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Comment Re:GM producers are shooting themselves in the foo (Score 4, Insightful) 514

I'm actually strongly in favor of using genetic manipulation to improve foods. But as long as the companies developing the technology continue to treat it as something to be concealed from consumers, how do they expect to win hearts and minds?

I don't see what all the hoopla is about. We don't need GMO labeling when there's already a free, voluntary alternative: NON-GMO labeling. When I go to the store, I pretty much assume that any product I buy contains GMOs unless a product specifically says on the label that it doesn't contain GMOs. Crazy, I know. What the anti-GMO crowd is hoping to do is scare people who don't know and most likely don't care if food is GMO or not.

Comment Re:What free speech? (Score 1) 39

What free speech is being limited? You agreed to the terms and conditions of whatever social media site you signed up for, and are bound by those terms.
You don't like the censorship?

Your questions are at odds with one another. You deny free speech is being limited, but then admit to it with the second question.

You conveniently left off the bolded part. Say you set up a reservation with a fancy restaurant and they told you suit & tie are required. Can you really complain when they refuse to seat you if you're not wearing a suit & tie?

Comment In other words... (Score 5, Insightful) 387

"People who don't like what I like are stupid." NASCAR is probably the most science/engineering oriented sport out there. Every variable is a factor from length, slope, temperature & curvature of track, weather conditions, in addition to the thousands of variables that go into the car itself. Pit stops including how much fuel & # of tires to change are all very accurately calculated to gain an advantage on their competitors. If anything NASCAR could be used to encourage scientific & engineering education.

Comment Re:Joe Barton? (Score 1) 275

All the electricity the turbine generates, which gets converted to heat in the atmosphere eventually

Yeah, but what if you used all the electricity the turbines generated to power robotic logging machines that clear cut trees and then burn the trees the just cut down. Then he'd be right, wouldn't he?!?

Comment Re:Not all, but yes (Score 1) 965

ISIS has said they have several hundred operatives coming in with refugees. What reason have we to doubt that, especially now?

Yeah... what reason do we have to doubt people who kill people solely for propaganda?
Sure they wouldn't stoop down to !GASP!... lying?
Whoever heard of lying for propaganda, right?

One of the attackers was identified as one of those Syrian refugees. That doesn't mean that the majority of the refugees are terrorists, nor even a sizable minority, but the argument does seem to have some merit.

Comment Re:Liberals (Score 1) 585

I've been to LP meetings in multiple states, and they are nothing like that. You either get pro-gun Democrats, or toll-sidewalk conservatives.

I've been to LP meetings in multiple states, and they are nothing like that. You either get people who want to be free from government coercion, or people who want to be free from government coercion. I realize it's crazy. Why wouldn't anyone prefer to live in a world where most of our actions are either banned or mandatory? It's because we realize that compassion doesn't come from the barrel of the government's guns.

Comment Re:Liberals (Score 1) 585

The problem I have with libertarians is that their ideal would not hold. A lack of government mostly means that whoever is economically stronger will be able to force its will onto everyone economically weaker. And in our society this means pretty much what the GP said. Corporations will be able to dictate the way things are run.

That explains why corporations pour so much money into elections on behalf of Libertarian candidates!

Comment Re:Censoring speech... (Score 1) 585

This is what I don't understand. Which industry is doing this? Is it the industry that has huge sums of wealth and would be hurt by reducing the use of fossil fuels? Because I don't know another industry that could bring that much economical and political power to bear.

Other "industries" that could bring that much economical & political power: government & schools, followed closely by Hollywood & media. Or do you think people in those places have pure motives?

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." -- Howard Aiken