[VIDEO] Sonic Boom Follows Volcanic Eruption

The full fury of mother nature was on display on Aug. 29 during the eruption of Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea.

Following the devastating volcanic blast, which sent lava spewing hundreds of feet in the air and a plume of ash billowing tens of thousands of feet into the sky, a sonic boom shook the surrounding area for miles.

 


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[VIDEO] Rogan: White House Has Displayed Willful Delusion over ISIS Threat

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[VIDEO] Immigration Policy and Preventative Measures Down Under: ‘If You Come the Wrong Way, You Will Never Get to Stay’

“It is controversial, but it is working.”

The idea at the heart of this policy is not controversial. In fact, it’s one that the majority of the American public already supports. And is supported even more passionately by new U.S. citizens, those who immigrated here legally. It’s the enforcement apparatus required that’s controversial.

“These people that were coming were seen as queue-jumpers, and it’s not fair to the genuine refugees.”

Exactly. What about those who waited in line, and followed the rules? Many feel betrayed, and resent that their respect for the process is being undermined by pro-amnesty activists. Not just radical groups protesting at the border, but pro-amnesty activists in all three branches of government. Often the loudest voices are the ones with the most questionable motives. American-Boomerang

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From The Corner:

Australian-born political commentator Nick Adams joined Bill O’Reilly to share his country’s approach towards illegal immigration. Part of the policy includes the national Navy physically intercepting boats of immigrants trying to enter the country illegally and denying them the ability to land on Australian shores.

A moat? Nations like Japan, and Australia, have a natural geographical protection–surrounded by deep water–from millions of immigrants crossing borders illegally to “live in the shadows”. The U.S. Mexico border is 1,989 long. 

Though, to be fair, as critics of the pro-border control argument remind us, the majority of the U.S.’s illegal immigrants don’t enter by crossing borders illegally. They do it by applying for temporary visas, then violate their visas by overstaying. Then exploiting pro-amnesty sentiment to justify never returning to their native residence. Or, you know–not unlike getting distracted and neglecting to get a haircut–being busy, and forgetting to return home for ten or twenty years when the visa is up.

 Nick Adams noted that not implementing such preventative measures was encouraging people to take the life-risking journey across the ocean…(read more)

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Chilean Porn Star Offers Sex Marathon For Each Win from National Soccer Team

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For Breitbart.com reports: It is all about sex. First there was speculation that the Netherlands beat Spain because the coach allowed players to visit with wives and girlfriends. Why did Chile beat Spain? A porn star offered a sex marathon for every win. (The picture in the link is NSFW)

Marlen Doll, one of Chile’s most popular porn stars, told people she would engage in an eight-hour sex marathon if the team beat Australia. They won and she conducted a twelve-hour orgy…(read more)

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If You Want To Ban Guns, Just Say So

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Why is Obama bringing up Australian gun control laws?

For The Federalist writes: While answering a few questions on Tumblr this week, President Obama informed participants that “our levels of gun violence are off the charts.” He claimed that it was incomprehensible that congress hadn’t reacted to overwhelming public opinion and passed legislation to expand gun background checks, adding that nations like Australia had long ago enacted sensible gun control laws to stop mass shootings:

“Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not doing it, we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since.”

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This isn’t the first time Obama has brought up Australian gun control laws. He did so after the Navy Yard DC shooting, as well. Actually, on the left, Australian laws are frequently cited as a way to limit shooting rampages — perhaps get rid of them altogether. A few years ago, Nicholas Kristofafter mischaracterizing the law, recommended that it should be the “road map” for United States policy.

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What are they talking about here? Longer wait times? Banning “assault weapons”? Not really. In 1996, after a ghastly massacre at Port Arthur, the Australian government passed firearms regulations that banned ownership of almost all semiautomatic weapons, all self-loading rifles and shotguns, and instituted strict restrictions on all 51RyvaS1DiL._SL250_sale of ammunition for the weapons.

