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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 4th Apr 2013 |
It has been some months since the ‘EYE-BALL OddBall’ news has presented stories from around the world. The world is a never ending parade of the usual and the unusual.  Stories come from the strangest of places, some 90% of World news never gets reported outside a Nations borders unless you go looking for it. You might never know what is happening half a world away and how it might impact on you.   This page intends to highlight stories that should be read and passed on.
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News from RT News Sources – “USA News”:

  1. RT News – Arkansas oil spill: Exxon reacts to tax ‘loophole,’ pledges ‘to cover all costs’ ... The central Arkansas spill caused by Exxon’s aging Pegasus pipeline has reportedly unleashed 10,000 barrels of Canadian heavy crude – but a technicality says it’s not oil, letting the energy giant off the hook from paying into a national cleanup fund….
  2. RT News – Where will it burst next? Arkansas oil spill sheds light on aging US pipelines … The Exxon oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas has left many concerned about the state of America’s pipelines, and whether a similar catastrophe is on the way. As pipelines get older, the risks increase – but is anything being done to minimize the danger? …
  3. RT NewsLawmakers arrested for attempting to rig NYC mayoral electionA New York state lawmaker has been arrested for allegedly financially bribing Republican Party leaders to put him on the 2013 ballot as a contender for the new mayor. Five other politicians have also been charged in the scheme …
  4. RT NewsHanford nuclear waste tanks at risk of explosion … US residents near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation may be in grave danger: a nuclear safety board found that the underground tanks holding toxic, radioactive waste could explode at any minute, due to a dangerous buildup of hydrogen gas. …
  5. RT News – Almost third of US West Coast newborns hit with thyroid problems after Fukushima nuclear disaster … Researchers have discovered that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had far-reaching health effects more drastic than previously thought: young children born on the US West Coast are 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hyperthyroidism. …
  6. RT News  – Connecticut ‘Monsignor Meth’ admits to drug trafficking charges … Former Monsignor Kevin Wallin, who was suspended from his parish in Bridgeport, Connecticut following reports of cross-dressing and inappropriate behavior in the rectory, has admitted to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine, with intent to distribute. …

News from RT News Sources – “World News”:

  1. RT News  – At least 53 dead as Taliban’s audacious courthouse raid ends in bloody standoff … Dozens of civilians have been killed in Afghanistan after Taliban fighters staged a co-ordinated assault on a courthouse in the drug-smuggling hotbed of Farah. This is the deadliest terrorist attack in the country since 2011. …
  2. RT News – North Korea ‘ratifies’ nuclear strike against US ... North Korean army says it has final approval for nuclear attack on the US, the official KCNA news agency says. This comes shortly after the Pentagon said the US military prepares to deploy an advanced missile-defense system to Guam…..
  3. RT News – ‘Not a crime to make known crime of a state’: Senior Swedish judge backs Assange A top Swedish judge has defended the release of classified information by WikiLeaks, pointing out the case against Assange has turned into a legal “mess.” …
  4. RT News‘Hard to track, hard to stop’: Unusual bird flu strain kills 4 people in ChinaThe samples taken from a Chinese man, who passed away in hospital in March, tested positive for H7N9, bringing the death toll of the new strain of bird flu to four people. Scientists warn the virus spreads silently and could be harder to track than H5N1. …
  5. RT NewsHard to swallow: Supermarkets ‘trash planet’ with half UK food thrown away … Over 10 billion pounds (US$15 billion) worth of food is thrown away in the UK each year while thousands of families struggle to feed themselves in a country where one in five lives below the poverty line, according to Oxfam ….
  6. RT News – ‘1mn died’ from Afghan heroin, drug production ’40 times higher’ since NATO op … Heroin production in Afghanistan increased 40 times since NATO began its ‘War on Terror’ in 2001, the head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service stated, adding that more than 1million people have died from Afghan heroin since then. …
  7. RT News – Cyprus bailout inside info? 132 companies pull out over $900mn in deposits … One hundred and thirty-two companies reportedly had inside knowledge of Cyprus’ impending levy tax as they withdrew deposits worth US$916 million in the run-up to the bailout deal.

News from Reuters Sources:

  1. Reuters News Spanish king’s daughter charged in corruption inquiry – … MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Princess Cristina, daughter of King Juan Carlos, was charged on Wednesday with being an accomplice in an embezzlement case against her husband, the latest high-level graft investigation to anger Spaniards suffering a severe recession. …
  2. Reuters News Italy delays decree to pay state debts to companies –  … ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s caretaker government said it was delaying approval of a decree to pay back some 40 billion euros (33.6 billion pounds) of state debts to private firms, adding to the confusion already created by February’s deadlocked election.
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  3. Reuters News French ex-minister confirms undisclosed bank account –  … PARIS (Reuters) – Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac acknowledged on Tuesday he had held an undisclosed foreign bank account and was placed under formal investigation for allegedly laundering proceeds of tax fraud. …
  4. Reuters News Spanish king’s daughter charged in corruption inquiry – … MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Princess Cristina, daughter of King Juan Carlos, was charged on Wednesday with being an accomplice in an embezzlement case against her husband, the latest high-level graft investigation to anger Spaniards suffering a severe recession. …

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October 19, 2012 Comments off
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Latest ‘Harry’s Growl’ Posts:


– 17th Oct – Craig Thompson – there are no words to describe this GRUB … –


– 16th Oct – Hedley Thomas is back – and Gillard knee’s begin to tremble ..


– 9th Oct – Gillard has lost it – Turns Parliament into a sledge-fest over sexism –


– 6th Oct – Poor – Poor – Peter Slipper – The Pumpkin Eater cries crocodile tears in court –


– 5th Oct – The US Presidential Debate …!


– 4th Oct – I just want to “GROWL” at the World!


– 2nd Oct – PM Julia Gillard – Someone most Australians are ashamed of! –


– 23 Sept – Bob Carr – Australian “SOOK” – Ruined NSW and now a GILLARD pony Show –


– 16th Sept: – Royal ‘Boobs’ – who cares –


– 31st Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 4′ – News Updates from Around the World –


– 26th Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 3′ – News Updates from Around the World –


– 26th Aug: – The Woman’s Body – perfect in every way – they just need to be convinced —


26th Aug: – The Preponderance of Fate – From the depths of the AWU scandal – to PM –


– 22nd Aug: – Attorney General Nicola Roxon – weighs in to defend her Prime Minister –


– 19th Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 1′ – News from around the world –


-18th Aug: – Australian Gangsters Inc – Part III – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


9th Aug: – Australian Gangsters Inc – Part II – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


5th Aug: – Wayne Swan – wannabe PM – Dickheads come and Dickheads go –


26th July: – Australian Gangsters Inc Part I – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


22nd July: – Gillard Spoofs – about the only way to survive!!!


July 20th: Shame … Shame … Shame … Murdoch Media to blame for the Global descent into darkness!!!


July 14th: Harry’s Political Updates …
A Special report – Gillard facing History making dumping …


June 15th: Harry’s Political Updates …
… a special report …
Larry Pickering Censored!


June 9th: Harry’s Political Updates … Various stories …


June 4th: Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


June 2nd: Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


May 22nd: Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


May 10th: ‘Rome and the Mob’ … Craig Thompson survives yet again.


May 8th: The Australian ALP Government – more corrupt and worse than Bikie Gangs …


April 24th: The Peter SLIPPER affair – Harry’s take …


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– ‘Reel 6’: News Updates from Around the World –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 19th Oct 2012 |
The World is a never ending parade of the usual and the unusual.  News stories come from the strangest of places – many stories get reported and are read by locals and never get to see the light of day.

Harry’s Growl plans to feature News stories that miss the ‘mainstream’ news cycle in new posts called ‘ODDBALL News Wrap‘.If news is not your cup of tea and you want some straight humour – try the EYE-BALL’s JokeZone Index page.

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News from New Your Times:

 

  1. New Your Times$11 Million Severance Reported for Murdoch AideLONDON — Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper group, received about $11 million when she resigned last year in the midst of the scandal over phone hacking and other malpractice at two of the company’s tabloid newspapers, people familiar with the terms of her severance agreement say.
  2. New Your Times – Debate Moves Women to Fore in Race for the White HouseWASHINGTON — President Obama charged that Mitt Romney’s policies are economically threatening to women, as the candidates in their second presidential debate on Tuesday night clashed repeatedly over who would best serve the interests of the country’s largest and most critical constituency.

