Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Back from extinction

Known as the Spiral Saw, the Helicoprion is said to have lived during the Carboniferous period and was one of the few creatures able to live through the Permian-Triassic extinction event (‘The Great Dying’). Eventually the Helicoprion went extinct during the Triassic period. It had teeth like a circular saw, connected on the lower jaw. As new teeth grew, the older teeth were pushed out and into the middle to create the spiral. Length-wise the creature was said to be 10-15 feet.

Pardon me, but it does remind me of Canberra politicians. Big mouth, enough teeth to chew up and spit out the poor unfortunate beings on it's target list like the poor, ill, disabled or blue collar worker.

It's nice to see that one ex-politician has fallen on her feet after losing her seat to a much better woman.
Sophie Mirabella has been appointed to the board of the government-owned naval shipbuilding firm ASC Pty Ltd. Note the "government-owned", wonder how long before they're looking for a buyer.
The firm's been having a bit of trouble with their Air Warfare Destroyer and Collins Class submarine and along with her appointment and her expertise to who knows what about ship building, the government also announced a review of the Air Warfare Destroyer programme.
Senator Cormann and Defence Minister David Johnston said in a statement there were "clearly issues associated with this important programme" but blamed the problems on the former Labor government. Quel surprise!
Mrs Mirabella will be serving a three year term on the board unless they junk the whole thing and she gets another handout along with the handout she received when she (oh sob) lost her seat in Parliament.

That giant gobbed fish should be the LNP mascot.


Elephant's Child said...

It is much prettier and less two faced than our politicians.
A pox on all of their houses. An extinction I wouldn't mourn.

River said...

Handouts and handouts and then a lifetime large pension...I'd be quite happy with that, but I don't fancy going into politics to get it.
I'll manage on my meagre income.
That's an interesting looking fish, reminds me of those Indian women who grow their fingernails so long they curl around and around, there's one I read about a long while back who had fingernails 5 feet long. What I want to know is how do they fix their hair and wipe their you-know-what?

Ann ODyne said...

River - what I want to know is how they do anything at all with 5-foot nails. Hold a pen, eat, 'Mute' on the remote, and 4 - why they grow the damn things at all.
Coppy darling -
Mirabella is a misnomer. She had made some dreadful statements.
and what El Chi said goes ditto.

JahTeh said...

EC, the horrible thing is that they're going to get worse.

River, yes, wiping. I often thing of that when I see those false nails being put on at the Nail Centre.

Annie O, I'm sure Abbott said no 'jobs for the boys' at some stage. And dear Soph was so vile at the termerity of voters giving her seat to some non-entity, who actually is a good worker.

Jayne said...

That creature would be a far better pollie than those swanning about the corridors of power.