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Al Gore’s Chilean sea bass – mentioned previously here and here – turns out to have been sustainable, reports the UK Telegraph:

Al Gore, the world’s most high profile green campaigner, was at the centre of an embarrassing row yesterday after the serving of a rare fish at his daughter’s Beverly Hills wedding …

But the fish enjoyed by the Gores were not endangered or illegally caught.

Rather, the restaurant later confirmed, they had come from one of the world’s few well-managed, sustainable populations of toothfish, and caught and documented in compliance with Marine Stewardship Council regulations. The Gores’ spokesman, Kalee Kreider, admitted that the fish has been on the menu, but said: “The Gores absolutely agree with this humane society and the rest of the environmental community about illegally caught Chilean sea bass …

“The really important thing is that people become more aware of this issue.”

Al has increased awareness of a rare fish by eating one. It’s a win/win!

Posted by Tim B. on 07/19/2007 at 11:15 PM
    1. Gore got a “Get Our of Jail Free” card.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2007 07 19 at 11:22 PM • permalink


    1. The blowhard should stick to blowfish?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 19 at 11:23 PM • permalink


    1. Maybe they can go here on the honeymoon. Afterall, it is sustainable.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 19 at 11:24 PM • permalink


    1. HTF do you get/create well-managed, sustainable populations of toothfish

      WTF does this mean?

      Posted by Nic on 2007 07 19 at 11:29 PM • permalink


    1. Anyone want to start a Panda Farm? I understand they go great with soy sauce.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 07 19 at 11:35 PM • permalink


    1. Obviously as Gaia’s represenative on earth, Al has diplomatic immunity. You’ll find him later today doing loop the loops in a 747 while simultaneously sucking the roe out of a sturgeon.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 19 at 11:38 PM • permalink


    1. Al has raised awareness that he has the lowest IQ of any politician this side of Ted Kennedy.  Other than that, he hasn’t done anything worth a damn in his life.  He is the human embodyment of mediocrity: Son of a Senator born with a silver entitlement dowel up his ass.

      As with all lib-tards, his patron saint is the philosopher Mediocrates.

      What a waste of human protoplasm he is.

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 07 19 at 11:41 PM • permalink


    1. well said hucbald

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 19 at 11:52 PM • permalink


    1. I thought the toothfish was a deep-sea fish?  Not exactly amenable to aqua-cultutre.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 07 19 at 11:56 PM • permalink


    1. So this fish is endangered everywhere except where it isn’t?

      Posted by blandwagon on 2007 07 19 at 11:58 PM • permalink


    1. #5 Dan:

      Does Panda taste like racoon or bear? Because ‘coon is a bit greasy for me. But I hear tell that bear ham is even better than pork ham. Mmm. Panda flavored cracklins.

      Posted by brett_l on 2007 07 19 at 11:59 PM • permalink


    1. So. Who wants to know about the MSC? Would it surprise you to know that they’re a bunch of Euroweenies? Because only sophisticated Euros know how to fish “sustainably”.

      From their Annual Report:
      “The MSC has received further backing from
      governments and international policy makers.
      In June 2005 a Memorandum of
      Understanding was signed with Vietnam to
      promote sustainable fishing and identify
      fisheries suitable for assessment. In Australia,
      the government announced that if a fishery
      meets the MSC standard, it can use MSC
      certification to help meet export requirements,
      thus saving the fishery time and money. The
      MSC participated in EU consultations over
      the European Commission’s debate on fishery
      eco-labelling and Germany’s Ministry for the
      Environment hosted a national seminar to
      promote sustainable fishing in which the MSC
      took centre stage. In the UK, two new
      government reports Securing the Benefits
      and Double Dividends restated the UK’s
      support for independent certification of
      sustainable fisheries and the use of eco-labels
      in school meals.”

      Looky there. If you want to do business in parlimentary republics, you’ve basically got to get a MSC stamp of approval. Feh.

      Posted by brett_l on 2007 07 20 at 12:06 AM • permalink


    1. The fish that Gore ate is no longer endangered.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 20 at 12:06 AM • permalink


    1. I mean, that individual fish.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 20 at 12:08 AM • permalink


    1. Oops. Here’s a key shout out

      “Other NGOs
      • WWF-US
      • WWF-UK”

      PDF Link.(1.8 Mb)

      Great. Now I have to attempt to avoid these guys like the plague on principal. Actually, that shouldn’t be too hard on the Forgotten Coast.

