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Feeling Safer Yet?

KTK at Lean Left is not being very civil when he hands out his Annie Jacobsen Award, 2007. He is so nasty, that he brings in facts, and we all know about the liberal bias in facts. He even prints a chart:

Hideous Danger Yearly Death Rate
Terrorism 1/769,230
Liposuction 1/5,000
Pedestrian Accidents 1/58,000
Firearms 1/366,000
Recreational Boating 1/399,000
Bicycling 1/410,000

This is totally unfair. He shows us that we are absolute fools to spend the gazillions of dollars to protect the Shrubbery from terrorists, and then let him ride his bike or go out on his Dad’s boat. Fortunately he doesn’t walk much.

November 21, 2007   7 Comments

Reality Check

Everyone interested has seen the report on the research that seems to seems to show Skin transformed into stem cells. An amazing piece of work, if it can be replicated and verified in other labs by other people, and doesn’t turn into another South Korean cloning disaster.

There is a major misconception being voiced by those who oppose embryonic stem cell research, i.e. that embryonic stem cells don’t need to be studied, and all the labs doing this kind of work can be shut down without loss. Wrong!

The researchers wouldn’t have known what they were looking for without the embryonic stem cells as a guide and example. What they have created seems to be the same as embryonic stem cells, but it will take some time and effort to find out if that is true. I hope that it is because being able to grow stem cells in the lab will really speed up research on a lot of diseases and promises to make the repair of organs and the nervous system a reality, but we don’t know that yet, and the embryonic stem cells are the model against which the new cells must be tested.

November 21, 2007   6 Comments

Nice Sign

Seen on a store while I was out and about:

Anti-Black Friday Sale!
We will open at our normal time
Everything is priced as usual!

November 21, 2007   14 Comments

Happy Blogiversary™

to Kevin Hayden at American Street who has been at it for five years, while I’ve only been doing it for three.

November 21, 2007   4 Comments

Totally Bogus

Scout notes that the New Orleans newspaper lets the debate commission have it with both barrels: Times Picayune Blasts Presidential Commission on Debates.

The Times-Picayune editorial, A Shameful Rebuff makes sure that the commission knows that its “excuse” isn’t fooling anyone.

Claiming that New Orleans can’t handle a debate, but the University of Mississippi can, is absurd on its face.

If you don’t own your own plane you have to fly into Memphis and then travel 80 miles to get to Oxford, Mississippi, only 50 of those miles are Interstate. Thanks to a recent annexation, the population of Oxford is a whopping 19,000 people, over 30% of those people live below the poverty line.

The Repubs didn’t want to be put on the spot over the lack of Federal response to Katrina, or the fact that it was Federal levees that caused the death and destruction.

November 21, 2007   Comments Off on Totally Bogus