Thank you Yamba
YAMBA is not only beautiful because of the stunning beaches, rivers and marina. It's beautiful because of the people living in it.
On January 28 around 3.30pm, I was hit by a car on the Yamba St pedestrian crossing.
People from all around came to my aid while awaiting the ambulance.
I want to thank everyone who sat with me and kept me awake and calm. The beautiful lady who stayed with me and held me the entire time. The men who collected my belongings that were scattered in the collisions. The man who ran and alerted my work, the pharmacist who left his business to care for me, and of course, the paramedics who got me to hospital.
I cannot thank you people enough and you'll never truly know how grateful I am that all of you were there that day.
I have a very long way to repair and recovery, but it makes me so proud to know I live in a town where genuine good people stop and go out of their way to help another.
To all of you, and you know who you are, thank you very much.
Dangers of dairy
EARLIER this week, I was at a restaurant which was handing out free cigarettes to patrons.
Okay, that didn't actually happen, but can you imagine the outcry if it did?
It wasn't that long ago that high schools had smoking areas and there were smoking sections on international flights. But as people learned about the health risks of cigarettes, smoking bans popped up everywhere.
I believe that in the future we will develop the same attitude towards dairy products. People are learning more about how most dairy products are loaded with calories, saturated fat and cholesterol.
They are finding out that much cows' milk contains pus, since infections of the udder are commonplace on dairy farms. They are discovering that milk actually leaches calcium from our bones, since animal protein creates poisonous by-products when broken down.
People are also becoming aware of how dairy farms take calves away from their mothers within hours of birth so that humans can steal the milk that nature intended for calves.
The females are turned into milk machines like their mothers and males are often sold for veal. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that we slaughter 700,000 calves every year.
It wasn't that long ago that almost no one knew what "vegan" meant. Now it's mainstream. You can even get a soy latte at McDonald's.
I think that someday people will look at dairy products in much the same way that they now look at cigarettes and ask, "That's such a gross habit, why would anyone do that?"
Jason Baker, PETA Australia
JUST wondering what team Captain Abbott thinks he is captain of, then it hit me: Clive Palmer has lent him his Titanic.
Wonder how long until he finds another iceberg to hit?
Paul Macdermott, Lawrence