Emotive scare mongering and threats of eco-terrorism are the only contributions the Taleban-like New Zealand Greens make to the debate on genetic engineering. If the Greens had their way New Zealand would be a biotechnological backwater, completely missing the boat on scientific improvements to food, medicine, crops and forests.
Followers of the hard-line socialist Greens are mainly young unhappy white non-achievers and anti-everything, the products of a dumbed-down state education system that has denied them, not only the educational basics, but the ability to think rationally so they are able to distinguish between fact and fiction and real and junk science.
A citizen who thinks the Greens just plain loopy decided to put his theory to the test. What better place to start than the office of a Green Member of Parliament (MP), a former beauty queen turned feminist, who spends an inordinate amount of time leaping on to every Green bandwagon going, and using these to create photo and TV opportunities to impress the gullible.
The Greens, as we know, don't like technology. Ah, but they use the internet. What better way to handle the matter than to trap them in their own hypocrisy. So our good friend sent an email seeking support for a campaign to ban dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) "a chemical used in nuclear power stations, US navy propulsion systems and many chemical industries. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless and kills uncounted thousands of people every year…the chemical is found in pre-cancerous cells and is prevalent in acid rain."
Another campaign to advance their political progress was, to the Greens, just what the doctor ordered, so a reply was sent saying that the MP "would be absolutely supportive of the campaign" and asking "how she could be of assistance to such a campaign."
Snap! went the trap. The Greens took the bait. Just mention of the term "nuclear' is enough for activists in nuclear-free New Zealand to lose all sense of reality.
Furious at being made to look stupid by supporting a campaign to ban dihydrogen monoxide, more commonly known as H2O, or water, the MP shifted the blame for the embarrassment on to a "temporary secretary". Where have we heard that excuse before?
Congratulations to our innovative friend for showing the New Zealand Greens in their true light.
November 22, 2001