…It would be wise to contemplate an axiom of Sir Isaac Newton … for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction

…It would be wise to contemplate an axiom of Sir Isaac Newton … for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction…

In a happy accident, scientists have created an enzyme that can eat plastic bottles


Walter Einenkel  …..Daily Kos Staff……..Tuesday April 17, 2018 · 9:12 AM PDT


A happy accident has led to a breakthrough in how we may be able to handle some of our global plastic pollution. The Guardian reports on the international research team that made the serendipitous discovery.

The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.

The international team then tweaked the enzyme to see how it had evolved, but tests showed they had inadvertently made the molecule even better at breaking down the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic used for soft drink bottles. “What actually turned out was we improved the enzyme, which was a bit of a shock,” said Prof John McGeehan, at the University of Portsmouth, UK, who led the research. “It’s great and a real finding.”

What this means is that this enzyme can be tinkered with even more. The hope is that at some point the enzyme could be adapted to break down plastics at a considerably faster rate than what is possible now.

“What we are hoping to do is use this enzyme to turn this plastic back into its original components, so we can literally recycle it back to plastic,” said McGeehan. “It means we won’t need to dig up any more oil and, fundamentally, it should reduce the amount of plastic in the environment.”

But don’t start investing in plastic bottles. At this point the discovery is “a modest” improvement on the enzyme’s ability to break down plastics. We still need to stem our excessive addictions to plastics.


doug use same old ploy


just be honest


simple just tell them the truth


This press release has been approved by Ducey “handlers”… Koch Bro$… as their acting surrogate… Note

image…This press release has been approved by Ducey “handlers”… Koch Bro$… as their acting surrogate… Note… as usual Ducey and our State Legislature simply say … Trust us we have your back, while providing us zero, nada, zip, no details on how their magical budget including the 20% increase for teachers will be achieved…


Governor Ducey, President Yarbrough and Speaker Mesnard Announce A Budget Deal

Includes 20 Percent Teacher Pay Increase By 2020

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey, Senate President Steve Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard released the following joint statement today announcing a deal on a 20 percent pay raise for Arizona teachers.

“Earlier this month, we stood shoulder to shoulder, in unity with the education community, to announce a plan for a 20 percent increase in teacher pay by school year 2020. Today, we are pleased to announce that this plan is a reality. Arizona is delivering on its commitment to our students and teachers.

"We are also restoring recession-era cuts to increase funding for schools and putting more money into the classroom — flexible dollars for superintendents to use for support staff pay increases, update antiquated curriculum and improve school infrastructure — without raising taxes. This plan benefits our children’s education across the state, and we are working through the weekend to introduce a budget early next week and pass it shortly thereafter.”

Teachers in Arizona Sound the Alarm That Republicans Have Broken the State’s School System

By Nicole Karlis, Salon

Only one option remains for the desperate teachers. READ MORE»

Ducey … just does not get it … He is NOT trusted by Arizona teachers …


Our “free” press and enemy of “the people”… …GOD help us if that is truly the case…

…Our “free” press and enemy of “the people”…

…GOD help us if that is truly the case…

Half of Republicans say the news media should be described as the enemy of the American people


By Philip Bump April 26 at 3:16 PM Email the author


It has faded into the background noise by now, as does anything in politics these days that’s older than about 12 hours. But it’s occasionally worth remembering that the president of the United States disparaged the news media as “the enemy of the American people” within his first month in office.


Donald J. Trump




The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!

2:48 PM – Feb 17, 2017

There was a lot going on in that moment, more than we even realized at the time. (Three days before this, for example, Trump allegedly suggested to then-FBI Director James B. Comey that he drop the agency’s investigation of just-fired national security adviser Michael T. Flynn.) So, in short order, the comment was added to the lengthy column of “Things Trump did that most other presidents would never do,” and most of us moved on.

But Trump’s targeting of the media didn’t fade — and neither did the sentiment in that tweet.


Half of Republicans say the news media should be described as the enemy of the American people

Democrats were more than three times as likely to express confidence in the media to act in the public interest.


…Has the rate actually increased or are WE doing a better job of identifying autism…???

clip_image002…Has the rate actually increased or are WE doing a better job of identifying autism…???

U.S. autism rates continue to rise

On April 27, 2018 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2014 report of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.1 The report declares that the autism rate for 8-year-old children born in 2006 was 1 in 59, by 15% from the rate of 1 in 68 described in the 2012 ADDM report2 and an increase of 20% for the sites (6 out of 11) that participated in the 2012 survey.

The authors declared their new findings, “provide evidence that the prevalence of ASD is higher than previously reported estimates and continues to vary among certain racial/ethnic groups and communities.” Despite the fact that autism rates have risen from 1 in 149 in their initial 2000 ADDM report3 and from 1 in 10,000 in the earliest American studies,4 the new report only grudgingly acknowledges (on page 15 of 23) that “with prevalence of ASD reaching nearly 3% in some communities and representing an increase of 150% since 2000, ASD is an urgent public health concern.” Oddly, as it has become obvious that America has a raging autism epidemic, the CDC’s main goal in reporting autism rates is to suppress public concern over what is now a clear national emergency.

Notably, these new rates are significantly lower than those reported last November by another branch of the CDC, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In that study, the CDC reported a 2016 autism rate of 1 in 36 in American children aged 3-17 years old, and 1 in 28 boys.5

When the NCHS study was released, no major news outlets reported on what was a new record high rate for autism.6

Inexplicably, in the face of these extraordinarily high and [increasing] rates, the CDC’s official position on the autism epidemic has not changed. “More people than ever before are being diagnosed with ASD. It is unclear how much of this increase is due to a broader definition of ASD and better efforts in diagnosis. However, a true increase in the number of people with an ASD cannot be ruled out.”7

It is impossible to understate the seriousness of the autism epidemic. It has enormous implications for our country.

  • Something new and terrible is happening to a generation of American children.
  • Autism has largely been a problem of American children, imposing an overwhelming burden on American schools for the last three decades
  • There are less than 200,000 adults with autism today. At the current rate of growth, we will see an adult autistic population of 5 million in 25 years
  • If the epidemic doesn’t stop, a tsunami of disabled adults will soon overwhelm the infrastructure available to serve them
  • Today, most individuals with autism live with their parents. As this disabled population enters adulthood, their parents will die leaving them no natural caregiver.
  • We are not remotely prepared for the burden of this new population


  1. Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network Surveillance Year 2014 Principal Investigators. Prevalence of autism spectrum disorder among children aged eight years—Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 sites, United States, 2014. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2018;Apr 27;67(6):1-23..
  2. cdc.gov
  • Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network Surveillance Year 2000 Principal Investigators; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of autism spectrum disorders–autism and developmental disabilities monitoring network, six sites, United States, 2000. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2007 Feb 9;56(1):1-11.
  • Blaxill MF. What’s going on? The question of time trends in autism. Public Health Rep. 2004;119(6):536-51.
  • Zablotsky B, Black LI, Blumberg SJ. Estimated prevalence of children with diagnosed developmental disabilities in the United States, 2014–2016. NCHS Data Brief, no 291. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2017.
  • ageofautism.com
  • cdc.gov