Once Again: GMOs Do Not Threaten Public Health

And the major study purporting to prove the contrary argument has been discredited: As the Genetic Literacy Project reports, the GMO wars are escalateing after the discrediting of a central pillar of the anti-crop biotechnology movement and the stumbling by a prominent science journal. Gilles-Éric Séralini, author of the controversial rat study that claimed to show that genetically modified …

Boy, It’s a Good Thing We Don’t Have Any Major Problems that Need Solving in this Country!

Otherwise, some people might get upset that the government is wasting time regulating piano teachers: Teddy Roosevelt busted Standard Oil. The Obama administration? It's making the world safe from rapacious piano teachers. Every month, it seems, brings a new story of this presidency leveling the intimidating powers of the federal government against some law-abiding citizen. …

“Quack!”

The sound no president wants to hear: While he doesn't quite qualify as a lame-duck president - a term reserved for the 10-week period after a successor has been elected - Mr. Obama has seen his ability to set and carry out an agenda significantly curtailed just a year into his second term. Political scientists and scholars …

Mishandling the Syria Crisis

Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, makes the entirely sensible point that the Obama administration failed to respond to the crisis in Syria in an adroit manner. As Rogers points out, nothing is being done to prevent the Assad regime from continuing to slaughter the Syrian opposition via conventional weapons. I recognize that …

The Epistemically Closed President

I have no doubt that Barack Obama is a smart man--you have to be pretty smart to get elected president of the United States twice--but he doesn't travel much outside his own intellectual comfort zone, and it shows in his thinking. Part of this has to do with the nature of the presidency itself; it …

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