Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cuisinarts of the Gods


Okay, I'll admit it, I'm an animal lover.  I want ALL animals, humans, fungi, fish, and even 'most reptiles' to peacefully co-exist wherever possible.

Huh?  Okay, what's so funny? 

Oh, yeah, I get it, my being an 'Animal lover' sounds funny to you, huh?  Yeah, it was hysterical when I was in Third Grade also, but I moo-ved on...  As for you, get your mind out of the barnyard and cut that out - ya'll are SICK.  

Follow along, you might just learn something...  

All I'm saying is that if a cute-little-fuzzy-bunny is crossing the street in front of my car I WILL swerve to avoid striking 'Monsieur Rabbit' if at all possible.  The only caveat here, of course, if there are a group of Nuns and orphans standing on one side of the street, a semi-truck of baby harp seals in front of me, and a group of Golden Retriever & Beagle puppies on the third side of the street, and um, then, sorry ''the bunny gets the bumper''.  

Yeah, you've got to have priorities.

So if you are a bunny reading this post and you watched your brother Peter get run over by a speeding Toyota - that wasn't me.  It was most-likely some White Hispanic who hates 'bunnies minding their own business' in the middle of the night.  



Yeah, probably a White-Hispanic guy with a 'thing' for wabbits...

George 'Elmer' Fudderrman - White Hispanic

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking - one of those White-Hispanics, out walking with a gun, just looking for trouble.

This has very little to do with today's post - but as with most of my posts, they pretty much go where they want.  Yes, I try my best to keep up with them as they wander away from me, but sometimes, just sometimes, they run back upon themselves and they ALMOST make sense.  

This is one of THOSE posts.

Today's unintended congruence has a bit do do with the classic Warner Brother's cartoon featuring Bugs and Daffy starring in "Rabbit Season / Duck Season".  

I'm just hoping that if you're reading this, you're more of a Rabbit than a Duck.  

Being a Duck is so dang dangerous these days...



From the Daily Caller Online:  Study: Feds underestimated how many birds get killed by wind turbines


A new study found that the federal government underestimated the number of birds that die colliding with wind turbines across the country.


In fact, bird deaths were found to be 30 percent higher than previous estimates given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2009.


“I estimated 888,000 bat and 573,000 bird fatalities/year (including 83,000 raptor fatalities) at 51,630 megawatt (MW) of installed wind-energy capacity in the United States in 2012,” writes K. Shawn Smallwood, author of the study that was published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.


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Last month, environmentalists and bird enthusiasts watched in horror as the rare White-throated Needletail flew into a wind turbine and died on the Outer Hebrides.


“This wasn’t even a turbine on a huge wind farm, it was a solitary turbine to provide power to a small community,” said a 38-year old who witnessed the bird hit the turbine. “There is huge concern in Scotland about plans for big wind farms and the danger they would pose to big birds of prey like golden eagles and sea eagles.”


In the U.S., nearly all the birds killed are protected by federal law, but the Obama administration has so far refused to prosecute renewable energy companies whose turbines kill birds.


“Despite numerous violations, the Obama administration — like the Bush administration before it — has unofficially exempted the wind industry from prosecution under the Eagle Protection and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts,” wrote the Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce. “By exempting the wind industry from prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act or the Eagle Protection Act, the federal government is providing another indirect subsidy to the sector.”

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However, the Obama administration has prosecuted fossil fuel companies that kill far fewer birds than their wind-powered counterparts.


In 2009, ExxonMobil pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of killing 85 federally protected birds and agreed to pay $600,000 in fines and fees. That same year, Oregon-based PacifiCorp was also fined $1.4 million for the killing of 232 eagles in Wyoming, which were electrocuted by the company’s power lines.


“What it boils down to is this: If you electrocute an eagle, that is bad, but if you chop it to pieces, that is OK,” said Tim Eicher, a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent who helped prosecute the PacifiCorp.

 



Let me get this straight, protected avian wildlife killed and chopped into bits by large, spinning blades generating 'green' electricity is cool, but if the electricity goes out over an insulated wire from a coal, or water-powered plant, and a bird is killed...  Prosecution (of the electrocution death) is actionable under Federal Law?

Oh, yes, now that DOES make sense.  Because, um, if you kill something while acting with the 'best of intentions', you're exempt from prosecution!  Everyone knows this!!! 

Given this new (and selective) interpretation of the Law, one wonders what caused the fuss from Eric Holder regarding that White-Hispanic guy in the first place?  After all, he 'meant well', and given the guidelines adopted by the Obama Administration (regarding green-minced-bird-bits), that's what matters, isn't it?

Yes, nearly 1.5 Million estimated birds were killed in 2012 - but they were killed by Earth-Friendly people with the 'best of possible intentions'...

And this, makes it all...  Okay.

"Duck Season!"




BOOM!

Don't worry Daffy, Rabbit Season's just around the corner...    
 




Oh, sorry Bugs, with Holder and Obama running things, we're all living in a Looney Tunes cartoon now.  I just can't wait for the day when Porky pops his head out of the White House and yells...





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