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StarTalk Podcast: The Code of Life and CRISPR with Jennifer Doudna and Walter Isaacson

Start 1:10 for discussion of Doudna and The Code Breaker

Additionally, the ethics of gene editing is being handled by both this scientist patent holder (15 patents) along with the public labs at their universities -- Berkeley and Harvard, the DoD and the National Academy of Sciences. There shouldn't be public worry about corporate patent control.

Look up hers and Charpentier's lead lawyer, Eldora Ellison, who has explained to the federal judiciary the nuances of both biology and law. SCOTUS could use at least one justice who understands both biology and technology. I'd love for Biden to nominate her.

Because Ellison's explanations of science and law to both the U.S. Patent Office and the U.S. Court of Appeals are on record, Doudna and Charpentier have also been awarded, as of 2020, major patents in Britain, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.

Doudna wrote the initial version of this 2015 report by Paul Berg (father of recombinant DNA), of what was the Napa conference. The conference report suggests ethical guidelines. It got coverage on page 1 of The New York Times, though the paper's headline was misleading.

President Biden's State of the Union Address

Start 25:00

For the first time in American history

From the 'Nip This Shit In The Bud' File: "Derek Chauvin Is Not a Victim" by Tim Wise

For right-wing lawmakers hoping to raise money in time for their mid-term campaigns, few bogeymen serve the purpose as well as Congresswoman Maxine Waters. As a Black woman and racial justice advocate, Waters ticks any number of boxes on the side of the ledger marked: Things the far-right despises.

And so it’s no surprise that as we awaited the jury’s decision in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, her words to protesters would be deliberately twisted to suggest she had issued a call to violence in the event of a not guilty verdict. What better way to conjure the specter of Black mobs and liberal perfidy? What better way to shift attention from the murderer in the room, Chauvin, and the brutal law enforcement apparatus he served?

When Waters joined the protest over the recent police killing of Daunte Wright and told demonstrators they would need to “stay in the streets” and be “more confrontational” should Chauvin be acquitted, she was not encouraging riots. Confrontation only means violence in this instance if you presume that Black people are irrational beings without the capacity for strategic thought or discernment. And however much white conservatives might view them in such a manner, it goes without saying that Waters does not. She believes they understand what confrontation means, the same way civil rights protesters did when Dr. King called the Birmingham campaign “Operation C” (and yes, the “C” was for confrontation).

Perhaps Waters should have known her words would be mangled this way by the right. Fine. If so, one can fault her for presuming good faith from those who despise her and the causes for which she fights. But at some point, one has to place the blame squarely where it belongs: not on the congresswoman, but on those who deliberately stoke public fear and anger with claims they know are false.


Tim Wise was an antiracist before antiracism was cool. We should never allow the Right to raise money off lies. We need to point out lies until the racist gullibles know that 81 million of us are going to show them up and beat them down in 2022.


Yo, brother Carville? Ain't no such thing as "too woke."

We need to talk. You need to listen.

Ain't no such thing as "too woke" in the service of democracy.

NO, Carville, "wokeness" is not a "problem." WOKE IS CONSCIOUSNESS. Of America's actual history of racism, sexism, pollution, voting rights politics.

"Woke" is only a problem for the stupid, as in "It's the economy, stupid."

You need to stop serving up RW talking points to Republicans.
Black people coined that term, and right wing whites think they can denigrate it -- starting with Bill Maher, a Democrat who barely tolerates Democrats.

This "woke" denigration is a re-hash of the old denigration of "political correctness" -- which was always really about moral correctness and how it aggravated the shit out of Americans who wanted to be judgmental of their fellows in the name of freeedom! Something Christians ought to recognize.

Woke has become a dog whistle for anti-Black sentiment. Black people coined the term WOKE back in the pre-BLM days. Now racist whites think they can denigrate it. Bill Maher ain't woke, and neither are you to try to "start somethin" in your party.

You, brother Carville, muddy public discourse and "start shit." You seldom think through how to shatter right wing sound bite bullshit.

Yours is the help that is no help. Fall back.

As Fran Liebowitz thoughtfully says: Think before you speak. Read before you think.

Dr. Umar Johnson -- Education Issues and Ideas, and the Pitch for Homeschooling

Takeaway: Can home schooling solve public school problems? Yes, if parents reimagine themselves enough to become full time teachers and masters of planning, instruction and outcome measures for at least four subjects. Simple.

