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31. Citizens Against Local Law G

Do you think you look like a criminal? Albany County thinks you do.

If passed Albany County's Local Law "G" will require your name, address and physical description (including your height, weight and any identifying marks) to be transmitted to the City of Albany Police Department any time you sell personal articles including secondhand items, jewelry and more. This information will then be provided to the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) at the Albany Crime Analysis Center (ACAC) where it will be analyzed to determine whether or not you look like a criminal.

Should you meet Albany County's definition of a criminal (by having sold too many personal items, or items that are too valuable or maybe just due to a criminal conviction from your childhood) your personal identifying information will then be forwarded in a bulletin to local law enforcement agencies in the name of "intelligence-led policing and criminal intelligence."

We encourage you, with your fellow citizens, to take a stand against Local Law "G" for 2012.

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32. Abolish the TSA

A petition to bring an end to our deteriorating civil rights, do on this day, as citizens of the United States, order you, Congress, our servants, to abolish the Transportation Safety Administration.

This agency was conceived out of fear, with the sole purpose of violating our individual civil rights under the guise of ensuring public safety.

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33. Seeking the freedom to love a child

Often people are told they are not guaranteed the same rights and opportunities as everyone else because of how they choose to live their lives and the idea of that is inconceivable. In relation to this, same sex couples are shown contempt when they seek to adopt a child just like anyone else.

Same-sex couples should be allowed to legally adopt a child in all 50 states because one’s sexuality is not a determining factor for his/her ability to raise a child.

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34. Repeal the Assault Weapons Control Act

The Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989 (CA Penal Code 12276) and its subsequent amendments improperly label sporting rifles, pistols and shotguns as "assault weapons", and strip California citizens of their 2nd Amendment Rights.

Many California citizens and Active Duty Military Residents are arrested each year for firearms that are fully compliant with the law, due to the fact that local Law Enforcement Officers are unable to correctly identify what firearms are either compliant or non-compliant. This results in un-needed court processes and bitter relations between firearms owners and Law Enforcement.

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35. END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST U.S. CITIZEN COLLEGE STUDENTS

Approximately two years ago, the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority ("HESAA") began to deny U.S. citizen college students eligibility for Tuition Aid Grants ("TAG Grants") solely on the basis of the students' parents' immigration status.

As a result, hundreds, possibly thousands, of high achieving New Jersey high school graduates, who were accepted to approved New Jersey colleges, universities or proprietary schools, have had their college careers stopped or put on hold. In most cases notification to the student, of the withdrawal of their TAG Grant, occurred only weeks before they were scheduled to move in and/or start classes.

Although a New Jersey Appellate Court ruled this practice illegal this summer, in the case of A.Z. v. HESAA, the Attorney General's Office has indicated that it intends to file an appeal to try to have the ruling reversed by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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36. თბილისის სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტის ეროვნული სამეცნიერო ბიბლიოთეკა არ უნდა გაიყიდოს!

2012 წლის იანვარს, ეროვნული სამეცნიერო ბიბლიოთეკა http://www.sciencelib.ge/ გადაეცა თბილისის ჯავახიშვილის სახელობის სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტს, მისი უძრავი ქონება კი ეკონომიკის სამინისტროს ბალანსზეა. ცნობილი გახდა, რომ ეკონომიკის სამინისტრო ბიბლიოთეკის შენობის გაყიდვას აპირებს.

http://www.investingeorgia.org/upload/file/National_Library_of_Science.pdf საინვესტიციო შეთავაზებაში შენობის სარეკომენდაციო ფუნქციაა სავაჭრო-გასართობი ცენტრი.

ხელისუფლების გადაწყვეტილება გაასხვისოს ბიბლიოთეკის კუთვნილი შენობა აშკარად ეწინააღმდეგება საბიბლიოთეკო საქმის შესახებ კანონის მე-4ე მუხლს.
http://www.nplg.gov.ge/index.php?sec_id=302&lang_id=GEO

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In January 2012 National Scientific Library, formerly an autonomous organization, was transmitted to Tbilisi State University, while its real property stays on the balance of the ministry of economy.

Recently it became known that the ministry has put the building of the library on the auction with the recommended future function of shopping and entertainment center. Government’s decision to privatize the building of the public library is against the Georgian Law on Librarianship.

