Interesting story thread

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  1. gUt

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    How about a thread for those random stories that are interesting but don't really deserve a thread of their own, thanks to Labor's stinking carbon tax?

    Like this one!

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-21/obese-rural-women-choosing-risky-birthing-options/4473482

    I for one don't find this funny at all. :^o
     
  2. 2_Smoking_Guns

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    [​IMG]

    I find it interesting that this is something that can be governed by elected officials...
     
  3. 2_Smoking_Guns

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    I realise it can't be the same one.... unless he's really really bad at his job......
     
  4. 2_Smoking_Guns

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    Another interesting bit found in an article that pretty much states the obvious...

     
  5. gUt

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    Aussie bogans abroad:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-23/australians-arrested-in-phuket-over-tourist-shootings/4481094?WT.svl=news1

     
  6. Jimbo

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    A liberal newspaper referencing a 'study' which favours liberals

    You call that news?
     
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    More than 100 university students in the NSW Hunter have signed up to a specialist online dating website that will match them with a ‘‘sugar daddy’’ to fund their education, the site claims.

    US-based SeekingArrangement.com said a growing number of University of Newcastle students, both male and female, were seeking ‘‘sugar daddies’’ and ‘‘sugar mummies’’ to fund their education.

    It yesterday named the University of Newcastle as the No.2 Australian university for new sign-ups in its list of the fastest-growing ‘‘sugar baby’’ universities.

    The site, established in 2006, spruiks itself as creating ‘‘mutually beneficial relationships and mutually beneficial arrangements’’ and has made international headlines.

    It does not explicitly say students should swap sexual favours for sponsorship but leaves it up to couples to make their own arrangement.

    ‘‘No matter what you are seeking, whether it is love, companionship, friendship or some financial help ... we hope you will find the perfect match here,’’ the site states.

    The site’s creator, Brandon Wade, said that Australia’s cost of living was one of the highest in the world and it had caused some students to turn to ‘‘sugar daddies’’ to make up the difference.

    ‘‘By seeking a mutually beneficial relationship while in school, students will be more likely to find success later in life, and less stress while enrolled in school,’’ he said.

    Newcastle University Students Association has frequently complained that Youth Allowance and Newstart benefits are not enough to cover rent, textbooks, utilities and phone bills.

    It said paid employment could be disruptive to studies and could not always be found.

    Second-year university student Georgia Osland said she was horrified when told about the ‘‘sugar daddy’’ website.

    ‘‘I don’t know why someone would do that,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s really creepy. It’s actually quite demeaning.’’

    Second-year radiography student Sarah Mapher agreed the theme of the website was demeaning but said at least the ‘‘sugar mummies’’ added an element of equality.


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    ‘‘We just need free education,’’ she added.

    A University of Newcastle spokeswoman said she was surprised by the alleged number of subscribers to the site.

    She said students were encouraged to access support services.

    ‘‘We are mindful of the varied backgrounds of our students and have tailored our support programs to suit their needs. Services include free counselling and medical services ... financial advice, and accommodation support.’’

    http://www.northweststar.com.au/story/1255378/uni-students-seek-sugar-daddies/?cs=2452

    NICCEE
     
  8. Lynoman

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    Meh, more Asian prostitutes. IanG still won't be able to score.
     
  9. Jimbo

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    Chatty uses a different website for that sort of thing...
     
  10. Lynoman

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    Still fantasizing about men masturbating? I suppose I don't frequent men's toilets like you do though.
     
  11. butchmcdick

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    "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

    If you remember the line from Mandy Patinkin as being from the 1987 film The Princess Bride, you'd be spot on.

    But, apparently, the joke went over the heads of several passengers on a Qantas flight at the weekend: they felt threatened by a fellow passenger's T-shirt which had the immortal film line printed on it.

    Wynand Mullins said that probably could have chosen a different shirt for a flight, the reaction from Qantas crew was disproportionate. He was approached by a crew member when he was seated and while other passengers took their seats.

