Jodie Gummow

10 Amazing Things You May Not Know About Australia

When Americans think of Australia they generally imagine a vast and arid desert, inhabited by killer wildlife and famous for Crocodile Hunter, Sydney Opera House and glorious beaches. However, the land Down Under is far more progressive than many countries care to understand and in fact could actually teach the United States a thing or two about how to look after its own population. Here are some interesting facts and policies found in Australia that you probably haven’t head about.

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Another Star Athlete Gets Away with Gender-Based Violence as Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder

Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a lengthy verdict, despite the judge calling him a “very poor” and “evasive witness,” the Daily Mail reported.

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Young Woman Uses Photoshop to Fake Five-Week Vacation to Asia, Fooling Friends and Family [VIDEO]

A young woman has tricked her entire family and Facebook friends into thinking she embarked on a five-week exotic vacation, when in fact she remained at home the entire time, Yahoo Travel reportedDutch student Zilla van den Born used Photoshop to insert herself into dozens of tourist scenes and filtered images to make it look like she was on vacation in Southeast Asia.  

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Paranoia Time: A Single Doorknob Can Infect Up to 60 Percent of People in a Building in Just Two Hours

Bad news for germaphobes! A new study has found that a virus can spread through a building within two to four hours just by touching a single doorknob, Washington Post reported.

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2-Year-Old Fires Father’s Gun Injuring Himself and Others in Diner

Another tragic tale involving a gun in the hands of a child: in Middleburg, Florida, the 2-year-old son of a sheriff's deputy accidentally fired his father's gun in a Wendy’s restaurant, injuring himself and others around him, the Florida Times-Union reported.

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Hooray! Science Says It’s Possible to Retrain Brain to Want Healthy Food

Great news for those who have a sweet tooth that makes their mouth water for all the wrong foods: Scientists say it may be possible to re-educate the brain to prefer healthy, low-fat food over unhealthy high-calorie choices, IFL Science reported.

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8 Freaky Sleep Disorders You Haven’t Heard About

Most of us have experienced some form of sleep disturbance at one point or another, most commonly arising from the occasional nightmare or bout of insomnia, which is often a result of stress or anxiety. While sleep is supposed to allow our bodies to rejuvenate in preparation for the next day, a minority of unlucky people experience a number of troubling psychological or neurological sleep conditions —parasomnias—that go far beyond mere sleep disruption and can resemble a scene from a sci-fi movie.

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New Study: Undocumented Immigrants in California Contribute $130 Billion To State GDP

A new study on immigrant contributions at the University of Southern California has revealed that undocumented immigrants in California make up 10% of the workforce and contribute $130 billion to the gross domestic product, the LA Times reported

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Teens Charged With Felonies For Killing Tree By Peeling Its Bark Off

A mother from Mason City, Iowa has expressed outrage over law enforcement’s decision to charge her son and his stepbrother with a felony for allegedly stripping bark from a tree, the Global Gazette reported.

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12 Ecologically Sustainable Countries and Why They Should Be Admired

With last week's news that Earth’s resources have slipped into an "ecological deficit" for the rest of 2014, many countries around the world have come under scrutiny for taking more from nature then their own ecosystems can supply.

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New Poll: Americans Are More Cynical and Anxious About the Economy than Ever

Americans’ pessimism and anxiety over the economy is on the rise, the Associated Press reported. A newly released study looking into the consequences of the recession for workers has revealed that seven out of 10 Americans say the impact of the Great Recession is permanent, despite lower unemployment and stock market gains.

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Disgraceful! Male Senators Called Kirsten Gillibrand ‘Chubby,’ ‘Fat’ and ‘Porky’

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has provided a harrowing account of sexist insults she endured in Congress at the hands of her male colleagues.

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10 Scientific Reasons To Add Cinnamon To Your Diet

Many of us love to sprinkle cinnamon over our toast, drink it in our beverages, devour it in pastry desserts and cook with it for aromatic flavor, but did you know this exotic spice which comes from the dried inner bark of a tropical evergreen tree has been used medicinally since ancient times due to its healing propensities.  In fact, cinnamon is one of the most common and popular ingredients in homeopathic medicine today, treating everything from muscle spasms and vomiting to loss of appetite and erectile dysfunction.

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VIDEO: Miley Cyrus Sends Homeless Youth to Accept Her VMA Award in Emotional Speech

It turns out there's more to Miley Cyrus than just her infamous twerking and novelty tongue slide. The singer has made headlines again this year at the VMAs but this time for a much more honorable cause – ending youth homelessness in America.

