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swine flew; the masked man smoked his bacon. ib All that porking is making me scratch.

From the legendary Pink Fairies\’ drummer, John \”Twink\” Alder\’s \’infamous\’ 1970 solo LP. Fiddlers on the roofs of Volkswagen Beetles way down, Sam\’s in Mexico. With two confirmed cases of swine flu quarantined in a hospital in Scotland, and a further seven of the twenty-two individuals thought to have come into direct contact with them being treated for symptoms, European health authorities are primed to attempt to contain the potential for an outbreak of pandemic proportions in line with the Americas. Spain, of course, was the first EU nation to officially announce its citizens had also tested positive for the virus. Farther abroad, New Zealand and Israel have similarly been affected, it seems.

The WHO, currently, has raised its pandemic alert level from Phase 3 to Phase 4; confirming the virus has presented the potential to transmit \”community-level outbreaks.\” Phase 6 is the phrase to dread.

All very \”Dawn of the Dead\”, and an indictment – if one is needed – against the environmental perils, and human costs, of intensive factory hog farming. Having f@cked up the arable land in Texas for decades, those corporate swine in the US have simply moved their operations into the third world where nobody complains.

TWINK: MEXICAN GRASS WAR from \”Think Pink\” LP (Sire) 1970 (US)

bonus shit: BUTTHOLE SURFERS: MEXICO from \”The Weird Revolution\” CD (Hollywood) 2001 (US)

JERRY FIELDING: JUDAS GOAT/MEXICO LINDO/HALF HOUR OF LIGHT/TO SKYE\’S CAMP from \”The Wild Bunch (Soundtrack)\” CD (Warner Bros.) 1969 (US)


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