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Comment Re:Drinking Round up causes cancer (Score 1) 378

Until recently, the fight over Roundup has mostly focused on its active ingredient, glyphosate. But mounting evidence, including one study published in February, shows it’s not only glyphosate that’s dangerous, but also chemicals listed as “inert ingredients” in some formulations of Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers. Though they have been in herbicides — and our environment — for decades, these chemicals have evaded scientific scrutiny and regulation in large part because the companies that make and use them have concealed their identity as trade secrets.

Source: "New Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup" https://theintercept.com/2016/...

Remember the infamous interview where the Monsanto lobbyist, Patrick Moore, claimed that Roundup was safe to drink but then refused to actually drink any? May be he knew about this. And no your argument about coal doesn't hold water here. There's really no point to claiming that something's safe because other things are more dangerous. In addition, Roundup is far more dangerous than radioactivity from coal. Then the point about Roundup users tasting it? You don't think that they may inhale it while spraying it from backpacks, tractors, and mobile spray tanks, do you?

Let's start with you suggesting an alternative. Of all the chemicals farmers use to control weeds on their farms, round-up is far and away the safest. If you are truly concerned for the farmers out there applying it, what is their alternative? They either don't spray anything to control weeds, or they use MORE dangerous chemicals than round-up.

Let's also have some perspective on 'danger' here. I'm having trouble pulling up the human LD50 for round-up. That's likely because they lack test cases of anybody actually dying that way to reference. Regardless, let's list the ld50 for round up and some other substances, shall we?
LD50 in rats:
Aspirin 200mg/kg
Vitamin A 2000mg/kg
Table Salt 3000mg/kg
Round-up 5000mg/kg
Alcohol 7060mg/kg
Sugar 30,000mg/kg

So when sampling Aspirin, Salt,Vitamin A, Alcohol, Sugar and Round-up, only TWO of those substances are less toxic than round-up. Maybe a little less fear and uncertainty is warranted. Particularly given that nobody is advocating incorporating glyphosate into our diets. We are talking about glyphosate being used to control weeds in crops, and in such a way that the amount that ever traces it's way off the farm is minuscule.

Taking a case of 'extreme' glyophsate concentrations from the first alarmist source I could find cited 9mg/kg of glyphosate in Norwegian Soy GE crops. Takign the average daily food intake for people at 2kg and assuming we force feed a subject exclusively this 'extreme' contaminated soy bean, we get a daily intake of 18mg of glyphosate. Now, that's an utterly extreme case, and not realistic, but let's examine that worst of worst cases closer. The average human weighs in at 80kg and it's inexact, but the best we've got to say the LD50 is like rats at 5000mg/kg, meaning that a lethal dose for our average subject is 400,000mg. Working out the math our extremely contaminated GE soybeans are inflicting 0.000045% of a lethal dose.

Let's give more reference, the average daily salt intake for our regular joe we just victimized is 3400mg. Again weighing in at 80kg and with a LD50 for salt at 3000mg/kg we have a lethal dose of salt weighing 240,000mg. Doing the math again, our victim regularly consumes 0.014% of a lethal dose of salt daily all by themselves.

The difference between medicine and poison is dosage, and in the case of gylphosate our food is nowhere near the dangerous stage all the fear mongers want to promote.

Comment Re:Syrian refugees are NOT about climate (Score 1) 217

Fuck off, there is always a reason for population movements.

And yet somehow the correlation between massive crop failure due to drought leading to starvation somehow correlates strongly to dictatorships.

Like it did for Stalin.
Like it did for Mao.
Like it did for Kim.

Maybe the causation goes the other way and having a dictator crushing all independence that leads to a failed ability to properly plan and run agriculture and be prepared for droughts too. You know, on account of most of the time droughts don't impact the dictator anymore than losing some peasants, and if the peasants get unruly, losing some soldiers that are needed to kill of the unruly peasants.

