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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Whats teh buzz, GN?

Lotta good stuff at AoS yesterday, especially the link to Sarah Hoyt’s blog.

Another busy day; BBL.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
3 years ago

Hi, Fatwa -- good morning, GN! The left appears giddy this morning. Again. Today is the day. Again.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
3 years ago

Happy Friday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!

The left is giddy! Oh goody!

The speakers on my work laptop aren’t working. There is a mute button on the keyboard that is permanently lit. Headphones work, as does the HDMI cable. I couldn’t get it to work yesterday -- trying again this morning. Pain in the arse!

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
3 years ago

I had a taste for fish tonight so stopped at the market on the way home. Not a huge selection and what was there was priced high. No shark, no catfish, but they did have something called a “butterfish” which the counter guy said was quite good and the cheapest thing there at $15.99/lb. It looks OK -- big and firm like a shark steak, so I buy a pound of it.

Once home, I check online for other recipes…and learn some stuff that makes me inclined to eat the $16 and just toss the fish in the trash.

The first hit is where I learn that it’s not really a butterfish -- it’s something called escolar. Fish eaters beware of the butterfish: your tummy may thank you.

“This white firm fleshed fish is often described as being quite delicious but it can leave you with less than pleasing consequences not long after you eat it.

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and/ or headache – all of which can be pretty dramatic – can occur within a few hours of eating the fish and can last up to 24 to 48 hours. For healthy people, it’s simply an inconvenience but for those with underlying health problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, it can be more serious.

How sick you may get depends on individual tolerances. And it’s all due to an indigestible oily substance called wax esters. This oily substance, named gempylotoxin after the family of fish, Gempylidae, escolar belongs to, is indigestible as it passes through the digestive tract. The consequences of eating the fish have nothing to do with freshness. It’s simply the fish itself.”

My best bet after eating this is maybe an inconvenience?

Another website offers this: “To be frankly and bluntly specific — and I’m sorry for this — consumption of escolar causes explosive, oily, orange diarrhea. People have reported that the discharges are often difficult to control and accidents can happen while passing gas.” I supposedly can avoid this fate if I eat less than 6 oz of the stuff at a time. Really? Sure, let’s roll the dice and see what happens.

The NY Times has an article up on it with this nugget: “Chefs who are serving escolar seem aware of the potential problem, in some cases thanks to information from their suppliers. ”It has been a controversial fish,” said John McGuire, president of Gotham Seafood in Manhattan. ”The first time someone got diarrhea, we stopped selling the fish. We talked to the F.D.A. and found out it was nontoxic, not dangerous, and there was not much pain with the diarrhea, but we said we’d rather not sell it.” Not much pain with the diarrhea???? Well that’s a comfort.

Call me a pussy, but I’m not feeling too good about trying this stuff out.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
3 years ago

Another day and more bullshit from the left regarding the kids from Covington HS. I’m done with even listening to the other side. There is nothing more to discuss; no more nuance to uncover or consider. Anyone who wants to side against those kids is nothing more than an asshole.

As my Sicilian grandmother used to say: Spit on me once, shame on you. Spit on me twice, shame on me.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
3 years ago

Huh. If I still had some lefty friends I’d invite them over for fish tonight.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
3 years ago
Reply to  Mac

Maybe take it to Chipotle and ask if they can make it into some burritos that you can take into work on Monday.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Served on a bed of romaine?

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
3 years ago

Some really good guitar -- needs to be played loud.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
3 years ago

And some more very nice guitar work