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Pigs, Ducks, Black Swans, Chickens And Now Fish: The Shanghai Animal Apocalypse Accelerates

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Shanghai just can't catch a break - first it was floating dead pigs, then ducks, then black swans, then mass chicken exterminations, and now fish. From the Telegraph: " Just weeks after over 16,000 putrefying pigs were pulled from Shanghai's Huangpu river, more than 250kg of dead carp had to be retrieved from a river in the city's Songjiang district. Mystery still surrounds the cause of death, but numerous explanations have surfaced in the Chinese media since residents first complained about the foul-smelling fish last Monday. Theories reportedly include climate change, electrocution, an explosion or even a drug overdose. The Shanghai Daily quoted a local government official who "speculated" the fish could have been "drugged." So, in China things are so good, even the fish are ODing on sleeping pills? Hardly, but the fact that this is even floated "out there" just shows how miserably The Onion has missed its IPO window.

More:

China has become notorious for its polluted rivers, largely as a result of decades of unbridled economic growth. Last year a senior official conceded 20 percent of the country's rivers had become "too toxic for human contact".

 

Shanghai authorities have so far denied the "fish kill" was caused by water pollution, citing the absence of chemical plants near the river.

 

Whatever the cause, authorities insist there is no risk to public health or drinking water sources.

 

"The river's quality hasn't been affected by the dead fish so far. It remains the same level as usual," an official named as Mr Zhang told the China Daily. He did not explain what the usual level was.

 

Nor was there a connection between the dead carp and the thousands of rotting pig carcasses pulled from Shanghai's Huangpu last month, local environmental official Liu Fengqiang said.

Of course not - that was a completely separate instance of mass drug-facilitated suicide.

One river-dweller told the China Daily he had stopped using tap water in the wake of the two scandals. "I need to trust my sources of water. I'm still haunted by the dead pigs," Shi Hua said.

 

Meanwhile, samples of the dead fish have been sent for testing and the fish themselves have been laid to rest.

 

"All the dead fish plucked out of the water were buried safely," the Shanghai Daily reported.

... And have already been sold by local restaurants as KFC's latest mystery meat?

All of the above visually, courtesy of George Chen:

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Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:35 | 3421533 Mercury
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Damn, if a carp can't survive...there is some seriously toxic shit in that water.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:36 | 3421540 CPL
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Hypothesis: As has happened in the past, the already-anoxic oceans have grown considerably more anoxic because of changes in the Gulf current that distributed heat around Florida, up the east coast and then to the east. As a result, as has happened before, the anoxic 'dead zones' are pluming clouds of deadly invisible hydrogen sulfide gas into the atmosphere. Consequently, the ozone layer is being reacted away (H2S + O3 --> H2O + SO2), exposing the Earth to rising and probably ultimately lethal levels of UV radiation and causing a major increase in mutations and genetic chimeras all around the world.

This process is also allowing in more heat, which is now accumulating in the Gulf, along the east coast, and in other areas of the world's oceans, lakes, and seas, and beginning to dissociate the methane hydrate deposits. (Confirmed.) Because the H2S eats away the hydroxyl radicals as well as ozone, and because the hydroxyl radicals are what would NORMALLY mitigate methane in the atmosphere, the resulting methane plumes will last considerably longer, enhancing the oceanic heating, causing more H2S plumes, making the methane last longer...and so on.

The rising H2S levels in the atmosphere are killing off aerobic (oxygen-using) life on Earth. This began some time ago, with bees and small lizards, and has worked its way up the size ladder as the atmospheric plumes have increased in concentration, and this process has escalated radically since the Gulf circulation significantly changed in 2010. Now the H2S is wafting down into low-lying areas and killing people there in increasing numbers, and it is making its way into homes now too and killing multi-person households, as well as fish, birds, trees and other oxygen-using life around the world.

Because hydrogen sulfide and methane are both highly flammable gases, their interaction with our flammable fuels infrastructure (cars, planes, jet skis, boats, homes, hotels, businesses, chemical plants, ammo depots, etc) is problematic and is leading to increases in fires and explosions, everywhere generally, but more on and near the coasts. Also, hydrogen sulfide is extremely fast-acting (it is deemed a 'knockdown agent' for this reason) and people driving any type of vehicle are likely to be affected, either rendered unconscious or dead, and this will cause an increase in major vehicular accidents of all kinds which has already begun.

