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A BBC wildlife presenter has come off with a novel approach to saving the Giant Panda - don't bother. Chris Packham, who is all set to present the BBC's flagship Autumnwatch program, said the cuddly but rather useless Asian bears, whose diet of bamboo shoots means they never store enough fat to hibernate properly, were soaking …

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  1. censored

    He's right...

    Where human activity has caused the loss of an animal, there's an argument to say we have a moral duty to try and reverse that. And there is also an argument to say that we are the guardians of the planet and that maintaining a healthy and diverse biosphere is a good thing to do.

    But, when it comes down to it, what does it ACTUALLY matter if a particular species is lost? In the grand scheme, it doesn't really.

    Pandas are dying out despite anything we do. And we have enough video, art and data on them for it to make no real difference if they live or die.

  2. Toby Rose
    Pirate

    BBC Wildlife Presenters ...

    They soak up enough licence fee money. Let them go ...

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    (untitled)

    Have to say i'm kind of inclined to agree with him. If a species can't even be bothered shagging to save itself, why bother, oh yeah they're horrendously cute that's why, same reason people are squeamish about eating cats and dogs,

    I say we should all start eating panda now before there's none left to eat, i bet they're delicious, probably chocolate flavoured.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    dibs

    I got dibs on some roast panda

  5. Andy 97
    Thumb Up

    Good lad!

    This man must be looking for a career in politics.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Terminator

    Pandaring to the Cynics?

    Y'know, he's not entirely wrong. They were pretty much doomed to die out anyways, what with both genders having all the bits and bobs internal and low breeding rates even in nature.

    That's right. They have innie penises.

  7. Frank 2
    Pint

    did this interview...

    take place in a pub by any chance?

  8. Paul_Murphy
    Dead Vulture

    Sounds reasonable

    The Panda thing - not the 'Human cull' thing.

    I can't really see the point to them myself - do they keep pests down, provide a food source to another rare creature or in any way contribute to the world?

    It's a fact that over the years there are many animals that are no longer around for any number of reasons. One of those reasons is evolution - animals that have painted themselves into an evolutionary corner and can't survive without their symbiotic partner (a bit like a man who can't find the remote control).

    I would say that mankind is hardly blameless for quite a few of the animals lost, but can't really compete with things like the devonian event (or indeed any of the others: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinction_event) and to what extent is it reasonable to struggle to keep something alive that seems to have gone to quite some effort to wipe itself out.

    Shame though, since they do look cute.

    gravestone since - well do I need to say?

    ttfn

  9. Toby Rose
    Joke

    The WWF

    The WWF will be laying the Smack-down on Packham now!!

  10. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    Why not...

    Create a generation of genetically modified 'Super Pandas' which can eat and digest high fat content foods (such as Big Macs)?

    Indeed, McDonalds or a similar vendow would probably cough up some of the millions needed for research in sponsorship / licensing fees.

    Come to think of it, this could open up a whole new world of conservation / corporate sponsorship / perverse animal mutation...

  11. Paul 25
    Thumb Up

    Got to agree with him on the Pandas and Civil Servants

    If the panda was a form of giant cockroach, it would have gone extinct decades ago. It needs to eat an utterly useless food almost constantly to stay alive, and doesn't like sex.

    There are far more important species (e.g. the bee, lots of amphibians) which appear to be going extinct at a disturbing rate, but because they are not cute and cuddly it's hard to get people interested. It's hard to get people worked up about insects and fish being wiped out, despite them being utterly critical to the rest of the system.

    The irony is that without these lower order animals, half the higher order species will die out anyway, no matter how much people try to save them.

    Oh, and pass the flamethrower....

  12. Ian 11

    Sounds like an idiot.

    Pandas haven't driven down an evolutionary cul-de-sac, they are perfectly fit for their environment and haven't been dying because of an inability to fit their environment, they've been dying out because humans have been killing them, even if not directly in some cases.

    But this sentence gave some clarity:

    "Go into the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with a flamethrower and torch all of the stupid bureaucracy that dogs our farmers," he ranted. "Let's start organising fair pricing for UK farmers."

