First, hope you caught Janet Jackson's special on LIFETIME (or on A&E). I love Janet. Now to science . . .
Scientists have regrown frogs' amputated legs after giving them a "cocktail" of drugs encased in a silicon stump.
African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) are like humans in that they can't naturally regrow lost limbs. In the new study, researchers successfully coaxed the frogs to grow replacement limbs in 18 months following a treatment that lasted just 24 hours. While there's a massive difference between frogs and humans, the finding raises the possibility that in the future, humans could also regrow limbs.
"It's exciting to see that the drugs we selected were helping to create an almost complete limb," first author Nirosha Murugan, a research affiliate at Tufts University in Massachusetts, said in a statement. "The fact that it required only a brief exposure to the drugs to set in motion a months-long regeneration process suggests that frogs and perhaps other animals may have dormant regenerative capabilities that can be triggered into action."
Let me note, I hope these were not Fauci frogs. By that I mean, I hope this experiment did not include cutting off the frogs' legs. Alexandra Larkin (CBS NEWS) reports:
Scientists at Tufts University and Harvard University's Wyss Institute have regrown amputated limbs. In a study published in Science Advances, the researchers showed how they used a chemical cocktail to induce limb growth in frogs.
Currently, limb regrowth is limited to "salamanders and superheroes," the team said in a press release. Like humans, whose bodies cover major injuries with scar tissue, adult frogs are unable to naturally regenerate limbs.
the study, scientists began by applying a five-drug chemical cocktail
infused in a silk protein gel to the African clawed frogs' stump and
covered it in a silicone dome, that they call a BioDome, to seal it.
They removed the dome after 24 hours — and then waited 18 months for the
limb to regrow.
David Kaplan, Stern Family Professor of Engineering at Tufts and co-author of the study, said that "using the BioDome cap in the first 24 hours helps mimic an amniotic-like environment which, along with the right drugs, allows the rebuilding process to proceed without the interference of scar tissue."
If they needed to apply the BioDome in the first 24 hours, they cut the frogs legs off.
Fauci experiments. Cutting off the legs of frogs to see if they can grow them back. Where do they get the right to harm frogs?
I respect science. I do not respect cruelty.
"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
The conflict that Washington is provoking with Russia over Ukraine threatens the globe with a catastrophe beyond measure. Driven by insoluble internal crisis and rapacious geopolitical ambition, US imperialism is recklessly marching to the brink of World War III.
The crisis over Ukraine has been manufactured by the United States and its NATO allies on the basis of lies. The Biden administration denounces Russia for the movement of troops within its own borders. The claim of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine is repeated endlessly by the White House and echoed unquestioningly by the mass media.
It is hysterical war propaganda. Russia has never threatened to invade Ukraine. Moscow has stated, however, that it cannot tolerate Ukraine becoming part of NATO.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not a geographical alliance of “democratic” states but an imperialist cabal for war with Russia and other countries. Incorporating Ukraine would station NATO arms and forces on Russia’s immediate border and would bind the forces of US and Western European imperialism, under Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, to go to war on behalf of the far-right regime in Kiev, tied to neo-Nazis and fascists, in the event it provoked a conflict with Moscow.
US officials have revealed plans to deploy up to 50,000 troops to the borders of Russia and Ukraine. On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a statement spurning Moscow’s written request for guarantees that Ukraine would not be allowed to join NATO. The Biden administration is not negotiating. They do not seek to ease tensions but to goad Putin into armed conflict so that he can be presented as the aggressor.
While US and NATO troops are being mobilized, Washington has set into motion the apparatus of economic warfare. Biden and Blinken have both threatened “severe economic sanctions” against Moscow, and Russia is preparing for Washington to cut its access to the global SWIFT financial system for US-dollar transactions, which would exclude the country from much of the world economy.
The US has invaded countries all over the world, and Putin knows what defeat at its hands would entail for him. Manuel Noriega and Slobodan Milosevic died in prison, Muammar Gaddafi was brutally murdered, and Saddam Hussein was hanged. Washington wants Putin dead.
The Biden administration has created a situation that Putin and Russia must construe as an existential threat. There is no concession that Moscow can make that will prevent the advance of NATO forces, short of complete capitulation. It faces the choice of war now or war in the near future when NATO stands on its doorstep.
The White House is recklessly marching to war, yet no one is discussing the implications. No reporter asks Biden what the worst-case scenario might be, and not one has asked if it might entail the use of nuclear arms. Washington acts as if the conflict it is pursuing will be neatly contained in the eastern regions of Ukraine, sealed off in the Donbass.
The United States has waged a series of wars since 1991, and each has ended in catastrophe. Millions are dead, and entire societies in the Middle East and Central Asia have been reduced to dust and rubble. They were primitively armed. Washington now has the country holding the world’s second largest store of nuclear weapons in its sights.
