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Articles by Bob Gosford

Roadside memorials of southern California II: the deadly curves of Route 33

Few people drive Highway 33; even fewer make the run from end to end. Highway 1, dancing along the coast, offers better scenery, and Interstate 5, a more-or-less parallel route, greater speed and efficiency. No, this is a workaday road, a highway for short-haul truckers and agricultural sales reps, for convoys of harvesters, vans shuttling prisoners and even the occasional lone tractor.

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Roadside memorials of southern California: Father J. J. Crowley, the ‘desert padre’

While returning from a publicity trip to San Francisco in Sept. 1940, Fr. Crowley struck a steer that had wandered onto the highway. His car was forced into the path of an oncoming truck, and he was killed instantly.

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Motel. El Centro, Imperial Valley, California

I spent three nights in the Rodeway Inn & Suites in El Centro in the southern Imperial Valley last week. This sign was the best thing I saw there …

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Snake of the Week: Great Basin Gopher Snake

Alerted to danger, the snake coils up, vibrates its tail and hisses a warning. The Gopher snake can also spread and flatten its head, thereby resembling a rattler even more. An unsure predator mistakes this behavior and the somewhat triangular head of the Gopher snake for a rattlesnake and backs off from its pursuit.”

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The Rembarrnga law for birds – “all the birds are your relations”

That’s what this part of Arnhem Land is like. Other places are all right but here in the middle you’ve got to talk to the country. You can’t just travel quiet, no! That’s law for the centre of Arnhem Land.

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Set the budgies free! Indian Courts find for the birds

The court favoured constitutional status for rights of animals like citizens. It said, “Parliament, it is expected, would elevate rights of animals to that of constitutional rights, as done by many of the countries around the world, so as to protect their dignity and honour.”

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The Many Faces of Ethnoornithology at the 38th Society of Ethnobiology meeting

Here I present the abstracts from the ethnoornithology session at the 38th annual Society of Ethnobiology meeting at the University of California Santa Barbara campus last week titled “What Do Birds Tell Us? How Ethno-ornithology Opens Doors to Understanding Relationships with Others.”

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Billboards, Baptists and the “Trail of Blood”

So what are the connections between Baptists, blood and billboards? Bob Gosford explores the backroads and dusty doctrinal tracts of southern Baptist theology to find out.

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The Minister, a shady Japanese bar and the $5200 4am hospitality tab

NT Deputy Speaker Matt Conlan: “I can confidently and categorically refute and dismiss these allegations. At no stage in my life have I ever been held in any form of foreign gaol or ever had any encounter with foreign police.”

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NT juvenile detention system – unhealthy, incompetent, punitive and in crisis

The NT’s juvenile detention system is in crisis, its management is incompetent, staff are undertrained, operational practices are haphazard and overly-punitive, and there’s been cover-ups when things go wrong. And the system is doing nothing to rehabilitate the young people whom it locks up.

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