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Despite the warmenist theories of noted marine biologist Barbra Streisand – “They’re lying, while the globe is frying, and the fishes are dying in the world” – fish are actually dying because it’s too cold:
Thousands of dead tropical fish – some more than a metre long – [are] floating to the surface of Lake Moondarra, Mount Isa’s main water supply.
Authorities are blaming Queensland’s big chill [for] the mass fish deaths …
The cold snap affecting the whole state has seen the mercury drop to as low as 3.2C in Mount Isa this month. And the fish deaths have forced authorities to grapple with another unwanted problem: disposing of the carcasses.
Send ‘em to Sustainable Al! And send the big guy a t-shirt, too.
(Via Ed Driscoll and Allan J.)
NOTE: In the Courier-Mail’s uncorrected copy, the line reads: “Authorities are blaming Queensland’s big chill on the mass fish deaths.” Fish cause coldening!
UPDATE. Blue State Sil: “Of course fish cause coldening. You’ve heard of ice fishing, haven’t you? Well, when you go ice fishing, you catch ice fish. Bringing ice fish out of the water causes them to go into Super-Duper Coldening Mode as they attempt to chill their immediate environment. It’s a survival mechanism. Unfortunately, what is a helpful adaptation underwater results in nothing but chaos in the air. I know all this because the voices in my head told me so, and I’ve never known them to dispense anything but absolute truthiness.”
How long does a cold snap have to go on to lethally chill a lake that size?Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 23 at 09:05 PM • permalink
fish are actually dying because it’s too cold
If Babs did her own shopping she’d know this because Mrs. Paul made a fortune off this concept.Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2007 07 23 at 09:06 PM • permalink
Of course fish cause coldening. You’ve heard of ice fishing, haven’t you? Well, when you go ice fishing, you catch ice fish. Bringing ice fish out of the water causes them to go into Super-Duper Coldening Mode as they attempt to chill their immediate environment. It’s a survival mechanism. Unfortunately, what is a helpful adaptation underwater results in nothing but chaos in the air. I know all this because the voices in my head told me so, and I’ve never known them to dispense anything but absolute truthiness.Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 07 23 at 09:39 PM • permalink
And tonight on the ABC’s Carbon Cops:
Mum, dad and four grown-up children live in a sprawling weatherboard with every conceivable ‘mod con’. Dad is a climate change sceptic – but Mum wants the cops to help her get her family thinking about the subject.
Tune in. Dad may be tasered and sent to jail. There is an insanity roaming the land, folks.
Say, that’s no way to talk about a Legion of Honor award winner.
Climate change is a mod con.
A modern confidence trick.
—NoraPosted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 07 23 at 09:57 PM • permalink
I am not sure if this is the appropriate forum to be campaigning for funds. However I am spokesperson for the not adequately publicised animal rights group, “Fleas against Freezing ” . My recent studies indicate dog fleas (aka Ctenocephalides cannis ), an important but commonly overlooked part of our ecosytem are suffering a drastic downturn in numbers.
Global coldening is the likely culprit.
It has them jumping up and down (presumably in protest) and at first it had me scratching my head …- elsewhere too actually , – but we won’t go there…..
Please give generously …or try some extra deep (or heavy) breathing . Extra CO2 is needed to help the fleas .
Dad may be tasered and sent to jail.
But it’ll be for the children, C.L. That excuses anything!Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 07 23 at 10:11 PM • permalink
Thought that Darwinian survival of the fittest means that the species that are open minded and tolerant enough about changes in global shifts such as wormening adapt and thereby produce superior and also open-minded and tolerant species. Perhaps this is a natural fish eugenics episode and will provide us with progressive fish. Certainly part of the global dialectic on “the weather, it sure can be weird, ya know?”
(Frozen fish, nothing worse. Unless it arrives in a TV dinner with frozen peas, or is accompanied by some vile green jello salad thingy, which is definitely more nauseating. I grew up on frozen fish, hated it then and hated it now, especially if it comes in the wonderful “parts is parts” frozen fish stick form. Was well into my 20’s before I discovered that fish are not naturally square.)
- Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 23 at 10:15 PM • permalink
The usurping of the plight of the polar bear by the fish is deeply concerning.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 23 at 10:19 PM • permalink
Correction, the fish are neither frying nor freezing. They’re simply experiencing a natural reaction to Barbra Streisand’s singing….Posted by Fast Eddie on 2007 07 23 at 10:24 PM • permalink
Let’s get our priorities right—
An unidentified buyer has paid $230,000 for a near 40-year-old Ford Falcon, well above the car’s original sticker price of just under $4,500.
The 1969 Ford XW GTHO Phase 1 sedan was sold at the Shannons Sydney Winter auction last night.
A Shannons spokesman said the Falcon was in original condition with just 45,840 miles, or about 75,000 kilometres, on the odometer.
