Hmmm, the edit function has been disabled. I am of course a Green Party member myself, and quite supportive of the mainstream of science regarding GMOs. Indeed, disputing the science makes it harder to have the conversation we really need about ethics and ideals.
Sadly? I think it's a good thing that there are smart and determined people who are making an effort to address this problem through politics. The pity is that they are not evenly distributed.
It really does come down to smearing the people who make this science (tens of thousands of them) as hopelessly naive or horrifically deceptive, in some combination. The best film on the subject I've seen is Thin Ice, the work of a New Zealand scientist and amateur filmmaker. Surprisingly hopeful, even given the context.
The basic science is irrefutable, in any practical sense. Carbon warms the atmosphere very effectively. Humans are producing more of it. Humans are warming the atmosphere.
The only reason this is up for debate, unlike plate tectonics or photosynthesis, is that it produces a problem that is upsetting in its implications. I have long found that an emotionally unpleasant fact will be buried and replaced with ones that present less harm.
Having not ever lost someone properly close to me, I can only imagine what it is to experience.
Sending love your way, Russell, Geoff, Emma, and all who are feeling the loss of a loved one.
The most important thing for me (as a member of an organisation trying to stop a council body from sending a motorway though heart of my community) is knowing where this leaves us politically.
Brown is in principle a supporter of a range of issues, and that support has often been strong in public. When actual decisions have been made there has been significant divergence. Some call this 'consensual decision making'.
It is clear that public trust in Brown has diminished, and he will need to work to regain it. Does Brown have the energy or inclination to do so?
It's unclear to me whether this forces Brown to take stronger concrete positions on these issues in order to reduced perceived and now highlighted divergence, or instead weakens his political hand and empowers his opponents on these issues.
Ah, wonderful! My Mum chairs their board - they're an excellent organisation providing incredible help to people in need. I believe one of the reasons they're not part of the traditional collective is because they have a whanau-based model, which allows for reconciliation (if and when it is appropriate), and they're strong on support for the whole family.
I've also heard a rumour that a certain young female NZ pop star will be giving out gifts to women and their children next week...
Hi Jackie, thanks for doing this. Is this Te Whare Marama o Mangere Refuge?
The divides are soft, and narrowing. However, there's a vast difference in internet media consumption rates across individuals and this is reflected in demographic data. The high cost of data, particularly on mobile devices where it is very costly, means that actual use may be much less than some of these figures suggest.
James Murphy should be the next Doctor. That remix adds several other dimensions to a very solid base. Rightly, I’m hearing it on the b every day.
This isn’t new, it’s been floating around for a few months now, but goodness this is goodness:
It’s going to be a good summer. And Lorde should play the Grammys.
We clearly have different uses in mind.. :)
Whoops. Changed horses halfway through there, and then pressed print instead of preview.