Monday, July 16, 2007

Suicide cult

No - for once, I'm not referring to Islamonazis, but a different type of nazi. The Environazis. There is even a group, apparently, called "The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement".

OK - you go first, eh.

A new book by journalist Alan Weisman contemplates a world without people. In it he paints a paradise with wild animals thriving and roaming free, the climate perfectly balanced and the air fresh and clear.

Sound appealing? Well, it did to Weisman, too, when he began work on the book four years ago. And "four out of five" of the people he's told about it, he estimates, thought the idea sounded wonderful. Since we're headed inexorably toward an environmental crash anyway, why not get it over cleanly and allow the world to heal?

Oh, yeah, right. A paradise -except of course there wouldn't be any people around to care. What are these idiots on? Do they not realise that a world without humans is just another lump in space? What is the point of a world fit for human habitation if there are no humans to enjoy it? No other creature has the rational thought or awareness of the world to appreciate it. Paradise can only exist if there are humans to call it such.

Perhaps the most ridiculous thing, though, is that Weisman ignores one crucial fact. The earth is not a stable environment and never has been. Every 10,000 years or so the earth enters what are called "ice ages". Ever heard of them, Alan? Well, these ice ages come and go with a reasonable degree of regularity. They arrive quite abruptly, taking 30-50 years to form although it could be as little as 5-10 years - no one is quite sure yet.

However, we'll find out soon enough because this current warm period - the Holocene - has lasted 13,000 years and we're about due for a new ice age (and no, it won't be caused by man - it will be entirely natural and normal).

Once it strikes Mr Weisman's vision of a world without man may come true. One thing is certain - the human population of the earth will be devastated. Billions of people will die.

Now I'm not suggesting this is going to happen tomorrow or next week - but an ice age is overdue. With all the talk about predicting the outcome of "man-made" global warming it seems many have forgotten that natural global freezing is not just a possibility, but inevitable.

And an ice age can last for 100,000 years. Think about it.

9 comments:

frish said...

Personally, I'm a proud volunteer and glad to be a member of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement.

I respect the sanctity of life (in general) and feel humans put all life on Earth at risk.

I don't believe humans are capable of controlling our self interests enough or soon enough to keep the major population die off from happening.

That's why having no children is the only moral choice, so that fewer will be around when the die-off happens.

http://www.nonshoppingchannel.blogspot.com/

Stan said...

Just goes to prove the old saying.

"There's one born every minute!"

Sir HM said...

Unfortunately Stan, there's not one born every minute - it's more like three or four every second.

The carrying-capacity of the Earth for humans is something like 1/4 of the actual human population. There IS a cull coming.

It's no longer in our hands.

http://www.dieoff.org/

Stan said...

Like I said in the post, Sir HM - I know there is a cull coming and it will be fairly sudden and unstoppable. At some point - who knows when - an ice age will wipe out billions of people. This is certain.

With the current state of things, however, the bulk of population growth is not coming from the developed nations. We're barely at replacement level in this country while other European nations - such as Italy and Ireland are well below that level.

The VHEM and Optimum Population Trust seem to think it would be a good idea if we in the west stopped having babies - but we pretty much have already.

We're not the problem - it is in Africa and Asia where the problem lies, although they are rapidly exporting the problem to the developed nations through the Labour policy of open door immigration.

The global population is predicted to reach 10 billion by the middle of THIS century at current rate of growth. This is a much more real and substantial concern than the hypothetical "global warming" - not leaast because the only way of feeding those extra 4 billion people is to turn every available piece of cultivatable land over to agriculture. Imagine the devastation that is going to have on biodiversity!

But those extra 4 billion will not come from the west (except through immigration).

This is why I am so opposed to our government policy (and the liberal left's favourite theme) of "international development" and aid. It is neither desirable or responsible.

Look after ourselves in our own back yard first.

Make sure we have the ability to feed our own people with the basic foodstuffs - meat, poultry, dairy, fruit and veg - without relying on imports.

Make sure we have the energy supply and the resources of our own to provide the power we are going to need and make sure that control of these vital components remains in British hands.

Close the borders to immigration, deport all illegal immigrants and impose restrictions on immigrants already here who are not British citizens.

Strengthen our borders and our military and batten down the hatches.

If Britain is going to survive the coming catacylsm - we need to be prepared. Currently we are as defenceless as a kitten.

Sir HM said...

Stan

Wish I'd written that.

""This is why I am so opposed to our government policy (and the liberal left's favourite theme) of "international development" and aid. It is neither desirable or responsible.

Look after ourselves in our own back yard first.

Make sure we have the ability to feed our own people with the basic foodstuffs - meat, poultry, dairy, fruit and veg - without relying on imports.

Make sure we have the energy supply and the resources of our own to provide the power we are going to need and make sure that control of these vital components remains in British hands.

Close the borders to immigration, deport all illegal immigrants and impose restrictions on immigrants already here who are not British citizens.

Strengthen our borders and our military and batten down the hatches.

If Britain is going to survive the coming catacylsm - we need to be prepared. Currently we are as defenceless as a kitten.""

Greg said...

Guys, Malthusianism is a crock of shit. Folks were certain in the 70s that we'd have seen the starvation of billions by now. Overpopulation doomsayers were scaremongering then and now.

What happens is people use their ingenuity to get more resources, what with mechanization, GM etc.

Of course getting a country rich will stop massive population growth too.

Stan said...

In a sense you're right, Greg - although being a rich country hasn't stopped Britain undergoing massive population growth in recent years (admittedly not through conventional means!).

Greg said...

:-)

The UK can easily feed itself though. We have ineffecient organic farming popular just now, as well as the EU paying farmers not to produce food (similar to http://www.tolfa.us/arts/hogs.htm )

Although it will be harder if we are forced to use crazy biofuels.

Stan said...

I quite agree - even with organic farming methods we should be quite capable of producing the majority of our essential foodstuff needs.