News from RT News Sources:

  1. RT News  – One million more Americans sign up for food stamps in only a year … The number of Americans going to the government for assistance has once again hit a new high. More than 46 million Americans are now enrolled in the federal welfare food stamps system, more than double the amount from …
  2. RT News – Feds raid lab linked to meningitis outbreak ... The US Food and Drug Administration, together with police, on Tuesday raided the Massachusetts pharmacy responsible for the meningitis outbreak that has left 247 infected and 19 dead …
  3. RT News – Boston police accused of spying on protesters and intimidating dissidentsThe Boston Police Department calls them criminals, extremists and a reason to raise a red flag in regards to ensuring homeland security. Their crime, though, is simply exercising their First Amendment rights …
  4. RT NewsThe real jobs numbers: 41 percent of America unemployed, one-third doesn’t want work at allEven if the US Labor Department has determined that the unemployment level has finally plateaued after months of staggering jobs statistics, the truth behind the numbers isn’t all that nice. Only four out of every ten …
  5. RT NewsCyberwar speeds up: US blames Iran for renewed attacks on American banksIranian hackers intent on disrupting the United States’ financial sector are once again on the attack, this time with US officials claiming America’s biggest banks have been hit as a cyberwar against the country’s …

News from Reuters Sources:

  1. Reuters News – Swiss hold $1 billion in blocked “Arab spring” assets … GENEVA (Reuters) – Switzerland has blocked nearly one billion Swiss francs (664.63 million pounds) in stolen assets linked to dictators in four countries at the centre of the Arab spring – Egypt, Libya, Syria and Tunisia – the Swiss foreign ministry said on Tuesday …

News from Other Sources:

  1. Huffington Post – Voter Suppression Campaign Has New Twist In Ohio The battleground state of Ohio has been a theater of legal and partisan battles over the elimination of early voting days and restricted voting hours. In 18 other states with Republican-led legislatures, lawmakers have made it tougher for third party groups to register voters, purged suspected non-citizens from voting rolls or passed strict voter ID laws that require voters to present state-issued photo ID to cast a ballot.

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October 16, 2012 Comments off
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Latest ‘Harry’s Growl’ Posts:


– 16th Oct – Hedley Thomas is back – and Gillard knee’s begin to tremble ..


– 9th Oct – Gillard has lost it – Turns Parliament into a sledge-fest over sexism –


– 6th Oct – Poor – Poor – Peter Slipper – The Pumpkin Eater cries crocodile tears in court –


– 5th Oct – The US Presidential Debate …!


– 4th Oct – I just want to “GROWL” at the World!


– 2nd Oct – PM Julia Gillard – Someone most Australians are ashamed of! –


– 23 Sept – Bob Carr – Australian “SOOK” – Ruined NSW and now a GILLARD pony Show –


– 16th Sept: – Royal ‘Boobs’ – who cares –


– 31st Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 4′ – News Updates from Around the World –


– 26th Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 3′ – News Updates from Around the World –


– 26th Aug: – The Woman’s Body – perfect in every way – they just need to be convinced —


26th Aug: – The Preponderance of Fate – From the depths of the AWU scandal – to PM –


– 22nd Aug: – Attorney General Nicola Roxon – weighs in to defend her Prime Minister –


– 19th Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 1′ – News from around the world –


-18th Aug: – Australian Gangsters Inc – Part III – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


9th Aug: – Australian Gangsters Inc – Part II – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


5th Aug: – Wayne Swan – wannabe PM – Dickheads come and Dickheads go –


26th July: – Australian Gangsters Inc Part I – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


22nd July: – Gillard Spoofs – about the only way to survive!!!


July 20th: Shame … Shame … Shame … Murdoch Media to blame for the Global descent into darkness!!!


July 14th: Harry’s Political Updates …
A Special report – Gillard facing History making dumping …


June 15th: Harry’s Political Updates …
… a special report …
Larry Pickering Censored!


June 9th: Harry’s Political Updates … Various stories …


June 4th: Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


June 2nd: Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


May 22nd: Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


May 10th: ‘Rome and the Mob’ … Craig Thompson survives yet again.


May 8th: The Australian ALP Government – more corrupt and worse than Bikie Gangs …


April 24th: The Peter SLIPPER affair – Harry’s take …


To see more EYE-BALL Harry’s Growl posts:
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Title:
– Oddball News Wrap –
– ‘Reel 5’: News Updates from Around the World –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 15th Oct 2012 |
The World is a never ending parade of the usual and the unusual.  News stories come from the strangest of places – many stories get reported and are read by locals and never get to see the light of day.Harry’s Growl plans to feature posts called ‘ODDBALL News Wrap‘.

The intent is to present abstract stories to provide a lighter and more abstract perspective to the alternatives offered at this site. The ‘format’ is still being tinkered with but will get there in a visual context.

If news is not your cup of tea and you want straight humour – try the EYE-BALL’s JokeZone Index page.

Todays ‘Oddball’ update is all World News from various sources.

[Click on the link to read story on-line in a new window.]

News from RT News Sources:

  1. RT News  – ‘You should’ve served US better and died!’ Debt collector berates disabled veteran … A debt collector, angered that a disabled US Army veteran was living off of disability payments, told him he “should have died” in war instead of “taking advantage of” other Americans. …
  2. RT News – Koch brothers threaten to fire employees if Obama wins ... The billionaire Koch brothers this month threatened to fire many of their more than 50,000 employees if they dare to vote for President Obama or any other Democrats in the 2012 elections….
  3. RT News – Switzerland arming in preparation for European meltdown?   … The Swiss Army is preparing contingency plans for violent unrest across Europe. A nation mostly famous for its banks, watches and chocolate fears it may face a massive influx of European refugees in the near future….
  4. RT News – ReUpload: Kim Dotcom promises ‘massive global network’  … Kim Dotcom has promised to “turn this world upside down” with a new, revamped MegaUpload. The “massive global network” will allow users to encrypt all data transfers and will be available to hosts outside the US …
  5. RT News – Riot rage: Athens protesters throw firebombs, police shoot tear gas (VIDEO, PHOTOS)  … A rally in the Greek capital turned violent when protesters in Syntagma Square lobbed Molotov cocktails at police, who retaliated by firing tear gas at the demonstrators. …
  6. RT News – ‘Democracy kidnapped!’ Madrid police fire rubber bullets as thousands surround Spanish Congress (VIDEO, PHOTOS) … Madrid riot police have cleared Plaza de Neptune of protesters, with about 200 officers securing the surrounding blocks. At least 60 people have been injured and 26 arrested as police used batons and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. …
  7. RT NewsDouble dipping: Britain faces second round of recession … The UK’s economic forecast is cloudy with little chance of a speedy recovery, as the nation struggles to overcome its double-dip recession. Meanwhile, EU leaders are meeting to come up with a solution to the euro crisis – but seem to be striking out.…
  8. RT NewsBlockupy Frankfurt: Thousands wrap up four-day protests (VIDEO, PHOTOS) … At least 20,000 Occupy movement demonstrators have gathered in Frankfurt on the fourth day of mass anti-capitalist protests against the current banking system and austerity measures. …

News from Reuters Sources:

  1. Reuters News Mention of torture irks Guantanamo trial judge  … GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba – A military judge angrily cut off a defense lawyer who tried to discuss torture during a debate on whether courtroom attendance was mandatory for five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 …
  2. Reuters News – More drugs may be linked to meningitis cases … CHICAGO/NEW YORK – Two other drugs made by the Massachusetts pharmacy at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak may be linked to the disease, health regulators said, potentially widening the scope of the health crisis. …
  3. Reuters News – Fed officials offer divergent views on inflation risks … NEW YORK/ROANOKE, Virginia – Federal Reserve officials offered divergent opinions on Monday about the correct stance for monetary policy, differing most sharply on the inflation risk posed by the central bank’s massive efforts to buoy U.S. growth. …
  4. Reuters News – Head of CEO group urges fiscal cliff deal … IWASHINGTON – Corporate chief executives ramped up their calls for Congress to reach a compromise deal that keeps the looming “fiscal cliff” from crushing the economy and starts to shrink debt levels. …

News from Other Sources:

  1. Huffington Post – Voter Suppression Campaign Has New Twist In Ohio The battleground state of Ohio has been a theater of legal and partisan battles over the elimination of early voting days and restricted voting hours. In 18 other states with Republican-led legislatures, lawmakers have made it tougher for third party groups to register voters, purged suspected non-citizens from voting rolls or passed strict voter ID laws that require voters to present state-issued photo ID to cast a ballot.

