Bona Fide Go Fund Me

Singleton House Fire
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Bona Fide GoFundMe

What Is A Bona Fide Go Fund Me Reason?

The principle of a bona fide go fund me page is that of giving assistance to people who have suffered a catastrophe of some sort.

Firefighters Battle The Blaze

An example of a fair reason to set up a go fund me page is one of the tragic house fire in Singleton that cost to lives of three children. The family are left with nothing but grief. The entire house was gutted by the fire.

Neighbours fought the smoke and heat trying to prevent the total loss of the house and contents. One neighbour is reported to have pulled the children’s mothers unconscious body from the fire but was unable to save anyone else.

A Non Bona-Fide Reason

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Israel Folau

Here is a man who had an official go fund me page trying to raise three million dollars for legal fees against, I think, Rugby Australia, for sacking him for breach of contract due to his foul utterances about, essentially, your right to choose.  That page was reported to be deleted as he was in contravention of the terms of use. No kidding!

Even Worse

The Australian Christian Lobby then set up what I see as a private go fund me collection site for Israel Folau. How they can support a man whose views are amongst the most Un-Christian I have ever heard of beggars belief. He is worth millions in the properties he owns and is said to have millions of dollars in the bank.

But what is even worse is that whilst Australia prides itself as being a progressive multi-cultural nation, people are still donating money to Folau.

He is an uncharitable man and deserves nothing from the good people of Australia.

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5 Hobbies To Enjoy

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Get Fit Mountain Biking
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5 Hobbies To Enjoy

Jumpstart Your Hobbies

Hobbies. Why have them at all? If you have a hobby, it will provide you with the opportunity to zone out from the pressures of daily living in today’s society. Here are five hobbies to enjoy.

Hobbies, in general, are good for your soul. It does not matter if you paint as a hobby, build models, race miniature cars or play golf. No matter what you choose as your hobby, the simple act of thinking about what you are doing is going to push the pressures away, except maybe if you decide to take up the next one which can, at times, be frustrating.

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Fishing As A Hobby

Fishing As Hobby

Fishing is one of the most popular hobbies to enjoy. Some will keep you constantly on the move meaning you will get some light exercise while you fish, such as fly fishing shown above. Other fishing methods like bait fishing or match fishing may mean you are seated in the one spot at length. While concentrating on feeling for a bite you can also use the time as an opportunity to meditate a little.

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Beekeeping

How About Beekeeping?

If you were to take up beekeeping as another enjoyable hobby, you would need to invest a little money in it. You will need hives, a suit, and will need to source a Queen for your colony. You can buy these easily. I will give you a source for them. As to the hives you can get cheap as chips ones through eBay.

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Artists Brushes

Painting As A Hobby

Are interested in becoming an artist? You do not need to have formal training to succeed as an artist. There are numerous guides and video learning options around to help you get started. As an artist, you can spend very little on your materials to get started.

You can purchase a 123 piece art set in a presentation box from eBay for just $43. An artists sketch or painting pad can be bought for under $10 from Officeworks.

Creating art is something anyone can do. Plus you can advertise your paintings for sale and cover the cost of your hobby. OK, so you say you can’t draw to save your life. Well, you don’t need to. Some of the best and most expensive art ever made is abstract art.

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Photography

Photography

Photography has changed massively since digital cameras became available. The resolution on early cameras was not the best but nowadays they are almost equal to the best film and camera combinations of the 1980s.

There are camera clubs and forums galore to help you in your edification in the art of photography.

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Stand Up Paddle Board

The Sup-board or Paddle Board

Combine exercise and a commune with nature.  Hop on your sup-board and gently paddle out on calm waters in an estuary, bay or on a river. You can take your best mate with you and simply enjoy the serenity of smoothly gliding along the surface of the water.

A word of caution here though. remember that you may encounter a headwind or opposing current as you paddle back to your landing stage. So, keep some energy in reserve!

You can spend as little as $290 to well over $5,000 on one.

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Was Alcatraz The Worst Prison Ever?

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Is Alcatraz The Worst In History?

America has always touted Alcatraz as the worst prison in modern history. 

Alcatraz is an island located in the San Fransisco Bay. It was a maximum security Federal prison which opened in 1934 and closed in 1953. It was reportedly impossible to escape from due to the cold waters surrounding it combined with the strong currents which would sweep a swimmer out to sea to freeze. Conditions were tough in this prison. But nothing compared to what was done elsewhere.

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Fremantle Prison Australia

As you can see in the above photo of a standard cell in Fremantle prison, conditions were pretty grim for offenders incarcerated there.

Each cell was about four and a half feet wide (137cm). Each prisoner had a hammock for a bed and a small table to sit at. The toilet consisted of a bucket in the corner. Prisoner’s had to eat their meals in the cells.

The conditions were atrocious. The prison closed in 1991!

The Penal Colonies in Australia were designed to drive prisoners mad. I kid you not.

Prisoners in today’s jails are well looked after. Some would say spoilt. What do you think? Should we be tougher on today’s criminals?

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Tankers Attacked Push Fuel Prices Up

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Oil Tanker Fire
Chris Stefanis

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Oil Tankers Attacked In Gulf Of Oman

The US appears to be pointing the finger of blame directly at Iran for the attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

This incident has already been called an invasion of the right to navigate our seas.

My big worry is that President Trump will call a state of war against Iran and throw the entire worlds economy up the spout. We don’t need another GFC* when we are still in recovery from the last one.

But then again, if Iran has done this violent act, the country should be held to account. The thing is though, I read that neither of the two oil tankers attacked were American, One was Norwegian and I think the other was Japanese. I don’t recall hearing of Iran being in conflict with either of those countries so the powers that be (Trump) will need to be very sure of their information before any action is taken.

GFC* Global Financial Crisis

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Time Changes Everything – Or Does It?

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Time Changes Everything
Chris Stefanis

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They Say Time Changes Everything

But Does It Really?

You have no doubt heard the saying “time changes everything.” Or, “it will get better with time.” But does it really work like that? I do not think so, and here are the reasons why.

As we get older, we become more aware of the consequences of our actions. Time has nothing to do with this. Sure, you can think of ageing as a form of time, but ageing does not bring wisdom. Our wisdom and understanding comes through the experiences that occur daily in our lives. You did not learn that flames are hot by looking at the second hand of your watch, you learned it either by having a finger burned or by education.

If you have been unfortunate to have suffered the loss of a loved one, you will know that time does not heal all wounds. Instead, we “cure” our pain by

taking onboard all the cherished moments we had with that person and carrying those jewels with us constantly.

Our technology is now vastly different from that of the 1980’s. That has been achieved by the vision of technicians and scientists. These changes have taken time to occur but time itself had nothing to do with it.

So whilst things change over time, time does not really change them.

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