Well Done Australia 🇦🇺


Australia’s response had been “light years ahead” of the US and the UK

At the start of this year I was in Australia and witnessed their government’s actions, taken to control the virus and protect the population.

At the same time I observed, from afar, the UK’s actions, which I believe were too little, too late.

And now I believe we are experiencing the results of those actions. That is the haphazard and chaotic implementation of further restrictions.

Had the UK followed the Australian pattern we would be in much better shape. Acting quickly, shutting internal and external borders, enforcing quarantine wherever you were travelling from and so on. Had the UK Government followed this pattern we would have experienced fewer deaths and infections, and we would not be continuing to damage the UK economy.

So, I say well done Melbourne and well done Australia.

Sky News: Free school meals: Boris Johnson admits he hasn’t spoken to Marcus Rashford since June


http://news.sky.com/story/free-school-meals-boris-johnson-admits-he-hasnt-spoken-to-rashford-since-june-12115062

This is hardly breaking news.

Rashford is just a bloody footballer.

He is doing good things but I fail to see why it’s breaking news that the Prime Minister hasn’t spoken to him

Racist Photograph Analysis Software – Really ?


Women with darker skin are more than twice as likely to be told their photos fail UK passport rules when they submit them online than lighter-skinned men, according to a BBC investigation.

So claims this BBC news article.

BBC News – UK passport photo checker shows bias against dark-skinned women https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54349538

One black student said she was wrongly told her mouth looked open each time she uploaded five different photos to the government website.

Here is my own, personal, experience of the governments racist software.

I took a series of photos of my wife and selected the best of them to submit to the passport system. The selected photo was rejected on the basis that it didn’t meet the criteria. The issue was that the system couldn’t identify a clear demarcation of my wife’s hairline and her face, my wife is white skinned with blonde hair.

This experience has just highlighted the difference between automated systems and the human eye. In some circumstances the human eye is far superior.

The process, however, does allow you to challenge the automated rejection and to provide your argument as to why it is wrong. According to the article Ms Owusu did challenge the rejection and had her photo accepted.

I also challenged the rejection and the passport application was duly processed and my wife received her new passport.

This shows how “systemic racism” can spread, Elaine Owusu said.

This article has turned a frustrating technological problem into a problem of racism.

Is Ms Owusu suggesting that the software developers have programmed the system to give people of colour a hard time. To what end ?

Elaine Owusu, I think you are just jumping on the racism bandwagon and I, for one, am sick of the racism card being played at every turn.

The issue of racism is being rammed down our throats every minute of the day. Programming on the TV channels with a colour bias along with the adverts during and between programs. Open any newspaper and there it is.

All that this article proves is that the software is not perfect. It is not racist, just flawed. As technology advances the errors will reduce.

Australia’s prime minister says anti-Muslim senator should be charged for striking teen who broke egg on his head


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/17/australias-prime-minister-says-anti-muslim-senator-should-charged/amp/#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s

What is this world coming to ?

A man is assaulted, albeit with an egg. He retaliated with a couple of slaps.

The Australian Prime Minister says the assault victim should be charged !!!

The victim, Australian Senator Fraser Anning, may be anti Muslim but he was assaulted and in my book was perfectly justified in his reaction.

There should be no support for his assailant.

Compare the reactions here in Oz to those seen when British MP John Prescott was egged. Prescott actually punched the assailant. His boss, Tony Blair, is reported to have said “John is John when asked to comment.

Time to get real and focus on real issues methinks.

Is Life Enough ?


Rapist locked up for life is branded danger to women – Portsmouth News.

Alexander Bell is behind bars after being found guilty of robbing and sexually assaulting a woman in her teens in August last year, also for twice raping a woman on the same night in October 2012.

During sentencing Judge Price described Bell as one of the most dangerous men he had seen at Portsmouth Crown Court in 18 years.

At least the sentence reflects the nature of the crime, three concurrent life sentences for a predator who has ruined the lives of the women that he attacked.

Physical wounds may be repaired but the effects of such an assault, on the minds of Bells victims, are immeasurable. One thing is certain these women will carry the memories for the rest of their lives.

The question that springs to mind is “What does “Life” actually mean ?”. Will Alexander Bell be considered for parole at any time ?

Anything less than whole life would be sacrilege, and an insult to those that Bell assaulted.