June 23, 2012

Most of the Truth About Obama’s Business International ‘Embellishments’ Was Out There — In 2005

On Thursday, at the Washington Examiner, Byron York concentrated on Obama’s clear antipathy towards business as described in David Maraniss’s recent book about President Obama (Barack Obama: The Story) relating to Dear Leader’s brief stint at a company called Business International.

Though that’s obviously a critical point to make during the 2012 campaign, a more foundational one is that this mindset, as well as most of Obama’s stream of “embellishments” (most people would call them “lies”) about his time at BI, were mostly known or knowable well before the Illinois senator decided to run for president in early 2007 — even the one that has the folks at Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy.com all atwitter, namely that Obama didn’t, as he claimed, have a secretary.

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Psst! List of Pols Skipping Dem Convention in Charlotte Is Up to Seven; National Media Stories Are Rare

The count of prominent Democratic Party politicians who have decided not to attend the Democratic Party’s convention in Charlotte, thereby attempting to avoid direct association with the formal renomination of incumbent President Barack Obama, is up to seven. Press coverage has been sparse. One can only imagine how much media end-zone dancing there would have been in 2004 had one governor, one senator and five congresspersons chosen not to attend the Republican National Convention to renominate George W. Bush.

On Thursday, the Hill had the story about the latest declared non-attendee, who admittedly is the least surprising addition to list (internal links are in original):

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062312)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Scientists Can Now Grow Functioning Liver From Stem Cells

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:50 am

From Japan:

June 21, 2012

Scientists have promised a lot of regenerative medicine will come from stem cells, but so far progress has been fairly slow: they can stimulate regrowth of heart tissue, make incredibly expensive artifical blood, or—at best—construct a short piece of vein. Now, though, scientists are claiming they can grow functional liver.

Nature reports that a team of scientists from Japan has presented its works at a conference, and it’s incredible. In fact, George Daley, director of the stem-cell transplantation program at the Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts, told Nature that “it blew [his] mind.” Wow.

The researchers used stem cells created from human skin cells, then placed the cells on growth plates in a specially designed culture medium. Over the course of nine days, the cells started producing chemicals that a typical liver cell, otherwise known as a hepatocyte, would produce. They then added endothelial and mesenchymal cells—which form parts of blood vessels and other structural tissues within the body—to the mix, in the hope that they would be incorporated and begin to help the cells develop a structure akin to the liver.

The result was amazing: two days later, the researchers found the cells assembled into a 5-millimeter-long, three-dimensional lump. That lump was almost identical to something known as a liver bud—an early stage of liver development. …

Go here for the rest of the story.