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As predicted, or more accurately, threatened by SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal, there is violence in the wake of Nicolas Sarkozyâ€™s victory in the French presidential election. The riot and mayhem in the streets of Paris recalls past acts of destruction and outrage at the hands of losing partisans: from the 1996 brawls in Washington, DC, by Dole supporters; to the destructive spree of angry Tories in the City of London in 1997; to the recent smashing of shop-windows by Republicans on 8 November 2006; and yes, to the violence visited upon the hapless City of Light by RPR youth in the aftermath of Mitterandâ€™s 1988 victory in France. The present wreckage on French streets â€” see an excellent series of photos here â€” is therefore of a piece with long-established Western tradition.
Jackie Mason is one of my favorites, Check this article and Laugh Loud
Live From New York
Methane He Doth Protest Too Much
By Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder
Published 5/3/2007 12:07:25 AM
When we wrote about Gore in our first book, we intended to leave him behind like a chewed-over pastrami sandwich left on a delicatessen table and move on to other Schmucks in our on-going tour of Schmuckville. But he does not permit us to do so.
We believed Al Gore would be happily retired, adrift in his delusions of inventing the Internet and discovering the Love Canal (which, our neighbor Benny, the defrocked pharmacist — who lost his license for selling Viagra to Muslim undertakers to be placed in coffins in case the departed ran out steam when they met their allotted forty virgins — explained had something to do with female anatomy). We thought, like a punch drunk fighter, he would spent the rest of his days boring people, explaining he wuz robbed by the referee, and could’ve been a champion.
However, leaving his Chads behind — and from the look of Gore today — we have an idea of where he stuffed them, he now became the Guru of Global Warming.
Global Warming is a highly politicized subject, so inculcated into our collective psyches by the liberal media as a reality, that notwithstanding the fact hundreds of scientists believe it is a merely a cyclical phenomenon that has existed for thousands of years, to even question its existence relegates you to the insanity of a Holocaust denier.
Gore, with no scientific training, other than that of supporting Clinton’s penetrating explorations into assorted body parts of ladies who had the happy or unhappy experiences of being after hours visitors to the Oval Office, assumed the role of the validator and spokesperson for Global Warming. He even made a movie about it, and in fact won an Academy Award for it.
Suddenly, all of this somehow propelled him into being a potential candidate for President. To prove how serious he was, he started losing weight. We have heard of women who lose weight to get into last summer’s bikini, and of old men who also lose weight to stuff themselves into ancient tuxedos or new young girl friends, but this is a historic first: joining Weight Watchers to become President.
Now, we are not scientists, but, to us, the winters seem colder not hotter. The Carbon Dioxide that is supposed to be the villain, is actually good not bad for trees, which everybody says are good for the planet. In fact, governments all over the world are expending effort and money to preserve the forests and plant new trees. The statistics show that using alternate fuels for automobiles actually costs more (considering government subsidies) and in the long run requires greater overall energy consumption than does gasoline.
Apparently, a great deal of the ozone problem is caused by methane gas, a principal source being the flatulence of cows. Our unworthy thought it may be more efficient and less costly to buy some Gas-X for the cows than the more sophisticated and costly alternative means suggested.
All of Gore’s sputterings might be the proper subject of honest debate, expect for one thing. Gore, as we have all now learned, is patently a hypocrite. He lives in a house that in one week, consumes twenty times the yearly energy use of an average home, and he flies around in private planes consuming vast amounts of fossil fuel and spewing enormous quantities of hurtful gasses into the atmosphere. His justification: He purchases Carbon Credits.
While few in the world can understand exactly what they are, in principle the credits are traded, for a fee, by middlemen, with the extreme offenders of pollution being made to pay money — that, in effect become the “credits.” These are now placed into an exchange, and then sold to other violators — like Gore. All of this does not change the amount of carbon produced one bit, but does produce a profit for the exchange company. Oh yes, did we forget to mention — you guessed it — Gore owns a carbon exchange company?
The proponents of Global Warming say that in a hundred years, the ocean temperature will rise five degrees and, because of melting icebergs, the Atlantic Ocean will extend into the land an additional nine inches. Just in case, we will definitely sell our Miami Beach condominiums in ninety years. Of course, if Gore will just shut up, the hot air lost may be just enough to save the icebergs.
