When even the big three broadcasters (NBC, CBS, ABC) themselves fake the news on occasion, no one seems to feel themselves above the occasional fake report. Sometimes it's just for fun, like April Fools Day. And sometimes it's to slant an issue the way they want. If they feel the issue is important enough, they may justify it as a "little white lie" to make the public "open their eyes". And sometimes it's just to make a little extra money on the side.
Yes we would. No matter how much "better" we take care of the planet, we cannot do anything about many extinction level events. Probably won't be able to for many thousands of years... if we last that long.
Short term, we have things like super volcanoes and asteroids. Long term, we have things like "close" super novae and gamma ray bursts. Much much longer term, we have the eventual life cycle of our sun. Sure, WE probably don't need to worry about any of this, and maybe our kids don't either, but beyond that, humanity needs to consider these things.
First step probably is colonizing other worlds. But eventually, any world will run into the same problems and need to be abandoned. Eventually, fully self-sufficient space stations floating in the void of space will be the safest way to preserve humanity. We've always asked, "where are the other intelligent species?" They're in space stations floating in the void between galaxies.
Long, long - meaning maybe 100 years, if that. Progress is happening faster than you seem to think. Unless we screw things up really bad in the next 50 years, I think most scientists see us with a real presence in space.
We don't need backup planets, we need space habitats. Any backup planet will eventually have all the same issues as Earth - super volcanoes, planet killer asteroids, gamma bursts withing 8000 ly, etc. If mankind is to survive, we need to spread wide and far through space.
I can imagine many of the police are confused at why they need a warrant. Many of them probably (like myself) watched TV shows where the cops use something to track the bad guy's cell phone, then swoop in for the arrest. Cue dramatic music. Case closed - bad guys 0, good guys 1.
Ever watch "Criminal Minds"? The FBI have this one team member whose specialty is finding info on the internet (naturally, she was a hacker they before joining the FBI). She runs through all the databases out there, pulling private info from any source on millions of people, singling out that one person who may just be the killer. But we never see a single warrant on any of the searches. All we see is she finds the bad guy, the team rushes in, and it's bad guys 0, good guys 1, again.
These shows are teaching people to cheer for unlimited global surveillance, even if they don't realize it. Anything can be found about anyone at any time, all without need of warrants, while we cheer in the background.
Actually, most of the time it is. In fact, for most adults, the fact that everyone else is doing it is the only justification accepted. Telling kids not to do something because everyone else is is a big part of that hypocrisy he mentioned.
Yes. Why is manipulating genes in the garden good while doing it in the lab bad? At least the guy in the lab is testing the result on animals. The guy in the garden is testing on his family and neighbors!
Don't kid yourself - techniques like grafting and cross-pollination are making GMOs.
Using "organic" to mean "didn't use pesticides" is a stupid, wrong, and dangerous misuse of an existing word. Might as well call downloading unauthorized copies of files "piracy"! Makes as little sense.
How about just saying "we didn't use pesticides"? It is easy to understand, and a lot more accurate.
Sadly, that doesn't make me happy. So if you actually have a representative that represents you (the people), REJOICE! There are far too many that don't. I'm not looking forward to the upcoming presidential election.