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Oregon judge says all guns in U.S. should be dumped in ocean

From The Oregonian: As the killer stood before him, Judge Kenneth Walker couldn’t stay silent. “If I could I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges and go dump them in the ocean,” the judge told the defendant. “Nobody would have a gun. Not police, not security, not anybody. We should eliminate all of them. We could save 33,000 people a year if we didn’t have guns in this country.”

Marcell Lee Daniel Jr. had unleashed 30 bullets during an afternoon drive-by shooting of an innocent man on a North Portland sidewalk. The man, Andrew Coggins Jr., 24, died.

The judge kept going. “Australia after a major shooting rounded up all the guns, and they haven’t had near the death that we do here in this country,” he said.

The judge was referring to tighter gun controls in Australia in response to a 1996 mass shooting by a lone gunman who killed 35. Australia responded by buying back or seizing a million existing firearms and making it more difficult to buy new ones. News reports marking the 20th anniversary of gun reforms state there have been no mass shootings — defined as 5 or more people — since.

“I just saw last night a statistic that 11,000 people in America are murdered each year and another 20,000 commit suicide with guns,” Walker said, referring to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“They are a scourge of this country and no one should have one as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “There’s no defense to guns. There’s just absolutely no reason to have them. But it is a right of people in this country to own and possess them, and I will not say anything to affect that right.”

Walker, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge for nearly 10 years and a criminal defense attorney before that for 25 years, sentenced Daniel to 17 1/2 years in prison.

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Read the whole story here.

h/t Weasel Zippers


Barbra Streisand claims she will relocate to Australia if Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton in US election

Think Babs will really follow through on this threat?

Think Babs will really follow through on this threat?

Via Daily Mail: Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November.

The 74-year-old actress, a lifelong Democrat who endorses Hilary Clinton in the US election, made the admission during an interview with 60 Minutes.

Barbra told Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher on Sunday she would consider relocating to Australia or Canada in the event of a Trump presidency. Barbra claimed she was ‘astounded’ by Trump’s popularity and hopes his American supporters will ‘come back to sanity’.

The Funny Girl star added: ‘He has no facts. I don’t know, I can’t believe it. I’m either coming to your country, if you’ll let me in, or Canada’.

Michael responded jovially that Barbra would be ‘very welcome’ to live in Australia.

Elsewhere during the interview, Barbra gave Michael a lesson on how to properly pronounce her surname. ‘You said it with a Z,’ she said, politely correcting him.

‘Can you say “Barbra STREI-sand”, not “Strei-SAND”? “STREI-sand”‘, she said with emphasis. ‘Barbra STREI-sand,’ Michael responded. ‘That’s right. He’s got it. My gosh, he’s got it,’ she says with a mock relief.

Meanwhile, Barbra is releasing her new album this month, including duets with Jamie Foxx, Hugh Jackman and Melissa McCarthy among others.


#WaronWomen: Hollyweird actress Rebel Wilson Tweets about her single-life status, blames “bikini-clad” women

You probably don’t know much about Rebel Wilson, an actress that hails from Australia. She’s starred in some comedies such as Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. She’s also a failed spokesman for Jenny Craig.

Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson

She is also a liar. In May 2015 it was revealed her real age was 35, despite claiming she was 29. “The Australian Securities and Investment Commission show that Rebel was born in 1980, the Sydney Morning Herald confirmed. That means she’s six years older than she’s been claiming to be.”

Now she’s trying to get even with the skinny girls that make her life miserable, or something like that.

Via Daily Mail: Rebel Wilson took to Twitter on Sunday to air her frustrations about her single life. The Bridesmaids actress wrote: ‘Why do guys always go for those bikini-clad vapid skanks? And not the smart, successful Australian girls??’

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But her social media rant ruffled the feathers of some of her 2.6 million followers who were unhappy she pointed to other woman as the issue and called her out on slut-shaming.

The 36-year-old was bombarded with replies and one Twitter user wrote: ‘Why do girls feed the need to slut-shame others? It’s not nice, Rebel.’ Another account user, Nell added: ‘calling other women skanks isn’t cool, rebel. be better than slut-shaming’ and the post was favourited over 138 times.

‘Slut shaming and being body negative to another group of girls isn’t going to change anything. Come on,’ replied another Twitter user.   Meanwhile, another tweet simply read: ‘so much for the sisterhood’.

The Australian actress was last linked to comedian Mickey Gooch Jr. but the pair split in September 2015 and she has been single since.  Rebel and Mickey first went public with their relationship in May after attending several hockey games together but their romance was short lived. Earlier this year Rebel revealed she made the decision to end their relationship so she could concentrate on her booming acting career. 

In February the Pitch Perfect star told The Daily Telegraph ‘I obviously chose career over relationships and I don’t regret that decision one bit.’ The Australian actress continued: ‘A lot of my friends who are married now wish they’d taken the same path — where you really went after your career and your dreams. ‘That’s not to say both are mutually exclusive, because you can have it all if you want to,’ she added.

Her career has gone from strength to strength in recent months and after landing a cameo in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is now starring as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls performing at London’s West End.

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This actress also believes that the “US Should ‘Follow Australia’s Example’ on Gun Laws.” From a 2015 interview she said:

I don’t like getting political but America you really have to follow Australia’s example re gun laws. I don’t remember a mass shooting in Australia since they overhauled the gun laws. It seems like every week in America there’s a shooting. I just want people to be safe, especially people that are doing one of my favorite things in the WORLD – going out to the movies 2 have fun. If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common-sense gun safety laws – even in the face of repeated mass killings.”


Girlfriend obviously hasn’t been to Chiraq.

And this girl has never paid to see one of her movies and I never will.


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.


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.”



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.



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%).


Creation: Flying Duck Orchid

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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.  ;)