Holy Eocene Holdover, Batman!

Photos and story of what apparently is perfectly normal, in Australia, over at RC2′s place.

Categories: Science and Nature

I Don’t Think This Is a Burqa

I think it’s a Saudi niqab. But anyway: The Corner – Mark Steyn: Dance of the Post-Modern Veils Basically, a woman gets 6 months for lying that a policeman did something racist and Islamophobic to her (ripping off her veil). Bad enough. But now the charges have been dismissed because no one can prove it […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Dalai Lama Walks Into a Pizza Shop

Oh man.

Categories: People and Current Events

Your Mother-Nature-Is-Trying-To-Kill-You-In-Ever-Increasingly-Original-Ways Moment of the Day:

Waterspouts! Dramatic footage filmed from a helicopter by Australia’s Channel 7 shows a series of powerful waterspouts near the coastal suburb of Terrigal, on Australia’s New South Wales coast. Several powerful columns of swirling air could be seen blasting along the water’s surface near the coastline. Channel 7 claimed the spouts reached heights of up […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Australian Breakthroughs In Astrophysics Correspondant Brett McS Reporting

He hasn’t actually filed this report, but did forward it on: Brisbane Times – Amelia’s summer job: finding part of the universe A SUMMER internship to learn more about astrophysics turned into a stunning coup for a Monash undergraduate, Amelia Fraser-McKelvie, when she helped solve one of the big mysteries of science. Astrophysicists have long […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Camel Case

Holy hell: The camels can chug more than 50 gallons of water in three minutes From: Discovery News – FERAL CAMELS PLAGUE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK Feral camels in the Australian desert are attacking air conditioning units, toilet systems and more in a desperate search for water.

Categories: Science and Nature

NSW Local Election Worker Brett McS Reporting

I was at the polls all day yesterday, handing out how-to-votes for the local Liberal (ie conservative) candidate in Charlestown for the NSW state election. I must have had an effect (am I too modest?), because this seat is (was) so strongly Labor that the Liberals had never bothered to even run a candidate before, […]

Categories: Politics

Oi, Oi, Oi.

Brett McS just sent this satellite photo of a rather Australia-sized storm heading for already-flood-ravaged Queensland: Keeping in mind, of course: And more excellent comparisons here: How Cyclone Yasi compares around the world

Categories: Science and Nature

Nor, Really, Is This Post About Cricket At All

It is, however, about Australia and England playing the Ashes. On Top Gear. Most of the good jokes are in the first half of the first half, but you can watch the second half of the first half although I can’t find the first and second halves of the second half yet.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Sniffle XLXII

Brett McS sent me this. It’s bootiful: Daily Telegraph – Then an army of angels turned up IT will go down in folklore as Salvation Saturday. It was the day an army of big-hearted volunteers shouldering brooms, mops and shovels began digging and sweeping Brisbane out of the mud. In a remarkable display of community […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Gentlemen, Start Your Braggadocio About Next Year

The Times – Melbourne Cricket Ground (fourth day of five): England beat Australia by an innings and 157 runs It was six minutes to noon, on a glorious Melbourne afternoon, when Tim Bresnan, an honest Yorkshire toiler seemingly transformed over the last two days into a latter day Frederick Sewards Trueman, produced the wicket that […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

The Following Isn’t a Cricket Story Either

Shane Warne! And Liz …Hurley? The unlikely pairing of the Estee Lauder “spokesmodel” and the Australian spin bowler was exposed by a Sunday newspaper. They were photographed kissing in the foyer of the Sake No Hana restaurant in St James’s, central London, where they had dined with Hugh Grant, Hurley’s ex. The following day the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

TB In the Digital Age

Not quite as dire as perhaps it once was: This is Christiaan Van Vuuren, who spent about 6 months in quarantine in Sydney for tuberculosis. So, it’s quite funny, gee doesn’t it suck to be him, except… Look at him! He’s quite fit! he’s good looking! He can exercise and apparently breathe normally! Nobody would […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Polics In a Ten Gallon Hat

I sense a certain inspiration at work in this Australian campaign ad for Bob Katter: Compare to the similarly-hatted and always ALL CAPS DALE PETERSON: This bodes well, my friends. GUNS HORSES HATS CROCODILES ON THE LOOSE.

Categories: Politics

Sniffle XLXI

Finally had a moment to watch this election night video Brett McS left in my comments the other day: Wayne Swan (“The Hapless”) is Federal Treasurer, which is the equivalent of the US Treasury Secretary (but with somewhat more policy setting power, relatively speaking). Michael Kroger is (or was last time I looked) president of […]

Categories: Politics