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06 Aug 2009 01:48


Offbeat: A famous koala dies. OK, pretty much the only famous one.

  • Say it ain’t so, Sam! Sam the koala became famous earlier this year after being offered a water bottle in the midst of the Australian brushfires. A photographer took a shot of it and it ended up plastered in papers around the world. Unfortunately, Sam had the same problem that many koalas have in the part of Australia he lived: Chlamydia. The disease ravaged the population of Victoria, Australia’s koalas, and it got Sam, too. Hopefully koala heaven is full of firefighters and full of water bottles. source

09 Feb 2009 08:24


World: Australia’s prime minister: If wildfires arson, it’s “mass murder”

  • What do you say about anyone like that? There’s no words to describe it, other than it’s mass murder.
  • Kevin Rudd • Australia’s prime minister, regarding the brushfires in the state of Victoria and the belief that some of the fires were set deliberately. At least 130 people have died in the fires, and thousands more have been left homeless. • source