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FAKE BUT FLEW

Reuters—who else?—celebrates the triumph of fakery.

(Via Paul Bickford)

Posted by Tim B. on 08/31/2006 at 11:41 AM

  1. “It was terrible, a massacre,” Breytenbach said. “The gannets were killed or maimed left, right and center."

    I wept too.

    Then I got revenge…

    Seals Suck

    Posted by heethcliff on 2006 08 31 at 12:04 PM • permalink

  2. It’s a pity Green Helmet Man wasn’t there to save the day.

    Posted by Daniel San on 2006 08 31 at 12:10 PM • permalink

  3. Henchseals. More evidence of Evil Gaia at work.

    Posted by SoberHT on 2006 08 31 at 12:36 PM • permalink

  4. Obviously a disproportionate response on the part of the seals.  I blame the neocon wing in the seal administration.

    No blood for gannet eggs!!

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2006 08 31 at 12:45 PM • permalink

  5. Why on earth would anybody go all the way to South Africa to see live gannets in the first place? The bird just looks like a pelican without jowls.

    Why, I say, do this, when Paco Adventure Tours offers you the opportunity to go in search of the great auk in rapidly-thawing Greenland?

    Posted by paco on 2006 08 31 at 01:08 PM • permalink

  6. Seal flipper sandwiches.  A solution looking for a problem.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2006 08 31 at 03:03 PM • permalink

  7. "Within an hour of putting out the decoys, the gannets started landing,” said Chesselet, whose passion is surfing. “The real gannets didn’t like the decoys taking over their nests. They pecked the decoys’ eyes out."

    Oh the humanity! Er, that is ...

    Posted by TimT on 2006 08 31 at 06:19 PM • permalink

  8. I wonder, what’s PETA’s position on this?

    Posted by tim maguire on 2006 08 31 at 06:41 PM • permalink

  9. Club the gannet-killing baby seals?  Or not?  What to do?

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 08 31 at 07:32 PM • permalink

  10. But aren’t they interfering with the workings of Mother Nature?  And all for filthy greed and profit.  Disgusting.

    Posted by saltydog on 2006 08 31 at 07:36 PM • permalink

  11. I call it birdie numb,numb.

    “To the Blair-mobile Robin!” tbc.

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 08 31 at 08:07 PM • permalink

  12. So when Bush was flaunting that plastic turkey decoy a couple of years ago, he was really on his way to save Cape Gannets and a poor South African town! 

    Sob!  I’ll bet all those lefties who criticised him feel stupid now!

    Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 08 31 at 09:37 PM • permalink

  13. From the article:

    "There are about 2 million seals in southern Africa, but less than half a million gannets,” she said. “The gannets are a threatened species, but seals are not."

    A half million gannets exist in that area and they’re still considered “endangered”? Just what does it take for a species to not be “endangered”?

    Posted by Steven Den Beste on 2006 08 31 at 11:28 PM • permalink

  14. I’d say for it to not nest in the middle of a sociopathic seal colony for starters.

    Ironically in this case, the seals appear to be gannets (scroll down).

    Posted by Habib on 2006 09 01 at 01:10 AM • permalink

  15. Obviously they wanted the expurgated version of Olsen’s Standard Book of British Birds.

    The one without the Gannet.

    Posted by Zoe Brain on 2006 09 01 at 04:11 AM • permalink

  16. #15 Zoe: Hilarious!

    Posted by paco on 2006 09 01 at 04:50 PM • permalink

  17. JEDDAH, 2 September 2006 — The imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah urged Muslims to acquire maximum power in order to maintain world peace, establish a balance of power and protect their rights.

    “Power is not detrimental to peace. It’s part of peace. It promotes peace. As long as we have power we don’t lose war or disturb peace,” Dr. Saleh Bin-Humaid said yesterday while delivering his Friday sermon.

    Bin-Humaid, who is also chairman of the Shoura Council, said wrong policies of certain powers had fueled terrorism.

    The violence and terrorism in the region is the outcome of biased policies of some superpowers that have wrong perceptions about Islam and devise plans that lead to deeper hatred and injustice. Their policies fuel violence and provide ammunition to extremists and terrorists,” the imam said.

    He emphasized the need for Muslims to gain more power as international resolutions are based on the balance of power.

    They’ll never get it!!! More power more Nazi’s in the world.

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 09 01 at 11:31 PM • permalink

  18. When the Islamic nation gets stronger as a result of its unity and determination and with strong faith in God, the balance will sway in our favor,” he said.

    They are unable as a religion to separate the two in thought when it comes to government.

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 09 01 at 11:32 PM • permalink

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