25 Sep 2017

Equality and disaffection with leadership in this country damages democracy..

Exerpt from an article Frank Bongiorno

On marriage equality, people who call themselves leaders have trailed behind public opinion rather than doing anything to influence it.

It is dangerous for democracies when they lapse into this pattern. Citizens come to believe that what is best about their country exists despite rather than because of their political system.

 This attitude, even when it is unjustified, produces national stroppiness and erodes trust and confidence.

In short, it helps generate the kind of disaffection that surveys tell us is now increasingly characteristic of Australian democracy.

The Kurds of Iraqu are they to be forgotten by the US and its allies once again. Some support from America is long overdue.

Rewarding friends who kicked ISIS's arse does not appear to be on the agenda of America. They let them down after the Iraq war are they doing it again!

After three years of fighting on the front lines of the war on ISIS, the Kurds of Iraq want to claim the land they’ve been defending as their own.

They say they have seen 1,800 soldiers killed and 10,000 more wounded in the US-led campaign and worked as a key intelligence partner, feeding information to their US allies and helping them take out ISIS leadership with drones and air strikes.

Now Kurdish leaders are demanding payback, in the form of US support for their bid for independence, which will come to a head in a contentious referendum on Monday.

Stretched across a mountainous region that spans Syria, Iran, Turkey, and Iraq, the Kurds are the world’s largest ethnic group without a state. The Kurds in Iraq, who say they number 5.5 million people, have sought to break free from Baghdad for decades.

With the war on ISIS winding down, they believe their chance is now — and have billed the referendum, held in Kurdish territory against Baghdad’s will, as the first small step.

The Trump administration has balked at the idea, leaving them to forge ahead alone. They face resistance from a host of powerful opponents — Iran and Turkey, both wary of their own restive Kurdish populations, along with the Iraqi government and the Shiite militia who back it — and warnings of potential violence.

24 Sep 2017

Save the F-word, its served us well.The F-word is loosing its bling.

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It's all down hill for the  F-word and I don't like it

Based on an article By James Valentine

The F-word is being destroyed, its losing its punch.

I love the word. It's my favourite word. I would use it all day, every day if it suited the moment. But now it's everywhere, once upon a time it was special, now sadly it's loosing its punch.

What are we going to do without it?

F*** is a verb, noun and adjective. It can be subject and object. You can create a sentence using only f*** in its various forms.

It can mean joy and pain. It can be used when you hit your thumb and when you win the lottery. Its humans most sacred and mysterious act, giving it just the right amount of dirty grunt it needs.

Now its loosing its taboo and becoming extremely common.

The taboo bit is fading. So its loosing its power. It's going the way of damn and bugger. There was a time when you had to write d*** and b****.

There is no replacement and the alternate C-word is only a noun whereas the F-word has a certain punch. There is no word that's as handy.

What are we to do in traffic? What will we say when we break something? What word will go with the exasperated eye-rolling when a workplace situation requires exasperated eye-rolling and an expletive?

When a profanity becomes bland by over use we lose something, using it everywhere is the incorrect use of the word.

Swear words should remain swear words. When you wake up and discover yous late for a wedding and then you say f*** for about the next five minutes, that's swearing. That's the correct use of the word.

The way it is bandied about today is sacrilege.

It's sad. Because without it we're stuffed. See? I think "stuffed" is better there. It's funny, it alludes to the F-word, while maintaining and supporting the power of the "F".

So please, stop over using it. I know you think it's cool but you're stuffing it up for all of us.

22 Sep 2017

You can still help after you die, think about it. You never know, it could help science find a brake through

Our patients are cadavers: What it's like to dissect dead bodies for a living

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Hannah Lewis leans on a workbench in the lab, next to a model of a skull inside a glass dome.PHOTO: Hannah Lewis is an anatomical services specialist at the ANU's Medical School. (ABC RN: Tegan Osborne)
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Hannah Lewis goes to work with a plastic eyeball tied to each of her two pigtails.
But when she gets face to face with her "patients" for the first time, she's usually wearing several layers of protective clothing.
If you live in the ACT and leave your body to science, Ms Lewis may well be the person who prepares your cadaver for medical students to study and dissect.
"It's an innate curiosity that drives me with anatomy — and I like to spread that around, and inspire the students," says Ms Lewis, an anatomical services specialist at the Australian National University's Medical School.
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"Quite honestly, dealing with these cadavers is one of the first experiences for med students, [in] having a patient.
"We actually call the cadavers patients when the students come into contact with them. It helps to develop an empathy that can't actually happen with a computer screen."
Ms Lewis says learning about human anatomy with the real thing is nothing like learning from models.
Plastic models of human hearts on a shelf.PHOTO: Examining models like these isn't the same as working with real body, Ms Lewis says. (ABC RN: Tegan Osborne)
"To experience dissecting an individual … discovering their anatomical variations and the structure of the skin, the fascia, the fat — it differs in every single person, depending on their body composition," she says.

Each body treated with respect

Ms Lewis loves her job, but says she fell into it by accident. She's always been fascinated by death and burial, though.
Hannah Lewis scrubs down a metal bench in the embalming room.PHOTO: Ms Lewis cleans a hydraulic trolley in a room where embalming takes place. (ABC RN: Tegan Osborne)
"I decided to do a double degree of science and arts in archaeology and anatomy at the University of Sydney, and I discovered that they had a dissection program that they ran in January every year," she says.
"My first dissection was a forearm, so it had been cut mid-humerus … the first thing that struck me was that it actually had pink nail polish.
"It was going to be a deep dissection, so I removed the skin, the fat, most of the muscles to get to the bone structure, and every now and again … you'd be so immersed in your work, and then you'd look up and … go 'Whoa! It's a hand!'"
It was an experience that left her with a deep sense of reverence.
"Someone donated their hand for me to do that," she says.
Ms Lewis ensures every cadaver is treated with the utmost respect when it comes into her laboratory and embalming room.
A line of long, thin metal instruments, cotton twine, razor blades and a electronic shaver, lie on a tray.PHOTO: Instruments like these are used in the embalming process before a body is studied. (ABC RN: Tegan Osborne)
Every visitor — student, staff, or contractor — must sign a code of conduct in accordance with the Transplantation and Anatomy Act.
The code acknowledges the altruistic generosity of the donors and their families, and the university's extreme gratitude. It also states that the bodies of the deceased persons must be handled with consideration — always.
Code of conducts like this are in place across all Australian medical science faculties where bodies have been donated.

