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Monday, August 29, 2005

Harassment Ready (TM) Blogging

Tom Philpott of the Bitter Greens Journal got a harrassing letter from a Monsanto lawyer concerning Tom's use of the title "Roundup, ready" for a regular segment on his blog, claiming it violated their trademark on "Roundup Ready" genetically-modified plants, which can survive being poisoned with large amounts of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller. Tom sent the mutant corporation a defiant reply. Excerpt:
With all due respect, it seems to me that rather than protect your trademark from any serious threat, what you're really trying to do is intimidate a political opponent into ceasing what is surely Constitutionally protected speech. And so, as I stated above, I must decline your request. And I will redouble my efforts to study and write about the practices of your company.
Halliburton is just a spectacular example of corrupt war profiteering. Wal-Mart's "always low wages; always" scheme will collapse along with the U.S. economy. But Monsanto's crimes threaten the world's food supply--forever. So, more power to Tom and Bitter Greens!