I don’t like mice. I saw one last Saturday night. I was sitting at our kitchen bar at maybe 8pm having a glass of wine with the wife. A movement out on the patio caught my eye, and there it was. A mouse. I swivelled on my stool and watched it through the French windows. It was jumping around all over the place in a crazy kind of way. Maybe it was after some bits of food I’d thrown out for the seagull earlier. The seagull usually arrives at teatime and taps on the glass. Here he is:
Seagull outside my French window. The wife has made me promise to stop feeding him, because it will cause trouble.
Smart birds, seagulls. They’re good at catching things too. Throw the seagull a piece of steak fat, and he’ll catch it with his beak. I like seagulls. And crows. And cats. And horses. And lots of other animals. But I don’t like mice. I’ve thought that ever since I was a boy. When my sister and I were young, she had a mouse. It was brown and big-eared, and leggy and manic. When you opened the sliding door of the cage, it would jump straight out and run right up the curtains. Then after chasing it all round the room, when you finally got hold of it, it would try to bite you. So you had to be quick. Grab, whoosh, throw it in the cage, and clop, get that door shut quick.
The pissy sweaty dirty smell was the smell of mice
That wasn’t my only experience of mice. We also had house mice when I was a boy, on more than one occasion. It wasn’t very nice. Ditto when I first started work. I lived in Muswell Hill, in a rather scruffy flat with a bunch of other guys. One of them was not the easiest person to live with. He would pile up dirty plates in the sink, and leave food lying around. For example, you’d walk into the kitchen on a Saturday morning and there would be pizza crusts all over the place. After a while I started noticing little black things in the sugar bowl. And in the butter. And in the larder and its contents. They were mouse droppings. It is not nice to learn that your breakfast muesli has had visitors. That’s when I realised that the pissy sweaty smell was the smell of mice. That’s when I realised that those little sounds keeping me awake at night were mice scuttling around. Things came to a head one day when I came back on a Sunday night after staying at my girlfriend’s place. There was a big black plastic dustbin in the kitchen. I lifted up the lid to chuck in some rubbish and Wahh! Three dirty brown mice jumped out and scattered in all directions. Gross.
Mice Have Been Seen Eating The Brains Of Live Albatrosses
But not as gross as the mice that eat the seabird chicks. You can find videos about that, such as Killer packs of alien house mice eating world’s biggest birds alive. That’s about Gough Island in the South Atlantic. Mice were accidentally introduced to the island donkey’s years ago, and now they’re killing two million seabirds a year. For more, take a look at the Sott.net article Giant Mice Devouring Island Seabird Chicks, Threatening Extinction. Pay attention to this: “The birds did not fight off their attackers, even as some mice fed inside the body cavity of one albatross chick”. Inside the body cavity! Yuk! If that isn’t gross enough for you, check out the IFLScience article Mice Have Been Seen Eating The Brains Of Live Albatrosses:
Caption: Mice have apparently developed a taste for chicks’ brains. Image: RSPB
Also see The Project: Restoring Gough Island, which is about efforts to eradicate the mice. Helicopter pilots will be dropping tons of rodent poison. There’s more about it the SusanScott.net article The monster mice of Gough Island, Midway, and beyond. Gough isn’t the only island affected by predatory mice. Susan says “The success of this project has huge implications for other islands with the same issue, including Midway, where mice have also started eating albatrosses alive”. Also see the 2016 Guardian article about eradicating mice from the Antipodes Islands: The million-dollar mouse: navy heads to remote Antarctic islands to hunt out pest.
Australia mouse plague sees rodents crawling into beds and biting occupants
There are other articles talking about biosecurity, which is all about stopping the mice reaching an island in the first place. No way would I let those mice get to another island. Absolutely no way. Or to a whole continent. You must have seen the videos about the Australian mice plague. Here’s one Gravitas: Mouse plague in Australia. Here’s another: Mouse plague deals fresh blow to Australian farmers – BBC News. And another: Australia mouse plague sees rodents crawling into beds and biting occupants | The Independent.
