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(ABC News)   Not News: Arizona spends $1.25 million to protect endangered species. News: with a rope bridge. Fark: They're squirrels   ( abcnews.go.com) divider line
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2010-06-17 04:54:57 PM  
Those squirrels are going to have to show some proof they're native to Arizona.
 
2010-06-17 04:58:53 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Those squirrels are going to have to show some proof they're native to Arizona.


Done in One.
 
2010-06-17 05:04:04 PM  
You know, it's hard to rationalize 1.25 million to protect a species that consists of 250 animals.

Sometimes, we shouldn't interfere in the survival of the strongest. That species clearly isn't all that competitive or effective, and I'm guessing our road isn't the only reason for that.

Species come and go - it's not our job to protect them unless we're the primary reason for their demise.
 
2010-06-17 05:10:04 PM  

Somaticasual: You know, it's hard to rationalize 1.25 million to protect a species that consists of 250 animals.

Sometimes, we shouldn't interfere in the survival of the strongest. That species clearly isn't all that competitive or effective, and I'm guessing our road isn't the only reason for that.

Species come and go - it's not our job to protect them unless we're the primary reason for their demise.


especially when the state is farking broke. dammit this kind of shiat pisses me off so much. where are the priorities?
 
2010-06-17 05:40:22 PM  
Are they going to hire snipers to pick off those weezels from Mexico?
 
2010-06-17 05:41:08 PM  
When will Arizona get it's own Fark Tag? I mean, it's really giving Florida a real race to the dumbest state this year...
 
2010-06-17 05:42:08 PM  
There is much dumber shiat that this money could be spent on.

I'm one of those people who think we have a duty to avoid pushing species to extinction, even if it is a variety of squirrel.

Now, if the state is in financial dire straits, I can see holding off on this a few years, but overall... save those squirrels.
 
2010-06-17 05:42:24 PM  
they took our jobs?
 
2010-06-17 05:43:11 PM  
If they built them in New York they'd be toll bridges.
 
2010-06-17 05:44:50 PM  
The money will benefit the squirrels and the illegal Mexicans hired to erect the rope bridges. Quit yer librul biatchin'.
 
2010-06-17 05:45:05 PM  
Finally, Arizona is caving in to national pressure

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2010-06-17 05:46:37 PM  

Pappas: There is much dumber shiat that this money could be spent on.

I'm one of those people who think we have a duty to avoid pushing species to extinction, even if it is a variety of squirrel.

Now, if the state is in financial dire straits, I can see holding off on this a few years, but overall... save those squirrels.


Pretty much this. Allowing species to go extinct can lead to unforseen consequences.
 
2010-06-17 05:47:39 PM  

Somaticasual: You know, it's hard to rationalize 1.25 million to protect a species that consists of 250 animals.


It's because they're Mount Graham red squirrels and there are only 250 of them on Mount Graham. There are also only three mephisto6 lizards in mephisto6 back yard so I ask you, where's the lizard love?

/shuffle, kick
 
2010-06-17 05:48:20 PM  
If they aren't smart enough to keep from becoming road kill, they aren't smart enough to continuously use rope bridges.
 
2010-06-17 05:48:40 PM  
What's worse? State spending that much money for a rope bridge or the company/contractor charging that much?
 
2010-06-17 05:49:24 PM  
Now that's just nuts!
 
2010-06-17 05:49:41 PM  
Wonder what would happen if someone started a rumor that immigrants go to Arizona for the squirrel meat.
 
2010-06-17 05:50:33 PM  
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/hot like squirrel nuts
 
2010-06-17 05:53:21 PM  
Not onboard with the opposition to doing this, but I agree, the spending figures here are are crazy - just the bridges alone are almost 10K apiece - and they're made of Nylon! (And possibly made in Mexico?.... wouldn't that be interesting...)
 
2010-06-17 05:55:06 PM  

URAPNIS: If they aren't smart enough to keep from becoming road kill, they aren't smart enough to continuously use rope bridges.


They are, though. They hang out by the side of the road and biatch about "If only we had a bridge, man. Then we wouldn't have to... hold on. Here comes a car I'm goin"
 
2010-06-17 05:56:06 PM  

litespeed74: What's worse? State spending that much money for a rope bridge or the company/contractor charging that much?


I think you forgot the worst - the state rep whose brother is the contractor, that lobbied all his buddies to vote for the preservation.
 
2010-06-17 05:58:57 PM  
Dumb question: what the fark is the difference between a Mount Graham red squirrel and just your run-of-the-mill red squirrel? I mean, the obvious answer is that Mount Graham red squirrels live on Mount Graham, but if they're short on red squirrels I have a bunch of the little bastards in my backyard rummaging through my trash cans. I'd be happy to catch some of them and ship them to Mount Graham. I'm sure they'll adapt.
 
2010-06-17 06:03:31 PM  
Did Monster or Pear make the rope and is it really HDMI capable?
 
2010-06-17 06:03:47 PM  
Arizona is spending $1.25 million to build bridges for endangered squirrels over a mountain road so they don't become roadkill and then monitor their health.

Are roadkill squirrels currently monitoring their health? They're roadkill. Health has officially ended. How is this possible?
 
2010-06-17 06:07:25 PM  
Olney, Illinois locals are not amused:
 
2010-06-17 06:08:07 PM  

Somaticasual: You know, it's hard to rationalize 1.25 million to protect a species that consists of 250 animals.

Sometimes, we shouldn't interfere in the survival of the strongest. That species clearly isn't all that competitive or effective, and I'm guessing our road isn't the only reason for that.

Species come and go - it's not our job to protect them unless we're the primary reason for their demise.


