Hacked? No, my WordPress install was cracked!

Damn you to hell — silly Crackers!

I’m “mildly annoyed” but far from furious — fuqd.at was “hacked”! Well, technically — it was “cracked”.

What’s the difference? I’m glad you asked!

Cracker – This is the common term used to describe a malicious hacker. Crackers get into all kinds of mischief, including breaking or “cracking” copy protection on software programs, breaking into systems and causing harm, changing data, or stealing. Hackers regard crackers as a less educated group of individuals that cannot truly create their own work, and simply steal other people’s work to cause mischief, or for personal gain.

Hacker – This is someone that seeks to understand computer, phone or other systems strictly for the satisfaction of having that knowledge. Hackers wonder how things work, and have an incredible curiosity. Hackers will sometimes do questionable legal things, such as breaking into systems, but they generally will not cause harm once they break in. Geek.com forums

As you can see, there is a great difference between hackers and crackers. Hackers want to learn. Crackers want to cause mischief and do — illegal things. I’m a hacker, but, I’m definitely not a cracker.

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Boot Baird — the case against a second term LNP in Government in NSW

Mike Baird is a disaster for NSW. This #NSWvotes, you have a chance to boot Baird and send a clear message to the LNP — State and Federal — that their policies stink and are un-Australian. Australia and NSW are not for sale!

Just as arrogant as Abbott, even a massive swing and loss of seats will NOT stop Baird’s privatisation agenda.

I consider that if we win the election — we have the mandate. We are seeking to win and form government — which means you have to win more seats in the lower house and that’s what we are seeking. Mike Baird

Be careful who you vote for this #NSWvotes — even a one seat lower house majority will see Baird privatise everything and the kitchen sink.

Boot Baird to save our State from LNP vandalism.

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Abbott’s killing off Medicare

You know its true.

I’ve already written about some of the possible outcomes of Abbott’s killing off Medicare — you know — the “NO CHANGES TO MEDICARE” changes.

Abbott and his Tea Party mates are running around saying Medicare is free and its unsustainable. What rubbish! I pay a Medicare Levy. Most likely, so do you! In fact, from this financial year, I’ll have to pay the Medicare Levy surcharge. I was happy to do it before Abbott decided to kill Medicare off.

The media are reporting on Abbott’s Medicare changes. As of next week, Australian’s are most likely going to be paying a minimum of $20.00 for a short visit to their GP’s.

What is this new $20 GP fee all about?

As part of a suite of health funding cuts announced by the Abbott government last year, the Medicare rebate for most consultations lasting up to 10 minutes is dropping from $37.05 to $16.95 starting January 19.

If your doctor bulk bills (does not charge you anything), they will receive $20.05 less for such a consultation. If your doctor charges a private fee, you will receive $20.05 less back from Medicare, meaning your “out of pocket” or “gap fee” will increase by $20.05. Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Image: Abbott's killing Medicare and Dutton helped him. Source: News Corp
Image: Abbott’s killing Medicare and Dutton helped him. Source: News Corp

Abbott failed to have his $7 #GPtax passed by the Senate so he’s found other ways to kill off Medicare. By reducing the Medicare rebate by $20.00, Abbott holds Australia’s Doctors, and patient health — hostage to his hand, as deep as any lover, in our pockets.

If you have two kids, for example, and they both get sick and need a Doctor, there’s $40 before you even by medicine. How’s Abbott’s promise “No changes to Medicare” working for you now Australia?

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Lindt Café siege — my further observations (12 January 2015)

The Lindt Café Siege weighed heavily on my mind yesterday and I wrote about it here. It seems some of you were just as concerned — the page views reached almost 300 — by far the most read item on my website.

You’ll recall I expressed my concerns that I don’t believe all avenues and options were explored to secure the safety of the hostages. I feel that the Police eschewed peaceful methods to terminate the Lindt Café siege. I believe the Police paid scant concern to the health and welfare of the hostages.

Today, the media is providing additional information about the Lindt Café siege. While the official Police investigations are still underway, today’s information broadly supports my initial position:

  1. that the Police bungled the Lindt Café siege, and
  2. that the Police were intent on using deadly force to end the hostage crisis in the Lindt Café.

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Asian Cup 2015 spectator antics

Australia’s Prime Moron — nobody likes him

The Asian Cup 2015 Australia v Kuwait game saw yet again, the Prime Moron jeered and booed by the crowd.

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The parochial sell-out 25,231-strong crowd, who roundly booed Prime Minister Tony Abbott at pre-game ceremonials, was hushed in just the eighth minute when Kuwait scored as a familiar crack appeared in the Socceroos. Source Yahoo!7

Abbott’s Asian Cup 2015 humiliation

As always, Abbott stood around with his stupid shit eating grin on his face. You’d think after the NRL Grand Final, Abbott would make himself as scarce at sporting events as he is from #QandA.

