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February 23, 2005

Postscripts, Unhinged In Space If Not Time

A couple of follow-ups;

Fishes of Iraq: Aspius Vorax: - One of the stories I went looking for while writing on PSC Mauro and his big Aspius was on the jury-rigged fishing methods initially used by American servicemen and women in Iraq due to a lack of equipment early on in the occupation. I was finally able to locate it this morning, thanks to the Cosmic Buddha. It's entitled Fishing Saddam's waters

The two men had access to a warehouse that was filled with spare parts for obsolete Iraqi airplanes. These parts provided the materials Sgt. Curiel and his buddy needed to assemble rods and reels. "We made two rods from 1/4-inch aluminum tubing. We taped on some eyelets, and we cut up a wooden broomstick for handles.

"Next, we made reels out of some rollers and bearings. We used wire to hold the reels on the rods. We found some line and hooks in a pilot's survival vest. It took us three or four days to put everything together. When we finished working, we had outfits that would cast up to around 35 feet."

Birds of Iraq: The White Tailed Plover - The marshes of southeastern Iraq, drained by
Saddam in his campaign against the Marsh Arabs, have been the subject of study by fellow NC resident and Duke prof Curtis Richardson. His recently released report of the status of the marshes found that, while there was a great deal of permanent damage to the ecosystem, restoration of much of the marsh is possible.

Posted by Bigwig at February 23, 2005 12:51 PM | TrackBack
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