News from ‘The Australian’ –

  1. The Australian – One in six children living in poverty AUSTRALIA’S poverty rate has increased since 2003, with one in six children still living in desperate need, according to a University of NSW study ...
  2. The Australian – Law firm ‘was highly unethical’ A UNION leader who ensured Julia Gillard’s success in ousting Kevin Rudd has slammed her former employer, Slater & Gordon ...
  3. The Australian – Thomson cited on dozen hookers … CRAIG Thomson faces a costly legal battle after Fair Work Australia launched legal action against the independent MP.
  4. The Australian – Roxon decides silence is golden after all THERE are misgivings within Labor that Nicola Roxon has mishandled the government’s approach to the Peter Slipper affair.….
  5. The Australian – Emerson tackles Libs over Thomson LABOR has attacked Coalition claims that criminal charges against Craig Thomson are imminent as the MP declared a civil claim against him would be “thrown out”.
  6. The Australian – Deceit of hiding behind one’s sex … JULIA Gillard should focus on proving a woman can be a good PM…..

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August 31, 2012 Comments off
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Latest ‘Harry’s Growl’ Posts:


– 26th Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 3′ – News Updates from Around the World –


– 26th Aug: – The Woman’s Body – perfect in every way – they just need to be convinced —


26th Aug: – The Preponderance of Fate – From the depths of the AWU scandal – to PM –


– 22nd Aug: – Attorney General Nicola Roxon – weighs in to defend her Prime Minister –


– 19th Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 1′ – News from around the world –


-18th Aug:

Australian Gangsters Inc – Part III – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


9th Aug:

Australian Gangsters Inc – Part II – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


5th Aug:

Wayne Swan – wannabe PM – Dickheads come and Dickheads go –


26th July:

Australian Gangsters Inc Part I – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


22nd July:

– Gillard Spoofs – about the only way to survive!!!


July 20th:
Shame … Shame … Shame … Murdoch Media to blame for the Global descent into darkness!!!


July 14th:
Harry’s Political Updates …
A Special report – Gillard facing History making dumping …


June 15th:
Harry’s Political Updates …
… a special report …
Larry Pickering Censored!


June 9th:
Harry’s Political Updates … Various stories …


June 4th:
Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


June 2nd:
Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


May 22nd:
Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


May 10th:
‘Rome and the Mob’ … Craig Thompson survives yet again.


May 8th:
The Australian ALP Government – more corrupt and worse than Bikie Gangs …


April 24th:
The Peter SLIPPER affair – Harry’s take …


To see more EYE-BALL Harry’s Growl posts:
click here …


Title:
– Oddball News Wrap – –
– ‘Reel 4’ – News Updates from Around the World  –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 31st Aug 2012 |
The World is a never ending parade of the usual and the unusual.  News stories come from the strangest of places – many stories get reported and are read by locals and never get to see the light of day.

Harry’s Growl plans to feature a regular post called ‘ODDBALL News Wrap‘. The intent is to present abstract stories to provide a lighter perspective to the alternatives offered at this site. The ‘format’ is still being tinkered with but will get there in a visual context.

If news is not your cup of tea and you want straight humour – try the EYE-BALL’s JokeZone Index page.

Todays ‘Oddball’ update is all World News from various sources.

[Click on the link to read story on-line in a new window.]

News from RT News Sources:

  1. RT News  – Pentagon threatens legal action against Bin Laden assassination book author … The US Defense Department is threatening to pursue “all remedies legally available” against the author of a forthcoming book about the killing of Osama bin Laden. The Pentagon says the former Navy SEAL breached …
  2. RT News – Suicide after Olympic failure? Russia’s volleyball coach found hanged in hotel ... The head coach of Russia’s national women’s volleyball team was found hanged in his hotel room in Croatia, local media reported. The team’s lackluster performance at the London Olympics may be behind the alleged suicide…
  3. RT News – Russia increases crude export duties following price rise   … Starting on September 1 importers of Russian oil will have to pay 17% more in duty. The Russian government is going to increase it to $393.8 per tonne…
  4. RT News – ReUpload: Kim Dotcom promises ‘massive global network’  … Kim Dotcom has promised to “turn this world upside down” with a new, revamped MegaUpload. The “massive global network” will allow users to encrypt all data transfers and will be available to hosts outside the US …
  5. RT News – Hand-gun fired: Nebraska school says deaf toddler’s name sign violates weapons policy  … A Nebraska public school is barring a deaf three-year-old boy from using sign language to sign his name because, it claims, the gesture resembles a gun. The school’s policies have prompted outrage from parents, rights …
  6. RT NewsMiners claim they were forced to attend Romney rally … When Mitt Romney made a campaign stop earlier this month in Beallsville, Ohio, hundreds of coal miners came out to hear the presumptive GOP presidential nominee speak. Now those workers say that their jobs depended on …
  7. RT News – US Army guerrilla faction planned terror, Obama’s assassination … A group of US soldiers planning to take over their base, blow up targets around the country, wrest control of the government and kill the president – it could be a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s a developing story in …
  8. RT News – Double hit: Bigfoot imitator killed on Montana highway … An American man posing as the mysterious ape-like creature Bigfoot, has been killed in a freak road accident on a highway in Montana …

News from Reuters Sources:

  1. Reuters News – New York priest says child often seducer in sex abuse casesNEW YORK (Reuters) – A Roman Catholic priest in New York expressed sympathy this week for some clergy who sexually abuse children, saying that it is often the “youngster” who is the seducer, then later apologized for his remarks …
  2. Reuters NewsHarvard investigates allegations of widespread cheating on exam … NEW YORK (Reuters) – Harvard University is investigating allegations that approximately 125 undergraduate students cheated on a spring take-home final exam, school officials said on Thursday, disclosing what would be the largest cheating scandal in its recent history …
  3. Reuters News – U.S. to fight document request by Strauss-Kahn accuser … NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. immigration authorities will fight a request for documents by a hotel maid pursuing a civil case against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was cleared of criminal charges that he attempted to rape her …
  4. Reuters News – Romney slams Obama foreign policy on eve of speech … INDIANAPOLIS/TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) – Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday delivered a scathing critique of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, accusing Obama of weakening America’s place in the world as he broadened his campaign rhetoric beyond economic concerns …

News from Other Sources:

  1. Huffington Post – Bin Laden Was Unarmed During Raid, Says Navy SEAL …NEW YORK — The much-anticipated firsthand account of the Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden reveals the terrorist leader was unarmed and was already dead with a bullet to the brain when the SEALs entered his bedroom in the compound at Abbottabad, Pakistan…

News from ‘The Australian’ –

  1. The AustralianAntarctic ice sheds light on big dry …EASTERN Australia is in its driest period since the Middle Ages, says a study that overturns understanding of average rainfall…
  2. The Australian – Green on blue killings won’t end THE so-called “green on blue” killings of Diggers in Afghanistan are deeply demoralising for troops...
  3. The Australian – Critical hours lost after failed search …A person on board a people-smuggler’s vessel about eight nautical miles from the Indonesian coast called the Australian Maritime Safety Association’s Rescue Co-ordination Centre at 4.20am and 5.05am on Wednesday. The boat, carrying 150 asylum-seekers including women and children, was taking on water and the engine had stopped working…
  4. The Australian – Union thuggery returning: ex-watchdog …Police in riot gear and on horseback were called in to break up a protest by more than 500 building workers in Lonsdale St this morning, outside Grocon’s $1.2 billion Myer Emporium site. Mr Lloyd said the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union had been emboldened by the axing of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, which he headed for five years until 2010….
  5. The Australian – Roxon worked files after Gillard left …However, while Ms Roxon criticised reporting of the Prime Minister’s conduct on Tuesday, and claimed that there were Liberal Party connections behind the reports, she failed to reveal her own work on AWU matters. Legal correspondence obtained by The Australian shows that Ms Roxon, as a solicitor for Maurice Blackburn & Co, a Melbourne law firm, worked on the AWU’s legal files after Ms Gillard’s departure from Slater & Gordon.l…
  6. The Australian – Iron ore to plunge as golden days over …Australia exported $40 billion of the metal last year, buoying investment in the mining sector, but any sustained lower prices could cause financial difficulties for smaller Australian miners with high debt levels, including Fortescue Metals Group. Chinese iron and steel analysts at Lange Steel, a web-based consultancy, have predicted that spot prices for iron ore – which hit a 20-month low of $US104 this week – will fall to as low as US$70 early next year….

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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 26th Aug 2012 |
The World is a never ending parade of the usual and the unusual.  News stories come from the strangest of places – many stories get reported and are read by locals and never get to see the light of day.

Harry’s Growl plans to feature a regular post called ‘ODDBALL News Wrap‘. The intent is to present abstract stories to provide a lighter perspective to the alternatives offered at this site. The ‘format’ is still being tinkered with but will get there in a visual context.

