While you were asleep: Trump bans trans soldiers, Cassie Sainsbury fronts court and justice for Otis

Morning. Overnight we’ve had Donald Trump wheel out another ban, a plea deal from suspect drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury, and one distraught dog owner fighting back against abuse.



Trump bans trans troops from US military, community revolts.

The nugget that Donald Trump has dropped into the sea of discourse this morning has sent rolling concentric waves outward, disturbing the water, highlighting the current that will surely drag us under the moment we stop fighting it. Despite what he might have said prior to his decision, the Trump has banned transgender Americans from serving in the military outright, reversing the decision made by Barack Obama, stating:


According to MSNBC’S Kyle Griffin, there are between 2,500-7,000 transgender soldiers on active duty, however, their fate is not known, as the details, or implementation of the ban is vague at this point. However, the response to the decision is far more clear, lead by the emoji laden, angst ridden voice of Chelsea Manning.


That, and I’m just going to leave this here, but:



Cassie Sainsbury presents plea deal to Colombian court, may get six years instead of twenty.

Australia’s next top celebrity drug mule, Cassandra Sainsbury, will face the po-faced lawmen of Bogota after striking a plea deal with those who spin the keys on their fingers. If found guilty, she could face 20 big ones behind bars in the notorious women’s prison El Buen Pastor, which is very much like ‘Wentworth’ without the ad breaks. Or pointing your finger in abject confusion, wondering Oh…what’s she from again? presumably, because the aforementioned finger will be removed through the application of a frown and a rusted paperclip. Prison. Not even once.


According to sources, the plea bargain will see Sainsbury serve six years, with a minimum of three.

Dog owner takes to crowdfunding in response to apparent animal abuse – Warning: Graphic Images.

Picture the scene. You find a digital service that likens itself to the AirBnB of Pet sitting, and put your trust in someone to look after your beloved fur baby as you head overseas. Upon reaching your destination, the communication between you and the minder becomes sporadic. Weeks pass and you start to get nervous. The worst is feared and then confirmed. Your dog has come to harm and you simply cannot be there to help. This abject sense of helplessness was felt by pug owner Jackson Millan, who discovered his canine pal, Otis, suffering from a deep gash on his neck, which had succumbed to infection. The carer claims the gash was caused by the harness, with Jackson noting: “My vet said the infection was so bad you could smell it from metres away and he could not even comprehend how something like this could be allowed to happen.”


It’s worth mentioning that the minder in question (who has since removed his profile from the MadPaws website), took Otis to the vet, but obvious questions remain and are being investigated. MadPaws has agreed to pay the vet costs, however, the broader question is how discerning these digital platforms will be in ensuring a safe environment for connecting complete strangers over the Internet. Not too long ago, we were suspect about who to trust, to give funds or invite into our home; we seem more open to taking these risks due to the alleged safety these platforms claim to provide. Stay vigilant.

Mr Millan has since taken to crowdsourcing website gofundme.com in an effort to raise funds for legal action.

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