commented on Christening My Baking Steel
Okay, so, the steel sits atop the ceramic oven stone, right? Or just on a rack? Or what? (I currently use thin rolled steel pans atop a stone at about 575 degrees, but I just bought a new oven and I'm itching to try it out for this.)
commented on "The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote."
@7, well, be fair: he didn't finish saying what is manifestly true, either. Here, lemme fix that:
“I’m going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats. And there's no way we're going to abandon our racist and bigoted base, so, black people always will vote for Democrats."
There ya go. If they wanted black people to vote for Republicans, maybe they should, I dunno, push for equity in the political sphere?
commented on A Complaint About "Nothing" (and Genetically Modified Crops)
@21, sure: you know what genes you're transferring. What @19 is pointing out, correctly, is that you - we, Monsanto, everyone - don't know what the ecological consequences of the expression of that/those gene(s) will be.
Moreover, the relatively harmless "resistance to RoundUp[tm}" gene is not of itself an issue: what's potentially dangerous is the herbicide load that perforce gets dumped into the ecosystem (and yes, I know the active ingredients break down quickly, but the solvents are nasty stuff and they don't break down anything like as quickly). Installing the application of lots of poison as the default mode of agriculture seems to me to be a worrisome idea.
commented on Who Left Some Genetically Modified Wheat In Oregon?
@8 No, no, I get it: all bad things are illegal, and therefore if they're doing legal things, they cannot be bad. Makes perfect, crystalline sense.
Seriously, though, increasing productivity by dumping poison on competing plants, thus leaving poison sloshing around the ecosystem - doesn't that strike you as at least a questionable strategy?
commented on They Need More To Do On the International Space Station
@38 FTW. Science works incrementally. Just because we can't leap tall buildings in a single bound doesn't mean we shouldn't have invented staircases.
I don't expect to see any significant human habitation of space in my lifetime (I probably only have about forty years left or thereabouts), but in my kids'? Or grandkids'? You bet.