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How do you weaponize a rabbit?
February 21, 2014 | Jason Bittel |

Posted on 02/22/2014 10:33:53 AM PST by BenLurkin

There are four major infectious agents that officials fear terrorists will turn into potent bioweapons. The first three you know — smallpox, anthrax, and the plague. The fourth....

...tularemia is a serious disease. Humans can contract...through the bites of ticks and flies or handling the corpses of infected bunnies. Failure to cook said bunnies thoroughly will also make you sick. And that's not all....15 residents of Martha's Vineyard came down with "rabbit fever" in a single season — an outbreak thought to have started when someone ran over an infected rabbit with a lawnmower.

...Russia, and Japan have all been experimenting with tularemia's use as a bioweapon since at least World War II. That's why researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are peering into the bacterium's inner workings to learn how we might fight such an outbreak....finding tularemia to be a rather sneaky microbe.

As an epidemiologist with the CDC's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Kiersten Kugeler says tularemia is a cause for concern because it's both highly infectious and widely available in nature.... "And just last week the CDC announced a cooperative effort with other federal agencies, international organizations, and foreign governments to launch the Global Health Security Agenda[???], which Kugeler said is designed to "standardize and unify response to disease outbreaks and close gaps in surveillance and response."[???]

Kugeler says terrorists would require technology of "substantial sophistication" to weaponize rabbit fever on a large scale.

Then again, sometimes the simplest methods work best. There's some evidence to suggest that the Hittites used rabbit fever against their enemies over 3,300 years ago — making it the first known instance of bioterrorism. The Hittites' method? Leaving infected rams along the roads traveled by their enemies. After all, who can resist a free ram?


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
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1 posted on 02/22/2014 10:33:53 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

With the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch


2 posted on 02/22/2014 10:34:57 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: BenLurkin

I have no idea, but I sure as hell wouldn’t be asking that question around here. It’s just asking the NSA sic the FBI and DHS on you.


3 posted on 02/22/2014 10:35:21 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: BenLurkin

4 posted on 02/22/2014 10:35:24 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin
The bones! Look at the bones!

5 posted on 02/22/2014 10:36:03 AM PST by dangus
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To: dangus
Damn. Too slow. Here's another:


6 posted on 02/22/2014 10:37:18 AM PST by dangus
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To: BenLurkin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oNVVCJRcJys


7 posted on 02/22/2014 10:37:35 AM PST by Usagi_yo (Standardization is an Evolutionary dead end.)
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To: dangus

8 posted on 02/22/2014 10:39:30 AM PST by dangus
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To: BenLurkin
Russia, and Japan have all been experimenting with tularemia's use as a bioweapon since at least World War II.

The DNR introduced tularemia into the rabbit population where I used to live a long time ago to control the rabbit population. If you know a nickel's worth of biology, you figured out already that the susceptible rabbits died off, and the rest are now carriers. I was always told if you shoot a rabbit to eat, wash your hands carefully and be sure you cook it thoroughly. Not sure you could weaponize something that's already thoroughly infested into our rabbit population.

9 posted on 02/22/2014 10:55:42 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: BenLurkin; Darksheare
This thread has Darksheare written all over it.


10 posted on 02/22/2014 11:25:21 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

wow

Reminds me a bit of “Watership Down”


11 posted on 02/22/2014 11:27:55 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: dangus
no one is safe, not even President Carter in a boat


12 posted on 02/22/2014 11:29:29 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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13 posted on 02/22/2014 11:31:14 AM PST by RedMDer
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To: null and void

Run for your life, girl!!

14 posted on 02/22/2014 11:31:19 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: null and void

They might look innocent but they actually gangsters in disguise

15 posted on 02/22/2014 11:35:14 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: BenLurkin
bugs bunny photo: Bugs Bunny Marine 2vn15hd.jpg
16 posted on 02/22/2014 11:43:27 AM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

Does that rifle have a hare-trigger?


17 posted on 02/22/2014 11:46:11 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
It just might! :) bugs bunny photo: Bugs Bunny bugs-bunny-debut-1.jpg
18 posted on 02/22/2014 11:54:53 AM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: GeronL; dangus; null and void; BenLurkin; dfwgator
lol

rabbits smabbits everyone knows how to deal with the hordes

gather a bunch of friends together

take a casual stroll through the brush

round them up

and beat them to death with clubs


19 posted on 02/22/2014 12:00:37 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: null and void; BenLurkin
Do not forget the terror of gun bunnies.
We are fierce, fearsome, and will dig in your yard!
..while launching high explosive steel rain at things...
20 posted on 02/22/2014 12:01:29 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: null and void; BenLurkin
Hares will form a cohesive battle line formation!
21 posted on 02/22/2014 12:07:01 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare
And dancing rabbids!


22 posted on 02/22/2014 12:10:37 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: COBOL2Java
The dance is rather odd.
23 posted on 02/22/2014 12:35:44 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Mr. K
With the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch

Well.

That didn't take very long.

24 posted on 02/22/2014 12:36:19 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Morgana

Sgt Bugs Bunny is not a Rabbit.

He is a Wascally Wabbit.

Elmer Fudd told me.


25 posted on 02/22/2014 12:37:17 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --When you have them by the short hairs, the minds and hearts soon follow.)
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To: BenLurkin
These rabbits have been weaponized in such a manner as to leave their female owners rendered completely unhitable (even by Laz ' s standards), thus causing a population collapse in the targeted nation, and unhindered invasion of it.
26 posted on 02/23/2014 9:06:46 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

Very cute....but not what I usually think of as “Swedish Bunnies.”


27 posted on 02/23/2014 9:24:20 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
did someone say "swedish bunnies?"


28 posted on 02/23/2014 10:15:07 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Mr. K

Yes please!


29 posted on 02/23/2014 4:04:18 PM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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