Thursday, 27 October 2016

Priest caught uploading child porn - US

The predator priest
The angel face
More moral guardianship from the christians.

BTW studies have shown that 99% of paedophiles are straight. I don't even know where it came from that gays were.

So in this case the priest got busted uploading/sharing child porn from his computer at his holiday home. He has therefore been charged with 20 counts of possessing and 20 counts of sharing child porn. 

How in the hell can the catholic church possess any kind of moral authority in our society when the church itself is so demonstrably rotten? Here in Australia they oppose marriage equality, at the same time the royal commission into child sex abuse is unearthing all manner of horrors done by the church to children.
A Roman Catholic priest from New Jersey has been arrested on child pornography charges. 

Kevin Gugliotta, 54, of Mahwah allegedly uploaded illicit images from a computer in his vacation home in Lehigh Township, Pa. on July 9, the Wayne County District Attorney said in a news release on Wednesday. 

Gugliotta worked at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church in Union, but has been removed from the parish, according to a spokesman for the Newark Archdiocese. 

He faces 40 counts of sexual abuse of children — 20 counts of possession of child pornography and 20 counts of dissemination of child pornography. 

 Officials in Wayne County learned about the uploaded images in August and began an investigation. They eventually learned the IP address was registered to Gugliotta's vacation home.

Alan Jones says Greenpeace are "global warming alarmists" (video)

Right wing radio shock jock Alan Jones has again shown his penchant for ideological stupidity rather than basic scientific facts, in his latest foray into attacking the greenie pinko Marxist climate people.

On his radio show he declared that Greenpeace are"Global warming alarmists who will stop at nothing".

Greenpeace has responded with the below video.


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Women "threw themselves" at Trump, lying about rape - christians

And Trump is sooooo good looking, etc.... Yes folks, the US christian fundies are going even more batshit crazy over Trump. You see Hillary is evil and dirty and so Trump has been sent by god to get down in the dirt and fight her at her level so to speak.

That's up there with the crazy talk by Republicans over terrorists; that we were supposed to fight them on their level, hence torture was OK for them. 

How very christian.

Where are their heads at to come out with this vile, victim blaming, Trump apologising and excuse making bullshit for sexual assault?
“Donald Trump is a middle finger to Washington, D.C.,” Root crowed, before warning Christians that they cannot sit on the sideline in this election because Hillary Clinton and the Democrats “are coming to take our Bibles away.”
“If you’re a Christian, you just can’t spend your life worrying about the words of Donald Trump from 11 years ago,” Root said, “or what women he groped 30 years ago. I don’t believe any of it anyway. I believe Donald Trump is one of the handsomest billionaires that’s ever lived; I don’t think he ever had to grope a single woman ever. I think they threw themselves at him, so it’s all a lie.”
“The man isn’t a perfect Christian,” Root admitted, but he is “the perfect guy sent from God and from central casting to be the vicious guy we needed to save America, save capitalism, fight the Clinton crime cartel and save Christianity from these vicious, vicious people. They’re terrible, dirty people and a nice guy could have never won this war. Only a dirty player could win the war, so I think Donald’s the perfect guy, sent by God to fill the perfect role and save us all.” Right Wing Watch  

The letter Barnyard Barnaby didn't want you to see released to public

Barnyard Barnaby, deputy PM

Public servant Paul Grimes
Barnaby Joyce, deputy PM and dog threatener, is now having his own dog day afternoons. Yesterday, a letter that he'd fought long and hard over one and a half years and spending $80,000 to have hidden from the public, even deleted from gov files, was in fact released to the public.

This was during the time Joyce had gotten himself into difficulty being caught out making changes to the parliamentary Hansard, and the public servant Paul Grimes stood up to him over it. Grimes was sacked and replaced.

The letter Grimes sent questions the deputy PM's integrity and is deeply embarrassing for Barnyard. It appears Joyce didn't at all follow processes in place in such an event of the breakdown of the relationship between him and the public servant, but instead bullied him and sacked him to save himself.
Opposition agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has fought for the release of the letter, which was emailed directly to Mr Joyce and Tony Abbott's former head of department Michael Thawley, since the independent Information Commissioner ruled it should be made available. 

Mr Joyce's department fought that ruling, spent $80,000 on engaging Ernst &Young to review its public information processes, and then fought the matter through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal before giving up the fight just after Parliament rose for two weeks on Friday. 

"This letter shows Paul Grimes was deeply concerned about Barnaby Joyce's behaviour. He was challenging Joyce's integrity," Mr Fitzgibbon said on Monday. 

