s policies and he faced a constant battle trying to run the country with a hostile opposition.

Obama had raised expectations too high

When the President was elected he set about distancing himself from George W Bush.

Mr Switzer said Obama had raised expectations so high with his yes we can approach that many Americans were left disappointed when things went wrong.

Obama faces a tough time convincing his opposition and country that he is the best man fo
Obama faces a tough time convincing his opposition and country that he is the best man for the job. Source: AFP
Conservative news site Human Events writer John Hayward said he remained suspicious of these “best and worst presidents in history” rankings, “because they’re more of a lens for magnifying partisan passions than a dispassionate critique of performance.”

Americans were also divided, with some arguing polls were irrelevant.

news.com.au 3 Jul 2014

According to the Australian corporate media 'WE' love the US president.

Do 'WE' really love the world's greatest warmonger?

Do 'WE' really love a person who approves the invasion of another country, killing its civilians the excuse being Weapons of Mass Destruction, even though the 'intelligence' reports suggested that there were none?

The propaganda machine in full spin.

02 July 2014

Yarra Trams offers foreigners lucrative tram depot jobs

Yarra Trams is advertising in the UK for a driver and depot manager. Picture: Nicole Garm
Yarra Trams is advertising in the UK for a driver and depot manager. Picture: Nicole Garmston
YARRA Trams is recruiting foreigners to manage its depots even though many locals are looking for work. 

The tram operator has posted job vacancies for the position of tram driver and depot manager on job websites in Britain, offering salary packages of up to $140,000. It includes sponsorship under the skilled ­worker 457 visa program.

Over the past three years the company has advertised a number of lucrative positions, including performance managers and business unit managers, under the 457 temporary visa scheme.

A look at one of the jobs advertised on a UK website.
A look at one of the jobs advertised on a UK website.
More than 10 Yarra Trams employees have 457 visas.

Yarra Trams also employs a UK recruitment agency.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union, Tram and Bus Division secretary Phil Altieri said local workers were outraged.
“There are a lot of Australian workers. Don’t tell me they couldn’t find an adequate manager on our shores,” Mr Altieri said.

“They have no regard for Australian workers. It should be Australian jobs for Australian workers.”

Mr Altieri said the tram operator had recently sacked some long-serving managers and replaced them with overseas managers.

Yarra Trams spokesman Simon Murphy said it employed workers on merit “regardless of nationality” and the role had been advertised locally.

“Of the 30 roles currently being recruited, 28 of them are being advertised only in Australia,” Mr Murphy said.

He said some highly technical roles often required a global search, and “we make no apology for attempting to recruit the people who are most capable of improving Melbourne’s tram network”.

Shadow minister Jill Hennessy said the Government had a track record of outsourcing Victorian jobs: “Surely the appointment of locally skilled workers with a knowledge of Victoria’s transport system would make more sense.”

heraldsun.com.au 35 June2014

While there is a staggering amount of Australians out of work, the corporate politics is to import 'slave' labour into Australia, so that the rate of the Australian 'wage' earner falls dramatically, with huge benefits to follow for the corporate sector.

This is the politics of 'globalisation', destroying Australian families, where bankruptcies and mortgagee defaults are hidden from the masses.

North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw charged with rape

North Melbourne footballer is charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual assault in Altona North in 2007.
UPDATE: North Melbourne forward Majak Daw is free to play but the AFL has reserved the right to stand him down after he was charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual assault in Altona North in 2007.

Victoria Police detectives filed a charges summons at court on Monday and Daw is expected to be served with a summons today.

It is believed the charges relate to allegations of penile, oral and digital rape.

Brent Harvey (L) has a playful shove with Majak Daw during a North Melbourne Kangaroos training session.Fairfax Media reported earlier this month that Daw had been arrested and interviewed in May over the offences allegedly committed in 2007.

Daw, 23, has reportedly denied the allegations.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed that detectives from the Sex Crimes Department had charged a 23-year-old man from Wyndham Vale with three counts of rape.

"The charges relate to an alleged historical assault in Altona North in 2007. As the matter is before the courts, Victoria Police will not be making any further comment," the spokeswoman said.

A filing hearing is scheduled for July 11.

Brent Harvey (L) has a playful shove with Majak Daw at a Kangaroos training session. Photo: Michael Dodge

Daw, the first Sudanese-born player to play AFL, joined the Kangaroos as a rookie in 2010, but has struggled to retain a regular spot in the team
In a statement, North Melbourne said the club would support Daw and he would remain available for selection at VFL and AFL level.

"The club respects the integrity of the legal process and asks that the right to privacy of all involved be respected," it said.

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said the AFL supported the Kangaroos' response.

"This is a very serious matter and it is being treated very seriously by the Club and the AFL," Dillon said.
"It is now important that the legal process be allowed to run its course. The AFL acknowledges the importance of the presumption of innocence in this case and also the need to treat all parties with respect and understanding.

“Given the specific circumstances of the case, the AFL has determined that the player remains available for selection by his Club. However, we will monitor the case and reserve the right to take action under our rules if deemed appropriate.

"Further, the AFL has determined that a restriction will be placed on the player’s AFL and club promotional and development duties."

Daw is managed by Craig Kelly's Elite Sports Properties. In a statement, the company said: "As this is the subject of an ongoing proceeding, it is not appropriate for Majak, or ESP, to make any comment in relation to the matter. He is entitled to a presumption of innocence and we would ask that this and the right to privacy of all involved be respected."

news.com.au 1 July 2014

Does Australia really need to import more criminals or is there enough here to install fear into society.
Should this garbage be sent back?

