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Comment Re:Extremism is Over-Simplification (Score 4, Insightful) 494

Go read the Summa Theologica and get back to me on that. Nothing but logic and reason.

Read most of it in college. It's got holes in the logic and reasoning which should be instantly obvious to anyone with an adequate 20th century education. Doubly so for anyone trained as an Engineer.

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

A similar thing has already happened with things like gluten free. 90% of the people buying gluten free products have ZERO issues digesting gluten. They had one bad reaction to a product and some ill-informed superstitious fool told them it was gluten related. So now they avoid gluten. Yes, there are a few people with gluten issues If you don't have celiac disease or at least sensitivity to gluten, gluten is not only fine, it's probably good for you. It's a whole grain and most people don't get enough of that.

Was with you up until the last sentence. I've still never heard a reason for gluten free being popular among non-celiac sufferers, so for now I'm assuming it's wilful ignorance. However...

Gluten is the combination of two proteins which naturally occur in wheat and to a lesser extent a few other grains (rye, um, can't think of another one actually...) But there's just as much gluten available in highly refined bleached white flour as there is in whole grains. The parts that are removed to make whole grain flour into white flour contain no gluten at all. Oh, and since gluten is the majority of the protein in wheat, removing it leaves you with something which is almost pure carbs. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on which way the trend winds are blowing, I guess.

Comment Re:Do Canadian Scientists respect the public? (Score 2) 197

Where do you get the impression that "scientists" don't respect the public? Where do you get the idea that "scientists" are a monolithic entity with a shared viewpoint on the American public?

PS: As a non-scientist member of the American public, I have no respect for the American public. (As the saying goes, a person is smart... people are stupid).

Comment Re:That implies... (Score 3, Insightful) 77

The number of posters who seem to think that fossil fuels are the only type of hydrocarbon makes me sad. Sure, some of them are making jokes, but there are more than a handful who appear to be actually serious in this belief.

Believing that dinosaurs had to exist before hydrocarbons requires the most bizarre self-contradictory theory of Creationism ever conceived.

Comment Re:Simple counter-measure (Score 1) 176

This is only true if all information about a person is relevant to their candidacy. I reject this as completely and ridiculously false. There are many things I don't need or want to know about anyone.

There is some information that does nothing at all in the way of making one more informed.

Comment Re:Simple counter-measure (Score 1) 176

In the context of running for office, this makes no sense. It doesn't matter if the candidate doesn't give a shit, or if they are not ashamed. What matters is if the people voting (or the people who decide who will be running, which, depending on where you are, may not be the same thing) think you should be ashamed or embarassed or whatever.

I don't know about your corner of the world, but from what I see of the US, there are enough people who care about things that don't matter that the distinction matters.

Leveraging always beats prototyping.