Australia is finally having a referendum on same-sex marriage. I haven’t got any tweets on it, but I want to mention it all the same.

Polls show that a majority of Australians favour marriage equality, but getting it into law has been difficult. Since New Zealand legalized same-sex marriage four years ago, roughly a third of licences issued have been to Australians getting married here. It’s a postal vote, which often means a low turnout, and is not binding on the government. Hopefully though, support will be so strong that opponents will no longer be able to deny that this is what most Aussies want. Then, making it law can’t be too far behind.

In the lead up to the vote, there is a very ugly “No” campaign by the “Coalition for Marriage”. They have made an ad for TV that includes some ridiculous statements, and some claims being widely labeled as lies. For example, one of the messages of the add is, “In countries with gay marriage, parents have lost their rights to choose.” It doesn’t actually say what rights they have lost. As is usual in such ads, scare tactics are being used to try and frighten people into voting “No”. I don’t think it will work.

One of the “stars” of the ad that is screening on TV there has links to gay conversion therapy according to Pink News. The “Yes” campaign has just come out with an ad of their own in the last few hours to counter the claims in the “No” ad.

 

Cat Tweets

A lot of cats seem to find bathroom sinks in the summer time. You can understand why of course.

 

So sweet!

 

What a nice thing to find in your jeans!

 

Awww!

 

Learning that leaping thing that cats do …


Kitteh doing yoga!


Here’s another cat professor! I wonder it it’s a colleague of PCC(E)?

Dog Tweets

How can people do things like this? It literally sickens me. 😢

 

I bet this cat is planning some pay-back …
(Via Ann German.)

Bird Tweets

What a cool pic!

 

I feel sorry for the dog! I hope he got his hug later!

Other Animals Tweets

Lots of great pics here, and the kid is cute too.

 

Okay, so some Aussies are cute.


But otters are cuter!
(Via Ann German.)


 

Flora Tweets

I didn’t know about this!

Political Tweets

It appears that Trump may not have the ability to pardon Paul Manafort according to the Washington Post.

In the event Manafort or anyone else is charged under New York law, or threatened with indictment, there will be nothing Trump can do about it.

His “power to grant reprieves and pardons” only covers “offenses against the United States,” according to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.

 

 

Great sign.
(Via Ann German.)

Economics Tweets

He doesn’t care about the workers who gave him their votes, and he doesn’t understand economics.

Architecture Tweets

Another reason we need time machines.

 

This beautiful staircase is ruined by the belief of the Catholic faithful that it was built by St Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, and stands due to supernatural intervention. (There’s a video at the link.)

 

Scenic Tweets

More Italian splendour …

Japan is another country full of lovely places to see.

 

The colour of that water is so lovely.

 

Very cool!

Entertainment Tweets

Look at those hips go!

 

More than 7,000 pieces! They know what sort of fans to appeal to in order to get them to spend the money – the ones my age who grew up with the original movie and now have spare money. Well, some of us do. There’s another Lego set I want even more which is only about half that price, and I can’t afford it either. 🙁

Science Tweets

Fire devils – a phenomenon that science has taken put of the realm of the supernatural.

 

Weather Tweets

Fresh fish for dinner!

 

There’s another one on the way – Hurricane Irma. The southern US could be looking at even more major flooding in the next few days. This time Florida will likely get most of the rain.


 

Funny Tweets

Excellent planning going on here …
(Via Ann German.)


 

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