Petition Tag - technology

1. Keep your personal information in safe hands - Say NO to privatising ICT Services

The Weatherill Government has announced to privatise Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and data services across the public sector. While specific details have not yet been provided, the Public Service Association (PSA) has real fears that this could include sensitive information from departments such as Health, Child Protection, and Education.

Currently, public sector staff working within ICT need police and other stringent clearances to access this information.

With ICT and data services to be privatised, who will be able to access you and your family's sensitive personal information?

Public Service Association members employed in ICT services are greatly concerned about not only the loss of security for personal data but also the exorbitant costs often charged by ICT giants managing this information - costs that will no doubt be borne by the SA public.

Say NO to privatising ICT services. Sign the petition and tell the Government to keep our data in the right hands.

2. Replace school textbooks and workbooks with digital texts and start the usage of standardized school tablets or ipads among students

We are currently living in an advance modern world with a variety of digital technologies surrounding us. We are living in a world where computers and smartphones rule our daily life. There're also issues regarding students bringing their tech stuffs to school like mobile phones. What if to say, rather than we confiscate them, we allow them, but not in the usual way. What if we allow standardized school tablets or ipads for study?

These will replace textbooks and workbooks, and they will make the usage of paper to lessen, and thus can save our trees. All study materials can be just downloaded from school portals, textbooks and homeworks alike. And besides, teachers don't have to see crazy dirty handwritings anymore. But of course if we want to accentuate writings, students can still write on their tablets with stylus pens. All homeworks and assignments can be just downloaded from and uploaded to their teachers' emails.

Well, if you're thinking that primary school students still aren't ready for this, (since they still can't take care of their belongings properly), we can start on secondary school students. And if you're worrying about stealings, well, since they're school standardized, every student will have one each, same size same brand, basically the same stuff. So even if they try to steal, it's basically useless since they can't put games in them, and the only websites available school portals and other school-allowed websites.

I think it is high time that we fully embrace modernity and technologies and push our great country towards advancement and better future.

3. Mark Zuckerberg, Please support Water Science

We are global scientific community of physicists, chemists, biologists, doctors and researchers representing the non-profit* Conference on the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water.

We would very much appreciate your support in broadening the coverage of our unique multinational event: Conference on The Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water, a platform for scientists to report their recent research on the physical and biological properties of water. Water is the source of all life and is often called the most mysterious substance on Earth.

The eleventh annual conference will be held this year in Sofia, Bulgaria, on October 6th-9th 2016. Our annual international conference is expected to gather more than one hundred scientists and doctors from around the world, including Nobel prize winner Luc Montagnier, Professor of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at Shanghai Jiai Tong University. Professor Montagnier's discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) revolutionized the treatment of AIDS.

The conference is chaired by Gerald H. Pollack, professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington, who discovered the fourth phase of water, known as "EZ water" and hailed by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho as “the most significant scientific discovery of this century.” Professor Pollack's discovery has profound implications for biology and sheds new light on the inner workings of cells, which are composed mainly of EZ water. This and other scientific breakthroughs in water research continue to contribute to the advancement of science, thus enhancing all of our lives.

4. Nikola Tesla Secondary School

The Hamilton Wenthworth District School Board (HWDSB), in Hamilton, Ontario is building a new Secondary School. In light of the recent initiative to link Hamilton to the famous inventor and innovator, Nikola Tesla, and as such to associate Hamilton with education, technology, and innovation, we propose naming the new High School as the "Nikola Tesla Secondary School".

HWDSB’s new North Secondary School will be located at 1055 King Street East (former Scott Park Secondary School site). This beautifully designed secondary school will be constructed to meet the needs of students, while complementing in the adjacent Tim Horton's Field, Jimmy Thompson pool and the new City of Hamilton Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre. It will accommodate 1,250 pupils, for those living in the Sir John A. Macdonald and Delta catchment areas. It will be a state of the art facility.

The City of Hamilton was once know as The Ambitious City, and many years before that, as "The Electric City"! It was the industrial heartland of Canada. It was the Steel City of Canada, as Pittsburgh was once the Steel City of America. But, as the steel industry, and other manufacturing, declined, so has the City of Hamilton. It is time for Hamilton to reinvent, and re-brand itself. Just like Pittsburgh, it is time to embrace education, technology and innovation. What better way to do this then to re-establish links and association with Nikola Tesla. This man was a world famous inventor, innovator, and genius who changed the world, and influenced the industrialisation of Hamilton over a hundred years ago. His name and ideas continue to be relevant today, and are associated with creativity, education, invention, innovation, technology, wireless, electric cars, renewable energy, sustainable development, etc. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla) Let's strengthen the association between Hamilton with Tesla, and those attributes, and reinvent this city. Let's be "The Ambitious City" once again!

