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July 27, 2007



Regarding the Chinese proverb "killing a chicken to scare the monkeys". There were some rural folk in Vermont and New Hampshire in the mid 60s that I knew who routinely hung varmits they'd just shot on fences. Partly to show their prowess and partly to deter other varmits. Along the semantical lines of "Texas Crude" I've heard people threaten to shoot a loose dog harassing livestock and "skin it, and nail its hide on the wall." Similar in effect to public executions, floggings and the pillory. Its dangerous, but rather effective method of human persuation reminicent of Machiavelli.


So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde
And that's it hanging on the shed.

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