      Posted by brett_l on 2007 07 20 at 12:08 AM • permalink


    1. principle. Because I’m apparently non-discriminatory in my use of homophones tonight.

      Posted by brett_l on 2007 07 20 at 12:10 AM • permalink


    1. “principle. Because I’m apparently non-discriminatory in my use of homophones tonight.”

      Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      Posted by kcom on 2007 07 20 at 12:28 AM • permalink


    1. A little bit of humour:
      I regret I must advise the world of a new and major threat to human survival, namely GLOBAL RUSTING. Let me explain: Since the beginning of the Iron Age (circa 1200 BC), humans have been increasingly converting harmless iron ore into dangerous iron and steel.
      Both iron and steel have a high propensity to rust – a process which takes oxygen out of the atmosphere. If this is allowed to continue unabated, it is only a matter of time before oxygen levels are depleted to levels where we, and all other animals, will suffocate.
      We must act now!  I estimate that failure to act will result in the extinction of all animal life by 2050 or at the latest, by 3050, or possibly by 4050. I propose four programs be immediately instituted to save us from this catastrophe:
      1.    A surcharge should be placed on all commodities packaged in steel. For instance a 10 cents levy on each can of baked beans sold, would mean little to the consumer but the money raised could be directed into finding new metallic elements with the same desirable properties of strength and flexibility as possessed by iron and steel.
      2.    People should immediately slow down so that they breathe less often and so consume less oxygen. This, of course, would mean a horizontal lifestyle without work, exercise, sex or other excitements which, in turn, would assist in mitigating both the explosion of the human population and the advance of industrial technology – two other important goals of we environmentalists.
      3.    Since salt air accelerates rusting, all people living near the coast must move at least 20 kilometres inland.
      4.    I intend to set up my own oxygen trading company. Shareholders would be invited to send money. For each dollar received, my colleagues and I would promise to plant a grass seed. As the grass grows, photosynthesis will occur and fresh oxygen will be supplied to the atmosphere. Each shareholder would receive a certificate bearing a photograph of his or her sprouting grass seed(s).
      I do not expect any kudos from this announcement. Doubtless there will be sceptics who will claim that human activity is not causing oxygen depletion. A pox on them I say.

      Dr O. B. Noxious (nom de plume)

      Posted by Howzat on 2007 07 20 at 12:32 AM • permalink


    1. And Al checked this when?? Before or after he ate it?
      You cant claim to be a saint and only sin a little bit.
      Id like to start a turtle farm here in NW Australia. The meat is nice, the demand high and wild populations are under stress from pirate fishing. My chances of this being approved is exactly nil. Because its not, “nice”, and as Im not Aboriginal, “traditional”.
      But from an ecological standpoint it would make sense, I want more stock, I want poachers cracked down on, and the demand for the meat will be met from farmed stocks.
      Conservation is a breeze when you farm animals to eat!

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 07 20 at 12:36 AM • permalink


    1. Doubtless there will be sceptics who will claim that human activity is not causing oxygen depletion.

      Breathe in – oxygen
      Breathe out – CO2.

      I see where you are going!

      Posted by peter m on 2007 07 20 at 12:36 AM • permalink


    1. WTF is a Marine Stewardship Council? Is Kofi Chairman?

      Posted by watty on 2007 07 20 at 12:38 AM • permalink


    1. I wonder if that was just luck on Gore’s part that it was from ‘one of the world’s few well-managed, sustainable populations of toothfish.’  Or maybe it wasn’t and they hope no-one checks up on the documentation.  You would think if they knew about it they would have known that mentioning the menu would have created some concern.

      Posted by Melanie on 2007 07 20 at 12:38 AM • permalink


    1. The luvvies would have gone batshit insane had BusHitler or HoWARd treated their friends and families to these fish regardless of how “well-managed” or “sustainable” the source populatioin.  Since it’s His High Coldiness Algor chowing down on the finny SOBs, though, it’s all good.

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 07 20 at 12:42 AM • permalink


    1. Hang on fish farming? Isn’t that a lot like battery hens or force feeding calves so they can become veal?

      Surely Big Al’s moonbat friends will pitch a fit about this too.


      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 07 20 at 12:44 AM • permalink


    1. #18- Good plan. you could add to the paranoia and panic by publicising the toxicity of oxygen, as well as its contribution to CO2 and its ability to cause combustion to flare- a dangerous element, and people who go along with this sort of thing should be encouraged to remove it from their lifestyles.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 07 20 at 12:45 AM • permalink


    1. Break out the harpoons me matey’s. It’s open season!

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 20 at 12:47 AM • permalink


    1. Off topic but a dropkick from the same stable…

      An Emmy ?  Do they give them out for F Wit of the Year ?
      Toni Collete (our non Aussie bloggers collectively mutter who such is her clout/worldwide fame)..

