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(USA Today)   Sparrow that knocked over dominoes and was shot dead by exterminator isn't done causing trouble -- it was a common house sparrow, which is on national endangered species list   (usatoday.com) divider line 123
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2005-11-15 10:08:02 PM  
Dominos is too damn political for me.
 
2005-11-15 10:14:15 PM  
Exterminators are supposed to know that sort of thing.

A good friend of mine was an exterminator for 6 years and was forever explaining to people that he can't come kill their bats.

But he can annoy them.

And any bird that knocks over a Domino's is alright with me. That fundie asshat who runs the show needs a kick in the teeth.
 
2005-11-15 10:17:36 PM  
Justifiable Homicide(wikipedia)

If:

1. In obedience to any judgment of a competent Court; or,

2. When necessarily committed in overcoming actual resistance to the execution of some legal process, or in the discharge of any other legal duty; or,

3. When necessarily committed in retaking felons who have been rescued or have escaped, or when necessarily committed in arresting persons charged with felony, and who are fleeing from justice or resisting such arrest.
 
2005-11-15 10:20:18 PM  
I have great blue herons swiping the trout out of my pond. I had golden eagles carrying off chickens when I had them. I have deer, gophers and god knows what else pigging out in my garden. My philosophy is to plant/stock/raise enough for my family AND the preditors. Sometimes I end up with some, sometimes not.

There's always the grocery store.

;-)
 
2005-11-15 10:23:11 PM  
How can something 'common' be endangered?!? This is farking out of hand. Farking grackles are farking protected when there should be a farking bounty on them.
 
2005-11-15 10:23:27 PM  
common house sparrow

national endangered species list


One of these words does not belong here.
 
2005-11-15 10:23:38 PM  
oooooops.

Someone farked up.
 
2005-11-15 10:26:35 PM  
Hmm, time to play "race the clock" as CSI: London, CSI: Miami, CSI: Camden, Law And Order: LA, Law and Order: Orlando, Scrubs: Schenechtady, My Two Dads: The Moon and The Simpsons scurry to write and shoot a show that revolves around the antics/mystery of a murder most fowl.
 
2005-11-15 10:27:57 PM  
How can something 'common' be endangered?!? This is farking out of hand. Farking grackles are farking protected when there should be a farking bounty on them.

I realize you're probably being facetious, but the "common" in the name doesn't necessarily mean that it's currently "common", just that it was at one point in that ecosystem when they happened to name the bird 400 years ago.

and while this case is kind of silly, if they're going to stop ecomonic developments because of the danger to certain species, letting them shoot one because it knocked over dominoes would set an obvious bad precedent.
 
2005-11-15 10:29:14 PM  
Regardless of it's status on the endangered species list...

IT'S FARKING DOMINOES!

Get a girlfriend and lighten up.
 
2005-11-15 10:33:24 PM  
I thought this was going to happen when I first read it. I didn't realize the bird was endangered but there is a law, which I think is international that protects songbirds from being killed or collected by anyone. There is also a law protecting migratory birds.
 
2005-11-15 10:33:26 PM  
Manhigh: common house sparrow

national endangered species list

One of these words does not belong here.


Audubon/ecofreaks are always going on about how the passenger pigeons used to 'darken the skies'. Well, if it's not nightfall, a darkening sky is usually a very bad sign. Does anybody really miss passenger pigeons? Have you ever thought, "If only I had a passenger pigeon...". Weepy assholes, we should exterminate grackles and take our chances.
 
2005-11-15 10:34:12 PM  
I once had a Common House Sparrow, but you'd never have known, with its airs and monacle and ordering around the hired help and what-not.
 
2005-11-15 10:36:17 PM  
now its a less common house sparrow.
 
2005-11-15 10:37:11 PM  
TheOther : Does anybody really miss passenger pigeons?
Well, since they went extinct before I was born, I've never seen one, but I sure would have liked to have seen a flock of birds that blacked out the sky.
 
