But to counter your argument with at least one of my own, Roundup Ready soybeans actually contain bacterial genes inserted via a cauliflower virus. No fish, no insect, or other animals. So while not exactly the same as cross breading, as that would mean there's a type of soybean that already produces the necessary proteins, it still is fairly close & almost as safe. Now the rest of the GMO producers' activities are atrocious, but at least their actual science isn't.
Just FYI, you could have said animals & covered both fish & insects. But I guess you missed that day in elementary science where they covered what's an animal or you are as ignorant of actual science as "creationists" are.
And since this is done by a set of companies, one would hope that politics would not come into play in how the list of terms is managed. But in this day & age, I highly doubt it.
While you are right, you over look the biggest problem in simply raising wages at the lower end of the spectrum: That wages will have to rise all across the spectrum. Why? Well, think about it. Most jobs that pay decent require one of a few things, education, skills, some egregious sacrifice, physical taxation, or knowing the right person. Usually, the more selective, demanding, or difficult it is to acquire these requirements, the higher the pay. So what happens when you raise the pay for jobs that require very little? You devaulate these requirements.
Look at it this way. Lets say you are currently making $50k/year at a job that required you to get a 4 year degree. One day you find a job that pays the same, but has no requirements, one you could have started 4 years earlier. If you had found that job before you started your degree, would you have taken it? What about if you had seen it before you got hired, would you have settled for a $50k/year job or tried for a $75k/year? Or now that you see this job, do you still think your degree is worth the time, effort & money you put into it?
Some of them, however, would require that the rest of the nation stop picking our pockets. It's not enough that we produce the food and the entertainment, you have to take our money as well and then spend it on things that even we can't have, like education or road maintenance?
What?!? While California might be the the #1 food producer, y'all don't even compare to the combined food production of the Mid-West. I'm pretty sure CA imports more food than the rest of the country, besides maybe the NY(and only b/c NYC is there). And there are other entertainment producers besides Hollywood, or did you forget places like Broadway & Time Square? And to top if off California, with 12% of the U.S. population, has one-third of the nation's welfare recipients. And it was only just recently that y'all had a balanced budget. So CA isn't carrying the weight of the rest of the Union.
The truth is that only California is serious about environmental protection, and the rest of you just want to rape the land and shit in your neighbor's mouths through the air.
Yeah, but y'all have gone too far. Now we can't even put in the tech that would prevent horrible emissions in the first place because it might displace some animal. Or did you forget about the tortoise that delayed the Mohave solar plant? And while I don't know if it is true, this isn't the 1st time the EPA shut something like this down, because I remember hearing about a gas station being shut down when they couldn't upgrade their storage tanks(to keep them from leaking fuel into the ground water) due to there being a lizard in the area that might be impacted.
the Taliban have zero resources to touch her with in the West
OK, I chuckled a bit when I read that. I guess you forgot about 9/11, the subway bombings in London, Hotel bombings in Mumbia, or the random idiots that do things like the Boston Marathon Bombing. Is she safer now? Yes, much more so. But don't think that she is any safer than Snowden.
I also guess that you forgot why she was targeted. It wasn't just because she was going to school. If that was the case, they would have just shot up the bus/van she was on & killed all of the girls with her. She was targeted because she spoke out about her desire for education & have her fellow young women have the same opportunities.
I just have a couple of questions for you. Where do you buy your tin foil? Do they fold it into hats for you or do you have to do that yourself? Is there a specific way that your hats are folded? I just want to make sure that you are well protected from the ebil gubment.
Do you really think that after Snowden exposed himself that there was any way any 3 letter agency could "off him" without major reprisal? The second he goes missing the US is in deep shit. We'd lose all credibility to condemn Russia, China & the Middle East for doing the same thing. Iran would have a field day if he was killed & then we tried to get them to release any political dissenters. Hell, they already are. Despite a bunch of tin foil hat wearers & fascist idiots, Snowden's life stopped being at risk the second he stepped out from behind the curtain.
Snowden claims he intentionally got a job where he could get secrets, actively violated the law and abused his privilege, left a job in Hawaii and pole-dancing girlfriend, and is now fleeing the very government that, as he damned well knows, has the ability to find him anywhere. He certainly is no free man at this point, and knew what he was getting into. That took far more courage than surviving a shooting.
Are you bloody kidding me?!?!? It's highly debatable if Snowden actually risked his life for what he did. Even if he did, it would be at the hands of a well organized state, so he would know the time, place and means. Malala didn't just "survive a shooting". She risked all sorts of hell. Or have you forgotten that the same people who tried to silence her are also responsible for throwing acid in these young girls faces, poisoning the water wells these schools use, and other horrid ways to terrify little girls. Malala doesn't just face death, she faces a life time of terror & fear for wanting to do nothing more than learn.
Snowden might have brought proof to what we all already knew and his actions could have a greater international impact, but Malala is fighting for what most take for granted, and in some places is guaranteed. She's fighting for the same thing that all disenfranchised have, even in the US. It starts with education, and will move on to suffrage and other civil rights. Oh, and she's doing this when most girls her age in the west are worrying about what Justin Bieber wore on his date with Selena Gomez.
It's not like you'd actually ask to be shot in the head to prove your worth.
No, but it takes a lot more guts to stand up to armed gunmen for what you believe in than run away where they can't get you. She might not have chosen to take a bullet to the head, but she did choose to confront the cowards & show the world what they truly are and risk her life doing so. Unlike what some would like, Snowden only risked life behind bars.
And if you are one of the many poor slobs whose health insurance is "go to the ER and hope they write off the check because I am in poverty and have no hope of paying it back"?
Most clinics are run by the same hospital systems that house your local ERs, so you get the same write off service there as you do going to an ER. And the ones that aren't are run usually run by companies that just won't see you without insurance or charities and have you pay as you can.
The thing about ERs is they have a much higher liability than clinics, and as such they must treat everything as a life or death situation & do EVERYTHING they can to make sure it isn't before they let you go, or have very good legal reason why they didn't. This is why going to an ER means getting a crap ton of medical tests & care that is totally unnecessary(ie general antibiotics for the flu) and extremely costly. Want to reduce medical costs? Get people out of going to the ER for everything.
Here's something to think about the next time you feel you need to go to the ER. Can it wait until the local clinic is open & can treat you? Or is there a Dr you can call to see if you should go in? If you can answer "yes" to either of those questions, then DO NOT GO TO THE ER!!!!