Category: History

The Biggest Concerns About GMO Food Aren’t Really About GMOs

The Biggest Concerns About GMO Food Aren’t Really About GMOs.

I’ll take the science over the hype any day. Are there pro’s and con’s? Of course, as with any issue. Meanwhile, two quotes simplify the matter rather well.

“I really don’t like that these companies own so much of American agriculture. But genetically modified crops only date back to the 1990s, and we’ve had industrial agriculture long before that. Banning or embracing GMOs is just rearranging deck chairs.”

“In other words, GMOs were a red herring all along.”

Democrats Embrace Citizens United in Defense of Clinton

Democrats Embrace Citizens United in Defense of Clinton.

Hill just loves her some big money in politics. And the party machinery that spent years on end crying foul about it before? Suddenly they just loves ’em some big money in politics.

I think Hill should just stick with a snappy one-liner that’s served her well so far.

“What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

Economix Comix

Economix Comix.

In which Michael Goodman explains “what’s going on with Social Security?”

It’s a quick read, packs in lots of general history and concept, and seems to do a fair job of accomplishing its goal. Added bonus: comics are wonderfully shareable things.

If you don’t already know what’s going on, expect to have your blood pressure rise a bit. If you already know, you should probably still be mad.

If you know of any critical flaws in the argument as Goodman presents it, please let me know in the comments.

Americans want the government to “redistribute wealth by heavy taxes on the rich” – Vox

Americans want the government to “redistribute wealth by heavy taxes on the rich” – Vox.

The summary of Gallup’s recent poll results are interesting enough, but the video addressing the nature of wealth inequality earns this piece bonus points. Naturally, the Gallup analysis available by link in the article addresses the nuances more completely. One thing I wish had been discovered is the degree to which proponents of each view changed their minds over time.

It should come as no surprise, I think, that the cluster of changing attitudes on the accompanying graph corresponds so closely to the elections of 2008 and 2012. It’ll be interesting to see if the two plateaus behave differently when the poll is repeated in 2016 leading into the election.

Hillary vs Brian Williams: stolen valor on the campaign trail

One of these things is not like the other

If you’ve been following the latest scandal du jour, you already know that Brian Williams has been caught in and called out for a long series of big, fat, juicy lies. The “shot down” lie was one he put on heavy rotation for over a decade, according to Variety:

In multiple retellings over the years, though, the NBC anchor has gone from saying he was “on the ground” when he learned about the RPG threat to suggesting the copter immediately in front of his took the hit to saying his own chopper was battered by both the RPG and AK-47 fire.

Called out for it recently, he vaguely admitted to the, shall we say, botched recollection, and poorly at that, at least in context of Variety’s claim. (more…)

Forget torture. Who would Jesus rape?

On the rapes of Majid Khan and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Pop quiz!

Fill in the blank: rape is morally acceptable when __________.

Time. Pencils down.

I don’t know about you, but there was never a point in my life when I needed to be told that there is no such thing as a good answer to this question. But let’s define our terms, shall we? In January 2012, the FBI finally updated its definition of rape:

“The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” [emphasis added]

Furthermore, the Department of Justice clarified:

For the first time ever, the new definition includes any gender of victim and perpetrator, not just women being raped by men.  It also recognizes that rape with an object can be as traumatic as penile/vaginal rape.  This definition also includes instances in which the victim is unable to give consent because of temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. [emphasis added]

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As I look through the windshield, I glance frequently in the rearview

On that note, here’s a word on Epicurus:

The Epicurean roots of some classical liberal and Misesian concepts

You  might note from the stress on “classical” liberal and it’s juxtaposition to Mises that this will be from libertarian perspective. If you’re not already familiar with the connections, you  may be in for a shock.