Swan Song

The liberal secular scientists and their friends in the media are at it again:

For decades, the arrival of the first V-shaped flights of Bewick’s swans in Britain’s wetlands after a 2,000-mile journey from Siberia heralded the arrival of winter.

This year, a dramatic decline in numbers of the distinctive yellow-billed swans skidding into their winter feeding grounds could be the harbinger of a more dramatic shift in weather patterns: global warming. Ornithologists at the main reserves that host the birds, the smallest of Britain’s swans, said only a handful had appeared on lakes and water courses. Normally, there would be several hundred.

The latest arrival in a decade of Britain’s seasonal influx of 8,000 Bewick’s swans throws into sharp relief the debate on the effects of climate change as it enters a crucial week. As the Government’s forthcoming Climate Bill is finalised, Sir Nicholas Stern, a former World Bank economist, is expected to warn in a report on Monday that failure to tackle global warming will provoke a recession deeper than the Great Depression.

Anyone with half a brain would realize the reason there are fewer swans arriving is because God is mad at them and let fewer make the journey. Sheesh.

Plus, what is all this crap about global warming anyway? I don’t know about you, but it is cold as hell here.

10 replies
  1. 1
    Keith says:

    Not to be devil’s advocate, because I hate that we as humans take it as our right to destroy natural processes, such as migratory patterns, but let’s say the swans that can’t handle the heat fly colder routes. The ones that stay with the heat….breed. And their offspring will likely take the warmer routes.
    It’s all very organic, but it’s unfortunately due to an extermal stimulus – us. Nature will survive; she always does, but the question is, what shape will it take now that we have significantly altered Nature’s parameters.

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    Zifnab says:

    But according to James Inhofe:

    I called the threat of catastrophic global warming the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” a statement that, to put it mildly, was not viewed kindly by environmental extremists and their elitist organizations. I also pointed out, in a lengthy committee report, that those same environmental extremists exploit the issue for fundraising purposes, raking in millions of dollars, even using federal taxpayer dollars to finance their campaigns.

    Seriously, John. Who are you going to believe? A bunch of money grubbing Ornithologists, or the distinguished Senator from Oklahoma?

  3. 3
    jcricket says:

    OOOOOOOOOKlahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain (in order to sweep away the gays and the secular humanists.)

    Ken yehi ratzon! Farm subsidies are God’s Will.

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    Baby Jane says:

    Y’ever shake-n-bake a swan? Me neither. So what’s the kerfuffle, mate?

    If the global warming sympathizers are to have any chance of convincing the masses to appease Mother Nature’s jihad, they better pick a bird you can buy in a bucket.

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    demimondian says:

    Keith, go look at the population of cod in the Grand Banks. Them, come back here, and we’ll talk about the swans’ offspring. The bottom line is that it is far more likely that the ecological niche the swans occupied will be emptied than that they adapt.

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    Mary says:

    Y’ever shake-n-bake a swan?

    Shake-n-bake? How uncivilized.

    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, was cautioned over the discovery of the remains of a protected species at his house in Orkney.

    Sir Peter said he did not believe he had done anything wrong but, given his position with the Queen, he was prepared to spend time in the Tower of London. …

    Sir Peter, who is a keen environmentalist, said: “These are Whooper swans coming from Iceland and there are hundreds of them. They occasionally go into the electric wires when they’re taking off or landing on the lake.

    “They fall down dead and I’m afraid some people eat them. You take them home and you hang them for four days and then you take out the breast meat and the good leg meat, you give the rest to the cat and dispose of the rest.”

    He told the BBC: “I didn’t realise the police had also taken some wings from previous swans which were hanging in the shed. I was going to give them to the school because they use them as Gabriel’s wings in the nativity play.

    “On Monday morning a police car came whizzing up the lane with a very charming young man and a very beautiful young lady. They didn’t accuse me of killing the swan, they accused me of being in possession illegally of a corpse of a protected species.

    “I had to give a statement. I offered them coffee and asked them if they would like to try some swan terrine but I think they were rather horrified. That was a mistake, wasn’t it?

    If the swans re-route to Virgina, I think Tunch can look forward to a real treat. And Tim can advise John on what beer goes with swan terrine.

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    Jess says:

    Nature will survive; she always does, but the question is, what shape will it take now that we have significantly altered Nature’s parameters.

    Nature may survive in the long run, but in the short term, between global warming and peak oil issues, our way of life is not going to survive. Any creature that exhausts its resources and detroys its own habitat goes into a period of severe decline. Sure, its natural and all that, but hardly a joyous experience to suffer through. I hope we’re smart enough to take charge of our own adaptation process, rather than having it thrust upon us in its most brutal form, but I’m not optimistic. Things are going to get ugly.

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    scarshapedstar says:

    Keith, I guess you can say that, but for every species that leaves an area an ecological niche is left unfilled. I agree with you, though, that nature adapts – the problem is, eventually the parameter that she sets to 0 is going to be us.

    Unfortunately, the residents of Dumbfuckistan believe that we’re protected on high by the Sky Fairy, so the chances of us doing anything about it until it’s too late are 0 to -70.

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    Tim F. says:

    Keith, go look at the population of cod in the Grand Banks.

    A better approach might be to look at the population of jellyfiish off of southwest Africa. Without a doubt nature adjusts, she always does, but as far as humans are concerned her “adjustments” can seriously suck eggs.

    Keep in mind that nature’s capacity to adapt depends strongly on the rate of change. Change that happens over evolutionarily significant time, say a few hundred to a thousand generations, is usually slow enough for adaptation. Change that happens faster than that usually causes the species which cannot go any farther north (e.g., polar bears) to be completely SOL and the next southernmost species will simply move north and replace them. CO2-driven climate change is happpening at a rate that is practically unprecedented in geological time, which means that we will have much more extinctions than we will have adaptations. Stuff will still live everywhere, but ecologists will use the term ‘degraded’ a lot. That means that a parcel of land which could once support a thousand people per square mile, for example, will be able to support only a hundred.

    Getting back to southwest Africa, mass fishing killed off the normal predators and, since something has to eat the zooplankton, jellyflish populations exploded. And I mean exploded – fishing simply doesn’t work anymore since more often than not fishermen have to cut their nets rather than haul in hundreds of tons of net-clogging jellies. As far as ecologists can tell the fish simply won’t come back, and now the affected countries have to find some other source of protein.

    Don’t mix up nature’s and man’s ability to persevere. Nature in the aggregate can handle practically anything. Individual species, including us, have an expiration date.

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    Bombadil says:

    And Tim can advise John on what beer goes with swan terrine.

    Preferably something in a longneck.

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