I recently read an article by some self-serving bitch complaining about how the GOP hates science and some other bullshit like that. If you will remember, just a bit ago there was a breakthrough in stem cell research that was truly amazing. Skipping right over all ethical problems with embryonic research, it now looks like scientists will be able to use plain old skin cells to do the same tricks. All of this involves some pretty impressive sounding stuff that I will just trust is, well, impressive enough to work.


This Michael Kinsley fellow is going to hold on to his grudge because he feels that GOP has pushed science back for years:

[E]ven if this were a true turning point in stem-cell research, people like me are not going to quickly forget those six lost years. I am 56. Last year I had a kind of brain surgery that dramatically reduces the symptoms of Parkinson’s. It received government approval only five years ago. Every year that goes by, science opens new doors, and every year, as you get older and your symptoms perhaps get worse, doors get shut. Six years of delay in a field moving as fast as stem-cell research means a lot of people for whom doors may not open until it is time for them to shut.

It’s so nice that he cares so much about a cure for Parkinson’s. Oh wait, doesn’t he have Parkinson’s? Yeah, I guess that makes you a pompous asshole. Perhaps the entire enterprise of going about things carefully from an ethical standpoint should go on hold until we find a cure for Michael.

Alright, so maybe some particular members of government acted unscientifically. Still, thanks to whoever helped guide research away from embryonic stem cells is partially responsible for not only the potential death of bitches like Michael, but is also responsible for pushing science into a new, unoffensive branch. And from what I hear, the biggest leaps in stem cells have come from non-embryonic circles anyway; why isn’t this guy gushing about how stem cells (of the non-embryonic flavor) are bounding their way towards a cure for Type-1 diabetes and, hopefully Alzheimer’s? Oh wait, he has Parkinson’s, not Alzheimer’s.