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This journal has undergone changes in the past year.

If you are a member of the public you will only see 5% of the journal contents.

If in addition you are a LiveJournal account holder you will be able to see 10%.

The ONLY way you can see almost everything on this Journal is to be on my friends list.

If you are on my friends list, but, your journal is not active you will be removed.

Those accounts that LJ reports haven't posted in the last 52 weeks have been culled from my friends list.


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To the person that SMS text messaged me the above...I thank you.

I reproduce it here so that many can see what a TWAT you really are.
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Anyone seen, heard from or sexed [ profile] a_trick_mind Tim or his hubby Rick recently please leave a comment. It's as if the earth swallowed them up.
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I've tried to voice post 5 times and each and every time it cuts out at the 1 minute mark. The fact that it's a long distance call doesn't help the frustration factor.

So fix it !
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The Australian do not call register is now a reality. So fight those annoying telemarketing terrorists...go on-line and register.


Registration complete

You have successfully registered 3 telephone number(s) on the Do Not Call Register.

Your registration expires in three years on 3-May-2010.

How long will it take before I stop receiving phone calls?

It may take up to 30 days for telemarketing agencies to recognise your registration and stop calling your number.

What can I do if I still receive calls after 30 days?

It you are still receiving telemarketing calls after 30 days, you can lodge a complaint.

Who can still call me?

Registering your number on the Do Not Call Register will not stop all calls to your number. There are some limited exemptions which enable certain public interest organisations to make telemarketing calls. Exempt organisations include charities, religious organisations, educational institutions and political parties.

Companies with which you have an on-going business relationship will still be allowed to call your number even if it is on the Register. For example, it may be reasonable to expect to receive a telemarketing call from a financial institution, utility, service provider or telephone carrier if you have an existing account. You may request the business to stop calling you at any time.

Two weeks before this date, a reminder email will be sent advising that your registration is about to expire and that you need to re-register your number(s). However, you don't need to wait until your registration expires to re-register your number for another three years.
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Australia has one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the western world. This is wrong. This needs improving. The waiting lists for organ transplants is growing exponentially each year whilst the donation rate remains pitiful.

Everyone has the potential to make the difference to 5 people's lives. Let's get with the program.

Sign up.

You need an Australian Organ Donor Register Card.

1800 777 203


Visit any Medicare office

To sign up online
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Proportion of babies affected by infantile colic in their first six months: 28%;
age at which symptoms usually peak: 6 weeks

Average number of sexual partners surveyed Australian males (aged 16-60) claim to have had: 17;
females: 7

Proportion of Births in Australia that are by caesarean section: 27%;
in Britain: 22%

Number of Australians whose organs were used after their death in 2005: 204;
in 2004: 218

Estimated number of kangaroos in Australia: 40-50 million

Proportion of Australian beef production that is exported: 66;
the value of these exports: $5 billion

Number of cot deaths in Australia in 2004: 59;
in 2003: 73;
in 2002: 119;
in 1989: 513

Proportion of Australian households that rely on welfare payments: 13%

World's longest stretch of straight railway track (across the Nullarbor Plain, Australia): 478Km

Proportion of Australians who regularly recycle at home: 90%;
world average: 69%

Proportion of surgeons in Australia who are aged over 55 years: 51%;
aged under 40 years: 15%

Number of phone cameras sold in Australia in 2005: 5 million;
in 2003: 300,000

Number of Australians with a hearing aid: 400,000

Number of credit cards in Australia: 24 million;
total debt: $35 billion;
total credit limit: $93 billion

Median age of the population of Australia: 37 years;
of the world: 27 years


Apr. 21st, 2007 10:52 pm
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We just finished watching a milestone in television history, the final two episodes ever of The West Wing. Apart from M*A*S*H no other series kept the quality top notch for its entire run. There is a whole generation of people who have an idea how the American political system works because of this show.

We new what was coming having seen the episodes years ago just days after the US airing via downloads and having watched the episodes again on DVD. Nonetheless, they were classy and Donna finally got her Josh and CJ walked off into the sunset.

We cracked open a few bottles of Bollinger and some pate to mark the occasion. Now I will return to the dining table where we are serving roast duck and baked veggies and where more champagne will be drunk whilst we discuss the merits of the US political scene as we know it versus the fictitious Bartlett White House.

Good night.

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Go ahead and ask.
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Thursday Apr 19 15:11 AEST

Almost one in four Australians don't want homosexuals as neighbours, an international survey has found.

Australians are less bigoted on the subject than people in Northern Ireland, said John Mangan, professor of economics at the University of Queensland.

Prof Mangan is co-author of a paper interpreting statistics from the Human Beliefs and Values Survey, conducted in 24 Western countries between 1999 and 2002.

He said the results showed anti-gay prejudice was by no means confined to Australia.

"The conclusion is the most prevalent form of bigotry is homophobia," he said.

