Posts Tagged ‘Biology’

Australian Bushfires, January 2020

There is no treatment for these burns.

I woke up on Mars – by the yellow sky.
The smoke – remains of burned forest.
There is no treatment for these burns,
burns to the bone of country.

Australia’s gentle, stupid marsupials
have no answers, do not understand
the question; they approach men
for water and to do something for them.

The hunted, haunted eyes,
their singed, ragged fur,
and the dead they left behind,
mummified in the heat,
the kangaroo still standing
in death, as still as on a coin.

There is no treatment for these burns.


Julian O’Dea

The Return of the Patriarchy

The tough Alabama and other State laws in America virtually banning abortion are causing a frenzy among progressives and feminists.

Women only have themselves to blame.

And both men and women are calling them to order.

There used to be a social contract: men endure the risks of work and war; women endure the risks of childbirth. But women have dropped their bundle while expecting men to continue with ours.

Women have abused a “right” to abortion, which was only ever meant to be used in extreme circumstances, to have their unborn children killed in huge numbers.

This has taught men and conservative women a lesson: women can’t be trusted with too much freedom.

Time for a bit of patriarchy.

Toxicology and environmental consulting

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A stringybark eucalypt, Canberra, Australia


Something on the smoothness of Titan’s hydrocarbon lakes

If you are interested, go here:

A discussion session on a suggestion of mine on how “azotosomes” might increase the viscosity and therefore flatness of the hydrocarbon lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan.



From “Organic Compounds in Titan’s Seas and Lakes.”




(“Titan’s Lakes are Nice and Calm. The Perfect Spot for a Landing.”)

Rainbow birds other than parrots including motmots and subspecies differentiation by belly colours close on spectrum




Rufous motmot.




Broad-billed motmot.

Senegal parrot subspecies:


The New Zealand kea: another “rainbow bird”


The kea is an odd, rather obscure New Zealand parrot. I only just discovered that its plumage has the colours in the same order as those in the rainbow. I have written about how common this is in parrots before.


Also common is the orange/yellow juxtaposition seen on the underside of the bird.


Cf. Another parrot with the orange and yellow juxtaposition, Neophema splendida:

Neophema splendida adult male