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September 5th, 2001

Shark Attacks are Wack

OK, there are less than 75 shark attacks each year worldwide. And this year, there we are significantly behind last year’s pace. So why is the media beating this issue to death? For cripes sakes, do we really need an ABC News story on how to avoid a shark attack?

Yes, it’s tragic that people (kids, in particular) have been attacked, and in some cases, killed, but my God, the media frenzy makes it sound like everyone on the beach is in grave danger.

Let’s chill out with the sensational reporting and get back to some real news. Like Jon Benet and O.J.. -ram

Posted in In the News

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday September 5, 2001 -- 1:31:55AM
The only report the media needs to focus on is answering the question: How do they cram all that graham?



FROM: Terry M.
DATE: Wednesday September 5, 2001 -- 3:13:43AM
Since the Ping is part of the media, then technically we are contributing to the problem. :-)



FROM: Rob
DATE: Wednesday September 5, 2001 -- 9:10:15AM
Maybe they ran out of stuff to say about Chandra Levy, so they needed a new story they could talk about over and over and over again.

Or maybe the media just realized sharks are real.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday September 5, 2001 -- 9:55:56AM
I think sharks need to be a part of the new version of Card Sharks, instead.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday September 5, 2001 -- 11:09:45AM
I thought Jaws taught America a lesson. Obviously not!



FROM: brant
DATE: Wednesday September 5, 2001 -- 12:15:12PM
face it, we are on the food chain though have greatly distorted it over the years. if you are prepared to eat an animal than you should likewise be prepared to be eaten by it. its natures way of saying, fuck you.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday September 5, 2001 -- 12:48:49PM
Brant--For once I think you're saying something that makes sense. However, I don't think many people are eating shark. But if a chicken wants to throw down, he's earned a fight from me.



FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Wednesday September 5, 2001 -- 4:40:08PM
brant, i also think you have a point, if a somewhat distorted one. The main meat sources of Americans are chicken and other poultry, cows and related livestock, and fish of various kinds, but I doubt if there have been any fatal trout/snapper/orange roughy/clam attacks. The only animal I can think of that Americans would eat that could eat them back is alligator, and that's not very widely eaten. At least, outside of Louisiana. So, I agree with you, but in a much more limited spectrum. Unless the shark are avenging all of their tasty chicken friends who have been mercilessly chowed down for years.



FROM: Rob
DATE: Wednesday September 5, 2001 -- 5:12:17PM
Shark is tasty. Yummmmm...



FROM: Chris
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 11:58:36AM
Really Ryan, If it weren't for ABC would you have known to not "swim with sharks"? I am not sure that I would have thought of that. Of course I just read that the Florida legislature voted to ban shark feeding expeditions which have apparently become tourist destinations, so maybe that's not quite as common sense as I would have thought.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 12:31:00PM
Chris -- I live by whatever Sam Donaldson tells me.

I think we should take the sea's nastiest shark and have him go against Mike Tyson. Might be a fun battle.



FROM: brant
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 2:31:37PM
sharks are considered a delicacy (sp) all over the world and especially in asian countires where shark fin soup and similar fare is enjoyed greatly.

in my perverse sense of humour i almost am glad that these sharks are making such a stir of things. they were here for perhaps 70 million years before we were. we need more animal attacks, then everybody would go vegan out of respect. i just won't go swimming in florida.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Saturday September 8, 2001 -- 1:05:05AM
I highly doubt people would go vegan due to shark attacks. I think people would wipe out all the sharks first. That seems to be a much more viable option.



