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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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Posted on 12/15/14 at 02:30 pm in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

"One man's propaganda is another's truth." Ain't that the truth. Er...

For what it's worth, truth does not equal fact. By interpreting data provided by scientific studies we know that the Earth is NOT 5000 years old; we also know that the GMOs on the market have been found safe. That doesn't prevent some people from believing that both sets of scientifically tested (and confirmed time and time again) facts are propaganda. For the same reason that I object to young earth...

Posted on 12/15/14 at 07:35 pm in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

The name of his business was sufficient, then? Seriously, I'm all about full disclosure, but pulling a specific quote from a website seems to be a bit beyond disclosure, doesn't it?

Posted on 12/15/14 at 10:58 pm in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

Just because we didn't eat GMO foods for 5975 years (or however many years you want to choose), doesn't make it unsafe. We have a pretty good idea just how safe they are, but no amount of evidence will convince some people. Did you know that there's a museum full of dinosaur bones that claims that dinosaurs lived at the same time as man? No matter how much evidence there is, there will be no convincing such people that dinosaurs and man never coexisted (unless you want to count birds...

Posted on 12/16/14 at 03:10 pm in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

This is just my argument, not anyone else's. If it happens to coincide with what others have to say, then maybe there's more than a grain of sense in it. I did not develop my point of view based on what I was told by companies that develop GMOs. In fact, I believe that the overuse of a single variety, GMO or otherwise, reduces diversity and increases mass crop failure risk, a position that is very much not in favor at Monsanto or Bayer. Rather, my argument is based on a background in...

So, if I'm getting this right, your point is that what happened on 9/11 was torture, which was evil, so, it's ok to commit torture and be evil, right?

Ok. I'll agree that there was intent to cause suffering by Al Qaeda. We called it "terrorism" then, but I'll give you "torture" now. But, if we can agree on that, does it not also follow that what we did to innocent people (and, yes, even Cheney doesn't disagree that there were innocent people) is also terrorism? I'm not going to...

As this is not a public forum, I doubt censorship would affect any conversation we had about whether or not we agree that the US is a terrorist nation. In fact, I think we could have that discussion here as long as we weren't flinging personal insults. But, even if we typed out such a conversation and it didn't show up here on MinnPost, it wouldn't be censorship.

Still, it's unlikely you and I would see eye to eye on the subject given that you think that Cheney's definition of...

Having access to good food is essential and having time and skills to prepare said good food is critical. However, it's more complicated than that.

Many people receiving food assistance know, on some level, that their food choices affect both their pocketbooks when purchasing, as well as their health later. Yet, they are the most likely to make poor food choices. It's not just time and money, either. While those who are not eligible for food assistance make the healthiest...

Posted on 12/16/14 at 03:51 pm in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

These numbers are problematic. It's clear that the issue isn't as simple as teaching quality or income, but something (or things) very specific to race. I would like to see the numbers normalized to educational status of the parents, as well as by income.

Part of the gap might be that students don't have the benefit of experience of the parents. In other words, it's easier for a student to recognize, or at least take for granted, the benefit of education if their parents...

Some day, we'll understand the body well enough to make intelligent calls on who to treat (or test) and when. Unfortunately, it will also likely come with the question of genetic screening and who should have access.

There is probably some genetic aspect to the predisposition of colon cancer in black populations. Changing the age of screening makes sense, but if we understood better why it makes sense, we could identify more specifically who needs to be screened, black, white, or...

There was very little rational about what happened to Trayvon Martin. That was all about a man with a gun who felt he should use it because he could. It was about race because there was no other indication that he didn't belong in the neighborhood, let alone needed to be stalked then shot. Zimmerman is a predator, as is clear from not only that incident but several other incidents since then.

I would be much more likely to follow your argument if you had a good one. I met a man in...