What you ask is: Why would you want to connect an external display or powered USB device (like a FF UC or powered USB hub)? And that is all I am doing here, connect an external device to the ports that are meant to support this.
Neither the USB hub nor the UC comes with security-grounding connections btw (2-pin plugs), only the display does (german "Schuko" 3-pin plug). Neither does the external HD chassis.
There is no way around touching mass to mass, it happens whenever you plug in a connector and is even meant to be this way (mass connections protrude on most connectors and the outer metal ring of these connectors is connected to mass as well). It's not much voltage by the way, but that even makes it worse (small cause, big impact).
That being said: The grounding disconnection with an external connector is only a way of making the issues very reproducible. You *do* get errors without doing that, too, just a lot more sporadic and a lot better for Apple to discuss away. You will get the same data-corruption, drop-outs, Kernel Panics and Freezes, but not on command, but more out of the blue (like a lot of people are reporting here and on other forums).
The expensive Sonnet Tempo Pro (Marvell) and the Firewire card seem to be the least affected (in my 2008 15" a TI based FW card caused havoc though).
But I also had the Jmicron and SIL based cards run error-free for hours and hours and then all of a sudden I had several runs with errors in a row and then again it worked error free. The JMicron even once caused an error when I put my hand on the MBP to type something (might have been a coincidence, but I don't think so).