McDonald’s sues Australian town Tecoma for rejecting its fast food outlets

Plans by fast food giant McDonald’s to build its first restaurant in the Australian town of Tecoma, located in the state of Victoria, are being challenged by nearly 100,000 individuals who recently signed a petition demanding that McDonald’s stay out of the area. According to Yahoo! TV in Australia, representatives from an activist group known as BurgerOff recently flew 10,000 miles to the McDonald’s global headquarters near Chicago to deliver the petition and signatures, which company officials reportedly refused to touch.

For over two years, BurgerOff and the people of Tecoma have been fighting to keep McDonald’s out of their town, pointing out that the company’s intent to build a large, 24-hour drive-thru location near an elementary school would be “a giant advertisement for junk food” for young children who would walk by it daily. But according to the International Business Times, this massive grassroots effort that has included public demonstrations, flash mobs, social media and other forms of community outreach has thus far been unsuccessful at thwarting McDonald’s plans.

So to raise the stakes, BurgerOff went straight to the heart of the beast, bringing along signs, petitions and plenty of fervor, which has put the effort in the global spotlight. The group even set up little inflatable kangaroos at a busy McDonald’s location in Chicago, which helped draw even more attention. The ultimate goal of the protest, of course, is to show McDonald’s that it is not welcome in Tecoma and needs to look elsewhere for its expansion endeavors.

“They sent out a P.R. [public relations] lady and a guy from corporate responsibility,” explained Garry Muratore, a Tecoma McDonald’s protester, to Australia’s Sunrise Live recently about how McDonald’s responded to the arrival of four BurgerOff members. “They wouldn’t touch the actual petition; it was like we were giving them poison. They handed the 7,000 pages [of the petition] to a poor security guard there.”

Despite the fact that the vast majority of Tecoma residents, according to Muratore, are in opposition to the project, McDonald’s plans to move forward with it anyway. The company has even gone so far as to file a lawsuit against the protesters in an effort to keep them away from the proposed construction site, alleging that the project is well supported throughout the local community. But according to Muratore, this claim is absolutely false.

“That’s a lie that McDonald’s in Australia keeps pushing,” he told reporters. “We know that nine out of 10 people don’t want this.”

McDonald’s claims lawsuit will somehow ‘protect’ people of Tecoma

Muratore and his allies have, of course, challenged McDonald’s on this claim. But the response they received is both nonsensical and almost cryptic, as the burger giant claims that suing the protesters is the best way to protect them.

“We then pointed out that if they were being responsible, why are they suing us? And it was a little bit like the quote from the Vietnam War that we had to destroy the village to save it,” added Muratore. “They actually told us that they were suing us for our own legal protection… I don’t know what that meant, but they seemed to think it was a great idea.”

You can keep up to date with all the latest in this David versus Goliath story by checking out the BurgerOff website: http://www.burgeroff.org
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Be Careful What You Wish For. Sometimes Wishes Come True

Over the last few years I’ve been pretty much a sour sack when it came to times of celebration. I simply put it down to my depression. I just don’t feel happy enough inside to want to celebrate. So because of this, I asked my family to just treat my birthdays like any other day and not to make anything of it. I honestly just can’t be bothered anymore. But in typing this, I guess deep down in my subconscious mind, I still have a desire to be acknowledged, to be seen in the world or at least know that I’m still alive out there somewhere.sad birthday

Yesterday was my 43rd Birthday and it was just a “normal” day. For that I am grateful, it can be quite draining trying to pretend you’re happy, when really you’re not. What did surprise me though was how I felt when I only received one birthday wish from my 980+ Facebook friends, only 2 birthday wishes from my 1400+ in G+. It did bring me down a little. I guess I got what I asked for, so I can’t really complain. It did make me realize that part of me still wants to reach out and be a part of life. So there was a personal lesson thrown in with that for me.

I have taken some good out of this day, I’ve found that if really want something, it may just happen. I’ve also learned that deep down, I do still yearn for human contact in the world. The thought that someone is thinking about you or takes the time to acknowledge your existence touches me. Maybe I am human after all. Scary concept that one. heh.

Cheers, Dazz.

