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Posted 1 year ago

4zzz Headlines (Pt. 10)

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Moai Statues are Disappearing
The famous moai statues on Easter Island are in danger of melting to the ground, researchers say.
There are over 1,000 of the statues scattered across the islands in the region, but the varying weather conditions they face has destroyed many details and degraded some statues to the point of literally breaking down. Locals on the nearby island of Rapa Nui, which hosts many moai of their own, have told reporters it’s a natural part of the cycle for the monoliths to decay, but archaeologists are determined to protect at least some of the remaining enigmatic giants.

Pride Backlash Over LNP MP
The opening of the Brisbane Pride Festival by Liberal MP Robert Cavallucci has sparked a backlash from some Pride supporters.
They have criticised the Festival tacitly supporting a government which had made a series of actions limiting LGBT rights since it was elected in March last year. However Pride Festival president Deeje Hancock, in response to comments, has said that dissidents need to educate their politicians, not ‘give them the middle finger’. MP Robert Cavallucci came out in favour of marriage equality earlier this year.

60% of Queensland in Drought, Figures Show
As the state heads towards Summer, more than 60 per cent of Queensland is officially in drought, new figures show.
Currently 25 shires are in drought, with a further 7 part-declared. There are also 25 Individually Droughted Properties in other shires in Queensland. The drought conditions are affecting pastures and livestock, as well as many dams. Producers in drought-affected areas are urged to apply for the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme, which subsidises up to 50 per cent of freight costs, as well as up to 50 per cent of the cost of emergency water infrastructure.

River Symposium Kicks Off
The 16th International River Symposium began today in Brisbane, at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Symposium will this year look at the role Queensland rivers play in linking the state’s water, energy and food needs, and features both national and international experts on the subject. The Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle today said that the outcome of the Symposium will help decide the steps the Newman government takes in the development of its 30-year strategies in the water and energy sectors.

Syrian Opposition to Enter Peace Talks
The Syrian National Coalition have now expressed their willingness to attend a Geneva conference to end the civil war in their country, if the talks result in the establishment of a transitional government over which the incumbent president has no power.
However other opposition groups within the country have said they are against talks whilst Bashar al-Assad remains president. Mr al-Assad has rejected suggestions he step down from power.

Low Koala Numbers Prompts Calls for Sanctuary
As koala numbers in the state dwindle to dangerously low levels, there have been calls for a koala breeding ground and sanctuary to be established at Noosa National Park.
Noosa mayoral candidate Dr Patricia Petersen has called for all levels of government to work together in creating a safe space for the vulnerable animal, much like what is already found at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. Dr Petersen has said her call to action is about more than just kindness to animals, but about protecting Queensland’s tourism future and the local economy.

Posted 1 year ago

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4zzz Headlines (Pt.6)

Moreton Federal Candidates Debate

This Friday at 7.30pm another candidates forum has been scheduled, this time for the electorate of Moreton.
The event will be held at the Moorooka Bowls Club, and will include the candidates for the ALP, the LNP, the…

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Posted 1 year ago

4ZZZ Headlines (Pt. 5)

Queensland Multicultural Week Nearing

Queensland’s annual Multicultural Week is nearing again, this year running from the 31st August to the 8th of September.
The event is billed as a celebration of Queensland’s diversity, and will announce  the winners of…

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Posted 1 year ago

4ZZZ Headlines (Pt. 4)

National Science Week Hits Coopers Plains

This week is National Science Week, and Queensland is getting in on the action.
The Health and Food Science Precinct at Coopers Plains will be hosting the event this year, and will feature keynote speakers from…

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Posted 1 year ago

4ZZZ Headlines (Pt 3)

Syrian Rebels Launch Attack On Presidential Supporters

Syrian rebels have launched a surprise attack on an Alawite sect in Latakia, the base of President Bashar al-Assad’s support.
Today marks the second day of conflict between the rebels and troops in the…

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Posted 1 year ago

News Grabs from 4ZZZ (pt. 2)

Freedom Flotilla Welcomed To Brisbane.
At 4pm today the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy will welcome members of the Freedom Flotilla, who are staying are staying at the Embassy before continuing their journey north.
The Flotilla, which began its…

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Posted 1 year ago

News Grabs from 4ZZZ

I have started an internship with alternative community radio station 4ZZZ, where I source and present the news for their hourly news headlines, colloquially known as ‘Zedlines’. Here is a compilation of my stories for 23rd July, 2013.


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Posted 2 years ago

HISTORICITY (was already taken): Timbuktu...


Hey everyone. Since most news sources seem obsessed with Tom and Katie’s divorce, drought in America, and Mitt Romney, I thought I’d put this out there in case any of you missed it. Northern Mali has been taken over by Fundamentalists. They are destroying ancient Sufi (a branch of Islam) tombs,…

Posted 2 years ago

Encyclopaedia Britannica Dies Under Its Own Massive, Printed Weight


Alas, yet another sign that yet another era is ending. The New York Times is reporting that after 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print. While it’s easy to imagine that we’ll survive just fine without it—in this age of Wiki everything—we also know that life will never be the same. Now knowledge-starved children will be tasked with googling something to learn about it rather than turning to those beautiful, if obscenely heavy, bound volumes. (That gold lettering! The randomness of topics allowed by alphabetical entries!) Nevertheless, all is not lost. We will still have online access to the rock solid information once contained in the encyclopedias. Though until they find a way to recreate the experience of holding the weighty tome in one’s hand and inhaling the almost ancient smell of the Encyclopaedia Britannica through your electronic device, we can still rightly sulk about the death of these classic books.

