Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Human Sub Species

Here are a couple of photos of an Australian emu. They are curious birds, always hungry, can be aggressive but not terribly wise. They can run very fast but not fly.

Here is photo of a flock of them from a NSW government website.


Here is close up of an emu at the Perth Zoo. Strange critters indeed.


Jacob MacDonald has been charged by police for running down a flock of emus with his motor vehicle. I reckon eight years in the slammer would be appropriate, but then that is about what a sentence is for human murder, assuming he is found guilty. If he is guilty and convicted I am fairly sure he will go to gaol for his crime though, for a few years, or a couple........hmm, maybe a community service order, which are absolute jokes and often just ignored by the convicted. Photo of the accused, from Yahoo7.


Did I read that he is the son of a member of the police force in his home town? Be careful here with parental gender assumptions. Social media can be great and terrible. I wonder if in many years to come his doting grandchildren will ask, Grandpa, I saw you on Youtube. Why did you run over the emus in your car? Did I read that he said he fucked up when questioned about what he was accused of doing? If you watch the clip, he was in a gleeful moment. He sure did fuck up and forever will be known as the emu killer. What a moniker to have hanging over you for the rest of your life.

Well, cruelty to a plentiful species in Australia is one thing, but cruelty to a threatened species is another, to name the Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle, or Wedgies as some of us call them. They are majestic birds, akin to the American Eagle in status. They glide around effortlessly high in the sky. I have seen them. At killer speed they can swoop down on prey. I think it it is a bit of an urban myth that they have taken cute little white puppy dogs. There may be a doctored Youtube video out there somewhere of a bird taking a cute little puppy. They are opportunist birds that do at times take live animals but mostly they eat carrion and many studies over long periods say that a well mothered healthy lamb will be fine. Survival of the fittest, I suppose. We can conclude that these birds are not a great threat to farmed animals, yet farmers blame them, or did, for livestock losses.

This bloke put a lot of effort into killing Wedge Tailed Eagles. Murray James Sylvester killed 406 wedge tailed eagles with poison. Being an older bloke, there are not photos of New Zealand born Sylvester on the net, so I doubt questions will haunt him into his old age, or will they........

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  1. Sigh.
    Close to my city there is an emu wandering around with an arrow firmly lodged in its side. The rangers know about it, but have been unable to catch it.
    It is sometimes hard to be proud of our species.

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    1. How ghastly EC. Let us know how it goes.

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    2. They can't tranquilise it from a distance, then remove the arrow? like when they tranquilise big game in Africa to attach tracking tags.

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    3. They say that it has been there a long time - he escaped them for a considerable period of time, and taking it out would cause significant damage.

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    4. Perhaps not unlike having a barbed fish hook in your leg.

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  2. An eye for an eye, I reckon. Put that idiot out on the road and treat him as he treated the emus. Bloody clown! He and others like him sicken and anger me. They are examples of low-life of the lowest degree...minus degree!

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    1. Lee, it is an unfortunate culture in the country that is disappearing but not fast enough. But even fifty years ago I can't remember wanton cruelty like that.

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  3. When I was quite young I stayed with a French family in the Champagne area. The father was a rather arrogant flour mill owner, and never slowed down in his car when driving through farms. I can remember with horror seeing Chickens scattered all over the road after his passage; feathers and dead hens everywhere. He didn't even seem to notice. Nasty man.

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    1. Cro, just horrible. It is difficult to understand how someone's mind works, but he was also intelligent enough to be a mill owner.

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  4. It's very sad that humans see the need to harm those animals. Here in Perth they just caught 4 young guys that tortured and killed 2 kangaroos this week and of course posted the video online! Hope they get what they deserve!

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    1. Sami, dear oh dear. If they do upload videos to the net, there is good chance they will be caught and identified. It just shows their real lack of intelligence.

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  5. Silvester was only caught because he turned himself in to get at his boss John Auer. Silvester says Auer told him to do it and how to do it. What's the chance he will do his time, go back to NZ, never come back to give evidence, and without his evidence others will likely as not get off scot-free?

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    1. Marcellous, you are the law expert but would Auer really be prosecuted when he did not do the deed himself? Of course if he supplied the materials to do the poisoning...maybe.

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    2. If he directed that the deed be done, yes. But of course if the smoking gun is not in your hand and some employee has done something it becomes harder to nail you. But think of those cases where people commission others to knock off their spouses - they can be charged and can be convicted. The story I read says that other people are in the authorities' sights - prosecution of Silvester was brought forward because they thought he might be leaving the country.

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    3. That does explain why the prosecution moved more hastily than usual.

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  6. I felt the same way when toddlers were severely damaged by their parents, wives were beaten to a pulp by their bulked-up husbands or humans screamed in delight at professional dog fights.

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    1. Hels, and cock fights. As you may know their is a strong connection between animal abuse and then abuse of people.

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    2. their? there!

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    3. River, just checking that you are reading properly. The usual person I set such traps for is is Victor, but he is having blogger problems.

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  7. 406 wedge-tailed eagles poisoned?? That's horrific. I was going to say much worse than running down a few emus, but I'm wrong there. Both actions are equally horrendous.

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    1. River, with a not huge population of eagles, taking out so many must have a terrible effect. And think of all the rabbits and other pests that will live without this predator to control numbers.

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  8. Why, why, why, do people do such horrid things? Honestly, Andrew, my heart just breaks. Jack and I were talking about what a sick world we live in, where young and old alike abuse the most helpless of creatures!

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    1. Maribeth, truly distressing and certainly depressing.

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  9. People who kill for fun are not understandable to me. However in Oregon a pack of wolves killed an entire herd of elk and left them, apparently killing them for sport. Anyhow, the emu mass killer looks like a zillion similar minded rednecks in our state. If he's like them, he drinks too much, thinks a bit too highly of himself, has a vehicle with large tires while he himself has a small penis.

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    1. Strayer, I think many animals kill for neither hunger or sport but to hone their skills. Nature is cruel and horrible, but hey, we humans are above that......maybe not.

      You are probably right on all counts about the alleged emu killer. The fuckwit even tried to explain himself and blamed a mate for uploading the video to Youtube. He is a total waste of space.

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