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The Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco are a long, long, long way down the pecking order when it comes to legislation. Unlike the US Congress, where Members can pass motions that amount to comment not law, the Board of Supervisors can pass law - but it may well have no practical effect. So exactly what is the newly announced law and how much weight will it carry?

A report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says that there has been an increase of 5% in the number of reports by the elderly of fraud committed against them. The total losses, however, increased by 22%. And they are not the only victims, the ACCC found.

May Day is a remarkably long-standing tradition, far pre-dating the political statement it has become - and even that statement is more than 100 years old.

A recent court action against a car hire company demonstrates that the insurance sold with the car is not necessarily what hirers think it is.

In the UK last year, 33 people were killed in agriculture, eight of them while handling cattle.

The advance fee, or 419, scam industry is always looking for new opportunities and the fraudsters like to use genuine background as the reason they make contact with potential victims. A case in the High Court of England and Wales has created the conditions that are ideal for fraudsters as a hook.

"Many people are surprised to learn that it is not illegal to sell unsafe goods in Australia. Many think there’s already a law that says goods have to be safe. Well, there isn’t, but there should be," says Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The elderly have always been easy targets for fraudsters using "I can fix the hole in your roof" or charity, even religious, scams. But the internet is making it easier for fraudsters to be convincing and the internet is making even direct personal contact practically anonymous. Advance fee fraud no longer relies on mail, telex or fax but on e-mail and telephones, tech that the elderly are predisposed to trust. But sometimes, they fight back....

The UK's Department for Work and Pensions has announced that those who receive disability benefit will be relieved of the burden of frequent re-assessment once they reach retirement age. That's good news. Almost.

Someone's got to pay for the wall! The Internal Revenue Service yesterday reiterated its warning that taxpayers may not be able to renew a current passport or obtain a new passport if they owe federal taxes. To avoid delays in travel plans, taxpayers need to take prompt action to resolve their tax issues. Here is the official notice (verbatim).

We'ld like to thank Mr Andrea Van for the opportunity to earn 10% of USD125,500,000. His email address, should you want to take him up on his offer, is mabutdengjok@gmail.com. So, not Andrea Van, then. And he's apparently sent from infor@inbox.com which hardly encourages faith in his bona fides and nor does the fact that he's spoofed that address: inbox.com does not authorise his IP address, 165.227.107.154, for sending mail. So, basically, every verifiable "fact" is a lie. And that's before we get onto what he's offering.

It's been a while since spammers hawked "meds" in spam. But recently, we got one. The amazing thing is that it's the same as they ever were.

A rapid increase in reports of influenza (which includes only those who seek medical assistance via a National Health Service reporting line) shows that the end of 2018 was a pretty miserable time for many people. But the graphs and the absolute figures tell a different tale and demonstrate that the NHS is achieving success in reducing the incidence of this condition.

The New Year sees a major overhaul of California's gun control laws. Is it just a flash in the pan?

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