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StillIRise1963, to random
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I still can’t get over the fact that people discussed trickle down economics like it made any fucking sense.

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fkamiah17, to random
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Get to fuck you scrounging bastard. You want to make the laws, you can bloody well abide by them as well.

#AbolishTheMonarchy #CymruAmByth


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@fkamiah17 @bobjmsn

it’s all in here: and what do you do? - what the royal family don’t want you to know. published 2020 ——

The royal family: the quintessential British institution or an antiquated, overindulged drain on the taxpayer?

For all their foibles and idiosyncrasies, the royal family wield considerable influence – and yet rather than facing the scrutiny their position merits, they enjoy sickeningly obsequious coverage which reports their activities with breathless awe.

… And What Do You Do? is a provocative and hard-hitting analysis, exposing the royals’ extravagant use of public money and the highly dubious behaviour of some among their number. Former Minister of State and current Privy Counsellor Norman Baker breaks ranks to explore the wider role the royals play in society, including the link with House of Lords reform and the constitutional position of the monarch.

Now fully updated to include new material on Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this irreverent and uncompromising account asks urgent questions about the future of the world’s most famous royal family.

maudenificent, to auspol
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#Auspol -
there are no words

[and the opposition’s contribution? that this might encourage people smugglers. there are still no words]

Labor's 'shame': Race to pass tough new deportation laws sparks anger

maudenificent, to random
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dgar, (edited ) to random
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Long night so far.

A call from my sister just after midnight that she’d taken mum to the hospital.

Been holding bedside vigil while sister goes home and gets some sleep. Doctors running tests and whatnot. Morphine for the pain. Machines that go “bing”.

It’s about 4:30am and mum’s snoring with a plethora of tubes and wires.

Eyes are heavy. Chair is uncomfortable. The nurses showed me where I could make a cup of coffee for myself.

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RickiTarr, to random
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Please follow me!!!

(into a mysterious bog from which none have returned)

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@RickiTarr @anne_twain @anarchic_teapot

“i’m off to the rodney” or “i need a rodney”
aka Rodney Hogg = bog

(in australia we speak english english, ‘murican english, and strine english, though in parliaments everywhere everyone talks horse-plop)

bastardsheep, to random
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Turns out going cashless isn't as OK as I had assumed it was. If you're the litigious arsehole type, you would in fact win.

I've been using Apple Pay since it became available. The only reason I ever use cash is for birthday presents to family. Be interesting to see if the same notes circulate every birthday. :P


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as much as I don’t;t like to agree with Katter, I am with him on this. F*** being forced to use a commercial service (banks). no, not even a service in any meaningful sense of the word.

and also, wherever there is no “medium of exchange” like cash, people will create their own. (think e.g cigarettes as currency in prisons etc).

going cashless will never stamp out barter or tax-dodging.
this article is just one more example of capitalism planning to extort low income earners with the blessing/collusion of government (recent suggestions of government charging people to use cash)

#Auspol #CashlessSociety

RickiTarr, to random
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If you have to do something you really don't want to do, how do you get yourself to do it?

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i wait until absolutely the last minute and then probably won’t do it.
nothing more motivating than oanic

RickiTarr, to random
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What is the hardest you've ever worked?

If you want to tell me the hardest you've ever worked it, please provide photos.

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i’m old. i don’t have many photos of anything 🙁

the hardest jobs are working for horrible people/corporations, whether the work is physically demanding or not.

i once worked in a tuna cannery, a job which is now done “offshore”. every time I open a can of tuna i imagine myself sending good vibes to the poor buggers who have the job now, because if the management there is half as bad as here, they are suffering while earning a pittance.

the worst job, physically, was bean picking. theoretically, there are two picks of beans, and pickers are supposed to leave the bubby beans behind on the first run so there is something to pick later. the plants are really low on the ground. I agreed to pick beans one day, not knowing that a few weeks before, some people had stripped rows of beans completely bare. I spent 7 hours bending over in a hot field, and made $1.49, then spent the next 3 days in agony.

anyway, let’s remember the poor field hands.

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@Throsby @RickiTarr

tried mushrooms. i’m really, really short and my arms have a length proportionate with my height, so i couldn’t reach far into the trays.

but again, the problem is always the people. there was a time when picking was mostly done for growers who knew what they were doing, now growers are “too big”, and subcontract seasonal work to hire companies who are clueless. and it was once a family type occupation with an air of camaraderie on the field. more recently, there is a “type” that is horrible/crude /unbearable to work with, and out for themselves.

mythologyandhistory, to food
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An obsession of mine is researching how countries handle threats of & insecurity.

for example, has secret locations in which it stores legumes, grains & milk powder.

has 6 mths of grain & fuel & a min. of 3 months of medicine.

