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It's only a whale, for f**k's sake......

Thanks to danny_e11 for the page. I know the whole whale issue ended sadly but I found this very amusing....


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commlal
Jan. 24th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
*snort*

funny :D
angelalyce
Jan. 24th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
lol that is funny! totally agree, fair enough it was interesting, but i mean for fucks sake there are more important things happening.
painted_bird
Jan. 24th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
I don't get people. They all fucking harp on about the whale, then go and munch through loads of dead cows in McDonald's without a second fucking thought. Stupid double standards. Animals dying are animals dying. If you're gonna be upset by a whale, then stop eating meat as well.

OK rant over.

_grimtales_
Jan. 24th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Whales smart (apart from this one) cows stupid. Also cows, as a species, would be pretty much fuxxored if we didn't take care of them and eat them. Being nummy was a pretty sound evolutionary move from a species standpoint.
thessalian
Jan. 24th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
I always got the impression that we bred cows for docility and stupidity after we realised a) that it was a lot easier to herd the things than to chase them down with spears and b) it would be easier to herd them if they were dumb as a sack of hammers. Not to mention that the ones they rounded up to keep in a herd capacity would have been the slow, dumb ones, thus leaving a genetic propensity towards stupid in cattle.
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painted_bird
Jan. 27th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
This argument is a decidedly tenuous one. Would you rather exist, and live a life of discomfort in a an inhumane 'conveyor belt' style farming system, culminating in a painful death, or not exist and not know any different? I know which I'd rather. So what if the meat trade means there are more cows? I'd rather there were fewer cows if it meant the existing ones were happier.

But there you go.
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snesgirl
Jan. 24th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
my feelings exactly
but i was too shy to say so untill now.

Slow news week it seemd because the WHALE getting LOST and dying was EVERYWHERE and made to seem of high iIMPORT... whihch it wasn't actully.

Interesting and odd in that it hapenns v rarely but hardly the sign of the end times !
oldson
Jan. 24th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
Re: my feelings exactly
and I looked, as he opened the seventh seal and behold there was a mighty voice, dark as thunder

"OI, DAVE, FOR THE LAST TIME, USE THE CLUB, NOT THE KNIFE......"

--------

*sigh*

Don't get me wrong, I love animals, I just have issues with dumb ones.....

Which includes most of humanity :)
suewilson
Jan. 24th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
Re: my feelings exactly
From what little is known of whale behaviour they usually only go in shore and away from thier pod to die (kind of like elephants). So chances are that this one was on its way out WAAAYYY before humans started messing with it.
If anything all they man handleing probably just speeded it up a bit and shortened its painful death.

Actually I managed to miss most of this story by being at work and too knackered to watch the news.
tooth_fairy
Jan. 24th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
that shouldn't be funny but it is
mrmmarc
Jan. 25th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
That was bloody FUNNY!
And it does say something about the state of the British Media.

It also says something about the state of London. Why?
In the history of London there have been at least three (I think about a half-dozen but I can only remember with certainty three) recorded instances of whales swimming up the Thames.
Each and every time the same thing has happened...

...corwds of Londoners filled the shore line... watched the whale... jumped into boats... rowed out to the whale...

...and then tried to harpoon it with everything they could get their hands on. In each and every case they killed it and took it to shore, skinned it, cut it up and used its bits for food/soap/whatever you use whales for, and held a party about it!

EVERYTIME!
With only one exception (the recent case).

Now as much as I hate whale hunting... watching a bunch of suits swarm a tourist cruise boat and start tracking the beast, home made harpoons in hand, ties around heads like bandana's, while a bunch of cabbies balanced dangerously as one of their cousins tried rowing out there, mixed up with some river police taking pot shots at it... now THAT is something i would have paid fucking money to have seen beamed live across the world!!!

RAR!!!!
lareinemisere
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Meanwhile, in the real news...
I'm pretty much with all of the above. The thing that pissed me off most about the BBC News 24 coverage when I switched on on Saturday night was this: they spent better than twenty minutes on the whale story, briefly interrupted by the breaking Oaten scandal, and meanwhile a little scrolling bit below was saying that the police were going to keep the DNA samples of several thousand juveniles who had committed no offence. Did they bother to actually elaborate on this in the next half hour? Did they bollocks. Apparently one dying whale is more important and interesting than the further erosion of civil liberties in this country. Some people occasionally suggest that the British care more about animals than people. It appears that the BBC agrees with them. Jesus wept...
bad_faery
Jan. 27th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
Sorry for "intruding" but I found your post and thought you might want to take a look at this article :)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4360947.stm

angusabranson
Jan. 27th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link, and no worries about any intrusion! It's an open post and I'm always happy to see posts from new people!

I may repost the link to an above 'discussion' a couple of others are having on my LJ actually. Although I'm not entirely sure I want to reignite it! :p

Cheers anyway!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 31st, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it
I do these quite a lot (or at least I did until last week's uncomfortable conversation with the BBC News Online editor). More here (http://www.pachey.blogspot.com).

BTW, I'm a vegetarian and I love whales. :)

Pachey
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