Which, of course, is almost certainly the case.
 
2010-06-17 06:08:50 PM  
Give them empty McMansions to live in. They're cheap
 
2010-06-17 06:10:43 PM  
Squirrels are also known as tree rats.
 
2010-06-17 06:14:30 PM  
Dammit:
 
2010-06-17 06:15:20 PM  
Oh I give up. It was supposed to be a picture of a white squirrel.
 
2010-06-17 06:15:55 PM  

Somaticasual: You know, it's hard to rationalize 1.25 million to protect a species that consists of 250 animals.


Those 250 can a complex effect on the other species around them.
 
2010-06-17 06:16:00 PM  

pearls before swine: Which, of course, is almost certainly the case.


to PETA, or in reality?
 
2010-06-17 06:17:09 PM  

Hiro Nakamura: Olney, Illinois locals are not amused:


Home of the white squirrel!

/knew before your explanation
 
2010-06-17 06:17:26 PM  

bradleynash: Somaticasual: You know, it's hard to rationalize 1.25 million to protect a species that consists of 250 animals.

Sometimes, we shouldn't interfere in the survival of the strongest. That species clearly isn't all that competitive or effective, and I'm guessing our road isn't the only reason for that.

Species come and go - it's not our job to protect them unless we're the primary reason for their demise.

especially when the state is farking broke. dammit this kind of shiat pisses me off so much. where are the priorities?


Making money. Seriously, as a rabid environmentalist this just disgusts me. $160,000 for 41 cameras? Seriously? Why do you even need the cameras anyway? The bridges should be plenty good enough and I could build those 41 bridges in 41 weeks for say, oh, hell, I'll be greedy here and ask for two grand each. There, problem solved, 82 grand (not the half milion they're quoting and 41 weeks to complete and no cameras, problem solved and done cheaply. This is just going to feed the hatred of environmentalism and really all that is going on is Arizona getting ass-raped by their politicians and every contractor involved in this.
 
2010-06-17 06:19:45 PM  

URAPNIS: If they aren't smart enough to keep from becoming road kill, they aren't smart enough to continuously use rope bridges.


That's pretty damned funny right there. Odds are this species will go extinct shortly after the bridges are built.
 
2010-06-17 06:20:27 PM  
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2010-06-17 06:21:03 PM  

Space_Poet: bradleynash: Somaticasual: You know, it's hard to rationalize 1.25 million to protect a species that consists of 250 animals.

Sometimes, we shouldn't interfere in the survival of the strongest. That species clearly isn't all that competitive or effective, and I'm guessing our road isn't the only reason for that.

Species come and go - it's not our job to protect them unless we're the primary reason for their demise.

especially when the state is farking broke. dammit this kind of shiat pisses me off so much. where are the priorities?

Making money. Seriously, as a rabid environmentalist this just disgusts me. $160,000 for 41 cameras? Seriously? Why do you even need the cameras anyway? The bridges should be plenty good enough and I could build those 41 bridges in 41 weeks for say, oh, hell, I'll be greedy here and ask for two grand each. There, problem solved, 82 grand (not the half milion they're quoting and 41 weeks to complete and no cameras, problem solved and done cheaply. This is just going to feed the hatred of environmentalism and really all that is going on is Arizona getting ass-raped by their politicians and every contractor involved in this.


They have to spend the 160k for the cameras to monitor whether the money spent on rope was worth it or not.

Mount Graham is beautiful, kind of like an oasis in the sky. The desert floor can be 105 and on the mountain top it would be 70. Good place to get away.
 
2010-06-17 06:22:02 PM  

Sgt. Pepper: Somaticasual: You know, it's hard to rationalize 1.25 million to protect a species that consists of 250 animals.

Those 250 can a complex effect on the other species around them.


Damnit, that's ..way too right for fark. Still, they may just not be a viable species for their environment at that population level. I suppose any species' disappearance will tend to have effects on its environment, but that doesn't seem to be a factor in whether the species should exist from an evolutionary perspective
 
2010-06-17 06:24:46 PM  
Come to my house and take all the farking squirrels you want, Arizona. Little bastards dig up my garden.

/due to my animal loving nature, I haven't resorted to the airsoft gun yet
//but the furry little bastards are pushing my buttons
 
2010-06-17 06:24:46 PM  
You know, this just...

SQUIRREL!

Um...what was I saying?
 
2010-06-17 06:26:15 PM  
Save the environment!!
Unless it's Arizona... they're all racists
 
2010-06-17 06:26:17 PM  

Somaticasual: You know, it's hard to rationalize 1.25 million to protect a species that consists of 250 animals.

Sometimes, we shouldn't interfere in the survival of the strongest. That species clearly isn't all that competitive or effective, and I'm guessing our road isn't the only reason for that.

Species come and go - it's not our job to protect them unless we're the primary reason for their demise.


I would much rather see the government spend the money on some squirrel bridges than give it to a bunch of lowlife welfare rats who are too lazy to work.
 
2010-06-17 06:27:19 PM  
 
2010-06-17 06:29:36 PM  

SQLInjector: they took our jorbs?


nutz
 
2010-06-17 06:29:38 PM  
Let's vote for people who pass laws that drive up labor costs and then biatch about labor costs
 
2010-06-17 06:30:19 PM  

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HAHAhA! SQUIRRELS ON DR DOOM!
 
2010-06-17 06:31:04 PM  
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2010-06-17 06:37:14 PM  
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What an incredibly unique and beautiful animal!
 
2010-06-17 06:40:26 PM  
Link (new window)
 
2010-06-17 06:41:21 PM  
How many do they want? I can send 250 red squirrels right away.

They just fit in a Pringles can.
 
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