If he keeps rocking up at sporting events — like the Asian Cup 2015 — I predict the Prime Embarrassment will keep getting booed and jeered.

Some people never learn.

PS

This was my first attempt at self hosting video. Next time I’ll do HD video. So apologies for the crappy pictures. But, its really the sound of Abbott being booed and jeered by the crowd we want to hear. Isn’t it? 🙂

If the commentators can stop talking while the crowd shows Abbott complete disdain — I’d appreciate it! Thanks in advance. Hehe 😉

Thanks to @LizBuff46 and @vogrady2132 for locating the video!

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Sydney siege — my preliminary observations

The Sydney siege was very personal for me. As it was for all of us. Until now, information from the authorities has been scarce. I held off making this post on my website earlier, as I didn’t want to pre-emptively jump to wrong conclusions.

Cover up? I don’t know. However, almost a month later, some information on the events around the Sydney siege is finally being released to the public.

Media saturation of the Sydney Siege

I work in Sydney’s CBD. Like many Sydney-siders Martin Place is quite often the thoroughfare I choose to get about town. In fact, I walk past the Lindt Cafe frequently on my way to meetings, at lunch time, even after work if I catch a bus  to Uni.

I watched, as did the rest of the world, the Sydney Siege play out with the blanket coverage on our TV screens. It was non-stop on ABC. Most likely the other channels had the same uninterrupted coverage.

Unlike the Charlie Hebdo and associated Paris Shootings, the Sydney siege in the Lindt Cafe was not a terrorist motivated crisis. It was not inspired by a foetid reworking of religion to justify murder and mayhem.

The Sydney siege was disorganised and seemingly random in contrast to the calculated and planned #CharlieHebdo Paris shootings. In my view, the TV coverage of the Sydney siege was sensationalist media over-saturation. It may even have contributed to prolonging and complicating the Sydney siege.

Sure, provide updates as we all want to know what is being done to rescue the hostages, but I fear the media have blown their wad. Heaven help us if there really are terrorists plotting out there in suburbia. I hope the Sydney siege doesn’t inspire them to greater atrocities just to get their 15 minutes (and 17 hours) of fame.

Like you, I woke up to see continuous replays of the Police storming the Lindt Cafe — guns blazing — in the early hours of the morning. Many cops, many bullets. From what I witnessed on my TV, it was a shooting frenzy on the part of the Police.

At the conclusion of the siege, tragically, two of the hostages were dead. A Lindt Cafe worker and his customer. Now we are told that Katrina Dawson most likely fell victim to a Police bullet that ricochetted during, what looked to me like, uncontrolled firing of Police guns.

In the Police barrage, over 27 bullets were fired into the Lindt Cafe. To me, that’s insane. Call me stupid if you will, but I believe it’s a miracle more of the Sydney siege hostages weren’t killed by the Police.

Image: A sea of flowers covers Martin Place in memory of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson who lost their lives in the Sydney Siege -- Source: Sunday Express
Image: A sea of flowers covers Martin Place in memory of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson who lost their lives in the Sydney Siege. Source: Sunday Express UK

Tori — I’m filled with sorrow that you fell victim to a sick man with a gun on a day you simply showed up for work.

Katrina — I’m really saddened that a simple act of grabbing a morning coffee could have such devastating consequences for you, your family and friends.

Neither of you deserved what happened that day. Neither did the surviving hostages deserve such a traumatic and life changing experience. I’m incensed and outraged that you both lost your lives in the Sydney siege that day.

Think about it: a worker, and a customer died. Four others were injured. The surviving hostages are faced with a long recovery for the trauma of their experiences during the Sydney siege’s seventeen torturous hours.

There’s reports that Man Haron Monis was shot seven times — including two head-shots. He may have been a crazed killer, and he may have been a criminal, but to me, nobody deserves to end their life as a bullet riddled corpse.

While some people may dismiss the death of Man Monis as justified — he was a criminal. Man Monis should have been arrested, tried, convicted and gaoled. This is what civilised society does. To me, the whole handling of the Sydney siege is a massive blunder by Police.

I imagine the horror of the Sydney siege can easily be felt by all of us. While only some of us are workers — we are all customers. This makes the balls up by Police even more frightening. I hope they learned some lessons as even one hostage dead, or injured by the Police is one too many in my view.

I’m not the only one that thinks the Police handling of the Sydney siege was flawed. That morning, a ‘security expert’ was on the TV.  Unlike some TV experts who wouldn’t know their arse from their elbow, I found his commentary to be informative. I took a screenie and a quote and tweeted it out.

