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A Christian friend shared this on Facebook and I found it fascinating.

It seems very bombastic for a Christian prayer - it's really telling God what to do in no uncertain terms. The prayer-writer claims for themselves the power of making "decrees" - the exact same magical power they attribute not just to Satan but to God in the opening paragraph. Most Christian prayers are way more humble: "we unworthily beseech there", "but not my will but yours be done", etc. It doesn't passively say "May God decree these blessings", it actively says "Hey there God, I decree these blessings" (whether you like it or not?).

I've never seen a prayer remotely like it from an Abrahamic monotheistic religion - it reads more like Ancient Egyptian funerary magic!
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Almost 18 year old son to younger sister:

"You young people today are so used to instant gratification you can't even be bothered going downstairs to get your phone."
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Despite the altitude and the cold winters, snow is pretty rare in Canberra because it's so dry - the mountains to the West tend to take all the snow before it gets to us. I've been living here 10 years now, and it's the second time I've seen sights like this.
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Top notch satire, fully authorized as election advertising, on lampposts across Canberra today. #auspol
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Are there awards for election ads?
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My daughter heading out onto Lake Burley-Griffin as the sun rises.

Depending on your monitor's gamma setting you may be able to make out cows on the opposite shore.

Less bucolically, you can also see at far right the smoke billowing from the Piallago rubbish fire, which authorities say is likely to burn for days.
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Chicken pot pie: a family favourite.
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In case anyone was wondering, here is the original image. It is well over a decade old and depicts Australian conservative shock jock Alan Jones.

I suspect it depicts him campaigning for the National Party when it was called the "National Country Party" which would date it to between 1975 and 1982. (Or possibly even from when it was simply called the Country Party, which would date it to between 1970 when Jones first started to dabble in politics and 1975.)
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This is so cool. Spoon & Tamago posted a sub-titled version of the video to facebook but unfortunately the You-Tube hosted version linked here has no subtitles.
Cracking an egg into a glass bowl and then watching the chick develop, grow, and hatch sounds like the most terrible idea ever. But this adorable and super-enthusiastic video from Japan shows that it can be done - and lets us watch the entire...
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Check this out wildlife fans! The tooth-imprints on this onion show that a blue-tied Tony has recently been feeding near this inner-Canberra car park. At this point in the election cycle, this arrogant and self-absorbed creature is usually found in its northern Sydney nesting territory, so this is an exciting and rare find at this end of the blue-tied Tony's migratory range.
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I like a nice bikkie as much as the next Australian. The occasional Tim Tam or Iced Vovo, or even a chocolate-coated Teddy Bear can be a real comfort food pick-me-up when you are feeling down. I can understand passionate biscuit enthuiasts wanting to take the extra step of forming clubs to share in their mutual love of nibbling, dunking and the odd Tim Tam Slam, but I can't help feeling these outlaw bikkie gangs are taking it all a bit too far.
Canberra bikie landscape further fragments, after decades as a one-club city.
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It's never a surprise when a supposed miracle turns out to be something quite prosaic, but this one is particularly ironic.

"When a fisherman from a small beach town in Indonesia found a seemingly lifeless body on the shore, he genuinely believed it was an angel that had fallen from heaven.

“So it was checked by one of our team. It was a sex toy,” the area’s police chief, Heru Pramukarno, told local media.

The parents of the man who found the ‘angel’ had cared for it every day, changing its clothes and giving it a blouse and hijab as it slowly deflated."


AHHH, it’s a classic fairytale. The good villagers discover a holy angel. The good villagers worship the holy angel.
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Well... Did the police instruct the poor ignorant fishermen in the objects proper usage?

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Squadron Commander Turnbull leaves the TARDIS on his way to report to the Supreme Dalek that the Doctor has escaped again.
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After cocking up the DBN (Dalek Broadband Network) rollout and failing to establish the SBCC (Skaro Building and Construction Commission), Squadron Commander Turnbull knows he is unlikely to survive the daleks' wrath this time.
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