Hank Campbell has a post at Science 2.0 about an effort in Washington state to require labeling of genetically modified fish. He points out that the anti-GMO crowd is really the left’s counterpoise to the right’s anti-science creationists.
When conservatives want to put a label on science textbooks because they might contain evolution, they are rightfully mocked for being anti-science. But when progressives want to put a label on food because it might contain GMOs, they are applauded as consumer activists. And science media criticizes the former, but enables the latter, by giving credence to claims it is instead about “not trusting corporations.”
Read the whole thing, and then go read this post by Michael Schulson about Whole Foods. The left does trust some corporations.
One of the most promising genetically engineered crops that has become available over the past decade or so is golden rice. It has been modified to produce beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A. This is an important innovation for the third world where where vitamin A deficiency kills upwards of 600,000 children under 5 each year.
It is also a major bête noire of the anti-GMO food crowd.
Take a look at this:This is a page from the website citizensagainstgmo dot com. It lists golden rice as number 5 among the top 10 GMO food products.
This site is hosted on the same server as the sites for Justice Through Music Project, Velvet Revolution US, Breitbart Unmasked, NRAWatch, Pussy Riot Defense Fund, and other Kimberlin-related sites.
UPDATE—There are 25 sites currently hosted at 18.104.22.168.
Not in any of the cases in which I’m a defendant. At least, not yet. No, this is about a fabricated quote used by warm monger Michael Mann in his defamation suit against Mark Steyn.
There’s no way I’m going to try to beat Mark Steyn at telling his own story. Go read it here, but what it has in common with the suits in which I’m a codefendant is a sharp-eyed person catching a seemingly minor discrepancy, in Steyn’s case, the difference between the British and American spellings of rigour/rigor.
And in the case of climate change, the Warm Mongers at The Yale University Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication say that it’s because Americans are too stupid to understand the complexities of the science involved according to a report by the Heartland Institute. (H/T, Stacy McCain).
If the Warm Mongers are right, we might wind up with the world as warm as it was around the year AD 1000 when it was possible to grow wine grape in England and wheat in Greenland. In the tropics during that warm era, the Mayan civilization peaked in America, and Great Zimbabwe was founded in Africa. So, yeah, we need to be running scared from that sort of climate.
But however mysterious is nature, however ignorant the doctor, however imperfect the present state of physical science, the patronage and the success of quacks and quackeries are infinitely more wonderful than those of honest and laborious men of science and their careful experiments.
A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is the scientific equivalent of: Have you read a work of Shakespeare’s?
Ah, the politicization of Science … Both the Left and the Right do it, but the worst abuses of the past couple of decades have been on the Left. If asked to name an example of Progressive Pseudoscience, many conservative would point to the global warming scam. My pet peeve is something else, the alleged differences between the brains of Republicans and Democrats.
Supposedly, the difference is that Republicans are inherently more fearful, and the “scholars” behind the study used “science” in the form of MRIs to “prove” it.
Hank Campbell has a post over at Science 2.0 that explores the defects in this bit of Pseudoscience. Their methodology was poor, and their interpretation of their data worse. As Campbell points out,
Prior papers said everyone is motivated by fear, not just Republicans, and a later one determined that liberals are just being politically correct – when they get drunk and lose their inhibitions, they become more conservative.
Read the whole thing.
And the next time you try to convince a Progressive of something rational, buy him a beer.
Brett Kimberlin’s “charity,” Justice Through Music Project has had a petition up for more than a month at Change dot org asking President Obama to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
He’s trying to get 100,000 signatures. As of 3 pm ET on 26 May, 2013, he has only 99,828 to go.
Given the current rate of progress, he should have his 100,000 signatures by the middle of 2061. Perhaps that explains why he didn’t post the petition at the White House site. According to the White House,
[t]o cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days.
To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.
Long as I remember, the rain been comin’ down,
Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground.
Politicians through the ages tryin’ to raise their funds;
And I wonder, still I wonder: Who’ll tax the rain?
Homo sapiens generally likes being at the top of the food chain. In some natural settings we are not—think about going one-on-one with a crocodile or a grizzly—but in the civilized world we rule.
Not every creature is designed to be at or even near the top of a food chain. Some critters are prey animals. Deer are an example, and when deer move into an environment with no predators, their population will explode until they overgraze the area, destroy its ecology, and then die of starvation. A healthy deer population requires predation.
Of course, the idea that culling a deer herd is a good thing offends that special group of humaniacs called bambiists. A group of them is now protesting a National Park Service hunt in Rock Creek Park in DC. (WaPo story here.) They think that the deer can be put on birth control.
No, what works is predation. The practical choices are hunters, wolves, or mountain lions. Considering that the hunters can be expected to limit their predation to the deer, they strike me as the best choice for an urban environment such as DC.
BTW, a deer ate that crocus I photographed yesterday.