Category Archives: Science

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

A week from today, we should – maybe – know who will be President for the next four years.  Although, I’m suspicious that, should Groper Joe actually win, he’ll be “resigning for health reasons” a day or two after the two-year mark, enabling Round-Heels Harris to serve the rest of his first term and still run for two more terms.  And that, True Believers, is a horrible thought.  The polls are narrowing but what’s really obvious is that the enthusiasm is all with the President.  Let’s hope he pulls it out.

But the GOP did get one thing of note done this week, and I can sum it up with five words:

  1. Associate.
  2. Justice.
  3. Amy.
  4. Coney.
  5. Barrett.

Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY) can eat shit.  Seriously, what an asshole.

With that said…

On To the Links!

James Clyburn (Asshole-SC) is a mendacious piece of shit.  Seriously, what an asshole.  (I seem to be saying that a lot lately.)

Betcha twenty bucks she was off banging some guy she has on the side.

RIP James Randi.  A good summary of the man from the article:

His message: Mind readers are frauds. Fortunetellers are frauds. Faith healers are frauds. Dowsers are frauds. Spoon benders are frauds. Mediums are large frauds. Astrology is baloney, as is psychokinesis, precognition, channeling, psychic surgery, astral projection and anything and everything else that asserts the ability to harness supernatural forces.

RIP Jerry Jeff Walker.

Baby tyrannosaurs.  Neat!

Pro-Trump rallies in the…  NYC Orthodox Jewish community?  Cuomo did this, make no mistake about it.

I wonder if Hollywood twit Chelsea Handler realizes what a racist comment this is.

NPR delenda est.

Career bureaucrats delenda est.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Elie Mystal is an idiot.

Michael Steele is an idiot.

Tablet’s Carly Pildis is an idiot.

Slate’s William Saletan is an idiot.

Clinton creature Robert Reich is an idiot.

DaNang Dick Blumenthal is an idiot.

And so:

This song was originally done by a band called Nine Inch Nails, with whom I’m not overly familiar, but when Johnny Cash did a cover of it for his swan song, the songwriter, one Trent Reznor, reportedly said “it’s Johnny’s song now.”  You can see why, for yourselves.

Animal’s Daily Barrington Declaration News

Go read the Great Barrington Declaration.  Relevant excerpts with my comments follow.

The Great Barrington Declaration – As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

This declaration is not the first document to make the case that continued lockdowns are doing more harm than good, but it is one of the most persuasive, and it is one authored by some actual authorities on the topic; here are the authors:

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations.

Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations.

Here’s what these experts say should be done:

Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.

Go, then, and read the whole thing.

When this whole thing started, the expected time for the lockdowns was expected to be a matter of weeks.  It has now been seven months and counting.  Enough is enough.

This lockdown is disproportionately hurting the people who have the most to lose from it:  The poor, small business owners, service-industry workers.  Disruptions in supply chains are beginning to make themselves felt, and have the potential to cause very, very serious consequences.  It’s time to transition the nation back to more of a normal footing.  Let other nations do as they see fit, but the United States is supposedly a free country.  Give us back our freedom – our choices – and the right to accept the consequences of those choices.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

For some time I’ve been keeping my eye out for a fine old English side-by-side double for upland bird hunting.  On Sunday last I finally found the right combination of gun, price and cash on hand, as I was the successful bidder on a Henry Tolley hand-made 12-gauge double, made around 1902 in Birmingham.  This is a one-of-a-kind piece, a true sidelock with a Deeley-style action and Damascus barrels sleeved for smokeless-powder 2 1/2″ 12 gauge shells.

In my own experience there are no shotguns that handle as sweetly as a well-balanced side-by-side.  I’m looking forward to shooting it.  I’m looking forward even more to taking it into the Alaska game fields for grouse and ptarmigan.

With that said…

On To the Links!

Peace in the Middle East – will the Saudis be next?  Maybe.  Will the President get any credit for it?  No.

