Links 7/29/14

Links for you. Science:

Why I like Frequentism
23andMe Tries to Woo the FDA: The DNA testing firm hopes a more coöperative approach with regulators will get its business back on track
Salmonella’s Favorite Food Could Be Its Achilles’ Heel
Why Has This Really Common Virus Only Just Been Discovered?
Mike Adams Elevates his Ugly Anti-GMO Campaign

Other:

The Limits of “Unlimited” (excellent)
Why George Takei loves America, even after he was held in a US internment camp
Meet Jess Spear, the Socialist Climate Scientist Running for the State House: She wants to put solar panels on roadways, end ‘corporate welfare’ and start talking about rent control.
‘Gas the Jews!’: European anti-Semitism during the Gaza crisis
What ‘No New Federal Spending’ Really Means: It’s time for the government to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to children.
Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP (yep, they’re bonkers)
A New Breed Of Conservatives Who Aren’t Anti-Gay
What I Saw on Rikers Island
7 Most Truthy NYT Columnists (the Krugman one made me laugh)
Coder livetweets sexist remarks allegedly made by IBM executives

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7 Responses to Links 7/29/14

  1. Someone says:

    Some headlines worth reading here, too:
    http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/29/headlines

  2. Someone says:

    Also informative (from a professor in Israel – the attacks on Gaza are backlash for the formation of the Palestinian unity government): http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/28/professor_ilan_pappe_israel_has_chosen

  3. Charles Como says:

    Wow.. didn’t realize you were pro-GMO! I like all your other takes on things (especially with regards to money), but I am definitely not pro-GMO especially when “corporations, government regulators and mainstream scientists [agree] that the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) now on the market are safe.” Apart from the scientists, that is surely one motley crew of people I wouldn’t trust with providing me with truthful information.

    It’s not that GMOs have not been proven to be unsafe, it’s that there is a possibility that some are unsafe and the harm just hasn’t shown up yet. Monsanto has repeatedly hidden proof of some of their chemicals truly harming people, and the way they treat farmers who have had GMO’d seeds contaminate their crops, makes one not trust that company (and the industry as a whole, as a result) and actually hate them for trying to force their product down our throats.

    Sorry, but I don’t believe that a company has the right to hide the fact that I am eating their genetically modified product if I want to know. Sure, it will turn many people off, but, that’s the cost of doing business. I truly don’t believe that, just because you believe one thing, and I believe something else, you have the right to deny me knowledge of what I am eating because you consider yourself smarter than I am. Remember, they had things like radioactive toothpaste back in the day, and 4 out of 5 doctors smoked a particular brand of cigarette.. so science is not perfect. I like eating organic because nature has done a pretty good job of providing us with some pretty good food, we humans, on the other hand, are somewhat new at this, I’d like to take my time deciding if I want to eat that GMO’d item.. and no, I’m sorry.. the industry does NOT have the right to keep us in the dark because they don’t like that we disagree with them.

  4. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    Charles Como: You conflate several distinct issues.

    1) “O Noez! GMO are dangerous!” Most scientists disagree. And unlike with radioactive toothpaste, people have been looking hard for harm done by these products very diligently. That many members of the general population make such decisions in spite of , or in the face of, the scientific evidence is repulsive to scientists.

    2) Big corporations owning the food supply, and dangers of monoculture: Fine. But this is true whether the organisms under discussion are GMO or not.

    3) Labeling laws: I tend to agree. Take it up with your congresspersons.

    Please do not use issues 2 and 3 to paper over the anti-scientific views of 1. Thank you.

    • Charles Como says:

      Good points Bayesian with regards to me combining those issues and I agree. What’s interesting though with regards to point 1 is in that in another field, the field of economics, most mainstream economists are getting the economy wrong with regards to how fiat money works. They are, in effect, killing people world-wide due to this misunderstanding and the austerity measures they are imposing as a result. The magnitude of this mistake makes one one question all examples of consensus.

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