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Irwin and the JFK, Diana effect (Steve Irwin Tribute, please no bashing)

 
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September 7, 2006 - 11:59AM

In Britain, they're calling Steve's death our Diana
Cultural studies lecturer Dr Karen Brooks said even though there was nothing in common between Irwin and Princess Diana, the reaction to their deaths had strong parallels.


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Steve Irwin's shocking death has stirred up hysteria comparable to the aftermath of Princess Diana's demise almost a decade ago.

Although the unglamorous Irwin would probably have yelled "Crikey!" at any link with the woman dubbed in death as England's Rose, the response from the public worldwide has been remarkably similar.

Both died unexpectedly in freakish accidents that received saturation media coverage.

Like Diana's death, the assassination of John F Kennedy or the murder of John Lennon, people can remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard Irwin had died on Monday.

Websites have been overwhelmed by people wanting to pay tribute to the Crocodile Hunter, while newspapers have enjoyed a spike in sales due to the public interest.

After spending most of his life risking death from snakebite or wrestling with crocodiles, Steve Irwin's demise was due to a fatal stab wound from a stingray's barb.

Amazingly, there is footage of his dying moments with debate ongoing over whether the film should ever be shown.

The public reacted to Diana's death by swamping London's royal palaces with flowers and other tributes.

The Irwin-owned Australia Zoo, north of Brisbane, has become a mecca for thousands of fans who have turned the entrance of the wildlife park into a massive floral memorial.

Irwin's family has been inundated with messages of support from around the world, particularly America where his death has dominated the news due to his immense popularity there.

Cultural studies lecturer Dr Karen Brooks said even though there was nothing in common between Irwin and Princess Diana, the reaction to their deaths had strong parallels.

"In Britain, they're calling Steve's death our Diana," the University of the Sunshine Coast academic and media commentator said.

"There's a sense in which the outpouring of grief and the shock has been very similar."

The Irwin family seem nonplussed at all the fuss over Steve, a man described by his grieving father Bob as just an ordinary bloke.

The Irwins have already turned down an offer of a state funeral.

Diana, killed in a Paris road crash in 1997, was farewelled at a Westminster Abbey service which featured Elton John performing a Diana-ised version of Candle In The Wind.

There's been talk of a memorial service at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium for Steve Irwin, but hopefully no bright spark will suggest enlisting Sir Elton to sing Crocodile Rock if that event goes ahead.

Dr Brooks said one reason for the public reaction to the deaths of Irwin and Diana was that people may feel guilty about the way they regarded them while they were alive.

Diana's love life had been a constant source of media interest and speculation until her death despite her involvement in worthy causes such as moves to ban land mines.

Irwin had endured his share of controversies while carving out a career as an exuberant lover of nature and the environment.

"I think in the last few years at least people were starting to be aware of the magnitude of his contribution to Australian culture and the way that he is a global identity," Dr Brooks said.

"He didn't blow his own trumpet here, he just did what he did.

"Maybe there's a little bit of regret that they didn't acknowledge him when he was alive.

"I think we can often feel guilty once someone that we don't expect to leave so unexpectedly parts."

Like Diana's sons William and Harry, there is public concern for the future of the young Irwin children Bindi and Bob and his American-born widow Terri.

Although his family had played a major support role, Steve Irwin was the face of Australia Zoo and the entertainment empire that helped him inject millions of dollars into expanding it in recent years.

The reptile and fauna park had been started by Steve's parents Bob and Lyn when they moved to Beerwah in the Sunshine Coast hinterland from Victoria in the 1970s.

Bob Irwin, who became a widower six years ago when his wife was killed in a car crash, was responsible for Steve's love of animals.

And he has vowed to do all he can to maintain the legacy of the son he describes as his "best mate".

"I'm a lucky, lucky guy I've had the opportunity to have a son like Steve," he said when he faced his first ever media conference this week to thank the public for their support.

"There's never been anybody else that I know of that had the personality Steve had and the strength and the conviction of what he believed in and his message was conservation."

Despite the hero worship of Irwin in death, he had detractors as his fame grew.

