How to kill an anthill

22 Jul
– 2011 “New Yorker” cartoon by Zachary Kanin

11 responses to “How to kill an anthill

  1. Dave

    July 22, 2021 at 1:22 am

    FYI ant colonies are not monarchies because the “queen” does not rule. All she does is lay eggs while servants bring her food. Ant colonies are economically communist and politically democratic — all who are able to work receive food, those unable to work soon become food, and all decisions are made by group consensus.

    Insect democracy is never corrupted by special interests because the worker-voters, being sterile, have no interest but the success of the entire colony. It makes more sense to think of the colony as a single organism with distributed cognition, something fascists long dreamed of creating but inevitably failed because humans are not ants. When Mussolini called for “corporatism”, he didn’t mean “rule by corporations”, he meant the entire society functioning like a single body, “corpo” in Italian.

  2. electricangel

    July 22, 2021 at 4:22 am


  3. elspeth

    July 22, 2021 at 7:22 am

    I’m really annoyed at the number of woke corporations moving operations to FL. I am fairly well convinced that this just another version of the great replacement scheme that Tucker Carlson talks about. Goldman Sachs is coming. So are even more Disney folks:

    They mention Florida’s “business friendly climate”, and the fact that we have a “rich culture of hospitality and active lifestyle as well as a lower cost of living with no state income tax”…

    Why not use your Disney clout and make California business and tax friendly again? I know this isn’t exactly the same as international immigration, but it feels like it. They’re either acting maliciously, or are too stupid to recognize that the difference between our policies and theirs were established by their votes.

    • Will S.

      July 22, 2021 at 10:29 am

      Ugh. Sorry to hear.

    • fuzziewuzziebear

      July 22, 2021 at 8:08 pm

      These are the wrong businesses to bring to Florida. What you need are businesses that produce goods to fill up empty trucks stuck in Florida. This will only exacerbate things.

      • elspeth

        July 23, 2021 at 7:20 am

        Yes, Fuzzie. I agree completely! This is not, in my opinion, a welcome development.

      • fuzziewuzziebear

        July 23, 2021 at 2:51 pm

        This has been an issue since the middle of the eighties, that I am aware of, and it won’t be addressed.

  4. zerothposition

    July 22, 2021 at 7:39 am

    I don’t have that kind of time against fire ants. Where’s my bifenthrin?

  5. jorgen b

    July 22, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Sweet N Low will kill a few individual ants, but then they figure out its bad and don’t take it back to the nest.


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