Rainbow Lorikeets Living In My Roof: Updated Photos & Video.

Just finished checking up on the baby Rainbow Lori’s. It’s amazing how fast they grow. They’re now 12 days and 8 days old and seem to be healthy and fat!. I’ve taken a couple of quick shots while up there, but they were a little camera shy, unlike our old friend Roofus. lol.

I’ve just started a website dedicated to the story of these little guys. You can follow the story there.  www.RainbowLorikeets.info

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Click Image to Enlarge. Baby Rainbow Lorikeets.

Click Image to Enlarge.
Baby Rainbow Lorikeets.

Here’s a couple of videos of the baby lori’s getting a feed.

 

 

Researchers find chemicals in marijuana could help treat MS

Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks the nervous system. The result can be a wide range of debilitating motor, physical, and mental problems. No one knows why people get the disease or how to treat it.

MarijuanaIn a new study published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, Drs. Ewa Kozela, Ana Juknat, Neta Rimmerman and Zvi Vogel of Tel Aviv University’s Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases and Sackler Faculty of Medicine demonstrate that some chemical compounds found in marijuana can help treat MS-like diseases in mice by preventing inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.
“Inflammation is part of the body’s natural immune response, but in cases like MS it gets out of hand,” says Kozela. “Our study looks at how compounds isolated from marijuana can be used to regulate inflammation to protect the nervous system and its functions.” Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science co-authored the study.

Mind-altering findings

Israel has a strong tradition of marijuana research. Israeli scientists Raphael Mechoulam and Yechiel Gaoni discovered THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, in 1964, kick-starting the scientific study of the plant and its chemical constituents around the world. Since then, scientists have identified about 70 compounds – called cannabinoids – that are unique to cannabis and have interesting biological effects. In the 1990s, Prof. Vogel was among the first researchers to describe endocannabinoids, molecules that act like THC in the body.
Besides THC, the most plentiful and potent cannabinoid in marijuana is cannabidiol, or CBD. The TAU researchers are particularly interested in CBD, because it offers medicinal benefits without the controversial mind-altering effects of THC.
In a 2011 study, they showed that CBD helps treat MS-like symptoms in mice by preventing immune cells in their bodies from transforming and attacking the insulating covers of nerve cells in the spinal cord. After inducing an MS-like condition in mice – partially paralyzing their limbs – the researchers injected them with CBD. The mice responded by regaining movement, first twitching their tails and then beginning to walk without a limp. The researchers noted that the mice treated with CBD had much less inflammation in the spinal cord than their untreated counterparts.

High hopes for humans

In the latest study, the researchers set out to see if the known anti-inflammatory properties of CBD and THC could also be applied to the treatment of inflammation associated with MS – and if so, how. This time they turned to the immune system.
The researchers took immune cells isolated from paralyzed mice that specifically target and harm the brain and spinal cord, and treated them with either CBD or THC. In both cases, the immune cells produced fewer inflammatory molecules, particularly one called interleukin 17, or IL-17, which is strongly associated with MS and very harmful to nerve cells and their insulating covers. The researchers concluded that the presence of CBD or THC restrains the immune cells from triggering the production of inflammatory molecules and limits the molecules’ ability to reach and damage the brain and spinal cord.
Further research is needed to prove the effectiveness of cannabinoids in treating MS in humans, but there are reasons for hope, the researchers say. In many countries, CBD and THC are already prescribed for the treatment of MS symptoms, including pain and muscle stiffness.
“When used wisely, cannabis has huge potential,” says Kozela, who previously studied opiates like morphine, derived from the poppy plant. “We’re just beginning to understand how it works.”
Explore further: High levels of  THC in Australian cannabis
Provided by Tel Aviv University


Fair Suck of the Sav: The Hazey Shade of Warmer Weather

Wow. I just saved a sausage or 2.. I noticed out the back window smoke suddenly pouring over the fence from my backyard neighbor. I thought for sure there was a fire going on there in the backyard, so I called out twice, ’cause the smoke was that thick it was going right through our house, but no answer.. I heard voices and yelled, this smoke is going right through our house!>.. no answer… so I did what any decent neighborly neighbor would do and got the hose and aimed at the direction of the smoke.. 2 mins later a head pops over the fence.. My immediate reaction was. “I called out twice, this smoke is going right through my house” His reply was, well, you didn’t have to do that, we’re only having a barbie.. lol. There has to be some law against this kind of pollution, it was clearly either green wood or green leaves. I can’t see why the neighbors should have to contend with that on such a windy day. I’ve looked for some laws, but nothing is that black and white.

