Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Babes Against Biotech and Crop Destruction

Several months ago, the Babes Against Biotech ventured from their concrete farm in Waikiki to wreak some havoc on the Big Island.  They had to spread their aloha there for A’ole Margaret Wille’s Bill 79.  While there, they met up with Roseanne Barr who made some pretty hateful statements about GMO crops.  This was a meme featured on the Babes Against Biotech page after the testimony was given:

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Not only did she encourage crop burning but she also spread a lot of vile accusations of GMO poisoning and even had followers promoting more crop burning:

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There was even a response by my dad in the Truth about Trade and Technology calling this kind of tactic out.  Pretty disgusting what this A’ole Aloha actress could do about this entire issue.  It is pretty clear what these activist groups want because it’s written all over the place.  There is not hiding what their agenda is, especially on their Twitter feeds:

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So when this latest incident of papaya destruction occurred in Puna several days ago, no one can deny that it may have a high likelihood of agroterrorism since that has been the talk all over the social media for the past year.  I’ve seen it all over various A’ole GMO pages.  Some A’oles even have the gall to promote crop destruction on the Star Advertiser Facebook article (note another ignoramus “likes” it too):

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So why not ask them to help solve a mystery.  This is what I posted on several A’ole GMO pages:

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I suspect that most of of the posts were removed from these walls or ignored but I did get a response to it today:

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Of course they had to add their A’ole GMO issue with crop contamination and corporate hate and that they actually support an exemption of papayas???  And then to mention a rumor that the papaya farmer did this himself to collect insurance is yet another odd comment.  Funny how they smother the love and no hostility comments too.  That they claim to support farmers is a joke because what else do they demand?  A label that would actually harm the small farmers who use this technology.  I had to respond back to this person with:

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She then came out with this reply:

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It is not surprising at all that they keep recycling the same old anti-corporation hate, Agent Orange, and so on.  I wish these women would research their stuff a bit more because to me, it makes women look bad and not smart.  My reply to her was:

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And I, being the science supporter that I am, was compelled to put include some factual information as well.  They of course deleted the chart that shows some of the organic pesticides used and its toxicity to bees.  I reposted it on there as such:

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And before you know it, when you hit them with facts that they don’t like, you get a ban.  Here’s their reply to me that got sent to my email:

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It is quite funny that they think I am spreading biotech propaganda when the source is clearly not from the biotech industry at all rather from the Xerces Society.  This is a nonprofit dedicated to looking at how to save the pollinators.  Shouldn’t A’oles love that kind of group? I guess not.  It just goes to show that A’oles do not read anything outside of anti-GMO propaganda and when faced with facts, they duck or run!  These honeys show you exactly what they are made of!

The Crop Destruction Continues and the A’oles Come Out!

One would think that if your group was associated with breaking the law and crop destruction, you would hang low for a bit.  But no, not the A’ole GMO folks.  They will come right out and state that they support this.  Of course some of them feel the other way that this is a smear campaign against them which is odd because we’ve seen it all over the place.

Read the Star Advertiser piece on Facebook with the details of the destruction of about 100 papaya trees in Puna.

One person blatantly expresses his support of crop destruction by stating this:

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There are some more expressions of hate posted on the same page:

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Then on the Civil Beat article on the crop destruction we have commenters spreading false information all over the place.  “Monsanto this and that” only creates more vile misinformed hate towards farmers.  Luckily as of today, all of the comments were removed by her, but her name remains:

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It is nice to know that a majority of the commenters on most of the articles did come out against this kind of action.  There is some hope that there may be a glimmer of aloha in the GMO issue.

Just a reminder that when you are against GMOs, you are aligning yourself with these kinds of folks.  The no aloha folks indeed.  No farmer should ever have to worry about this kind of issue and it is not the individual’s right to support this kind of action.  When the tone of the conversations change, that’s when we won’t need this kind of page exposing the no Aloha spirit.