Will the corrupt football code keep this player on?

Will the law deal with him in the appropriate manner, or will this just be another open slather for rape?

L’Oreal to end anti-ageing claims to stop legal action by US Federal Trade Commission

False advertising ... L’Oreal had claimed this product stimulated people’s genes to give
False advertising ... L’Oreal had claimed this product stimulated people’s genes to give them younger looking skin in the space of seven days. Source: Supplied
FRENCH cosmetics giant L’Oreal has agreed to stop claiming that some of its high-end skin care products prevent signs of ageing, under a deal with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to stave off legal proceedings on grounds of misleading advertising. 

The FTC had targeted L’Oreal’s skin care lines Lancome Genifique and L’Oreal Paris Youth Code for stating they featured “scientifically proven” defences against signs of ageing.

Ads by those lines said the products stimulated people’s genes to give them younger looking skin in the space of seven days.

“It would be nice if cosmetics could alter our genes and turn back time,” Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. “But L’Oreal couldn’t support these claims.”

The FTC said L’Oreal had sold Genifique products for as much as $US132 each ($140), and Youth Code ones for up to $US25.

L’Oreal responded saying the FTC was challenging only a limited number of assertions that the company no longer makes.

“The safety, quality and effectiveness of the company’s products have never been called into question,” it said in an email to AFP.

Originally published as L’Oreal’s ‘false anti-ageing claims’

news.com.au 2 July 2014

It's not just L'Oreal but other companies involved that falsely claim their beauty products achieve results they actually do not.

The industry is based on providing false information to the consumer.

30 June 2014

How To Beat Regulation Convictions

Laws versus Regulations

Here is an email from the Legislative Council, it states quite clearly that the regulations mentioned are NOT acts of Parliament.

Another point is laws are drafted as Bills and read in Parliament but Regulations are not...
Laws are also given Royal Assent but regulation are not...
A law is a law and a regulation is a regulation that carries the force of law...
Laws are Acts of Parliament and Regulations are made by the Governor in Council...
another point to make is laws are in concrete but regulations usually have a sunset clause and end on a certain date usually 10 years...
The following is an email from Juliana.Duan@parliament.vic.gov.au

May 21

Hi Darren,
Thanks for your email. I've been away the last two days so I apologise for the delay.
The Road Safety Road Rules 2009 are actually not an Act of Parliament.
Section 95D of the Road Safety Act 1986 authorise the Governor in Council to make the Rules.
Effectively this means that the Department of Transport or the relevant agency came up with the Rules.
As Parliament did not participate in the Rule making process, there will be no reference in Hansard on it.
Hope this clears it up!
Kind Regards
Juliana Duan
Acting Senior Chamber Support Officer
Department of the Legislative Council
Parliament House | Spring Street | East Melbourne | 3002
T (03) 9651 8674 | F (03) 9651 8565 | E Juliana.Duan@parliament.vic.gov.au
http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au | @VicParliament | ParliamentofVictoria Channel

End of email
• Laws have Royal Assent, Regulations do not!!!
• Acts are laws,
• Regulations are subordinate instruments that have the force of law... (Similar or identical punishment or penalty)...
Legal dictionary
A rule of order having the force of law, prescribed by a superior or competent authority, relating to the actions of those under the authority's control.

This is how laws are made! how-a-law-is-made

Source: Supplied

Google, Microsoft to add smartphone ‘kill switch’

Fighting theft ... Google and Microsoft will join Apple in offering kill-switches in thei
Fighting theft ... Google and Microsoft will join Apple in offering kill switches in their smartphones. Picture: Thinkstock Source: ThinkStock
GOOGLE and Microsoft will join Apple in offering theft-deterring “kill switches” in their smartphone operating systems. 

The announcement came in a report by the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative led by the New York state attorney general with officials from San Francisco and London on Thursday.

The coalition of more than 100 elected leaders and law enforcement officials from major cities said the agreement means the three main smartphone platforms would soon add the feature as part of an effort to curb an epidemic of thefts.

The report said Google Android and Microsoft Windows Phone would add the feature — enabling a user to deactivate a stolen handset — after Apple included this last year.

Google confirmed the news without providing a date for the new feature.

“Yes, the next version of Android will include a factory reset protection solution to help deter smartphone theft. We will be releasing more details shortly,” a spokesman told news agency AFP in an email.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“The commitments of Google and Microsoft are giant steps toward consumer safety and the statistics released today illustrate the stunning effectiveness of kill switches,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

“In just one year, the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative has made tremendous strides towards curtailing the alarming trend of violent smartphone theft. We will continue the fight to ensure that companies put consumers’ safety first and work toward ending the epidemic of smartphone theft.”

The report noted that preliminary data following Apple’s adoption of its “activation lock” feature found that in the first five months of 2014, theft of Apple devices fell by 17 per cent in New York, while thefts of Samsung products increased by 51 per cent from the same period in the previous year.

In the six months after Apple introduced the feature, iPhone thefts fell 24 per cent in London and robberies fell 38 per cent in San Francisco, while thefts of other popular mobile devices increased, the report said.

The report cited studies that showed 3.1 million mobile devices were stolen in 2013 — nearly double the levels of 2012, and one in three Europeans experienced the theft or loss of a mobile device last year.

news.com.au 21 Juue 2014

Telecommunications companies have had the ability to turn off the mobile phone communications, irrespective of its operating system, by locking out the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identification) number from the mobile network, since the inception of the GSM standard, current today.