"He clearly thought what Joyce did was not appropriate. This letter indicates he was being bullied. 

"What Barnaby Joyce did was to sack Paul Grimes to save himself." Sydney Morning Herald  

Telstra deactivated my mobile phone number of 10yrs - utter rage FFS!

OMFG! Completely, utterly outraged at Telstra! My mobile number of 10 years (where I've built up quite a wide variety of doctors, specialists, hospitals, family and friends over time) was deactivated by Telstra 9 days ago when it deactivated my SIM card without warning. 

Where there was no notice given by email, text, or even maybe a quick call FFS to let me know they were about to fuck up my phone royally like this. Now the number can't be reactivated again unless I go on a plan, which is impossible for me being bankrupt.

So, yesterday after talking to somebody at their call centre in fuck knows where, I had been told all I needed to do was get a SIM card and do a SIM swap for my number to the new card. However what the rocket scientist at the call centre didn't appear to realise was doing that was impossible if the number was deactivated. 

As Telstra had done with my number without bloody warning!

I go into the nearest Telstra shop today and was seen at the counter (the counter said "We're here to help") by a person who didn't have the faintest idea, and kept asking the other Telstra employees next to her what she was supposed to do whilst looking at the PC screen. Eventually the announcement came from all of them that I couldn't have the same number I've had for 10 years because the number had been deactivated.

I proceeded to say how outrageous this was, and that I'd had this number for so long, how could they do all of this without even giving me any warning? That if they'd told me they were about to do all this then I'd have put $10 on the thing just to keep it going.

Long story short I now have a new phone number which nobody knows.   

Monday, 24 October 2016

Clinton 49.2, Trump 42.1 - Bludgertrack (Australia)

Clinton is entering landslide territory now as Trumps campaign implodes. I'm sure Republicans will rue the day they endorsed him. Personally I don't understand how he's on 42%. I thought he'd be much lower than that. I mean what does he have to do before Republicans stop supporting him?

Telstra deactivated my phone SIM card without telling me - FFS!

It's been 6 months since I had any credit on my phone, and unknown to me after 6 months with no credit Telstra deactivates the SIM card. I guess that may be fair enough, but they didn't give me any warning at all, or even a text saying what was going on with the phone.

So it wasn't until David tried ringing me yesterday and it just said the phone wasn't connected. WTF? So I'm pulling out the battery and cleaning the SIM card and all to try and find the problem, to no avail. In the end I rang Telstra earlier today and it was then I finally found out the card was deactivated.

They could've given me a week or so's warning. Just out of the blue with no explanation, they make the phone useless.

So now I have to get some new SIM card as the other one in the phone is buggered. Then I have to ring them and do a SIM swap to keep my number. *sheesh*


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Paralysed man told to prove he can't work By Centrelink

Whilst a committee has been set up to investigate these ongoing ridiculous reviews of people on the Disability Support Pension who are obviously well and truly unable to work, and whilst the Turnbull gov is denying there's even a problem, a man who is almost completely disabled in a wheelchair had his pension cut off because Centrelink didn't have up to date proof of his condition. It was reinstated only after getting paperwork from his doctor.
According to his GP, Josh's life expectancy is less than five years. 

Yet, last month Centrelink suspended his disability support pension [DSP] after Josh's parents missed a deadline for a medical review proving he was still unable to work.


This week, the joint parliamentary committee of public accounts and audit launched a public inquiry into the effective monitoring and reporting of the disability support pension as part of its probe into risk management, and whether public money was used in an efficient, effective, economical and ethical manner. 

Federal MP for Bruce, Julian Hill who raised the issue in Federal Parliament this week, is also the deputy chair of the committee. He said the government must change their approach to ensure Centrelink wasn't persecuting the severely disabled with "wasteful, badly targeted reviews". 

"So far the government has simply denied there is even a problem and refuses to act despite a growing number of horrific cases," Mr Hill said. The Age  
These reviews are supposed to be only for people who are borderline DSP eligible. How in the hell did Centrelink decide that this man was one of them?


Saturday, 22 October 2016

A difficult few days...

I know David's talked to me about it before, but the sight of crime scene photos on the telly of his first boyfriend Wayne Tonks, after being murdered, was deeply disturbing.

I've been feeling very anxious since watching the Show (Deep Water) which I guess is understandable. So anxious however it's been almost like a mental paralysis. Haven't been able to concentrate on anything, and it feels like being surrounded by a big wall. Hard to be interested in anything.