      My feedback below…Possibly it may not be quite what the showbiz writers want..but I’m sure many in here would agree…


      Toni Collette should get a stack of nominations.
      The category ? The least knowledgeable person who considers it her job to lecture on issues she has not the faintest idea about.  Toni would make a wonderful export and it would be to the benefit of our country for sure…….but unfortunately I doubt any other country would accept her.

      Posted by Wacko on 2007 07 20 at 12:51 AM • permalink


    1. “Populatioin” – proof that I need to get offline and go to bed before 2 AM for a change.  Argh.

      For his next act, Al is going to give Tipper a full-length polar-bear-fur coat for Christmas.  It’ll be OK by the moonbats, though, as it’ll be from a captive bear that they’ll claim is enduring Horrible Psychological Torture and Deprivation in the ursine equivalent of Gitmo.  Poor Knut.

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 07 20 at 12:52 AM • permalink


    1. #18

      Global Rusting.

      Yeah, I know about that. I have red hair.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 01:16 AM • permalink


    1. #27- Given the rigour with which the fiscal fiend has delved into some offshore shenanigans of manager to the stars Glenn Wheatley, I wonder how long it’ll be before an audir of our Toni’s offshore earnings is performed? As an australian resident she’s subject to income tax on all her overseas earnings, and I for one would be heartbroken and disillusioned if it was found she was squirreling away her filthy foreign lucre and not fully contributing to society, especially to the collosal upcoming cost of battling global climate fluctuation; why that would smack of hypocrisy, something which should never taint the sainted image of the truly talented and altruistic- they are after all clearly our betters*.

      *Shit, if she does get sprung by the Deputy Commissioner for having a bit of a fiddle we should have a whip-‘round and some chook raffles to cover the outstanding amount, after all she does so much for us, without being asked and with no expectation of reward or recognition. I’ll bet she even gives her swag of Emmys to orphans, waifs and foundlings.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 07 20 at 01:18 AM • permalink


    1. Al fish farm fed fish feed me …
      Apologies to John Updike

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 01:19 AM • permalink


    1. #28 Not to worry, it’ll come from an accredited Polar Bear Farm just south of Houston.

      Posted by Mike H. on 2007 07 20 at 01:25 AM • permalink


    1. Is the fish farm fishes’ food humanely killed, etc.?
      IIRC lil’ fish can be farmed to feed bigger fish … to feed Al?
      Hmmm … Al?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 01:40 AM • permalink


    1. Sustainable fishing of patagonian toothfish? FFS, nobody even knew they existed until the 1980s when the northern Atlantic fisheries collapsed. So how can they say the science is reliable? Like global warming, someone says so backed up by a tidy grant, so it must be true.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 20 at 01:45 AM • permalink


    1. When I looked up the fish (having no clue what a Chilean Sea Bass was) it seemed they aren’t endangered, exactly, but the threat of overfishing is very very high.  So there are rules.  Mostly likely any Chilean Sea Bass sold at a regular market in the US is going to have papers showing it was legally caught by those with permission to catch certain amounts.

      There really wasn’t much chance these were illegal toothfish.

      But the problem with overfishing is a problem of *demand* and even legal fish support greater demand and support the illegal fishing in a round-about way.

      Posted by Synova on 2007 07 20 at 01:52 AM • permalink


    1. The wedding was greener than we thought!

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 20 at 02:00 AM • permalink


    1. #30 Habib,

      Only if she is considered a resident for tax purposes. If lard-arse lives in say LA for certain months of the year, she may only be taxed on income earnt in Oz.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 07 20 at 02:01 AM • permalink


    1. Another job for Pisces Augmentation Co-Operatives(TM) worldwide?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 02:03 AM • permalink


    1. Al’s daughter’s a 28 y.o. med student, FFS?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 02:05 AM • permalink


    1. Ok, back to this fish business. It seems if you are in the Gore camp you can say any kind of mindless shit, so long as it sounds good. For example:

      Reporter: Ah, Mr. Gore, could you please comment about your having consumed sea bass en masse (as opposed to wrasse) at your daughters’ wedding?

      Gore: Why thank you for that question. The fish concerned are part of a semi autonomous initiative that concerns the propogation of indigenous aquaculture in a natural environment.

      The fish voted as to which one’s wanted to be caught, see it was both democratic and sustainable.

