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Your Neanderthal ancestry revealed?

Have you succumbed to the craze? Many people are using genetic testing to search for distant ancestors who allegedly may include Alexander the Great, Richard the Lionhearted, or even Joe the Neanderthal.

Disclosure: I think Joe repaired a kitchen sink for me last year and I noticed he bore a striking resemblance to my Aunt Lucy on my mom’s side.

Be that as it may, New Scientist advises caution concerning the accuracy of genetic order-online tests.

Still, in 2010 it can be said that Neanderthal traits are on display the world over. But the kitchen sink is working just fine.

Written by Jude Cowell

June 24, 2010 at 11:34 am

Pass me a can of liquid diabetes

For years I’ve referred to carbonated beverages as cans or bottles of ‘liquid diabetes’ and I’ve usually managed to avoid drinking them.

High sodium levels in soda pops along with sugars (or worse, aspartame) and coloring additives of uncertain origin are not health-promoting and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.

Now, in a surreal move, the Corn Refiners Association says that high fructose corn syrup is ‘natural’ and totally innocent of packing on the pounds as it lurks in almost every product our supermarkets hawk. And what genetically modified foods do to trigger our genes, no one is admitting, with corn being the veritable matrix of the world’s DNA.

To hold that these frankesteinian formulae that are being surreptitiously added to our foods won’t hurt us in any way is to place a ludicrously naive amount of faith in a corrupt system bent on profits at all costs so please check out the article by Mike Adams.

And put down that can of soda!

Written by Jude Cowell

March 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Recalling the beautiful mind of Barbara Bush

“But why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it’s gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it’s, it’s not relevant. So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?”

Barbara Bush on ABC’s Good Morning America, March 18, 2003

Mmmm…let me guess: because your husband and son helped fill so many of those body bags? Because you’re a human being and part of the human race? Because you are your brother’s keeper?

Or, because normal people tend to have consciences?

“Beautiful mind” or “pretty mind,” it’s difficult for me to see how such a cold attitude could ever be considered attractive by anyone!

And it couldn’t be true, of course (evidence notwithstanding) that Barbara Bush’s father is actually a certain scandalous personage…could it? A Mysterious Someone who would have passed down DNA that could make her haughtiness more…understandable, even as it stinks up the place?


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