News With Views
by Frosty Wooldridge

Notice presidential candidates on both sides promise more job growth, bigger pay checks and an expanding economy! They talk about sustainable growth and greater economic progress. All of it depends on growth.

If you drove an hour to work each day in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Los Angeles, would you want more growth? When you stand in a long line at the grocery store in Chicago, do you want more people in ?Chi Town?? If you walked to work through the overloaded streets of New York City, would you demand more skyscraper apartment buildings to give you even more crowded sidewalks? How about trying to drive to work in Atlanta where they must build a second beltway around the city to alleviate the mind-numbing traffic on the first beltway? Do Atlanta residents want more growth?

If your husband stood six feet tall and weighed 300 pounds, would you like to see him add another 50 pounds as a positive aspect of growth? If you suffered cancer, and millions of Americans suffer from it, and die–would you like to see that cancer enjoy unlimited ?growth? as it takes over your body? Growth is good, right?! Everything should keep growing until it bursts!

This week, the Associated Press celebrated that 4.3 million newborns graced the United States in 2006. They called it a ?birth boomlet?. Economists and policymakers said, ?The increase in births is good news.? What?s causing 90 percent of our growth? Legal and illegal immigration!

Albert Einstein said, ?Only two things are infinite?the universe and human stupidity.?

Since the United States houses 300 million people, how about adding another 100 million, even 200 million and, what the heck, let?s add another 300 million people to the USA, just to see what happens.

Let?s not look at China, India and Mexico to see what?s already happened. That would be asking too much of anyone with an ounce of common sense.

Lester Brown, publisher of ?State of the World? said, ?We recently entered a new century, but we are also entering a new world, one where the collisions between our demands and the earth?s capacity to satisfy them are becoming daily events. It may be another crop-withering heat wave, another village abandoned because of invading sand dunes, or another aquifer pumped dry. If we do not act quickly to reverse the trends, these seemingly isolated events will occur more and more frequently, accumulating and combining to determine our future.

?Resources that accumulated over eons of geological time are being consumed in a single human lifespan. We cross natural thresholds that we cannot see and violating deadlines that we do not recognize. These deadlines, determined by nature, are not politically negotiable.

?Nature has many thresholds that we discover only when it is too late. For example, when we exceed the sustainable catch of a fishery, the stocks begin to shrink. Once this threshold is crossed, we have a limited time in which to back off and lighten the catch. If we fail to meet this deadline, breeding populations shrink to where the fishery is no longer viable, and it collapses.

?We know from earlier civilizations that the lead indicators of economic decline were environmental, not economic. The trees went first, then the soil, and finally the civilization itself.

?Our situation today is far more challenging because in addition to shrinking forests and eroding soils, we must deal with falling water tables, more frequent crop-withering heat waves, collapsing fisheries, expanding deserts, deteriorating rangelands, dying coral reefs, melting glaciers, rising seas, more-powerful storms, disappearing species, and, soon, shrinking oil supplies. Although these ecologically destructive trends have been evident for some time, and some have been reversed at the national level, not one has been reversed at the global level.

?The bottom line is that the world is in what ecologists call an ?overshoot-and-collapse? mode. Demand has exceeded the sustainable yield of natural systems at the local level countless times in the past. Now, it is doing so at the global level. Forests are shrinking for the world as a whole. Fishery collapses are widespread. Grasslands are deteriorating on every continent. Water tables are falling in many countries. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions exceed CO2 sequestration.

?In 2002, a team of scientists led by Mathis Wackernagel, who now heads the Global Footprint Network, concluded that humanity?s collective demands first surpassed the earth?s regenerative capacity around 1980. Their study, published by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, estimated that global demands in 1999 exceeded that capacity by 20 percent. The gap, growing by 1 percent or so a year, is now much wider. We are meeting current demands by consuming the earth?s natural assets, setting the stage for decline and collapse.

?The world is facing the emergence of a geopolitics of scarcity, which is already highly visible in the efforts by China, India, and other developing countries to ensure their access to oil supplies. In the future, the issue will be who gets access to not only Middle Eastern oil but also Brazilian ethanol and North American grain. Pressures on land and water resources, already excessive in most of the world, will intensify further as the demand for biofuels climbs. This geopolitics of scarcity is an early manifestation of civilization in an overshoot-and-collapse mode, much like the one that emerged among the Mayan cities competing for food in that civilization?s waning years.?

What?s the difference between Lester Brown and this writer? Answer: I?ve seen what he writes about.

My conclusion: this country?s leaders and general population prove to be dumber than a box of gerbils. We?re on course to be the fastest growing, most successful civilization?only to fall on our own sword by immigrating ourselves into this ?Human Katrina.? Our children become guppies in a sea of oblivion.