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A person can own a gun if they can demonstrate to the state that he has a “genuine reason” for having one – and “self-defense” is not considered a legitimate basis for ownership. Australia proceeded to run a buyback program that lasted nearly a year, in which time the government ended up paying citizens for 640,000 prohibited firearms. It was, in other words, a massive confiscation of guns. Read the rest of this entry »


Kangaroo Brains on Menu as 150-Year-Old Historic First Aussie Cookbook Goes on Show

Photo: Camillo Bachelmeier/Getty Images

Photo: Camillo Bachelmeier/Getty Images

If you have ever wanted to prepare a meal of kangaroo brains fried in emu fat with a side dish of roasted wombat, there’s a cookbook in Australia just for you.

“Roast kangaroos’ tails in the ashes with the skin on; when nearly done, scrape them well, and divide at the joints. Then put them in a pan with a few slices of fat bacon, to which add a few mushrooms, pepper etc. Fry gently and serve.”

The “English and Australian Cookery Book” — hailed as the country’s first recipe book using native ingredients — has gone on show in the southern state of Tasmania, 150 years after it was first published.

“In the early days of white colonialism in Van Diemen’s Land, because agriculture took a lot of time to blossom — as in be sustainable, the convicts for example were out there pretty much fending for themselves and so the whole notion of eating local wildlife wouldn’t have been that uncommon.”

The recipe’s author Edward Abbott compiled the book in the mid-1800s during a period of financial hardship in the hope it could earn him a quick buck, said Ross Latham, who manages the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office. Read the rest of this entry »


Sanity Outbreak: Aussies To Slash 90% Of Global Warming Funding From Budget

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For The Daily CallerMichael Bastasch writes:  Australia’s conservative coalition is set to cut more than 90 percent of the funding related to global warming from their budget, from $5.75 billion this year to $500 million, over the next four years.

“…The carbon tax was basically socialism masquerading as environmentalism, and that’s why it’s going to get abolished.”

— Tony Abbott

Environmentalists and leftist politicians in the country protested the move by conservative Liberal Party Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s governing coalition to slash funding for climate programs, arguing such funding for green energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions were necessary to stop global warming.

But Abbott’s government shot back, saying that the country needed to reduce the size of government and improve the economy. Read the rest of this entry »


Medical News: Protein Extracted from Australian Sea Coral Prevents HIV Infection

Underwater shot of the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia. (CC/Steve Evans)

Underwater shot of the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia. (CC/Steve Evans)

“It’s always thrilling when you find a brand-new protein that nobody else has ever seen before…”  

Brooks Hays writes: A new protein, extracted from coral collected from reefs off the north coast of Australia, shows the ability to block HIV from entering and destroying immune cells, or T cells.

“..And the fact that this protein appears to block HIV infection — and to do it in a completely new way — makes this truly exciting.”

–Dr. Barry O’Keefe.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute discovered that the proteins, called cnidarins, prove remarkably effective at quashing the transmission abilities of HIV. If the proteins stand up to further testing, they could be incorporated into sexual lubricants and gels as a new barrier against HIV infection. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: 122 Objects Spotted by Satellite in Search for Flight 370

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For ABC News, Dan Good reports: New satellite images show a debris field of 122 objects floating in the Indian Ocean potentially connected to doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, officials said at a news conference today.

Malaysia’s Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the images were taken on Sunday, March 23, about 1,600 miles off the coast of Perth, Australia, and relayed by the France-based Airbus Defense and Space. Authorities received the images Tuesday.

122-objects-news-alertHishammuddin said the objects were seen close to where three other satellites previously detected objects. The newly-spotted objects vary in size, with the largest about 75 feet in length, Hishammuddin said. Some objects appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid debris.

“This is another new lead that will help direct the search operation,” he said.

That desperate, multinational search operation resumed today across a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean after fierce winds and high waves that had forced a daylong halt eased considerably.

Six countries were participating in the search — Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, China and South Korea. A total of 12 planes and two ships were involved, with the search area divided into east and west sectors.

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Tiny Crystal Is Oldest Known Piece of Earth, Older than Betty White, Scientists Say

Scientists using two different age-determining techniques have shown that a tiny zircon crystal found on a sheep ranch in western Australia is the oldest known piece of our planet, dating to 4.4 billion years ago.

