WC'er McEwan's intimidation & whinging
- Here is what Barnaby McEwan sent to the WC list today:Bizarre email from Serena BlaueBarnaby McEwan
Apr 01, 2005 07:35 PST
She emailed me privately after being booted from this list. I told her
not to contact me again. She ignored that. I've been in touch with her
ISP. Seems that she had more trouble understanding post policy than we
thought, apparently believing she has a say in what's posted even though
she's not a member.
Sent :28 March 2005 05:01:53
Subject :RE: Jewish fundamentalists and Serena's biodynamic whining
Note: If you write about me, you are going to hear from me.
If you don't want to hear from me, then keep me out of your
posts to the WC.
Serena Blaue===================================================My comments:You can see that he doesn't post the complete message I sent him nordoes he mention that I first privately wrote him to suggest that he couldget the article on anti-semitism he was looking for from the SouthernCross Review. My trying to be helpful got me a nasty -- but typical forBarnaby McEwan -- response.Here is the WC post by whinger B McEwan to which I wasresponding:
> Jewish fundamentalists and Serena's biodynamic whining
> Barnaby McEwan Mar 26, 2005 05:51 PST
> Serena wrote:
> Please send in news where organic gardners and farmers are
> complaining about the bad press they get from being menioned
> in the same breath as "wacky" biodynamics.
> I might get to that once you've provided some reliable evidence that
> Steiner 'led the way' in organic horticulture. In the meantime there's
> this paper from an academic horticulturist:
> The author concludes:
> Biodynamic agriculture originally consisted of a mystical, and
> therefore unscientific, alternative approach to agriculture.
> Recent addition of organic methodology to biodynamics has resulted
> in a confused mingling of objective practices with subjective
> Scientific testing of biodynamic preparations is limited and no
> evidence exists that addition of these preparations improves plant
> or soil quality in organically managed landscapes.
> Many organic practices are scientifically testable and can result in
> improved soil and plant health parameters.
> *****************************************************************************************************************************Serena (April 1, 2005):Not being able to post to the WC list, I formed a new Yahoo listservenamed "WC Fallacies".It is not listed in the Yahoo directory yet. After Dan Dugan bootedme off in his hypocritical hissy fit because I addressed my messagesto the many browsers and lurkers who populate the WC list, I decidedthat I could have my own list devoted to WC Fallacies, of which thereare not a few.Below is my response to BMc that I posted to the WC Fallacieslist and cc'd him as well:In a message dated 3/27/2005 11:02:40 PM Eastern Standard Time,SerenaBlaue@... writes:
> Dear Browsers --
> First, I would like to note the typical ad hom beginning that was not
> flagged by Dan Dugan who really doesn't care about other posters'
> ad hom remarks except if one of his "golden boys" is being made
> to look less than credible.
> Now ...
> The Sauce Cafe has a pretty good article; BMc's 3/26 excerpt in
> his post to the WC list didn't really do this article justice.
> Here's a much better excerpt:
> "Steiner was a controversial figure then (in perhaps a sort of L. Ron Hubbard
> way?) and biodynamic farming remains so today. First applied to viticulture
> in the early 80's by the idiosyncratic French vintner Nicolas Joly, biodynamic
> farming flies in the face of vineyard practices that rely more and more
> heavily on technology. It asks vintners to make a (sensible) leap of faith and to
> try practices that seem fanciful at best and at worst time consuming and labor
> intensive. Yet, with results that sometimes seem like magic, it's winning new
> converts all the time, including some of the world's greatest producers such as
> Domaine de la RomanÃ©e Conti, Domaine Leflaive, Domaine Leroy, Chapoutier,
> Zind-Humbrecht and Dominio de Pingus.
