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Has anyone else been getting calls that cancel after about 2 rings. Over the weekend people in our house had 3 from Belgium and one from Papua New Guinea. Haven't managed to answer and check the anticipated scam. Anyone know what's going on?
#scam

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Foreign invaders doing huge damage across northern Australia. Do the pollies care?

#canetoads

via +Kam-Yung Soh
They're learning to handle the toads. "MEMBERS OF THE crow family, the corvids, show a capacity to learn and solve problems that may be unrivalled in the bird world. It seems their greatest skill is an uncanny ability to turn new and tricky situations to their advantage.

Take the scourge of the introduced cane toad (Rhinella marina) for example. As this highly poisonous amphibian disperses across northern Australia, the numbers of predators attempting to eat them are crashing. The most notable victims are quolls, goannas and certain snakes, which have been all but wiped out in some regions. Crows, however, have learnt how to eat toads by avoiding the most toxic parts.
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Crows avoid contact with the ooze by grasping them by the limbs or even the bony brow above the eye, avoiding the body itself. These clever birds have learnt to roll the toads onto their backs, sometimes doing so repeatedly if the luckless toad tries to hop away. Crows know which bits to eat – fleshy thighs, tongues, intestines – and how to get at these from below without contacting the lethal parts.

The torresian crow (Corvus orru) pictured spent nearly 40 minutes manipulating its victim beside Lake Kurwongbah north of Brisbane. The toxic fluids, clearly visible on the toad’s parotid glands, were avoided. During much of this process other crows stood and watched."

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“Give me a leader who will stand up and talk to us like we’re fucking adults and inspire us to be the best version of ourselves, you know. Where are they?

“Where’s the oratory? Where’s the fucking rhetoric? ... Obama wasn’t perfect but my God that dude could talk.”

To talk to the people, he says: “You don’t have to talk dumb – you have to talk clear ... You don’t have to be a fucking demagogue and rile up the less educated, the less rich, the insecure to turn on themselves.”

More than that, he thinks, leaders should be given space to change their policies and their minds: “How is the term ‘flip-flop’ a bad thing?” ... You can get out of Brexit. You can speak to your population and say, ‘We’ve done our due diligence, we’ve worked really fucking hard, we’ve spent a lot of money and done all the studies, and it turns out it’s going to destroy us – and we don’t think you want that ... More evidence has come in, the parameters of the decision have changed and therefore the decision is going to change, and I hope you can support me.’

“I know I don’t understand the subtleties of politics – obviously – but just get a fucking leader who can say the right shit ... Someone with a good heart, good intentions. Someone who can talk.”

#auspol #politicalfailure
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jan/29/it-was-unbearable-tim-minchin-on-life-under-trump-and-the-collapse-of-his-100m-movie?CMP=share_btn_tw

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I was grating some just picked, daikon radish for my not quite sauerkraut / not really kimchi, and noticed the delightful crinkles in the leftover stub.
There’s some good fibre in there!
#daikonradish #homegrown
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(This is still in beta stage.) Could be of use for those who have students curious about careers, job prospects, and have a bit of time on their hands. Also good for adults interested in a career change and want to explore allied occupations.

#jobs #careers #joboutlook

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aggressive behaviour by journalists (insert appropriate word here) might “exacerbate the current tensions”.

a Daily Mail photographer chose to “move in to take closeup photos of a group of African teenagers socialising”.

“The teenagers had been doing nothing of public interest prior to the photographer’s decision to move in and take the photos and [the group] reacted to the photographer and what he was doing.

“This led to police being called in and a scuffle ensued in which police were spat on and arrests were made. After the event, the photographer acknowledged that his actions had provoked the incident and apologised.”

Yet the article published by the Daily Mail made no reference to this. It did claim that abuse had been directed at the Daily Mail photographer and reporter.

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Wolff’s book may not be the whole truth, but its account of Trump’s infatuation with Murdoch is consistent with reports elsewhere. Murdoch and Trump speak frequently – “Murdoch here,” their phone calls begin, according to the New York Times, which reports that Trump counts Murdoch “as one of his closest confidants.” The men have known each other for decades, since the days when Murdoch owned the New York Post and Trump was one of its fawning obsessions (“Best Sex I’ve Ever Had,” read a famous Post headline from 1990, referring to an apparent remark from Trump’s then-mistress and future short-term wife, Marla Maples).
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Fox News is not on autopilot. Its unhinged condition is not a consequence of its anchors and producers deciding, autonomously, that they would like to take the network where no network has gone before. This is Murdoch’s doing. After Ailes left, Murdoch assumed the position of the network’s executive chair and led its swan dive into the far-right gutter. “Rupert Murdoch is in charge,”


https://theintercept.com/2018/01/06/rupert-murdoch-trump-fire-and-fury-steve-bannon/

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Sigh. It goes from bad to worse.
Gee, if Millions of Australians have less money to spend in Shops, then Small Business will see a great boost in Profits! Yeah that's right, bloody ridiculous!! But that's exactly what they're running around telling everyone and stupid PPL believe them!!
#auspol #ausvotes
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