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  • Star, How Aussie horses were treated 100 years ago In the west of Queensland a horse had 8 years to live.. before his calculating Master had him shot Old Star stood in the horse pad-dock so dry, ... with the others he'd just been run in. ... The Manager gave orders, he now had to die,... the Jackaroo's job was to kill him. ... Brown Star was Tuppy's favourite horse,.. he'd shoulder a beast with the best. ... He was smart and still game at campdrafting of course, .. he'd been one of the best in the west. ... But this was the pay off, for death had arrived, ... his sickle was shining and sharp. ... The Jackaroo pointed the rifle and fired,... tried to shoot him right through his game heart.... The old horse did canter was whinnying still,... five times round the paddock he'd run. ... The dumb Jackaroo was still shooting to kill, .. when Tuppy took from him the gun. .. She whistled for Star and he cantered up, .. with the blood gushing out of his side. ... she stroked him a while like a young cattle pup,.. one bullet and poor old Star died.... THE PAY OFF! .................... In the old days on the big Company .... properties in Australia a horse was broke in at 4 years,... and deemed to be worn out at 8 years..... So Star was just a liability with young ... horses waiting their turn to serve their ... calculating masters.... So horses good and smart were killed along with the rogue horses and buckjumpers,... when they'd been 8 years on the Company books!!??.... Don Johnson Yes mate....when i was 17 i ...
  • poison2 cure.wmv Poisons were used to fight poison If you got bit by a brown snake in Australia before 1950 (Much more deadly venomous than a Cobra) you applied a tornaquet above the bite. You opened the bite area and sucked on it and spat it out , made it bleed to get rid of the venom, you also applied bushmen style a few grains of Condys crystal poison to the bite opened area, one poison to offset another they said. Condys baths are still used by the the nursing homes. 1960s Ringbarkers soaked their blistered hands in condys to harden the hide to keep working with an axe . Ringbarkers learned to use a round flat oil stone to make the axe blade razor sharp, needed to cut through the bark into the sap at a 45 degree angle , the cuts must meet in the sap to kill the tree In the early 1900s medicine was touch and go. Poisons nasty drugs so deadly all were used by the medico. Arsenic still works on White Ants, it goes through them all as they eat the poisoned dead, till they run out of ants. Puff a bit of arsenic into an opened wall panel where the ants are working and reseal it, it will work! So Joe White about 1900 a Bushman Tracker, Dingo trapper runner of Brumbies and Scrubber cattle had his own remedy Arsenic Bluestone and axle grease to mix and bind it together. The Arsenic poison might kill a cancer? the bluestone would burn it out!, as used by old time horsemen to remove dead proud flesh from a horse or beast , sounds logical? And it seemed to work too! It was known to kill skin ...
  • Ringbarking a cypress tree with a modified reciprocating saw thinning plantation cypress with reciprocating saw
  • Eco-Vandal Causes Millions Of Dollars Damage A local with an axe to grind over an 'eco attraction' at Belgrave may be responsible for ring-barking five valuable trees.
  • Gold mining community in Tanzania This is a quick glimpse of what I experienced in Geita, Tanzania, in September 2009. I'm doing supervisory training at the gold mine at Geita - it is such an institution in Tanzania it is depicted on the new 5000 Tanzania shilling bill. A South African and a Namibian took mercy on me on a Saturday and decided to show me the sights. We also saw the awful ringbarking of trees - totally unaware local population who use the bark to make beehives - in the process they kill the trees that attract the bees. Also saw independent miners - manually chopping away at the gold bearing orr on the other side of the hill, then loading a bag full of this stuff onto the back of a bicycle and WHEELING it into Geita town some 20Kms away, where there's a small independent smelter. These are people who live on the fringes: they work harder than most, every day, and remain in abject poverty due to igorance, corruption, disease. AIDS is rife in the area, I'm told, although the gold mining company I'm contracted to does a lot to educate and otherwise equip people about malaria and HIV/AIDS.