    Oh I see, so he's one of those idiots who thinks farmers are somehow hard done by? Those will be the same farmers that have been polluting our streams and destroying our countryside on an industrial scale for the past hundred odd years or so. Meanwhile they've been bringing up animals in the most insanitary conditions and mingling them at cattle markets causing mass spread of disease amongst their cattle and then forcing the tax payer to pay for the inevitable cull, and then whine about compensation on top. They then of course blame badgers, because hey, I mean why not? they're there so it's obviously their fault, and expect the tax payer to fund the whiping out of badgers from parts of the country too? They complain about being poor, but are all multi-millionaires simply because of the amount of land they have available, let alone the profits and compensation they've effectively stolen on top.

    But worst of all, the fuckers drive their tractors, at rush hour, down single lane roads, managing to bring massive detriment to the countries economoy by wasting countless man hours making people let and causing mass pollution by forcing people to chug along the roads for longer periods.

    No, here's a better idea, let's cull our farmers and this idiot at the BBC, and get our farm products from abroad. What would this achieve? It would save wildlife in the UK (badgers), it would allow reforestation, it would cut pollution in our rivers from pesticides, it would boost the UK economy in that we wouldn't lose millions of man hours a year to farm vehicles travelling on roads at the most idiotic of times, it would mean we could actually get something out of the French farmers rather than just paying their subsidies, or provide work for asian/african farmers that are poor and actually need the money, and will actually farmer in a responsible way.

    Save the pandas, destroy farmers (and certain idiot BBC folk).

  13. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge

    I've often said we should drop the Earth into the Sun

    Only I'm having a bit of trouble managing it on my own. A little help?

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  15. Anonymous Coward
    Alert

    Frigging Title.

    Super Rants! need to follow Chris Packham on Twatter...

  16. Wize

    Stick it in the freezer for future generations

    How many species have been killed when trying to keep these bears alive? What is their carbon footprint?

    The day after the last one dies, we'll find its sweat could have been used for curing cancer.

  17. adrian wardle
    Thumb Up

    Fight club?

    Can't argue with his logic. Especially with regard to going and torching the piles of paperwork bloat in the ministries.

  18. Ian Ferguson

    Interesting

    I kind of agree with 'censored' above - even without human involvement, pandas would have died out. But I disagree with anyone who says it doesn't actually matter what we do, though. Taking it to it's logical conclusion, in the grand scheme of things, it won't ACTUALLY matter if you live or die either, so why don't you jump off a tall building?

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Time to call Rainbow 6

    Although actually I kinda agree with him.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's a cliche, but I genuinely LOLed

    ..at that story about the captive-bred panda re-introduced to the wild by Chinese zoologists, which promptly climbed a tree, fell out and died.

    Pandas are rubbish. Let evolution take its course already. Their diet dooms them, their hatred of other Pandas dooms them. They'd die out anyway- however cute they are.

  21. Shaun 2
    Coat

    Where's John Clark when you need him?

    Think we'd best call in Rainbow before this nutter starts to mix Ebola with Cancer cells................

    ....... Mines the one with the Clancy book in the pocket..........

  22. James Pickett

    Hmm..

    Still prefer Kate Humble.

  23. Daniel 1

    Woo, steady on, Ian 11!

    Just because he was saying that fat, docile creatures with a poor diet and no sex life should be allowed to die out, didn't mean it was a personal attack on you, lad!

    Badgers? We don't need no stinkin' badgers!

  24. Not That Andrew
    Thumb Up

    Mmmm, Panda

    Certainly agree with the flame-throwers at DEFRA. Bunch of useless twunts. And I just had an encounter with an annoying pair of chuggers from WWF who tried to scam me into giving them a stop order. So I'm all for flame-grilled pandas as well.

  25. Trevor 10

    @sorry that handle is already taken

    surely you just need a lever long enough.

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not always so cute

    TV usually shows them sitting on their big fat arses chomping bamboo, but you should see Pandas go carnivore when they manage to move fast enough to get hold of a baby deer. Bambi drumsticks!

  27. Charles Calthrop

    Panda's are good fun though.

    Hang on, I'm thinking of that chap with the dolphin.

  28. northern monkey
    Thumb Up

    Absolutely...

    It's thinking we can win over natural selection and our environment that has got our species so royally fucked anyway. When the case is that of the panda (fussy eater, fussy shagger), we should just accept that the whole line of them is a bad mutation and let them go! Obviously the case is different for orangutan, their plight is due to deforestation and therefore the onus is on us to sort the problem.

