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Monday, May 19. 2014
College Bans Fencing Team from Practicing w/their “Weapons”
Deep question: Is a Hump Day camel … racist?
California Chrome's run in Belmont Stakes in doubt over nasal strips?
Want to Know If Your Food Is Genetically Modified? Across the country, an aggressive grassroots movement is winning support with its demands for GMO labeling. If only it had science on its side.
Three Ways of Looking at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Spying Is Meant to Crush Citizens’ Dissent, Not Catch Terrorists
Minimum wage: Learning the laws of economics the hard way
An Idea Whose Time Has Ended? Take our poll: Should the federal government get out of the student loan business?
Kerry tells Yale grads to keep faith in government
What LBJ Wrought - After 50 years of his anti-poverty policy, a “tangle of pathologies” has spread dramatically.
The Real Palestinian Refugee Crisis
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The Fed's never should have gotten their mitts into that quagmire to shore up colleges and banks.
What we have now is too favored to the money element, and saddles the student with a diminished sheepskin and a mountain of debt, often too hard to eradicate.
The field needs leveled, benefiting all, but, that would cause the whole house of cards to fall, and they are too big to fail... Where have we heard that before?...
Keep faith in Government??? It should be BOTH ways, and Governance has nothing but contempt and spite for its citizens, not cooperation and fraternity.
Kerry's quite the hypocrite - fought to undermined its efforts, but, once inside the bureaucracy, learn to love it and practice blind obedience.
Ironically, to protest just any use of a camel as racist against those of Middle eastern descent reveals the protesters racism. Although, technically, it is ethnicism so such rather than racism.
Shouldn't we be seeing more refined understandings from college students?
I say we just label the food that hasn't been geneticallly modified by human action. Fewer foods to label. And really, shouldn't we prefer the lower carbon footprint scheme. Or are they just wanting to label those foods genetically modified by scientific genetic methods as opposed to older procedures developed by trail and error?
Want to Know If Your Food Is Genetically Modified?
let's not forget that REGULATION (i.e. labeling) is going to cost lots of money. That is passed onto the consumer. At a time when bacon, beef, milk and food has skyrocketed, already. Just like foods that don't contain 'gluten' are labeled 'anti-gluten' to cater to the foodies who like to feel good about what they are eating. (everything based on faux-science)
also, if they label food, just about everything is going to be considered GMO. Because there are so many additives to everything.
(and for the record, I wish they would stop adding pesticide/herbicide resistance, it's not working.. but adding VIT A to crops so little kids aren't born blind or adding traits which allow crops to grow in non-ideal growing conditions is fine with me. )
I think that the anti-GMO movement is basically the same as the anti-DDT movement of the 70's. It's based on emotion and non-scientific suspicion of conspiracy theory. A byproduct of living in a time when you think everyone is either out to get you, or to drain your bank account.
because they probably are.
Horse Racing, as a popular spectator sport, has had its issues. They create more by hurting potential Triple Crown winners from competing for reasons like a nasal strip.
For years, Lasix was an issue at many tracks, but now it is commonly accepted.
The sport is rough enough on the horses. The Triple Crown is, in fact, an anachronism. Its schedule was laid out back in the days when horses were run much more frequently. Today, a four to six week layoff is more common to allow the horses time to recover from the rigors of their race.
In fact, were Cali Chrome to compete with the strips, he'd face a hard enough field as several top six finishers from the Derby skipped the Preakness in order to get 5 weeks of rest and take on the Belmont, the longest of the Triple Crown events. The strips, for all intents and purposes, simply even the odds of competing in this particular case.
Having owned several horses over the years, and still an adjunct partner in a stable, it's always interesting for me to watch the management process of the horses during this stretch of racing. There are reasons why we haven't had a Triple Crown winner since 1978, and most have to do with the improvements in horse training and management.
The Cali Chrome guys caught lightning in a bottle and it would be a shame to see their chance to grab a major victory because a few stewards are sticklers for some outdated rules.
Of course, I'm still a believer that Cali Chrome's success is more indicative of a mediocre field than a great horse. I would only be swayed if he does somehow manage to win the Triple Crown.
This view is, naturally, biased due to the fact he ruined my tickets at the Derby and the Preakness.
Years ago when I owned trail horses, the local community was wary of horses off the track. There were the usual jokes about green broke animals that didn't have brakes and could only turn one way. But there were also complaints, and these seemed serious, that t-bred training started too early, and that leg injuries were almost inevitable for that reason. I don't know personally, since I never owned one, but is this or was this true at one time?
I suppose it may have been true at some point. Horses began running very young as recently as 30 years ago, and their ankles are TINY.
I have been involved with a stable for about 15 years now and haven't heard of anything bad happening in early training at mine or any other stable we've associated with. Doesn't mean it doesn't or can't happen. A broken leg is still one of the most common t-bred injuries.
Hope that your daughter truly got a "great education" at Oerlin, but I have my doubts. Read here:
None of my kids went to Oberlin. Nor did they wish to. Nor would I have paid for it.
The effort to label GMO food by the luddites is really an attempt to harm big food companies. While it's true many are luddites who fear GMO many more simply don't like capitalism and would like nothing more then to harm General Mills and the other big companies. Ironically this effort has a built in trap for the companies who will want to market GMO free products. That is you must label your food as containing GMO or GMO free. If you label it as containing GMO there is no penalty if you are wrong, right or inadvertently partly correct. On the other hand if you label your product as GMO free and it has any GMO at all you are in violation of the law and can be sued into bankruptcy. This effort will harm the very food producers the luddites are trying to benefit.
I do agree that it makes sense that this be managed by the FDA rather then leaving it to the states and cities.
Exposing the camel to these protesters could be construed as animal abuse...
I work and live with people who talk about 'our toxic lifestyle' over and over. My wife is susceptible to the talk, merely because she admits she isn't aware of everything going on with our pesticides, cleansers, etc. She is all for reducing our reliance on beneficial products she is 'unsure' about.
I keep reminding her two things:
1. The average American lives a longer and healthier lifestyle than they did 100 years ago.
2. These companies, if they killed people, would be out of business pretty quickly because killing consumers is the surest way to bankruptcy through loss of sales or lawsuits - take your pick.
I eat GMOs, though she tends to avoid them. I don't care, I care about what I'm paying. I care that there are still malnourished and starving people in the world. Lower costs mean more capability to feed the poor.
The idea that 'we're poisoning ourselves' isn't meaningful to me.
The dosage is everything.
People who believe the mainstream consumer lifestyle is somehow toxic are simply scared because they want to place blame, not solve a problem.
I know 3 people who have lung cancer. None smoked or were exposed to second hand smoke (which is questionable as a cause anyway). If they were nutty enough, they'd seek to find what 'caused' their lung cancer. Except sometimes there is no 'cause', it just happens.
The idea that we can find the 'causes' for these things, eliminate them, and produce a happier, healthier life for all is rather humorous to me. We live in a world of uncertainty. Once we eliminate these 'causes', certainly new ones will appear.
The feds, through Operation Chokepoint are trying to shut off credit to gun dealers (and thus run them out of business) by dropping the heavy hammer of government regulation on their lenders for loaning money to them.
Spare me non-modified food. Organic is what used to be called subsistence farming.
My apologies to BD--all this time I thought you had a student at Oberlin.
I fenced at College, they let you hit girls with those "weapons".