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37. Restore Civil Rights to Released Felons in Nevada

The 2003 Nevada Legislature voted to automatically restore civil rights to first-time, non violent offenders upon expiration of their sentence or upon their honorable discharge from parole or probation.

Nevada felons typically have to wait 7-15 years before they can petition the court to get their records sealed which if approved would then provide the opportunity for restoration of civil rights.

Civil rights include the right to vote; the right to serve as a juror on a civil trial; in 4 years after discharge, right to run for and hold non-law enforcement and non-judicial elective office; in 6 years after discharge, right to serve as juror in a criminal case.

Once a convicted felon is released from prison they are expected to be integrated back into society and are required to pay taxes and follow the laws of the local community and state. Our judicial system has determined their debt to society has been paid sufficiently so that they are entitled to release from prison. No crime is ever desired in a community and felons can be murderers, predators of children and sometimes thieves who stole property in excess of $2500 or more, but they are granted freedom. Also, remember there are other systems in place such as sex offender registration, restitution, parole, and felon registration to provide oversight and ensure social order and cooperation from these known felons.

Voting was and is a civil rights issue that women and minorities had to fight for in the past. People fought because they knew how important voting was and is to our society. Voting gives people power to have a say in how they will be governed. Votes elect the politicians. Votes approve or cast down proposed legislation.

If the Nevada penal system sees a person fit enough to be the neighbor of you or I, then why shouldn't that person have a right to exercise their voice and opinions in the election processes in those communities or state? Otherwise, if the debt is not paid upon release then why are they released and when is it paid?

A great majority of those deprived from voting as felons are minority men. There has to be a starting point of restoration of dignity and pride in one's self and community. Clearly the prison's fail to rehabilitate because recidivism is extremely high.

There should be no exceptions: Restore civil rights after release from prison or sentence served for all felons in Nevada.

Nevada Revised Statute 213.157 - Restoration of Civil Rights After Sentence Served;Limitations

Nevada Revised Statute 193.130 - Categories and Punishments of Felonies

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38. One Person. One Vote.

With the Electoral College, someone who has a very low amount of popular votes can still be elected as President of our country.

No matter how many people may have been in favor of a specific candidate, the Electoral College can still decide whether or not he/she should be elected in the end. Does that sound fair to you?

I believe each individual can have ONE vote, and the popular vote of the many individuals should in the end add up and decide who is to become President.

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39. Equal Marriage

This is a petition by the Equality Network in support of our campaign for equal marriage in Scotland.

Please sign this petition if you agree that same-sex marriage and mixed-sex civil partnership should be legalised in Scotland.

This petition calls on the Scottish Parliament to:

1) Change the law to allow same-sex marriage and mixed-sex civil partnership.

2) Protect and extend freedom of religion and belief by allowing, but not requiring, religious and Humanist bodies to conduct same-sex marriages and/or register civil partnerships.

3) End the requirement for married transgender people to divorce before a full Gender Recognition Certificate can be issued.

For more information about the Equality Network campaign please visit: http://www.equalmarriage.org.uk

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40. Do You Support The Nelson BC Occupy Camp & Movement?

Occupy Nelson started as a community response to the call for world wide action in solidarity with thousands of Occupy camps around the world to demand the end of global economic injustice.

As corporations record massive profits, more and more of us are in debt, living pay check to paycheck, are unemployed or underemployed, living in shelters or on the street. At the same time governments are gutting social services and refusing to protect the environment. We are in unity with the growing consensus that the top 1% of the world should not control and dominate the remaining 99%! We are all the 99%!

Recently, as there has been pressure to close down the encampments all over Canada, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has sent out a press release stating that "Freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association are core democratic rights that are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Without robust protection for these rights, many other rights become meaningless."

We believe we must allow the movement and the camp to continue in order defend the rights of all Canadians.

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41. Freedom of speech for everyone

Πρόσφατα πληροφορηθήκαμε την ακύρωση της διάλεξης του Καθηγητή Σταύρου Ζένιου, «Για μια νέα πολιτική πορεία μετά τα γεγονότα της 11ης Ιουλίου,»που προγραμματιζόταν για τις 7 Νοεμβρίου 2011 στο πλαίσιο των διαλέξεων του Ελεύθερου Πανεπιστημίου με το Δήμο Αμμοχώστου στη Λεμεσό.