If news is not your cup of tea and you want straight humour – try the EYE-BALL’s JokeZone Index page.

Todays ‘Oddball’ update is all World News from various sources.

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News from RT News Sources:

  1. RT News Britain withdraws threat to raid Ecuador’s embassyEcuador says Britain has withdrawn a threat to raid its embassy to arrest WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange – easing tensions between the two nations in their ongoing diplomatic standoff …
  2. RT News – US airlines refuse to board passengers based on their clothing … Several US airlines have been refusing to let ticketed passengers board planes based on how they’re dressed. Being told to change their clothing or not fly, some passengers said they felt unreasonably discriminated against …
  3. RT News – University of Colorado allows students to carry guns   … The University of Colorado is allowing its students to carry concealed guns with them on campus. As long as students are 21 or older and have a license to carry a weapon, they can bring guns with them to class, the bookstore, and the quad.…
  4. RT News – Brit brother: Drones to watch over UK streets  … Unmanned police drones, comparable to those used in war zones such as Afghanistan, could soon be secretly watching over the streets of UK cities, according to a National Police Air Service director. …
  5. RT News – Islands in a sea of debt: Greece considers lease of isles to curb crisis  … Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has admitted there could be an unprecedented deal to lease islands in order to obtain crisis management funds. In an interview to France’s Le Monde, he said national security is the only precondition for the deal …
  6. RT NewsRon Paul was right: GOP mulls return to gold standard … The United States’ top GOP lawmakers will go over policy during next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, and among the issues to be discussed is whether a return to the gold standard is worth pursuing for the party …
  7. RT NewsTwitter wars: Obama and Romney buying fake followers? … While Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are neck in neck at the polls, another fight between the two presidential candidates has emerged — one that isn’t measured by votes but with retweets. Are politicians paying for their Twitter followers though? …

News from Reuters Sources:

  1. Reuters News Ex-Navy SEAL behind bin Laden book faces threats, investigationThe former U.S. Navy SEAL who authored a soon-to-be-published book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is now facing threats against his life in addition to possible criminal prosecution …
  2. Reuters NewsElisabeth Murdoch denies she wants top News Corp job… Elisabeth Murdoch denied on Friday she wanted to succeed her father as head of the News Corp (NWSA.O) media empire, but acknowledged her role in forcing out one of his favourite newspaper executives over a phone hacking scandal …

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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 22nd Aug 2012 |
The World is a never ending parade of the usual and the unusual.  News stories come from the strangest of places – many stories get reported and are read by locals and never get to see the light of day.

Harry’s Growl plans to feature a regular post called ‘ODDBALL News Wrap‘. The intent is to present abstract stories to provide a lighter perspective to the alternatives offered at this site. The ‘format’ is still being tinkered with but will get there in a visual context.

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Todays ‘Oddball’ update focus’ on the story that all Australia is talking about and wanting delivery of an explanation. It concerns the Prime Minister’s involvement in a Union scandal that reads like a ‘Number 96’ soap opera with sex, unwanted pregnancies fraud, intimidation, lavishly lived lifestyle, and all the other necessary ingredients to make a number 1 best seller – if it was every published, and if the truth was ever told.

The latest mainstream and other sources feeding this story are linked below.

Note: ‘The Australian’ newspaper links might not always work – they generally go to a brief content and then you have to login or register and set up an account to pay for the privilege of reading the rest of the story. There are some ways to get around this if you are computer savvy … it’s one of the reasons I generally publish the whole story from ‘The Australian’ sources.

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The Gillard AWU diaries …

  1. Herald SunJudge denies wrongdoing in AWU affairJustice Bernard Murphy said he quit the law firm in late 1995 – around the same time Ms Gillard… with the firm, Justice Murphy recruited Ms Gillard to the company in 1987. In 1995 both he and Ms Gillard…
  2. Herald SunGillard: I should have opened file … is the only record of Ms Gillard answering questions in detail about her conduct in a union scandal that has dogged… ‘t.” The legal entity Ms Gillard established for Mr Wilson, the AWU Workplace Reform Association…
  3. Herald SunCOMMENT: PM has nothing to answer for   … by some of the infighting and scandals that regularly arose in other organisations, including the AWU… of Gillard, something that has been confirmed by the AWU and other lawyers involved. It is hard…
  4. Herald SunThey’re out to get PM, says her ex  … to answer questions about Ms Gillard’s involvement in establishing the AWU Workplace Reform Association… of an alleged $400,000 union fraud – refused to answer questions about Ms Gillard’s involvement in creating…
  5. Herald SunRenovator’s dream to legal nightmare  … from the (AWU) Workplace Reform Association account.” Gillard: “I have heard a rumour to the effect… through the entity, the AWU Workplace Reform Association, that Gillard had established for him. He told Gordon…

There are some seven pages of HEADLINE stories at the Herald Sun website under the search title – ‘Gillard, AWU scandal’ – the above are some of todays stories.  Link to other headline stories at Herald Sun. The same index comes up when the same search criteria are used at The Australian website.

Link to latest Blog Sites: Headline Stories

  1. The Pickering Post – audio replayLink to ABC National Radio interview
  2. CanDO Australia – Video – Link to Mike Smith’s interview on ‘CanDo Australia’
  3. CanDO Australia – Video – Sham AWU entity an ‘Election slush fund’
  4. The Kangaroo Court of Australia – Julia Gillard caught lying on the public record in 2007 about the Bruce WIlson AWU fraud scandal …
  5. Sky News – Video – Australia prepping ‘contingency plan’ for Assange US extraditionPrime Minister Julia Gillard interviewed by Peter Van Onselen and Paul Kelly. Australian Agenda – Live Sundays 8.30am. Exclusive to Sky News…

Overseas News resources reports on the story:

USA: Searching The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, with the search request – ‘Julia Gillard, AWU scandal’ – returned zero results.

British: The British press searched including, The Guardian, The Independent, BBC, Reuters, with the same string also produced zero results. It is then to say that this scandal is Australian owned at the moment.

And finally – to soap version of Larry Pickering’s version of events –

  1. Part 1 –

    OUR PRIME MINISTER IS A CROOK: Part 1

    Julia Gillard’s latest makeover appears insufficient to cover her past.

    An embattled Ralph Blewitt’s testimony will be challenged by the might of the PM’s Office but it is all too late. Basic truths are rapidly mushrooming to the surface and Pickering Post’s impeccable sources now appear to know more than even Ralph Blewitt knows.

    The Pickering Post will not again ask the Prime Minister for answers. We don’t need to ask now.
    We already know the answers and they are not pretty.

    WA Premier, Brian Burke, Alan Bond and Laurie Connell all served time. The infamous Wilson/Gillard alliance emerged from the ashes of the WA Inc. scandal.

    That Royal Commission did nothing to eradicate the next wave of corrupt union gangsters.

    AWU boss, Bruce Morten Wilson was part of that new wave. Julia Eileen Gillard was later to become his pregnant girlfriend and partner in further crime.

    Stories abound of a Perth-based Wilson capitalising on the growing WA boom regarding companies other than Thiess Contractors.

    Pickering Post has been told, by various sources, of instances of a brash Wilson barging into developers’ boardrooms. The same old union threats to interrupt concrete pours caused ashen-faced board members to reach deep in their pockets.

    It appeared extortion monies paid were going to the AWU. They weren’t. Eventually there were, in total, 12 illegal accounts. There was about to become a 13th illegal account and an extortion avalanche.

    The story starts in 1992: Thiess Contractors’ WA Manager, Joe Trio was tendering for a lucrative wetlands job south of Perth. Wilson approached his friends in the then Labor Government and promised industrial peace if Thiess won the tender. Joe Trio’s Thiess Contractors won the tender.

    There was no industrial unrest for the duration. Wilson now realised his immense political and fiscal power.

    Ominously, Joe Trio was married to Bruce Wilson’s sister.

    Later, in 1993, sums of money were appearing in a fraudulent account of Wilson’s, the account was disguised as an “AWU Workplace Reform Association” account.

    We cannot confirm this, but ex-union sources are emphatic that it was Thiess Manager, Joe Trio, Wilson’s brother-in-law, who told Wilson illicit payments could not be paid directly to him. It was Trio who insisted Wilson set up accounts that would not attract attention.

    Enter Julia Gillard, a young and naive, hard Left, lawyer, who naturally gravitated to the notorious Left wing law firm, Slater & Gordon. Peter Gordon of Slater & Gordon appointed Gillard as union envoy to Perth.

    He instructed Gillard to hop on a plane and look after the “big boss”, Mr Bruce Wilson. Gillard certainly did that.

