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Posted on 2007.05.22 at 16:38


where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-05-23 01:31 (UTC) (Lien)
i don't know fireweed - but i might have heard about it once regarding australia

i love blackberries! - i loved to pick them as a kid. blackberry yogurt rocks, and so does blackberry pie! as a plant, they make terrific hedges and feed the birds. but you are absolutely right - they are a plague here too, and so they shouldn't be planted, and birds should eat other stuff. i've tried to walk through blackberry thickets and it is basically impossible - even the new plants are a pain in the leg. however, i would still say planting seedless varieties might be a good idea.

another problem we have here is buckthorn - you prolly have it too in more temperate areas. i think it's from europe, displacing our native buckthorn, and growing everywhere, cuz the damn birds eat it up. however, buckthorn bark is a helpful natural medicine. i made my own syrup once.
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-23 01:43 (UTC) (Lien)
Fireweed can kill sheep and cattle if they eat enough of it. It spreads very easily in our climate conditions.

Not so much on the West coast - But, the east coast, black berries are a big problem, especially because, of rabbits and birds. You have to poison and then burn them to get rid of them.

hmm, I haven't heard of "buckthorn" before. Hmm... The Europeans were naive when they got here....They pretty started the whole destruction of Australia. Hence, starting Global warming. Let's blame them. :P
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-05-23 01:54 (UTC) (Lien)
yeah - euro-man be the devil. but i take the good with the bad. what can ya say, we didn't have science til a couple of days ago, and pretty much everything anybody did was a likely fuck up of some sort. you know that thing "the bible"? how come it didn't give us instructions about all this hmmm? pretty worthless in that respect.

yes - europe and it's rabbits and dogs and etc. really did australia in.

however - let's not forget those firebreathing aboriginies who hunted away australia's big reptiles by setting fire to everything. the whole issue of which came first in australia, climate change or man's own desertification, is one i wish i could study more.

now that you mention it - fireweed sounds familiar.

i knew blackberries were really tough to get rid of - but i didn't realise it was THAT bad.
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-23 11:40 (UTC) (Lien)
LOL - The bible isn't an instruction manual for rules of DO NOT destroy the precious earth. Pity, it focuses on human "rules"...and teachings.

The aborigines, were very smart people. They knew how to look after the land, if they didn't set it alight many Australian plants wouldn't reproduce...some need fire to reproduce and to make better regrowth. They didn't over hunt either. They ate things seasonally...They had it all planned out.

Black berries are just damn nasty. Same with willows, along with major erosion problems, they've destroyed the river systems here. fireweed is also hard to get rid of, you have to destroyed the flowers of it will seed...of course.
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-23 11:42 (UTC) (Lien)
Actually, a sad thing is here: Here at school, we learn ALL AUSTRALIAN history, mostly. Not much American. In fact, I know shit all about your history, just about. Unless, you study past the normal history class. They don't teach anything else Haha.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-05-23 19:26 (UTC) (Lien)
actually that's sweet - i read this cool aussie hostory book when i was a kid - it was an old one - mostly talked about the euro adventurers and such - but i was into that - but it made me feel like yes - aussies do really study their own history - and that makes me proud

surprising though - a bit - that such an ally would not study U.S. history, since the U;S. is suposedly the center of the universe... that also makes me proud

and i'm now glad to see australia is waking up to doing some serious shit about it's water probs - it is such a leader in environmental progress - so it's about time - (damned labour gov't!)

the whole olympics thing in sydney was totally awe-inspiring!
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-24 00:27 (UTC) (Lien)
I didn't think of it like that; your right!
I'm voting for the Greens when the next election comes up. I don't seem to like the other parties, "promises"...

