Friday, August 24, 2007

Flatulent moose and 30,000 rounds of ammo? Isn't it obvious?

After all the ranting, raving and high dudgeon expressed in the blogosphere this week over the Montebello “crisis”, it’s time for something a little lighter.

Every so often one comes across a couple of news stories that individually don’t amount to much, but taken together result in one of those eureka moments.

First the London Times publishes a
story on the environmental damage done by flatulent moose in Norway, and, presumably, Canada. In part the story says:

... scientists have claimed that because of their burping and farting, the placid moose is an eco killer. During a single year, according to new research, a full-grown moose expels – from both ends – the methane equivalent of 2,100kg of carbon dioxide emissions. That is said to be as destructive for the atmosphere as the emissions released by 13,000km (8,000 miles) of car travel.

“To put it into perspective, the return flight from Oslo to Santiago in Chile leaves a carbon footprint of 880 kilos,” said Reidar Andersen, a biologist. “Shoot a moose and you have saved the equivalent of two long-haul flights.”

Interesting in a kind of off-beat way.

Then comes this
story out of Ottawa.

Police seized 30 guns and over 30,000 rounds of ammunition from a west-Ottawa home, authorities said Friday.

Several of the guns found were inoperable, police said in a statement, but among the cache were a number of machine guns including an AK-47, UZI, MP-5, Sten Machine guns, semi-automatic handguns and a few high-powered long guns with bipods.
A 48-year-old Ottawa man, Siva Yogi Shanmugadhasan, is facing weapons and firearms related charges. He is expected to make a court
appearance Friday.

Clearly this is all just a terrible mistake as Mr. Shanmugadhasan is sure to claim that he is just one of John Baird’s own “coalition of the willing” who are taking direct action to deal with climate change in their own way. 30,000 rounds will generate a lot of carbon credits.

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