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It’s Bilby Day!

Few things are more worth celebrating than bilbies, and the second Sunday in September is their day. It’s now nearly 7 AM on Sunday in Australia, so what are you waiting for?

The omniscient Wikipedia notes:

They are nocturnal omnivores that do not need to drink water, as they get all the moisture they need from their food, which includes [… let’s just say “everything”]. Most food is found by digging or scratching in the soil, and using their very long tongues.

Unlike bandicoots, they are excellent burrowers and build extensive tunnel systems with their strong forelimbs and well-developed claws. A bilby typically makes a number of burrows within its home range, up to about a dozen, and moves between them, using them for shelter both from predators and the heat of the day. The female bilby’s pouch faces backwards, which prevents her pouch from getting filled with dirt while she is digging.

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38 Responses

  1. We may all be moving underground sooner than we think.

    Not sure this is the topic but RAIN, RAIN, RAIN! I am in CA and it is raining actual wet stuff coming down from the sky. Yahoo!

  2. A dozen burrows? Now that’s a lot of real estate for one bilby!

    Happy Bilby Day everyone!

  3. That critter looks like a rat wearing a rabbit mask

  4. Reminds me of one of my X’s.

  5. Happy Bilby Day, indeed!

    One thing I love about Australian animals are all the ridiculously cute names: blibies and wallabees, koalas and kangaroos, dingoes, emus, and platypi, etc., etc., etc.

    I also think that on this Bibly Day it should be decreed that hereinafter bibly pouches should be referred to as biblby baggins.

    • I know, they are walking advertisements for cuddly toys. There used to be a store in Mall of America just filled with them, Enchanted Forest or something to that effect. Wall-to-Wall wallabees, koalas, and bilbies … I could never get my daughters out of there.

    • Jeez, my typing leaves a lot to be desired today.

      bilby bilby bilby bilby bilby

      That wasn’t that hard.

      I’ve been at work too long.

  6. Do you have any bilby recipes?

  7. Jeralyn is bragging about how she fact-checks information. If that’s true then how does she explain her Palinpalooza posts?


    I don’t bother to fact check anything these days. The Blogstalkers do it for me (for free!) and if I am ever wrong about anything I’m sure they’ll let me know about it right away..

    • It has to be asked, so–When’s bandicoot day???

    • I agree with BTD’s post about retreating from the mainstream corporate media. However, if this is how he feels then why did he support a candidate simply because he was loved by the mainstream corporate media? Shouldn’t that have been a red flag that something was wrong?

      • Ha! So true. BTD’s premise for supporting Obama because of his media darling status was seriously loopy. The media would never have liked Obama if he had run on things that actually change anything, so BTD’s argument that Obama would be able to do so much because the media loved him was extremely weak.

        • I’ve obsessed over this, and came to the conclusion that Armando saw something that I didn’t because I’m white.

          Evan Thomas said in his interview with Pauly that a lot of editors and white Boomer elites saw Obama as affirmation of their emotional investment in the Civil Rights movement. I saw this myself with a buddy of mine who’s a media bigwig. You mention how positive it is that the country could overwhelmingly elect an African American, and his eyes light up. So they were invested.

          And Obama was a cool, nonthreatening Ivy frat type. One of them. It didn’t really matter what he stood for because his style was perfect for DC society. (And reform wing sensibility pretty much meant, he wasn’t going to have firm policy goals. That’s for those dirty populists like WJC and HRC. So without the style, he’d be a populist, and hated by the press like Kucinich, Hillary, Jesse Jackson…)

          But the trump card was white guilt, and I’m guessing Armando saw this from personal experience, that you can paralyze a critic by hinting that race or racism is inappropriately involved. That’s a reason why it took abc news until PA to stop sitting on the Wright tapes. That’s why all criticism of Obama was cloaked by the media with the stigma of racism and why the press ignored change you can Xerox.

          The media, I think for some of the right reasons, were sensitive to racism, and protected Obama, especially from the GOP crazies.

          But in the eyes of the press, the guys who pick wars and presidents, their guy was going to win if it took their help to overcome racists, phantom and otherwise.

          The press is never on our side. They opposed Kerry, Gore, Clinton (both), Dukakis, Hart, et. al.

          But Armando knew that they were protecting Obama, something most of us didn’t have the radar for.

          • And they are still protecting him.

          • It turns out the “crazies” weren’t in the GOP, but, in fact, the “race pimps”, race baiters are on the left.

          • “Evan Thomas said in his interview with Pauly that a lot of editors and white Boomer elites saw Obama as affirmation of their emotional investment in the Civil Rights movement.”

            I also want to add to your statement that it was also an affirmation of their own success. Yes, it was white guilt but it came from not only the fact that they were emotionally invested in the Civil Rights movement but from the fact that they were the ones who benefited the most from our country’s racism and economic inequality. They weren’t invested in women’s rights because many white women who are part of the elite never experience extreme forms of sexism (such as the working class women in Norma Rae). Their support for Obama was indeed a cover for all of the inequality that still remains in our society. Only their support affirmed their desire to believe that they and their family are not racists (like those poor whites) and that they earned their wealth from hard work and not racism and economic inequality.

      • When I say you can’t trust the media I don’t mean they are unreliable or incompetent, I mean that they are not on our side. They represent the interests of the people they work for – the corporatists.

        That means that the media supported Obama because the corporatists supported Obama.

        BTD’s main argument for supporting Obama should have been a main argument for opposing him.

        • I doubt he sees it that clearly. He continually downplayed health care, and essentially ignored the Harry and Louise 110dB corporatist dog whistle. He’s cool with NAFTA and Rubinomics, and pretty much bought the line that Hillary was owned by business.

          While he nailed his prediction of Obama winning with the help of corporate media, he acts like he was kicked in the gut by Goldman Sachs and stimulus fiascoes.

  8. They actually have an Easter Bilby down here instead of the Bunny! Cracks me up – didn’t know there was a day dedicated to them either.

  9. Off topic: I still miss the Moon:

  10. I think the rehear of the political speech case, Hillary, The Film, is going to be a huge item on our political discourse. We need a decision that upholds the first decision but even more so. We need SCOTUS to decide that a corporation is not a person and is not entitled to the protections of the first amendment. That would have a huge impact for all corporations and their ability to manipulate the political propaganda we all get to hear. A decision to the contrary—upholding their “personhood” and all protections would mean that we could see unbridled corporate cash in the next elections. In that case we have essentially the SCOTUS affirming corporations with the power of royalty. At that point we may have to all join bilby in those boroughs to protect ourselves from crazies who have corporate largesse to fuel their game.

  11. Dems move to cover his bare butt.

    The controversy over Republican Rep. Joe Wilson’s shouting out “You Lie!” at the President over his claim that illegal immigrants wouldn’t benefit from health-care reform apparently sparked some reconsideration of the relevant language.

    “We really thought we’d resolved this question of people who are here illegally, but as we reflected on the President’s speech last night we wanted to go back and drill down again,” said Senator Kent Conrad, one of the Democrats in the talks after a meeting Thursday morning. Baucus later that afternoon said the group would put in a proof of citizenship requirement to participate in the new health exchange — a move likely to inflame the left.

    Does this prove that “he lied” ?

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