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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Max Leung, Jul 24, 2003.
Genetic Study Shows Extent of Whale Slaughter
Just wait until the probe arrives.
Yeah...it'll be PISSED!
Then again, the squiddy probe will be really happy.
Maybe the two can have a showdown in outer space!
Personally, I always cheer for Moby Dick
I can't understand why any kind of whale hunting has been allowed since it was supposedly outlawed. Yet it still happens, under the guise of "research".
Call me out of touch, but I was unaware that whale hunting was STILL going on. I thought it was outlawed? Also, with all the synthetic's floating around, what could we get from a whale that couldn't be grown, made, or engineered?
Oh yeah, hunting for "food" and "research" still goes on. Have you ever heard of any law that didn't have a loophole?
If I ever won the lottery, I would probably spend most of my time
working with Greenpeace and Defenders of Wildlife. As things are, the best I can do is send them a few bucks every month.
Whatever happened to the "Yellow Submarine"? IIRC about 10 years ago Greenpeace bought an old diesel-electric boat off the Russians. They renamed it Yellow Submarine and threatened to go pirate on whalers. Does anyone else recall this story?
Here is the story from Scientific American:
Genetic Analysis Revises Tally of Past Whale Populations
National Public Radio ran a story about this analysis yesterday; I didn't catch all of it, but apparently Japan and Norway are still murdering whales, and there are some other countries that also want to join in the fun.
As Clint Eastwood said in White Hunter, Black Heart :
"Killing an elephant isn't just a crime, it's a sin."
IMHO, killing a whale is even worse. At least with elephants, you can see them, and have some kind of idea of how the population is doing, with whales it all seems to be guesswork.
[rant]As long as Japan keeps whaling, I have just bought my last piece of Japanese a/v equipment and my last Japanese car. I have no idea of anything I can boycot that's made in Norway.[/rant]
Anyone care to join me?
Unfortunately, boycotting based on country is virtually useless nowdays. If you buy an American car, there is a high chance it contains parts made in Japan (and some cars are actually of Japanese make and design, like the Dodge Colt, Ford Escort, etc. etc.). If you buy a computer, there is a high chance that some of the memory chips, resisters, capacitors, video chips, etc. were made in Japan.
If you buy a book, there is a good chance that the ink was made in Japan. If you buy a printer, same thing.
The DVD standard was developed in part by many Japanese companies. You want to boycott DVDs too? Oh...and CDs! Boycott them! Toshiba designed the Toslink cable and connector...so fiber optic to your A/V receiver is just right out.
That RCA TV you just bought...probably outsourced to Japan.
You might as well never upgrade your computer, ever. And when HD-DVD comes out, skip it...the standard will be based on a Japanese company's design, and the most products will have a Japanese HD-DVD transport in it. No more HT for you!
I'd love to see someone boycott Chinese products...they'll be starving to death with no clothes on their back after a month!
No, boycotting is useless against a country with such deep economic ties. It'll be a lot easier to boycott some poor country that has few global markets instead. It should be easy to bully...and you had better be prepared to live with the consequences.
Peer-reviewed scientific evidence such as this is worth an infinite amount of failed boycotts. Because now you have completely disarmed your opponent, who is open to all kinds of political measures, such as sanctions and worldwide opinions and public furor. Remember, a boycott would not have exposed China's attempt to cover up SARS. An international community of scientists and doctors did.
Or at least make your feelings known to those who have some means of doing something about this ongoing atrocity.
Does this mean we still can't nuke them?
Nuke who? The French or the Whales? We've already nuked the Japanese.
There's still an old urban legend running around that automatic transmission fluid is made from Whale oil.
I thought the only thing whale meat was good for anymore was pet food. Does anyone know what they really sell from a whale carcass?
Don't know for a fact, but wouldn't be surprised if a certain part of the animal was a prized culinary delicacy, or an aphrodisiac.
Let's hope they don't discover a better Viagra in Panda nuts