Jackie Mason is a comedian. Raoul Felder is an attorney. Their new book is entitled Schmucks!: Our Favorite Fakes, Frauds, Lowlifes, Liars, the Armed and Dangerous, and Good Guys Gone Bad (HarperCollins). It has been denounced by New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.
It was reported today by Swedish Newspapers that a proposal to build Ethnic Swedish Cultural Schools for Swedish Pre-Schoolers has been developed by the National Democrat party. The goal would be to refocus schools again on education, preserve Swedish Culture and the traditional values of Swedish families. Applications to local councils in Uppsala and SÃ¶dertÃ¤lje forthese for these future magnet schools would represent the hope of many to preserve a nation’s eroding national culture and identity.Marc Abramsson, the National Democrat party leader was quoted as saying “It is very important that we can build up a safe and Swedish environment for our children. They can have the best possible start in life by growing up with Swedish culture,” he said.
Persistent Radical Left Wing social experiments and policies have produced a growing social and criminal problem in some Swedish communities. This suffering from the unavoidable problems produced by multiculturalism has hit the education system especially hard. While many see diversity should be celebrated, a society can only function when immigrants are encouraged to integrate. What has been seen here in Sweden and in other countries is that ethnic communities become issolated Islands within their adopted countries. Marc Abramsson recognizes that Sweden resembles eastern Europe under communism, “where they used school to indoctrinate the children.”
The Left Wing politicians and special interest groups focus on special interest groups political agendas and attempt social experiments in Schools. Schools should be left to education. This education should be rich in Swedish history, Culture and values. Mr. Abrahamssons pointed out that politicians use schools to Sweden resembles eastern Europe under communism, “where they used school to indoctrinate the children.” Politicians “promoted homosexuals’ right to adopt”. Why should school children be used to forward political agendas?
Far Left Politics and the indoctrination of children should be left out of the classroom. Mr. Abrahamssons pointed out that Swedish children who are abandoned in multicultural driven schools have a “low self-esteem and lacking an ethnic identity”. “We want to instill children with Swedish values, nationalistic values. We want them to value more things than just earning money, such as honor and respect”
It is to be assumed that the Left Wing with it’s strong hold on the Swedish government and such a heavy political investment in pet projects and politically motivated social experiments will fight Marc Abramsson and the National Democrat Party. Efforts to preserve Swedish Culture, refocusing education on Math, Science, Swedish & World History are seen by the Far Left Swedish Media and the Swedish Left Wing dominated government as counter productive to established political agendas and risk bringing back a sense of National pride to Swedish children.
Supreme Court OKs Abortion Procedure Ban
Doctors who violate the law face up to two years in federal prison.
Hillary Clinton is completely opposed to stopping the brain sucking of babies.
The sucking out of the babies brains is done so that the baby is not alive when it is yanked from the mother when the abortion is completed.
The Supreme Court said that the Law banning this procedure was constitutional.
Clinton Press Release
“This decision marks a dramatic departure from four decades of Supreme Court rulings that upheld a woman’s right to choose and recognized the importance of women’s health. Today’s decision blatantly defies the Court’s recent decision in 2000 striking down a state partial-birth abortion law because of its failure to provide an exception for the health of the mother. As the Supreme Court recognized in Roe v. Wade in 1973, this issue is complex and highly personal; the rights and lives of women must be taken into account. It is precisely this erosion of our constitutional rights that I warned against when I opposed the nominations of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.”
Most-premature baby allowed home
The world’s most-premature baby has finally been allowed to leave a Miami hospital, four months after being born weighing just 280 grams (10 ounces).The hospital said Amillia Taylor, who spent less than 22 weeks in the womb, was “healthy and thriving”.
Amillia had been expected to leave on Tuesday but a low white blood cell count kept her in for more checks.
She measured just 9.5in (241mm) at birth. Babies under 14 ounces were thought to be unable to survive.
Fifty babies a year are alive after abortion
A GOVERNMENT agency is launching an inquiry into doctorsâ€™ reports that up to 50 babies a year are born alive after botched National Health Service abortions.The investigation, by the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH), comes amid growing unease among clinicians over a legal ambiguity that could see them being charged with infanticide.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which regulates methods of abortion, has also mounted its own investigation.