    That night, at a dinner for union heavies at an exclusive Perth restaurant, Gillard and Wilson were finally left alone. At breakfast the next morning both were celebrating the consummation of what was to become a serious chapter in Australian political history.

    Wilson accepted the position of Branch Secretary of the AWU in Melbourne. He resigned from the WA AWU but continued his remuneration from both branches.

    Gillard then teamed up with Wilson and agreed to act for him, as Slater & Gordon already acted for the Vic. AWU.

    THAT ACCOUNT:

    Gillard, needing expert help, requested the assistance of another in-house lawyer, Bernard Murphy, to draw up the Association of Objects for the illegal account. They both worked on drafting the document. Gillard authored and signed the document.

    Later, as PM, Gillard appointed Bernard Murphy as a Judge of the Federal Court.

    Solicitors hold a copy of following chapters of this story:

    Following instalments are ongoing and damaging. They include Shorten and Conroy’s role in the scandal. They include the immense and dastardly power of Gillard’s sacred hero, Bill Ludwig… how Gillard honoured his advice to her: “When you have the numbers, you can do what you like.” Why police investigations into Wilson were shelved. I sit at Bob Kernohan’s bedside in an unnamed Melbourne hospital. How the Left downed daggers with the Unity Right long enough to assassinate Rudd and install Gillard. How Blewitt was shafted by Gillard and Wilson. Why he never received one cent of stolen funds.

    The payoffs, the bribes the sackings. Who is behind the repatriation of Blewitt and what he will say. Those in the ALP now plotting Gillard’s demise. It is a gripping saga and we have the full story… a story that will cause a Government to fall.

  2. Part 2:

    OUR PRIME MINISTER IS A CROOK: Part 2
    Gillard’s old enemies are singing like canaries. They have seen the whites of her eyes and they are moving in for the kill.

    Her enemies are former AWU officials and staff. Salivating ex-employees of her fraudster boyfriend, Bruce Wilson. They have a conscience and a clear, corroborated recollection of exactly what went on. They are willing to testify.

    Wilson’s tenure as Secretary of the Vic. AWU, while living with Julia Gillard, is pock-marked with secret commissions and union extortion rackets inflicted on developers.

    Wilson, at the same time he was living with Gillard, was also in a “close relationship” with another woman, attractive AWU book-keeper Marie Murray. (Ms Murray was a respondent in the successful litigation in the Federal Court to have Wilson and others repay $114,000 to the AWU.) The figure was the amount that Wilson had paid himself and others in false “redundancy entitlements”.

    That Court Order was ignored by Wilson and never enforced by senior AWU Officials.

    Concurrently, Wilson was in yet another “close relationship”… this time with Julia Gillard’s best friend, AWU Industrial Officer, Robyn McCleod. Gillard, even now, may not be aware of this. AWU staff confirm the tryst.

    [At the invitation of Gillard, Ms McCleod, on June 26, 2010, flew to Canberra to join the celebration of Gillard’s ascension to Prime Minister. In April of the same year, Gillard was a witness to Ms McCleod’s marriage.]

    A failed Labor candidate for the seat of Mordialloc (despite Gillard being her campaign manager) McCleod was branded a liar when caught out double dealing in South Australia. At the same time she was contracted to the SA Rann Labor Government as Water Security Commissioner. She later admitted to lying about an improper connection with Canberra.

    McCleod had previously negotiated the Melbourne Water/Thiess contract for Wilson. The Commonwealth Bank account used for this little extortion racket was already set up as the “AWU Welfare Account”.

    This account was a long-standing slush fund union officials used to buy votes in union elections. Bruce Wilson was a signatory to it. It was now to be used for something far more sinister.

    Wilson began invoicing and receiving funds from various companies, including Thiess Contractors. Joe Trio, Manager of WA Thiess Contractors and Wilson’s brother-in-law, appeared removed from the Victorian scam. One cheque we can identify was for “services rendered” and amounted to $14,000.00, notated as 390 hours worked.

    Services were never rendered nor were hours worked but there were verbal assurances given by Wilson to a range of construction companies that there would be industrial peace if certain sums were paid to the “AWU Welfare” account.

    Those sums were paid on the pretext of “services rendered”. The companies enjoyed industrial peace for the duration of those projects.

    Wilson’s stolen funds were mixed in with accounts that held union dues. Union dues do not attract tax. They were then withdrawn by Wilson in a tax free bonanza.

    Wilson had successfully duplicated his WA extortion racket in Victoria… with the assistance of Gillard and Slater & Gordon.

    Gillard had sought ALP pre-selection many times and was unsuccessful, even in marginal seats. Pre-selection committees balked at her shady alliance with Wilson and McCleod, and for good reason.

    In Part 3, the story’s serpentine plot winds its way to the Office of Prime Minster. Gillard’s claim that she was unaware of Wilson’s activities will be discounted as rubbish.

    Slater & Gordon and Gillard are assisting Wilson in disposing of the WA extorted funds. The ongoing scam has appeared all too easy for too long, now it begins to unravel. Monies are returned to developers in a desperate attempt to cover tracks.

    When the proverbial hits the inevitable fan Gillard panics, Wilson does a runner and the hapless Blewitt disappears but not before big name players like Nicola Roxon, Bill Shorten and many others become indelibly embroiled.

    The final of many acts is yet to be played out.

  3. Part 3:

    OUR PRIME MINISTER IS A CROOK: Part 3
    It was a warm Sunday morning in Fitzroy in late 1992.

    Bill Shorten and his lover Nicola Roxon had struggled out of bed late and were heading up Brunswick Street for breakfast when Bill noticed a couple they knew having coffee opposite.

    They waved, crossed the road, and sat down with Julia Gillard and Bruce Wilson. The conversation concerned no more than the weather but Julia was overtly gesticulating with her left hand. It bore a sizable stone in a white gold ring. “You guys are engaged!” exclaimed Bill. Julia blushed. Nicola looked askance at Bruce.

    Julia was excited, in love, and it showed. But Nicola was aware that Bruce was bedding a number of other women, and it showed too, as she lowered her head and glared at Wilson. Wilson was known in AWU circles as “Wilson the Rooter”.

    To understand Julia Gillard we must first visit her history.

    It was impeccably Left. During her time at the University of Melbourne from 1982 to 1991 she was an active member of, and helped incorporate, the “Socialist Forum” (later to become the Fabian Society) an unabashed Communist organisation backed by none other than the infamous Bill Hartley and well-known Communist activists, Mark and Bernie Taft.

    The “Forum’s” main role was to apply pressure within the ALP to adopt radical Communist policies.

    Gillard’s commitment to the cause had led her to convince her parents, who were avid Dustan supporters, to join the South Australian Communist Party.

    Gillard claims she does not recall her advocacy for redistribution of income and many other Communist aims although she was Public Officer, Secretary, and legal adviser on the drafting of the “Socialist Forum’s” Constitution.

    Her compatriot, Phil Hind, regularly visited the former Soviet Union and returned to zealously promote the radical “reforms” of the Kremlin.

    Gillard openly experimented sexually with other women but her main calling was to men.

    She left The University of Melbourne to join the Left wing Law firm Slater & Gordon. A firm she was later to be sacked from for “indiscretions”.

    Bruce Wilson was a well-practised AWU thug who extorted major developers. AWU members’ dues also found their way to his own private piggy bank.

    Wilson now needed Gillard. She was the perfect target and he had carefully cultivated her for reasons other than his regular hormonal flushes.

    The $17,000 of union funds he had spent at Town Mode Fashions wasn’t solely for the benefit of Gillard.

    Wilson needed an industrial lawyer who would turn a blind eye and feign innocence when setting up fraudulent AWU accounts.

    He also needed a fall guy called Ralph Blewitt. Gillard was later to draw up a Power of Attorney so as Wilson could act for Blewitt. Blewitt trusted him. He should not have.

    Ralph Blewitt sent me this only this morning:

    G’day Larry.
    So we must fly a rebel flag,
    As others did before us,
    And we must sing a rebel song
    And join in rebel chorus.

    We’ll make the tyrants feel the sting
    O’ those that they would throttle;
    They needn’t say the fault is ours
    If blood should stain the wattle!”

    Henry Lawson.

    Regards Ralph.

    Gillard’s current claims of “young and naive” do not apply to her complicity in widespread fraud. Those claims apply solely to Wilson’s false declarations of love for her.

    As partner in the law firm it would be stupid as Prime Minister to suggest she was “young and naive” when she was clearly instrumental in the blatant fraud. She has not denied her complicity but claims she didn’t know what it was for. Mmmm, ok.

    But Julia should not feel lonely. Wilson defecated on everyone he met.