It could go back to 2003 when he enthusiastically labelled Prime Minister John Howard "the greatest leader in the world".

The self-proclaimed wildlife warrior soon found himself enjoying a barbecue lunch at The Lodge, rubbing shoulders with US President George W Bush and media heavyweights Kerry Packer and Kerry Stokes.

Asked at the time whether he would consider a career in politics, Irwin said: "Crikey mate no way, I'll stick to crocs, they are far safer."

A few months later Irwin found himself at the centre of an international storm after he was filmed feeding a dead chicken to a four-metre crocodile while holding his baby son Bob in one arm.

The episode prompted comparisons with Michael Jackson's notorious dangling of his baby over a balcony.

Irwin stated any danger to his son was only a perceived danger and that he was in complete control of the situation.

In June 2004, he came under fire again when it was alleged he came too close to and disturbed some whales, seals and penguins while filming a documentary in Antarctica. No action was taken.

He was also in the middle of controversy when it was revealed he received $175,000 for one day's work promoting Australia's quarantine restrictions.

He courted further criticism this year by telling a magazine he allowed Bindi to kick Bob to teach him about the laws of survival - "so long as she takes her shoes off first".

Irwin believed he was seen internationally as a "popular wildlife warrior", but regarded by some people in Australia as "a little bit embarrassing".

Academic and feminist author Germaine Greer is one Australian who has declared that she was embarrassed by Irwin, even after his death.

In an article for The Guardian newspaper in Britain, Greer said she had "not much sympathy" for Irwin, whom she described as self-delusioned, animal tormentor.

In a subsequent TV interview, Greer said she found "the whole Steve Irwin phenomenon" embarrassing.

"As far as I can see quite a few Australians have been embarrassed by Steve Irwin - lots - millions possibly," she said.

"Why are the English calling it 'Australia's Princess Diana moment'.

"Aren't you embarrassed about that, at least?"

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'This is like JFK for kids, or Princess Di'

September 05 2006 at 01:49PM

Sydney - Australian Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's death will resonate for children the same way the deaths of Princess Diana and John F Kennedy did for adults, parents and child psychologists said on Tuesday.

Irwin, 44, killed by a stingray barb to the heart in a freak accident on Tuesday, was an enormously popular figure with children thanks to his daring escapades and boundless enthusiasm for nature's most dangerous killers.

Australian child psychologist Beverley Thirkell said many of her young patients were devastated by the loss of a celebrity they had idolised for years and regarded as a friend.

"His status with children was enormous," she told Channel Nine television.

'His status with children was enormous'
"I guess if I were to put the qualities of a perfect teacher in one person, it would be Steve Irwin."

Erna Walraven, senior curator at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, said Irwin's death was a shock to young children.

"I think a lot of children will be very sad to hear that, it's not something that children are often touched by," she said.

"Particularly since he was so alive on television, it's so hard for them to imagine that he's no longer there to tell them stories."

A Sydney mother named Maureen said her two sons, aged nine and 11, had been crying and repeatedly asking why Irwin was dead.

'... a young, popular person suddenly snatched away'
"This is like JFK for kids, or Princess Diana - a young, popular person suddenly snatched away," she told Australian Associated Press.

In a reaction evoking the aftermath of Princess Diana's death, hundreds of Irwin fans, many of them weeping, left flowers, cards and other mementos at his Australia Zoo animal park.

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Ja think GLP would have made a special tribute to Steve Irwin, and left it pinned like other sites did.
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Crikey! leave a tribute GLP, PINNED For Steve Irwin!

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We are a nation at mourning and grief!

At least GLP could have left the original post pinned, till after his Funeral!
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Over 34 threads about Steve Irwin & Family, & Friends.
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Ja think GLP would have made a special tribute to Steve Irwin, and left it pinned like other sites did.
394 replies, 9303 views (37 votes) 09/04/06 12:44 AM 09/05/06

Crikey! leave a tribute GLP, PINNED For Steve Irwin!

