Something Feral

Digging up the flower-beds.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Have we learned nothing?

So much for entertaining any ideas about immigrating to Switzerland:
Recently, the Swiss Parliament asked a panel of philosophers, lawyers, geneticists and theologians to determine the meaning of dignity when it pertains to plants.

Lo and Behold, the team published a treatise on “the moral consideration of plants for their own sake.” The treatise established that vegetation has innate value and that it is morally wrong to partake in activities such as the “decapitation of wildflowers at the roadside without rational reason.”

I wonder if they've banned the importation and development of bonsai yet. Surely, it's the horticultural equivalent of foot-binding, a cruel and unusual practice to say the least.

On the bright side, either the law will be ignored, nullified, or Switzerland will be ripe for resettling within a few months.


Elusive Wapiti said...

Well, France and England and the USA are being resettled as we speak.

Perhaps the Swiss are next.

Triton said...

I've got my eye on the Bahamas, just as soon as I can afford to retire there.

Something Feral said...

I don't doubt that the mental pandemic is spreading to Switzerland; the article is sufficient evidence that Gaia-worship is becoming firmly embedded in the philosophies of the bureaucrats there. I suppose I just expected more from them than this failure.

As for viable retreats, I'm more of a northern-clime critter. The Bahamas might be a tad too warm. I think I will also require some sort of permaculture and/or small-scale agriculture, like EW seems to be planning.

I'm open to ideas at this point. Bright idea alpha is the panhandle area of Idaho; while still in the USSA, the prevailing local attitude seems to be "Scruduhgubbamuh!", and it's mostly out of the way for natural and man-made disasters, even the Yellowstone Caldera fallout, should that rear its ugly head.

Elusive Wapiti said...

"the prevailing local attitude seems to be "Scruduhgubbamuh!""

Close by is the great state of Wyo, my home, where the guns and the cows outnumber the people.

You should try it. Low taxes to boot.

Something Feral said...

Wyoming is also in consideration. I'll be making a post in relation to this and the log-home class I sniped entry into day-before-yesterday.

Elusive Wapiti said...

Forgot to warn you about the wind. Esp on the eastern slope. But then again, that keeps the rifraff out.

Triton said...

I could never live out west. Too arid.

Something Feral said...

Too arid? I had trouble in Virginia when I visited during summer a number of years ago, as I do not have gills. Pretty country out there, though. :)

Wind is a good thing... Wind generators are something I'm looking at installing anyway. I think I'd have to do eastern-slope anyway, flat land bothers me.

And I've had it up to my eyeballs with riff-raff.

Wonder Woman said...

Pffft, try Saskatchewan for climate ;-P

The Bahamas, ahhhh... warm, tropical, sunny...Oooh yeah :)

Something Feral said...

Well, as long as Saskatchewan gets sunshine, I'd think about it. The government's stance on firearms, though... That's an immediate disqualification.

I'm sure it's a nice place to visit. ;)

Anonymous said...

That comment about bonsai being cruelty to plants -- if you were watching Dr. Who on PBS around 1982 or so -- they used the same joke.

Sorry. I just felt the need to interject some geek trivia.

Something Feral said...

I do love Dr. Who, especially the older stuff. Do you know which episode that was mentioned in?