    Slater & Gordon aided and abetted the fraud. The AWU sacked the law firm and turned to the other infamous Left wing Law firm, Maurice Blackburn, where Bill Shorten and Nicola Roxon were resident.

    It is Slater & Gordon’s ex- and current employees who are now daily leaking devastating information on the activities of this listed law firm. The ASX and ASIC will no doubt be taking an interest.

    In Part IV, the AWU divides into two camps: Kernohan and Cambridge want the fraud exposed. Shorten wants it covered up. Shorten wins, for now. And we find out where Paul Howes sits and if his “zero tolerance for union corruption” is mere bluster in the pursuit of self preservation. Regardless, with what is about to be exposed, Gillard’s tenure can now be measured in weeks.

  4. Part 4:

    OUR PRIME MINISTER IS A CROOK: Part 4

    Julia Gillard was in tears when she called Bruce Wilson to tell him she had been sacked from Slater & Gordon.

    The $17,000.00 spent at Town Mode Fashions had nothing to do with fashion. Town Mode Fashions was owned by a Greek builder. The very same builder who was performing the renovations! Yet another amateurish attempt by Bonny and Clyde to hide the source and terminus of the stolen funds.

    When the Town Mode Fashions money ran out the Greek renovator innocently sent the invoices to the AWU head office. Union bosses demanded to know what the hell was going on. It didn’t take them long to link Slater & Gordon to the scam.
    One phone call and the game was up for Gillard and Wilson.

    Slater & Gordon’s Peter Gordon suggested Gillard resign but made it very clear she was going, one way or the other. He was not so concerned at what she had done but he needed to immediately distance the already tainted Slater & Gordon from yet another looming scandal.

    The AWU was a major client of Slater & Gordon and it was clear that Gillard and another in-house lawyer and Partner, Bernard Murphy, had facilitated the theft of AWU funds. Murphy soon thereafter relocated to work for the other Left wing law firm, Maurice Blackburn.

    Gillard later, as Prime Minister, was to reward Murphy’s assistance in the fraud with an appointment to Judge of the Federal Court. He remains there.

    Wilson was worried. He suggested to Julia they get away for a while to regroup at their regular haunt, The Grand Hotel in Healesville. They spent a week there hatching a plan to credibly deny the fraud. But those denials were to become anything but credible.

    Wilson used either the Healesville Hotel or the Grand Promenade at Lorne for his regular dirty weekends. Unknown to Julia the weekends often excluded her. Ex-friends describe Wilson’s regular weekend rant that AWU Supremo, “Big Bill” Ludwig was grooming him for ALP leadership.

    After they returned from Healesville, Gillard remained unemployed for six months. She never again worked in law. Wilson scarpered back to Perth to his waiting wife and two boys.

    “Big Bill” Ludwig ruled Canberra with an iron fist from Queensland and no-one, including ALP Prime Ministers, dared fart without his permission. Except Kevin Rudd.

    His initial disdain for Gillard waned in the wake of his hatred for the factionless Rudd and he later endorsed her Prime Ministership.

    It was now clear that possibly millions in union funds had been stolen. Ludwig flew into a blind rage. He and AWU boss Ian Cambridge immediately called in the cops, sacked Slater & Gordon and called for a Royal Commission.

    Police investigations were proceeding well until they unexpectedly requested AWU files.

    Kernohan’s protégé Bill Shorten insisted the investigation be closed down. “Public exposure to AWU files will mean we are all stuffed”, he declared. “Bill Ludwig will be finished!” Shorten and others knew that Ludwig himself had had his fingers in the till for years.

    Union corruption was rife. The millions rorted from HSU (East) and AWU members were just the tip of the iceberg.

    Discovery was only ever accidental.

    Shorten was later to become National Secretary of the AWU and an expert in closing down police enquiries into unions. The police in this case were unable to continue without further information and they weren’t getting it from union bosses.

    Enter Paul (Piggy) Howes, current AWU National Secretary. “This is an isolated case”, he says. “We have zero tolerance for union corruption.” Ok Piggy, you have blatantly lied before. Let’s see if you are lying again now.

    Hand over the files. Your “zero tolerance” will assist in recovering your members’ stolen funds… but it will destroy your friends and devastate your union. Your call, Piggy.

    What’s it to be? Show us who you really act for, you bloated bastard?

    Part V discloses Slater & Gordon’s conflict of interest and the report being prepared for the Law Institute. How the AWU is still refusing to make any attempt to chase their members’ stolen funds despite a Court Order that monies be returned.

    The young and naive Julia knew of Wilson’s marriage to a Swiss Italian girl in Perth and his two boys. Had Wilson promised to divorce his wife for Julia? Why Wilson finishes up broke and friendless.

  5. Part 5:

    OUR PRIME MINISTER IS A CROOK: Part 6/strong>

    Julia wandered aimlessly around her Abbottsford home. She had been unemployed for almost six months since she was sacked from Slater & Gordon. Her money had run out and her boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, had run off. Those lost six months were to mysteriously disappear from her CV.

    If only things could have been different. She now knew she could never practise l
    aw again and anyway her Practising Certificate was soon to expire.

    Julia had put her neck on the line for that bastard Wilson. He had promised her the world and she got peanuts from their clever scam. He was safe back in Perth with his wife, Francine, and the boys. She was left alone and with nothing.

    The truth was Julia had knowingly help set up the infrastructure for Wilson’s money laundering. With the help of another Slater & Gordon Partner, Bernard Murphy, she had drawn up the documents that allowed Wilson to open a fraudulent account through which the extorted funds were to be laundered.

    She had set up a Power of Attorney for Wilson to act on behalf of his friend Ralph Blewitt in laundering the funds. Wilson and she were living in the Kerr Street home bought with the stolen funds including a mortgage arranged in the name of Slater & Gordon’s Senior Partner, Jonathon Rothfield.

    “Fall guy” Blewitt was blissfully unaware of the mortgage.

    When the Kerr Street home was sold the money vanished. Blewitt, the oblivious owner, did not see a cent.

    Meanwhile, back in Perth, Wilson was living the life of Riley. He had bought a restaurant called “Rumbrellas” and had spent $330,000 on renovations. Unfortunately, although Wilson was a dab hand at stealing, his business acumen was appalling. “Rumbrellas” was soon in liquidation. Wilson was broke.

    He asked his offsider Ralph Blewitt for a $20,000 loan. Blewitt refused. Wilson suggested to Blewitt that one phone call to Big Bill Ludwig and Blewitt would never work again. That wasn’t true of course but Blewitt loaned him the money anyway. The loan was never repaid.

    Back at Abbottsford, Julia called a friend, Carol Pyke, who had ALP connections in Victoria and asked her if she would move in to help defray the costs. She did and Julia eventually sold her half of the Abbottsford property.

    Despite her known involvement in the extortion/money laundering affair, Julia was still determined to enter Parliament. But each time she sought pre-selection she was thwarted by her own Party. Centre Unity faction members of the ALP insisted Julia Gillard, of the Socialist Left faction, was an unsuitable candidate because of the known scandal.

    [Many years later, power broker, Mark Abib, was to negotiate Gillard swapping factions to allow her to become Prime Minister… and without reference to Caucus.]

    The focus is now back on Slater & Gordon. Although a listed company they still refuse to come clean on what went on. Why was their client, the AWU, not alerted to the false accounts? Why was the AWU not told of the funds, the laundering, the house, the conveyancing, the mortgage, the profit from the sale of the house?

    They refuse to release the conveyancing details of the Kerr Street property claiming privilege. Yet there is no privilege associated with conveyancing.

    It was rightfully AWU members’ money. It was Slater & Gordon’s Partners Gillard and Murphy and senior Partner Rothfield who set the whole thing up!

    Convicted Partners of Keddies Law firm, owned by Slater & Gordon, have outwitted creditors of millions, according to a report in tomorrow’s Sydney Morning Herald.

    Disclosure of Freedom of Information documents is being thwarted by the Victorian Police. “Too busy”, they say.
    They have sat on the application for two months and say it may be another two months. Regulations demand a period of no longer than 30 days.

    In the meantime “Pickering Post” is being constantly attacked by hackers using DDoS.

    They may silence us for a while but the truth will out.

    Much more to come.

  6. Part 6:

    OUR PRIME MINISTER IS A CROOK: Part 7

    … and why she refuses to comment.

    The can is now open and cannibalistic worms are sweating over who will devour who first. The five-part story so far, including accusations made on pickeringpost.com, now emerges as facts. Facts Gillard can no longer ignore.

