Our ‘news of the weird’ story today sounds like an outtake from an old Alex Jones episode, until you realize it’s legit.
For anyone not familiar with the reference, Alex Jones had the distinction of uttering one of the most infamous lines on the internet.
He made a claim that chemicals being dumped into our waterways were ‘turning the fricken frogs gay’. (Look it up. It’s funny.)
While he wasn’t exactly right, he wasn’t entirely wrong either.
Radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claimed that chemicals in water are turning frogs gay. While the chemicals won’t change a frog’s sexual orientation, a study shows that exposure to a certain pesticide can actually change frogs’ sex. Estrogen in suburban lakes can have the same effect.– MSN
Australia has a problem with bottom-feeders.
We don’t (just) mean the authoritarian politicians, either. In this case, we’re talking about fish. Carp is another of the various invasive species that are having a field day in Australia. And the government has tried everything they can think of to deal with them. Now they’re looking at a whole other kind of ‘super-spreader’ event.
Carp are an introduced, bottom-feeding pest that muddy the waters of the Murray-Darling Basin, destroying native water plants, insects, crustaceans and fish.
In the past, explosives, poisons, traps and electrical currents have been used to try to get rid of them.
In 2016 the federal government announced its intention to infect carp with cyprinid herpesvirus 3, pledging $15m in the budget. The herpes virus is specific to carp, and has been shown not to affect other species. When carp mate – often in large groups or “orgies” – the virus will spread quickly and kill them.
…“Our position on the release of the virus will be based on wherever the final science rests and that’s not in yet. We’re supportive of a range of proposals for the mitigation of carp,” she said.
“We know the carp in the system is doing significant damage. They are bottom feeders. They increase turbidity, they reduce the quality of the ecosystem. They’re absolutely disastrous.” –Guardian
Think ‘Burning Man’… only this one is underwater. [Related: NASTY: CDC Names US Cities With Highest STD Rates … Is Yours On The List?]
What are they going to do with all the dead fish they’ll have on their hands? That’s a whole other problem they’ll have to grapple with. Somewhere between 200,000 Tonnes to 360,000 Tonnes.
They’re considering their options, which include fertilizer, pet food, human consumption, and international export.
Mmm-mmm. Diseased fish in the food chain.
What could *possibly* go wrong?