Humans are regaining a third major artery in the forearm.  Interesting.  It’s not clear from the article whether a single gene or a suite of genes is involved, though, which would be interesting to know.

It’s getting to the point where it’s impossible to parody these people.

Yes, it’s too soon to start talking about President Pence.  Let’s get through this election first, the outcome of which I’m not terribly optimistic.

How We Lost Our Way on Human Rights.  Lengthy, but worth it.

Well, whattya know.  Now the WHO is saying Kung Flu lockdowns are a cure worse than the disease.  Stuart Varney has some thoughts on why that’s true.

Gird your loins – the Super-Pig Uprising is coming.  Wonder Wart-Hog was unavailable for comment.

Kamala Harris – anti-Catholic bigot.

Round-Heels Harris also beclowned herself at the Amy Comey Barrett hearings on Monday, but that’s no surprise.  You really can’t parody these people.

Speaking of those hearings:  Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY) plans to screw things up, but we can already see those plans blowing up in his face.

Genetic Isopoints.  Cool stuff.

More Kung Flu quackery – now it’s rectal ozone.  Gwyneth, are you listening?

This Week’s Idiots:

Keith Olbermann is not only an idiot, he’s a dangerous idiot.  Seriously, what an arrogant fuckwit.

CNN’s Kathleen Dunn is an idiot.

Jacobin’s Matt Bruenig is an idiot.

The Nation’s Chris Gelardi is an idiot.

The LA Times Erwin Chemerinsky is an idiot.

And So:

In keeping with my now-apparently-a-tradition of leaving you with a song on Wednesday, here is Aerosmith, performing the one of the best versions ever of their best song ever, Dream On.  The video quality could be better, but the audio is more than enough.

Animal’s Daily Regeneron News

Before we start, check out my latest Alaska update over at Glibertarians!

It’s become common to see opponents of President Trump, who takes a pro-life stance, decry the use of “fetal stem cells” in the Regeneron treatment the President recently underwent in his Kung Flu case.  As usual, the left gets it (mostly) wrong, surrounding a kernel of truth with a mountain of horseshit, because they couldn’t be arsed to take thirty seconds in a web search to find out how Regeneron is made and tested.  Here’s the truth.  Excerpts, with my comments:

Rumors are circulating claiming that President Donald Trump‘s monoclonal antibody treatment from Regeneron was made with human fetal or embryonic stem cells. Regeneron told Heavy that their antibody cocktail was not developed using human fetal or embryonic stem cells, but it did use “immortalized epithelial cells” that were originally derived from human embryonic kidney cells at Stanford in the 1980s. Regeneron told Heavy that these were “immortalized epithelial cells” and not stem cells. These cells weren’t used to create the antibody cocktail itself, but they were used to test its potency. Those HEK293T cells were originally derived from fetal tissue from “a healthy aborted fetus of unknown parenthood,” according to the HEK293 website.

So, the treatment is tested, not produced, with a cell tissue culture that was originally derived from a healthy aborted fetus.  That’s the kernel of truth.  But:

Alexandra Bowie of Regeneron told Heavy that Regeneron did not create its REGN-COV2 treatment using human embryonic stem cells.

She wrote: “This particular discovery program (REGN-COV2) did not involve human stem cells or ESCs.”

And:

Another question circulating involves the use of HEK293T cells in the production of the REGN-COV2 antibody cocktail. Two publications in Science Magazine discussed the creation of antibody cocktails for SARS-CoV-2 and mentioned HEK293T cells.

Bowie clarified for Heavy how the HEK293T cells were used:

They are referring to use of the 293T cell line, which was made at Stanford in the ‘80s and was originally derived from human embryonic kidney cells. These are immortalized epithelial cells – not stem cells. These are very commonly used cells in research, and most published research involves use of 293s. In our case, these 293T cells were transfected and used in production of a ‘pseudoparticle’ that mimics the virus’ Spike protein and allowed us to test neutralization ability of our antibodies against the virus.

