Snippets

Everybody’s Here

In a somewhat breathlessly alarmist posting by environmentalist Stephen Messenger, we are told that

Earth is in the midst of a population crisis, and extremes are heading in both directions. While countless species have seen their numbers plummet in recent decades, with more than a few going extinct entirely, humans have seen theirs grow and grow — and the two trends are hardly unrelated.

In the 200,000 years since Homo Sapiens took her first steps across the African plains, just 57 billion people have ever lived. Astonishingly that means over 12% of all the people ever born are walking the planet at this very moment. Or to put it another way: one in eight people who have ever been born are alive today. (Treehugger)

At the risk of metaphorically shooting the Messenger, there’s another way to present the same information: 7 out of 8 people who have ever been born are as dead as Julius Caesar.

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The Greatest of All Time

The greatest liberal of all time may have been Adolph Hitler…

I know some of you may still have trouble with the idea that Hitler was a liberal. But consider, according to a recent book by his secretary, Hitler was a vegetarian who spoke against using animals for food, constantly dieted, wanted to ban smoking and abused drugs. Combine that with his anti-Semi…- excuse me, anti-Zionism, can one be more of a liberal?  Hitler could quite comfortably be teaching Middle Eastern studies in academia today, say at Brooklyn College, or be receiving an honorary doctorate from CUNY.

(Etymology and Meaning of the Words that Describe our Current Political System -  Canada Free Press)

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 Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution

“Guided by Alinsky principles, post-Communist radicals are not idealists but Machiavellians. Their focus is on means rather than ends, and therefore they are not bound by organizational orthodoxies in the way their admired Marxist forebears were. Within the framework of their revolutionary agenda, they are flexible and opportunistic and will say anything (and pretend to be anything) to get what they want, which is resources and power…the issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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6 Responses to Snippets

  1. Bob,
    FYI….I did not take down the May 12 post in which I featured one of your comments as “Quote Of The Day.” Blogger is in major crisis and removed all posts and comments done after May 11.

  2. Interesting post, Bob. We have enough food & energy to support the world’s population, even as it grows. The problem is not over population–it’s evil dictators running their populations into poverty & starvation, environmentalists who want to halt and regulate the extration of energy sources and water for farmers, and ag subsidies which discourage more food production.

    • Bob Mack says:

      The sky is always falling on professional busybodies. But their pseudo-solutions are actually the problems. Case in point – bans on DDT as a result of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring.” From When Politics Kills: Malaria and the DDT Story:

      Despite a surge in malaria incidence in the developing world, DDT production is decreasing, and its use is limited to those few countries that still have stockpiles or whose governments produce the chemical.

      Donor countries frown on DDT. The reason for this baffling disparity is that DDT has been damned by environmentalists. Gradually, governments in industrialized nations have been persuaded to restrict DDT because of fears of damage to the reproductive process of birds of prey. The heroic malaria-eradication program of the post-war years used DDT as its primary weapon. This program succeeded in North America and southern Europe, and greatly reduced incidence in many other countries. But eradication was not possible for many developing nations. Public-health activity in these countries is wholly or partly reliant on funding from overseas aid agencies. Since donor countries frown on DDT, these agencies are extremely reluctant to countenance its use in other countries. Belize, Mozambique, and Bolivia stopped using DDT in their public-health programs, because they feared the loss of aid from international agencies.

      • Otis P. Driftwood says:

        The thing about DDT is you can darn near drink it. And notice how it was 3rd world countries that suffered from the ban.

  3. Otis P. Driftwood says:

    What wasn’t stated with the population statistic is this – there are an estimated 1,000,000 species of life on earth right now. There has been estimated to have been 1,000,000,000 species to ever have existed. That means that .001% of all life to have ever existed exists now. Extinction is the rule – not the exception.

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