Progress is desirable and possible, but not on the basis of pseudo-scientific theoretical novelties and fads which are in many cases merely alibis for moral responsibility and moral training. Science is a mighty weapon, a glittering sword in the hand of civilization. But if civilization permits science to rob it of its moral foundations it will be a case of suicide by falling on its own sword.
It’s really hard to stop watching, isn’t it? It just sort of seizes your attention and won’t let go.
Hypnotic, Isn’t It?
Even a “womyn” – a quite sex-negative Feminist – I know just couldn’t stop watching it, though she kept muttering about objectification and how oral sex, or at least fellatio, was “slave behavior” and misogynist the whole time. 😉
Really! Tell the truth. How many times did you watch it before you even read the post?
So “The Donald” managed with just a few weeks of mild effort to do what the American people couldn’t do in three years of protests and litigation; he goaded Obama into providing more evidence of his American birthplace and, hence eligibility to hold the office of POTUS. At least that’s how Donald Trump is playing this up.
Somewhat unfortunately for him and very unfortunately for we, the People of America, I believe that Trump was playing the wrong suit in this hand. He forgot that under the rules of the game under regime of the First Black President and his Liberals spades are trump. 😉
You’re White; You’re Racist – Unless You Give Me Money & Votes!
Obama is back in full campaign mode, not that he has ever particularly left that “comfort zone,” and everything is to be described as being about race, especially anything involves criticism of Obama or his agenda. This will just get worse whenever Obama or his cultists feel threatened.
Trump forgot that Obama only had two major themes to his 2008 presidential campaign, “Blame Bush” and the race card. With President Bush long out of the picture all Obama has left is race-baiting.
By forgetting this Trump gave Obama and his cabal the perfect opportunity to revitalize the controversy over his titular status as a natural born American citizen and eligibility to be POTUS to their benefit.
No crisis, especially manufactured ones, should ever be wasted…
Obama has lost the support of a lot of his far Left base and there’s almost always the concern that the Blacks, while fully in support of Obama not being perceived as a failure, won’t be motivated enough to go to the polls. Trumping this political hand by playing the race card is an almost sure fired remedy for these problems.
His campaign staff may not be able to drum up enough support in the form of campaign donation and vote for Obama but making the 2012 campaign about race may give them the ability to fire up the Liberals and Blacks to spend and vote against whoever runs against him.
President Obama finally, after years of refusing to do so and claiming that the American people had “no standing” to require him to prove his constitutional eligibility to be POTUS, released his long sought after Long Form Birth Certificate.
It shows that he was born at 7:42 PM, August 4, 1961 in Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital, Honolulu, HI of Barack Hussein Obama and Stanley Ann Dunham.
Simply put, it’s about damn time that Obama did that. It should not have taken the goading of Donald Trump and his potential bid for the presidency in 2012 to get Obama to do this. Obama should have surrendered this form as soon as the question of his eligibility came up, just as Senator John McCain – the Old White Man that ran against him 2008 in case anyone’s forgotten – did when functionally identical questions about his eligibility arose.
In the past decade huge advances have been made in the field of transgenic research, the study of transferring genes from one species to another. What was once limited to a small number of crops has expanded out into a broad spectrum of animals as well.
Transgenic Marmoset Expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP)
To date the highest order of animal that scientists will admit to having genetically modified by the inclusion of completely foreign genetic material is the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). The marmoset is a primate though and the changes they’ve made since 2009 have been genetically stable so there’s little in the way of technological hurdles left for them.
This, without even considering its use on humans, opens the door to some “interesting” possibilities. 😉
Transgenesis 1:24 ( New Atheists Bible )
“Let the land produce living creatures according to our whim”
I’m approaching this with a little humor, and not all of it ill-natured, because there is a definite potential benefit from creating transgenic organisms. Even the “sports,” which history tells us will be some of the first commercial applications, have the possibility of bringing people a lot of wonder and joy.
There’s, however, just so very much that could go wrong because scientists often ask, “Can we…” but rarely ask, “Should we…” and we really know very little about the interactions between genes or how transgenic creatures would affect the biosphere as whole.
I’m not even going to go into the nightmares this will cause when, not if, we start doing it with humans. Too many of the scenarios that instantly come to my mind are too deplorable and too plausible.