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Folta, FOIA and USRTK in 200 words

Folta, FOIA and USRTK in 200 words

Dr. Kevin Folta, non-GMO scientist does science outreach regarding the issue of GMOs. He speaks about the science of GMOs and how his audiences can better communicate that science.

Anti-GMO group, US Right to Know (USRTK) files FOIA request in search of collusion between Dr. Kevin Folta and Monsanto.

They find that Monsanto awarded University of Florida $25K to aid in Folta’s outreach. No money for his research, no salary given to him personally. Money used for travel expenses.

Anti-GMO crowd goes bat shit crazy, scream “Shill,” think they have uncovered the smoking gun. Folta is doing Monsanto’s dirty work. They see ginormous conspiracy.

Did Folta start delivering a different message after receiving the $25K? No. What Monsanto did was fund him to continue doing what he was already doing.

To the anti-GMO crowd, this is evil. The response has been death threats and harassment.

In the meantime, USRTK takes $114K from the anti-GMO activist group, the Organic Consumers Association to fund their work. They’re supposed to be the honest guys?

It is time for all science minded progressives to stand up and denounce the tactics of the anti-GMO movement.  This type of despicable behavior can’t be condoned.

A quick apology

A quick apology



Boy, did I get into hot water recently with this post, The Contrarian jerks his knee and regrets it. In a protracted Twitter imbroglio I got hammered by the people involved. The post was interpreted as a slam at women and that was not my intention.

Then the swell @julie_kelly2 took offense at my jocular use of the word “chicks.” So what did I do?  I drunkenly appended the post and channeled Donald Trump and wrote a very juvenile retort about crazy cat ladies. I have since removed it and am supremely embarrassed and I apologize profusely.

I was challenged to attend the event and took them up on their offer and was received warmly and had a genuinely good time.  I came away with a better understanding of what’s what. That doesn’t mean I’m 100% on board, but it did flesh out my knee jerk knee jerk

These days, I rarely get myself into a position where I have to wince, feel embarrassed and have to apologize. This was one of those times and it sucks big time. I thought I had banished those bastard emotions shame and embarrassment. I guess not.

In the next few days I will post about my experience in D.C. and expand and revise my remarks. In the meantime I want to say thanks for the invite.

Until then, to those who I offended, and you know who you are, accept my heartfelt apologies.



Lying, hypocritical assholes

Lying, hypocritical assholes

So, I tweeted to GMWatch and GMOFreeUsa and asked them to stop being hypocritical assholes and release all their financial data. I also challenged them to go face to face in a public forum with those scientists they are libeling.

My tweets were deleted. There you go folks. They are nothing but full of shit internet thugs.

They don’t have the balls to go one on one with scientists or people like me, because they don’t have the science behind them.

GMWatch and others called Kevin Folta a liar. If you are going to make that kind accusation you should tell him to his face.

I issue the challenge again.  GMWatch, aka Claire Robinson, and the secret GMOFreeUsa. Release your financials and go toe to with the public scientists you libeled in a live public forum.

And you, Gary Ruskin. Do you have the balls to go face to face in a public forum with those you are trying to smear?

I don’t think any of you will.




We’re Pulling Out And Pushing Forward

We’re Pulling Out And Pushing Forward

This FOIA thing against public scientists by ostensibly left-wing groups is not only absurd, it reeks.

A segment of the progressive movement has become the Westboro Baptist version of the left and funded by anti-science crazy people.

The USTRK, led by asshole Gary Ruskin is funded by crazy people, the Organic Consumers Association who are also anti-vaccine.

The science folks are getting hit hard and are being defensive, so let me present this as way to encourage the scientists to pull out and move forward and fight these miscreants.



The Contrarian jerks his knee and regrets it

The Contrarian jerks his knee and regrets it

At first I was excited when I saw this. Cool, huh? Smart, sciency chicks.


I immediately RSVP’d because some people I know, at least digitally, are on that list. Then I looked at where it was, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Even cooler. Free booze?

But something was nagging at me. I looked up the address so I could decide the best way to get there from Union Station in D.C. That’s when I noticed that “Eye Street” was in the belly of the corporate lobbying beast, K Street.

Now I’m starting to feel uneasy.  So, who is this Independent Woman’s Forum (IWF) sponsoring this science soiree?

Before I continue, have look at this Nation ad.



Yup. The IWF is a right-wing/libertarian lobbying group in D.C. They lobby for all the stuff I am against. Now my D.C trip is off.

What is the IWF all about? Let’s see…

  • The IWF has received funding from several groups tied to the Koch brothers have donated $844,115 to them between 1998 and 2012.
  • In 2007 Rush Limbaugh donated about $273,000 in 2007 and the group defended him against criticism for calling Sandra Fluke a slut.
  • In 2013 they opposed the Violence Against Women Act
  • They support republican Carly Fiorina for President.
  • Executive Director Sabrina Schaeffer opposes raising the minimum wage
  • The oppose The Affordable Healthcare Act
  • Climate change deniers The global warming movement may be less a scientific endeavor and more a political game plan for the redistribution of wealth, higher taxation and government regulation, severe limits on oil and gas production, and restrictions on personal freedoms.”

Climate change deniers are hosting a meet and greet for science? No, thank you.

The IWF claims to be pro-women, but that is nonsense. The group grew out of the Women for Clarence Thomas. According to Slate

The Independent Women’s Forum was founded in 1992 out of a coalition of conservative women organized to support Clarence Thomas in the face of allegations that he sexually harassed Anita Hill. True to those roots, one of their primary functions since then has been to undermine efforts to end sexual abuse and violence against women.

I can’t pretend to know the political leanings of all the people I engage with regarding the issue of GMOS and other science based issues, but I find it disturbing that the liberal/left ones would hitch their wagons to this group.

Great, you agree on GMOs, but on nothing else?  Their agenda is anathema to progressives. Why be used as a tool to advance their agenda? It may be guilt by association, but it’s reality, nonetheless. If you get mixed up with people like this it will come back and bite you in the ass. I understand the old adage, sometimes you have to dance with the devil, but sometimes you don’t.

What is a major claim of the anti-GMO crowd? Corporate collusion. Some of the names on the flyer have already come under attack by the anti-GMO crowd. How can this help by attending a meet and greet by a pro-corporate, right-wing organization? I see them getting more shit after this.

I find this meet and greet a self-serving event benefitting the IWF’s agenda. They are using smart, well-meaning scientists and science writers to give them science cred.  It’s a hustle. With all due respect to  those involved, you’re being used willingly or unknowingly.

There are people I write about here whose agendas and politics I know and disagree with, but we agree on the GMO issue. And when I  do I quote them, I make it clear I disagree with them on a host of other issues.  We just happen to agree on one issue.

Yeah, I would hang out and have drinks with them. I would probably have drinks with members of the IWF, because they’re probably nice people and it would be an occasion where I could mix it up with the opposition, but on a personal level. I wouldn’t let their organizations sponsor a Contrarian meet and greet to pimp their agenda just because we agree on one issue. (Not that they ever would.)

So, I let myself down. I jumped into something I didn’t research because it initially because it fit my bill. My mistake. I know some might not like this post, but hey, that’s the way it goes. I make no apologies. You’re being used. And I call on all progressives to bow out of this event.





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