2012: The year crazy and stupid went mainstream

I've always been of the mind that stupid should hurt, so 2012 was a hard one for the Contrarian. It was the year that crazy and stupid went mainstream, or at least when I first noticed it did. It was the year a manufactured issue, the safety of GMOs, came to the popular progressive imagination. Progressives embraced every crackpot and their theorie…

Guest blogger: Gun control and the availability heuristic

NOTE: I was going to write about this topic and I probably will in the next few days, but faithful reader of Contrary and friend, Stan Oh asked if he might do a blog post on the topic. He has some interesting thoughts. I don't necessarily agree or disagree with what he writes, but it is an interesting sober take on a hot button, emotional issue. I…

Anthony Gucciardi: Anti-science crackpot and pretend journalist

The liberal/left is constantly excoriating FoxNews for their dishonest and incredibly slanted reporting. The thing is, every once in a while, whether by design or accident they get it right. This can not be said for Anthony Gucciardi. Gucciardi is a writer for Nation of Change and the Natural Society websites. His bio lists him as "an accomplished…

Church of the Organic demand Dr. Oz’s head on a pike as an example to the others

An angry, manure smelling mob from the Church of the Organic, citronella torches ablaze and artisanal pitchforks held aloft, stormed the production studios of TV's Dr Oz after it was revealed he wrote an article in the current issue of  Time Magazine saying  conventional foods, like frozen peas and carrots, were A-OK by him. Frightened productio…

Monsanto: Profits, pirates and private dicks

Despite the outcry from the anti-GMO crowd about the dangers of GMO foods, Monsanto's profit for the second fiscal quarter of 2012 was $4.75 billion, up from $4.13 billion at the same time last year.  Roughly half of that was sales of their GMO corn, a constant target of the AGM crowd. Sales of Bt corn rose 35%.  International sales also contribu…