If the US and NATO have convinced themselves that they can level an existential threat against Russia without raising the tremendous danger of nuclear war, they are deluding themselves. How can they exclude this possibility? If they do recognize the risk, their actions are mad.
All of the war propaganda of the US and NATO depicts Putin as a deranged criminal; all of their strategy relies upon his conduct being saner than their own. There is a deeply reactionary faction within the Russian ruling elite and military circles, many of whom are imbued with all sorts of fascistic conceptions.
War has an inexorable logic of its own; it does not abide by the tidy plots drawn up on the Resolute desk of the Oval Office. The logic of the military vortex that Washington is setting into motion will drag the great powers into a global conflict.
China confronts Washington’s demand that it abandon its Zero COVID policy and allow the pandemic to kill millions of its people. The US war drive in the Asia Pacific region, almost as advanced as that confronting Russia, presents Beijing with a similar existential threat. China sees in the US deployment of troops to Taiwan a direct parallel to the developments in Ukraine.
British imperialism, donning again the pith helmet, invents its own lies in service to the war drive. Washington pressures the German bourgeoisie, with the blood of 28 million Soviet citizens on its conscience, to again set its sights eastward.
The unleashing of a war with Russia would within weeks—if not days—drag in Iran, Israel, China and Taiwan. Japan and Australia would rapidly be caught up in the ever expanding fray. Military imperatives would take over. The world would be engulfed. The loss of life that is being prepared is incalculable.
The American ruling class has shown that it is impervious to mass death. Over 900,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 in less than two years, but the Biden White House does not even speak of it. The evening news anchor discusses the daily weather and not the daily dead. There is not a shred of a conscience that will prevent Washington from starting a catastrophic global war.
If you have a voice, why are you not using it to say no more wars?
On THE CONVO COUCH (above), FIorella rightly called out what our 'indy' media is doing currently.
And it makes no sense. Being silent.
You want to wait until everything's over. An indymedia name did that, didn't she? She can't sleep now. I'm supposed to feel sorry for her because I've known her for years.
A mutual friend called and said I should reach out.
When hell freezes over.
She should feel awful. Her husband stood for what he believed in. And she did what? Undercut him on Amy Goodman's hideous show. Undercut him. DIdn't use her position to flood the market with calling out Russia-gate. Yeah, she published one guy who can't stop slobbering over her to this day. But that was it.
And now her husband's dead.
Did she think she had time to make it up to him. When she pulled the stunt on Amy Goodman's show, Elaine and I both called the husband who we'd also known for years and who we still spoke with -- while avodiing the woman. He was so hurt by what she did. Thats why Elaine went to town on the woman that night at her site.
Now her husband's dead and she's got guilt and she should.
He was being brave and speaking truth and she tried to maintain her position by undermining him. That's how he saw it -- from his mouth to my ear.
So, no, I'm not reaching out to her and if she's in pain, good. She should be. She made a calculated choice. And she gambled that she'd have time to make up for it. Sorry, he passed away, you don't have any time to make up for it.
She knew better. She's promoted herself as an expert on Russia for decades -- as laughable as her attempt to once claim -- in the WIKIPEDIA entry she had her intern write and police -- that she had won an award when she didn't win it, the magazine did.
When you lie over something that minor, you really have issues.
We all know who I'm talking about, right? The panty wetter Katy van van who kicked Elaine in the shin when she (Katty van van) was a child because Elaine noticed Katty had wet herself and asked if she needed to change? That's Katty van van.
Am I too harsh on her?
Let's see, let's check out THE NATION.
War on Russia is being pimped and where is Katty van van and THE NATION?
Worthless articles on the front page about elections and candidates that pretend to be about something.
John Nichols tries. At least? Are we supposed to be saying that?
Over 100 links to pieces of 'journalism' on the front page and only John's writing about Russia. But look at the title: "There Is No Military Solution Out of This Ukraine Crisis."
It's a crisis? Hmm. For who?
It's a matter that the people need to decide for themselves. The US government and war mongers insist its a crisis. How nice of John to use that framing?
Call Katty van-van? When hell freezes over. She's haunted? She should be. She did something she knew was wrong and she made the calculation that it was the thing to do even though it meant betraying truth, betraying poeple and betraying her husband. She hurt him very badly. So she's getting what she deserves. Actions have consequences.
I'm embarrassed for her and for what passes for her notion of social responsibility. You'd think your mother killing herself in a really dramatic manner only a few years back would have taught Ktty that life was brief. But she didn't like her mom and she didn't even know her. Which is why she never found ______.
If I was running THE NATION, it wouldn't be doing lifestyle pieces -- like Dave Zirin's latest -- how the Dem Party is antagnozing "young Jews." I guess to 'sports' writer Dave, that's the most important topic in the world today.