The Nikola Tesla Education Corporation (NTEC), is a Registered Canadian Charitable organisation, with the mission to educate the public about Nikola Tesla’s work and to inspire the youth to understand his work, and to pursue his innovative spirit and higher education. We currently provide awards to students, and will soon introduce scholarships. Our goal is to inspire youth to higher education, technology and innovation. For that we need the youth to be aware of Tesla, his inventions, and to be informed of his significant contributions to the world, to Hamilton, and to the way we live today! Think of how much electrical distribution, the electric motor, and wireless transmission, have made our life better. This is all attributable to Tesla. We want to make sure the youth know that, and are inspired by him. See more at http://teslaeducational.ca

Why Hamilton? As mentioned before, Tesla helped Hamilton become industrialised in the first place! The city of Hamilton was the 1'st major city in Canada to have AC electrical power, which was received from DeCew Falls, Generating Station No. 1. Built in 1898, DeCew Falls 1 is the oldest continuously running hydroelectric power generating station in Canada, and one of the first to recognise and implement Nikola Tesla’s 1888 invention, “Polyphase Alternating Current”. The station was built by the “Five Johns” of Hamilton (Dickenson, Gibson, Moodie, Patterson, and Sutherland). The Cataract Power Company, assembled the hydro-electric generating plant about 35 miles from Hamilton in 1898. Current flowed to the city for the first time on August 25, 1898. See The Hamilton Spectator August 26, 1898 article “Power Turned On”: http://teslaeducational.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Spec-26-8-1898.jpg

The City of Hamilton prospered immensely in the early 1900’s, with major manufacturing companies being established or opening branch plants in Hamilton. The massive investments in plants in the east end of Hamilton resulted in an increasing need of workers. The population doubled in the first 14 year of the 20th century. The Five Johns were successful in transmitting the power over a great distance, the second longest transition in the world at the time. Hamilton reaped the rewards of their achievement and was known a “The Electric City”. The city advertisement of “Hamilton’s cheap electricity” attracted even more industries. The existing steel related plants quickly converted to electrical power as it was cheaper than other forms and sources of power. With the abundance of the steel from the mills, other plants that required the steel established plants in Hamilton, in the North End. And, the rest is history!

Hamilton can once again become a prosperous, relevant and growing city, an ambitious city, by embracing education, innovation, and technology. Tesla's ideas remain relevant, and even futuristic. His name is associated with creativity, education, invention, innovation, technology, wireless, radio, x-ray, electric cars, renewable energy, sustainable development, etc. Let's re-establish our link with Tesla, through this initiative, and re-establish a link with these attributes to the City of Hamilton. Let's reinvent and re-brand the City. If we start looking at our city differently, so will others. Let's be the Ambitious City once again! Let's name the new high school to the "Nikola Tesla Secondary School", to show the word that we are serious about education, technology and innovation.

Please sign the petition, and spread the word by letting all your family and friends know about this initiative and petition.

Thank you.

5. James Wallen for President

Everyone says they are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, yet in our current system it is impossible to have a candidate that represents this basic principal.

I am tired of hearing that there isn't a good candidate and at the same time I cannot bring myself to grip about problems without offering a solution.

Therefore in the absence of anyone else stepping up, I will run for President of the United States based on The Common Sense Platform.

Every week I will post a common sense solution to a current problem. Regardless of the results of this campaign, my hope is that new ideas and old corruption will be brought to light.

6. Looking to get Charter in my area

I've been trying to get Charter out to my location since I started living in this area 3 years ago. I've had a couple techs come out and survey but they said I was too far for service.

Now there is service a mile from my house and I was told if I could get the signatures that they would come install it for everyone around me (100+ houses and a high school).

I'm currently working on signatures around my area but I'd also like this as a back up to show there are a lot more people that want Charter than just me.

7. Support Science and Technology in Australia

The Defence Trade Controls Act of 2012 and the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act of 2015 go into effect on 2 April 2016.

See http://bayesian-intelligence.com/bwb/2015-05/iffst/ for more information and links.

8. Seoul Declaration to Advance Gendered Research, Innovation and Socio-economic Development in the Asia Pacific

The historical inequalities between women and men in research participation and in science knowledge create barriers to achieving the full socio-economic benefits of science-led innovation. With women in a minority and science with more evidence for men than for women, outcomes and opportunities are biased to advantage the needs of men and overlook the needs of women.