That tweet proved to be controversial and I had a UK cop get up me for “Police bashing”. I was not Police bashing at all. Nor am I anti-Police per se. The fact is, Man Haron Monis was a sick man with a gun. Ok bogans, have it your way — he was a crazed lunatic with a gun.

Did the Police want a shoot-out?

Why did the Police wait seventeen hours to run in guns blazing? We don’t know for sure what alternatives were explored by the Police, if any. I still don’t understand why more passive and less life threatening methods to gain control of the Lindt Cafe were not explored by the Police.

The Police owned the building for hours. Why couldn’t sleeping gas be pumped into the air-con? In the Paris Charlie Habdo terrorist attack, the French Police used stun grenades. Were stun grenades used in the Sydney siege? If not — why not?

Why weren’t Muslim community leaders permitted to talk to Man Monis during the Sydney siege? They offered. And were knocked back.

Muslim leader Sheikh Taj el-Din al Hilaly believes “[he could have] entered the cafeteria [sic] and brought him out while holding his ear without any losses.”

Another Muslim leader, Kayser Trad says “I am confident he wouldn’t have shot me,” but the Police told him that Man Haron Monis did not want to speak to another Muslim.

Is this true? Did Man Haron Monis refuse to speak to another Muslim? We’ll never know as Man Haron Monis is now dead and unable to confirm the Police statement.

I don’t believe that every opportunity to avoid a shoot-out was employed by the Police. Viewing the live footage, the Police seemed to think they were in the gunfight at the OK Corral.

While its arguable that the life of Man Haron Monis may have been expendable — the lives and well-being of the hostages were not. I stand by my tweet that the Police operation was a failure.

What’s up with our Governments?

Man Haron Monis wanted to speak to Tony Abbott. Why, for heavens sake, did Abbott refuse to talk to the Man Haron Monis on the phone?

Didn’t he care? Was it beneath Abbott to try and help frightened people in this gruelling and harrowing situation? Couldn’t Abbott spare five minutes on the phone to speak to Man Haron Monis? Or was he too busy planning his next international junket?

This is a fatal flaw on Abbott and the PMO‘s part — I’ll never forgive you Tony Abbott: Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson deserved your intervention.

Update

As pointed out by a number of my esteemed Tweeple, Iran sought the extradition of Man Haron Monis (then known as Mohammad Hassan Manteqi) in 2000.

Given that Man Haron Monis applied for asylum, the Howard Government refused that request. It’s not surprising that the Australian Government refused Iran’s extradition request.

However, Had Morrison been the Mininster for Immigration back in the Howard Government, its fairly certain Man Haron Monis would have been shipped back quicksmart in an orange lifeboat.

Thanks for reminding me:     (I hope I haven’t missed anyone. If I have, my apologies)

Man Haron Monis should not have been out walking the streets with a gun that day.

What were the AFP and ASIO doing before that fatal day? It appears they were alerted to Man Haron Monis potential danger the week before.

Our Federal agencies have a lot to answer for. Man Haron Monis had been freely advertising on his website his perversely lunatic rantings which had isolated him even from his own community.

There was no need for these draconian surveillance laws changes, the monitoring of telephones, and the data retention in the Man Monis case.

The AFP were tipped off and the information was all out there in the open — on the internet — for even the dumbest or laziest clod to see. Via a web-browser for heaven’s sake.

For a fact, Man Haron Monis was well known to the State and Federal authorities. He faced a spate of charges.

It was alleged he was involved in the very public and distressing murder of his ex-wife, Noleen Pal. The allegations against Man Haron Monis relate to inciting his current wife to murder his ex-wife.

Droudis, from Belmore, is charged with the murder of 33-year-old Noleen Hayson Pal, who was stabbed and set alight in the stairwell of an apartment complex in western Sydney in April 2013. Monis, who was killed by police last week after a 16-hour siege in a Martin Place cafe, had been charged as an accessory to the murder of Pal, who was his former wife and the mother of two of his children. Source: Guardian Australia

Man Haron Monis dead ex-wife now has no justice as the alleged instigator of her murder is dead at the hands of the Police. I think that’s wrong and is a great injustice to that poor dead woman.

Why did Mike Baird’s courts release Man Haron Monis on bail despite him being accused of involvement in his wife’s very public murder in the first place? Why are assaults and murders of women by their male ex-partners bailable crimes?

Worst still: Man Haron Monis had lost an appeal the previous Friday. There’s speculation that this decision was the catalyst for the Lindt Cafe siege. Why wasn’t Man Haron Monis bail revoked on the Friday when his apeal failed?

If Man Haron Monis bail had been revoked, Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson would both be alive today. Seventeen families wouldn’t be coping with the aftermath of a hostage crises. Sydney would not have lost its innocence. These are simple facts.

