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Stalin's last army - hordes of gigantic crabs on their way to invade Europe -
The Telegraph - UK ^ | February 28, 2004 | Julius Strauss

Posted on 02/28/2004 9:09:48 AM PST by UnklGene

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To: Cowboy Bob
Stalin, in plotting his many megalomaniacal projects, didn't limit himself to transferring human populations. It turns out he also had ideas about how to repopulate the animal kingdom. In this case, the plan was to take thousands of giant red king crabs, also known as Kamchatka crabs, from their home in the North Pacific and drop them half a world away into the Barents Sea near Murmansk, with the hope of creating a new food source for the Arctic waters of European Russia.

The Soviet leader did not live to see his project come to fruition, but his heirs dutifully carried out the transfer in the 1960s. Thousands of the monster crabs, which measure more than a meter across when mature, were loaded onto rail cars for the seven-day journey from Vladivostok to the Kola Peninsula. Others were transported by boat and dumped overboard at their new home.
51 posted on 02/28/2004 10:17:09 AM PST by SAMWolf (I even have boring dreams...I fall asleep in my sleep!)
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To: AnAmericanMother
Good enough for me; we stay out 12+ miles. But the boat still get some nice weaponry, just in case of muslim pirates or whatever.
52 posted on 02/28/2004 10:18:47 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm (Dogs have masters; Cats have staff...)
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To: AnAmericanMother
"A thousand Swedes ran through the weeds
chased by one Norwegian."

The dust from the weeds made snuff for the Swedes
and they called it Copenhagen.
53 posted on 02/28/2004 10:19:10 AM PST by cerberus
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To: Bon mots
Why is that nice man wasting his time with broccoli and pasta when there is obviously plenty of CRAB available?

Some people's priorities are obviously out of whack.


54 posted on 02/28/2004 10:20:53 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . sed, ut scis, quis homines huiusmodi intellegere potest?. . .)
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To: farmfriend
ping
55 posted on 02/28/2004 10:21:13 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: UnklGene
Louie Louie....
56 posted on 02/28/2004 10:23:19 AM PST by fish hawk ("I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more")
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To: Bambino
Red Lobster's next promo: Monster Crab Feast

"The monster crabs, which can weigh up to 25lb and have a claw-span of more than three feet..."

When is the all-you-can-eat night?

57 posted on 02/28/2004 10:23:45 AM PST by paws_and_whiskers
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To: TheSpottedOwl
Idiotic enviromentalists. Get every spare boat out there and start catching them. They can send the surplus to us!

Its not about protecting the environment, its all about government regulation. This situation gives the lefties a perfect oppurtunity to put further regulations on the catching of fish that are being affected by these crabs. Digusting!

58 posted on 02/28/2004 10:26:45 AM PST by rmmcdaniell
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To: UnklGene
The animal's legs are considered a delicacy and fetch top dollar in Japan and America. Even in Oslo, consumers pay around 200 Norwegian kronor (£15) a pound. Served with bread, butter, lemon and mayonnaise, the taste and texture of the crab meat is comparable with that of the finest lobster. One leg is enough to provide a grown man with a filling meal.

So what's the problem here?
59 posted on 02/28/2004 10:32:52 AM PST by WayneM (Cut the KRAP (Karl Rove Amnesty Plan). Call your elected officials and say "NO!!")
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To: UnklGene
One leg is enough to provide a grown man with a filling meal.

I fail to see the problem(?)

60 posted on 02/28/2004 10:37:18 AM PST by The Duke
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To: rmmcdaniell
Government, enviromentalists, same mindset. If it isn't fixed, break it!

Judging by the description of those crabs, I could see an enterprising businessman come up with a net that the crabs couldn't snip their way out of. But no, all that will be left are the crabs after all the native species have been eaten. Then the crabs will leave for better feeding grounds. Everyone will wring their hands and wonder what happened.

My solution would be to not only harvest the crabs to save the native marine life, but to breed the crabs in an enviroment that would protect the native species, but become an economic boon. Heck everyone reading this article is dreaming of lemons and drawn butter. Think of the money that could be made if they'd only pull their heads out of their rear ends. Mmmm, crab cakes!
61 posted on 02/28/2004 10:43:56 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl (Until Kofi Annan rides the Jerusalem RTD....nothing will change.)
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To: UnklGene
At present, some Norwegian fishermen have been granted seasonal licences to catch the Kamchatka crab but stiff regulations on the size of the boat used and other criteria mean they are few in number.