Its guidelines say that babies aborted after more than 21 weeks and six days of gestation should have their hearts stopped by an injection of potassium chloride before being delivered. In practice, few doctors are willing or able to perform the delicate procedure.
For the abortion of younger fetuses, labor is induced by drugs in the expectation that the infant will not survive the birth process. Guidelines say that doctors should ensure that the drugs they use prevent such babies being alive at birth.
In practice, according to Stuart Campbell, former professor of obstetrics and gynecology at St Georgeâ€™s hospital, London, a number do survive.
â€œThey can be born breathing and crying at 19 weeksâ€™ gestation,â€ he said. â€œI am not anti-abortion, but as far as I am concerned this is sub-standard medicine.â€
The number of terminations carried out in the 18th week of pregnancy or later has risen from 5,166 in 1994 to 7,432 last year. Prenatal diagnosis for conditions such as Downâ€™s syndrome is increasing and fetuses with the condition are routinely aborted, even though many might be capable of leading fulfilling lives. In the past decade, doctorsâ€™ skill in saving the lives of premature babies has improved radically: at least 70%-80% of babies in their 23rd or 24th week of gestation now survive long-term.
Abortion on demand is allowed in Britain up to 24 weeks â€” more than halfway through a normal pregnancy and the highest legal limit for such terminations in Europe. France and Germany permit â€œsocialâ€ abortions only up to the 10th and 12th weeks respectively.
Doctors are increasingly uneasy about aborting babies who could be born alive. â€œIf viability is the basis on which they set the 24-week limit for abortion, then the simplest answer is to change the law and reduce the upper limit to 18 weeks,â€ said Campbell, who last year published a book showing images of fetusesâ€™ facial expressions and â€œwalkingâ€ movements taken with a form of 3-D ultrasound.
The Department of Health was alerted three months ago to the issue of babies surviving failed terminations. In August clinicians in Manchester published an analysis of 31 such babies born in northwest England between 1996 and 2001.
â€œIf a baby is born alive following a failed abortion and then dies (because of lack of care), you could potentially be charged with murder,â€ said Shantala Vadeyar, a consultant obstetrician at South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust, who led the study.
A systematic investigation of data collected through the CEMACH indicated that there are at least 50 cases a year nationwide in which babies survive abortion attempts.
â€œFirst sight of our data suggests this is happening,â€ said Shona Golightly, the agencyâ€™s research director. She said official confirmation of the figures would be available next year.
It is not known how many babies who survive attempted abortions go on to live into adulthood.
Paul Clarke, a neonatal intensive care specialist in Norwich, has treated a boy born at 24 weeks after three failed abortion attempts. The mother decided to keep the child, who is now two years old but is suffering what doctors call â€œsignificant ongoing medical problemsâ€.
â€œThe survival of this child was not recorded in any official statistics,â€ Clarke said. â€œThere is nothing at the moment to force abortion practitioners to account for their failures.â€
The issue will be highlighted by Gianna Jessen, 28, who survived an attempt to abort her. She is to speak at a parliamentary meeting on December 6 organized by the Alive and Kicking campaign, which is lobbying for a reduction of the abortion limit to 18 weeks.
Jessen, a musician from Nashville, Tennessee, was left with cerebral palsy but is to run in the London marathon next April to raise funds for fellow sufferers.
â€œIf abortion is about womenâ€™s rights, then what were my rights?â€ she asked.
â€œIf people are going to talk about abortion, then itâ€™s important for them to know that these are babies that can be born alive and survive.â€
The School Shootings dominate the headlines today and probably for quite some time into the future. There is much to say and too much said already that should not have been said at all. I thought I would turn away from the spin doctors, hate mongers and the various news programs and escape into something a to distract myself from the whole horrible episode.
I went to Swenglish Rantings Weekend Radio 041307 and played the mp3 file of the lecture by Dr. Phillip C. Bobbitt broadcast by the Pritzker Library last week on Thursday, April 12th. Dr. Bobbitt begins with a brief humorous introduction and a poem by Czeslaw Milosz called “Preparation”
Still one more year of preparation.
