"The three great rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give a man his life,
but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes his life worth living. To give him his liberty,
but take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty,
is to still leave him a slave."
- George Sutherland, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1921.
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Tales of A Sod House Baby
Settling the Western Great Plains of America was a unique experiment by government. The Homestead Act of 1862 culminated in the attempt by Congress to persuade citizens to go West in great numbers. Profit was their motive. Not since the Revolution had land been “offered free” for the settling.
The area itself was unique. Thousands of square miles of prairie grasses grew almost no timber! Building materials were rocks and earth. In certain places, even rocks were in short supply. This gave rise to the era of “dugouts” and sod houses.
American ingenuity and free enterprise were kindled to meet the challenge of settling the West. The railroads offered special fares on “Emigrant cars” whereby whole families would be transported to the “Promised Land” for $52. Most of the merchants and tradesmen took the railroad offers.
Established farmers wanted to take their own animals, seed and a few implements with them! That signaled the era of the “prairie schooner” – a marvelous wheeled contraption for transporting one's household over a sea of waving grass that often appeared to be water.
From St. Louis westward, the Santa Fe Trail became the highway for settlers – a “highway” without bridges, without even the most primitive accommodations and often without any established settlements along the way.
Whole families joined wagon trains for mutual support and safety. One such train carried an entire “colony” of people from Zanesville, Ohio, to a point southwest of Dodge City, Kansas.
Some of the more adventurous came with only one or two, or perhaps up to four, wagons in the train, from points near St. Louis, Missouri, and farther east.
The recollection of these journeys, as seen through the eyes of the settlers’ children, is told in Tales of A Sod House Baby by one whose parents and grandparents made the trip. Some of the episodes are firsthand accounts. Others are taken from the journal of a child who left Lee County, Iowa, at age seven.
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You Must Know These 3 Definitions: Property, Land, Premises
October 24, 2007
By Julie Kay Smithson, property rights researcher firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to protect your property rights, you must first know the difference between the definitions of property, land, and premises. If you do not know their meanings, you cannot effectively protect your property rights, i.e., your freedom. Premises, a recently touted definition, is being used to implement the "National Animal Identification System," or "NAIS." Substituting "premises" for "property" effectively renders property rights null and void. This use of a term (and its meaning, which is often not publicized) is no accident. Property is by far the most powerful legal term, but you can lose your property rights -- your ability to admit or deny access, utilize your property, sell or mortgage it, etc., if you do not know the three meanings and the context in which they are employed.
This is why property rights champions, researchers, activists, etc., are so adamantly opposed to "NAIS" and any other restrictions to their property rights.
Government agencies -- from various Department of Interior branches (Bureau of Land Management, or BLM; National Park Service, or NPS; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, or USFWS / FWS / "the Service," etc.) to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and others -- regularly refer to property as mere "land" and property owners as mere "land owners." If left unchallenged and uncorrected, this spells the extinction of property rights. Sleeping on one's rights is no excuse in the legal and judicial worlds.
Property rights are vital to your freedom and inseparable from it. Without them, you are nothing more than a tenant paying taxes on property over which you have lost some, most, or all of your rights.
Property - Something that is owned or possessed. Property may be real (land), personal, tangible (touchable), or intangible (such as the interest in a play or other creative work). - U.S. Treasury OTS (Office of Thrift Supervision, in charge of banks, savings and loan associations, etc.) http://www.ots.treas.gov/glossary/gloss-p.html
Land - Real property or any interest therein. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_01/25cfr151_01.html
Premises - A physical location that represents a unique and describable geographic entity where activity affecting the health and/or traceability of animals may occur. In cases involving non-contiguous properties, the producer/owner should consult with his/her State Animal Health Official or Area Veterinarian in Charge to determine whether there is a need for one or multiple premises numbers. - National Animal Identification System (NAIS) A User Guide And Additional Information Resources Draft Version November 2006 - Glossary http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/naislibrary/documents/guidelines/User_Guide.htm
"The three great rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give a man his life, but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes his life worth living. To give him his liberty, but take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still leave him a slave." - George Sutherland, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1921.