But now, extensive evidence shows that gender bias in science knowledge making can negatively impact on the quality of scientific research for both women and men. Whilst we continue building systematic understanding of the underlying causes, we have enough solid knowledge to generate the benefits of gender sensitive and responsive research.

The scientists, gender scholars and policy makers attending the Gender Summit 6 - Asia Pacific 2015 (GS6 – AP) discussed the full complexity and diversity of gender issues in research and innovation in the region. These discussions identified numerous scientific and socio-economic benefits of adopting gendered approaches to research and innovation.

Science and policy leaders in Europe have already taken such actions as a strategy for the EU Horizon 2020 programme, as well as at national level.

We call on science and policy leaders in Asia Pacific to promote gender aware and sensitive research and innovation to improve the quality of science and enhance socio-economic development in the region.

9. DGS and SBS; Opposing Mobile Phone Ban

Mrs. R Warwick (Headteacher at DGS) would like to enforce a ban on mobile phones, ipods and any other electrical device on the school site.

This means they're not allowed out at lunchtimes or breaktimes, and means that students will not be able to communicate with each other or with parents/guardians.

This ban will be put in place as of September, and will extend to SBS. If you feel that the school rule system has been pushed too far, please sign below:

10. Ditch Phone Books in NZ

Every year taxpayers pay for tens of thousands of phone books to be produced which will never be used.

There are online directories and almost every household in the country is connected to the internet.

Phone books have outlived their usefulness and continuing to print them is a waste of taxpayer money.

11. FIFA must use available technology consistently to make decisions

June 2014, Uruguayan and Liverpool striker Suarez was banned by FIFA from all football activity for four months, suspended for nine internationals and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (US$112,000) for biting an opposition player. Suarez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay and Italy final World Cup 2014 group match.

Technology available to FIFA was utalized to assist making the decision for Suarez ban. There are many controversial moments in the 2014 FIFA World Cup so far and football in general that could be better served or aided if FIFA utalized the technology that is available to assist with better decision making that are more consistent to assist the sport.

Most recently in the Brazil vs Colombia World Cup 2014 Quarter Final the Colombian Juan Zúñiga’s aggressive foul on Brazil’s Neymar that fractured the stars vertebra and ruled him out of the rest of the world 2014 has gone unpunished so far.

Also the numerous poor refereeing decisions as it relates to goals scored by Hulk and Dos Santos to name a few that has been disallowed and could have been corrected with consistent use of the available technology.

12. Prevent Physical Books From Ever Going Out Of Print

People of the world, do not let the future take away our books. It is a growing issue as the planet advances. E-books are the new thing and therefore less and less phsyical books are being sold. Soon they will be extinct.

Help me prevent this from ever happening! Physical books are a tradition, they are real and beautiful. Help me keep them alive!

13. Build the Entperise

Most people know of the USS Enterprise in the First Series of Star trek. Under the command of the mighty Captain Kirk with Spok, Scotty, Bones, Sulu and Uhura by his side and the odd redshirt ensign.

If only a small amount of money each year was put into the project we could build a Modern day equivalent of the USS enterprise to Seek out new worlds, explore strange new planets and bolding go where no man has gone before Queue Intro music.

http://www.buildtheenterprise.org/

14. Petition Against SingTel's Poor Services for IDA Action Review

Telecommunication providers in Singapore have failed to comply with the telecommunications QoS standards regulated by IDA from time to time.

Telecommunication providers should not only just be responsible for internet communications, but also telecommunications which consumers been paying the monthly bills. However the matter of fact, consumers have not been receiving the expected level of service standards as according.

It is evident that there have been numerous incidents of non-compliance or service disruptions across all the major telecommunication providers which have caused consumers to be greatly affected due to the reliance on these service providers.

As far as telecommunication providers try to mask their shortcomings, through many engagements between representatives and its consumers, there were many lies which were gradually unfolded to the consumers have greatly impacted the company itself to its dishonesty and integrity of business ethnics.

This petition is written in context to Singapore Telecommunications Limited, SingTel. It is evident that SingTel has not been honest to its consumers with its products and services. Individual Customer Service Officer would deliver not only standard FAQ answers to its customers, also at the same time, very deliberately a lack of knowledge on SingTel's products and services; in turn have caused great amount of confusion to its customers at stake.