Επειδή η ακύρωση αυτή έγινε μετά από μια σειρά επαφών για αλλαγή του θέματος του Κ. Ζένιου, πιστεύουμε ότι η ακύρωση συνδέεται με την άρνηση του Καθηγητή για αλλαγή. Πιστεύουμε επίσης ότι η πίεση και η ακύρωση που ακολούθησε αντιβαίνουν στο συνταγματικό και αναφαίρετο ανθρώπινο δικαίωμα της ελευθερίας της έκφρασης.

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42. Support SB 172- Civil Unions in Co

If 86,000 signatures are collected SB 172 will be placed on the ballot for 2012.

SB172 will provide legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities to spouses who have applied for civil unions in Colorado.

Benefits for these couples will include:
-Responsibility for financial support of a party to a civil union
-Rights and abilities concerning transfer of real or personal property to a party in a civil union
-The ability to file a claim based on wrongful death, emotional distress, loss of consortium, or other laws whether common law or statutory, related to or dependent upon spousal status
-The ability to inherit real and personal property from a party in a civil union under the probate code
-Survivor benefits under and inclusion in workers' compensation laws
-The ability to adopt a child of a party to a civil union
-The ability to insure a party to a civil union under group benefit plans for state employees
-Survivor benefits under local government firefighter and police pensions
-Protections and coverage under domestic abuse and domestic violence laws
-Rights and protections under victims' compensation laws and victims and witness protection laws
-Protections and responsibilities relating to emergency and non-emergency medical care and treatment and hospital visitation
-Rights to visit a party in a civil union in a correctional facility, jail, or private contract prison or in a facility receiving mental health treatment
-The ability to file a complaint about the care or treatment of a party in a civil union in a nursing home
-Rights relating to declarations concerning the administration, withholding, or with-drawling of medical treatment, proxy decision-makes and surrogate decision makers, CPR directives, or directives concerning medical orders for scope of treatment forms with respect to a civil union
-Rights concerning the disposition of the last remains of a party to a civil union
-The right to make decision regarding anatomical gifts
-Eligibility for family leave benefits
-Eligibility for public assistance benefits
-A privilege from providing compelled testimony against a party in a civil union and evidentiary privileges for both parties in a civil union
-The right to apply for emergency or involuntary commitment of a party to a civil union
-The right to claim a homestead exemption
-The ability to protect exempt property from attachment, execution, or garnishment
-Dependent coverage under life insurance and health insurance policies

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43. FREE FOSTERCARE CHILDREN

Many children sit in FOSTERCARE unjustly. Family members and family friends are being denied custody of the children, because CPS wont let the children go. CPS makes a profit by keeping children in FOSTERCARE and therefore children are being held against their rights. CPS destroys more children and kills more children every year than the assumed abusive parents do.

Many times false allegations are placed against parents and the children enter into FOSTERCARE HELL. Let`s fight back for our children and make them a #1 priority again. They are our future and if we dont protect them, we are not protecting our futures. Thank you!

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44. Stop CPS/OCS corruptition and civil rights violations

The plot thickens against CPS/OCS….. here’s how it works:

A false and unsubstantiated claim or “tip” of sexual assault, child neglect, drug abuse or child abuse is made against you or a family member repeatedly by an off duty “OCS employee” to build a case file on you and your family.

These “false tips” is then followed up several times by an OCS field agent and a state trooper at your door, they come into your home and take your statements & children with the threat of force, “against your will or approval” and inform you that you must give them hair and urine samples within “24 hours” or they will take the children by force of the state troopers, again “against your will and under duress” you concede to these violations against your civil rights, to keep your children!

Once they have these “statements and samples” from you, they “falsify” the documents and samples to get custody of your children in a court of law and are usually successful!

From what I can determine it is all based on money not the children’s welfare, the state OCS agency, foster care, mental, drug and family consolers, are all awarded financially by the system for years to come! Thus the motive for this conspiracy is nothing more than “job security” for all involved.

If you feel you’re a victim of this, please join us @ ak-paccs.org to make your claim…we can have these cases overturned and you may be awarded financially for the mental duress and financial burdens accrued by these “illegal actions” caused by the office child services (OCS). Lets make them accountable and bring these bad apples to justice once and for all. IT MUST STOP NOW!

