Thursday, October 30, 2014

Self managed super

wow that Self Managed Super is now 30% of all funds.......haven't heard much discussion of this amongst friends etc.






The self-managed super fund industry continues to grow. There are more than 534,000 funds and total membership exceeds 1 million. This represents an increase of 21.3 per cent in the number of small funds over the past four years, the report said.

Self-managed super funds assets now exceed $557 billion, representing 30.1 per cent of total superannuation assets under management across the retirement system.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/retirement-funds-in-property-approach-9-billion-20141030-11efgq.html#ixzz3HeCVgv00

Call me totally unsurprised.... metadata mission creap already

Metadata.... solely for stopping the terrorists? And this government lied about it?
I am Jack's complete lack of fucking surprise.






http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/10/australian-federal-police-we-could-use-metadata-to-prosecute-pirates/

Worried that your metadata could be used to prosecute you in a piracy case? You should be: the Australian Federal Police Commissioner thinks that metadata could be very helpful to prosecute pirates.
When asked if stored metadata could be used to combat piracy, Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Andrew Colvin, replied at a press conference that the stored data of Australians could be used for a whole number of things, including anti-piracy:


Updated with comments from Attorney General George Brandis in the article.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ray gun from the future.....seen as imminent threat to TSA safety

There is something seriously sick with governments at the moment, I feel like I'm in a dream and about to wake up from this stupidity.

I'd blame it on America and the "fall of Rome" (I think even the most ardent are seeing the crumbling of an empire) but I think its just as bad in Australia and other countries.....

I seriously don't understand how we got here......

http://boingboing.net/2014/10/29/tsa-supervisor-confiscates-ray.html

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Very disappointed in Tony Abbott the xenophobe

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/28/world/asia/australia-immigration-policy-ebola/index.html
Australia instigates Ebola-prompted ban on travel from West Africa
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/28/world/asia/australia-immigration-policy-ebola/index.html
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced "strong controls" on arrivals from West African countries affected by cases of the deadly disease.
Telling Australia's parliament during a question time session Monday that his ministry was currently "not processing any application from these (Ebola) affected countries," he said that the government was also suspending its humanitarian program.


and
Sick move: Australia shuts borders to 'Ebola-affected' African countries
Sydney's Darling Harbour (AFP Photo / Greg Wood)

Australia is the first country to temporarily close its borders to people traveling from West African states battling against the Ebola epidemic. The move comes despite the fact the Ebola-free country has not sent aid workers to any afflicted regions.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament on Monday, Australia has issued a blanket visa ban for those traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.



Wow I cant stress enough how disappointed I am in Tony Abbott the xenophobe. I have never been more ashamed to be called an Australian than I am today.