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2013-07-30 01:13:15 AM
Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.
 
2013-07-30 01:17:30 AM
"Italian worm" is the preferred nomenclature.
 
2013-07-30 07:02:25 AM
Hey, hold my beer and watch this.....

It'll be good to see the end of that parastie.  Carter did good....
 
2013-07-30 08:12:54 AM

ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.


Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.
 
2013-07-30 08:25:37 AM

lantawa: Hey, hold my beer and watch this.....

It'll be good to see the end of that parastie.  Carter did good....


parasite...FFS
 
2013-07-30 08:42:54 AM

Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.


I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.
 
2013-07-30 08:43:14 AM
I'd like to make two points.

First: AHHHHH!

Second: AHHHHH!

Now, I know that both those points are the same, but I believe it was important enough to bear repeating.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-30 08:49:50 AM
But sometimes, resident water fleas host the larva of a rapacious, fiery serpent. When ingested, the water-flea hosts dissolve in stomach acid, allowing the larval worms to move through the human body, where they mature and mate.

Now I'm thinking I should have passed up that UV water purifier and bought a mechanical filter instead.
 
2013-07-30 09:29:26 AM

nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.




Uh oh, now you've done it. Not familiar with Gulper Eel?
 
2013-07-30 09:30:04 AM

nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.


I'm old enough to remember Carter's presidency and I'd vote for him if he ran.  He's certainly moved on to bigger and better things though.
 
2013-07-30 09:33:28 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I'd like to make two points.

First: AHHHHH!

Second: AHHHHH!

Now, I know that both those points are the same, but I believe it was important enough to bear repeating.


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2013-07-30 09:39:42 AM

nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.


You don't think someone who managed to move all the way up to President of the United States was cut out to be a politician?
 
2013-07-30 09:42:24 AM
I remember learning about those at the parasitology exhibit at the Toronto Science Centre. A few years later I have managed to learn the knack for not vomiting at the thought of parasites, or the sight of a surinam toad.

Of course, I was cleaning an ex's filthy kitchen this weekend when the chunk of rotting food I scooped out of the sink turned out to be mostly maggots. I didn't vomit, but there was lots and lots of really loud swearing.
 
2013-07-30 09:43:45 AM
THANK YOU, 0BAMA Jimmy Carter. Seriously, for eliminating this scourage from 3,500,000 people and being 542 cases away from extinction, I say that Jimmy Carter is a saint. For this campaign alone.
 
2013-07-30 09:44:11 AM

SuperChuck: nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.

You don't think someone who managed to move all the way up to President of the United States was cut out to be a politician?


Just a reminder that the republicans, prior to his running, had just attempting to use the CIA to steal an election, covered it up, then had an unelected schmuck pardon the president who did it.  Once he won the primary, his election was pretty much certain.

//Also, no one ever complains about Carter's policies, it's always the 2 factors out his control: stagflation(oil crisis) and Iran(hey, look it's the CIA getting us in trouble again).
 
2013-07-30 09:45:15 AM
This cannot be allowed to happen. This worm is ENDANGERED. How can we smugly sit around pondering the fate of an entire species?

That girl's leg is breeding ground for an ENDANGERED species. It cannot be disturbed for any reason.
 
2013-07-30 09:45:18 AM

ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.


Absolutely. Until I read this article I wasn't aware that he was behind this initiative. WWII hero too.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-30 09:55:03 AM
If you want to hear more, episode 37 of "this week in parasitism" is dedicated to the worm. I haven't listened to it yet.
 
2013-07-30 09:56:08 AM

SevenizGud: This cannot be allowed to happen. This worm is ENDANGERED. How can we smugly sit around pondering the fate of an entire species?

That girl's leg is breeding ground for an ENDANGERED species. It cannot be disturbed for any reason.


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2013-07-30 10:09:46 AM

Repo Man: Uh oh, now you've done it. Not familiar with Gulper Eel?


