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The Independent Weekly hear'say
Cults aren t the only ones counting on an
apocalypse. Fortunately, the kind folks at
"Seed Survival Bank" are on our side.
They ve told Hear say some govern-
ment agencies are stockpiling huge
amounts of canned food because of a
coming famine. "A desperate lower class
is demanding handouts," we are told.
"A rapidly diminishing middle class is
crippled by police state bureaucracy. An
aloof ruling elite has introduced us to an
emerging totalitarianism which seeks
control over every aspect of our lives. As
the meltdown progresses, one of the first
things affected will be our nation s food
Luckily, the Seed Survival Bank people
have the answer: a packet of seeds. "What
will your family eat when the grocery
store shelves are empty? You need to have
peace of mind knowing that if things
were to get scary, you and your family
could still eat. It could mean the differ-
ence between life and death."
The seeds come shipped in an "inde-
structible container which can be buried
to avoid confiscation".
"If you don t have the ability to grow
food next year, your life may be in danger,"
With scams like these, our lives aren t
in as much danger as our wallets.
SA has fewer train services
than a fish has fleas, but
that didn t stop South
Australians entering their
favourite train-spotting pics in
the Sydney Powerhouse Museum
exhibition of choo-choos from
around the world.
Other images came from
England, Canada, the US, China,
India, Switzerland, Latvia,
Romania and Slovakia.
Overall winner was the UK s
David Hill for his photo of North
China s Zhalai Nouer coal mine.
The exhibition will travel to
selected regional venues around
Australia later this year.
Meanwhile, Adelaide model
railway buffs are buffing their
models for an exhibition to
be held at Greyhound Park in
Angle Vale next month. Some
of the displays are more than
10 metres long and organisers
say there will be layouts
children can operate.
There s actually no train
service to Angle Vale, so
you ll have to take the Route
250 bus. Stop 27B is only a few
metres from the entrance.
If you want to lick your obsession with
trains, there s really one solution: use
your tongue. Australia Post has just
issued stamps of four of Australia s most
scenic railway trips, and they include the
Ghan and the Indian Pacific.
"With such vast distances in Australia,
the building of railway networks was a
huge undertaking," said Australia Post
philatelic manager Noel Leahy. "This
stamp issue not only showcases four
great Australian trains and the dramatic
landscapes they pass through, but also
pays tribute to the remarkable engineer-
ing feats required to establish these. They
were a great achievement in our history."
An occasional cross-party coffee break
with backbenchers MP3 and MP4.
MP4: Sorry, I can t pay for coffee
MP3: Have it on me. Everything all
MP4: I m tightening the belt.
MP3: Don t hurt yourself ! Why?
MP4: Everybody s doing it. Even the
MP3: And their Mr Cappo is helping
advise the Government on budget
MP4: You mean the Sustainable
MP3: Yeah, he s part of the team of
MP4: I don t know why we need
consultants. Don t we have a
MP3: The more advice the
Treasurer gets, the more he can
deflect the blame.
MP4: And if you want something
to sound important you call it a
MP3: Well they ve still got to find
$300 million in savings over three
MP4: I thought it was $750 million?
MP3: It was originally. Now I gather
they ll get more GST and they can
halve it but they re not saying so yet.
MP4: So when the Treasurer gets to
the budget he can say it s better than
MP3: Something like that. That s
the usual tack.
MP4: However big the cuts are, isn t
that the Treasurer s job? Why ask
Cappo and Co?
MP3: Well it s tricky. 1600 jobs have
got to go, too.
MP4: But it may be less?
MP3: You re getting the idea.
MP4: So what s the commission
done so far?
MP3: It s already written one
MP4: I ve read that. Fifty pages
to say put the budget off until
September while we look for cuts. I
could have said that in two para-
graphs. In fact, I just said it in one.
MP3: Commissions always write
long reports. That one sets out the
principles by which they ll look for
cuts. We all need principles.
MP4: There s not much else. Do you
know how much we are paying these
MP3: Probably the going rate.
MP4: About $3000 a day. Top hotels.
MP3: Nice work if you can get it.
MP4: Hardly belt-tightening. You lot
have already paid the commission
MP3: I m sure it was good value.
MP4: One question.
MP3: I m all ears.
MP4: If we have to find cuts of $750
million -- or even $300 million -- over
three years, how can we afford
hundreds of millions for a stadium
and a riverside development?
MP3: To help pay for it, of course!
MP4: And to pay off the SACA s
$90 million debt.
MP3: Come on. You have to build
things. You just hope they make
money in the end.
MP4: Not if no-one can afford to
go to them. At this rate we ll have
a stadium only for highly paid
MP3: Hey, and MPs! Lighten up!
They won t cut our expenses. Have
another taxpayer-funded coffee.
Luckily, Trees For Life s annual ordering
season is now open for SA landholders
needing low-cost native seedlings.
Landholders can get species perfectly
suited to their zones, taking into account
provenance, soil type and rainfall.
It s an opportunity for landholders
who need hundreds of seedlings for
windbreaks, stock shelter, to combat soil
erosion or salinity, or others who want to
establish wildlife corridors.
The real deal
Bank on it
Hearsay is told of certain death unless he
sends money for mail-order seeds.
Join us to hear the ACCC s approach to
enforcement, the penalties that now apply
to anti-competitive conduct and recent
Graeme Samuel AO, Chairman, ACCC
An update from the ACCC on the changing trade practices landscape
Friday 25 June 2010
12.00pm to 2.00pm
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