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The tensions between Monsanto and the nation's weed scientists actually began several years ago, when Monsanto first moved to make dicamba the centerpiece of a new weedkilling strategy. The company tweaked the genes in soybeans and cotton and created genetically modified varieties of those crops that can tolerate doses of dicamba. (Normally, dicamba kills those crops.) This allowed farmers to spray the weedkiller directly on their soybean or cotton plants, killing the weeds while their crops survived.

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Dicamba, however, has a well-known defect. It's volatile; it tends to evaporate from the soil or vegetation where it has been sprayed, creating a cloud of plant-killing vapor that can spread in unpredictable directions. It happens more in hot weather, and Monsanto's new strategy inevitably would mean spraying dicamba in the heat of summer.

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"If this were any other product, I feel like it would be just pulled off the market, and we'd be done with it," Scott says.

But dicamba, and the crops created to tolerate it, aren't just any products. There is big money behind them. Monsanto, seed dealers, farmers who are struggling with weed problems -- they all have a stake in this technology. The university scientists who are pointing out problems with them are confronting an economic juggernaut.

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Bradley says executives from Monsanto have made repeated calls to his supervisors. "What the exact nature of those calls [was], I'm not real sure," Bradley says. "But I'm pretty sure it has something to do with not being happy with what I'm saying."

I contacted three academic deans at the University of Missouri, asking for details about the calls. A university spokesman said they were too busy to respond.

Monsanto's Partridge says, "We are not attacking Dr. Bradley. We respect him, his position, opinion, and his work. We respect him, and academics in general."

Bradley says criticism from people in Missouri's farming community whom he has known for years hits him even harder. "To have somebody say that what [I'm] saying is bad for Missouri agriculture, that's a hard one to take," he says. "There's not a lot of glory in these positions, or major financial incentive. We chose these jobs to help the farmers in our states."
-http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/10/26/559733837/monsanto-and-the-weed-scientists-not-a-love-story
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Politics and Current Events / wtf


So someone booby-trapped a walking trail in my area. Luckily, someone noticed, and called the bomb squad. Who knows if the trap would have worked, but if there was a hole drilled in the mouse-trap, and a firing pin attached to it, then maybe?

http://wwmt.com/news/local/bomb-squad-called-for-booby-trap-found-on-kalamazoo-walking-trail
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Arts and Entertainment / Fraggle Rock
The Doozers are the proletariat, the Fraggles the bourgeois, and the Gorgs are the aristocracy, right? So what are Doc and Sprocket? Either way, the show seems to have a message similar to Bee Movie, where hard labor (and being exploited) is the natural and necessary state of certain beings, regardless of their ideals.
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Sports / NFL 2017
Since Ksen seems to have survived the hurricane just fine, I feel compelled to point out that the Lions have a better record so far this year, than the Patriots do.

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So I was smoking a lot of dope, and decided this guy:


^guy^

looks a lot like a puffin.


^puffin^

A pterosaur is like a dinosaur but different, and what if like, birds evolved from them instead? I mean, I think they flew and stuff, and a T-Rex can barely fly at all?
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / birds ?!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmvGEJkfSVY

Hummingbirds bathing on leaves is (apparently) an entire YouTube genre. And rightfully so.
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Politics and Current Events / Grab Them By the Pussy
Parents dream of their children becoming the President of the United States. Well, tell your child he just has to reach a point where he can grab women by their pussies, and it's okay, because he's a celebrity. If your kids (or some of them) are girls, well, maybe they can be groped by a future president.
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Hey, my friends. I've been reading up on various astronomy/etc. stuff today, and it occurred to me that I don't know how much time dilation is taken into account when dealing with distant objects. I imagine it must be, totally, but we often hear that something is so old for being so far away, given the time it takes light to reach us, but what about relative speeds and gravitational effects? They would impact relative age, presumably. So if Fuzzy or anyone knowledgeable can explain roughly how all this fits in with our models and whatnot, at least on some basic level, I would be mad grateful.