P.A.C.C.S
Parents Against Corrupt Child Services

Our goal is simple,

1. To stop the corruption, illegal and unjust actions of child services in the state of Alaska.

2. To make all state child service agents accountable for their actions on and off the job.

3. To institute random drug testing of any and all child service agents.

4. To ensure that all cases receive due process according to the Alaska state laws as written.

JOIN US TODAY…@ AK-PACCS.org
Email: ak.paccs @yahoo.com

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45. Medical Cannabis Patient Advocates Demand More Care Not Convictions

Despite President Obama's statement on policy regarding Medical Cannabis, Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Northern California, refuses to dismiss prosecutions on medical cannabis, failing to adhere to the new found policy, as accurately stated by Shona Gochenaur, Executive Director of Axis of Love SF, "The president of our country made it clear to voters that he would not waste Federal resources on medical cannabis prosecution, all we are asking for is for this policy direction to be implemented and not to waste tax payers' resources!!"

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46. Medical Cannabis Patient Advocates Demand Care Not Convictions

Despite President Obama's statement on policy regarding Medical Cannabis, Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Northern California, refuses to dismiss prosecutions on medical cannabis, failing to adhere to the new found policy, as accurately stated by Shona Gochenaur, Executive Director of Axis of Love SF, "The president of our country made it clear to voters that he would not waste Federal resources on medical cannabis prosecution, all we are asking for is for this policy direction to be implemented and not to waste tax payers' resources!!"

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47. Overhaul the National Sex Offender Registry Immediately!

Since becoming law in 2004, Canada's National Sex Offender Registry has not assisted in ONE criminal case.

Registration isn't even mandatory. If a convicted sex offender is ordered onto the registry, the RCMP have no way to keep track of them. In Canada, our registry relies on the honour system, dependent on the goodwill of our convicted sex offenders.

Computer system is archaic - RCMP has needed to create separate hard copy systems, a Rolodex or an Excel spreadsheet.

There can be NO pro-active use, use is only for after a crime has occurred.

Annual budget for a National Sex Offender Registry to keep convicted pedophiles and predators away from our children is $400,000 (My Alberta Premier's salary is $208,000)

Correctional Services of Canada refuses to inform the RCMP of when convicted sex offender have finished their sentence.

Police Officers cannot access the system.

The Federal Government is obsessed with the privacy rights of our convicted sex offenders at the expense of the privacy rights of our children's bodies & souls.

Prosecutors are using the Registry as a negotiation chip during plea bargains. In other words: plead guilty, and even though you're a convicted sex offender, you won't have to register.

In Canada, we Pardon our convicted sex offenders.
When this is done, all information from the registry is destroyed.
Convicted sex offenders should never be allowed to be pardoned. After years of research and debate, it is clear that there is no cure for pedophilia.

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48. PA Equality

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

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49. Suport a New National Constititutional in Tanzania

The time has come for Tanzanians to demand a new National Constitutional that will be able to accommodate the current demands. The available constitutional is definitely outdated that can not fit into the prevailing socio-economic changes in the country.

We all know that a constitution is the set of laws that a set of people have made and agreed upon for the government that enumerates and limits the powers and functions of a political body. The constitutional is simply regulations and orders. To enhance the democracy and justice to the civil society the new and fresh constitution which can accommodate the current society’s needs is inevitable.

Many things have changed in comparison when it was single party system almost thirty years ago. During Multiparty systems a lot of dynamics have come out that uncontrolled continue pushing the demand of the new constitution. The current Tanzanian National Constitution does not give chance people to practice the real democracy, transparency, accountability, responsiveness and good governance.

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50. Stop the TSA from sexually assaulting people

I do not agree with the TSA. I do want to be safe but i think touching private areas should be off-limits. Most people are taught when they are children that if someone touches you in bad places to tell an adult immediately. But with the TSA no one will listen.

Please, join me in stopping the TSA

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51. Ask President Obama to Intervene in Haiti Now!

The human rights of Haitians are being violated by the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Haiti. Peacekeepers are raping and murdering Haitian citizens, and denying them access to the political processes of their own country.

