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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-10-18 12:30
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Saturday
Security: Public
Tags:contests, links, personal, politics, polls, religion, science, tourbillion, writing

Don’t forget the Tourbillon Tuckerization poll.

A short history of modern finance — A complex topic approached with a fair amount of clarity. (Thanks to lt260.)

Worm Grunting: A Mystery Solved — I didn’t even know it was a mystery. Weird science and weird culture, mixed together. And who thought of this in the first place, anyway?

Report says Arctic temperatures at record highs — Apparently even the weather has joined the liberal conspiracy on climate change. Rush Limbaugh to Ice Station Zebra, stat! (Thanks to lt260.)

Palling around with terrorists — McCain and G. Gordon Liddy. Guess it’s just not the same kind of treason if your terrorist-of-choice is a conservative. More on the nearly absolute lack of coverage of this story from Your Liberal Media.

Reporter assaulted at Palin rally — Fire up the wingnut base, they get fired up. GOP: you own all of this.

Ignoring its own reporting, NY Times omitted key facts on ACORN voter registration allegations — Your Liberal Media, propping up the conservative narrative again even though the facts are biased against the GOP.

Palin discovers pro-America parts of the United States — “We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.” Which would make the rest of us…anti-America? I’m pretty sure her husband was a long-time member of one of the few anti-American political parties in this country.

An oldie but a goodie from a conservative stalwart — “It doesn’t say anywhere in the Constitution this idea of the separation of church and state.” (Sean Hannity) And here I thought conservatives were strict constructionists.

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User: shsilver
Date: 2008-10-18 19:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You seem to have missed the right-wingers up in arms because Obama has changed the flag to include an O in the field of stars. Never mind that he was campaigning in Ohio at the time.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-10-18 19:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Link to a source story?
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2008-10-18 21:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quo vadis
Radio host Bob Grant asserted that Obama created an "'O' flag," but apparent flag in question was Ohio's

Edited at 2008-10-18 09:10 pm (UTC)
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User: shsilver
Date: 2008-10-18 22:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
at Media Matters.
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User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2008-10-18 20:00 (UTC)
Subject: RE:Worm Grunting: A First-Hand Southerner's Perspective
Yo, Jay.

Here I am, about as Deep South as it gets: an hour from the Low Country, thirty minutes from the Okefenokee Swamp.

That article on worm grunting, well, neat (weird) science tidbits behind the practice. I know it well.

To wit, a brief anecdote . . .

As a young, spry whippersnapper of five wanting to go fishing, but, alas, nary a cricket or worm to be found, I discovered this practice from neighbors as intent on fishing as I but much more opportunistic on having me do the digging.

Yep. For our efforts, we simply took an old tobacco stick--what you would hang bundles of t'baccy leaves from and hang it all in a t'baccy barn--and drive that sucker in (preferably) loamy earth in the planted pines and among the wax myrtles.

Then we’d take an old house brick. Not a three-holed house brick. One of those ancient slab-like, dolmen-esque house bricks and rub it on the exposed end of the stick. We’d do that for, oh, five to ten minutes.

I was the little guy, so I got shovel duty. I’d dig, and we’d always--always--have a double-handful of earthworms.

And go fishing.

And have fun.

By the way, I can recall many, many springs and summers of my bygone youth where we would eat fish two to three times a week because my brother and I would fish so often at a local pond down our dirt road. Fond memories of the halcyon days.

I'd not call it a common practice, though would be a function of a more depressed area/situation.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-10-18 20:13 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Worm Grunting: A First-Hand Southerner's Perspective
I don't have any question with southern poverty (ask me about my family history sometime) or the eating of fish. My question is who figured out the grunting trick in the first place, and why did they bother to try that? It seems so improbable.
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User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2008-10-18 21:00 (UTC)
Subject: No misunderstanding.
Didn't mean to imply anything with the anecdote. The memory just came full-bore with your link and the full article.

Yeah, I realize the wtf? factor of the findings. I'm with you on the improbability.

I wonder if it could be as simple as some folks driving stakes or posts into some relatively soft earth, then going, "Hey, what's UP with all the worms coming out the ground?"

One man's serendipity is another man's live bait. (Perhaps there's a story with that as a title . . .)
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