Monthly Archives: May 2013

How Google has ripped me off

I AM a published author and a journalist, so therefore not earning very much money, at all. But I have to say Google Books has really taken the proverbial biscuit this time round.Schmidt triggers

About 35-40 years ago, I spent an immense amount of time researching into the mysteries of Tripurasundari – s0me of my results are on shivashakti.com – a site that Time Magazine thought was equivalent to the Vatican! This is my ebook that Google has ripped.

I must say that I have never made a pice out of this stuff – my motives were and are to give information for free so people can wake up.

But the surpassing Google has astounded me. It has, more or less, published the entire e-book of the Mysteries of the Red Goddess, including original artwork, without even asking me.

The day Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, apologises for this gaffe is probably in another aeon. Does Google really think that poor authors, academics and others will take this shit forever? I am thinking legal action. Yeah, Google is a giant and I am a pictish soul, but Google, watch out for your bollocks!  I have sharp teeth. ♣

And this is what I got from Go Ogle:

Hi,

Thanks for reaching out to us!

We have received your legal request. We receive many such complaints each day; your message is in our queue, and we’ll get to it as quickly as our workload permits.

Due to the large volume of requests that we experience, please note that we will only be able to provide you with a response if we determine your request may be a valid and actionable legal complaint, and we may respond with questions or requests for clarification.  For more information on Google’s Terms of Service, please visit http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS

We appreciate your patience as we investigate your request.

Regards,
The Google Team

Oxford Council’s Mill Street “Wall” blunder cost a fortune

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Last year
, a government planning inspector, Mrs Miles, met with interested parties over an appeal for an egregious plan to erect a three storey building between the back of gardens at numbers 19 to 41 Mill Street, here in Oxford.

Unfortunately, the Council forgot to notify all of the interested parties – including homeowners – to the planning meeting with the result that the original meeting was adjourned.

Oxford City Council had to pay for this. At the subsequent meeting, where residents did attend, Mrs Miles told Tony Brett, the councillor present at the meeting, that the council would be fined for the cock-up.

We placed a freedom of information (FOI) request a few weeks ago asking how much Oxford City Council was fined.

Here’s the reply:

“Dear Mr Magee

“Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your FOI request of
23^rd April 2013 as follows:

“The Council paid a total of £8,792.76 inclusive of VAT in costs for the
appeal in respect of the proposed three-storey building between Mill
Street and the railway line.

“Yours sincerely

“Michael Newman
Corporate Secretariat Manager”

Naturally, Oxford council tax payers will pick up the bill for the blunder.