Tuesday, November 21, 2006

This kind of crap infuriates me!

Here's a story from the Central Coast Express Advocate:

Look after post box or lose it


Australia Post will remove post boxes that are repeatedly attacked by vandals.

Look after your nearest post box or you will lose it, warned Australia Post after one at Umina Beach was destroyed by fire for the second time this year.

Australia Post spokeswoman Sheridan Beattie said in extreme cases they would relocate or remove boxes repeatedly targeted by vandals.

"Obviously it is an inconvenience to the community if a post box is out of service due to vandalism,'' Ms Beattie said. "But clearly it is not in the community's interests for Australia Post to maintain a box in which mail may not be safe or the public's safety is at risk.''

People who posted mail in the box outside the Umina Beach Post Office between Friday and Sunday are urged to check it arrived.

Post boxes cost $1000 to replace and this box was also attacked in June.

Ms Beattie said it was important people called police if they noticed any unusual activity around a post box.

With the rise of identity fraud, Ms Beattie said the situation was a concern.

"Although most of the damage inflicted on post boxes can be attributed to petty vandalism, the damage can sometimes be from would-be thieves attempting to access the mail inside,'' she said.

"Look after your nearest post box." How the hell are people supposed to do that? With round-the-clock vigilante patrols? By posting a sentry at the box? It's not the public's responsibility to protect post boxes or to act as law enforcement officers.

How about some policing? These morons vandalise much more around the area than just the odd postbox. How about the courts giving appropriate sentences to the brainless cretins whose level of intelligence is such that they think vandalising a post box is entertainment? How about Australia Post building post boxes into Post Office walls instead of as free-standing units? How about fixing the problem, for Christ's sake!

No, not to the bureaucratic mind. To them it's much simpler. If their paying customers are inconvenienced because their post box has been destroyed, the answer is to remove the box and inconvenience them permanently.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Save us from politicians!

The obvious first steps to solving long-term water problems are recycling what we use and storing what we currently pipe out to sea.

We have to be given alternatives to using pure drinking water to clean our cars, our footpaths, to water our gardens. And we have to store the rainwater that doesn't fall in the cachement area, which we already harvest but channel to the wrong place.

So what does our Premier come up with?

Here's what the Express Advocate reports:

Pipedream or saviour?

An artist's impression of what the new Tillegra dam will look like when completed. **

A BOLD and far-sighted rescue plan or gigantic political stunt?

Opinion was divided after Premier Morris Iemma's pledge on Monday to build a $342 million dam to help secure the Central Coast's water supplies.

Mr Iemma said the giant 450billion-litre Tillegra Dam, near Dungog, would service the Lower Hunter and Central Coast.

He also announced the expansion of the Hunter pipeline to the Central Coast. The Hunter pipeline will be finished early next month and capable of pumping 27 megalitres a day.
Monday's announcement will mean the allocation will jump to 35 megalitres or half the coast's daily needs by next December.

The Premier's long-term solution, however, will see water flowing from Tillegra Dam by 2013.
The cost of the ambitious project for Central Coast residents remains unclear.

Mr Campbell said funding for the project would come from new development and developer contributions. A quarter of the projects funding will come from a $20 levy to be paid by Hunter residents from 2009.

The remainder will be recouped by Hunter Water's sale of water to the Central Coast or through commercial arrangements with the Central Coast water authority.

Construction on the dam is expected to start by mid next year, with planning approval taking up to five years and another three to five years for the dam to fill.

"This will not only secure supply for Hunter families, but will ensure the crisis on the Central Coast will not happen again,'' Mr Iemma said. "With the Central Coast's dams standing at only 15 per cent full, and no long-term recovery in sight, now is the time for bold and far-sighted action.''

Brilliant! If it rains, we'll have enough pure drinking water to wash our cars, clean our footpaths, water our gardens...

** My asterisks. Two words Mr Iemma.



Suppose it doesn't rain as you would like it to? The dam isn't going to look like the artist's impression is it.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

When all else fails...

...execute the dictator.

So says River in her brilliant record of life in Iraq as it really is, rather than as our leaders would like us to believe it is.

Please read her posting, here.