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Pushing-Up for mental health in June

Australia’s largest fitness-based mental health event, The Push-Up Challenge, is back in 2023, encouraging Australians to push for better mental health.

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Firearm seized following shooting investigation – Ballina

Investigators have seized a firearm and vehicle following an investigation into an alleged public place shooting at Ballina last month.

Cinema: Luku Ngärra: The Law of the Land 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8KTk2-4uNM   After two sold out screenings in Byron Bay, back in March, local filmmaker Sinem Saban is bringing her film Luku...

Tweed Shire Council to seek legal advice on legacy DAs

The clearing of the site on the banks of Cobaki Creek to progress a 27-year old development approval has triggered Tweed Shire Councillors to seek legal advice on what can be done about legacy/zombie developments. 

University of Queensland: Botox could save your life

Pretty much what the general public knows about Botox is what we see on the emotionless faces of the rich and famous – but coming out of the University of Queensland is a study that might see Botox save lives.

A gem among the many incredible natural wonders of the Northern Rivers

The Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin called a local tourist spot is 'a gem among the many incredible natural wonders of the Northern Rivers' as she announced two reserves in the Lismore region will be upgraded.

Gov’t rental figure for first temporary housing village revealed

The Ballina Shire Council has finally revealed it received $100,000 in rent for the Wollongbar emergency housing village.

A sentence that is grammatically and syntactically perfect can be utterly devoid of meaning – utter nonsense, in other words.

Take the old classic ‘The colourless green ideas sleep furiously’; then take ‘music in the soul can be heard by the universe’, recently printed in The Echo. 

Meaningless is patent in both in both sentences, I wonder if Echo readers may come across others. 

Jim Rose , Mullumbimby

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  1. If you think the articles are bad, try the comments section. I get a reply – I know it’s meant as a counter argument – I show others to see if they can divine any meaning – They declare it word salad – I just write something I was wanting to say.

  2. I see my father is still at it . He appears deeply stuck in the Macnamara fallacy. For those unfamiliar with it, the process is roughly:

    1) Only measure or pay attention to easily quantifiable things
    2) Stop paying attention to things that can’t be easily quantified
    3) Decide that the things you’re ignoring don’t make a difference to the world
    4) Decide that the things you’ve ignored don’t actually exist anyway

    Young Jimmy appears to have decided long ago that only the things he could wrap in simple logic were valid and now sees the world in simplistic terms that suit his filters. “If you have a hammer…” I guess (or maybe “None so blind as he who will not see”).

    On a side note, it’s great to be able to visit the area on holidays and see family again, although it’s depressing to see the flood damage still unfixed after so long. What the hell is the council doing???

    • He’s just pointing out a well know precept of both Natural Language Processing (AI science), and Information Theory. Not everything that fits the format/grammatic rules, actually communicates information. Humans can see meaning where there is none, like seeing bunnies in clouds. Sounds like you are complaining about a separate issue, ‘Boomerism’, the bane of Gen X. We all get that.

  3. Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

    • So your theory is that these people that give replies devoid of meaning to logical arguments are drug addled ‘minor attracted’ people? That would explain a lot in regard to certain recent topics.


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A gem among the many incredible natural wonders of the Northern Rivers

The Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin called a local tourist spot is 'a gem among the many incredible natural wonders of the Northern Rivers' as she announced two reserves in the Lismore region will be upgraded.

Vale George Davidson OAM former Tweed Shire Councillor

A funeral will be held today for George Davidson OAM who was once a Tweed Shire Councillor and a passionate advocate for the Tweed.

3.8ML earthquake hits Melbourne’s northern suburbs

Residents in Melbourne and the northern suburbs were woken in the middle of the night as a magnitude 3.8 earthquake shook the darkness radiating out from the town of Sunbury, about 41 kilometres north west of the city.

Political comment: International revolving doors

Corruption takes many forms, and has become more refined since the days of brown paper bags. In Australia, we have lobbyists, interests and politicians, with the traditional dividing lines between these three now all but invisible, and numerous examples of people moving from one position to another, and then back again, as they prioritise personal gain over what's best for the country.