2005-11-15 10:42:21 PM  
I'd like to see a huge flock of birds like that, TheOther. It'd be all Biblical plague like and stuff...real wrath of God, ya know?

And who kills a sparrow for knocking over Dominoes? It's not like the person who set them up had a life anyway...
 
2005-11-15 10:48:40 PM  
MorningBreath wins
 
2005-11-15 10:50:34 PM  
TheOther: a darkening sky is usually a very bad sign.

That, and I've got a car to keep clean. I would have liked to have eaten a Dodo burger though.
 
2005-11-15 10:53:39 PM  
MorningBreath: now its a less common house sparrow.

Doesn't make it any less deeeeeelicious!
 
2005-11-15 10:54:44 PM  
TheOther: Does anybody really miss passenger pigeons?

Sad. Just Sad. (Pops)
 
2005-11-15 10:58:50 PM  
GoDeep: TheOther: Does anybody really miss passenger pigeons?

Sad. Just Sad. (Pops)


Hmmm...do Laura and Angie look stuffed and posed too?
[image from wbu.com too old to be available]
 
2005-11-15 11:00:40 PM  
GoDeep: Sad. Just Sad.

Nah, if we really wanted them back, we'd just clone them.
 
2005-11-15 11:03:33 PM  
evilzard: TheOther : Does anybody really miss passenger pigeons?
Well, since they went extinct before I was born, I've never seen one, but I sure would have liked to have seen a flock of birds that blacked out the sky.


from GoDeep's site: "Their flocks, a mile wide and up to 300 miles long, were so dense that they darkened the sky for hours and days as the flock passed overhead."

Sorry. Don't see the appeal a flying 300 square mile crap-factory.
 
2005-11-15 11:04:45 PM  
Listen.... it's just a dumb animal... really......
 
2005-11-15 11:07:01 PM  
Justifiable Homicide(wikipedia)

Just so you know, the "homi" prefix to the word "homicide" is the Latin root for "man," and "-cide" is kill.

Birdicide is not yet defined in Wikipedia.
 
2005-11-15 11:19:59 PM  
Dorland, the animal protection group spokesman, scoffed. "I think they were awfully fast to pull out a rifle. If a person started knocking over a few dominoes they wouldn't shoot him would they?"

Hans Peeters, director of the Netherlands Bird Protection agency, said the killing was uncalled for."They could have captured it or sedated it or something," he said.


Do they think it was a revenge killing by the domidorks?
 
2005-11-16 12:03:14 AM  
There was some TFarker that shot a woodpecker because it was keeping him up. I'm no eco freak, heck, I've hunted and killed things. I've got family in Alabama, hunters, trailer dwellers, and Mountian Brook republicans, but none of them would even think to kill a woodpecker. Which just proves you can dress up an asshat with a job, cute girlfriends and an SUV and all you got is an asshat with UoA frat bros.

/of course a Sparrow would be history failing all methods.
 
2005-11-16 12:07:28 AM  
TheOther: Hmmm...do Laura and Angie look stuffed and posed too?

The one on the left seems to have a tampon in her, so yeah.
 
2005-11-16 12:37:36 AM  
When I first moved here (out in the woods) there was a neighbor all hopped up on crack who shot all the owls because he thought they were going to swoop down and steal his daughter. He died of a heart attack at 33. Then another neighbor got drunk and picked off a mess of bats flying around his camp fire for the fun of it. He's still alive, but went bald and got real ugly.

Sport hunting (not poaching) is very cool. But otherwise:

Be nice to teh animals.
 
2005-11-16 12:45:10 AM  
why can't we just let natural selection do its thing? It's obvious that this species is too dumb to continue existing.
 
2005-11-16 12:45:14 AM  
[image from content.answers.com too old to be available]

O RLY?
 
