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HIV+ musical comedy web series “Merce” premieres

http://queermeup.com/culture-2/hiv-musical-comedy-web-series-merce-premieres/

" Being single, middle-aged and HIV+ in New York City isn’t always easy, but Merce couldn’t be happier! Hailed as “Seinfield with HIV” by Poz Magazine, Merce follows the adventures of an HIV+ Polyanna who sings and dances his way through life in search of self-acceptance and true love. With his gal-pal roommate, three gay guy fairies that appear to him in musical fantasy sequences, and his Mama (on a webcam) always at his side, he’s gonna make it after all. The series is a surprising, bawdy look at HIV today, proving that life can be positive, even when you’re HIV+.

Created by openly gay HIV+ writer/performer Charles Sanchez, Merce was inspired by the rich lives and bright spirits of people living with HIV today."


Good stuff. Check it out.

"Natural News" Goes Full Homophobic With "Chemicals Cause People To Be Gay" Propaganda

http://blogs.naturalnews.com/chemically-altered-homosexuality/

No, I won't copy and paste any part of the article. The point is that this source is despicable to the core.

That is all.

Enjoy your evening, or morning, or...

This is satire, but you know it's coming.

http://thespudd.com/anti-science-pro-disease-parents-release-new-imaginary-disease-gmo-injured/

The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/07/are_gmos_safe_yes_the_case_against_them_is_full_of_fraud_lies_and_errors.html

"Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. Last year, sales of such products nearly tripled. Whole Foods will soon require labels on all GMOs in its stores. Abbott, the company that makes Similac baby formula, has created a non-GMO version to give parents “peace of mind.” Trader Joe’s has sworn off GMOs. So has Chipotle.

Some environmentalists and public interest groups want to go further. Hundreds of organizations, including Consumers Union, Friends of the Earth, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Center for Food Safety, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, are demanding “mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.” Since 2013, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut have passed laws to require GMO labels. Massachusetts could be next.

The central premise of these laws—and the main source of consumer anxiety, which has sparked corporate interest in GMO-free food—is concern about health. Last year, in a survey by the Pew Research Center, 57 percent of Americans said it’s generally “unsafe to eat genetically modified foods.” Vermont says the primary purpose of its labeling law is to help people “avoid potential health risks of food produced from genetic engineering.” Chipotle notes that 300 scientists have “signed a statement rejecting the claim that there is a scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs for human consumption.” Until more studies are conducted, Chipotle says, “We believe it is prudent to take a cautious approach toward GMOs.”

The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have all declared that there’s no good evidence GMOs are unsafe. Hundreds of studies back up that conclusion. But many of us don’t trust these assurances. We’re drawn to skeptics who say that there’s more to the story, that some studies have found risks associated with GMOs, and that Monsanto is covering it up.

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This is one thorough debunking of the anti-GMO nonsense that is spread so often here at DU.

Nutiva's John Roulac: Anti GMO Leader, Big Organic Businessman, Master Manipulator

http://skepchick.org/2015/07/john-roulac-anti-gmo-leader-master-manipulator/

"John Roulac exudes a weather-beaten, albeit well-polished, flower child image. The founder, CEO and face of Nutiva, named one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing food companies in America for five consecutive years, reportedly forgoes designer watches and high-end shoes, instead opting for a more modest lifestyle of hiking, traveling, and soaking in natural hot springs. Yet he heads up the largest organic superfoods company in the world, with growth supposedly projected at $1 billion by 2025.

Roulac seems composed of equal parts tree-hugger, nutrition buff, and business mogul, capable of charming money out of pockets, and coaxing Nutiva’s pricey organic coconut oil into smoothies, with a pinch of Nutiva’s organic chia seeds on top.

And it’s easy to see why. A corporation whose revenue hit just under $70 million in 2013 and boasted a massive and steady 482% three-year growth, Nutiva knows how to tap into its demographic with buzz words like “revolutionize”, “sustainability”, “community”, “superfoods” and phrases like “we can change the world” and “food doesn’t have to be a choice between the lesser of evils” in its “Mini-festo.”

These very marketable phrases reflect the values of none other than Roulac himself, known as “The Rou” among biotechnology proponents. A self-styled advocate for healthy people and ecosystems, his company goes as far as calling itself “champions of the greater good.” But do these lofty words translate to real-life action? Is there another side to Roulac, and Nutiva, that the public is not yet aware of?

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And yet DUers love these scumbags.

Spain diphtheria update: 1st case in 30 years dies

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/spain-diphtheria-update-1st-case-in-30-years-dies-29806/

"n an update to a report at the beginning of June, Spanish National Radio reports (computer translated) the 6-year-old boy from Olot with diphtheria admitted to the Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona died Saturday.

The child, whose parents refused to vaccinate, has been admitted since May 30 in intensive care.

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According to the Minister of Health of the Generalitat, Boi Ruiz, the child’s death from diphtheria will hopefully serve for the emergence of a “collective reflection” on the need for the population to be vaccinated.

Ruiz said that the main cause of death was diphtheria, and that the child would not have fallen ill if she had been vaccinated."




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Let the Repugs Rant About Same Sex Marriage. It Will Only Hurt Them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_opinion_of_same-sex_marriage_in_the_United_States

More and more Americans favor same sex marriage every year. If the fools want to rant and rave, well, I'll point how silly they are, but they are only shooting their stupid selves in their stupid feet.

That is all.

CBC Radio: Science Under Siege, Parts 1, 2, and 3.


Are we living through an Anti-Scientific Revolution? Scientists around the world are increasingly restricted in what they can research, publish and say -- constrained by belief and ideology from all sides. Historically, science has always had a thorny relationship with institutions of power. But what happens to societies which turn their backs on curiosity-driven research? And how can science lift the siege? CBC Radio producer Mary Lynk looks for some answers in this three-part series.

Science Under Siege, Part 1: Dangers of Ignorance - airs Wednesday, June 3
​Explores the historical tension between science and political power and the sometimes fraught relationship between the two over the centuries. But what happens when science gets sidelined? What happens to societies which turn their backs on curiosity-driven research?
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/science-under-siege-part-1-1.3091552

Science Under Siege, Part 2: The Great Divide - airs Thursday, June 4
Explores the state of science in the modern world, and the expanding -- and dangerous -- gulf between scientists and the rest of society. Many policy makers, politicians and members of the public are giving belief and ideology the same standing as scientific evidence. Are we now seeing an Anti-Scientific revolution? A look at how evidence-based decision making has been sidelined.
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/science-under-siege-part-2-1.3098865

Science Under Siege, Part 3: Fighting Back - airs Friday, June 5
Focuses on the culture war being waged on science, and possible solutions for reintegrating science and society. The attack on science is coming from all sides, both the left and right of the political spectrum. How can the principle of direct observation of the world, free of any influence from corporate or any other influence, reassert itself? The final episode of this series looks at how science can withstand the attack against it and overcome ideology and belief.
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/science-under-siege-part-3-1.3101953


Good stuff!

Great discussion that started from this original piece at Food And Farm Discussion Lab!

http://fafdl.org/blog/2015/06/03/a-culinary-modernist-reader-volume-one-opening-salvos/

Over and over again, those supposed benefits have not proven to be what proponents claim them to be.

Can you provide a consensus peer reviewed research that supports your claims?

Also, I didn't write this particular piece, so you might want to make your responses more appropriate.

http://freakonomics.com/2011/11/14/the-inefficiency-of-local-food/

http://www.alternet.org/food/locavore-movement-overlooks-farmworkers
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