    Slater & Gordon’s recent flurry of TV ads does little to restore its already shattered reputation.
    If they dump further on Gillard they risk Gillard dumping on them. There is a communal agreement to stonewall but, once that wall is breached, gunk will flow like a lanced boil.

    Gillard said, “I resigned voluntarily”. That is a lie.
    Gillard said, “I did not know what the accounts were for.” That is also a lie.
    Gillard said, “I had receipts for work done on my property.” That is a deception. She had receipts for maybe a new lamp-shade and a fancy soap-holder.

    Gillard says she can’t be certain that extorted funds weren’t used on her renovations. Mmmm.

    Nick Styant-Brown, of Slater & Gordon, called Gillard in for a taped interview regarding what she had been up to.
    Do partners of a major law firm do that to each other for fun? I think not.

    Styant-Brown said, “…the company took a very serious view of these and other matters and accepted her resignation”.

    “Took a very serious view” of exactly what, Julia?
    What exactly were these “other matters”, Julia?

    Gillard says, “I was treated very shabbily”. For what reason, Julia, do you believe you were treated “very shabbily”?

    Why did Slater & Gordon lend $130,000, in the form of a mortgage on the Kerr Street property, to Wilson? Wilson was an AWU Boss. The union would have been only too happy to supply a mortgage. Why go to the AWU’s law firm, Slater & Gordon? Why did Wilson get his girlfriend, Julia Gillard, to secretly facilitate the laundering of funds and why did Slater & Gordon hide this from their client, the AWU?

    Why wasn’t the AWU, informed of anything at all? Why didn’t they know of the fraudulent account Gillard set up in the AWU’s name? Why did it take the renovator’s invoices mistakenly turning up at the AWU before the scam was uncovered? Why was this kept secret if, as Gillard claims, there was nothing untoward.

    Why did Gillard disguise the true owner of the Kerr Street property by drawing up a power of attorney for Wilson to act on behalf of Blewitt? Why was Blewitt not told about the mortgage? Why was Blewitt not told where the proceeds of the sale went?

    Why did Gillard refuse to even open a file on this case?

    Why did Gillard rush into the AWU with receipts for her renovations if she thought there was nothing untoward?

    Slater & Gordon arranged, pro bono, the conveyancing on the Kerr Street property. (They say that is normal for valued clients of the firm.) Therefore they must know of the fraudulent funds and the fraudulent accounts?

    They must also know where the stolen funds came from and where they went to after the sale of the property? Did they not even ask or make a note of this?

    Slater & Gordon spuriously wants Wilson and Blewitt to waive privilege so they can produce these files. Mmmm… are there two people in Australia less likely to waive privilege without immunity?

    Where are Paul Howes’ files. Why has the AWU called off the dogs? Why won’t they cooperate with police? A Court ordered certain funds be returned to the AWU. So why does the AWU refuse to pursue those funds? Originally they demanded a Royal Commission! What has changed, Paul?

    Slater & Gordon are complicit and will eventually dump on Gillard to save their own skin. The prime Minister has insisted they make a statement supporting her. But they have already begun the process with a call to Styant-Brown.

    Gillard’s own Attorney General, Rob Mc Clelland, was the co-author of the damning Cambridge affidavit. Was he talking crap when he said, “…a third party may have benefitted from this.”

    When Slater & Gordon taped the interview with Gillard I would think the conversation went more like this:

    Gillard:
    Why are you treating me this shabbily? We are all partners! Why is it only me who has to resign? I’ve been here eight bloody years and this is what I get? It wasn’t just me, it was Murphy and Rothfield too!

    Slater & Gordon:
    Murphy is also going. We need to protect the firm.
    In seventeen years’ time, Julia, there will be others who will also insist you resign or be sacked.

    What will you do then Julia?

    [Part VII covers Shorten and the unions’ influence and further damning information from FOI. Also the history of the faceless men and how they run our Parliament without our knowledge and the way in which Slater & Gordon operates. There is so much more to this sordid little tale]

  7. Part 7:

    OUR PRIME MINISTER IS A CROOK: Part 7

    YOUNG AND NAIVE, INDEED:

    It appears that Nicola Roxon and Peter Van Sumbugger are the only two people left standing who are young and naive enough believe this is a Liberal Party beat-up.

    Sorry Nicola and Peter, we have never spo
    ken to any Opposition Member and it’s far from a beat-up. The continuous stream of information is coming from your side of the House and one other person the Prime Minister knew very well. There are some angry people on your Benches.

    Well, you two, here’s more to cause you some indigestion.

    Slater & Gordon handle unfair dismissal claims in their thousands. Gillard herself handled a few, so she knew exactly what it meant when she was called in for a taped interview… it was a precursor to her dismissal.

    It’s a moot point as to whether she was given the opportunity to resign or not. All legal employees, short of an accusation of murder, are extended that courtesy because a “dismissal” could both injure the firm’s reputation and terminally end the employee’s career. Regardless, it appears to have done both anyway.

    The fraudulent document that allowed the “slush fund” to be set up was first presented in Perth. It was taken to the Commissioner of Corporate Affairs who promptly refused to allow it on grounds that it appeared to be too much like a union.

    Undeterred, Wilson asked Gillard to do it. Incredibly, Gillard agreed.

    It was pointless to persist in Perth because the Commissioner had already knocked it back so it was off to Victoria and the offices of Slater & Gordon.

    Now, even the most young and naive person on the planet would have known this was highly unethical at best and illegal on a number of fronts at worst.

    There were three other people present when this document was drawn up: Ralph Blewitt, Bruce Wilson and senior equity partner, Bernard Murphy. (Bernard Murphy was the anonymous name “The Australian” redacted in its Page one story.)

    In the record of interview Gillard stated that she “acted alone”. She lied. Was she protecting Bernard Murphy? If so, it didn’t help. Murphy hurriedly departed the firm on an agreed settlement prior to Gillard.

    [Gillard was later to appoint Bernard Murphy to the Federal Court bench. Why did she do that? Was she worried he would disclose critical information relating to the blatant fraud?]

    When the document was completed by Gillard it was signed by Blewitt. Wilson then took it to the Commonwealth Bank to open the now infamous account: The AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc.

    It appeared on the record as an AWU account, it wasn’t, but it was ready to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars, attracting no tax, into Wilson’s pocket. More importantly the AWU had no knowledge of it. Yet the AWU was a client of Gillard’s in the form of Wilson. The law firm itself acted for the Vic AWU.

    In a classic conflict of interest, Gillard was actually facilitating theft by her boyfriend from her own firm’s client, the AWU!

    Gillard was also improperly acting for her criminal boyfriend who was also a representative of the AWU client!

    Slater & Gordon is obliged to keep the Law Institute of Victoria updated as to who is operating on their Practising Certificate? The Law Institute claims privilege on this information. We have reason to believe Julia was removed from the Certificate in September and not in May the following year as they now advise?

    When the fraudulent activity was eventually discovered Peter Gordon hit the roof, but his position was untenable because
    Slater & Gordon is hardly independent. Incredibly, if they sacked her, they would be exposed to a reimbursement claim from their own client (the AWU) for all monies stolen, plus costs. What a predicament Gillard had created. No wonder they were angry.

    Because Gillard did not open a file on the case, to appraise others in the firm of her actions, her conduct may be subject to criminal charges and the Professional Indemnity policy would not have been exposed (you cannot insure against criminal activity).

    Lawyers are now pitting their credibility against each other. In this fiery battle of recollections and taped records Nick Styant-Browne will emerge the winner.

    That may sound a bit complicated. It is! And the more Slater & Gordon wriggles the more it will need the services of a good Left wing law firm.

    Part VIII: Enter the Unions and Bill Shorten.

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The World is a never ending parade of the usual and the unusual.  News stories come from the strangest of places – many stories get reported and are read by locals and never get to see the light of day.

Harry’s Growl plans to feature a regular post called ‘ODDBALL news Wrap’ that captures a number of these abstract stories to make you provide a lighter perspective the to alternatives offered at this site.  If you want straight humour – try EYE-BALL’s JokeZone.

The Index of links to this weeks stories appears below: [Click on the link to read story on-line in a new window.]

  1. Reuters – US Army Suicides reached record monthly high in July

    Twenty-six active-duty soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in July, more than double the number reported for June and the most suicides ever recorded in a month since the U.S. Army began tracking detailed statistics on such deaths.

    During the first seven months of this year, there were 116 suspected suicides among active-duty soldiers, compared to 165 suicides for all of last year, the Army said. The military branch reported 12 likely suicides during June.

