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Middle-class and homeless

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Of the estimated 105,000 homeless in Australia, 44 per cent of them are female. As Australia marks Homeless Persons’ Week this week we look at the current crises facing women who live on the street and why, if nothing is done, they’re set to worsen in the future..
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Chrissie Hynde says pop full of 'porn stars trying to make records'

Chrissie Hynde says pop full of 'porn stars trying to make records' | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it

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"The Pretenders outspoken lead singer has blasted young singers for selling sex before music.  If you go and see Kate Bush, you'll see a real musician. She takes care of business the way she wants. If a girl walks on stage and starts playing like Jimi Hendrix, believe me, no one will be asking her to take her clothes off," she told the UK publication.

"If anyone says, 'I have to do this because my record company told me', that's a lie. The artist is in control of what they're doing. You can always tell anyone to f--- off.

 

"If they're under pressure to get their kit off, maybe they should just be making porn films. Maybe they're in the wrong game."

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14 hipster trends that need to stop right now

14 hipster trends that need to stop right now | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
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FROM their skinny jeans and oversized glasses to their mason-jarred kale smoothies, you can spot a hipster from a mile away.

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Bogan baby names for boys and girls

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WHAT’S in a name? A whole lot, if it’s a bogan one.
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Parenting website Kidspot has come up with a hilarious list outlining which baby names are bogan — and why.

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Furthest Arrow Shot with the Feet makes 2015 Guinness World Records

Furthest Arrow Shot with the Feet makes 2015 Guinness World Records | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
AN Australian rollerskating whiz is among a bunch of talented people who have just entered the Guinness World Records Book for 2015.
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Californian 26-year-old Nancy Siefker, who has made it into the 2015 Guinness World Records book for the Furthest Arrow Shot with the Feet. She is able to shoot an arrow 6.09m onto a target measuring just 5.5 inches, while balancing on her hands alone.

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Isolation as harmful as smoking 15 a day

Isolation as harmful as smoking 15 a day | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
HAVING a poor social network is just as likely to send you to an early grave as smoking or alcohol abuse.
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Being socially disconnected -- a loose term usually taken to mean having few good friends or strong family relationships -- was said to be equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day and to heavy drinking -- of six units of alcohol a day -- the scientists involved said.
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Dog Dressed Up Like Giant Spider Will Scare The Kibble Out Of You

Dog Dressed Up Like Giant Spider Will Scare The Kibble Out Of You | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it

In this video, presented by Polish prankster SA Wardega, passersby are faced with their worst nightmare as a gargantuan spider terrifies them in the street.

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What's more terrifying than a hairy, eight-legged monster creeping toward you? A massive, hairy, eight-legged monster running toward you. That's what.

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Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed

Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it

Six months on, Colorado's marijuana shops are mushrooming, with support from local consumers, weed tourists and federal government taking a wait-and-see attitude.

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In the first four months, marijuana sales amounted to more than $202 million, about a third of them recreational. Taxes from recreational sales were almost $11 million.  Despite some critics' fears of a pot-driven crime explosion, Denver police say burglaries and robberies were down by between 4 and 5 percent in the first four months of the year.

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Mutation of breast cancer gene can be patented, says Federal Court

Mutation of breast cancer gene can be patented, says Federal Court | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Cancer patients and doctors are devastated by a decision from the full bench of the federal court this morning that private companies have the right to control human genes.
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Cancer survivors and advocates are devastated at a decision by the full bench of the Federal Court on Friday morning that private companies have the right to control human genes.

 

 

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/mutation-of-breast-cancer-gene-can-be-patented-says-federal-court-20140905-10ckfp.html#ixzz3CPslEFq7

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One person commits suicide every 40 seconds: World Health Organisation

One person commits suicide every 40 seconds: World Health Organisation | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
One person commits suicide every 40 seconds - more than all the yearly victims of wars and natural disaster - with the highest toll among the elderly, the United Nations said on Thursday.
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Geneva: One person commits suicide every 40 seconds - more than all the yearly victims of wars and natural disaster - with the highest toll among the elderly, the United Nations said on Thursday.

 

 "Suicide kills more than conflicts, wars and natural catastrophes," she said. "There are 1.5 million violent deaths every year in the world, of which 800,000 are suicides."

Some of the highest rates of suicide are found in central and eastern Europe and in Asia, with 25 per cent occurring in rich countries, the report says. Men are almost twice as likely as women to take their own lives.

