The weekend begins and my mental cleansing also begins…..and as usual there is some of the really cool sciencey stuff to report…….
Remember Jurassic Park…the movie that is…..where some rich dude hired some scientist to extract DNA from bugs frozen in amber and used to bring a bunch of dinosaurs to life……a cool movie…but the sequels pretty much sucked……
There seems to be an effort a foot to bring some prehistoric beasties to life…..
The woolly mammoth may be on the comeback trail, thanks to a deal signed today between prominent Russian and South Korean scientists to collaborate on efforts to clone the extinct prehistoric beast. Vasily Vasiliev, of the North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, forged the pact with controversial cloning expert Hwang Woo-Suk—who you might remember as the guy who faked the cloning of a human egg, the AFP reports. Hwang does have some serious credentials, however; he legitimately produced the world’s first cloned dog, and his efforts on human stem cells accidentally yielded a huge breakthrough in parthenogenesis. Hwang’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation will transfer technology to Vasiliev’s university, which is already working with Japanese researchers on cloning the mammoth. “This will be a really tough job,” one of Hwang’s colleague says, “but we believe it is possible because our institute is good at cloning animals.”
And then will they put together a special place for these beasts to be observed and studied? Which rich dude will foot the bill? And this would then be “life imitating art”…….
By now everyone has heard about the arguments before the SCOTUS in defense and opposition to Obamacare…we have heard all the media attempts to paint this law in one light or another…..and now we all have an opinion on what will happen…..so what could I do? Offer my opinion and add it to the yells from bloggerville…..We have to wait for June to find out what the verdict will be…personally, I think 2 of the 9 judges have already made up their minds…now they need to convince a majority to go along with them.
I found it humorous that Judge Scalia seemed to be taken aback to the fact that the bill was 2700 pages and he might have to read it…..NO such luck…that will be assigned to an assistant to write him a synopsis so he does not have to do his job……anyway, that said my prediction is……..(sound of trumpets and a huge lengthy drum roll)……the SCOTUS will beat it down………
I bet you would like to know why i think so, right?
The conservs control the court and after all it is the Roberts court that gave us the Citizen United ruling…….but if the Obama guys had any nutz they would request the a coupe of the judges recuse themselves because of conflict of interests……I know what the Hell am I talking about?
First, keep this fact in mind…..the code of Conduct for judges states……Canon 4C, which states, “A judge may attend fund-raising events of law-related and other organizations although the judge may not be a speaker, a guest of honor, or featured on the program of such an event.“
Now to expand…….the Federalist Society which is a conserv legal think tank and Pfizer, Inc, a giant Pharma company recently held a dinner that included speeches and such and the program for the dinner stated that the featured guest were Supreme Court judges Scalia and Thomas… this is where the challenge should come in.
Re-read Canon 4C…………
Doubt very seriously that this will come into play or that it will even be brought up….since I think that SCOTUS is one big joke in our Federalist system, Obamacare will most likely be dismantled in the end and we can thank the SCOTUS for playing politics instead of doing their job….that is acting in a non-biased way…..a non-partisan way.
Many of us ‘liberals’ have been bitching that the Congress has done nothing to create jobs and after all that is the single most important election issue that got many of these people elected and sent to Washington….and since they have been in the capital they have offered up bills on everything from re-naming post offices to contraception to …..just about everything but JOBS……and now there is a Jobs bill headed to the president for his signature…..that is right….you heard correctly…..a new jobs bill waiting for the prez to put his John Hancock on the dotted line……..SURPRISE!
So how much have you heard about this bill?
A rare bi-partisan bill? Well it is election time and they do not want to be beat to death about doing nothing to create jobs……the truth is this bill does more to help businesses than it does to create many jobs…..as always the financial side of the argument won out and the people needing more and more jobs lose….yet again……
The House on Tuesday signed off on the final version of the package, aimed at helping small businesses and startups more easily raise capital by loosening various Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.
“The bipartisan JOBS Act represents an increasingly rare legislative victory in Washington where both sides seized the opportunity to work together, improved the bill and passed it with strong bipartisan support,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement.
