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Friday, June 28, 2013

Blood on their green hands

Whether it is God or the Devil, someone clearly has a wicked sense of humor:
The White-throated Needletail - the world's fastest flying bird - was thousands of miles off course after turning up at Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. It was first seen by two bird spotters from Northumberland on Monday.  There has not been a sighting of the species in Britain since 1991 when a single bird was seen four times - in Kent, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and finally Shetland.

Now 22 years later another White-throated Needletail turned up in the UK, but after more than 80 twitchers flocked to Harris - with scores more on their way - the bird flew into a wind turbine at Tarbert, witnessed by around 40 people....

"It is tragic. More than 80 people had already arrived on the island and others were coming from all over the country. But it just flew into the turbine. It was killed instantly. The corpse will be sent to a museum but obviously this is just terrible."
I can see where he's coming from, but sometimes, one man's tragedy is another man's chuckle.

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64 Comments:

Anonymous Phil Mann June 28, 2013 2:07 AM  

This is one of the many reasons I love this blog.

Anonymous Noah B. June 28, 2013 2:38 AM  

We must shut down the wind turbines. If it saves just one bird...

Anonymous jokesbro June 28, 2013 2:44 AM  

Here's a chuckle: your idiot father rots in jail for having the hubris to think that his crackpot libertarian nonsense would be given serious consideration by more powerful people with contrary interests. Indeed, God is good, especially when he rubs the stupid in people's faces.

Anonymous Dc June 28, 2013 2:56 AM  

Leftards are constant screwups. They're probably bummed even though they caused it. And they probably flew on a large polluting commercial jets to see their wind turbines take out the latest greenie animal de jour. Imbeciles.

Anonymous Adsignatos D. June 28, 2013 3:08 AM  

The bird was first officially identified by a Mr. Cocker no less. Intelligent Designer nothin'...God is clearly a Witty Engineer.

Anonymous Ivan Poland June 28, 2013 3:09 AM  

Damn. I think your anger is misdirected... Vox nor his father built the windmills. Regardless, the story was funny almost as funny as your pathetic attempt at ankle biting. Oh, loved you in the video posted earlier...laughed out loud I did.
Ivan Poland

Anonymous Shorty June 28, 2013 4:07 AM  

That's the worst joke I've ever heard. You're not very good at this.

Blogger Bogey June 28, 2013 5:01 AM  

You said it Shorty, jokesbro must be a real hoot to have as a house guest.

Blogger Markku June 28, 2013 5:19 AM  

There it is oh shit *splat*

Anonymous Freddy June 28, 2013 5:20 AM  

Bald eagles just the same....every "endangered" bird could be splattered by the Progressive turbines but that will never shut them down. However, give them an opportunity to seize your land with an "endangered" species duo jour, insects included, you are done.

Let the bird killing begin.

Blogger Doom June 28, 2013 5:40 AM  

More, faster! *grins*

Anonymous Freddy June 28, 2013 5:42 AM  

Atheists make claims about the nonexistence of God as though their arguments have rational meaning in their meaningless world of atoms colliding with one another. Fools, you pathetic leeches of all meaning, rationality and morality, standing on the Christian worldview to make sense of your denouncements of it.

So what foundation are you standing on when you offer your lack-luster arguments? Ego-centric atheism offers nothing to support your grown up fairytale of evolution. How can you know objective truth given the evolutionary story? If you condemn Christianity and objective truth by what standard would you argue to prove that?

You got nothing.

Howling Giant Curses

Anonymous Luke June 28, 2013 6:09 AM  

This very minor news item reminded me of a theoretical exchange between a militant vegan and a normal person:

V: (body posture that of a constipatee, sniffily turning nose up at N's large hamburger lunch) "No pain-capable breathing creature died to make MY lunch!!"

N: "You obviously have no idea how many tens of billions of foxes, mice, voles, shrews, etc., are plowed under every year as part of cultivating the fields where farmers grow the grains and vegetables on which you rely. YOUR SPROUT SANDWICH IS DRIPPING WITH BLOOD!!"