    Now lets get Chris Packham on the board of NICE - "what's that you say, caused liver failure by alcohol intoxication? pull the plug".

  29. Bassey
    Thumb Down

    Quick question

    To those suggesting above that it's okay to let things die out naturally, "unless it was because of mankind", do you view yourselves as somehow super-natural?

    I've always considered myself a part of nature. If I cut down a tree and it contained the last "purple Wiznook", the purple wiznook has died out as naturally as if it was eaten by a Lion.

    I watched "Last Chance to See" on Sunday and, whilst beatifully shot, the complete bollocks about the deforestation of Madagascar was maddening. We deforested Britain and most of mainland Europe. Why the hell are we stopping them having a great quality of life just to save a few ugly little primates who haven't evolved to survive without a dwindling natural resource?

    Eventually, some day, we might use up all the resources and, unless we evolve, spread out to other planets etc, we'll die out and Earth will get along just fine without us. 65 Million years from now some species will be digging up our fossils and making films about how we have been recreated from the last batch of frozen embryos....

    "Conservationists" annoy me almost as much as religious fanatics and strike me as appallingly similar in their view of humans as somehow superior.

  30. Dr Stephen Jones
    Coat

    The panda menace

    "... worst of all, the fuckers drive their tractors, at rush hour, down single lane roads, managing to bring massive detriment to the countries economoy by wasting countless man hours making people let and causing mass pollution by forcing people to chug along the roads for longer periods."

    Pandas are crap at driving, but are too obstinate to take the lessons.

  31. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    He is an idiot

    The Panda is perfectly well adapted to its environment - mountain foothills covered with bamboo where nothing else can live because nothing else can eat it. It is dieing out predominantly because of habitat destruction, not because of anything else.

    It is the same situation as with many species in the UK which are dieing out due to habitat being destroyed by the aforementioned "poor" farmers.

    And do not even get me started on the "Grown in the UK" sticker which should actually should be "Proudly grown by underpaid illegal immigrants". Ukrainian if it is agriculture, Chinese if it is fisheries. What UK farming needs is some merciless enforcement of immigration laws and minimal pay.

    That will be one of the best things that can happen to our "environment". Much more efficient than any "conservation" efforts and conservation programs on the BBC.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    be careful what you wish for....

    Human expansion and rapacity has caused many problems/opportunities for nature. A cull of humans will/would change the earth moderately or severely depending on how it is done. A cull of Bees, however may end several species at a stroke. Elimination of grass could well end most ruminants.

    Many Civil servant could do with a stock take on what they usefully do. Few animal spieces have that capacity and if they did we would cull them because they would be competition...

    I suspect the man was trying for self publicity and he succeeded. Now back to serious action about managing climate change, please.

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Badgers

    @Ian "Sounds like an idiot" 11

    Wow, someone clearly has serious issues when it comes to farmers. I never knew all farmers were alike; vicious EVIL DOERS(tm) with their devilish food-production methods and associated machinery of traffic doom!

    You're not a badger by any chance?

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I like some of those ideas

    I like some of the ideas - if we're really going to initiate a cull of humans, I propose that we start with the areas which are most densely populated and offer the least resources for our animal chums - big cities in other words.

    So, has anyone got a neutron bomb or 5 they can lend me to clean up London?

  35. Pete 2 Silver badge

    McBamboo

    If these things don't get enough fat from their bamboo-shoot diet, maybe what they need is for some enterprising multinational to open up a fast-food (and bamboo does grow very quickly) operation for the GPs.

    Hopefully they wouldn't then die from lack of hibernation - or from type 2 diabetes complications instead.

  36. Joe K
    Headmaster

    Killing with kindness

    This article (http://unmaskingevolution.com/16-pandas.htm) posits the theory that its us who have led them down that cul-de-sac.

    By babying them we have helped the useless bastards survive and not be be part of natural selection, so helping their devolution.

    Even if all hunting was banned forever they'd either die out, or the species would adapt and thrive. Either way, i say let nature decide.

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Ian 11

    Yes! Destroy the farmers! All my food comes from the supermarket anyway!

  38. lukewarmdog

    @Paul25

    "It needs to eat an utterly useless food almost constantly to stay alive, and doesn't like sex."

    So do the Jonas Brothers. Let the culling commence.