What a way to deal with an overpopulation of food.

62 posted on 02/28/2004 10:45:48 AM PST by lepton
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To: UnklGene
OUR BUTTER IS USELESS AGAINST THEM!!!!!
63 posted on 02/28/2004 10:49:35 AM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: sciencediet
Aw heck, you beat me to it.

"Help me! Help me! I'm over here. In the dark, where you cant see me. Help me! Just a little closer....."
64 posted on 02/28/2004 10:50:25 AM PST by Elliott Jackalope (We send our kids to Iraq to fight for them, and they send our jobs to India. Now THAT'S gratitude!)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
Put adds in the local papers along the Louisiana coast. Norway will have a sudden influx of Cajuns lugging large stainless steel pots and their lugage packed with spices. Problem solved.



Of course they would need to hide all the Norwegian women, or the plague of crabs would soon be replaced by a plague of coonasses.
65 posted on 02/28/2004 10:51:05 AM PST by Rifleman
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To: UnklGene

66 posted on 02/28/2004 10:53:46 AM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: UnklGene
These "giant" crabs aren't perhaps coming from the Chernobyl area are they?


67 posted on 02/28/2004 10:53:59 AM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: UnklGene
Damn, and no problemo. I know of some king crabbers out on the AK Aleut chain that will be headed east shortly.
68 posted on 02/28/2004 10:54:22 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: UnklGene
Don't get it, they want to get rid of the crab, but have stiff regs on the taking of it. oh well, it is EU, and there opposite alternatives speak for themselves in the land of OZ.
69 posted on 02/28/2004 10:56:40 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: UnklGene
At present, some Norwegian fishermen have been granted seasonal licences to catch the Kamchatka crab but stiff regulations on the size of the boat used and other criteria mean they are few in number."

An example of the true brilliance of socialism at work. They're so wound up in their own regulations and greenie concerns that they can't see a fortune on their doorsteps. All they would need to do would be allow unlimited fishing of the crabs until the crab population becomes more sustainable and everybody would win.
70 posted on 02/28/2004 10:59:16 AM PST by libstripper
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To: Ursus arctos horribilis
Sorry, Norway IS NOT a member of the European Union.

Anyway, I find it fascinating to see that Americans are willing to fight Europes enemies - by eating them! :)
71 posted on 02/28/2004 10:59:44 AM PST by Michael81Dus
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To: UnklGene
Seems that the Norwegians prefer the vile lutefisk. Sheesh get tons of boats and harvest those crabs. I have the clarified butter ready.

Love it or loathe it, lutefisk still a popular holiday meal

72 posted on 02/28/2004 11:05:18 AM PST by Dane
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To: Michael81Dus
Crab legs, yes. Møøse Limbs, no...
73 posted on 02/28/2004 11:12:34 AM PST by null and void
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To: Calamari
Global Warming? Global Cooling?

No! No! No!

Haven't you ever seen the original Godzilla?

French nuke testing in the Pacific gave birth to the big lizard guy.

In that part of the world, Russian/Soviet nuclear subs were deep sixed, both intentionally and unintentionally.

Either that, or it's the Earth venting radon around that area.

74 posted on 02/28/2004 11:14:20 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Michael81Dus
Anyway, I find it fascinating to see that Americans are willing to fight Europes enemies - by eating them! :)

Always happy to help.

I got the old bay, drawn butter, lemon wedges and a hammer.

Charge!

75 posted on 02/28/2004 11:19:02 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Pick my weapon? Ok I choose sledge hammers.... in seven feet of water.)
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To: UnklGene

76 posted on 02/28/2004 11:26:25 AM PST by Mentos
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To: Rifleman
Lol! Imagine 20 years later, a new generation speaking Creole with a Norwegian accent.

This whole post is making me extremely hungry...
77 posted on 02/28/2004 11:28:36 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl (Until Kofi Annan rides the Jerusalem RTD....nothing will change.)
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To: UnklGene
Mmmmm......crab bisque......Old Bay crab cakes.......crab soup........Portabella caps stuffed with Crab Imperial........crab rolls........scrambled eggs with crab meat......crab salad........HEY, I'M FROM MARYLAND, OK?!? LOL :-)
78 posted on 02/28/2004 11:30:29 AM PST by Viking2002 (I think; therefore, I Freep............)
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To: UnklGene
The solution: Crab McNuggets.
79 posted on 02/28/2004 11:35:58 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Tijeras_Slim
We'd better review the rules:


Horror Movie Survival Guide


80 posted on 02/28/2004 11:43:41 AM PST by Lady Jag (It's in the bag)
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To: 07055
As usual, government is the problem. Why is it so hard to approve unlimited harvesting of these crabs? Who do the fisherman need to pay off to get this done?

