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Can anyone help with a caption?

Mystery of the Texas 'earthworm herds' that form a perfect line on roads: Scientists baffled by strange behaviour since storms

"On closer inspection, the strings of pasta turned out to be mounds of worms, sitting in a perfect line at the centre of the road stripe.

In total, the rangers discovered 30 clumps of earthworms following heavy rain and flooding in the southern US park which borders Lake Texoma.

Worms have been known to arrange themselves in clumps such as this, and are often called 'earthworm herds.'

The creatures often do this when they are in distress or faced with danger.


I'm referring to a good Photoshop of the clowny guys' face upon the '30 clumps'.

Just sayin.

Just got my 'Bernie' shirt;


Well, at least I'm trying as I think the servers are overloaded but I'll keep trying.

Please wait until my order goes through before you further overload

Now if this really happens, I'd watch gold (gag reflex);

David Letterman: GOP must decide which candidate ‘can lead Republicans to another crushing defeat’

I'm not talking about the lead in but near the end where he talks about the guy who won the Masters and his ability to get great English on the ball, starting about the 3:30 mark.

Too funny


I run several BOINC projects;

For those unfamiliar with the anagram;

"The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is an open source middleware system for volunteer and grid computing. It was originally developed to support the SETI@home project before it became useful as a platform for other distributed applications in areas as diverse as mathematics, medicine, molecular biology, climatology, environmental science, and astrophysics. The intent of BOINC is to make it possible for researchers to tap into the enormous processing power of personal computers around the world."


And one of them is 'Quake Catcher''

The Quake-Catcher Network is a joint collaborative initiative run by Stanford University and UC Riverside that aims to use computer-based accelerometers to detect earthquakes. It uses the BOINC volunteer computing platform (a form of distributed computing, similar to SETI@home).

It currently supports newer Mac laptops which have the built-in accelerometer (used to park hard drive heads if the laptop is dropped), and the newer IBM/Lenovo thinkpads. It also supports three external USB devices currently - the codemercs.com JoyWarrior 24F8, the ONavi sensor, and the MotionNode Accel.

"In 2011, project scientist Elizabeth Cochran was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award from US President Barack Obama in large part due to her founding of the Quake-Catcher Network project."


I don't have any sensors listed as USB devices above, but when the screen saver is active it shows how many quakes have occurred in the last 24 hours, where they were located, the intensity and several more facts but unfortunately this info lists a couple quakes a second and the info I am able to collect is limited to the area and sometimes the intensity.

I just spent the last 2 minutes or so cycling through the list, there were 286 yesterday, I think, and by my count 30 of them were just in OK and 10 in KS.

Most of those in OK were in or near Perry, Guthrie and Medford which are in the north central part of the state, within a few hundred miles of each other in a line running N and S.

I recently watched a video by a siesmologist who shows that this area is the convergency of 4 tectonic plates.

It is his prediction that the next big central US earthquake will happen here and soon given the hundreds of minor but telling quakes clustered very closely to lines of these plates.

He lives near the site of the terrible quakes along the Mississippi River where one of these caused the river to actually reverse course for some time.

"The 1811–1812 New Madrid earthquakes were an intense intraplate earthquake series beginning with an initial pair of very large earthquakes on December 16, 1811. They remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the eastern United States in recorded history. They, as well as the seismic zone of their occurrence, were named for the Mississippi River town of New Madrid, then part of the Louisiana Territory, now within Missouri."


He said that these quakes will not reoccur because the plate that caused the New Madrid quakes has become minor and the slippage will be OK's plates the next time.

I just posted about Radon;

Radon levels in houses near fracking sites in Pennsylvania are higher than in those in areas where the isn't any.


And mentioned if you live near a fracking site you may want to consider moving/selling especially before this becomes common knowledge and as my post listed this;

"Radon, an odorless, invisible gas, is the second-leading cause of lung c year from lung cancer caused by radon cancer in the United States after smoking, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from Radon."

It now seems there is another compelling reason to relocate.

Radon levels in houses near fracking sites in Pennsylvania are higher;

than in those in areas where the isn't any.


It makes perfect sense but I haven't thought out all the unintended implications of fracking, not that I'm an expert, just someone who is very interested in the topic.

"Radon levels in houses near fracking sites in Pennsylvania are higher than in those in areas where there is no oil and gas drilling, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers."

The researchers cautioned that their findings don’t definitively tie hydraulic fracturing to higher levels of radon.

But they say they found a “statistically significant association” (DEFINITION of 'Statistically Significant';

"The likelihood that a result or relationship is caused by something other than mere random chance. Statistical hypothesis testing is traditionally employed to determine if a result is statistically significant or not. This provides a "p-value" representing the probability that random chance could explain the result. In general, a 5% or lower p-value is considered to be statistically significant; my comment) between a building’s proximity to a fracked well and to the amount of radon detected."


