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Jul 222019

The Anthropocene Reviewed

This is from a  99 percent Invisible Podcast

John Green
Can I tell you my favorite joke? I’m sure you’ve heard this joke but you’ve never heard me do it.

Roman Mars:

John Green:
So a moth walks into a podiatrist’s office. Do you know this joke?

Roman Mars:
I don’t. I don’t know it from that set-up.

John Green:
All right. Then you don’t know the joke.

Roman Mars:

John Green:
A moth walks into a podiatrist’s office and the podiatrist says, “What seems to be the problem, moth?” And the moth says, ” … doc, if only there were one problem. I mean, my wife doesn’t love me anymore. It’s not just that she doesn’t love me, I don’t even remember a time when she did love me. My daughter has married a man whom I despise and who despises me. My son is a wretched failure. And, to be honest, when I look at him, all I see is a reflection of my own failures. I just don’t know how to go on, doc. I don’t know. I don’t know. You know?”

John Green:
And the podiatrist says, “Well, those seem like very serious problems, moth, but I’m a podiatrist. What brought you here today?” And the moths says, “Oh, the light was on.”

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Food Evolution

 SIFF 2017  Comments Off on Food Evolution
May 092017

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
– Mark Twain

That is the opening slide in the movie. This movie intends to tar the objectors to GMO with the “science denier” label. It is probably right, sorta. What I took from the movie is that in there are 3 main reasons to oppose GMO technology. Because it is an effort by giant amoral corporations with a track record of being deceptive to take over the world’s food supply,  because many GMO crops are made to be “Round-up Ready” meaning that oceans of Round-up are now being used, and because there is something mad scientistish and ominous about inserting genes from one plant into another. It appears that most of the airtime is taken up talking about the first two of these, in equal measure by both sides. Odd to me that the actual science part seems to be less controversial than the governance parts

Siff Blur


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