Is Alexandra Morton bringing the ISA virus back to BC in an egomaniacal attempt to make her own prophecies come true?
News has trickled back to us from the East Coast of Canada, where Alexandra Morton has been presenting a travelling storytime about the evils of salmon farming.
In a hodge-podge of half-truths, selective information and newspaper clippings, with a liberal dose of boogety-boogety boo, she tells a story of how the evil salmon farmers are covering up disease, want to kill wild salmon to increase their bottom line and are working hand-in-hand with a government that’s as corrupt as a banana republic.
It’s nothing we haven’t heard before, and anyone interested in examining her claims will quickly see that they fall apart like a house of cards once you start tugging. If any of our readers want us to do so, we’d be happy to in the comments section of the post. Feel free to read through her presentation and ask us any specific question about it you like.
But what we are most concerned about is suggestions we heard that she was driving around with samples of Atlantic salmon in her vehicle.
ISA virus is endemic in salmon on the East Coast of Canada. It’s as natural there as IHN is here. It’s in the wild, and rarely causes problems for the wild fish, but can be devastating to farmed fish.
East Coast farms already had to deal with ISA in their stocks this year. It would be easy for Morton to get infected samples, bring them back here to BC and do something with them that would vindicate her conspiracy theories and prophecies of viral destruction she has been making for the past several years.
From what we’ve seen, this wouldn’t surprise us at all. She has shown herself unwilling to admit she is wrong, or that any of her theories might be wrong. She wants so badly for ISA to be in BC so she can say she was right, and that evil salmon farms have brought on the apocalypse.
Yes, this is a conspiracy theory. But it’s a lot more likely than the nonsense in her presentation. There are many scientists who gone on deluded quests because they could not shake their confirmation bias. Some of these quests have damaged lives and deluded thousands of people as these scientists refused to admit they were wrong, no matter the evidence proving them wrong.
Morton is no different. She really believes in what she says. But she is too full of herself to consider any alternatives to the stories she tells to make sense of her world.
And while they are entertaining stories with a scary hook that motivate people, they are based on half-truths and assumptions that don’t hold water, once tested.
But sadly, scientific facts can’t hold a candle to a good story. Hopefully people listening to her don’t check their brains at the door, and question every one of her claims.
Because every one of them is dubious.