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Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych341,874On 2012 November 13/14, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses Earth's southern Hemisphere. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in northern Australia and crosses the South Pacific Ocean with on other no landfall. The Moon's penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. For those traveling to Australia for the eclipse, please note that the eclipse occurs on the morning of Nov. 14 local time. For more information, including specific timezones and best countries to view from see NASA's website here: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2012/TSE2012.html #sciencesunday    #solareclipse   #eclipse   #NASA   @109783903175191665261 Total Solar Eclipse2012-11-13 23:00:00133  

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2015-06-02 04:49:12 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

I've received a great reply from Simon at the Museum of Victoria Discovery Centre, about the little doohickies I found near the Eyre Peninsula SA. (Pay rise for the dedicated Museum staff please!!) He's given me permission to share his reply here.

"We think these are the remains of cocoons of a native weevil, Leptopius duponti. These calcified cocoons are not always regarded as ‘fossils’ in the strictest sense, but nonetheless may be quite old depending on their original locality – for example they are quite common in the sand dunes of the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Some examples of these calcified cocoons have proved to be made of sand or gravel cemented together, and sometimes of limestone. The distinction of whether they are fossils or not depends on the chemistry of the material that holds the cocoons together.

In 1925 it was reported by A.M. Le... more »

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2015-06-29 08:50:37 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

For Aussies who like honey and who want to support Aussie beekeepers! Please take a few moments and complete the survey - we want CLEAR country of origin labelling on honey (and many more products) Vested interests will undermine local beekeepers and erode our excellent industry unless we take a stand. Importers don't want anything to change (what a surprise!) and certainly don't want us to know country of origin and other info about "honey" produced elsewhere. 
Please complete the survey - OUR beekeepers need us! Friday 3 July is the deadline.
#honey   #bees   #honeybees   #beekeepers  

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2015-06-02 04:49:12 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

I've received a great reply from Simon at the Museum of Victoria Discovery Centre, about the little doohickies I found near the Eyre Peninsula SA. (Pay rise for the dedicated Museum staff please!!) He's given me permission to share his reply here.

"We think these are the remains of cocoons of a native weevil, Leptopius duponti. These calcified cocoons are not always regarded as ‘fossils’ in the strictest sense, but nonetheless may be quite old depending on their original locality – for example they are quite common in the sand dunes of the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Some examples of these calcified cocoons have proved to be made of sand or gravel cemented together, and sometimes of limestone. The distinction of whether they are fossils or not depends on the chemistry of the material that holds the cocoons together.

In 1925 it was reported by A.M. Le... more »

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2015-07-05 02:05:49 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Anyone with information call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
They sound like a particularly scummy pair if the alleged crimes have been reported accurately. 
If this was happening in the city would it get more attention? (Don't answer that)

#scams   #arson  

Anyone with information call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
They sound like a particularly scummy pair if the alleged crimes have been reported accurately. 
If this was happening in the city would it get more attention? (Don't answer that)

#scams   #arson  ___

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2015-07-03 04:20:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

There are some good, practical tips to help different personality types to communicate more effectively whether at home, office, or school setting.

#mbti   #personality   #communication   #communicationskills   #communicationstyles  

There are some good, practical tips to help different personality types to communicate more effectively whether at home, office, or school setting.

#mbti   #personality   #communication   #communicationskills   #communicationstyles  ___

2015-07-03 03:42:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Excerpt: "I would say what is being done by the Australian government goes further than making it difficult to create art. They are in fact doing what they can to shut down dissent. Dictatorships regularly employ this tactic in order to entrench their power. People find it easy to see art as a luxury, but artists are the people who ring the alarm bells, hold a mirror up to society, create alternatives, and engender resilience, bonding, and cooperation. Healthy societies have a healthy artistic community. If you are seeing less and less new art, local art, community art, then understand you are in a country that is self-destructing. If artists are being silenced, then you are in a country that has turned into a despotic regime."

My addition - artists include all creatives - cartoonists, comedians, dancers, writers and poets as well as graffiti artists. They're all important for a... more »

"I would say what is being done by the Australian government goes further than making it difficult to create art. They are in fact doing what they can to shut down dissent. Dictatorships regularly employ this tactic in order to entrench their power. People find it easy to see art as a luxury, but artists are the people who ring the alarm bells, hold a mirror up to society, create alternatives, and engender resilience, bonding, and cooperation. Healthy societies have a healthy artistic community. If you are seeing less and less new art, local art, community art, then understand you are in a country that is self-destructing. If artists are being silenced, then you are in a country that has turned into a despotic regime."___Excerpt: "I would say what is being done by the Australian government goes further than making it difficult to create art. They are in fact doing what they can to shut down dissent. Dictatorships regularly employ this tactic in order to entrench their power. People find it easy to see art as a luxury, but artists are the people who ring the alarm bells, hold a mirror up to society, create alternatives, and engender resilience, bonding, and cooperation. Healthy societies have a healthy artistic community. If you are seeing less and less new art, local art, community art, then understand you are in a country that is self-destructing. If artists are being silenced, then you are in a country that has turned into a despotic regime."

My addition - artists include all creatives - cartoonists, comedians, dancers, writers and poets as well as graffiti artists. They're all important for a healthy, vibrant, fully functioning, inclusive society. 

via +Andrew Pam 
h/t +Katherine Phelps 
#art   #artist   #playwright  

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2015-07-01 10:04:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

lolz. Worth following on Twitter.

h/t +Dan Demonic 
#windpower   #windturbines  

Revenge, more like setting the record straight...___lolz. Worth following on Twitter.

h/t +Dan Demonic 
#windpower   #windturbines  

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2015-06-30 23:04:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

10 tips specifically for teenagers with Aspergers syndrome or on the autism spectrum. They're worth reading for anyone living with, working with or who has friends on these spectrums. (ie ALL of us!)