Another Bros Against Biotech: Brian Schatz

Well, it has been confirmed that another Hawaii politician has joined the ranks of the Bros Against Biotech:

Yes, he too has not done his homework and actually read the bill but rather relied on the A’ole GMO club for his information.  If Senator Schatz did a simple Google search of “debunk Monsanto Protection Act,” he would have been able to see that it is once again conspiracy theorists at work.

Read here for some background about this bogus act:

http://blog.skepticallibertarian.com/2013/03/28/monsanto-protection-act-anti-gmo-conspiracy-theorists-lose-it-over-minor-deregulation/

http://debunkingdenialism.com/tag/monsanto-protection-act/

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And if you look carefully at who is pushing for this so called act, it is none other than the A’ole groups Food Democracy Now and the Center for Food Safety.  No surprise!

It’s a sad day in Hawaii nei when our own leaders fall prey to the fear mongers and hysterics of the A’ole GMO club.

Nearly a year ago, the labeling bill came into play during the legislative session.  In response to the hysteria going on and the impact that it would have on local farmers, I sent a letter to all of the Senators and Representatives.  I did not get replies from most of them but I did get some from the A’ole GMO ones.  One of them was Senator Mike Gabbard.  Here’s his response…

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If you click on his link of the “proof” of the dangers of GMOs, can you guess what you get? Sadly, I got the debunked Seralini study.

The emails went back and forth and it was learned that he is a tried and true A’ole GMO.  This even further acknowledges his radical stance on GMOs by the revelation that he follows the “RoundUp causes every single disease on earth” paper:

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Little does he know that the author, Stephanie Seneff is not a biologist, geneticist, or even a molecular biologist but a computer scientist in artificial intelligence.  Not only that but her so-called “paper” is published in the physical science journal Entropy along with her co-author Anthony Samsel, an environmental activist who is also a chemical engineer.  Does Mike Gabbard not see any problems with this?  If you simply do a Google search under “debunking Stephanie Seneff,” you’ll find out what’s wrong with her paper.  Notoriously, the biggest of their debunked claims was that of a retracted study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield,  listed as a reference.

If you would like to know even more about Mike Gabbard’s stance on commercial farming, just do a Google search of “Mike Gabbard Organic Industry.”  He’s been a long time A’ole GMO club member!  No wonder he wants a label!

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He and his daughter, Tulsi, have also been active with the Hawaii Health Coalition that they founded and even received a $25K non-bid contract to spread their “healthy environmental messages” paid by taxpayers.

Mike and Tulsi Gabbard are staunchly anti-biotech as evidenced by their participation in the recent Community Plant and Seed Exchange.  Just take a look at who’s involved with this event:

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One of the sponsors at the bottom of the flier, a cultural food activist, is just another A’ole aloha person, for we which I found this comment from him directed at farmers and an executive of the HCIA:

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It’s amazing how these leaders portray the “organic is superior” and “we are about saving the environment and nature” and so on bit but continue to associate with the most A’ole aloha people around!

So as we can see Mike Gabbard is clearly an A’ole GMO club leader, and he supports the A’ole aloha folks who are so respectful and polite in how they express their views.

A’ole GMOs Claim No Aloha on Both Sides?

If find it very interesting that my blog is getting a lot of complaints on the social media by the A’ole GMO club, and claims that there is no aloha on both sides.

A screaming mother posted this “apology” stating this claim:

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I can’t quite figure out why a farmer would just come out of the blue screaming and sticking the finger unless something was antagonizing him to begin with, but that is yet another story.  And why are you also bringing your young kids to an activist event where you know you’ll piss people off?  Remember A’oles, that it just takes one bad misstep and your name will live in infamy to millions.  Thanks to the social media, it will be perpetuated in eternity, so just don’t do that!