Mike Baird as Premier stood there in Martin Place with his “heavy heart” and his Government, like Tony Abbott’s, failed to protect two citizens from death. Abbott and Baird also failed to protect fifteen people from a traumatic hostage experience from which they most likely will never recover.

There are a lot of questions still to be answered in relation to the Sydney Siege. I’m watching and waiting.

Further Reading – Sydney Siege

I’m not the only one who thinks this is strange. You can see what AsGrayAsGray has to say about Sydney siege here.

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#OpCharlieHebdo – Anonymous declares war

In the wake of the Paris Charlie Hebdo atrocities and the other crimes which followed, it is being reported by TechCrunch and others that Anonymous has launched #OpCharlieHebdo and is now at war with Al Qaeda and ISIS.

The Orator speaks in French and calls out to Anonymous supporters everywhere to join #OpCharlieHebdo. The video has been subtitled in English.

The following text about #OpCharlieHebdo was also uploaded to pastebin:

Image: Anonymous message to Al Qaeda and ISIS
Image: Anonymous message to Al Qaeda and ISIS

#OpCharlieHebdo is a Very Good Thing!™

Anonymous embarking on #OpCharlieHebdo declares war on ISIS and Al Qaeda. #OpCharlieHebdo is a warning to murderous militant zealots everywhere — “Expect your destruction”.

If Anonymous can succeed in searching out and bringing down the social media accounts of Jihadi terrorists, it would be dealing a body blow to those organisations intent on promulgating rampant fear and murder across the globe in the name of religion.

This is something world governments have so far failed to achieve. Governments in many countries, Australia included, have enacted ever more draconian laws in an effort to stop terrorism — without success. Individual freedoms and civil liberties have been stripped in the name of anti-terrorism. As the world saw in Paris, to any avail. Innocent people were still murdered by these religious zealots and insane lunatics.

In 2015, Social Media is an essential tool for terrorist groups to recruit alienated and angry young men. The aim of Al Qaeda and ISIS is to destroy our society as we know it.

If Anonymous can bring down terrorists social media accounts, I think it can only help to make the world safer from these psychotic murderers.

Image: #OpCharlieHebdo - Anonymous declare war on Jihadi Terrorists - Source: LeSoir
Image: #OpCharlieHebdo – Anonymous declare war on Jihadi Terrorists. Source: LeSoir

Knowledge is free. We are Anonymous,
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.
Anonymous

While being unable to recruit or organise may not totally obliterate these terrorist organisations — it may slow them down. In the process, stifling their effectiveness and ability to renew their ranks.

I think that’s got to be a positive outcome from Anonymous #OpCharlieHebdo. What do you think?

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#QLDvotes

Campbell Newman, Tim Nicholls and co want a second term — are you going to give it to them Queensland?

When #QLDvotes on 31 January 2015, you will have a chance to send a clear message to the LNP — and Tony Abbott — Australians do NOT like what you’re doing to our State, and our country. A vote for Campbell Newman’s LNP — is a vote for Tony Abbott.

This was the strong message Victoria sent to Canberra when they ousted Napthine after ONE term. Abbott was visibly shaken. He’s now running scared. Will #QLDvotes bitchslap Abbott too?

I was going to put together a post detailing all of Campbell Newman’s bad points. Then I came across Alex McKean’s — Ten vital things to remember about the Newman Government on January 31 over on Independent Australia.

It’s a very comprehensive reminder of everything about Campbell Newman that is a shambles. His lies, his scandals, his trashing of democracy, his blatant environmental vandalism, the list goes on and on. It’s well worth a read if you are voting in #QLDvotes 2015.

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Abbott destroys Medicare

Don’t get sick — you’ll regret it!

Ever since Hockey released his (still mostly unpassed) 2014 Budget, there has been widespread community revolt at the #GPTax of $7.00 for GP visits.

The flawed logic behind the #GPtax was to fund a MRFF by dismantling universal health care. Not one cent of the #GPtax raised would be used to balance the budget Abbott said. Simply put, Abbott destroys Medicare, nothing more.

In my opinion, Abbott destroys Medicare with his MRFF to provide a conduit for a taxpayer funded gift to his Pollie Pedal sponsors — of which — a large number are medical and/or pharmaceutical companies.

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Frankie’s Journal – a time capsule from 1974

A chance discovery …

Image: an illustration from Frankie's Journal
Image: an illustration from Frankie’s Journal

I came across Frankie’s Journal entries by accident early in 2014. One of the fascinating thing about the interwebs is that you don’t know what’s out there until you fall into it.

I commenced this blogpost in March 2014, but, I was always hesitant to publish it.

Frank Robert Jennings “Frankie” wrote his journal back in the 1970’s and these journal entries are from 1974 – 1975 when he was 17.

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