“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”

Quicklink: Tim Lambert zings Andrew Bolt

Yes, Andrew: a pdf labelled ‘Chapter 4’ is never ever going to be the “whole report” now, is it? So perhaps your pronouncement that “not once did it mention floods” was rather courageous (in the Sir Humphrey sense) on your part.

Endangered Sunday: grey nurse shark

I’ve been in the water with a lot of sharks: leopard sharks, wobbegongs, Port Jackson sharks, grey and white tipped reef sharks and grey nurse sharks. What’s a scary thing I’ve encountered diving? That dreaded apex predatory homo sapiens. Homo sapiens is of course the big threat to today’s Endangered Sunday species, the grey nurse shark or carcharias taurus.

BTFP: Wet summer

This repost is part of our Summer Slowdown revisiting of the archives. This post was originally published in 2007, at the time of the last La Niña event affecting Australia.

Otterday! and Open Thread

This week’s open thread is brought to you by Britain’s recovering wild otter population. I for one salute our new otter overlords.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.

Endangered Sunday: North American Bumble Bee

I’ve never seen a Bumble Bee in nature. I’ve seen plenty of imported European honey bees (some of them in the wild), and plenty of Australian native bees (which are mostly solitary, so no hives for them – our few social species are stingless, which is nice).

But we don’t have Bumble Bees here, so I’ve missed out…

The numbers game in a hung parliament

Be clear on this: any independent MPs who agree to form a government with either of the major parties do not have to agree to vote with the major party on every single issue – they only have to agree to vote with them on matters of supply.