Back on topic for tonight…  Where is the no aloha on both sides? What I have seen and been replied to when questioning some of the comments from the A’oles is some of the following:

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Some of my favorite Kauai A’oles came a taunting the other night on the Pacific Business News post on Sept. 21, when I responded to the post pertaining to what questions would you ask the editorial board.  I simply posted a question and this is what ensued after that.  The A’oles hate when they think their forum is being infringed upon and when that happens, you get a nice name…  Troll! Can I then say hypocrisy because the same accusers will frequently go on to pro-science sites and go ape crap all over it!

Here’s a bit more of the conversation that continued on that page by these A’oles:

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Prior to that commentary with these A’oles, several months back on the Hawaii Ag post about papayas, several of them decided to voice their opinions about it.  I had to speak up to to temper some of the nasty comments they were making and some of the misinformation being spread and one of the same A’oles from the previous commentary decided to do the same thing:

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I just could not resist going to the farmer’s market and countering the claims that papayas are poisonous.  And this is what I get as a response from an A’ole:

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One of my favorite responses from A’oles when they have no coherent arguments left is:

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It is amazingly odd that they want one to eat poison GMOs and then tell a person something enlightening and peaceful.  What a tale of irony indeed!

What is even more odd is that they will tell me to “Go eat your GMOs,” then start to question themselves and ask what I eat or feed my family.  Obviously you made such a bold statement that you must know but something is making you doubt it???  Got to love the  same old verbiage of “it’s banned” and “get biotech out.”

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Well, I still ask A’oles who feel that they have been threatened or harassed to please clarify and give specifics.  Several of them have complained and said that they were being made targets and I told them, “Please share it so that we can be aware of it.”  So far, all I got was this one:

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A’oles Just Don’t Read but can Talk!

When you haven’t had much education in science and research, it is easy to get correlation mixed up with causation.  Some don’t bother to read the definitions either or take time to learn about what’s truly being said.  This opens up huge flaws in the A’ole GMO club’s arguments.

First, let’s define what correlation is:

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Now let’s define what causation is:

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Note, now really note and pay attention here, these two words are found in completely different sections of the dictionary.  Why? Because they have completely different meanings.  They are not the same as you can see from above.

The A’oles have resorted to their science with their graphs as shown below:

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These A’oles will state that the increase in GMOs in our diets are the reason for increases in every single disease on earth.  If that is the case, then that would mean the rise in production and consumption of organic foods would also be linked to increased disease.  Well, that would fluster them all up in a forum so we’ll leave that aside for now.  Basically, if something is correlated, it doesn’t mean that it is causative.  One has to dig deeper to determine causation from a correlation.

In today’s edition of the chronicles of the A’ole GMO club, we are going to talk about correlation a bit more.  As we have seen across many forums where GMOs are discussed here in Hawaii, there is a noticeable trend in the A’oles commentary lengths.  They seem to be getting very, very long in their posts:

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Do A’oles really think that others are going to read these online novels when most of the time they themselves don’t even read the actual post or article they are commenting on?  I am starting to think that there is indeed a correlation here.  The correlation of the post is inversely proportional to the degree of critical thinking and reasoning.  And since some of our lazy readers won’t bother to check the link, this is what it means:

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A’ole interpretation here: The longer your post, the less in will be based upon critical thinking and reasoning.

The A’oles go on and on about their hate or knowledge about GMOs that sometimes they even forget what or where the initial target post was to begin with:

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Note that the blog link posted states clearly that the regulation of pesticides would be voluntary until the formal legislation is put into place.  The A’oles obviously have no reading comprehension skills because they comment as if the whole law would be voluntary.  Please read people, or you will be made the fool but we know that already.

Yes A’oles, this is really sending the governor a strong message of what you’re all about and how you don’t think.  And that is why you are an A’ole.  A’ole GMO means A’ole Aloha and A’ole critical thinking and reasoning.  You’ve just shown that to the Governor tonight with how  you’ve shown your exemplary manners and professionalism on his own official page.  And you want him to listen to you after all of that???

What did you say???

