http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/A Petition Pertaining to the Future of Australian Broadband.
To Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, the Liberal Party of Australia, the Senate and whom it may concern,
This petition is designed to highlight Australia’s desire for a superior ‘Fibre to the Home’ (FTTH) broadband solution, rather than the Coalition’s proposed ‘Fibre to the Node’ (FTTN) solution.
As currently proposed, the Coalition’s FTTN solution relies on the existing copper lines to supply individual premises access to the National Broadband Network (NBN) over the last mile or so. However, copper wiring solutions are rapidly approaching a century of implementation, with its inception dating back to the 1920’s. As such, its technological limits as well as associated weaknesses are rapidly developing.
There's also a facebook account and the petition site has a link for both this and for sharing it on twitter.
Bleeding Cool refer to it as:
And there are lots. Lots and lots. Completed serials that we’ve only had incomplete before, full series that nothing existed of. Not everything. But heaps and heaps. Possibly even The Full Hartnell. And Come November, or before, we'll get to see them.Let's hope that the rumours are correct.
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An Anonymous Prayer
Written in the 17th. Century
Lord, thy knowest better than I know myself
that I am growing older and will someday be old.
Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say
something on every subject and, on every occasion.
Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs.
Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy,
With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all.
But, Thou knowest Lord that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind from the recitals of endless details.
Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips on my aches and pains.
They are increasing and love of rehearsing them
is becoming sweeter as the time goes by.
I do not ask for Grace enough to enjoy the tales
of other's pain but, help me endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but, for a
growing humility and a lessening cocksureness
when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet
I do not want to be a Saint.
Some of them are so hard to live with.
But, a sour person is the works of the Devil.
Give me the ability to see good things in
unexpected places and talents in unexpected people.
And, give me, O Lord, the Grace to tell them so!
Please comment if you take any!
A country GP has described how he saved a 12-year-old Victorian boy by using a household drill to bore a hole in the child's skull.
Following directions over the phone from a Melbourne neurosurgeon, Dr Rob Carson made a deep incision in the boy's head and removed a deadly blood clot.
Nicholas Rossi, 12, was not wearing a helmet when he fell off his bike late on Friday while riding outside a friend's house in Maryborough, 170 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.
The boy hit his head on the pavement and was knocked out momentarily, but then stood up and said he was fine.
But after he complained of a headache, his mother Karen, a trained nurse, took him to the district hospital, where he experienced spasms and periods of unconsciousness.
The local GP, Dr Carson, recognised the symptoms of bleeding on the brain and realised he had only minutes to drill a hole to relieve the pressure on the boy's brain.
He obtained a drill from a maintenance room since the hospital was not equipped with neurological drills.
Over the telephone, Melbourne neurosurgeon David Wallace walked him through the procedure.
Mr Rossi told Radio 3AW today how Dr Carson told him and wife the risky procedure was necessary to save their son.
''They stabilised Nicholas to start off with (and) they put him under anaesthetic and then Dr Carson came out and he said that he had 'one shot at this' and said what he wants to do is to drill into Nicholas' head to relieve pressure on the brain,'' Mr Rossi said.
Dr Carson drilled a hole just below the bruise mark, above Nicholas' ear, until a blood clot came out. He used forceps to increase the hole to about a centimetre in diameter, then inserted a drainage tube to keep the blood flowing out of the boy's skull.
Mr Rossi spoke with Dr Wallace, the neurosurgeon who guided Dr Carson through the operation.
''He said Dr Carson picked the right spot and that astounded him. He said to have actually picked the right spot to drill and to use the Black and Decker (as he called it), it's just astounding - it took a lot of guts.''
Nicholas was airlifted to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital an hour later and was released on Tuesday - his 13th birthday.
The country doctor who helped save the life of a 12-year-old boy, Dr Carson said the thought of a young child dying in front of him was more scary than performing the actual operation.
''This little boy was dying in front of me and that was actually more scary then anything I did. The thought of that little kid, a 12-year-old actually dying from a pretty simple accident seemed terribly unfair,'' Dr Carson said on Radio 3AW.
''The actual procedure itself was not as terrifying as the possible outcome if I didn't do it.'' Dr Carson said his phone conversation with Dr Wallace had given him the confidence to do the risky procedure.
''I just said this is what I'm going to do and he thought that was a good idea to do it and he just described the technique a little more for me and once I was doing it, I was prepared for the next step,'' Dr Carson said.
Dr Carson said the successful operation was a memorable moment in his 30-years as a doctor.
''I suppose you would have to put it up with one of the highlights of your career, having had a career in country hospitals,'' Dr Carson said.
Dawn service, Memorial Cross, Mt Macedon, 25th April, 2009
(The picture is blurry, because I took it and it was before Dawn!)
- They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
- Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
- They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
- They fell with their faces to the foe.
- They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
- Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
- At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
- We will remember them.
"Ode of Remembrance" Taken from the fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon's poem For the Fallen
from the Macedon Ranges Leader
You Are Mint
You are a honest person with a strong personality. Your frank point of view is refreshing.
You've been quite lucky in your life, though you have made more of your own luck than you realize.
You are engaging and disarming. You definitely have the "gift of gab!"
You live an edgy, dynamic life. Sometimes you get a little burned, but you always bounce back.
Hmm, the "gift of gab!" Really? I do love mint though. :)
|Which Goddess lurks in your soul?|
You hold more power in your little finger than most do in their entire being! Hecate is perhaps the most selective of all deities who inhabit the souls of mortals. Being the goddess of the crossroads, Cosmic Knowledge, and of course witches and magic she can’t be bothered by residing in the souls of the mundane. She often chooses those who practice the craft of the old ways and those who harbor deep mystical secrets that must be kept close. Your soul is old, perhaps having been present at the birth of the cosmos in some form or another. Your ability to comprehend the necessity of death and it’s beauty have awakened a connection to the underworld, where Hecate has been known to reign and you relish this otherworldly bond. Darkness suits you well, as many of the best secrets of the cosmos can be found there.
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