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No, Trees Are Not People Too
National Review Online, by Wesley J. Smith

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/17/2018 5:31:21 AM

For a newspaper that prides itself on its supposed devotion to science and rationality, the New York Times sure does publish a lot of tripe anthropomorphizing plants. For example, there was that professor who appeared in the Sunday Opinion section arguing that “peas are a who,” and that humans should only eat fruit and vegetables from perennials that we harvest “as a gift of vegetal being.” Then there was the Times’ science columnist (!!) Natalie Angier claiming the plants “are the ethical autotrophs” because they don’t kill to stay alive. (Well, there are those Venus flytraps, but never mind.) Now in the Book

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dolphin, 4/17/2018 6:14:14 AM     (No. 11604486)

Actually, plants DO kill to stay alive. They emit poisons and they take over space and choke out others.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: zoidberg, 4/17/2018 6:15:43 AM     (No. 11604488)

Barbara Walters was unavailable for comment.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sabrajet, 4/17/2018 7:27:31 AM     (No. 11604522)

Seems these clowns are working up to EVERYTHING on the planet has a right to live therefore leaving nothing for mankind to eat to stay alive. Do these silly, air brained people believe that we will not starve to death as long as there is dairy and sugar in the house?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: hammondb3, 4/17/2018 7:51:02 AM     (No. 11604540)

#3...

Air-brained?

Air has value.

Plus, I never head anyone use the words ´air´ and ´Shinola´ in the same sentence.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Namma, 4/17/2018 7:53:56 AM     (No. 11604544)

And all these people who believe that plants are people and should live, would be the first in line at the abortion clinic

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lana720, 4/17/2018 8:11:34 AM     (No. 11604559)

These same misinformed wandering masses of protoplasm would elevate abortion to a sacrament, given the chance.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Bpl40, 4/17/2018 8:45:40 AM     (No. 11604579)

Actually, the stuff seems more reasonable than the bilge that appears on the NYT Op-Ed pages.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: farmwife, 4/17/2018 11:46:58 AM     (No. 11604789)

Seems like there are way to many people who don´t have enough work to do. Let them eat peas.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 4/17/2018 12:00:40 PM     (No. 11604807)

Why does the attainment of a doctorate automatically qualify someone to spout and publish such unscientific claptrap, and have it regarded seriously?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 4/17/2018 12:11:18 PM     (No. 11604826)

I´m thinking a simple retooling of Swift´s "A Modest Proposal" for this scenario would be appropos for these lunatics, no? Of course, they´d never see the irony of it . . . hmmmm . . . no, better not. They´re stupid enough to try it!

P.S. This must be why Bill Watterson of "Calvin & Hobbs" fame HAD to retire: Too many people started believing he was drawing serious cartoons rather than humerous ones--i.e., they believed that petulant, irresponsible, irrational Calvin was actually right and that he was just a victim of his mean parents and stuffed toy!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 4/17/2018 12:15:02 PM     (No. 11604829)

Was it G.K. Chesterton who said that the danger of not believing in God was not that we would believe in nothing, but that we would swallow ANYTHING?


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Reply 12 - Posted by: dvc, 4/17/2018 12:31:33 PM     (No. 11604847)

There are a lot of really nutso people out there, running loose.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Udanja99, 4/17/2018 12:56:14 PM     (No. 11604884)

Plants don’t kill each other? I guess Natalie has never seen what Spanish Moss and Kudzu can do to trees. She has probably never set foot outside of Manhattan.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Ribald1, 4/17/2018 5:43:06 PM     (No. 11605104)

This is obvious parody.

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