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Chinese tourists at a buffet in Thailand

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Local Coles is Autism friendly

Have read comments elsewhere that many parents with autistic kids really appreciate this initiative.

Comparing Norway Democratic Socialism to U.S. Unfettered Capitalism 

Have been unable to find if these stats are realistic.

Not sure Toot. Norway is an expensive place to live apparently.

Cost of living in Norway is 41.62% higher than in Australia (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Norway is 6.96% higher than in Australia (average data for all cities).


The country has a very high standard of living compared with other European countries, and a strongly integrated welfare system. Norway's modern manufacturing and welfare system rely on a financial reserve produced by exploitation of natural resources, particularly North Sea oil.

Economy of Norway




White Supremists hand sign

Snopes says -Did an intern make a white supremacist hand gesture in a photograph with President Trump?



Our local variety of far-right agitators (including Neil Erikson one of those who held down the egg boy) are very problematic IMO.

Neil Erikson is the subject of an arrest warrant in NSW ... for a church incident.

Erikson and several others stormed into a Gosford Anglican Church service carrying a whip, a fake sword and a megaphone in May last year, traumatising the congregation.

At the time Father Bower described the incident as a "terrorist attack".

Neil Erikson and others posed for a photo after allegedly storming Gosford Anglican Church wielding a fake sword and whip during Ramadan.

Father Bower said despite the incidents and threats he received daily, he would continue to stand up to extremists.

"I won't be deterred from building bridges by people who want to build walls," he said.

Your Shot photographer Gabriel Grunser captured this stunning panoramic view of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites at sunrise. He writes, “A day cannot begin better than with positive energy and a great natural spectacle.” Photograph by Gabriel Grunser

Wonderful photo. Thanks Toot.

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (northeastern Italy) are certainly distinctive.

From another angle.

:) He was in no hurry to leave LOL.

Despite promises to end sex scandals plaguing the church for decades, Pope Francis has declined to accept the resignation of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who was convicted of concealing abuses by a priest in his diocese.

Cardinal Barbarin offered to step down in a private meeting with the Pope on Monday, less than two weeks after becoming the highest-ranking church official to be convicted of covering up sex abuse. Denying any wrongdoing, Barbarin has appealed the six-month suspended sentence he received in a surprise ruling by the Lyon court.

Makes a mockery of the Pope's so-called commitment IMO. Link to his speech on the issue below.

Pope Francis: Protecting children. Eradicating abuse

In a major address on Sunday, Pope Francis contextualizes the “scourge” of abuse, and appeals for an “all-out battle against the abuse of minors, both sexually and in other areas.”

24 February 2019

An Italian politician Massimiliano Fedriga an anti-vax figure, was in hospital for four days after he contracted chickpox.


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