The fundamental spirit of Buddhism is that all people are equal. A person is not great simply because of his or her social standing, fame, academic background or position in the organization. In the world of faith, the truly great are those who spread the Mystic Law and strive for kosen-rufu, who actively work for...
Breaking news is that Harry Patch, the very Last Tommy, is dead. Only a week after Henry Allingham died, he’s gone too. In response to Henry’s passing, I went and ordered a few of their books from Amazon. Because of the time lag, I haven’t even read them yet, so when I do, it will...
All people in the public sector (i.e. in the service of the government) to have a salary of no more than the prime minister…
David Cameron is paid £142,500 by us, the taxpayer. Tonight’s Panorama programme on the BBC reveals that thousands are paid more than the PM, notionally the most senior servant of the land.
Helpfully, the website includes a link to a 7 meg csv spreadsheet of all salaries over £100k. These were all obtained by public information requests, then collated.
My calculations from this spreadsheet reveal this information:
9187 = no. of persons with salary over the prime minister’s!
£1,552,802,065.00 = actual pay bill for the 9187 last year.
£1,309,147,500.00 = potential pay bill with the 9187 on the PM’s salary
£243,654,565.00 = potential money saved
In light of the current pressure on all public sector workers and following the scythe-like manner in which all union-negotiated contracts are being reneged upon by the government, I think they should be even-handed about this and put a salary ceiling of Cameron’s pay immediately on all civil servants, no matter how they are classed. If the money comes from the taxpayer, they are servants of the state. Period.
Then cut the existing salaries to that of the prime minister’s.
Q. Why should any public sector employee earn more than the prime minister?
Of course, when the old excuse is rolled out about ensuring we get the best people for the job in the open market place, we now have a quick riposte!
If it’s alright for the highest position in the land, it should be alright for anyone, don’t you think?
I see some of the 9187 moving on and looking elsewhere. But really – can the private sector swallow up that many state elite to give them the lifestyle that they’ve been used to?
Let’s give it a try and see, eh? Let’s see how many move on and how many are willing to work for the prime minister’s salary?
Average Earnings 1990-2009
In fact, I predict a consequence that top private sector pay will be driven down by the standard economics of supply and demand. Too many elite applying for too few places means employers can pick and choose much as they do now. Except it’ll be cheaper for them and thus profits will rise…
In fact, it can be argued that high public sector rewards for the elite is actually driving elite private sector pay upwards in the same way….?
Yes? I mean, can the private sector swallow up 9187 managerial posts?
The Groundhogs: Earth is Not Room Enough! Locked in a room, Strapped to a hollow chair, Faint musty smells, Odour of stale air, Sealed from the outside, In a cage that is six-foot square, Eyes that are fixed, In a glazed, disbelieving stare. Cyanide pills, Dropped in an acid bath, Froth forms a cloud, As...
Everyone, it seems, both in the East and West, even China, is now aware of the huge forgery that gave last week’s Iranian election result to the cross-eyed one. However, when talking about the brave people marching through Tehran’s streets, saying “everyone deserves freedom” etc etc, we should cast our minds back only a few...
Readers of these pages will need no introduction to Jesse Willms, self-proclaimed philanthropist and former purveyor of counterfeit software.
But in the interests of traceability into the continuing insidious nature of the on-line marketplace, here’s a run-through of how to get from Facebook or MSNBC to Jesse Willms’ SwipeAuction (formerly SwipeBids), including a few screen-dumps of the dubious methods employed.
p.s. I could equally well run through the links from any spam I get today to Fox News to BidCactus or whatever. Okay?
(p.s. SwipeAuctions is no more, the SwipeBids domain expires soon and rumours are rife about a possible new auction site. Watch this space.)
First, there were three ads in the bottom right when I viewed the page. Refreshing the page shoves out two or three. They rotate daily, but tend to stay the same on a given day. The three images are the websites I’ve been taken to…
It’s important to note the similarity between Site 2 & Site 3.
Well pretty obviously it says in the image above that the woman “Samantha Warren” from Florida “won” that Honda car in one of Jesse’s “auctions”. (remember these details – they’re important for later)
(p.s. Since being written, these car pictures have been seen on even more fake news websites, all of unknown ownership.)
SwipeAuctions now have pictures on the landing page right next to his bold claim about helping 112+ children worldwide, where people say they “love to play” on the website. See the “Anita P” screenshot from today.
(note from editor and US FTC: you can play a game, like a lottery or any other game of chance; you cannot play an auction! The bold claim of this and many other Bid Auction websites is that it’s part ‘entertainment’, which may be so, but it’s still gambling.)
Facebook to Willms
Facebook ads this morning
Three ads were showing on the right of my Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook, then you’ll have seen similar.
The first one was for a tips-laden army-type audio-visual that ends up wanting money to stay slim.
But one showed a woman who’d just won an iPad for £26.75. yep. It was SwipeAuctions. (p.s. these ads later disappeared to be replaced by other bid auctions sites for a time, although they’re now currently almost unseen.)
Honda Car – a co-incidence?
Another Honda? From Florida?
A neat photo from the front page shows a guy, “Pbh201″, mysteriously and co-incidentally (surely) from Florida, again winning a car. The model? Well Honda, of course!
Unfortunately, and for now, TinEye has not pulled out any image duplications. But on past form, who’s to say what might pop up? (p.s. later information has appeared which shows this Honda ‘win’ from various ‘angles’ – more later.)
I’ve edited this post from the original following threats from Jesse Willms legal representative. Currently there is a legal case against CTV for showing these videos on television. Part of the remit is that CTV misrepresented Willms’ businesses and said that 60% were his when they weren’t.
Given that the affilaites’ websites are there to promote businesses and yet are on the whole anonymous, my opinion is that the TV show displayed information in the way that “the common man” would interpret these things. If the common man is very easily confused, then that is a problem but ultimately the person that benefits from deceptive advertising must shoulder some of the responsibility for their contractors’ behaviour, should they not?
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This guy has made a WordPress Plugin that’s a fully working PacMan game to celebrate 30 years of Pacman…. (link here). So happy birthday, Pacmen! I remember it and Space Invaders very well, and the loathing I had for their incessant racket in waiting rooms and taxi booking offices all over the North-East.
Not only have I had a bit of trouble moving to a new IP address – but this post is being done, missing the Visual part of the WordPress new post editor. That’ll be another post after I get that fixed I suppose…. Here’s what happened: I spotted some extra functionality on my domain host...
PHPEnkoder is a port of the excellent Hivelogic Enkoder to PHP and, more specifically, to WordPress. It is used to display text in a way that users can see and bots can’t. The encoding system is directly and unabashedly stolen from the BSD-licensed source of Hivelogic Enkoder, which works by randomly encoding a piece of...
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