Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Vipers, real and metaphorical

Hi folks!

Today will be a bonus day with two or more special blogs to keep you on your toes.

I will begin with the viper story, the Kurdistan Viper we killed yesterday morning outside the office. Actually the Pesh-Merga guard found it early in the morning and maimed it pretty well before I got to work, but I finished it off with my handy-dandy leatherman.

These are some of the most poisonous snakes in the world, but they are not big like cobras or rattlers. They sneak into small places and wait for their food. Or they hide just underneath the sand of the desert, and strike from there. They don't pose much of a threat to people, as a rule, because they normally hunt at night. But if they get agitated in the daytime they do not run away....they go for it with gusto.

This guy was still struggling to get us even after his head had been pretty well beaten in with the butt of an AK. I then cut it off to take him out of his misery.

You can see him here:

Kurdistan Viper (Vipera raddei kurdistanica)
Range and preferred habitats: In Iraq, this species is known to occur only in a small region of the northeast. The Kurdistan viper is a montane species that prefers rocky slopes in higher elevations (4,000 feet plus).
General description: This species is gray or grayish brown with a row of orange to yellowish spots along the back, often forming a zigzag pattern. Average lengths measure 2 to 3 feet, and a shieldlike scale protrusion extends over each eye.

If you like to study snakes, look no further than the world of government contracting.

It is so fraught with the blame game, that many people, who are actually good at what they do, spend most of their time defending themselves against bullshit, and end up flinging poo like the monkeys in the movie Madagascar. No wonder so little actual work gets done.

The ones who have achieved their position by hiding in the sand and waiting for the small creatures to pass by, I call Vipers.

Like the Kurdistan Viper above, I am sure they will get their comeuppance.

Meanwhile, my advice is to steer clear of the places where the Vipers hide, and always wear thick boots.

Love and Peace to all!

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