Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 1 year ago

    The third panel is oh so true, and in several different ways. Not sure what the message in fourth panel is tho.

  2. masterskrain

    masterskrain said, over 1 year ago

    Interesting thing I read once.
    If you cross a “Pot” plant, with regular Hemp, you end up getting…Regular Hemp.
    Crossbreeding them, for some reason seems to eliminate whatever creates the THC, the chemical that makes you high.
    There are several species, and sub-species of “Cannabis” plants, and only one gets you high. But, back in the 30s or whenever, the Government banned ALL Cannabis plants, in a too typical “Let’s use a sledgehammer to kill a Mosquito” approach to legislation.

  3. eepatt

    eepatt said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Where did you hear this?I really doubt it just because you said it, and you are seldom, if ever, right about anything.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    And the funny thing is hemp has so many uses, not the least of which is paper.

    http://www.hemphasis.net/Paper/paper.htm

    greedy industrialists + corrupt greedy politicians = stupid insane laws to maximize profit for the few

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Well, this was just too easy to find. Maybe you should look around a little on the net before you express your opinion. You can’t always believe what your buddies say while you are sharing a bong scarfing down fritos (made from masa … look it up)

    A quote from an article on Corn Ethanol on Wikipedia:

    “The use of ethanol for fuel has had a damaging impact on food markets, especially in poorer countries. In the United States, ethanol is mostly made from yellow corn, and as the market boomed for alternative fuel, yellow corn went up in price. Many farmers saw the potential to make more money, and switched from white corn to yellow corn. White corn is the main ingredient of tortillas in Mexico, and as the supply dropped, the price doubled, making the base of most Mexican foods unaffordable.19 Many people[who?] see this as unacceptable, and want no overlap between food crops and fuel crops.2021 Others[who?] point out that the earth is thought to be able to support double the current human population, and press that the resources available, such as unused farmable land, should be better handled.”

    But shoot maybe I’m wrong.

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 said, over 1 year ago

    The only long term benefit I see to using ethanol is the rising price of corn encourages industrial food manufacturers to use less and less high fructose corn syrup. We need to get serious about developing alternative fuel sources. Gas isn’t getting any cheaper and we need it to farm. Our entire way of life will break down hard if gas becomes too expensive for the average person to afford.

  7. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    Ima’s not actually wrong, as they are two different types of corn. But I think he is missing the point that farmers are destroying their food crops in order to grow fuel crops, which guarantee a payment because they are not depending on local markets. Another side effect is the possible extinction of the cactus which produces the nectar used in tequila. Since it takes up to seven years for a cactus to grow to the point it can be harvested, many of the property owners where it grows (a very limited area) are destroying the cacti to pland fuel corn.

    One solution, which could help places like Detroit, would be to start indoor farming for biofuel. Convert some of those abandoned factories into indoor farms and you have a constant source that doesn’t impact anything else. Since nobody will be eating it, the growers are free to genetically engineer all they want to produce a plant woth the highest ethanol yield.
    But of course, like everything else its easier to just export the job to Mexico and let them figure it out.

  8. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    It takes gasoline to plant and harvest and petroleum based fertilizers to grow ethanol. You can’t drink gas, its poison.

  9. JoeCoolLives

    JoeCoolLives said, over 1 year ago

    This seems to be nonsense….

  10. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year ago

    I have high hopes for bio-fuel from algae. Exxon invested $600M in that project, and they are not known to be tree-huggers…

  11. bikerusl

    bikerusl said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Climate Change deniers. Corn apologists. Nuclear power apologists…. What is the point of all the red herrings? We all get screwed by this BS destruction of the air water land food we need to survive. Splitting hairs about illelevent stuff. Even if your BS Red Herring argument were true Ted Rall’s comic is still on point. We can’t drive at the expense of the food supply – and that is the law.

    We need to stop driving cars in cities. Period. Cars are a manufactured need. Capitalism would be a good idea if it were successful at fulfilling people’s needs. But what actually happens is social animals are fed disinformation to make them want and buy things they don’t need and that gets funded because it is easier than real work – Capital maintains itself. That is the only logic of capitalism. And tool’s like Mr. Ima do the legwork of disinformation.

  12. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @jrmerm It’s a general commentary on capitalism. The fact is, without a political class that considers the problems that are caused by things like these new laws about biofuels, the only thing the people who are being affected can do is to strike back in some kind of violent or aggressive manner.

  13. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Mr. King This is not something that anyone should be arguing about. It is a well-established fact, documented by serious journalists and scientists from across the ideological spectrum and widely reported in lots of mainstream news outlets, including some conservative ones.

    I really wish we could all agree on the facts so that we could then have a serious discussion about what if anything should be done about the problems.

  14. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @bikerusl I enjoy driving. I love driving. But I will walk rather than let people starve because I drive.

  15. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    Ima won’t agree with the facts, because as Colbert has pointed out, the facts have a well-established liberal bias. He can’t believe what he believes, and also believe in facts. So the facts go out the window. (And laying the ethanol subsidies at Obama’s feet is quite rich. These are Bush-era laws, and as long as the GOP can block passage of a new farm bill, they’ll continue.)

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