Alas, No : Anti-GMO rhetoric

I might be more inclined to listen to what the anti-GMO crowd has to say were it not for the fact that so many of its arguments boil down to either:

  1. Screeching about Monsanto, or
  2. Irrational scare-mongering about eating "frankenfoods" that contain insect DNA.
By Pete Brown

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  1. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  2. Uber needs poor people.
  3. The problem with Radiolab
  4. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  5. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  6. The Star Wars teaser
  7. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  8. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  9. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  10. It's morning in America.
  11. My *Serial* think-piece
  12. Cod vacations
  13. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  14. Railing
  15. Found a sunny spot
  16. 1970s Legos
  17. DANZIG!
  18. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  19. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  20. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  21. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  22. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  23. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  24. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  25. A very helpful related search
  26. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  27. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  28. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  29. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  30. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  31. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  32. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  33. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  34. Dilbert is not funny.
  35. Pink Floyd
  36. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  37. Mobile friendly
  38. Dave Winer's Radio3
  39. Resistance to change
  40. That pope
  41. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  42. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  43. Your data-mining sucks.
  44. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  45. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  46. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  47. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  48. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  49. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  50. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  51. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  52. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  53. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  54. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  55. Massachusetts Republicans
  56. Birthright #1
  57. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  58. Kids these days
  59. *Aliens* documentary
  60. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  61. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  62. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  63. Jack Bruce
  64. You seem to have missed something.
  65. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  66. Meg & Mog
  67. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  68. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  69. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  70. Technological change vs. cultural change
  71. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  72. Sleater-Kinney
  73. BE AFRAID!
  74. Medium's on it, bro!
  75. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  76. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  77. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  78. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  79. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  80. A useful roadmap
  81. Not much longer now…
  82. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  83. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  84. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  85. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  86. Deliberately missing the point
  87. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  88. Freshman year of college is calling.
  89. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  90. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  91. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  92. What's the worst that could happen?
  93. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  94. Both sides do it.
  95. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  96. With friends like these…
  97. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  98. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  99. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  100. Hell #9438
  101. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  102. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  103. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  104. War forever
  105. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  106. IT'S NOT A TOOMAH!
  107. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  108. Disconnecting pay from performance
  109. Hosting my own stuff
  110. All Ebola, all the time
  111. The kids these days
  112. Laboratories of democracy!
  113. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  114. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  115. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  116. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  117. The new phone is here.
  118. Crap Architecture
  119. iPhone Parking Lot
  120. Starting Proust
  121. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  122. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  123. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  124. The Apple tech press is weird.
  125. VHS v. Betamax
  126. The answer is always "n + 1".
  127. Conservative intellectuals
  128. Zappos is creepy.
  129. Your phone is not the problem.
  130. Deconstruction
  131. Inspirational
  132. Process improvement
  133. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  134. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  135. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  136. Complicated things are complicated.
  137. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  138. That technology thing you like
  139. Priorities, people
  140. WAR!
  141. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  142. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  143. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  144. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  145. 42
  146. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  147. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  148. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  149. Trying out Beats Music
  150. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  151. The synthetic unity of experience
  152. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  153. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  154. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  155. State of the Union predictions
  156. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  157. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  158. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  159. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  160. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  161. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  162. Thinking before you write
  163. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  164. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  165. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  166. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  167. Hate the show, not the venue.
  168. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  169. FUD As a Service
  170. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  171. Crippling injuries build character.
  172. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  173. Saving bookstores
  174. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  175. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  176. Internet activism
  177. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  178. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  179. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  180. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  181. Your tax dollars at work
  182. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  183. Holacracy
  184. Yes, people really do still blog.
  185. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  186. Duck Dynasty
  187. No one cares about your private cloud.
  188. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  189. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  190. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  191. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  192. Money is speech
  193. Clearly
  194. Parking
  195. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  196. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  197. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  198. Unhelpful advice
  199. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  200. People don't scale
  201. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  202. Movies that scared me
  203. Epistemology
  204. Bespoke
  205. Califone, *Stitches*
  206. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  207. We want INFORMATION!