Screenshot from the Independent article Australia mouse plague sees rodents crawling into beds and biting occupants
Also see the Guardian article Three hospital patients bitten as mouse plague sweeps western NSW. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know what could happen. Those mice biting the hospital patients, would, if they could, eat them alive. Yes, I think mice are pretty revolting creatures. If I was an Australian farmer I’d like to torch them with a flamethrower. I’d like to clear all those islands of the damn things, and make sure they don’t get to any other islands. Because they breed like flies and swarm like locusts and eat everything they can. Because they are vermin.
Our visitors have the same opinion of human beings as my opinion of mice
But by now I suppose you’re wondering why I’m talking about mice. Well, it’s to do with what I was saying last time. Multiple witnesses see something doing right-angle turns in the sky, and it’s dismissed as the planet Venus. Or a lighthouse. Or a weather balloon. Or a bird, a black ops plane, or a meteor. Like I said, I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but as an eye witness myself, it’s crystal clear to me that UFOs are the real deal, and that the authorities have been dismissing UFO accounts for decades. The question is why? Why won’t our governments admit that we have visitors from other worlds? I think it’s for a good reason, and that reason is this: our visitors have the same opinion of humans, as my opinion of mice.
Humans Are Driving The World’s Megafauna To Extinction
Think about it. We don’t say as dead as a Dodo for nothing. The Dodo was a swan-sized island bird that was wiped out by humans. It was actually a kind of giant pigeon. The passenger pigeon was also wiped out by humans. As was the Great auk, Steller’s sea cow, and the Moa. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It started with the megafauna. Some people try to say it was climate change that killed off magefauna like mammoths and woolly rhinos. But it was the same story in continent after continent: humans appear, megafauna go extinct. See the Atlantic article Megafauna Extinction: Humans Always Kill Off Big Animals. Or the Australian Geographic article Humans killed most of Australia’s megafauna.
Megafauna illustration by Sergio de la Rosa, see Bringing the Ice Age to life – Storybench
It’s still going on. See a blog post by Angel Ortiz called Humans Are Driving The World’s Megafauna To Extinction. Yes, you can find articles that say elephants are threatened by global warming, but have a read of Central Africa elephants being killed for meat (nbcnews.com). It says “The markets in the Central African Republic offer all of the jungle’s delicacies, including monkey, chimpanzee, antelope and, if you have the cash, even elephant”. It also says increasing human populations have increased demand for elephant meat, and that forest elephants are being hunted to extinction for that meat. An elephant “can earn a poacher up to \$180 for the ivory and as much as \$6,000 for the meat. The average income for an African in the Congo Basin is about \$1 a day”. It also quotes Andrea Turkalo saying “I think people are still killing for ivory, but there has been a shift in the meat trade because of the human demographics. There are a lot more people here”. That’s right. The population of Africa was circa 100 million in 1900, and is projected to be 4.3 billion by 2100. It’s why the bushmeat trade is threatening just about every animal in Africa.
Kilamanjaro is losing its icecap due to deforestation, not climate change
Just about every tree in Africa is threatened too. In Africa, deforestation is rampant, because a lot of people cook over an open fire. So they chop down trees for firewood. Kilamanjaro is losing its icecap due to deforestation, not climate change. Not only that, but in Africa a lot of people measure their wealth in livestock, and one of the primary causes of desertification is overgrazing. See articles like Desertification of arid lands (columbia.edu), or Nicholas Wade’s Sahelian Drought: No Victory for Western Aid. Note this: “Not foreseen was the fact that cattle are the nomads’ only means for saving”. It’s like the Sahara desert is the ultimate tragedy of the commons. Take a look at Lorraine Boissoneault’s Smithsonian article What Really Turned the Sahara Desert From a Green Oasis Into a Wasteland? It tells how 11,000 years ago “the now-dessicated northern strip of Africa was once green and alive, pocked with lakes, rivers, grasslands and even forests”. It also tells how archaeologist David Wright pored over the sediment cores and pollen records, and noticed something: “It was as if, every time humans and their goats and cattle hopscotched across the grasslands, they had turned everything to scrub and desert in their wake”.
