Monthly Archives: April 2013

Frankenfish – genetically modified salmon

  frankenfish  The first genetically engineered salmon – dubbed “frankenfish” – could be in grocery stores and restaurants as early as 2014. The FDA is expected to approve AquaBounty Technologies’ GE salmon after a 60-day public comment period. If approved, it will be the first approved food from a transgenic animal application to enter the U.S. food supply

The so called Frankenfish would be the first man made animal approved for human consumption. The tweaked Atlantic salmon contains a Chinook gene that makes it  grow up to three times faster than normal. The Food and Drug Administration concluded last year that the fish will not have any significant impacts on the human environment, and is unlikely to harm wild fish. 

 Cut; It’s been portrayed in the media as a bizarre concoction that is somehow unnatural. But the fact of the matter is that it reflects a change of less than one ten thousandth of one percent of the entire genetic material of the fish. That is less change than one normally sees, for instance, in normal sexual mating. 4

 Ronald Stotish is president of Massachusetts-based Aqua Bounty, the GM salmon creator.  

 Cut: We understand the sensitivity of the fishermen and the industry in Alaska. However, our product we believe does not represent a threat to them because it will simply displace an imported product that is coming in from offshore at the present time.  2

  The fish will be grown out primarily in Panama.    Alaska’s delegation has fought hard to derail the approval. Senator Lisa Murkowski is critical of the FDA for what she calls ignoring the public.   

 Cut:  This is especially troubling as the agency is ignoring the opposition of salmon and fishing groups as well as more than 3000 consumer and health organizations. I just don’t believe these fish should be approved.

 Because the changeling process is categorized under ‘veterinary procedures,’ no labels will be required to be truthful to consumers about what they are buying.   So far the FDA has gotten nearly 37,000 individual comments and thousands more from groups, running 100 to one against approval. (

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Historic Photographs

photos and descriptions that tell us what it
was like to be there and, perhaps, surprise us
with something we didn’t know and haven’t seen.

A boxing match on board the USS Oregon in 
Real Samurai
Samurai taken between 1860 and 1880. 

A shell shocked reindeer looks on as World 
War II planes drop bombs on Russia in 1941

Disney brothers, wives                                              and mom when they opened the                                              studio
Roy O. and Walt Disney on the day they opened Disney Studios. 

Che                                              Guevara.
Che Guevara. 

Microsoft Staff Photo                                              1978
The Microsoft staff in 1978.

The last known Tasmanian Tiger photographed 
in 1933. The species is now extinct.
Tank Man Tiananmen                                              square
A different angle taken of “Tank Man,” the man who stood against a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square. He is standing in the street between the tree trunk and the fleeing man. You can see the tanks approaching from the right. 

Winston                                              Churchill.
Winston Churchill out for a swim.

The London sky following a bombing and 
dogfight between British and German planes in 1940.
Google                                              Start
Google begins.

Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing 
in 1945.
Native Railroad                                              overlook
A Native American overlooking the newly completed transcontinental railroad in 1868.
great                                              fire and earthquake in San                                              Francisco April 18th, 1906
The Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake of 1906.

A Japanese plane is shot down during the 
Battle of Saipan in 1944.
McDonald's Ronald 1963
The original Ronald McDonald — played by Willard Scott!
Hitler in Paris.
Halifax airport plane
Grounded aircraft on September 11, 2001 await orders.

British SAS back from a three month long 
patrol of North Africa, January 18, 1943.
Disney Cafeteria
Disneyland employee cafeteria in 1961.
First                                              McDonalds
The first McDonalds.

Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln 
Lumberjacks in                                              CaliforniaLumberjacks in                                              California

California lumberjacks work on Redwoods.

Beatles                                              at the age of 15
Young Beatles
Franz Ferdinand with                                              his wife
Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife on the day they were assassinated in 1914,
an event that helped spark World War I.

The 1912 World Series.
Hilary and Bill                                              Clinton
Bill and Hillary Clinton playing volleyball in 1975.

Elves                                              Presley in the Army
Elvis in the Army.
Machu Picchu discovery
The first photo following the discovery of Machu Pichu in 1912.

Child laborers in 1880.
Time Square approx.                                              1911
New York‘s Times Square in 1911.
Construction of Christ the Redeemer in Rio da Janeiro, Brazil.
Mississippi Steamboats
Steamboats on the Mississippi River in 1907.

Leo Tolstoy tells a story to his 
grandchildren in 1909.
The Beatles and                                              Muhammad Ali
The Beatles meet Muhammad Ali.
Disneyland                                              Construction
The construction of Disneyland. 

Arnold Schawrzenegger                                              on the day of citizenship
Arnold Schwarzenegger on the day he received his American citizenship.

Fourteen year-old Osama bin Laden. He’s 
second from the right.
Construction of the                                              Statue of Liberty 1884
Construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1884.


HISTORY LESSON – a condensed version

For those that don’t know about history, here is a condensed version: 

Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. 

They lived on deer 
in the mountains 
during the summer and would go to the coast 
and live on fish and lobster in the winter. 

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer

and the invention of the wheel. 
The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. 
These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1. Liberals 
2. Conservatives. 

Once beer 

was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. 
Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can 
were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting
around waiting for them to be invented,
they just stayed close to the brewery.
That’s how villages were formed. 

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement….

Other men 

who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQs and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing.This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. They became known as girlie-men. 

Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, 
and the concept of Democratic
voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer
 that conservatives provided. 

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. 

Liberals are symbolized by the jackass for obvious reasons.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish 

but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men.
Most social workers,personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamersin Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn’t fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud or Miller. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks,construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, engineers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively.

Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living. 

Liberals produce little. They prefer to govern the producers…. and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America.   They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get something for nothing.

Here ends today’s lesson in world history: 

It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it.

A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to piss them off. 

And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self…

..I’m going to have another beer…or whiskey.

Trust, but verify! – humor

Comes a time when a woman just has to trust her husband …


A wife comes home late at night, and quietly opens the door to her bedroom. From under the blanket she sees four legs instead of two. She reaches for a baseball bat and starts hitting the blanket as hard as she can.


Leaving the covered bodies groaning, she goes to the kitchen to have a drink.


As she enters, she sees her husband there, reading a magazine.


“Hi Darling”, he says. “Your parents have come to visit us, so l let them stay in our bedroom. Did you say ‘hello’?”