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(New Zealand Herald)   Plant Nazis influenced by an idiot New Yorker are making life miserable for homeowners in New Zealand. "I was sitting at my computer in my undies and the next thing a police car came roaring down the driveway"   (nzherald.co.nz) divider line 40
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2012-10-13 09:51:18 PM  
Nice to know cops in other countries are dicks, too.


Officers removed computers and plants

Why would they take his computers?
 
2012-10-13 10:45:46 PM  
I'm sitting at my computer in my undies, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2012-10-14 12:05:02 AM  
An invasive species being introduced could be a very serious thing, but this was still handled wrong, very wrong. The government should have sent over a guy from a local agriculture office to check things out and ask some questions first.

Of course, maybe they did and this guy decided to be a dick about it and not let things get done the easy way.

At least it didn't happen here in 'Merica. Here in God's country a SWAT team would have raided his home at 3 A.M., burned his kid with a flash-bang grenade and shot his dog.
 
2012-10-14 02:19:54 AM  
New Zealand police are over enthusiastic in conducting raids?

i.usatoday.net

You don't say.
 
2012-10-14 05:51:05 AM  
Plant Nazis or Nazi plants?

www.genomicon.com
 
2012-10-14 05:59:29 AM  
Lucky they didn't kill his dog.
 
2012-10-14 06:03:58 AM  
I'm sure there will be some new zealand cop fluffers here any minute to support this nonsense.
 
2012-10-14 06:19:54 AM  
awomanwithoutchildren.files.wordpress.com

Invasive species are a biatch. Just ask the Stephens Island wren.
 
2012-10-14 07:09:41 AM  
Officers removed computers and plants and ordered him not to not sell or remove plants from the property that were part of the kauri or Norfolk pine family.

"You MUST sell plants!"
 
2012-10-14 07:20:37 AM  
Just when you thought the police couldn't possibly get any more derpier
 
2012-10-14 07:23:54 AM  
It would have been a good thing if there had been 'plant nazis' around when some idiot decided to introduce Heracleum mantegazzianum (Giant Hogweeg) into N America because it "looks interesting".

That stuff is NASTY
Link
 
2012-10-14 07:34:44 AM  
Honestly, the guy doing the whining in this article should have known better. He's right that the plant already existed in the country, but if he was really concerned about it, he could have petitioned to get the plant taken off the black list, and then brought it in legally.

dnr.wi.gov
This is garlic mustard. It grows so thickly that it chokes out any plants trying to grow underneath. People are starting to figure out that it can be quite tasty, though, so now there are contests to make the best garlic mustard and nettle pesto. Haven't tried it yet, but I hear it's pretty damn good.

thornews.files.wordpress.com
Here in Norway, lupines are the big problem. The damn things grow everywhere, and of course most people see them and just think, "Oh, they're pretty, so they must be OK!" They ARE spectacular, to be fair, but I've seen huge fields of them that again are choking out all of the native flora.

www.tdc.ca
Then there's this bad boy, the giant hogweed. From the site the picture came from: "...the stems and leaves are covered with small hairs coated with poisonous sap. Even the slightest touch can cause painful blisters and severe skin irritation. The symptoms can take a couple of days to develop, the skin becomes highly photosensitive producing large watery blisters however the effects can be long lasting, with contact resulting in recurrent dermatitis.... After the burns subside, darkened areas or scars can persist for several years. The affected areas remain sensitive to sunlight so it is important to keep the burned areas away from direct sunlight as much as possible. ... Children are attracted to the large, hollow stems for pretend swords or telescopes."

So yeah, those invasive species laws are not such a bad thing.
 
2012-10-14 07:47:37 AM  
reason.com

Nobody ever expects The Plant Nazis!!
 
2012-10-14 07:52:41 AM  
"I was sitting at my computer in my undies... The policewoman was lovely, the others were maggots."

What's his Fark handle?
 
2012-10-14 07:54:31 AM  

twomutts: Honestly, the guy doing the whining in this article should have known better. He's right that the plant already existed in the country, but if he was really concerned about it, he could have petitioned to get the plant taken off the black list, and then brought it in legally.


The problem is that it's not a black list. It's an "only-things-on-this-list-are-okay" list (green-list?).

So it's pretty understandable - if you didn't see agathis silbae, but DID see agathis macrophylla (and you knew they were the same thing), you'd assume it was okay, regardless of which name it had been shipped under.
 
2012-10-14 08:01:32 AM  

Radak: "I was sitting at my computer in my undies... The policewoman was lovely, the others were maggots."

What's his Fark handle?


Treeman69

Raided by the Department of Treeland Security.
 
2012-10-14 08:08:23 AM  

Riche: An invasive species being introduced could be a very serious thing


Australia is all about invasive species. They've been farking up things for years. From mice to Kangaroos, rabbits, giant bull frogs.feral pigs and on and on. NOW they want to do something?
 
2012-10-14 08:19:52 AM  

AMonkey'sUncle: Radak: "I was sitting at my computer in my undies... The policewoman was lovely, the others were maggots."

What's his Fark handle?

Treeman69

Raided by the Department of Treeland Security.


More like the Department of Douchebaggery
 
2012-10-14 08:34:31 AM  
That's one of the strangest articles I've read here.
 
2012-10-14 08:43:14 AM  

hbk72777: Australia is all about invasive species. They've been farking up things for years. From mice to Kangaroos,


Kangaroos are not invasive species in Australia.

rabbits, giant bull frogs.feral pigs and on and on. NOW they want to do something?

