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  • Birthday 11/25/1973
  1. hi everyone I am doing some spring cleaning and have decided to get rid of my 7 binders worth of bootlegs on CDR. They are yours if you want them. In the collection are mostly GD and Phish shows, with some MMW, Garage à Trois and other funk/groove stuff. They are mostly in .shn and .flac formats but there are some audio cds too. I'd prefer to give them all away at once... any takers? message me privately cheers adam
  2. agreed. In fact, it is the same problem with Pesticide approval and regulation, that all the data is provided by industry before evaluation. It is only after the fact, once long-term university lab-driven studies have come out that we find that their data are wholly inadequate for providing a full perspective on the ecological fate of the new product.
  3. Aaargh, I hate the how the iPad automatically changes a perfectly intentional its into an it's!
  4. Ok timouse, that could be a good point if we assume that the new gene products are different from those in non-gmo plants (otherwise they call the two 'substantially equivalent'). That is not known and I agree that the regulatory mechanisms are wholly inadequate to address long-term effects of chronic levels of exposure. Glyphosate inhibits amino acid synthesis in plants and it's resistance in these gmos is presumably some kind of receptor desensitization. There is no a priori reason to suspect nefarious health effects. However, I also prefer to err on the side of caution. The contamination hypothesis is not very robust either, in that agricultural crops have little potential of becoming 'super-weeds' because they have no advantage outside or the agrifield in nature, i.e. They only thrive where Roundup is applied so they can outcompete neighboring plants. That doesn't happen in nature. The contamination hypothesis as it relates to organic production, well a) there are already sorting practices that keep crop products well away from one another and compartmentalized through the feed chain and organic certification comes up to semantic issues when dealing with GMOs in different jurisdictions. As I said before, Canada doesn't even recognize that term, preferring 'plants with novel traits', which accounts for the numerous technologies that can alter gene frequencies/activities and not just transgenics (which seems to be public bogeyman on this topic). With respect to the Monsanto money grab, I totally agree and don't want to encourage them but since Ag-Can pulled out of biotechnologies in the 90s we are not in the GMO business anymore. I prefer to discuss the potential benefits of proper uses of the technologies overall than let this one dishonorable form of crop patenting be outed for what it is, rather than allow it to taint the whole field as a prospect. So regulation yes, moratorium no.
  5. that link doesn't explain anything except that the crop in question is the round-up ready herbicide resistant canola. I'm no fan of Monsanto but this has nothing to do with conserving our national genetic patrimony and everything to do with concerns over a multi-national corporation's motivations and honesty. Don't paint all biotechnologies with the same brush, many have the potential to greatly improve food production and access around the world. If you have an issue with who produces biotechnology, take that up with your govt (who incidentally sent their best agricultural scientists over to Monsanto etc. in the 90s during the govt down-sizing in the name of neoliberal streamlining efficiency). Btw, we don't even call the GMOs under Canadian regulation, they are known as plants with novel traits, because we regulate the product and not the process. There are many ways to modify the genetics of an organism, the easiest being artificial selection... thus bringing the date of origin of genetic modification technologies back to around 10,000 years ago.
  6. there is no explanation put forth to justify why a moratorium on GM alfalfa is necessary. What kind of GM, btw? Bt protected or herbicide resistant? Is there a reason behind the hysteria?
  7. I could be interested if they're still available
  8. cupsuckers were actually invented by one of the OFF previous board members Daniel Spence. They have been at the OFF for years already.... admittedly a great invention that deserves to catch on at a larger scale! You can view a video we made of last year's Green Initiatives here: http://adamoliverbrown.com/2010/10/green-initiatives-discussions-at-the-ocff/
  9. I was a member of the OFF board last year and was heavily involved in the negotiations with Mark and BF for this merger (buy out? take-over?). I have to say that it was a torturous decision to have to make but the alternative may have been shutting the OFF doors for good. Is this the lesser of two evils then? We'll have to see. No doubt that the increased performance budget will be great but it depends whether or not the roster maintains any links to grass-roots or traditional elements of folk or simply goes mainstream. Major concern there but with Chris White as an advisor, he'll know how to tip those scales. Personally, my principal concern was in the streamlining of operations in order to make them more cost-effective and efficient. I am worried that the community vibe that characterizes folk festivals may be tarnished by a more business approach. Also, many activities that I had helped steer, such as Green Initiatives and social cause awareness may suffer because they are not revenue generating activities but rather typically considered part of our social responsibility as folkies. Dylan's story is not as clear cut as the media are portraying and they are diplomatically skimming that surface. I think his comment to Lynn Saxberg of 'old news' is indicative of him not wanting to talk about it either. Without trying to fuel speculation, we'd made a decision to move onwards and upwards and I sincerely hope that it was the right one....
  10. Wow, what a great weekend of good music and great times! Thanks to Sean, Paul, Dave, Deb, Trevor and all the other crew and volunteers for their awesome work and awesome company!
  11. don't know if it's the zoning or that we're not a mega-decible music fest but the curfew is not strict for us at Britannia
  12. As a member of the Board of Directors of the OFF, I'm really excited about this year's fest... Hope to see many of you there this weekend!
  13. The poster from the Fat Cats Halloween show in 1998.
  14. my brother helped design the clothing and boots for the Romulins in this movie, they're going to be freakily stylish! http://www.buddhaful.com/store/
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