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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Visit almost any anti-GMO website and you will find alarming headlines about the alleged dangers of GMO foods. They kill pigs, cows and sheep on farms and in lab studies! Humans are next!

"Monsanto's GMO Feed Creates Horrific Physical Ailments in Animals," screams a typical article, in AlterNet, a popular anti-GMO site. It touts "new research" but as is typical of such articles and such sites, it neither quotes a study nor links to any independent research. read more


Tuesday, December 08, 2015

About 600 scientists and engineers, including former employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), have signed on to letters urging the head of that agency, Kathryn Sullivan, to push back against political interference in science. For months, Sullivan has been tangling with U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, as he investigates a climate change study done by NOAA scientists. "Please continue to resist this dangerous abuse of congressional oversight power," the scientists and engineers write to Sullivan in a letter they sent to her Monday. "We urge you to continue to stand firm against these bullying tactics in order to protect NOAA scientists' ability to pursue research and publish data and results regardless of how contentious the issue may be." read more


Sunday, December 06, 2015

On Wednesday, a Washington Post article announced that "The San Bernardino shooting is the second mass shooting today and the 355th this year." Vox, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, this newspaper and others reported similar statistics. Grim details from the church in Charleston, a college classroom in Oregon and a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado are still fresh, but you could be forgiven for wondering how you missed more than 300 other such attacks in 2015. At Mother Jones, where I work as an editor, we have compiled an in-depth, open-source database covering more than three decades of public mass shootings. By our measure, there have been four "mass shootings" this year, including the one in San Bernardino, and at least 73 such attacks since 1982.


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#65 | Posted by salamandagator

Well, lets see...

Do you think the founders would have welcomed such high tax rates on anyone?

It wasn't tax rates they had an issue with, it was taxes levied against them without their say. Considering our government is utilizing its Constitutional authority to levy taxes, what argument would they offer?

Do you think they would have been so pissed off by people expressing opinions that were what they like?

This is a caricature of liberals based on broad brushing. Try again.

Do you think they would have been angry to see a symbol they did not like?

Assuming you're talking about religious symbols I think they'd have a bigger problem with people using their government position to push such things.

Do you think they would have been cool with forcing people to go against their religious beliefs?

If they're imposing on other people's rights, then yes.

Which is what's happening most of the time. "Religious rights" has become a dog whistle for "I want to be an unchallenged -----".

Do you think they would have cowered in fear over an inanimate object to the point where they wanted them gone?

Finally you hit on one.

They'd be far more intellectual about it, however, and point out that they made a point of including it for a reason.

Do you think they would have appreciated their personal property of money being taken if enough people wanted to take it for themselves?

Yawn. A perversion of the concept of taxes born of resentment and, again, a caricature applied to all.

Do you think they would think that people must be treated like children because some might make bad decisions?

2 for 7. Bad night so far, eh?

www.cdc.gov

The actual cdc piece, which I've yet to see actually linked to by a media article focused exclusively on ignorant, faux outrage Twitter BS.

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