The expansion of the Gobi is attributed mostly to human activities
It sounds similar for the Gobi desert. Check out the Wikipedia Gobi Desert article which says “The expansion of the Gobi is attributed mostly to human activities, locally driven by deforestation, overgrazing, and depletion of water resources”. It also says “as well as to climate change”, but’s that’s referring to a paywalled New York Times article which says people are being displaced by climate change, which isn’t true. See a copy of the article here and note the way the Chinese government is trying to stop the herding, and plant millions of trees.
Drunken shrimps, live fresh donkey, and raw live monkey brains
Talking of China, Chinese traditional medicine has been threatening animals for millenia. There’s Tiger bone wine, rhino horn tonic, bear bile, and much much more. There’s also the Chinese wet markets, reputed to be the source of pandemics. The Chinese are said to eat anything with legs apart from tables. See Why The Chinese Eat (And Drink) Anything And Everything – Worldcrunch. The Chinese giant salamander, which is facing extinction, is considered a delicacy. So are drunken shrimps, live fresh donkey, and raw live monkey brains. Gross. See the Reuters article ‘Animals live for man’: China’s appetite for wildlife likely to survive virus. Or search the internet on Chinese skin animals alive. I don’t like that. Not one bit. And whilst I’m on a roll, I don’t like whaling either, especially when it’s Japanese “scientific” whaling. Ditto for Dutch electrofishing. Nor do I like the way so-called indigenous people get a free pass when it comes to killing whales or hunting anything they damn well like. Closer to home I don’t like to see marine mammals getting killed by supertrawlers either:
Why doesn’t Princess Nut Nuts put a stop to that? Then there’s the puffins in the North Sea. People will tell you that they’re in decline because of climate change, but that’s bullshit. The real cause is Danish industrial fishing for sand eels. See Paul Homewood’s article Industrial Fishing Of Sandeels Is To Blame For Seabird Declines, Not Climate Change. Also see the ScienceDaily article Overfishing threatens the survival of seabirds. It’s similar for the puffins in Iceland, see Collapse in Puffin Nesting in West Iceland. Note though that it says “the ocean temperature in Icelandic waters has been increasing since 1996”. They’re trying to pin it on climate change. But search on puffin capelin fishery, and note that the Icelandic capelin catch was 1.6 million tons in 1996. The catch was zero in 2019 and 2020 because there weren’t any capelin left. If you dig around you can also learn that the Icelanders used to catch 2 million tons of herring a year, but then the fishery collapsed in 1969. Doubtless that was due to climate change too.
The contrails of all the other planes were black
Having said all that, I do like the way Extinction Rebellion say air travel is bad for the atmosphere. A few years back the wife and I plus the boy went on holiday to Rhodes. We flew over Germany, where I was surprised to see that the contrails of all the other planes were black. It wasn’t just one plane, it was every plane. It was like the Avia Films video Black contrails or Scattering Effect?
Screenshot from the Avia Films video Black contrails or Scattering Effect?
I don’t know whether it was just a trick of the light, but it made me realise that chucking out kerosene exhaust at 37,000 feet has got to cause a lot more grief than chucking out petrol exhaust via a catalytic converter at 2 feet. But I don’t like the way Extinction Rebellion focus on climate change, and don’t say anything about the way population growth is driving habitat destruction, deforestation and desertification, and mass migration. Or about the way man has been responsible for the mass extinction of animals. And I really do not like this: “the world’s resources are being seized faster than the natural world can replenish them. Children can do the maths on this, and know they are being sent the bill. And the young are in rebellion now. This is their time, their fire. The flame is theirs and they are lighting the way”.