Couple of good articles on those whose religious faith is radical vegetarianism (as opposed to either Christianity or science, say):


http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/vegan.html

http://www.ncahf.org/articles/o-r/pcrm.

Apt cartoon:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_14J2dEsfIG0/TQoYsz4e7kI/AAAAAAAAEmU/6kp8-XrBQ84/s1600/Herb_n_Jamaal%2B12-16-10.gif

Anonymous Toby Temple June 28, 2013 6:44 AM  

This reminded me of the Shark Week ad where "Green" people are sending a cute seal into the sea and back to its habitat.

While lowering the seal a great white shark jump out of the water and snatched the seal.

Anonymous Rosalys June 28, 2013 7:01 AM  

I know it is terribly insensitive of me but I find this hilarious!

Blogger Subversive Saint June 28, 2013 7:08 AM  

A good start to Friday

Blogger Subversive Saint June 28, 2013 7:08 AM  

A good start to Friday

Anonymous TheVillageIdiotRet June 28, 2013 7:09 AM  

I hear the screams of the vegetables!
Carrot juice is murder

Arrogant Worm

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus June 28, 2013 7:10 AM  

Scrambled irony:

"Josh Jones of Bird Guides said: "It was seen by birders fly straight into the turbine. It is ironic that after waiting so long for this bird to turn up in the UK, it was killed by a wind turbine and not a natural predator."

Anonymous zen0 June 28, 2013 7:19 AM  

Speed kills.

Anonymous righteous gobbler June 28, 2013 7:20 AM  

What I wouldn't give for a vid of the look on the faces of those 40 people who witnessed this failure.

Way to go greenies!

Anonymous JCB June 28, 2013 7:43 AM  

In fairness to bird watchers, not all of them are greenie lunatics. Some of them just enjoy looking at birds. Really.

Anonymous Oops June 28, 2013 7:44 AM  

At least it's death was green. Circle of life and such

Blogger JACIII June 28, 2013 7:54 AM  

At least they are finally breaking their own eggs to make that omelet.

Anonymous trk June 28, 2013 7:55 AM  

was it carrying a coconut?

Anonymous Cinco June 28, 2013 7:57 AM  

Was it an African or European White-throated Needletail?

Anonymous TheExpat June 28, 2013 8:05 AM  

What's the difference between a White-throated Needletail smacking into a wind turbine, and a greenie watching it?

The first thing that goes through the White-throated Needletail's head is... his arse.

But the greenie's arse was already there.

Anonymous OneFiver June 28, 2013 8:15 AM  

That Shark Week commercial mentioned above made me cry....with laughter

Blogger IM2L844 June 28, 2013 8:19 AM  

Object lesson on tilting at windmills?

Anonymous Porky June 28, 2013 8:23 AM  

Did Grant Michael Teahan happen to be in the UK that day?

Anonymous Anonymous June 28, 2013 8:32 AM  

Sounds like a scene from a Zucker-Abrams-Zucker movie. I can just see Leslie Nielsen trying to catch the thing, climbing up the shaft of the turbine after it and leaning out, until....feathers.

Blogger Markku June 28, 2013 8:45 AM  

No, it's like how the Monty Python theme ends.

Anonymous Maximo Macaroni June 28, 2013 8:51 AM  

Did I see the wind turbine smile after destroying the rare bird and hear it mutter "Feed me!"? Be warned, we'll be next!

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 June 28, 2013 8:54 AM  

This reminds me of a time years back when PETA members were protesting hunting and on their drive back, they hit a deer and killed it. As if that wasn't funny enough, PETA decided to bring a lawsuit against Fish and Wildlife Management for not managing the deer population properly. Because otherwise they wouldn't have hit the deer in the first place.

I fell out of my chair laughing so hard when I read that article.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 June 28, 2013 9:02 AM  

@jokesbro (if he/she/it is still following):

You appear new here, so I'll just give you a quick heads up: Vox doesn't give a damn about you nor about anything you say. The only hope you have a getting his attention is making an actual, well-thought out, and intelligent argument. And given the IQ difference between you and him (I'm being generous in assuming yours is about average), I doubt you'll ever catch his attention.

