"Last week, as I was driving home from work, I noticed a white bag under my windshield wiper blade. I get close to my house and have to wait at the train crossing. I check inside the bag and find this note and a snack bag of chocolate covered Door County cherry raisins, and a plain snack bag of cherry raisins."
“Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion.”—Scott Adams
Palin: The interesting thing in the last couple of days that I have seen is that Americans are waiting to see what John McCain will do on this proposal. They’re not waiting to see what Barack Obama is going to do. Is he going to do this and see what way the political wind’s blowing? They’re waiting to see if John McCain will be able to see these amendments implemented in Paulson’s proposal.
Couric: Why do you say that? Why are they waiting for John McCain and not Barack Obama?
Palin: He’s got the track record of the leadership qualities and the pragmatism that’s needed at a crisis time like this.
Couric: But polls have shown that Sen. Obama has actually gotten a boost as a result of this latest crisis, with more people feeling that he can handle the situation better than John McCain.
Palin: I’m not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?
“Please tell me I’m not the only one who is shocked beyond belief! I feel numb I’m so upset. This can’t be real!! How can you guys say this won’t change anything? This changes EVERYTHING. I don’t even know what to think right now…”—
A commenter on TheClayboard regarding Clay Aiken’s recent coming-out. Shocked & chagrined, she is.
Doesn’t manipulating e. coli & other bacteria to have immunities that they did not possess before just so they can produce something we need in a more cost-effective way have the potential to go terribly, horribly wrong? Or have I just read waaay too much science fiction?
Edited to add via duckandpenguin: You’ve probably read too much science fiction, but yeah, this has always been the major objection to genetically engineered organisms being used in the environment. In the lab it is easy to keep things under control, and things like genes jumping to wild populations doesn’t happen there.