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    Decision to shoot saltwater crocodile at popular Broome beach 'not taken lightly' after close calls with swimmers



    Authorities have defended the decision to kill a 3.7-metre saltwater crocodile at a popular Broome beach in Western Australia's Kimberley.
    Images of the dead crocodile sparked outrage on social media, with some people describing the killing as "disgraceful" and "horrible".


    The crocodile was spotted at Cable Beach on Thursday and the public was warned not to swim in the area.
    The Parks and Wildlife Service said the croc was euthanased at Entrance Point on Friday afternoon "after several attempts to remove the animal failed".


    Marine park coordinator Christopher Nutt said the decision was not taken lightly, but he understood why people were upset the action was taken.

    "I can completely understand and empathise with them," he said.

    "It was an amazing animal, an incredible creature.
    "We have an obligation to look after [people's] safety.


    "It is not something we like to do. It was a very difficult decision that we came to. That was the best course of action in the circumstances."
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    If it's not one thing it's another...
    Daintree River flooding: hundreds cut off after deluge breaks peak record

    Ferry crossing in far-north Queensland closed after 500mm of rain in 24 hours pushed river to highest level in 118 years

    Hundreds of people remain cut off after a deluge pushed far-north Queensland’s Daintree River to a record level.
    The river peaked at close to 12.6 metres on Saturday night, breaking a record that stood for 118 years.
    Ferry infrastructure was severely damaged and authorities said the crossing could be out for two days.
    A herd of cows was washed out to sea from upper Daintree village, the ABC reported. Some were found roaming the beach, but others were found washed up, despite efforts to rescue them by people in tinnies and on jetskis.


    Almost 500mm of rain fell on the river in 24 hours – 300mm of that in just six hours.
    Water charging down the crocodile-infested river dislodged a ticket booth, ripped a public pontoon from its footings and swept away a water tank at a block of toilets.
    “This is a difficult situation ... we ask everyone to be patient as Douglas Shire recovers from widespread monsoonal rain and the biggest Daintree River flood in 118 years,” the mayor, Julia Leu, said.


    On Monday morning the monsoon trough that swamped the Daintree area was tracking south, with communities from Ingham to just north of Mackay braced for possible flooding.
    There was a severe weather warning for coastal and inland communities that could see six-hour rainfall totals of up to 150mm.
    A flood watch was in place for catchments from Innisfail to Proserpine.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australi...ks-peak-record

    I absolutely love it up around there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    despite efforts to rescue them by people in tinnies and on jetskis.
    People were floating around in cans of beer trying to rescue cows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    People were floating around in cans of beer trying to rescue cows?



    This is a tinnie.
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    Check out the size of this monster. Adelaide River, Northern Territory.


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    mmmm, juicy white woman

    https://i.imgur.com/BHA8nzM.gifv



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    ^looks like it was assholes and elbows for a bit.


    ^^Is that 'shopped M? If not, I couldn't imagine just standing there like that trying to get a pic of the beast. WTF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    Is that 'shopped M?
    I don't know. Possibly, but the caption in the article was about "Dominator", the croc, and seemed to be genuine. Also, if you look carefully, the slight out-of-focus-due to movement seems to be consistant throught the pic. Looks like a zoom from across the river.

    One thing pointing to a shop is it's hard to believe the passengers just stood there taking photos. I know I would have jumped back instantly.
    So...yeah, probably shopped.
    Apologies for posting.

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    NOT photoshopped.

    That croc is locally famous and on various websites, not just this one : https://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/...dc1ed06445e178


    But I certainly wouldn't be as cool as that guy right in front of him in the photo above......



    He's similar to Old Man Croc from Swamp comics.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    But I certainly wouldn't be as cool as that guy right in front of him in the photo above......
    I'd probably be cleaning out my britches. Some people will do anything to get a photo I guess.

    Thanks for clearing that up LD.

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    Elderly man jailed for firing shotgun at sex worker who rejected him




    An 89-year-old Melbourne man who fired a double-barrelled shotgun at a sex worker who rejected him, has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail.

    Key points:
    • Natale began paying for services with sex workers in 2012 and became upset when he was rejected
    • He shot at sex worker Rica using a double-barrelled shotgun, but missed twice
    • He has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years' jail, and could be released in 18 months


    Domenico Natale waited in front of Brunswick's Romantics Brothel in July 2017, armed with a shotgun, before approaching the sex worker known as Rica, and firing at her twice.