Smoke bellowing over the fence from neighbors "BBQ".

Smoke bellowing over the fence from neighbors “BBQ”.

Instructions on How to Poop at Work: Poo Etiquette.

Instructions on How to Poop at Work 

We’ve all been there but don’t like to admit it. We’ve all kicked back in our cubicles and suddenly felt something brewing down below. As much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, the WORK POOP is inevitable. For those who hate pooping at work, following is the Survival Guide for pooping at work.

*CROP DUSTING* When farting, you walk really fast around the office so the smell is not in your area and everyone else gets a whiff, but doesn’t know where it came from. Be careful when you do this. Do not stop until the full fart has been expelled. Walk an extra 30 feet to make sure the smell has left your pants.

*FLY BY* The act of scouting out a bathroom before pooping. Walk in and check for other poopers. If there are others in the bathroom, leave and come back again. Be careful not to become a

*FREQUENT FLYER* People may become suspicious if they catch you constantly going into the bathroom.

*ESCAPEE* A fart that slips out while taking a pee or forcing a poop in a stall. This is usually accompanied by a sudden wave of embarrassment. If you release an escapee, do not acknowledge it. Pretend it did not happen. If you are a man and are standing next to the farter in the urinal, pretend you did not hear it.. No one likes an escapee. It is uncomfortable for all involved. Making a joke or laughing makes both parties feel uneasy.

*JAILBREAK* When forcing a poop, several farts slip out at a machine gun pace. This is usually a side effect of diarrhea or a hangover. If this should happen, do not panic. Remain in the stall until everyone has left the bathroom to spare everyone the awkwardness of what just occurred.

*COURTESY FLUSH* The act of flushing the toilet the instant the poop hits the water! This reduces the amount of air time the poop has to stink up the bathroom. This can help you avoid being caught doing the *WALK OF SHAME*

*WALK OF SHAME* Walking from the stall, to the sink, to the door very uncomfortable moment if someone walks in and busts you. As with farts, it is best to pretend that the smell does not exist. Can be avoided with the use of the COURTESY FLUSH.

*OUT OF THE CLOSET POOPER* A colleague who poops at work and is Doggone proud of it. You will often see an Out Of The Closet Pooper enter the bathroom with a newspaper or magazine under their arm. Always look around the office for the Out Of The Closet Pooper before entering the bathroom.

*THE POOPING FRIENDS NETWORK (P.F.N)* A group of co-workers who band together to ensure emergency pooping goes off without incident. This group can help you to monitor the where abouts of Out Of The Closet Poopers, and identify SAFE HAVENS.

*SAFE HAVENS* A seldom used bathroom somewhere in the building where you can least expect visitors. Try floors that are predominantly of the opposite sex. This will reduce the odds of a pooper of your sex entering the bathroom.

*TURD BURGLAR* Someone who does not realize that you are in the stall and tries to force the door open.. This is one of the most shocking and vulnerable moments that can occur when taking a poop at work. If this occurs, remain in the stall until the Turd Burglar leaves. This way you will avoid all uncomfortable eye contact.

*CAMO-COUGH* A phony cough that alerts all new entrants into the bathroom that you are in a stall. This can be used to cover-up a WATERMELON, or to alert potential Turd Burglars. Very effective when used in conjunction with a SHIRLEY TEMPLE.

*SHIRLEY TEMPLE* A subtle toe-tapping that is used to alert potential Turd Burglars that you are occupying a stall. This will remove all doubt that the stall is occupied. If you hear a SHIRLEY TEMPLE, leave the bathroom immediately so the pooper can poop in peace.

