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Muslim protest scorecard

Originally posted on Aussie Madness:

Not great…

Not great…

Let’s see how the Australian Islamic community’s protests stack up:

  • Protests against the brutal rape of infidel white girls? None
  • Protests against the savage beheading of Western journalists? None
  • Protests against the forced conversion and murder of Christians in Iraq? None
  • Protests against the ‘twisting’ of the Religion of Peace™ by Islamic State? None
  • Protests against the daily preaching of hatred in Middle East mosques? None
  • Protests condemning the plot to behead a kafir in Sydney? None
  • Barbecues to show solidarity with Australia? One - a good start…

And now can we count the number of protests and complaints about ‘Islamophobia’, the inevitable ‘backlash’, ‘victimisation’, demands for special treatment, ‘demonising’, police ‘harassment’, Israel = Nazis, banners proclaiming “behead those who insult the Prophet”, sharia for Australia, etc etc…?

How about these examples for comparison?

  • Number of Facebook pages set up by the Grand Mufti to track instances of radicalisation in…

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Meriwether Lewis and Laudanum

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All been done before.

Originally posted on Frances Hunter's American Heroes Blog:

There is a strong possibility that Meriwether Lewis was addicted to drugs at the time of his death. Lewis’s biographer Stephen Ambrose noted that Lewis was depressed, drinking heavily, and was taking opium pills and laudanum (a traditional preparation in which opium made from poppies is dissolved in alcohol) to help him sleep and to relieve the symptoms of a flareup of malaria, which would have included fever, chills, headaches, and nausea.

Opium poppies

Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy

Though the true extent of Lewis’s drug problems cannot be known with certainty, we chose to make drug addiction part of Lewis’s character in To the Ends of the Earth. This is not to imply that Lewis’s drug use was recreational or hedonistic. Opium was one of the only pain-killers available in the early 19th century. Like any good doctors, Lewis and Clark had carried the drug in their medicine kit on the Expedition and administered…

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Writing Through Grief

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Blogs are incredible vehicles for exploring our passions and finding our voices. They can also be powerful tools for healing in the face of trauma; for many of us, the act of writing is a cathartic one.

These brave moms are blogging their way through one of life’s more traumatic losses: the loss of a child. Calling themselves babyloss blogs, they provide insight for those of us who have never experienced this unique pain and support for other parents starting to navigate the same grief — along with hope that life does go on, and happiness is still possible.

C is for Crocodile

2014 BlogHer Voices of the Year winner Timaree started C is for Crocodile to chronicle her pregnancy, never imagining that after three years and five months, she would instead be chronicling her son’s fight with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia — an incredibly rare form of cancer. She blogged through his treatment…

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Mine Jobs fall in Bowen Basin puts strain on Residents Remaining

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Job cuts.
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THE sky may not be falling, but mine jobs are across the Central Highlands this week.

Glencore is cutting about 100 jobs from its Clermont Mine, New Emerald Coal is sitting in limbo with no progress being made at Blair Athol and Clermont residents have been left sitting tight, waiting for news.

Clermont Community and Business Group’s Rosemarie Haucke said she was concerned about the “domino effect” of job losses in the small community.

“The combination of who (which positions) is not known and it may not be for a couple of weeks,” she said.

“That domino effect (of job cuts) are kids at school going, partners who may be working in town, and then the loss of those people from the town.

“Their re-employability is dependent on their skills.”

A Glencore spokesperson said the job losses were the result of an internal review.

“Glencore has focused on reducing costs and maximising efficiencies across our business in the face of falling margins,” the spokesman said.

“The mining complex will continue to support a workforce of more than 600 after the changes are implemented.”

Ms Haucke said, if residential workers lost their jobs in the next round of cuts, she hoped FIFO workers might fill their place in town.

“There’s some hope I guess because the Clermont mine has the FIFO people and residential as well,” she said.

“I believe the balance is pretty even at the moment, the hope would be that if there were residents go who aren’t long-time locals… some of those FIFO could become residents.”

While Clermont Mineemployees worry over the impending job losses, successful applicants at NEC’s Blair Athol Mine have been left waiting.

NEC executive general manager Jason O’Rourke said the plans had been put back “again”.

“It’s unfortunate that we keep experiencing these delays,” he said.

“We’ve been in touch with our short-listed employees to advise them.

“While we hope they will continue to be patient with the process we understand that some of them may not be able to wait any longer and will have to seek employment elsewhere.”

Ms Haucke said it would be hard to fully understand the impact of the cuts before they happened.

“It’s just waiting,” she said.

“We don’t anticipate it will have the problem like in the past where businesses were cut out, it’s just people this time.”

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said she was concerned about the “ripple effect” of job losses.

“Any reduction in employment has a significant negative ripple effect, socially and economically, on the local community and potentially the wider region,” Cr Baker said.

Earlier this week, Rio Tinto announced about 100 jobs would be lost at the Kestrel mine complex by the end of the month.

http://www.cqnews.com.au/

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