I confess to Zygodactyly


 

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My detractors have been accusing me of all kinds of things lately all over the internet.  For example, Frank Runninghorse (Steven Bruce Orcutt, a registered sex offender who uses a fake Native American alias) and Tom Lacey of the Peace & Freedom Party accuse me of being a government COINTELPRO agent while Ed Saucerman and Rick Von Geldern take the opposite position, claiming I’m a left-wing extremist who’s anti-law enforcement.  Simultaneously, I’m getting vilified from the Ayala family (which controls a tiny weirdo-cult faction of La Raza Unida Party) who have accused me of everything from having had an affair with a member of my NOW Chapter’s board to sending some kind of bogus letters to a couple of people (fantasies on their part).

There is however one thing I’m prepared to plead guilty to:  I’m a Zygodactyl!

This confession shouldn’t actually shock anybody who saw my blog entry in which I displayed a photo of my foot compared to a Chimpanzee foot:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/01/17/interesting-facts-about-friends/

The structure of my feet and toes is comparable not only to Chimpanzees and Bonobos, is known alternatively as type I syndactyly or zygodactyly.  It’s also the foot structure of 3.2 million year old Australopithicines.   Turns out I’m not the only person who has this.  One of my friends, who like me shares some ancestry from the Ukraine, has it too and I recently found that Peter Christy, my “genetic cousin” who is Y Chromosome Haplogroup G like me (I’m subclade G2c while he’s G2a) has it as well:

Cousin Peter's toes

We’re in famous (or infamous) company with this trait, inasmuch as Joseph Stalin (who was G2a) had it as well:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webbed_toes

For more scientific work on the condition:

http://www.nature.com/ejhg/journal/v13/n12/full/5201492a.html

About Jan Tucker

The Detectives Diary is an innovative tool combining Private Investigation and Journalism. In 1984, Steve Harvey's Los Angeles Times "Around the Southland" Column entitled Jan Tucker's program of providing low-cost "Opposition Research" services to indigent and working class candidates for public office, "Take Cover: Hired Mudslinger Rides into Town." A 1996 Los Angeles Times article by Henry Chu carried a sub-headline identifying Tucker as a "P.R. Guru." In November 2012, Tucker became Criminal Justice Columnist for Counter Punch Magazine and a commentator for Black Talk Radio. As a private investigator since 1979 and a former First Vice President of Newspaper Guild Local 69, Tucker takes these skills to a new level in the pages of the Detectives Diary with insightful and unique exposures and analysis of history and current events. State Director--California League of Latin American Citizens, Former seven term Chairman of the Board of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, Co-President San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles Chapter-National Organization for Women, former National Commissioner for Civil Rights-League of United Latin American Citizens, former Second Vice President-Inglewood-South Bay Branch-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, former founding Vice President-Armenian American Action Committee, former First Vice President, Newspaper Guild Local 69 (AFL-CIO, CLC, CWA), Board member, Alameda Corridor Jobs Coalition, Community Advisory Board member--USC-Keck School of Medicine Alzheimer's Disease Research Project
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