NEVER FORGET Kenton Joel Carnegie
Kenton in earlier days. Born February 11, 1983; killed by wolves November 8, 2005
Ontario man killed in wolf attack, coroner's jury finds - First documented case in North America of a healthy wolf killing a human in the wild
(Note: Please, everyone, send this one to many, many others. Thanks to Barb Hall for sending me notice of this article & decision. At last, Kenton Joel Carnegie's parents, family and friends can rest and have closure, knowing that, despite the most concerted efforts of the government of Saskatchewan, Canada, truth won out. Reader, how would you feel if Kenton had been your son, or brother, or friend? Would you have fought for the truth? Would your heart have been broken by the almost total blackout of news about what happened to Kenton, including the interminable dragging out of the case by the coroner's office and federal government authorities? Would you want the truth to be told as far and wide as possible? However, the article's title still contains false and misleading information in the latter half. Other people have been attacked and killed by healthy wolves in North America "in the wild" besides Kenton Joel Carnegie. Kenton Joel Carnegie lived on earth from February 11, 1983 until November 8, 2005. His memory lives on in hearts and souls: forever.)
November 1, 2007
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A coroner's jury in Saskatchewan has determined that Ontario university student Kenton Carnegie was killed in a wolf attack.
Carnegie was 22 when he died in November 2005 near Points North Landing, Sask. On a work term for a company at the mining exploration camp, located about 750 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, Carnegie went for a walk and didn't come back.
Searchers later found his body surrounded by wolves.
Witnesses told the inquest that wild animals had been feeding at an unregulated garbage dump. Concerns were expressed that wolves in the area had lost their natural fear of humans.
Paul Paquet, an expert on wolf biology who studied the case for the coroner's office, told the inquest earlier in the week that it was more likely that a black bear killed Carnegie, although a wolf attack was also a possibility.
He said he based his findings on all the evidence, including the way the body had been consumed and moved around.
But his evidence didn't jibe with what people on the scene observed. No one reported seeing a bear in the area.
Another wolf expert, Mark McNay, who had studied the case for Carnegie's family, told the jury he was convinced it was a wolf attack.
The jury's finding is significant, because there are no documented cases in North America of a healthy wolf killing a human in the wild.
The jury made a series of recommendations on how to prevent similar incidents. Among them is a requirement for the Saskatchewan Environment Department to provide proper fencing and supervision at all landfills where there are known to be wildlife feeding.
Copyright 2007, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).
Victim was gifted and smart: father
October 30, 2007
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Often in times of tragedy, the circumstances surrounding a death become the main focus. People remember hearing about a man being allegedly killed by wolves in northern Saskatchewan, but probably don't remember his name.
The tears shed by his mother and father at the first of five days of an inquest into Kenton's death are evidence that the pain of losing their middle child is still fresh.
After the inquest adjourned Monday, Kim Carnegie, Kenton's father, talked to the media. When he was asked to talk about who his son was, Kim immediately started to get emotional.
"He was a remarkable kid. He was very, very smart," said Kim, saying some people called him a genius.
"He was gifted."
Kenton was an honours student and had just won a $2,000 grant to put toward his studies at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.
That grant was the subject of many talks between Kenton and a co-worker at Points North Landing at the time of his death.
"He was quite proud of the grant he was just awarded," said Todd Svarckopf.
In the days leading up to Kenton's death, the weather had been bad in northern Saskatchewan. Svarckopf and Kenton worked for a geophysics company that did land surveying by plane. Svarckopf was the pilot and Kenton would gather the data and put it in a report for the clients.
When the weather was bad and the plane couldn't take flight, the workers would spend time indoors, playing board games, playing computer games or doing whatever they could to pass the time.
A few days before Kenton's death, the young student wanted to go for a walk. Svarckopf told him that he had nearly been attacked by wolves a few days prior and said it probably wasn't a good idea.
"I definitely didn't want to go for a walk after my experience," said Svarckopf. "As a compromise, we played hockey."
Then days later, Kenton said he was going for a walk and that he'd be back by 5 p.m. When there was an empty chair at the dinner table, Svarckopf and another co-worker went looking for Kenton.
