Greenpeace, Russell Norman barking mad

“Why did you jump into the sea in front of the large ship, Mr Norman?” asked the judge.*

“It was a peaceful uprising, m’lud, no more than that. We were concerned to stop this mad pursuit of new oil. I mean, why can’t we burn the old oil? That’s what I’d like to know. It used to be perfectly good oil, though sometimes the Anglia would develop a bit of a knock of a cold morning. But we don’t need this new stuff, it’s killing the planet. As well as that, we’re in the midst—the midst, I say—of nothing less than a climate emergency, brought on, they reckon, by this very oil the mad buggers are seeking of. It’s the government’s fault. And the oil companies, big oil, as we call them. Killing the planet. M’lud.”

“How’d you get out there, Mr Norman, 50 kilometres off the coast? It’s a damn long way by canoe, son.”

“You’re not wrong, m’lud, perfectly correct, as usual. We actually got out there on a small vessel we just purchased for $100,000. Well, it was crowd funded. They gave it to us. Brilliant! Well, I say small, it’s actually large, or we wouldn’t be allowed to take it on the open sea. Runs on diesel. Easy.”

The judge was silent a moment. “Killing the planet, the diesel is, you know that? Plus you were out of line, son. Interfered with productive efforts, won’t have it. You use the diesel as much as everyone else. It’s not the big oil that uses it, it’s the users that use it. The big oil just sells it. You know, you’ve changed since you left the Parliament. You need a new perspective on life. Thirty days in the slammer should do it, and be grateful it’s not longer. Dismissed.”

Greenpeace’s MV Taitu

 

Greenpeace says its New Zealand executive director Russel Norman was among activists who jumped into the sea to try to thwart deepwater seismic testing for oil 50 nautical miles off the Wairarapa coast.

Greenpeace, the ever-thoughtful employers of Mr Norman, tried hard to cover up the fact that in attempting to alter the course of the Amazon Warrior Norman breached provisions of the Crown Minerals Act. In fact, they reached out to their very best PR guru to put the best possible spin on the day’s unfortunate events. God forbid that people get the idea the ship was forced to halt operations and change course or it’s illegal to interfere, or anything like that.

Greenpeace said in a statement that its swimmers had managed to force the oil exploration ship to halt its operations and deviate off course, which the group said was a breach of the so-called Anadarko amendment, an amendment to the Crown Minerals Act in 2013 that made it a criminal offence to interfere with offshore oil and gas structures and established a 500 metre non-interference zone around any structure or ship engaged in exploration.

Yeah, that should do it, no probs.

Norman said in the statement that “neither the government nor the oil industry can stifle people across New Zealand peacefully rising up against this mad pursuit of new oil to burn in the midst of what is nothing less than a climate emergency.”

Oh, sure it is, definitely a climate emergency, after the temperature resolutely refused to rise for 20 years and only went up when a gigantic El Nino came along, which has now gone and the temperature is back to what it was before. The CO2 was rising faster than ever all this time.

Mad pursuit of new oil, what’s that for? Well, hospital equipment, fertiliser, ambulance transport, defence of the realm, education, school picnics, police cars, tractors, pea harvesters, the morning red-eye to Wellington and fishing boats.

Maybe he doesn’t like being thrown under the bus, er, ship, but he did it to himself. Clearly, Russell Norman is as mad as a hatter, as thick as a brick and doesn’t understand prosperity.


* Dialogue to be imagined in the dulcet cadences of our inimitable and beloved John Clarke, may he rest in peace.

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I suspect that Resolute VS Greenpiss in Canada may well bankrupt them. That said if Little A can get off for what he said then maybe the bludgers might get a walk.

Andy
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Andy

A nice tribute to John Clark, one of our finest. I’m sure he would have approved

Maggy Wassilieff
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Maggy Wassilieff

What you haven’t yet realised is that the dirty oil is for special people
http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/uploads/marketing/earthDayReport/SR-ClimateHypocrites-web_.pdf
It’s not for thee and me.

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Mike Jowsey

Even before I read the attribution, I could hear John Clarke’s voice within your prose. Classic. You, sir, are a playwright. Here’s some more recent work by the dearly departed: https://www.youtube.com/user/ClarkeAndDawe

Enjoy….

Andy
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Andy

I just watched One Fake News at 6 tonight. The Norman story came up, immediately followed by a BBC propaganda piece on coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef.

What are the chances? Surely a coincidence that One Fake News would put these stories back to back?

