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Old 23.04.2015, 17:31
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

I planted corn last weekend...maybe if I'm lucky I'll get a dozen ears for a proper Tennessee Corn feed!

FYI, 12 Ears for a dollar is still the norm in most parts of the US - although I'm bracing for the onslaught of comments about GMO's.

I think if you drink enough Moonshine, it negates the evils of the GMO's.

I'll test to be sure...
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Old 24.04.2015, 00:50
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Not a comment about GMOs, but a question (which admittedly should probably be in another thread): what's the objection to genetically-modified organisms?
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Old 24.04.2015, 08:16
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Not a comment about GMOs, but a question (which admittedly should probably be in another thread): what's the objection to genetically-modified organisms?
There is an ongoing debate regarding GMO's - with one side pointing to the benefits (greater production in all types of conditions, for example) and the other side being alarmed and concerned about not only "Franken-foods" but also, and probably more importantly, the business practices of giant food companies like Monsanto.

It's very timely - the EU just relaxed the restrictions on GMO's. And you are right, maybe another thread? There is so much interesting debate.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30806098

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I think if you drink enough Moonshine, it negates the evils of the GMO's.

I'll test to be sure...
I sincerely believe that if you drink enough moonshine, GMO's will not bother you at all. However, depending on where you get your moonshine, the fusel oils, methanol and lead may eventually cause some problems. The good news is...after sufficient moonshine, you won't know or feel a thing.

Happy testing!
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There is an ongoing debate regarding GMO's - with one side pointing to the benefits (greater production in all types of conditions, for example) and the other side being alarmed and concerned about not only "Franken-foods" but also, and probably more importantly, the business practices of giant food companies like Monsanto.

It's very timely - the EU just relaxed the restrictions on GMO's. And you are right, maybe another thread? There is so much interesting debate.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30806098

http://www.upworthy.com/bill-nye-tak...rd-with?c=ufb1
I'm well aware of the debate, I just don't understand why people get so bothered about genetic engineering. (I suspect from your response that you're not concerned about it either -- this is for those who are.)

Genetic engineering is manipulation of other species by man. It's been going on for centuries. Do you like orange carrots? The originals are purplish-black. Do you own a dog? Selective breeding of Canis lupus familiaris has produced, in one subspecies, dogs ranging in size from the chihuahua to the St Bernard. At the same time, scientists have enabled infertile women to reproduce by combining genetic material in vitro to make "test tube babies".

So what's the problem with scientists speeding up the process of evolution by manipulating genes in crops grown for food?
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I'm well aware of the debate, I just don't understand why people get so bothered about genetic engineering. (I suspect from your response that you're not concerned about it either -- this is for those who are.)

Genetic engineering is manipulation of other species by man. It's been going on for centuries. Do you like orange carrots? The originals are purplish-black. Do you own a dog? Selective breeding of Canis lupus familiaris has produced, in one subspecies, dogs ranging in size from the chihuahua to the St Bernard. At the same time, scientists have enabled infertile women to reproduce by combining genetic material in vitro to make "test tube babies".

So what's the problem with scientists speeding up the process of evolution by manipulating genes in crops grown for food?
And don't get me started on Roses of different colours; or the iceberg lettuce; or the nectarine; or seedless grapes.

And that is before we start on intensive farming methods!!


(I blame the Egyptians for inventing irrigation)
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Old 24.04.2015, 10:26
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(I suspect from your response that you're not concerned about it either -- this is for those who are.)
Correct. I do like to sit on the sidelines however and watch the debate rage on, while eating my GMO Microwave popcorn.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

There is always an adjustment when buying in Switzerland verses outside of the country. After most of my life in the United States and now living in Switzerland for almost two years- every trip back to visit in the states, sees my suitcases packed full of much lower prices items lugged back to Switzerland. I just won't pay the higher prices for the same item I can get cheaper elsewhere.
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(I blame the Egyptians for inventing irrigation)
You'd be more accurate blaming the Sumerians.
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Yeah, but they get a free pass for inventing beer

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There is always an adjustment when buying in Switzerland verses outside of the country. After most of my life in the United States and now living in Switzerland for almost two years- every trip back to visit in the states, sees my suitcases packed full of much lower prices items lugged back to Switzerland. I just won't pay the higher prices for the same item I can get cheaper elsewhere.
Question though...how much do you pay per bag of luggage? And what kind of items are you tilling up to that 50 pound capacity per bag?
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Old 29.04.2015, 10:05
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There is always an adjustment when buying in Switzerland verses outside of the country. After most of my life in the United States and now living in Switzerland for almost two years- every trip back to visit in the states, sees my suitcases packed full of much lower prices items lugged back to Switzerland. I just won't pay the higher prices for the same item I can get cheaper elsewhere.
We do the same thing. Each person on Delta, with premium status and a Delta AmEx CC, is allowed 3 50 pound bags free. Easy.
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We do the same thing. Each person on Delta, with premium status and a Delta AmEx CC, is allowed 3 50 pound bags free. Easy.
Aren't you afraid of getting stopped by customs. 150 pounds of stuff is bound to be more than the 300 CHF limit.
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Aren't you afraid of getting stopped by customs. 150 pounds of stuff is bound to be more than the 300 CHF limit.
So what? If it's worth more than 300 per person, declare it. Simples.
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We do the same thing. Each person on Delta, with premium status and a Delta AmEx CC, is allowed 3 50 pound bags free. Easy.
I do too, but with business travel= Free bags.
Brown sugar, maple syrup, new clothes and Tide pods take up a lot of space and weight but no where near 300 chufs. (in case you were wondering @Confloozed).
In fact, I can easily fill up a Target shopping cart for less than 300 CHF back home since the prices are so reasonable.
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Quit flying commercial and take what the plane can carry
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Can't believe alcohol in pubs hasn't been mentioned! Normal beer price in Geneva is CHF9-CHF11 per pint. Germany it is 2-4, France the same.
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Can't believe alcohol in pubs hasn't been mentioned! Normal beer price in Geneva is CHF9-CHF11 per pint. Germany it is 2-4, France the same.
Yes, wouldn't you rather be working in France or Germany making their wages, if it affords you cheaper beer?
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I do too, but with business travel= Free bags.
Brown sugar, maple syrup, new clothes and Tide pods take up a lot of space and weight but no where near 300 chufs. (in case you were wondering @Confloozed).
In fact, I can easily fill up a Target shopping cart for less than 300 CHF back home since the prices are so reasonable.
Which part of back home? Not saying it isn't possible, but not all states are the same. Ah business class...can't argue with anyone who can pay or have their company pay an exorbitant price for a seat and a decent whiskey for cheaper brown sugar and packets of Tide in the end.
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Which part of back home? Not saying it isn't possible, but not all states are the same. Ah business class...can't argue with anyone who can pay or have their company pay an exorbitant price for a seat and a decent whiskey for cheaper brown sugar and packets of Tide in the end.
It's all about the miles.


And Tide pods.

Win-Win!

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