Nature’s wrong turns and mutations form the very foundation of evolutionary change. As biological cells divide, billions of times, DNA copies are replicated and copies of copies continue within cellular perpetual motion machines fueled by what is known as the Kreb’s Cycle.
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“Sundry Comment and a Protesting Letter” There is much to ridicule about a lifestyle based on affluence. Trading stamps is one item. We suspect future historians will view the idea of trading stamps with skepticism and hilarity. They may even wonder about advertising. A future world of people, who will long have been conditioned to doing with less, may also read about life in the 20th century and wonder at our greed: “They had so much. Why couldn’t some of it have been saved?”
Let me tell you a story. In the early 1950s, the Dayak people in Borneo had malaria. The World Health Organization had a solution: spray DDT. They did; mosquitoes died; malaria declined; so far, so good. But there were side effects. House roofs started falling down on people’s heads, because the DDT also killed tiny parasitic wasps that had previously controlled thatch-eating caterpillars. The colonial government gave people sheet-metal roofs, but the noise of the tropical rain on the tin roofs kept people awake. Meanwhile, the DDT-poisoned bugs were eaten by geckoes, which were eaten by cats. The DDT built up in the food chain and killed the cats. Without the cats, the rats flourished and multiplied. Soon the World Health Organization was threatened with potential outbreaks of typhus and plague, and had to call in RAF Singapore to conduct Operation Cat Drop - parachuting a great many live cats into Borneo.
The theme of the Cuba Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City was “The Great Possibilities of Cuba.” As we enter 2008, perhaps a Nebraska theme for Cuba should be: “The Great Possibilities of Cuba for Nebraska,” if a feasible implementation can occur to allow additional sectors, both public and private among Nebraskans, to more openly access trade representatives in Cuba; not only for agricultural sales of which Governor Heineman has conscientiously pursued for several years but also sales of medical products and services… all of which are allowed under current U.S. laws.