    Justice Lesley Ann Taylor called Natale's actions "abhorrent" and said it terrified workers in Victoria's sex industry.

    "You waited 28 minutes ... you got out, held the gun to your shoulder, took aim towards Rica and from the distance of seven metres, fired the weapon," Justice Taylor said.

    "This conduct speaks appalling of your sense of entitlement to this woman."

    Natale began paying for sexual services in 2012 after his wife was diagnosed with cancer, and began to book Rica regularly after his wife died.

    In 2017, Rica decided she wanted to end the arrangement, and began to refuse Natale's bookings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Check out the size of this monster. Adelaide River, Northern Territory.

    Seen that old boy a few times. It's impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Elderly man jailed for firing shotgun at sex worker who rejected him




    An 89-year-old Melbourne man who fired a double-barrelled shotgun at a sex worker who rejected him, has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail.

    Key points:
    • Natale began paying for services with sex workers in 2012 and became upset when he was rejected
    • He shot at sex worker Rica using a double-barrelled shotgun, but missed twice
    • He has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years' jail, and could be released in 18 months


    Domenico Natale waited in front of Brunswick's Romantics Brothel in July 2017, armed with a shotgun, before approaching the sex worker known as Rica, and firing at her twice.

    Justice Lesley Ann Taylor called Natale's actions "abhorrent" and said it terrified workers in Victoria's sex industry.

    "You waited 28 minutes ... you got out, held the gun to your shoulder, took aim towards Rica and from the distance of seven metres, fired the weapon," Justice Taylor said.

    "This conduct speaks appalling of your sense of entitlement to this woman."

    Natale began paying for sexual services in 2012 after his wife was diagnosed with cancer, and began to book Rica regularly after his wife died.

    In 2017, Rica decided she wanted to end the arrangement, and began to refuse Natale's bookings.
    It's "Only In Australia" thread. That is very very Walmart USA.

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    Being a Dr Who fan helps ...

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    sounds like somebody got the hump.

    Australia is a 'giant baby', banned billionaire Huang Xiangmo says

    Chinese political donor urges Asio to investigate journalists after residency visa revoked

    Huang Xiangmo has likened Australia to a ‘giant baby’ with ‘simple folk customs’.
    The billionaire and major political donor Huang Xiangmo has likened Australia to a “giant baby” with “simple folk customs” while hitting out at a decision to cancel his visa.
    Huang also criticised Australia’s domestic spy agency for acting contrary to Australian support for the One China policy, and urged it to instead investigate journalists who he said may be “serving foreign intelligence agencies” and had stolen “classified information to gain attention and a spotlight”.

    'Give back my money': banned billionaire Huang Xiangmo hits out at political parties.

    The Chinese tycoon was effectively blocked from re-entering Australia when his permanent residency visa was revoked and a citizenship bid was rejected.
    The Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation had reportedly cited his chairmanship of a pro-Beijing lobby group, the Australian Council for the Peaceful Reunification of China, which acts as part of a global influence network under the direction of the united front work department of the Chinese Communist party’s central committee.
    Huang spoke out against his treatment in Global Times – a tabloid arm of the Communist party’s official newspaper group, People’s Daily. (UHOH NOTE)

    Huang said it was an “objective fact” that Australia was a “giant baby”, according to the interview, published on Tuesday in Global Times’ English language edition.
    “The history of Australia has determined the innate characteristics of a giant baby,” he said. “This is an objective fact and it does not mean Australia has to feel inferior.”
    “The growth of a giant baby takes time, and Australia still has a long way to go. I fully understand this.”
    Some China observers, including Foreign Policy magazine’s Asia editor, James Palmer, said Huang may have been attempting to describe Australia as an “infant giant”, rather than a “giant baby”.Huang said he had first moved to Australia with his family for the beautiful scenery and “simple folk customs”. Huang said Australia was also showing signs of growing “racism and populism”.

    “I firmly believe, and I also hope that Chinese compatriots, especially the Chinese media, will also recognise clearly that the mainstream of Australian society, including the Australian media, could not be represented by some reports or reporters,” he said.
    “It’s just we cannot be the ‘silent people’ any more and we should speak out, to let the world see Australia’s real public opinion, and avoid the country’s return to the White Australia policy and far-right populism.”
    Reports in Chinese state media have suggested that Huang is planning to contest the government’s decision to revoke his visa through the administrative appeals tribunal This has not been independently confirmed by Guardian Australia.
    Huang has played a significant role in Australian politics, as a huge donor to both major parties. He gave $5,000 to the Labor senator Sam Dastyari to cover the senator’s “legal bills”. Dastyari later allegedly warned Huang that he was under surveillance, though the senator continues to deny this.

