Monday, February 17, 2014

Attack of the Weaponized Bunnies

These guys are on a Japanese island formerly used for chemical weapons development.  More carrots please, or else



Didn't the Norks coopt the Imperial Japanese CBW program in hope of expressing nitrogen mustard genes in the giant rabbit phenotype to deter Beijing with the threat of a Zombie Hasenpfeffer attack?

Anonymous said...

The island could use some stoats--just for balance.

-Adam R.

Rattus Norvegicus said...

I'd say there's a hare to many bunnies there.

John said...

Looks like the inspiration for the 1972 horror movie, Night of the Lepus",, in which giant mutant rabbits terrorize the southwest. Stars Stuart Whitman and Rory Calhoun.

Hank Roberts said...

So they've got what, a polluted water table under the old chemical weapons factory?

They need one of these, so they can produce fresh water _and_ hot rabbbit wings.
Also for Brian.


As part of a [0]project developed by San Francisco area start-up WaterFX, a giant solar receiver in Firebaugh, CA, rotates to track the sun and capture its energy. The 377-foot array, however, does not generate electricity, but instead creates heat used to desalinate water. The goal is to tap the abundant, if contaminated, resource in this parched region: the billions of gallons of water that lie just below the surface.

The water is tainted with toxic levels of salt, selenium and other heavy metals that wash down from the nearby Panoche foothills, and is so polluted that it must be constantly drained to keep it from poisoning crops. This, coupled with the record-breaking [1]drought that California is facing means that irrigation costs are going to double or triple as farms are forced to buy water on the spot market.

"Food prices are going to go up, absolutely", said Dennis Falaschi, manager of the Panoche Water District. "This year, farmers in the Panoche district will receive no water. Last year, they received only 20 percent of their allocation", Mr. Falaschi said. In 2012, the allocation was 40 percent. Farmers elsewhere who rely on the State Water Project to irrigate 750,000 acres of farmland will also receive no water in 2014.

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