As we’ve mentioned, Vani Hari has once again hit Kevin Folta with a FOIA request for any emails containing the names Yvette Guinevere (and Yvette d’Entremont, my aren’t we thorough?), Kavin Senapathy, Vance Crowe, Joe Schwarcz, Marc Draco, and Mark Alsip. If you’ve spoken out about her or if it’s a name she’s vaguely aware of but she clearly doesn’t understand how their job works (kinda like with chemicals), she wants to see your emails.
You can’t get out of a FOIA request. FOIA can be used for good in some cases, but in this case, it’s being abused. She’s hunting for any quotes that can be taken out of context to make it look like that there were nefarious intentions in the conversations back and forth between Folta and other people who spoke out against her, either in academia or as private citizens. As Kevin Folta is the only one of us who can be hit with a FOIA request (as he is a public employee), she’s hunting for any mention of our names or any emails he sent to us.
So I’m telling you… definitely, ahem… don’t email him. (His email address is Kfolta@ufl.edu).
And definitely don’t put “Vani Babe Monsanto” in the subject line. Because Kevin has a filter for things like that. For spam or something. Ahem.
And DEFINITELY don’t send funny pictures of cats to Kevin Folta at email@example.com.
And if you do all of that, you should obviously not mention my first and last name in the emails of cat pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org so that it will appear in the FOIA request. Because if you do that, it will cost Vani 15 cents per page when she gets all of these emails.
And I mean, why would we do something to cost Vani time and money when she’s costing Kevin Folta time and money? I mean, that would show the corruption, abuse, and inadequate regulations of the FOIA system while simultaneously flooding Kevin with funny pictures and making Vani pay extra money for something she goddamn asked for.
So clearly don’t send cat pictures to Dr. Kevin Folta at Kfolta@ufl.edu. We’re (not exactly) more mature than that.
My friend Dan over at A Science Enthusiast even set up a contact form for you to totally not send cat pictures to Kevin Folta.
So what are you waiting for? The internet is for porn, arguing about inconsequential shit, and funny pictures of cats. If you’re not doing the first two, shouldn’t you be emailing a funny picture of a cat to Kevin Folta at email@example.com?