Sunday, April 26, 2009

Starting Here



Lake Wendouree is an artificially-created and maintained shallow urban lake for the city of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
The name Wendouree comes from a local aboriginal word wendaaree which means 'go away'
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Rock and Roll Them Away

Hard Rock Music is the Ultimate Weapon Against Insect Plague
The residents of Tuscarora Nevada, anticipating an imminent attack, will be ready with a perimeter defense. They'll position their best weapons at regular intervals, faced out toward the desert to repel the assault.
Then they'll turn up the volume.
Rock music blaring from boom boxes has proved one of the best defenses against an annual invasion of Mormon crickets. The huge flightless insects are a fearsome sight as they advance across the desert in armies of millions that march over, under or into anything in their way.
But the crickets don't much fancy Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones, the townspeople figured out three years ago. So next month, Tuscarorans are preparing once again to get out their extension cords, array their stereos in a quarter-circle and tune them to rock station KHIX, full blast, from dawn to dusk. "It is part of our arsenal," says Laura Moore, an unemployed college professor and one of the town's 13 residents.
In flyspeck villages like Tuscarora, crickets are a serious matter. The critters hatch in April in the barren soil of northern Nevada, western Utah and other parts of the Great Basin, quickly growing into blood-red, ravenous insects more than 2 inches long.
Then they march. In columns that in peak years can be two miles long and a mile across, swarms move across the badlands in search of food. Starting in about May, they march through August or so, before stopping to lay eggs for next year and die.

Greyhound found with ears cut off

A RSCPA is investigation is under way after a greyhound was found mutilated in a "sickening act of cruelty".
The animal was found on a grass verge in Bedlington, Northumberland. His ears had been cut off and electrical tape was stuck to his back and legs.
He was taken to a veterinary surgery in Morpeth for treatment and is making a good recovery.
It is thought his ears were deliberately severed to get rid of identification tattoos.
'Unimaginable pain'
The RSPCA is urging anyone who knows who the dog once belonged to, or who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, to get in touch as soon as possible.
"Thankfully he was rescued early and taken to safety, else he easily could have died.
"We just hope someone will now come forward with vital information to help us discover what happened."

Easy Solution


Bare Naked


To Protect and Serve

Florida Trooper Hits Car With Woman, Children Inside During Police Chase
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper trying to pull over a vehicle during a police chase hit another car with a woman and three children inside.
An FHP report says the trooper was chasing a suspect Thursday afternoon near Daytona Beach when he crossed into the oncoming lane and hit a sedan.
The vehicle being chased fled the scene but eventually crashed, and the driver then fled on foot.
The trooper, the woman and the three children were all taken to a nearby hospital but later released.
The crash remains under investigation and charges were reported as pending.