Tomorrow at the latest Iâ€™ll start working on a great book
In which my century will appear as it really was.
The sun will rise over the righteous and the wicked.
Springs and autumns will unerringly return,
In a wet thicket a thrush will build his nest lined with clay
And foxes will learn their foxy natures.
And that will be the subject, with addenda. Thus: armies
Running across frozen plains, shouting a curse
In a many-voiced chorus; the cannon of a tank
Growing immense at the corner of a street; the ride at dusk
Into a camp with watchtowers and barbed wire.
No, it wonâ€™t happen tomorrow. In five or ten years.
I still think too much about the mothers
And ask what is man born of woman.
He curls himself up and protects his head
While he is kicked by heavy boots; on fire and running,
He burns with bright flame; a bulldozer sweeps him into a clay pit.
Her child. Embracing a teddy bear. Conceived in ecstasy.
I havenâ€™t learned yet to speak as I should, calmly.
Dr. Bobbitt then takes us through some of the topics from his critically acclaimed book â€œThe Shield of Achilles: war peace and the course of historyâ€.
He quotes several scholars and writers as he lays out his thesis. â€œAfter bosnia, After September eleventh we can expect a clash of civilizationsâ€. Elablorating he goes into the former states of Yugoslavia he discusses three plates coming together, Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Muslim. The clashes between India and Pakistan, or the Sunni & Shi’a conflict in the middle east.
He then goes into an explanation of the Modern State, and the Nation States. He begins with the fall of Constanpenople and the forging of the famous brass cannons. I can remember in my history reading the engineers of these cannons and how they offered the cannon to various rulers of the time and finally found the Turks who saw the wisdom and payed for the building of the Cannon. Latter on after the fall of Constanpenople, cannon of similar design were latter brought to Italy and changed the course of history there.
Bobbitt takes us to the American Revolution and the tacktics of warfare then to the tactics used in the Conquests of Napoleon.
Dr. Bobbitt makes interesting constitutional points with reference to Nation Statehood. He places the United States Nationhood not at the signing of the declaration of independence or the ratification of the US Constitution but instead with the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. He explains how there is a difference between a Nation and a State.
There is a brief explaination of what he terms the five challenges of the Nation State:
Internationalization of Culture
The Globalization of trade and finance
The Development of International Human Rights Laws
The Development of Transnational Threats
The Emergence of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Further into the lecture he discusses similarities in how the Right wing and the Left Wing â€œpeople on the left who favor affirmative action have a lot in common with people on the right who want to criminalize abortion. People on the left who want hate-speech codes look at law in the same way as people on the right feel about narcotics codesâ€
Dr. Bobbitt brings in the concept of Market States. Groups that are not connected to the State but still coheisive and formatable.
His new book “Terror and Concent” he says will cause him to be cast out of most social circles, as he lays out how wars will be fought in the future. Classic warfare is over, wars with a beginning and an end are over.
Europe still believes they know terror but Dr. Bobbitt explains that new terror is here and it is called Market State Terrorism. Market State Terrorism is Networked, Global it will outsource it’s activity, it will be privatized. “The war aim will not be the couquest of terror but the protection of civilians.”
The lecture was chok full of history Information and some poetry. He concluded with this poem:
Perhaps these thoughts of ours
Will never find an audience
Perhaps the mistaken road
Will end in a mistake
Perhaps the lamps we light one at a time
Will be blown out, one at a time
Perhaps the candles of our lives will gutter out
Without lighting a fire to warm us.
Perhaps when all the tears have been shed
the earth will be more fertile.
Perhaps when we sing praises to the sun
The sun will praise us in return
Perhaps these heavy burdens
will strengthen our philosophy
Perhaps when we weep for those in misery
we must be silent about miseries of our own
Because of our irresistible sense of mission
We have no choice
(translated by Carolyn Kizer)
For me this lecture was a good break from the 24/7 news of the School Shootings in America.
Take a break, sit back and spend the 40 minutes to listen to this Professor talk about issues that need our thought and attention.
