that's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Stand Up Barack" from yesterday. if you wanted barack to provide insulting one-liners and bitchy snaps, you must be thrilled with the presidency thus far.
if you expected leadership, oh well. audubon magazine devotes their entire issue to the gulf disaster. there was a good gulf disaster report that i heard and wanted to link to. but i thought i heard it on morning edition (npr) today but don't see the story. so i thought, 'okay, you heard it on sunday.' but it's not there either. i didn't listen to it on saturday. so i'll keep looking. whomever they were speaking to about the damage used the word 'critters' to describe the things we can't see. i remember that because the term stood out and i thought it was great to hear from a real person and not a politician. that said, i think republican bobby jindal (sp?) is really scoring points by standing up against b.p. there was a thing in the report where he was demanding that b.p. live up to what they promised.
so instead, i'll note this 1 from morning edition today on genetically modified fish:
APRIL FULTON: Scientists at the FDA will tell an advisory panel this morning that a genetically engineered salmon is as safe to eat as regular Atlantic salmon. They based that on studies from AquaBounty Technologies, the company that wants to market the salmon.
The company says that its genetically engineered salmon contains the same nutrients, the same fatty acids and the same minerals as natural salmon. And it tastes the same, too.
But critics say that the FDA is moving too fast. It hasn't gathered enough information, and it's relied too heavily on small studies. Michael Hansen is a senior scientist with Consumers Union.
Mr. MICHAEL HANSEN (Consumers Union): They need more data. They need more data on the allergy question, and I think most any allergy scientist would say the same thing.
Fish is one of the top five foods people are most allergic to. Hansen says the small sample size for some tests - only six fish in one case - makes it difficult to prove that the new product would not trigger a greater allergic reaction in people already sensitive to salmon.
Hansen is also concerned that the data comes from genetically engineered salmon developed on Prince Edward Island in Canada. The climate could make a big difference.
Mr. HANSEN: You would also want to produce them down in Panama, because that's what they're asking for approval for.
FULTON: Another contentious issue being debated today is what will happen if these salmon escape from fish farms into the wild.the report would have been stronger if it had been noted after the above how often 'sterile' and 'unable to reproduce' fish do just that when let out in the wild. i think it's a survival mechanism that goes far beyond what scientists think they can control.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'