The more we know and understand, the better it is for everyone - not just the student who feels supported, but our adult colleagues.

#autism   #aspergers   #livingwithdifference   #teenagers  

10 tips specifically for teenagers with Aspergers syndrome or on the autism spectrum. They're worth reading for anyone living with, working with or who has friends on these spectrums. (ie ALL of us!)

The more we know and understand, the better it is for everyone - not just the student who feels supported, but our adult colleagues.

#autism   #aspergers   #livingwithdifference   #teenagers  ___

2015-06-30 22:56:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Here's a handy printable for those who suffer with mild depression. As with anything related to mental health, contact your trusted health care professional to discuss your specific needs, particularly if the depression is severe and chronic.

Sometimes when we're struggling in a haze, simple things can be overlooked and make a world of difference. 

#depression   #livingwiththeblackdog  

Here's a handy printable for those who suffer with mild depression. As with anything related to mental health, contact your trusted health care professional to discuss your specific needs, particularly if the depression is severe and chronic.

Sometimes when we're struggling in a haze, simple things can be overlooked and make a world of difference. 

#depression   #livingwiththeblackdog  ___

2015-06-30 10:56:40 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Do I need to mention that this is satire? Yes? No?

Possibly yes, as the gubment seems to think some of these problems relate to wind farms, cos wind is bad, coal is good ... go figure ...


#windfarms   #sustainableenergy  

Do I need to mention that this is satire? Yes? No?

Possibly yes, as the gubment seems to think some of these problems relate to wind farms, cos wind is bad, coal is good ... go figure ...


#windfarms   #sustainableenergy  ___

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2015-06-30 09:59:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Don't miss it, +Sue Travers. "In the UK it will be broadcast as a special programme on BBC One at 10.30pm this Sunday 28th June.

In the US, the special will air on BBC AMERICA, the home of the BBC's biggest natural history landmarks on American television. It will be screened this Sunday at 5:30pm ET, followed by an extended version at 8:00pm ET.

In Australia it will air on ABC at 8pm AEST on Tuesday 30th June, and in over 50 countries across four continents including BBC Earth’s branded channels in the Nordics; Poland; Turkey, Hungary and Romania."

Don't miss it, +Sue Travers. "In the UK it will be broadcast as a special programme on BBC One at 10.30pm this Sunday 28th June.

In the US, the special will air on BBC AMERICA, the home of the BBC's biggest natural history landmarks on American television. It will be screened this Sunday at 5:30pm ET, followed by an extended version at 8:00pm ET.

In Australia it will air on ABC at 8pm AEST on Tuesday 30th June, and in over 50 countries across four continents including BBC Earth’s branded channels in the Nordics; Poland; Turkey, Hungary and Romania."___

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2015-06-30 00:03:24 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

“Depression is when your personality leaves town and then you’re replaced with a block of cement.”

Seven years ago Ruby [Wax] decided she didn’t want to go through this again. While institutionalised, she’d get calls from people telling her to perk up. “Oh, I didn’t think of that.”
....

Her book Sane New World is the story of her journey and is worth reading. I think it could be relevant for anyone living depression, and their friends and relatives.

#depression   #rubywax  
 

“Depression is when your personality leaves town and then you’re replaced with a block of cement.”

Seven years ago Ruby [Wax] decided she didn’t want to go through this again. While institutionalised, she’d get calls from people telling her to perk up. “Oh, I didn’t think of that.”
....

Her book Sane New World is the story of her journey and is worth reading. I think it could be relevant for anyone living depression, and their friends and relatives.

#depression   #rubywax  
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2015-06-29 23:27:40 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Maybe it'll help, who knows. Petition in the link. (via GetUp! email) 

A joint Four Corners and Fairfax Media investigation today revealed that in this country, there's politics for the highest bidder. The investigation has revealed a series of contacts between known and suspected criminals and senior politicians, with serious outcomes. 

In one of the most serious of bombshells, in the mid 2000s suspected Mafia boss and hitman, Tony Madafferi, funded lobbying and donations to politicians in a bid to secure a visa for his brother - drug trafficker and ruthless Mafia criminal, Frank Madafferi. Madafferi and his associates met with several Liberal MPs, who in turn lobbied sucessive Immigration Ministers. In 2005, the then Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone, granted Frank a visa - in spite of suggestions from police that he might carry out acts of violence.1 (Just 18 monthsa... more »

Maybe it'll help, who knows. Petition in the link. (via GetUp! email) 

A joint Four Corners and Fairfax Media investigation today revealed that in this country, there's politics for the highest bidder. The investigation has revealed a series of contacts between known and suspected criminals and senior politicians, with serious outcomes. 

In one of the most serious of bombshells, in the mid 2000s suspected Mafia boss and hitman, Tony Madafferi, funded lobbying and donations to politicians in a bid to secure a visa for his brother - drug trafficker and ruthless Mafia criminal, Frank Madafferi. Madafferi and his associates met with several Liberal MPs, who in turn lobbied sucessive Immigration Ministers. In 2005, the then Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone, granted Frank a visa - in spite of suggestions from police that he might carry out acts of violence.1 (Just 18 months after the visa was granted to Frank Madafferi, he was implicated in the world's biggest drug importation scandal, and eventually charged with drug trafficking and conspiracy to murder.)2 

But this is not a just story about the Mafia, or about Frank and his visa. It's a story about influence in politics, and the ugly mix of money and politics. 

