Animal’s Hump Day News

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Nothing in particular leaps out at me this early morning, so here are some random notes and thoughts instead.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has resigned, effective at year’s end.  That’s a loss for the Trump Administration; she was pretty damn good in that role.  Seeing who the President picks as her replacement should be entertaining.

Crisper gene-editing tech is now being used to (sort of, but not really) bring back extinct species.  Except they’re really just diddling existing species to have some traits of extinct species.  But here’s the line that caught my eye:

Crispr has produced disease-resistant chickens and hornless dairy cattle.

Uh, breeders have been producing hornless livestock for a century or so.  Look up polled livestock.

For those of you who are of a religious bent:  Of late I’ve been hearing a fair amount of advertising on satellite radio for TaxTiger.com, a tax-remediation service that advertises to help you with your ta x bills while operating on “Christian principles.”  Serious question here; what Christian principles are involved in solving tax problems?  I lack any religious background but am reasonably well-read on comparative religions, having read such works as Sir George Fraser’s The Golden Bough, the Qur’an, and two or three versions of the Bible.  But I can’t think of anything that might apply to a company of this kind.  Can anyone clarify?  I find myself genuinely curious, but then I’m of a curious nature on all things.

Finally, here’s an interesting take on a side effect of the entire Kavanaugh kerfuffle.

And on that judicial note, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.