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Originally posted to Comics on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 02:50 PM PST.

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  •  Very punny! (4+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, TheOrchid, rbird, JeffW

    Happy New Year, Keef!

  •  Trying to pull some wool over our eyes? (3+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid, rbird, JeffW

    Or just ram home a bad pun or two?

    Happy New Year, Keith. Look forward to another great year of comics from you!

    There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 03:01:29 PM PST

  •  Corny. (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    And I mean that in a good way.

    "Life is the crummiest book I ever read - there isn't a hook, just a lot of cheap shots, pictures to shock, and characters an amateur would never dream up." - Bad Religion

    by TheOrchid on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 03:24:26 PM PST

  •  Holy Sheep! (3+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid, rbird, JeffW

    I Refuse to Believe Corporations Are People Until Texas Executes One

    by desert rain on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 03:24:53 PM PST

  •  What would the Dolly Lamb-a say? -eom- (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    "Life is the crummiest book I ever read - there isn't a hook, just a lot of cheap shots, pictures to shock, and characters an amateur would never dream up." - Bad Religion

    by TheOrchid on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 03:28:41 PM PST

  •  On a serious note... (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, QuiteDragon

    ...embracing cloning of anything, seed stocks, animals, humans, and you're fucked long-term.  We need biological diversity in the plants we grow for food, the animals we eat, who provide us with companionship...and in ourselves.  The list of congenital diseases from in-breeding among humans and animals is so long, I'd be out of breath by the time I finished reading it. Let's mention just one disaster due in part to inadvertent cloning, the Irish Potato Famine.  Due to land ownership peculiarities and the economic oppression of the Irish, they ended up with just one food crop, the potato.  And since the same potato - genetically speaking - was used throughout Ireland, when the blight hit, there were no naturally resistant strains.  Kaboom.  Massive starvation and one of the largest transfers of population in history, the Irish to the USA.

    Keef's cartoon is dual-use: good for a laugh, good to remind us of basic biological facts.

    Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

    by rbird on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 03:35:21 PM PST

    •  Are you in science? eom (0+ / 0-)

      Those who quote Santayana are condemned to repeat him. Me

      by Mark B on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 11:34:09 AM PST

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      •  Nope, I read a lot... (0+ / 0-)

        ...like this page:

        http://evolution.berkeley.edu/...

        In the 1800s, the Irish solved their problem of feeding a growing population by planting potatoes. Specifically, they planted the "lumper" potato variety. And since potatoes can be propagated vegetatively, all of these lumpers were clones, genetically identical to one another.

        The lumper fed Ireland for a time, but it also set the stage for human and economic ruin. Evolutionary theory suggests that populations with low genetic variation are more vulnerable to changing environmental conditions than are diverse populations. The Irish potato clones were certainly low on genetic variation, so when the environment changed and a potato disease swept through the country in the 1840s, the potatoes (and the people who depended upon them) were devastated.

        Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

        by rbird on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 05:11:35 PM PST

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        •  the causes of the Potaoe Famine were complex (0+ / 0-)

          including land seizure by the English, poverty. You could turn your argument on it's head, and say that potatoes fed a growing population.
          Clones have their uses. For instance, rice with a vitamin A gene inserted could have saved millions from blindness, but anti-science zealots nuked the fields in the Phillipines where they we're developed.
          But, better anti-clone and blindness for the third world, yes?

          I am a scientist, and I've seen the good that cloning can do; for instance, rituximab, the most effective treament for B-cell lymphoma; or the cloning of  enzymes used in pcr and rflp which have freed innocent people from prison and the death penalty. And about a hundred other instances.

          If we just had more nuclear power, we'd have less global warming; but superstition won out there, too.

          Those who quote Santayana are condemned to repeat him. Me

          by Mark B on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 03:03:27 PM PST

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  •  Imagine human procreation like bacterial growth... (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    Ughhh....

    Well?

    Ugh. --UB.

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 03:47:34 PM PST

  •  In Colorado (0+ / 0-)

    Cloning supports our newest economic growth industry.

    "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

    by US Blues on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 04:58:07 PM PST

  •  happy ewe year (nt) (1+ / 0-)
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    ItsaMathJoke

    warning: snark probably above

    by NE2 on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 07:46:27 PM PST

  •  I saw Walt Disney do that experiment on TV (0+ / 0-)

    in black and white in the 50s, except that it was pairs of pingpong balls sitting on mousetraps, representing nuclear fission, back when nuclear power was going to be "too cheap to meter". It's always the same lie, no matter what words they use.

    Trust Us. We're Experts.
    (How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future) by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 02:31:19 PM PST

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