If you want proof of what I just said, consider that he hasn't even bothered to delete your comment.

Good luck in your future endeavors on this blog though.

Anonymous Godfrey June 28, 2013 9:09 AM  

Yep, wind turbines kill thousands of birds annually. Clean energy? No... mass slaughter.

Anonymous paradox June 28, 2013 9:10 AM  

Bumblebee memorial. At first I though Bumblebee had fallen to Megatron, but it turnouts to bee a holocaust.

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2013 9:18 AM  

Auschwhich way was the wind blowing?

On the plus side, I'm guessing the bird hit a personal speed record.

Anonymous Jeigh Di June 28, 2013 9:28 AM  

There is nothing like the face of an eco-freak who sees one of his pet projects killed by another.

Anonymous Thomas June 28, 2013 9:30 AM  

Wind farms = bird genocide.

Why do the Greens hate birds?

Anonymous MrGreenMan June 28, 2013 9:35 AM  

Off Topic - VD - for your catalog of how women ruin everything - boy jailed because gamer grrrrl from Canada made a huff about a lol jk:

http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/27/texas-teen-makes-violent-joke-during-video-game-is-jailed-for-months/

Anonymous paradox June 28, 2013 9:38 AM  

Here you go Toby,

Snuffy the Seal Shark Week ad.

Anonymous Thomas June 28, 2013 9:45 AM  

Fight bird-phobia! End wind farms now!

Anonymous Daniel June 28, 2013 9:58 AM  

The mob in Universal's Frankenstein had it right: burn the windmills to the ground! Leave a carbon footprint they'll never forget!

Anates Infinita!

Anonymous Desiderius June 28, 2013 10:11 AM  

jokesbro,

"Here's a chuckle: your idiot father rots in jail for having the hubris to think that his crackpot libertarian nonsense would be given serious consideration by more powerful people with contrary interests. Indeed, God is good, especially when he rubs the stupid in people's faces."

One can worship powerful people or one can worship God.

Your choice.

Anonymous Desiderius June 28, 2013 10:13 AM  

We all fall short of the Glory of God.

Man's hypocrisy stokes God's wrath.

Here, amusement.

As I believe we've been over before, Nate.

May be effective, and thus necessary, unlikely to be Christian.

Anonymous DonReynolds June 28, 2013 10:36 AM  

Cats kill many times more birds than wind farms. I am not sure if the bird watchers would have been better entertained by watching the "rare" bird charmed and captured by a cat than it being hit by a windmill blade. Or would it be better if the "rare" bird had been hit by the windshield of a speeding automobile or truck?

We have had birdwatchers for quite some time now and I suspect we will soon have "wasp watchers" that will zip around the planet to see "rare and exotic" stinging insects....equally horrified when I spray a dozen of them on their nest with quick acting poison.

A family traveling through town with CALIFORNIA tags stopped at my mother's restaurant, where there was no playground for little kids. The visit was memorable because they were shocked and outraged by our barbaric practice of killing flies with a fly swatter. "Oh Mother! They crush the flies here!" The little boy was near tears.

Anonymous allyn71 June 28, 2013 10:43 AM  

"A family traveling through town with CALIFORNIA tags stopped at my mother's restaurant, where there was no playground for little kids. The visit was memorable because they were shocked and outraged by our barbaric practice of killing flies with a fly swatter. "Oh Mother! They crush the flies here!" The little boy was near tears." - DonReynolds June 28, 2013 10:36 AM

Please God tell me you made that up for comic relief. If not those special snowflakes are in for a world of hurt.

Anonymous liljoe June 28, 2013 10:56 AM  

Well done. What about airspeed velocity

Anonymous Steveo June 28, 2013 11:21 AM  

A young Cajun boy was dragging a dead chickenhawk behind him walking down the road. I stopped and asked, "boy, whatcha gonna do with that chickenhawk?" He said, "gon make gumbo.". I said, "what's that taste like?", and he responded... "bout like Needletail." (paraphrased joke of the late, great Brother Dave Gardner)

I cannot understand, when so many children are hungry... that Needletail wasn't in somebody's soup. Nuff, said.

