Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Bagdads and Scanderoons




They're Killing Pigeons Again 
From: Stephen Bodio  Thursday, March 31, 2016
 
Tyrants end up killing pigeons; I don't know why, but they do. Franco almost made the traditional old- fashioned competition "thief" pouters of southern Spain, like the Rafenos I keep, extinct. The Taliban's mere sixteen "Commandments", including ones against sorcery and NOT growing beards, include one, the fourth,"To prevent keeping pigeons and playing with birds. Within ten days, this habit/ hobby should stop. After ten days this should be monitored, and the pigeons and other playing birds should be killed."

It worked- there are more Afghan highflyers in Salt Lake City than in Kabul today.But all kinds of totalitarian and even just Nannyists ar e tempted.Even before they tore out the hutongs, the remnants of an older city, Beijing's pigeon flyers were harrassed by fanatical Maoists.And Chicago bans them as totally as the Taliban did, along with foie gras and at least until recntly, handguns...
But the Islamic "State" goes them one better; notoriously, they kill the OWNERS too, even if they are teeneaged boys. Syria, along with Turkey, has the most fine ancient breeds; it is where, if you beie the Turkish legends, and I do, the nomads  stopped and took the pigeons they took in their horse carts out, and settled.What is sure is that they have more genetic  diversity, and more breed "roots, than any other place. So now the crazies are desrtroying an ancient genetic heritage as well.
Look at these "refugees":







They are Bagdads, the first letter carriers, now show birds, kept and illustrated by Darwin (above) and me...


They are also ancestor to the German, or Nuremberg Bagdad, or Scanderoon (rom "Iskander". Alexander), which looks different from the English bird today-- but the old type is like both...


It may not be a crime like killing humans, but it is certainly on a level with destroying art.

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