In terms of water security, 9 countries in the will have extreme lvls of water stress by 2040.
But this will also be dire for , & .

What do other countries do? Educate me! :)

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australia is a shemozzle of mismanagement. natural resources inconveniently dare to cross state boundaries. Many water ways run underground.

the Indigenous people of pre-/post invasion Australia have always had the best ideas: look after water. don’t shit where you live. water will last longer if you leave it where it is. only take what you need. if it’s not water season, don’t travel there - common sense. (you would think)

then my people arrived. we moved rivers, and soiled them. many kms of rivers which once served cargo carrying paddle steamers are now barely navigable. rivers are now where fish go to die.

the murray darling basin authority sells water rights to cotton and rice growing megacorporations. A second major water system is the Lake Eyre Basin.
a hydro electric scheme (built 1949) straddles the border between New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria.

Largest population centres are state capitals Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Melbourne once relied on two major dams - twenty years ago it was possibly to walk across eildon weir the bottom completely dry. The state government built a dirty great pipeline to carry water 70km from one of our northern rivers in time of need. too bad if you live where it starts.
water restrictions are not unusual. new houses must now have (small) rainwater tanks for toilet cisterns, tanks which we regularly fill from mains water. dual flush toilets have been standard for years. (tanks were once common, but fell out of favour because of lead in the air from petrol). Victoria also has a desalination plant which cost obscene amounts, and has to date contributed little water.

I suspect the main plan is for federal govt to subsidise fossil fuels and mining exploration indefinitely. when the country floods we have more water than we know what to do with. and we will then be reliant on water in plastic bottles.

you can ignore the southernmost island state of tasmania. most australians do. also it is just an ecological freak


map shows mainland of australia with states. marked but not labelled are the rivers of the murray darling system, and the rivers of the lake eyre system. the lake eyre system has south flowing rivers in queensland, and in the northern territory, draining into central and eastern section of south australia. Lake eyre is the “inland sea” early white explorers burke and wills went in search of. If you like history the best book about white hubris you can ever read is about this expedition and called “The Dig Tree” by Sarah Murgatroyd.

fulanigirl, to politics
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#politics #trump #fascism #BlackMastodon #BlackTwitter @blackmastodon
Can you participate in a thought experiment with me? The posts warning about fascism are good, but I'm wondering what you think fascism actually looks like. Give a thought, and list what it looks like. Don't just say "the end of democracy." List what the concrete changes will be and make it local. "In my town/city/county/state the following will happen......" Think about it before replying. Not just for #BlackMastodon .

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an interesting question when addressed locally, because change is relative.
where i live (australia) the slide to fascism will be/ has been gradual, and not obvious. current signs, in my opinion, include

*very concentrated media ownership (Murdoch, and now others) largely control the narrative. a conservative government recently installed a chairperson in our government sponsored “independent” media body, and their TV, radio and press have become increasingly conservative in terms of content and news reporting

*an erosion of freedom to protest. 50 years ago 100,000 could march against the war in Vietnam without incident. now, there is sometimes violence, and police are selective about how they react. for example, in the year 2000 the S11 protests against globalisation were bad, with police removing name tags, and charging people etc.
during more peaceful protests police are more likely to arrest left-leaning protestors, and Indigenous activists. even though some australian states have now outlawed things like nazi flags, police will often exercise their discretion selectively

*it has been said we will know we have fascism when whites are treated as badly as people of colour. australia has historically been a “white” and segregated country, so Indigenous issues of race are easy to ignore. Indigenous people here have always been over-incarcerated, but prisons are now more likely privatised and an “industry” rather than an inconvenient expense.
Using pre-covid figures (2018) there is an increase over time in prison population and community based corrections (link below)

  • because of our population make-up, conservative politicians who would like to scapegoat non-whites have to be more creative. 20 years ago conservative government focused on asylum seekers (UK is now following our example), or on specific communities (our opposition leader quite famously claiming - with help of mainstream media - that Melbourne (my state capital) was at the mercy of roving gangs of Sudanese youth. The scare tactics had little impact on state election results so it was patently rubbish. What I find interesting is the willingness of some politicians to keep resorting to this tactic. I guess they are confident they will one day find the right target to inspire fear in the rest of us. The standby is usually any recipient of welfare payments. Over time, both major parties have gradually shifted right, the current centrist government so desperate not to lose ground they are compromised. a significant feature of fascism in the past is its reliance on public /popular opinion to initially seize power (as opposed to top-down power grabs like monarchy or military rule)

continued next toot


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part 2

*lack of accountability is growing. we have a federal constitution heavily reliant on westminster “convention” but these traditional safeguards are being eroded because they are easily broken. for example, there was a tradition that a minister would resign if found to have acted in conflict of interest, or to have made some grievous error. politicians are now more brazenly indifferent and will just lie, even though “they know we know they are lying”. our outgoing prime minister, during covid, gave himself extraordinary powers simply because he could, continually silenced the opposition in parliament and so on.

