"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it," she said, dismissing the idea of dropping out.I'll just ignore the incredible tastelessness of Hillary Clinton's remarks on the possibility of Barack Obama being assassinated in June (and her refusal to apologize to him and his supporters) and instead point out the fallacies in her knowledge of history.
What she's doing is not securing her the nomination. Rather, she's gunning up a lot of her supporters to believe that the nomination was stolen from her -- a belief many won't soon abandon. And that on the basis of rationales and arguments there's every reason to think she doesn't even believe in.I guess that's why they give him the big bucks.
Suspected souvenir hunters broke into Stonehenge and vandalised the ancient monument, English Heritage has said.
A small chip the size of a 10p piece was taken from the side of the Heel Stone with a screwdriver and hammer.Scratch that. It happened on the 15th of May, but news was only just released. So I guess there is no conspiracy to attack Britain's landmarks on May 21st. But still, I'd better see as many of them as I can before they're destroyed.
"The Republicans will make a simple and compelling argument: why should Florida and Michigan voters trust the Democratic Party to look out for you when they won't even listen to you."If I remember my civil rights history correctly, former slaves and their descendants didn't try to jump in line.
Shorter Clinton: "To honor the civil rights pioneers, we must rig the Democratic convention to cudgel the first black nominee."
A massive government database holding details of every phone call, e-mail and time spent on the internet by the public is being planned as part of the fight against crime and terrorism. Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms companies would hand over the records to the Home Office under plans put forward by officials.Although...I've been wondering why my internet is so slow today...
I'm always amazed by people who claim they don't know what Obama stands for. They say he's light on policy, heavy on rhetoric. That seems to be a perception people have based on rumor rather than fact. He's been as forthcoming as any candidate on substantive issues; the problem is his rhetoric is so pretty that's what sticks in people's minds.
This BlogHer interview, though short, is short on rhetoric and fairly detailed on policy. And of course it's BlogHer, of which I'm an affiliate.
I'm always happy to read about advances in the search for a cure for Huntington's Disease, but this struck me as awful news: Scientists have inserted the defective gene into monkeys.
It's bad enough humans have to suffer this disease. Now another species will suffer the same incapacitation. One of the monkeys who was altered is already showing signs of HD at 10 months. While humans are in many ways genetically identical to monkeys (the percentage of similarity varies with the species) we are not identical, nor do we learn in the same way or share cognitive traits with monkeys. Therefore, drug trials on monkeys will be of little use, except for the scientists who were offered grant money to alter rhesus monkey genes.
I have a better idea. Test drugs in humans who already suffer from HD. Currently there is a paucity of HD drug trials in humans, all of which involve drugs already approved for human use for some other ailment. Patients I know are clamoring to participate in drug trials.
I myself am participating in trials to determine the earliest signs of Huntington's, which hopefully will help scientists learn to quickly identify which drugs work to postpone the onset, or which lifestyle changes will affect the age of onset. (I'm a big believer in affecting the onset through lifestyle changes, primarily exercise and stress reduction.)
If you'd like to learn more about alternatives to animal testing for human diseases, check out the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.
This is the kind of post I've been wanting to read on China, and the earthquake, but I didn't know that until I read it. James Fallows, the Atlantic writer currently living in China, provides photographic evidence:
The masses in China are overwhelming; the people in them are vividly and irrepressibly individual.
Every person killed in China was an individual, someone's daughter or son. James Fallows makes a point of the obvious, and tragic. Too often that is forgotten in the rush for raw numbers.