Mr Slack, what has happened to you? Have you been on the receiving end of a bolt of lightning or a holy hand grenade? No communications from you for a while, we are worried.
... and you don't even have to come to my stupid church or wear a crappy ring of loyalty.
For someone who declares himself so anti-homosexual, I'm still not sure what Brian Tamaki's "First Fruits" scheme was all about.
Half a bee, philosophically, must ipso facto, half not be.....
Clearly there was a missing element in the experiment... you should've considered the effect of music on the bees under such excitation.
Something soothing or ambient but contemporary.
Anything but Sting!
Maybe if you'd rolled in mud, suspended yourself from a balloon and sung a song then the bees might have thought you were little a cloud and not bothered you. I'm sure Bob the baby would have told you this if you'd asked him nicely.
In light of the other news story of the week, maybe they could organise an Undie 500 across Cook Strait.
According to the students it's all the cop's fault. "Turning up in riot gear when we were just having a bit of fun, they provoked us so we had to throw bottles. We were only doing it as a "charity fundraiser" and we did promise we'd behave ourselves after last year. Nobody warned us this would happen, we got arrested and now our futures are ruined. Boo hoo."
Get a grip and get a life.
Back to the original story, congratulations on a great headline Russell.
In a word, no.
The toxin identified, tetrodotoxin, comes from bacteria in several species of fish and marine animals. It's a mystery as to exactly what's going on right now, but this a natural poison.
I was initially a skeptic on the poisoning theory but I'm starting to think there is a lot more to the story on this than we are being told.
From what I have heard reported, there is only one dog that has the biotoxin in it's stomach and I think the sea slugs are being made the scapegoat (scapeslug?) for the deaths. I've never seen or heard heard of dogs eating sea slugs before and why did several dogs eat them on the same day?
It may be coincidence that the dog and sea life deaths occurred shortly after the poison drop on Rangitoto and that the affected area is not further up or down the coast but it's something that requires more thorough and transparent investigation.
Some of the poison dropped on Rangitoto ended up in the water. I've even heard of a block landing on a kayak that was paddling past. The poison used is brodifacoum which unlike 1080 does not break down in water but it will bind to organic matter and disperse over time.
I'm not calling this one way or the other, I just think there needs to be a more independent investigation than the current testing by interested parties.
I have one tiny complaint, and that is: the text-size widget doesn't go big enough for me. It needs a few more notches.
Try pressing Command and + or ++ or +++. Oh that's right, you need a Mac first.