“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves …”

A baby bird inside the egg has a little hook on the end of its beck that disappears as it grows. How does the bird inside the egg know to use that hook to free itself from the shell? When a baby mammal is born it has a natural “instinct” to suckle. How does it know to do that? A spider emerges from its egg knowing how to spin a web. Since its mother is dead it cannot learn that from her. How does it know how to do that?

Scientist’s have said for some time that most of the genes in DNA are just “junk.” But somewhere, lurking among our genes, is not only the instructions to make a bird or a mammal or a spider, but some sort of genetic programming that tells the creature how to get started. How to eat, how to react to certain stimuli and even how to walk, crawl, swim or fly.

There’s a Nobel Prize and at least a million dollars awaiting some smart young Turk who figures out how that programming works and how to decode it.

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A SNOWBALL’S CHANCE IN WHERE?

Those few who read my posts on Facebook or read my Blog probably know my disdain for the so-called “scientific consensus.” Well, actually, it’s not so much the scientific consensus itself as the way academia and politicians weaponize it to seize power and people’s money regardless of its truth that irritates me.

I have cited numerous instances in which academics and politicians have crushed those, commonly called “deniers” today, who try to expose false consensus. But there are also instances where the scientific consensus is not weaponized, but is useful to know about because they reveal the extent to which scientists have feet of clay – i.e., how dumb they can be.

Case in point. In the 1960s a Russian climatologist named Budyko published a theory that if the earth ever became completely covered in ice it would remain that way forever. The theory made a lot of sense. That is, until field researchers uncovered evidence that the earth had become a “snowball;” probably more than once. As scientists examined ice cores taken from Greenland and Antarctica, sediment cores from the ocean floor and other sources, the snowball theory melted to “slush.” And the number one candidate for the cause of snowballing the earth – volcanic eruptions. And the number one candidate for the melting of the snowball – volcanic eruptions. Ain’t life grand!

ECON 101

Joe Biden had a rally recently. He posed the question to his audience, “We had a $2 trillion tax cut last year. Did you feel it?”

The crowd screamed overwhelmingly, “NO!”

Joe responded, “Of course not. Of course not. All of it went to the folks at the top.”

Even that bastion of liberal journalism, the Washington Post felt it necessary to respond to Joe’s comment. They printed the following. “82% of people making $50 – 75K received tax cuts AVERAGING nearly $1000.” Overall unemployment is at a 50 year low at 3.6%. Black and Hispanic unemployment are at the lowest point ever recorded since the federal gummamint started tracking unemployment by race and ethnicity in 1948.

Wage increases in the last two years have been 25% higher for production workers than for their supervisors. Compare this to the last 5 years of Obama’s administration when supervisors received wage increases 40% greater than their workers. The economy added 263K workers in the past month. Liberals like to say that the soaring stock market has no benefits for the average people. That might be true except that anyone with a 401K or a pension plan is benefiting greatly from the stock market growth.

I have to wonder about Joe’s supporters. Not one of them received a tax cut. What does that tell you about his supporters?