Changed Rules Encourage Immigration Queue Jumpers

With sometimes tragic results. A boat carrying illegal immigrants exploded this morning as it was being escorted to Christmas Island by Australian naval ship HMAS Albany. It is not clear yet whether the boat was deliberately set on fire by the illegal immigrants, who had reportedly doused the small wooden boat with petrol. Three are …

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No, It’s Not The Hand Of God

But it is pretty amazing nonetheless. This image of a spectacular dust cloud with a pulsar at its centre, was captured by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which orbits 580 kilometres above the Earth.

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Fir Tree Growing In Lung?

I doubt it. That was my first reaction anyway. Much like this amusing summary from The Guardian, which asks why the tree looks green and healthy if it had never seen the sunlight. Good question. Then I saw this video on the BBC website. It’s pretty gruesome in places. And sorry about the ads. The …

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Prostate Cancer Vaccine ‘Promising’

Increasing survival rates by over 20% after three years in men with advanced prostate cancer which is no longer responding to hormonal treatments is a good result. Not dramatic or miraculous, but good. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australian men. As many men die from prostate cancer as women from …

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Australia – More Aid For Rohingya

Good. The Rohingya are a minority Islamic people who live in the North of Burma, neighbouring Bangladesh. The Burmese military regime has treated them appallingly. $3.2 miliion in basic aid will help people to survive, and the more international aid and attention given to minority peoples in Burma, the more pressure there will be on …

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Mel Gibson’s Russian Beauty?

Oh please. I have no idea of the reasons for Mel and Robyn Gibson’s planned divorce. But I’m sure it has nothing to do with blonde russian pop stars. There’s no reason why I, or anyone else, should know the reasons for their divorce. It’s their business, and that of their children. The daily changing accusations …

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This Is Sad

The body of 12 year old Brandi Allen was found by searchers yesterday afternoon. There was stil a chance, till then, that she had just gone off with a friend, or at least, that she was alive somewhere. She had been swept away by flood waters in Caboolture, North of Brisbane, on Monday. My sister …

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Financial Optimism Delusional

President Barack Obama can see “glimmers of hope” on the horizon, despite the country battling its deepest depression in decades, and his own claim that most presidents don’t have to deal with as much as him even in a whole lifetime. Risk analysis and market expert Satyajit Das says such expressions of hope are not based …

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Turkemenistan’s Palace of Happiness

The Republic of Turkmenistan is to build a $133 million wedding hall, to be called the Palace of Happiness, as part of $1 billion in stimulus spending, most of which will go to infrastructure and beautification projects around the capital, Ashgabat. Another $1 billion is to be spent building an Olympic village, including a winter sports …

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