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(Outside Online)   If you see guys on the tarmac at JFK firing shotguns in the air, don't worry. They're just shooting all the snowy owls   (outsideonline.com) divider line 71
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2013-12-09 08:59:56 PM  
But they're almost a millennium early!

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2013-12-09 09:01:55 PM  
Once again real life mimics futurama.
 
2013-12-09 09:07:17 PM  

hardinparamedic: Once again real life mimics becomes futurama.


FTFY.

Just you wait. In 2019 they'll announce Project Satan.
 
2013-12-09 09:27:20 PM  

scottydoesntknow: hardinparamedic: Once again real life mimics becomes futurama.

FTFY.

Just you wait. In 2019 they'll announce Project Satan.


WITH ED BAGLEY JRS ELECTRIC MOTOR. THE MOST EVIL PROPULSION SYSTEM EVER CREATED!
 
2013-12-09 09:42:03 PM  
Those Grassinow owls are dangerous.
 
2013-12-10 12:07:08 AM  
Who are these guys? Who? Who?
 
2013-12-10 12:07:23 AM  
FTFA: "following an order to kill any owls spotted there to ensure none flies into a jet's engine"

I thought spotted owls were endangered...
 
2013-12-10 12:07:26 AM  
We're Owl Exterminators.
 
2013-12-10 12:07:34 AM  
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2013-12-10 12:08:08 AM  
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2013-12-10 12:08:42 AM  
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2013-12-10 12:09:18 AM  
Errrr, isn't this a real actual use scenario for drones?

Dress up a big quad or hex copter with whatever wings look like a predator's wings and pilot the thing around.
 
2013-12-10 12:10:41 AM  
Owls are cool and all; but, one owl or a dozen owls ain't worth 200 humans. Especially if one of those humans might be me.
 
2013-12-10 12:13:22 AM  

iheartscotch: Owls are cool and all; but, one owl or a dozen owls ain't worth 200 humans. Especially if one of those humans might be me.


Just because it might be necessary doesn't mean it's not sad.
 
2013-12-10 12:14:08 AM  
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2013-12-10 12:16:09 AM  
Avada kedavra is faster
 
2013-12-10 12:18:30 AM  
"It's not strong muscles that make you able to walk like this, the power comes from internal organs," he said, adding: "When you walk with your heart it will work."

Racking a Slide With Weak Hands
 
2013-12-10 12:19:03 AM  
theinfosphere.org
 
2013-12-10 12:23:38 AM  
I google "owl meme" and teh googles have stopped. Coincidence?
 
2013-12-10 12:27:53 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Errrr, isn't this a real actual use scenario for drones?

Dress up a big quad or hex copter with whatever wings look like a predator's wings and pilot the thing around.


All I can think of that can fly and drives off owls are a bunch of of crows. But they simply harass the owls until they leave. Owls are predated upon by foxes and wolves and that's not going to do anything in a wide open area like an airport tarmac.
 
2013-12-10 12:31:00 AM  

Eriond: FTFA: "following an order to kill any owls spotted there to ensure none flies into a jet's engine"

I thought spotted owls were endangered...


Snowy Owls aren't endangered. They have a gigantic range where almost no one lives (Canada).

Spotted Owls are still critically endangered and live on the west coast of North America and Mexico.
 
2013-12-10 12:31:01 AM  
As someone who has gazed wistfully out a plane window during takeoff only to see the engine explode into a fireball after sucking in a large bird, I'm ok with this.

It was scary.  It was probably not appropriate to tap the shoulder of non-english speaking gentleman sitting next to me and point out the fireball to him.  He didn't take it very well.  At all.
 
2013-12-10 12:33:59 AM  
Total herpa-derp. I've spent time on the tarmac with bird control at a major international airport, and I'm here to tell you that shooting the birds down is an absolute last resort, after they've tried noisemakers, pyrotechnics, etc.

And to those of you whining about this, imagine your response when a fully-loaded jet aircraft comes down in a residential neighborhood because of a bird strike. (Killing the bird in the process, natch -- plus everybody on the plane and living in the crash site.)

Then rethink your response to a last-resort decision taken in the name of the greater good.

Or just go back to herping your derps, as you almost certainly will do.
 
2013-12-10 12:35:17 AM  

Radioactive Ass: Quantum Apostrophe: Errrr, isn't this a real actual use scenario for drones?

Dress up a big quad or hex copter with whatever wings look like a predator's wings and pilot the thing around.

All I can think of that can fly and drives off owls are a bunch of of crows. But they simply harass the owls until they leave. Owls are predated upon by foxes and wolves and that's not going to do anything in a wide open area like an airport tarmac.


Well I'd think a flying wolf would be the logical next step here.
 
2013-12-10 12:35:44 AM  

Nuclear Monk: As someone who has gazed wistfully out a plane window during takeoff only to see the engine explode into a fireball after sucking in a large bird, I'm ok with this.

It was scary.  It was probably not appropriate to tap the shoulder of non-english speaking gentleman sitting next to me and point out the fireball to him.  He didn't take it very well.  At all.


I imagine it'd have been much the same if Mohammed had tried to tap anybody else on the shoulder and alert them to it in his native tongue. Except he'd probably have been citizen's arrested to death.
 
2013-12-10 12:40:46 AM  
The owls are not what they seem.
 
