Monday, May 31, 2010

Are You A Real American? (Video) *Jon Stewart Will Tell You!*

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Jon Stewart: Sarah Palin's Definition of the Real America



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Friday, May 21, 2010

Artificial Life Has Been Created (Video) *Humans enter a Brave New World*

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"Artificial Life Means Man Can Truly Play God"


Artificial Life Has Been Created

Craig Venter is reporting his team has designed, synthesized, and assembled DNA, life itself, and transplanted it into a cell. The cell is alive, viable, and replicating. Below is a video report of this astounding announcement:

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For audio interview with Craig Venter click here.

Some of the headlines and reports on this momentous achievement:

Official press release by the J. Craig Venter Institute (May 20, 2010):

Research abstract presented to ScienceMag.com (May 20, 2010):

News media reports:
MSNBC: It's Alive! Synthetic Genome Blazes Trail for New Drugs and Biofuels
WSJ: Scientists Create Synthetic Organism
ABC: Artificial Life Means Man Can Truly Play God


The implications of this announcement are profound. The possibilities are literally endless. Organisms could be designed for use in medicine, in humans, to alter the Earth's biosphere, even as biological weapons.  After development of custom made single cell organisms, multi-cell organisms could be created. Then larger organisms could be "invented" up to insect size, then animal size. Human parts could be created. Humans could be modified.


The basic idea: DNA is the software, the body is the hardware.  You program the DNA, the software, to operate the body, the hardware. Humanity continues to have more and more access to the software, which can then modify the hardware. The only limit will ultimately be humanity's imagination.




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"Our imagination flies - we are its shadow on the earth."
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stephen Colbert: Glenn Beck to the Mountain Top! (Video) *The Plan from God*

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Glenn Beck Receives "The Plan" From God


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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Major Earthquake Rupture Found in Baja California (Video) *Easter Sunday 2010 Quake*

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7.2 Magnitude Sierra El Mayor-Cucapah Earthquake


Ruptures from the April 4, 2010, Easter Sunday, aka Northern Baja California Earthquake have been discovered.  Amazing video below.



Geotripper blog has some great coverage plus links to more images and videos.  Additional information is also available from the Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN).





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BP Gulf Oil Spill: Jon Steward Looks at BP Containment Efforts

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Jon Stewart of The Daily Show goes over BP America's various efforts to stop the Gulf Oil Spill and who is taking responsibility, or lack thereof, for the environmental and economic disaster.






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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Gulf Coast Oil Disaster: How You Can Help! *Audubon Society takes action*

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(Birds fly above and sit on a shoal surrounded by oil booms on Breton Sound Island on the southern most tip of the Chandeleur Islands in the Gulf of Mexico south of Louisiana where oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead continues to spread on April 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Greenpeace, Sean Gardner)

"Audubon is inspired by the many people who have contacted us to find out how they can help the birds and other wildlife threatened by the Gulf oil spill. Your commitment to their health and safety during this crisis is greatly appreciated – and it underscores how much you value the natural world."

Audubon's Mission
To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

About Me
I am an Audubon member in Oklahoma, past President of an Audubon Chapter, and local bird expert.  I am an amateur biologist and citizen-scientist who has performed 100s of bird species surveys to monitor fluctuations in local bird populations (rain, heat, snow! lol) and searches for endangered & threatened bird species.  I have defended bird & wildlife habitat, including lakes, mountains, prairies, and forests.  I Tweet & Blog observations & thoughts as a sojourner through space & time: futurist, dreamer, dog rescuer, mountaineer, USA business owner, conservationist, former CFO, banker, auditor.  More about my professional and educational background here.

My Mission
The same as Audubon's, adding "preserve and protect USA habitat, heritage, & history".


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Below are solely my personal opinions and do not reflect or represent the opinions or policies of the National Audubon Society, any other organization, or any other individual.  I mean every word of it too, lol.

My Thoughts on this Impending Economic & Environmental Disaster
Once again, it is up to Main Street America and proactive citizens to clean up the mess of the Drill, Baby, Drill! crowd, which then became Spill, Baby, Spill! and now is Sue, Baby, Sue!.  First it was paying for and cleaning up after the Wall Street Banksters, now it's the same with Big Oil.  Fox News, Fear & Unbalanced, along with the Republican Party, Tea Party, right wing, fundamentalist, conservatives screw up America, I follow behind these lunatics cleaning up their greedy messes.  Sheesh...

What's Next
I am finishing up necessary personal & business tasks and will soon be leaving for the Gulf Coast, presumably Louisiana.  I hope I will have some Internet access to Tweet & Blog my observations & comments, volunteer activities & tasks, and pictures.  Stay tuned...


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