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Jul. 29 2010 — 10:54 am | 102 views | 1 recommendations | 0 comments

Goodbye All!

Blogging at True/Slant has been a lot of fun, but after the Forbes acquisition I’ve been told that politics aren’t a key concern. That doesn’t mean I won’t pop up on Forbes at some time in the future, but definitely not as a political blogger.

Thanks again for all of your comments. The debate was great and I look forward to more in the future.

In the meantime, you can always find me over at Donklephant.

Goodbye for now!

Jul. 2 2010 — 11:14 pm | 47 views | 1 recommendations | 1 comment

BP & Gulf Of Mexico Go Jogging

This funny/sad PSA brought to you by Juicy Concrete about the oil spill…


In other news, there’s no guarantee that the relief wells BP is drilling will stop the oil spill.


Jun. 25 2010 — 1:15 am | 206 views | 1 recommendations | 6 comments

Stem Cell Treatments Restore Sight After 60 Years!

Stem Cell Treatment Blindness Reversal

In what can only be considered a miracle of modern science, patients receiving stem cell treatments have had their sight restored after being blind in one eye for a number of years.

More from KansasCity.com:

In the study, published online by the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers took a small number of stem cells from a patient’s healthy eye, multiplied them in the lab and placed them into the burned eye, where they were able to grow new corneal tissue to replace what had been damaged. Since the stem cells are from their own bodies, the patients do not need to take anti-rejection drugs. [...]

Dozens of people who were blinded or otherwise suffered severe eye damage when they were splashed with caustic chemicals had their sight restored with transplants of their own stem cells – a stunning success for the burgeoning cell-therapy field, Italian researchers reported Wednesday.

The treatment worked completely in 82 of 107 eyes and partially in 14 others, with benefits lasting up to a decade so far. One man whose eyes were severely damaged more than 60 years ago now has near-normal vision.

“This is a roaring success,” said ophthalmologist Dr. Ivan Schwab of the University of California, Davis, who had no role in the study – the longest and largest of its kind.

Obviously, this is fantastic story not only for those who had their sight restored but also for everybody else who face these circumstances in the future.

Unfortunately, when you search on Google for stem cell treatments we’re reminded that this type of therapy is only available outside of the US and Canada and is not covered by our current insurance system.

Your thoughts?

Jun. 25 2010 — 12:44 am | 595 views | 2 recommendations | 1 comment

Top 10 Best BP Oil Spill Cartoons So Far

The spill in the Gulf has been a tragedy that we’ll be feeling the reverberations from for years to come, but in the meantime let’s take a look at the best political cartoons from folks from around the country.

The first comes from Nick Anderson of the Houston Chronicle. I think many of us have seen the apology ads from BP and I think we’ve all questioned the spend on these ads vs. putting that money into the clean up effort…

BP Oil Spill
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Jun. 19 2010 — 11:56 pm | 255 views | 2 recommendations | 6 comments

Gallup: Re-Elect Obama? Americans Split

In early 2011, just half a year away, we’ll be seeing the GOP presidential hopefuls start to jockey for the top spot in earnest. And they’ll be bolstered by Republican gains in the midterms, as well as the perception that the Tea Party movement can turn out the vote come 2012.

What else will bolster them?

Polls like these…

PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. registered voters remain split on whether President Obama deserves to be re-elected in 2012, with 46% saying he does and 51% saying he does not — little changed from earlier this year.

The most recent Obama re-elect measure is similar to the president’s basic job approval rating among all Americans, which was 50% in the June 11-13 USA Today/Gallup poll and 48% in Gallup Daily tracking for the same period.

Here are the numbers…

And here’s how that shakes out when looking at party affiliation…

Still, this doesn’t mean that Obama will lose the election…

However, history shows that much can change in the years prior to a presidential election. Gallup surveys in late April/early May 2002 found 69% of registered voters saying President George W. Bush deserved re-election. This was at a time when Bush’s job approval rating was 77%, reflecting the rally effect that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. By October 2004, just before the election, Bush’s approval had fallen into the 50% range and his “deserves re-election” percentage had dropped to 50%. Bush ended up receiving 51% of the popular vote to John Kerry’s 48%.

Ultimately, I think 2012 will come down to the economy and whether or not Americans will trust Repubs or Dems more.

More as it develops…

(Photo: Reuters via Daylife)

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