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  • Bush tucker feeds an ancient mystery

    07/13/2012 7:38:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    HeritageDaily ^ | Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | Contributing Source: UNSW
    As sabre tooth tigers and woolly mammoths were wandering around Europe, unique, giant prehistoric animals were living in Australia -- three metre tall kangaroos and wombat-like creatures, the size of a four-wheel drive, were just some of the curious creatures Down Under. Yet mysteriously, sometime during the last 100,000 years, they disappeared forever. The extinction of these giant animals, known as megafauna, has generated great debate. One group advocates "human blitzkrieg" -- those asserting the first Australians hunted these beasts to extinction. Others, myself included, find there is too little evidence to confidently attribute responsibility to any particular factor. Nonetheless,...
  • State launches investigation of 3 Florida justices

    06/08/2012 5:45:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    ocala.com ^ | 6/8/12
    The state opened a criminal investigation Thursday of three justices on Florida's Supreme Court, responding to a lawmaker's accusation that they violated a law against using on-duty public employees to help their election campaigns, authorities said.... Rep. Scott Plakon, a Longwood Republican, wrote a letter to Gov. Rick Scott alleging that Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince violated the law by using court employees to notarize their paperwork for this year's vote. Violations are a misdemeanor. Scott forwarded the letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, saying he lacked the authority to order an investigation. But...
  • Cow derails popular tourist train in Australian Outback

    10/19/2009 6:45:51 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 685+ views
    Taragana ^ | October 19th, 2009 | ???
    SYDNEY — One of Australia’s most popular tourist trains, The Ghan, derailed after hitting a cow in the Outback, train company officials said Monday. No passengers were hurt in the incident, which happened Sunday night near the small town of Kulgera in the Northern Territory, said Sophie Dent, spokeswoman for Great Southern Rail, which operates The Ghan. The train was on its 1,850-mile (2,979-kilometer) run between the Northern Territory capital of Darwin and the South Australia state capital of Adelaide when it slammed into the cow. The locomotive ran off the tracks, but there was no damage to the train,...
  • Kangaroos 'are closely related to humans'

    11/18/2008 6:42:33 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies · 677+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 | unattributed
    Humans and kangaroos are close cousins on the evolutionary tree sharing a common ancestor 150 million years ago, according to Australian researchers. Scientists have mapped the genetic code of the Australian marsupials for the first time and found large chunks of DNA are the same. 'There are a few differences, we have a few more of this, a few less of that, but they are the same genes and a lot of them are in the same order,'  said Jenny Graves, director of the Centre of Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics. 'We thought they'd be completely scrambled, but they're not....
  • Eat a Kangaroo; Save the Planet

    08/13/2008 3:16:54 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 40 replies · 94+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 13, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Are you a concerned liberal living in fear that you are destroying the planet via global warming? Good news! There is now a solution from Australia. Eat kangaroos. I kid you not. This is the latest in the ever growing list of "scientific" solutions to counter supposed global warming as reported by Keith Johnson in his Wall Street Journal blog, Environmental Capital:
  • Australians say eating kangaroos will save the world

    08/09/2008 6:03:58 AM PDT · by Renfield · 40 replies · 92+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | 8-9-08 | Sophie Tedmanson
    Australian scientists have come up with a unique way to combat climate change: eat kangaroos and save the world. A study claims that farming and consuming more kangaroos instead of cattle and sheep will reduce carbon gas emissions. According to the scientific journal Conservation Letters, the Australian icon produces far less methane than sheep and cattle. Methane is one of the worst causes of greenhouse gas and in Australia alone sheep and cattle produce 11 per cent of the nation’s total emissions. Kangaroos, on the other hand, produce relatively small amounts of the gas because they are not ruminants; as...
  • Woman savaged by kangaroo saved by dog -- son

    07/19/2008 5:06:37 PM PDT · by decimon · 53 replies · 227+ views
    AFP ^ | Jul 19, 2008 | Unknown
    SYDNEY, Australia -- An elderly Australian woman knocked over and savaged by a large kangaroo on her farm was saved when a dog rushed to her aid and chased the animal away, her son said Saturday. Rosemary Neal, from western New South Wales, was attacked by a male kangaroo estimated to be up to two meters (six feet, six inches) tall and weighing 100 kilograms (220 pounds) as she crossed a field to check her horses, her son Darren said. "The kangaroo has just jumped up and launched straight at her. He hit her once and she just dropped and...
  • But we were getting along so well!