And the source of those cells:

Regeneron told Technology Review that the HEK 293T cells weren’t used to create the antibody cocktail itself, but they were used to test the potency of the antibodies. The HEK 293T cells originated from kidney tissue from an abortion in the Netherlands in the 1970s. The cells have been dividing in a lab (thus “immortalized”) since the 1970s, Technology Review noted.

You can learn more about the HEK293 cell line here. The cells are commonly used in cancer research, for example.

So, whatever you think of the source of those cells, that source is decades removed from their current use in a variety of testing of vital medical treatments.  These kinds of antibody treatments have wide-ranging possibilities and I suspect we will see them used more in Kung Flu treatment, now that it’s been established that they work.

But to the point:  Commenters who deride President Trump for accepting this treatment have in fact taken the tiniest kernel of truth and surrounded it with a monstrous lie.  Read the entire article linked here, and use it at every turn.

Rule Five GMO Friday

I stumbled across this earlier in the week, and found it an interesting read; turns out folks who oppose GMO crops are the least well-informed as to what GMO technology actually is.  Color me surprised.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

A 2019 study, in fact, found that as opposition to GM technology  increased, scientific knowledge about genetics and GMOs decreased, but self-assessment increased. GMO opponents think they know the most, but in fact they know the least.  Other studies show that consumers have generally low scientific knowledge about GMOs. There is also evidence that fixing the knowledge deficit, for some people, can reduce their opposition to GMOs (at least temporarily). We clearly need more research, and also different people oppose GMOs for different reasons, but at least there is a huge knowledge deficit here and reducing it may help.

It‘s no secret that we have done a shitty job of general science education in this country for several generations.  Just listen to any politician whining that we should “listen to science,” or that “science says this,” or “science will win!”  Science isn’t an ideology and it isn’t some magical entity that makes pronouncements; science is a tool, a method for examining data and arriving at theories to explain that data.

It’s also important to note that the term “theory” as used in the scientific method is not the same as in general parlance. Isaac Asimov astutely pointed out that most people use the term as though “…it were something you dreamed up after being drunk all weekend.”  But the proper definition is this:  A coherent group of propositions formulated to explain a group of facts or phenomena in the natural world and repeatedly confirmed through experiment or observation.

Repeatedly confirmed.  Remember that.

Further, adoption of GMOs does, in fact, increase ultimate crop yield. The myth that they don’t is mostly due to the persistent anti-GMO smear campaign, largely funded by the organic industry, but is helped by several layers of confusion on this issue. First, we always have to be cautious when discussing “GMOs” because they are not one thing. Genetic modification is a technology, not an application. Yet anti-GMO propaganda has successfully tied the technology to just one application – use of herbicides. Many opponents still conflate the two in their mind. It is true that the first widely adopted GMO traits were for pest resistance (such as Bt) and herbicide tolerance (specifically glyphosate), and so some opinions are based on this 20 year-old impression of GMOs. But the number and type of GM traits is expanding significantly in recent years, so that impression is out-of-date.

Catch that main point there?  GMO is a technology, and not a new one; we have effectively been genetically modifying agricultural plants and animals for many thousands of years.  We have done it by grafting, by selective breeding, by hybridization and now, by directly modifying, adding or deleting genes.  The tools differ but the process is not new.

For example, C4 rice and wheat could make a huge contribution. Some plants use C3 photosynthetic pathways, while other use C4, which is more efficient. Rice and wheat use C3, but if we can engineer them to use C4 we could get a 50% increase in yield with fewer inputs.

Speaking as a biologist, C4 wheat or rice would be a huge deal.  A 50% increase in yield, it is important to note, means you could produce the same yield on 50% less land.

Recent applications already in the field, that reduce browning and improve drought tolerance, already increase yield. Other GM applications, such as golden rice, improve the nutritional quality of staple crops, reducing malnutrition.

To reinforce this main point – GM is a technology, and we have to judge each application and each GM crop on its own merits. We also have to think about the whole system, not just the crop. When you do it is clear that GM technology is incredibly powerful and useful, and is our best hope for meeting the nutritional needs of the world population while minimizing our carbon and land footprint.

