John Key the New Zealand representative of the New York Federal reserve, who has in the past short sold the NZ dollar so hard it caused economic crises, is once again trying to rip off New Zealand.
John Key want the New Zealand Tax payer to fund 1.25 million dollars of his legal expanse for defamation case was embroiled in. John Key acted in vastly inappropriate manner on several occasions and predicatively people are suing him, But rather pay out of his estimated 50 million NZD ill gotten gains he is trying to flick the bill to New Zealanders.
The man John Key really works for, Jacob Rothschild.
Following multiple suspected rorts of travel expense involving helicopter, the speaker in Australian house of representatives has; after significant bipartisan pressure; resigned. Having become a divisive character due to her propensity to eject opposition questions on the flippant grounds of house standing orders 94a, its a surprise that she was finally undone by her travel expenses rather than outrageous bias in subverting democracy and deflecting criticism of the government. Philip Ruddock is touted to be her replacement, and many wonder why he was not the speaker from the beginning of this government.
So a few days ago ‘The Age’ (our local rag) ran a story about High school student abandoning IT as a field of study.
The article was good enough, but the comments were an absolute goldmine of insight into the problems in IT in Australia
Finding it hard to get a job lately? Salary and wages seeming quite flat? Wonder why?
It’s because your job is being ‘in-sourced’.
In-sourcing is the disturbing new trend where by desperate economic migrants are taking any job they can at a vastly lower rate whether they have the skills or not.
Of course this leaves your career static or at worst sunk. Corporations love it as they get a whole lot of cheap labor, and if anything goes wrong the tax payer is left to pick up the bill.
In an extremely unexpected announcement The Greens party leader Adam Bandt admits global warming is not real.
Basically were a Marxist party so we really want to internally rot any country that has not accepted cultural and/or economic Marxism.
The Global Warming Carbon Tax is a perfect vehicle for this, its economically destructive, it appeals to individual guilt for an imagined problem, and it covers up while mitigating a real problem, peak oil.
Furthermore the global warming scam allows us to simply ignore all other environmental problems, the ‘death of the entire planet’ line really make all other problems seem insignificant.
As you know, most of the money the Australian government has collected via global warming / carbon tax rackets has been wasted on junkets and tribunes to the higher ups in the scam, like Al Gore, the IPCC and their paid off ‘scientists’.
I goes to show how careful one must be with the media, the public are still only just learning to filter out the bullshit we feed them constantly. Global warming and the carbon tax is just one of many ploys being used on the public.
I just had to come clean eventually, I’m politician and a lawyer, I’m expected to be honest, so I’d rather admit it now and take a small reputation hit, before I get destroyed by a clever investigative journalist.
Adam closed with this famous quote.
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
So one of the biggest stories in technology in the last year or so has just happened. A small company called Oculus wanted to make an attempt at a Virtual Reality (VR) headset, nothing new here various IT companies have been trying to make VR a commercial success for more than 20 years. What was new was the mode of funding and the ultimate purchaser. Kickstarter,( which was normally used by small player to get some money to record a CD, write a book, or produce a small gadget) was used to acquire 1.2 million USD for Oculus development version VR headset (AKA goggles). One of the biggest kickstarter projects ever. From all the hype generated the dying dinosaur Facebook smells the blood in the water and buys Oculus for 2 billion dollars. Depite the Kickstarted backers getting the prototype VR headset as promised, a lot of backers were really angry, they felt that they were supporting an independent company not making a R&D donation to the oh so creepy Facebook.
What does this mean?
Kickstarter has had its day, people will no longer want to donate to companies unless it really a forward purchase. Other companies like Kickstarter are emerging and now and will offer a shareholding in new companies.
Crowd funding will become crowd micro investing.
Oculus will be associated with the creepy surveillance of Facebook.
Facebook will probably ruin the potential Oculus like some many previous failed attempts to make people use VR. Farmville in 3D really has very little extra appeal.
It’s no surprise that this happened when corporations got their hands on free money
Sony have similar VR project , but have none of this baggage and may just be more successful because of the negative publicity gathered by the aforementioned rogues.
English with Greek subtitles
Nigel Farage giving the EU parliament a bit of a reality check.
But why so many empty seats?
German and English with English subtitles
As usual most politicians are just parasites having a good bludge/rort at the expense of the taxpayer.
How much money does it take to turn a paper card with magnetic data on it, into a plastic card with magnetic data on it?