Another poem that Dr. Bobbet has read in similar lectures is this poem by W.H. Auden that depicts a world at war. Audenâ€™s poem ends with the goddess Thetis, who had commissioned the new shield for her warrior son. I am putting the whole poem here although I am only aware of Dr. Bobbitt reciting the ending in past lectures.
The Shield Of Achilles
W. H. Auden
She looked over his shoulder
For vines and olive trees,
Marble well-governed cities
And ships upon untamed seas,
But there on the shining metal
His hands had put instead
An artificial wilderness
And a sky like lead.
A plain without a feature, bare and brown,
No blade of grass, no sign of neighborhood,
Nothing to eat and nowhere to sit down,
Yet, congregated on its blankness, stood
An unintelligible multitude,
A million eyes, a million boots in line,
Without expression, waiting for a sign.
Out of the air a voice without a face
Proved by statistics that some cause was just
In tones as dry and level as the place:
No one was cheered and nothing was discussed;
Column by column in a cloud of dust
They marched away enduring a belief
Whose logic brought them, somewhere else, to grief.
She looked over his shoulder
For ritual pieties,
White flower-garlanded heifers,
Libation and sacrifice,
But there on the shining metal
Where the altar should have been,
She saw by his flickering forge-light
Quite another scene.
Barbed wire enclosed an arbitrary spot
Where bored officials lounged (one cracked a joke)
And sentries sweated for the day was hot:
A crowd of ordinary decent folk
Watched from without and neither moved nor spoke
As three pale figures were led forth and bound
To three posts driven upright in the ground.
The mass and majesty of this world, all
That carries weight and always weighs the same
Lay in the hands of others; they were small
And could not hope for help and no help came:
What their foes like to do was done, their shame
Was all the worst could wish; they lost their pride
And died as men before their bodies died.
She looked over his shoulder
For athletes at their games,
Men and women in a dance
Moving their sweet limbs
Quick, quick, to music,
But there on the shining shield
His hands had set no dancing-floor
But a weed-choked field.
A ragged urchin, aimless and alone,
Loitered about that vacancy; a bird
Flew up to safety from his well-aimed stone:
That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third,
Were axioms to him, whoâ€™d never heard
Of any world where promises were kept,
Or one could weep because another wept.
The thin-lipped armorer,
Hephaestos, hobbled away,
Thetis of the shining breasts
Cried out in dismay
At what the god had wrought
To please her son, the strong
Iron-hearted man-slaying Achilles
Who would not live long.
After more then a year in Prison, Iran is freeing two Swedish Spies
It is not known if Nancy Pelosi’s recent trip to the region was instrumental in this gesture of mercy to the Swedish Nationals who faced a possible execution for the blatant acts of photography.
Iran pardons ‘spy’ Swedes
Published: 16th April 2007 14:30 CET
Iran on Monday pardoned two Swedish nationals jailed for photographing military installations last year and will release them later in the day, a spokesman for the foreign ministry in Tehran has said.
“Within the framework of the humanitarian efforts of Iran and following the requests of the family and repeated requests from Swedish politicians… they have been pardoned and will be freed at 6:00 pm” (1530 GMT), foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said in a statement.
The two men, named as Stefan Johanssen and Jari Hjortmar, were arrested in March 2006 for taking pictures of military installations on Iran’s southern island of Qeshm and sentenced to two years in prison.
Their release comes less than two weeks after 15 British naval personnel held by Iran on accusations of illegally entering Iranian waters were suddenly pardoned and released.
Two other Europeans, German tourist Donald Klein and French boat skipper Stephane Lherbier, were also both freed earlier this year before completing 18-month sentences for violating Iran’s territorial waters.
Tonight we found out that our favorite podcasts are back. One of them is “BloGun – Insane news on the Rim”. Not only is it back online but we also learned that Sweden is the NUMBER ONE subscriber outside of the United States!!! Heja Sverige!!!
The shows are GREAT! We highly recommend them. The host, SL Slaughter(Slaughter is LAUGHTER WITH AN EXTRA â€œSâ€), is a guy with a deep backwoods voice that co-hosts humor laced politically charged news with his woodland friends, most notably Charley, a raccoon.
Each podcast is fairly short which is good for the one of us with the shorter attention span that could give a chipmunk’s **s about POLITICS but does love to laugh..
