atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#1539: Actually, it specifies "projectiles". (And, I mock "Earth Day".)

I found a link to this while surfing the blogroll. Short form: California town is allowing people to go shoot rabbits, apparently because there is an excess of the critters hopping around, breeding, and eatin' all the crops, ma!

Except, read this:
...[A] person employed by the association of common interest development may use air-powered pellet projectiles to kill rabbits within 150 yards of an occupied residence without the owner's permission.
"Air-powered pellet projectiles"--now, at first reading, I thought, "Great! What's he supposed to do, throw the BBs at the rabbits?" But reading it again I realize that the pellets themselves must be air-powered, and I'm not entirely sure anything like that exists.

This is a variance for a city ordinance, so one would assume that the wording of the thing is meant to be exact. How the hell can anyone hunt rabbits without a gun?

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...or at least some kind of weapon which fires projectiles? (In b4 nit-picking.)

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Longtime readers of the Fungus know my stand on Earth Day and its related eco-foolery, and I was prepared to allow this one to pass by unremarked upon, but for this article.

Now, when a doomsday cult goes up the mountain to await the end of the world, and the end of the world doesn't come, and they come back down, and then tell everyone that the end of the world is after all next week rather than this week, they are generally--and rightfully--denounced as morons.

Unless the doomsday cult is the environmental movement.

Here is a nice distillation of the predictions from the first Earth Day, in 1970.

Because the environmentalists were all in agreement--there was concensus--let's have a look at the crises which face us today:

- The Earth was has cooled by 11 degrees.
- We're out of oil
- Civilization ended around 1985
- There are over 7 billion people living on Earth
- 20,000,000 people starve to death per year
- The air is so polluted that it's dark all the time and we have to wear gas masks (scientists all agree on this one!)

One issue is so fractally wrong I have to discuss it seperately:
“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
Wait, nitrogen? Was this douchebag unaware of the fact that some three quarters of our atmosphere is nitrogen? (It was, after all, 1970, so maybe they didn't know things like that back then? WTF.) "Light will be filtered out of the atmosphere"? What percentage of the atmosphere is light? "None of our land will be usable"? Usable how?

I guess I shouldn't be so hard on this guy. After all, in 1970, apparently they thought that you could have both record population growth and widewpread famine. Here's a hint from the future for you biologists in 1970: the population of any organism cannot outstrip its food supply.

The closest these nimrods ever came to being right was about population: they only overshot the real number by 17%. There were around 6 billion people living on Earth in 2000, rather than 7.2 billion.

...and 30 years later we still uncritically swallow their BS. *sigh*
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