"Schwartz said the researchers don’t know whether other factors might have caused the increases. He said more detailed study is needed."

This is the phrase used by Statisticians when the 'p-value is high, such as this one is.

"Radon, an odorless, invisible gas, is the second-leading cause of lung c year from lung cancer caused by radon cancer in the United States after smoking, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from Radon."

The methodology;

"The Johns Hopkins researchers analyzed more than 860,000 radon measurements collected from 1989 to 2013 in Pennsylvania. They found that buildings in counties with high levels of oil and gas extraction had significantly higher readings of radon than those in areas where fracking didn’t occur."

"The Hopkins researchers focused on Pennsylvania because the state’s Department of Environmental Protection has decades of radon data and fracking has become ubiquitous in parts of the state. Oil and gas companies drilled and fracked more than 7,000 wells in Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2013."

There is so much more in the article and if you live close to fracking sites, take heed and consider selling and relocating to areas where there is no 'plans' for the practice before this becomes common knowledge (not that I for one wouldn't have minor qualms about selling with this knowledge but...)

Leave it to this rag not to have a link to the original story (does this constitute some sort of legal problem, I hope so.)

Americans' view on economy reaches 8-year highs

Ok, that's decent good news but the reason I'm posting is one little bit at the end of the article.

" A year ago, just 16 percent of the public gave the economy good marks, and it was just 4 percent at the beginning of the 2008 recession."

"...carries a margin of error of 3.5 percent."

So the 0.5%ers were happy at the beginning of the recession, if you are the stats half full


I wonder if this beauty, IMO (and not me), 'works it' in her OTHER day job;

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The photo in the local rag (Columbus Dispatch) is much more flattering.

"After raising alarms earlier this year for promoting her new real-estate business on Twitter, state Rep. Anne Gonzales is prompting ethical concerns by sending email solicitations directly to Statehouse lobbyists."

"A number of lobbyists received an email from the Westerville Republican this week that included her picture and the solicitation: “If this time of year finds you beginning to consider a new residence, allow me to assist. I am a member of the Sotheby’s International Realty network and take great pride in finding the right home for you.”'

Then there's the problem with the Hillary response and her ways of explaining the email fiasco;

"Asked if it’s a problem that some of those solicitations go to Statehouse lobbyists, Gonzales said: “My database consists of family and friends, and I do the best I can to manage that list."

And the internets are not the place to post because they don't forget;

"Gonzales drew attention in late January for a different mixing of her public and private occupations. On a Twitter account that she had used primarily in her capacity as a state legislator, Gonzales tweeted: “I am real estate agent! Let me know how I can help you with listing or buying a home.” It included a link to her business page."

Of course she deleted the tweet!


I got the picture from flicker but not sure if it will show.

I'm not saying this is the answer to cops who get passes for murder, and are not sociopaths;

French police in crisis as suicide rate spirals

"On Friday a tweet from a police union announced that a policeman in the north of France had shot himself at home to become the 50th officer to take his own life since the start of the year. That compares to 40 last year and 43 in 2011 and 2012, with another month still to come."

"France as a country suffers from one of the highest suicide rates in Europe but a recent study concluded that police officers in the country had a 36 percent higher chance of taking of their own life than the ordinary population."

But here it veers from US cops because French cops, according to the article actually care about people and it seems the reason for the suicides is 'malaise' and "any sign of depression is considered to be a weakness".

It is also difficult to see, coming just after all the crap from scared shitless US grand juries and their failure to do the correct thing, that French cops seem "stigmatized by elements of the general public (for) the death of one person who was killed by a police stun grenade and the rape of a tourist while at the Paris police HQ" and “Being a police officer is often too heavy burden in a society where it is often difficult to be a police officer,” (vs. it's difficult believing what any cop in the US says anymore; just sayin').


Amazing what we as a country are missing out as we are feeding upon each other, possibly to the whims of the 0.0001%'ers.

I just posted to an OP that is buried by now;


Study links virus to sea star wasting

I had just read an article from Raw Story and had a lot of additional info and not sure if I can start this OP or have it locked by the powers that be and since I don't know how to make sure I'm posting anyway and consequences be damned /s

Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat.

Does this fact mean that according to DU rules I can not advocate for him on this forum;

" In Democratic primaries, members may support whomever they choose. But when general election season begins, DU members must support Democratic nominees (EXCEPT in rare cases where were a non-Democrat is most likely to defeat the conservative alternative, or where there is no possibility of splitting the liberal vote and inadvertently throwing the election to the conservative alternative). For presidential contests, election season begins when both major-party nominees become clear."

So if it comes down to Bernie and Hilary in a primary race, am I allowed to push for Bernie because of his non-Democratic standing.

The rules are somewhat ambiguous on this point and with the recent news coming from and about him I just want to make sure this possibility has been thought out already.

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