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What can we learn from the 'Gay Men Draw Vaginas' project?

What can we learn from the 'Gay Men Draw Vaginas' project? | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it

What began as a weird goof-off between friends has become something much more positive.

| image : gay_men_draw_vaginas By @aaronsencil

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Just what are we to make of the 'Gay Men Draw Vaginas' project, the US public art campaign that shines a light on more than what’s just between our legs? Having already met their printing goal of $50,000 (care of a Kickstarter campaign), the two will soon turn their 1,000 or so images of “bizarre, beautiful, and puzzling vaginas” into a 220-page, full-colour coffee table book.

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Newlyweds Alison Brooks and Dmitry Kozhukhov look like identical twins

Newlyweds Alison Brooks and Dmitry Kozhukhov look like identical twins | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
AT first glance they look like two beautiful young women exchanging vows in a gay marriage.
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AT first glance they look like two beautiful young women exchanging vows in a gay marriage.  In fact, Alina Davis, 23 and Alison Brooks, 19, are man and wife, a heterosexual couple who tied the knot in controversial circumstances last week in Russia.  Davis, whose real name is Dmitry Kozhukhov, identifies “as a guy” and is strongly attracted to women but feels more comfortable dressing as a female, describing himself as “androgyne”.

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Turnbull: “Seeing is believing” | Internet in Australia

Turnbull: “Seeing is believing” | Internet in Australia | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Malcolm Turnbull has visited the country’s first user of his fibre to the node (FTTN) broadband technology in Umina, New South Wales.
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The download speed of roughly 95Mbps and upload speed of 37Mbps are roughly the equivalent of what current users of cable internet get, however it’s unclear how close Mr McInnes’ home is to the node.

 

- check the full article and see the HUGE (nearly double) difference in speed shown by user with FTTP

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John Lennon killer denied parole for eighth time

John Lennon killer denied parole for eighth time | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
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Authorities in New York have denied parole to the man who shot dead musician John Lennon in 1980 for the eighth time. Chapman can reapply for parole in two years.

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The ridiculous $1000 shoes no one needs

The ridiculous $1000 shoes no one needs | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
A SNEAKER designer has unveiled the JRDN 4 X PS4, a pair of customised Air Jordan sneakers with design influences from Sony’s PlayStation 4.
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Custom PS4 Air Jordan sneakers come with HDMI port : A HDMI port is embedded into the heel of each shoe, though sadly, the ports don’t really do anything but look vaguely cool. The shoes will come with a HDMI cable that can plug into the ports, acting as a sort of “carry cord” for your shoes when you want to show them off without actually putting them on your feet.
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Wal-Mart snubs Apple Pay, sparking payments race

Wal-Mart snubs Apple Pay, sparking payments race | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Wal-Mart said it will not join Apple's new mobile payment system and will continue developing a separate one, setting up a high-profile race to define how Americans will pay for products in the future.
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Wal-Mart said it will not join Apple's new mobile payment system and will continue developing a separate one, setting up a high-profile race to define how Americans will pay for products in the future.


The race is between the major credit card companies & Apple Pay (only can be used by Apple users) and non financial/bank company CurrentC (open to ALL users) - which will give retailers LESS fees/costsm equaling to more savings to consumers

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/world-business/walmart-snubs-apple-pay-sparking-payments-race-20140912-10fz3y.html#ixzz3D4kDciXN

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Apple has a new way to pay for your items using your smartphones. Walmart wants no part of it.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus v Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Apple iPhone 6 Plus v Samsung Galaxy Note 4 | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Apple now has a phablet. How does it compare with the new generation phablet from Samsung, which led this new category until now?
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The best part of this 'comparison' article is in the comment section -  make sure you read it. I got a few laughs.

 

it's obvious that the people involved in this comparison are Apple fan boi's or been promised a freebie.  Have you noticed how many competitions and giveaways there are offering  Apple products as prizes and offerings? - I'm still using my original phablet (Note) and been using it long before 'big screens' were cool.  It still works great, i had to buy a new battery earlier this year..  Will still get the NOTE (insert number) when this one finally dies..