Betty-WhiteWriting in the journal Nature Geoscience on Sunday, the researchers said the discovery indicates that Earth’s crust formed relatively soon after the planet formed and that the little gem was a remnant of it.

John Valley, a University of Wisconsin geoscience professor who led the research, said the findings suggest that the early Earth was not as harsh a place as many scientists have thought.

To determine the age of the zircon fragment, the scientists first used a widely accepted dating technique based on determining the radioactive decay of uranium to lead in a mineral sample.

But because some scientists hypothesized that this technique might give a false date due to possible movement of lead atoms within the crystal over time, the researchers turned to a second sophisticated method to verify the finding.

A 4.4 billion-year-old zircon crystal from the Jack Hills region of Australia has been confirmed to be the oldest bit of the Earth's crust.

A 4.4 billion-year-old zircon crystal from the Jack Hills of Australia. Confirmed to be the oldest bit of the Earth’s crust.

Betty-White-YOUNG_thumbThey used a technique known as atom-probe tomography that was able to identify individual atoms of lead in the crystal and determine their mass, and confirmed that the zircon was indeed 4.4 billion years old…Read more >>>

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[VIDEO] Shock-and-Gore ‘Stay in School’ Ad

A new ad encouraging young people to stay in school is generating a lot of buzz on the Internet — and after you watch it, you will immediately understand why.

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The online YouTube PSA, produced by the Learn for Life Foundation of Western Australia, appears to show a group of kids ditch school for what they think is a fun day at the beach. Things, however, end in a very unexpected fashion.

“This is what happens when you slack off,” the video says. “Stay in school.”

Since the video was uploaded Tuesday, it has already achieved nearly half-a-million hits on YouTube.

“Well, that escalated quickly,” commented one individual.

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Who knew? Comics Are Psycho

LONDON (Reuters) – Having an unusual personality structure could be the secret to making other people laugh, scientists said on Thursday after research showed that comedians have high levels of psychotic personality traits.

In a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers analyzed comedians from Australia, Britain and the United States and found they scored significantly higher on four types of psychotic characteristics compared to a control group of people who had non-creative jobs.

The traits included a tendency towards impulsive or anti-social behavior, and a tendency to avoid intimacy.

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Four Big Government Failures Besides Obamacare

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Michael Bastasch writes:  Obamacare’s failure to launch wasn’t the only major government debacle this year. Around the world, government planners saw their dreams come crashing down around them as their best laid plans fell apart.

The Obama administration’s error-riddled rollout of HealthCare.gov — that only cost taxpayers $174 million to build — was only one among several failed social experiments by bureaucrats this year.

Around the world nanny state schemes are falling apart at the seams. From efforts to curb smoking rates in Australia to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the European Union, governments have failed to achieve their goals.

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The Aussie government’s crusade to curb smoking rates has fallen flat on its face, according to a report issued last month. Despite the country’s law passed last year requiring “plain packaging” for cigarette cases, the country’s smoking rates have remained unchanged.

The study by consulting firm London Economics looked at actual smoking behavior before and after Australia’s plain packaging law went into place. The law requires that tobacco packaging double the size of the warning label and get rid of any brand imagery on the front of the pack.

The plain packaging law seemed to have some effect at first, according to the report. After three months, smoking rates started to slightly decline. However, after eight months smoking rates moved back up slightly, erasing any previously made gains in curbing smoking rates.

“Over the timeframe of the analysis, the data does not demonstrate that there has been a change in smoking prevalence following the introduction of plain packaging despite an increase in the noticeability of the new health warnings,” said Dr. Gavan Conlon of London Economics.

EU cap-and-trade bottoms out

Cigarette smoke is not the only emissions nanny statists have been looking to curb. The European Union has a cap-and-trade scheme that aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, which they argue causes global warming.

However, Europe’s best laid global warming scheme essentially collapsed this year as the price of carbon dioxide credits hit new lows, and EU member states could not agree on a fix for the problem.

