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September 05, 2006

Inhuman: Leftist Hag Germaine Greer Celebrates Death of Steve Irwin

They're just on the other side.

In this case, "the other side" is a longing for as many humans to die as possible.

What seems to have happened on Batt Reef is that Irwin and a cameraman went off in a little dinghy to see what they could find. What they found were stingrays. You can just imagine Irwin yelling: "Just look at these beauties! Crikey! With those barbs a stingray can kill a horse!" (Yes, Steve, but a stingray doesn't want to kill a horse. It eats crustaceans, for God's sake.)

Always the apparently-irresistable impulse to crow about how scary-smart one is. Here, Greer is mighty impressed with herself for knowing, unlike Irwin, that stingrays do not eat horses.

All Australian children know about stingrays.

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The lashing response of the tail is automatic; the barb is coated with a bacterial slime as deadly as rotten oyster toxin.

The suggestion here is that Irwin didn't know, despite the fact that Greer just imagined him saying "This thing could kill a horse!"

As a Melbourne boy, Irwin should have had a healthy respect for stingrays, which are actually commoner, and bigger, in southern waters than they are near Port Douglas, where he was killed. The film-makers maintain that the ray that took Irwin out was a "bull ray", or Dasyatis brevicaudata, but this is not usually found as far north as Port Douglas. Marine biologist Dr Meredith Peach has been quoted as saying, "It's really quite unusual for divers to be stung unless they are grappling with the animal and, knowing Steve Irwin, perhaps that may have been the case." Not much sympathy there then.

Or from Greer. It gets worse.

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What Irwin never seemed to understand was that animals need space. The one lesson any conservationist must labour to drive home is that habitat loss is the principal cause of species loss. There was no habitat, no matter how fragile or finely balanced, that Irwin hesitated to barge into, trumpeting his wonder and amazement to the skies. There was not an animal he was not prepared to manhandle. Every creature he brandished at the camera was in distress. Every snake badgered by Irwin was at a huge disadvantage, with only a single possible reaction to its terrifying situation, which was to strike. Easy enough to avoid, if you know what's coming. Even my cat knew that much. Those of us who live with snakes, as I do with no fewer than 12 front-fanged venomous snake species in my bit of Queensland rainforest, know that they will get out of our way if we leave them a choice. Some snakes are described as aggressive, but, if you're a snake, unprovoked aggression doesn't make sense. Snakes on a plane only want to get off. But Irwin was an entertainer, a 21st-century version of a lion-tamer, with crocodiles instead of lions.

Venomous snakes don't ever bite, then. And if they do, it's your fault. The expert herpetologist Germaine Greer just informed us of this.

This is probably a surprise to every hospital in the world that carries antivenins, but, again, she lives in a rainforest. She's in touch with the auras of nature.

And of course the absurdity of a woman living in "the rainforest" lecturing others about giving animals "space" is laughable.

Apparently only leftists are permitted in the wilds, or in sensitive rainforests, or etc. Because only they can appreciate nature.

She's allowed to build a home in a natural animal habitat. You aren't. Simple as that.

In 2004, Irwin was accused of illegally encroaching on the space of penguins, seals and humpback whales in Antarctica, where he was filming a documentary called Ice Breaker. An investigation by the Australian Environmental Department resulted in no action being taken, which is not surprising seeing that John Howard, the prime minister, made sure that Irwin was one of the guests invited to a "gala barbecue" for George Bush a few months before. Howard is now Irwin's chief mourner, which is only fair, seeing that Irwin announced that Howard is the greatest leader the world has ever seen.

By whom was he "accused"? Greer doesn't say, of course. Because it was by hectoring hags likeherslef.

The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin, but probably not before a whole generation of kids in shorts seven sizes too small has learned to shout in the ears of animals with hearing 10 times more acute than theirs, determined to become millionaire animal-loving zoo-owners in their turn.

The man isn't even in the ground yet. But the impulse of a leftist is to denigrate anyone whom the hoi polloi might like, and to do so in the nastiest terms possible.

That's how they maintain their entirely-undeserved sense of superiority. By constantly denigrating their assumed inferiors.

I should say that Irwin can be criticized -- just like the "Grizzly Man," he antagonzed dangerous animals and, by seizing them (but not killing them), he may have made some of them more willing to attack human beings. After all, if a snake learns that a human being will manhandle it, and yet seems incapable of actually killing it, its fear of human beings is lessened.

But that criticism would require Greer to be on the side of humanity to make. And she believes herself to be superior to -- indeed, very nearly a different species than -- 99% of humanity. So she cannot cause herself to worry about mere humanity; she's above us, and, as such, cares for more important species, such as crocodiles and rattlesnakes.


Thanks to Larwyn, via Tim Blair.


They Never Miss An Opportunity: Bill Maher:

For example, Maher showed little regard for America by stating (emphasis mine): “You know, this country is, I've said this before, I'm going to keep saying it, it's a pitiful, helpless giant.” Think he was kidding? Later, Maher elaborated: “Again, because it's a stupid country with stupid people who don't pay attention.”

It's hysterical that he goes on to slam the religious for their "arrogance" and "certainty" about their beliefs.

Bill, Germaine -- if you're so wicked-smart and superior, shouldn't that be obvious to the rest of us? Why is it you have to proclaim your superiority at every turn?


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