In the coming days, one of two things will happen: either there won't be much of a fuss and the politicians will go on with business as usual. Or enough people stand up and say 'I am sick of this – and any politician who turns a blind eye has lost my respect, my trust and my vote'. 

Our political leaders are paying attention right now and their response all depends on what happens next. We need to call for politicians to clean up their act, and get money out of our politics. 

As confidential police reports detail, there are "loopholes" that allow this to happen, allowing political parties and candidates to receive benefits that don't require disclosure.3 

The problem is clear: today, a person or company can give unlimited amounts of money to a politician or their party. It's a dangerous mix: politicians want to raise huge sums of money so they can spend it on their campaigns to win elections or try to stay in power. For some politicians, receiving donations might not change their actions at all - or it might mean they shake a few hands, take a few meetings they otherwise wouldn't have. But for others, it means they spend their time trying to change government policy to favour their donors. 

What is needed is a completely new set of rules that govern the relationship between politicians and money. The solution is simple, but its going to be hard work making change possible. 

Here's what Australia needs to clean up its politics:
A cap on the amount of money that a person or a organisation can give to a politician or political organisation: so that a person cannot try to buy special treatment in politics,
The immediate public disclosure of donations, so that the media and the public know who is giving money to who. As the old saying goes - sunlight is the best disinfectant
Establishing a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption: so that there's a watchdog with the authority and the teeth to find out when people have broken the law and make sure they face the consequences.
Winning these changes will be hard work. There are very powerful vested interests who want to see the system stay exactly as it is now; many of them who are likely to be in the halls of Parliament right now. But it's up to us to give them no choice. 

For this campaign to stand a chance, tens of thousands of GetUp members across this country will need to stand together and push for a new politics. Are you with us? Click here to sign the petition. 

These revelations are a result of a joint Fairfax and ABC investigation - and tonight, Four Corners aired their story on corruption in Australian politics. 

If we do nothing this will all blow over – another scandal forgotten as 24/7 news cycles moves on to the next sensation. We've done the policy work to know what the solutions are, but they'll only become reality if we can break this issue out in a moment like this, and urge the public to step back and acknowledge our democracy is being corrupted by anyone with a large enough cheque book. 

Right now the vested interests of the current game are mobilising behind the scenes to ensure nothing changes. They'll find a scapegoat, try and change the topic or shoot the messenger. Tonight we have to hold them to account. 

This story has has today uncovered, but imagine how many more have gone altogether unreported, and will go unreported, until something changes. 

Josh, Kelsey, Paul and the GetUp team 

PS - Reporting the Madafferi case, investigative journalists McKenzie, Baker and Bachelard asked: "How many genuine refugees without criminal convictions never get help from a politician, let alone the support of several MPs?" 

Let's build a movement of people who can make sure these MPs dodgy dealings are exposed, and more importantly that the system changes so that this sort of behaviour never happen again. www.getup.org.au/clean-up-politics 


References 
[1] Glad-handing and influence: mafia taking fast track to the powerful, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2015 
[2] 'How the Mafia penetrated Australian Politics', Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2015 
[3] 'How the Mafia penetrated Australian Politics', Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2015
+GetUp! Australia  #auspol   #corruption   #getmoneyoutofpolitics   #politicaldonations  ___

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2015-06-29 08:50:37 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

For Aussies who like honey and who want to support Aussie beekeepers! Please take a few moments and complete the survey - we want CLEAR country of origin labelling on honey (and many more products) Vested interests will undermine local beekeepers and erode our excellent industry unless we take a stand. Importers don't want anything to change (what a surprise!) and certainly don't want us to know country of origin and other info about "honey" produced elsewhere. 
Please complete the survey - OUR beekeepers need us! Friday 3 July is the deadline.
#honey   #bees   #honeybees   #beekeepers  

For Aussies who like honey and who want to support Aussie beekeepers! Please take a few moments and complete the survey - we want CLEAR country of origin labelling on honey (and many more products) Vested interests will undermine local beekeepers and erode our excellent industry unless we take a stand. Importers don't want anything to change (what a surprise!) and certainly don't want us to know country of origin and other info about "honey" produced elsewhere. 
Please complete the survey - OUR beekeepers need us! Friday 3 July is the deadline.
#honey   #bees   #honeybees   #beekeepers  ___

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2015-06-29 08:31:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Quick, cut their funding for exposing any whiff of questionable behaviour by the gubment! Lefty, latte sipping, chardy gulping bods that ABC viewers are... 

h/t +ABC Australia  #keepupthegoodwork  

The Italian mafia is one of the most secretive and powerful organised crime syndicates in the world, run by violent, ruthless criminals who make a fortune out of the drug trade, and it's operating right here in Australia, right now.

In this joint Four Corners/Fairfax Media investigation, more than a year in the making, Four Corners reveals how the mafia continues to flourish in Australia despite major police operations.

Tonight from 8.30pm on ABC TV.

Four Corners | http://ab.co/1KjsAE2___Quick, cut their funding for exposing any whiff of questionable behaviour by the gubment! Lefty, latte sipping, chardy gulping bods that ABC viewers are... 

h/t +ABC Australia  #keepupthegoodwork  

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2015-06-29 07:23:34 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

A welcome step - looking at areas of agreement and the need for action. 
h/t +Ashley Wilson 

#hope___A welcome step - looking at areas of agreement and the need for action. 
h/t +Ashley Wilson 

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2015-06-27 11:12:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

"Alan Turing’s family will be walking in today’s London gay pride parade, in what is expected to be the biggest event to date.

