Posted on July 21, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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The sad, sad end of $1 dumplings in Manhattan

Fried Dumpling Store

The store in New York where dumplings where 5 for $1 and are now 5 for $1.25. Truly outrageous!

This article first appeared in the Huffington Post

If you’re searching for something hot, fresh and edible in Manhattan that’s only one dollar and not pizza, your options just got a little more limited.

There are the rare street vendors that still do dollar hotdogs, fried things from Papaya stands, and the radioactive-looking offerings from 7–11.

Basically nothing that isn’t cheese or mystery meat.

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Posted on July 8, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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Donald Trump’s racism and sexism makes it harder to ignore all the other morons

Build the wall

“Build a wall” is just a different way of saying “Stop the boats” and instead of debating the complicated problems faced by our society and reaching an intelligent solution, what each new Trump-ism really says is: “I’m going to solve everything with hate and fear, slogans and slurs.”

This article first appeared in the Brisbane Courier Mail

THERE is one positive to be found in the words and actions of people like Donald Trump and Pauline Hanson and that positive is it’s now far harder to ignore all the other morons.

The fact that a fat rich white guy surrounded by yes-men and a blatantly racist woman who hasn’t been relevant for 18 years are saying crazy stuff is not that surprising. Visit any snowfield, racing club, golfing superstore, footy match or pokies den and you’ll see what I mean.

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Posted on June 20, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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When did growing up become one big fashion shoot?

Royal Baby_paparazzi England

There are definitely already too many photos of this little prince.

This article first appeared in the Brisbane Courier Mail

Since when did growing up become one big fashion shoot?

At some playgrounds and birthday parties, every child seems to come with their very own paparazzi — who are also their parents or grandparents, and who also seem determined to record Every. Single. Moment.

Instead of interacting with other kids, these unfortunates are being conditioned to smile, pose and pretend for the ever-present camera. Maybe it’s some misguided effort to catch every pivotal moment so nobody ever forgets and it’s there forever. But does a photo still exist if nobody ever looks at it? And nobody cares?

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Posted on June 13, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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Why isn’t climate change a bigger election issue? Maybe we need to rename it ‘Bieber Kardashian sex tape’

climate change

Why isn’t climate change a bigger issue in the upcoming elections in the USA and Australia? It’s barely an issue at all, and in the recent UK election, it was also rarely mentioned.

In order to avoid catastrophic climate change it’s essential that we act now, but that small fact hasn’t stopped it slipping down and off the list of what’s important to the majority of voters.

The problem can’t be with the issue’s importance. The evidence is all there, and it’s terrifying. Climate change is without a doubt the single biggest threat the human race has faced since the last ice age.

Maybe the real issue is with the wording, because ‘climate change’ just doesn’t sound that bad.

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Posted on June 5, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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What’s life really like as a FIFO worker on a mining site in Australia?

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For six months I was a FIFO worker, and for those who have no idea what FIFO is or what’s it’s like, well this is what it was like for me.

Now I know that most workers last far longer, and to those who say, ‘Only six months? I’ve had longer pisses than that.’

Well I suggest you see a doctor. Constantly emitting urine for six months sounds disgusting, and not at all normal.

Similar to being in prison, working as a fly in fly out (FIFO) worker involved being trapped in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by terrifying men who were all tougher than me.

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