You’re kidding right?
That’s what has happened under our noses in the last few years.
What was wrong with the ‘Metcard’ paper card system?
The EFTPOS on the ticket vending machines was rather slow.
Monthly tickets were likely to be damaged after about 3 weeks of use.
Paper cards don’t mix with water obviously.
Allegedly the ticket system vendor was going out of business.
Now I’m struggling to think of issues that come close to the debacle that is MYKI.
What is wrong with the ‘Myki’ card system?
Slower card reading.
Twice as much card use on trams/ buses, with the need to touch off.
Touching off on a crowded tram is a nightmare.
Longer queues at gates.
Vending machine very prone to vandalism and faults.
Aggressive ticket inspector regime.
Cards prone to unknown damage and having zero value as unreadable.
Replacement cards costing $6 and having zero credit preloaded.
No hard copy proof of payment on card, even the printed receipt is not proof of paying for service.
Unknown cost of travel. with the paper card it was clear to everyone how much time you had left.
Slow ticket top up times, slower than the Metcard EFTPOS issue.
Hard for people in wheelchairs to use.
Trains have to wait longer at station due to longer queues.
New issues emerging all the time.
MYKI makes me realize what was so good about the paper ‘Metcards’.
A better question is; “what isn’t wrong with Myki?”
How much is 1.5 BILLION dollars?
31.1 tons of gold (a cube of gold 117 cm long on each edge).
So we spent 1.5 BILLION dollars on a ticket system for a train system when the previous ticket actually worked quite well.
In fact ‘Metcard’ was the most reliable part of the entire public transport network. Have a valid ‘Metcard’, benefit of doubt given by any one with good vision.
But rather than pointlessly complain like a bunch of retarded Marxists, we offer alternatives.
What else could we have purchased for 1.5 BILLION dollars for Victoria?
Alternative ideas for 1.5 BILLION dollars.
A mission to Mars.
Crazy as it sounds we could have afforded it for this much money.
Seriously we could have had our own space programme, not an Australian space programme, a Victorian government space programme. Beat that Sydney. We got the AFL grand final AND a rover on Mars. Imagine the cross promotion there, if you win the grand final you get your team logo outside the ‘MCG and on the surface of Mars .
Queensland has Movieworld, we could have had Spaceworld. Nice one XXXX drinkers you made a movie about outer space, we went there and made a movie about it.
Think of the tourism spin off, Melbourne would be on the map as the place in Australia to visit, we could have our own cape Canaveral, the whole 9 yards. Think of science and technology spin offs from having all the work done here.
Free public transport in Victoria for 4 years.
Not long term sustainable perhaps, but what a pork barrel for any politician who could claim they supported it. makes for great re-election advertising (very subtle hint). I can Just see John So stepping of a bus in a re-election campaign add saying “In Melbourne we choose bus, free bus!”. Great for the environment, get more cars off the roads, reduces parking problems in commuter areas. Of course this attacks too many vested interests (should I say rackets), parking building industry, parking ticket industry, oil companies, ticket inspector enforcer industry, people who sell cost inflated useless ticketing systems (Myki),etc…
A larger rail network.
Imagine an outer ring of rail skirting the edge of the zone 1 / zone 2 boundary or the very outer edge of zone 2. easier to get from suburb to suburb without traveling in and then changing train and then traveling out again. The proposed Doncaster extention is $400M, we could afford more than 3 rail lines of that length for the money.
A new industry for Victoria? You can buy a lot with 1.5 BILLION dollars.
We have the second most extensive tram network in the world we could go for the number 1 spot and knock St Petersburg out of the top spot.
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But no we got a plastic card that magnetically stores your name in it. I could get such a gimmick at Vic markets for $1, or 10 for $8.
There has got to be something rotten with MYKI
So with such an enormous sum of money being spent on such a substandard product, there has got to be something dirty going on.
Actually there are many dirty things going on:
The stench of corruption in the vendor selection process.
Why was a working system from another city not used and slightly modified, it would have been much cheaper.
The enormous cost and time blow out of the project. 3.3 times budget cost, 2 years late.
It’s the most expensive system of its type in the world.
Old card ‘Metcard’ reader machines were needlessly junked, even though they could read Myki cards.
The spy tool aspect of the system: users can be easily followed and monitored.
The dividing people into socioeconomic groups, targeting concession card holders for harassment.