  208. Passive-aggressive politeness
  209. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  210. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  211. Google cars
  212. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  213. Really, DC? REALLY?
  214. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  215. Suspension of disbelief
  216. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  217. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  218. Personal experience v. policy
  219. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  220. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  221. The Washington Post and AWS
  222. St. Patrick’s Day
  223. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  224. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  225. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  226. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  227. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  228. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  229. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  230. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  231. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  232. Meetings
  233. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  234. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  235. Time-tracking
  236. Prophecy
  237. More guns
  238. Guns
  239. Bold Leadership
  240. Hanlon's Razor
  241. That legacy stuff
  242. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  243. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  244. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  245. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  246. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  247. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  248. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  249. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  250. That Kant was a smart guy.
  251. Petraeus
  252. The World War Z trailer
  253. You should have bicycles
  254. The technorati fallacy
  255. One of my favorite types of requests
  256. The Lucasfilm thing
  257. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  258. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  259. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  260. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  261. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  262. Undecided voters
  263. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  264. Found a new philosophy podcast
  265. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  266. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  267. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  268. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  269. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  270. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  271. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  272. Safety nets
  273. So, the Romney thing
  274. Your data-mining sucks
  275. Started watching Homeland
  276. The Clint Eastwood thing
  277. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  278. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  279. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  280. The Lance Armstrong thing
  281. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  282. A lot of Can
  283. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  284. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  285. Writing apps
  286. Distorted markets
  287. App.net, or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  288. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  289. A bit more on the HBO thing
  290. OS upgrades
  291. Or I could just go listen to the album
  292. Monster Movie Week!
  293. As goes Sparrow...
  294. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  295. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  296. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  297. Nope, advertising just sucks
  298. Reading
  299. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  300. Who needs it!
  301. Advantage, Mutt
  302. Do you want the answer, or not?
  303. ACA coverage and systems failure
  304. To-do lists
  305. So long, Weather Underground
  306. Checked baggage
  307. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  308. From the $2 bins at the record store
  309. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  310. The HBO thing
  311. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  312. Not exactly random, but good listening
  313. The Dark Knight... meh
  314. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  315. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  316. Memorial Day
  317. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  318. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  319. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  320. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  321. Experimenting with Pelican
  322. Readlists
  323. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  324. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  325. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  326. War Hazard Eliminated!
  327. Unintended Consequences
  328. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  329. You’re playing their game
  330. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  331. Breitbart
  332. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  333. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  334. A bit more on The Shining
  335. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  336. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  337. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  338. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  339. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  340. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  341. Ip Man
  342. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  343. Bogeyman
  344. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  345. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  346. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  347. BASIC
  348. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  349. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  350. My power is beyond your understanding!
  351. Out-stupiding the TSA
  352. I see what you did there
  353. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  354. That "15 albums" thing
  355. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  356. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  357. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  358. That's an interesting definition you have there
  359. James Cameron v. the philistines
  360. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  361. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  362. Whither censure?
  363. Stealing TV, Part II
  364. OCTOBER?!
  365. Chasing boogeymen
  366. Nice vetting job, folks
  367. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  368. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  369. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  370. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  371. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  372. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  373. Supporting the freedom-haters
  374. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  375. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  376. Music update - February 2006
  377. The Corporation
  378. Watching TV without having TV
  379. Google strikes again (2006)
  380. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  381. Touchy subject
  382. Take my ports. Please.
  383. NUTS!
  384. One year older than I was at this time last year
  385. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  386. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  387. Lewis Black
  388. Uhhhhhhh...
  389. The Yes Men
  390. And again, my apologies
  391. I did it for you, Damien
  392. DRUNKEN CHENEY KILLS AGAIN!!!
  393. The site may be slow today
  394. Electronic mediocrity
  395. Maybe they are better off...
  396. Angry Dick strikes again
  397. Capote
  398. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  399. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  400. Wherein Pete despairs
  401. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  402. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  403. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  404. Hide your puppies
  405. I like VoIP
  406. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  407. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  408. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  409. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  410. The hearings are on.
  411. Apples and oranges
  412. And in somewhat less serious news...
  413. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  414. War in name only
  415. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  416. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  417. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  418. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  419. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  420. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  421. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
  422. Flirting with the dark side
  423. Countdown to a big waste of time
  424. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  425. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  426. Weekend music update
  427. The New York Times finally throws down
  428. Today’s project
  429. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  430. The broken record continues to spin
  431. Long time, no music
  432. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  433. At least someone is putting up a fight
  434. More legal contortions
  435. More on Iran
  436. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  437. Only 20 more hours to go
  438. Original intent
  439. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  440. You say Alito, I say whatever
  441. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  442. I don’t want to live with the bears
  443. Quick TV update
  444. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  445. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  446. Reading too much into The West Wing
  447. A question, sir...
  448. Blogging about blogging
  449. A few changes
  450. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  451. Year-end music round-up
  452. Again with the wire-tapping
  453. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  454. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  455. I’m genuinely shocked
  456. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  457. Angry Dick
  458. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  459. Sorry for the delay
  460. The time grows near
  461. Site news - October 2005
  462. Quote of the Day
  463. Serenity
  464. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  465. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  466. Forensic Show #23
  467. It’s TV time again
  468. Nothing to see here
  469. Going from bad to worse to...
  470. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  471. Google Talk
  472. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  473. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  474. Voting != Democracy
  475. He’s not lying
  476. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  477. The perfect album?
  478. Movies, movies, movies
  479. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  480. A bit of background
  481. Leaving, on a jet plane
  482. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  483. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  484. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  485. Again with this story
  486. Music update - July 2005
  487. PLAME NAME BLAME GAME!
  488. Whither Rove?
  489. How quaint.
  490. Intellects vast and cool...
  491. and... They’re off!
  492. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  493. I’m back
  494. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  495. Thank you, FARK
  496. ZOMBIES!
  497. On second thought...
  498. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  499. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  500. So it actually didn’t suck
  501. More on the filibuster debate
  502. YES!!
  503. Going nuclear/constitutional
  504. Worth a listen?
  505. Music update - May 2005)
  506. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  507. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  508. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  509. More on taxes
  510. Happy April 15th
  511. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  512. Long live the Death Tax
  513. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  514. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  515. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  516. METAL!!!
  517. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  518. This is the coolest thing EVER
  519. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  520. April Fools Day
  521. Groundhog Day, Part II
  522. The devil movies always get me.
  523. IM Annoyances
  524. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  525. What the hell?
  526. I suggest we start a pool...
  527. Drill, drill, drill!
  528. This is getting out of hand.
  529. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  530. the gates... THE GATES!!
  531. More “indecency”
  532. And again...
  533. Where have I heard this before?
  534. Anybody want gmail?
  535. Dirty, dirty titties
  536. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  537. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  538. One man’s Conservative...
  539. Google strikes again! (2005)
  540. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  541. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  542. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  543. Argh, I say.
  544. A rose is a rose.
  545. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  546. Sorry...
  547. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  548. Amusement
  549. The bottom-end of 2004
  550. How Bush Won
  551. New Music
  552. Foolishness
  553. Good news, I think...
  554. The first of many, I’m sure...
  555. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  556. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  557. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  558. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  559. Site news - November 2004
  560. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  561. More good web radio
  562. Another post-election site
  563. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  564. Sorry, everybody
  565. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  566. Apologies
  567. Nonsense
  568. Some new music
  569. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  570. The music is back online
  571. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  572. Odds and Ends
  573. SCIENCE!
  574. Making a bad situation worse
  575. Derrida, Part II
  576. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  577. The Faith-Based Presidency
  578. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  579. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  580. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.