Remember to ask for any outstanding phone prepayment to be refunded when closing your TPG ADSL account

For many years I had a landline phone on my home TPG ADSL account. The phone never really got used all that much but I had decided it was important to keep going. I knew that each call on it would cost me, because from memory I had been charged an up-front credit for phone calls when I opened my account in October 2009.

In transitioning from ADSL to NBN I changed service provider. After I had contracted the new service provider and had my NBN installed I cancelled my TPG ADSL account online. Shortly after doing this I had a call from TPG to find out if there was anything they could do to keep my business. I explained this would not be possible as I was already on the NBN with another service provider.

As it was I had to pay out another month with TPG, as their terms advised they needed 30 days notice, or something to that effect. So be it.

That was all back in August 2019.

On April 23 my bank cancelled and reissued my VISA card as they had detected some overseas fraudulent activity on it. When the new card arrived I went through the rigmarole of updating the new card number on all my accounts. I keep a handy list of these places online for such joyous occasions. As it happened, my TPG account was still on the list.

I tried logging into the TPG portal and lo, I was still able to get in. I wanted to see if they had a stored payment method on file. It turned out their portal doesn’t show any current payment method details on their Update Contact & Payment Details page. It just allows you to provide updated details.

While I was in the portal I checked though my Account Statement Current Financial Year and noticed this line entry at the end of the statement:

I didn’t recall getting my home phone credit refunded so checked my bank account and saw there were no deposits of $20.54 around that period.

I called TPG and asked them if this credit had been refunded to me. They said they had no record it had been refunded but would look into it. They then sent me an email asking for my bank account details and advised the funds should arrive within 3-5 business days.

The funds turned up as promised:

In summary, if you have a home phone attached to your TPG ADSL account and you cancel the account, make sure you ask for any credit on the account to be refunded.

Lyle Shelton praises Europeans for stopping “black-on-black” violence in Australia

According to Lyle Shelton, indigenous Australians should be grateful for the European invasion stopping them from killing each other.

“Thank goodness that the Europeans came and the black-on-black violence, which was limiting their population growth, stopped.”

Lyle Shelton; May 2 2020

Caulfield Synagogue Vice President Robert Weil derides Jewish Care’s support for LGBTIQ+ people

Robert Weil spits the dummy again because he doesn’t believe in diversity and treating people with respect.

Much like a child having its favourite dummy taken away from it, serial anti-homosexualist and Vice President of Caulfield Synagogue Robert Weil has doubled down and taken aim at Jewish Care Victoria for their strong support of LGBTIQ+ people:

Seems Jewish Care is also infected with the political correctness virus and virtue signalling and the ‘rainbow tick’ are now it’s proudest achievements.

J-Wire: “Marching with Pride”; February 8 2020

At this rate there will be few aged care facilities who will want Robert Weil on their premises knowing how threatened and hostile he becomes in the presence of LGBTIQ+ staff and residents.

Caulfield Synagogue Vice President Robert Weil wants gays who are taught to loathe themselves to be able to pray their gay away

The law to ban conversion therapy in Victoria has not yet passed, yet serial anti-homosexualist and Vice President of Caulfield Synagogue Robert Weil is prematurely spewing confected outrage over the issue of people with “unwanted homosexuality” being denied the right to pray their gay away:

I’m not aware of any of the affiliates of the JCCV being consulted on this matter. Again, it’s just virtue signalling by the JCCV and Jewish Care. While falling over themselves to pander to homosexuals, they ignore the hate and insults being leveled at people of faith who wish to preserve religious freedoms and values. Without entering the debate about homosexuals being ‘born that way’, which, in many cases, is probably true, the fact remains that those who are uncomfortable with their position and wish to inquire about or discuss available options are now prohibited from doing so by this draconian ban.

J-Wire: “Jewish Care Victoria and JCCV partner to support ban of LGBTQ+ conversion therapy”; December 15 2019

It’s not surprising vulnerable gay people would want to rid themselves of their homosexuality (or their life) when they encounter the type of rabid mouth-foaming attitudes that tell them they’re broken and sinful.

ABC: Stop misrepresenting Martine Delaney’s complaint about the Tasmanian Catholic Church and Archbishop Julian Porteous

Between August 29 and September 4 2019 the ABC broadcast one misrepresentation and two unchallenged assertions about the complaint Martine Delaney’ lodged (and subsequently withdrew) about the Tasmanian Catholic Church and Archbishop Julian Porteous.

Martine Delaney’s complaint had nothing to do with preaching “church doctrine” and everything to do with the church claiming same-sex couples couldn’t be whole, healthy, raise healthy children, and were “messing with kids”.

The complaint is described here:

“A complaint was brought to the commissioner by Ms Delaney, who objected to the Tasmanian Catholic Church which had printed a pamphlet stating that same-sex parents ‘mess with kids’ and that same-sex partners were not ‘whole people’. ‘Messing with kids’ has a connotation that is extremely disturbing and alludes to practices which are a subject of the royal commission into institutionalised child abuse, a practice which up until very recently had been hidden deeply within some church-run facilities, widely throughout Australia”

Andrea DAWKINS (MP for Bass)
22 September 2016 at 4:48pm
Tasmanian House of Assembly Hansard [PDF]

Amongst everything else, it’s particularly disappointing the nation’s highest lawyer, the Attorney-General for Australia, can’t even get the facts right.

My transcripts of the relevant sections from the media are below.


Christian Porter

“Well, um, the archbishop, the Catholic archbishop of Tasmania Mr Porteous went through something you know quite awful I think, he distributed a pamphlet, which was distributed widely across Australia, um, devised and drafted by the Catholic Church which did little more than put the Catholic Church’s view about the virtues of the traditional definition of marriage, and he was the subject of a complaint under a very very broad section of the Tasmanian Discrimination Act.”

