A Tomato Bush?

When three specific genetic mutations are combined and tuned just right, scientists can turn tomato plants into extremely compact bushes ideal for urban agriculture
When three specific genetic mutations are combined and tuned just right, scientists can turn tomato plants into extremely compact bushes ideal for urban agriculture
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

If you’ve ever wished that your tomato plants were a bit more compact, you’re in luck. A team of scientists, led by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Professor and HHMI Investigator Zach Lippman, has come up with a genetically-engineered tomato plant that is more a bush than a vine, with fruits that grow like a bunch of grapes. read more

WND Exclusive – Your New Year’s Sexual-Identity Quiz

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

ThinkProgress is reporting: “CNN’s planning a 2020 LGBTQ forum. Here are some issues advocates say the candidates should address.”

“High on the list: Reversing the ban on transgender troops and addressing the plight of LGBTQ people of color.”

Well, isn’t that special. Let’s see if we can pigeon-hole everyone in America, so we all have our very own “gender” classification. That would be great.

But, if I were one who belonged to the “perpetually offended” club, I would feel … well, offended.

And just why would I feel this way? Well, thinking like a leftist, the term LGBTQ itself is too constraining. It leaves out so many new and (self) important gender classifications. And frankly, I’m surprised at the callousness of ThinkProgress and CNN for not acknowledging this. read more

Podcast – Skipping School to Protest – T-Shirt Gets Kid Suspended

by: Brent Smith

A Virginia School District Allows Kids to Miss School So They Can Protest Trump

Fairfax County Public Schools system is one of the nation’s largest with approximately 188,000 students.

They will allow a student to miss one day a year for “activism,” like protesting Trump. How special.

And this is how it always starts. It’s only one day a year – what’s the big deal!

Kid Finally Gets to wear Trump T-shirt to school

An Oregon public school suspended a kid because his Trump t-shirt was a threat to the “Hispanic” student body.

But a District court judge stepped in and reminded the leftist academics of the young man’s free speech rights.

A win for the Constitution and free speech. read more

Enough Hating on Kim Kardashian

by: Brent Smith

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Don’t count me as a Kim Kardashian hater. I’m agnostic. I just don’t care.

But her fans are said to be “disgusted” that Kim Kardashian, who is a self-made gazillionaire, gave her daughter a jacket she won at auction.

I mean – come on! She gave her daughter a used coat? Like she can’t afford to buy a new one?

Obviously I’m joking, because she could buy Macy’s if she felt inclined.

The jacket was a Christmas gift for her daughter North, by Northwest. Oh … my apologies. That was an Alfred Hitchcock movie starring Cary Grant. Ms. Kardashian’s daughter is just named North … North West. Just as ridiculous.

Okay, so this wasn’t just any jacket as you might imagine. It belonged to Michael Jackson. And it wasn’t just any Michael Jackson jacket. It was his “Thriller” jacket – black leather with … uh … silver looking stuff all over it. Maybe silver and rhinestones? I don’t know. Oh, and she paid a mere $65,000 for it. read more

Mad-Max Lambo Goes to Auction

Danton has turned the weird-looking Espada into an 8-foot wide Lamborghini hot rod
Danton has turned the weird-looking Espada into an 8-foot wide Lamborghini hot rod
Mecum

Before the Countach came along in the 1980s and defined the classic shape that’s underpinned nearly every Lambo since, the biggest selling Lamborghini was the Espada, made between 1968-1978. That’s not to say it was a high volume machine; only 1217 of this 4-seater grand tourer were ever built. Which makes this crazy rat rod even more special. read more

Giuliani Friendlier to the Jews than an Actual Jew

I’m beginning to wonder whether Rudy may actually be hated by the left more than his boss, president Trump.

from the American Spectator:

On Rudy Giuliani Being More Jewish Than the Despicable Apostate George Soros

In New York City, where Bill de Blasio has nothing else to worry about, the controversy is now into its second day over comments that Rudy Giuliani made the other day in an interview with New York magazine, in which Giuliani said that George Soros is hardly a Jew and that Rudy is more a Jew than Soros. read more

An Fully Autonomous Helicopter?

The Luna demonstration helicopter in full flight
The Luna demonstration helicopter in full flight
Skyryse

There is no shortage of aviation startups out to build self-flying aircraft from the ground up, but California-based Skyryse has adopted a slightly different approach. Its flight technologies are designed to be fitted to existing helicopters, and it has today shown off its full suite in action through what it describes as the world’s “first fully autonomous flight” of its type. read more

The Gift of Our Constitution

from the New York Sun:

As President Trump and Speaker Pelosi retreat to their corners for Christmas, we find ourselves thinking of the gift of the Constitution. It was ten years ago that the Sun started writing about America’s “constitutional moment.” We had just brought out — as “The Citizen’s Constitution” — our annotated guide to the national parchment. It was animated by a sense that our politics had become so divided, so bitter, that our factions would end up fighting ever more battles on America’s legal bedrock. read more

There’s No Room for Politics at Christmas

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Christmas is almost upon us. And for those like me who celebrate it, we really look forward to this particular holiday season.

But one of the problems with being a political commentator is that it’s what readers, listeners and viewers expect all the time. One doesn’t want to navigate to their favorite political website, only to discover that it’s filled only with recipes and how to put together the perfect holiday gift basket.

Normally this isn’t a problem for us. No matter the season, there is always something going on in this country or worldwide for which to dovetail into politics. Sad really, but true, particularly in the ongoing battle against leftism. The left, as we are well aware, always boils everything down to politics, especially when it comes to religious holidays like Christmas and Easter.

For any radical Antifa members or hard left followers who happened to be reading this article, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and Easter is the celebration of his resurrection after he was crucified by the Romans. And for those who are unfamiliar with crucifixion, you can ask New Jersey Senator Corey Booker – if you find him these days. Corey knows all about it, for he is still Spartacus! read more

A New Alzheimer’s Therapy?

Results from a human clinical trial demonstrate LSD microdosing to be safe and tolerable, but it is too early for clear efficacy data
Results from a human clinical trial demonstrate LSD microdosing to be safe and tolerable, but it is too early for clear efficacy data

New results have been published from one of the first placebo-controlled clinical trials investigating the effects of microdosing Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). This Phase 1 trial is the first step in testing whether these kinds of psychedelic microdose methods could be useful as a therapeutic approach for treating Alzheimer’s disease, and while the early data doesn’t identify significant cognitive benefits in microdosing, it certainly demonstrates the method is safe enough to proceed to larger efficacy trials. read more