Monday, June 9, 2008

Tories have little room to grow, Liberals preferred choice in polarized vote: poll

Wow. There's a shocker. Anyway, I have to concentrate more on the nature of my blog.

Leeches are annelids comprising the subclass Hirudinea. There are fresh water, terrestrial, and marine leeches. Like the Oligochaeta, they share the presence of a clitellum. Like earthworms, leeches are hermaphrodites.

The European Medical Leech (Hirudo medicinalis) and some congeners as well as some other species have been used for clinical bloodletting for thousands of years. But most leeches do not feed on blood, but hunt small invertebrates, which they devour whole.

Haemophagic leeches attach to their hosts and remain there until they become full, at which point they fall off to digest. Leeches' bodies are composed of 34 segments. They all have an anterior (oral) sucker formed from the first six segments of their body, which is used to connect to a host for feeding, and also release an anesthetic to prevent the host from feeling the leech. They use a combination of mucus and suction (caused by concentric muscles in those six segments) to stay attached and secrete an anti-clotting enzyme into the host's blood stream.

Some species of leech will nurture their young, providing food, transport, and protection, which is unusual behavior in an invertebrate.

6 comments:

Johnathon said...

I don't get it.

The Cons had 32 percent support while the Libs had 31%.

And you call that a Liberal victory?


Pwned.

Mushroom said...

Let's start a conversation on annexing the NDP.

Lizt. said...

The one I saw on CBC was 32/32, but th Liberals were ahead in some things.

jaybird said...

Mushroom: it would seem that for progressives who have voted LPC - they don't have to 'annex' the NDP they simply need to support/join the NDP. I read the liblogs and a number of you would be very comfortable in the NDP. We don't care much for the pro-war pro-SPP Manley types but there is a fair amount of agreement if you care about immigration, national child care, health care, the environment, the poor, first nation peoples, etc. All while being fiscally responsible.

Before you say no - you should take the time to check out: www.ndp.ca.

bigcitylib said...

First weasals, now leeches. You're starting to piss me off.

Here's a warning: Leave the Lizards OUT of this whoe tawdry affair!

James Curran said...

No Lizards. They have tongues. They might speak.