mad bomber of reform, maybe humans are more complex then plants, some body paint art

Joe Conason is a pretty rational guy. His book Big Lies is one of the better exposes on the right-wing/conservative movement in the U.S. but his argument here might be too rational, Why does Joe Lieberman oppose healthcare reform? Ask his wife Both Lieberman and Evan Bayh have spouses who have profited from the healthcare industry

If Democrats are disappointed by Joe Lieberman’s threat to filibuster any healthcare reform bill that includes a public option, they shouldn’t be. Despite all of his past promises to support universal healthcare, nothing was more predictable than the Connecticut senator’s fealty to the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists.

Much the same can be said of Sen. Evan Bayh, who emerged from hiding on healthcare to announce that he too plans to filibuster against reform with the Republicans, regardless of what his constituents and Americans in general plainly want. Like Lieberman, his state is home to powerful corporations that want reform killed — and like Lieberman, his wife has brought home very big paychecks from those same interests.

The senator’s connections to health care special interests might be true and may well be influencing Bayh in particular. Lieberman is probably doing it because he can. Because Joe’s agenda is all about Joe, not doing what’s in the best interest of the average American family. Joementum is coming up for reelection in 2012. It will literally take a miracle for him to win another term. So he is certainly not motivated by the wishes of the people of Connecticut and the need to be reelected. He seems to be relishing his roll as mad bomber of reform. Maybe he’s motivated by money/special interests, or maybe he like a kid that enjoys kicking down other kid’s sand castles.


“Clean Coal” Exec Lies Under Oath to Cover Up Forgery Scandal. Twice. Embarrassment, shame, loss of one’s good name, being caught on tape. All approaching meaningless in the age of two new scandals a day. What’s a mutli-millionaire with an army of sharks attorneys got to lose by telling some lies under oath. The smug smile on the way to the bank remains unchanged.

a singular duck

Maybe human are more complicated then plants, but its still hard to tell for sure and difficult to explain, ‘Moonlighting’ molecules discovered

Since the completion of the human genome sequence, a question has baffled researchers studying gene control: How is it that humans, being far more complex than the lowly yeast, do not proportionally contain in our genome significantly more gene-control proteins?

[  ]…The team suspects that many more proteins encoded by the human genome might also be moonlighting to control genes, which brings researchers to the paradox that less complex organisms, such as plants, appear to have more transcription factors than humans. “Maybe most of our genes are doing double, triple or quadruple the work,” says Zhu. “This may be a widespread phenomenon in humans and the key to how we can be so complex without significantly more genes than organisms like plants.”

This is huge news. For years it was the trinity of DNA, RNA and then proteins. There seems to be a feed back loop in which proteins, very complex structures that fill research journals yearly with new discoveries, also influence how the genes that created them behave. These encoded proteins are called transcription factors.

back body paint

In this Gemma Ray Video – Hard Shoulder – you can see her back tattoo at one point. be careful, if you blink you’ll miss it. I like the song ‘Rise of the Runts’ better, but the Hard Shoulder video is a good demonstration of some cool effects that can be accomplished with a bare bones budget – a blue screen for the moody skies, a truck and it looks like they used After Effects or maybe some Avid software. Best of What’s Next: Gemma Ray

Her style has been termed “indie noir,” a cinematic blend of flamenco, rockabilly and vintage pop that would fit nicely on the scratched celluloid of forgotten exploitation films. Appropriately, Ray dresses the part a 60s femme fatale—hair plastered vertically into a modern beehive, figure draped in pastel sweaters and skirts, eyes ringed with obsidian mascara, she looks an awful lot like the music she plays.