Politico is reporting……Senators tweaked the package to include an extra layer of restrictions on crowdfunding, which allows companies to raise smaller amounts of money from more people without subjecting them to SEC rules.
The JOBS Act is a collection of six measures that its backers say would make it easier for companies to go public more quickly and raise money. (and here is who the politicians are protecting….NOT YOU!)
For instance, it allows more shareholders to invest in companies without triggering SEC regulations. Other components allow small businesses to use ads to solicit investors and permit more companies making public offerings to opt out of SEC rules.
The bill, soon to be a law, has done very little for the middle class….it has made it easier for companies to raise money……you kinda like Apple…..and how many new jobs does their IPO create? Once again we see that the people we elect spend all their time and energy working for businesses and not the people that voted them into office….this will not create enough jobs to give validity to the title of the bill…….How much more pathetic can these baboons become?
I will pause here for the people to shake their heads and laugh out loud…..we working stiffs are so SCREWED!
I live on the gulf coast and was around for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill….that spill that few want to remember thanx to the high price of gas…….I am sure that all my readers saw the horrific oil goo that was all over the estuaries and the oil sheen that covered much of the northern Gulf of Mexico……and now we have BP spending like a bitch to make everything appear to be okay and that life goes on and the peasants danced!
But sports fans, is everything okay?
A recent study has confirmed that toxic compounds derived from oil that was released in the Deepwater Horizon spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico nearly two years ago has entered the ocean’s food chain through microorganisms.
The study, funded by the National Science Foundation and led by a team of researchers from East Carolina University, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Oregon State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the U.S. Geological Survey, detected chemical compounds found in oil called hydrocarbons, some known to be carcinogenic, within the bodies of microscopic crustaceans called zooplankton.
“Our research helped to determine a ‘fingerprint’ of the Deepwater Horizon spill–something that other researchers interested in the spill may be able to use,” Dr. Siddhartha Mitra of East Carolina University said in a statement. “Furthermore, our work demonstrated that zooplankton in the Northern Gulf of Mexico accumulated toxic compounds derived from the Macondo well.”
So now the question is….is the seafood truly okay to consume? And is everything truly okie-dokie in the waters of the northern Gulf?
My readers know that I from time to time find an anal statement that someone in the news makes that is either crazy, stupid, or just plain ignorant…..and then I post them and at the end of the year I have my readers vote on the most anal statement of the year…….
In 2007, I as always was making notes and I found one made by a person in the news about the war in Vietnam and as a vet of that war I found it insulting and a completely ignorant thing to say…….I did not offer it up in 2007 for some reason…my guess is I had a brain fart…..and I found it when I was going back through my notebooks from 2007…..so I want to post it now…better late than never…….
David Barton (born 1954) is an American evangelical Christian minister, conservative activist, and author. He founded WallBuilders, a Texas-based organization with a goal of exposing the claimed US constitutional separation of church and state as a myth. Barton is the former co-chair of the Republican Party of Texas.
Okay, we have a Christian activist that has an opinion on the War in Vietnam……
intelligence now shows that had the US just done one more bombing run, the Viet Cong would have surrendered.
This idiot just made it personal!
First, since I was there for 2 and half years, I would tell him, in person, that unless he was actually there he has NO opinion! My advice is……… SHUT THE FUCK UP!
Second, the North Vietnamese army was just as instrumental in the war as the Viet Cong….
I am tired of all these so-called Americans that have all the answers to what happen in Vietnam and not once had someone shoot at them in anger…..the real problem is that people listen to these insulting a/holes! Especially detest people like this bonehead that pretends to be some sort of historical expert and then tries to re-write history to suit his pathetic narrative…….
Surely you re aware of the challenges to what the GOP has called Obamacare…states with Repub control have challenged the law on various grounds and now it is before SCOTUS with a verdict due in June, in the middle of the presidential election show….was that a political choice? I do not know….but after all it is the Robert’s court and they gave us Citizens United….so you decide for yourself…..
the latest poll shows that even with dems this law is unpopular….why is that? The Week magazine has a couple of good opinions on the subject…..
