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Friday, July 6, 2007


posted by on July 6 at 12:15 PM

Posted by Sage Van Wing


Desert Locust swarms from Ethiopia and northern Somalia are expected to cross the Indian Ocean and could reach India and Pakistan in the next days, says the UN. Two recent tropical cyclones have caused heavy rainfall in Pakistan and western India that will create unusually favorable breeding conditions for locust (yikes!). The governments in India and Pakistan have been warned and they are mobilizing field teams, equipment and resources (what can these teams do? what equipment?).

A Desert Locust adult consumes roughly its own weight in fresh food per day—about two grams. An average swarm eats as much food in one day as about 2,500 people. This is where most of our cotton comes from, people! Buy your American Apparel now!

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Here's one thing global warming believers and bible enthusiasts can agree on: Our future looks extra locusty.

Posted by flamingbanjo | July 6, 2007 12:30 PM

Clearly this situation calls for several hundred thousand portable deep-fat friers...

Posted by COMTE | July 6, 2007 12:39 PM


LOL! There's an idea....

Posted by Toby | July 6, 2007 12:47 PM

@2 And I think I know just the two Stranger writers to man them...

Posted by Darcy | July 6, 2007 1:10 PM

Locusts are good eating, so at least our South Asian compatriots won't starve.

Posted by Gitai | July 6, 2007 2:40 PM

cotton could come from the south again.

but its hard to grow without slave labor. bring us more of those "hardest working americans" from mexico, he said with his usual irony.

Posted by maxsolomon | July 6, 2007 3:29 PM

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