If you live in the US, the initials GM probably bring a car company to mind, and then likely nothing after that. If you live in the EU, you’re probably sick to death of hearing about Genetically Modified food. I’ve always been a bit disappointed by the lack of a public conversation about it in the US. Not because I think that GM necessarily equals danger to human health – that’s a question of science. Rather, I have strong societal concerns about it – something as basic as food ought not be subject to intellectual property laws, and thus controlled by a few owners. There’s a great quick summary over at Phronesisaical, which in turn points us to this Vanity Fair article on Monsanto, describing it as:
a look at Monsanto’s approach to “protecting” its intellectual property — its phalanx of investigators and lawyers threatening farmers (and some non-farmers) who they suspect of planting their GMO seeds without paying for them.
The Republican Party of Virginia is having its nominating convention this weekend (apparently picking their nominee is too important to be left to a statewide vote). Waldo gives us his wishlist of results. My favorite observation:
[G]iven a choice, Virginia Republicans will always choose wrong. Not wrong in hindsight, but wrong like should I pick up some dinner on the way home, or drive off a bridge?
Me, I’m not standing under any bridges this weekend.
Something I think might be informative to the recent conversation here about the death penalty is Jared Diamond’s examination of vengeance and the impact that the state has on expressing (and suppressing) one of our most powerful emotions.