I won't hash over Carter's failures again. He's a puzzling guy - in one area of his life thoroughly decent, in another a sanctimonious fool.

Politics to Carter is like base-stealing to David Ortiz, and let's leave it at that.

SuperChuck: You don't think someone who managed to move all the way up to President of the United States was cut out to be a politician?


He was in the right place at the right time. Nobody wanted any part of the Nixon/Ford GOP, and when they looked to the Democrats they saw Ted Kennedy staggering around with a martini, Jerry (If This Doesn't Work Out I'll Just Go Bang Linda Ronstadt) Brown, George Wallace, a bunch of uninspiring DC hacks...and Carter, who winds up winning because everybody else was worse.
 
2013-07-30 10:14:36 AM

ikanreed: SuperChuck: nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.

You don't think someone who managed to move all the way up to President of the United States was cut out to be a politician?

Just a reminder that the republicans, prior to his running, had just attempting to use the CIA to steal an election, covered it up, then had an unelected schmuck pardon the president who did it.  Once he won the primary, his election was pretty much certain.

//Also, no one ever complains about Carter's policies, it's always the 2 factors out his control: stagflation(oil crisis) and Iran(hey, look it's the CIA getting us in trouble again).


Carter was the first president to undercut green energy development. Had a bunch of older hobbyist patrons at Radio Shack who were very bitter over the constant defending of energy research, and they always trace it back to the Carter administration for setting the example followed by every other administration. Reagan was only too happy to contin
 
2013-07-30 10:20:49 AM
What about guinea pirates?

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2013-07-30 10:28:29 AM

BolloxReader: ikanreed: SuperChuck: nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.

You don't think someone who managed to move all the way up to President of the United States was cut out to be a politician?

Just a reminder that the republicans, prior to his running, had just attempting to use the CIA to steal an election, covered it up, then had an unelected schmuck pardon the president who did it.  Once he won the primary, his election was pretty much certain.

//Also, no one ever complains about Carter's policies, it's always the 2 factors out his control: stagflation(oil crisis) and Iran(hey, look it's the CIA getting us in trouble again).

Carter was the first president to undercut green energy development. Had a bunch of older hobbyist patrons at Radio Shack who were very bitter over the constant defending of energy research, and they always trace it back to the Carter administration for setting the example followed by every other administration. Reagan was only too happy to contin


So: funding and publicly supporting=undercutting because later petulant republicans will do anything they can to dismantle progress?
 
2013-07-30 10:44:18 AM

ZAZ: But sometimes, resident water fleas host the larva of a rapacious, fiery serpent. When ingested, the water-flea hosts dissolve in stomach acid, allowing the larval worms to move through the human body, where they mature and mate.

Now I'm thinking I should have passed up that UV water purifier and bought a mechanical filter instead.


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2013-07-30 10:55:59 AM
I've always felt about the guinea worm the way David Attenborough describes other parasitic worms -- evidence that if God exists, he doesn't care too much about the suffering of his children:

'Well, if you ask...about that, then you see remarkable things like that earwig and you also see all very beautiful things like hummingbirds, orchids, and so on. But you also ought to think of the other, less attractive things. You ought to think of tapeworms.

'You ought to think of ... well, think of a parasitic worm that lives only in the eyeballs of human beings, boring its way through them, in West Africa, for example, where it's common, turning people blind.

'So if you say, "I believe that God designed and created and brought into existence every single species that exists," then you've also got to say, "Well, he, at some stage, decided to bring into existence a worm that's going to turn people blind." Now, I find that very difficult to reconcile with notions about a merciful God.

'And I certainly find it difficult to believe that a God - superhuman, supreme power - would actually do that.
The guinea worm is a horrible, horrible parasite that needs to be eradicated from existence. And nuts to any Creator Deity who'd allow that thing to infect the water supply of poor people. It was human beings who solved the problem, and human beings who are driving this beast to extinction. Good riddance.