    06/05/2008 2:29:33 PM PDT · by knews_hound · 44 replies · 173+ views
    MCLEANS Online ^ | 06.05.08 | The one and only Mark Steyn
    The charge levelled against Maclean's by the Canadian Islamic Congress is that, in publishing an excerpt from my book, this magazine exposed Muslims to "hatred and contempt." Alas, at the first day of the Great Maclean's Show Trial at the British Columbia "Human Rights" Tribunal, the well of my book excerpt's "hatred and contempt" pretty well ran dry in the first hour. So Faisal Joseph, counsel for the plaintiff Mohamed Elmasry, was forced to bus in a huge pile of miscellaneous generic "hatred and contempt" from all kinds of other sources. And even then much of it seemed less like...
  • Kangaroo Sightings Reported Along U.S. 90

    08/08/2007 7:53:38 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 10 replies · 355+ views
    wdsu.com ^ | 08/08/07 | AP
    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- Bay St. Louis animal-control officers said there have been several reports in the past few days of a kangaroo hopping along U.S. 90. Mayor Eddie Favre said he's heard reports of people seeing a kangaroo four or five different times, and at first, Favre said, he wondered if someone was just joking around. Some officials suspect the animal was someone's pet that may have escaped. Based on eyewitness accounts, the kangaroo is about 4 feet tall. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs said kangaroos usually feed on fruits and vegetables. Most are nocturnal, but some...
  • World Bank's Wolfowitz stands firm

    04/30/2007 12:32:47 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 7 replies · 540+ views
    Reuters ^ | 30 April 2007 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz lashed back at critics Monday who he alleged were conducting a "smear campaign" against him and vowed he would not resign over what he termed unfair charges. In a statement to an investigating bank panel looking into whether he broke ethical and other rules in a pay-and-promotion deal he directed for his girlfriend, Wolfowitz said the treatment of the issue has become "circus like." Video More video Iraq war architect clings to his World Bank job amid a corruption probe. CNN's Zain Verjee reports (April 20) Play video "I, for one, would...
  • 'Ferocious Fossils' Found in Australia

    07/14/2006 12:20:09 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 15 replies · 807+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 13, 2006 | Associated Press
    SYDNEY, Australia — Before there were cuddly koalas, hoards of flesh-eating kangaroos, "demon ducks," and marsupial lions roamed Australia's Outback, according to recent fossil discoveries by paleontologists. A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales working in the eastern state of Queensland made the discoveries in three new fossil deposits during a recent two-week dig. Many of the fossils are older than 24 million years; one of the deposits is thought to contain fossils up to 500 million years old, according to Prof. Mike Archer, the university's dean of science. A saber-toothed kangaroo and a giant 10-foot-tall,...
  • Kangaroos beat AFL Swans in Los Angeles (Aussie footy)

    01/15/2006 8:21:52 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 270+ views
    The Age ^ | 16 January 2006
    The Kangaroos have thumped reigning AFL premiers the Swans by 48 points in a sold-out exhibition game in Los Angeles. Kangaroos ruckman Hamish McIntosh was voted best-on-ground and dominated the youthful Sydney lineup, kicking an equal game-high two goals. The Kangaroos won 13.8 (86) to 6.2 (38). Both teams were without senior stars, with Kangaroos coach Dean Laidley and Sydney's Paul Roos opting to blood younger players. Roos said he was not disappointed with the score because both teams did not play their full squads and it was still more than two months away from the opening of the AFL...
  • NFL scouts punt on Aussies (Aussie footy hits LA ALERT!!!)

