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Visit Florida For Spring Break

You could come down and get rowdy, and drink yourself stupid, or you could take advantage of an opportunity to make some money while helping the environment.

The state is just opened an invasive species hunt in the Everglades from today until to April 17.

For a $26 permit you get to take all of the Burmese, Indian, and African rock pythons, green anacondas, and Nile monitor lizards you can find. Local tanners pay between $5 to $10 per foot for the skins, so a single green anaconda could bring in up to $200 [or more in a few cases].

Just think, you could be supplying the leather for Paris Hilton’s next pair of Pradas.

Sure, some of the these reptiles can kill and eat you, but that’s why the state wants them gone.


1 Kryten42 { 03.09.10 at 7:53 am }

Hmmm. So… This is some kind of new IQ test then?

I’d expect at least half of the USA will happily pay a State $26 to commit suicide.

And just think… the more that take the amazing offer, the higher the avg IQ will be in the USA. Might even get as high as… oh… I dunno… Ethiopia maybe? No… You’d have to nuke at least Kansas for that. 😈 😆

Only in the USA would people be stupid enough to pay for the privilege of a high probability of serious injury or death. Given the state of the health system… death is almost a certainty, one way or another. A-mazing.

Of course, if this is an attempt at population control, then it makes sense. 😛 😉

2 Kryten42 { 03.09.10 at 8:16 am }

And… just because… 😛

Kryten: Sir, I am programmed to relinquish my life. That’s why the Mechanoid 4000 series was voted “Android of the Year” five years running! I have as much interest in saving my own life as a chronically-depressed lemming.
Red Dwarf – Inquisitor

(Actually, it’s kinda hard to remember and find appropriate RD quotes related to death and stupidity. Well… maybe not!) 😆

Here… one for the Cat lovers! 😀 😀 😉

CAT: Wait, I know this game. It’s called cat and mouse, and there’s only one way to win; don’t be the mouse.
LISTER: What are you saying?
CAT: I’m saying, the mouse never wins. Not unless you believe those lying cartoons. We don’t run, we strike. It’s the last thing they’ll be expecting.
RIMMER: No, the last thing they’ll be expecting is for us to turn into ice skating mongooses and to dance the Bolero. And your plan makes about as much sense.
LISTER: I say go with it.
KRYTEN: Agreed.
CAT: You’re going to go with one of my plans? Are you nuts? What happens if we all get killed? I’ll never hear the last of it!

Red Dwarf – Gunmen of the Apocalypse

I have to use this one. It’s kinda relevant to the USA of the past decade.. or so! 😛 😆

LISTER: What about Arnie’s army?
CAT: Yeah, how many of them made it back?
RIMMER: There are always casualties in war, gentlemen. Otherwise it wouldn’t be war, just be a rather nasty argument with a lot of pushing and shoving.
LISTER: So how many survived?
RIMMER: Well we haven’t had time to make a full official estimate, but at a rough guess, and obviously this is subject to alteration pending information updates, roundabout … none of them.
LISTER: So you wiped out the entire population of this planet.
RIMMER: You make it sound so negative, Lister. Don’t you see, the deranged menace that once threatened this world is vanquished!
LISTER: No it isn’t, pal. You’re still here.
RIMMER: I brought about peace. Peace, freedom and democracy.
LISTER: Yeah, Rimmer. Right. Absolutely. Now all the corpses that litter that battlefield can just lie there safe under the knowledge that they snuffed it under a flag of peace and can now happily decompose in a land of freedom. Ya smeg head.
RIMMER: There really is no pleasing some people, is there?

Red Dwarf – Meltdown

And… saving the most appropriate for the last… The Cat, of course! 😉

CAT: There’s an old cat saying that has particular relevance here, and it goes like this: We are all gonna die!
Red Dwarf – Pete, part 1

3 Bryan { 03.09.10 at 11:39 am }

This is a Republican stimulus bill. Not only are people willing to pay the state for the privilege of being eaten by huge reptiles, but do you have any idea how expensive funerals are the US. It was either this or legalizing gay marriage for all the money that would generate.

What they don’t get is that this is the sort of thing that will only attract Republicans, as liberals can figure out that wading through an alligator infested swamp looking for snakes that are longer than a car is probably not going to rate a MacArthur Genius grant, but will received a Darwin Award [posthumous, of course].

Hey, it’s events like this, and a few wars, that have eliminated the European aristocracy, so it’s worth a try.

4 Kryten42 { 03.09.10 at 6:58 pm }

Ohh… You do indeed have a valid point! And the American *Aristocrats* are as dumb as pretzels! They love this kinda crap… But they are also abject cowards and cheap bastards. But I’m sure they’d find some way to make someone else pay the $26 or something. 😉 You’d just have to ensure they think it’s *Just a bit of fun and sport, what-ho!” and not near-certain suicide.

if it works, it could inadvertently be the first time that the GOP have actually achieved a good outcome! Whoa… the room 9or the World) just tilted thinking about that! 😐 The GOP doing anything good or positive is less likely than hell freezing over!

5 Bryan { 03.09.10 at 9:54 pm }

The Inuit and Slavs believe hell is frozen.

Their other brilliant move is to advise their supporters not to participate in the Census, which should be interesting when they lose all of their Congressional seats, and their cut of Federal funding.

It was an accident, but the results could be interesting, especially if the temperature goes up and the reptiles get really active. 👿

I never claimed to be a nice person.

6 Kryten42 { 03.09.10 at 11:06 pm }

I never claimed to be a nice person.

Personally, I believe that wishing GOPers and Rethugs generally would all die or live on Pluto *IS* being very nice and caring, to the rest of the saner, more caring people in the USA. Everything is relative. 😉 You’d have to be either evil, a moron, or insane to be *nice* to a Rethug! 😆 They used up all their *nice points* at least a decade ago. They are well and truly in the *death is far too good for them!* points scale now. 🙂

Just sayin… 😈

7 cookie jill { 03.09.10 at 11:19 pm }

Can you send some of your politicians to go hunting? Maybe with Dick Cheney, too?
.-= last blog ..They have spiffy trash cans =-.

8 Bryan { 03.10.10 at 12:22 am }

Actually, I would really like to see PETA come down to the Everglades to protest, so I’m “fair and balanced”.

This is something that needs to be taken care of, and they really need to crack down on the importers and owners who bring these animals into the state. It isn’t good for the state, or the affected animals. If you want a reptile, there are plenty of native reptiles in Florida, and if they get loose, they will eat vermin, not tourists.

Jill, I would love to ship them to Alaska and meet moose with their wimpy 20 gauge shot guns that won’t work in Alaska’s spring time temperatures. Spring is wonderful when the bears come out of hibernation hungry and annoyed, and the wolves that ignore people all year are a bit peckish, but these wusses want to “hunt” caged birds released in front of them.