For those of you who didn’t know, Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world. Australia’s land mass is pretty close to that of the continental USA, so the boundary between Western Australia and the others is roughly that separating the USA along the EASTERN edge of the rocky mountains.
Think South Dakota, Nebraska or, in a pinch, Denver CO.
It is a toss-up between Adelaide and Perth as to which is closer to the Docker River and the township of that name, but you can bet there’s not much water in the river most days of the year.
If you have any doubts, read one of Len Beadell’s books such as “Bush Bashers”, “Too Long in the Bush” or “End of an Era”
6,000 camels are to be rounded up and shot. Good riddance, I say.
Camels were brought to Australia 150 years ago, with their Afghan drivers, as the motive force behind exploration. With the advent of cars and trains, the need for camels declined, they were turned loose, and found themselves in paradise.
It’s a dry and desert area but, I suspect, slightly better than Afghanistan, so let’s reproduce!
Now Australia and New Zealand pioneered the frozen meat trade, especially in terms of keeping meat frozen for a trip around the world, and you’d think that the Aussies and the Kiwis would have developed a bit of expertise in this sort of thing.
I grew up in Western Australia, so I have a fair idea of the distance, quality of roads and so on but ….
I’m left pondering 6,000 camels, each weighing up to 2,000 lbs, much of which is bone and hoof, being left to rot 15 miles outside of town.
If only half of the camel can be recovered as meat a.k.a. valuable protein, that still leaves 6 MILLION pounds of camel flesh.(*)
I know that Docker River is a long way from anywhere that is itself a long way from anywhere, but I dream of a fleet of half a dozen semi-trailers pulling into town, the insulated trailers being bolted end-to-end to form a 6-trailer long factory, camel carcasses being hauled in one end and frozen slabs/cubes/shredded camel meat coming out the other end and being flown to Perth, Adelaide or even Melbourne or Sydney.
Six million pounds of protein has to be worth something, no?
And this is just one town.
I mean, they are sending several helicopters to do the roundup. How much extra can it cost to drive 6 trucks and a bus full of trained slaughterhouse employees up there?
I have no idea how camel meat tastes after being marinated in crushed tomato pulp for four hours; perhaps not too good.
But don’t we have pigs and things that are good at recycling waste protein and turning it into bacon?
(*) Later: A moment’s reflection reminds me that these are drought-stricken animals, so perhaps they do not weigh as much as an animal-in-prime. Maybe only two million pounds of protein going to waste here ….
P.S. For a fascinating exercise, fire up Google Earth and travel to lat. 24°51’58.01″S and long. 129° 5’41.58″E. There you will find the Docker River as it crosses the Great Central Road.
Observe that there are more trees IN the river than on its banks. There’s a clue!
Scroll back and forth to determine whether the river flows from the SE to the NW, or from the NW to the SE.
Today’s Associated Press includes one of many stories world-wide about the 20th anniversary celebrations related to the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
I spotted this paragraph, which piqued my interest:
- East Berliners streamed toward border crossings. Facing huge crowds and lacking instructions from above, border guards opened the gates — and the wall was on its way into history.
Think about that.
For 20 years, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, border guards have been turning people back, or shooting people, who tried to cross the border.
Suddenly, faced with “huge crowds” and lacking instructions, the border guards just let people through.
Was that all it took?
People in sufficient numbers?
Ask your self this, although the great mass of people were reacting to an garbled news story from earlier in the evening, what would have happened had that same “huge crowd” somehow just taken it upon themselves to swell towards the border the night before?
Two nights before?
A week before?
If all it took to open the flood gates was a huge crowd, the garbled newscast turns out to be no more than a catalyst.
And there is hope for us all yet!
Britain’s Telegraph prints a theory that would send earthworms running, had they legs. Fortunately, earthworms crawl, and live mainly in the dark, so they are unlikely to be stampeded.
Beware these false prophets of doom trumpeting ” … because of climate change”.
The kicker is in ” …appears to be on the march from southern Europe via pot plants and import of soil…”.
Read Richard Dawkins, and know that human intervention (cheap house plants available via Sainsbury’s) is the cause of the infestation, not this bogus grant-inducing Climate Change”
Read Richard Dawkins again, realize that if Dendrobaena octaedra fails to survive, it will be because Dendrobaena attemsi is better suited to an ecological niche where people drive on the right side of the road.
Indeed, read Richard Dawkins’s “River out of Eden”, first few pages, and realize that The English Channel is the geographical divide that has prevented Britain from being able to take advantage of the many species that have developed in Europe.
Britain’s sudden turn of good fortune is being trumpeted as an imminent catastrophe.
Finally, whichever species of earthworm triumphs, it will be the one better-suited to that specific ecological niche!
Please see also I Blame it all on the Humans