    01/12/2006 7:33:01 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 37 replies · 1,134+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 13 January 2006 | Peter Mitchell
    THE Swans and Kangaroos could be playing for million-dollar American football contracts on Monday. The Sydney-Kangaroos exhibition match here is primarily to give US sports fans a taste of the AFL but, in the wake of Ben Graham's stunning debut season with the New York Jets, NFL scouts are expected to attend. The match will be held at the University of California (UCLA), home to the country's glamour college American football team, the UCLA Bruins. Members of the UCLA coaching staff will also be taking a look at potential recruits. "Sure, we're interested in looking at these guys," UCLA director...
  • Speaking out for Australia

    07/19/2005 3:30:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 260+ views
    The Australian ^ | 20th July 2005
    IT is time for tough-minded tolerance. As a nation of immigrants, Australians easily accept neighbours with different attitudes to matters of morals and their own ways of worship. It is the Australian way to accommodate new cultures. It is the Australian way to take people for who they are, not what they wear, or where they come from. But it is also the Australian way to abhor those who demand to live their lives as they wish and to practise their religion as they choose, but reject the right of everybody else to do the same. This is what a...
  • Roo to the Rescue (One-eyed kangaroo, thinks it's a dog, saves man's life... )

    09/21/2003 9:54:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 181+ views
    ABC News ^ | Monday, September 22, 2003. 8:10am (AEST)
    A man knocked unconscious by a tree branch during the weekend's storms in north-eastern Victoria has been rescued, reportedly, by a Morwell family's pet kangaroo. The kangaroo kept banging on the door of the family's house in Tanjil South, then led it to the man lying unconscious about 150 metres away. Authorities have allowed the family to care for the kangaroo since it was little, because it is blind in one eye and thinks it is a dog. Rural Ambulance Victoria paramedic Eddie Wright says the man was taken to the Austin Hospital with serious head injuries. He says he...
  • Florida Court Strikes Down Abortion Parental Notification Law

    07/10/2003 12:36:56 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 52 replies · 885+ views
    <p>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida law requiring the notification of parents at least 48 hours before minors can obtain abortions violates privacy rights guaranteed by the state Constitution, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.</p> <p>The justices voted 5-1 to strike down the 1999 law that was never enforced because of the legal challenge from abortion providers.</p>
  • Australian Army to Kill 15000 Kangaroos

    06/26/2003 12:36:34 PM PDT · by yonif · 32 replies · 388+ views
    News-Journal ^ | 6/26/2003 | AP
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP)--The Australian army will kill as many as 15,000 kangaroos to keep a southeastern army base from being overgrazed, a military spokesman said Wednesday. The Defense Department said the plant-eating marsupials threatened the environment in the 104,000-acre Puckapunyal training ground near Melbourne, said Brigadier Mike Hannan. Animal activists vowed to protest, saying the real problem was a fence surrounding the training ground that prevented the kangaroos from roaming freely. Animal Liberation Australia spokeswoman Rheya Linden said more killing could not be justified. ``Kangaroo numbers are severely reduced, not only because of the slaughter last year but because the...
  • Rampaging Kanagroos Terrorise Towns, "...residents cowering in their homes"

    04/15/2003 11:39:57 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 32 replies · 300+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | April 11, 2003 | staff writer
    Rampant roos terrorise townsApril 11, 2003 An out-of-control kangaroo population in rural Victoria has left some residents cowering in their homes, a National Party MP said today. Noel Maughan, member for the seat of Rodney in central Victoria, said he had been lobbying the Victorian Government to redress the problem for months to no avail. He said large numbers of kangaroos, who were stressed and starving because of the drought, had caused countless car accidents and had frightened locals. "There's an anecdote of a kangaroo attacking and killing a dog," Mr Maughan told AAP. "And clearly children that go out...
  • FLORIDA: Merit Retention...Of Justices Of the Supreme Court (71 DAYS to VOTE OUT SCOFF-LAWS!)

    08/26/2002 2:37:26 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 22 replies · 428+ views
    Note: see bottom of page for judges Florida voters can boot in November! Merit retention is a system of selecting Justices established by the voters when they amended the Florida Constitution in the 1970s. Under merit retention, the Governor appoints new Justices from a list of three to six names submitted by a Judicial Nominating Commission. The Governor must select from the list. Once appointed, Justices eventually must face the voters in a "yes" or "no" vote as to whether they should remain in office. New Justices face their first merit retention vote in the next general election that occurs...