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The A’ole GMO club likes to use the powerful reach of the internet to claim the most outrageous “facts.” Here are some of my favorites:

Meet this lovely young lady who posted this comment on a biotech page:

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Someone needs to tell this young lady that there is something called the NOP, or National Organic Program.  It even has a list of approved chemicals for use on organic farms.  I have a feeling that she doesn’t quite understand what chemicals mean.  Let’s start with education about atoms, electrons, etc…

Also, I did receive this tweet that chemicals grow chemicals from someone wanting the Kauai A’ole GMO bill to pass:

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I can’t quite figure out how chemicals grow chemicals because mine haven’t changed or grown yet.

Meet our professed farmer friend who also posted this comment:

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Unbelievable that GMO sources are being used to get Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is also know as ascorbic acid.  Where ever the source is, it will never contain GMO because it is a chemical as in all vitamins.  Now where do we find DNA?  Living things!  He’s been reading way too much from the Organic Consumer’s Association.

Here’s a very insightful comment posted on a farm page:

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Interesting enough that so many A’ole GMO club members continue to state that GMOs are deadly when over three trillion meals have been served and not a single documented death or illness has occurred.  That doesn’t happen in the other industry where deaths and illness have been happening more than they’d like to admit.  How can this be???

Here’s a lovely pair of comments that go together like peanut butter and jelly as Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition stated previously:

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For one, if we say that eating GMOs makes one infertile, how in the world can biotech companies ever poison these children if they are never even born???  And if we were all poisoned by the evil companies feeding us GMOs, what good are dead consumers no longer alive and able to buy their products?  Hmm… You poison your customers, make them infertile and dead, who’s left to fill the coffers of money?

You know you really don’t know anything about genetics when you make this kind of comment that only A’ole would agree with:

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If you really want to know what’s wrong with this, learn from National Geographic’s article on genetics.  There’s a great educational game on that page that each and every A’ole should do instead of reading Natural News and other bunk sites.

Meet this Mom who is GMO Free and also free of some neurons:

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Bt toxin and papayas eh?  Let’s do some research about Bt and what its used for.  It’s used to control a type of worm!  So is it worms that are affecting the papayas?  Uh, no, Mrs. GMO Free Mom!  Do your research and you’ll find it is something else called papaya ringspot virus!

When you read stuff on the internet and hear about it over and over, if you don’t have much of an education, you might just say stuff like this:

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If you have very little knowledge about human digestion and physiology, please do not try to sound intelligent.  If you don’t know the difference between fauna and flora, that is why you should not go on the internet and publicly shame yourself.  But then again, some people have no clue that what they are saying is complete nonsense.  Thanks to Mike Gabbard for touting that ‘Roundup causes every disease on earth’ speaker.  We are indeed making for an intelligent population.

When A’oles start to ask this kind of question you know that they don’t quite have a handle on Google:

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Of course, just the mention of GMO will cause a mass hysteria that there are GMO pineapples.  A quick search avoiding the A’ole sites will give you the answer.  If you’re too lazy to click the link, the answer is that there is no commercially approved pineapples.

Now this is the biggest kicker of the A’oles that GMOs taste bad:

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These very smart folks first of all must be eating the trunks of the trees if they think that the rind is woody and that the flesh is white or that they are eating PRSV infected fruits.  And if they think that GMO tastes bad, I’ll just leave this here for them:

I am starting to wonder if you are an A’ole demanding the “right to know,” what good would it actually do for furthering their knowledge?  Many of them claim they already “know” everything about the dangers that GMOs represent because they’ve pulled all their “facts” from fear mongering propaganda websites.  Then we find out that none of their claims actually stand up to legitimate scientific and fact-based scrutiny.  And then we have the moronic and totally false comments such as the ones I just covered.  Should we really be getting our dose of why we have a “right to know” from these folks?  If you want to sound smart, then get educated about the issues and stop spouting off crank statements that then make others look ignorant and moronic when they start parroting the same hogwash.  We also have a “right to know” if we are being misled by the anti-GMO fear propaganda machine.