I will miss you Encyclopaedia Britannica :( 

Posted 3 years ago
Posted 3 years ago









Holy shit I cannot even believe they aired this. ldkjk;lsakd I’m just in shock right now. 

Ask yourself exactly what it means when you’re shocked as most people are that they aired this. Think about that for a minute. Do we really have freedom of speech?

Everyone needs to watch this. at the very least, support the protesters, even if it’s just signal boosting.

i cannot believe this actually aired.

I just want to reiterate, the fact that people are surprised that this was aired is a sad commentary on the state of our media. Sure, we still have free press under the law, but not under the companies that own these news outlets. I miss the days of REAL journalism.

Where has this guy’s voice been for the past ten years?  Seriously.  It’s his goddamn job as media to make sure this story doesn’t go away.


I want the world to see this, and I want the police force to realise how fucking wrong they are.

(Source: allenfalkner)

Posted 3 years ago

Principal assaults student for pro-gay shirt (TW: violence, assault)


A high school student in Tennessee says his principal verbally and physically assaulted him for wearing a shirt in support of a gay-straight alliance at his school. 

Chris Sigler wore a homemade t-shirt to school supporting the new GSA. He was told to cover it up, but wore it again the next week. The Advocate’s summary of what happened next:

Principal Maurice Moser came to Sigler’s economic class in the middle of an exam, and demanded that all other students leave the room. Sigler’s sister Jessica refused to leave. Both siblings said Moser grabbed Chris’s arm, shoved him against a wall, and chest-bumped him several times, while asking, “Who’s the big man now?” The attack ended when Sigler’s mother arrived at the school to find Moser leaning over her son, shouting in his face. Moser eventually agreed not to formally suspend Chris, stipulating that the student leave the school grounds for the remainder of the day. 

I’m absolutely in shock. How can we possibly let this happen?

This shit is not acceptable. The principal should have been reprimanded to say the very least.

Posted 3 years ago

Dear Johnny Depp: No, photoshoots aren’t like rape



“Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped…It feels like a kind of weird — just weird, man.”Johnny Depp tells Vanity Fair how much he hates photoshoots.

Dear Johnny,

Big fan over here. Your incredible acting skills and magnetic sex appeal made me fall in love with every single one of your characters–even that lovable, dirty scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow. So kudos to you!

But, no. Being photographed is not like being raped. At all. I have not been professionally photographed or raped before, but I feel pretty sure about this one. As a general rule, you should just steer clear of rape metaphors. Comparing things that are not rape–such as taxes or health care reformor, um, being photographed–to rape trivializes a crime that is too-often ignored and is just pretty insensitive to the many people who have experienced the unique awfulness of actual rape.

Besides the obvious fact that being photographed is not, actually, a violent crime against your body, this is not even an accurate rape metaphor. Rape is about the lack of consent. If you don’t want to be in a photoshoot, you don’t have to. You’re thehighest-paid actor in Hollywood these days, Johnny! You could forgo the millions of dollars you get paid to do them and just stick to the quick snaps with adoring fans. Yes, many of those fans, like me, will miss the chance to pour over your sexy spreads, but we don’t want you to do something that feels so intrusive to you! Truly.

See, what I think you mean is that being photographed feels like you’re being objectified. Which, of course, you are. And I can see how that might feel “kind of weird” for you, because men aren’t objectified in our culture all that much–at least not to the extent that women are. Except for beautiful, famous movie stars, such as yourself. So I get it. I’ve heard that you’re a very private guy, so it must be totally strange to know that millions of people think you are the sexiest man alive.

I’m not famous, so I have no idea what it’s like to be objectified by millions of strangers. But being objectified by strangers? Definitely. I don’t think I know a woman who hasn’t experienced that–it kinda just comes with the territory. (In this way, it is rather similar to the fear of being raped actually.) The difference is that I don’t make millions off of my objectification; I just continue on with my day. That’s not to say that your feelings aren’t valid. They are! And I would love to discuss the differences and similarities between the ways we’ve both felt objectified over coffee sometime. That sounds like an interesting convo.

But let’s get this straight first: being objectified is not the same as being raped. So let’s just stick to that. Cool?


Update: Johnny has issued a very nice apology

: “I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling. I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology.”

Posted 3 years ago

"Gender confused boy, 10, goes back to Worcester school dressed as a girl"



Oh Fuck of Metro. 

This is not a gender-confused boy going back to school

The headlines needs to be changed to: 
 Girl goes back to school recognised as who she is.

just goes to show the state of entrenchment of the gender-sex identification in our society that even when the mother uses “she” as a pronoun and the whole gender dysphoria part, they still describe her as a “boy” solely because of her body

education, y’all

Why the fuck have they put barbaric in quotation marks. Because, according to their views, she is a boy so any teasing was totally validated? Bull shit.