restoring eye sight …

The Hollows Foundation, where the eyesight of ten people are restored in just 80 minutes. Donate today so Dr Ruit can continue his wonderful work.

My favorite health charity has this video out, showing an amazing surgeon at work:This video has to be seen to be believed. How is it possible that one surgeon has personally restored sight to almost 120,000 people… and counting? Dr Sanduk Ruit is one of the world’s top eye surgeons, and was a personal friend and colleague of Fred Hollows. 

In this time-lapse video, watch how fast Dr Ruit works to give the gift of sight to patient-after-patient in an eye camp in Nepal.

Dr Ruit is one in a million, and that’s the problem. Your support can help us train the surgeons and nurses who are carrying on Fred’s sight-restoring work.

Fred was a man who was quick to recognise a problem and even quicker to act and find a solution. In his words: ‘When I’ve seen an opportunity, I haven’t sat down and called a committee meeting…we’ve gone and done it.’ This attitude helped him to inspire many doctors and other health professionals to volunteer their time for his national program to attack eye disease in Indigenous Australians. This program became known as the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program.

Fred Hollows examining an Indigenous Australian

From 1976 to 1978, his teams screened 100,000 people, 60% of whom were of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage. Because of this program, the rate of curable blindness among these communities was halved.

This ‘can do’ attitude sometimes meant that Fred could be considered as being short tempered and outspoken. His early campaigns earned him almost as many enemies as friends and he was often referred to as the ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ of Australian surgery. This nickname referred to both his love of the bush as well as his temper.

Click here to watch the video

A Dream is Born

Fred then heard about a civil war in Eritrea (Africa) and how there were no eye doctors to treat the people who were suffering. At the time, Eritrea was one of the world’s poorest countries and once again, Fred could not just stand by and do nothing.

‘Each year in Africa about two and a half million people go blind…and they just go blind… they sit around in their huts,’ he said at the time. So again he mobilised a team to go over and help.

By the 1980s, Fred had extended his campaign for treating avoidable eye disease and was soon travelling all over the world. A great believer in helping people to help themselves, Fred set up eye clinics in some of the world’s poorest countries. At these clinics he not only treated people suffering from eye diseases, but also taught local doctors how to treat these diseases so they could continue his work.

One of the six table operating theatres in action without operating microscopes at Lahan Hospital (Nepal) in 2001One of the six table operating theatres in action without operating microscopes at Lahan Hospital (Nepal) in 2001. Photo courtesy of Rex Shore and the Hollows Foundation.

As word of his work spread, more and more Australians volunteered their time and donated money so Fred could continue to establish his clinics in developing countries around the world. His dream of setting up an eye lens factory in Eritrea became a reality when Australians donated more then $6 million to the cause.

Fred’s dream was to continue to his work, so when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, he set about ensuring the dream would stay alive. The Fred Hollows Foundation was established in 1992 and when Fred died in 1993, his wife Gabby continued the work of the Foundation.

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aussie madness …

Simon from Australian Climate Madness must feel that the climate debate has been won by the sceptics. I know the feeling, as posts on climate are now much reduced and it’s getting colder, so Simon has more time on his hands. He has just started a New blog: Aussie Madness

If it’s anything like his other, it will worth a regular visit.

There’s plenty of madness in Australian politics to keep him occupied for a long time. Like this over at Smithy’s:How Gillard was happy to trash Australia’s sporting reputation when it suited her,

or this at Warwick Hughes: In the “Ah-doan-beleeve-it” category – TV news says – ICAC investigating politicians over “smear campaign”

The moral of the story is, always be sceptical of what the media tries telling us. Check the other blogs for corroboration.

My own madness post: repeal Section 18C now … or use it!

Congratulations Simon, keep it up cobber …

Canberra wildlife

Canberra wildlife

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why Labor is on the nose …



The Oxford Dictionary defines patronage thus:

The power to control appointments to office or the right to privileges.

   Yet Latham is right, patronage is the driving force that’s obviously central to decisions made by the Labor system.  What new Board will be set up?   What new offices, jobs, travel, consultancies.