The theme of this year’s event is Pride Heroes and Turing has been selected as one of the LGBT figures which is being celebrated.
...
Japanese technology company Fujitsu ... have chosen Turing as their Pride Hero for his contribution to technology."

h/t +Jenny Winder 

___"Alan Turing’s family will be walking in today’s London gay pride parade, in what is expected to be the biggest event to date.

The theme of this year’s event is Pride Heroes and Turing has been selected as one of the LGBT figures which is being celebrated.
...
Japanese technology company Fujitsu ... have chosen Turing as their Pride Hero for his contribution to technology."

h/t +Jenny Winder 

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2015-06-27 09:28:29 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Help, help! Yet more ways wind farms are out to kill us all .... HELP!

#couldbesatire  

Help, help! Yet more ways wind farms are out to kill us all .... HELP!

#couldbesatire  ___

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2015-06-27 09:02:22 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Oz = Tuesday 8pm on our ABC!
Whoohooo!
#sirdavidattenborough   #potus  
h/t +Tessa Schlesinger 

I love David Attenborough. Wish I could see this broadcast. ___Oz = Tuesday 8pm on our ABC!
Whoohooo!
#sirdavidattenborough   #potus  
h/t +Tessa Schlesinger 

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2015-06-27 08:16:33 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

An excellent article on Triggs, strong government, asylum seekers, and democracy. 

h/t +Dave Bath 
#gilliantriggs   #auspol  

Logically, if Gillian Triggs is doing her job, standing up for decency against the bipartisan evil of both major parties, she cannot be labelled "partisan".  Unless she is being called one of those brave souls, the partisans, who stood against the evils of the axis powers during World War 2.

Aaah, yes ... that would be it ... but I didn't think Abbott would be so open about it.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/26/triggs-was-attacked-for-defending-the-powerless-and-one-day-another-pm-will-apologise-for-it

#AusPolitics   #NotInMyName   #GillianTriggs   #HumanRights  ___An excellent article on Triggs, strong government, asylum seekers, and democracy. 

h/t +Dave Bath 
#gilliantriggs   #auspol  

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2015-06-27 04:54:43 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Still relevant, not so much for the politicians mentioned, but for the deliberate misinformation and misrepresentation of important issues which still continues unabated by the msm.

h/t +Winston Close 

The Killing Season exposes Australia’s malicious media - Written by ALAN AUSTIN

27 June 2015 Kevin Rudd all but confirmed in the Killing Season that he was behind the leak that derailed Julia Gillard’s national press club appearance. If this fact had been known, this may have put a completely different light on Laurie Oakes’…___Still relevant, not so much for the politicians mentioned, but for the deliberate misinformation and misrepresentation of important issues which still continues unabated by the msm.

h/t +Winston Close 

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2015-06-27 03:20:32 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

What +Ben Neill said. 
Wilkie's speech on this issue is excellent. He's a man of integrity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEqORRoz3aI

Fucking spineless.

What a bunch of maggots. You are all complicit and unlike Andrew Wilkie, I do hold you responsible. Arguing 'party rules' on something so reprehensible is not an excuse.


#LNP   #Auspol   #ALP  ___What +Ben Neill said. 
Wilkie's speech on this issue is excellent. He's a man of integrity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEqORRoz3aI

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2015-06-27 01:52:53 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

A QUIZ!!
"Heads should roll" says Abbott (an odd turn of phrase given terrorists' penchant for beheading people they don't like).

Was this phrase used: 
a) in relation to the destruction of ancient aboriginal art? 
b) to the forced removal of indigenous people from traditional lands?
c) to the possible payments to Mallah (recently on QandA) from "news" networks ...   http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/sinodisp/au/cases/nsw/NSWSC/2005/317.html note points 19, 20, 32, 33, 35 It's worth reading in its entirety .
d) to Mallah appearing on the ABC, airing a non mainstream view, and not being well received by the audience or host .
e) about the crime of children being sexually abused in offshore detention centres?

You'd hope that the desecration of ancient rock art would raise a murmur of disapproval. That forcibly removingtr... more »

A QUIZ!!
"Heads should roll" says Abbott (an odd turn of phrase given terrorists' penchant for beheading people they don't like).

Was this phrase used: 
a) in relation to the destruction of ancient aboriginal art? 
b) to the forced removal of indigenous people from traditional lands?
c) to the possible payments to Mallah (recently on QandA) from "news" networks ...   http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/sinodisp/au/cases/nsw/NSWSC/2005/317.html note points 19, 20, 32, 33, 35 It's worth reading in its entirety .
d) to Mallah appearing on the ABC, airing a non mainstream view, and not being well received by the audience or host .
e) about the crime of children being sexually abused in offshore detention centres?

You'd hope that the desecration of ancient rock art would raise a murmur of disapproval. That forcibly removing traditional owners from homelands would raise eyebrows, and especially that paying a terror suspect for his story would have steam coming out of assorted powerful ears.

Unfortunately, no. Anger is only directed at the ABC for allowing Mallah to have a voice, (where he wasn't well received) and not to the other "news" organisations he's been associated with over a long period.  

