Superman is a dick

I snooze, you lose. I meant to post this days ago, but now it looks like‘s server is hosed, so you don’t get to see comics covers with Superman acting like a jerk, primarily engaging in schadenfreude at either Lois’s or Jimmy’s misfortunes. Or, in some cases, causing their misfortunes.

Canada backs terminator crops

For all you bleeding hearts who were thinking of jumping ship to Canada, here’s a bit of news:

Leaked documents seen by the Guardian show that Canada wants all governments to accept the testing and commercialisation of “terminator” crop varieties. These are genetically engineered to produce only infertile seeds which farmers cannot replant.

I’m not categorically opposed to genetic modification itself, or many applications of it. It’s just a refinement of techniques which humans have been using for thousands of years. I know it’s not without risk, and that it’s definitely tweaking nature to human ends. But in most cases there are at least tangible benefits, like being able to grow frost-resistant or disease-resistant crops. But how exactly does humanity benefit from Monsanto being able to force farmers (or agribusinesses) to buy new seeds every year? That’s pretty perverse, and indefensible. And Canada’s leading the charge to overturn the international moratorium on the “technology”.