The United States and President Obama should intervene in Haiti now to restore order and to make certain that Haitians are entitled to their full human rights as dictated by the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

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52. Petition to Stop Financial Discrimination

Today thousands of banks, lending houses and other financial organizations have access to your credit report. Of course this is reasonable. Credit reports should be used to establish or extend credit. They should NOT be used to disallow someone a job, a rented or leased apartment, or any other social or medical benefits.

Credit reports should NOT be made accessible to any and all who would use the report to discriminate against our civil rights. Such discrimination should be against the law.

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53. John Lewis debate Fenn Little. Georgia's 5th Congressional District Candidates

Members of Georgia's 5th Congressional District have a choice of candidates this year, for the first time in several decades. John Lewis, the incumbent of 24 years is opposed by Republican Candidate Fenn Little.

While Fenn Little may be an underdog with little name recognition, this does not appear to be an indicator in the support he is receiving from the constituents of this diverse district. John Lewis has refused to reply to the claims that he is a puppet of Washington Politics who is disconnected to his constituent base and their needs and priorities. He has also refused to debate Fenn Little.

If you would like to see these candidates answer the questions for the constituents themselves, PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION.

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54. Issue passports to the family of Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, Chairman of UKPNP

Despite of the fact that it's the basic right of every citizen to get passport of their nationality however Pakistani secrete agencies are interfering for the issuance of new passports to the family members of United Kashmir People's National Party's chairman Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmir.

Although, the civilian and elected Home Minister Rehman Malik has ordered to the Pakistani High Commission in Switzerland to issue passports, but the agencies are forcing High Commission not to issue the passports.

Since the passports and fee is deposited seven months ago, still this family is waiting for their passports, which is a basic and fundamental right of every citizen of Kashmir.

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55. Ban Airport Full Body Scanners for Children Under 18 As a Primary Screening Measure

My 12 year old daughter was put through an airport full body scanner without parental or adult consent. This is what has triggered my activism on this issue. There is conclusive evidence from studies done by professors at the University of California that the waves emitted from the full body scanners are concentrated solely in the skin and underlying tissue around the head and neck.

They have said that these scanners should not be used on children as they pose a risk for the development of skin cancer. In addition, these pictures are nude positive images of children not the blurred negatives that you see on the internet. The TSA has finally admitted to storing and transmitting these images. These images can be easily downloaded onto a small USB drive and downloaded onto any computer anywhere presenting the great potential for these images of children to be abused or turned into child pornography.

In 2013 these airport full body scanners will no longer be optional but will become mandatory for every person flying, including children and pregnant women. It is important that we assert our civil rights and oppose the allowance of strip searches on innocent civilians.

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56. Ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton To Demand Gay Rights in Africa as Prerequisite For U.S.A.I.D.S.

The U.S. Government provides assistance to 47 countries in Africa and spends billions upon billions to support the overall goal of transformational diplomacy "to help build sustained and well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people".

If you go to page 8 on the Department of State and U.S.A.I.D.S. High Priority Performance you will find that "Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights" is one of their top goals. I believe that Gay Rights are Human Rights. How can we spend all that money in countries that don't recognize that simple truth?

A great percent of these children we are trying to feed, educate and protect will grow in an environment that compares them to dogs and pigs. And how about the men and women that are sentenced to jail time and hard labor for consenting sexual relations with someone of the same sex?

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57. Repeal "Click it or Ticket" in Florida

Beginning, Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Florida law requires drivers and their passengers to wear their seatbelts or risk getting a ticket.

Under the new seatbelt law, a Florida law enforcement officer will have a legal right to pull over any automobile and ticket those not wearing their seatbelts. No other type of violation will be necessary for officers to make a traffic stop.

The most recent fine amount in Leon County Florida is $123.00 and varies across the state.

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58. Rights of Tenure for Boat and Houseboat Dwellers

Legislation for, the protection of boat and houseboat or floating home dwellers and their rights of tenure are urgently needed in the UK.

Over 150.000 people in Great Britain alone, live and reside full time on board their boats, houseboats or floating homes.

And yet there are no legislation in the UK to protect the rights of tenure for floating communities and their dwellers.

Travellers and Gypsies have their rights, so should boat dwellers too!

This Campaign is for the Legislation of the;

* Rights of Tenure / Housing Rights for boat or houseboat dwellers.

* Protection, security and safety for boat, houseboat and floating home dwellers and their communities.

Vogue La Galere! / Push The Boat!