Blogger The Aardvark June 28, 2013 11:26 AM  

Vox, it is sad that your blog has attracted so much attention Of A Sort of late.

There's just so much poop in the sandbox, now.

Anonymous anon123 June 28, 2013 11:44 AM  

This is a great opportunity for Dan Ackroyd to reignite his career on SNL with a skit about the new Bird-o-Matic.

Anonymous ArcaneRhino June 28, 2013 12:13 PM  

""Oh Mother! They crush the flies here!" The little boy was near tears."

O.O

Tell me you made that up...
please...

Anonymous Salt June 28, 2013 12:25 PM  

Cats kill many times more birds than wind farms. I am not sure if the bird watchers would have been better entertained by watching the "rare" bird charmed and captured by a cat than it being hit by a windmill blade. Or would it be better if the "rare" bird had been hit by the windshield of a speeding automobile or truck?

I remember watching a guy toss a dead tweety bird in the air and nailing it with his 12ga at 3 feet. Feathers exploded everywhere.

Dead or alive, its end would have been the same.

Anonymous DonReynolds June 28, 2013 12:44 PM  

Allyn71...."Please God tell me you made that up for comic relief. If not those special snowflakes are in for a world of hurt."

Arcane Rhino..."Tell me you made that up...
please..."

As much as I wish otherwise, the story is entirely true. The worst part is.....that story is from 1978....and that little boy is now safely over 40 years old. Unless he has moved to Colorado, he is still voting in California elections.

Anonymous Gen. Kong June 28, 2013 1:37 PM  

More edumatainment from Die Toteninsel. Just imagine the depth of my shock and awe.

Anonymous WaterBoy June 28, 2013 2:11 PM  

"It is ironic that after waiting so long for this bird to turn up in the UK, it was killed by a wind turbine and not a natural predator."

The most successful species are those which most rapidly adapt to their changing environment. This poor fellow did not survive to pass it's (I stand with ye, Nate!) non-turbine-avoiding genes on any further, thus increasing the overall robustness of the species.

It is Science.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein June 28, 2013 2:22 PM  

The most successful species are those which most rapidly adapt to their changing environment. This poor fellow did not survive to pass it's (I stand with ye, Nate!) non-turbine-avoiding genes on any further, thus increasing the overall robustness of the species.

Assuming that DDT was the cause of the decline of peregrine falcons, brown pelicans etc (due to thin eggshells), perhaps their comeback was due to some rapid natural selection and not the DDT ban. Yes?

Anonymous WaterBoy June 28, 2013 2:59 PM  

TBG: "perhaps their comeback was due to some rapid natural selection and not the DDT ban. Yes?"

Hey, if bacteria can adapt and develop immunity to chemicals like antibiotics, why can't other living things? It'll just take a little longer....

Anonymous WaterBoy June 28, 2013 3:03 PM  

Or maybe only in a single lifetime....

Anonymous E. PERLINE June 28, 2013 6:40 PM  

If I had the job of approving use of government lands and someone came to me with the idea of installing lots of wind turbines, I would say-- they are expensive structures and hard to maintain. Their deadly motion disturbs the peace. And they doen't even supply a significant amount of electricity. Get out of here. Rube Goldberg, at least, was trying to be funny.

Blogger tz June 28, 2013 9:18 PM  

I am so tempted

Maybe it would work on flies and mosquitoes.

Blogger tz June 28, 2013 9:20 PM  

Wind turbines are effective where there is constant strong, but not too strong wind. Like off shore where the hoi polloi have ocean front property and don't want turbines spoiling the view. Or the Macinac Straights near the bridge (which thankfully was designed after Tacoma Narrows).

Anonymous nick digger June 29, 2013 12:03 PM  

@Don M: "that story is from 1978....and that little boy is now safely over 40 years old. Unless he has moved to Colorado, he is still voting in California elections."

More likely, he's long since died of AIDS.

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