[Date: June 9, 2014 at 12:00:05 AM PDT]
GMO For Me
I’ve ranted before about the “organic” food hysteria, and so have I and Joe ranted about the genetically modified organism hysteria. People seem to want the sky to be falling without pause forever.
If you have a predilection (genetic?) to seek the conspiracy in every moment of every day on the ever vigilant lookout, give it a Louis B. Meyers for me (LBM famously stated “include me the fuck out!”).
GMO plants have been around for centuries. The old method is selective breeding. Cross pollination, grafting, cross breeding; these are all methods to alter the genetic make-up of some living thing to improve some response or characteristic of the entity. Q: Where did Beefsteak tomatoes come from? A: As above.
Read the following article from the Daily Mail in the U.K.:
When you digest food, a complex process of actions and chemicals break down the food to useable molecules and compounds. There is no apple pie and coffee pumping through arteries to feed the corporal mass. Only sugars, proteins, various compounds, and those substances created by the body to defend and protect are coursing through your circulation system.
100 years ago most of the world was agrarian. Canada was 85% or so. Technology changed everything for the better, including horticultural crops and methods.
There are over 7 billion humans alive. Without GMO crops, things would be very grim for the majority of humanity.
The above article lists five GMO products that are urgently needed in the poorest countries of the world. Two notables are “golden rice” and blight resistant potatoes.
I remember the resentment I felt as a very young man during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Not understanding the magnitude of the conflict I was unsure there would be a future for me. I hated the men who were intent on causing a war over political issues. I felt helpless, and afraid. It took age and maturity (both difficult subjects for me) to put the anxiety in it’s proper place. I succeeded.
My suggestion? If you have concerns about GMO science and the products of it’s technology, educate yourself. Take some biology courses. Learn what the DNA discoveries have been made, and what they mean. And in the end, if you simply believe that the world will end for you if you eat GMO produce, DON’T EAT IT!!!
You don’t have to go Muslim and destroy the GMO farms and their crops. Grow your “organic” carrots and peas, fertilized with your bodily excrement, and harvest the crop for your own use. (what other kind of food is their but organic by the way? ever tried to eat a chunk of granite? that’s not organic…..)
There is always someone or some entity screaming “the sky is falling!”, which causes the young or uninformed to loose their wits. Witless people are easily frightened. Frightened people are in “fight or flight” mode, and are not the most logical of thinkers, or authors of rational behavior.
The facts are there. The data is in. The result is you are more likely to be hit by an asteroid than to suffer due to GMO produce.
By no means am I saying that ALL GMO research and experiment produces the best result. Like any young field of discovery, there is much to be learned and much to analyze before incorporating new strains into the general food chain. The research and development must go on.
The alternative is unconscionable. To deny the starving and helpless of the world the benefits of GMO crops is to condemn them to death by starvation / violence. That scare-monger Rachel Carson wrote a book called “Silent Spring”, which was influential in the decline and cessation of DDT production in the West. The estimate of malarial deaths due to this act, carried out by conscionable, caring politicians, is in excess of 40 million people, most of whom are children. Stalin-like results. Almost HoChiMin-ish……
Me, I’d like to munch on one of those purple tomatoes, and wash it down with beer brewed from GMO grains. That’s REALLY living.
June 6, 1944
D-Day is still the largest invasion force ever assembled in human history. Juno Beach was Canada’s contribution to the effort. The SNAFU of landing so many men and so much equipment in so short a time, under heavy fire from the German 716 Division, extracted a heavy cost in men and materiel. When the Anglo-Canadian front was commanded to halt at 21:00 hours, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada had reached its D-Day objective, and the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division had succeeded in pushing farther inland than any other landing force on D-Day. Canada was a force punching way over it’s “weight”. By the end of the war, 10% of the population had served in uniform. Canada had the fourth largest airforce and third largest naval fleet in the world. Outside Quebec, 42 – 48% of the male population served.
A day to remember.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Bowe Bergdahl is not a hero. At the least and most innocent he is a confused mentally unstable homosexual man. And a traitor. The Obambi Administration once again dances over the border of the law into impeachment territory with their treasonous actions. The Main Stream Media® once again sees nothing, hears nothing, says nothing.
Dana Loesch interviews Brad Thor about the unasked question :
Joe and I are in accord with Brad Thor. Something fishy doth reek in the Maison Blanc. A quote from Mr. Thor about the current administration from the interview –
“”They are completely inept. They are incompetent. They are ignorant. They don’t know what they’re doing,” Thor stated. “The economy hasn’t recovered. Show me one thing from the Obama administration that the American people should be saying, ‘we want more of that, that’s great, give us more.’ They haven’t done anything right.”