Had trouble even with normal things. I didn't do the dishes for 2 days, and a couple of days didn't even eat anything. 

I can't imagine how David must be feeling. He said after the program that he nearly had to leave the room when the bit came on about Wayne. It's been decades since the murder but obviously it's affected David enormously. 

It really is hard to put into words how one feels in the wake of such a hate crime as the murder was. You feel vulnerable and aware that there are people who hate us simply because of who we are, and that some of those people are willing to act on that hatred.

BTW, the murderer only got seven and a half years jail for it. 

Friday, 21 October 2016

10th Trump sexual assault victim comes forward (video)

Karena Virginia was shocked by Trump's advances, after which Trump said to her "Don't you know who I am?" Obviously the whole experience has left her traumatised.

Pretty much lost for words with this now. How in the hell could this man end up being the US Republican presidential candidate? 


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Most homophobic electorate in Australia - Maranoa, Queensland

Maranoa in Queensland is the most homophobic electorate in Australia, being the only electorate opposed to marriage equality.

Of course they "have nothing against gays" and are "very respectful" to them, whilst saying how terribly sinful and wrong we are to disobey the bible. There's even one young bloke who threatened violence if a gay person came on to him. 

Largely though it's complete ignorance and stupidity. If they got to really know the LGBT they'd see we're just people like everyone else. 


AME chair Alex Greenwich calls for urgent marriage equality vote

I agree. We've bloody well had enough of our lives being judged and debated, of who we are being the subject of a national discussion about our fundamental human rights. Tired of being the target of a 2,000 year old book which has little meaning in the modern world. Sick to death of the self righteous so called moral guardians of society thinking they know more about our lives than we do.

Now gay independent NSW MP Alex Greenwich, chair of Australian Marriage Equality, has called for an urgent parliamentary vote. The reason being that the debate will continue until the issue is decided, along with the mental health harm it's causing within the LGBT community.

It's hard to describe the feelings when who you are is debated on TV and the media by people who don't know you and have no idea about the issues you face. No idea about your love for your partner. Making moral judgements about you based on your love for your partner.

Last Monday a clip from the ABC's Q&A had one panel member ridiculing stopping the plebiscite because a few gays will get "hurt feelings". FFS. Just no idea. Yet there she was on national television spouting this diatribe in some kind of position of authority on the matter. Talking about us like that.

Like I said we've just had enough of it. Just vote in the parliament and stop exposing us to the hate. 
It looks like the proposal to have a plebiscite on marriage equality in Australia is not going to get off the ground. The plebiscite has always been a legally unnecessary political device. When it was first conjured up it was by people who wanted to block marriage equality not those who wanted to make it happen. That reality was never lost on LGBTI people. The demise of the plebiscite will not be mourned by LGBTI people. 

As expected, the Labor Party has opposed a same sex marriage plebiscite, but there's still hope this won't mean a lengthy delay for marriage equality. 

The political process that has brought us to this point has been a time of great anxiety for the gay community. All too often we have watched on as observers in a debate about our dignity. Now that it appears that the plebiscite is no more we ask our politicians to move swiftly to defeat the legislation. The swifter this is done, the sooner we can move forward towards a parliamentary path to marriage equality, and hopefully achieve this long overdue reform by the end of year. 

The gay and lesbian community never asked for this plebiscite, all we have ever sought for is to be treated the same as everyone else and have a parliamentary vote that allows us to marry the person we love in the country we love. 

Over the past 14 months we have sadly been debating process, rather than the substantive reform. Let's be clear, amending the marriage act to allow for same-sex and gender diverse couples to marry is a straightforward change of a few words, which will cost nothing and benefit so many. Alex Greenwich, Sydney Morning Herald  

Nearly 90 organisations agree with blocking plebiscite

Just in case there were any doubts about it being the right thing to do for the plebiscite to be blocked in the senate, a group of nearly 90 organisations have thrown their combined weight behind the move. They also are pushing now for a parliamentary vote on the issue, placing yet more pressure on the Turnbull gov to allow a free vote for it's party.
Despite unsubstantiated rumours to the contrary, an impressive network of close to 90 LGBTI organisations and leaders have today unified with Australians for Equality and Australian Marriage Equality, releasing a statement calling for parliament to block the plebiscite legislation. 

Australians for Equality (A4E) Co-Chair Anna Brown claimed the organisation wants to see an end to the plebiscite so that the community can finally move forward towards a parliamentary process to achieve marriage equality in this term of parliament. \

“This network of LGBTI leaders and organisations wishes to reinforce that the most efficient and effective way of achieving marriage equality is a vote in the parliament.” 

