Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I Laughed So Hard
Farmers in Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt are complaining that millions of field mice are devastating their food crops, including corn, barley and winter wheat. "They are eating everything," said Matthias Krieg, who manages an agricultural firm near the town of Zeitz in Saxony-Anhalt. "Not even the sugar beets are safe."...
Farmers already noticed an increase in the field mouse population in 2011 and began to take counter measures. According to Reinhard Kopp, a spokesman for the Thuringian Farmers' Association, agriculturalists set up hundreds of perches in their fields to lure birds of prey to kill the mice. But the operation was only moderately successful. "The birds got so fat from eating all the mice that they almost couldn't fly any more," Kopp said. "But they still couldn't keep up."
Instead, agriculturalists want drastic action. They have requested permission to deploy a rat poison called Ratron. Farmers in Germany have been banned from using the poison on large areas since 2008. Ironically, it was the indiscriminate use of Ratron by farmers in Saxony-Anhalt that led the agency to ban it in the first place, after the poison killed wild geese and endangered European hamsters.
But how many consequences must come and go before one must suspect that they're not exactly "unintended"? You'd think it wouldn't require an Einstein to predict that a lack of rodent poison will result in infestation.
When life gives you mice, make mice_____ ( fill in the blank. )
Or country mice versus city mice?
Neil, I don't think it is a stretch at all for urban-type environmentalists not to realize that a rodent plague will ensue. Yes, they are that clueless.
Anon - Hey, I'm waiting for all the rockers to go over there for the Mouse-Aid concert.
But much of modern fashionable environmentalism works exactly like that - these people are trained to think that way.
Exactly. They're just following fashionable thought. But the fashion is set by the cool kids, and I'm no longer certain that they're merely clueless.
The Germans call call it "schadenfruede"
No wonder my neighborhood is overrun with rabbits and squirrels. Here I was thinking it was West Nile Virus doing in so many crows.
Ah, well, I expect the local bobcat population to rise in a few years if the smaller cats are in lockup.
Such heresy will not be tolerated! Don't you know that this was the Garden of Eden before we humans ruined it?
PS: All the bobcats are vegans.
It's not fashion; it's laziness.
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