      Reporter: Erm, how was it ‘sustainable’

      Gore: Because I said so and it sounds good.

      Reporter: Uh, OK.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 07 20 at 02:06 AM • permalink


      Organic farming of Sea Bass and Bream is similar to organic salmon or trout farming, and operates on the same principles. Amongst other things, this includes:

      The feed is purely natural. No land-animal products or by-products are used in the feed, which is composed of :

      Fish meal made from sustainable sources – wild-fish, managed by quotas to preserve natural resources; their quality is also controlled and certified organic. This French organic requirement differs from the UK organic feed controls, where bi-products of the fish industry are exclusively used as fish meal.
      Certified organic cereals and plants, which are guaranteed to be free of any genetically modified organisms.
      Vitamins and minerals .

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 02:11 AM • permalink


    1. #37- She maintains two residences in australia and spends at least six months of the year here, so I’d say she’d be regarded as an Australian resident for tax purposes; I’d say most shoots would be less than 91 days duration as well, so even if her fee is taxed in the US it’s still assessable here, unless it’s been salted into a trust or some other avoidance scheme. Let’s face it, if she doesn’t have a few scams going she’s a bigger dolt than I had her figured for- while most of these yahoos can be overwhelming fuckwits when it comes to grandstanding, hectoring and blatant hypocrisy they’ve usually got enough native cunning to hang on to as much disposable income as their clammy mitts can clutch.

      It seems the gloves are off now for the “entertainment industry”, so Tones and other big offshore earners would be prime targets I’d guess.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 07 20 at 02:14 AM • permalink


    1. #36
      One those girls for whom ‘size’ is not important (wallet size, maybe)?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 02:16 AM • permalink


    1. #42,

      personally, I hope the big mouthed, buck-toothed, mule-eared bint gets to share a nice cell with Shazza, who lifts weights all day, has bicepts the size or rockmellons and a strap-on called ‘Steely Dan’.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 07 20 at 02:20 AM • permalink


    1. Speaking of tax avoidance – Isn’t it nice to know that you’ll receive 15 months in the big house for salting away your hard earned, but only 9 months for storing pics of kiddies in compromising positions.

      The moral lesson: If you’re running a kiddie porn website, the biggest crime is not declaring your ill gotten gain.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 20 at 02:26 AM • permalink


    1. The one fish you don’t want to eat is basa, a type of freshwater catfish farmed in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and southern China. I suppose you could say they’re raised organically because they’re fed on shit. Human, pig, chook poo plus rice husks and various undisclosed additives. Hepatitis is the least of your worries. Asian farmed prawns are the same, but with a few extra toxins. Once you see the farms I can guarantee you won’t eat the fish.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 20 at 02:27 AM • permalink


    1. #45

      The kiddie-fidler only got six months I thought.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 02:29 AM • permalink


    1. #46
      Cripes, a lot of commercial frozen prawns are from China, y’know.
      Full of heavy metals?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 02:30 AM • permalink


    1. #47
      The clown prosecutor?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 02:31 AM • permalink


    1. #49 egg

      He will be known to lots of people in the bin, but unfortunately for him he will have two albatri around his neck:

      Crown Prosecutor and Kiddie Pornster.

      Will do his time very hard, I predict.

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 07 20 at 02:37 AM • permalink


    1. #50 pickles
      Just as I suspected – cause for schadenfreude for the rest of us, eh?
      Can that be a reason for a reduced sentence?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 02:45 AM • permalink


    1. #51
      It was no doubt submitted on his behalf that he would do time much harder than others, but I doubt that courts take much notice of that sort of thing, even though the Judge might mouth some consideration on passing sentence.

      The law and the courts do draw a distinction between storing/viewing images and actually doing the depraved acts, which is fair enough.

      The rationale behind the criminalisation is that the demand for the images and therefore the behaviour depicted in them will be driven down by heavy sentences for posession of the images. I agree, but also think that the penalties for those participating in this stuff should be severe.

      Without being too melodramatic, it can never really be known how many of the kids subjected to this stuff don’t survive the ordeal.

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 07 20 at 02:58 AM • permalink


    1. #48, egg, Full of worse than heavy metals. Try undisclosed antibiotics, serious carcinogens. Can’t find a link, but a couple of years ago Oz quarantine people found high levels of a well recognised bowel and liver cancer precipitator in prawns from China and Thailand. They chuck all sorts of things into fish meal to accelerate growth, like happens with chooks.

