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bovine Predators?

August22

Why do cows attack?

And, I don’t mean your mother-in-law (or, that vapid events coordinator your fraternity brother married).

The BBC often finds itself reporting such stories as this:


A fortnight ago a cow left David Blunkett with a black eye and cracked rib. Now a vet walking her dogs has been trampled to death by cattle. Why?

With its limpid eyes and slow gait, the cow is generally a placid creature. But apparently once this gentle giant – typically weighing about 1000lbs (450kg) – has a calf to protect (or senses one of them professional cow tippers), it’s best to steer (pun intended) clear.

Predatory Cows?

Predatory Cows?

Liz Crowsley, a vet, has been trampled to death by a herd of cattle while walking the Pennine Way with her two dogs. And a fortnight ago, a cow left David Blunkett with a black eye and a cracked rib. Also on a walking holiday, the former home secretary was accompanied by his guide dog Sadie.

While such attacks are rare, Health and Safety Executive figures show that eighteen (18) people – excluding the, otherwise, hapless Ms. Crowsley – have been killed and four hundred and eighty one (481) injured by cows in the past eight years.predatory cows

Spring and early summer are when cows feel most vulnerable to interlopers, but they can be spooked into reacting at any time of year, says Sharon Woods of the Ramblers’ Association.

“We hear of one or two incidents each week, but these don’t usually involve serious injuries.”

Farmers and vets on call-outs are also at risk.

Keep calm, carry on

Because generally it is a four-legged threat the cows are trying to see off. But the dog’s owner may be caught up in the attack if the dog cannot, will not, run away, and instead tries to hide behind its human.

While Mr Blunkett let go of Sadie and she shot off, he stumbled to the ground and the cow fell over too.


“She hit my side and broke my rib. Had her full weight of around a tonne hit me, I’d have been a gonner.”

Those without canine companions should follow similar advice: move away calmly, do not panic, and make no sudden noises. Chances are the cows will leave you alone once they establish that you pose no threat.

cow tipping victim

Cow Tipping Victim?

NOTE: The National Farmers’ Union also recommends that walkers avoid crossing fields.

“Cows are quite docile animals, but can get nervous,” says Ms Woods. And at five feet tall and weighing at least 1000 pounds, it wouldn’t do to make a cow too nervous.

Indeed.

All of this raises numerous, possibly endless, questions. But, only if you are situationally aware of the way things work.

Former Miss Kentucky and Entrepreneur

Former Miss Kentucky and Entrepreneur

There are unsettling rumors of nefarious happenings, for example, in Kentucky, possibly under the influence of that smoking rabbit. This might include efforts around an attack bovine (cow) facility managed by Betty “pickles” Merlotte, a former Miss Kentucky.

Apparently there is an emerging theory around cows as attack and guard animals. Literal “engines of destruction” if trained properly. Awkward facts that include they are slow-moving, slow-witted and weak-legged critters, with a high center of gravity and sleep standing up notwithstanding.

“well… No one else was doing it. So I figured it might just catch on. I mean cows can get pretty darn mean if riled. Sorta like my mother-in-law on a Thursday night when there ain’t no bingo over at the abandoned middle school and the McDonalds is closed for fumigation.” – Betty Merlotte

Inspiring.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

that clunker is a trojan horse

August7

You need to read this recent article titled: Clunker sales nearing quarter-million; what now? – just for perspective, to have any hope of appreciating this posting.

You should also pay attention to that creepy feeling if the hair is rising on the back of your neck; and, that ugly dread seated in the pit of your belly. A fete accompli, if you will, in the hope of survival.

Look…  I freely admit I can come across as paranoid from time-to-time. Certainly righteous, and all indignant like.  But, when David Sugarman (my Jewish Mentor) taught me (it only took for him to say it once, with that look in his eyes, to get my attention) that it’s what you don’t see that can kill you, I made the absolutely conscious decision to search for and shed light-and-truth on things that bug me and upset my sensibilities – honed carefully around Jeffersonian Principles.

But, I also trust and appreciate my instincts. And, I know I have an uncanny ability to read between the lines in terms of media, of any, and all, kinds.

Last week, Glenn Beck exposed a privacy agreement on the “Cash for Clunkers” website that in part reads:

“This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the U.S. Government.”

What this means is by entering this site you are, essentially, agreeing (wether you actually mean to comply or not) to turn your computer and the contents of your harddrive over to the prying eyes of the government.

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Earlier this week, Glenn Beck updated this info by reporting that the Obama Administration contacted his show telling them that they have taken the web page down and are changing the wording.

So… Obamacrats… What’s the point of changing the wording if the web page was taken down?

This blatant attack on privacy might give the idea that they are testing the waters for future intrusions. Probing if you will. It’s sinister. It’s like you gotta watch these people every minute of each day (Never mind that’s supposed to be the role, in part, played by the House and Senate).

Is this the same sneaky bunch you might have to trust with your private health care records?

If you don’t use encryption, now might be a good time to start.

It won’t actually do you much good,mind you. But, at least you are now on your guard.

Past president Richard M. Nixon would be so proud.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

i hear Voices

July15

This just might be important.

It suggests something, possibly, conspiratorial.

I am not sure if I already knew this fact and some how forgot it. Or, am only just now becoming aware of the situation.

Kermit the Frog and Yoda have the same voice.

I, as unlikely as it might seem, never considered the point, that Kermit is a Jedi.

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Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

nick has confirmed the Conspiracy

June16

Dammit! I knew it!

To wit: The Conspiracy

They are, literally, everywhere – acting all innocent like.

brian patrick cork

Also consider: that smoking Rabbit again.

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