FROM: Scott
DATE: Saturday September 8, 2001 -- 8:53:39AM
Brant, As a vegan myself, I think stuff like that all the time. My great hope was that Mad Cow Disease would wake some folks up, needless to say I was wrong. I think that Matt is correct in that people would wipe out the entire species if it meant that they would be be able to vacation at the Outer Banks of N.C. and Florida without the threat of a natural predator. Unfortunately as humans are the most "highly developed" species on the planet, we have invented the most forms of destruction (Is this evolution/development?) Instead of learning to live in harmony with natural predators we systematically destroy them. I must admit I am acared as to what is going to start happening to the sharks. In line with your thinking, I wish that animal attacks would change people's outlooks and dietary habits, however I fear that attacks would only result in the extermination of the "responsible" species. In addition I really do not want to see people hurt (through animal attacks or otherwise), and hope that people continue to become vegan out of love and respect for animals not out of fear of them. People being attacked does not make someone respect the animal, it makes them think of the animal as "aggressive" or "rabid" and in turn think of destruction not compassion. As the days go by more people turn to veganism out of respect for the environment, themselves, and animals. Time and eduction is the only thing that will bring more people towards a vegan lifestyle. ----Scott



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday September 8, 2001 -- 1:06:59PM
Eloquently put, Scott.



FROM: Jim
DATE: Sunday September 9, 2001 -- 12:38:37AM
There's more to worry about than just sharks and alligators.

Check this out:

http://www.cowswithguns.com/



FROM: cameo dutton
DATE: Wednesday January 29, 2003 -- 11:00:51 am
how many sharks atacks are there each year?



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday January 29, 2003 -- 2:14:26 pm
873,509.



FROM: clint
DATE: Tuesday July 29, 2003 -- 7:13:11 pm
i was bitten just last friday by an 8 foot gray reef off the coast of powell cay in the bahamas. so i feel that i have an inside view of this topic. the fact is that most shark atacks are brought on by the person. people need to be aware of this. I know thatif i had not been holding a bloody fish i would not have been bitten.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday July 29, 2003 -- 11:10:32 pm
if i had not been holding a bloody fish i would not have been bitten.

This is true in so many situations.



FROM: Jonathan
DATE: Wednesday March 3, 2004 -- 8:02:38 am
well I would say that the reason for all the recent shark attacks is because of all the bloody cage dives. this agrovates sharks and makes them hate us therefore more attacks!!!



FROM: JACK
DATE: Thursday July 29, 2004 -- 12:52:37 am
FOR YOU JONATHAN

I COMPLETLT AGREE WITH CLINT. THOUGH I DONT UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE BLOODY FISH BUT SOME OF YOU PEOPLE NEED TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE OPEN MINDED, LIKE U JONATHAN, MAYBE U SHOULD TRY DOING SOME RESERCH LIKE I DID. THOSE SHARK DIVES ARE MOSTLY FOR STUDY SO THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU JON CAN SURF THE WEB AND FIND A LITTE INFO OR COMMON SENCE AND ATEMPT NOT TO MAKE A FOOL OF THEM SELVES. -JACK



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 29, 2004 -- 9:47:47 am
MAYBE U SHULD TRY TO FND THE RST OF THE KEYS ON YOUR KYBORD.



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DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:37:41 pm



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FROM: YA-LINGO
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2005 -- 6:27:22 pm
SHARKS WILL ATACK ANY PERSONS ON PERPOSE DUDES



FROM: HECKTER
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2005 -- 6:30:12 pm
SHARKS ARE STUPID THEY ARE FOR GEEGS



FROM: tom
DATE: Thursday April 6, 2006 -- 2:07:01 pm
sharks get confush with us and seails



FROM: tom
DATE: Thursday April 6, 2006 -- 2:07:04 pm
sharks get confush with us and seails



FROM: tom
DATE: Thursday April 6, 2006 -- 2:07:04 pm
sharks get confush with us and seails



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday April 7, 2006 -- 9:36:36 am
I love this topic.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday April 19, 2006 -- 6:24:13 am
You see guys, sharks have a constant chip on their shoulders, like the man in the commerical for Duracell, when he says, "I dare you to knock it off"!! Sharks feel the same way. They constantly have to prove that they are the ones with the balls!! This is why sharks are always taking a bite out of someone's ass and sometimes, like a pit bull, they don't want to let go. Sharks do this to show "us" that "they" are the kings of the sea, not us!!



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