It was factory fitted with rear seat belts, a black bonnet and an eight-track tape deck…Posted by walterplinge on 2007 07 23 at 10:35 PM • permalink
The greenies should scoop up all the dead fish, then fly them to the Arctic so that they can feed the polar bears. The fuel consumed in this venture would be no problem, as I’m sure Big Al’s Discount Carbon Credit Barn could hook them up fairly cheaply.
In case any of my fellow Blairites need to practice with their clue-by-fours, our pet troll Mirandy is on the “big government” thread. I know he/she/it isn’t much of a challenge, but it’s all we have at the moment, so we may as well take advantage of the resource.Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 07 23 at 10:44 PM • permalink
The Fish swimming in Lake Moondarra /Mt Isa could have died from the following.
*Assess impacts of long-term sulphur dioxide emissions from the Mt Isa copper and lead smelters on the floral and faunal diversity of the district, including the Lake. First, the natural environment within 15 km downwind of the metal smelters at Mt Isa has undergone considerable change, either as adirect or indirect result of SO2 emissions. Second, the extent of this change varies among the different groups of flora and faunas, and is possibly related to organism’s ability to disperse
away from the area of high SO2 deposition.
* the fish are old.
* Boats killed them.
* Fisherman ate them.
* Black-shouldered Kite Elanus notatus ate them for dinner.
Interviewer: What was your first clue that the fish were not dying because of global warming Yojimbo?
Yojimbo: Dead TROPICAL fish seemed to give it away for me.
Interviewer: Thanks for the incisive analysis on this difficult subject Yojimbo.
Yojimbo: Don’t mention it and try the Che Burger Combo.
Interviewer: Actually, I’d be ashamed to mention it and no I don’t think so.
It’s medium-rare, and absolutely perfect.
I’m sure it is. Didn’t burn anything, did you?..:)
Warning people…search is expanded to other Castleberry products…
Castleberry’s Closes Suspect Plant Over Botulism Scare as FDA Pushes Quick Action
VW advertisement, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 24 at 01:00 AM • permalink
Is that chilled Andean sea bass—or did Al eat the last ones?Posted by andycanuck on 2007 07 24 at 01:13 AM • permalink
- Switched on the ABC for about ten minutes this morning, 4 minutes of which was used up with them saying how the weather was raining/not raining/hot/cold/plauges of frogs/rain of blood, the usual balanced discussion.
I propose a new drinking game, called liver climate. Every time a talking head mentions the word climate change you have a shot.
Chirrosis here i come!Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 07 24 at 02:00 AM • permalink
Their most recent scare mongering is that the temperature in Tibet has warmed 4 times the global average in the last decade (allegedly 0.3C, FFS!) and, of course, the glaciers are melting, threatening the Chinese folk below and the sky is going to fall in and, I guess, it’s all due to AGW … alleged local heating, FFS!Auntie was bleating about it all day on the radio news but, as usual, doesn’t match it online, for some strange reason.
Well if the Polar bears continue to struggle up North send em to Mt Isa. Seems cold enough.Posted by The Big Fish on 2007 07 24 at 03:05 AM • permalink
- Melbourne ABC’s Jon Faine has a weekly report from someone who calls himself Rupert Posner (eat your heart out Stephanie Peatling) from something called ‘The Climate Group’ which monitors Victorians’ energy use.
On Monday, without a hint of irony, Rupert scolded us for our record high use of gas and therefore carbon emissions due to the previous week’s extraordinarily frigid weather.
- Apparently, the Krudder’s strategy is to not squander Labor’s political lead by seeming to agree with Howard’s policies but then to let the States (all Labor) attack them, as proposed by South Australia’s Mike Rand (c/- Auntie).
Apparently, the Libs are circulating Rand’s proposal.State attacks:
Water: Murray-Darling – Bracks (Victoria)
Federal Police: Haneef – Beattie (Queensland)
The “world” will once again be peaceful and beautiful when the MV Rudderless Kev is finally sunk.
The sinking may improve fish stocks by creating an artificial reef where it goes down.
The skipper(also called Rudderless Kev) may be able to continue to waffle under water,which may also be beneficial for all those cold fish.
A wonderful example of fuckwittery right here.
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Adopt Carbon Rationing and Contraction and Convergence. More details
Check out the more details link, they want to go back to caves as well. That 90% reduction gets another airing.
My best line. “5. We believe, green taxation will alienate much of society and will be unpopular with many of the people whose emissions we seek to lower. Green taxes will hurt poorer people more than the rich.”
Followed by the stupidity of this “10. We believe we need regulation for businesses to drive changes in fuel consumption, energy efficiency, food miles etc.”
