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(Failure Magazine)   Entomologist finds evidence of bioterrorism, says foreign pests intentionally introduced in California, damage in the hundreds of millions of dollars   (failuremag.com) divider line 43
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2012-07-01 07:00:42 AM  
Yeah those walking and jumping fish infesting the waterways, that both happen to be from china.
It seems suspicious to me.
 
2012-07-01 07:18:31 AM  
spacecollective.org

Likely culprit.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-01 07:59:46 AM  
It's a secret project of our own government to destroy an invasive species (Eucalyptus) that has too many defenders to allow an open war.
 
2012-07-01 11:04:13 AM  
Uh, it's not terrorism if it isn't terrorizing people.
 
2012-07-01 11:50:31 AM  
So this guy is upset about an introduced species eating his introduced species? Huh.
 
2012-07-01 01:58:05 PM  
Yeah, I don't get what the big deal is. Eucalyptus aren't a native species.
 
2012-07-01 02:05:48 PM  

ZAZ: It's a secret project of our own government to destroy an invasive species (Eucalyptus) that has too many defenders to allow an open war.


i wouldn't blame the government, but with 16 species in less than 30 years, in clusters, separately in socal and norcall, it seems likely someone is doing something they're not supposed to be doing. it's all fun and games to one of their imports turns out to be deadly to something more californian, say redwoods. then people will be unhappy.

also, don't eucalyptus poison plants around them?
 
2012-07-01 02:07:20 PM  
Kinda surprised it wasn't some agricultural pest from China destroying food crops.
 
2012-07-01 02:17:22 PM  

CraicBaby: Yeah, I don't get what the big deal is. Eucalyptus aren't a native species.


because if they keep importing pests one of them may decide something native is very tasty. and then those trees haven't co-evolved with the pest and may be even more farked.

/introducing pests on to naive populations can lead to unintended consequences.
 
2012-07-01 02:18:14 PM  
It's inevitable that there is an uptake into a language of foreign terms when one culture becomes a topic of conversation in another culture.

/hey, wait a minute...
 
2012-07-01 02:18:42 PM  
Sabotaging an invasive species? Sounds like bio-freedom-fighters to me.
 
2012-07-01 02:21:54 PM  
You shouldn't call Mexicans pests.
 
2012-07-01 02:23:40 PM  

basemetal: So this guy is upset about an introduced species eating his introduced species? Huh.


I say the just go to the gorillas and cut out the shenanigans.
 
2012-07-01 02:33:26 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: basemetal: So this guy is upset about an introduced species eating his introduced species? Huh.

I say the just go to the gorillas and cut out the shenanigans.


Oh, is that what Rise of the Planet of the Apes was about?
 
2012-07-01 02:40:33 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: basemetal: So this guy is upset about an introduced species eating his introduced species? Huh.

I say the just go to the gorillas and cut out the shenanigans.


But they're never gonna freeze to death in California.

I assume the sea lamprey was introduced by a nefariously into Michigan as an invasive, because holy f--king shiat that thing haunts/terrorizes my nightmares and needs to GTFO.
 
2012-07-01 02:42:49 PM  
you could buy blackmarket anti-eucalyptus bugs in landscape and construction circles as early as the 80's. maybe this dude needs to drink beer with some jobsite dudes.
 
2012-07-01 03:00:45 PM  

basemetal: So this guy is upset about an introduced species eating his introduced species? Huh.


He didn't seem upset to me. Just a scientist reporting his findings. Very interesting read, too.
 
2012-07-01 03:04:32 PM  

A Fark Handle: CraicBaby: Yeah, I don't get what the big deal is. Eucalyptus aren't a native species.

because if they keep importing pests one of them may decide something native is very tasty. and then those trees haven't co-evolved with the pest and may be even more farked.

/introducing pests on to naive populations can lead to unintended consequences.


Seriously. the Emerald Ash Borer has been a huge problem for years now.

"Since its accidental introduction into the United States and Canada in the 1990s, and its subsequent detection in 2002,[3] it has spread to 14 states and adjacent parts of Canada. It has killed at least 50 to 100 million ash trees so far and threatens to kill most of the 7.5 billion ash trees throughout North America.[4]"
 
2012-07-01 03:28:56 PM  

vygramul: Uh, it's not terrorism if it isn't terrorizing people.


Tell that to Posion Ivy
 
2012-07-01 03:42:15 PM  

Fano: vygramul: Uh, it's not terrorism if it isn't terrorizing people.

Tell that to Posion Ivy


Poison ivy is a terrorist weed.
 
2012-07-01 03:43:30 PM  
Eucalyptus trees are invasive weeds in the United States.
 
2012-07-01 03:55:47 PM  

studebaker hoch: Eucalyptus trees are invasive weeds in the United States.


People need to spay and neuter their trees.
 
2012-07-01 04:10:09 PM  
FTA: "But those white balls on the leaves indicate that Bourzac's trees are under attack..."

Yup, sounds like a Farker to me
 
2012-07-01 04:41:15 PM  
vygramul: Uh, it's not terrorism if it isn't terrorizing people.

Agricultural Bioterrorism is a real threat. The Japanese used it in World War II to starve a large portion of China by seeding their fields with plant pathogens as part of the Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Unit (Unit 731 is the most famous of this) projects.

