Industry Super Australia (ISA) is dismayed at a short sighted deal in the Senate today that will mean that millions of Australians retire with tens of thousands of dollars less in their superannuation accounts.
The Government has announced an agreement with the Palmer United Party and some other crossbench Senators that includes delaying the progression of the superannuation guarantee to 12 per cent to 2025– 6 years later than originally legislated.
For an average income earner, aged 25, the delay in the SG will cost them around $100,000 over their working life ($36,000 in today’s dollars).
It appears Australia recently came extremely close to suffering its own September 11. About a week and a half ago, media across the country reported that Queensland police discovered fifty kilograms of explosive materials in a Brisbane property – including DMDT, which was used in the 2005 London bombings – along with maps hinting that these explosives were to be used to blow up areas of central Sydney and Newcastle.
The fears of the Australian Federal Police and the Australian government — that the Islamic terrorist threat had crept from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria to our very doorstep — seemed to have come true.
Well, no. It was shocking – given the rants of talkback radio shock jocks, some newspaper columnists and our very own Prime Minister – to learn this planned attack wasn’t actually that of an Australian-Islamic extremist. Behind this plot was a Newcastle local Daniel Fing, a well-known criminal who was jailed in 2006 for four years for firebombing a rival’s car in Belmont, New South Wales.
Have you heard anything much about this in the news? Imagine the uproar and new laws that would be pushed through if this guy was a muslim.
That was back when there was no R18+ classification in Australia. Since the new category rolled out at the beginning of 2013 things have started to improve, though both Saints Row 4 and South Park: The Stick of Truth were altered in Australia last year to protect our sensitive little souls, incapable as we are of distinguishing between video games and real life.
The upside is that Valve, for some reason, has resubmitted the full uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2 to the board, and it has passed with an R18+ rating. Most PC gamers will have acquired the full version through other channels anyway, but for what it’s worth: you can now play the full, uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia without fear of retribution. Which is nice.
The game was launched in 2009.
The day after private, nude photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were released online, Apple has reportedly patched a security gap that could have allowed hackers to access iCloud accounts.
Engadget reports that the vulnerability was exposed on the code hosting siteGithub. It says developers discovered that Apple’s “Find My iPhone” feature could be compromised by so-called brute force attacks which try password after password until the right one is found to unlock an account. From there, the hackers might have been able to figure out a user’s Apple ID and access their iCloud storage. Github says Apple has fixed the problem.
I’m so confused. Firstly fuck Apple and their crap security. But, it brought boobies. So torn.
On Friday, as Russian Federation tanks and troops poured across the border into eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin talked about his country’s most destructive weaponry. “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations,” he said. “This is a reality, not just words.” Russia, he told listeners, is “strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces.”
That same day, Putin used a term for eastern Ukraine meaning “New Russia.” So when he refers to repelling “any aggression against Russia” and speaks of “nuclear deterrence,” as he did on Friday, the Russian president is really warning us he will use nukes to protect his grab of Ukrainian territory.
Someone shoot this fucker already.
AMID a global frenzy over ice bucket challenges to help fund ALS research, the Government is being accused of pouring cold water on the very same work in Australia.
Just last week Education Minister Christopher Pyne last week joined the ice bucket challenge. But to some researchers this is a stark irony in the wake of Budget cuts to the CSIRO and the Australian Research Council (ARC), which could risk efforts to end the scourge of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often known in Australia as Motor Neurone Disease.
Belgian photographer Bruno Brokken is in critical condition after having 396 gallons of water dropped on him from a firefighting plane at a height of only 22 feet near Girona, Spain. That’s thousands of pounds of water.
Water weighs 8.34 pounds per gallon, which makes the weight of this aquatic payload just over 3,300 pounds, roughly the weight of a Toyota Camry. Now imagine having that dropped on you from 22 feet high. In addition to the weight, the speed at which the water was traveling is also a factor, so it’s no surprise the guy was badly injured.
Remember it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Or your grandmother gets pregnant.
Celebrity news website publisher Perez Hilton has apologised to readers amid a growing online backlash against those circulating stolen naked photos of actresses including Jennifer Lawrence.
An anonymous hacker first posted the leaked nude photographs to message board site 4chan, where they quickly spread to Reddit, Imgur and Twitter.
The hacker claims to have about 60 photographs of the Oscar-winning star, as well as naked images from more than 100 other celebrities including Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton and Australian actresses Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Yvonne Strahovski (24, Dexter).
Hilton’s apology came after two incremental backdowns when his website published uncensored photos of Lawrence and Victoria Justice, who starred in the TV series Victorious.