The good news is, that while popular opposition continues (based on demonstrable misinformation), the science is progressing in the background and farmers are adopting GM crops because of their obvious benefits. Farmers are not stupid, nor are they being manipulated. They buy GM seeds because it is to their advantage to do so.

In other words, let the “no-GMO” crowd croak and even boycott, if it makes them feel better.  In the meantime agricultural products will continue to evolve and improve, agriculture the world over will continue to become more efficient, millions who were hungry will be fed, and eventually the deniers will go the way of Ned Lud’s followers.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Friday morning, it’s off to Alaska again, to look over some more areas for our upcoming relocation but mostly, just to enjoy the free air of a place where liberty is still held as a value by most of the population.  We have at least one more trip to the Great Land scheduled this year.  It’s getting closer, True Believers; it’s getting closer.

Now then:

On To the Links!

President Trump nets his third Nobel nomination.

Spontaneous, my ass.

Vote fraud?  What vote fraud?

Did Jerry Nadler give a shit?

Gwyneth, are you listening?

From Harvard Law professor and Democrat impeachment witness Noah Feldman:  I disagree with Trump’s judicial nominee on almost everything. But I still think she’s brilliant.  His conclusion:

We have a Supreme Court nominee who is a brilliant lawyer, a genuine and good person — and someone who holds views about how to interpret the law that I think are wrong and, in certain respects, misguided. I hope the senators at her hearing treat her with respect.

And when she is confirmed, I am going to accept it as the consequence of the constitutional rules we have and the choices we collectively and individually have made. And I’m going to be confident that Barrett is going to be a good justice, maybe even a great one — even if I disagree with her all the way.

It’s nice to see some people still have some intellectual integrity.

Chuck Schumer is a sanctimonious prick.  Seriously, fuck that guy.

The correct response is “who gives a shit?”  And, yes, I’d say the same thing if he endorsed the other team.  Nobody with the sense of a rabbit should give a crap what some Hollywood celebrity has to say on any matter of substance.

Kamala “Round-Heels” Harris steps on a rake.

What the actual fuck:

This Week’s Idiots:

Gavin Newsom is a wannabe tyrant, and an idiot.  And he insists on proving it.

The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland is an idiot.

New York Magazine’s Frank Rich is an idiot.

CNN’s Vanita Gupta is an idiot.

Idiot woman gets her comeuppance.

Fuck off, slaver!

And So:

I think I’ve said enough already, so to brighten your Wednesday, here’s one of my favorites from America’s Songwriter; this one is from the soundtrack of Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, which starred James Coburn and a very young Kris Kristofferson in the named roles.  This is Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s been a few days now, and while the bloviating and posturing is only warming up, we’ve had time to digest the passing of Justice Ginsburg.  At this juncture I won’t discuss her personal opinions or her judicial decisions; she was a human being who had a family who loved her, and they are suffering a terrible loss.  Our hearts go out to them.  I’ve lost grandparents and parents, I know all too well how that feels, and sympathy for the grieving should – must – cross political lines.

And that’s all I’m going to say about Ruth Bader Ginsburg for now; the nomination of a new Justice, though, that’s fair game for discussion, so see the bonus header below.

With that off my chest:

On To the Links!

Know who else burned books?

Haw haw haw!  What was that about chickens coming home to roost?

Whattya mean, tendencies?

American Mind’s editorial on the “Harris Administration.”

When you’re taking flak, you know you’re over the target.

Groper Joe emerged, saw his shadow, and announced six more weeks of winter basement.

Speaking of which, this could be the October surprise to end all October surprises.

What if Earth had rings?  Speculative but cool.

So the world could kiss their asses?

Supreme Court:

A bonus header for the Supreme Court issue:

It seems we should expect an announcement of a nominee this week.  My money’s on Amy Coney Barrett, but we’ll see.

The NY Times:  It’s gonna get ugly.  No shit, Sherlock.