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We had the Steve Irwin thread pinned for a day. There comes a time when we just have say goodbye and move on. I'm a naturalist and been certified to scuba dive since I was 12 years old, steve irwin had a positive impact on my life.
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their, pin this
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Why was Steve so important to the earth,humans, and wildlife

Read his messahe on this GLP thread. NO other forums have this message posted. Save it before it's gone!


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Ja think GLP would have made a special tribute to Steve Irwin, and left it pinned like other sites did.
394 replies, 9303 views (37 votes) 09/04/06 12:44 AM 09/05/06

Crikey! leave a tribute GLP, PINNED For Steve Irwin!

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We had the Steve Irwin thread pinned for a day. There comes a time when we just have say goodbye and move on. I'm a naturalist and been certified to scuba dive since I was 12 years old, steve irwin had a positive impact on my life.
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Move on to what? Least we forget what Steve's message was, move on to WHAT!
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ok, I'll pin this so people can read steve's millennium message and post any other tributes they want-




Steve's millennium message.

Gidday, I'm Steve Irwin and today is the first day of the new millennium. It is my aim to start this brand new century with the greatest conservation effort of my life. Apex predators are right at the top of the food chain – animals like sharks, big cats, bears, snakes and crocodiles. My aim is to promote the conservation of these magnificent animals from now until the day I die. If I can help the world protect predator populations then all of the species in the food chain and their immediate environments will benefit and flourish. By conserving apex predators and their wilderness areas, our planet earth will have less polluted water, less ozone depletion, less habitat destruction and more trees. In essence by securing these goals, we the human race will have oxygen to breathe, water to drink and a greater healthier longevity. I'm starting with the species I love and know the most – crocodiles. Crocodiles will be and always have been the love of my life. Considering 17 of the 22 species in our world are endangered, I believe my backyard (Northern Australia) is the best place to start.The Australian saltwater crocodile was on the verge of extinction in the 1960’s. By 1970, they were critically endangered and would have been tilted over the point of no return if drastic measures weren't taken. Finally in the 1970’s, the Australian saltwater crocodile was officially protected. The Australian government activated legislation which fully protected crocodiles. Thank God they did. Crocodile populations, although hanging by a thread, showed signs of recovery.The Australian saltwater crocodile has an incredibly complex social structure. They are impossible to study in the wild under the deep dirty water and at night. Today is the very first day of the year 2000 and I believe that over the next 1000 years, we will still not completely understand the intricacies of their behaviour in the Australian wilderness. However one trait is blatantly obvious, very easily studied, well documented and I see it every time I enter the wild crocodile habitat. The Australian saltwater crocodile (Aussie nickname “Salty”) are highly territorial. The biggest, oldest, wisest dominant male salty, which until recently had the capacity to exceed 20 feet in length, ruled. These massive old male crocs were the supreme rulers, the kings of their domain. They are the largest reptiles left on our earth, modern day dinosaurs, the most powerful and awesome animal in the world. Archosaurs dating back over 100 million years – truly the ruling reptiles. Imagine the tenacity, the instincts, the sheer pinnacle of evolution that crocodilians possess to see them surviving the extinction of the dinosaurs and still here in our natural world in the year 2000. They are still here for one and only one reason; they are territorial and the biggest dominant male is the king – he rules!!! While the Australian wilderness areas contained these huge reptiles, the ecosystems were pristine and balanced. There was a harmony and tranquillity. Every single species from the apex predators all the way down to the zooplankton were healthy and flourished.At the end of World War II, crocodiles were slaughtered on sight. Its human nature that the biggest is the greatest “Trophy” and that disgusting human trait still exists. By 1970, “King salties”, those in excess of 18 feet, were decimated. In fact the next dominant crocs the “Princes”, those over 16 feet, were rare and so scared for their lives they disappeared. They saw their grandfathers and fathers shot, snared, decapitated and ruthlessly slaughtered. They witnessed their grandmothers, mothers and sisters wounded, maimed and murdered by men with bright lights, high-powered rifles, boats and snares that cut their heads off. The natural balance of the Australian wilderness was destroyed. The