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Sacred Sites and Bad Luck – Trump and Uluru

This week in The Vultures’ Nest, we discussed sacred sites and bad luck.

Host Sean Morahan was joined by Te Rina Taite and Jess Klajman.

Twitter is one of Donald Trump’s sacred sites and he had some bad luck with it this week…

Trump’s Twitter Account Deactivated

On Thursday President Trump lost his twitter account for 11 minutes, so for 11 minutes, the USA had no foreign policy.

An employee of twitter used his/her last day at the company to deactivate Donald Trump’s twitter account.

If you tried to access President Trump’s twitter account during that 11 minutes, you would have received a message saying ‘Sorry, that page doesn’t exist’.

Getting up to mischief on your last day has the advantage of being less harmful if you are sacked as a result of your shenanigans.

For many of us it may have started at muck-up day at school. By leaving it until your last day, hopefully it wouldn’t affect your grades.

We asked:

  • Do you ever read Trumps’ tweets?
  • Did you have a muck-up day at school?
  • What mischief have you – or people you know – gotten up to at work?

Sacred Sites: Trump Twitter

Ban on Climbing Uluru

In our second story on sacred sites and bad luck, Uluru was back in the news this week.

On Thursday The Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Board announced that tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru. The ban will commence on October 26, 2019, 34 years after the Uluru land title was returned to its traditional owners.

Currently, there is a sign at the base of the rock which reads:

“We, the traditional Anangu owners have this to say: The climb is not prohibited but we ask you to respect our law and culture by not climbing Uluru. We have a responsibility to teach and safeguard visitors to our land. The climb can be dangerous. Too many people have died while attempting to climb Uluru.”

A few months ago we reported on the story of people returning by mail pieces of rock, leaves and dirt taken from Uluru as souvenirs. They were being returned because the people who took the souvenirs were convinced the souvenirs were bringing them bad luck.

At least 35 people have died climbing Uluru.

Our discussion included:

  • Have you been to Uluru?
  • Have you climbed it – or would you?
  • To what extent should we respect other people’s cultural / religious / spiritual / superstitious beliefs?
  • Do you believe that places or sites can bring bad luck?
  • If Uluru was half an hour from Sydney, what would change?

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