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  2. Huff Post – Usain Bolt: I’m not competing in England again until they change their tax rules

    Usain Bolt’s gold medal-winning appearance at the London Olympics violated one of the athlete’s personal rules: Not to compete in Britain.Bolt’s Olympic appearance marked the first time since 2009 that the phenom competed in the U.K., according to Forbes. Why is he staying away? The taxes on his winnings are just too much. Britain charges a 50 percent tax on the appearance fees and prize money of athletes competing in the country, according to The Week.

    Though it’s common for countries to tax athletic winnings, the U.K. also has a rare policy of taxing income from sponsors earned while athletes are competing in the country, The Week reports. And despite earning $20.3 million last year, that’s just too much for the self-proclaimed “legend.”

    Bolt, one of the world’s most famous athletes, made an exception to his no-Britain rule for the Olympics, which were essentially tax-free for athletes, according to Forbes. But only if the country changes its tax laws will Bolt return, he says.

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  3. Reuters – Oral sex not outstripping intercourse amoung US youth – study

    A federal study on the sexual behavior of young Americans released on Thursday countered a widespread belief that oral sex was increasing and vaginal sex decreasing among teenagers due to fears of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.Two in every three young Americans have engaged in oral sex, about the same percentage as those who have engaged in vaginal intercourse, the study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Vital Statistics found.

    It also showed that the rates of both practices among the U.S. youth have dropped since a decade ago.

    The study showed that about equal numbers of young women and men aged between 15-24 have had oral sex, and that about a quarter – 26 percent of women and 24 percent of men – had first had oral sex before engaging in vaginal intercourse.

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  4. RT News – US Foreign Debt hits record high

    The United States might officially be the worst neighbor on Earth: the US now owes its allies $5.2923 trillion, the most money the country has ever been indebted to its foreign friends in the history of the nation.Statistics released this week by the US Treasury indicate that, as of June 2012, the United States has borrowed bucks from most of the world’s major countries and has accumulated a debt that is on the verge of doubling in only a few short years.

    As of June, the amount of US Treasury securities held by foreign holders is close to $5.3 trillion, which includes $1164.3 billion from China and $1119.3 billion from Japan at the top of the list. The list of nation that have helped out the US doesn’t end there though: Brazil, Taiwan, Russia and the UK are also towards the top of the roster, which goes on to cite a substantial sum of money borrowed from the countries of India, Italy, South Africa and Peru, among others.

    The latest figure of funds owed by America — $5.3 trillion — is substantially larger than what the country owed to the others when US President Barack Obama took office in January 2012. Only three and a half years after his inauguration, the United States’ debt to foreign holders has increased by $2.2 trillion, or 72.3 percent.

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  5. RT News – US Companies pay more to their CEO’s, than to the US Government

    Twenty-six big U.S. companies, including AT&T, Boeing and Citigroup, paid their CEOs more last year than they paid the federal government in tax, according to a study prepared by the Institute for Policy Studies.­Major companies paid less or no taxes on profits, as they took advantage of the tax deductions and credits designed to free up money for companies to spend in ways that stimulate the economy.

    On average, these 26 companies generated pre-tax net income of more than $1 billion in the US, the study revealed. Meanwhile CEOs of these 26 firms received on average $20.4 million in total remuneration last year, 23% more than in 2010.

    CEO of Boeing James McNerney Jr. got $18.4 million in pay last year while his company received a tax refund of $605 million. The study also laid into Citigroup for paying CEO Vikram Pandit $14.9 million while the bank received $144 million in net tax benefits.

    According to the study, the US corporate tax code allows companies to pay big bonuses to executives so they can cut their tax bills while the

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  6. ABC (Aust) – Banks ordered to pay Bell liquidators $1.5b

    Australian banks may be making multi-billion-dollar profits, but today they learned they will also have to pay out billions after losing the country’s longest-running court case.Appeal judges in the West Australian Supreme Court upheld a ruling that the lending banks have to pay creditors of Alan Bond’s Bell Group, which collapsed in 1991.

    Creditors had filed the action against Australian and foreign banks, claiming they had lent money to Bell when they knew it was insolvent.

    Today’s ruling backs a decision that the banks were liable to pay the value of the group’s assets, plus interest.
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  7. RT News – Anthrax drug death sparks fear of Europe-wide pandemic

    A drug addict in Blackpool, UK, died from an anthrax infection, sparking concerns of a pan-European outbreak of the rare disease.­Medical experts suggested that the death was caused by contaminated heroin, Reuters reported. The incident comes in the wake of similar anthrax outbreaks in Europe. The Blackpool infection is the only fatal case thus far.

    Since June, three incidents were recorded in Germany, two in Denmark and one in France. A heroin addict was also hospitalized in Scotland a month ago.

    “It’s likely that further cases among PWID [People Who Inject Drugs] will be identified as part of the ongoing outbreak in EU countries. The Department of Health has alerted the NHS of the possibility of people who are injecting drugs presenting to emergency departments and walk-in clinics, with symptoms suggestive of anthrax” Dilys Morgan, an expert at the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) told the Guardian.

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  8. RT News – US instigating violent crackdown on whistleblowers, dissent

    With the world closely watching the rapidly developing case of Julian Assange, RT sat down with American author Naomi Wolf to discuss why journalists are finding it increasingly difficult to publish data the US government doesn’t want them to.

    Last month, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered Pentagon officials to keep a close eye on major US media outlets in an effort to prevent them from publishing government secrets. The order came after whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks made public thousands of classified documents belonging to the US and other countries.

    The site’s founder, Julian Assange, is wanted in connection to a European arrest warrant and is holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. On Thursday, Ecuador granted him political asylum, but he still faces the challenge of actually reaching the country, as British authorities have made it clear that he will be arrested as soon as he steps out of the consulate.

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  9. RT News – Assange to break silence as more countries rally behind Ecuador

    As Julian Assange prepares to give his first public statement in months, London police are on high alert demanding the IDs of all persons visiting his diplomatic hideout. Ecuador says the threat that the UK will raid its embassy “still stands.”

    ­Assange has announced that he will give a public statement at 1 pm GMT. It is unlikely, though, that he will leave the safety of the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has been granted political asylum.

    London police are on a 24-hour watch outside the building, ready to arrest Assange as soon as he leaves, as Britain does not recognize Assange’s asylum status and is still determined to extradite the “alleged criminal” to Sweden.

    During the night before Assange’s address officers were set on high alert, reportedly demanding identifications from everyone entering or leaving the building. Officials refused to reveal the name of the commanding officer who originated the order, WikiLeaks said on Twitter.

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  10. RT News – Deutsche Bank swept into ‘rogue state’ banking scandal

    Germany’s Deutsche Bank is the latest European bank to be targeted by US investigators for funneling billions of dollars to Iran, Sudan, and other sanctioned countries through their American branches.

    ­The investigation is just getting underway, law enforcement officials told The New York Times, saying there was no evidence to show the bank had used its American operations to move money for Iranian clients later than 2008.

    A spokesman for Deutsche Bank did not comment on the accusations, only saying that in 2007 the bank had decided to “not engage in new business with counterparties in countries such as Iran, Syria, Sudan and North Korea and to exit existing business to the extent legally possible,” the Times cites him as saying.

    The US Treasury, the Federal Reserve and the Justice Department have targeted a score of foreign banks for Iran-linked transactions and dealings with other “axis of evil” members since 2009.

    The practice of moving funds on behalf of Iranian banks and corporations was facilitated by a loophole in US policy that allowed foreign banks operating in the US to disguise their clients’ identities and move the money overseas. Using these so-called “U-turn transactions,” parent banks had to provide next to no information to their American subsidiaries about client identities as long as the transactions themselves had been checked for suspicious activity. The loophole was closed in 2008 over fears that Iranian banks were using it to finance the nuclear weapons program speculated about by some Western powers.

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  11. RT – News – Australia prepping ‘contingency plan’ for Assange US extradition

    Australian officials have confirmed that the country’s diplomatic mission in Washington has been prepareing for Julian Assange’s possible extradition to the US, but called it “contingency planning.”­The country’s authorities say there is nothing unusual in the move, as the must be ready for all eventualities.

    “The embassy is doing its job, just to be in a position to advise the government if it believed that an extradition effort was imminent. There is no evidence of such an extradition effort,” Trade Minister Craig Emerson told ABC television.

    The US could have sought Assange’s extradition from Britain rather than waiting for him to arrive in Sweden, but “obviously they haven’t done that,” he noted.

    Meanwhile, Australian newspaper The Age reports that according to information obtained from diplomatic cables, the Washington mission is taking the possibility of extradition seriously. They also say the cables show that Australia has no objection to Assange’s potential extradition.

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