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WOD Challenge 06-15-21 Hoards of Mice!

Makeshift solution set up by one of the local farmers

Australia needs some help dealing with the callithumpian hoards of mice infesting farm land and causing major damage throughout the country. Pesticides are a bad idea, since that would harm other animals that feed on the mice. Maybe hoards of cats would be the answer??

They have tried drowning, but that has only put a dent in the problem. We are talking massive hoards of mice!!

They are chewing through tons of grain and hay, destroying machinery, sending people to the hospital with bites, and all of this is due to a years-long drought followed by damaging floods affected the region.

They are calling it a plague, adding that it’s not unusual to deal with plagues of mice, but they’ve never seen it this bad. They say the numbers are “astronomical” and they need a solution fast! Poison is not the answer, drowning would have to be on a gargantuan scale to solve anything, so what’s left?

My answer is to gather all the feral cats in this country and ship them to the suffering farmers of Australia. Sure, it would be a huge undertaking, but you have a better idea?? What say you people in bloggerland? I told the editors of the magazine where the article came from: phys.org, that if I hear of a positive resolution, I would get back to them.

Right now they are using double-strength zinc phosphide, which is I assume, not harmful to other wildlife that feed on the mice. If they were to “napalm” the mice with a stronger poison, of course, people would eventually die as well down the food chain.

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WOD Challenge 3-14-20 Quest for Sanity

Quest for Sanity

We live in the great United States, where we have an abundance of products, yet everyone is losing their minds over the coronavirus. I have never seen the likes of this in my 59 years, though I’ve lived where hurricanes are eminent, tornadoes are a seasonal occurrence, and flu season comes every year, no matter what.

Have we lost our minds here? Our church is closing it’s doors until March 29, for the first time in 21 years, my whole city’s public works and offices are shutting down, there are school closings everywhere…what the heck, people? This never happened before with any of the natural disasters or flu epidemics anywhere I’ve ever lived. Store shelves are bare as people hoard paper products and other groceries like meat and vegetables.

Why?? I have been out of the house to restaurants, stores, and other businesses and everyone is carrying on as usual, so why the widespread panic? You are just feeding this imaginary pandemic. What is different about this virus than any other except for the fact that the media has blown it out of proportion. I’m on a quest for sanity, I’m not finding anything but insanity everywhere! I don’t understand the hoarding, or the closures for that matter.

Take the normal precautions you would during flu season. Be mindful of those around you. Wash your hands, cough into the crook of your elbow, but stop all this crazy nonsense! What happens when we run out of supplies due to all the hoarding, the prices will increase and we won’t be able to afford groceries and paper products.

At least we can livestream our church service! Good grief people, get a grip!!