Campaign Movement for the rights of tenure for boat and houseboat dwellers. Please Help and sign and spread the word. Follow twitter @domportucallis

*Thank you!*

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59. Remove the word Pornography from Australian Customs Incoming Passenger Card

The Australian Sex Party is demanding the new question that has appeared on Incoming Passenger Cards at the Customs point of entry into Australia be removed. The new question asks if they are carrying any ‘pornography’.

Sex Party President, Fiona Patten, said that this development now gave Government officials an unfettered right to examine someone’s laptop or mobile phone as they re-entered the country. A senior Customs official, Richard Janeczko, has been quoted as saying that materials “stored on electronic media devices such as laptops, thumb drives and iPhones” are on their target list.

“If you and your partner have filmed or photographed yourselves making love in an exotic destination or even taking a bath, you will have to answer ‘Yes’ to the question or you will be breaking the law”, she said. Travellers must now also declare perfectly legal materials such as Category 1 and 2 Restricted magazines, X18+ films and quite probably a large section of R18+ films which have explicit sex in them. Ms Patten said the change marked the beginning of a new era of official investigation into people’s private lives – being investigated or searched on the basis that you might have legal material in your possession.

She said that by answering YES to the new Question One on the declarations, people would then be asked whether they are declaring a weapon, illicit drugs or pornography. When they answered ‘pornography’ their materials would then be examined by one and possibly a number of Customs Officers. If people were at all embarrassed by the question, often surrounded by family and friends, they could be taken into a private room and even have their person searched.
“Is it fair that Customs officers rummage through someone’s luggage and pull out a legal men’s magazine or a lesbian journal in front of their children or their mother-in-law”, she said?

Customs’ official reasoning behind the changes states that ‘No consultation was undertaken under section 17 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 before this instrument was made as it is of a minor or machinery nature and does not substantially alter existing arrangements.’

“The term ‘pornography’ is not referred to at all in the federal Classification Act which Customs rely on to classify their material .

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60. Request to G20 for regulating the financial markets

Credit ratings are normally assigned by private Agencies on demand of the issuers. However, when the issuers and investors are very Big (for instance States) the rating Agencies play a role too big for their capacity to remain impartial. The values of such ratings has been widely questioned after the 2008 financial crisis.

Let’s read a few rows in Wikipedia : if an Agency cuts the rating of bonds issued by a State indebted on long term, this gives rise on short term to an increase of the interest applied to the bonds, that is an increase of the State financial burden. The issuer might be compelled to sell off his real estates or goods to reduce declassifying .

This is just what we saw in the last days of April 2010. After an exhausting negotiation, the Euro Countries went (April 26) on approval, together with the IMF, of a credit to Greece amounting to 45 billion Euro per year (110 billions over 3 years) at acceptable interest, in connection with an adequate commitment of the Greek government.

The day after, Standard & Poor’s declassified the Greek bonds to BB+ (Junk bonds), so these were sold in the Stock Exchanges at an interest rate not less than 10%. The greek government protested with the Agency, but it was too late.

Some days after, a new declassifying operation was repeated on bonds of Spain and Portugal. Successively Moody's recalled that also Italy and United Kingdom show public debts and annual deficits too high respect the EU standards.

After the losses suffered by the Greek bonds, some economists observed that the credit needed by Greece to avoid default will amount to about 70 billion Euro per year. This means that Greece will give back not only the 45 billions, but also other 25 billions to some creditors which speculated, thanks to a suspect rating, on a financial operation between two parties. In other words, the system of free market “regulated” by private rating agencies presents an extra cost which compels the indebted countries to return much more than the original debt.

The question arising from these facts is the same that troubled the governments during the 2008 financial crisis: Why some private Agencies have the power to trigger the financial default of the bank’s system and even of the States ?

This power is unacceptable because only the States have the democratic power to take decisions about politics and macro-economics. A solution has been immediately foreseen by EU governments through the institution of an European rating Agency. A collateral action to avoid conflict of interest between private operators, has been made by the US Senate which on May 14 established that in the emission of derivative products the choice of the rating agency pertains to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). However much work needs to be done in regulating the global financial market.

Let’s remember that two years ago many industrialised countries discovered that a great financial bubble (a US Court is just inquiring about its origin) triggered the default of banks, followed by a general economic recession centered in the G20 area.

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