ABC RN Drive – Thursday 29 August 2019 – 6:06pm
Federal Government unveils religious discrimination legislation
Section: 6:08 – 6:39

Gerard Henderson

“I’ve looked at the Bill and I’ve looked at the minister’s, the Attorney-General’s speech. And it is a draft bill. So I think it’s, it’s in a pretty good position at the moment. There will be opposition from both sides. But I think it does cover two issues.  The Israel Folau issue and the Archbishop Porteous issue in Hobart. Now the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart put out a statement just stating Catholic position on marriage. [indistinct] actimist took him to a discrimination thing that caused… a discrimination commission in Tasmania that caused a huge issue…”

ABC Insiders – Sunday September 1 2019
Section: 44:57 – 45:08

Andrew West

“So those incidents that you’re talking about Renae, the most prominent of those included a Catholic bishop in Tasmania who was brought before an anti-discrimination commission because he published a church doctrine on family and marriage that some objected to…”

ABC Religion & Ethics Report
“Religious freedom for religious minorities”
Wednesday September 4 2019
Section: 2:20 – 2:35

How I worked out why I wasn’t receiving the confirmation email when changing the email address on a Twitter account

In trying to change the email address on a Twitter account I was not receiving the confirmation email from Twitter containing the link to validate the change of email address.

After much frustration, and with no luck with using Twitter’s help system, I gave up completely.

Separately, and some time later, someone told me an email they sent me had bounced. I knew the email address was working because I was getting emails from other people addressed to it. I should note that the email address was one that belonged to a domain I manage.

This is the error message they received (which I’ve anonymised):

mailto:user@domain.name
   all relevant MX records point to non-existent hosts or (invalidly) to IP addresses
Reporting-MTA: dns; se3-syd.hostedmail.net.au <http://se3-syd.hostedmail.net.au/>
Action: failed
Final-Recipient: rfc822;mailto:user@domain.name
Status: 5.0.0
Diagnostic-Code: smtp; It appears that the DNS operator for domain.name <http://domain.name/> has installed an invalid MX record with an IP address instead of a domain name on the right hand side.

This got me thinking, and made me suspect that it was possible the Twitter verification email was bouncing for the same reason.

I changed the DNS setting for my domain name, replacing the IP address for the MX record with the hostname of the mail server.

I then went to my Twitter profile, requested the confirmation email again, and can report that it promptly arrived, much to my delight.

Ultimately it would be helpful if Twitter’s email verification mechanism reported errors when its verification emails bounce (for whatever reason), rather than doing nothing.

Australian Christian Lobby misleadingly claim Leonda By The Yarra will host their anti-gay hate event

The Australian Christian Lobby have misleadingly claimed Leonda By The Yarra are are hosting their anti-gay hate conference.

The Australian Christian Lobby have claimed one of Melbourne’s premiere wedding venues Leonda By The Yarra is scheduled to host their 2019 Victoria Conference “Not Ashamed” on July 20 this year.

2019 Victoria Conference

Join us for the 2019 Victoria Conference – ‘Not Ashamed’ – Saturday, 20 July.

Join Victorian State Director Dan Flynn, ACL’s Managing Director Martyn Iles and Director of Research Elisabeth Taylor, along with additional speakers at Leonda By The Yarra, Hawthorn. 

Registration includes refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea. 

WHEN
July 20, 2019 at 8:30am – 3:30pm

WHERE
Leonda By The Yarra
2 Wallen Rd
Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Australia
Google map and directions

CONTACT
Jennifer Kent · vic.events@acl.org.au

The Eventbrite page for this event similarly states:

Victorian State Conference
Join us for the 2019 Victorian State Conference – Not Ashamed.

Not Ashamed – Victoria – Saturday 20 July

Join Victorian State Director Dan Flynn, ACL’s Managing Director Martyn Iles and Director of Research Elisabeth Taylor, along with additional speakers, in the beautiful Ballroom of Leonda by The Yarra.
Registration includes refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea.

Leonda By The Yarra have issued this statement in response:

We wish to advise that the Australian Christian Lobby does not currently have a confirmed booking with Leonda By The Yarra for their 2019 event. Whilst we have been in discussions with this group, like we do for any organisation enquiring with us, we do agree that this organisation does not share the same values as our business and as such this event will not be proceeding at our venue.

Their beliefs about sin and the need of repentance through the love of Christ go against our MEG values of Lots of Love and Positive People, and go against our ethos of providing a warm and welcoming environment for weddings which know no bounds in terms of religious denomination, or sexual orientation.

We are all for freedom of expression, but believe that the ACL can find a more suited platform for their voice elsewhere.



UPDATE – May 27 2019 1:55pm
Confirmation has been received that the ACL are fully aware that Leonda By The Yarra are not hosting this event.


UPDATE – May 29 2019 – 5:50pm
The ACL have updated their Eventbrite page to show the conference now being at MCEC, however the ACL web site still lists Leonda By The Yarra as the venue.


UPDATE – May 30 2019 – 14:05
The ACL have removed the venue Leonda By The Yarra from their web site, however the venue’s address persists.


UPDATE – May 31 2019 – 14:50
The ACL have finally removal all vestiges of Leonda By The Yarra from their 2109 Victorian conference web site.


UPDATE – May 31 2019 – 15:20
Mysteriously the ACL have now removed from their Eventbrite page the reference to hosting their event at the MCEC Clarendon Room and replaced it with a vague “Melbourne CBD” location.

Lyle Shelton’s latest tamtrumette

Lyle always has a tantrumette when he doesn’t get his way.

Has anyone noticed that Lyle Shelton always manages to turn everything around and make it about him?

My article Lyle Shelton calls the police puts Lyle’s silly trantrumette into perspective.