Because the union movement is the controller of its political wing the Labor Party this issue of patronage should be front and centre at the Royal Commission into Union Governance and Corruption.

I hate the thought that my son could miss out on a job because he is not Michael Williamson’s son.

Labor’s culture of patronage is of its essence a corruption of a liberal free market western democracy.  I hope the Royal Commision is onto that too. (Michael Smith)

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is there anything CO2 can’t do? …

It’s serious, people:

Gotta love that extra CO2:

Rank renewables – Josh 284

Another story about mad ‘renewables’, this time a scheme for burning rubbish (which presumably increases CO2 emissions). The company ‘Waste4fuel’ have piled up 20,000 tonnes of rubbish but neglected to burn any of it for energy, leaving it, for a number of years, to stink out the neighbourhood and spontaneously catch fire – read about it on the Mail or Express websites, even on the BBC website.

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why I moved to the tropics …

Whatever happened to Globull warming?

Is this the coldest?

Sorry Goulburn, you've been usurped. This is cold ...

Sorry Goulburn, you’ve been usurped. This is cold …

I’m thinking, heavy dew? Or did someone leave a sprinkler on. So, it must be even colder in the Antarctic, where the cold comes from, Warwick Hughes: Gaia strikes back – British Antarctic Survey trapped without power during record cold -55.4° C
The CFact story direct -

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repeal Section 18C now … or use it!

Anti-semitic racism hits Australia’s Education system, now where are those 18Ccharges they so wanted to keep?

This story, at least has now been picked up internationally. Let’s hope those racist anti-Semite students and their professors are condemned by their words.

“We’ve seen across campuses, across Melbourne, even across Australia, what would be classed as anti-semitism in any understanding being carried out against Jewish students simply because Jewish students are associated with Israel.

“Some of the things that we’re hearing on campus at the moment are beyond reprehensible.

“You’ve got fundamental bullying of people just because of their views, their religious beliefs.”

From Instapundit so it’s an international story as well.

As for the 18C clause that the Liberals had as part of the election platform that was campaigned for to be terminated: [...] Quadrant – a bastion of the Australian conservative/liberal establishment, having effectively declared Abbott’s government an illiberal regime – is organising a civil-disobedience campaign against 18c.

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media deceit, everywhere you look …

The media, deceitful everywhere you look.

[...]But as I suspected, the ABC just needed the time to think of a way to spin the indefensible into an attack on its preferred villains. And – bingo: Media Watch last night indeed spun furiously, whispering its criticism of anti-Semitism but bellowing its fury with the Murdoch and Jewish forces which took out a mate. [...]

At least the Murdoch media hasn’t allied with the devil yet.

‘Their’ ABC even campaigns against Australia’s wealth. Time to sell it off NOW, there still seems to be plenty of useful idiots who still believe their crap.

An IPA study confirms the ABC is against the source of much of our wealth:

The analysis of 2359 reports broadcast on the ABC over six months before March 15 this year found 15.9 per cent of stories on coalmining and 12.1 per cent of those about coal-seam gas mining were favourable, while 53 per cent of those on renewable energy were favourable.

It also found 31.6 per cent of stories on coal mining and 43.6 per cent of stories on coal-seam gas were unfavourable, while only 10.8 per cent of stories on renewable energy were ­unfavourable.

Jo Nova cuts loose: [...]

Read it all at the links provided.

But the worst journalist practices you will see anywhere?

Finally a belated admission from the Foreign Press Association of the way Hamas terrorists manipulated a largely cowed foreign media:

The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month.

The international media are not advocacy organisations and cannot be prevented from reporting by means of threats or pressure, thereby denying their readers and viewers an objective picture from the ground.

In several cases, foreign reporters working in Gaza have been harassed, threatened or questioned over stories or information they have reported through their news media or by means of social media.

We are also aware that Hamas is trying to put in place a “vetting” procedure that would, in effect, allow for the blacklisting of specific journalists. Such a procedure is vehemently opposed by the FPA.

