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Chinese tourists at a buffet in Thailand

https://streamable.com/lsb6

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Murphy's Haystacks near Port Lincoln in South Australia looks stunning in the sunlight.

ABC Open contributor Marian Martin  

So unusual. Thanks toot.

Watching the Cable Beach camels at sunset in Broome, Western Australia.

ABC Open contributor Vinnie Preston  

This beautiful Mexican-themed carpet created from 500,000 Dahlia and Begonia flowers in Grand Place, Brussels

Wow, that's amazing.

Love Brussels, love Bruge love Belgium!

That carpet is simply stunning.  It must have taken hundreds of hours to complete. 

Agree Hola, wonder what they’ll come up with next.

The flower carpet concept dates back to 1971, when Brussels councillors were impressed by similar arrangements in the neighbouring Flanders province and decided to bring it to the city. Since then, the carpet has been laid out every other year, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.

There are just so many stunning flower carpets.

Flower carpet images around the world.

And at night!

 

 This is how much money you need to buy a kilo of tomatoes in Venezuela – 5,000,000 bolivars - equivalent to $US 0.76 

It looks like the money weighs more than the tomatoes. One would need an extra large purse to carry all that loot. 

A socioeconomic and political crisis has been taking place in Venezuela since 2010. The contraction of national and per capita GDPs between 2013 and 2017 has been more severe than that of the United States during the Great Depression, or of Russia, Cuba, and Albania following the fall of communism.

In recent years, the annual inflation rate for consumer prices has risen astronomically. Hunger has escalated to the point that the Venezuela's Living Conditions Survey found nearly 75% of the population had lost an average of at least 8.7 kg in weight due to a lack of proper nutrition.

According to a study published in 2018 by three Venezuelan universities, almost 90% of the Venezuelan population now lives in poverty.

Such a sad situation.

First Nations unite at Kabarrijbi Wangkijbi

 

Great pic.

 

Growing old together - 15 years apart

:) Lovely.

https://www.facebook.com/dusttodigital/videos/10156450240790821/

Flamenco dancer Antonia La Singla performing with singer Diego Vargas in 1965.

You can't beat a sexy Flemenco dance or the Tango with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere from the movie "Shall We Dance". 

:) There's something about the flamenco.

 

 

Tear gas canisters, thrown by Israeli forces, fall onto Palestinian protesters during a demonstration along the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City, August 17, 2018.

 

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres published a special report Friday, following a General Assembly resolutioncondemning the violence in Gaza, detailing ways the organization could protect Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Guterres' propositions range from establishing an armed military or police force to deploying civilian observers and expanding humanitarian aid programs.

>> How Many Settlers Need to Be Evacuated to Make Way for a Palestinian State ? Gaza Cease-fire, Prisoner Swap and Seaport: Details of Israel-Hamas Deal Emerge

 

The General Assembly tasked the UN chief with writing the report in June following the turbulent demonstrations along the Gaza border fence. The probability of such proposals being advanced, as the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has gone into effect, is low. Particularly the option of sending an armed force, which would require Security Council approval that the U.S. is likely to veto.

Source: haaretz.com

 

 

 

 

 

Talking of the UN.  [Think he was one of the sincere Secretary Generals]

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan looks on before a meeting at his office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on July 20, 2012.

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  Young Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80.

Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his death in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short and unspecified illness. The statement remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as "radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did."

He died "peacefully in his sleep," the president of Ghana, where Annan was born, said after speaking to his wife.

At U.N. headquarters in New York, the U.N. flag flew at half-staff and a bouquet of flowers was placed under Annan's portrait. Reflecting the widespread regard that won him a groundbreaking uncontested election to a second term, leaders from Russia, India, Israel, France and elsewhere expressed condolences for a man Bill Gates called "one of the great peacemakers of our time."

Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. His aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general, and the first hired from within. His two terms were from Jan. 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 2006, capped nearly midway when he and the U.N. were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

 

 

 

 

Yep, one of the best.

Gaza and the Left Bank ... and so it goes on ... so much angst.

RIP Kofi Annan ... he tried his best.

$120m headache for the Australian Government.

© Provided by ABC News The Growler was just about to take off when the engine malfunctioned and caught fire. Two Australian Air Force pilots are being praised for their expert response to a dramatic engine malfunction that saw their advanced electronic warfare plane skid across a US runway before catching fire.

TheRAAF's newly delivered EA-18G Growler was taking part in military exercises and was just about to take off from the Nellis Air Force base outside Las Vegas when the emergency occurred on January 28.

Six months on from the fiery mishap, the Defence Department has confirmed the damaged Growler has since been "withdrawn from service" and the department has begun examining how it can recover the cost of the aircraft, believed to be worth $120 million.

"The investigation into the EA-18G Growler aircraft incident at Nellis Air Force Base has been completed and was provided to the Chief of Air Force on July 30, 2018," the Defence Department said in a statement.