The Show discriptions are self described as:
“Just straight forward generally accurate predictive stuff intermixed with news and views from the backwoods. There seems to be a number of strange goings on in the forest of the Rim Country. Do not expect “Sweet and Light Metaphizzeling”. Do expect a wide array of happenings of great and little importance bound to tick a few people off. Mostly entertaining and generally harmless unless it isn’t.”
Check out the links below, give them a listen, subscribe to them or visit the home page every once in a while and give it a view. You will have a good laugh and maybe even learn something.
Anyways… It was GREAT TO HEAR SWEDEN WAS NUMBER ONE!!!
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Hornets hit France and could reach Britain, Global warming has largely been blamed by IDIOTS!!!
By Peter Allen in Paris
Last Updated: 2:40am GMT 21/02/2007
Swarms of giant hornets renowned for their vicious stings and skill at massacring honeybees have settled in France.
And there are now so many of the insects that entomologists fear it will just be a matter of time before they cross to Britain.
Global warming has largely been blamed for the survival and spread of the Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina, which is thought to have arrived in France from the Far East in a consignment of Chinese pottery in late 2004.
Thousands of football-shaped hornet nests are now dotted all over the forests of Aquitaine, the south-western region of France hugely popular with British tourists.
“Their spread across French territory has been like lightning,” said Jean Haxaire, the entomologist who originally identified the new arrival.
He said he had recently seen 85 nests in the 40-odd miles which separate the towns of Marmande and Podensac, in the Lot et Garonne department where the hornets were first spotted. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/21/whornets21.xml
You have to laugh at the Global Warming wacko’s.
â€œGlobal warming has largely been blamed for the survival and spread of the Asian Hornetâ€
The spread of the hornet for some reason is not largely due to the shipment of pottery with the stowaway hornets to France where the Asian Hornets had no natural predator. I am not a specialist in bees or hornets but 85 nests in an area that has a diameter of 40 miles does not sound particularly alarming. I can almost bet I can show as many squirrel nests from my house to the end of the road. Does that mean Global Warming has caused the spread of Squirrels around my home? No, I think it is more likely that like squirrels Global Warming propaganda is partial to NUTS!!!
Global Warming Alarmists totally ignore the damage done everyday through the introduction and subsequent infestation of non-native species into ecosystems throughout the world.. Some non-native species introduction is accidental as cited in the article on Asian Hornets above, others are done through negligence and some introduction of non-native species is done intentionally.
In 1988 the United States was unintentionally introduced to the Zebra mussel. It is believed that ships from foreign waters discharged their ballast water, which likely contained Zebra mussel larvae, into US and Canadian waterways. This began the infestation. Or was it Global Warming? The Zebra mussel is particularly damaging as they, like most non-native species introduced into new ecosystems compete with native species for small zooplankton and phytoplankton which is the staple of larval and juvenile native fish. The competition for food is hardly a competition when it comes to the Zebra mussel. A single adult female Zebra mussel produces 30k â€“ 300k eggs a year. The Zebra mussel depends on and favors flowing water to aide it in filtering the greatest possible amount of water for zooplankton and phytoplankton. The Zebra mussel has demonstrated it’s aggressiveness and adaptability by actually colonizing the fresh water intake pipes of community water utilities and industries. The infestation is so intense that the water intake pipes actually become clogged. The infestation and damage to water utilities and industries dependent on fresh water intake pipes is so great that there are patents for Zebra mussel water intake filters. Being filter feeders Zebra mussels tend to filter toxins such as PCBs(Polychlorinated biphenyls) and PAHs(Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) which they then concentrate hundreds of times greater than what is normally in the environment and pass it on and up into the food chain through the excretion of their fecal matter. The Zebra Mussel infestation may not be caused by Global warming but if in fact the Northern Hemisphere’s temperature rises and is sustained the Zebra Mussel may die off as it cannot breed in geographies where seasonal temperatures are above 27Â°C. Using the logic of the Global Warming propagandists and alarmists the eradication of the Zebra Mussel infestation in North America could be considered just one of the many benefits of Global Warming as the Earth reclaims once green fertile land which was decimated, frozen and left as wasteland by the previous Ice Age.