Maggy Wassilieff
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Maggy Wassilieff

Cribbed from Lubos Motl’s blog

A rich has-been tries to lecture a little old lady.
http://motls.blogspot.co.nz/2017/04/manbearpig-lectured-by-third-world.html

Andy
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Andy

“Ministry of Oil” charges Greenpeace NZ head, Russel Norman
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1704/S00127/ministry-of-oil-charges-greenpeace-nz-head-russel-norman.htm

Russel Norman, Greenpeace NZ executive director, Sara Howell a 25 year old Greenpeace volunteer from Wales, and Gavin Mulvay, a kite maker from Ashburton, have been charged with interfering with the oil exploration ship Amazon Warrior under the Section 101B(1)(c) of the Crown Minerals Act, known as the Anadarko Amendment.

As it happens, I know Gavin the kitemaker, from snow kite trips. I’d better watch my tongue

“Three of us who got in the water yesterday in front of a climate-destroying oil ship have been charged.

Also, I have worked on these “climate destroying’ ships in my time in the UK. I’m not sure how a seismic survey destroys the climate though

Andy
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Andy

Here’s a picture of the ship Norman threw himself in front of
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:463402/mmsi:372757000/imo:9662394/vessel:AMAZON_WARRIOR

He is lucky to be alive, I reckon

Andy
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Andy

To put this into a bit of perspective, I can recall some data from my time on seismic ships.
A seismic exploration vessel tows “streamers” of about 5km in length behind it, possibly multiple streamers.
Each streamer is filled with kerosine, and uses a set of fins called “birds” that makes the streamer fly at a constant depth below the sea surface.

The boat has an airgun array that sends compressed air pulses into the sea bed at frequent intervals (about 8 secs I think). The returned signals are picked up by hydrophones mounted on the streamers

A 3 D survey will gather data from many closely packed lines. Each line takes quite a distance to line up and navigate to in place.

Putting a person or vessel in the line of the vessel is endangering lives, and would also cause a lot of expensive downtime for the survey vessel

Andy
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Andy

In this Newshub clip, Dr Norman claims that the ship is trying to kill him and his kids with climate change destroying oil (watch until the end)

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/04/greenpeace-nz-head-russel-norman-to-face-court-over-oil-protest.html

These people are mentally ill

Mike Jowsey
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Mike Jowsey

The ship is, according to him, trying to kill his kids. .No. It is simply not. The ship is trying to conduct a geological survey. He is a snowflake libtard.

Maggy Wassilieff
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Maggy Wassilieff

The aussies don’t think we are going to achieve 100% renewable energy supplies.
http://www.sciencedirect.com.sci-hub.cc/science/article/pii/S1364032117304495

Looks like Russell Norman and his Green followers are not going to live in a “carbon-neutral” world.

Maggy Wassilieff
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Maggy Wassilieff

Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth fined for breaking Electoral spending rules in 2015 UK election.
https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/greenpeace-and-friends-of-the-earth-fined-for-breaking-campaigning-rules/

Andy
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Andy

Continuing the theme of lunacy, this reprehensible article in the Nation has the claim that CO2 is more deadly than Sarin gas
https://www.thenation.com/article/the-other-poison-gas-killing-syrians-carbon-dioxide-emissions/

Maggy Wassilieff
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Maggy Wassilieff

@RT

I see you’ve got top billing and only up-ticks, so far.
Did you have to take out a subscription before you could comment there?

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Maggy Wassilieff

@RT

Wonder if you’ve come across this paper by Francesca de Chatel… gives a good outline of the mismanagement of agricultural policies and water allocation in Syria leading up to the conflict period.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00263206.2013.850076

She is very critical of the spin that has been placed on climate change/drought being responsible for Syria’s war.
http://francescadechatel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/GWP-MED-FULLPIBLICATION-FINAL-CHAP9.pdf
http://francescadechatel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Waterless-Wadi-Barada.pdf

Andy
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Andy

For the record, Wikipedia describes the rather horrendous effects of Sarin Gas thus:

Initial symptoms following exposure to sarin are a runny nose, tightness in the chest and constriction of the pupils. Soon after, the person will have difficulty breathing and experiences nausea and drooling. As they continues to lose control of bodily functions, they may vomit, defecate and urinate. This phase is followed by twitching and jerking. Ultimately, the person becomes comatose and suffocates in a series of convulsive spasms

CO2, on the other hand, is a non-toxic gas essential for life on Earth.

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