Category Archives: Plants

I study plants. I study agriculture. I like plants. They are cool, and highly varied in their natures and functions. I think plants are cool unto themselves, but they are also economically valuable. A means to an end, but one on the continuum of life that, much like humans, behave much differently on their own than in groups. Laboratory challenges relating to plants, soils and root substrates are an interest for me.

Poetic justice for AGW denialism via betting markets?

Someone should start a sea level betting market. Samoans and others can take positions which will pay out around the time they start to flood. Thanks to widespread ignorance in the largest economy in the world, this should provide a … Continue reading

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Pinpointing the human role in the expansion of the Sahara desert

Growing agricultural addiction had a severe effect on the region’s ecology. As more vegetation was removed by the introduction of livestock, it increased the albedo (the amount of sunlight that reflects off the earth’s surface) of the land, which in … Continue reading

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Interesting observation relating to efforts to combat BS with truth

Ideally, I would like to prepare the reader to digest the following with a maximum of self-discrediting by my choice of works. The following statement arises from discussion on techniques perfected by tobacco companies in the 1960s and onward to … Continue reading

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Why is the cutting edge moving forward at the same rate despite 25 times as much research activity?

Through MarginalRevolution there is a paper called Are Ideas Getting Harder To Find?, which shows data indicating that the rate of new ideas has not increased, despite about 25 times more researchers involved in a certain area of research activity. … Continue reading

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How to get fruit to ripen when you want

Tired of buying too bananas which then go off all at the same time so you don’t eat them? Someone has a solution. It involves spraying edible coatings onto produce that alter their speed of ripening. So, each banana in … Continue reading

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Where “small therefore irrelevant” thinking leads in carbon emissions

What would happen if Canadians buy the argument that our overall contribution to global carbon emissions is not that large and therefore we should do nothing about it, and every country with equal or lesser emissions than Canada uses the … Continue reading

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Clinton Foundation meetings at State. Is it a big deal? Well … what’s the Foundation up to anyways? Maybe it matters.

So, I’ve long stated that Republicans are ripping into Clinto for all the wrong reasons, suspecting that they didn’t go after her for other types of dodgy practices that they themselves do or want to do. For example, the $250,000 … Continue reading

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What we can learn from black men and monkeys

Some people cannot tell the difference between an African and a monkey, yet, consider themselves as so ‘intelligent’ that they feel themselves required to speak on behalf of the genetic future of the species, for example wanting to eliminate people … Continue reading

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Pan-African free trade agreement coming in 2017?

Some basic reporting here. I’m not sure where exactly I stand on the issue, because it is very complex and involves many different types and magnitudes of issues ranging from tradition and culture to technological advancement and economic development, not … Continue reading

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Third follow-up important message

I’m under a lot of pressure from external mind influencing technologies right now, so please consider carefully who you send this message to.

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