Anarchist Anti-Tech Wackos Shoot and Bomb Scientists

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May the Olga Cell join him behind bars soon.

Nature and New Scientist are reporting a series of recent attacks on nuclear and nanotech scientists in Europe by the Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front. (It's not funny, but I do wonder if "Informal" isn't a bit redundant in this context?) All levity aside, the group has taken credit for shooting a nuclear scientist in Italy and sending bombs to nanotech research centers in Switzerland. Nature reports

On 11 May, the cell sent a four-page letter to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera claiming responsibility for the shooting of Roberto Adinolfi, the chief executive of Ansaldo Nucleare, the nuclear-engineering subsidiary of aerospace and defence giant Finmeccanica. Believed by authorities to be genuine, the letter is riddled with anti-science rhetoric. The group targeted Adinolfi because he is a "sorcerer of the atom", it wrote. "Adinolfi knows well that it is only a matter of time before a European Fukushima kills on our continent."

"Science in centuries past promised us a golden age, but it is pushing us towards self-destruction and total slavery," the letter continues. "With this action of ours, we return to you a tiny part of the suffering that you, man of science, are pouring into this world." The group also threatened to carry out further attacks.

Last year, a related pod of anti-technology nuts, Individuals Tending to Savagery, bombed Mexican nanotech scientists, harming two of them. 

The good news is that the three anti-science terrorists who sought to bomb the IBM nanotech facility were convicted last year in Switzerland. The Olga Cell is vowing to strike again. 

Science causes suffering? Here is a very short list of the "crimes" committed by the purveyors of science: Doubled life expectancies; vaccines; electricity; automobiles; telephones; tripled crop productivity; organ transplants; airplanes; computers; the World Wide Web; and on and on and on. 

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  1. Believed by authorities to be genuine, the letter is riddled with anti-science rhetoric.

    Republicans.

    1. I was just thinking the american version of “anti-tech” is to demand technology be “green”.

      1. Anti tech/science group uses INTERNET to look up CHEMISTRY of making bombs, which they ship via CAR driven by COMBUSTION ENGINE…

      2. It is, and it’s a double edged sword. First you demand that all technology be green, kill promising start ups with suffocating regulation, then you pour billions of tax payer dollars into failed green companies that could have been spent in the private sector on real technology.

  2. Anarchist Anti-Tech Wackos Shoot and Bomb Scientists

    Nature and New Scientist[…]

    … which normally agree with the other sort of terrorists, the anti-capitalist, fear-mongering kind…

    Sorry, but serves them right. Cria cuervos y te sacaran los ojos – raise crows and they will pick your eyes out.

  3. I’d be more impressed if they were killing scientists with rocks and pointy sticks.

    Lotta science in a gun or a bomb. *tsk tsk*

    1. I would be more impressed if they went with a good ol’ atlatl strike. When was the last time we had one of those?

      1. I remember that I was wearing an onion on my belt at the time, so it was quite a while ago.

    2. I’d let them use slingshots and arrows. Maybe even a longbow.

      1. damn, SKR is right, tooth and claw only.

        Sorry Tulpa, if rocks and sticks are too developed, then slings and arrows are right out.

    3. Screw that, tooth and claw should be their only acceptable weaponry.

  4. White Indian strikes again!

  5. Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front.

    Olgas. Why did it have be Olgas?

    1. Splitters!

  6. I suspect they are really from the future, here to try to stop nanotech development before the nanobots turn everything into gray goo.

  7. Bets on the political leanings of these particular anarchists?

    Or MOST anarchists, for that matter?

    1. Let’s just say that if they were in the US, they would be Obama voters. I guess it makes sense because if you want something to kill progress on every level, including tech and science, nothing can do the job like big government.

      1. Sure, it’s important to stop technology in its tracks and return mankind to a state of primitive bliss without hierarchy and submission… but right now, it’s really important to keep Romney out of the White House.

        1. but right now, it’s really important to keep Romney out of the White House.

          I actually agree with that, but considering that the alternative is the O, then I don’t really care. I will vote for Johnson and let the cards fall where they will…

    2. Do you mean anarchists, or statists who wave black flags with A’s on them?

  8. When will the luddites learn that government is the root of all evil, not science and technology, or capitalists?

    If they would just wait long enough, science might be able to give them all the free stuff that they want without taxing the source of the ‘stuff’ to death first.