Why have almost none of the journalists embedded in Hamas territory said this much in their reports?

It worked: [...]

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the tomato business from the bush …

Bush tomatos are a strong commercial possibility for cultivation, something we will be looking at in the near future …

[...] The plant in question is the bush tomato, also known as the bush raisin, a very close relative of the more familiar tomato. It is already used in a small range of commercial chutneys and sauces. Some is collected the traditional way, by indigenous women on their country in the desert, while some is being cultivated.

The main problem with wild collection is due to a number of Solanum species being poisonous. It is wise to treat all as poisonous unless local indigenous people are seen consuming them. The ones below include edible and possible poisonous species, yet to be identified:


Solanum diversifolia, one of the edible species of Bush Tomato


Solanum diversifolia

DSC00417 DSC00418Click on photos, twice for maximum enlargement …

These Solanum species are widespread throughout the Northern region, and are difficult to handle due to the majority of species being prickly.

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Operation ‘Martha’s Vineyard’ …

The failure to name the current bombing of ISIS, with just a few odd sorties will not help. I guess if he named the operation, he would have to call off his eleventy-fifth holiday since becoming President. Nothing but total obliteration of ISIS ought to be the program. Obama Says No Timetable for Iraq Operations

Obama Says No Timetable for Iraq Operations

And the Washington Post says his policy “isn’t connected to a coherent strategy.”

That’s because of an incoherent strategy! The current operation? Obama Quickly Hits Golf Course After Arrival in Martha’s Vineyard

Obama Quickly Hits Golf Course After Arrival in Martha’s Vineyard

“The pool did not witness any particularly impressive or embarrassing shots as each player took his turn putting…” Read

They’re on to you Mr President:

ISIS Supporters Flash Islamic Flag in Front of White House

Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:53 PM

Guest post by Kristinn Taylor

A photo posted to Twitter on Saturday by a supporter of the terrorist group the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) shows a cellphone screen with a large image of the black flag of jihad being held up so the White House is seen in the background. The Twitter account @mhajr93 posted the image.

isis phone white house

The undated photo was taken at night from the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House. The brightly lit North Portico is clearly seen in the background of the photo.

UPDATE: What’s Obama’s Endgame in Iraq?

It is not victory over ISIS.

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rotten media apples …

The left media show that a ‘leopard never changes it’s spots’ is a relevant comparison in their reporting and commenting. First off the block, Mike Carlton, finally resigned, or was it sacked for his disgusting rude behaviour for years. Now they want to replace him with someone who is probably worse, says Tim Blair. Icon Arrow Continue reading ‘CARLTON LIGHT’

The SMH is reportedly considering replacing Carlton with John Birmingham, who lives in the remote northern Sydney suburb of Brisbane, Queensland.


Read the rest of the rotten language used at Blair’s link.

Of course, confirmation bias is the left’s forte: False, Mr van Onselen:

The Prime Minister even informed commentator Andrew Bolt of his backflip before his cabinet, the ultimate show of disrespect to the team charged with running the country.

In fact, I first knew the free speech reforms were dumped precisely because Abbott had informed his cabinet.

(Via Andrew Bolt)

Even the Press Council, that never acts against the left, shows it’s own biases. They should be sacked now. Bolt, again: Sack the Press Council

The Press Council has become too powerful, too arrogant and too quick to take up activists’ complaints, ensuring a punishment by process of conservatives in particular.

It has also subscribed too much to the deadening and oppressive view that words are so dangerous that they must be controlled.

Worse, it has also developed a Leftist agenda of its own, not least on global warming.

The Australian has had enough and today takes on this dangerously overbearing body: [...]

Keep reading

UPDATE, Bolt shows where Carlton and the left lack ethics.


Gerard Henderson:

IT’S not surprising that The Sydney Morning Herald finally moved to discipline its Saturday columnist Mike Carlton. What’s surprising is that it took so long to do so.

 This is the guy:

316 x 237 · 12 kB · jpeg·Mike Carlton leaves 2UE, leaving their line-up in the air
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