    Huang used his interview with Global Times to point out that his donations were within Australian law. He said his donations had been “calmly accepted” by the major parties and had not been refunded.
    “As for my consideration for agreeing to donate, I admit it partly comes from the Chinese habit of treating other people in a nice manner and not accustomed to saying no,” he said. “But more importantly, I hope to promote Chinese people’s legal involvement in politics.”
    He said he may have been the victim of a “party struggle” but he couldn’t know with certainty.
    “However, I estimate that behind some media’s bizarre collaborative reports and bold claims of obtaining intelligence secrets that should not be obtained, there seems to be some strange power operating in a dark place outside the law,” he said.
    “It will take time to gradually reveal the secret. I am confident that some organisations in Australia will need to apologise to me when the day of truth comes.”
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    "In my professional assessment as an intelligence officer, Trump has a reflexive, defensive, monumentally narcissistic personality, for whom the facts and national interest are irrelevant, and the only thing that counts is whatever gives personal advantage and directs attention to himself."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    'Give back my money': banned billionaire Huang Xiangmo hits out at political parties.
    Common mistake.

    Once the money has been handed over ownership of the money changes.

    So it is not HIS money anymore....

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Common mistake.

    Once the money has been handed over ownership of the money changes.

    So it is not HIS money anymore....
    Well, duh.
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    Yes sounds obvious. But many people still use the expression "I want my money back"

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Yes sounds obvious. But many people still use the expression "I want my money back"
    Do they really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    a tabloid arm of the Communist party’s official newspaper group, People’s Daily. (UHOH NOTE)
    One wonders which newspaper doesn't have a political stance. Chinese or otherwise.

    But continue with your racism and ignorance.

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    flying around sydney harbour


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    ^ Worse than the M25 at rush hour. Crazy.

    The smaller flyers are even better. These are slow moving buffaloes, watch the springbocks version. Oh to be able to participate.

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    Adelaide pilot leaves 'I'm bored' message and graffiti on flight radar

    An Adelaide pilot has taken workplace venting to new heights by etching "I'm bored" into the sky.



    Key points:


    • Radar picks up an Adelaide pilot writing "I'm bored" in his flight path
    • Former Qantas pilot says it was a "harmless pursuit"
    • Pilots around the world have etched their artwork into their flight paths


    The Diamond Star plane, operated by Flight Training Adelaide, spent a little over three hours in the air on Tuesday to draw the letters over South Australia.

    The message was not seen by people on the ground, but was visible to aviation followers watching live flight tracking programs and websites.

    It is believed the pilot, who was working out of Parafield Airport, north of Adelaide, was "running in" a new engine.

    The FlightAwarewebsite captured the pilot's work between 8:53am to 11:57am.

    The pilot flew several loops, creating some somewhatexplicit graffiti along the coast, before tracing "I'm bored" over the Princes Highway.

    Retired Qantas A380 pilot Chris Wilson said he thought the message was "harmless".

    "It's not very common for someone to do this. It's the first one I've seen," Mr Wilson said.

    "I think it's a harmless pursuit. He obviously is bored.

    "I'd say he was a young pilot trying to build up some hours."

    Mr Wilson said the pilot would have been following the GPS path.
    "I would think it's quite safe, providing they're following all the normal flight rules," he said.
    Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said pilots drawing pictures was "uncommon but not unheard of".

    "All pilots plan a track for their aircraft to get between where they're going from and to now what that track looks like once it shows up on radar of course is another thing entirely," he said.
    "As long as the pilot flies the aircraft safely and complies with all the aviation safety rules we are not too concerned about what that track looks like."
    Flight Training Adelaide has been contacted for comment.

    https://www.abc. net.au/news/2019-02-20/pilot-spells-out-his-bored-1/10829284
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    Not an aeronautics guy, but that seems like pretty impressive flight path flying to do that.

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    ^who knows these days. Maybe pilots have an etch-a-sketch app on their android phone and they can draw a cock and balls on it and then googlemaps will tell them which side to pull the joystick as they are flying along to do their picture.

    The lines look a bits straight for freehand flying.

    Still a good effort though!

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