kings were dead and what few princes were left fled for their lives. A genocide had taken place.Right now, on this first day of the year 2000 here in my backyard in the State of Queensland, the Australian saltwater crocodile is classified as “vulnerable”. They are one step away from endangered, two steps away from extinction. In nearly 30 years of protection, Queensland’s salties are still in dire straits. I travel to the absolute remotest wilderness areas of this state and can count the number of 16 feet plus crocodiles on the entire east coast of Australia on one hand.The atrocious propaganda established about crocodilians I will now expose. The PROPAGANDA - here comes the hideous propaganda. I know this is about to upset a lot of powerful, influential people. It’s a given that I am about to receive a full tilt attack on every single facit of my life. From this day on, I will be knifed in the back at every level. But I’m not scared. The time has come for me to expose the current “Hitlers of Wildlife”. My dad and God have prepared me for the immense personal attacks I am about to receive. “Bring it on wildlife perpetrators” you are about to be exposed. Historically, it has been easy to see wildlife perpetrators as civilized people who view native animals as nothing but vermin or a means of making money. They were obvious and perhaps 30 years ago, we the human race didn’t understand the disastrous impact we were having on our only earth. Now the wildlife perpetrators, the people directly responsible for wildlife genocide and mass endangerment globally, have an incredibly cryptic camouflage. They are really, really hard to see. But I see you. Yes! I see you and every single day more and more people can see you. Pretty soon hundreds of millions of people will see you. Your camouflage, your propaganda, will only last a little longer. We’re on to you and we’re coming for you. Together we are strong. “Sustainable Use” of native wildlife is your camouflage, your disguise and your propaganda. Since when has the slaughter of native animals saved a species? Never has and never will! Your argument that farming apex predators like tigers for their penis, bears for their gall bladders, crocodiles for their skins is protecting and conserving the species is easily the greatest lie of the millennium. Farming apex predators is the most horrendous torture any animal has ever endured. Tigers, bears, crocs, etc. are territorial and cramming them in like battery chickens is so horrendously cruel on the individual’s mentality that their inevitable death is their only relief.The TRUTH, the plain and simple truth is the fact that while these so called “Sustainable Use” farms continue to supply native wildlife products then the demand will never cease. These farms are fuelling the market. Can you believe these “Wildlife Nazis” want sustainable use of whales? Oh my God, where will it stop? Wildlife has been evolving since the dawn of time and so have wildlife perpetrators. Now, they hide behind the facade called science. Within their wildlife product industry they employ scientists, young academics and graduates who conduct research designed to support their industry. It’s there that their science follows funding. Their science and research doesn’t follow fact nor the obvious. Money and greed is the root of all this evil. Just look at nations who claim that the slaughter of whales is scientific.Every single person can help Mother Earth in a very powerful, rewarding manner. Never purchase native wildlife products. Always question the legitimacy of slaughtering native wildlife for conservation or science. I understand that the questions will flood in. As delicate hard to answer questions crop up, we will continue to evolve and overcome as we humans have done since we first walked the earth. Questions like: what skins, meat, and animal products should we consume? My answer would be only those species, which have been domesticated for centuries (e.g. cows, chickens and sheep). However, there is no excuse for any inhumane cruel or torturous treatment of any animal. Perhaps free-range chickens are a solution worth researching.We the human race have evolved beyond cannibalism and slavery. I’m confident we will continue to evolve beyond “Sustainable Use” and wildlife abuse. Let’s start this new millennium with foresight and embrace this next 1000 years as our transition. If we consider all our planet’s inhabitants worth saving, ultimately we will save ourselves.CROCS RULE!
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Thank you 135471
We won't ever forget what Steve, was doing for us all.

Steve was an empath, he felt what the animals, earths distress, & what it meant to humanity!

Adding salt to injury, I will bet that the Australian government in a few years, or less, will now allow rich game hunters to take apex predators as trophies. Steve kept this from happening, stating Kangaroos, and crocs is what the tourists expect to see when visiting Australia! I for one, don't want to see that happen, but again, we may never know what the government will do behind our backs for money....


Steve's message we can never forget.....

Yes some are incarnates of Steve, and we still have this message.

Animals die, humans die....