Comment Syrian refugees are NOT about climate (Score 1, Troll) 217

Actually the Syria situation was initiated by an unprecedented multi-year drought. This depopulated hundreds of rural villages, which destabilized the regime. The Assads have been ruthlessly crushing Islamist uprisings for generations, but this time the cities were flooded with hungry, angry, unemployed young men. The spark for ISIS was always there, but climate refugees gave it the fuel it needed to become unquenchable.

No.

The protests in Syria, the rebellion, the rise of ISIS and everything else facing the Syrian people had NOTHING to do with 'climate'.

Let's start off with the reason for people to be angry and desperate, and that is squarely the brutal repression of the Assad family dictatorship.

Next up, what went wrong with the standard operating procedure of the Assad family of simply killing everyone involved with and related to the protests? For starters, Assad initially met the peaceful protesters with half-measures and merely used snipers to kill off some of the protesters. It would seem he estimated that would drive them off and be the end of it. He miscalculated.

Now, normally that was a mistake he could've corrected by coming in late and still killing all the protesters and their friends and relatives. The trouble for him was that Saddam no longer ruled Iraq and the Iraq/Syria border was now freely navigable instead of a quick trip from one concentration camp to another. Additionally, let's not forget the enormous wealth of resources Saudi Arabia was spending on beefing up the insurgency in Syria because they don't much like Iran's allies. With Saudi funded insurgents pouring in from the Iraq border Assad missed his window to just kill everyone and lost control of things.

Granted, the weather was a bit dry too. I think it is on the side of malicious though to twist every tragedy to boost your own personal agenda. So if you don't mind, stop it.

Stop using thousands of dead Syrians as props to promote the climate alarmism you desire.
Stop abdicating the collective guilt of the monsters in Assad's regime and the ISIS insurgents.

Please just stop.

Comment Voter selection (Score 1) 858

The only solution to this micro-aggression by white cis-males is clearly to demand that media reviews have a stricter voter selection criteria. If a movie wasn't made for your gender, race, religion or orientation you have no business reviewing it.

You know, when you follow the article's logic out fully, it sounds kinda insane...

Comment Re:Strong enough for a man, made for a woman (Score 4, Insightful) 858

You know, the entire Gamergate movement was predicated on the notion that feminists had no business reviewing games that were geared towards men. "Let them make their own games" was the rallying cry.

The whole gamergate thing was predicated on an effort to stop the production of 'male oriented' games. Nobody really cares if reviews are poorly done, that's not exactly gonna be a new thing for entertainment media. The special affront for gamergate was nothing about reviews as you and the article claim, but instead
about SJW's trying to dictate what kind of games should be made.

You just have to look at the outpouring of rage from whiny-ass MRA manbabies regarding the re-boot of Ghostbusters with an all-female cast to see how this mechanism plays out. If it's targeted at men, then men believe they should be the ones to review. If it's targeted at women, then men believe they should be the ones the review. And god forbid a woman should offer an opinion because, "IT'S NOT MEANT FOR YOU". Hell, these embarrassing needledicks have been overwhelming the reviews of Ghostbuster and it hasn't even come out yet.

Fuck these losers. If they got out and met a few human girls in person, they might not be so skeevy that they have time to carpet bomb any show or movie that has women in it. Remember the outrage over the latest Star Wars? How the MRAs were going to boycott? They degrade all of masculinity with their incessant whining.

Sob, sob, other people have different opinions of games and movies than I do and they are expressing those opinions. Stop caring about what other people think and just watch what you enjoy, problem solved. You don't need to go enforcing things on others to get over this first world problem.

Comment Re:More Lies (Score 1) 378

I am not going to read through 150 cases because _you_ are lazy and want to claim a single generalization fits for all 150 cases. You know of one case, and are so content in your delusion that you refuse to do the work. Sucks to be you.

Wrong, I've gone through dozens of them, and never found any that match the claims made by clowns like you. If you wanna convince me otherwise provide one piece of evidence. You guys never have to I'm getting more confident there isn't any and I've got an accurate assessment of this,

Comment More Lies (Score 1) 378

Thanks for the attention, I hope your masters pay you well for being a liar.