I loved it when the olympics was here. I actually watched a lot of it. Usually, I don't pay so much attention to sport. :p
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-05-24 04:50 (UTC) (Lien)
i was so proud of australia during those olympics! and what a great place for them!

note - did you know the american relay runner hahd cfs? - she had to go home because of a relapse. the relapse was caused because people were intimidating her!
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-24 07:30 (UTC) (Lien)
Why the hell did they pick China? Every comes from this magical place called, "China". XD

No, I did not know that...Oh wow...I feel slightly intimidated when I have to serve an American person at work...Not sure why. It must be the accent.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-05-24 05:47 (UTC) (Lien)
a main prob right now in australia, as i gather, is that it relies heavilly on cola-burning power plants - that's why it was one of the two countries which didn't approve the Kyoto agreement. so that issue, plus water, seems like a great cause to take up. solar power - (duh!) - is the way to go for australia, (plus maybe a few nuke plants - who's it going to bother down there?) australia has been possibly THE main leader in solar-power research, so it shouldn't be so difficult actually being a a leader in executing those dreams. if australia transitions before everyone else, and does a few other things, like get in good with india, it will actually have the chance of becoming a major power in the world, possibly out-placing france.
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-24 07:43 (UTC) (Lien)
John Howard has suggested we could have nuke power plants - There was a huge debate over it. I think it was going to cost us way too much money. We haven't really got the population like some other countries - but, there are going to be some major issues here, getting worse over the next few years.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-05-23 19:22 (UTC) (Lien)
yes - i agree the abs learnt to live like peaceful native american indians

but i'm not so sure about when they first moved into australia - what? 30,000 - 60,000 years ago? them and their dingos - which about put the tasmanian devil out of business, and ended the tasmanian tiger - both of which were common in the continent - however - people other than the abs moved in too, and prolly the euro's did the worst damage - simply because they knew how to populate through technology

the abs really interest me due to their somewhat unique appearance or bone structure - it really makes me think about what was going on with the species thousands of years ago. although the abs have been discriminated against in australia - i do like how many australians have honoured them, maybe a little more than americans have honoured their natives

i like willows - but they can clog up waterways - i'm sure the prob must be so much worse in more arid australia - where most waterways are almost an afterthought of nature

hey babe - could you tell me if you had any prob viewing the second link in my "bad decisions" post? and if not, do you get yahoo (mail etc.?)?

thanks - you know i'm really glad i met you - you are the first aussie LJ friend w/ whom i could talk about these things
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-24 00:20 (UTC) (Lien)
I wuv you too!
The best part is: I wont throw random things at you or try to eat you.

They got the numbers wrong for whent he aboriginals first came here...the abs still don't get a fair go in society here. Some of them are really messed up and some are really nice people!

I like willows as well, but, they are a pest. :P

I'm using the windows mail client through gmail. Hmmm, I'm not sure if I got the link. There's too many comments. Roflt.
Your the only one who comments on my comments anymore...other then, mystar23, but, he loves me, so it's different. I mean, he literally loves me. It's kinda cute. But, I'm scared too. :x
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-05-24 04:55 (UTC) (Lien)
wow - is he the one that made that random "i just wanted to say i think you're awesome!" comment? - well - yo - you get those on LJ - most of mine turned out to have schitzophrenia

yeah - seems like some abs are alcoholics and some are sweet people with a lot to teach

ok - thanks for letting me know about that

i need to go back through my email and respond to everyone who's commented me - i always fall behind in other people's journals - i'll save that for a rainy day when i want to lie around some morning
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-24 07:37 (UTC) (Lien)
He's the one thatkeeps me awake on msn until late at night... Although, there is this Christian guy that is kinda of creeping me out a little...He dated this 17 year old and he wont get over her and...I'm guess he is into his 30's or early 30's. He posted a comment the other day saying, he thinks he'd fall inlove with me if he really knew...well, okay then, Mr! I'm not really into the whole Christian, it makes me feel uncomfortable. Like I don;t know what to say to them without offending them.

I agree. Some abs get addicted to "sniffing petrol" and end up dying from it. It's a big issue up North.
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