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Catch Up On: WORLD NEWS – Part 4: War in Gaza

And for my final installment (because this is all the bad news I can take for one week)… GAZA GOES BIRKO How did it all start? Well the simmering Israel/Palestine conflict over Gaza has been on the boil for an incredibly long time and has its roots in ancient history (get your full background here). This deeply entrenched animosity is partly why a solution is so very hard to find. Very basically: […]

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Catch Up On: WORLD NEWS, Part 3: EBOLA VIRUS

From Jihad terror to a deadly virus. Of course, no bad news week can be without one… EBOLA STRIKES…  This is war of another kind – against a virus, which is extra scary because while we think it’s impossible to rationalise with a Jihadist, try convincing an almost invisible molecule not to kill and maim people. What is a virus?  A virus is “an ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of […]

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Catch Up On: WORLD NEWS – Part 2: The Islamic State

Here’s me with day 2 of Head out of Sand. I’m very tempted to pop it back in with this lot I tell you… THE ISLAMIC STATE GETS HIGH, MIGHTY AND VERY BLOODY SCARY This is the stuff of my nightmares – religion of the the extreme and brain washy kind leading people to think atrocities are warranted and that it’s them against the world. I don’t understand religion. I respect the beliefs […]

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Catch Up On: THE WORLD NEWS – Part 1: Ukraine

In the last few months the news has got so nasty and my sensitivities so raw that just a glance at the news headlines made my eyes smart. I’ve had to switch to waterproof mascara and in lieu of the foetal position take time out in book shops, which sends me briefly to other nicer worlds. I bought two really good escapy books* and read them instead of the newspapers. Newspapers just had […]

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Catch Up On: NIGERIAN ABDUCTIONS

“BY ALLAH, I WILL SELL THEM IN THE MARKET”, says Abubakar Shekau (leader of Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram) of hundreds of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls. “Allah has instructed me to sell them. They are his property and I will follow his instructions.” What the bejesus is going awry with Nigeria that leads to this kind of despicable, fuckwit behaviour? A bit about Nigeria Here is it – in West Africa. With around 174 […]

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Look Back on: GENOCIDE IN RWANDA (Again)

I know I’ve been a bit quiet (lazy) on the brain progress front lately but I have been very busy exercising my painting muscles and perfecting the art of undercoating weatherboards. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking (crikey speaking of thinking, wrap your brain around that double negative). House painting lends itself to thinking. This week, I am thinking about Rwanda. It is 20 years this week since […]

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MH 370

So a big jet plane carrying 239 vanishes without a trace. 12 days later, nothing but vague reports, rumour and speculation. Just now I hear that satellites have spotted what may be related debris in the Southern Indian Ocean. Of course people are going to speculate and theorise. Of course the media are going to grab every little lead and run with it for the sake of their front page […]

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Catch up on: 2014 EVENTS (SERIOUSLY)

Ok, no nonsense, all the kids are at school getting brainier by the day and I supposedly have more time on my hands so it’s time to get serious about brain progress. No holiday nonsense, no excuses, no more gossip magazine style intercourse (OMG look at Jennifer Hawkin’s face and what the bejesus is Sam Worthington thinking etc), no silly segues (segue is a funny word). Just on with the […]

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Catch Up On: THE GONSKI THING

With all this Gonski backflip talk you could be forgiven for thinking the Russian gymnastics team were touring Australia. I know it’s about Education funding and Abbott and his Education minister Christopher Pyne dishonouring school resource promises then honouring them again after public back lashery smarted more than they anticipated, but that’s about it. I should know more. I have 2 school age children and one nearly – I should […]

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School Holiday Highlights (and lowlights)

School holidays are not a great time for serious research or brain re-booting. As a result Megoracle has little to offer in the way of in-depth context reportage (I like reportage more than reporting, seems more important, like personage as opposed to person. When I grow up I want to be a personage). What a friend of mine observed about these holidays as they draw to a close is that […]

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