Most of the comments here lately are by people who complain this blog is anonymous.
I expect this response will disappoint some people who are looking for a name they can dismiss and an individual they can harass and bully, because that is the modus operandi of Alexandra Morton’s most vociferous followers. Shamefully, she does nothing to keep these people in line and is content to allow them to behave like cultists, who eagerly raise her to the status of a semi-divine enlightened being. She certainly seems content to accept this status.
Don’t believe me? Think I’m exaggerating? Check this glorious piece of art offered up by one of her devout:
This is the problem, right here. The debate over salmon farming isn’t about science and facts and actually measuring impacts and actually looking at data for the loudest opponents. It’s about emotions and spirituality and a feeling. Believing whatever Alexandra Morton says about salmon farming “feels right” for her devout followers and they are hostile to any challenge to the information she uses to make her claims.
To them, the whole story Morton tells just feels right, so its components must be taken on faith, and if they are shown to be flawed, people get angry and uncomfortable and attack whoever exposes the flaws in the story.
This is religion.
I have no problem with religion, and it’s fine and good and natural to have emotions and spirituality and feelings.
But when they are used as a weapon to trick people into following one woman like a bodhisattva, and used to attack other people, and used to spread lies, this is wrong.
One more point about anonymity: people who mask their identities are not necessarily liars and people who make their identities known are not necessarily truth-tellers. For the comic book fans out there, consider this example from Batman: