Is Monsanto evil?

Responding to a question on Quora Franklin Veaux argues that the answer to that much disputed question is no.

However, while Franklin relied on facts, some of the other respondents preferred to regurgitate old and debunked conspiracies.

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4 Ways Oprah Screwed The World (Nobody Ever Calls Her On)

I never could understand why she was never called to account for the level of bullshit she was peddling. She never apologised for her behavior either. I remember the “a million little pieces ” debacle. Instead of taking responsibility for her shoddy research she called the guy and his editor onto the show to embarrass them.

Via Cracked.

The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate | Felicia’s Melange

Felicia Day had this to say with regard to gamergate.

Sadly just like she feared she was set upon by a bunch of trolls for daring to voice her opinion on what gamergate and its associated controversies have done to the gaming community.

I have been playing games for many years and I have yet to encounter this level of animosity towards women in particular locally. It might be a cultural thing specific to the US and if so gamers in the US need to step back and take stock of their behaviour. This sort of thing is cyber bullying and people engaging in in should be shunned not exalted.

Another thing that annoys me about this scenario is that it brings the validity of the men’s rights movement into question. A bunch of misogynists hijacking the men’s rights movement is no different to the misandry that is quite prevalent among the new wave of feminists. These misandrists are using things like gamergate to trivialise the men’s rights movement and this should not be allowed.

An attempt to ease the paranoia associated with Ebola.

Everytime there’s a new pandemic there is mass hysteria leading to some very unfortunate outcomes the least of which is shunning those who were infected or exposed to the infection. Ebola has proven to be even worse then swine and avian flu on this score. Those who were exposed are treated deplorably by their communities.

Understanding the disease is the way we can combat these secondary social problems. And so I have decided based on observing the mass paranoia prevalent in my country to share links to articles on the latest news about Ebola and the treatments that work and the charlatans taking advantage of the paranoia to hawk potentially dangerous, untested chemicals.

First up is a review of a book called the Hot Zone that seems to be driving paranoia to ridiculous levels due to its extremely inaccurate portrayal of the Ebola virus. It is being touted a a true story despite its inaccuracies. If you follow that link you’ll see a critical review of The Hot Zone by Tara Smith who is an infectious disease epidemiologist as well as a science communicator.

Doctors need to learn how to prepare people for death.

This article is quite interesting. He raises a valid point. Doctors in my experience, have a tendency to give people false hope. Sure its possible that it might give the person the boost they need to beat the odds against them but for the most part its cruel. I have been on my death bed on multiple occasions and each time the doctors lied to me about my prognosis and my treatment options.

I am not a child. I understand that I will die someday and I look forward to it for it will be a relief of sorts. But when doctors lie about the severity of your illness they rob you of time. Time to say good-bye to your loved ones and as a result makes the process of grieving that much more difficult for the ones left behind.