Hydrogen sulfide is a heavier than-air-gas and will be accumulating in low-lying places: the oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, ravines, ditches, quays, canyons, valleys, gorges, streams, etc. Water is also heavier-than-air, so wherever you find water you are likely to find H2S accumulating. Methane is slightly more buoyant than (normal) air so it will mix and be generally everywhere, but will tend to fill up our atmosphere from the top down.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:38 | 3421554 Pladizow
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This whole story smells a little fishy to me!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:50 | 3421581 hedgeless_horseman
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Pigs, Ducks, Black Swans, Chickens And Now Fish

What, no rabbit?

Want a cleaner, better life? 

Get out of the city and grow your own food.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:52 | 3421599 DutchR
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In a few years this will be a 'World Press Photo' winner.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:53 | 3421602 NoDebt
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Thank you for not posting pictures of your delicious-looking home-grown bounty at 11:30.  9:45 is OK.  Just please don't do it at 11:30 any more.  It makes my lunch look..... not so great by comparison.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:08 | 3421614 hedgeless_horseman
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I'll gladly ship you some rabbit terrine, Fed-Ex.  It will still be very good for a picnic lunch in the park tomorrow.  You want cheeses, too?

Maybe pick up a bottle of Chateau de Saint Martin Cru Classe Eternelle Favorite and take the afternoon off?  Don't forget the gerkins.

 

Vote Epicurean, 2016!  
We cannot do any worse.

 

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:10 | 3421678 NoDebt
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Well, the weather is certainly good enough for a picnic (finally!).  If you're offering, I'm accepting!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:23 | 3421720 hedgeless_horseman
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If you are bold enough to post an address, then I am happy to accomodate you. 

I will be available for pm on ZH_Chat for 15 min.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:18 | 3422269 The Big Ching-aso
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Shanghai Smorgasbord.       

 

"Dine on the river.   All you can eat and shit for only $7.99 - while supplies last."

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:34 | 3421810 TheMeatTrapper
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I trap my meat. Organic, free range, steroid free, antibiotic free. Mother nature feeds them and weeds out the sick. I collect the rest.

http://www.meattrapper.com

I caught these four yesterday morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymAe-H3T3qQ

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:36 | 3421827 hedgeless_horseman
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Awesome!  Nutria, the other white meat.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:26 | 3422006 LawsofPhysics
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If you don't think that there is made-man steroids in the environment, especially in certain areas of the world, you are a fool.  Bring some of the soil/water in for testing just to be sure.  Trapping in rural suburbia is great, but understand those beavers may be downstream from several water treatment or or chemical output facilities.  Know what the watershed is like and what lies above.  Very very important.  No fucking way I'd eat a beaver caught within 200 miles of any coastline.  especially if there was more than one urban (more than 100,000 people) center in between.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:32 | 3422331 TheGardener
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Carp grows best in sewage. I have a hundred year old book
where they explain how to drain your pond, put in all the manure you can and fill it up again and it will work next best (!) to the village pond where ALL the sewage passes through. Hard to kill a carp with shit, but a few drops of
oil/diesel will do the trick in a pond.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:36 | 3422347 LawsofPhysics
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Sure, my point was simply that, unless you know exactly what is in the food source and water that the fish are living in, you don't have a clue as to what can be found in their fat/proteins.  I have known a souple people with "carp ponds".

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:43 | 3422367 Hulk
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Carp Souple People, its whatz for dinner, Bitchez !!!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 14:42 | 3422951 RafterManFMJ
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You actually eat beaver? What does it taste like?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 15:02 | 3423077 Jugdish
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Well RaftermanFMJ it depends. If they are between 19-30 yrs old, white or Hispanic, between 110-135lbs, usually very very good. There are some deviations that taste very good but I wouldn't venture too far. Make sure it's the right time of the month and the beaver hasn't spent too much time with other nearby damns.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 15:14 | 3423141 TheMeatTrapper
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I've been eating it for years. It's a very lean red meat much like bison or buffalo. I grind it into burger or sometimes make a stew. Here's a brief write up of how I do it. http://meattrapper.com/2013/02/02/beaver-from-the-snare-to-the-grill/.

I'd rather take my chances on eating an animal that I catch, skin, and butcher myself than trusting my food supply to a corporation that is concerned with profits over quailty. I know the environments that I trap in, I know what they are eating and I know what shape every animal is in because I butcher it myself. 

I can take a dollars worth of aircraft cable and catch a weeks supply of meat for my family. The return on materials is pretty good. Interestingly enough, I recently gave a seminar to a local prepper group from a local church. People are hurting with the high cost of food, and they are starting to wake up - at least around here. 