"It's everybody except Scandinavians, so it's not a particularly Australian thing."

Of the 2,048 people sampled by phone in Australia, 24.7 per cent said they did not want homosexuals living next door.

But the figure was exceeded by survey respondents in Austria (26.7 per cent), Greece (26.8), the Republic of Ireland (27.5) Italy (28.7) and Portugal (25.6).

And Northern Ireland came out on top, with 36 per cent saying they did not want gay neighbours.

The least prejudiced nationality in the survey was Sweden, where only six per cent said they would object.

Australia fared relatively well in other categories, with only 4.6 per cent of people saying they would not like people of a different race as neighbours and 4.5 per cent objecting to immigrants or foreign workers next door.

Italians, on 15.6 per cent, topped the list of those who didn't want a different race next door.

The Northern Irish held the strongest views on immigrants and foreign workers, with 19 per cent saying they were not desirable neighbours.

Prof Mangan said the reasons why the various national attitudes evolved would be the subject of further research.

Factors influencing bigotry included income levels, whether people were employed or not, education levels and political leanings.

"Tolerance seems to rise with education more than anything else," Prof Mangan said.

"But you can have quite wealthy people who are older and probably have less formal education who tend to have more fixed beliefs."

His research has been published recently in the international economics journal, Kyklos.

The paper, entitled Love Thy Neighbour: How Much Bigotry is there in Western Countries, was co-authored by Professor Vani Borooah of the University of Ulster.

©AAP 2007


Apr. 18th, 2007 01:28 am
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I just realized there are too many sexy guys on my friends list, bring on the women. OMG what am I saying! If you don't think you're sexy try and convince me. If you're a red head or have dimple(s) don't try and if you have both stop flaunting it I get aroused easily.

I swapped text with a Hawtie tonight.

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A contender:

Still looking.
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When will Americans learn?

How many times does history have to repeat itself?

A VT survivor, shot in the arm.

Survivors will have their own demons to face.
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Attention all crackberry whores:

Is there a Blackberry which you can actually write emails on and include attchments like word documents and jpg files?

Does this same device work as a tri/quad band GSM digital mobile/cell phone and is actually comfortable to hold for 20 minute conversations?

Is there memory for 250 phone numbers and 250 email addresses?

Do they synch with laptops?


Recommendations from power users?
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Louise Hall
April 8, 2007

An Australian boy is leading the global fight against Type 1 diabetes. Connor Ahles, 11, is the first person in the world to be vaccinated in an ambitious project which aims to eradicate the deadly condition in children and teenagers.

The $5 million trial will determine if insulin delivered as a nose spray will prevent or delay the onset of Type 1 diabetes in people genetically disposed to developing the condition.

Developed by researchers at the Diabetes Vaccine Development Centre (DVDC) at the University of Melbourne, the vaccine stops the immune system from attacking the pancreas cells that produce insulin, thereby allowing the body to produce its own insulin.

Initially, 13,000 people aged between four and 30 with a close blood relative with Type 1 diabetes will be part of the trial. Of those, 2 per cent - or 268 people - will be considered to be at high enough risk to receive the vaccine due to the presence of antibodies linked to the development of diabetes in their blood.

DVDC chief executive officer David Irving said if the trial was successful, the vaccine could be available worldwide within the next five to 10 years. About one in every 700 Australian children has Type 1 - or juvenile - diabetes, for which there is no cure. Sufferers must regularly inject insulin and monitor their blood sugar levels. "A world without Type 1 diabetes is what we imagine," Mr Irving said.

Trial participants will self-administer the nasal spray every day for a week and then every week for 12 months and be monitored for four years.

Connor, from Melbourne, has an aunt with Type 1 diabetes, and tests showed he was at very high risk of developing the condition. Connor's mother, Janine, said: "I see it as an opportunity. If he gets sick, it won't be as traumatic as it is for people who aren't prepared."

Royal North Shore Hospital is the first active trial centre in NSW. Those interested in joining the trial should call 1300 138 712.
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Bellinda Kontominas, Medical Reporter
February 23, 2007

WE MAY have produced such fine athletic specimens as Cathy Freeman, Ian Thorpe and Brett Lee, but it seems Australia has also produced a nation of fatties.

The dubious honour has been handed down by the Forbes organisation, which released its list of the fattest countries based on body mass index, a measure of weight relative to height.

Australia weighed in at 21st, with almost 70 per cent of the population considered overweight or obese, based on recent estimates from the World Health Organisation.

The WHO defines overweight as a body mass index greater than or equal to 25 and obese greater than or equal to 30.

Of the top 10 countries on the list, eight were from the South Pacific, with Nauru tipping the scales in first position with 94 per cent of its adult population overweight.

The US was ninth with 74 per cent overweight and Britain was 28th with almost 64 per cent of its population overweight.

There are 1.6 billion overweight adults in the world, according to the WHO, which projects the number will grow by 40 per cent in the next 10 years.