Now senior military figures with knowledge of the investigation have detailed the circumstances of what has been described as the "most serious incident of its kind for the Australian Air Force in more than 25 years".

Seconds later, pilots would have had to eject

One officer who spoke to the ABC on the condition of anonymity revealed the aircraft's engine "destroyed itself" while in full power during the attempted take-off.

"The two pilots did an incredible job to stay with the jet and keep control to avoid hitting other aircraft parked nearby," the RAAF officer told the ABC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSK-JcK1MTc

 

"Had the incident been a couple of seconds later, they would have been committed to the take-off and likely would have had to eject after clearing the runway."

The investigation has confirmed a high-pressure compressor in the Growler's engine had broken into three major pieces, with one segment piercing through the bottom of the jet and taking a chunk out of the runway.

Another piece of the compressor went sideways through the second engine causing severe damage, while the third piece went up and destroyed the right-hand tailfin before flying away and landing some distance from the jet.

As the jet came to a halt, the rear fuselage was engulfed in fire, the main undercarriage collapsed, and two of the three ALQ-99 electronic jammer pods it was carrying were severely damaged.

The Growler is a specialist electronic warfare and attack aircraft that is only flown by the US andAustralia,and carries jammers and sensors capable of disrupting or jamming electronic networks.

The Defence Department says it is exploring options for the "recovery of economic losses resulting from the incident" now that the aircraft has been assessed as "beyond economic repair".

"Due to contractual arrangements, this process is expected to take a period of time," the Department said.

Senior Defence figures say any compensation claim would likely go first through the US Navy, then to the airframe manufacturer Boeing, then to engine maker General Electric, and finally to the engine component supplier.

The RAAF has 11 jets remaining in its Growler fleet but is yet to decide whether it will replace the damaged aircraft.



The investigation has confirmed a high-pressure compressor in the Growler's engine had broken into three major pieces, with one segment piercing through the bottom of the jet and taking a chunk out of the runway. Another piece of the compressor went sideways through the second engine causing severe damage, while the third piece went up and destroyed the right-hand tailfin before flying away and landing some distance from the jet. As the jet came to a halt, the rear fuselage was engulfed in fire, the main undercarriage collapsed, and two of the three ALQ-99 electronic jammer pods it was carrying were severely damaged.

Thanks to the two pilots, the event didn’t result in complete mayhem.

The Defence Department says it is exploring options for the "recovery of economic losses resulting from the incident" now that the aircraft has been assessed as "beyond economic repair".

Good luck with that.

Yes that is what it said in the article RnR.

I realise that.

 

 

 

American Jews Stand Against the U.S. Embassy Move and Israel’s Mass Killing of Protesters in Gaza
“This is the ongoing Nakba: Celebrating the annexation of Jerusalem while gunning down Palestinian protesters”

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 200,000 online supporters, over 70 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.

 

 

... to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. 

Good on them.

Such an emotive, traditional and volatile issue for those locally involved, let alone the rest of the world poking its nose in.

Personally, can't see an imminent solution but hope someone will or that peace will finally prevail.

 

A best-selling book about disgraced former Labor politician Eddie Obeid has been pulled from sale and pulped because of defamation allegations.

He Who Must Be Obeid has sold thousands of copies since its release in July, but now it is off the shelves and can no longer be bought online.  

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-21/obeid-book-pulled-from-shelves-over-defamation-allegations/5685608

 

Love this woman, Kate McClymont.  She is an investigative journalist, currently reporting on the Independent Commission Against Corruption for the Sydney Morning Herald. In the late 1980s, McClymont worked for two years as a junior reporter on Four Corners

 

Sorry I missed it lol

Eddie Obeid, family and cohorts ... yuk, yuk, yuk IMO.


FILE PHOTO President Donald Trump during a prayer at the White House. September, 2017  

Sometimes I shudder to think what certain people are praying for.

"Prayers and Thoughts". This is what politicians always seem to say, to me it sounds so insincere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful child by photographer Bisola Mofeoluwa Bamuyiwa, owner of BMB studio in Lagos, Nigeria.

Did you see her with her sister with no make up on Toot?  This was in the newspapers about a month ago.  She does look stunning.  I find a lot of Etheopian women are stunning.

Stunning child and subsequent photos. Hope she happily survives the "viral" impact of same on social media.

I have a bit of a negative reaction to that photo. Is he saying she is beautiful physically?... and a bit beside the point but have her eyes been enhanced?..and if so, why? All children are beautiful. To enhance one child’s beauty over another, in a modelling sense, just doesn’t seem right. Also, this photo does not express inner beauty, only outer beauty so it is perhaps not an ideal thing to emphasise about children in our age of vanity. When it comes to inner beauty I think I would be more attracted to warmer or more emotional eyes in a photo of a child, or of anyone really.

Yes saw that yesterday, it is rather traumatic.

Thanks Toot, very sad.

Unbelievable, bless his little soul. That lady deserves all the help she can get. He was meant to be here. Hope he has a happy life.  

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