#sosblakaustralia   #qanda   #traditionalowners   #outbackaustralia   #outback   #aboriginalrockart  ___

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2015-06-26 11:48:33 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Top row, far right. The ball of yarn has unravelled.

thanks for the laugh +Stephen Lord 

ATTENTION ..... Important community announcement

Next time you are driving your car and one of those confusing little lights come on, here's a simple chart to explain their purposes..

you're welcome___Top row, far right. The ball of yarn has unravelled.

thanks for the laugh +Stephen Lord 

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2015-06-26 11:38:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

yup, sounds possible

via +Maria Pantalone 

The pros and cons of public speaking..! :P___yup, sounds possible

via +Maria Pantalone 

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2015-06-26 08:58:08 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Sadly Oz isn't mentioned in the simulcast. This looks good!
h/t +Tessa Schlesinger 
#sirdavidattenborough   #obama  

I love David Attenborough. Wish I could see this broadcast. ___Sadly Oz isn't mentioned in the simulcast. This looks good!
h/t +Tessa Schlesinger 
#sirdavidattenborough   #obama  

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2015-06-26 06:38:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm sure heaps of you have been munching happily!

h/t +City of Melbourne 

Have you sampled from any of our food trucks or vans in the last 12 months? We’re conducting a survey of our current food truck sites as part of the trial and if you’ve visited the likes of Afrofeast, Mr Burger, Taco Trucks or any of the other tasty providers then we’d love your feedback.

https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/enterprisemelbourne/promote/Pages/FoodTruckTrial.aspx___I'm sure heaps of you have been munching happily!

h/t +City of Melbourne 

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2015-06-25 04:15:02 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

To call all the demonising and misinformation 'tedious and painful' is an understatement. Like many people I'm heartily sick of the finger pointing and blame games that are currently in vogue. Worth reading if you think you'll be affected by pension changes, or know people who are. 

via +Kerry Wright  
#pensions   #pension   #pensioner  

Looks like I've been a victim of the spin. Thank you to +william cluney for bringing this excellent piece to my attention. Essential reading:

http://greensmps.org.au/sites/default/files/better_outcomes_for_pensioners_-_busting_myths_and_misinformation.pdf

#australia   #auspol   #greens   #pensions  

 ___To call all the demonising and misinformation 'tedious and painful' is an understatement. Like many people I'm heartily sick of the finger pointing and blame games that are currently in vogue. Worth reading if you think you'll be affected by pension changes, or know people who are. 

via +Kerry Wright  
#pensions   #pension   #pensioner  

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2015-06-24 06:04:02 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Recycling using REDcycle bins.
"The rule of thumb is: if the plastic can be scrunched up into a ball, it can be placed in a REDcycle collection bin. Examples of acceptable plastics include:

Bread, pasta and rice bags
Cereal box liners
Biscuit packets
Frozen food bags
Ice cream wrappers
Squeeze pouches
Plastic sachets
Bubble wrap
Cling wrap
Chocolate and muesli bar wrappers
Silver-lined chip and cracker packets
Confectionery bags
Fresh produce bags
Netting citrus bags
Polypropylene bags
Plastic film from grocery items like nappies and toilet paper
Courier satchels
Newspaper and magazine wrap
Sturdy pet food bags
Plastic bags from boutique/department stores
Large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into pieces the size of an A3 sheet of paper first)"
... more »

Recycling using REDcycle bins.
"The rule of thumb is: if the plastic can be scrunched up into a ball, it can be placed in a REDcycle collection bin. Examples of acceptable plastics include:

Bread, pasta and rice bags
Cereal box liners
Biscuit packets
Frozen food bags
Ice cream wrappers
Squeeze pouches
Plastic sachets
Bubble wrap
Cling wrap
Chocolate and muesli bar wrappers
Silver-lined chip and cracker packets
Confectionery bags
Fresh produce bags
Netting citrus bags
Polypropylene bags
Plastic film from grocery items like nappies and toilet paper
Courier satchels
Newspaper and magazine wrap
Sturdy pet food bags
Plastic bags from boutique/department stores
Large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into pieces the size of an A3 sheet of paper first)"

Apparently they're dotted around Coles and Woolies supermarkets in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth, plus on the Gold Coast, in the Wollongong area, in Geelong and on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

#recycling   #plasticpollution   #plasticbags   #redcycle  ___

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2015-06-23 11:09:17 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The current Aust govt and powerful fossil fuel energy sector would do well to learn from Kodak's demise. Denial led to demise. 
  
"Immensely successful companies can become myopic and product oriented instead of focusing on consumers’ needs. Kodak’s story of failing has its roots in its success, which made it resistant to change. Its insular corporate culture believed that its strength was in its brand and marketing, and it underestimated the threat of digital.

Kodak did not fail because it missed the digital age. It actually invented the first digital camera in 1975. However, instead of marketing the new technology, the company held back for fear of hurting its lucrative film business, even after digital products were reshaping the market."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/avidan/2012/01/23/kodak-failed-by-asking-the-wrong-marketing-question/

#endfo... more »

There was a brief exchange on the ABC TV’s Q&A program on Monday night that neatly summed up all that is wrong with Australia’s energy policy..___The current Aust govt and powerful fossil fuel energy sector would do well to learn from Kodak's demise. Denial led to demise. 
  
"Immensely successful companies can become myopic and product oriented instead of focusing on consumers’ needs. Kodak’s story of failing has its roots in its success, which made it resistant to change. Its insular corporate culture believed that its strength was in its brand and marketing, and it underestimated the threat of digital.

