Blatherskite

What is this handbasket we’re in, and where is it going?

Dragon assin’ it

The Komodo Dragon is world famous for being the largest lizard on Earth, but they are now developing a new reputation as vicious, blood-thirsty, man-eaters.  And, of course, this shocking development is closely tied to our great country.

Back in 1995, Indonesia invited a Virginia-based conservation group to come in and assist in the running of the Komodo National Park.  Since then, Komodo Dragon aggressiveness has skyrocketed.  This is what happens when you get a bunch of hippies from the states to displace century-old methods of cohabitation.

The reverence displayed to the Komodo by villagers in the area has been a key aspect of how the Dragon has avoided extinction.  Villagers, who believe the Dragons are the embodiment of ancestors, routinely used to feed the Dragons chunks of deer meat following a hunt.  This behavior went on for centuries.  Then some dumbass conservationist steps in and puts the kibosh on the deer-human-dragon triangle, and we’re wondering why the dragons are pouring into villages and nabbing goats, chicken and children.

This particular conservation company could probably stand to hire a semi-decent anthropologist next time – or get a good drubbing from one, anyway.

I give it another year before we’re blaming the new-found aggressiveness of the Komodo Dragon on global warming.  If it works for sharks, why not?

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August 27, 2008 - Posted by | All the news that's fit to hear

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