Smaller Australian apple crop to firm prices for growers – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Apple growers in central west New South Wales are reporting lower yields this year after the hot growing season, and rain through harvest.

But NSW Farmers Association horticulture committee chair Peter Darley says this is good for prices and reflects a smaller crop nationwide.

“The crops are down this year, but I think the quality has been very good. The previous year was a very tough year because Australia-wide there was a huge volume crop.

“I think this year the crop volume is down Australia-wide, so that’ll certainly equate better to a firmer wholesale price for growers,” he said.

via Smaller Australian apple crop to firm prices for growers – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Wingnut of the Week – Australian PM Tony Abbott

Originally posted on politicoid:

0,,17073174_303,00 Aussie politics is a strange bugger. Far be it from me to comment on the politics of another nation (ahem)… but I just can’t help it when my wingnut detector goes this ape. I’m not sure that you can even fit Australian politics into a traditional Overton window – Liberal in Australia seems to mean economically neo-liberal, as opposed to socially and democratically liberal, as we’d been led to believe.

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It eats your skin, then explodes inside: meet the demodex mite

They crawl around your face at night, feeding off your oil and skin cells. They have no anus, so eventually explode inside your hair follicles.Meet the demodex mite, an eight-legged arachnid that mates on your face during the night before turning your facial pores into a nest.“Everybody’s got them. They’re a normal thing that lives on the skin,” medical director of Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia Stephen Shumack said.

via It eats your skin, then explodes inside: meet the demodex mite.

What’s with all the Andrew Bolt?

susanai:

I laugh when I’m told the ABC is left leaning – I find it increasingly right leaning. I agree with wholeheartedly with this article on Bolt.

Originally posted on TruthInNewsMedia:

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By Barry Tucker                    7 April, 2014

Something strange is going on in the world of Andrew Bolt. The federal government, commercial media and the tax-payer funded ABC (which he loathes) are going out of their way to promote him.

It’s strange because Bolt has been convicted under Section 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act for remarks he made about fair-skinned persons who he claimed were describing themselves as Indigenous in order to claim financial benefit and kudos. It’s strange because the word “controversial” usually accompanies any mention of him. It’s strange because while he says he’s a climate change doubter he pushes the lines of the climate change deniers, those who have framed the “doubt over reason” campaign.

It’s strange because Bolt generally pushes “Liberal” party policies, which are increasingly like those of the USA’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And…

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How Canada can protect the world’s whales | WWF Canada BlogWWF Canada Blog

Let’s start with the good news. For the most part, whales in Canada’s waters are recovering. North Atlantic right whales, once hunted to the brink of extinction, have almost doubled in number. There are more Fin whales and Humpbacks in Canada’s Pacific waters every year. Just last summer, for the first time in 62 years, two Pacific Right Whales were spotted off B.C.’s coast.

via How Canada can protect the world’s whales | WWF Canada BlogWWF Canada Blog.

North American Leaders Commit to Protecting Monarch Butterfly Migration | WWF Canada BlogWWF Canada Blog

Monarch butterfly

Recent scientific evidence by WWF and Mexico’s National Commission on Natural Protected Areas document a steady decline of monarch butterflies in the hibernating sanctuaries in Mexico. In December 2013, scientists recorded the lowest levels on record, with monarchs covering a mere 0.67 hectares (1.65 acres) of forest cover — a 44% decrease from the previous year.

via North American Leaders Commit to Protecting Monarch Butterfly Migration | WWF Canada BlogWWF Canada Blog.

The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy : The Poetry Foundation

I leant upon a coppice gate

When Frost was spectre-grey,

And Winter’s dregs made desolate

The weakening eye of day.

The tangled bine-stems scored the sky

Like strings of broken lyres,

And all mankind that haunted nigh

Had sought their household fires.

via The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy : The Poetry Foundation.

Thank you Thomas Hardy.