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Sunday, 31 January


Did no-one on Australian Prime Minister Turnbull's staff check that 'homeless' app before he fronted media singing its praises? North Coast Voices

But there was Malcolm Turnbull, fresh from describing the latest initiative to help Australia's army of homeless as an "act of love", striding up what the well-heeled like to call the Paris end of Collins Street, Melbourne, where he discovered Mr Kerswell sitting on the footpath.
The Prime Minister stopped, squatted on his haunches and told Mr Kerswell about Ask Izzi, a new website designed to grant Australia's homeless instant access to an array of help, such as food, shelter and legal assistance. [The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 January 2016]...


To Kill A Whooping Crane North Coast Voices

This is the beginning of a letter sent in relation to an 18 year-old Texan’s 11 January 2016 alleged killing of two Whooping Cranes protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Read the rest of this sad letter here.

Image of a pair of ...

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Saturday, 30 January


What would you do with $28 billion? Independent Australia

What would you do with $28 billion?The wealth of 62 individuals is equal to that of 3.6 billion of the world's poorest people. Dr Adnan Al-Daini reports on the social and humanitarian implications of this chasm. read now...


Are Cardinal George Pell & the Vatican flipping the bird at Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse? North Coast Voices

Is Cardinal George Pell really so ill he genuinely cannot travel? Or is it a smoke screen allowing him to hide from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse?

Only his doctors would know with any certainty, because his very active life in Rome gives no indication.

What Pell and the Vatican are saying.....

The Guardian, 28 January 2016:

Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, is still too unwell to fly and will address a philanthropic Catholic organisation in the US on Thursday via video link from Rome.

It comes days before Australia’s royal commission into institutional responses into child sexual abuse is d...


In 2525, perhaps if we're still alive, thanks to the fearless prattling of Polonius ... loon pond

It's always good to start with a joke, but surely the boom tsch should have been along the lines "provided his British passport is cancelled too" ...

Never mind, the pond was inexpressibly moved, almost to tears, to be reminded of its early start as the Michael Duffy Files, a shocking example of the  crime of cyber-stalking, but only done because of dire extremity and extreme vexation.

Where is the Duffster now?

Who knows, perhaps deep in novelistic crime land, repenting of his earlier crimes. 

The pond can never re-visit those days - it would be too much like a Tamworth dog chewing on grass, and anyone who's ever had a Tamworth dog chew grass knows what that signifies (get out the back Rover, get out there quickly).

Never mind, the pond's intrepid correspondent on matters archival also noted how the Duffster eerily sounded like prattling Polonius, which is why it was an easy choice between the dog botherer peddling his anti-republicanism in today's lizard Oz and Polonius on the same theme ...



Australia's dirtiest coal-fired power station launches global campaign for 1,000GW of solar Independent Australia

Australia's dirtiest coal-fired power station launches global campaign for 1,000GW of solarHere's a turn up! Engie, the owner of Hazelwood, Australia's dirtiest coal-fired power station, is spruiking global solar — an eye-watering 1,000GW by 2030. RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson reports.  read now...


Charming Malcolm's stationary train Independent Australia

Charming Malcolm's stationary trainIf you thought we'd see real change from the corrosive policies of Tony Abbott under this charming new prime minister then you are now sitting on a stationary train, just like the republic, writes IA's managing editor, David Donovan. read now...


Just give me my propers baby ... show me a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T. ... yeah baby whip it to me, and whip it to the war criminals too ... loon pond

The pond loves the smell of serendipity in the evening and the morning ...

The pond was heading off to check out the latest Trumpisms - yes for light relaxation, is there better entertainment and a necessary prelude to a viewing of Colbert celebrating teh Donald? - when for the first time in yonks it stopped at the local digital edition ...

That led inevitably to this ...

Which luckily led to this charming snapshot of two war criminals posing together, and a flurry of attendant abuse ...

The pond began to wonder why politicians allowed comments on twitter.

Of course it's impossible to take any of it seriously....


Yamba Triathlon Festival and Yamba Colour Run, Saturday 27 February 2016 North Coast Voices

This annual triathlon caters for all ages. From 7-9 year old competitors in the miniman up to adults running in standard, enforcer, sprint and enticer distance events.

Details of race event locations and start times here:

A word from the sponsor Elite Energy:

Yamba is becoming NSW’s own North Coast festival with a difference and 2016 will be no exception with the ever popular triYamba returning to Yamba Bay.
With stylish village charm, pristine beaches, national parks and award winning restaurants, Yamba is a unique holiday or lifestyle experience for the family. Explore the myriad of waterways, stroll the uncrowded beaches, go swimming, fishing or surfing but most of all discover Y...


Quote of the Week North Coast Voices

Mr Abbott is more than a lightning rod for internal party dissent; he is an instigator of it and an aggressive leader of the hardline conservatives. 
[Paul Bongiorno writing about former Australian prime minister & current MP for Warringah Tony Abbott in The New Daily, 26 January 2016]


Tweet of the Week North Coast Voices

This one was especially tweeted for Liberal MP for Flinders and Australian Minister for against the Environment, Gregory Andrew "Greg" Hunt, by HRH Terry Australis on 25 January 2016:

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Friday, 29 January


Rafe’s Roundup 29 Jan Catallaxy Files

Hypnotic whirlpool gets interesting towards 3 minutes. The ten most expensive military vehicles in the world. 24 types of libertarians. Almost as funny as windmills on fire.

The Spectator digest of art and books. Striking lithographs.

The term lithograph comes from the Greek words lithos, meaning “stone” and graphein, meaning “to write”. Lithography is a printing process that allows an original piece of art work to be reproduced. The basic method is based on water and oil repelling each other. An image is drawn directly onto a stone tablet (usually limestone) using a greasy crayon or pencil and the stone is then covered with water. When the ink is applied to the stone, the ink is attracted to the greasy image and repelled by the water.

The science fiction steampunk genre. My son Leo has contributed several books to the genre.

The weather....

Thursday, 28 January


Invasion Day: Ignoring History DUCK POND

History, we are told is written by the victors. If history is not is not accurate it has little value as memory. Propaganda can be very serviceable. Means have a habit of presaging ends. Orchestrated delusion, or at least failure to address the truth of the past, or worst to embrace ignorance, does not serve the larger of cause of humanity.

Winston Churchill, who seems to have had an opinion of everything, expressed the view:

I do not admit… that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America, or the black people of Australia… by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race… has come in and taken its place.
Churchill to Palestine Royal Commission, 1937

As Howard Zinn noted:

These Arawaks of the Bahama Islands were much like Indians on the mainland, who were remarkable (European observers were to say again and again) for their hospitality, their belief in sharing. These traits did not stand out in the Europe of the Renaissance, dominated as it was by the religion of popes, the government of kings, the frenzy for money that marked Western civilization and its first messenger to the Americas, Christopher Columbus.

Columbus wrote:

As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.

The information that Columbus wanted most was: Where is the gold? He had persuaded the king and queen of Spain to finance an expedition to the lands, the wealth, he expected would be on the other side of the Atlantic-the Indies and Asia, gold and spices. For, like other informed people of his time, he...

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