• Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    Sorry, that was supposed to be an anti-Dawkins joke, but “mildly evil” does sound like I think Monsanto’s practices are tolerable, which I don’t.

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    I interpret a march against a march against Monsanto as implying that Mosanto does no harm.
    Monsanto being mildly evil as opposed to severely evil (à la Dawkins and his “mild pedophilia”) still makes Mondanto evil.

    • Sorry, that was supposed to be an anti-Dawkins joke, but “mildly evil” does sound like I think Monsanto’s practices are tolerable, which I don’t.

    • That’s not the way being against something works. The enemy of my enemy is not my friend.

    • Then you really need to read the post again, the MAMAM is about correcting their science, which is horrible, not about excusing Monsanto.

      If you are that staunch about “evil is evil” then I’m not sure how you live in the world because literally everything harms someone.

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    Thanks for all the responses, even the snarky ones 🙂
    While I am aware that the issues are very complex, it really looks to me like the irrationality of the anti-GMO crowd tends to make some people err on the other side. Implying that Monsanto does no harm, just because GMOs are generally safe, is not, in my opinion, an effective way of…[Read more]

    • I didn’t see anyone state or even imply that Monsanto does no harm, just that they are not the evil that their opponents insist they are. They are a huge multinational corporation so of course they are far from goodness and light, some of their business practices are downright deplorable, but that doesn’t change the truth about GMO safety.

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    Would someone with a scientific background be able to explain why I shouldn’t be worried about Monsanto replacing heirloom crops with ones that depend on a particular pesticide to thrive, thus forcing all farmers to keep paying for commercial and environmentally hazardous pesticides?
    I’m not against GMOs, and I like the idea of GMO crops being…[Read more]

    • I don’t have a scientific background but I can see right away that you have a misconception about Roundup ready plants.

      They are not dependent upon a certain pesticide, they are resistant to that pesticide allowing the farmer to use that pesticide without worrying that it will kill the crop, which it normally would do, (that can lead to over…[Read more]

      • Actually, from what I hear, the weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to Roundup due to the use of Monsanto Round-Up Ready crops, and these “superweeds” require farmers to spray ever higher quantities of weedkiller to kill them. This gets on the crops and into the environment. I hear it is such a problem that they are trying to breed crops…[Read more]

      • There are many problems with the way GMOs are being used but they stem from over-reliance on corporations and deregulation of those corporations, in other words symptoms of capitalism, not from the organisms themselves.

        I was going to say this but you said it better than I could. Cheers.

    • I realize that you may have been talking about Bt corn which produces a pesticide that allows farmers to use less pesticide. Again, the possible unintended consequences are no bigger then in conventional breeding, and I say actually lower because they are testing the hell out of this particular product.

    • My background is in molecular genetics. (I worked on the genetics of insect-transmitted parasites.)
      It is recommended that farmers planting Bt GMOs plant a buffer of non-Bt strains of the same crop around the Bt crop in order to slow the spread of resistance in insects.
      Bt crops are also more selective. When you use insecticides in…[Read more]

    • What heirloom crops are you worried about? Heirloom is a marketing term which are just old seeds that have little market demand. Outside of a hobbyist or a farmer going for a niche market they are not used because they grow 25 bushels per acre compared to 200 bushels per acre of the new seeds but the market is nowhere close to supporting 8 times…[Read more]

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    I don’t know how to cope with the hideous injustice. It’s as though the US government wants a civil war. Though I suppose the state has already been carrying on a war, and so few people are able or willing to fight back. I don’t know how this can end well, but I hope with all my heart that somehow some of the perpetrators will face justice.

    • “It’s as though the US government wants a civil war.”

      Maybe not all the government, but the South never stopped fighting the last one.

      I have noticed that a lot of the agitators tend to be college-educated whites and tend to be the ones grasping at straws to link Ferguson to Palestine. And people wonder why I’m so cynical about ‘…[Read more]

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    I suspect the religious prohibition against suicide is related to religious anti-birth control policies: trying to out-populate the rival religions. Also people whose lives are wretched may be more likely to seek solace in their religions if they are forced to live beyond their preferred span.

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Oops, I guess I failed to nest my reply to you properly!

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    In reply to amm1:
    I take your point, but I think we also need to ask ourselves how many people need to die lingeringly and painfully against their will in return for ensuring that no one feels any external pressure to commit suicide?
    Now, if the prohibition against suicide were partnered with a fabulous care for the sick and elderly, I’d have…[Read more]

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    The legal prohibition on suicide is fundamentally religious, isn’t it? According to Wikipedia, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all forbid suicide. Hinduism forbids it except by fasting to death.
    And of course there are legitimate concerns about failing to prevent a depressive person from committing suicide (since the depressive episode is…[Read more]

    • I would say the prohibition on suicide is more of an ethical and public policy question.