Save the children, or save the planet
Why don’t I like it? Take a look at some satellite pictures of fires in Africa. Or have a read of the NASA article Thousands of Fires in Africa Continue To Burn Bright | NASA. Getting rid of your gas boiler is nothing compared to that. Net zero is nonsense compared to that. Extinction Rebellion say they tell the truth, but they don’t. Because what they don’t tell you is that the world’s population is growing by about a billion people every twelve years. That’s a billion children eating their way through all the elephants and the bush meat and the fish, frogs, and fowl. All cooked on fires burning the wood from all the chopped-down trees in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Greta Thunberg might rally the children against climate change, but the supreme irony is that they’re causing it. One day she may come to appreciate that. Because one day, there’s going to be a rather unpleasant Malthusian choice: save the children, or save the planet.
Planet of the Humans
Meanwhile I think Michael Moore nailed it with Planet of the Humans. Director Jeff Gibbs exposed the double-dealing hypocrisy of the environmentalists who have sold their souls, or never had one in the first place. These are the guys like Prince Charles, the Prince of Hypocrites, who has never done a day’s work in his life. These are the faux-green fatcats who will tell you not to drive a car while they fly to the climate-change conference in a private jet. Or wax lyrical about biomass power stations like Drax B whilst saying nothing about the clear-felling of primal forests to feed it. Or blather on about biofuels whilst turning a blind eye to jungles being cleared for palm-oil plantations. They know it’s turned into a reverse-Robin racket, where burning rubbish is “green”, and even Greenpeace admit that we’re living in a golden age of greenwash. That’s why they never say anything about all that overpopulation. Even though it’s patently blatantly obvious. See the BBC news article Population: The elephant in the room. Note this comment: “Take away the massive levels of overpopulation and all the other problems – climate change, resources, food shortages, space to ‘breath’ etc. they all just melt away. Perhaps it is the only real problem, the rest are symptoms”. Quite. Planet Earth isn’t suffering from a plague of mice. It’s suffering from a plague of men.
What must the neighbours think of us?
Now, given what I know about physics, I don’t think our visitors are from a long way off. So cosmologically speaking, I think of them as the neighbours. Hence I ask myself this: what must the neighbours think of us? I think they’re like the Primes in Revenge of the Fallen: We have been watching you for a long long time. And whilst I think they generally don’t interfere, I think they are now aghast, horrified, in despair. Not at the cargo-cult pseudoscientific fraud that is modern physics. Not at the BLM hypocrisy or the Covid control freaks or all the woke claptrap. But at the way the plague of men are breeding like flies and swarming like locusts, eating all the animals and chopping down all the trees, and then saying climate change did it. Whilst “mining” Bitcoin. Mining Bitcoin! I am reminded of the centuries of war and conflict. I am reminded of First World War generals making the men walk slowly into machine gun fire. I am reminded of the cold-blooded murder of six million Jews. And all the other insanity, stupidity, and greed. We are truly living in an idiocracy.
What is it you want us to do?
I remember that memorable scene in Independence Day when Bill Pullman asked the alien in the lab “What is it you want us to do?” And the alien said “Die”. I also remember the Mitchell and Webb sketch Are we the Baddies? And I’m afraid the answer is yes.
Screenshot from the Independence day clip Peace
That’s why I think the aliens have grown to hate us, just as I hate those mice. They despise us, they loathe us, they want us dead. They think we’re malevolent, they think we’re evil, they think we are vermin. So no way are they going to let us journey to other planets around other stars. Absolutely no way. So if I was your government, I’d feel duty bound NOT to tell you. If you saw a shiny silver UFO stop on a sixpence in the sky, I’d say it must have been the planet Venus. If you saw a mile-long mothership at thirty thousand feet, I’d say it must have been a lenticular cloud. Not because I’m involved in some mad bad deep-state conspiracy. But because I’m trying to protect you from living in fear. Living in fear that one day, one of the neighbours will do a Prince Philip and take the 12 Monkeys solution to all the troubles of the Earth. All eight billion of them. Or nine billion, or ten. It would be like the flip side of Independence Day and The War of the Worlds all rolled into one. Ever seen the movie Prometheus? You might think you’ve lived through a pandemic, but I have a nasty sneaking suspicion that you ain’t seen nothing yet.