“This joint statement is about ensuring that a wide and diverse range of LGBTI groups across the nation have their voices heard by our parliamentarians,” Ms Brown said. 

“The continuing campaign for marriage equality has galvanised the LGBTI and the wider Australian community. As we move forward it is great to see so many organisations from across the nation engaged and coming together for equality,” Australian Marriage Equality, Co-Chair, Alex Greenwich added. 

“We want our elected representatives to come together to block the plebiscite and then find a way forward towards marriage equality.” Same Same  
Contrary to the views of some plebiscitists that the LGBT have been done a disservice by the plebiscite blocking, the truth of the matter is that we don't want it and are firmly opposed to it. We simply want the politicians to do their job as they've done with every other human rights issue in Australia over the decades. 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The DSP medical reviews - 90,000 people over three years

Severely disabled man told to prove he couldn't work by Centrelink
I didn't know much about it so I looked it up on the dept of human services site. Firstly, there are exemptions to having your Disability Support Pension reviewed by the gov. It appears that if you were granted the DSP under the new rules bought in by the Labor gov in 2012, and it was plainly obvious even under those rules that you qualified for the DSP, then you're exempt. 

Other than that, it seems that anyone on the DSP is up for grabs for a review.

So we're talking about Centrelink, that great monolithic structure that barely functions on the best of days, choosing people to be reviewed under the new 2012 rules. People who are supposed to have perhaps a capacity for working. Nope, can't see anything going wrong there....
From 1 July 2016, there will be additional medical reviews of Disability Support Pension (DSP) customers undertaken over 3 years.

Reviews will include certain DSP customers who are most at risk of not meeting eligibility criteria. The Department will use a risk profiling based approach to select people for review. Reviews will apply the current DSP qualification criteria using the January 2012 revised Impairment Tables.

Under this measure, DSP customers will have a comprehensive review of their medical qualification for DSP.

Customers granted on manifest grounds under current manifest rules and people working in Australian Disability Enterprises or under Supported Worker Systems will be excluded. Dept of Human Services
Unless of course you're one of the people who obviously can't work but still haven't gone through the 2012 tests, you may very well find yourself up for review. Evidently these aren't isolated cases. Like this one, who was obviously not "most at risk of not meeting eligibility criteria":
A report in The Age at the weekend that a severely disabled man who has been in state care since 1999 was ordered by Centrelink to prove his eligibility for a pension was distressing for all who read it, but of course so much more traumatic for this man and his family. 

Andrew Johnson, 30, cannot speak; has autism, Tourette syndrome, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and epilepsy; and needs a stomach tube to help him feed. Despite this, his case was included in a widespread crackdown on disability support recipients. Essentially, Mr Johnson was told he must prove why he was not out working, rather than receiving the disability pension. 

The review, delivered without warning via an officious letter from Centrelink, not surprisingly put Mr Johnson's family under a huge amount of stress as they scrabbled to find decades old medical documents and other evidence of his severe impairment. 

While the review was eventually dropped after intervention from Mr Johnson's gastroenterologist, letters to The Age confirm this cruel and farcical situation is not a one-off. The government is reviewing 90,000 disability support recipients for their ability to work, following welfare changes in the 2016 federal budget. Centrelink says the target group for the reviews is current disability support pension recipients who have not been assessed in the past two years. 

While we understand and support the need to ensure public money is wisely spent, the case of Andrew Johnson highlights the need for compassion, sensitivity and simple common sense, in reviewing support for the disabled. 

Even the most fleeting glance at Mr Johnson's records should have ruled him out of any need to repeat proof of his entitlement for a pension. Those at Centrelink responsible for the decision to review his situation certainly owe Mr Johnson's family an apology. 

Anecdotal evidence shows there are many other cases which ought be excluded from such a review. The Age  
Thing is when Centrelink comes calling you have no power. If they say jump you have to try even if you're disabled :s  If you don't comply and get through all the hoops they'll just stop your payments and you starve. Resistance is futile. Some moron deep within the Centrelink bowels orders a review that is blatantly bullshit, and there's just nothing you can do about it.

Under 2012 rules only about 25% of DSP applicants are successful (including me BTW) which begs the question; is the gov trying to cut 75% of people off the DSP?

Wouldn't it be nice if politicians had to go through all of this to get their pay?  

In any case, if you feel you may cop some nutty review, my advice would be to make sure all the reports and the like are accessible and centralised with your GP. It will make things much easier if the time comes.