      It’s all very well to say one should “ensure that a suicide is not suffering from a temporary mental illness, and is not being pressured to die,” but given less-than-perfect human beings and systems, the likelihood is high that some people will be pressured…[Read more]

    • These religions claim that this life is temporary and not as good as the one yet to come. Given that, prohibiting suicide is the only logical choice least the most devout decide to move on to their reward prematurely, no?

      • I suspect the religious prohibition against suicide is related to religious anti-birth control policies: trying to out-populate the rival religions. Also people whose lives are wretched may be more likely to seek solace in their religions if they are forced to live beyond their preferred span.

    • “The legal prohibition on suicide is fundamentally religious, isn’t it?”

      I do not know what you mean by “fundamentally,” but it is not entirely religious. Disability groups have shown that in Oregon often expensive treatments for the disabled and very elderly are not covered, but assisted suicide is. Some disabled and many elderly already h…[Read more]

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 9 months ago

    Wow, that’s horrible. I tend to think that banning male circumcision, because of the religious element, does more harm than good. Not because I think genital mutilation of babies is OK, but because banning something that so many people feel is symbolic of who they are would cause a major social crisis.
    But that’s when both parents are on board…[Read more]

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 9 months ago

    Has anyone read E. F. Benson’s “Lucia in London”? There’s a scandalous divorce case in the novel that I think was based on a real divorce, and I wonder if it was Lady Colin’s.

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 11 months ago

    Great post! Statistics are so interesting, and so confusing to me. Luckily cats pix are soothing to a confused mind. 🙂

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 5 years, 11 months ago

    I like the article about home-cooked meals. The lack of gratitude when someone goes to the trouble to cook dinner is extraordinary. I get that people have the right not to eat what they don’t want to eat, but it seems pretty self-indulgent to expect every meal to be exactly geared to one’s picky tastes.

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 6 years ago

    I’m sorry you’re leaving Skepchick, but I’m looking forward to reading your new blog. Take care.

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 6 years ago

    Wow, Lindy West’s blog is powerful and upsetting. A really good idea.

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 6 years, 1 month ago

    Oh yes, I’d noticed the repeating dead mother theme myself! Related, in my mind, to the parental, adult, rule-enforcing mother vs. the immature, fun, rule-breaking father. Mothers represent authority and safety, and hence are incompatible with adventure.
    I grew up with a single dad, and my siblings and I almost always pretended to be orphans in…[Read more]

    • Exactly, and even in the couple recent of examples I can think of where the mother is alive at the end they were “indisposed” through other means. The mother was busy “being a bear” in Brave and the real mother and father were unknown to the princess for much of Tangled and even then Rapunzel felt guilty about defying someone who was so horrible…[Read more]

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 6 years, 1 month ago

    Re: the “Ride Like a Girl” article –
    This is exactly what I’ve often thought, me being a female and a cyclist. Especially the victim-blaming that occurs whenever a cyclist is injured or killed, and the lack of consequences for most drivers that threaten or injure cyclists.
    I also like that the author at least acknowledges that there is a…[Read more]

  • Kaloikagathoi posted a new activity comment 6 years, 1 month ago

    The gaslighting article is weird. Why does she mind the fact that a video made her question her previously-held beliefs? Would she prefer to be someone who can’t absorb new information that contradicts what she thought she knew? As it happened the video was bullshit, and it was only because she was tired that she couldn’t see it as such. So…[Read more]

    • She wasn’t concerned about a video challenging her beliefs, she was concerned that a post a SA was so spuriously researched and then vigorously defended, and that if she could be taken in by it that others may too.

      This is a good example of why broad use of evo-psych is so bad, all kinds of assertions that seem to “make sense” get put forward…[Read more]

      • The bigger problem is that it’s not even, how do you test one way or the other?

        One big problem is, evo psych isn’t right; it isn’t even wrong! Actual mechanisms to go from DNA to behavior would be nice. As would more than just-so stories. Honestly, when I hear evo psych, my first thought is “WIIIIIIIILMAAAAAAA!”

  • My favourite: “1) Same-sex marriage is an elaborate scheme concocted by lesbians to entrap men.” Just because it is so weird.

  • Thank you for posting this. It’s so upsetting, yet so well written, and so necessary for people to read. I’ve re-typed this comment multiple times to try to avoid the stammering curse words that don’t help but […]

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