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PostSubject: Python versus Gator, Scientists Hard at work feeding the Propaganda Machine   Wed May 02, 2012 5:18 pm

I saw a piece of this show "Python versus Gator" on the National Geographic Channel. Apparently some scientists (I'm sure graciously paid for by our tax dollars) are trying very hard to prove that burmese pythons are monsters capable of destroying all life in the Everglades. I expect shows like this from Animal Planet but am a little surprised at NGW.

They began their experiment by taking a dead, half-rotting alligator and thrusting it in the python's face... repeatedly. The frightened python tried it's best to escape but it was followed around the tank, constantly being poked with an alligator. The team of scientists were dumbfounded that this 'ecosystem destroying monster' wouldn't eat a meal in front of (and repeatedly bounced off of) its face.

Finally, in an "ah hah!" moment, they decapitated a rat, peeled the face off, and literally sewed it over the gators face. The burmese did in fact strike at this rat/gator abomination and the experiment was deemed a success. The show concluded Pythons are a dangerous apex predator that will readily eat gators.

I was dumbfounded by this and just wanted to share the low level of propoganda that is being run. This is the sort of pseudo science (sewing a rat face over a gator's) that is behind the Federal Python Ban and is fueling the 'python epidemic'.
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PostSubject: Re: Python versus Gator, Scientists Hard at work feeding the Propaganda Machine   Wed May 02, 2012 5:47 pm

Can you send a link to this? Nat Geo covers pop science...keep in mind this:
In the United States, National Geographic Channel, launched on January 12, 2001, is a joint venture of National Geographic Television & Film and Fox Cable Networks. National Geographic provides programming expertise and the Fox Networks Group provides its expertise on distribution, marketing, and ad sales.
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PostSubject: Re: Python versus Gator, Scientists Hard at work feeding the Propaganda Machine   Wed May 02, 2012 5:56 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Python versus Gator, Scientists Hard at work feeding the Propaganda Machine   Wed May 02, 2012 5:58 pm

Good find! It's about 30 min in.
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PostSubject: Re: Python versus Gator, Scientists Hard at work feeding the Propaganda Machine   Thu May 03, 2012 3:55 pm

"That's not a good sign" -- what's not a good sign? That you crazy people portray that it's the extensive python population that is ruining the everglades but you can't get the python to eat the gator. mmmm... sounds to me like they did the rat cover over to cover their behinds...
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PostSubject: Re: Python versus Gator, Scientists Hard at work feeding the Propaganda Machine   Sat May 05, 2012 1:17 am

Pyhtons are non-native speices and they are eating all kinds of things in the everglades. We need to keep these exotic pets out of the wild. Plus, many of these "Pets" are taken from places in the wild where the they are becoming threatend soecies in their native lands. It's better for all wildlife to remain wild and for people to see wild life when they travel to wilds places.
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