Friday, July 24, 2015
Dinosaurs - Making a Comeback!
In a potentially terrifying case of life imitating art, the renowned paleontologist who served as the inspiration for Jurassic Park protagonist Dr. Alan Grant is spearheading genetic research that could engineer dinosaurs back into existence within the next five to 10 years, he says.
While Dr. Jack Horner, who has consulted on all four Jurassic films, initially believed the key to recreating the prehistoric creatures lied in working with ancient DNA strands, further study about DNA degradation over time has since ruled out that possibility.
Instead, a group of scientists at Harvard and Yale have turned their eye to -- wait for it -- the modern-day chicken. “Of course, birds are dinosaurs," Horner told People magazine. "So we just need to fix them so they look a little more like a dinosaur."
--The above is from Geoff Weiss, a writer at Entrepreneur.com.
Well, I've got to pour a little water on this particular fire! We don't need any more dinosaurs. They supposedly went extinct eons ago. What good would they be?
Furthermore, if you've not been stranded on a desert island for the past 50 years, you know we have a political party that is comprised almost entirely of human dinosaurs.
The halls of Congress are riddled with them. Many state governors are parodies of them. Dinosaur manure needs to be cleaned daily from our state legislatures!
These dinosaurs are stubbornly stuck in the past, unwilling to see the light, incapable of intelligent discussion or legislation, and fervently worship an ancient god of sacrifice at the altar of mammon - money!
To put it another way, they have, for the past 60-70 years, fought every progressive, humane, humanitarian, decent, worthwhile piece of legislation that has been proposed! Fortunately, another party consisting primarily of non-dinosaurs, was able at times to pass laws that worked for the benefit of the common people in this country, and not the oligarchs.
These contemporary dinosaurs, as you know, are called Republicans. To get a sense of their spurious beliefs and their deadly ideas as to how to run the country, listen to any of the 16 wannabees running for president as they rise from the darkness and flay us with their threats.
One example should suffice: T'he dinosaur governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, has just recently cut $200,000 of the state's budget which was supposed to go to the university system, and gave it to the owners of a Milwaukee sports team to build a stadium.
Walker has said that if he's elected president, he will repeal Obamacare on his first day. He can't do that, of course, but it plays well with the base still stuck in the tar sands. He also said one of his first actions would be to nuke the deal with Iran.
A final thought: Perhaps dinosaurs recreated from chickens isn't such a bad idea. They'd certainly have more common sense and discernment than the group of dinosaurs which currently defines the Repugnican Party!
Posted by Lowell at 2:38 PM