    1. It’s not the root of all evil, just the manifestation of it.

      1. Well, yeah…. ok, corrupt politicians would be going one step closer to the true root of it…

  9. Directive 51 isn’t fictional enough, apparently.

  10. Are you kidding me Bailey? Take a look at what your so-called scientific advances have given us:
    Doubled life expectancies – requiring longer and more expensive care for old people. Not to mention all the mother-fucking Viagra ads I have to sit through when watching sports on TV.
    Vaccines – autism, yo! Dr. Wakefield said so and so does Jenny McCarthy!
    Electricity – this has made humans more lazy and turned them into planet rapers!
    Automobiles – encouraged moar laziness and planet raping, put buggy-whip makers out of work, not too mention all that eeeeviiiilll pollution and ZOMG!!! Global Warming!!!
    Telephones – well this led to cell phones and all those ugly cell towers spoiling scenary that now I can’t eat anymoar! And idiot pedetrians that insist on texting while walking! Curse AG Bell!
    Tripled crop productivity: hellooooo obesity crisis which of course gave us this Obamacare batshit.
    Organ transplants – I got nuttin’.
    Airplanes – Machinery of Death raining evil from the sky!
    Computers and the World Wide Web – sepnding all day argueing with strangers on the internet instead of advancing…or uh…working for the collective good! The worst scourge of all!

    1. Ahem – [AGRI]culture leads to all this [AGR]essive behavior, plus city [STATE]-ism from the [STATE]-ists.

      Officer, am I not free to gambol teh interwebz over the electric current while sitting parked in my Pious at the StarMonkey Koffee Shoppe talking on my 4G CellPhony as I nurse my healing organ transplant incision?

    2. Organ transplants – I got nuttin’.

      The ancient Aztecs would certainly be upset over a perfectly good sacrificial heart being put to a better use.

    3. Those interwebs are the worst. But if only the all benevolent governments of the world could get complete control, it would be turned into a wonderful thing.

  11. “Science in centuries past promised us a golden age, but it is pushing us towards self-destruction and total slavery,” the letter continues. “With this action of ours, we return to you a tiny part of the suffering that you, man of science, are pouring into this world.”

    Ignorant, violent morons are ignorant.

  12. “Science in centuries past promised us a golden age, but it is pushing us towards self-destruction and total slavery,” the letter continues. “With this action of ours, we return to you a tiny part of the suffering that you, man of science, are pouring into this world.”

    Ignorant, violent morons are ignorant.

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  14. Yeah what has science ever given us?

    Um Vaccines

    Oh right aside from Vaccines what has science ever given us?

    Increased life expectancy

    Well yes that goes without saying, but aside from vaccines and increased life expectancy what has science ever done for us?

    Increased crop yields

    Right, aside from Vaccines, increased life expectancy, and increased crop yeilds has science done anything for us?

    Oh don’t forget electricity and organ transplants

    Right can’t forget those, so be it resolved that the Liberation Front of the Judean People (Splitters!) do hereby condemn the actions of science with the exception of vaccines, increased life expectancy, increased crop yields, electricity, and organ transplants.

    Wait, what about computers?

  15. For an “informal” group, they sure have a long name.

    1. I think “informal” means what Americans would call casual. Jeans and flip-flops, polo shirts under sports jackets, shorts in warm weather. They fight to make every day Casual Friday.

  16. These guys have friends in high places

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Pianka

    1. The loons are everywhere:

      There is only one cure, only one way of stopping this rising epidemic of extinctions. The solution requires an extraordinarily immense effort by all of human society but it is achievable.

      We need to re-wild the planet. We need to “get ourselves back to the garden” as Joni Mitchell once so poetically framed it.

      This is a process that will require a complete overhaul of all of humanities economic, cultural, and life style systems. Within the context of our present anthropocentric mind-set the solution is impossible. It will require a complete transformation of all human realities.

      1. Sea Shepherd?

        More like Sea Psychos.

        Especially Watson.

      2. that, and about five billion fewer people.

      3. More Agenda 21 non-sense. The progressives should consider a mass suicide pact, that would be a great start. They already live in another reality, and most sane people want no part of it.

