28 Sept 2017

Dogs never complain but they do get pissed off.

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I'm a Puppy Dog

Hello my names doggy
Do you like me, I like you
I can see you've got food
Watch I can wiggle my tail
Wiggle it real fast
Can I have some please

If I rub up against you
Will you give me a bite
If I whimper a bit will it do the trick
Can I have some, I've got the stick
Will you chuck it for me
It's one of my tricks

Can I have a nibble now
I've picked up the stick
You know you're miserable
You're no fun, didn't give me any
Not even one

Oh well I tried, to get along
It's not my fault we don't get along
I've got to go now really bad!
Now you know your leg
It looks just like tree
Oh that feels good!
I've got to flee

Once we were children.

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Once we were children

We liked to have a mum to kiss it better
Why was the bed damp in the morning?
We want to be a little bit bigger
Wanted to be that bit taller, that's all!
To stop wearing shorts, having platts
Wearing long skirts, trousers and all that
We were allowed to play out, until it was dark
Then we walked to school all on our own!
We sneaked things we we're never allowed to eat
We thought to be clever was every thing
Wanted mum and dad to always care
Never thought what we did frightened them
Then we started to do more things on our own
Feeling more grown up every day
Going to the movies on our own
Seeing girls and boys in a different ways
Though we were still just children in lots of ways
Then our bodies they begin to feel sort of strange
And the child started to fade, fade completely away
The change to adult was on its way
We never noticed when the whole thing started
Never knew when the child departed
It’s gone away now, and now we know
We can't go back, we don't need to grow
Though sometimes we'd like to dream again
To be children again and have the childhood things
In some ways I think it would be good, good for a day
Then I remember how I wanted to be tall
And how I got here and that's about all
I am past it now and it’s all right
Now I don't need a light at night
Wouldn’t it be nice to think like a child
Just once in a while,
To remember the way, we used to play at life,
It wasn’t real of course, now, well it’s real of course
Always remember how to play, it'll get you through every day

Stephen. W.T. Read (2010)

27 Sept 2017

The government is set to pluck the ABC so it can't fly.

How the government and One Nation may use media reforms to clip the ABC’s wings.
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Based on an article by Denis Mullar
Among the four concessions concerning the ABC that senator Pauline Hanson extracted from the federal government in exchange for her support of its recent media ownership law changes, one in particular has the potential to do real damage to the national broadcaster.

This is the promised inquiry into the ABC’s competitive neutrality.

News Corp has had it on its agenda for years. To have the ABC’s wings clipped, for the obvious reason.
It sees the ABC as a commercial rival. If News Corp gets its way, the ABC’s big strategic move into digital broadcasting more than a decade ago would have been cut off at the pass.

Hanson, whether she knew it or not, is playing into the hands of New Corp. This is giving the government a political opportunity to do yet one more favour for Rupert Murdoch.

Since the government does not need a vote in parliament to set up an inquiry like this, it is easy to see how it might unfold.

An eminently well-qualified chairman could easily be found. To pick a name at random: Maurice Newman. He wrote a polemic in The Australian in April asserting that the ABC and SBS no longer served a public purpose.

The government could effortlessly craft terms of reference consistent with Sir Humphrey's guidlines – you never hold an inquiry without knowing the outcome.

A high-profile firm of economic consultants could be engaged to conduct an analysis of the impact of the ABC’s activities on private-sector media.

Using suitable assumptions, a selection of data and a fitting framework of economic theory, it might easily find that the ABC, was indeed using its public funding in an anti-competitive way to crowd out the private sector.

Recommendations would naturally ensue that the range of ABC activities had strayed well beyond the confines imagined by its founding fathers in the early 1930s. It would therefore follow that its funding should be cut in order to see it focus on outputs that no commercial broadcaster would touch with a barge pole.

Perfectly respectable.

Another one for Hanson, the one likely to do the most mischief is the one requiring the ABC to publicly disclose the salaries and conditions of all staff whose packages amount to more than A$200,000 a year.

While in principle it seems reasonable that the salaries of people on the public payroll should be public, in fact the pay of individual public servants is generally a private matter.

This is the case not only because a person’s financial affairs are inherently private, but because it is a disincentive for good people to join the public sector if their private affairs are going to be trawled over in public for political purposes.

It has already happened with ABC salaries when they were inadvertently released under freedom-of-information laws a couple of years ago.

The remaining concessions are not likely to have much impact on the ABC.

The one that got all the attention at the start was the insertion of “fair” and “balanced” into the ABC’s charter.

This is a sideshow. The ABC’s charter is contained within section six of the ABC Act, so amending it will require a parliamentary vote. Senator Nick Xenophon has said his team will not support it, and since his team’s support is likely to be necessary, it looks like an empty gesture by the government.

In any case, the requirements for fairness and balance are already built into the ABC’s editorial policies, which are binding on ABC journalists, so the practical effect would be nonexistent.

25 Sept 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 Sept 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 Sept 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

Posted Tue at 7:00am
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.

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