1. The individual mandate is poison
The American people want to see Obama’s health care reforms “wiped from the books,” says Peter Suderman at Reason, and the main reason is the law’s individual mandate, which requires Americans to obtain health insurance. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released last week found that 67 percent of respondents want that part of the law removed. Even many people who otherwise like “ObamaCare” would rather “do away with the entire thing” than keep the whole law, mandate and all. Americans just can’t stomach having the government order people to purchase coverage.
2. Republicans uniformly oppose it
It’s obvious why at least half of the country hates “ObamaCare,” says Joshua Green at Bloomberg Businessweek: The law is “the signature achievement” of Obama’s first term, and that means the Republican Party is united against it. “Were the court to strike down the law, it would be a tremendous blow to Democrats.”
3. The White House lost the messaging war
For years, says Dahlia Lithwick at Slate, all Americans have heard is the steady drumbeat of GOP opposition to the health-care law. And now, in spite of the facts, many Americans think the law is unconstitutional. Blame the Obama administration’s “abject failure” to explain its own law. “Of course the public thinks the law is unconstitutional. They never heard a single word defending it.”
4. The fight is making everyone forget why we need reform
The law’s opponents make it sound like defeating the unpopular individual mandate solves all our problems, says Rick Newman at U.S. News & World Report. But the mandate, by expanding “the pool of people covered by health insurance,” makes popular pieces of “ObamaCare” possible. If it goes, so do subsidies for those who can’t afford insurance, and the ban on denying coverage over pre-existing conditions. Then we’re right back where we started, with a sixth of the population uninsured, and people dying or being financially ruined because they have no health insurance. But no one is talking about such systemic problems. We’re all too busy harping on the “ObamaCare” bogeyman.
Sorry we need health reform and we need it now…..but all this name calling and innuendos back and forth are doing NOTHING for the American people…..remember them? They are who you guys in Washington pretend to care about…..
Now the Repubs fair hair boy, Rep. Paul Ryan, has offered up his interpretation of what is needed for a good health policy….and Ezra Klein writing in the WaPo…….
The bill works like this: The federal government subsidizes Americans to participate in health insurance markets known as “exchanges.” Inside these exchanges, insurers can’t discriminate based on pre-existing conditions. Individuals can choose to go without insurance, but if they do so, they pay a penalty. To keep premium costs down, the government ties the size of the subsidy to the second-least-expensive plan in the market — a process known as “competitive bidding,” which encourages consumers to choose cheaper plans.
The problem with Obamacare is The Affordable Care Act was based on two decades of Republican thinking about health care. The basic structure was first proposed by the conservative Heritage Foundation in 1989, first written into a bill by Senate Republicans in 1993, and first passed into law by a Republican governor by the name of Mitt Romney in 2005.
That is right sports fans…what they demonize as Obamacare is basically a conserv idea from the heritage Foundation….then why is it so toxic?….you may ask…….
The problem for the Republicans, however, is that they don’t have a better — or even alternative — idea. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, “repeal and replace” has been a reliable applause line at tea party rallies and an oft-uttered incantation on the floor of the House of Representatives. But while Republicans have united around “repeal” of health-care reform, they haven’t managed to come up with a policy for “replace.”….writes Klein……
Besides individual savings accounts for health care…what does the GOP have in way of an alternative? I do not like Obamacare much but until someone has a viable alternative….it should be the law of the land…..attack all you want but without an alternative….you have little to say that is important……bumper stickers and cutesy slogans will do little to keep me from dying from cancer…if anything it is a source of amusement for me….a good laugh is very therapeutic!
Recall back in the early days of the GOP hunt for the nomination when we had almost daily debates and because of those debates almost every candidate got his/her 15 minutes of fame……there were several debates that wanted people, mere mortals like me, to submit questions for the candidates via Facebook or YouTube or twitter……well I did and none of them were asked and definitely not answered…….I tried to ask question that covered a broad spectrum of issues and would give the candidates a chance to how that they were capable of governing and not just a slogan mill…..
here were my questions at different times….but feel free to jump on these if you would like…..
