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Guillaume Marceau
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What's so scary about gmos? Continued
Let's recall, the question on my mind is "what's so scary about gmos?". As curious individual trained in the sciences, it is our responsibility to understand and explain this fear fairly, with an insight that will be sufficiently penetrating that it will cl...

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What's so scary about GMOs?
A GMO can easily be made to be as toxic to as any pesticides. So think DDT, 2,4-D, Chlordane, Agent Orange, Heptachlor and all that. Presumably, pesticide can be studied carefully, scientifically, and deployed under the supervision of an agriculture enginee...

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What renewable energy products on the market today are capable of heating a Boston brownstone in winter?
The title started as a rhetorical question. Turns out it is actually quite easy to give a practical answer. Step 1: Hire an architect house with experience in energy efficiency retrofits on old New England houses, such as the folks at http://zeroenergy.com ...

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Lesson of a Rosetta Scientist's Shirt
The New York Times just wrote a fair piece on Matt Taylor, the British Scientist from the Rosetta Mission team who showed up on the big day with the wrong shirt. It's a heart warming story, truly. A dear friend hand-makes a fun, bold bowling shirt, for thei...

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On Mozilla's new CEO Brendan Eich stepping down
Recall, Mozilla is not a technology company. It is a civil right organization that works in the technology space. It believes that freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and notably freedom from being spied by upon for political gain by powerful people, ca...

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Quick personality quiz for libertarians: are you a Free Marketeer?, or a Pro-Capitalist?
Quick personality quiz for libertarians: are you a Free Marketeer?, or a Pro-Capitalist? A free marketeer is someone who believes that through the free flow of information, free choice and free exchanges, we will see arise a healthy, prosperous and fair soc...

How to Pen a Political Takedown Note, in the style of Krugman

One short sentence announcing what is happening, in general, absent of this particular feud. Two sentences stating your opponent's opinion, in a manner that is fair and they they would recognize. A few words stating that they are wrong (or very wrong, or catastrophically wrong, the case being.)

A promise of a detailed explanation later, but first, come context.

One or two or five paragraphs of necessary historical and philosophical context, as most questions deserving of a detailed response are really deserving of essay-length reflections. But this is the internet, five paragraph will have to do.

Two or three paragraphs articulating your rebuke to your opponent, in light of the historical context. The key here is to help the reader put two and two together -- resist the temptation to lean on any sense of authority. Now is not the time to be the delivery person of the Judgement Inc. Corporation. Present the argument fairly and sternly. 

One line calling your opponent a ditwit or some such. By the time you get here, you've earned it

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