Queering Agriculture

“The University of California, Berkeley, recently hosted a lecture called ‘Queering Agriculture,’ and it was a fine example of the stream-of-social-consciousness school of academic writing.” National Review

National Review, March 9, 2015, p. 13

BeekmanBoysThe University of California, Berkeley, recently hosted a lecture called “Queering Agriculture,” and it was a fine example of the stream-of-social-consciousness school of academic writing. From the website description: “Queering and trans-ing ideas and practices of agriculture are necessary for more sustainable, sovereign, and equitable food systems for the creatures and systems involved in systemic reproductions that feed humans and other creatures. Since agriculture is literally [i.e., not literally] the backbone of economics, politics, and ‘civilized’ life as we know it, and the manipulation of reproduction and sexuality are a foundation of agriculture, it is absolutely crucial queer and transgender studies begin to deal more seriously with the subject of agriculture.” Translation: No one has written about this topic before because sexual preference has nothing to do with agriculture. But that’s no obstacle to a hard-core academic, and soon we can presumably expect “Queering Dentistry,” “Queering Transmission Repair,” and perhaps “Straighting Interior Design.”

UC Berkeley Lecture: It Is ‘Necessary’ to Apply Transgender Studies to Agriculture

Searching high and low for the “queer” angle.

By KATHERINE TIMPF, National Review, February 9, 2015, p. 13

The University of California–Berkeley is hosting a lecture about how it is “necessary” to apply gay and transgender studies to agriculture because agriculture is all about reproduction and our food systems will suffer if we don’t.

“So why queer agriculture? This seems like an odd question . . .” says the description, prompting an “uh, yeah” in my head, before continuing with “. . .but it becomes more obvious with research and analysis.”

That second part I’m not so sure about, however, considering how many times I felt like my brain was going to explode as I continued reading.

“Since agriculture is literally the backbone of economics, politics, and ‘civilized” life as we know it, and the manipulation of reproduction and sexuality are a foundation of agriculture, it is absolutely crucial queer and transgender studies begin to deal more seriously with the subject of agriculture,” it states. Continue reading

Global Warming Fraud

“Billions of dollars have been poured into studies supporting climate alarm, and trillions of dollars have been involved in overthrowing the energy economy. So it is unsurprising that great efforts have been made to ramp up hysteria, even as the case for climate alarm is disintegrating.” Richard S. Lindzen

“Earth’s climate is amazingly complex. It’s driven by gravitational forces of our solar system, radiation from the sun, and cosmic rays from stars in deep space…Energy from the sun drives all weather on Earth.” Steve Goreham, The Mad World of Climatism, p. 72

“Earth’s atmosphere is composed of 78 percent nitrogen gas, 21 percent oxygen, and 1 percent of other trace gases. Carbon dioxide is one of the trace gases, comprising much less that 1 percent. Only four of every ten thousand air molecules are carbon dioxide. In all of human history, man-made emissions are responsible for adding only a fraction of one of these four molecules.” Ibid

The Political Assault on Climate Skeptics

Members of Congress send inquisitorial letters to universities, energy companies, even think tanks.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) at a Capitol Hill news conference, Nov. 12, 2014.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) at a Capitol Hill news conference, Nov. 12, 2014. PHOTO: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES

Richard S. Lindzen, The Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2015, p, A 13

Individuals and organizations highly vested in disaster scenarios have relentlessly attacked scientists and others who do not share their beliefs. The attacks have taken a threatening turn.

As to the science itself, it’s worth noting that all predictions of warming since the onset of the last warming episode of 1978-98—which is the only period that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) attempts to attribute to carbon-dioxide emissions—have greatly exceeded what has been observed. These observations support a much reduced and essentially harmless climate response to increased atmospheric carbon dioxide.  Continue reading

Charles Darwin Day

DDay2015_PromoPoster_85x11_thumb“I do not believe the Darwinian theory or explanation of evolution. There are several reasons. One of them is, that if that theory were true, then a struggle for life would always be going on among the members of every species; where in our species at any rate, no such struggle is observable.” David Stove, Darwinian Fairytales, p. 77

“If the members of every species are always engaged in a struggle for life with one another, and if human beings were selfish and non-moral animals at first, how could even the least little bit of morality or of altruism have escaped being eliminated by natural selection?

“If it is an insoluble problem for Darwinism how even the least bit of altruism could survive, then think of the scale of the problem for Darwinism which is presented by the advanced societies of the present day. In these, altruism has not only survived, but spread like wildfire, and even assumed monstrous proportions.

“If only one had the power of language that would be needed to do justice to this colossal ‘scientific’ farce!” Ibid., 150, 151

”After lobbying from the Delaware Atheist Meetup and the American Humanist Association, Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has declared Feb. 12 ‘Charles Darwin Day,’ the first state in the country to formally mark the occasion, and a move is afoot to get the federal government to come on board.” Jonathan Soch

Darwin Day a win for atheists

Jonathan Soch, The Washington Times, February 15, 2015, p. 24

He may be the closest thing to a pa­tron saint for atheists, and now America’s nonbelievers want the government to get him his due.

After lobbying from the Delaware Atheist Meetup and the American Humanist Association, Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has declared Feb. 12 “Charles Darwin Day;’ the first state in the country to formally mark the occa­sion, and a move is afoot to get the federal government to come on board.

Thursday would be the 206th birth­day of the famed 19th century naturalist, formulator of the theory of evolution and religious skeptic. While much of the international push to recognize Darwin Day focuses on his scientific achieve­ments and the need to encourage scien­tific and technical learning today, much of the energy for the campaign is com­ing from groups that focus on Darwin’s religious views.

“I’m completely thrilled with the proclamation,” said Charles Dyke, a member of the Delaware Ameist Meetup, which lobbied the state to recognize the day. “I think that it’s kind of groundbreak­ing from what I understand.”
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