1–you say China is a threat to the US, why? give specifics.
2–Are credit cards good for the US…..why?
3–Should teachers K-12 be able to get enure? Explain your answer.
4–Should Americans have the right to basic health care? Explain your answer.
5–Are immigrants a net gain for the US economy? Explain.
6–Should the US Constitution be revised? Explain in detail why.
When I was selecting questions I tried to find ones that covered just about everything that the GOPers were screaming about and that would help us normal Americans try to understand what our power elites were thinking and pushing on the society…..
I will keep these and try again once we have our two opponents in the battle for the presidency…..but until then I would like to hear from my readers…….
A very much appreciated reader of Info Ink is Terrance or Sibboleth Nation (go to blogroll and visit his site for a different perspective and go often) and I have been exchanging views about the high price of gas and what to do about it………
Everybody, whether left of right, has been bitching that they want solutions to the banking fiasco and for the price of high gas prices…..but are they really serious about the solutions? Or are they willing to put up with the solutions? Read on, McDuff!
During this circus we call an election cycle we keep hearing that all Americans want solutions to the problems that the country is experiencing…….a couple of the gas off the top of my head….Gas prices and banking…….these came to mind because I was watching an interview with Nevada’s babbling brook, Sharon Angel…..she was talking about the problems of her state and the country and as usual the housing, gas prices and lack of jobs is all Obama’s doing…..a typical BS answer for those with little brains and no logical thinking processes……
I tweeted that she should be asked to give how Obama was at fault for high gas prices…….of course not being one of the boys in the MSM, my question was not asked……I am positive that her answer would have been domestic drilling……….to begin with Oil Companies set the prices not the president….I will concede that banks are still stealing us blind is a bit of the Prez fault….Dodd-Frank was a toothless python……but the problems with Freddie/Fannie Mac is NOT the president’s fault…jobs… by now we all know whose fault that is……
Now let me say that if you want solutions to high gas prices and the banks there is only one answer for both problems…..and the answer will send the Right into convulsions………Nationalization!
Let’s start with gas prices………Mitt has said that one his first day of his presidency gas would be $2 a gallon….if you believe that then by all means vote for a liar….the only way for gas to come down is eliminate the profit margin and the only way to eliminate the profit margin is to nationalize the industry….any other solution is pure BS and will NEVER happen…..no matter who tells you it will.
The banking fiasco……again the only way to eliminate the boom and busts of the industry is for the government to control the industry…..and again that would be nationalization of the industry…eliminate the profits and you can eliminate the cycles of boom and bust……more regulations will not do it and less regulations will definitely NOT do it…….
The ONLY way to make good on campaign promises of cheap gas and less banking fiascoes is nationalization…..like it or not…….with out it gas prices will continue upward and banks will continue to gamble and get government money to pay their debts….bitching about it will NOT help….only one answer to make it so…..NATIONALIZATION! Yes, the other “N” word!
There have been times when I question whether this country is a compassionate one or not…..I guess that is one of those questions that we can only answer for ourselves…….
We all have heard of the jobs loss, the foreclosures and the hunger that is all too prevalent in this country and most of us would do all we could to help these unfortunates out in their time of need……but what about our governments….the local ones that is?
Source: The Economic Collapse
This is so twisted. In America today, you need a “permit” to do almost anything. We are supposed to be a land of liberty and freedom, but these days government bureaucrats have turned our rights into “privileges” that they can revoke at any time.
The following are some of the major U.S. cities that have attempted to ban feeding the homeless….
Mayor Nutter recently banned feeding homeless people in many parts of Philadelphia where homeless people are known to congregate….
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has announced a ban on the feeding of large numbers of homeless and hungry people at sites on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Mayor Nutter is imposing the ban on all outdoor feedings of large numbers of people on city parkland, including Love Park and the Ben Franklin Parkway, where it is not uncommon for outreach groups to offer free food.
Nutter says the feedings lack both sanitary conditions and dignity.
Last June, a group of activists down in Orlando, Florida were arrested by police for feeding the homeless in defiance of a city ordinance….