The much-loved TV version of The Tick was axed by Fox in its first season, after just nine episodes. Now, it looks like the Big Blue Bug of Justice is back! According to People, the show is being revived by Amazon – and Patrick Warburton will star! And original creator Ben Edlund will write and produce! SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!
Earlier this week, a post started on 4chan claimed a wealth of celebrity nudes–a large cache in possession of a hacker who’d gained access to several celebrities’ alleged personal photos—would leak on Sunday. Well, Sunday’s here, the supposed leak has begun, and the internet is reacting accordingly.
The list of celebrities whose nudes are supposedly in this cache includes Jennifer Lawrence, Avril Lavigne, Kate Upton, Lea Michele, and McKayla Maroney, and several of them—the photos, not the celebs—have begun to show up on various message boards across the internet.
Needed her special dance though
A brother and sister in the US state of Georgia were arrested and charged with committing incest in a church car park after watching popular romantic film The Notebook.
20-year-old Christopher Buckner and her 25-year-old brother, Tim Savoy, admitted to police that they had sex three times after watching the 2004 movie starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. The film depicts a young couple who fall in love during the 1940s.
The Australian government has asked the federal police to investigate if lawyer Bernard Collaery and a former spy can be charged with disclosing classified information after revelations Australia spied on East Timor during sensitive oil and gas treaty talks.
Confirmation of the investigation came as the AFP asked the ABC to hand over material relating to its reports on the clandestine operation.
According to sources, the AFP was particularly keen on getting unedited footage of Mr Collaery’s interviews with 7.30, Lateline and Four Corners.
A Sydney train station guard has lost a lengthy battle to save his job, after he was fired for trying to punch a transit officer, and yelling at other officers “you don’t know who you’re f***ing with, your jobs are gone”.
During RailCorp’s investigation into the incident, which occurred on a train between Ingleburn and Campbelltown, it was also discovered that David John Elleray had convictions for assault and resisting police, which he had not disclosed to his employer.
Ah it’s nice to see people like this get denied. Wasting courts time with appeal after appeal because they can’t hack that they lost. Big fat costs orders for all!
The country’s biggest telecommunications companies are willing to block their customers from accessing overseas websites hosting pirated movies and music despite concerns harmless sites could also get caught by the filter.
Telstra, Optus, iiNet, Vodafone and other internet service providers are also ready to negotiate a scheme that would punish internet users who have received three warnings to stop downloading content illicitly.
In a separate submission to the federal government, which is planning to crack down on online piracy, film production company Village Roadshow argues internet service providers should be forced to slow down speeds for customers who ignore warnings to stop infringing copyright.
“Just as there is no place on the internet for terrorism or paedophilia, there should be no place for theft that will impact the livelihoods of the 900,000 people whose security is protected by legitimate copyright,” Village Roadshow argues.
That’s right. Internet pirates are as bad as terrorism or paedophilia.
Despite accidentally blocking thousands of websites in one hit, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has argued that it should still keep the controversial power to request ISPs to block websites contravening Australian law.
The power to compel ISPs to block websites contained in Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act only gained public attention after it was revealed that ASIC had accidentally blocked 250,000 websites in April 2013 when seeking to block websites associated with investment fraud, including the website of Melbourne Free University.
Unlike child abuse websites blocked by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), websites that were being blocked by ASIC did not inform people who attempted to reach those pages of why the sites were blocked.
The makers of “Omo”, a new clothes washing detergent, are considering changing their labelling after accidentally poisoning unsuspecting riders particpating in the “Fredagsbirken” race in Rena, near Oslo . The product was available as part of a sampling campaign by Lilleborg, sponsors of the event.
All competitors were given a free sample of “Omo Aktiv & Sport”, together with their starting numbers before the race, reported Hamar Arbeiderblad.
Ukraine’s president today declared that a “Russian invasion” of his country was underway and the United Nations’ Security Council called an emergency session to discuss the latest crisis involving allegations of Russia’s overt support for Ukrainian rebels.
Rebel forces have also opened up a new front in the conflict in southern Ukraine. Heavy fighting was reported in the southeast of Ukraine near the town of Novoazovsk.
The UN Security Council met today and expressed outrage, although it said it couldn’t verify the reports.
A leaked draft prepared for government submission has revealed Hollywood’s Australian anti-piracy strategy. Among other things, the paper says that providers should be held liable for infringing customers even when they only “reasonably suspect” that infringement is taking place.
As the discussions over the future of anti-piracy legislation in Australia continue, a draft submission has revealed the wish-list of local movie groups and their Hollywood paymasters.