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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
March 29, 2015


News Item:  The Russians have developed a tank with a completely automated
turret.  It is  capable of bringing down attacking planes and incoming anti-tank
missiles, and it is also armed with the world's most powerful gun.  They have a new
bullet train, and at present are the only nation supplying the International Space

Ah!  I was dozing peacefully ... not really awake when this eagle started bothering my
cubs.  I took a swipe or two ... it was too quick for me ...

How was that!

I wasn't fully awake.

Then what happened ?

It injured my cub.  Made me really angry ... and I didn't miss.

How's the cub?

Injured but getting better.

How's the eagle?

Hasn't quite learned a lesson.  Still, it came to me looking for help.  Wanted to send
one of its chicks way out into the wild blue yonder.

What did you do?

I set it on the ground, gave it an almighty boot and there it is up in the sky going
round and round the earth.  I'll bring it down when it wants to come home.

Nice of you.  Anything else?

My friend Panda bear is having problems with the eagle too.

Why is the eagle doing all this?

I dunno.  Some say it's getting old and crotchety.  Hates it when it doesn't get its own
way.  Like a second childhood you know ....