*finally, I would add that a feature of fascism in the past is that it favoured large corporations (rather than state ownership), and like other western democracies, we have been increasingly caught by neo-liberal nonsense. Covid response saw an explosion in payments to corporations with little or no accountability

maudenificent, to random
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#SweetAs (2022) available on several streaming services, but i rented it for 99 cents thru itunes

set in Port Hedland and the Pilbara, Western Australia
the story of Murra, an at-risk teen who is sent on a bus trip with 3 other troubled teens, to spend some time taking photos

certainly a “teen story” but for anybody, really - it’s just delightful to see young people blossom, away from the bizarre reality they/we all have to live with. There is also some magnificent scenery, and this sort of arm-chair travel works for me.

i feel like i’ve been on holiday

the part of Murra is played by Shantae Barnes Cowan, who played the young detention-centre inmate Jess Clarke in season 1 of Total Control


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“He had heard her say, so many times, that a society that approved of making abortion illegal was a society that approved of violence against women; that making abortion illegal was simply a sanctimonious, self-righteous form of violence against women- it was just another way of legalizing violence against women, Nurse Caroline would say.”

― John Irving, The Cider House Rules

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#AltText4You accompanies toot with quote from Cider House Rules;

image of a postcard addressed to the Supreme Court of the United States at 1 First Street NE Washington DC.

text of postcard reads There is a term for living creatures who are not permitted to control their own reproduction. That term is: livestock.

blogdiva, to random
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"TIL It is legal to marry your first cousin in 19 US States."


that's still incest and i can't believe NY is one of those states where this is allowed but not Mississippi.

i grew up in Puerto Rico with a bunch of cousins and not once did i have the thought i'd marry one some day. that's fucking ridiculous. it was hammered in our heads we are all siblings once removed or however the fuck you say that in English.


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and in australia. it’s one of the few privileges we share with the british aristocracy.
Indigenous people of not-Australia have a similar idea to yours of siblings once removed, and complex systems for monitoring blood relationships (too complex for my own tiny white brain)

presumably formalising marriage (in Britain, at least) was once all about consolidation of family wealth, so permitting marriage between first cousins would be necessary.

The eugenics movement of early 1900s almost got a grip in my state in australia (Vic) but with revelations about the holocaust some proposed legislation was quietly shelved.

In the USA it seems to have had more success, with people needing blood tests to get a marriage licence in some places.

Globally eugenics seems to have been about social control as much as consanguinity, so prostitutes, homosexuals, alcoholics and mental deficiency were targets. (And, of course, any laws against miscegenation)

RickiTarr, to random
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Okay, so I'm going to type out a sentence, and I want you all to finish it, but instead of doing deep thinking about it, just type the very first thing that pops into your head. I know this will be hard for many of you, but try it! LOL

If I could do whatever I wanted to right now, I would _________.

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find a comfortable sum of money in my savings account

RickiTarr, to random
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Hubs: It looks like your mind is wandering, what are you thinking about?

Me: About how often we wear dead people's clothes.

Hubs: ....oh

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ooh yea! i have several hand-knitted pure wool sweaters from 2nd hand shops. i always think “this was knitted by somebody who lived somebody else”

and tbh the best 2nd hand shops are in areas you might call “god’s waiting room”.

it’s distressing when we lose somebody we care about, but otherwise death itself is not creepy, it’s just, well… life.
and i think people have died would like knowing that somebody else likes their whatever it is.
think of the planet

RickiTarr, to random
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What is the most ridiculous question or complaint that you've had from a Customer/Client?

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@RickiTarr @superball

once had a call on my home phone (ok, it’s an old story)
from a bloke who asked to speak to mr somebodyorother

i replied, sorry, there’s no one here by that name

2nd time he rang i asked what number he was trying to ring (in case he had misdialled) then explained he had dialled correctly but there is no one at that number with that name, so perhaps go back to the source for the correct number

he asked to speak to my supervisor
i said “this is a private number there is no supervisor”
then he threatened to have my job blah blah blah

i said wow you must have a seriously big title and income cos in my experience the higher people rise, the more reliant they are on delegating to underpaid workers who actually know what they are doing, and the more likely to throw a tantrum (as if being an a*hole is actually constructive)

guy wasn’t really a customer, but he thought he was.
he was a total tool.