Dr Michael Booth, a senior research fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council, said there was no doubt obesity had become a world-wide trend.

"Just because other countries are doing just as badly as us doesn't mean we shouldn't be very worried about it," he said. "It just means that we are all going to be sick and die a lot earlier together."

Dr Booth said Australia's rich food supply, "relatively unregulated advertising environment" and love of gadgets and machinery that encourage sedentary behaviour had contributed to the obesity epidemic.

The director of the Melbourne-based International Diabetes Institute, Professor Paul Zimmet, said obesity led to Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and sleep disorders which cost the country billions of dollars each year.

"The obesity epidemic has the potential to cripple entire health budgets if we don't do something about it now," he said.

Experts were divided on the accuracy of using body mass index to measure weight among the world's population.

Dr Booth said the index was an adequate measure for large population studies, however Dr Louise Hardy, a researcher at the NSW Centre for Overweight and Obesity at the University of Sydney, said using the body mass index was based on a European body type and not accurate for other builds.
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Kelly Burke, Consumer Affairs Reporter
March 22, 2007

Ribena vitamin claim misleading

AFTER 55 years of telling porkies, Ribena has finally sent itself to the naughty corner. But the surprise mea culpa may not save the drink's maker - and the world's second-largest pharmaceutical company - from receiving a thorough caning in a New Zealand court next week.

Generations of Australian and New Zealand children have been raised on Ribena, because that nice lady on telly told them the blackcurrants in the purple stuff contained four times the vitamin C of oranges.

But Ribena's manufacturer, the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, has in effect dobbed itself in to the national competition watchdog for "allegedly misleading representations" and has already undertaken to remove all references to vitamin C on its product's label.

In a statement released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission yesterday, the chairman, Graeme Samuel, emphasised that GlaxoSmithKline had "self-reported the discrepancies".

A matching statement by the company also emphasised the voluntary nature of its confession. The company omitted to include, however, the impetus behind its earnest and apparently voluntary bid to set the record straight.

The commission's equivalent across the Tasman, the New Zealand Commerce Commission, has been investigating GlaxoSmithKline for more than a year, and next Tuesday the company will face more than 80 charges in the Auckland District Court of allegedly making misleading representations involving Ribena.

The Herald understand the charges relate to vitamin C claims made on the packaging of Ribena ready-to-drink cartons and to vitamin C claims made in television advertising and packaging for its syrup, which has been on the market for more than five decades.

GlaxoSmithKline told the Herald late yesterday that the New Zealand investigation had been "a trigger" in its decision to approach the consumer commission here.

So had the multinational British-based pharmaceutical company - which turned a profit of more than $17 billion in the last financial year - been "allegedly misleading" its customers for the past five decades?

Absolutely not, a spokesperson said in a written statement forwarded to the Herald.

"Weight for weight, the 'four times' statement is factually correct but we accept that there is a potential for confusion among consumers and have taken the action to remove that claim."

In January, the Herald reported an analysis of popular children's snack foods and beverages by the independent consumer watchdog Choice, which found that Ribena consisted of little more than sugar and water. Its essential ingredient - blackcurrants - made up just 5 per cent of content, the study found, and was a processed product made from concentrate.

"For years, manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline has led Australian parents to believe Ribena fruit drink was a healthy choice for kids because of its vitamin C content," said Choice's senior food policy officer, Clare Hughes.

"This is a good example of food marketing manipulating busy parents who want to provide the best for their kids."
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Happy Anniversary original lyrics by Glen Shorrock & The Little River Band

Lyrics as appear below have been basterdized by [ profile] animator

Happy anniversary baby
Got you on my mind
Happy anniversary baby
Got you on my mind

I'm so happy for you baby
Now that you've found somebody old
I see it in your eyes, Lord it's no surprise
What he can do for you

But when I look back baby
When I look back to what we could of had
And I know I'm countin' good times
But there were just as many glad

And so I wish you
Happy anniversary baby
Got you on my mind
Happy anniversary baby
Got you on my mind

There's a lesson here to learn when your baby won't leave you
Carry on, don't feel concerned even though you're so much in love
You need a little help from above, oh

Happy anniversary baby
Got you on my mind
Happy anniversary baby
Got you on my mind

Oh ain't no foolin' with you baby
Only the words are hard to find
You got me tremblin' at the knees
Answer won't you please
Before I lose my mind

This is your seventh year baby
And I feel a little pale, Lord
I'm holding on to this card
Can't seem to get it in the mail
And the card reads ...

Happy anniversary baby
Got you on my mind
Happy anniversary baby
Got you on my mind

Ooh yeah, happy anniversary baby
Got you on my mind
Ah yeah happy anniversary baby
Got you on my mind

Oh, have a happy anniversary
'Cause I've got you on my mind
Always on my mind

Happy anniversary
Happy anniversary

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