Jul 22 Solk512 commented on How Green Is Her Bullshit: An Uncharacteristically Brief Response to the Green Party Spokesperson's Dishonest Response to My Podcast Rant.
@12 I may have felt the Bern, but I'm happily voting Clinton. I had forgotten that Trump was an anti-vaxxer - there's so much crazy there it's hard to keep track, you know?

@18 If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

@22 *high fives*

@32 Dr. Jill Stein is a woman who ignores the mountains of evidence for the efficacy and safety of vaccinations in favor of appropriating the language and methods of anti-vaxxers to cast doubt on one of the greatest medical inventions in human history. She also supports homoeopathy and other similarly bullshit scams.

Perhaps it's time for her to hand that degree back.

@34 [citation required] Why haven't we seen an initiative for this here in Washington State? If some shithead from Mukilteo can get initiatives on the ballot here year after year, why can't a whole political party?
Jul 22 Solk512 commented on How Green Is Her Bullshit: An Uncharacteristically Brief Response to the Green Party Spokesperson's Dishonest Response to My Podcast Rant.
@6 Hmm, yes. "We should be skeptical", "teach the controversy", "follow the money", "let people make up their own mind", etc etc.

Nothing more than bullshit you hear from evolution and climate change deniers. Sorry to hear that you're backing an anti-science candidate who is just "keeping an open mind" about an already solved issue whose reversal would lead to thousands of deaths and tens to hundreds of thousands of others becoming seriously ill, losing the ability to walk or have children, but that's your problem, not mine.

By the way, before you of Jill start screaming about "regulatory capture", you need to provide some evidence that counters the billions of doses administered all over the fucking world showing efficacy and safety. Since I know you're not going to be able to actually do that, why don't you just shut the fuck up about things you obviously don't understand? Then check your vaccination records, get your shots updated and maybe you won't kill someone with cancer.

Sound good? Awesome.
Jul 22 Solk512 commented on How Green Is Her Bullshit: An Uncharacteristically Brief Response to the Green Party Spokesperson's Dishonest Response to My Podcast Rant.
That's anti-vaxxer and homeopathic shill to you, Mr. Savage!

Seriously though, Greens fucking suck. Win some elections and stop advocating health policy that will lead to children and the immunocompromised to suffer needlessly.

Even Rick fucking Perry stands heads and shoulders above the Green Party. That's pathetic.
Jul 21 Solk512 commented on The Green Party Responds to Dan Savage, Says He's "Dead Wrong".
Maybe the Greens should take a fucking science class first before calling themselves a progressive alternative.
Jul 12 Solk512 commented on Science News: The Left and Bernie Sanders Are Unscientific on GMOs, Seattle Is Wet and the Rest of the Country Is on Fire.
@48

Why do you act like GMO crops are somehow harder or more impossible to understand over crops created using mutagenic chemicals, ionizing radiation, cross-breeding or grafting? GM techniques only alter single genes, making testing rather easy.

With mutagenic chemicals and ionizing radiation, you're randomly scrambling the genome of a plant without any direct control and really no way of knowing how much of the genome has been changed. Given the blackbox nature of these methods, why aren't they also subject to these calls for labeling? Why are they allowed to be certified as Organic all over the world? Why don't you or anyone else for this matter mention them?

With cross-breeding, you're of course crossing two whole genomes. Not one gene here or there, not even random mixes of genes, the whole fucking thing. These should be the most difficult to test due to the complexity of changes, yet they're the gold standard of every person wanting a return to the days of the organic, yeoman farmer of the land. And even then, as complex as these are, they're perfectly fine! The occasional Lenape potato comes around of course, but they get taken care of quite easily.

And grafting? That's the only thing that can legitimately be called "frankenfood".

Oh, and that bit about "GMOSs encourage and facilitate increased monocropping is clearly a bad result as crops are more susceptible to total loss from a single pathogen"? BT Cotton and BT Corn were specifically designed to solve pathogen issues. So was the Rainbow Papaya. All three have been hugely successful.

