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If The Bushfires Have Got You Down, Here’s Something To Get You Off

When we said the country was screwed, this isn't what we meant.

Sex sells. I know it, you know it, we all know it. Every now and the though, people can harness the power of selling sex to make a major difference. Case in point: the Down Under Donation Dildo. 

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Before this dildo there was Kaylen Ward, better known as The Naked Philanthropist, who raised a ton of money by sending nudes to anyone who could prove that they’d donated over $10 to the Australian bushfire relief efforts.

Now we have some legends over at geekysextoys.com (which is, in fact, a real website) who have released the previously mentioned Down Under Donation Dildo. It’s as true blue as they come, and all of the profits off it are going to bushfire relief. 

Alright, I know you want to know what it looks like. Here.

Worse than you expected? Same. I didn’t really know what to expect when I first heard about this, but I’ll admit it wasn’t this. The particular part that kills me is the little koala sitting at the base of the bright yellow shaft. That koala has seen / will see some shit.

The Down Under Donation Dildo is made in Australia and is aptly priced at $69 dollarydoos, just in case you thought it couldn’t get any better. 

The amount of money raised for the bushfires has been absolutely staggering, and the whole world seems to have chipped it. It’s heartening to see during a really difficult time, and although this is one of the most… creative… methods we’ve seen so far of raising funds, every bit helps. 

So good on Geeky Sex Toys and their patriotic wang, may they sell heaps and raise as much money as possible. 

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‘Operation Rock Wallaby’ Is Good News In A Bleak Time

The wholesome story I’m desperately clinging to.

The Australian bushfires are just insane, but you don’t need me to tell you that. Smoke from the blazes are covering massive parts of the country that have managed to avoid the flames, and the sheer scale of the disaster means that the smoke has blown as far as South America. There’s not much good news going around, but Operation Rock Wallaby is the wholesome story I’m desperately clinging to. 

We know that the amount of animals killed in the fires is estimated to be over a billion at this point, but some animals have managed to survive. Those that have are faced with a burned landscape and not a lot of anything left, and it’s damn hard to find food and water when everything has been flattened by the flames.

Operation Rock Wallaby is the new mission to drop thousands of kilos of carrots and sweet potatoes over burned areas for the remaining animals to chow down on. Specifically they’re targeting the brush-tailed rock wallabies, but I don’t think too many animals would pass up a chance at a meal.

Credit: NSW Government

So far the drops have happened in Kangaroo Valley, the Capertee and Wolgan valleys, the Yengo, Jenolan, Oxley Wild Rivers and Curracubundi national parks. Matt Kean, the NSW Minister for Energy & Environment, has said this is one of the most widespread drops ever to go ahead.

Credit: NSW Government

It’s a rough time, and the news just gets harder and harder to watch. The thought of starving wallabies being saved by food falling out of the sky is one of the first things to bring a smile to my face in a while, and I’m absolutely going to be crying over it for the next week.

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Justin Bieber Has Lyme Disease But You're Safe In Australia

He says it's affected his skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.

It’s been a rollercoaster few years for Justin Bieber, although what part of his life hasn’t been a rollercoaster? Anyway, he took to Instagram today to address the social media speculation about the fact that he hasn’t really looked his best lately, and explained that it’s because he has Lyme disease.

“While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like shit, on meth etc. they failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.”

To save you a Google, Lyme disease is a disease spread by tick bites, and is notoriously hard to diagnose because there are so many symptoms that could be explained by something else. People with Lyme disease tend to get fever, headaches, tiredness, joint pains. If left untreated, the Lyme disease infection can spread through the bloodstream and can cause an infection in the brain and heart. 

Basically it’s a bad time.

That’s not what he meant

Thankfully it’s not something you have to spend time worrying about here in Australia, because we don’t have Lyme disease here. We definitely have ticks that spread similar diseases, so sorry about that bit, but the Australian government doesn’t recognise the specific strain of bacteria that causes Lyme.

If you get it while overseas, and have it diagnosed quickly enough then usually a quick course of antibiotics will do the trick. If it isn’t caught quickly though, it can hang around for years.

Scary stuff

Justin Bieber also announced on his post that he’s going to be making a YouTube documentary series explaining more, probably about Lyme disease and how he’s going to move forward with recovery. We’ll keep an eye out for the videos. In the meantime, it doesn’t sound like it’s been an easy ride for the Biebs, and I hope he recovers sooner rather than later.

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