Friday, June 30, 2006

Self-satire? Drumming up interest with cheap anti-Americanism? Or don't they realize?

Check out this headline currently gracing the frontpage of the BBC website:
Charismatic river dwellers return - after US invaders' removal
You'd think this would have something to do with the Iraqi marsh people - or something important. It turns out the article is about the return of "charismatic" young water voles to River Dore on the Herefordshire-Wales border, the home of one of the largest river habitat restoration projects in the UK.

And the "American invaders" in question are American mink.

It's hard to say what makes a water vole more charismatic than another creature other than the fact that their predators seem to be American.

The mink in question, by the way, are being trapped and killed. American pests that they are.

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