Translated. “IT will hurt the poor to tax, but if we tax the industries instead it will be ok”
Economic illiterates.Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 07 24 at 05:56 AM • permalink
#74 Once industry and the global economy collapses and EVERYONE is poor, who will take care of the welfare/dole society? Once we are all destitute, without electricity, without farms, without medicine, without means of income, then what? Return to serfdom? Highway banditry? Protecting my self/family and goods while transporting them in a mule drawn wagon with a sword? I swear these idiots should be institutionalized. Their rapid delusions are the stuff of psychosis. There is no hint of rationality, no redeeming factors in anything they say. Just utter madness and stupidity. Is this the best coming out of western universities? If so, I vote for shutting them down and saving the carbon credits.
- Oh yes, and attention SFASU! If you are joining the bunch listed in #74, cancel my subscription to the alumni magazine and refund my monthly donations.
Much like a lake-wide fish kill when a destructive fish has taken over, cut all funding to state universities until the last tenured raving communist professor has starved to death.
New UK prime minister Gordon Brown blames the flooding in Britain on (drum roll) climate change. It is, according British weather experts, the worst flooding in 60 years. It is not known what caused the flooding back in the 1940s but a best guess from a panel of people with IQs over 60 is heavy rain. The said same panel probably would have blamed these latest floods on heavy rain if not for Brown’s pronouncement.
- Gaia is Sad
Because Bush is BAD
In fact he’s evil
He looks a bit like a weevilThank you for Al Gore
And for Michael Moore
They’re saviours lovely
Even though they’re a bit tubby
I’ll be here all week.Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 07 24 at 07:31 AM • permalink
OT but on Foreign Correspondent on the ABC they are talking about Mt Vesuvius and the threat to Naples. Oddly enough they are hanging the story on a maverick scientist who disagrees with the scientific consensus that, in the event of an eruption, there would be time in the event of an eruption to evacuate the city. I’m waiting for the panel discussion they apparently have to have whenever they present minority scientific views.
“Authorities are blaming Queensland’s big chill on the mass fish deaths.” Fish cause coldening!
Surely if the deaths have caused the coldening, fish cause warmening.
So we can counteract warble goring by fishing loads, presumably. Hmmmm…Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 07 24 at 07:57 AM • permalink
Yes, well, there’s no precedent for the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. I mean, look at Pompeii, there was plenty of time to evacuate…
It was a surprise to the people of Pompeii
#83 Isn’t that nice? and convenient…
You can blame EVERYTHING on man-made
Wildfires in the U.S. West Coast? Climate change.
Floods in Texas? Climate Change.
Hurricanes in the Gulf Coast? Climate Change.
Utter lunacy from the left? Climate Change.
Al Gore’s taste for endangered cuisine? Climate Change.
Bob Fisk’s rabid, incoherent ramblings? Cli… Nah, that’s too much of a stretch.
#84 You mean thin, lookin good and talentless.
Hey, I still reckon I’d do a better gig than Barbara Streisand.Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 07 24 at 08:39 AM • permalink
Ah, the floods in England. I remember as a boy scout being told never to pitch my tent in a dry watercourse, as rain upstream could produce a flash flood that would sweep you away.
Building houses on floodplains probably has the same impact.Posted by mr creosote on 2007 07 24 at 09:09 AM • permalink
Just browsing through the BBCs Have your Say and came across this little gem
When all the 4x4s have been taxed out of existence by the lunatics, how will flood victims of the future be rescued!!.
Try driving a prius through 3ft of muddy water!!Hahahaha.
Indeed!Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 07 24 at 09:45 AM • permalink
#90 paco – Okay, first you say it’s good. Then you say easy on the habanera.
So which one is it?Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 07 24 at 01:12 PM • permalink
#97 Steve: If you have an asbestos tongue, by all means, dump the whole packet of habanera in the chili. I like hot stuff, but I’ve found that, in this case, a little dab will do ya.
Incidentally, I once accidentally dumped an extraordinary amount of hot sauce into a bowl of chili (I’ll never forget the name of the sauce: Scorned Woman). The waiter offered to bring me another bowl, but I said, “No, quite all right. Love it this way. Heh.” My eyes watered, my nose ran, and I blistered my mouth in an attempt to “tough it out” (whereas, in reality, I was merely, and inadvertently, “amusing my friends”).
paco, so far my digestive tract has been very forgiving. I expect that in the not too distant future it may explode and leave me lapping up oatmeal or farina.
But until then, the words “too hot” applied to spicy food leave me puzzled. I understand each one individually, but put together they are devoid of all meaning. Incidentally, I have a bottle of Scorned Woman on my shelf. But my favorite extreme hot sauce is Endorphin Rush. As far as Tabasco goes, I put it on minor cuts and scrapes.
But nothing lasts forever – I do know people who have had to adjust their tastes downward with age. So I have a lot of capsaicin to build up in my system against that day.Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 07 24 at 02:09 PM • permalink
- Re #45
The clip was made by a company seeking a VW contract; it was not made for commercial TV distribution. My copy is dated Jan 05.This was a similar one for Ford: Ford sportKA vs a Pigeon.
CheersPosted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 07 24 at 09:18 PM • permalink
Do you Aussies barbeque fish? Time for a fish fry, yee-haw!