      My personal rule for seafood is: nothing farmed, nothing from asia, only fresh and preferably caught by my own good self or our mates who are trawlermen.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 20 at 02:58 AM • permalink


    1. #53 mareeS

      I agree, but I reckon there is a huge opportunity for trawlermen to forge relationships with consuners off the jetty.
      I would be happy to get a call up at any time and go down to meet them and get some.
      Does this happen much?
      Would cut out the middle man..

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 07 20 at 03:03 AM • permalink


    1. Bugger your fish, I’m having thisfor dinner. Cooking instructions here. I might have it with a bit of garlic and some vegies.
      Back on the diet!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 03:04 AM • permalink


    1. #52 re #51

      The law and the courts do draw a distinction between storing/viewing images and actually doing the depraved acts, which is fair enough


      They shouldn’t.
      There is NO DIFFERENCE between looking at kiddie porn and actually molesting children.
      Where does the kiddie porn come from?

      My opinion and I very much stand by it.

      I wouldn’t call six months or nine months enough of a “heavy sentence”.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 03:10 AM • permalink



    1. #51
      Tks, pickles.
      Being a parent, it doesn’t bear thinking about (presumably, you are intimating that there are sadistic forms of this stuff).
      No sympathy here, just schadenfreude.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 03:18 AM • permalink


    1. schadenfreude

      Yeah, is that like when people watch funniest home videos?

      hate that show.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 03:21 AM • permalink


    1. #54, Pickles,

      Drinking at the corner bar of the fishermen’s pub here in frosty Newcastle, we get fresh prawns for $15 a kilo, lobsters for $20 a piece, oysters $7 a dozen (we have to open them). All cash under the table. Crabs I trap myself, bream I catch, also flathead and jewfish.

      The fishing industry is highly regulated, but off-market prices are generally 50-60% less than retail.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 20 at 03:23 AM • permalink


    1. #60

      It’s always better fresh off the boats. In Australia.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 03:24 AM • permalink


    1. #53 mareeS
      Scary, I know first-hand much of the wholesale commercial frozen prawns available to restaurants, etc. are from China (ocean/farmed dunno?).

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 03:24 AM • permalink


    1. #59
      I’m not the only one?
      I hate the ones where the toddlers run into the clothes line pole … Ouch!

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 20 at 03:29 AM • permalink


    1. #57, kae,

      Not in Australia. I was talking about China and Indochina. Nothing is regulated there in terms of food production. Mike & I were there on business a lot in 2002-2005 during the bird-flu & pig-flu scares. Almost enough to make you vegetarian, except melons and juice fruits can give you hepatitis because they’re fertilised with human faesces. Cheaper than superphosphate.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 20 at 03:30 AM • permalink


    1. #63 I hate that show. It’s never on my TV. Ever. Someone was here once who wanted to watch it and I said “Not on my TV”. I really don’t find it funny. A bit like lots of Australia’s crop of comedians.


      Ooooohhhhh. I see.
      I was told when travelling in Asia to never buy anything from a roadside stall. When the fruit looks a bit shrivelled they poke holes in it and stick it in the ditch to rehydrate it.
      And I know in china that crops are fertilised by neat human waste. My mum was there and one of the women on her tour was horrified when the little chinaman with his yoke over his shoulders and two attached buckets came along to the toilet where she’d just been and dipped the buckets into it and took it away to fertilise the crop.


      MMM Fresh Australian Prawns. MMMMmmmmmmmmm

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 03:35 AM • permalink


    1. #64

      Did I write “faesces?” They’re the Latin stick things that fascists liked. I should have written “poo.”

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 20 at 03:36 AM • permalink


    1. Never mind, Maree, we knew what you meant.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 03:38 AM • permalink


    1. kae,

      Shall I share some recipes with you for kangaroo? and bunny? and wild duck (jabiru & magpie geese, actually)

      Wallaby is probably the only meat that stopped our dinner guests. After they finished the meal I told them what it was. So funny. Until they threatened me with death for making them eat a cuddly little marsupial.

      It’s a sweeter meat than kangaroo, but there are more roos and wallabies here than cows and sheep, so why can’t we eat them too?

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 20 at 03:48 AM • permalink


    1. MareeS:

      Shall I share recipes…

      OH YEAH! Please!

