From THE COURIER MAIL (Australia):

Brisbane's Lord Mayor Campbell Newman is predicting 6500 properties will be flooded across the city. He says the next few days will see a large-scale disaster unfolding across the city, ahead of an expected peak in the Brisbane River on Thursday.

Office workers are streaming out of Brisbane's CBD as the Brisbane River breaks its banks with floods greater than 1974 expected to hit the southeast.

Mr Newman revealed that Wivenhoe Dam, built to flood-proof Brisbane after the last flood disaster, was now so full it could no longer protect the city.

"The dam is full," the Lord Mayor said.

"Every bit of rain that falls on the catchment will get to Brisbane, and there is not much more we can do about that."

A volume of water equivalent to two Sydney Harbours is pouring over the vast dam's spillway into the river every 24 hours. Mr Newman said if it continued to rain, "who knows what happens on Friday".

A tenth death has been confirmed from Queensland's flash floods and the toll could rise to more than double that, Premier Anna Bligh says.

The Premier said a revised figure of 78 people are still missing in the wake of the inland tsunami that hit Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley. Five of the dead are children, it has been confirmed.

VIDEO: Brisbane floods begin


KARACHI, PAKISTAN - The assassin has been showered with rose petals, his home has become a shrine to the faithful and thousands of supporters have marched in the streets, praising him as a heroic defender of Islam.

Mumtaz Qadri, 26, pleaded guilty in a Pakistani court Monday to murdering the governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer, because of the governor's outspoken opposition to Pakistan's harsh blasphemy law, which makes it a capital crime to criticize the prophet Muhammad.

Posted by Kelli at PLANET TRANSGENDER:

Three Honduran travesti or transgender woman, have been murdered in three separate incidents in the past two weeks. There bodies found raped, burned and thrown into ditches.


Although the depression is more bearable now, that doesn't mean it doesn't drop-kick me occasionally and leave me completely paralyzed by it. Worse still is when Zach is down with it, too. Today is one of those days. I am barely able to function today, fighting back tears and feelings of complete despair. It's a monumental struggle but I think I'll overcome it...eventually. Maybe by tomorrow.



Posted by Larry at RENZ IN THE WOODS:

Yes, I am alive and well, for those of you have been wondering. I have had surgeries on both wrists to alleviate carpal tunnel symptoms and am now on a new drug via the neurologist which is helping with what he calls "micro neuropathy" as the cause for my joint pain throughout my body.

Work continues to be a challenge, but I am thankful that I am employed when so many are not. My bills are getting paid and my debt is slowly decreasing. I am blest.



Saskatchewan’s top court has decided that proposed legislation allowing provincial marriage commissioners to refuse to perform same-sex weddings on religious grounds violates the constitution. In its decision, the Appeal Court said that accommodating commissioners’ religious convictions does not justify discriminating against same-sex couples who want to tie the knot.


Posted at LESLEY'S BLOG:

Twitter tells me that "The Bishop of London has issued an ad clerum statement that the Bishop of Willesden is resuming public duties. Hooray!"


THE PRAYER LIST11TH. JANUARY 2011 — 33 Comments

  1. I rang my dad in Brisbane last night. He is in one of the streets that the Brisbane city council says should expect severe flooding but he is being a stubborn old git and saying he doesn’t think the flooding will happen. He is not speaking to his brother who lives on the other side of Brisbane in relative safety so he won’t go and stay there. He won’t listen to me. I am now worried sick about him.

  2. Thanks, Erika. I got someone else to ring him to try to talk sense into him and then rang him myself just now. He has now made contact with his brother and is going to go there to stay, but not till tomorrow afternoon (he accepts now that the house is almost certain to flood). He insists that there isn’t any immediate danger and when he has finished doing what he has to do round the house he will go down the street and catch a train tomorrow. He says the trains never stopped running during the 1974 floods so that won’t be a problem. All he is doing that is so vital round the house is moving all his aviation magazines and paraphernalia into the loft. I begged him to get a taxi to Uncle Tom’s as soon as he could but he just said no. It turns out the house isn’t insured either, which is typical. He reckons he’s just going to stay somewhere else for a couple of days then move back in when the floodwaters recede. I don’t know what else I can try because he doesn’t accept what I tell him.

  3. I would remain until I had carried all my records and CDs upstairs.

    You have done everything you can. You must now allow him his stubborn maleness whatever the risk. If his house is flooded he will feel better about himself afterwards if he knows he did something.

    If you want to empathise with him, think parakeets!

  4. Oh, by the way, in rescuing his magazines he is rescuing you. If you were with him he would have made sure you were out of there and somewhere safe. What can I say? Men deflect their emotions.

  5. Oh, my, Cathy. Gosh, I get it. My mother (of blessed memory) was like that when Baton Rouge flooded. She ended up having to be rescued by boat. My sincere sympathies. And prayers.

