Put welfare recipients to work catching pythons in Florida

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Put welfare recipients to work catching pythons in Florida
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What's important in getting on the career ladder is that first real job. Many people go right on welfare and miss out on the critical first step. Because Florida has a problem with Burmese pythons running hogwild in the swamps I say we put welfare people to work catching those giant snakes. This could be the career move than gets them back on track. A giant python is nothing to be afraid of. It might even give you a friendly hug! This is a win-win proposal. Good for the state's native wildlife and good for the welfare animals. They want to work!

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What's important in getting on the career ladder is that first real job. Many people go right on welfare and miss out on the critical first step. Because Florida has a problem with Burmese pythons running hogwild in the swamps I say we put welfare people to work catching those giant snakes. This could be the career move than gets them back on track. A giant python is nothing to be afraid of. It might even give you a friendly hug! This is a win-win proposal. Good for the state's native wildlife and good for the welfare animals. They want to work!

Or just get them to run through minefields ahead of the troops in Afghanistan.

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What's important in getting on the career ladder is that first real job. Many people go right on welfare and miss out on the critical first step. Because Florida has a problem with Burmese pythons running hogwild in the swamps I say we put welfare people to work catching those giant snakes. This could be the career move than gets them back on track. A giant python is nothing to be afraid of. It might even give you a friendly hug! This is a win-win proposal. Good for the state's native wildlife and good for the welfare animals. They want to work!

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Perfect for "On the Job Training".

Once they have some job skills under their belt send

em over here. I could sure use a little  help with all the

King and Siam Cobras around our house !

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Take the cowards caught playing "the knock out game"

and see how they stand up to a pi$$ed off King Cobra ! ..;-)~

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.. 10 foot King Cobra I took out with my short bamboo walking stick next to our house.

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Can your dog deal with cobras?

How often do you get them around the house?

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Often !

Cobras use the river we live on as a highway.

1 or 2 a week, sometimes 1 or 2 a month..;-)

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The Jacal wrote:

kixigvaq wrote:

What's important in getting on the career ladder is that first real job. Many people go right on welfare and miss out on the critical first step. Because Florida has a problem with Burmese pythons running hogwild in the swamps I say we put welfare people to work catching those giant snakes. This could be the career move than gets them back on track. A giant python is nothing to be afraid of. It might even give you a friendly hug! This is a win-win proposal. Good for the state's native wildlife and good for the welfare animals. They want to work!

Or just get them to run through minefields ahead of the troops in Afghanistan.

Which should we send, the single mothers or their hungry children?

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Great idea!

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kixigvaq wrote:

What's important in getting on the career ladder is that first real job. Many people go right on welfare and miss out on the critical first step. Because Florida has a problem with Burmese pythons running hogwild in the swamps I say we put welfare people to work catching those giant snakes. This could be the career move than gets them back on track. A giant python is nothing to be afraid of. It might even give you a friendly hug! This is a win-win proposal. Good for the state's native wildlife and good for the welfare animals. They want to work!

Since it's your idea, why don't you show them how it's done.

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The Jacal wrote:

kixigvaq wrote:

What's important in getting on the career ladder is that first real job. Many people go right on welfare and miss out on the critical first step. Because Florida has a problem with Burmese pythons running hogwild in the swamps I say we put welfare people to work catching those giant snakes. This could be the career move than gets them back on track. A giant python is nothing to be afraid of. It might even give you a friendly hug! This is a win-win proposal. Good for the state's native wildlife and good for the welfare animals. They want to work!

Or just get them to run through minefields ahead of the troops in Afghanistan.

Which should we send, the single mothers or their hungry children?

First the hungry children of course... the single mothers will follow naturally...

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kixigvaq wrote:

What's important in getting on the career ladder is that first real job. Many people go right on welfare and miss out on the critical first step. Because Florida has a problem with Burmese pythons running hogwild in the swamps I say we put welfare people to work catching those giant snakes. This could be the career move than gets them back on track. A giant python is nothing to be afraid of. It might even give you a friendly hug! This is a win-win proposal. Good for the state's native wildlife and good for the welfare animals. They want to work!

Considering banks, the big corporations and wall street have been the biggest recipients of welfare in recent times, let's get the CEOs and stock traders on to the job!

