November 30th, 2012

Peter G

Down Twisted

Okay, everyone knows DNA is a double helix, right?

And how do we know that?

Well...we think we know it.

See, DNA is too small to be viewed.  59 years ago, scientists James Watson and Francis Crick wanted to know what it looked like, and used a technique called X-ray crystallography.  It shoots X-rays at an object, then the way the rays bounce is analyzed.  Sort of like drawing by sonar.

That was then.  This is now.

Enzo Di Fabrizio is a physics professor at Magna Graecia University in Catanzaro, Italy.  He decided to try to actually photograph DNA.  He and his colleagues started off by mixing some DNA with water.  They placed some of the water on a slide with nanoscopic water-repellant silicon pillars.  When the water evaporated, it left the DNA stretched like bridges between the pillars.  They then switched on the electron microscope.

And now, for the first time in human history, I present you with an actual photograph of DNA.  Enjoy.

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Provincial...Common...Peasants....

My dad is STILL bitching that Mitt Romney lost the election.

He doesn't understand why people ultimately rejected him in favor of Obama.

Call it premonition.

For the last two years, Mittens' campaign said it was all about jobs, creating jobs, helping the working class live better.  (Search "Bump In The Road" on YouTube to see a representative campaign ad.)  Mittens was going to be a hero of the underclass.

Now, if you look over here, you will see Mr. Stuart Stevens.  Stevens was a high-level advisor to Romney's campaign.  And on Wednesday, he wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post.  Mr. Stevens, you're on the air.  What would you like to say?

"On Nov. 6, Mitt Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income.  That means he carried the majority of middle-class voters.  While John McCain (who got 2 mil more votes than Romney last election.... -- G) lost white voters under 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points, a 17-point shift.  The Republican Party has problems, but as we go forward, let's remember that any party hat captures the majority of the middle class must be doing something right.  Republican ideals -- Mitt Romney -- carried the day."

Stevens also said the reason anyone who wasn't white middle class (women, Latinos, gays, etc.) voted for Obama was because,  "a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and a media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical.  How easy is that to replicate?"  Maybe they voted for Obama because the R's implied any voter that isn't part of the white middle class is automatically inferior, as Stevens just implied above.  Too bad they count the same as your precious superior votes, and they told Mittens to piss off.

Folks, I think it's safe to say we dodged a real bullet here.

"The Republican Party has problems."

Goddamn, son, ya think?