Other Non-Native infestations have been introduced purposefully by farmers. One notorious example which has reached near biblical proportions is the introduction of the Cane Toad in Australia. In 1935 100 Cane Toads were imported from Hawaii to Gordonvale, in Queensland. It was anticipated that the aggressive and voracious nature of the South & Central American Cane Toad would cull the populations of Frenchâ€™s Cane Beetle and the Greyback Cane Beetle which were inflicting great losses on the local Australian crops. Since then the Cane toad population has exploded across the Eastern Australian states. The Cane Toad turned out to be completely uncooperative in combating the beetles. Instead the Cane toads consumed the smaller insects that sustained the native Australian frogs and reptiles which in the past helped keep the local ecosystems in balance. The Cane Toad tadpoles consume the food sources of native frog tadpoles, native fry & larva, and later consume the native frog tadpoles themselves. The population imbalance is further offset due to the toxicity of the Cane Toad tadpoles & toads. Birds which would feed on tadpoles, found that the Cane toads were toxic and the birds that ingested the Cane Toads would suffer illness or death, so the Cane Toad was avoided as a food source. This left only the dwindling populations of native frogs and fish fry to support the nutritional needs of local and migratory birds. Cane toads invariably took over nesting areas for all animals surrounding water holes, streams and lakes. Cane toads would literally devastate areas before traveling onward like mongrel toad herds on an insatiable quest to pillage other communities. Native animals found they were all but helpless.
Although the Cane Toad has the advantage currently, Snakes have shown the world that the earth tends to stay in balance. Snakes are an essential part of Australian ecosystems. They have a large part in the control of rodent populations that damage crops, grain storage and spread disease throughout the countryside. The Cane Toad proved to be toxic to snakes which normally feed on native frogs and rodents. Snakes were effected by the introduction of the non-native Cane Toad in a remarkable way. In a fascinating discovery, The University of Sydney, New South Wales found that the Cane Toad toxicity induced a morphological change in the gape size of the Pseudechis porphyriacus and Dendrelaphis punctulatus species of snakes. Gape size is the measurement in which a snake can unhinge it’s jaw and open it’s mouth. The adult Cane toad is much larger than the native frogs of Australia. Prior to the introduction of Cane Toads there were no toads in Australia. Snakes generally do not attack animals that it cannot fit through it’s mouth. Through generations of Snakes the two species adapted. This physical adaptability in such a short period of time is remarkable. Since the Cane toads were larger then the native Australian frogs having a smaller gape size essentially ruled out the toxic Cane toad as a food source for these two species of frogs. The Snakes are not alone in it’s ability to adapt.
In an observed behavioral adaptation species of birds and rodents have found that the poison glands of the Cane Toad can be avoided by turning the toads over on their backs and eating the undersides of the Cane toads. Snakes, Birds, and rodents are adapting to the invasion of the Cane Toad. The speed in which they are adapting is not fast enough for the patience of humans who seem to have difficulty teaching their offspring to not put the toxic animals in their mouths or shielding their house pets from the sometimes fatal torment of the toxic toads.
What about Global Warming? Is Global Warming to blame? I guess it depends on your point of view. If you are on the side that believes that the observed climate change in Eurasia & North America between 40Â°N and 70Â°N and nearby planets has been caused by mankind and that the climate’s recently observed change is responsible for all maladies known and unknown presently and not as it is part of geologic and planetary cycles that we have not pieced together yet, I imagine the answer is yes. It should be noted that Australia and the entirety of the Southern hemisphere has not had the slight temperature rise of 0.6Â°C over the last 100 years that has been exhibited in Eurasia and North America between 40Â°N and 70Â°N. In fact the Southern Hemisphere has gotten colder. It seems no amount of ink on the front pages of newspapers, mouth foaming student protests or pseudoscience movies by politicians can seem to slow down the freezing of the Southern hemisphere.
No, Peter Allen, the spread of the Asian Hornet throughout France is most likely due to the stowaway Hornets from China, which were non-native and had no natural predators in the local ecosystem. Perhaps Federal Express or UPS is to blame, stop this nonsense of blaming Global Warming for everything that is perceived as bad.