    "The flight attendant said to me: 'Are you able to remove it because some of the passengers are quite intimidated by it'. I thought it was all a bit silly. The person next to me was laughing, because they knew the movie," he told Fairfax New Zealand.

    Mr Mullins, who did not have another shirt to change into, said that the flight attendant went to find something else to wear but didn't return. She also failed to make eye contact with him during the entire flight from Sydney to Auckland on Sunday, he said.

    "I wouldn't be surprised if they had someone watching me the whole time," he said.

    "The whole experience was a bit over the top, but also a bit comical."

    A Qantas spokesman said the dispute appeared to have been settled on board.

    "Qantas does have dress standards for passengers travelling on our aircraft . . . particularly for slogans which other passengers may find offensive or threatening," he said.

    Although The Princess Bride was a minor success on its release in the US, taking just $206,243 on its opening weekend, it has become one of the best-known films of the decade.


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    It tells of a grandfather reading his sick grandson a fairy tale - much to the boy's initial disgust - of the Princess Buttercup, facing marriage to the evil Prince Humperdinck. Her first love, Westley, is forced to steal her back to seal their love.

    Patinkin's character of swordsman Inigo Montoya eventually becomes Westley's accomplice in his quest to rescue Buttercup.

    Patinkin said in recent interviews that he frequently has fans of the film repeat his immortal line and he never tires of it.

    "I have a smile as big as, as big as can be from one end of the room to the other [when I hear it]," he told American radio station NPR.

    http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story...-iconic-film-quip-triggers-flight-tizz/?cs=12
     
  12. gUt

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    Hah, a mate of mine gets around with "You see what happens Larry? You see what happens when you **** a stranger in the ass..." T-Shirt. I'll advise him to wear it next time he takes to the skies.
     
  13. Surely

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    So this is the thread to post boring stories in as well ?
     
  14. Surely

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    I might dip into the Kevin stories, the come in on the boring side



    Rudd only needs three hours sleep? Tell him he’s dreaming
    by Professor Drew Dawson
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    Therese Rein suggested in a SMH article on the weekend that the PM, Kevin Rudd, only needs “about three hours of sleep a day”. The interviewer, like most of the rest of us, seemed sceptical that the PM could function effectively on this amount of sleep on a regular basis.

    If we look at what the PM’s wife said in detail, she actually said:

    Kevin starts at around six in the morning he might get to bed around one or two, or maybe three. He doesn’t need a lot of sleep.

    The claim to get by on very little sleep is very common amongst high performing professionals, although rarely as true as they would want us to believe.

    The PM’s wife suggested Kevin typically goes to bed between 1am and 2am and sometimes as late as 3am and rises at 6am. That is, he gets four-five hours sleep most nights and occasionally as little as three hours —  a common pattern in highly driven busy professionals. The most interesting element of this statement is the desire to emphasise the infrequent and to exaggerate the level of sleep loss actually experienced.

    The reasons behind why high performing people like to underestimate their sleep are complex. It’s based on our cultural biases about the type of personality we attribute to sleep durations and sleep. Despite a large body of scientific evidence to the contrary, people typically attribute laziness and lack of motivation to individuals who express a high sleep need and/or report long sleep durations.

    The reasons for this are steeped in our cultural and religious views of sleep. Since the rise of Protestantism in the 15th century, sleep has been considered an “appetitive behaviour like food and sex. Moral goodness comes from the ability to resist the temptations of the flesh. In the 16th century, one pursued celibacy and fasted in order to find God and go to heaven. In the 21st century, where celibacy and fasting are well nigh impossible, we deprive ourselves of sleep to prove our “goodness” and suitability for a place in the new heavens of government and corporate boardrooms.

    The converse is also true. Short sleepers are typically considered to be more dynamic, more likely to succeed and more likely to be higher performing individuals. Nothing could be further from the truth. The scientific research clearly indicates that once long-term sleep falls below an average of five-six hours per day, cognitive impairment and negative long-term health consequences are inevitable.

