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Laugh 30 January 2012

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Australia, Germany, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is bundled out of a restaurant by security service agents after it was surrounded by furious Aboriginal rights protesters in Canberra. Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott were stranded in The Lobby restaurant as dozens of demonstrators from a protest against Australia Day, which marks the arrival of British settlers in 1788, converged on the hotel...

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is bundled out of a restaurant by security service agents after it was surrounded by furious Aboriginal rights protesters in Canberra. Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott were stranded in The Lobby restaurant as dozens of demonstrators from a protest against Australia Day, which marks the arrival of British settlers in 1788, converged on the hotel… | LUKAS COCH/AFP/Getty Images

I saw the vid of this, it was hilarious.  They hustled her to her limo, she lost a shoe in the process and finally they stuffed her in, butt first.

More of that please.

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THIS I had not seen.  What a scream, and so perfect.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel strokes a golden goose that was given to her by Carnival Prince Frank I and Princess Petra I of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the Chancellery in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel strokes a golden goose that was given to her by Carnival Prince Frank I and Princess Petra I of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the Chancellery in Berlin | ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

Screw ’em all.

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Up. 5 April 2011

Posted by marisacat in Australia, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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In early March 2011, over a period of just six days, the appearance of Australia’s channel country – a region of outback Australia located mostly in the state of Queensland but also in portions of South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales – changed dramatically. Rainwater filled typically dry river channels throughout the region, particularly in south-western Queensland. Channel country flooding is a fairly common occurrence at this time of year, but the summer of 2010-11 proved to be one of Australia’s wettest on record, leading to extensive flooding. Average rainfall was reported to be 70% above normal. Meteorologists attributed the unusually heavy precipitation to La Niña weather patterns     [MODIS/Terra/NASA]

From an amazing gallery of satellite images, at the Guardian

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Hail Mary… 17 October 2010

Posted by marisacat in Australia, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Italy, Total fucking lunatics.
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A cheer broke out in the crowd when MacKillop’s name was announced by Pope Benedict XVI [AFP]

Hail Mary… and then some.  FIRST the Church tosses a saint at Australia… then gives her a name that sounds like the title of some parochial school based porn and discipline movie:

St Mary MacKillop of the Cross.

Then, it seems, the story is she was first vilified (“briefly” ex-communicated) in her life for exposing an instance of abuse, then lauded. 

Now sainted.

There seems to have been a great mass writhing of the Australian faithful in St Peter’s Square…

One hundred and one years after her death, the Pope completed the recognition of her saintly status by declaring MacKillop and the five other clergy members being canonised should be “definitively declared saints and included in the book of saints (and) devoutly honoured . . . in all the church”.

The most senior cardinal assisting him in the ceremony, the Archbishop of Montreal, Jean-Claude Turcotte, gave a response in which he became the first person to formally use MacKillop’s new title, Saint Mary of the Cross.

Sister Maria Casey, the official advocate of MacKillop’s cause, knelt before the Pope and he held her hands as she thanked him for the elevation of MacKillop.

The gospel reading in the mass was read twice, once in Greek and once in Latin, to signify the Pope’s decision applies to the universal church as it covers both its eastern and western wings.

 Also, according to the Australian (isn’t that a Murdoch paper, iirc it is), Rudd has moved publicly to laud the Church for its stance (would that be “bend over”?) on abuse AND there is a move on to make SMMotC the patron saint of …….. the abused!

KEVIN Rudd launched a vigorous defence of the Catholic Church’s response to child abuse last night.

And Mr Rudd said the canonisation of Mary MacKillop should prompt Australians to a fairer appreciation of the church’s contribution to their nation’s history.

Addressing a press conference after an audience with the Pope, the Foreign Minister said while many people criticised the church it was time to more openly acknowledge its positive contributions.

Asked about the church’s response to clergy abusing children he said it had taken action and “I would like to acknowledge the enormous work which the church has done and other Christian churches in dealing with this blight on all of human kind”.

He is in Rome not only for the announce of her coming canonisation but apparently the Vatican is mounting a big show on Australian indigenous peoples.  A two-fer. 

We know how much they care.  About the little brown people.

One atheist writing in the Sydney Morning Herald notes that she, Saint Mary MacKillop of the Cross, is already the patron saint of quack cancer cures, her mandatory two miracles having to do with curing cancer.

Only second to the general whitewashing the Church receives:

Asked what the federal government planned to do on the issue of clerical child abuse, Mr Rudd said it was important to acknowledge the pain of victims but “the church over some time now has established its own process within Australia for dealing with this”.

“And the church in doing so has dealt with many cases from the past, and where there have been imperfections in the process they have also sought to improve those processes.”

We are so blessed…….

(O Canada! … Don’t feel left out Canada!  I read some monk is about to receive the nod… )

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In other fantastical fib-laden slobber news, I see Ob and Snob were together in Ohio.

“I know there are times when probably it’s hard to recapture that sense of possibility,” Obama said, recalling the night of his election victory.

“It’s hard sometimes to say, ‘Yes we can.’

You sit thinking, ‘You know, maybe. I don’t know.’ It’s not as inspiring a slogan.”

Yes we cannot?

They so need to be pelted with foodstuffs made from transfats, pesticide riddled vegetables and tobacco smoke.

Bittersweet… 10 February 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Australia, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC.
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Animal rescue: Staff at animal hospitals have been offered counselling because of the traumatic injuries they have had to treat on animals like this Koala [Herald Sun]

From a gallery at the UK Times:

Link:  Animals caught up in the Australia bush fires.

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This possum’s feet were scorched by the flames [Healesville Sanctuary]

Link to the FP of the Sydney Morning Herald

Apparently the death toll rises, near or over 300.  Saddest it seems some children died.. while their parents lived.  How very awful.

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It seems Tzipi ascends, narrowly… Kadima with 30, but Likud with 28, followed by the ultra right, nationalist party.  Labour, I read, “collapses”.

Israeli elections tonight produced the tightest of races with early television exit polls putting Tzipi Livni, the centrist foreign minister, narrowly ahead of the rightwing opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu.

Polls from three main television stations, broadcast moments after voting closed, all put Livni’s Kadima party ahead by two seats, but they also predicted that rightwing parties had fared best overall. Livni was predicted as winning either 29 or 30 seats in the 120-seat Knesset.

Avigdor Lieberman, the far-right leader, came in third, ahead of Ehud Barak, the Labour leader and defence minister, whose party was headed for one of its worst election results.

If the exit polls are accurate, and in the past they have not always been reliable, it suggests a long, drawn-out period of negotiations to form a coalition. Even if Livni emerges with the largest party she may not become prime minister if the rightwing parties can together muster a larger coalition.  …

Someone will just have to bomb the Gaza, to consolidate power.

Maybe a break… 10 December 2008

Posted by marisacat in Australia, Divertissements.
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A koala chews eucalyptus leaves at an animal park in Sydney [Picture: REUTERS]

Maybe a break (at least in the photo at the head) from cities, towns and pension funds in collapse, streets in riot and fire, multi-fingered, light-fingered pols… and endless statements of “not I, said the leader”…

Plus, he’s kind of a cutie.