Over the line, Smokey!offers a look at a provocative Tom Friedman column on US policy toward Iran. Commenting on the Friedman piece, OtlS says:
Buscheney and their neocon flying monkeys are going to take us to war with Iran, based on the rants of a powerless Iranian president and little else. They have to be stopped.
Although Friedman isn't the last word on the subject, his observations serve as a reminder that the current neocon war hooting directed toward Iran is based upon the same kind of suffocating simple-mindedness that brought us into an ill-conceived war in Iraq.
Okay, I'm taking some liberties with that title to draw your attention to an interesting article that came to my notice via a post in Deric Bownds's MindBlog. The authors of the article discuss horizontal gene transfer, "the non-genealogical transfer of genetic material from one organism to another" and "the emerging picture of microbes as gene-swapping collectives demand[ing] a revision of such concepts as organism, species and evolution itself."
While the authors of the article which appeared in Nature discuss "horizontal" transfer of genetic information in less complex organisms, Bownds notes that "gene transfer by viral vectors has been shown also in higher organisms (like ourselves) making us all, more than we realize, part of a symbiotic meshwork."
Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars has some fun with a Larry King interview of TV psychic Rosemary Altea and professional debunker James Randi.
This reminds me of JZ Knight who first came to my attention in a ridiculous waste of celluloid called What the Bleep Do We Know? JZ Knight claims that she is "channeling" a 35,000-old-old spirit named Ramtha. Transcending time and space to speak through Knight's body, Ramtha knows how to speak English, but can't shake that 35,000-year-old ancient spirit, sort of English-ey-foreignish, accent. Maybe a speech coach could help.
A former Methodist, Brownback converted to Catholicism in 2002 through an Opus Dei priest, although Brownback did not become a member of that controversial conservative Catholic society.
According to an article in WaPo, one of Brownback's key supporters is Domino's Pizza pizza founder, and power Catholic, Tom Monaghan. In addition to being the founder a pizza chain, Monaghan is the founder of Legatus, an ultraconservative Catholic organization that limits membership to Catholic CEO's who are trying to squeeze their obese camels through the eye of a needle. Monaghan is also the founder of the controversial Florida town of Ave Maria.