      I can’t have carbs, I’m on a very limited carb diet and after swan diving off the wagon I must climb back up there again.

      thanks in anticipation!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 03:52 AM • permalink


    1. Skippies:
      If they are going to do thousands of dollars worth of damage to my car and give me whiplash I reckon I can eat them. Then they are useful for something.
      I regret not trying crocodile from Butlers On The Mall in the 80s when I walked thru the Myer Centre every afternoon to get home.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 03:54 AM • permalink


    1. Eat nothing from Asia. It’s a motto I am trying my best to live up to. The total lack of controls, zero inspections (from either incompetence or bribery), coming from a society that places no virtue above greed means you’ll get whatever generates the most profit. Never mind that the food products are potentially lethal, it only matters that you can sell it.
      I was watching a news clip the other day about this SOB in China who sells these little snack meat-dumplings. Traditionally a pork filled pastry. This jackass boils cardboard in a caustic solution, then adds pork fat and flavoring and sells them to unsuspecting customers in Shanghai. He was secretly being filmed by a guy posing as a potential wholesaler. The crook told him that they fool most people and that he doesn’t eat them himself (but why not??).
      Thanks for alerting us about the Thai prawns. I’ve got a bag of them in my deep freezer.
      Be back in a moment, I need to take out the trash…

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 03:55 AM • permalink


    1. If they weren’t meant for eating they wouldn’t taste so good.

      Cuddly macropods? My foot..

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 03:55 AM • permalink


    1. #69. Kae,

      Gimme an hour or two for the recipes. We’re off to the pub for the raffles. Wish us luck.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 20 at 04:01 AM • permalink


    1. Good Luck Maree

      Hope you win good.

      I got 12 bucks in the Powerball 20 million.


      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 04:02 AM • permalink


    1. “The really important thing is that people become more aware of this issue.”

      If AlGore were to use gasoline to kill weeds in the cracks of his sidewalk, it would become an awareness issue that we all should give much carefull consideration.

      If I were to do it, it would be a heavy fine.

      p.s…It works really well BTW.

      Posted by Thomas on 2007 07 20 at 04:02 AM • permalink


    1. #75
      Hmm. That reminds me. I need to mix up some termite poison with creosote or old engine oil and put it on my fence.

      It’s illegal to put engine oil on your fence posts, but everyone does it.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 04:06 AM • permalink


    1. Al Gore, the media whore
      Climate Change is his global war
      He’s the Saint of Earth Over-warmed,
      Smashing dissent before it’s formed.

      Never mind that lives in excess
      He’s the King whom God has blessed
      He’ll jet around and preach to you
      But he won’t do what he tells you to do.

      We’re all gonna drown
      Of that be sure
      Unless we adhere
      to Al’s grand cure

      Crush all your cars
      Walk with your feet
      Close all the bars
      And never eat meat.

      Al’s bigger now
      Than ever before
      Bow down to Lord Gore
      The Omnivore.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 04:14 AM • permalink


    1. kae

      It’s illegal to put engine oil on your fence posts, but everyone does it.

      This site’s comment section makes me much more aware.

      That means its good.

      Everything looks greener to me already.

      Posted by Thomas on 2007 07 20 at 04:14 AM • permalink


    1. You’re a wicked boy, Thomas!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 04:17 AM • permalink


    1. #76 Kae:It’s illegal to put engine oil on your fence posts, but everyone does it.

      The really important thing is that people become more aware of this issue™.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 04:18 AM • permalink


    1. You have GOT to be kidding me!

      I actually thought of posting a comment a few days back along the lines of:-

      He’s raising awareness for the Chilean Sea Bass

      but thought it was too ridiculous.

      Posted by murph on 2007 07 20 at 04:21 AM • permalink


    1. I am planning a massive public awareness campaign regarding alcohol consumption this weekend.

      Go you Wallabies!

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 20 at 04:21 AM • permalink


    1. Anyhow, I’m off to steal a car because it will raise awareness of crime…

      Posted by murph on 2007 07 20 at 04:22 AM • permalink


    1. Murph:

      thought it was too ridiculous.

      As Tim often points out…these people are beyond parody.

      Good G*re!!! Is that the time?

      3:27 am US Central.

      G’Night Oz!

      Posted by Thomas on 2007 07 20 at 04:28 AM • permalink


    1. Gore Dammit Thomas, get to bed!!!!


      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 04:29 AM • permalink


    1. I robbed a bank this afternoon to raise awareness of Howard’s failure to keep interest rates low and Costello’s failure to cut taxes in my tax bracket to 0%.

      /only an idiot would believe this

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 20 at 04:29 AM • permalink


    1. Good night Thomas.

      Dinner tonight is roast beef, potatoes, and curry pasties.

