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harryopal

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I was amazed to read this below kills more people a year than car accidents.


After much thought I have come to the conclusion that the three greatest fears of Australians are; being attacked by a shark; being overrun by Chinese and running out of toilet paper.

P.S. About 18 people die each year in Australia from choking. 7 Fatalities from Shark attack this year. (Highest ever.)
 

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Coconuts kill per year more than sharks. Beware where are you going.
 

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According to the Australian company Westlawn (self described finance and insurance experts) in 2012 '.... 58 people died just from falling out of bed. Slipping, tripping or tumbling killed a total of 715 people".

And some more helpful information:
  • Contact with a hot water tap is more deadly than a venomous spider, and you are 9 times more likely to drown in the bath than being killed in a train crash.
  • You’re 8 times more likely to die falling off a chair than a skateboard, and just as likely to die from being bitten by a person as by a dog.
  • You’re 3 times more likely to die in front of a moving object if you’re male.
  • Climatically speaking, you’re twice as likely to die from the cold as the heat.
  • It’s safer to travel by plane than by boat as you’re 3 times more likely to die from water transport accidents than “air and space” accidents."
As I have remarked before. living is a health hazard.
 

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After much thought I have come to the conclusion that the three greatest fears of Australians are; being attacked by a shark; being overrun by Chinese and running out of toilet paper.

P.S. About 18 people die each year in Australia from choking. 7 Fatalities from Shark attack this year. (Highest ever.)

Aboriginal Australians must have felt the same when they were overrun by “white men”.

The Chinese, at least, brought their money to buy whatever they own now in Australia.

Who’s to blame for selling to the Chinese?
 

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I don't suggest these are logical fears. I think part of the fear of China stems from the gold rush period when many thousands of Chinese descended and frightened the life out of the white colonizers which then led to the "white Australia" policy. Another element is the map of the world. Just shake it and all these millions were going to fall straight down from China into Australia.

As for selling off assets. C J Dennis satirized Australia's greed and short sightedness in 1922 when he wrote a lengthy poem about selling off minerals , "The Glugs of Gosh." Below is a portion of it which will give you the sense of his satire.

Then every month to the land of the Gosh
The Ogs, they continued to come,
With buttons and hooks, and medical books,
And rotary engines, and rum,
Large cases with labels, occasional tables,
Hair tonic and fiddles and 'phones;
And the Glugs, while concealing their joy in the dealing,
Paid promptly in nothing but stones.
Why, it was screamingly
Laughable, seemingly---
Asking for nothing but stones!

And the King said, "Haw!" and the Queen said, "Oh!
Our drawing-room now is a heavenly show
Of large overmantels, and whatnots, and chairs,
And a statue of Splosh at the head of the stairs!"
But a Glug stood up with a cast in his eye,
And he said, "Far too many baubles we buy;
With all the Gosh factories closing their doors,
And importers' warehouses lining our shores."
But the Glugs cried, "Down with such meddlesome fools!
What did our grandpas lay down in their rules?"
And the Knight, Sir Stodge, he opened his Book:
"To Cheapness," he said, "was the road they took."
Then every Glug who was not too fat
Turned seventeen handsprings, and jumped on his hat.
They fined the Glug with the cast in his eye
For looking both ways--which he did not deny--
And for having no visible precedent, which
Is a crime in the poor and a fault in the rich.

So the Glugs continued, with greed and glee,
To buy cheap clothing, and pills, and tea;
Till every Glug in the land of Gosh
Owned three clean shirts and a fourth in the wash.
But they all grew idle, and fond of ease,
And easy to swindle, and hard to please;
And the voice of Joi was a lonely voice,
When he railed at Gosh for its foolish choice.
But the great King grinned, and the good Queen gushed,
As the goods of the Ogs were madly rushed.
And the Knight, Sir Stodge, with a wave of his hand,
Declared it a happy and prosperous land.
 

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