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:24 | 3422043 MrBoompi
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I don't know how 300 million people will be able to get out of the city and grow their own food.  After experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history here in the midwest, and the growing concern about dwindling water supplies, even if we were able to get a little land outside of the city we may not be able to grow anough of anything to support ourselves.  Hopefully rainfall will be in the normal range this year.  There seems to be a lot of emphasis on money, and not so much on the environment.  You can't eat, drink, or breath money, and we tend to forget that.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:31 | 3422079 LawsofPhysics
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Correct.  In addition to rain, there are a lot more nutrients that the plants need.  Specifically, many different elements (N, S, P, Mg, Fe, C, Se, Ni, etc.), in the correct oxidation state.  The last bit is the tricky part, as getting an element into the right oxidation state requires energy and time regardless of whether or not you do it naturally (composting) or via Dupont and store-bought fertillizer.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:22 | 3422302 The Big Ching-aso
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I think it's time to light that phucking river on fire and have one helluva Szechuan barbeque.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:44 | 3422589 PKF
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Hoping that the Extremely Wealthy Thieves will have to saute their $100 bills and assorted Treasuries in a pan coated with water that once held swine, carp, and swans for their dinner.  Then let them choke down the meal and later watch with horror at the many paper cuts as the meal exits from the other end.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:31 | 3422078 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Pladizow said:

This whole story smells a little fishy to me!

ROR! Fishness olfactory sensationality not even the half of it.

From TFA:

    "All the dead fish plucked out of the water were buried safely," the Shanghai Daily reported.

... And have already been sold by local restaurants as KFC's latest mystery meat?

Don't put it past them. After all, they built a KFC on the former site of Unit 731, the WW2 complex where the Japanese carried out human experimentation involving chemical and biological weaponry. This is also where the plague-infested fleas, later dropped on Chinese population centers, were cultivated.

Here's the Unit 731 KFC - finger lickin' good:

http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=45.603590&lon=126.627731&z=15&m=b

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:54 | 3422389 fourchan
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china is toxic.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 14:16 | 3422782 akak
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I think this quote by respected Chinese citizenism environmental authority says it all:

"The river's quality hasn't been affected by the dead fish so far. It remains the same level as usual,"

So apparently, the "usual" water quality here is water befouled by thousands of dead fish (among any number of other decomposing vertebrates).

Ah, Chinese citizenism environmental contamination insanitation! 

Blobbing-up filth is the mattering thing, quite literally the crustiest bit of it.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:41 | 3421555 Lmo Mutton
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Soooo, I should go long Mars furtures?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:49 | 3421587 DutchR
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Fuck me, i'm buying tinfoil.......

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:56 | 3421926 Overflow-admin
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IMHO this theory cannot apply to rivers: the gases (H2S, CH4, CO2, whatever they are) need to reach a very high concentration (in comparison to average atmosphere composition) for the dose to be lethal. I don't know any river deep enough and calm enough so that could happen.

 

The fact that a gas is "heavier than air" isn't sufficient to imply that it will accumulate in low-lying places. Meteorological conditions are a bitch (ascending/descending currents)!

 

But I concede lakes and oceans do in some cases contain deadly gaz reservoirs.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:58 | 3421939 Smiddywesson
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At least in my trading, I have found that the more complicated my argument becomes, the more likely I am to lose money.  CPL's argument is complicated, alarmist, and bizarre.

"Now the H2S is wafting down into low-lying areas and killing people there in increasing numbers, and it is making its way into homes now too and killing multi-person households"

"Consequently, the ozone layer is being reacted away (H2S + O3 --> H2O + SO2), exposing the Earth to rising and probably ultimately lethal levels of UV radiation and causing a major increase in mutations and genetic chimeras all around the world."

"Because hydrogen sulfide and methane are both highly flammable gases, their interaction with our flammable fuels infrastructure (cars, planes, jet skis, boats, homes, hotels, businesses, chemical plants, ammo depots, etc) is problematic and is leading to increases in fires and explosions, everywhere generally, but more on and near the coasts."

"This process is also allowing in more heat, which is now accumulating in the Gulf, along the east coast,..." 

LOL, I bet the people on the East Coast would disagree with that last one.  I return to my original argument: 

You can't think straight because you know too much.  Stop reading and get your head on straight.  People are not passing out from knock down gasses, my mower is not going to suddenly burst into flames and cause me to spill my beer, and H2S is not going to sneak into my bedroom and strangle me in my sleep.  What you are doing is scaring yourself witless and giving political capital to the very same people making money off of pollution in the first place.  If they have thier way, they will use your tax money to gin this up and do more of the same.

