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  1. Kimmo

    I 522 Breaking News

    Thanks Nate, for the thoughtful reply. I've gotta run to the pool, so time for only one quick question: Since I imagine you are deferring here to the opinions of what I'll call "main-stream" science organizations (am I correct?), how did they establish the above conclusion, namely that GMOs pose little if any risk to humans? Did they use feeding studies on humans, feeding studies on lab animals? Or some other form of studies?
  2. Kimmo

    I 522 Breaking News

    Hi Nate, apology accepted, thanks. And for the record, is your position that GMOs have been proven to be safe, most scientists think so, and there is no further need to be concerned?
  3. Kimmo

    I 522 Breaking News

    Hello Nate, how are you today? con·sen·sus noun, often attributive \kən-ˈsen(t)-səs\ : a general agreement about something : an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group In the above definition, note the word "all". This seems to be the definition implied by most who argue that all GMO's are perfectly safe, properly tested, etc. etc. and that ALL scientists agree on this. My point is that this is simply false. And no, one doesn't need to cherry pick from the lunatic fringe to find scientists who question the wisdom of our current approach to GMO's. ok whatever, you can do the research if you really care. there are just too many qualified scientists to really start listing here. don't fall under the spell of a "consensus" amongst scientists regarding GMO safety, yields, environmental impact, labeling, effects on the poor, nutrition, etc. etc.
  4. Not sure what you mean, "fine", in this context. Yes, I'm "fine", in that my emotional balance will not need recalibration, sure, but it's my sincere wish that people do not fall for the disingenuous arguments about "apocalyptic expenditures" and "bureaucratic nightmares" that seem to be the entirety of the "NO" side's arsenal. Quite reminiscent of the arguments against single-payer, really.
  5. Opining on how a court *might* rule on the constitutionality of a particular initiative is a rather poor argument either for or against said initiative. Having said that, I would like to read more fleshed out arguments about this issue. Links? Monsanto etal have you by the balls on this one: around 10 cents a year per Washingtonian. Best source I found for actual costs: Fiscal Impact According to the official statement put out by the Washington Office of Financial Management, "Known state agency implementation costs are estimated at $3,368,000 over six fiscal years. State and local revenue and costs from enforcement activities are indeterminate." Based on state expenditure and cost assumptions, "the total cost of this expenditure over six fiscal years is estimated at $1,200,000." The following table shows Department of Health - the entity that would be responsible for enforcing the measure - estimated costs by fiscal year [img:center]http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/images/0/09/WAI522fiscalimpact.png[/img] Food producers change their labeling all the time. think "NEW AND IMPROVED!". "FAT FREE!". Now everything is "GLUTEN FREE!" This is one of the worst arguments I've seen. And not sure about you're saying with your assertion about smaller business disproportionate costs and penalty burden. Can you explain this? This initiative isn't about "sustainability", but about letting consumers know if GMO's are in their food. One knows quickly if the marcher is a NAZI. Monsanto has played a neat trick where they get to march anonymously. Thanks to the FDA and people like you (sorry but it's true). 1. 10 cents per Washingtonian is "a lot of money"? 2. Please don't tell me what is "positive" or not. I'm a smart voter! 3. What are these "many unintended consequences" you speak of? 4. Have you been hanging with Scalia? Or Sotomayor?
  6. No no tvash, if 522 goes down, it's because voters are fucking geniuses. I get your overall sentiment, and politically we're not that far apart; it's just that your soliloquy software tends to throw out a whole bunch of silly assertions that often have your entire arguments teetering uncontrollably. That is, when your entire argument isn't itself ridiculous, like it is with I522. Sorry.
  7. I was aiming that at Tvashtarkatena: he made some silly comment about the tide turning against 522 because "voters are smart". Since we don't have single payer, I suppose that's because voters are smart too, right? Regarding 522, we'll see next week. I sure hope voter intelligence doesn't depend on the Monsanto Education Program.
  8. Here are 1,783 studies: http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Ge-crops-safety-pub-list-1.xls It would be nice to be able to access even one of the articles on that list, wouldn't it? Nah, it wouldn't matter to you, would it?
  9. Fairweather, come let's take a sail on my yacht and tell me all about your troubles. You'll feel better.
  10. Fantastic news for the corporate shills here: The latest No on 522 cash infusion, another $3.78 million channeled through the Grocery Manufacturers Association, brings to $21.1 million the war chest that food and agribusiness giants have raised to defeat Washington’s Initiative 522, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods. Recent big money history in Washington: It's amazing how smart the voters of Washington are when corporations spend a few million "educating" them.
  11. what other breeding technology are you comparing it to? what kind of "bad shit" could you do with it? what kind of "bad shit" could you do with selective breeding? you are assuming that cross-breeding is just the same as lab-based genetic engineering. a bit of a stretch for anyone to make. making a tomato fuck a salmon doesn't result in a good time, nor do much for their progeny. what does that mean? it tells this consumer, and many others, exactly what it intends to tell them: Contains (laboratory) genetically modified organisms. then we get to choose what we do with that information. Novel, huh? then stop making the silly assertions above. pick one and post it. I have a feeling you really haven't read much about this, nor did you read any of the links, i posted, nor did you even watch the utube vid i posted.
  12. Really? How smart? All of them? Some of them? Which ones? You do seem rather naive at times. It's not the food label they're scared of, silly, it's the "enormous apocalyptic costs" that Monsanto has you parroting like a trained... ummmm... parrot. And yes, Monsanto etal are certainly asking the voters something. They are asking the voters to reject an initiative using distortions, lies, and innuendos.
  13. Here are 1,783 studies: http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Ge-crops-safety-pub-list-1.xls I guess you're speaking for JayB here, but since you posted it, I assume there is either one single study in that pile that you linked to that really resonated with you, or is it more the cumulative aggregate that convinces you? Either way, can you cite the particular aspect/aspects of any of those studies that really leads you to believe GMO's are entirely safe(I'm assuming that's your position here)?
  14. hmmm your position above seems to be a bit dissociative, since it doesn't really address 1. my position, 2. Kuhn's per se, nor seemingly 3. your own. 1. Science is a process, not a position per se. Science is performed by humanoids, the results are evaluated, positions are formed (or protected, as often is the case). Even the process itself is betrothed to the context of the situation of course; let's not fall for the myth of neutrality here. Which means my position is one that takes any organization's policy statement with a grain of salt. I don't "believe" the AMA any more or less than I "believe" the conclusions of the French dudes' experiments with rats indicating toxicity with GMO's. My position is that GMO safety should not be assessed in 90 day trials by Monsanto, the company that stands to benefit by approval. 2. I'm not sure what Kuhn would specifically say about your assertion regarding GMO safety. I suspect he'd say Damn dude, look at the science; don't just parrot various org's policy positions. 3. you keep citing "studies", yet you don't produce a single study.
  15. The No On 522 side has two notes it has played very well. Those two notes don't make a very beautiful sound, and that's the point: Scare and Disorient. Scare with "vast cost increases we can't afford!!" Disorient with "the labeling will be soooo confusing!" Couple this with Monsanto's bank roll, and boy, I'm scared too what the outcome's going to be. My advice to anyone still on the fence with this is to look inside, and don't allow fear and confusion to vote for you.
  16. worth watching: [video:youtube]
  17. jeez, finally. see you at the victory party.
  18. Be done with what? Be done with the debate because this poster is losing. Groupthink 101 tactic. Remember "Lets roll!" ? A debate needs one side actually responding to specifics posed by the other, and since you seem unable to do this, yes I'd agree, the debate is over.
  19. what science are you referring to? this is where you get to actually substantiate your assertions. And are you disputing that 90% of people would want to know if there is GMO in what they eat? Sure, those numbers will change once Monsanto and their spokesmen (nice work!) start their obfuscations and apocalyptic scaremongering, but I'd wager nearly 100% of people would want to know if they are eating GM foods.
  20. Kimmo

