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June 12th 2010    Tim Candler

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     Some centuries ago an afternoon might have been spent at the public circus where entertainment might have included hungry people being thrown to hungry lions.   And there is no doubt in my mind that were such an episode to occur on the television this afternoon, millions, perhaps billions would watch.   

    Afterwards there would be a sense of awe.   The gentle might even briefly have bad dreams.  The political class would look at the powerful before deciding to allow a second episode of "Lion Kill".    And if there was money to be made, demand for lions would soar, because after a good meal a lion becomes a lazy employee who will roll around and sleep for several days.

   I hear the drone of far away Bishops asserting progress as the reason why "Lion Kill" could never secure funding.   Even extermination camps, they will argue, were in more recent years kept from public view until the aftermath could be presented as how to behave or how not to behave.  

    But there still are many public circus events which have long been approved by the Bishops and successfully promulgated by the powerful.  One of them is currently reaching a long predicted conclusion just a few miles south of where I live.

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