Parasite load

One thing I’ve come to realize in recent years is how the parasitical load of companies including publishing has driven out the ability of the companies to support the people that actually make them the money in the first place, the creatives and support people like editors. Frankly I wonder if this guy has an online class>
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-mcintyre-professor-trigger-warning-new-students_us_57da2cc7e4b0071a6e05670b

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“So nat’ralists observe, a flea

Has smaller fleas that on him prey;

And these have smaller fleas to bite ’em.”

Jonathan Swift, On Poetry: A Rhapsody

We’re all a cheerful heaving mass of parasites.  Parasites on parasites at times. A delightful thought, one of the joys of having a biologist write about writing…

Some of these parasites do no real harm – we can survive them, although we might do better without them. Some of course, do harm. They can maim, hobble, weaken and indeed kill. There are tales of cows being killed by mosquitos, by sheer blood-loss (not, thank heavens where I live). Other parasites stray a little… or even quite a lot into the area of commensualism, and right through to outright symbiosis.

It might, for example be said that the male anglerfish particularly in the deep-sea ceratiidae (the sea devils) is perfect example of parasitism that is…

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