Monday, January 31, 2011

UK, America and the Green Police (2 Video's)

Well I see by the papers that the UK is having a bit of a rough time over there concerning their rubbish bins.
Certain council's have introduced 5 rubbish bins for each household, I mean it just sounds ridiculous, but true. After the councils did this they started receiving complaints. The first day the council received 6,000 complaints, I'm surprised there wasn't more. There was an article about it all in Mail Online.

In another area there are 6 rubbish bins per household, and for some people without front yards this causes a lot of problems, where on earth are they going to put all the bins, well they seem to be scattered wherever people can find the room to put them. One lady who was trying to sell her home said all the rubbish bins have devalued her home, I can understand why, it looks like she is going to sue over it.
The story is in Mail Online, there is also a great picture in here of all the bins as well, and if you scroll down further there is a funny cartoon.

Now of course they want to fine people 1,000 pound for using the wrong bin, of course this is to keep the greenhouse gas emissions down, you always know if it involves money Climate Change will be front and center, that way it makes people feel good about handing out more money. A funny cartoon in this article as well.

Oh and let us not forget the microchips that some council's are putting in the rubbish bins so that they can keep track of how much you are throwing out.

And also in America.

If YouTube removes the above video you can watch it here:-
Yes even ads are starting to disappear now. If they don't want certain video's in blogs they should remove the embedding from that video.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Julia Gillard Debating the Flood Levy (Australia)

Well here in OZ we have a real battle going on about a flood tax levy that our PM (Julia Gillard) wants to introduce, and it really is turning into a battle. Most polls on the flood levy are showing that a lot of Australian people are not in favour of it, and neither am I.

Of course this has to be passed in Parliament for the tax levy to come in. There seems to be a fair bit of opposition to this at the moment, some MP's are waiting to see what the public reaction will be, they didn't have to wait long, it all started to hit home yesterday, as I said most are against. To make matters worse our PM didn't brief any ministers until a few hours before they met in Canberra.

There was a lot of people that donated to these floods, not only money, but a lot of people also put in the time to help with the big clean up, and are still at it, this also involved a lot of businesses pitching in as well. Just in Brisbane (the Capitol of Queensland) alone there were over 20,000 people signed up to help with the clean up, and I can tell you these people are not happy, there are a few swear words being spoken out amongst the mud.

On a radio station yesterday, 3AW, our PM was interviewed by Neil Mitchell, and all hell broke lose, e-mails and phone calls started, so they put the interview up as soon as it was over onto their web site, and they received well over 100 comments, I put my 2 cents worth in as well. If you would like to listen to the interview here is the link:- Radio 3AW Interview. You can also comment on that page as well if you like.

Andrew Bolt from the Herald Sun had a good piece on our PM as well, there is a video of an interview with our PM on Sunrise with David Koch, of course this interview was very mild, Kochy is a big fan of Julia's, so she is usually safe when appearing on the show. No comments at the moment on Andrew's site until the moderates come back from holidays. Anyway here is the link if you would like to have a look. Andrew Bolt Herald Sun.

On top of this tax levy, the Government has now decided to put up taxes on smokes, beer and spirits. As well most food items are skyrocketing because of the floods, we are also going to get another increase in our water and power bills again this year, power already went up on the 1st of January. Trust me interest rates will rise because of the inflation all this will cause, so we have that to look forward to as well. Thousands of people are without jobs at the moment because of the floods, a lot of smaller businesses said that they will not reopen, mainly because their insurance company won't pay out, so they just can't afford to reopen, which means of course all those people that were working for these small businesses no longer have a job at all. It's not looking good for us in OZ I'm afraid.