Tastes like chicken.

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I was watch­ing the BBC news the other night and an item came up that in­ter­ested me, meat from the labs. A sci­en­tist, us­ing a cell from a chicken feather was able to repli­cate chicken meat and used it to cook up some nuggets. The jour­nal­ist said they were pretty good, “tastes like chicken.” He did say the tex­ture was a lit­tle odd. The sci­en­tist said that was the next thing, work­ing on tex­ture, he ap­peared con­fi­dent that it could be done.

If this process works out, we could be look­ing at Star Trek stuff, or­der­ing meals from a ma­chine. Not only could food short­ages be­come a thing of the past, hope­fully, there will no longer be the need for fac­tory farm­ing. Go­ing down the road a bit more, maybe a colos­sal im­pact on the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and maybe an up­side to cli­mate change. Like or with ro­bot­ics the im­pact on jobs could be huge. If sci­en­tists can repli­cate meat, why not any­thing or ev­ery­thing else?

The dis­ap­peared and al­legedly mur­dered Saudi Ara­bian jour­nal­ist, Ja­mal Khashoggi story goes on. The list of busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives, news me­dia and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials pulling out of Saudi Ara­bia’s Davos in the Desert event grows ev­ery longer with the UK’s In­ter­na­tional Trade Sec­re­tary be­ing one of the lat­est to can­cel. I had hoped the U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion would lead the way to find out what hap­pened, but it looks more like a cover up ev­ery day. Money/arms deal talks I guess. Even with­out of­fi­cial sanc­tions it looks Saudi Ara­bia has taken a hit in in­vestor and for­eign gov­ern­ment con­fi­dence. I don’t think this story has played out yet. Veiled threats from Saudi Ara­bia about oil em­bar­gos will not help.

Cannabis is le­gal. Per­son­ally, I don’t smoke, and I don’t eat cook­ies. I would con­sider us­ing it for medic­i­nal pur­poses if I didn’t have to smoke it. I find it ironic that some­thing that was crim­i­nal is not only OK but as the PR starts to feed out, great. I have spo­ken to a few peo­ple, names with­held, that are long terms cannabis con­sumers and they’ve said to me that they have no in­ten­tion of chang­ing their sup­plier. One guy told me that the mom and pop op­er­a­tions that had been grow­ing for years have a re­ally qual­ity prod­uct will likely just com­pete on price with the of­fi­cial sup­pli­ers. As for blood tests for im­paired. I did won­der if a self-ad­min­is­tered di­a­betes type blood test de­vice could do it. Surely science can use less blood for an ac­cu­rate read­ing for im­pair­ment?

Brexit, like NAFTA was looks to be head­ing for a no deal. I think the prospect of this should ter­rify the politi­cians so much that hope­fully, they’ll come up with a work­able so­lu­tion at the last minute. It’s the Ir­ish/North­ern Ire­land bor­der that is the stick­ing point. Go­ing back to a hard bor­der would not be good. Maybe some kind of bor­der cross­ing reg­is­tra­tion that could be at­tached to ve­hi­cles and sur­veil­lance from there to catch the naughty peo­ple and there are and will be some.

Stephen Hawk­ing’s fam­ily have re­leased his last book. I’d like to read it. There are a cou­ple of points he makes that I’ve read about. Firstly, Hawk­ing said that he didn’t be­lieve in any supreme de­ity and sec­ondly, he thought there must be other civil­i­sa­tions out there in the depths of space, but we should be very care­ful about con­tact­ing them.

Fi­nally, the U.S. mid-terms are just weeks away and although they’re viewed as a ref­er­en­dum on the Pres­i­dent, Don­ald Trump is say­ing no, if the Re­pub­li­cans lose then it’s the party’s fault, not his. I can’t ever imag­ine the re­ac­tion to beat­ing this guy at mo­nop­oly.

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