Dems plan to pack the Court when they get the chance.

McConnell is whipping the Senate GOP into line.

Remember this last time?

Want to know why I think they should ram through President Trump’s nominee as fast as possible?  Want to know why I’d love to see every Republican in the Senate shoot Chuck Schumer the bird?  Because of what those assholes on Team Blue did to Brett Kavanaugh.  Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Senate Dems have a family-size serving coming to them.

This Week’s Idiots:

Washington Monthly’s Timothy Noah is an idiot.

Bloomberg’s Cass Sunstein is an idiot.

Vox’s Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding are both idiots.

Vox’s Ian Millhiser is an idiot.

Vox seems to employ a lot of idiots.

CNN’s Don Lemon is an idiot.

New York city’s restaurants are having a hard time.  How could the city mess them up even more?  Have them collect a 10% sin tax!  The New York City Council are obviously idiots, every one.

And so…

Not much more to add, so here’s an interesting little bit of French-Canadian music from Quebecois band Harmonium and their eponymous 1974 album; this is Un Musicien Parmi Tant D Autres.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

We didn’t go out after sage grouse.  Mrs. Animal had a couple of tight deadlines to make for her publishing business, I had plenty of work around here to do to advance getting this Colorado house ready to sell and, to be honest, I didn’t really feel like getting up early and driving up to North Park by myself.

Might could get after some pheasants.

But there is plenty more upland bird hunting to be done; the pheasant population on the eastern plains is doing reasonably well as I hear it, and there are always waterfowl to pick up out there along the South Platte.  So we’ll see.

I might even lease a goose pit for a morning or two.  The Hate Birds, the Birds That Hate may hate, but they also are better than fair eating.

Now then…

On To the Links!

A Medal of Honor is always something special.

In a decision just issued in County of Butler, et al. v. Governor Wolf, et al., Judge William Stickman, IV of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has ruled that “(1) the congregate gathering limits imposed by Defendants’ mitigation orders violate the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment; (2) that the stay-at-home and business closure components of Defendants’ orders violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment; and (3) the business closure components of the Defendants’ orders violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”  A glimmer of hope?

Aww, dida po widdle baby getums widdle feewings hurt?

Speaking of which:  If the shoe fits, Queen Nancy.

School choice could be great for rural communities.  And urban communities.  And everywhere.  Hell, let’s just get government out of the business of education everywhere, at all levels.

Now this is a threat, especially given the violence and looting that’s been going on.  Note that this was 2018, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this kind of crap this year; in fact, I’ll be a bit surprised if both sides don’t do it.

Speaking of violence; two LA-area sheriff’s deputies were just shot from ambush.  And some protestors blocked the ER entrance where the officers were taken.  Honestly, at that point I wouldn’t have minded if officers opened fire.  This is the fruit of the “defund the cops” ranting.  Anyone still doubt that civil order is breaking down in our major cities?

Groper Joe’s campaign has been up to some shenanigans.  In other news, the sky is blue, water is wet and cake is fattening.

Round-Heels Kamala accidentally tells the truth.

Speaking of which, the Democrats may try a nuclear option to overturn the election.

Apparently folks have pissed off some orcas.

This Week’s Idiots:

Vanity Fair’s Eric Lutz is an idiot.

The Atlantic’s Ibram X. Kendi is an idiot.

Robert Reich is an idiot.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (Commie-MN) is an idiot.

The Nation’s Tom Engelhardt is an idiot.

Queen Nancy goes full-blown New Age loony-tunes.

And So:

No further comments; today I’ll leave you with the woman I believe to be one of the best, if not the best female vocalist alive today.  This is Mary Fahl, with a song based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid (the actual story, not the idiotic Disney take.)  This is Ariel.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Whores and Ale and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

Speaking of hot stuff:  Much of the West is on fire, not excluding our own Colorado.  Here’s why.  Excerpt:

In the U.S., forest fire management policies date back to the 1880s, shortly after Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872. After a roughly 50-year period in which some wildfires were allowed to burn, in 1935, the U.S. Forest Service formally adopted the “10 a.m. policy.” All forest fires were supposed to be put out by the morning after they were first spotted. To enlist Americans in these efforts to suppress forest fires, in 1944, the U.S. Forest Service introduced Smokey Bear, who would go on to become one of the most iconic cartoon animals of all time.