Kodak did not fail because it missed the digital age. It actually invented the first digital camera in 1975. However, instead of marketing the new technology, the company held back for fear of hurting its lucrative film business, even after digital products were reshaping the market."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/avidan/2012/01/23/kodak-failed-by-asking-the-wrong-marketing-question/

#endfossilfuelmonopolies   #alternativeenergy   #sustainableenergy   #energysources  
via +RenewEconomy 

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2015-06-23 07:37:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Keep your eyes peeled Aussies in the southern states! There's a link to an aurora cam in Tassie! 
#aurora   #auroraaustralis   #nightsky  

Keep your eyes peeled Aussies in the southern states! There's a link to an aurora cam in Tassie! 
#aurora   #auroraaustralis   #nightsky  ___

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2015-06-23 01:05:45 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Most of us know how unpleasant it can be when we're overwhelmed with strong emotions, and they take control. In this excellent, beautifully produced short video, kids talk about what it's like for them.

It's equally relevant for adults, is easy to relate to, and gives practical tips on how to live comfortably with challenging emotions.

http://amysmartgirls.com/short-film-just-breathe-helps-kid…/

#insideout   #emotions   #anger   #mindfulness   #breathe   #justbreathe   #BeEmotionalInsideOut  

Most of us know how unpleasant it can be when we're overwhelmed with strong emotions, and they take control. In this excellent, beautifully produced short video, kids talk about what it's like for them.

It's equally relevant for adults, is easy to relate to, and gives practical tips on how to live comfortably with challenging emotions.

http://amysmartgirls.com/short-film-just-breathe-helps-kid…/

#insideout   #emotions   #anger   #mindfulness   #breathe   #justbreathe   #BeEmotionalInsideOut  ___

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2015-06-22 10:53:50 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

This appeals to me - it's simple and straight to the point, a bit like Adam Hills' reminder: "Don't be a dick."
via +Akpo Siekpe and +Len Bennati 

___This appeals to me - it's simple and straight to the point, a bit like Adam Hills' reminder: "Don't be a dick."
via +Akpo Siekpe and +Len Bennati 

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2015-06-21 10:10:16 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Dropping atomic bombs to see what happens. Conducting numerous secret nuclear experiments over many years, resulting in vast areas of land becoming uninhabitable. Lies, cover-ups, wilful blindness, a shameful disinterest in the well being of nearby inhabitants and a fawning subservience to Britain. The story of Maralinga is extraordinary, worthy of being on the curriculum at every school in Australia. 

#maralinga   #atomicbombs   #nucleartests   #sosblakaustalia  
#outback   #outbackaustralia   #aboriginals   #traditionalowners     #education   #history       

Dropping atomic bombs to see what happens. Conducting numerous secret nuclear experiments over many years, resulting in vast areas of land becoming uninhabitable. Lies, cover-ups, wilful blindness, a shameful disinterest in the well being of nearby inhabitants and a fawning subservience to Britain. The story of Maralinga is extraordinary, worthy of being on the curriculum at every school in Australia. 

#maralinga   #atomicbombs   #nucleartests   #sosblakaustalia  
#outback   #outbackaustralia   #aboriginals   #traditionalowners     #education   #history       ___

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2015-06-19 06:46:34 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

It's good to read this excerpt without a journo's bias and without the loudmouthed bleating from obscenely wealthy, entitled, born with a silver spoon in their mouth people who will do anything to ensure their greed isn't questioned. It's a well thought out, wide ranging look at the state of the world. As a non Catholic, I'm impressed. 
via +The Climate Council 
#popefrancis  

Momentum is building as more and more leaders from across the globe step up! Last night, Pope Francis issued an urgent call to action to "every living person on this planet" to tackle climate change

http://bit.ly/1TyUFvk___It's good to read this excerpt without a journo's bias and without the loudmouthed bleating from obscenely wealthy, entitled, born with a silver spoon in their mouth people who will do anything to ensure their greed isn't questioned. It's a well thought out, wide ranging look at the state of the world. As a non Catholic, I'm impressed. 
via +The Climate Council 
#popefrancis  

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2015-06-18 08:49:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Aussie shout out! For anyone who has kiddiewinks entering secondary school, this book has been the go to resource for information on careers for more years than I care to remember. It's been used by students, parents and uni students and everyone in between. There's A-Z information on jobs, what the job entails, training pathways, the kind of personality suited for the job, similar jobs and much, much more. It's an outstanding resource, unmatched by anything else I've worked with. It looks boring, but is crammed with useful, practical, useable information, without spin ( a rare commodity!)

The current federal govt has decided not to fund the paper version any more. Sadly, not everyone has access to computers or can afford reliable internet access, so those most in need of the information will be further marginalised.
 
I'd like to encourage everyone to ensure... more »

Aussie shout out! For anyone who has kiddiewinks entering secondary school, this book has been the go to resource for information on careers for more years than I care to remember. It's been used by students, parents and uni students and everyone in between. There's A-Z information on jobs, what the job entails, training pathways, the kind of personality suited for the job, similar jobs and much, much more. It's an outstanding resource, unmatched by anything else I've worked with. It looks boring, but is crammed with useful, practical, useable information, without spin ( a rare commodity!)

The current federal govt has decided not to fund the paper version any more. Sadly, not everyone has access to computers or can afford reliable internet access, so those most in need of the information will be further marginalised.
 
I'd like to encourage everyone to ensure your local library has multiple copies of the current edition and that anyone who has school aged kids buys a copy to have lying around so you can look at the wonderful array of jobs, and to dream, plan, think of "what if's" and possibilities. 