For the innocent bystander, this is more propaganda. Law suits about "stealing seed" relate to what farmers call "bleed" where plants grow on areas of land which are not farmed and not maintained. At least one of those cases was brought about by the farmer suing Monsanto because their seed started creeping into their land, and Monsanto successfully sued them for patent infringement in retaliation.

There is a very well known revolving door between the highest Federal offices and Big Business, Agriculture is a part of this cronyism.

When businesses behave altruistically they can be treated as such, and I would defend them and their altruism. They don't, so I don't.

Give me a single solitary example and I'll admit I'm wrong.

Percy Schmeiser is the most commonly cited example. He admitted in court he took his own seeded Canola that bordered his neighbours's Monsanto round-up ready crop. He then sprayed his own seed crop with round up, and then took the few surviving plants and used this to grow his own Monsanto seed. That's not 'bleed' over, it's a concerted effort to acquire Monsanto's seed.

Comment Drinking Round up causes cancer (Score 1) 378

BTW, here's an example of what often happens when someone does actually publish evidence against Monsanto's interests: http://www.nature.com/news/wid...

You are seeing objections to the claims of round up causing cancer because it's false. The studies showing cancer in mice and rats was when exposing them round up used high doses. In practice, that means that eating round-up is probably carcinogenic, as reported. The trick is, in ag practice, people don't taste test chemical before putting them in a sprayer. After spraying round-up on a crop, it breaks down within days. By the time any crop hits the market, it's nearly impossible to find any trace of it, and that's looking at ppb. The cancer in rats quantity was many, many times higher. For reference, we might wanna measure radioactive isotopes on produce near coal plants too, it's probably at equally worrying levels as round up. That's proper scope of the 'problem'.

Comment Monstanto suits aren't that bad (Score 1) 378

Such a small fragment of truth you should have at least tried to verity. From a quick Google search the number is more than 140 lawsuits filed by one company (Monsanto) against farmers. This does not include any of the other companies performing genetic modification or licensed by Monsanto to use their seeds and their lawsuits.

The fragment of truth is that one lawsuit made it to the Supreme Court who upheld Monsanto's rights to sue.

The second tiny fragment of truth is that one patent expired. There are hundreds of thousands of seeds on patent.

All that said, when Monsanto goes after a specific farmer even if the patent is expired the claim generally puts farmers out of business.

The problem is not GMO as much as shit business practices who ensure that consumers get fucked because competition does not exist. A pox on all the people modding down anything that can possibly be perceived as anti-GMO.

Have you looked at the suits? The only guys Monsanto has brought cases against are those that were using Monsanto seeds without buying them from Monsanto. The very simple problem farmers face is choosing to buy seeds from Monsanto and using Monsanto seeds, or to not use Monsanto seeds. In both those cases, Monsanto is never gonna darken their door with any legal action. The only time Monsanto comes after farmers is when they attempt to use Monstanto seed without buying it from Monsanto.

You're free to disagree with Monstanto's right to do that if you wish, but don't misrepresent the situation by projecting your own biases, Farmers are making their own choices and if they aren't make the choice you think is the right one it's really none of your business.

Comment Sin Taxes, for the children! (Score 1) 287

Australia briefly introduced a carbon tax, some of which went to the poor and elderly whose portion of daily living costs towards energy was so significant that their quality of live would be significantly effected. Carbon emissions went down and the economy was stimulated by R&D in high-tech renewable energy - solar, wind, nuclear, etc.

The situation, of course, did not last long. Rupert Murdoch and his friends went hard against it in the media. When laws forced them to provide balanced points of view, social engineering was used - flooding the comments section with "anonymous" contrarian opinions and "misinformed" data. They got their preferred oil-interest backed party back into power, who, it seems, successfully argued that wind-mills are utterly offensive while coal is as good for humanity today, as it was at the start of the industrial revolution.

Carbon taxes are similar to other 'sin' taxes on things like tobacco and alcohol. The major difference being that EVERYBODY gets hit by a carbon tax. Everything from the cost of shipping food to your grocery store, to the cost of getting yourself to the store and back again to the cost of keeping your lights on and house cool/warm.

