On-the-spot reaction #3-1 | Opposing GMO without knowing what GMO stands for

choux_furieuxSomething that has always surprised me is how little people opposing GMOs know about GMOs or even about overall genetics. They will make many wild claims about how marketed genetically modified plants can cause cancer, poison you and destroy the environment, but when you ask them to get into more details, they will either run to Google, trying to find any sources of authority that will comfort their opinion, or call you a Monsanto shill. Or they’ll change the topic turning to issues such as immoral patenting, corrupted greedy corporation and sold out scientists (forgetting about the few but very real scientists on “their side” who are putting ideology before science, like Gilles-Eric Séralini).

But what happens when you’re interviewing people away from their computer and asking them to answer on the spot, before a camera, meaning that they can’t even search for info on the Web from their smartphone? This is what Jmmy Kimmel did at a local farmers’ market and the result is probably actually quite unnerving for any anti-GMO activists. If the persons who accepted to be interviewed can be considered to represent the average US consumer of organic food, then this video could show without any mistake possible that the anti-GMO movements have been able to scare people about GMO although most have no clue at all what GMO are or even what those three letters stand for! So, when they claim that people have a “right to know”, we are here left wondering “what” they would like people to have the right to know….Well, that is, if this video is really representative of the population it claims to sample. I must say that some of the answers seem to me to so ignorant that it leaves me wondering….

Fil d’Ariane #4 | La faute aux musulmans

Depuis les attentats du 11 septembre 2001, de plus en plus de voix montent dans l’espace public pour sommer les musulmans, tous les musulmans, quelle que soit leur implication religieuse et leur origine nationale, de dénoncer haut et fort les dérives commises par une minorité d’intégristes et de fanatiques au nom de l’Islam. Cette injonction s’accompagne d’un véritable chantage qui laisse entendre aux musulmans de Suisse et d’autres pays européens (et nord-américains d’ailleurs) qu’ils ne peuvent espérer être traités comme n’importe quels autres citoyens à moins de montrer constamment patte blanche, voire d’abjurer leur foi. Sinon, les muuslmans dits “modérés” ne pourront que s’en prendre à eux-mêmes si une partie de l’opinion publique continue de les dénigrer et de se défouler sur eux. En d’autres termes, si nombre de nos concitoyens non-musulmans ont abandonné toute rigueur intellectuelle et se laissent aller à une ridicule paranoïa raciste et anti-musulmane, au point de ne plus savoir distinguer entre un citoyen lambda et des fanatiques, ce n’est pas de leur faute! Non, c’est celle des musulmans, sans aucune distinction! Comme modalité de déresponsabilisation, c’est drôlement commode!

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