Listen to Frosty Wooldridge on Tuesdays and Thursdays as he interviews top national leaders on his radio show ?Connecting the Dots? at at 6:00 PM Mountain Time. Adjust tuning in to your time zone.

Tonight, January 17, 2008, he interviews author Mike Folkerth about his book ?The Biggest Lie Ever Believed?. It?s about the American Dream sinking faster than the Titanic.

9 Responses to “Two Things Infinite: The Universe And Human Stupidity”
  1. K2 says:

    Have to disagree with Frosty on this, at least in part. I do not think that the leaders are dumb. Some of them, yes. But those who are mostly behind this are well aware of what they are doing. Most 1st and 2nd world “western” nations, with traditional homogenous populations have astutely progressed by balancing resources with thier population. The overpopulation time bomb has been created by 3rd world countries, that have long since outstripped their resources. The leaders are merely utilizing “sustainable growth” as a lever to (amongst other reasons) redistribute the land, infrastructure and resources, so cautiously hoarded, via self-restraint, by the 1st and 2nd world nations, to satisfy the needs of the self indulgent, incompetent 3rd world. It is a corporate-communist dual campaign to swamp and wipe out the more diligent, and smaller populations of the 1st and 2nd world, and replace them with the less troublesome 3rd world masses. It is a part of a “holding strategy”. Put off the inevitable crunch, by satisfying the 3rd world want with the eden of the 1st. At least until the locusts strip that also, which will buy another few decades.

  2. BEADALONG says:

    Yea, I guess that would explain why the Environmentalists are so deadly silent now about this as well as the people who pushed {0 Population growth in the late 60s/early 70s) …..There’s nary a word from any of them.

    I wrote the Sierra Club about this also and from the response I got, they don’t give a damn about this. The response at the time was “the illegals are here just looking for a better life.” And that was that. That helped crashed any belief system I had in these environmental groups. It didn’t help any either with the environmental groups only cared about the poisoned polar bears, Orcas and seals but not people.

  3. K2 says:

    The environmentalists are marxists, through and through. When the warning went out back then about the need for zero growth, the clear message was that if you blow out your population, then you deserve what you get. Well, guess what. 1st world took notice, and all “western” nations reigned it in. Just check the graphs for all of them. Many of them were going negative (factor out all artificial immigration). It may have been still growing, overall, but it was under control. Now, however, the west is expected to bail out the baby factory nations. Where is the runaway explosion? Look at a map. The west already did it’s part. If they want to screw each other and have a 1000 kids, in a place that can only support 100, what should they expect? Let nature sort it out. The gene pool can only improve by removing the stupid. It is all about redistribution. The elites are planning to break the western middle class, with this. But when it is gone, they will turn around and kill off the excess 3rd world, in some sort of triage, anyway. So it will have all been for nada.

  4. Vincent Narodnik says:

    Please allow me to be boring and philosophical for a paragraph or so.
    >cool! just being yourself then, Narodnik!

  5. Vincent Narodnik says:

    the machine ate my comment.
    and the dog ate my home work.
    and I will bar b q a worshipper of Growth
    and feed him to my dog.
    News at 11

  6. Sherri says:

    We are doomed as a nation. Just try to get people engaged in all of this, and see the reaction you get. Judging by the looks on their faces, they don’t care. They nod their heads and agree it’s a serious issue, but then that blank look comes over them and the conversation is over. They’ve been so brainwashed to go along with the program, it’s like pulling teeth to get people to listen. There seems to be a sense of guilt for not wanting millions of illegal aliens entering this country and burdening our environment and infastructure. It’s as if Americans have become ashamed of being able to enjoy a good life—as if we are obligated to share it with the rest of the world. It’s really depressing and disgusting.

  7. 1Madmomma says:

    Sherri; I agree we are doomed, but I think it is that they just don’t think anything will severely effect them. With some, they say, it is all to depressing to think about, and well heck, what can I do about it. You tell them to start screaming at their representatives, call congress, the senate, governor, president. Talk to folks you meet. Spread the word that if we don’t do something, everything in our personal power right now, it will be to damn late. Nah; they just don’t think it will do any good. The last friggen thing I want to be able to do is say I TOLD YOU SO, and be mad as hell with friends, and family for not taking a friggen stand.

  8. George says:

    Yeah 1madmomma, I know just how you feel the same with my family & friend. My sister says “Oh I have my own worries to think about that”.Or she will say “I dont believe any one could be that evil”.”I told her that is what the Jews sad and look what happened to them”.Her reply Oh that was different,I dont want to talk about any more”. what can you do? and I thought the same thing you did.I dont want to say I told you so like you saw.Of course I wont be around to say it because I will be dead after I kill as many as I can.

  9. George says:

    The Bad guys that is.

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