Way better:


The system broken, the school's closed, the prisons open
We ain't got nothing' to lose, ma' fucka', we rolling
Huh? Ma'fucka', we rollin'
With some light-skinned girls and some Kelly Rowlands
In this white man's world, we the ones chosen
So goodnight, cruel world, I see you in the mornin'
Huh? I'll see you in the mornin'
This is way too much, I need a moment ...

Kanye West, "Power"

About the U.S. Military Code of Dress


While we get distracted with tweet fighting over "both sides do it" politics, both sides DO do it when they gender discriminate.

See the standard mess hall dinner dress here?

Making gender code dress "standard" doesn't make it right.

It's a distinction with a difference. Dress that disables equal freedom of movement standardizes INequality of performance.

The disabling of women by any other means -- clothing, bound feet, high heels, poorer quality clothing design, etc. -- is the same mentality that disables people of color's lawful representation -- crippling, cheating, enforced impoverishment, enforced consent, then calling them inferior -- is the male issue across the planet. Of course, as with racism, they can't say any of that.

I realize it's not always christian, but was just responding to a comment in this particular context. In male run religions it's their issue (called 'culture,' 'tradition,' or any other cover name) -- to 'declare,' 'name,' 'brand,' then dress code half of the population to publicly mark them as spiritually inferior -- across continents. Not all and not always, of course, but enough to maintain gender hierarchy.

The ugly truth is that present 'systems' of governance of bodies (enforced free labor and fucking) without their consent ("Control your women." "Rule of thumb: keep them in hand, rein them in. Make them love their masters" ) are the old school illegitimate systems of forced male supremacy, forced on those who won't kill them in self defense, but run, instead. That armed women in the military are still raped tells us all we need to know about males who groom and train each other to not tolerate equality. Force and death threat maintain dominance.

The US Military should be disgusted to carry such Iron Age baggage in the 21st Century.

I doubt that male brass (or SECDEF Austin) will change the gender inequality in the military.
Women and their 'allies' in the military will have to change it along with the UCMJ.

I picture a President Harris, CiC, having her Secretary of Defense, a former female general, order an all-forces stand down order to get to the bottom of sexist practices, policies and unreported crimes.

The Impact of Seaspiracy and the Consequence of Ignoring 70% of the Planet

I hope those who see climate change as our highest priority take the time to see this.
Philip Wollen's moving words hit me hardest.

Reminder Of What America's Violent Insurrectionary & Secessionist Movements Believe

Howard Dean is dead serious about Republicans being a Neo-Fascist party -- not just their leaders, either.

It's good to regularly remind ourselves that these 'movements' or subcultures have not been ousted or changed in any meaningful way.

Here are infographs found on Twitter that organize what extremists think. Possibly some of us live near people who think this way, or live in states with statehouse representatives who think this way.
Note the use of "we," who they think their audience is, and all the ways to describe "white."




What we don’t confront and de-escalate today may be voted into office tomorrow.

Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

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"I Was With Biden In Kabul In 2002" -- Thomas Friedman On The Afghanistan Pullout

The title above is in the print version of The New York Times Op-Ed section today.

By referencing quotes from his diary then, Friedman enlarges our view of the policy frame of our military occupation of Afghanistan.


The diary: “Getting out of Afghanistan turned out to be harder than getting in (which I hope will not be a metaphor for U.S. operations there generally). When the U.S. military transport that Joe Biden and friends were supposed to fly out on arrived at Bagram, the U.S. Army captain running the control tower informed the senator that orders had come down from the Pentagon that no civilians were to be allowed on military aircraft. Throughout Biden’s trip, the Pentagon, presumably under orders from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, had denied Biden any help, even though he chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. No planes, no military tours, no nothing. This seemed to be the last straw. Biden was very cool, didn’t throw a tantrum, but was quietly pissed.”

Our leaving may be a short-term disaster, and in the longer run, who knows, maybe Afghanistan will find balance on its own, like Vietnam. Or not. I don’t know. I am as humbled and ambivalent about it today as I was 20 years ago, and I am sure that Biden is too.

All I know for sure are [sic]:
1) We need to offer asylum to every Afghan who worked closely with us and may now be in danger. 2) Afghans are going to author their own future.
3) It is American democracy that is being eroded today by our own divisiveness, by our own hands, and unless we get that fixed we can’t help anyone — including ourselves.


For the record, I've never respected Friedman's sales pitch approach to austerity economics; his style has done more harm to cover up ugly truths about his right wing economic beliefs. So I'll probably never post a Friedman essay again; but I appreciate his outlook in this essay because his agreement with Biden's decision seems honestly grounded in concrete lessons learned, rather than Republican story frames. His use of ambivalent is one indicator of why Biden is president, now, and his party's man is not.

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