/I'd happy support a Kickstarter campaign to finally get rid of these damn mosquitoes, too. And ticks. And any other blood-sucking, disease carrying creature that makes it unpleasant to be outdoors.
 
2013-07-30 10:58:35 AM
When am I going to learn to hit preview? This part was Attenborough, from a TV interview. The rest was my own diatribe.

'Well, if you ask...about that, then you see remarkable things like that earwig and you also see all very beautiful things like hummingbirds, orchids, and so on. But you also ought to think of the other, less attractive things. You ought to think of tapeworms.

'You ought to think of ... well, think of a parasitic worm that lives only in the eyeballs of human beings, boring its way through them, in West Africa, for example, where it's common, turning people blind.

'So if you say, "I believe that God designed and created and brought into existence every single species that exists," then you've also got to say, "Well, he, at some stage, decided to bring into existence a worm that's going to turn people blind." Now, I find that very difficult to reconcile with notions about a merciful God.

'And I certainly find it difficult to believe that a God - superhuman, supreme power - would actually do that.
 
2013-07-30 11:24:21 AM

nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.


As a Brit I think he's the best President you never appreciated.
 
2013-07-30 11:27:39 AM

secularsage: When am I going to learn to hit preview? This part was Attenborough, from a TV interview. The rest was my own diatribe.

'Well, if you ask...about that, then you see remarkable things like that earwig and you also see all very beautiful things like hummingbirds, orchids, and so on. But you also ought to think of the other, less attractive things. You ought to think of tapeworms.

'You ought to think of ... well, think of a parasitic worm that lives only in the eyeballs of human beings, boring its way through them, in West Africa, for example, where it's common, turning people blind.

'So if you say, "I believe that God designed and created and brought into existence every single species that exists," then you've also got to say, "Well, he, at some stage, decided to bring into existence a worm that's going to turn people blind." Now, I find that very difficult to reconcile with notions about a merciful God.

'And I certainly find it difficult to believe that a God - superhuman, supreme power - would actually do that.


All Things Dull and Ugly
 
2013-07-30 11:42:06 AM
So now we're cheering for a species to go extinct!? Good to know. Which is it LIBS? Stop trying to play god! Either save all the animals, or save none, who are you to decide which animal stays and which goes?
 
2013-07-30 12:03:41 PM

ikanreed: Carter was the first president to undercut green energy development. Had a bunch of older hobbyist patrons at Radio Shack who were very bitter over the constant defending of energy research, and they always trace it back to the Carter administration for setting the example followed by every other administration. Reagan was only too happy to contin

So: funding and publicly supporting=undercutting because later petulant republicans will do anything they can to dismantle progress?


When the Republicans found out Carter was for green energy, they made it a platform policy to oppose it. This, in turn, undercut green energy development.

Thanks Carter!
 
2013-07-30 12:25:36 PM

Le Grand Inquisitor: So now we're cheering for a species to go extinct!? Good to know. Which is it LIBS? Stop trying to play god! Either save all the animals, or save none, who are you to decide which animal stays and which goes?



The answer to that one's easy, but I'm not going to help you. If you have half a brain you ought to be able to figure it out yourself.
 
2013-07-30 01:42:21 PM
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Got nuthin.
 
2013-07-30 02:11:15 PM

IntertubeUser: nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.

I'm old enough to remember Carter's presidency and I'd vote for him if he ran.  He's certainly moved on to bigger and better things though.


It's amazing what someone can accomplish when republicans aren't there to oppose you at every turn.
 
2013-07-30 02:27:07 PM
is that kid purple?

Can't they use some topical anesthetic and cut it out
 
2013-07-30 03:21:25 PM

happydude45: Until I read this article I wasn't aware that he was behind this initiative


I saw a great recent interview where he was talking not only about this, but about another comparable initiative to teach people in 3rd world countries to build basic toilets simply and cheaply, and this helps prevent other types of parasites/diseases.

