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(National Geographic)   The enemy of my enemy is my cruel benefactor   (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com) divider line 5
    More: Interesting, tropical rain forests, University of Copenhagen, nests, research papers, fungus, Central and South America, ants  
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2013-09-15 05:52:54 PM
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Maxim 29.  The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy. No more. No less.
2013-09-15 04:30:18 PM
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The paper concludes that much like the mercenaries used to defend cities in medieval Europe, the parasitic guest ants essentially form a "functional soldier caste" the benefit of which outweighs the strain they put on their hosts.

Why not the right analogy where the "guest ants" correspond to a hereditary nobility (often ethnically distinct) that is a parasite on the common folks with the only job of occasionally fighting. Mercenaries normally don't take over as rulers.
2013-09-15 08:43:49 PM
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doglover: HairBolus: The paper concludes that much like the mercenaries used to defend cities in medieval Europe, the parasitic guest ants essentially form a "functional soldier caste" the benefit of which outweighs the strain they put on their hosts.

Why not the right analogy where the "guest ants" correspond to a hereditary nobility (often ethnically distinct) that is a parasite on the common folks with the only job of occasionally fighting. Mercenaries normally don't take over as rulers.

Ants don't really have rulers. Humans call the big one the queen, but she's really more like your pregnant mom and it's up to you and your 1000s of sisters to help with the housework.


He means the invading mercenary ants are the rulers, as they command and tax the farmer ants. And yeah, they would be more like feudal lords than mercenaries, but the comparison is apt enough to get the point across.
2013-09-15 07:55:29 PM
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So it seems like the parasitic and are more like the Mafia. Yea, we'll take advantage of you but we'll also protect you, capisce?
2013-09-15 06:05:00 PM
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These ants are like the US.  We invade, clip the queens wings, send her to work.. and kick the shiat out of any raiders of our new colony.
 
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