For over 75 years, Smokey has taught generations of Americans to be responsible environmental stewards with his admonishment, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” But Smokey’s message is predicated on a faulty assumption—that forest fires are inherently bad for people and the environment.

This assumption goes against the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of many Native American tribes who have long used fire as a crucial part of land stewardship practices. In recent years, even the U.S. Forest Service has come around to this understanding and now supports the use of prescribed burns to return forests to a healthier state.

Innovative research by archaeologists working in New Mexico points to the same conclusion: Forests across the American West are desperately out of ecological balance, and federal fire suppression policies are partly to blame. But how have these archaeologists actually gone about providing convincing evidence for this claim?

In other words, one of the major causes of these wildfires is decades of dumb-as-dirt management.

These Western coniferous forests evolved with fire as a necessary part of their life-cycle.  Some conifers, such as lodgepole pines, are pyrophytic, meaning their cones won’t open to disperse seed without first having their outer coating of resin burned off.  Poor forest management in the form of over-enthusiastic fire suppression actually keeps these trees from reproducing.

Pine forest.

But this seeding issue isn’t the cause, just a result.  The worst unintended outcome of decades of fire suppression has been the buildup of forest litter, which is essentially kindling.  Add to that big tracts of trees killed by invasive beetles, and you’ve got trouble waiting for a discarded cigar butt, a misplaced firework or a lightning strike.

We shouldn’t prevent forest fires unless they threaten property; even then, they should just be contained to (hopefully) protect people’s homes and businesses.

Otherwise this endless cycle of out of control wildfires will continue.

Animal’s Daily Superfund News

That notorious right-wing rag, Politico, is lauding the Trump Administration’s efforts at cleaning up Superfund sites.  Excerpt:

“The crazy thing that still baffles me is how far above and beyond the minimum requirement this administration has gone,” says Ed Smith, who lobbied for the cleanup of the West Lake site during his time with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, of the aggressive settlements. “You’d think this was a business-friendly administration,” he said, but the EPA under Trump struck a far more aggressive cleanup agreement with the polluting parties at the West Lake Landfill than Obama’s had—to the tune of an extra $150 million in remediation costs for the polluter, Smith figured. “I honestly wake up every day pinching myself. Is this real?”

For this story, I spoke with dozens of activists who agreed: The EPA under Trump has showed what it can look like when an administration gets serious about cleaning up long-neglected sites. Some of these activists are voting Republican for the first time in their lives. Some have seen their backyards and communities finally cleaned up because of the Trump administration’s EPA.

“I been a Democrat all my life,” Worley-Jenkins said. “Trump actually gives us money to clean up these sites that have been here forever,” she said. “Obama talked a lot of crap, but did very little. And people don’t realize that. They want to praise him, but he didn’t do nothing. He didn’t do s—.”

The Trump administration’s efforts to prioritize the Superfund site in her home town have made her a believer. She’s getting into local politics and campaigned for a county magistrate slot this summer. It was a nonpartisan position, but Worley-Jenkins wasn’t hiding her affiliation. “I’m running as a Republican,” she said at the time.

Compare the statements on two administrations:  Obama, and Trump.  Compare the administration headed by a man who has never held an honest job in his life, to one headed by a man who spent his entire life in the private sector until he ran for President.

Results matter.

Granted this is one instance, in one policy area.  However, think on this:  one of the key benefits of a strict term-limits amendment, as I’ve been championing for some time, would be to force out the permanent political class, and bring more people who have produced results in the private sector into government – for a short time.

Predictions are hard to make, especially about the future, but I can’t help but think this would improve governance in the U.S. a great deal.  Bring in people who know, and who have lived in the world, where results matter.