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How extreme isolation warps the mind

How extreme isolation warps the mind | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
When people are isolated from human contact, their mind can do some truly bizarre things, says Michael Bond. Why does this happen?
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researchers have found that in darkness most people eventually adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 36 hours of activity followed by 12 hours of sleep. The reasons are still unclear.
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How Dr. Seuss Changed The World

How Dr. Seuss Changed The World | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
In a style that mimics Seuss', comic artist Denis Kitchen illustrated these and other scenes from the famed writer's life.
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It's easy to forget that Theodor Geisel, who wrote and illustrated under a pen name that's become synonymous with playful storytelling, was much more than a children's book writer. 

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City Offers Free Medicinal Pot For The Poor at Berkeley

City Offers Free Medicinal Pot For The Poor at Berkeley | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
“There are some truly compassionate cases that need to have medical marijuana,” Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates told The New York Times. “But it’s expensive. You hear stories about people dying from cancer who don’t have the money.”
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A California city is offering a unique benefit for low-income residents: free marijuana.  Starting next summer, Berkeley residents who earn less than $32,000 per year (or $46,000 per family) and have a prescription for medical marijuana will be able to get it for free from one of the dispensaries operating within the city.

Under a law passed unanimously by the city council, dispensaries must set aside 2 percent of their pot for distribution to the poor.

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Message sent from brain to brain between India and France

Message sent from brain to brain between India and France | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Research led by experts at Harvard University shows technology can be used to transmit information from one person's brain to another's even if they are thousands of kilometres away.
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For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of kilometres apart in India and France.

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Why French kids aren't fat

Why French kids aren't fat | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
French children are some of the healthiest in the developed world, with the number of children overweight or obese under 20 per cent.
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Primary school children sit down in the school’s ‘cantine’ for a four-course meal, which is normally served to them by older students.

The children begin with a salad course, then a hot main which includes protein and vegetables, a cheese course, and then a sweet which is usually a piece of fruit.  The only drink allowed at the table is water, and vending machines are banned from all school canteens.

Lunch time is typically an hour or longer, and includes enough time for the kids to go outside and play afterwards.

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Wasted $57 billion, Sochi Winter Olympic sites six months on are empty and unloved.

Wasted $57 billion, Sochi Winter Olympic sites six months on are empty and unloved. | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
IT’S safe to say that Vladimir Putin hasn’t had the sort of year he would have hoped for.
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Up in the Caucasus Mountains about an hour out of town, it’s a different story. Much of the $57 billion was spent creating ski lifts, bobsled tracks, and brand, spanking new ski villages from the ground up. And now, six months after the Games, despite the resorts being set up as both summer and winter recreational retreats, there’s no one in sight.

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Science reveals the reasons why lesbians have better sex

Science reveals the reasons why lesbians have better sex | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Yep, it's confirmed: they are getting ALL the orgasms, says a new study.
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All is not well, however, in the garden of Eve. While their rib donor’s off ripping a boner, the fairer sex report orgasming in just 61.6% of their familiar-partner encounters - the mother of all short straws.

If you take TWO Eves, a curious thing happens. Sparks fly. Foreplay is weaponised. Doves cry and the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince clasps his raspberry beret in reverence

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Cutting hair for the homeless, stylist offers self-respect

Cutting hair for the homeless, stylist offers self-respect | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Doing his part to help those less fortunate than himself, Mark Bustos spends every Sunday – his only day off - cutting hair for the homeless in New York City.
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Best News I read today! ~ Doing his part to help those less fortunate than himself, Bustos spends every Sunday - his only day off - cutting hair for the homeless in New York City.  Accompanied by his girlfriend, the pair also offers food to his clients.

"One response we've gotten is, 'Nobody ever asks me what I actually want. I usually just get leftovers and scraps,' " he said.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/cutting-hair-for-the-homeless-stylist-offers-selfrespect-20140822-106n3w.html#ixzz3BCxam9xR

 

 

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Alcohol is destroying us: Four Australians share their stories

Alcohol is destroying us: Four Australians share their stories | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
LIKES a drink, or drinks too much? Whether it’s an indifferent attitude to the excess consumption of alcohol, or our ignorance when it comes to the effect it has on our bodies, Australia’s most socially accepted drug is indeed destroying lives.
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The newly-released Alcohol’s Burden of Disease in Australia report found that alcohol is responsible for 15 deaths every day. That’s a 60 per cent increase from a decade ago. In addition to this, another 430 people are admitted to hospital for treatment for alcohol-related injuries or disease EVERY DAY.

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