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‘Selfie’ Is Oxford’s 2013 Word of the Year

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Selfie of the Century

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(n.) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

If you’re wondering why there was a definition at the beginning of the post, it’s because “selfie” is Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year.

Made famous by celebrities, friends, family, and annoying coworkers, the digital self-portrait has boomed in recent years. The dictionary says usage of the word has risen by 17,000 percent in the past 12 months.

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Gun Rights and History: A Primer on the ‘Transformation’ of Europe and Australia

Europe and Australia’s gun violence still flourishes in the wake of Government’s forced confiscation of citizen’s firearms, U.S. cities with highest gun-control also have highest gun crime.

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Obama’s Obsession with Our Gun Rights 

Wayne LaPierre: Barack Obama, the candidate who promised Americans in 2008 that “I will not take your guns away,” now, as President of the United States in 2013, has embraced the universal firearm confiscation of Australia and England—schemes that saw the destruction of hundreds of thousands of registered, legal firearms that had been outlawed and taken under threat of force from licensed gun owners by their governments.

Obama revealed his gun control endgame in a Sept. 22, 2013, political speech at a solemn memorial for the 12 Washington Navy Yard victims murdered by a deranged killer on Sept. 16, 2013.

Obama coldly used the madness of a delusional lone mass-murderer to claim that the rampage “ought to lead to some sort of transformation … it ought to obsess us.”

In the same breath, Obama defined his personal “obsession” and his notion of “transformation” for ordinary American gun owners:

“That’s what happened in other countries when they experienced similar tragedies. In the United Kingdom, in Australia … they mobilized and they changed.”

The Washington Post praised Obama’s demand for “transformation” to an Australia-style gun roundup and destruction as “commonsense.”

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CHINA: Man Climbs 900-foot Building, Jumps Off

An Austrian climber reaches the top of a tower in China without using ropes, then leaps off

Austrian climber Michael Kemeter

In China, Austrian climber Michael Kemeter scaled a nearly 900-foot tower without ropes. The 23-year-old daredevil completed his feat by jumping from the top of the tower with a bright green parachute as excited spectators cheered for his safe landing. [VIDEO]

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Election Disasters: Liberals in Retreat

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s desperate attempts to blame election losses on voter suppression hurt Democrats’ already weak position

Three elections in the last week have challenged long-held liberal premises about how elections are fought and what the public wants. It’s worth examining those results in such widely separated places as Australia, Norway, and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

In Colorado, liberals are already in denial about the fact that two Democratic state senators were recalled from office in districts Barack Obama carried by some 20 percentage points only ten months ago. The recalls were organized by citizens upset with the lawmakers’ votes in favor of a gun-control measure. The two senators also helped pass bills perceived as being against the interests of rural areas and helped push through a fraud-prone election law that shifted the Centennial State to all-mail voting. Read the rest of this entry »


Pig drinks 18 beers, tries to fight cow before passing out

A wild boar in Australia caused a ruckus in a campsite when the swine stole and drank 18 beers from a camper. The pig then got the drunk munchies and rooted around various campsites for food, the Metro reports. The pig apparently then decided to pick a fight with a nearby cow, however the fight didn’t turn out the way he probably imagined it would. Read the rest of this entry »


Reminder: Conservative Landslide in Australian Elections

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BRIETBART’S STEPHEN K. BANNON AND ALEXANDER MARLOW write: The conservatives won a stunning landslide victory in Australia’s national elections, capturing 53% of the vote Saturday. Conservative leaders emphasized a hard line against immigration, a carbon tax, and continual increases in government spending. This “no compromise” attitude became a key to victory. Read the rest of this entry »


Australia liberated from their long national green nightmare

WUWT’s Anthony Watts writes: Today is a great day not only in Australian history, but also in world history. It marks the day when people of character and sensibility pushed back against an overwrought and pointless green agenda, and pushed back in a big way. They’ve had enough, and they’ve scraped the Krudd off their shoes and are moving forward.

Tony Abbot has won the Australian election in a landslide, and vows to abolish the carbon tax as a first order of business. Abbott has declared Australia is “once more open for business” in claiming victory in Saturday’s election. Read the rest of this entry »