The Unnecessary War

I don’t think I’ve ever written about GMO labeling. I’ve always thought it was pretty clear why anyone opposes it. Today someone asked me why a company would work so hard against regulations like this, and I answered as best I could at the time, but class was beckoning and my response was more of a survey than any kind of in depth commentary. Continue reading

The First World Causing Problems

Have you ever thought about how lucky you are?

Site traffic tells me that most of you are from very tech-savvy nations. You probably don’t worry about catching deadly diseases or whether you’ll have a roof over your head tonight or where your next meal is coming from. We all have our struggles, but you probably tell people you can’t complain when asked how you’re doing. Some people, not you of course, are so privileged that they even pretend to have ailments like Celiac disease, or they go on starvation diets. How crazy is it that we can afford to choose to suffer? Continue reading

Something About Pots and Kettles

Food Babe recently reported on a dirty PR campaign that she’s “fallen victim to” and made the huge mistake of trashing multiple PR firms in the process. But this isn’t about Food Babe because she’s boring. Any criticism is met with cries of misogyny or the shill gambit. There’s no attempt at serious discourse. Recently, she tried to play the race card but was immediately shut down by co-conspirator fellow skeptic Kavin Senapathy. Continue reading

This Week in Pseudoscience

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It’s the weekend! Let’s look back on the week and laugh, cry, or just shake our heads at the dummies who fight so hard against reality.

Scott Walker made a joke of himself by punting on a question about evolution while creationists declared that Darwin was wrong. Again.

To the chagrin of bigots everywhere, a New Jersey judge ruled gay conversion is a farce.

Audiophiles are given a new opportunity to waste their money.

California has responded to the measles outbreak by considering the abolition of personal belief exemptions. Glenn Beck assures us the outbreak is bullshit, and Deuce Bigalow tries to bully a lawmaker over her vaccine stance.

And McCarthyism is alive and well with pro-famine activists issuing FOIA requests for the personal emails of agricultural and biotech scientists.

Other stories include a Queen’s University professor trying to include disease rights talking points in the curriculum and Shirley Maclaine wonders if the Holocaust was just Karmic destiny for the Jews.

Oh, did y’all know that rhinovirus and influenza attack us through our ears? Just pour some peroxide in there and it’ll fix you right up.

 

Call for action: It’s time to March Against the March Against Monsanto

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Friends at the Genetic Literacy project have decided it’s time we organize to counter the misinformation and fear-mongering that comes from March Against Monsanto. Please read the call to action and lend any support you can provide. It’s time the loudest voices come from those with the facts on their side.

http://geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/02/01/call-for-action-its-time-to-march-against-the-march-against-monsanto/

10 Questions for Anti-GMO Activists part 2

Yesterday, I posed five questions for the anti-GMO movement. I’ve heard the objections to biotechnology, but none of them make sense to me. A lot of the talking points, it seems, are the product of lies that capitalize on ignorance and fear, though there’s an entire subset of arguments that can be classified as appeals to Monsanto or argumentum ad Monsantium. This fallacy is so widely abused that smug fuck comedian Bill Maher un-ironically uses it on national television to argue that GMO technology is bad. Continue reading

10 Questions for Anti-GMO Activists part 1

I love food. I love looking at it, smelling it, watching it prepared, eating it, sharing it, and whatever other acceptable actions one can take with food. It’s the best thing in the world. Seriously, where would we be without food? Entire cultures are built around and identified by it. It’s only natural that my love for food would lead to a love for any technology designed to make it easier to obtain and, in some cases, healthier.  Continue reading