My mate in Oz traded in his Tiger for a KTM

In motorcycle speak, that means he went from a Triumph motorcycle to one from KTM – with more power, advanced suspension. He can scare himself even easier, now.

The video reminds me much of the southern Rockies – especially here in the dry end in New Mexico.

Helmet camera is a Drift Ghost S.

When he’s not blogging about environmental and other political issues in Australia, he finds time to work for a living – and play outdoors. His blog is listed over there on the right of the page – Blog that should not be.

Pat Robertson tells creationism advocate to shut up

Creationist Ken Ham is having his 15 minutes, following a live debate on evolution held between himself and Bill Nye “The Science Guy”…

And while you’d expect most folks to deem Nye the winner (which they have), Ham is receiving criticism from a source you might not expect: televangelist Pat Robertson.

On the Wednesday edition of his TV show, “The 700 Club,” Robertson indirectly implored Ham to put a sock in it, criticizing Ham’s view that the Earth is only 6,000 years old.

“Let’s face it, there was a bishop [James Ussher] … who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with the world had been around for 6,000 years,” Robertson began. “There ain’t no way that’s possible … To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible.”

“We’ve got to be realistic that the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that’s found in science,” Robertson continued, “and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”

“Let’s be real,” Robertson begged, “let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”

Every now and then a thread of reality frays loose from Robertson’s coat of many colors. Hey – even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

St. Patrick’s Day parade excludes Gays — the new mayor says he won’t march either

Alternative, all-inclusive St. Patrick’s Day parade held since 2000

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said…that he would not march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan next month, citing the event’s longstanding tensions with gay and lesbian groups.

Mr. de Blasio will be the first New York mayor in 20 years not to take part in the event, a world-famous procession down Fifth Avenue, which is a highlight of the calendar for many Irish-American groups but also a deeply fraught event for politicians wary of its prohibition on public expressions of gay pride…

The mayor said he planned to participate in several other events on St. Patrick’s Day, which is March 17, “to honor the Irish heritage of this city and the contributions of Irish-Americans.”

Two of the mayor’s predecessors, Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg, marched every year in the parade. David N. Dinkins boycotted the event in 1993, in the wake of widespread protests after sponsors won a court battle to exclude a group of openly gay Irish-Americans from participating.

A real pity that some of my Celtic brothers and sisters tie their religious umbilical cord tightly to the policy of bigots. You might think they’d have some cells in their brain that recall the history of discrimination against Irish workers. Instead of working at perpetuating another flavor of the same stupidity.