What do @GreenpeaceNZ, #McDonalds and @Forest_and_Bird no longer have in common?

Like McDonalds, Greenpeace globally is a brand. Forest and Bird is a local conservation brand. Until last year, I was utterly clueless as to who its leaders were. That is a deliberate branding decision in the past by McDonalds.

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Greenpeace New Zealand and Forest and Bird were also pretty faceless in terms of who their chief executives were.This meant people were less likely to conflate the far left backgrounds of its leaders and activist support base with their self appointed environmental do-gooders brands.

No more, no longer. Greenpeace NZ appointed the former leader of the New Zealand Greens as its Chief Executive last year. Forest and Bird now appointed the Green MP who wanted to succeed him as leader of the Greens as their chief executive. Both bring political baggage.

I do not wish Greenpeace well with its anti-growth, anti-science, anti-human agenda, so I hope this was a mistake they made last year. I hope I am not interrupting them in making that mistake. Forest and Bird appears to be antigrowth as well so let them make this mistake as well.

How to tell someone’s age by knowing her name

Milton Friedman’s license plate

Source: Milton Friedman picture – Newmark’s Door

Sex Pistols featured on credit cards

via Sex Pistols To Be Featured On Virgin Money Credit Cards, Punk Officially Dead.

A fantastic redeeming feature of homeopathy

Organic certification is currently an issue in New Zealand at the behest of the Green Party:

Green Party spokesman for agriculture Steffan Browning has called on the Government to safeguard the value of the term "organic". For him, waiting until 2017 to look at the issue was "simply unacceptable".

Companies can become "certified organic", and by doing this it means they meet an agreed international standard during production, processing, and selling their products.

A certified organic company’s food is free of additives, and has not relied on chemicals during growth.

But certification isn’t compulsory – and there is no legal requirement for claims of uncertified organic produce to be genuine, Browning said.

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via EU’s crazy homeopathy cure for Norway fish – The Local.

The one and the same Green Party spokesman Steffan Browning  last year called for homeopathic remedies to be used against Ebola!

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I wonder which manifestation of quackery will win out: Organic farming or homeopathy? It’ll be fun to watch with glee.

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