Not only should Customer Service Officers be aware of customer recovery; the telecommunication provider have failed to provide a satisfactory service to its customers. Services that ranged from mioTV, Internet (ADSL, Fiber Optic), Mobile Network (3G, 4G), as well as other products and services under SingTel.

Firstly, there have been many cases where SingTel mioTV's performance has not been up to standard. Regular pauses of imagery, slight distortions, pixelized imagery, freezes, downtimes, as well as the recent disruptions that caused an uproar, are not part of the deal with what consumers subscribed for.

Secondly, SingTel's Internet Service performances of its unreliability. Internet, one of the most important technology we can't live without, where communication begins with the internet.

However, with SingTel's ADSL or even Fiber Optic subscription plans, it seems otherwise. Internet disruptions and downtimes are very common. Besides that, it is evident that its products supporting the internet communication have failed regularly, hence, the cause of intermittent connections to the internet. It is evident even through a simple streaming of videos online would jam for a while due to buffering. Many technical employees and employees of SingTel would constantly sell customers lies to buy regarding the background of Fiber Optic to cover most of their shortcomings. Is that what really happen to your loading time even with Fiber Optic Subscription?

Furthermore, it is clear that with Fiber Optic, transmission via light, there should be lesser issues compared to ADSL. However, these were nothing but rumours. Even with Fiber Optic subscription, streaming of videos do factor in buffering time, page would stop loading all of a sudden, the unavailability of web pages, yet the same time the ability to troubleshoot a ping to its Residential Gateway. These common issues among its customers are more than evident its poor services.

Lastly, the mobile network performance of its unreliability. Mobile phone is the basic to communication we all are using in this era of technology. Without communication, information would not have been successfully been relayed.

However, SingTel's infrastructure to its mobile network have regularly failed its customers both incoming and outgoing calls. In both scenarios where a customer is making an outgoing call or receiving an incoming call, the probability of a call failure is high with SingTel.

SingTel claims that the causes are due to the mobile phone, its connectivity to its broadcast towers, and other unknown factors which also have been proven otherwise. Furthermore, consumers faced common issues with its 3G network at various locations, and worst, in times of emergency, its users are unable to establish a call out for help with SingTel's poor infrastructure and connectivity islandwide.

The above statements are collectively the feedbacks, comments and voices, of SingTel customers where services are not up to standards the amount billed monthly. If Singapore preaches about being a "World-Class Service" to its customers, then this should be the first to be rectified serving its citizens with "World-Class Service" not just to our tourists.

It is clear that these has caused SingTel to fall into breach of any service industry best practice on communications with customers.

15. Save Translation at Imperial

The Imperial College Management Board has informed us that the activities carried out by the Translation Studies Unit (TSU) are not considered core to the College strategy and that, if possible, the Unit should be transferred to another institution.

If this solution proves not to be feasible, consideration will be given to closing the unit by the end of September 2013.

16. Reboot the Internet

The idea is to reset the internet network and clean it from all existing information.

A new boot sequence would be added with a unique ID creation: it would require an ID card number or passport number to avoid multi-accounts for the same person.

Short-term benefits;

The elimination of fake IDs would make the internet a safer place both for the world economy (safer transactions) as well as for national security (world-wide).

The risk of misinformation would become lower since people would be responsible for what they write/say/do.

Long-term benefits;

Increase in online sales as a consequence of the built-in higher security levels would boost the world economy.

Information would be available in higher quality instead of quantity.

Criminal actions as well as terrorism would be closely monitored and made impossible for smaller groups.

Most of all: A better use of a currently existing infrastructure.

17. Price Drop for iPad Mini

You might know that the iPad Mini was recently revealed. If you are like me, you are super excited about this new product.

Sadly, this product is ridiculously overpriced. The iPad Mini costs $329! This is extreamly overpriced considering it's 7.9". Why does Apple think that because it's an iPad that they can charge us over $100 more than we should pay!?

The market for these type of tablets are between $150-$200 (Kindle Fire-$150, Nexus 7 and Nook-$199). The iPad should at least cost half the price of the New iPad ($500). I feel that the iPad Minis price range should be between $150-$250.

Yes, the iPad series has lots of great technology. I still think that we shouldn't be overpriced because it's and iPad.

18. Change the "God Particle" to the "Love Particle"

Which is harder to find the higgs boson or love?

Therefore I believe love is a "good" analogy for the higgs boson. Life appears meaningless until "love" joins it, and things have little meaning without love, therefore the higgs boson could be metaphorically renamed as the "Love particle".