It's New Zealand, and it's a law from 1997.
 
2012-10-14 08:43:39 AM  

hbk72777: Australia is all about invasive species. They've been farking up things for years. From mice to Kangaroos, rabbits, giant bull frogs.feral pigs and on and on. NOW they want to do something?


So you're against learning from past mistakes? Interesting.
 
2012-10-14 08:58:31 AM  
.....an exotic member of the kauri tree family native to several Pacific islands.

Agathis spp.
is a genus loosely called "Kauri trees" by common name. There is no "Kauri tree" family. They are in the family Araucariaceae which contains many species that are not called Kauri trees.

(pedantic and/or ostentatious)
 
2012-10-14 09:01:29 AM  

hbk72777: Australia is all about invasive species.


Yeah, and pretzels and lederhosen.
 
2012-10-14 09:47:34 AM  
That's racist!
 
2012-10-14 09:50:02 AM  

Riche: An invasive species being introduced could be a very serious thing, but this was still handled wrong, very wrong. The government should have sent over a guy from a local agriculture office to check things out and ask some questions first.

Of course, maybe they did and this guy decided to be a dick about it and not let things get done the easy way.

At least it didn't happen here in 'Merica. Here in God's country a SWAT team would have raided his home at 3 A.M., burned his kid with a flash-bang grenade and shot his dog.


And it would be at the wrong house.
 
2012-10-14 10:08:15 AM  
I like the cut of his jib.
 
2012-10-14 10:10:27 AM  
Kudzu has been a pain since brought to the US to control erosion. It only grows a foot a day.

Chinese Privet is about as bad but you can buy them. I have one bush hiding the house behind me. It is at least 15 feet tall and round.
 
2012-10-14 10:11:11 AM  

twomutts: Here in Norway, lupines are the big problem. The damn things grow everywhere, and of course most people see them and just think, "Oh, they're pretty, so they must be OK!" They ARE spectacular, to be fair, but I've seen huge fields of them that again are choking out all of the native flora.


4.bp.blogspot.com
I know exactly the right man for this problem.
 
2012-10-14 10:26:12 AM  
www.georgiainsuranceshop.com
 
2012-10-14 10:38:54 AM  
Why such a massive overreaction about a plant? Were the plants massing for imminent attack against the mammals and marsupials?
 
2012-10-14 10:45:03 AM  
Biosecurity officers have raided the Auckland Botanic Gardens, apparently looking for an exotic relation to the kauri tree that may have been illegally introduced to the country.

Shouldn't Auckland Botanic Gardens be the party upset about non-native species? Shouldn't they be helping with raids of this nature as expert help? Everything has gone pear shaped.
 
2012-10-14 11:01:07 AM  

twomutts: Then there's this bad boy, the giant hogweed.


Never knew those were real. I just thought they were figments of Peter Gabriel's fertile 1970's imagination.
 
2012-10-14 11:59:38 AM  
Yes, I wonder if he was being a dick earlier that caused them to have such a show of force. But I can't forgive it. That is a bit over the line.

But introduced species are a real problem. Think of zebra mussels and starlings in N. America. I wished someone would have stopped Eugene Schieffelin. Link to his legacy
 
2012-10-14 12:13:58 PM  
I'm not one to worship at the cult of the expert, but it seems like they should be working with the guy they raided, not some idiot who probably has no education in plantery.
 
2012-10-14 12:26:40 PM  

wumpus: Biosecurity officers have raided the Auckland Botanic Gardens, apparently looking for an exotic relation to the kauri tree that may have been illegally introduced to the country.

Shouldn't Auckland Botanic Gardens be the party upset about non-native species? Shouldn't they be helping with raids of this nature as expert help? Everything has gone pear shaped.


Most researchers are conscientious about not damaging their environment. Unfortunately there are enough who ignore regulations that I always ask them more questions when I encounter them at work.
 
2012-10-14 12:46:31 PM  
Someone is going to get promoted over this.
 
2012-10-14 03:52:57 PM  
I, for one, approve of the eradication of invasive species.
 
2012-10-14 06:01:07 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: It would have been a good thing if there had been 'plant nazis' around when some idiot decided to introduce Heracleum mantegazzianum (Giant Hogweeg) into N America because it "looks interesting".

That stuff is NASTY
Link


I went to several links discussing this plant -- Giant Hogweed -- and on a King County, Washington noxious weed map found that two infestations are just a couple of blocks from my house in Seattle. The burns from the sap are horrifying to contemplate and the thought that the sap can cause blindness (permanent) and persistent burning (over a period of years) due to photosensitivity makes me want to stay in my house.
 
2012-10-14 07:29:25 PM  
fark invasive species of all kind. Plant and animal.

Bed bugs are an invasive species.

When you hear invasive species, think bed bugs. The only good invasive species is a dead one.

/not applicable to human beings.
 
2012-10-15 03:00:46 AM  

fluffy2097: fark invasive species of all kind. Plant and animal.

Bed bugs are an invasive species.

When you hear invasive species, think bed bugs. The only good invasive species is a dead one.

/not applicable to human beings.


Usually. About half a century ago there was an uncontrollable invasion of fish called alewives into the Great Lakes. Stinky shoals of dead ones periodically washed ashore, causing much distress except to the seagulls.

Then someone figured out you could hatch lake trout and steelhead fry and stock the lakes and have a lot of new sport fishing.

Now, zebra mussels threaten to return the Great Lakes to their former pre-sewage pristine state and all is chaos. They'll probably end up restoring grayling or something.
 
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