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2014-06-24 02:35:54 PM  
Ted Cruz supporters!?
 
2014-06-24 02:39:29 PM  
img.fark.net

/*snicker*
 
2014-06-24 03:57:29 PM  
Bruce Banner?
 
2014-06-24 04:28:16 PM  
There's a company that is doing the same thing for mosquitoes. They are releasing lab-engineered male mosquitoes with a genetic kill switch that causes the eggs to self-destruct before hatching. Then they release the male mosquitoes into areas with a large mosquito problem (like, say, parts of Brazil) where the engineered males will compete with non-altered males for female mates. Then, come the next generation, many of the mosquito eggs don't hatch and the population of mosquitoes drops.
 
2014-06-24 04:29:12 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Ted Cruz supporters!?


No, they'll be around forever. Like twinkies.
 
2014-06-24 05:25:54 PM  

enry: I_Am_Weasel: Ted Cruz supporters!?

No, they'll be around forever. Like twinkies.


I was going to say "cockroaches."
 
2014-06-24 05:35:05 PM  
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2014-06-24 05:44:44 PM  
I understand that the elimination of screw worms also increased the fertility of deer, leading them to become a nuisance. Forest pigeon and whatnot.
 
2014-06-24 05:48:28 PM  

Diogenes: enry: I_Am_Weasel: Ted Cruz supporters!?

No, they'll be around forever. Like twinkies.

I was going to say "cockroaches."


But then you would be repeating yourself.
 
2014-06-24 05:49:17 PM  
YOU LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE, sob, sob. Scourge, my ass...please.
 
2014-06-24 05:50:08 PM  

wildcardjack: I understand that the elimination of screw worms also increased the fertility of deer, leading them to become a nuisance. Forest pigeon and whatnot.


Deer don't lay eggs in your skin. Baby deer don't burrow through your flesh.
 
2014-06-24 05:57:30 PM  
I thought the Nazis used gas.
 
2014-06-24 06:00:52 PM  

Old Man Winter: I thought the Nazis used gas.


Oh, making jokes about the victims of the Holocaust? What a winner you must be.

/Jackass
 
2014-06-24 06:04:09 PM  

wildcardjack: I understand that the elimination of screw worms also increased the fertility of deer, leading them to become a nuisance. Forest pigeon and whatnot.


More delicious venison for us all.

Purely win-win.
 
2014-06-24 06:15:37 PM  

RexTalionis: Old Man Winter: I thought the Nazis used gas.

Oh, making jokes about the victims of the Holocaust? What a winner you must be.

/Jackass


I learned it from Jewish friends.
 
2014-06-24 06:17:11 PM  
We used radiation on Auto-tune machines?

*reads article*

Oh...
 
2014-06-24 06:31:55 PM  
Nuke Nancy Grace?
 
2014-06-24 06:39:23 PM  
Imperial Japan?
 
2014-06-24 06:45:04 PM  

RexTalionis: Oh, making jokes about the victims of the Holocaust? What a winner you must be.

/Jackass


Does he have to indicate that he is jewish before making that type of joke?

Because Jews like holocaust jokes, or do you think it is wrong when they make those jokes too?
 
2014-06-24 07:07:58 PM  
We want to do the same thing with mosquitoes to eradicate dengue fever, but radiation renders the males too weak to fark.

Enter genetic modification of the mosquito male to make it able to fark, but the offspring die.
 
2014-06-24 07:10:01 PM  
Food is also irradiated, sooooo
 
2014-06-24 07:19:19 PM  

RexTalionis: Old Man Winter: I thought the Nazis used gas.

Oh, making jokes about the victims of the Holocaust? What a winner you must be.

/Jackass


this is a world class troll considering your user name

/oh and welcome to fark and whatnot
 
2014-06-24 07:35:35 PM  

Jeng: RexTalionis: Oh, making jokes about the victims of the Holocaust? What a winner you must be.

/Jackass

Does he have to indicate that he is jewish before making that type of joke?

Because Jews like holocaust jokes, or do you think it is wrong when they make those jokes too?


Do you think a white guy could get away with doing a Chris Rock routine?
 
2014-06-24 07:51:41 PM  
No we didn't. I checked. There are still lawyers (and by extension, politicians, of which lawyers are the larval form).
 
2014-06-24 07:52:26 PM  
Not really.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screw_worm#History

This sounded suspiciously impossible, so it turns out they're mostly gone from America and Mexico. But they're still such a problem that USDA still mandates livestock inspections.
 
2014-06-24 07:54:48 PM  

RexTalionis: There's a company that is doing the same thing for mosquitoes.


Mosquitoes are the foundation of the food chain on land. Killing them off will see an end to everything else.
 
2014-06-24 07:59:04 PM  
Nope.
 
2014-06-24 08:36:21 PM  
Can't be.  Radiation is always evil.
 
2014-06-24 08:54:11 PM  
This is all fine and dandy until the alien ships arrive in the 23rd century looking for their comrades.
 
2014-06-24 09:30:17 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: Not really.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screw_worm#History

This sounded suspiciously impossible, so it turns out they're mostly gone from America and Mexico. But they're still such a problem that USDA still mandates livestock inspections.


Never let the facts get in the way of a good story....
 
2014-06-25 02:34:13 AM  

Diogenes: enry: I_Am_Weasel: Ted Cruz supporters!?

No, they'll be around forever. Like twinkies.

I was going to say "cockroaches."


Disgusting! And so are the cockroaches.
 
2014-06-25 02:38:13 AM  

devildog123: Jeng: RexTalionis: Oh, making jokes about the victims of the Holocaust? What a winner you must be.

/Jackass

Does he have to indicate that he is jewish before making that type of joke?

Because Jews like holocaust jokes, or do you think it is wrong when they make those jokes too?

Do you think a white guy could get away with doing a Chris Rock routine?


If it was Jim Gaffigan, yes.
 
2014-06-25 02:41:25 AM  

bingethinker: This is all fine and dandy until the alien ships arrive in the 23rd century looking for their comrades.


But their spaceships would be the size of a brick. And hover in the air in precisely the way a brick doesn't.
 
2014-06-25 02:50:06 AM  
The Japanese?
 
2014-06-25 07:45:40 AM  
Humans?
We're using radiation to eliminate Humans?

Bah, waste of time.  It takes far too long, it's difficult to properly saturate an area, and it doesn't have a 100% effective rate.
We stopped trying that nonsense in the 70's.  Now, we use...They use!  I meant They, not me!
 
2014-06-25 08:08:50 AM  

felching pen: devildog123: Jeng: RexTalionis: Oh, making jokes about the victims of the Holocaust? What a winner you must be.

/Jackass

Does he have to indicate that he is jewish before making that type of joke?

Because Jews like holocaust jokes, or do you think it is wrong when they make those jokes too?

Do you think a white guy could get away with doing a Chris Rock routine?

If it was Jim Gaffigan, yes.


Or Louis C.K..

/is Russel Peters white enough? He is Canadian.
 
2014-06-25 11:36:03 AM  

doglover: RexTalionis: There's a company that is doing the same thing for mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are the foundation of the food chain on land. Killing them off will see an end to everything else.


No it won't. Insectivores that are exclusively mosquito predators will suffer and dwindle, but whatever that eats them will find other things to eat. The goal is to eliminate a niche, which can be hard to do, but the repercussions won't even come close to the benefits to humanity.
 
2014-06-25 02:05:29 PM  

doglover: RexTalionis: There's a company that is doing the same thing for mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are the foundation of the food chain on land. Killing them off will see an end to everything else.


The Green Brain nods approvingly.
 
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