They found his partially-eaten body about a half kilometre from camp. RCMP were called, the corner was called and his parents were called.
The flashlight held by the assistant manager of Points North Landing was the one that first lit Kenton's body. Mark Eikel said when he saw the tracks in the snow -- Kenton's covered by wolf tracks -- and then saw activity in the snow, he knew something was wrong.
"I didn't know what to do, so I left the scene," he said. That's when officials were notified, but Eikel went back to the scene.
"It didn't seem right to leave him out there by himself."
Kenton's body was recovered, taken to Prince Albert for an autopsy and is now buried in Thornton Cemetery in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, where he is from.
Shortly after Kenton died, friends started a memorial website at www.kentoncarnegie.com
Copyright 2007, The Prince Albert Daily Herald.
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Fred Desjarlais article: http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/2005/articles01/northern_miner.htm
Six injured in rare wolf attack
(Note: Every rural dweller, recreationist, vacationer, farmer, miner, logger, rancher or rural homeowner, should read this through from start to finish. It is that important. This occurred over the Labor Day holiday. "Wolves work in packs and not individually, and it was probably ostracized." What about the "lone wolf" pabulum parroted by those using the expired-but-annually-resuscitated "Endangered" Species Act to loose a slew of large predators upon rural areas? If for some reason you cannot view the two photos below, simply click on the website address for each jpg to view. Fred Desjarlais would disagree about wolves' supposed 'shyness,' and so would Kenton Joel Carnegie -- if wolves had not killed and partially eaten him. Before the reader shrugs these things off as being 'not in my back yard' -- NIMBY -- please consider that this could have happened to your friends, your family, or you, while on vacation or living in some rural clime. Please recall the California and Colorado cougar attacks that resulted in human fatalities. No one thought Texas cougars would magically be transformed into "endangered Florida panthers," merely by crossing a couple of state lines while being shipped by government or private "re"introducers. The red highlighting signifies use of Language Deception. The very fact that United States media is concertedly pretending this attack didn't happen, rather than splashing it all over the print and television media, appears to indicate an unwillingness to admit that such attacks are, indeed, becoming anything but 'rare' and are soon to come 'south of the [Canadian] border.' How much media coverage will there be when -- not if -- there is a human victim in America? How long will it be before a Canadian gray wolf pack 'naturally disperses' to 'The Wayne,' also known as the Wayne National Forest of southern Ohio -- or to the Great Smoky Mountains of Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee, or the Appalachians, Ozarks, Adirondacks, or the Wasatch and Green River country, and beyond? How far do you live from a national park or forest?)
September 7, 2006
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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada - A lone wolf that attacked six people, including several young children, in a provincial park over the long weekend has tested negative for rabies, the Algoma Health Unit said yesterday.
The wolf, which has been blamed for several separate attacks Monday at the popular Katherine's Cove beach on Lake Superior was shot by park staff.
The wolf had a broken clavicle and tooth when it was shot following the attacks, which may explain its abnormal behaviour, said health unit inspector Bob Frattini.
"Wolves work in packs and not individually, and it was probably ostracized," Frattini said.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency plans to conduct further testing on the wolf's body to try and find other possible causes for the attacks, which left several families injured and badly shaken.
The attack on the Wright family occurred on Bathtub Island, a large rocky area within wading distance of the mainland and about 100 metres south of Katherine's Cove.
Brenda Wright, on a day trip with her sister-in-law, two children and their cousins, aged 10 and 13, said her family was probably attacked first. Park officials say they aren't sure about the order of the attacks.
Her son, Casey, 12, noticed a black, doglike animal running across the beach.
She said the animal nipped the ankle of her 13-year-old nephew, Jake, then clamped down on her son's buttock, carrying him about half a metre before dropping him and lunging at her.
The wolf's teeth tore into her hands and her leg as she fought back and the group raced into the shallow swimming area. Wright said the wolf followed them, this time going after Emily Travaglini-Wright, 14.
"(Emily) was a real fighter. . . She got mostly claws in her head and her arm," her mother said.
