Jul 25 2014
Where do I even begin? Mike Adams, the self-proclaimed “healthranger” who runs the crank alt-med site naturalnews, has sunk to a new low, even though he was already scraping bottom.
Adams combines the worst CAM propaganda with a blend of conspiracy theories from across the spectrum, while selling supplements and other nonsense. He portrays himself as someone who is engaged in a righteous battle against the forces of evil – so hardly someone who is engaged in rational discourse.
In a recent rant, however, he has become a parody even of himself. This time he is raving about Monsanto and GMOs, writing:
Monsanto is widely recognize (sic) as the most hated and most evil corporation on the planet. Even so, several internet-based media websites are now marching to Monsanto’s orders, promoting GMOs and pursuing defamatory character assassination tactics against anyone who opposes GMOs, hoping to silence their important voices.
He doesn’t stop there, he goes full Godwin – right for the Nazi analogies, which he repeats throughout his article, complete with pictures of the Holocaust. He goes on:
Anyone who resisted the Nazi regime was condemned as “anti-science” in precisely the same way that anyone who now questions the wisdom of unleashing genetically modified seeds into the open environment is also called “anti-science.”
Thus, GMOs aren’t based in science at all. They are the domain of a radical cult where questions are not allowed and critical thinking is condemned and censored.
According to Adams’ logic, anyone accusing anyone else of being anti-science is just like the Nazis, because they did that too. But here is the money quote:
This official ceremony sends a message to the world, and that official message from the nation of Germany to the rest of the world is that “it is the moral right — and even the obligation — of human beings everywhere to actively plan and carry out the killing of those engaged in heinous crimes against humanity.” (UPDATE: Those are the paraphrased words of the German government, not my statement.)
The emphasis is Adams’. As you can also see, Adams added an update trying to distance himself from this statement. He has been feverishly adding such updates to this article, which I will get to. Perhaps some small part of him realized he has stepped over the line.
He also writes:
Today, Monsanto collaborators — publishers, journalists and scientists — have signed on to the Nazi genocide machine of our day: the biotechnology industry and its evil desire to dominate the world’s food supply and blanket the planet with deadly chemicals that have been scientifically shown to cause horrific cancer tumors. They use many of the same tactics as the Nazi regime, too: intimidation, character assassination, threats and fabricated disinformation. Hitler’s Ministry of Propaganda, it turns out, is alive and well today in America. Its headquarters is not in Berlin but St. Louis.
I’m hoping someone will create a website listing all the publishers, scientists and journalists who are now Monsanto propaganda collaborators. I have no doubt such a website would be wildly popular and receive a huge influx of visitors, and it would help preserve the historical record of exactly which people contributed to the mass starvation and death which will inevitably be unleashed by GMO agriculture (which is already causing mass suicides in India and crop failures worldwide).
Let me summarize Adams’ points here: Monsanto is equivalent to modern day Nazis committing their own genocide and bid for domination. Anyone who defends GMOs (or just doesn’t buy into anti-GMO nonsense) is a “Monsanto collaborator” and are just as bad as Nazi collaborators. He says directly, “These attacks all have one thing in common: they are orchestrated by paid biotech muckrakers — people I call ‘Monsanto collaborators.’”
These people should be named, their addresses and photos made public. And by the way, it is your moral right, even responsibility, to kill them.
He then tries to insulate himself from the unavoidable implications of his article by saying he does not condone violence and is not calling for vigilante justice. This is small comfort, however – the kinds of people who would respond to his obvious call to action are likely not to be dissuaded that he says it is not a call to action (wink, wink).
I also have to point out that Adams’ article is incredibly free of any facts or documentation. He states as a matter of fact that people are being paid by Monsanto to shill for them, but he is just making this up. He demonstrates a depraved disregard for the truth, all the while claiming to be defending the truth.
His first update was to announce that someone was indeed inspired by his article (but not a call to action) to create the “Monsanto collaborators” website, complete with swastika. The site lists journalists, publications, and scientists who are alleged Monsanto shills.
The site also repeats the claim that Monsanto is responsible for the deaths of over 200,000 Indian farmers from suicide. This is a complete myth, however. Keith Kloor nicely puts this story into perspective at Discover Magazine, which earned both Kloor and Discover a place on the Monsanto collaborators site.
Your truly, btw, is also named on the site, with the tag, “Another corporate science shill who attacks the Seralini study.” At least I am not as bad as David Gorski who apparently is a, “Key perpetrator of the poisoning of hundreds of millions of children with GMOS and vaccines.”
The response to Adams has not been positive, even from his usual supporters, some of whom may be starting to sense the crazy. So Adams posted a second update claiming:
After careful analysis, I have come to the conclusion that the Monsanto Collaborators website is a bait-and-switch trap engineered by the biotech industry in an effort to lure in support from GMO skeptics and then discredit them with some sort of insane “call to action” of some kind.
That’s right, he is trying to cover up his original crazy conspiracy theory by inventing out of whole cloth another crazy conspiracy theory. He links to his “evidence” for this conclusion, but it just goes to another article by him repeating the claim, entirely evidence-free. He is playing the “false-flag” card, which is a favorite in the conspiracy theory deck. Any conspiracy theory or theorist which gets caught red-handed doing something embarrassing, was obviously part of a false-flag operation to discredit the genuine conspiracy theorists. The rabbit hole goes all the way down.
But even in his false-flag post he can’t get away from his Nazi narrative, writing:
“(The Holocaust killed 6 million people, and GMOs are already blamed for hundreds of thousands of suicides in India, with the number growing by the hour. The future death from GMOs may reach 100 million or more…)”
In my opinion Mike Adams is a dangerous loon who is now directly threatening the lives of innocent journalists and scientists. He is promoting a paranoid conspiracy narrative, free from any evidence or even basic logic, and invoking holocaust imagery and witch-hunt tactics.
His pathetic attempts to distance himself from the clear implications of his narrative are not convincing, nor are they likely to be effective.
Hopefully this sad affair will marginalize Adams somewhat. Of course he is claiming that people are trying to marginalize him by calling him a crazy and dangerous conspiracy nut, when in fact he is marginalizing himself by actually being a crazy and dangerous conspiracy nut.
Update: The Genetic Literacy Project is now reporting that they have confirmed that Adams is behind the Monsanto Collaborators site, that he is now claiming is a false flag operation. They write:
The GLP has been able to confirm that Adams is indeed the mastermind and financier behind the Monsanto Collaborator’s website. The story has now taken an even more bizarre twist, as Adams, facing multiple investigations from law enforcement officials, including the FBI, is now trying to make it appear that not only did he not oversee the project, but that it was a set up by Monsanto in a twisted plot to discredit anti-GMO critics.
Apparently the FBI is investigating.
Here is an analysis of the source code of naturalnews and monsantocollaborators, strongly suggesting that Adams is responsible for the latter: http://www.twipscience.org/news/2014/7/25/mike-adams-builds-a-naturalnews-nazi-time-machine