The goal of government leaders is to expand government by creating problems in the name of solving problems. As soon as you understand this, the sooner you'll understand why conservatives and libertarians want to keep government as small as possible.

81 posted on 02/28/2004 11:46:00 AM PST by 537 Votes
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To: Elliott Jackalope
Review Post #80 for the rules.
82 posted on 02/28/2004 11:46:57 AM PST by Lady Jag (It's in the bag)
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To: UnklGene
"It can survive on almost anything: kelp, dead fish, seaweed and fish eggs. It even eats crushed shells to get the calcium it needs for its shell."

So they're like edible bureaucrats, then?

Time to crank up our Zatarain's production now!

83 posted on 02/28/2004 11:49:56 AM PST by BlazingArizona
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"Not the Craw . . . The Craw!!"
85 posted on 02/28/2004 12:07:43 PM PST by Consort
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To: SAMWolf

Well I'll be damned! Commies really are good for something!

86 posted on 02/28/2004 12:08:28 PM PST by uglybiker (Evil Overlord Rule #86: Don't turn into a snake. It never helps.)
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To: UnklGene; Xenalyte
The monster crabs, which can weigh up to 25lb and have a claw-span of more than three feet,

Good L-rd.

My crotch itches just thinking about this.

87 posted on 02/28/2004 12:09:36 PM PST by Lazamataz (Dangerously is the Sahara dust.)
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To: UnklGene
At present, some Norwegian fishermen have been granted seasonal licences to catch the Kamchatka crab but stiff regulations on the size of the boat used and other criteria mean they are few in number.

Sounds easy to fix this problem. Remove the regs and let fisherman go whole hog. The consumer profits with a cheap delicacy.

88 posted on 02/28/2004 12:09:40 PM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: Calvin Locke
Aaaaahhh, that could be another explanation!

We need to check with Art Bell for the definitive answer.
89 posted on 02/28/2004 12:12:17 PM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: UnklGene
"Served with bread, butter, lemon and mayonnaise, the taste and texture of the crab meat is comparable with that of the finest lobster. "

Interesting food source! Just throw 'em in a pot and steam 'em!

90 posted on 02/28/2004 12:12:49 PM PST by BobS
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To: Bon mots
It looks like you are crapping spikey orange crap out of your mouth.

Kinda like that one South Park episode.

91 posted on 02/28/2004 12:13:01 PM PST by Lazamataz (Dangerously is the Sahara dust.)
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To: staytrue
SHHHHH! The idiots will get it backwards.
92 posted on 02/28/2004 12:14:29 PM PST by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: staytrue
SHHHHH! The idiots will get it backwards.
93 posted on 02/28/2004 12:14:29 PM PST by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: gitmo
SHHHHH! The idiots will get it backwards.

.Sdrawkcab ti teg lliw stiodi eht !HHHHHS

94 posted on 02/28/2004 12:18:08 PM PST by Lazamataz (Dangerously is the Sahara dust.)
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To: G.Mason
Heh... esp. the humans that frequent international chinese buffets!
95 posted on 02/28/2004 12:18:34 PM PST by cyborg
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To: AnAmericanMother
Isn't me - it's some lucky Dutchman. Wish it were me.

I bet AnAmericanFather is pretty glad it's not.
96 posted on 02/28/2004 12:19:34 PM PST by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I shall defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: UnklGene
Get out the elephant guns.
97 posted on 02/28/2004 12:20:15 PM PST by ladylib
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To: sciencediet

98 posted on 02/28/2004 12:25:02 PM PST by RightWingAtheist
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To: TheSpottedOwl
undecided whether to treat the crabs as a resource or a pest.

Time for a mid-life career change. Anyone know where I can pick up a good, used fishing trawler?

LVM

99 posted on 02/28/2004 12:25:13 PM PST by LasVegasMac (the boy ran out of talent going into turn two....)
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To: AnAmericanMother
Daaaaaam he looks like one of those people I make fun of in the buffets, going for fourth and fifth plates of crablegs!
100 posted on 02/28/2004 12:26:31 PM PST by cyborg
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