  39. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    @Ian 11

    That's a bit extreme. Though I'll end up agreeing with you when driving home tonight down a country lane and the same irritating fscker is driving his tractor 55mph under the (60mph) speed limit.

    We should preserve the Panda DNA, along with the other species on Earth (endangered or not). Then we don't lose their potential benefits but don't have to worry about looking after them.

    The WWF should be quietly supporting this- more funds for species we can do something for (or which can do something for us) and when the last Panda dies they can claim even more poigniance for their logo.

    These guys got there first, though...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRrrVbG1X8Y

  40. SlabMan

    Conserve these cuddly critturs

    They are an evolutionary cul-de-sac, eat nothing but bamboo shoots, lounge around all day, and can't be assed to have sex On the other hand, they're cute, cuddly, photogenic and do little harm. So on balance, I'm in favour of Civil Servants.

    And, I'm with Toby Rose - we seem to have no shortage of loud-mouthed wallabies happy to take taxpayer's (BBC) cash and then whinge about big government and a superfluity of civil servants. Hypocrites.

  41. phoenix
    Grenade

    Whoa There

    Packham is wrong - not the first time as he was on Countryfile the otehr night and completely misidentfied the tree a non-native bird was sat in. Chris it was a Cotteneaster spp. not a frigging Sorbus aucuparia (Mountain Ash).

    Pandas fill an ecological niche and we will not know how valuable they were until they have gone and then it is too late.

    BTW don't pick on the farmers blame the Eurotrash muppets who came up with CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) and the supermarkets which expect to buy resources cheap, to their rediculous measurements and flogging it to us at massively inflated prices. Actually don't blame them, blame city shareholders who expect their pound of flesh from the proffits made.

    Actually stuff all of that and lay all the blame squarly at the feet of unbridled greed; be it Capitalism or any other form of system build around inedible pieces of paper.

  42. Citizen Kaned

    hmmm

    why dont we try to set up pandas somewhere else? surely there areb places that provide more nourishing fauna than bloody bamboo?

    i dunno, they seem too cute to let go. arghh did i say that out loud? :)

    he is deffo right about the civil servants and to be honest humans. we really are making a complete hash of things right now and really can be considered a virus on the planet. there are very few othr animals that cannot self regulate breeding like we seem incapable of (no kids yet so im a goody goody) :)

  43. Anonymous Coward
    Go

    99.99999999% of all species are extinct

    Those extant today are destined to follow them and be replaced by something new.

    He's going to be unpopular for saying it, but he's probably right. Natural history is full of species which hit an evolutionary dead end. That's how evolution works.

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Obligitory Futurama Reference

    Free Waterfall Senior: *cocks rifle* Let's conservate

  45. Elmer Phud
    Dead Vulture

    Humans?

    They haven't got long to go anyway.

    No good saving the pandas - they won't be creating mini-versions of Basildon to keep a few breeding pairs.

    Y'all gonna die,anyway.

    Tombstone as even El-Reg has to make the journey to Boot Hill sometime.

  46. Anonymous Coward
    Megaphone

    Ignorant people

    The Panda population plummeted because of two things. one. Loss of habitat, and two, poaching for their skins and organs used in quack medicine. Both caused by Man! The don't breed well in captivity, in fact lose interest in sex, once captive. Now there is a surprise, eh stick a creature used to having free range over hundreds of square kilometres in a concrete pen, restrict its diet, as it has quite a varied diet in the wild and wonder why its bloody depressed. I'd like to stick you lot of Panda haters in a cage, fed on pot noodles for life and occasionally shove in Frogmella from the "estate" for breeding and see how you get on. But in all truth I expect that is how you live anyways! except the cage has a computer in it!

  47. Dan Breen

    @ Ian11

    re farmers: You're attacking a symptom, not a cause.

    Farmers are driven to the intensive methods because their customers, (supermarket chains for example), demand it.

    Why do their customers demand it?

    Because we want cheap food and farmers will do it because they don't want to go out of business for using less intensive, less damaging more expensive methods. Human greed has a lot to answer for.

    Sounds too much like hippy smelling, Gaurdian reading crap to me as well but that's how it is.

  48. Guy Herbert
    Badgers

    Needs to make his mind up

    If he wants to exterminate humanity why does he care about farmers? To be consistent he needs to encourage DEFRA in its making life difficult for farmers, and have the whole of the Asian mountain paddy country set aside as a Panda reserve. That way we can all starve together.

