Obviously, a normal person under normal circumstances would not react in this way to manure spreading, the old-fashioned way, when it involved the generally unaltered product direct from the source. Either the woman has a problem, or the "manure spreading" was beyond what could be considered a normal, acceptable activity. I'm guessing the latter is true. A recent response to this issue carefully described the "manure spreading" in these terms:
"in conformance with all applicable laws"
"doing their job"
While the activity might be "legal", apparently, "all applicable laws" fall short for this family. Many things are legal, or have been legal, but range from inappropriate to what could be called evil. Many horrible activities have been justified as someone just "doing their job". Some are of the mindset that a "job" justifies the means and the ends. This is a poor argument to say the least. And what determines an "agronomic rate"? Does an "agronomic rate" justify itself on the basis of a theoretical agronomy that exists in a vacuum, completely disconnected from a human and natural setting?
The truth of the matter is more accurately represented by phrases in the initial posting, like:
"she lost control"
Then there is this phrase in a response: "terroristic measures to advance their political agenda". Right. I don't think this woman had a political agenda except to breathe. Some are so quick to jump on the terrorism hype bandwagon these days, but fail to realize that they not only distort reality, but ultimately may be helping to remove their own freedoms. Let's not forget that this nation was founded with the help of individuals that could have been said to use "terroristic measures to advance their political agenda". But then, we apparently have had sense enough to make a distinction between those defending basic human freedoms and those with other agendas. It might be truer to characterize uncontrolled manure application as a "terrorist measure" from this woman's perspective. Hey, maybe E. coli is a "biological weapon". Maybe the political agenda is to get the public to abandon its interest in our waterways so that big agri-business and others can dump even more?
If anything, I think Sierra Club and others should attend this woman's hearing and at least offer some moral support.
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