    Nearly all individuals deprived of two- three hours of sleep per night over a week will show impaired brain function with a level of functioning equivalent to a blood alcohol concentration between 0.05-0.08%. Similarly, the majority of people when reduced to an average sleep duration of four hours per night or less will become irritable, subject to emotional outburst and will engage in stereotypical thinking and language.

    There are however, considerable differences between people in their susceptibility. As with alcohol intoxication, people impaired by sleep loss may be unaware of the impact of sleep loss and/or lack insight into the performance decrements they are experiencing. There is no doubt there are a very small group of people who report being habitually short sleepers and who report “getting by” on less sleep than others. Whether this is actually the case or they are basing their judgment on self-deception is less clear. When measured objectively, most of those self-reporting short sleep or resilience to sleep loss fail to demonstrate this in laboratory based tests of sleepiness or performance.

    The key point to understand in this debate is that many people, irrespective of the facts, like to promote the idea of themselves as “short sleepers”. They do this in order to promote the idea that they are hard working, motivated and more likely to succeed. There are many famous examples of politicians and business leaders who actively promoted the idea of themselves as short sleepers including Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton Thomas Edison and Bill Gates.

    While it is true that these individuals often had short night sleeps, they were also renowned “nappers” who would catch up on sleep during the day while travelling in trains, planes and automobiles or between meetings. When their total sleep for the 24h period was summed it was not as low as was frequently claimed. These individuals had adopted what is commonly referred to as a split-sleep or polyphasic sleep strategy.

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/07/21/rudd-only-needs-three-hours-sleep-tell-him-hes-dreaming/
     
  15. Jimbo

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    No Chatty

    Just having another chuckle about your addiction to porn chat websites

    Do you use the ladies then?
     
  16. Jimbo

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    Aha!!

    So that's why he spent like a drunken sailor...
     
  17. Surely

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    Rudd's party pie causes vomit fit

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    June 4, 2008 - 1:01PM
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    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says a party pie or something else savoury - not a dagwood dog - may have been responsible for a vomiting bug that felled him last month.

    Mr Rudd was struck down with severe stomach pains hours after watching his beloved Brisbane Broncos beat the Wests Tigers in Sydney on May 3.

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/rudds-party-pie-causes-vomit-fit/2008/06/04/1212258879208.html

    He recovered in time to speak at the NSW Labor conference the next day but looked unwell, sparking rumours the 50-year-old had suffered a minor heart attack.

    His office yesterday blamed a "dodgy dagwood dog" for the illness, but Mr Rudd suggested today it might have been a pie.

    "I think it was a party pie, something like that, a savoury something," Mr Rudd told reporters.

    "All I know is whether it was that, or whether it was a stomach bug, the consequences were graphic."

    Mr Rudd said he did not need a food taster.

    "No, we won't be putting that cost on the taxpayers," he said.

    Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson wished Mr Rudd well.

    But the former GP would not be drawn on whether symptoms of food poisoning could be mistaken for a heart attack.

    "I don't think I'll comment on that but I wish the prime minister very good health," he told reporters.

    Sydney's ANZ Stadium, where the NRL match was played, says it does not sell dagwood dogs, which are sausages, deep-fried in batter and served on a stick.
     
  18. Lynoman

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    Addiction, eh? Considering I haven't mentioned it once, and you bring it up every time, then I'd say you're the one addicted. Bringing something constantly up that's way past it's use-by date. A bit of a righty trait too.



    I don't hang around any toilets but thanks for confirming hanging around men's toilets is one of your pass times.
     
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    Ah I see, the righties are turning this into just another political shitfight. f**k you guys are so despoerate to bring Labor into everything.

    Typical, can't even keep on topic for one post can you shirley.
     
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  20. Surely

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    Lol

    Go have a toss lyno, you are very angry this morning.

    I'll dig around for more interesting Kev stories and meet you back here in 5
     

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