2013-12-10 12:45:20 AM  

thegrumpyowl.com
SOON

 
2013-12-10 12:47:48 AM  

gweilo8888: Nuclear Monk: As someone who has gazed wistfully out a plane window during takeoff only to see the engine explode into a fireball after sucking in a large bird, I'm ok with this.

It was scary.  It was probably not appropriate to tap the shoulder of non-english speaking gentleman sitting next to me and point out the fireball to him.  He didn't take it very well.  At all.

I imagine it'd have been much the same if Mohammed had tried to tap anybody else on the shoulder and alert them to it in his native tongue. Except he'd probably have been citizen's arrested to death.


It was an odd reaction, on my part.  I felt compelled to share imminent collective doom with someone, and since I was traveling alone, that meant calmly spreading the panic to the guy next to me.  It might have been better just not to say anything or point it out....I dunno.

Of course the plane had to limp to a safe altitude...that was the scariest part, since it had happened so low to the ground and in the steep climb.  Then we had to circle back to the airport (where, as I mentally noted, there were large birds that could take out plane engines) for the emergency landing.

As the icing on the whole experience, just before we touched down, the pilot directed the flight attendants to "Brace for Impact", which I really think should be reworded.
 
2013-12-10 12:51:11 AM  
i34.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-10 12:51:17 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: iheartscotch: Owls are cool and all; but, one owl or a dozen owls ain't worth 200 humans. Especially if one of those humans might be me.

Just because it might be necessary doesn't mean it's not sad.


Granted, I'd much rather the snowy owls were off hunting mice far away from an airport; but, what is necessary is often less than tasteful.

/ Necessary isn't always pretty, it isn't always nice, it isn't always tidy; it's just necessary. Like that old joke about divorces

// why do divorces cost so much? They are worth it!
 
2013-12-10 12:54:01 AM  
Oh yea, they couldn't POSSIBLY trap and release them elsewhere, as TA said they do in Boston. What the fark, were their peens feeling small that day?

They also could've made it so two children didn't get their Hogwarts letters! Bastards!
 
2013-12-10 12:55:49 AM  

Nuclear Monk: gweilo8888: Nuclear Monk: As someone who has gazed wistfully out a plane window during takeoff only to see the engine explode into a fireball after sucking in a large bird, I'm ok with this.

It was scary.  It was probably not appropriate to tap the shoulder of non-english speaking gentleman sitting next to me and point out the fireball to him.  He didn't take it very well.  At all.

I imagine it'd have been much the same if Mohammed had tried to tap anybody else on the shoulder and alert them to it in his native tongue. Except he'd probably have been citizen's arrested to death.

It was an odd reaction, on my part.  I felt compelled to share imminent collective doom with someone, and since I was traveling alone, that meant calmly spreading the panic to the guy next to me.  It might have been better just not to say anything or point it out....I dunno.

Of course the plane had to limp to a safe altitude...that was the scariest part, since it had happened so low to the ground and in the steep climb.  Then we had to circle back to the airport (where, as I mentally noted, there were large birds that could take out plane engines) for the emergency landing.

As the icing on the whole experience, just before we touched down, the pilot directed the flight attendants to "Brace for Impact", which I really think should be reworded.


"Okay, little dudes, buckle your seatbelts!"

"Otto, this is a bus, we don't have seatbelts!"

"Oh...well, just try to go limp!"
 
2013-12-10 12:55:50 AM  
Well, those owls should've been all snowy somewhere else!
 
2013-12-10 12:56:40 AM  
This displeases me.
 
2013-12-10 12:58:36 AM  
As someone who flew through JFK on Saturday, I did not see any owl hunters.

I probably would have laughed.
 
2013-12-10 12:58:49 AM  
NOOOO HEDWIG!
 
2013-12-10 12:59:38 AM  
*yawn*

Okay.
 
2013-12-10 01:01:03 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Well I'd think a flying wolf would be the logical next step here.


That kinda already is...

http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/532064705/Shooting_Crossbow_Little _F lying_Wolf.html
 
2013-12-10 01:01:07 AM  
"Uhh...this is your second cousin Stanley!"

"Umm, I shoot birds at the airport."
 
2013-12-10 01:01:36 AM  

macross87:


Fark you hard, macross87.
 
2013-12-10 01:14:17 AM  
We are destroying this planet. One by one any species that gets in our way (any many that don't) will perish.
 
2013-12-10 01:30:20 AM  
Tasty, tasty snowy owls.
 
2013-12-10 01:50:23 AM  
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2013-12-10 01:53:42 AM  
Hope they ate 'em.tastes like condor.
- Oh and Qnly M3- you made me night. I hope Speghetti-O's guy becomes the new Heiniken guy.
 
2013-12-10 02:02:13 AM  

Eriond: FTFA: "following an order to kill any owls spotted there to ensure none flies into a jet's engine"

I thought spotted owls were endangered...


Yeah I thought so.

Looks like they could be breaking the law
 
2013-12-10 02:06:55 AM  

macross87: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 470x330]


Goddamnit, this and Morgan Freeman. Every time.

/titty sprinkles
 
2013-12-10 02:10:24 AM  
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Amateurs
 
2013-12-10 02:24:01 AM  
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And there'll be hell to pay.
 
2013-12-10 02:36:06 AM  
Why is JFK firing shotguns?
 
2013-12-10 02:40:05 AM  

Drubell: Why is JFK firing shotguns?


Well, to be fair, he was shot at first.
 
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