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 06:40 | 3425419 Machination
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Well he did say "theory".  And I would not discount the possibility.

http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/33/5/397.full.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_sulfide which states: "Hydrogen sulfide has been implicated in several mass extinctions that have occurred in the Earth's past. In particular, a buildup of hydrogen sulfide in the atmosphere may have caused the Permian-Triassic extinction event 252 million years ago."

When you think about the Siberian permafrost turning to rotting swamps, all the fracking going on globally (natural gas can contain up to 90% H2S), growing "dead zones" in oceans, river and lakes, it is not hard to imagine this outcome over time.

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 06:40 | 3425420 Machination
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Well he did say "theory".  And I would not discount the possibility.

http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/33/5/397.full.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_sulfide which states: "Hydrogen sulfide has been implicated in several mass extinctions that have occurred in the Earth's past. In particular, a buildup of hydrogen sulfide in the atmosphere may have caused the Permian-Triassic extinction event 252 million years ago."

When you think about the Siberian permafrost turning to rotting swamps, all the fracking going on globally (natural gas can contain up to 90% H2S), growing "dead zones" in oceans, river and lakes, it is not hard to imagine this outcome over time.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:12 | 3422267 Bicycle Repairman
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Sounds to me like we need a hydrogen sulfide tax.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:12 | 3422270 paddy0761
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Hey CPL - Don't fart!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:37 | 3421545 Freddie
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The idiots on the left blaming global warming.  Their marxist/kleptocrat pals the Chinese destroy everything they tough.   The Chinese are like the Detroit-types of Asia.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:44 | 3421568 Van Halen
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This is what happened when the "climate change" crowd took over the environmental movement. It stopped being a movement about the environment where they heavily focused on pollution (a worthy cause) and became this esoteric hot/cold/wet/dry/always the fault of the Right and Democracy and Capitalism 'climate change'.

Notice you hear very little about pollution any more. The entire movement is about telling you what new taxes you need to pay and what you can and cannot do in order to reduce 'emissions'. And then we see ClimateGate, where these guys got stone cold busted admitting they were ginning up numbers, lying about the results, and blocking any other scientists who could show otherwise.

More than likely, the fish were dumped or died as a result of some kind of pollutant. But this is China - the darling of the Left and one of the most polluted hellholes on the planet. One never knows.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:09 | 3422259 Freddie
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They wrecked the (old) Sierra Club.  The Sierra Club was a good group about protecting the environment.  One of the things they were against was uncontrolled illegal immigration which caused more sprawl. 

The Sierra Club was then hijacked by the Democrat Party so now they are pro-open borders and I would bet most of these enviro groups are funded by the Saudis and other ME oil countries.   Lib-turd Matt Damon got busted doing his anti-Fracking movie which was funded by Abu Dhabi oil money.  F TV and F Hollywood! 

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:49 | 3421591 pods
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Nah, looks like shiners (first 3).
Carp have a lower mouth.

Shiners aren't particulary hardy either.  They aren't as fragile as menhaden, but we used to see die offs in summer during a hot spell and low water.

pods

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:20 | 3422472 Intoxicologist
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Obviously, no one ever lost any silver to the bottom of the Huangpu.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:35 | 3421535 Disenchanted
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Would you like flies with that ___________?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:35 | 3421536 CaptainAmerica
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Sounds fishy to me

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:25 | 3422050 mudduck
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Just another red herring. No trout about it. Coddling on that scale is bound to finnish off a few of the bigger flounderers and even some of the small fries will be belly up.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 14:26 | 3422807 akak
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Oh, get off your high perch and stop carping about a few dead fish.  Just for the halibut, can't you sing any other tuna?  I mean, damn, what a crab!  You're making me positively eel. 

If you insist on being such a stupid pollack, I am going to have to ask you to clam up.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 19:25 | 3423212 mudduck
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You talkin abalone pal. You obviously dont get the octopycs of what im shellin out, its not at all inky. So reef back on the shnarkyness, and get yourself some psychiatric kelp.

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 17:07 | 3428458 willwork4food
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You suckers dont know carp. Here we talk about silver & GOLD, FISH not so much. 

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:35 | 3421538 GetZeeGold
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I've canceled my China vacation. Just seems prudent.

 

I hear North Korea is nice this time of year.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:43 | 3421566 duo
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you have to wait until mid-May to make sure you don't get snow.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:20 | 3421734 Dead Canary
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I'm going to Mars. Those Martian women have ten titties!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:56 | 3421934 Hulk
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but you only have two hands...

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 14:45 | 3422973 RafterManFMJ
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He can layover in Fukashima and grow 8 more in no time.

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