        1. Funny how the necessary culling never starts with themselves.

          1. They are the chosen ones. They will live as always, with their newest version of the iPhone, driving around in their super duper green cars, dining in their most favored chique tofurkey bar, while the rest of us unenlightened ones live in caves and subsist on roots and berries.

            The all powerful and benevolent government will ensure this new equality, and there will be peace and harmony forever.

            Yes, they really are that delusional.

            1. with their newest version of the iPhone

              Who’s manufacturing those iPhones in that vision of utopia…

              1. The government, of course, and they will be free!

          2. Of course not. If they ever get their brave new world, there will still be a need for elite betters to run it.

          3. JW|5.30.12 @ 12:06PM|#

            Funny how the necessary culling never starts with themselves.

            But they can’t cull themselves first ’cause nobody would be around to nag the rest of us to self-cull and the world would be destroyed.

      4. We need to radically and intelligently reduce human populations to fewer than one billion

        …which of course, leads straight to ‘communism’! = the surest way to decimate the planet’s population.

  17. I might have a smidgen of sympathy if the radicals were attacking social “scientists”.

  18. Last year, a related pod of anti-technology nuts, Individuals Tending to Savagery, bombed Mexican nanotech scientists, harming two of them.

    Not very memorable. I would go with International Defiant Individuals Organized Tending to Savagery. That lets you know who they really are.

    1. But who is the commander of the Coalition for the Liberation of Itinerant Tree-Dwellers

      1. I am the master of the C.L.I.T. Remember this fucking face. Whenever you see C.L.I.T., you’ll see this fucking face. I make that shit work. It does whatever the fuck I tell it to.

        No one rules the C.L.I.T like me. Not this little fuck, none of you little fucks out there.

        I AM THE C.L.I.T. COMMANDER! Remember that, commander of all C.L.I.T.s!

  19. The Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front? Fuck off! We’re the Informal Anarchist Federation Front of International Revolution!

    1. Splitter!!!!

    2. Revanchists, the lot of you! The only true luddites are the

      Informal
      Federation of
      Anarchist
      Individual
      Liberation

      1. I really wish there could be some form of punctuation involved, but I think you’d need to use a different word than “informal” to make it work.

        Incite:
        Federa…etc etc

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    1. The internet truely is amazing.

      Just recently Reason.com made all its commentors register.

      Now we don’t get any spam.

      Miraculous.

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      2. spam bothers me about 1.0*10^-6th as much as the griefers.

        1. This.

          The occasional anon-bot post pales in comparison to the griefer trolls.

          1. In case I was not clear I was complaining about the registration not the anonbots.

            1. except registration has eliminated the griefers, which makes it worth it in my book.

  21. Maybe we should all just get busy making wads of cash on the Internet. Ya know, just like Lawrence or whoever.

  22. I?m supporter of green technology, energy efficiency etc., but this act of violence is beyond my understanding. Those people deserve to be punished, because there is no possibility how violence could change anything in this world. Look on USA and their effort. How miserable it is to kill one guy in the name of “nature”…

    1. We just better hope that they don’t start eating bath salts…

  23. The Anarchist Liberation Group Operating for Retribution to save the Environment.

    Or, A.L.G.O.R.E.

    1. Shouldn’t that be Redistribution instead of Retribution?

      1. They are the same thing to assholes like these.

  24. So is the Nuclear scientist shooting a reflection of environmental extremism or simply a reflection of Italy?

  25. what is the “Olga” thing about?

  26. Do these folks realize that they’re just one more religion, with no more claim to ‘truth’ than any other bleever?

    1. Nope. Ask the warm mongers the same question. When you are running around calling people deniers and raging about the coming apocalypse… religion.

  27. Your technology largely shapes your government.

    If you do away with all technology since the steam engine, you wind up with absolute monarchies and endless nation-state wars.

    If you push back further to pre-gunpowder, you wind up with feudalism and men on horseback slaughtering serfs.

    Aside from being hideously oppressive, neither of these things are particularly environmentally friendly as peasant serfs increasingly convert forest land to every more marginal agricultural land, decimating species diversity and generally wiping out any non-domesticated species larger than a deer.

    Modern ‘environmentalists’ are too friggin’ stupid to understand history, political science OR ecology.

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