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Helen Lovell Says Biotech Farmers Have No Aloha

Just when you thought things would quiet down a bit here in Hawaii, it never fails that the no aloha folks are bursting at the seams to spew their comments again.  Meet Helen Lovell, who apparently is a nurse:

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She believes that papaya farmers deserve no aloha for using biotech to grow their crops. But how exactly does one grow “nasty garbage?”

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She apparently thinks that there is no aloha when people speak up against these activists, and that anyone who does is a troublemaker.  Of course, they only want their voices heard and not anyone else’s.

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You also know that Vandana Shiva has recently been to the islands when they borrow her terminology of “raping the land.”

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Then she goes on to say that threats made against the Mayor were made by my little corn friend, Frank n Foode…(seriously?).  I can’t quite figure out why I would need to threaten the Mayor but she has something in her mind that there is a reason for it.  They still can’t figure out that they themselves are looking bad because of the nature of their commentaries.

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Last but not least, Helen has to throw in an insult.  No surprise at all for that is the Kauai A’ole way.

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As much as these folks love to talk about them being pono and having lots of aloha, it is clear that they have no clue about it already.  Same goes for their leader, Gary Hooser and his antics.  Monkey see, monkey do.

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GMO Free Kauai: Silencing a Dissident

In 2007, a study was conducted on the scientific literacy of the US public.  The results found that only 28% of people were considered scientifically literate.  It is no wonder that we are having controversy in our state on issues related to GMOs.  The minority of folks who understand and accept the evidence is the underwhelming minority and even less so when it comes time for speaking out.

If you just take a look at the many recent polls on GMOs in the local papers, you can clearly see that reflected in the results.  There are more people lacking the ability to decipher what is evidence and what isn’t.  Then that same population makes for hot pickings for a very powerful fear mongering campaign by industries trying to grow its market share.

The lack of scientific literacy and the advent of social media has paved the way for this movement supported by a largely uninformed public, who have been bombarded by black marketing tactics and the growing presence of environmental groups.  Extremist activism has now become a mainstream way of life for some here in the islands and it doesn’t look like it is going to stop, unless others are willing to speak up.  However, when activists resort to intimidation, the likelihood of people who disagree with them speaking up becomes even less.  Just watch what happens in this video during the hearing for Bill 2491 and note the emotional tone facing the council members who were hesitating:

Here’s a personal account posted on a Civil Beat article of someone who acknowledges the tactics being used that morning:

There is an even slimmer chance that the leaders in office are sufficiently scientifically literate enough to make sound decisions, knowing the above stated statistics.  It is no wonder we are seeing laws being passed in Hawaii against this technology.

Take a look at some examples of the intimidation that happens if you disagree with their position and make it known:

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We also can’t forget Kevin Folta’s interaction with another Kauai activist, Christi Demuth.  Or even the death threats that followed Kevin and Karl after their trip to Kauai.

Now, if you haven’t learned yet, you do not want to disagree with these people because their power is in their loud voices and social media masses.  So if you are a leader in the community, you’d better watch yourself if you are perceived as not supporting their position because you will be subjected to all kinds of nasty and intimidating tactics.  In addition, they will quickly complain about no aloha from the other side, but then look what they have done to Chuck Lasker, who has spoken out about issues concerning biotech:

http://www.change.org/petitions/rotary-club-of-kauai-remove-chuck-lasker-as-president-elect-of-kauai-rotary

(Note, if you want to help stop this, please scroll down to the bottom and flag it.)

They are even paying people to sign this petition!

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Take a look at the commentary of these people.  Note how they claim to be victims but then post vile comments like those above, being the same hateful people signing this petition, and who posted a litany of hate on the Pro GMO FB page when it first came out!

These folks are the same extremists that leaders are working with and listening to in order to make laws.  It’s no wonder why the community remains divided.  In normal political dealings, radicals that can’t be reasoned are marginalized and the reasonable folks are the ones you mostly work with.  That is the leader’s choice to either continue the division by working with loud-voiced radicals or choosing to support what is best for the people as whole and work with more reasonable and cooperative folks.  Unfortunately, with tactics such as those witnessed, what leader wants to be subjected to this?  You’d Better Vote That Way Or Else I Go See You Later In Da Back Alley!

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???