*WATERMELON* A poop that creates a loud splash when hitting the toilet water. This is also an embarrassing incident. If you feel a Watermelon coming on, create a diversion. See CAMO-COUGH.

*HAVANA-OMELET* A case of diarrhea that creates a series of loud splashes in the toilet water. Often accompanied by an Escapee. Try using a CAMO-COUGH with a SHIRLEY TEMPLE.

*AUNT BETTY* A bathroom user who seems to linger around forever…Could spend extended lengths of time in front of the mirror or sitting on the pot. An AUNT BETTY makes it difficult to relax while on the crapper, as you should always wait to poop when the bathroom is empty. This benefits you as well as the other bathroom attendees!

SOME VARIETIES OF POOP YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF:

The King Poop = This kind is the kind of poop that killed Elvis. It doesn’t come until you’re all sweaty, trembling and purple from straining so hard.

Bali Belly Poop = You poop so much you lose 5 lbs.

Cement Block = You wish you’d gotten a spinal block before you poop.

Cork Poop (Also Known as Floater Poop) = Even after the third flush, it’s still floating in there. How do I get rid of it? This poop usually happens at someone else’s house.

The Bungee Poop = The kind of poop that just hangs off your rear before it falls into the water.

The Crippler = The kind of poop where you have to sit on the toilet so long your legs go numb from the waist down.

The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang = The kind of poop that hits you when you’re trapped in your car in a traffic jam.

The Party Pooper = The giant poop you take at a party. And when you flush the toilet, you watch in horror as the water starts to rise.

Saturn, Mercury & Venus Viewable on Sunday 6th Oct & Tues 8th Oct 2013.

The moon will meet up with three different planets in the evening sky during two upcoming celestial encounters, one on Sunday (Oct. 6) and the other on Tuesday (Oct. 8).

The ringed planet Saturn, sinking into the west-southwest twilight, is close to Mercury in early October. About 40 minutes after sunset on Sunday, try catching a glimpse of Saturn hovering about 5 degrees above a razor-thin sliver of a crescent moon that’s just two days past new phase and a mere 4 percent illuminated by the sun.

Brighter Mercury will be situated about 2.5 degrees to the moon’s lower left. Your clenched fist held at arm’s length measures roughly 10 degrees, so Saturn and the moon will be separated by half a fist. And the separation between Mercury and the moon will be half of that. (Night Sky: Visible Planets, Moon Phases & Events, October 2013)

This will be a challenging observation, because all three celestial objects will be very low and possibly dimmed by haze, which is seemingly always thickest down near the horizon. In addition, the background sky will still be quite bright. (Binoculars will be a great help.)

You might have a better chance of seeing this trio if you live in the southern United States, for all three will appear somewhat higher from there as opposed to the view from the northern U.S. or southern Canada. This will probably be your last chance to see Saturn in the evening sky before it transitions into the morning sky early next month.

Better on Tuesday

Two nights later will be a different story. On Tuesday evening, the moon will be about three times higher and more than four times wider (18 percent illuminated), making it a much more obvious target to see with both binoculars and your naked eye.

And its companion will be the brightest of all planets, Venus. This dazzling evening star, shining with a radiance 48 times brighter than Mercury and 85 times that of Saturn, will be readily visible hovering about 7 degrees below and slightly to the right of the moon. In spite of the rather wide gap separating them, both will make for an eye-catching sight in the southwestern sky.

Glittering Venus flames into view soon after sunset. Ever since late last spring it has remained at about the same low altitude in the dusk (for viewers at mid-northern latitudes); it’s hardly any higher after sunset then it has been since June, but three factors are improving its visibility nonetheless:

Source – www.discovery.com

Rainbow Lorikeets Living In My Roof: Two For The Price Of One.

Just a quick update on the Rainbow Lorikeets living in my roof. The 2nd egg hatched today and I managed to get a short vid of the 2 hatchlings alone. I really need to sort something out with the video quality. Like I keep saying lol.

Baby Rainbow Lorikeets, Just days old.

Baby Rainbow Lorikeets, Just days old.

Here’s another short video of the male Rainbow Lorikeet feeding the nesting female.Video’s from today also.

 

Cheers, Dazz.