Not your typical anatomical services specialist

Being young and a woman makes Ms Lewis the exception in her line of work.
"I think when most people think about anatomical specialists they have a particular picture in mind of this person that would be doing that job. Hannah definitely doesn't fit that mould," Riccardo Natoli, the ANU's Medical School bequest co-ordinator, says.
Hannah Lewis putting on protective gear, including scrubs, gloves and rubber mask.PHOTO: Ms Lewis isn't your typical anatomical services specialist, according to her peers. (ABC RN: Tegan Osborne)
Mr Natoli's job is to deal with the living people who donate their bodies to the school for use after death — and their families.
He believes Ms Lewis is particularly well suited to her work.
"It's wonderful to have someone young and as vibrant … doing this particular work," Mr Natoli says.
"It can give a very different picture to what it is we actually do."
Part of Ms Lewis's role is to ensure the donated bodies are appropriate for study and dissection.
A plastic model showing the anatomy of the human head, including bones, muscles, blood vessels and other tissues.PHOTO: A plastic model showing the anatomy of the human head, used by ANU students. (ABC RN: Tegan Osborne)
"It's not automatic, there's a couple of reasons why you might be rejected from the program," she says.
"Emaciation, obesity, dementia or Alzheimer's, autopsy, whole organ donation and amputation can actually hinder the process of the donor getting to me."

'They're still people to us'

It's also crucial the cadaver isn't carrying any communicable diseases that could spread among the staff and students who will work with the body at close quarters.
For this reason, when a body arrives at the facility, Ms Lewis dons several layers of protective clothing before beginning her work. She inserts a needle to remove blood from the left ventricle of the heart and the sample is sent to Canberra Hospital.
A close up of Hannah Lewis wearing protective breathing apparatus.PHOTO: When a body first arrives at the lab, Ms Lewis must wear protective gear. (ABC RN: Tegan Osborne)
If it comes back clear, the embalming process can begin.
"This process is actually quite emotional for me sometimes, because you can tell that it's someone's grandmother or grandfather. I find myself talking to them," Ms Lewis says.
"Sometimes I have the joy of doing it with a lab assistant and so they end up talking to them too, and we treat them like a person.
"When someone dies they're obviously not there anymore, but the cadavers aren't objects — they're our patients.
"They're still people to us. It's a funny limbo to be in, but that's the kind of respect [we have]."
Body donation programs are run by many medical schools at universities across Australia, and differ in their requirements for eligibility.
If you'd like to donate your body to medical science, there is documentation that must be filled out prior to death, and consultation with your family is also strongly advised.

19 Sep 2017

I awoke this morning and I had grown two heads I must have voted yes?

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‘No’ camp has escalated the fight against same-sex marriage with skywriting across Sydney and spectacular claims that the thoughts of Australians will be criminalised.
Prominent ‘No’ campaigner Cory Bernardi, leader of the Australian Conservatives, said at Saturday night’s ‘No’ campaign launch that if the Parliament redefined marriage, “it also redefines how you can speak, think, advocate and believe about marriage”.
To cheers from the crowd, Senator Bernardi warned of “criminalised” thoughts, “weaponised” anti-discrimination laws, “Section 18C on steroids” and “legal warfare” if the definition of marriage was changed.
Senator Matt Canavan, the former minister and fellow ‘No’ campaigner, told Fairfax Media he also feared the creation of so-called ‘thought crimes’.

The media's treatment of male teachers in the past has led us to think all male teachers are potential child molesters. Now along with low pay schools are paying the price.


Male teachers face sexism and child abuse claims

Primary school teacher Daniel Steele, one of only three men out of 20 teachers at St Jude's Primary School in outer Melbourne, said he has faced sexism and even suspicions about child abuse.
Mr Steele is the only man to teach in a classroom at St Jude's — the other two male teachers are the principal and the deputy principal.

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"I remember starting my teaching career and receiving little comments from people second-guessing my role as a teacher," Mr Steele said.
"[Comments] questioning my ability to look after my family with regards to the pay being so terrible, all the way through to, 'Why would you want to work with young kids? That's for women and mums to do'.
"And then you get the really terrible comments with regards to you touching kids and these really horrible descriptions.
"I've copped the whole breadth of it."

17 Sep 2017

NSW bans fees on energy bills.

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NSW Premier Glady Berejiklian revealed energy suppliers are no longer allowed to bill customers for receiving paper bills, with Kellie Northwood, CEO, Keep Me Posted saying this is a powerful step forward for consumers.

The banning of fees for paper bills represents a tremendous victory for the Keep Me Posted Campaign, which is part of the Two Sides campaign.

It is also good news for printers who saw a serious revenue stream almost wiped out when the big banks, telcos and utilities switched to internet billing and started charging for paper fees, under the guise of environmental protection but really in order to save themselves money.

The banning of fees for bills comes in a series of measures included in the new energy bill relief package, which also includes increasing rebates and granting discounts on equipment upgrades for households and small businesses, the package also includes the end of ‘unnecessary charges’.

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