DNA is DNA. Humans share 90% of their DNA with Cats, 80% with Cows, 75% with Mice, 60% with Fruit Flies and 50% with fucking bananas. Show us some actual evidence of greater harm directly related to GM methods that is unique to the use of GM methods and maybe we'll talk.
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Jul 12 Solk512 commented on Science News: The Left and Bernie Sanders Are Unscientific on GMOs, Seattle Is Wet and the Rest of the Country Is on Fire.
@54

1. From the multiple articles and different sources I can find, he seems to be making a distinction between ocean acidification and surface waters. Even if he was wrong here, this doesn't mean he's a complete kook to be written off willy-nilly and should certainly be trusted over a journalist with no training in the relevant sciences at all.

2. This is where I really start having problems with your argument. What in the hell does "climate-change-denier-friendly language" even mean? And how is a scientist supposed to describe complex phenomena when the climate change world are full of people ready and waiting to twist, distort and outright lie about what's going on? He could simply speak about what he likes on his pizza and climate change deniers would find a way to twist it.

3. This is a rather silly complaint to make - screaming "he's just an attention whore!!" does nothing for the discussion here, and you seem better than the average commenter here.

You're wrong about variability as well. The more data you have, the easier it becomes to rule something out as noise or simple variability, that's basic statistics. Science happens when experiments are performed and results challenged by those acting in good faith. It's ugly, it's messy and it's mainly pedantic nitpicking over tiny details. It's worse than watching C-SPAN.

Save your vitriol for those it belongs to - those actually denying climate change!
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Jul 11 Solk512 commented on Science News: The Left and Bernie Sanders Are Unscientific on GMOs, Seattle Is Wet and the Rest of the Country Is on Fire.
@51 Sorry nuance is too much for you, but you cannot blame a specific weather event on one single explanation. Weather is too complex and too interconnected to do otherwise. Folks like you want to blame every cloud, every breeze and every variation in the weather on climate change and it's fucking stupid.

Stop it.

Climate change is real, it's caused by humans, and it's really fucking up this planet but it's not to blame for every last thing that happens in the atmosphere.

By the way, those who keep going on and on about "corporate science" have already phoned their members of congress for more public funding of the sciences, right?
Jul 8 Solk512 commented on What Might Help Is Decriminalizing Minor Offences That Increase Encounters Between Cops and Blacks.
If you're going to plagiarize Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic, could you at least bother to link to the article? Unlike you he actually puts some work into what he writes.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/arch…

I know you don't give a shit about journalistic integrity, but are you really so lazy as to just copy someone else without attribution?
Jun 23 Solk512 commented on Attorney General Warns I-1515 Signature Gatherers That Following People Into Bathrooms Is Obviously Not Okay.
I've seen this sort of "stacking" tactic happen several times. What will happen is that they'll hand you a clip board to sign the first initiative, then flip the page over to a sheet underneath such that the top part is obscured. Then they'll say something like, "oh yeah, you need to sign here as well". It's bullshit, unclip the sheets and you can read that the second sheet is a completely different initiative.

Remember, you can always ask for the full text of the initiative before signing. Seriously, try it, it's fun and it pisses these people off. Also, the initiatives are usually written in plain language.
Jun 22 Solk512 commented on NYTimes Prints Clueless Op-Ed By Stupid LGBT Gun-Fondler.
Anyone talking about gun control without removing the de facto restrictions on the CDC and other agencies from studying this issue like any other health issue doesn't get it.

Also, stop worrying about specific characteristics of a gun, and start worrying about guns that kill lots and lots of people. Worry about stores that sell large amounts of guns involved in crimes. Don't waste your time with those arguing in bad faith with one hand and jacking off to Soldier of Fortune with the other.

Also to the gun fans - when people are dying, shut the fuck up about your hobby unless you have something productive to say. It's clear that most of you don't give a fuck about the families in mourning, so I don't really give a fuck about the intricate distinctions between a clip and a magazine.