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This link Below will show you an Australian Television Dedication and news of the Accident and the life of the Irwin Family, if you watch any steve memorial videos this is number 1.
its a 6 part 60minutes style presentation.

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RV'ers, you know what needs to be done.....

Terri has two children to raise. She loved Steve with all her heart and soul. Steve didn't plan on hurting them. These things can happen.

However it is impossible for her to carry on Steve's work right now... She needs her time to grief.,,, She may never be the same due to her loss of Steve.....
But we can help......
We can make a difference! We will not allow the Nazis wildlife perpetrators, to start killing again!

Lets rock N roll........
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Oh believe me DarthVegemite
I know what you have been doing. We all feel the same loss as do you. Thank you for you're tribute, and the time it took you to make these clips, and upload them to the servers. Right on, we feel you pain, as you do ours....
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Internet problems....Cut off...Sorry...

Oh believe me DarthVegemite
I know what you have been doing. We all feel the same loss as do you. Thank you for you're tribute, and the time it took you to make these clips, and upload them to the servers. Right on, we feel you pain, as you do ours....

Can you imagine, the Australian government wanting to exploit the animals that Steve wanted to protect!!!! With Terri and Bob Grieving, what low life can do such a thing?

I'll tell you, the Australian government never liked Steve Irwin, or what he was trying to do in protecting the natural animals of Australia! In fact they Hated Him. Steve was not a prophet in his own country.
I wonder If Terri and the children will even stay in Australia for what they did to him.....
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OP, your creating this very type of thread is helping to perpetuate the madness! Let the man die. he's dead. What else could we possibly say? Let's move on. But noooo, we gotta keep on saying how great of a man he was, how awesome and splendid he was. And he was!! He was the man... But he is no longer with us... We've mourned.... let .. it .... goo..!! peace
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CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT do not react to Irwins death in the emotional way that counterfeit beings are doing.
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Well I do enjoy the tributes... but I should redirect my above rant more towards the media. Even on that stupid reality TV show Rockstar, one of the singers dedicated his song to Irwin... to capture the hearts of the crowd in order to better his chances of winning of course... blah whatever... sorry.
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So if the governments equate Irwin and the JFK, Diana effect as the same. What does that say to the rest of the world.....


JFK assassinated
Diana assassinated
Steve assassinated?

Think about it....


Make your contributions to Steves family....

I'm sorry, for I really don't know if they will get the contributions, or the government. You will need to decide about that.
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at the end of the dedication is where to send any donations in Australia.
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It is insulting to many people to even remotely suggest that Steve Irwin was assassinated.

Jesus..
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OP, your creating this very type of thread is helping to perpetuate the madness! Let the man die. he's dead. What else could we possibly say? Let's move on. But noooo, we gotta keep on saying how great of a man he was, how awesome and splendid he was. And he was!! He was the man... But he is no longer with us... We've mourned.... let .. it .... goo..!! peace
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Yep, and that's why the big Apex wildlife perpetrators/ Hitlers of Wildlife, will get their way. We wildlife conservationists want you to remember Steve Irwin. Otherwise he died for nothing!

We will not allow these “Hitlers of Wildlife” to kill for their trophies. When they do, even marine life, we will all die.

You can see this in global warming.

Steve was a pioneer of wildlife conservation, and saving humanity & animals of global disasters.

We can not let his memory die, or the man!

Steve Irwin's light went out way too soon! Never let his light die. Keep the conservation light burning Bright!
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When out tonight and we did a little toast to Steve. It wasn't aussie beer but the best we could do. I loved that guy almost as much as I loved my cat, and I never even got ignored by him......
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Thanks again DarthVegemite
I know people like us, will always have to fight for what we belive in.


Carry on the fight.....

We really appreciate you support.

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I would like to meet you one day DarthVegemite.....
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Nerak
Would like to toast to you back. One thing I'll tell you for a fact. Cause I knew Steve.