    I am literally sick to my stomach about the situation in Pakistan.

    Prayers, earnest prayers, for all on this list.

  6. Thanks, Mad Priest. My own thought is that parakeets are living critters, and aviation magazines are not. Also, if there is a flood overnight he and his magazines will all be lost together.

    I know I have to allow him his stubborn maleness. I just have to pray he is not wrong in what he thinks will happen. I’m really upset and pissed off with him.

  7. I’m really upset and pissed off with him.

    No doubt. But this is probably due to you being really upset and pissed off with yourself for not being there. But that’s illogical guilt, get rid of it!

  8. I can’t get rid of it, even if that is what it is. I love my dad. Branding all the feelings illogical makes no difference to them at all. I appreciate the thought behind you saying it, though, Mad Priest 🙂

    Ellie, thanks.

  9. Then accept that you are guilty for leaving him in Australia and deal with it. But don’t take it out on your dad. You left him to fend for himself. You can’t now get cross with him just because you don’t like the way he is going about it.

  10. I haven’t taken it out on him – when I say I’m angry at him, I didn’t lash out at him down the phone, just pleaded with him to get out of there while he still could. And when I left Australia I didn’t leave him to fend for himself, to be fair, since he’s not alone: in Melbourne he has my brother to look after him (though that works both ways) and in Brisbane his own brother’s family (who he has subsequently argued with, but I can’t stop him doing that, either).

    I think you’re being a bit harsh on me. I am just very worried for my father’s safety in what appears to be developing into a large-scale catastrophe.

  11. Hey, you were the one who said you was cross and angry with him.

    Worrying about him is okay.

    I’m right about you feeling guilty for not being there, though. But I don’t think you should.

  12. I’m not sure that is true, but it may be – I am too upset to do any navel-gazing right now. Either way, as long as he gets out alive, I don’t care.

  13. Prayers for Cathy’s dad and all in harms way.

    Cathy, I think your feelings are understandable and reasonable. Of course you are worried about him and upset with his failure to act logically. Here a reality, men never act logically. We are not built that way.

    I pray it all works out.


  14. Prayers ascending.

    Special intentions for God’s Children made Transgender, martyred for being themselves.

  15. Of course you worry about him and of course you’re cross with him.
    And it has nothing to do with living in a different country.
    I feel the same about my Dad when he’s in danger, as does my sister who only lives 15 minutes away from him.
    That doesn’t stop him from not accepting the interference of his adult daughter and making his own decisions.

    It’s nothing to do with distance but everything with the complexities of loving another adults and finding it hard to see that he’s making choices we wouldn’t make.

    Feeling guilty doesn’t come into it.

  16. No, I don’t feel guilty. I did for years in the distant past, but I since grew up and I can accept that other people make their own choices, sometimes even without asking me first!

    It’s what adults do.

  17. You lot tell me to be a priest and when I behave like a priest you get all bolshie. It is the way it has always been with the laity. They just want to hear what they want to hear.

  18. How is my saying “Thank you Erika” bolshie? She’s showing she’s concerned and saying my feelings are natural (which they are). It’s immensely kind-hearted of her to care. Saying thank-you seems well in order.

  19. Mad One, I have said “thank you” to everyone who has commented on my Dad and said they will pray for him.

    I do appreciate your priestly concern for my welfare 🙂 Thank you to you too.

  20. As an update, I have just tried to ring my dad, but he is not answering. I rang Uncle Tom, who said that is because the phone lines will have been cut off. He said my dad’s house would probably be about two feet under water by now. He seemed quite unworried and said the trains were still running and there would be no problem for my dad getting out. I have asked him to call me as soon as he hears from my dad.

  21. Power, phones & IT into Brisbane were cut off this morning (Oz time) in anticipation of the rising water. The team from my company’s payment gateway have shut everything down and gone home to look after their families & property. However cellphone towers are all still (mostly) working and essential communication is being diverted through these. They told me earlier that the sun is shining and it’d be a beautiful Brissie day if not for the fact that everything’s underwater – classic Queenslanders!

    Prayers from Sydney for your Dad, Cathy, & for everyone else up there.

  22. I just spoke to my dad – he is safe and at my uncle’s, out of harm’s way. He had just got there about 20 minutes ago when I rang. Kindly neighbours gave him a lift there from his house and looked after him. The water was just on the other side of the street when he left. Thanks be to God. I am extremely relieved.

  23. I left a comment at 6.30am but maybe I didn’t put it through properly? My dad is safe – I rang my uncle at about 6.15 and it turned out my dad had arrived about 20 minutes earlier. He was given a lift by kind neighbours, who looked after him. His house is now several feet under water. Thanks be to God. I am so relieved. Many thanks to all who prayed.

    wv – undines! There might be a few of those in the Brisbane river right now.