WELCOME TO HUMP DAY. Today, not ONE, but TWO HUMPS are given. That’s right, Ladies and Gentlemen, today is BONUS DAY. It seems that I have too many pictures in inventory and need to reduce them a bit. Mind you, there are a LOT of pics in inventory because I wouldn’t want people becoming normal again. Sit back and celebrate the mid -point of the week. From here it is all downhill to over-indulgence time. Better get a head start.


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Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.

John Galsworthy

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The fatal flaw of gravity; when you are down, everything falls down on you.

Sylvia Townsend Warner

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  1. Xaromir March 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Yes yes, let’s just all bash Monsanto, because everyone does it and we can’t be bothered to actually read something. Let’s also be selfish and just let the rest of the world starve because organic can’t even support the population we have right now. Let’s also just ignore cases where companies actually went from GMO to organic, making their products more expensive and less nutritious, such as Cheerios. Let’s just ignore reality all together for a nice flowery pipe dream. Asshole.

    • ODDMAN March 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Ah yes, I was wondering if you were going to go off the deep end on that pic. I thought of you when I included it in the post.

      Speaking of flowery pipe dreams, do you actually believe what you wrote, that Monsanto and other GMO companies are on the side of angles? They are not. They are businesses that are there to maximize their shareholders profit. There is nothing wrong with that but put it into perspective. Their bottom line is to maximize their profits within the legal constraints of the countries that they operate in. I do not believe that altruistic motives is what guides their business practices. They’d go broke that were the case. UPDATE: You may want to check out Wikipedia to read about what a good corporate citizen Monsanto is. The legal briefs are interesting and so is the political ties of US congressmen to Monsanto. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto#Legal_actions_and_controversies.

      Does Mosanto do good work? Yes. So does DOW, Exxon, and a gazillion other companies. There are always trade offs when you want to travel or buy anything. Everything moves by truck. You absolutely need oil and it’s byproducts. Feel good electric car buyers charge their cars with coal fired electrical plants. Kind of defeats the purpose; one carbon product for another. There are trade offs that all of us must make. Living as in the 1700’s is not going to do it.

      Don’t put words into other peoples mouths. Like any large corporation, Monsanto does some things well and others they do poorly. They do love to genetically engineer their crops so that third world countries cannot save the seeds for future plantings.They will not germinate on the second or third planting. New seed must be bought. Built in future seed sales. For dirt poor farmers, not an easy thing to buy. It’s a good thing that there is foreign government aid and NGO aid agencies to help pay for that seed as otherwise they would starve.

      It’s also a good thing that we have the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. It’s a form of insurance in case we screw up the genetics of our current plants. Mono-culture is not a good thing. Unless of course you sell seeds and fertilizer because you deplete the soil of vital nutrients that can be replenished with crop rotation. A farmer can’t make enough money unless he goes mono-culture.

      If you’re going to use words such as “Asshole” and such, go elsewhere please. Out of 8-10k visits per day, you are the only one going APESHIT over something that calls out the “Company on the side of the Angels”, Monsanto. I’ve banned only one person so far in 3 years with 7.8 million visitors. Swearing isn’t allowed.

      I don’t care if you disagree with any pic or theme. I don’t see you complaining when I post pics skewering the fast food industry or religion or anything else. Your GMO topic will get skewered. I post things that take good shots at topics that I like. It’s a HUMOUR blog, with occasional art/photography/different posts. You don’t like it, stay away. It’s not going to change because you start yelling and calling me/others names.

      Disagree, but do it politely. If you can’t, stay away. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is forcing you to come here.

      • Nancy March 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

        I’ve been reading this blog for a couple of years now but this is my first post. Just sayin…

        Thank you, Oddman! Thank you for putting the above simply and clearly, and being aware of all sides while still maintaining a sense of humour. Thank you for drawing a line, and for pointing out that being offended is something each individual chooses… including whether or not to come back and be offended again.

        Keep up the awesome posts!

  2. Lee Comach March 27, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    I’ll chip in my thoughts on this.

    Firstly I must say that GM is something I don’t know a huge amount about. I know a little bit about ecosystems and biology though.

    Organic is a dream if we want to feed the world, but it is obvious we don’t want to feed the world. There are enough calories and nutrients produced worldwide to feed the whole population. There are enough resources to transport the food to places that don’t have it. The only thing stopping it is our (myself included) ability to ignore the problem and enjoy our lives in decadent comfort. I truly believe global revolution is on the horizon. If my child was starving to death while Honey Boo Boo became a millionaire I’d be ready to revolt.

    So modern farming without GM is perfectly capable of feeding the world.

    My main concern about GM is that by engineering blight resistance etc. Is that a super blight evolves much like the super bugs that are now antibiotic resistant. Or that if the crops are insect resistant what will that do to the rest of the food chain. But as I said, I don’t know enough to know how these things are being addressed.

    The idea of any company selling things to third world farmers that they used to get for free doesn’t sit well with me. But the whole of capitalism doesn’t sit well with me, although I concede it is the best system we have. I fear that human nature will always prevent a more equitable system of existence. Communism was a great idea, but in reality it was terrible.

    But the one thing I’m absolutely certain of is that as humans we need to be respectful and kind to each other. So even if we have different opinions, ideas or beliefs we still treat each other in a way that we’d like to be treated.

    Odd man spends time, effort and passion on a blog that I really love. His opinions on a lot of things match mine. So I visit every day for a guaranteed smile. He does all of this for free, he’s even turned down offers of money from advertisers to keep his principles and motives pure.

    So when I see someone call him an “asshole“ it makes me sad. Here is a chap doing something to make the world a little bit better in a totally selfless way and someone feels the need to insult him for that.

    If it was me I’d ban the insulter and move on. But Oddman is made of tougher stuff, he’s opened a line of communication.

    The insulter has the opportunity to restore my faith in humanity.

    Oddman has already raised my opinion of humanity.

    Stay Odd my friend, the world needs more people like you


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