August 2013

Saturday nightCap

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Today’s Trivia

Via cigarettesreporter.com

Via cigarettesreporter.com

 

The smallest moon of the planet Mars, Deimos, has an escape velocity of just 5.2 metres per second. That’s a bit under 20km/h, meaning that I, and probably you, could take a running jump and launch from it like a slow moving rocket. (source)

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Every Young Man’s Battle

A little perspective: The Ultra Deep Field

Can you outrun the police on a motorbike?

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Mmmmm Dolphin

Beautiful photos of an Orca chasing, catching and eating a dolphin.

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With the setting sun just beginning to turn the sky pink, a killer whale leaps out of the ocean and soars into the air, spray cascading down in its wake.

It is a magnificent image. Except the whale’s dive has a purpose – the dolphin quivering 15ft below.  Read more »

Why Australian politics is great

I love Australian politics, I wish we could be as sensible and robust in political discourse as they are in Australia.

Take this article about focus groups.

The opinion polls tell us who’s winning the election and who’s losing. Focus groups tell us why. The political parties rely on them heavily to guide strategy. This week, Ipsos Research convened groups in western Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

They invited me to sit and listen to a mixture of Labor, Liberal and uncommitted voters. They all earn low to middle incomes or, in the case of some of the Melbourne voters, they have retired.

Unlike most focus groups, these are largely undirected – participants are invited broadly to discuss the election and the economy so any of the specifics that emerge do so spontaneously.

Unlike most focus groups, these are largely undirected – participants are invited broadly to discuss the election and the economy so any of the specifics that emerge do so spontaneously.

Imagine if this happened here

I can imagine what would have happened here if you beat the molester of your daughter to death….not what happened in Texas.

A Texas father walked in on his five-year-old daughter being molested and wasted no time in beating the man to death. The grand jury found the dad not guilty due to a state law that allows deadly force to be used to stop an aggravated sexual assault.  Read more »

Why cows attack, a new insight

I have frequently posted on the growing menace of cow attacks.   Discovery Channel wimps out on the statistics here, doggedly continuing with Shark Week when it is a proven fact that cows are far more dangerous and Cow Week would provide a far more realistic anthology of terror.

This week, their allied channel Animal Planet maintains the fiction, with Monster Week featuring rarities like crocodile attacks, and nary a mention of Killer Cows. Despite another serious Cow attack in Britain.

A man has been hospitalised after being trampled by a herd of cows while he was out walking his dog in the countryside.

Emergency services were called to a field in St Neots, Cambridgeshire last night and rushed the man to hospital.

The patient, said to be in his 60s, was badly injured in the accident and required specialist treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

My own theory is that cows attack because they are increasingly pissed off with being pushed around by smaller humans, and having their milk stolen.

But the authoritative source Wisegeek.com has now revealed a solid motivation for the bovine bash-artists – it is just their reasonable retaliation for Cow-Tipping assaults.  Read more »