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School bans clapping and allows students ‘silent cheers’ or air punching but only when teachers agree

Children (6-13) in school auditorium giving standing ovation, portrait

Via new.com.au: Clapping has been banned at a Sydney primary school which has introduced “silent cheering”, “pulling excited faces” and “punching the air” to respect students who are “sensitive to noise”. The school now only allows its pupils “to conduct a silent cheer” when prompted by teachers and says the practice “reduces fidgeting”.

Elanora Heights Public School, which is on Sydney’s northern beaches, announced its new “silent cheer” policy in its latest school newsletter.

The ban on clapping at Elanora Heights Primary School emerged on the same day that an exclusive girls school banned teachers from calling “ladies” or “women” in favour of “gender-neutral” terms.

In its July 18 newsletter, the Elanora school has published an item under the headline “Did you know” that “our school has adopted silent cheers at assembly’s” (sic). “If you’ve been to a school assembly recently, you may have noticed our students doing silent cheers,” the item reads. “Instead of clapping, the students are free to punch the air, pull excited faces and wriggle about on the spot. The practice has been adopted to respect members of our school community who are sensitive to noise.”

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“When you attend an assembly, teachers will prompt the audience to conduct a silent cheer if it is needed. Teachers have also found the silent cheers to be a great way to expend children’s energy and reduce fidgeting.

The ban follows a direction at exclusive Cheltenham Girls High School in northwest Sydney for teachers to avoid discrimination and support LGBTI students by avoiding the words “girls”, “ladies” or “women”.

The measure followed the introduction of the Safe Schools anti-bullying program and teachers were told at a meeting if they did not comply they could be deemed homophobic and breaking the law.

The school also has a “Queer-Straight alliance” club and holds gender equality events such as Wear it Purple Day. Last month, it lowered the Aboriginal flag to raise the rainbow flag at half-mast following the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Local MP Damien Tudehope told the Daily Telegraph that parents feared their daughters might be ostracised if they didn’t comply with Rainbow Day and Purple Day.

Elanora Heights Public School’s ban on clapping in favour of silent cheering comes after several schools have banned hugging. In April, hugging was banned at a Geelong primary school and children were told to find other ways to show affection. St. Patrick’s Primary School principal John Grant said “nothing in particular” had caused hugging to be replaced by high fiving or “a knuckle handshake”. “But in this current day and age we are really conscious about protecting kids and teaching them from a young age that you have to be cautious,” Mr Grant said.

He said he had spoken to teachers about his decision to ban hugging and then the teachers had spoken to classes, instructing the children on different methods of showing affection. He had not sent any correspondence home to parents but said there would now be a letter going home on Monday.

“There’s a range of methods including a high five or a particular knuckle handshake where they clunk knuckles as a simple way of saying ‘well done’,” Mr. Grant said. “There are also verbal affirmations and acknowledgments.”

Children at the school have been enthusiastic huggers, he said, with hugs given out to teachers and other children. “We have a lot of kids who walk up and hug each other and we’re trying to encourage all of us to respect personal space,” Mr Grant said. “It really comes back to not everyone is comfortable in being hugged.”

Comment from Elanora Heights Public School about the clapping ban has been sought by news.com.au.

DCG

The cat who rides a bike

Watch Didga, a rescue cat, as she takes a bike ride around the beach town of Coolangatta, Australia!

Her owner cautions: “ATTENTION! I’ve been a professional animal trainer for over 33 years, what you see in my videos take weeks, months, even years of practice and should NOT be duplicated.”

H/t FOTM’s CSM

~Éowyn

Womyn dress as tampons to protest the ‘Tampon Tax’

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Daily Mail: Giant dancing tampons and a mobile billboard addressed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott could be seen outside the Parliament today, in a woman’s campaign to abolish GST for sanitary products.

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University student Subeta Vimalarajah, who has gathered more than 98,000 signatures for her Stop Taxing My Period petition, exposed the billboard and assembled a group of women dressed as giant tampons on the lawns of the Parliament House this morning.

The campaign follows Joe Hockey’s appearance on ABC’s Q&A on Monday, where he agreed that the tax should be scrapped, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott indicated that this is a matter for the state treasurer to figure out.

‘Mr. Abbott has backed away from addressing this inequality at every opportunity, diverting responsibility to anyone but himself,’ Ms Vimalarajah said in a press release.

‘Sanitary items are an essential health item, used at least once a month by at least half the population. It’s time our Minister for Women recognised that periods aren’t paychecks, they’re a pain.’

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Ms. Vimalarajah, got the opportunity to ask Mr Hockey a direct line of questioning regarding the tax on the ABC TV program Q&A on Monday night. ‘Mr. Hockey, do you think that sanitary products are an essential health good for half the population?’ she asked.

After the audience laughed and applauded Ms. Vimalarajah’s for being so straightforward, Mr. Hockey simply replied with: ‘I think so.’

When probed further by host Tony Jones if the GST should be removed from such products, Mr. Hockey added: ‘It probably should, yes, the answer’s yes.’ After the segment, Treasurer Joe Hockey promised to broach the topic of tampon tax with his state counterparts.