    And badgers will inherit the earth.

  49. Steven Knox
    Boffin

    Yes, let's remove the useless...

    but since killing is so icky (at least when done face-to-face), let's simply remove them from the planet. All we need is a big spaceship and some doom-and-gloom stories to convince them that we need to evacuate, and we can send off all of our TV hosts, bureaucrats, telephone sanitizers...

    <-- All I ever needed to know, I learned from DNA.

  50. LuMan
    FAIL

    Two problems here..

    Firstly, even Hollywood couldn't save the blighters - When we had Teenage Mutant Whatever Turtles everybody bought them, got bored and flushed 'em. The same with Clown Fish (Nemo) and Dalmations (101 etc..). Now, following on from Kung Fu Panda my local pet shop's bloody overstocked and they're w-a-y too big to flush down the bog! The owner's had to flog them to the local kebab shop.

    Secondly, the ONLY wildlife shows any respecting gent should be watching is one hosted by Michaela Strachan! A bit of a BOBFOC, maybe, but no chance of any red-blooded bloke going all panda with her in the room... PHWWOOAAR!

  51. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    @Ignorant people

    "caused by Man"

    Yes, caused by man, who is part of the natural world. What's your point? Do you think man is NOT part of the fauna of this planet, or that man is somehow a special case? We're not special and neither are the pandas, any more than an amoeba is.

    They [pandas] are being put out of business by a fitter, more aggressive species which is outcompeting it. It's entirely natural.

    The ignorance (or rather arrogance) is in thinking that we are somehow above nature.

  52. Nicholas EGF Berry
    Unhappy

    Where have all the pedants gone?

    I can't believe some sad git hasn't pointed out that they're not bears. Oh, now one has.

  53. JulianMorrison
    Dead Vulture

    Pandas were doomed anyhow

    They live exclusively on a food so low in nutrition that they can barely spare the energy to move. Humans turned out to be the ecological perturbation that wiped them out, but any significant change would have obliterated them anyhow. Something like the next natural ice age would have been quite sufficient. They have no evolutionary flexibility to dodge that or any other bullet.

  54. Citizen Kaned

    hmmmmm2

    @ Bassey

    "We deforested Britain and most of mainland Europe. Why the hell are we stopping them having a great quality of life just to save a few ugly little primates who haven't evolved to survive without a dwindling natural resource?"

    its not just them though is it. in 20 odd years they have deforrested 4/5 of the planet! thats pretty insane!

    also magagascar is so cut off most of its species are unique, so surely it should be better looked after.

    cant we just use our cadbon credits to keep an island like that some kind of santuary? i mean its not like humans have lived there that long...

    also, isnt the panda actually doing rather well in its native chinese region? or did i dream that? im pretty sure i watched some BBC prog about how some pandas are doing quite well.

    @"I like some of the ideas - if we're really going to initiate a cull of humans, I propose that we start with the areas which are most densely populated and offer the least resources for our animal chums - big cities in other words."

    - paris and london for a start. just gas as paris is lovely, just so many french. and london is just full of south africans, aussies and miserable twunts. the rest of the country might have some money spent on it then

    and ref farmers. they dont help themselves. we get them now driving 5mph through a busy town centre at rush hour. and when was the last time you ever saw one pull in to let the 1000 cars behind get past?

  55. Mike Richards

    What?

    'Packham will have to settle for boring humans to death with the latest series of Autumnwatch'

    Good god - TV's never boring when Kate Humble's about.

  56. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    RE:Dan Breen

    True, but like fishing how many of them refuse to get out of an economic dead end for no other reason that "its what my dad did"?

    I do have alot of time for farmers, but only those ones who look after there animals, treat there land with respect and get in the way of cars so I can blast past them on my bike and have a clear road :)

  57. Bounty

    pandas and bees

    Bees are not picky, they land on all kinds of flowers. They also breed quickly, I generally see thousands of them in a hive. Breed the pandas with the bees, problem solved.

  58. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    IT provides a solution...

    Thinking long-term, the Earth just isn't big enough to accommodate every species that might ever happen to evolve just to solve a particular survival problem. It'd be like keeping all those ancient operating systems running forever, along with every version of every app. So...

    Scrap spending on conservation and just collect the DNA. Spend the money on technology that will allow us to re-create the animals from their DNA if we ever need to.

