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April 4, 2005

Freedom is bought for $40.

Now this is my kind of blog post...straight up documentary photos arranged in comic book style and feuled by commentary born out of a love of the funny, incongruous details that make up our lives.

Jake rescues one of those big fish in the tanks in Chinatown and frees him in the river!


I mean, look at the sadness.
“I’d take you all with me if I could boys…”


Getting him to hold still for the weigh-in was no simple matter. My happiness was building though…


I was running low on funds, but I figure it you come to New York and don’t ride in a single cab you’re missing out on the experience. Ideally he would’ve been able to look out his clear bag at the city as we drove… we could’ve even taken a victory lap or two around the neighbor hood. Oh well.


"It’s alright little guy. It’s not just about us anymore. This is for everyone who’s ever felt like a fish out of water… everyone who’s ever felt helpless… like life is out of control…"


“Go boy, go!”


The End!

via Kottke.org.


Did you just release a species that is not indigenous to an environment that never supported it? I mean did that species have a niche in that environment that you put it into? There is a new piece of bait swimming around the river today.

Posted by: David at April 4, 2005 3:22 PM

I think there are laws against that kind of thing. It's like the "endangering an ecosystem to save a farm raised carp" law or something. If the carp was like most farm raised fish, its release in the wild will result in the infection of thousands of wild fish with some really uncomfortable fish lice or other parasite.

Soon, the aroma of rotting fish will be wafting through the streets of Manhattan. Years of environmental gains will be down the tube.

But, at least he got material for his blog.

Posted by: BOB at April 4, 2005 3:48 PM

All other stuff aside, I am in love with this guy for wanting to save a fish. I want to be his FISH WIFE!!!

Posted by: Jodi at April 4, 2005 4:54 PM

"Freedom to Fish!" may be heard as the rallying cry from the likes of William Wallace but with an undeniable fishy twist!

Without such freedom, all spawning would be grossly endangered. And did not the "Declaration of Sentienient Being's Right" (http://dsbr.free.fr/en/do/rd.htm) boldy state that it is the right of all osteichthyes to pursue their rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Unrestricted Breeding?

Of course, to anglers, the cry of "Freedom to Fish" has an entirely different meaning - sensitive fishies should turn away from this link because it may offend (http://www.serconline.org/freedomFish.html).

In summary, even the "Free Willy" movies offered more touching and heart warming plots than Jake Bronstein's underbite concerns... And yet, it was rather nice to see Maxim and FHM come together in solidarity for... a cause... any cause... this cause!?!

|mr|Darcy needs a moment to regain his composure...

Posted by: |mr|Darcy at April 5, 2005 10:10 AM

I have a serious problem with these photos. I don't see this as a heroic act. Its like giving cheese to the poor, it serves no purpose other than as a photo op. His behavior should be condemned, not rewarded. It represents so much that is wrong with our society.

If he gave a damn about the fish, he would have found a home for it. But heck, that would require an effort and take time. "Lets just put the fish in the river, who cares if he/she dies within the hour and is tortured in the process." Go see the photos of the fish laying on the floor or being weighed. He took the easy way out, which is so _od damned typical these days.

Its like these abortion protesters: its easy and maybe even satisfying (on some vain level) to stand in front of a clinic with pictures of fetuses and scream, however its hard as hell to take care of unwanted children, act as foster parents or lobby for better children services.

This was just a bullshit photo op for his blog. The way that fish was treated was inhumane (does that make sense?) as was keeping the fish in that tank. However two wrongs don't make a right.

I won't even get into the fact of whether the fish was fresh or saltwater, or if he would live in our environment (he claims it is a buffalo fish, which is a sucker (literally) found in the Mississippi Valley). He should have called some fish pond companies, expained they would get free publicity if they could place the fish and found the fish a home. Great story, great photos and great ending, just more effort.

He just happened to be shopping with someone who had a camera and could spend an entire morning photographing and saving a carp. Please!!!!

This was "sel fish ness", not selflessness.

And finally there is another issue that is bothering me: self-aggrandizement. In light of the pope's passing, I will pull a mr. darcy (but not nearly at his level) and cite a quote from the Sermon on the Mount (I think):

"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret." Matthew 6:2

Nough Said, this blogger should not be praised in any form. It was a shortsighted and selfish act and, in a way, his real motivation (content for his blog) were truly repugnant.

Andrea has never resorted to such behavior. When she needs hits she posts a good ab shot. By the way, thanks for those Costa Rica pics, they were fun.

Posted by: BOB at April 5, 2005 1:06 PM

It's a carp, a freshwater fish known to wreak eco-havoc when introduced to non-native waters, but the water he got dumped into likely had a high enough salinity level to take him out before he could overgraze. You guys should got to the guy's actual blog and see all the comments he got re: the stupidity and/or futility of his stunt. Either that or girls saying how cute he is. Basically, the fish is dead, but it's true, he is vaguely attractive in a hairy schreepy way.
This to me falls into the "but it's only one flower, mom," and the "yes dear, but what if everyone in the world picked one flower, it's then that you have a problem" category. What if everyone in New York decided to free a giant carp? Would that be kind of like an art installation a la the gates by Christo? "Dead Carp Floating," a multi-sensory art experience? Great. Just Great.

Posted by: yay dogs! at April 5, 2005 2:15 PM

clarification-- the fish was not in the least bit hairy or schreepy.

Posted by: yay dogs! at April 5, 2005 2:17 PM

After reading the comments here and going to this guy's site(I couldn't wade through the comments there), I have changed my mind. Now this just makes me very sad.

Posted by: Jodi at April 6, 2005 11:10 AM

You fools! The fish you released into what looks like the East River is a freshwater fish and is certainly dead by now due to the salinity of the water. You call this trying to save him? You made his inevitable death even more painful!

Posted by: fishguy at April 6, 2005 2:39 PM

WOw, what a waste of a perfect fish. You are a true dufus.

Posted by: Harmony at April 6, 2005 6:05 PM

I was wondering how exotic species get introduced into habitats that are not ready for a new, invasive and aggressive species that eventually wipes out the native population. See: snakehead in the Potomac watershed, lamprey/alewife/zebra mussel into the great lakes, foxes wiping out seabird populations on the Aleutians. Lucky for Jake, that's an Asian Grass Carp which has already been in the local waters for decades. That, and it's injured, probably in shock, and he put it into a semi-saline environment. He quickened it's death, most likely, but it was still a pretty reckless and uninformed act. New York residency does not necessarily equal enlightenment.

Posted by: jimbo at April 6, 2005 6:36 PM

What a fool.

i am not sure who's worse, him or the people saying his stupidity is cool.


Posted by: Jason at April 7, 2005 7:14 AM


I am sooo pleased at the application of reason to this issue.

This Schiavo issue should have been addressed as intelligently.

Has Andrea changed her opinion on this matter?

Posted by: BOB at April 7, 2005 11:06 AM
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