He explained that with the guinea worm, they figured out how to use a material similar to what they use in parachutes, and it filters the water so people can't get infected in the first place.  Apparently medicine-men in some villages opposed it because it would run away some of their business.  Others didn't like it because it was suggesting that their "sacred" water had something nasty in it (it did.)

He dealt with the second issue by showing the parasite in it's "in-the-water" stage swimming around with a magnifying glass, and explained that the rest of the water would still be their sacred water, just no more parasitic worms.  That worked.

And he still has that charming southern drawl after all these years.  Say what you will about his presidency, but there's a lot of people in 3rd world countries whose lives are better due to his post-presidency efforts.
 
2013-07-30 03:32:19 PM

wildsnowllama: It's amazing what someone can accomplish when republicans aren't there to oppose you at every turn.


About that.

Carter had Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress the likes of which would have farxists rushing to their bunks, including filibuster-proof 60% majorities in both houses for the first half of his term.

Among the scattering of Republicans were liberals like Javits, Weicker, Stafford and Chafee.
 
2013-07-30 04:01:19 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I'd like to make two points.

First: AHHHHH!

Second: AHHHHH!

Now, I know that both those points are the same, but I believe it was important enough to bear repeating.


We better set this thread to blue alert

/finally we get around to extincting a species that deserves it
//next year "guinea worm snot cures everything!"
 
2013-07-30 04:01:27 PM

TheraTx: is that kid purple?

Can't they use some topical anesthetic and cut it out


You wind it around a stick.

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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-30 04:05:41 PM
He explained that with the guinea worm, they figured out how to use a material similar to what they use in parachutes, and it filters the water so people can't get infected in the first place. Apparently medicine-men in some villages opposed it because it would run away some of their business.

I heard an interview on I think the Science or Nature podcast recently. Even when the means to purify water is right at the well, people in Africa don't use it consistently. People also don't take the time to deploy anti-malaria nets. A mix of laziness and habit seems to be the cause. Parasites are future, bad taste or extra work at bedtime are now.
 
2013-07-30 04:14:15 PM
Reminds me a bit of this.

/SFW
//NSFL (Not Safe For Lunch).
 
2013-07-30 07:32:18 PM
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2013-07-30 07:34:34 PM
Silver Nights!
 
2013-07-30 09:24:52 PM
I think my sarc meter is busted yet again.

Some chuckled!ck is in here blubbering and bawling about LIBS and the poor darling
precious worm going extinct, waaaaaaahhhhhh?!?

DAMMIT JPL FIX IT AWREADY I KEEP SENDING BACK IT TO YOU AND
IT KEEPS BREAKING AFTER A FRAKKIN WEEK IN THIS DUMP
 
2013-07-31 12:18:19 AM

Gulper Eel: wildsnowllama: It's amazing what someone can accomplish when republicans aren't there to oppose you at every turn.

About that.

Carter had Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress the likes of which would have farxists rushing to their bunks, including filibuster-proof 60% majorities in both houses for the first half of his term.

Among the scattering of Republicans were liberals like Javits, Weicker, Stafford and Chafee.


Well I jumped the gun.  So I should have said conservatives instead, were some of these Democrats dixiecrats?
 
2013-07-31 06:56:04 AM

wildsnowllama: So I should have said conservatives instead, were some of these Democrats dixiecrats?


A few, but not enough to make a difference.

You had Democrats like Howell Heflin, who had excellent senatorial jowls, sounded like Foghorn Leghorn ("I say, I do believe the senator has changed his position on offshore drilling") , and issued the best press release ever.
 
2013-07-31 01:14:47 PM

Gulper Eel: wildsnowllama: So I should have said conservatives instead, were some of these Democrats dixiecrats?

A few, but not enough to make a difference.

You had Democrats like Howell Heflin, who had excellent senatorial jowls, sounded like Foghorn Leghorn ("I say, I do believe the senator has changed his position on offshore drilling") , and issued the best press release ever.


Thanks!
 
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