November 7, 2007


Humanity is the greatest challenge (John Feeney, 11/07/07, BBC)

We've outgrown the planet and need radical action to avert unspeakable consequences. This - by a huge margin - has become humanity's greatest challenge. [...]

We must end world population growth, then reduce population size. That means lowering population numbers in industrialised as well as developing nations.'s a safe bet he thinks the planet has room for John Feeney.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 7, 2007 3:50 PM

Talk about stuck in the 70's. Overpopulation is so disco.

Posted by: Bryan at November 7, 2007 4:12 PM

What I've never understood is why Gaians, who claim to love and revere all Life (except human, of course), have no desire to spread Life to all the dead worlds that make up our Solar System, and to parts beyond. Just recently we had the spectable of some of these people advocating that we keep the Moon dead insead of despoiling it. But doesn't "despoiling" require subjectivity and a point-of-view, and most of all, someone to care? The Moon has none of those, and if these Dirt Worshippers have their way, never will.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 7, 2007 8:00 PM

How many John must die, 1 billion, 2, 3 billion? Will you lead the way and be first in line please?

Posted by: Dave W at November 7, 2007 10:19 PM

The witches don't love life. That is a bald-faces, no-sex-with-Monica lie. Their unnatural lusts compel them toward disorder,disorganization, entropy. Evil is their good.

It is a major irony that as they drive against the entire natural history of progress from inorganic to organic to senient, they call themselves "progressive."

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 8, 2007 3:36 AM

He needs to be dragged out of whatever metropolis he's in and sent to North Dakota for a year.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 8, 2007 7:53 AM

When I was a kid, people like John Feeney were often depicted in the colorful pages of the comic books of the day. Those characters were typically brilliant and highly respected, at least in the opening pages. But in their hubris, they began to see themselves as all-knowning and all-powerful, and began to resent the everyman who ignored or thwarted their apocalyptic visions. Many of those characters launched schemes to reduce Earth's human population by a few billion or so. Towards the end of the stories, they were shown to be quite mad and were defeated, usually by a superhero representing the best American values.

When I was a kid, we called them Mad Scientists. Today, they are known as Environmentalists.

Posted by: JonSK at November 8, 2007 8:45 AM

When I was a kid, we called them Mad Scientists. Today, they are known as Environmentalists.

I believe that in modern parlance the two terms are synonyms.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 8, 2007 10:30 AM

Yes, and the Mad Environmentalists have been predicting disastrous results from the "Population Bomb" since at least the 1960's. Back then, it was predicted (and widely accepted by the MSM) that by the turn of the century, overpopulation would result in chaos, social breakdown and starvation on a global scale.

Yet a generation later, while the population has grown, so has our ability to adapt, economize and drive greater productivity. The price of gasoline, adjusted for inflation, is just a bit higher than it was in 1970. Poverty is going down, not up, for most of the world's population. Food supplies, driven as always by free market innovation, are in such surplus that the biggest problem for Iowa farmers is figuring out how I can burn corn to fuel my Suburban.

And this morning, the New York Times reports a massive NIH study that shows that people who are overweight die at lower rates than people who are at or below the "ideal weight" our media has trumpteded for the last 20 years.

Has a scientist ever predicted anything correctly?

Posted by: JonSK at November 8, 2007 11:37 AM

I hear that this doo-hickey they tested at Alamagorddo worked real well...

Although in retrospect I don't hate North Dakota enough to send Mr. Feeney there. Saskatchewan ought to do.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 8, 2007 12:12 PM

We science-fiction fans resent comparing Mad Scientists with mere environmentalists.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at November 8, 2007 12:19 PM

Mad Scientists at least do useful things like create super intelligent bats or sharks or turn Michael Landon into a werewolf.
While it's true that environmentalists did release the rage virus on Britain, what else have they done?

Posted by: Bryan at November 8, 2007 12:35 PM

That was animal rights activists, Bryan.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at November 9, 2007 8:05 AM