How do people long for love but never find it, it finds them. For love still exists in space where there is no gravity.

Unless you believe in love, you will never find it. If scientists never believed the higgs boson was possible, would the multi-billion pound LHC have been built?

...and when many people refer to the God particle, it feels more of a insult to believers, as how many people who distinctively believe God does not exist will look for a particle they don't believe exists? It appears to misrepresent both parties. The higgs boson particle is thought to be associated with a field that is responsible for giving other particles their mass.

Please can we stop misrepresenting knowledge and respect, that science and religion can co-exist together. That one must cease. Love is the highest respect possible. I love science. I love God, I love you. But to prove love, would require a more powerful experiment than the LHC, it requires life.

The "Love Particle" explains how we can finally move on and not be stuck with backward ideologies.

(Apologies for wording, this is my first petition).

19. Support research on Thorium reactors in the UK

Thorium reactors could power our world for as long as we need them.

If we are to all have carbon nano-tube batteries charging up our electric cars for 1000's of miles worth each time we will need a good abundant energy source for our electric charging and thorium power holds the solution for that.

India, Russia, Japan and France are already researching the technology lets not get left behind.

You can find out more about Thorium reactors at www.thoriumenergyalliance.com

20. Georgetown University Technology Awareness Initiative 2011

Georgetown University, although hailed as one of the top schools in the nation, is sadly behind the times in its technological advancements.

We as the students and other concerned individuals would like to see the administration take steps to rectify this problem as quickly as efficiently as possible.

21. Pledge of the New Generation v 1.0

We, the undersigned, understand the depravity and deterioration of social structures and graces with the advent of the cellular phone and the connectivity culture.

While we understand that relinquishing technology altogether is impossible, we also understand that a change needs to occur, and that change happens at the level of the individual.

Therefore, we, the undersigned, pledge to personally observe the following uncommon courtesies:

22. Support the promotion of a cashless society

A future cashless society will have several benefits for the community. Firstly, it will increase the detection of crime and be a catalyst for its reduction. As a consequence, it will lower violence in the community.

Secondly, it will reduce the black market that is based on cash and promote the integrity of the income tax base. This will give governments the funds to implement social welfare programs, pay off debt, as well as increase spending on all forms of needed infrastructure.

Thirdly, it will promote greater efficiency in the economy by eliminating the costs of managing cash in terms of counting, securing, and transporting it to banks and other commercial establishments.

The privacy of all Australians is currently protected by national privacy laws. National privacy legislation can be strengthened if needed before the introduction of a cashless economy.

There is absolutely no need for any person or business to apply for any form of credit from any institution, in a proposed Australian cashless society, in order to execute day to day transactions. All Australians can currently apply for and obtain Eftpos Cards, Visa Debit Cards, or Mastercard Debit Cards from any bank or credit union.

The technology for cashless transactions for the visually impaired can and will be developed so that they are not left-out of the means to excecute cashless transactions.

The use of the internet and mobile phone to perform cashless transactions are with us already, or in the case of mobile phones, will be further developed in future using currently available technology called radio frequency identification (RFID).

Australia currently has the technology to become a cashless society. With future research, current cashless methods can be refined while new cashless methods of making purchases can be developed.

23. Improvements Sony Ericsson should do for the next Satio software update

We Satio users have been waiting a long time for an update for our Satio's that justifies its high price tag. We Satio users also want the basic features to be fixed e.g. kinetic scrolling added to whole UI; RDS added to radio; etc....

WHY is this phone entertainment LIMITED when its supposed to be entertainment UNLIMITED?

24. Continue the Computer Science I Course

The Computer Science I course has been eliminated from the Saint Thomas Episcopal School’s curriculum. This has proven to be a catalyst for concern throughout much of the student body at Saint Thomas.

We therefore ask that the Computer Science I course be reestablished in a time period of a maximum of two school years. Technology is an ever-growing essential aspect of twenty-first century professions and college education. There should be a fair and equal balance between “Classical” and “Modern” education.

The State of Texas, as noted in 19 TAC 74; Subchapter B, requires a minimum of one computer science credit in order to graduate high school.

The majority of prominent public and private universities require a minimum of one computer science credit for admission.

We, the students, believe that in our right to an education, we must be equipped for the future, and the discontinuation of computer sciences is inadequately preparing us for a more technologically advanced future in careers and higher learning.