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kixigvaq wrote:

What's important in getting on the career ladder is that first real job. Many people go right on welfare and miss out on the critical first step. Because Florida has a problem with Burmese pythons running hogwild in the swamps I say we put welfare people to work catching those giant snakes. This could be the career move than gets them back on track. A giant python is nothing to be afraid of. It might even give you a friendly hug! This is a win-win proposal. Good for the state's native wildlife and good for the welfare animals. They want to work!

Or just get them to run through minefields ahead of the troops in Afghanistan.

Which should we send, the single mothers or their hungry children?

But catching snakes is no problem with you?

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How often do you get them around the house?

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Often !

Cobras use the river we live on as a highway.

1 or 2 a week, sometimes 1 or 2 a month..;-)

Seriously, how on Earth can you deal with that?

A 10ft King Cobra is absolutely lethal...I read that it has enough venom to technically kill 20 adults.

What about when you walk outside your house at night, etc?

How can you be sure not to step on one or get bitten?

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tkbslc wrote:

The Jacal wrote:

kixigvaq wrote:

What's important in getting on the career ladder is that first real job. Many people go right on welfare and miss out on the critical first step. Because Florida has a problem with Burmese pythons running hogwild in the swamps I say we put welfare people to work catching those giant snakes. This could be the career move than gets them back on track. A giant python is nothing to be afraid of. It might even give you a friendly hug! This is a win-win proposal. Good for the state's native wildlife and good for the welfare animals. They want to work!

Or just get them to run through minefields ahead of the troops in Afghanistan.

Which should we send, the single mothers or their hungry children?

But catching snakes is no problem with you?

I don't think that I ever implied that it was.

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Re: Put welfare recipients to work catching pythons in Florida

tkbslc wrote:

The Jacal wrote:

tkbslc wrote:

The Jacal wrote:

kixigvaq wrote:

What's important in getting on the career ladder is that first real job. Many people go right on welfare and miss out on the critical first step. Because Florida has a problem with Burmese pythons running hogwild in the swamps I say we put welfare people to work catching those giant snakes. This could be the career move than gets them back on track. A giant python is nothing to be afraid of. It might even give you a friendly hug! This is a win-win proposal. Good for the state's native wildlife and good for the welfare animals. They want to work!

Or just get them to run through minefields ahead of the troops in Afghanistan.

Which should we send, the single mothers or their hungry children?

But catching snakes is no problem with you?

I don't think that I ever implied that it was.

Well, you didn't jump on the OP for his suggestion.

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When I was in Israel…..
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When I was in Israel I had to deal with at least six different varieties of deadly snakes. The first day the first Hebrew I learned was "Nahash! Lo Tov!" We were picking up bales of straw and under every bale was at least one of the deadly reptiles.

Once I went to take a shower and was just getting in when I noticed a very large, scary looking snake in the stall opposite me. I jumped for the door, attempting to grab my towel on the way out. Missed the towel and was standing outside naked when a kibbutznik walked up. "What's the matter James?" I told him there was a snake in the shower room. He peeked in and made a sound of amazement. "That's a bad one! We don't usually get them around here!" He called the snake man and I eventually got to take my shower.

The king cobra is the most frightening, in my opinion.

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Often !

Cobras use the river we live on as a highway.

1 or 2 a week, sometimes 1 or 2 a month..;-)

Seriously, how on Earth can you deal with that?

We have many bamboo sticks stationed around the area in case one is encountered.

A 10ft King Cobra is absolutely lethal...I read that it has enough venom to technically kill 20 adults.

At least 20 adults. Largest King Cobra found around our home was 4 plus meters.

It's head was at one end of a building while its tail was at the other end.Building was

just over 4 meters long.

What about when you walk outside your house at night, etc?

Always have a bamboo walking stick in hand tapping the ground, plus a flashlight.

They are very sensitive to vibration and for the most part try to avoid encounters.

How can you be sure not to step on one or get bitten?

There are many other poison snakes here as well.Some are in the trees so keep

looking up and watch where you walk !

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kixigvaq wrote:

When I was in Israel I had to deal with at least six different varieties of deadly snakes. The first day the first Hebrew I learned was "Nahash! Lo Tov!" We were picking up bales of straw and under every bale was at least one of the deadly reptiles.