IMO this is a dreadfully shortsighted decision which isn't in keeping with the needs of the diversity of students and families in our communities. But sadly, it's par for the course with this government. 
#jobguide   #jobinformation   #hobsonsjobguide   #jobsearch  ___

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2015-06-17 23:20:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

What a great idea. They remind me of the JC waterwalkers and "treads" that were a big thing in the 70's.

via +Michael Woods 

A good news article for a change, flip flops, thongs or jandals... what ever you call them, I bet you never thought they could help war torn communities___What a great idea. They remind me of the JC waterwalkers and "treads" that were a big thing in the 70's.

via +Michael Woods 

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2015-06-17 11:32:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Worth reading in its entirety, but major points include:
Gerard Mestrallet, the chairman CEO of GDF Suez, which now calls itself Engie as part of a major corporate make-over, signalled a big push against coal-fired generation in a series of meetings earlier this month at a major gas conference and a pre-Paris business seminar.
...
“As energy solutions become smaller and smaller, so energy itself is becoming increasingly local: looking to the future, more than 50 per cent of energy generation will rely on local sources. The sun is local, and so is the wind .”
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out at Hazelwood:
"The 44-year-old Hazelwood power station is the dirtiest coal generator in Australia and the third-dirtiest in the world, with a carbon intensity of 1.4 tonnes/MWh. The new Victorian Labor state government is coming under pressure to push forthe... more »

Worth reading in its entirety, but major points include:
Gerard Mestrallet, the chairman CEO of GDF Suez, which now calls itself Engie as part of a major corporate make-over, signalled a big push against coal-fired generation in a series of meetings earlier this month at a major gas conference and a pre-Paris business seminar.
...
“As energy solutions become smaller and smaller, so energy itself is becoming increasingly local: looking to the future, more than 50 per cent of energy generation will rely on local sources. The sun is local, and so is the wind .”
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out at Hazelwood:
"The 44-year-old Hazelwood power station is the dirtiest coal generator in Australia and the third-dirtiest in the world, with a carbon intensity of 1.4 tonnes/MWh. The new Victorian Labor state government is coming under pressure to push for the closure of the generator, given its health impacts, the fire last year and the damming follow-up report, as well as the huge amount of excess capacity in the network."
#quitcoal   #hazelwood   #coalmine   #coal  ___

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2015-06-17 06:28:33 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

If you've been noticing smoke coming out of your ears with assorted rorts, blatant lies, cruelty and hypocrisy, and if you've just emerged from under the safety of your secluded rock to peek at what's been happening, this could well give some hope that all is not lost. The last few paragraphs border on being delicious.
May these good things continue and gather strength - we need it.
via +Scott Hamilton 
#mining   #taxation   #taxfreestatus   #environment   #environmentalgroups  

Minerals Council caught out receiving public money for lobbying against environmental groups receiving public money..___If you've been noticing smoke coming out of your ears with assorted rorts, blatant lies, cruelty and hypocrisy, and if you've just emerged from under the safety of your secluded rock to peek at what's been happening, this could well give some hope that all is not lost. The last few paragraphs border on being delicious.
May these good things continue and gather strength - we need it.
via +Scott Hamilton 
#mining   #taxation   #taxfreestatus   #environment   #environmentalgroups  

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2015-06-16 06:22:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Not a new idea, but smartly presented.

via +Cendrine Marrouat 
#homelessness  

"If you give money to a nonprofit that works on homelessness, you probably think of it as charity. But one LA-area organization wants to reframe how we see the issue. The Weingart Center, which helps get homeless people back into regular jobs and housing, argues that we should be thinking of spending on homelessness as an investment—not a donation. In a new marketing campaign, the group's mock-investment prospectus lays out the facts: Helping someone get off the street is in the self-interest of everyone living in the city, and not just a charitable gift."

#awareness   #homelessness  ___Not a new idea, but smartly presented.

via +Cendrine Marrouat 
#homelessness  

2015-06-15 10:58:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Is anyone here going to the ACBS World Conference in Berlin in July?
I'm not, but would love to hear about it on G+ rather than twitter or FB!

#ACBS   #worldconference   #berlin  

Is anyone here going to the ACBS World Conference in Berlin in July?
I'm not, but would love to hear about it on G+ rather than twitter or FB!

#ACBS   #worldconference   #berlin  ___

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2015-06-15 07:46:15 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

That was quite a sunset! (Last week, near Westernport Bay, Vic)
#sunset #clouds
#silhouette #deadtree #trees

That was quite a sunset! (Last week, near Westernport Bay, Vic)
#sunset #clouds
#silhouette #deadtree #trees___

2015-06-15 04:24:04 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

There's a massive amount of data on jobs (including: location, age, industry, occupation) in the document below.

"The 2015 Australian Jobs publication presents an overview of
the labour market to meet the need for industry, occupation and
location information for a range of users. The report is based largely
on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures but also uses data
from other Government and related agencies. More detailed
information is available and the report includes links to help you
explore the labour market further.

The Australian labour market is currently subdued, with
unemployment at a relatively high level. Mature age and young
workers face particular difficulty in the labour market. "

I'm particularly pleased to read about the bright future!  "There is, though, lots of support to help people... more »

There's a massive amount of data on jobs (including: location, age, industry, occupation) in the document below.

"The 2015 Australian Jobs publication presents an overview of
the labour market to meet the need for industry, occupation and
location information for a range of users. The report is based largely
on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures but also uses data
from other Government and related agencies. More detailed
information is available and the report includes links to help you
explore the labour market further.

