Category Archives: Transport
The movement from one place to another of things or people. Often animals or vehicles are used to make this faster and /or easier.
While conveniently out of the country schmoozing with world bank officials like Lagarde in France, 900 jobs losses are announced for the future of Australia Post.
Australia Post has had quite a shifting market place in the last decade, competing with paperless technology like email leading to lower letter volumes. At the same time larger parcel volume from online stores have greatly increased. Perhaps there has been a failure in senior management to capitalize on this trend and capture this burgeoning market. As always failures at top lead to job losses all the way to the bottom. Another cost of Tony Abbott and his slash and burn mentality.
So this week with the money that isn’t wasted on wars and war toys a possibly habitable planet was discovered.
Humanity has a ‘Carl Sagan’ moment get wide eyed in wonder and then puts it head back to the grind.
So in the constellation of Cygnus is a Red Dwarf star (M dwarf) called kepler 186 and its 5th planet rotates around this star about 1/3 of the distance we rotate around our sun. But that is about as accurate as saying somewhere in Australia I dropped a bottle top with my phone number written on it. Any way this planet is believed to be in the ‘Goldilocks zone’, not to cold, not too hot, and is thought to have the right temperature for liquid water and therefore life. The panet has been in that position for a few billion years so life would have had time to evolve, if thats how life really comes about.
Downside: its 490 light years away, even a laser beam (or radio wave) pulsing data to and from such a place would take 490 years to make a one way journey. If you
thought your internet was slow I assure you this would be a lot worse. So other than a wormhole or faster than light speed travel we are not getting there anytime soon
This is all really great, a real testament to science to find such a thing.
But just think what would we do if we sat in our space ship in orbit of this world. Surely we could land and make conquest of the place, but is that the right thing
to do? Think of the scientific discoveries that could be made just to study the place. Would we think of the plants and animals there as simply food and raw
materials? A place for collecting trophies and trinkets for exorbitant resale on earth.
That’s not just Marble, it’s Kepler Marble; very expensive…
What if there were sentient creatures there? Would we simply shove them aside like previous conquest of new worlds? We have discovered new worlds before and look how it ended for those who were on the new world when it was ‘discovered’. North America was ‘new world’, Central America was a ‘new world’, South America was a ‘new world’, Australia was a ‘new world’ (though not specifically called that). Imagine a ten ton mining truck squashing a small animal unknown to science, and then realize it can happen here too, the fact it happens somewhere else makes it no more less of a tragedy.
So while we might find a ‘new world’ we are hardly ready to go there without being remarkable destructive, so perhaps Kepler 186f is safe for now from a world not quite ready to deal with its own problems.
I can hear you all saying ‘WTF’ right now.
Firstly look at the legal definition of driver, basically someone paid by someone else to drive a vehicle. So ask yourself “was anyone paying or employing me while I was just doing that?”
Likely the answer was no unless you were at work. So if it is in your own time you are not a driver, a driver is an occupation or at least part of an occupation if you drive and do other things for work.
You are not a driver if it is just a means of transport to your place of work.
Drivers license if you are a driver you certainly need this, if you are not a driver it is completely optional, but will cause other complications around registration and insurance.
Even if you have a drivers license and receive an infringement notice, got back to the golden question, “Were you employed and being paid for the time at the exact moment of the alleged infringement?”.
If the answer is no you are not liable.
Don’t argue the point at the roadside, remember the thug has a gun and other nasty stuff (batons, OC spray, etc.).
Just play the paper war later on, it’s far more frustrating for the police, and far safer for you.
Just take what ever paper they give you, and admit nothing.
Never leave the vehicle if at all possible.
So take your infringement notice and read it carefully, find the address for correspondence and write a letter noting the reference number of the infringement notice and the person who issued it.
Tell them something like in the letter.
<your address for mail>
xx//yy/201x (the date)
<their address for mail>
Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms <Policeman/Policewoman>
Re: infringement notice #XXXXXXXXXXXX
Please produce the wage slip that proves that I was the driver at the time.
Please prove your claim in a properly constituted court of law.
<your own name>
They will most likely reply by withdrawing the fine and replacing it with a warning, unless you injured someone, smashed into something ( an injured party exists) or it was for drunk or stoned driving.
The correct court for these fines legally is the high court (though some people will argue no court in Australia is actually legal), which is going to cost them at least $800 just to file the complaint, to try to prove their claim ( the infringement notice). If the cost they might win from paying $800 upfront is less than $800 they are going to lose no matter what happens. This is the true nature of the legal system here it is all about the money. All law is commercial law, keep that in mind when you are dealing with the police lawyers and the courts.
They only exist to make a profit, if there is not profit they simply don’t care.
If this is the only research you have done, you haven’t done enough, but you have started in a good place.
I will add more later relating to entirely commercial nature of law and how we have all been tricked into accepting it.
You are not driving a car, you are traveling in an automobile, while you are not liable to pay fines or infringement notices, you are liable for damage you cause to other parties.
Don’t believe it?
Its 3/4 of the way down this page:
Make them take you to court and get a conviction, which is harder for them than you think.
In keeping with the get tough on fare evaders Metro have decked out their staff with new uniforms and a few more tools for making sure you pay; one way or the other.