Once I went to take a shower and was just getting in when I noticed a very large, scary looking snake in the stall opposite me. I jumped for the door, attempting to grab my towel on the way out. Missed the towel and was standing outside naked when a kibbutznik walked up. "What's the matter James?" I told him there was a snake in the shower room. He peeked in and made a sound of amazement. "That's a bad one! We don't usually get them around here!" He called the snake man and I eventually got to take my shower.

The king cobra is the most frightening, in my opinion.

I've been in combat, close quarter hand to hand,  blown up and bayoneted .

But there is still nothing that compares to going toe to tail with a King Cobra.

My preferred weapon of choice is a 5 ft bamboo walking stick with a 3 ft stick

for back up. The 3 ft stick has saved my a$$ on more than one encounter.

Not only living on a river, we have lots of bamboo growing here, and the cobras

love bamboo for making nests.

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When I was in Israel I had to deal with at least six different varieties of deadly snakes. The first day the first Hebrew I learned was "Nahash! Lo Tov!"

Yes, watch out for those serpents

There are about 10 venomous snakes in Israel....with the blunt nosed vipers and asps the most deadly...and aggressive.

However, the Mediterranean basin snakes (or serpents as you like to call them ...are nowhere near as lethal as the snakes in SE Asia and Australia.

There are Egyptian cobras in the southern Negev and Sinai regions too.

However, I can honestly say...that all the time I was in Israel I only saw two snakes whilst working out in the fields...and that's rather surprising, as I worked extensively with irrigation systems, banana plantation irrigation, and did various different jobs with regard to the large harvests...citrus, dates, mangoes, sugar-beets, olives, etc - so spent nearly all my time outdoors.

There are dangerous snakes (of course) but the population numbers must be quite low in this region...because I never saw a single snake...actually within the kibbutz housing/living/garden areas in all those years...nor around the kibbutz swimming pool grounds...which was located on the edge of the village....next to where the agricultural fields began.

Cutting down huge banana bunches is extremely hard work...and the BIG spiders (and rats sometimes) like to crawl up inside the plastic sacks that are placed over the bananas just before picking.

So you cut down a large bunch onto your shoulder-pad to carry it away to the truck...and suddenly SURPRISE...a huge spider or rat comes rushing out of the plastic right next to your neck/head - ho lee crappers, that can indeed startle the calmest of blokes - LOL!!!!

But, I never found a snake in the bunches - weird eh?

Otherwise, I would have sh!t my speedos

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Hansa Yindee wrote:

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When I was in Israel I had to deal with at least six different varieties of deadly snakes. The first day the first Hebrew I learned was "Nahash! Lo Tov!" We were picking up bales of straw and under every bale was at least one of the deadly reptiles.

Once I went to take a shower and was just getting in when I noticed a very large, scary looking snake in the stall opposite me. I jumped for the door, attempting to grab my towel on the way out. Missed the towel and was standing outside naked when a kibbutznik walked up. "What's the matter James?" I told him there was a snake in the shower room. He peeked in and made a sound of amazement. "That's a bad one! We don't usually get them around here!" He called the snake man and I eventually got to take my shower.

The king cobra is the most frightening, in my opinion.

I've been in combat, close quarter hand to hand, blown up and bayoneted .

But there is still nothing that compares to going toe to tail with a King Cobra.

My preferred weapon of choice is a 5 ft bamboo walking stick with a 3 ft stick

for back up. The 3 ft stick has saved my a$$ on more than one encounter.

Not only living on a river, we have lots of bamboo growing here, and the cobras

love bamboo for making nests.

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Now, this may been like a rather trivial (or even irrelevant) question to a man of your "bamboo stick" caliber ....BUT, why on Earth would YOU actually want to live around such dangerous snakes at such close proximity?

How can YOU ever completely relax 100% whilst sitting outside by your house, say in the sun...reading a book or whatever, or walking around the local area, etc.

What if they ever actually come 'inside' your house - ho lee crappers

With those lethal creatures in such close proximity all the time - one must always have to be on the lookout for them...and therefore, kinda on edge, or at least always aware.

I can't imagine living like that.

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