      Who’s coming?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 20 at 04:31 AM • permalink


    1. OT: Tony Blair’s legacy outside of his support for the fight against terrorism is not too good at all (to say the least) if even half of this is true:

      Delusions of Honesty
      Tony Blair’s domestic legacy: corruption and the erosion of liberty.

      Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

      It’s ironic that lefties in Aus like to complain about some mythical erosion of freedom under Howard’s response to terrorism, whereas in reality he is the least draconian but most practical of the Western leaders grappling with this new evil.

      Posted by Srekwah on 2007 07 20 at 04:32 AM • permalink


    1. #87 As long as I get to sit next to you Ash_, count me there!  I’ll bring a nice 2001 Rioja. And what’s for desert?

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 04:34 AM • permalink


    1. #89 Of course you get to sit next to me Texas Bob!

      Dessert is either scones with jam, or icecream with chocolate pudding. Your choice.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 20 at 04:35 AM • permalink


    1. I, for one, would like to state for the record that I will punch any man in the nose who introduces himself to me as Theodore Dalrymple.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 04:37 AM • permalink


    1. #90 Ash_ Dessert is either scones with jam, or icecream with chocolate pudding. Your choice.

      Yes, please.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 04:39 AM • permalink


    1. #92 If you’re like me, you’ll have both anyway!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 20 at 04:42 AM • permalink


    1. Go easy on poor Theodore, TB.

      Theodore Dalrymple is a nom de plume, so hopefully he will not introduce himself to you, but he is a superb writer.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 20 at 04:42 AM • permalink


    1. Well OK MM, but only because you’re vouching for him. He’s still getting an angry sneer though…

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 04:44 AM • permalink


    1. Like an angry dog gets set off by certain smells or sounds. Certain names set me off. Theodore Darlrymple is one such name.
      Which actually means that I am a simple dumbshit. But, whatever.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 04:47 AM • permalink


    1. #91- Theodore Dalrymple’s real name is Anthony Daniels. He’s one of the most brilliant writers and sociologists of our times. Read his stuff and you’ll be way fuckin’ impressed.

      Unlike him, I’m an ucouth lager lout.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 20 at 04:53 AM • permalink


    1. Theodore Dalrymple

      The quotes are special.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 20 at 04:57 AM • permalink


    1. Who mag this week. (I gotta stop buying this crap.)

      Lewis Pugh braves the North Pole to call attention to global warming.

      No tricks, no gimmicks, no wetsuits.

      No fucking brains.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 04:58 AM • permalink


    1. It’s in the section of the mag entitled “Who. Living for the Planet.”

      Page, er.
      Who cares?

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 04:59 AM • permalink


    1. #99 I loved the pic of him crawling out of that man-made, chisled hole in the ice. If trying to highlight the effects of global warming, you’d think they’d have found a hole that had been melted by global warming. Or at least, created one with a blow torch.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 05:01 AM • permalink


    1. Texas, I don’t feel half as bad that I bought this crap today.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 05:10 AM • permalink


    1. #56 Kae. I agree totally. It’s the same as the degenerates who commence the drug cycle. These animals should be linked with the crimes that result from their activities.

      We pay for them all courtesy of our soft magistrates and our over supply of ‘social workers’ who have to be employed to justify the need for the degree.

      Social work. The most useless qualification in the land. Give me my taxes back.

      Posted by mehaul on 2007 07 20 at 06:31 AM • permalink


    1. The point that Kimble and the International Humane Society were making is that the eating of all Sea Bass must be avoided in order to eliminate the problem of the endangered species.  Gore, obviously, doesn’t give a shit.  Why should I?

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 07 20 at 06:32 AM • permalink


    1. Home from the pub, no luck with raffles, but nice two bream from a mate that we’ve just had for dinner. (the fish, not the mate, pardon the syntax)

      Here’s a recipe for kangaroo or wallaby fillets, kae…

      Do a beetroot thingy with fresh grated beetroot, onion, cranberry sauce, some tomato, sugar and vinegar, a whatever else sweet/sour you care to chuck in. Cook it up however you want until it’s done.
      Do mashed potato & parsnip with sour cream.

      Sear skippy meat in light oil for 2-3mins a side. Rest for 5 mins.

      Serve on a warm plate. Luvverly.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 20 at 06:32 AM • permalink


    1. #97 Theodore Dalrymple is a British psychiatrist married to a French woman and you can read him most weeks in The Spectator. Best $6 you’ll spend in any given 7 day period. (I hope I got all that right).

