In a humorous and yet sad take on today's societies desire to protect every plant for any god forsaken reason a very funny thing occurred. In what could be called biological sabotage someone "took the law in their own hand" and tried to stop a development project.
State wildlife officials believe someone planted endangered flowers at a Sebastopol building site to try to stop a disputed housing development.Of course the opponents to the development are denying that the plants were planted but it does show a future trend of biological sabotage that could stop development in its tracks.
Saying the act amounts to criminal fraud, state Department Fish and Game botanist Gene Cooley said his agency concluded that Sebastopol meadowfoam plants found on the Laguna Vista site were transplanted from somewhere else.
"This is a very unusual situation - in my experience, unique," Cooley said Friday. "I've had 25 years of endangered plant experience with state and federal agencies, and I have never known a rare plant to be introduced to a site to thwart development before."
This is not the first time that planted evidence was used for social control. Just a while ago some government biologists were in trouble for planting Lynx hair and no one was happy.
"the December revelation that employees of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Forest Service had planted fake wild lynx hair in states where there were no lynx, so that the areas could be labeled critical habitat, and thus off limits to human use."Years ago when I lived in Kansas the story went around that a guy in the Kansas City Missouri area had some unused field he was going to sell to the school district for a large school complex. Only problem is that someone found that much of it was original prairie grass. When he found the day before that they were going to try to get his fields declared protected he went and plowed the whole thing under and reseeded it in one night. Since it had not been "declared" protected he was in no legal trouble. But many, including me, thought it was an appropriate action against the minivan nazis that try to run our lives.
So if you have property that has been taken by imminent domain then spike it and let them deal with the same laws we suffer under. Poetic resistance if there ever is.
[source The Common Blog]