2005-11-16 12:45:56 AM  
im not an animal nut but what was the point of shooting it? its a damn animal it was intentially flying in and screwing up their dominos. If it was an open air setup then it was there fault. Its like shooting ur dog for knocking over a vase.
 
2005-11-16 12:46:54 AM  
I have an idea why it might be endangered...
 
2005-11-16 12:47:23 AM  
NOBODY GIVES A F*** SO tell those freaking activists to have a nice big glass of stafoo
 
2005-11-16 12:49:21 AM  
Just so you know, the "homi" prefix to the word "homicide" is the Latin root for "man," and "-cide" is kill.

Birdicide is not yet defined in Wikipedia.


Just a thought, but perhaps you should try avicide.
 
2005-11-16 12:51:09 AM  
I have seen a flock of birds in New London black out the sky... they were sea gulls. There used to be this crazy old guy with a shopping cart filled with bread who would feed them at around 4 pm every day ,for a month, right outside the medical complex (not the hospital, but where the outpaitent stuff is). I swear every sea gull in New London County got down. It was a scary sight every time I saw it.
 
2005-11-16 12:51:13 AM  
WalrusEggSalad: Its like shooting ur dog for knocking over a vase.

What? Should I not have done that?
 
2005-11-16 12:51:23 AM  
It's not dead. It's resting.
 
2005-11-16 12:52:27 AM  
I think it should get a mention in the book of world records... certainly there's no other bird who's knocked over more than 23,000 domino's...
 
2005-11-16 12:52:56 AM  
"I think they were awfully fast to pull out a rifle. If a person started knocking over a few dominoes they wouldn't shoot him would they?"


Don't they know how serious I am about dominoes?
 
2005-11-16 12:52:57 AM  
Manhigh

common house sparrow

national endangered species list


One of these words does not belong here.


That saddens me, but it goes to show that no animal can really escape the wrath of humanity.
 
2005-11-16 12:54:58 AM  
The Endemol organizers, who are out to break their own record of 3,992,397 dominoes during a live television broadcast on Friday, defended the killing.

"That bird was flying around and knocking over a lot of dominoes. More than 100 people from 12 countries had worked for more than a month setting them up," said Endemol spokesman Jeroen van Waardenberg.


I'm sure that there was a better way to communicate the same idea other than the way stated above.

The way he phrased that makes him sound like someone with no sense of values.

...Of course we had to kill the bird. It was ruining *everything*. [sulks]
 
2005-11-16 12:56:07 AM  
Plus, this is like totally teh gheyest world record eva.
 
2005-11-16 12:57:19 AM  
it's sad that they killed the bird instead of just capturing it.

but it's probably not mankind's fault that the bird is almost extince.

millions of species go extinct without our help. that's just called teh nature

/george carlin?
 
2005-11-16 12:57:41 AM  
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Ya rly!
 
2005-11-16 01:33:08 AM  
I sympathize with the domino enthusiasts. Think about it, you spend hours of time working on somethign very painstakingly, that you have a strong passion for. It's a goal that you and many of your friends have come together and worked a very long time on acheiving. Then some little bird comes in and destroys a good chunk of your work, coming close to destroying it all. Hell, I wouldn't think twice about killing the little bastard.
 
2005-11-16 01:34:04 AM  
I agree. Killing endangered species for pizza is just wrong.
 
2005-11-16 01:34:09 AM  
Behold the plight of the missing European House Sparrows
pops
 
2005-11-16 01:36:05 AM  
People, the bird is not going extinct. Here is a common house sparrow. They are everywhere in North America. Somehow the Euros have found a way to kill them that we have yet to find.
 
2005-11-16 01:37:44 AM  
I sympathize with the domino enthusiasts. Think about it, you spend hours of time working on somethign very painstakingly, that you have a strong passion for. It's a goal that you and many of your friends have come together and worked a very long time on acheiving.

Achieving teh monumental gheyness.

Exterminator killed the wrong thing.
 
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