John Ransom

The New York Times has published a science and technology story about Duke researchers who have used one animal’s brain to get another animal to react.

In One Rat Thinks, and Another Reacts, the Times writer James Gorman reports that “Miguel Nicolelis, known for successfully demonstrating brain-machine connections, like the one in which a monkey controlled a robotic arm with its thoughts, said this was the first time one animal’s brain had been linked to another.”

Well, Nicolelis may know rat research, but he’s not in politics.

If he was, he’d recognize that getting one rat to think and another rat to react is one of the first skills you acquire when professionally pandering to citizens.

It’s, frankly, something that is happening every day, all day long, in offices from Foggy Bottom to Capitol Hill.

Please make note too, that it’s not just the public-office-occupiers that acquire the skill. Political staffers, journalists, economists, special-interest pleaders and other assorted rats practice the art of rat-on-rat mind control daily.

And that’s the fascinating part of rats-deserting-the-sinking-ship story that is unfolding in public regarding sequestration, Obama, Bob Woodward and the press.

If you’ve been doing more productive things like, say, running your business, or raising your kids, or having your child shave your back hair, you might have missed the rat-spat going on between Woodward and the White House.

Woodward called out Obama in print on hyperbole over sequestration cuts. Prior to publication, Woodward says, a White House staffer threatened him over the story.

“Under the Constitution,” Woodward told MSNBC, invoking Nixonian paranoia and makeshift, “the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement. ‘I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country.’ That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.”

And despite Politico’s assertion that a “whole generation” of Republicans hate him- which we don’t actually… and btw, I really hate when lefties try to “explain” the GOP to people because they invariably get it wrong- Woodward proves a credible source because, while he’s certainly a liberal, he’s not been afraid to take on the foibles of any president.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.