A while ago I invited "our" pal, doc Bialy, to contribute to Barnes-ville as an irregular columnist. Until today he had declined what I considered an oft extended, gracious invitation, often politely but often as not in a grouchy (not Groucho) style that I have learned to accept, if not always enjoy.
But this morning, for reasons of which I have (as he might type) "noooo idea", the following email arrived, and being an Honest Hank, I am forced to publish it, although truthfully it is not exactly what I had in mind when I made my first, and perhaps, ultimately foolhardy offer months and months ago.
I have decided to take you up on your offer of publishing whatever I might think to send you in the way of idle or not deliberations of what are widely known as the "pouring from the empty into the void concerning the general state of affairs" type, insofar as they can be related to the matter of attention graphically illustrated by the button in Groucho's lapel.
The difference between molecular virologists and politicians.
The former are overly enamored of "single-hit" explanations for even the most complex of phenomena. This is a fault of their teachers and teacher's teachers who were overly influenced by the apparent success of Beadle and Tatum's "one gene, one enzyme" hypothesis.
The latter, on the other hand, are passionate about "multi-hit" strategies and are noted for reducing the simplest of problems to unmanageable proportions at the drop of a coin in the campaign box.
It is another wonder of HIV/AIDS that it majestically and uniquely encompasses both of these divergences.
It may very well be that the meek will inherit the earth. But what will be left to inherit when the last bastard drops dead?