You don't have to kill anyone directly if you can target the food source of a large portion of not only the Western world, but developing countries as well, and wreck the economy of the United States.
 
2012-07-01 04:51:22 PM  

BronyMedic: vygramul: Uh, it's not terrorism if it isn't terrorizing people.

Agricultural Bioterrorism is a real threat. The Japanese used it in World War II to starve a large portion of China by seeding their fields with plant pathogens as part of the Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Unit (Unit 731 is the most famous of this) projects.

You don't have to kill anyone directly if you can target the food source of a large portion of not only the Western world, but developing countries as well, and wreck the economy of the United States.


The question is NOT whether you can do damage to someone. The entire point of terrorism is to compel through widespread public fear. This isn't particularly scary to the average Joe. No fear, no terror, then it's not terrorism, even if it wipes everyone out.

Words mean things.
 
2012-07-01 05:50:47 PM  
90% of todays invasive species are because some dumb chinaman smuggled them from back home, usually because the fish/animal/plant/toxin is said to help his penis.

Its not intentional. just some dumb savage doesn't know any better.
 
2012-07-01 06:25:31 PM  

vygramul: The question is NOT whether you can do damage to someone. The entire point of terrorism is to compel through widespread public fear. This isn't particularly scary to the average Joe. No fear, no terror, then it's not terrorism, even if it wipes everyone out.

Words mean things.


Plum Pox Virus (Sharka) was/is considered a bioterror agent in the USA. Just sayin...
 
2012-07-01 06:29:02 PM  
UsikFark

studebaker hoch: Eucalyptus trees are invasive weeds in the United States.

People need to spay and neuter their trees.


I'm still looking for a havahart trap that can catch a fifty foot tall tree.

/And what do you use for bait here in the states? I can't get Koala or roo in my grocery store.
 
2012-07-01 06:36:37 PM  
I saw the headline and was hoping for a fruit nazi thread. Leaving very disappointed.
 
2012-07-01 06:43:29 PM  
I wish they would introduce elephants into the American southwest.
 
2012-07-01 07:29:18 PM  
In the future, Bourzac can expect . . . . sticky secretions underfoot, not to mention the sight and sound of cars roaring past.


Kinky.

/tl;dr
 
2012-07-01 07:53:52 PM  

thetrenchcoat: You shouldn't call Mexicans pests.


Only if they fly and have long horns.

I would look for a shipment of Eucalyptus imported around that time into the first affected areas. Bonus points if it is the same shipment.
 
2012-07-01 07:56:18 PM  

vygramul: BronyMedic: vygramul: Uh, it's not terrorism if it isn't terrorizing people.

Agricultural Bioterrorism is a real threat. The Japanese used it in World War II to starve a large portion of China by seeding their fields with plant pathogens as part of the Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Unit (Unit 731 is the most famous of this) projects.

You don't have to kill anyone directly if you can target the food source of a large portion of not only the Western world, but developing countries as well, and wreck the economy of the United States.

The question is NOT whether you can do damage to someone. The entire point of terrorism is to compel through widespread public fear. This isn't particularly scary to the average Joe. No fear, no terror, then it's not terrorism, even if it wipes everyone out.

Words mean things.


You mean people who act like the DHS.
 
2012-07-01 07:59:13 PM  

vygramul: BronyMedic: vygramul: Uh, it's not terrorism if it isn't terrorizing people.

Agricultural Bioterrorism is a real threat. The Japanese used it in World War II to starve a large portion of China by seeding their fields with plant pathogens as part of the Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Unit (Unit 731 is the most famous of this) projects.

You don't have to kill anyone directly if you can target the food source of a large portion of not only the Western world, but developing countries as well, and wreck the economy of the United States.

The question is NOT whether you can do damage to someone. The entire point of terrorism is to compel through widespread public fear. This isn't particularly scary to the average Joe. No fear, no terror, then it's not terrorism, even if it wipes everyone out.

Words mean things.


It is biowarfare, but not bioterrorism.
 
2012-07-01 08:12:52 PM  
I genuinely thought the article would be about Domino's test market regions.
 
2012-07-01 08:20:34 PM  
I think it's those entenmologists who are shipping the bugs in from abroad just so they'll have something to do.
farm6.static.flickr.com
 
2012-07-01 08:25:12 PM  

0Icky0: I think it's those entenmologists who are shipping the bugs in from abroad just so they'll have something to do.
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Yummy. I could highjack and terrorize one of those trucks.
 
2012-07-02 07:10:44 AM  
I just realized how to get teabaggers to take global warming seriously. Blame it on hippie Muslims.
 
2012-07-02 07:37:05 AM  
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Really? No one else?
 
2012-07-02 08:15:21 AM  

RedVentrue: I would look for a shipment of Eucalyptus imported around that time into the first affected areas. Bonus points if it is the same shipment.


they don't shipping eucalyptus anymore. and 16 different bugs? lots of shipments needed for that to happen.
 
2012-07-02 10:20:40 AM  
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F42
2012-07-02 12:10:48 PM  
terrorism is the new black
 
2012-07-02 04:08:48 PM  
fail.brm.sk

Though, it's not terrorism, it's ecological warfare: introducing disruptive and destructive species into the targeted country or region, to reduced or destroy the country or region's ability to sustain itself.
 
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