    I 522 Breaking News

    More Consensus: Michael Hansen, Ph.D., senior scientist for Consumers Union: There are a lot of uncertainties related to genetically engineered crops including potential allergens and unknown health risks. If these foods are not labeled, it will be very difficult to identify an unexpected health effect resulting from eating a genetically modified food.
  21. “There is no consensus amongst scientific researchers over the health or environmental safety of GM crops and foods, and it is misleading and irresponsible for anyone to claim that there is." What? Who is this Professor at Lancaster University by the name of Brian Wynne? Then he has the gall to say the following: Indeed some key public interest questions revealed by such research have been left neglected for years by the huge imbalance in research funding, against thorough biosafety research and in favour of the commercial-scientific promotion of this technology. Then this other professor lady Vyvyan Howard, some kind of medically trained toxipathologist (whatever the hell that means) chimes in with this crap: A substantial number of studies suggest that GM crops and foods can be toxic or allergenic, and that they can have adverse impacts on beneficial and non-target organisms. yeah right, obviously she didn't get the memo about "Universal Consensus". Then she goes blah blah blah some more: But as the US has no GMO labelling and no epidemiological studies have been carried out, there is no way of knowing whether the rising rates of chronic diseases seen in that country have anything to do with GM food consumption or not. Therefore this claim has no scientific basis. Then this Andy Stirling professor dude and the UK government’s GM Science Review Panel crony pipes in: The main reason some multinationals prefer GM technologies over the many alternatives is that GM offers more lucrative ways to control intellectual property and global supply chains. To sideline open discussion of these issues, related interests are now trying to deny the many uncertainties and suppress scientific diversity. This undermines democratic debate – and science itself. Then Dr Hans Herren, a former winner of the World Food Prize and an Alternative Nobel Prize laureate, and Dr Pushpa Bhargava, known as the father of modern biotechnology in India, both signed on. Nonsense I bet some giant corporation is paying them millions to write this.
  22. 1. It seems only those who oppose their view dismiss them as a "political organization". It's headed by James J. McCarthy, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University, staffed by scientists, and advocates a more tempered and reflected position at the nexus where politics and science meet, imo. 2. not sure what you weren't "impressed" with specifically. And also not sure what your point is about "giving more weight" to a particular organization vs another. If an argument is valid (show where it isn't), the issue isn't about any organization. 3. one might care because it's a neat pr trick to collate a bunch of sound bites from various organizations to paint a picture that looks much rosier than after the makeup comes off. 4. I did peruse. Didn't find a whole bunch. Just the defense of a bunch of conclusions based on short term safety studies. thanks tho cuz i did enjoy the reading, and where the links took me. the following quote in particular rang a nice tone (bonus points if you name the author without the google): Men whose research is based on shared paradigms are committed to the same rules and standards for scientific practice. That commitment and the apparent consensus it produces are prerequisites for normal science, i.e., for the genesis and continuation of a particular research tradition.
  23. And one more for JayB, from I'd imagine someone he knows: that von mises dude.
  24. vu and reed's solo stuff were pretty basic ingredients in the sound track of my life in the 80's. I hope he died as happy as one can.
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