> Stateside, top biodynamic producers include Sonoma's Benziger Winery, Napa's
> Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Cooper Mountain Vineyards
> and Peter Michael Winery. All will tell you in one way or another of the great
> results they have seen. Winegrower Steve Beckmen of Santa Barbara County has
> told me that one can plainly see the difference between different sections of
> his vineyard farmed classically and biodynamically, with the latter seeming
> intensely healthy and vibrant even when it was very young. I've been to blind
> tastings where nine out of 10 tasters will say they prefer one wine over
> another, and the wines turn out to be from adjacent plots, simply farmed differently.
> Can you taste biodynamics in a wine? Of course not. Wine will simply taste
> like wine. But wine made from healthier, more balanced vineyards will produce
> grapes that mirror those qualities. The result, winegrowers hope, will be wines
> that are more "alive" and taste inarguably of the place they were made."
> This article also addresses a point in Chalker-Scott's article where she said
> that it's probably the organic practices that are having the effect, not the
> BD practices and adjacent plots should be tested:
> "I've been to blind tastings where nine out of 10 tasters will say they
> prefer > one wine over another, and the wines turn out to be from adjacent> plots, simply farmed differently."
> Chalker-Scott also says: "Reputed to be the first alternative approach to
> agriculture, biodynamics has evolved over the last century to include many
> organic farming practices that have demonstrable benefits on land use and
> crop production." So -- Steiner was the path finder, at least by Chalker-
> Scott's estimation.
> If anyone knows of another alternative approach to agriculture that pre-dates
> biodynamics, I'd like to know about it.
> Meanwhile, BMc should feel free to send Chalker-Scott's little paper to
> "top biodynamic producers include Sonoma's Benziger Winery, Napa's
> Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Cooper Mountain
> Vineyards and Peter Michael Winery. All will tell you in one way or
> another of the great results they have seen. Winegrower Steve Beckmen
> of Santa Barbara County" and Nicholas Joly in France as well as "some
> of the world's greatest producers such as Domaine de la RomanÃ©e Conti,
> Domaine Leflaive, Domaine Leroy, Chapoutier, Zind-Humbrecht and
> Dominio de Pingus" -- I am sure they will appreciate receiving this
> "scientific" information and will be especially impressed that Alan Alda
> -- an *actor* -- frets that "we're in a culture that increasingly holds that
> science is just another belief." They will no doubt toss their hard won
> experiences and successes with biodynamics aside.
> Serena BlaueJust setting the record straight.Serena Blaue
- You know what's great about this Serena, time and time
again PLANS is shown to be such manipulators of the
truth. And they wonder why it is that someone might
ask for the whole paragraph or lecture in which they
are quoting Dr. Steiner. For shame! I am wondering
when Pete will tire of the games the WC Plans uses to
manipulate truths? I wonder when he will sense the
great lack of integrity in how they try to prove a
> My comments:__________________________________________________
> You can see that he doesn't post the complete
> message I sent him nor
> does he mention that I first privately wrote him to
> suggest that he could
> get the article on anti-semitism he was looking for
> from the Southern
> Cross Review. My trying to be helpful got me a
> nasty -- but typical for
> Barnaby McEwan -- response.
> Here is the WC post by whinger B McEwan to which I
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> Barnaby is a sweet dude, in't he?Barnaby? Whew, have you taken a look at Pete? I mean, just when you
think someone can get a little real he resorts to 'the bigboys are
calling me out on AT, and a threat is implied according to him. They
can't seem to keep their stories straight can they: it's Dottie, moi,
who encouraged Pete to get out of the sandbox with the girls and come
down to have a real debate versus smear campaigns of innuendo and
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Deborah" <dkahn@u...>
>Sounds like a typical science geek to me. "Just the facts mam!" All
> Barnaby is a sweet dude, in't he? Thanks for starting up the WC
> Fallacies list. I'm afraid you will have rather a busy time.
information, and no real imagination or inspiration to speak of. Yet
another intellectual pin-head deriving mathematical meaning from
written words, and sprouting off frozen ideas from the icy brain, like
bile from the liver.
And yet another chicken-shit wussie (thanks gris)asshole that won't
come over here for a chat about his personal motives and intent.