commented on A Call for Socializing Social Media
Facebook can't reasonably be considered a monopoly. Even if it holds a powerful position, its position has always been and always will be precarious - starting a new social networking platform remains easy and cheap enough that Facebook will remain in constant fear of competitors. Ask the creators of Myspace. Or Friendster, if you're old enough to remember at this point.
commented on Kshama Sawant: "The eyes of the left, nationally and internationally, are on Seattle."
There are plenty of leftists who are still grounded in empiricism and a desire for actual results. Sawant is pure ideologue, from everything that she has shown so far. Being able to ramble on and on and fucking on about corporatism and the 1% doesn't make you capable of getting the streets paved and the public transit running properly.
I am not optimistic.
commented on Sounds of Horror
The The, "This is the Day". It's one of those happy-sounding sad songs that, in my case, was rendered so much worse by the fact that it happened to wind up in one of my iTunes playlists while I was stuck in an absolutely terrible job that culminated in a case of clinical depression and a total change of careers for me, and throughout it all Matt Johnson was crooning "This is the day ... your life is gonna change" in a tone that mocked me for even thinking that might be so.
Anyways. Yeah. Fuck that song.
commented on All the GMO News That Fits! The Elway Poll, the World Food Prize, and Who Gave to the GMA
@20 - As a scientist, you would also need to understand why a label simply saying "Contains GMOs" would provide no information of any value to either consumers or researchers. It tells you nothing whatsoever about exactly what the product might contain.
Furthermore, those who want to avoid GMOs already have a well-established voluntary labeling scheme to rely upon - namely, organic certification.
commented on How Do You Feel About I-522 (the Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods)?
For fuck's sake. Look, the fears about GMOs and health are bullshit, but let's forget that for a minute and let you freak out about them if you want. The bigger point is: YOU CAN ALREADY AVOID THEM BY BUYING ORGANIC.
Yes, there already exists a voluntary, protected labeling scheme which specifically tells you which foods you, the anti-GMO special snowflake, can consume to avoid acquiring a green glow or giving birth to a pork roast later on. So what's the big deal? Why do you need to add more anti-science crap to labels on top of that?
commented on "Moms for Labeling" File Lawsuit Seeking Labeling of Contributions to Anti-Labeling Campaign
"which turn into livestock feed, frying oil, high fructose corn syrup, and cheap beet sugar ... GMO crops are absolutely hurting public health already."
You say that as if public health will be improved when we're turning organic corn and wheat into sugar instead. This is cheap guilt by association. If your problem is with processed food, complain about that, not GMOs.
"GMO labeling is just a basic step to ensure we actually know what this food is doing in our food supply."
But A LABEL SAYING "GMO" TELLS YOU ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OF SCIENTIFIC INTEREST. There is no similarity between this GMO corn and that GMO tomato worth noting, and if there are multiple versions of GMO corn out there, it means basically nothing to know that "GMO corn" just mighta possibly produced some allergic reaction you experienced.
This labeling campaign has nothing to do with science, and everything to do with ignorance and paranoia.
commented on The Chart Thickens
Get Lucky isn't even the best track on the new album. I prefer "Lose Yourself To Dance". Or perhaps "Doin' It Right".