25. اقدام علیه تحریم دانشگاه صنعتی شریف


گزارش های نگران کننده ای از تصمیم اتحادیه اروپا ، برای قرار دادن نام دانشگاه صنعتی شریف( از دانشگاه های معتبر ایران) در لیست جدید تحریم ها علیه فعالیت های غنی سازی اورانیوم دولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران در دست قرار دارد

26. Bring back unbiased reviews on the Gadget Show

We have noticed an increasing bias towards all things Apple in what used to be a fantastic review show for the latest technology and gadgetry. We would like the show to go back to being reliable and not always Apple dominated!

27. Support Durham Public-Access Television & Community Media Center

Recent changes in state legislation have opened an opportunity for Durham to have its own Community Media Center and Public Access Television channel. We are the first major city in North Carolina to take advantage of the new legislative promise to invest and support local media and community technology access and training.

For the last decade, Durham Public Access has been managed by Time Warner Cable because previous laws required them to do so. The result was that the channel did not meet the needs of the community or fulfill its potential as a true accountable, community-driven operation. Durham now has an opportunity to change this dynamic and create a public-access television channel and community media center which would be truly reflective of its culture and diversity.

Public-access television was developed to provide local and diverse content to programming on cable systems. Functioning like a soapbox for communities, programming ranges from local news, events and entertainment, to inspirational, youth-oriented, and educational shows. The need today is even greater with the loss of locally owned and operated television, radio and newspapers due to media conglomeration.

Besides offering space (and a voice) on the cable line up, Community Media Centers provide training, access to equipment and facilities, and serves to build community through the production of media. Nationally, Community Media Centers and Public Access programmers produce 20,000 hours of new programs per week – more new programming than all the broadcast networks combined.

There is no one model for a Public-Access Television and Community Media Center; each reflects the needs of that particular community. However, one thing is consistent - they advocate for and maintain tools for creating media, provide media services and create venues for sharing community voices and showcasing creativity. Through technology, they provide a space to communicate in ways that are not available through traditional outlets.

28. Increase Australian Scientific Research Funding

In 2006, the then incumbent government cut CSIRO's already strained funding, causing jobs to be lost and research and development to slow. The CSIRO has been noted for such achievements as AAS (atomic absorption spectroscopy), gene splicing technology and the polymer banknote.

Although such achievements may be significant, Australia is behind the rest of the developed world in some areas. For example, Australia successfully built and opened their first synchrotron very recently. Prior to the construction of this facility, Australian scientists were required to travel all the way to America to run experiments that necessitated the use of a synchrotron. Other countries have had similar facilities since the 1950s.

Another example, Australia generates over 75% of its electricity from coal, and is the largest greenhouse gas emitter per capita in the world. Approximately 200 million tonnes of carbon dioxide are produced by Australia each year through electricity generation. We have only one nuclear power plant, which is used for research, yet have 30% of the worlds nuclear fuel reserves. Renewable sources of energy only contribute 7% of the electricity to the grid.

The European Union are targeting to invest 3% of their GDP (which totals US$15 trillion), some US$450 billion into scientific research and development per year by 2010.

Australia invests AU$940 million per year in total on scientific research, just 0.09% of our US$1 trillion GDP. This is a pitiful amount compared to most nations.

Not only does CSIRO struggle with their low funding, they also have had to defend against high cost lawsuits brought upon them by such companies as Microsoft, Dell, and Apple who do not want to pay royalties for the use of wireless network technologies in their products, a patent for which was filed by CSIRO in the early 1990s.

Furthermore, if one were to look up countries who have space agencies, they would find that Australia has not achieved human spaceflight, nor do they have space launch capabilities. Australia were once at the forefront in this area, with Woomera being a premier rocket launch facility in the 1950s and 60s.

We spend $26 billion a year on defence, most of which is unnecessary, yet almost nothing on science.

Australia is falling behind, and desperately needs to catch up. A positive future for Australia requires a strong emphasis on science.

29. Greene County Career and Technology Center should obtain more scholarships

Organizations offer a lot of scholarship money that we are not taking advantage of.

30. Pledge of support for Apple, Apple Products and Technology

Apple is just the best thing to happen in our lives.

This petition is more of a pledge or guest book for all of you faithful Apple owners.

Whether you own an Apple computer, an iPod, or any other gadget Apple came out with or will come out with, sign this petition to encourage others to purchase Apple computers, inspire the people behind the technology, and to just show your support for the BEST computer company.

No, this is not a hate letter to Microsoft, nor do we intend to debate with you old school PC users because Apple is so much better.

Keywords: iPhone's, iPod's, iPod Touch, MacBook's, MacBook Pro's, and any other Apple Product!