      Posted by mehaul on 2007 07 20 at 06:35 AM • permalink


    1. Chilean sea bass is like fossil fuels. It is not the amount that the Gores consume that is important, it is the amount the rest of us consume.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 07 20 at 07:13 AM • permalink


    1. And why is it the Chilean Sea Bass? Do they ever catch any off the coast of Peru? How do they KNOW they are Chilean? Where do they keep their passports? So many questions…

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 20 at 07:41 AM • permalink


    1. #101
      I don’t know if you bought the mag, but further in is a lovely picture of Germs Greer digging for gold*.
      *picking nose.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 20 at 07:53 AM • permalink


    1. Folks, DONT PANIC Philip Adams assures me it was a plastic Chilean sea bass.

      All is ok.

      Posted by curious george on 2007 07 20 at 08:32 AM • permalink


    1. #110 Oh, Curious George, that’s a relief. As long as it was plastic, and Phil Adams would be the go to guy to be in on the facts.

      I’ll be able to sleep tonight now!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 20 at 08:45 AM • permalink


    1. Al has increased awareness of a rare fish by eating one. It’s a win/win!

      It’s Biblical, man!  The story of the oaf and fishes!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 20 at 10:16 AM • permalink


    1. I am going out and eating some spotted owl tonight to raise awareness.

      Posted by Room 237 on 2007 07 20 at 10:21 AM • permalink


    1. “Al Gore’s Chilean sea bass – mentioned previously here and here – turns out to have been sustainable…”

      Spare me.  All that means is is that particular fishing enterprise limits the catch (and pays off local governments), and since other fisheries don’t, the toothfish population continues to decline (reportedly…according to what I read the toothfish has been so overfished that it in five years the population will be so depleted that it won’t be commercially viable to fish for them).

      In addition, the fish have to be shipped halfway around the world, so the elite can have their delicacy…and they ain’t shipping it on clipper ships.  Think of how much oil gets used to ship those fish from southern hemisphere to northern hemisphere so guys like the Gores can gobble it up at $25 a pound (after flying into Beverly Hills on their private jets).

      Dining on toothfish is not enviromentally sound, and the whole issue is just another example of how much the leaders of the Church of AGW don’t practice what they preach.

      Same old crap.  They want us to ride buses to save baby Gaia, while they keep their limos.

      Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 07 20 at 11:39 AM • permalink


    1. “No fish were killed in the making of this scrumptious repast.”

      Posted by mojo on 2007 07 20 at 12:14 PM • permalink


    1. #112: It’s Biblical, man!  The story of the oaf and fishes!

      Or, alternatively, a case of Jonah swallowing the whale.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 20 at 12:26 PM • permalink


    1. #4 Nic;

      HTF do you get/create well-managed, sustainable populations of toothfish

      WTF does this mean?

      The local toothfish fishing fleet isn’t very big (so they don’t catch too many), but they’re quite pugnacious (they’ll sink any competitor that hoves into view)?

      could work.

      Posted by steveH on 2007 07 20 at 05:07 PM • permalink


    1. heaves into view.

      I knew that.


      Posted by steveH on 2007 07 20 at 05:08 PM • permalink


    1. Everyone is aware that the Marine Stewardship Council is an independent, global, non-profit organization that promotes responsible fishing practices and their Board of Directors is basically big fishing CEO’s, right?

      I’m not saying it’s a bad organization, that the MSC’s recommended practices aren’t good ones; or that the pressure the organization places on governments to have their fishing interests abide MSC rules might have some ulterior motives.

      No, I’m not saying any of that.  I’ll just suggest that to give the seal of approval to any fish farm that sells endangered fish so fat-assed former American VP’s and his above-the-law rich buddies can eat them and sleep well at night is a bit hypocritical.

      Posted by Dusty on 2007 07 20 at 09:31 PM • permalink


    1. #113 I am going out and eating some spotted owl tonight to raise awareness.

      If you had gotten your spotted owl from the PACO Spotted Owl Hatchery and Farm™ it would have been all legal.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 07 20 at 10:54 PM • permalink


    1. #120: If you had gotten your spotted owl from the PACO Spotted Owl Hatchery and Farm™ it would have been all legal.

      Completely true, Ernie . . .er, except for one word.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 20 at 11:28 PM • permalink


    1. #119 “…independant, global, non profit…” meaning just another bunch of wankers who send out press releases about whatever their private little manias are about?

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 07 21 at 06:08 AM • permalink


    1. You just laid a plastic turkey bloghead.

      Posted by Miranda Divide on 2007 07 23 at 10:44 PM • permalink


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