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  •  And Asian Carp (17+ / 0-)

    Their DNA is being found above the electric barrier that was placed to try to keep them out of Lake Michigan.

    Peacocks, yes.  Flying, angry, habitat destroying Asian Carp, no.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 11:23:43 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, my. So sorry to hear about that DNA finding. (3+ / 0-)
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      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 09:17:14 AM PDT

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    •  Got some great recipes for Asian carp (3+ / 0-)
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      It's almost a duty to eat them.  They are tastier than regular eurasian carp. I hope they never make it into the Great Lakes, but I do my part to support efforts to fish them out of the Illinois river.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 11:57:47 AM PDT

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      •  When I go to China, we often have 'Squirrel fish' (3+ / 0-)
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        this is a carp with the meat cut through to the bone to form easily pulled cubes, twisted and tied into a squirrel's tail shape, deep fried, and served with a not too sweet sweet and sour sauce, heavy on the ginger.  Delicious and fun to eat while battling the rest of the diners at the table with chopsticks, to get the last good bits.  As the only foreigner they usually leave me the head which has a lot of meat on it.

        Real plastic here; none of that new synthetic stuff made from chicken feathers. By the morning of 9/12/2001 the people of NYC had won the War on Terror.

        by triplepoint on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 01:13:52 PM PDT

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      •  They are not tasty at all (1+ / 0-)
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        For the most part, they get ground up into fertilizer.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 03:01:39 PM PDT

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        •  Oh but they are! (2+ / 0-)
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          They taste better when caught during cold months, true. Here's a quick way to fix them:  Steam them, crumble and de-bone the flesh, add an egg or two, some bread crumbs and a lot of cumin and coriander and a pinch of cinnamon, maybe some finely chopped parsley, and fry up some fishcakes... sort of like crab cakes.  They actually are really good when properly prepared.  This is a recipe from al-Baghdadi who wrote it down in the 12th century and was used on similar carp-family fish in what is now Iraq.  

          It's fine to grind up invasive species into fertilizer, but Illinois is exporting these carp to China and there's nothing wrong with eating them here.  I wish they were not in our rivers, but as long as they are, it's a good idea to fish them out of the rivers and use them in any way possible.

          “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

          by ivorybill on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 05:19:17 PM PDT

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          •  That's the problem with these guys (0+ / 0-)

            You don't fish for them  - when disturbed they jump out of the water - even into you boat.  They've caused serious injury to anyone they jump into.

            There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

            by Puddytat on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 11:20:00 PM PDT

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