Photo credit: Margaret Cameron-Mcqueen, the Canadian Press
Emily Travaglini-Wright, 14, of Sault Ste. Marie, displays wounds she suffered while fighting off a wolf that attacked her and four other family members at Katherine's Cove beach in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Photo credit: Brenda Grundt, Wawa-News.Com
Leah Morgan from Marathon, Ontario, was attacked by a wolf at Katherine's Cove, Lake Superior Provincial Park. She was with her grandparents who rescued her from the wolf as it tried to drag her away.
Alerted by the screams, two strangers raced over and managed to scare off the wolf. As families hid in the trees, the wolf returned minutes later and rifled through their picnic stashes.
For Jerry and Rachel Talbot, it started at around 4 p.m. The Wawa, Ontario, couple, on their way to a wedding in Sudbury, with granddaughters Leah, 3, and Madison, 5, pulled off Highway 17 for a quick swim at a popular picnic area in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
According to park staff, more than a dozen others were enjoying the end of the Labour Day weekend at Katherine's Cove when the Talbot family wandered onto the beach and began to remove their shoes.
Jerry Talbot noticed a black animal chasing a girl across the sand. Too slow for the girl, the animal veered off and grabbed a slower, smaller target: Leah.
It clamped its jaws around the blond toddler's left upper arm and began dragging her away from her grandmother and sister.
The girl was dragged about six metres before the wolf dropped her on her back, startled by the shrieks of her grandparents and those who had jumped in to help.
Leah started to run, but she was in sand and she was in shock.
The wolf grabbed the hood of the little girl's black jacket. This time, Rachel Talbot's advances and screams caused the wolf to drop the girl momentarily and she lunged forward, scooped up the child and raced to her vehicle. Jerry Talbot and Madison were close behind.
The International Wolf Center is one of the premier sources of information on wolves. What follows are excerpts from wolf [FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions] found at:
* There are three species of wolves in the world: the gray wolf (Canis lupus), the red wolf (Canis rufus) and the Ethiopian (or Abyssinian) wolf, (Canis simensis). Some researchers believe the Ethiopian wolf is not a wolf, but actually a jackal.
* The gray wolf, Canis lupus, lives in the northern latitudes around the world.
* There are five subspecies of the gray wolf in North America and seven to 12 in Eurasia.
* Wolves usually live in packs which consist of the adult parents, referred to as the alpha pair, and their offspring of perhaps the last 2 or 3 years. * Pack size is highly variable because of birth of pups, dispersal, and mortality. Generally, a gray wolf pack has from six to eight wolves, but in Alaska and northwestern Canada some packs have over 30 members.
* Territory size is highly variable. Gray wolf territories in Minnesota range from about 25 to 150 square miles, while territories in Alaska and Canada can range from about 300 to 1,000 square miles.
* Wolves breed at slightly different times, depending on where they live. For example, gray wolves in the Great Lakes Region breed in February to March, while gray wolves in the Arctic may breed slightly later in March to April.
* The gestation period of gray and red wolves is usually around 63 days.
* Adult female gray wolves in northern Minnesota weigh between 50 and 85 pounds, and adult males between 70 and 110 pounds. Gray wolves are larger in the northwestern United States, Canada, and Alaska where adult males weigh 85 to 115 pounds and occasionally reach 130 pounds.
* The average length (tip of nose to tip of tail) of an adult female gray wolf is 4.5 to 6 feet; adult males average 5 to 6.5 feet. The average height (at the shoulder) of a gray wolf is 26 to 32 inches.
* Adult gray and red wolves have 42 teeth, while adult humans have 32.
* The massive molars and powerful jaws of a wolf are used to crush the bones of its prey. The biting capacity of a wolf is 1,500 pounds of pressure per square inch. The strength of a wolf's jaws makes it possible to bite through a moose femur in six to eight bites. In comparison, a German shepherd has a biting pressure of 750 pounds per square inch. A human has a much lower biting pressure of 300 pounds per square inch.
* Gray wolves prey primarily on large, hoofed mammals such as white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, elk, caribou, bison, Dall sheep, musk oxen, and mountain goat and smaller mammals, such as beaver and the snowshoe hare.
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