Australia didn't like the Irwin's. Or what they were trying to do. But the USA sure did support them.
A prophet is never excepted in his own land. God put Steve here for a reason. I for one believe Steve was an empath, he had feelings towards animals. He could communicate to animals with feelings .thoughts, where not many others could. I felt that.
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To those of you who say to leave Steve Irwin, and his death, behind and move on- You are right up to a point, however, it is not often that GLP posters say anything upbeat and positive about a person, or what they do/did. Things do, and will, move on (as they should), but for now, please don't ruin the moment.
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this happened on Monday, its thursday here in OZ, and were still in shock
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Nerak
Would like to toast to you back. One thing I'll tell you for a fact. Cause I knew Steve.

Australia didn't like the Irwin's. Or what they were trying to do. But the USA sure did support them.
A prophet is never excepted in his own land. God put Steve here for a reason. I for one believe Steve was an empath, he had feelings towards animals. He could communicate to animals with feelings .thoughts, where not many others could. I felt that.
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Yes i believe that. I felt something very special about him also. I've seen very few of his shows. To see him once was to feel like you had known him forever.
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I'm as Ozzy as Steve. I used to run and grab anything that moved in the bush. and have a close look at it, I cry in me dreams when little animals are treated cruely, I'm 42 and I dress up in a Big black Vader costume and entertain Kiddies and parents with my Funny friendly antics, Like Steve would say " Crocks Rule" I say Darth Rules, I teach the Dark side, that is Dark foods and animals that live in dark places, I light up any fear with laughter and a great fun time. I do magic tricks and make any birthday party an event. I'm an animated person just like steve........I'll miss the ability to be flabergasted when I got to see what my favorite Aussy was up too in his travels.

a real Tarzan of Australia.
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There about about 300million kids who love him and grew up emulating him. One day those kids will gorw to be adults and they might be mankinds only hope.
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Please no bashing? What kind of sickos are out there seeking to tarnish the life of that beautiful man! I guess I heard about the wikipedia thing, but Im still amazed.

Steve Irwin is a Saint. Forget the Pope (the John Paul one), The Crocadile Hunter has done more for the natural world, kids, and everyone else than the Pope ever did.
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Re: Irwin and the JFK, Diana effect (Steve Irwin Tribute, please no bashing)
Fans mourning the death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin have poured more than $500,000 into a tribute fund set up in his name in just two days.
In the US, where Irwin became an icon through his television show on the Discovery Channel, supporters have donated more than $US150,000 ($195,000).
Australians have already stumped up about $200,000 through the website of Wildlife Warriors, the nature charity founded by Irwin.
And tens of thousands of dollars more have been donated through the banks.
Irwin's widow, Terri, has yet to make a public statement.
However, it is understood she was discussing funeral arrangements with Irwin's manager, John Stainton, at Australia Zoo today.
A date is expected to be announced soon.
Irwin's father, Bob, has already said that Queensland and Federal Government offers for a state funeral will probably be turned down.
Michael Hornby, executive manager of Wildlife Warriors, said that more than $500,000 had been received by last night, and that the figure was climbing quickly today.
"You've got people donating thousands - some more than $5000," he said.
"Even more so, we've got dozens and dozens of offers to help out in some way. People want to do this and that to raise money for us, they want to have 'khaki ribbon day' around the country and that sort of thing.
"It's becoming a real challenge for us to manage."
Mr Hornby said many zoo employees had sought one-on-one counselling with a chaplain as the "delayed realisation that Steve really has gone is beginning to kick in".
"It certainly hasn't hit home for me yet," he said.
"I can tell you now that the funeral is when we'll see the real outpouring - and next week, when the media's packed up and gone, that's when it will be really tough and some people around here will be going through a dark time."

[link to www.smh.com.au]

Again Australia, after how they treated the Irwins, can after all, make a contribution.......

The Irwins were big in the USA for their wildlife conservations efforts. However the Austrailian government, didn't feel the same way, towards the Irwins. The government wanted more exportation of Apex predatory animals for big life game hunters. The Australian government didn't like the Irwin's protecting Australian animals.
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Re: Irwin and the JFK, Diana effect (Steve Irwin Tribute, please no bashing)
Damn it, I can't get You Tube, for some reason. It says I need a flash player update, so I do it, and it says successfully installed. I reboot, and get the same message each time. Anybody know why this is?

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