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Chilling Report Shows Asthma Sufferer Died in Custody After Cops Ignored His Pleas for Medical Attention

LAPD officers remain under internal investigation over the death of a detained asthma sufferer after two reports made public this week showed numerous cops ignored the dying man's desperate plea that he was unable to breathe, LA Times reported.

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Archbishop Sues Satanists for Return of Consecrated Host Ahead of Black Mass

Oklahoma City Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley has filed a lawsuit against a Satanist group claiming it stole a priceless, consecrated host in order to sacrifice it, Courthouse News reported.

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'Lies and Deceit' of CIA Chief John Brennan Exposed In New Documentary [WATCH]

“It’s time for CIA Director John Brennan to go!” That is the hard-hitting message of a new POGO petition to the White House where activists are calling upon President Barack Obama to hold CIA Director John Brennan accountable for lying to the American public.

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Israelis and Palestinians Join Forces in Inspiring New Campaign for Peace

As the media continues to bombard us with horrifying images of violence and hate emanating from the Middle East, it can be difficult to remain hopeful that any long-lasting solution to end the conflict will ever be reached in that region of the world. 

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At Least 5 Children Murdered After Deported Back to Honduras

As the Central American child migrant crisis intensifies, reports have surfaced that a least five to 10 migrant children have been killed since February when the United States deported them back to Honduras, Think Progress reported.

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Only 37% of Whites Polled Believe Michael Brown Shooting Raises Race Issues

As the violence in Ferguson, Missouri continues to escalate over the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, a Pew survey has revealed a clear racial divide among Americans on whether they believe the incident raises important racial issues.

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Journalists' Arrests In Ferguson Spark Media Outrage Over Increased Police Militarization

Police arrested two reporters covering the escalating demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., yesterday over last week’s fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, The Guardian reports.

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New York Gubernatorial Candidate Arrested for Filming Police Arrest Black Man

Randy Credico, New York progressive gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming September 9 Democratic Primary, was cuffed and arrested in the subway for videotaping two white police officers arresting a black man, according to a campaign announcement.

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Colgate Total Contains Chemical Linked To Cancer

It may be time to chuck out your toothpaste, according to a new Bloomberg report, which has revealed that the controversial chemical Triclosan found in anti-bacterial soaps, is also used as an ingredient to fight gum disease in the top-selling product Colgate Total.

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The World’s 10 Most Dangerous Foods People Actually Eat

Many of us take pride in experimenting with adventurous new foods, especially when we travel abroad.  But, as tempting as these mysterious delicacies can often appear, some of them can make us violently ill or even worse can be fatal.  So without further ado, here are 10 of the world’s most dangerous foods according to Conde Nast Traveler, that you can eat but probably shouldn’t. You have been warned!

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WATCH: Controversial Video Blames Parents for Child Obesity

A controversial public awareness video on childhood obesity is creating shockwaves for its hard-hitting message. The Strong4Life campaign, "Rewind the Future: Stop the Cycle" contends that obesity doesn’t happen overnight, but results from a "lifetime worth of bad habits, bad choices and bad nutrition," dating back to how parents raise and feed children. 

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White Students No Longer the Majority in U.S Public Schools

For the very first time, U.S. public schools are expected this year to have more minority students enrolled than non-Hispanic white students, the Associate Press reported. The shift is said to be due to the large growth in the number of Hispanic children entering public schools.

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New Study: White People Support Harsher Criminal Penalties When Told More Black People Are Incarcerated

It is no secret that the United States criminal justice system is marred with racial disparities. While black people account for only 13 percent of the population, they make up more than 40 percent of state prisoners.

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Live a Little Longer! An Aspirin a Day Cuts Cancer Rates Significantly

While there has long been debate over the health risks of prolonged aspirin intake, an extensive scientific review has found that taking a small dose daily reduces the risks of developing, and even dying, from certain types of cancer, Reuters reported.

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A Look Inside The Infamous Men’s Rights Movement

The ongoing inflammatory diatribes emanating from the radical men's rights movement (MRM) have been a cause for concern, particularly following the recent #womenagainstfeminism campaign which saw radical MRM groups unleash a scathing misogynist-fueled attack on feminists.  

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America: It is Time to Get the Vacation You Need and Deserve

Despite our super power status around the globe, the United States is the only advanced economy in the world without legally mandated vacation for our citizens - with one in four American workers, or 28 million people, in the private sector not entitled to any time off. Contrast that with France and Germany where citizens are guaranteed 30 and 20 paid vacation days respectively a year.

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Say What? Americans Are Just as Prudish About the Legal Drinking Age as 30 Years Ago

A newly released Gallup study confirms that Americans on the whole are still very much a conservative bunch when it comes to alcohol. The majority still reject a federal law that would lower the minimum drinking age to 18.

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