The Australian labour market is currently subdued, with
unemployment at a relatively high level. Mature age and young
workers face particular difficulty in the labour market. "

I'm particularly pleased to read about the bright future!  "There is, though, lots of support to help people find real jobs, and the outlook is bright, with more than 1.1 million new jobs expected to be created over the next five years . To deliver better outcomes for job seekers and employers, the Government is committed to a new approach to employment services. The Government is investing $5 billion over three years from 1 July 2015 in new employment services called jobactive."

#labourmarket   #jobs   #jobsearch   #jobseekers  ___

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2015-06-08 07:10:52 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

We're getting new banknotes and they sound pretty impressive! They'll still be colourful with large numbers, but with an added feature of being tactile! It's interesting reading about the research conducted into what works best for the vision impaired.

#money   #rba   #banknotes  

We're getting new banknotes and they sound pretty impressive! They'll still be colourful with large numbers, but with an added feature of being tactile! It's interesting reading about the research conducted into what works best for the vision impaired.

#money   #rba   #banknotes  ___

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2015-06-07 04:02:15 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

For all the lysdexics out there. Keep smiling!

via +John Poteet 
#dyslexia  

Oooooo that could be messy...___For all the lysdexics out there. Keep smiling!

via +John Poteet 
#dyslexia  

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2015-06-03 10:04:53 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Emus. They're big. They've got attitude.

#straya   #outback   #emus   #birds  

Emus. They're big. They've got attitude.

#straya   #outback   #emus   #birds  ___

2015-06-03 04:32:03 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Awesomed!
Not entirely accurate with the maps, but fun to see the pics collated into an album :-)

Awesomed!
Not entirely accurate with the maps, but fun to see the pics collated into an album :-)___

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2015-06-03 04:26:06 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Daniel O'Keeffe is still missing but his parents haven't given up. They are about to head to the backwaters of outback Australia (northern territory and northern western Australia) to distribute posters and to see if they can find any news of him being sighted.

Here's hoping

+dancomehome​

Daniel O'Keeffe is still missing but his parents haven't given up. They are about to head to the backwaters of outback Australia (northern territory and northern western Australia) to distribute posters and to see if they can find any news of him being sighted.

Here's hoping

+dancomehome​___

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2015-06-02 10:47:13 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Bugs, bugs and more bugs. That's what the 'Strayan bush is made of! 

I look at these and wonder why I ever go camping!

#outback   #outbackaustralia   #bugs   #insects   #fossils   #weevils   #moths   #centipedes   #creepiecrawlies   #theresabuginthetent  

Bugs, bugs and more bugs. That's what the 'Strayan bush is made of! 

I look at these and wonder why I ever go camping!

#outback   #outbackaustralia   #bugs   #insects   #fossils   #weevils   #moths   #centipedes   #creepiecrawlies   #theresabuginthetent  ___

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2015-06-02 04:49:12 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

I've received a great reply from Simon at the Museum of Victoria Discovery Centre, about the little doohickies I found near the Eyre Peninsula SA. (Pay rise for the dedicated Museum staff please!!) He's given me permission to share his reply here.

"We think these are the remains of cocoons of a native weevil, Leptopius duponti. These calcified cocoons are not always regarded as ‘fossils’ in the strictest sense, but nonetheless may be quite old depending on their original locality – for example they are quite common in the sand dunes of the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Some examples of these calcified cocoons have proved to be made of sand or gravel cemented together, and sometimes of limestone. The distinction of whether they are fossils or not depends on the chemistry of the material that holds the cocoons together.

In 1925 it was reported by A.M. Le... more »

I've received a great reply from Simon at the Museum of Victoria Discovery Centre, about the little doohickies I found near the Eyre Peninsula SA. (Pay rise for the dedicated Museum staff please!!) He's given me permission to share his reply here.

"We think these are the remains of cocoons of a native weevil, Leptopius duponti. These calcified cocoons are not always regarded as ‘fossils’ in the strictest sense, but nonetheless may be quite old depending on their original locality – for example they are quite common in the sand dunes of the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Some examples of these calcified cocoons have proved to be made of sand or gravel cemented together, and sometimes of limestone. The distinction of whether they are fossils or not depends on the chemistry of the material that holds the cocoons together.

In 1925 it was reported by A. M. Lea in the Records of the South Australian Museum (3; 35-6) that these sands contained the calcified pupal cases of insects, more specifically weevils of the genus Leptopius (see attached for this article and illustrations). As this type of weevil is still alive today, commonly called “Wattle Pig”, we now know the adult female Leptopius sp. feeds on the foliage of acacia trees and lays her eggs on the leaves. When the larvae hatch, they are thought to burrow underground to feed on roots, and when ready to pupate they make a chamber in the soil instead of a true cocoon which is cemented by a secretion from the larvae (rather than a webbing, in the case of other taxa). The emergent adult then climbs the trees to feed, and the empty cases are left to weather underground and can become mineralised. Some of these cocoons from the Eyre Peninsula are estimated to be up to 40,000 years old."

So it's most likely the cocoon of the Wattle Pig! What a ripper name! There was an attached paper with photos, but unfortunately I'm unable to share it, however the photos and description are a perfect fit! Now I can relax ;-)

#weevils   #cocoons   #EyrePeninsula    #fossils   #bugs   #insects   #geology   #museumofvictoria  ___

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2015-05-28 03:29:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Iron Knob. I wonder how many international visitors can't find the toilets ;-)
#strine   #toilets   #outbackaustralia   #outback  

Iron Knob. I wonder how many international visitors can't find the toilets ;-)
#strine   #toilets   #outbackaustralia   #outback  ___

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