RickiTarr, to random
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Last night, my husband asked me to look at something that felt weird on his back, and honestly, it looked like a cancerous mole. I told him he needed to go to the doctor this morning, so he did. The Nurse Practitioner said, Yep, that looks gnarly, and took a biopsy. Now we have to wait for a week, which feels way too long. I know basal cell carcinomas are very treatable, and almost never lead to death, but I still feel anxious. Has anyone else dealt with this before?

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odds are it is benign, or at least confined to the area. i can’t promise it’s not life threatening but i would be surprised. and of course i sincerely hope it’s nothing.
my oldest bro ignored a gnarly mole on his leg for 2 years (about 30 years ago). he “knew” the whole time he ignored it that it was stupid to ignore it
when he finally re-located to australia and had it checked, a surgeon took a slab of calf muscle to get clear margins, but it didn’t kill him.

because of the hole in the ozone layer over australia, several decades ago, and a beach worshipping lifestyle, lots of older australians regularly attend clinics and have spots burned off/ excised, it’s actually quite common.

medical websites naturally emphasise the importance of being careful, getting biopsies etc cos that’s the responsible thing for them to do, and there is a chance the tone is adding to your anxiety.

be concerned, but at this stage try not to be alarmed. at least you have done something about it 💐

timrichards, to random
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Crikey, I only just noticed this bit at the front of my new passport - right up to date. So if I play a crescendo of trumpets on my phone then read this out loud at US passport control, the TSA agents step back deferentially and let me through? Right?

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how embarrassments

dgar, to random
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The thing is about Australian wildlife is that most Aussie animals won’t back down from a fight, but most of them don’t go looking for a fight either.

If you’re worried about visiting Australia because of our deadly fauna, here’s a hint. If you see an Australian animal, walk away from it.

A kangaroo has trouble disemboweling a retreating person because its attack involves rocking back on its tail and kicking you with both feet. It’s not really able to do any damage on something that’s moving away.

Magpies will generally let you know where their territory is, and if you stay out of it while they’re nesting, they won’t knock a hole in your head.

You literally have to get in the water to be bothered by sharks or crocodiles. Swim where the locals swim.

Snakes and spiders are about the only thing that you might happen upon by surprise and they tend to be happy to let you leave, but will happily fuck you up in self defence.

Y’see, Aussie wildlife mostly kills idiots who approach it, try to pat it, or catch it. Our animals mostly kill and maim stupid people.

I guess, my point is, we don’t have anything like lions or bears that will chase you down, pull you out of your car and tear you to pieces.

Also, the chances of being shot in this country is almost non existent.

Australia’s a pretty safe place to visit, comparatively.

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@dgar @VinesNFluff

expert on the abc radio once was talking about the folly of Australians building in a termite zone
interviewer: where are the worst areas?
expert: the whole country

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    thank you for this wonderful link! 💐

    pvonhellermannn, to random
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    Storm has turned out to be quite bad. A fatality, storm damage and flood alerts across the country. and ongoing rain in Germany too, and maybe elsewhere? We will have more and more of all this, of course.


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    @NatureMC @paulcox @pvonhellermannn @sahqon @Judeet88
    From Tyson Yunkaporta’s latest book “Right Story Wrong Story” (2023)

    “we invented a thought experiment called Schrödinger's wombat to examine the idea of interconnected living systems as expressions of First Law…Schrödinger asks you to imagine a poisoned cat in a box. You can't see the cat, but must decide whether it is alive or dead. Until you see it, the cat must be alive and dead at the same time.
    Schrödinger's wombat is like the expansion pack for that psychotic thought experiment. This is how it works. A wombat is in a hollow log, and we have to decide whether it is alive or dead. However, because the log is not an enclosed system, we are aware of the thousands of exchanges of energy, matter and information between the log and the surrounding country. We see what the insects are doing, the fungi on the log and surrounding trees, how the wombat behaves in that particular season. We see its fresh scat on a nearby rock. We feel the wind direction and the recent tracks that tell us about the animal's behaviour and condition. We see no sign of recent snake activity (although you're never more than ten metres away from a snake in the bush). We see a thousand things and know that the wombat is alive and inside the log. We see this because we are not only thinking about the log and what might be inside. Rather, we are an integral part of the dynamic system of that country, which is observing itself through our relationship. So we share in the exchange of energy and information in that system and are therefore not intervening in the system from the outside.”

    kcarruthers, (edited ) to random
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    Oh and my lovely NBN technician is here (again) trying to fix the rubbish FTTN connection that I have. But he can’t fix the mess that is the copper in the pits. Thanks Malcolm Turnbull.

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    @Tooden @kcarruthers

    i did not know of these copper shares of which you speak, though i am not surprised.

    “arm’s length” is 2 millimetres, right🤔

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