“They have no idea what they’re doing in the White House, as evidenced by everything being a failure from Barack Obama and his people,” he concluded.”
Mr. Thor predicted this type of prisoner release 7 years ago in his book “The First Commandment”. The article here:
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
Jim Goad ponders the never imagined question of the left – “Was Karl Marx a Dirty Filty Rotten Bigot”:
Of course the answer is Absolutely! A pithy quote from the article –
“Ideas, no matter how misguided, should be allowed to roam freely. It’s humans who fuck them up. Ideas are separate from actions. Ideas do not automatically lead to harmful behavior. And attacking the character of a person who espouses ideas does not in any way discount his or her ideas. For the love of all that is holy and profane, I have no idea why any of this needs explaining, but apparently it can’t be explained enough.
So the minute you crazed and increasingly intolerant egalitotalitarians are willing to concede that ad-hominem attacks do not substitute for a legitimate argument, I’ll stop reminding you that Karl Marx said things that would send you all into a social-media Tweeting frenzy screaming for his blood. You lose the argument even by your own stupid rules. And the moment you show the guts and honesty to discuss ideas the right way—using “logic,” it’s a word you can look up in the dictionary—you’ll lose that argument, too.“
What irony that an entity living a pampered privileged life takes up as a pastime the theoretical political study of a “cure for the masses”, only to be the driving ideology of over 100 million murders.
MAOA-2R (Warrior Gene)
In this short opinion piece from Taki re-colonizing Africa is a talking point. Gotta love straight talk even when you don’t agree. This time we agree:
Either you have it or you ain’t. I think most people are afraid of things that go bump in the night, and seek security and safety at levels beyond reasonable risk management. Young person driving privileges a case in point. Joe thinks the sheep don’t even comprehend the wolf until their neck is being torn by it’s jaws. We are forever reminded of “The Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. Africa may be the “cradle of humanity” but it sure ain’t the author of civilization. National Geographic photos of smiling naked people not withstanding. Nairobi boobies for everyone!
So …. A group of 15 year old boys discussed where they should meet for a burger. It was agreed they would meet at the McDonald’s next to Captain Jack’s Seafood Grille because they only had six dollars among them, they could ride their bikes, and that cute girl in Social Studies lived on the same street and they might see her.
Ten years later, the group of now 25 year old guys, discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack’s Seafood Grille because the beer was cheap, the bar had free snacks, the house band was good, there was no cover charge, and there were a lot of cute girls.
Ten years later, at 35 years of age, the group discussed where they should meet for dinner—Captain Jack’s Seafood Grille because the booze was good, it was near their gym, and, if they went late enough, there wouldn’t be too many whiny little kids.
Ten years later, at 45, the group discussed where they should meet for dinner—Captain Jack’s Seafood Grille because the martinis were big and the waitresses were really good looking.
Ten years later, now 55, —Captain Jack’s Seafood Grille because the prices were reasonable, they have a nice wine list, and fish is good for your cholesterol.
Ten years later, at 65 years—Captain Jack’s Seafood Grille because the lighting was good and they have an early bird special.
Ten years later, at 75 years of age, — Captain Jack’s Seafood Grille because the food was not too spicy and the restaurant was handicapped accessible.
Ten years later, at 85 years of age, the group discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack’s Seafood Grille because they had never been there before.
“Fred and Ethyl” Mertzger
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, NEAT STUFF
Here’s a hearing test that gives a graphic indication of your hearing:
Alas, I’m only very good. I aspire to dog.
PHILOSOPHY, PHILOSOPHERS, SMART TALK
GUNS, GUNNERS, GUNNERY
THE RELIGION OF PEACE (ON ALL OF US)
The pulpit hosts Dan Dennett, who states “how religion offers an excuse to stop thinking”:
WEATHER (OR NOT)
Finally! A week with rain and wind and clouds and sunny days. Just like the last 5 weeks, but with a difference – hail! Came home through the Bx Ranch on Tuesday and thought I’d entered a time warp. Looked like snow in the ditches and in the shade. Spring is still springing. Summer is around the corner. 4th grass mowing complete, next mowing soon.
Joe (Hale and Hearty) Mekanic
Ramirez is an antidote for foul weather –