Over the past week, twelve members of food activist group Food Not Bombs have been arrested in Orlando for giving free food to groups of homeless people in a downtown park. They were acting in defiance of a controversial city ordinance that mandates permits for groups distributing food to large groups in parks within two miles of City Hall. Each group is allowed only two permits per park per year; Food Not Bombs has already exceeded their limit. They set up their meatless buffet in Lake Eola knowing that they would likely be arrested as a result.
Down in Houston, a group of Christians was recently banned from distributing food to the homeless, and they were told that they probably would not be granted a permit to do so in the future even if they applied for one….
Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said.
That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their “Feed a Friend” effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one.
“We don’t really know what they want, we just think that they don’t want us down there feeding people,” said Bobby Herring, a Christian rapper who goes by the stage name Tre9.
Dallas has also adopted a law which greatly restricts the ability of individuals and ministries to feed the homeless….
A Dallas-area ministry is suing the city over a food ordinance that restricts the group from giving meals to the homeless.
Courts dismissed Dallas’ request for a summary judgment last week, saying the case, brought up by pastor Don Hart (in video above) may indeed be a violation of free exercise of religion, as protected by the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the blog Religion Clause reported.
In the court filing, the ministry leaders argue that their Christian faith requires them to share meals with the homeless (Jesus did!) and that the requirement that even churches and charities provide toilets, sinks, trained staff and consent of the city keeps them from doing so.
A few years ago, Las Vegas became the first major U.S. city to specifically pass a law banning the feeding of homeless people….
Las Vegas, whose homeless population has doubled in the past decade to about 12,000 people in and around the city, joins several other cities across the country that have adopted or considered ordinances limiting the distribution of charitable meals in parks. Most have restricted the time and place of such handouts, hoping to discourage homeless people from congregating and, in the view of officials, ruining efforts to beautify downtowns and neighborhoods.
But the Las Vegas ordinance is believed to be the first to explicitly make it an offense to feed “the indigent.”
That law has since been blocked by a federal judge, and since then many U.S. cities have been very careful not to mention “the indigent” or “the homeless” by name in the laws they pass that are intended to ban feeding the homeless.
New York City
New York City has banned all food donations to government-run homeless shelters because the bureaucrats there are concerned that the donated food will not be “nutritious” enough.
Yes, this is really true.
The following is from a recent Fox News article….
The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.
In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.
Does this sound like a government that cares? Bet these politicians would take federal funds and then use them on some worthless project that was promised to a donor. This is why I say this system needs replacing……when the people become a hindrance…it is time for it to go!
This is shameful! And disgusting at the same time!
My last day of mental cleansing, similar to a colon cleansing, but different…….and my post form yesterday kinda goes in hand with today’s offering……..
I have said that I really enjoy the sciencey stuff…especially when I can throw it the face of someone……
My daughter and I have been arguing for years about the Neanderthals and the Cro-Magnon…..i say that they were a sub-species and she says that they are related and the cros killed them off through competition for the limited resources of the time ………she was training to be a forensic anthropologist at the time and we would almost come to blows in the arguments……FYI, we are still having the argument………
But what did kill the Neds? Was it the competition that my daughter believes or what? Well now i have a bit more ammunition for our next title bout……..
(Newser) – So we didn’t kill off the Neanderthals after all. That’s the conclusion of researchers who analyzed Neanderthal-bone DNA and deduced that most of them died off in Western Europe during the Ice Age, long before encountering modern humans. A small Neanderthal group lived on for about 10,000 more years after the near-extinction of their race around 50,000 years ago, the BBC reports.
“The fact that Neanderthals in Europe were nearly extinct, but then recovered, and that all this took place long before they came into contact with modern humans, came as a complete surprise,” says the study’s lead author. Their proof: Neanderthal DNA variation dropped off around the Ice Age, implying that survivors existed in a smaller group. Modern humans from the east were better able to handle the cold, the Daily Mail notes—but may not have survived if Neanderthals had also coped with the Ice Age.
It should be an interesting battle royal at the next meeting of the twisted minds society……