|The Week That Was
March 8, 2003
1. New on the Web: AN EDITORIAL BY JAMES GLASSMAN ON THE ATTACK ON
BJORN LOMBORG ("THE SKEPTICAL ENVIRONMENTALIST") FOR DISSEMINATING
POLITICALLY INCORRECT WRITINGS.
2. PETA LECTURE AT FRESNO STATE DRAWS CALIF LEGISLATORS' IRE
3. PETA PREFERS DONKEYS TO PEOPLE
4. ANTI-BIOTECH HYSTERIA WHILE MILLIONS STARVE
5. IS CO2 A POLLUTANT? COURTS MAY SETTLE THE QUESTION --- AT LAST
6. Finally, A MICHAEL MOORE PARODY
2. PETA Wouldn't Lie, Would They?-------
One of the most fascinating stories surrounding Fresno State University's
"Revolutionary Environmentalism" conference is that of Gary
Yourofsky, an Animal Liberation Front criminal who was hired last year
as a "humane education lecturer" by People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA). Yourofsky is one of the "panelists" being
hosted at Fresno State today and tomorrow.
In response to many well-deserved questions about PETA's relationship
with domestic terrorists, the group is now claiming that Yourofsky no
longer works for them. Fresno State's public information office says:
"PETA has informed the university that Gary Yourofsky, one of the
participants at the conference, is no longer a PETA employee. Jay Kelly,
PETA education manager, said Yourofsky does receive PETA grants for projects
from time to time."
Funny -- PETA's own website still lists Gary Yourofsky as "PETA's
school lecturer." And the Student Organization for Animal Rights
(SOAR) is currently promoting a February 26 appearance by "Gary Yourofsky,
PETA's national lecturer."
We sincerely hope that PETA is not trying to put a fast one over Fresno
State. But if the group is serious about cleaning house and distancing
itself from the supporters of terrorism on its payroll, we recommend that
it begin with Ingrid Newkirk, whose contact with Rodney Coronado before
and after his 1992 Michigan State University arson is a matter of public
record [see pages 8 and 9 of Coronado's sentencing memorandum]; and Bruce
Friedrich, who was caught on tape in 2001 advocating the bombing of restaurants,
medical research labs, slaughterhouses, and banks.
Perhaps there will be consequences after all. In the continuing fallout
from Fresno State University's "Revolutionary Environmentalism"
conference (being held today and tomorrow), state legislators in Sacramento
have begun asking a very good question: in the midst of a budget crisis,
how can a public university spare the extra funds to hold such an event?
California State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth released a public statement
today, bringing this question into focus. "I have been opposing these
extremists for the last 11 years," Hollingsworth said. "I have
friends and acquaintances who have had their property destroyed, been
threatened, and even killed by their ilk. They should all be behind bars,
not feted at taxpayer expense. If Fresno State has so much money as to
throw it away on this kind of garbage, then they can obviously stand a
cut to their funding."
3. Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad
from Center for Consumer Affairs web
Posted On February 5, 2003
Today's Washington Post reports that PETA co-founder and president Ingrid
Newkirk has faxed a letter to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, pleading
with him to stop the senseless killing of middle-Eastern animals.
On January 26, a donkey was loaded with explosives and detonated in Jerusalem.
Thankfully, no human beings were killed (although this was really the
exception that proves the rule). But rather than take Arafat to task for
sanctioning terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens, Newkirk chose to berate
him for neglecting to "leave animals out of this conflict."
Newkirk also referred deferentially to him as "Your Excellency."
The Post's Lloyd Grove adds a better exclamation point than we could
Yesterday we asked Newkirk if she considered asking Arafat to persuade
those who listen to him to stop blowing up people as well. "It's
not my business to inject myself into human wars," she replied.
4. Europe Admits To Funding Hunger Artists-------
Three million starving Zambians are not happy with Europe these days.
The Director of the European Union Commission on Consumer Protection recently
admitted that Europe funds the very environmental organizations who stirred
up anti-biotech hysteria in Sub-Saharan Africa, prompting Zambia's "President"
to reject U.S. food aid.
Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Consumers International are perhaps
the loudest opponents of genetically improved foods in Africa, and they
also happen to receive funding from European Governments. Greenpeace rakes
it in through European-taxpayer-pampered Oxfam. The two groups even host
an anti-biotech website together. Friends of the Earth takes money from
the Dutch and the Swiss (so much for neutrality). And Consumers International
is funded by all kinds of European governmental authorities, including
The public position of the E.U. is that genetically enhanced foods are
as safe as conventional foods. So why is it funding activists who export
Europe's homegrown biotech paranoia to Africa? One Greenpeace spokesman
says about biotech foods: "Science is not a church or a religion.
It is not enough anymore for European consumers to have somebody with
a white coat, a professional, say it's O.K."
It might not be enough for Europeans, but a scientific consensus ought
to be enough for Africa's starving people.
5. Seven Attorneys-General (all Democrats) sue EPA over CO2
It started with three states (see TWTW of Feb. 22). Now there are seven
states planning to sue EPA to force regulation of the greenhouse gas CO2.
The attorney general of New York State is coordinating the effort of mostly
New England states and New Jersey and Washington State. (Senator Jefford's
home state of Vermont is not a party to the suit, but California, and
the cities of Oakland, CA and Boulder, CO have their own initiatives to
EPA claims that CO2 is not a pollutant. The burden of proof is with the
plaintiffs. We cannot wait for the lawsuit to begin. The science will
finally be scrutinized.
6. A parody of radical documentary maker Michael Moore's diary in
London's satirical magazine "Private Eye," as quoted by Andrew
Sullivan (Wash Times 2/14/03):
"The tobacco companies (all run by men) have been extremely successful
in convincing the firearms lobby to pacify the car manufacturers by distributing
crack cocaine to 132 nuclear plants so that now up to 69% of women between
the ages of 28 an 39 are unable to drive their kids to school without
inhaling harmful emissions from the ozone layer caused by toxic fumes
radiated by President Bush under direct instructions of - yes, you guessed
it -- the tobacco companies."
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