Sure, increasing the cost on something will lower usage. Let's also be honest though, governments around the world have almost zero interest in the curbing of emissions. The carrot for them is another means of taxing their people which means another level of wealth redistribution that they control and it's that control which has everyone lining up to support this 'solution'.

Comment Connect with AGW for the Grant $$ (Score 1) 287

I have now read the entire paper. It is true that it does not ever directly attribute the sea level rise in the Solomon Islands to AGW. (The linked ABC news article does though - surely the scientists will be publicly denouncing the media's gross distortion of their claims any minute now... ?)

On the other hand, the premise of the paper is that sea level rise is responsible for significant loss of land area in the Solomon Islands (and the authors worked very hard to connect sea level rise to AGW at every opportunity, even though they didn't quite come out and say that AGW has actually caused any sea level rise yet).

That's a problem, because nowhere in their paper (that I could find, anyway) do they actually offer any evidence that the local sea level rise experienced by the Solomon Islands contributed meaningfully to the loss. They point out several other factors that likely dominated, one of which was erosion by wave action. They then attempt to connect this back to AGW with the following statement:

Wave energy can interact synergistically with localised sea-level rise (through changing wave refraction dynamics and more wave energy propagating across reef crest onto the coast) to exacerbate coastal erosion (Storlazzi et al 2015) and thus may be a key driver of the rapid coastal recession in the Solomon Islands. Further work is required to determine the relative importance of extreme wave events or incremental changes in incident wave energy and their interactions with sea-level on shoreline dynamics of islands.

Notice the operative words there: "can", "may be", and "further work is required". They don't actually have anything to say on the subject - that is, on the causal connection between sea level rise and increased wave erosion - other than "maybe you should read these other guys' papers" and "give us money and we'll write something too". But, they decided to name their paper after it anyway, and the media ran with it.

The main actual content of the study - once all of the background material and discussion is filtered out - is basically just:

1) Some statistics about the rates of erosion and accretion on various islands in the Central Pacific, including the Solomon Islands.

2) More statistics about the atmospheric and oceanic conditions over time around those islands - much of which was extrapolated, not measured.

3) A few anecdotes about communities that need to relocate - all of whom, from the sound of it, were in poor locations to begin with.

As someone else pointed out, the last graph clearly shows (if you know how to read the axes, anyway), that there was a net increase in land area for the islands chains studied; the authors simply chose to focus upon a specific few tiny islands that shrank.

That's how grant applications work these days. Mentioning a connection to AGW means more publicity and more potential grants and other research funds. Academia has been biased for a long time towards whatever topics will garner research grant dollars. That's not saying academics are selling out and falsifying their research, but that they have been pushed towards selecting paper topics that will get grant money which often does mean stretching to connect research with popular topics like AGW.

Comment Re:France is powering Europe with nukes (Score 1) 206

France is closing reactors and cutting back because of cost and safety concerns. http://www.irishtimes.com/news...

'safety concerns' is one word for completely unfounded and irrational fear mongering. If politicians play to those baseless fears that can translate into a real cost though. It'd be a shame to see France dragged down by the same luddites that have held the American power infrastructure back in the seventies.

Comment Re:France is powering Europe with nukes (Score 1) 206

France is reducing reliance on nuclear power.

Hold on there buddy.
You claimed nuclear power was the most expensive form of generation.
You where informed the only reason for that was ridiculous regulatory expenses, and in other places it was very profitable.
You basically said only dictators can pull that off and only for a limited time.
I pointed out that Électricité de France is providing most of Europe with power primarily from nuclear plants and making a pretty penny while doing so.

France has been producing power with nukes since the 70s and sits with one of the lowest electricity rates in Europe. The fact that fear mongers like yourself have some traction in trying to get nukes shutdown does nothing to prove they aren't safe and profitable.

Comment Re:Not routine for Entergy (Score 1) 206

Vermont Yankee....

Do you have turrets? Are we at the point of spouting random gibberish at each other now?

A nuclear plant that was cleanly operated for more than 3 decades before being shut down because fear monger regulation had made profitability impossible hardly shows a wilful malice on the part of the operating company. Go be crazy and incoherent some place else.

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