    In IT terms, that's like putting the install CD in a cupboard, just in case you ever need it again.

  59. dave hands
    IT Angle

    Don't know about you..

    ...but I'm getting really sick and tired of hearing well placed, well paid people going on about there either being "too many people" or a need to "wipe out all people".

    If you feel like that - fuck off and kill yourself.

  60. Geoffrey W Silver badge
    Alien

    @AC 12:10

    <QUOTE>Their diet dooms them, their hatred of other Pandas dooms them.</QUOTE>

    A very appropriate comment to apply to human beings too. A diet of beer and kebabs if these forums are a reliable guide. And many of the comments one sees on the register forums, and indeed the Daily Mail forums, illustrate the second clause all too clearly.

  61. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Panda coats for Everyone!

    getting mine now...

  62. LaeMi Qian Silver badge
    FAIL

    In the end...

    humanity can nuke/poison/overheat the planetary surface to a 30m thick glass sheet and within a few hundred million years (an eyeblink for the planet) deep-rock bacteria will have re-surfaced and diversified back to present levels (different specific species, but just as diverse). The only thing we are really trying to save is the world we now know - planetary life as a long-term prospect is FAR more resilient to anything we can do to it than our teeny-tiny egos would like to believe.

    Long after we are gone, the ecological niches will return and be refill with equivalent species. And almost all traces of our civilisation will eventually be subducted into the planetary mantle, then much later the sun will deep-fry the planet anyway.

    By then humanity and all its works will either be dead and erased, or off somewhere in barely-recognisable physical form arguing on WikiPedia over whether Sol-3 or Barnards-4 was the evolutionary birthplace of our species.

    The moral: Never ask me about the future before my morning coffee.

  63. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge

    Re: pandas and bees

    The mere idea of a bee-panda hybrid fills me with terror.

  64. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @(untitled) AC

    If pandas were tasty then the chinese would be eating them already, hence none left, hence no need to waste gazillions of pounds.

    Store some panda eggs, some man-panda sex wee and deep freeze, should it emerge that pandas asa usefull, then there we go.

    Simples...

  65. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge
    Welcome

    oh, yes, for the bloody title again---WHYWHYWHWYW

    "when was the last time you ever saw one pull in to let the 1000 cars behind get past?"

    yesterday. In fact, I saw him take a good look behind him at the number of cars and could clearly be seen to mentally work out the likelihood(sp?) of being let out again. At which point he shrugs and rolls himself a ciggie - had to laugh. I also pipped my horn and gave him a wave.

    Too many people forget to thank others for little kindnesses, and when they do the person who did that kindness is one small step closer to thinking 'if you can't beat them, join them'. At which point you end up with the kind of self-obsessed bollocks you see in this country today.

    THAT's why there should be a cull. It should be means tested on whether or not you give a shit about anyone else.

    ie. Totally selfish fucker - Zwack!

    Someone who bothers to let others out occassionally at busy junctions - there you go mate, have a cup of tea.

    Simple.

    Mind you, that means we'd have to try and run the country with 27 people..ho hum!

    And don't get me started on panda's! I've been told that my breed of dog is rarer than white panda's and they are cuter, eat less and have a much smaller carbon pawprint (glenn of imaal for reference).

    I vote we make Glenn's the new WWF symbol.

    I, for one, welcome our new panda ignoring, civil servant killing genocidal master.

  66. Stephen Hunt
    FAIL

    A bad call for many reasons..

    1. Ok, so saving them may be eating up conservation cash. But if they are left to become extinct, then this undermines the conservation effort in general. So people may become dis-illusioned with it ("can't even save the Panda") and so in the long run there will be less conservation cash to go around.

    2. Letting a species become extinct is a one-way choice. If it turns out to be wrong in the future, there is no going back.

    3. Panda's may not be that great at storing fat to hibernate, but as they eat low-calorie foodstuff and manage to survive, they may have adaptations that are unique and identifiable in terms of efficient energy utilisation. If so, understanding these may be a valuable resource for us humans.

  67. goggyturk
    Flame

    @Ian11

    I want to hear what he has to say about cyclists...

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  69. Hugh Jorgen
    Coat

    Anyone want a pair of Pandas?

    Does anyone want a pair of Giant Pandas, they're breeding like rabbits. I've had to drown 12 since Christmas.

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