‘I’ll give you this undertaking, I’ll raise it with the states in the next meeting of the treasurers in July, I think,’ he said. Ms. Vimalarajah beamed as she replied: ‘Thank you so much, that would be great.’

After the billboard launch, a community picnic was put together to celebrate – with ‘period friendly’ snacks like chocolate, biscuits and sweets.

Read the rest here.

Boo hoo…life isn’t fair, get over it. Lots of “essential health items” are taxed. Why should you get a special break? Besides, I thought liberals loved paying their taxes to support the poor and needy. Oh wait, guess when it comes to their wallets they want an exemption.

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And if you want to be taken seriously as a womyn, recognize that your periods aren’t an inequality. It’s a God-given bodily function that is your personal responsibility.

If Ms. Vimalarajah truly cared about taxes on sanitary items that affect the WHOLE population, she’d be demanding a recall of the toilet paper tax (which is a rate of 10%).

DCG

Creation: Flying Duck Orchid

Caleana major

Flying Duck Orchid1Pic taken by MacChristiansen in New South Wales, Australia

Caleana major, the Flying Duck Orchid, is a small orchid, about 20 inches tall, found in eastern and southern Australia. 

This ground orchid features a remarkable flower, resembling a duck in flight. Each plant consists of a green stem, a single green leaf at the base of the stalk, and 2-4 flowers. Flowering occurs from September to January.

The flower is an attractant to insects, such as male sawflies which pollinate the flower in a process known as pseudocopulation.

This orchid can be found in Queensland to South Australia, to even Tasmania, in eucalyptus woodland, swampy shrubland and heathland, but mostly near the coast although occasionally at higher altitudes. Because of its small size, it is a difficult plant to notice in the wild.

H/t Project Noah

Note: This is a re-publish of a post from more than a year ago.  ;)

~Eowyn

If Global Warming is true, why would they have to cheat yet again

This time folks it seems like they have caught the Australian Bureau of Meteorology cheating. Hmm, would that mean the whole Gov was in on it?         ~Steve~

PS, but that’s not stopping Skippy. This is a link from Drudge.

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

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25 Aug 2014

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show “global warming” where none actually exists.

At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was “homogenized” (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century.

At Rutherglen, Victoria, a cooling trend of -0.35 degrees C per century was magically transformed at the stroke of an Australian meteorologist’s pen into a warming trend of 1.73 degrees C per century.

Last year, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology made headlines in the liberal media by claiming that 2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record. This prompted Australia’s alarmist-in-chief Tim Flannery – an English literature graduate who later went on to earn his scientific credentials with a PhD in palaeontology, digging up ancient kangaroo bones – to observe that global warming in Australia was “like climate change on steroids.”

But we now know, thanks to research by Australian scientist Jennifer Marohasy, that the hysteria this story generated was based on fabrications and lies.

Though the Bureau of Meteorology has insisted its data adjustments are “robust”, it has been unable to come up with a credible explanation as to why it translated real-world data showing a cooling trend into homogenized data showing a warming trend.

She wrote:

“Repetition is a propaganda technique. The deletion of information from records, and the use of exaggeration and half-truths, are �others. The Bureau of Meteorology uses all these techniques, while wilfully ignoring evidence that contradicts its own propaganda.’’

This is a global problem. Earlier this year, Breitbart reported that similarly dishonest adjustments had been made to temperature records by NASA and NOAA. Similarly implicated are the UK temperature records of the Met Office Hadley Centre and at Phil “Climategate” Jones’s disgraced Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

Rest of Breitbart Story Here

 

~Steve~

 

Creation: Galah

Eolophus roseicapillus

Galah1Galah2Galah3Pics taken by RachaelB, in Victoria, Australia

The Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus), also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo, is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos, found in almost all parts of mainland Australia. The word galah is derived from Australian Aboriginal languages.

Galahs are about 14 in long and weigh 270–350 g. The genders appear similar, but the male has very dark brown (almost black) irises, and the female has medium-brown or red irises. The colors of juvenile galahs are duller than the adults.

Flocks of galahs will often congregate and forage on foot for food in open grassy areas. These birds nests in tree cavities. The eggs are white and there are usually two or five in a clutch. The eggs are incubated for about 25 days, and both the male and female share the incubation. The chicks leave the nest about 49 days after hatching.

Like most other cockatoos — and unlike too many humans — Galahs are monogamous and form strong lifelong bonds with their partners.

H/t Project Noah

~Eowyn

Matt Drudge Stands Up To the Trayvon / Race Hustlers.

MURDER SHOCKS HEARTLAND

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Chris Lane

Chris Lane

 

3 Murdering lowlife scumbags. umm, who should become Bubba's Bitch on their first day in jail.

3 Murdering lowlife scumbags. umm, who should become Bubba’s Bitch on their first day in jail.

click a link, any link. These thug bastards should fry. I hate to say this but you know the dem’s will turn this into gun control again.   I hate them, I really Do.

~Steve~