stupidly busy today trying to get things together for the trip to cali, but i got pointed towards a news story involved the japanese whaling fleet and sea shephard and felt the need to say something.
what really angered me with this article, besides lending any sense of credibility to the whalers in this matter, is that once again cnn reports that the activists threw acid at the boat. it sounds really horrible, right? i mean.. acid! what kind of demented people are these activists?!
well, it's not at all what it sounds like. one of the tactics this particular group of activists employs is tossing containers of a substance called butyric acid at ships. i don't know how effective the tactic is, but butyric acid is what gives parmesan cheese that "dirty foot" odor and vomit its rather unpleasant smell. in concentrated form it gets really nasty smelling, but that's about it. the idea is to make the ship smell so bad that the crew, at least for the moment, turns away from the business of senseless and illegal slaughter. that's not exactly as horrible sounding as "they threw acid at us", so the whalers usually leave out the bit about how the substance used is a harmless, if bad smelling, naturally occuring substance that many of us eat willingly.
it's like accusing someone who puts lemon juice in your water of making you drink acid. it is factually correct, but a rather misleading statement.
the goal, of course, is to deflect attention away from the whaling itself, a legally dubious and morally questionable activity, and onto the people standing up for our planet by attempting to paint them as the actual evildoers.
unfortunately such lies and deception are part and parcel of the game for those who would pillage the oceans and inflict senseless horror shows of pain and suffering upon the creatures of this planet. i expect no better from them, but shame on cnn for aiding their campaign of misinformation with such shoddy journalism. =(