Recently I received an op ed from my long time colleague Frosty Wooldridge which so captures the state of our mass media that it needs airing on this site, which after all addressed daily the great concern we should all have about the over reaching influence of the various monotheistic male dominated religions on secular matters.
Frosty’s theme with its powerful images should jolt the masters and mistresses of the media (who love covering with M & M candy like full focus on splashy parties such as the recent celebs and pols annual dinner here in DC presided over by Obama and his one liners) to better focus on the root issue of our growing planetary woes, population growth.
Just as too often our media coverage fails to take to task the receipt of special treatment demanded and received by those religions. Example, the no contraceptive help for employees of some Catholic institutions.
Or could it be fear of covering possible Moslem problems growing here just now, not entirely unjustified, in light of possible violent reprisals from jihadists as has happened in Europe and elsewhere!
Frosty sharply pinpoints some of the many people who could make this issue the top priority in daily news coverage and he makes clear that those with the power to make the issue more urgent and actionable aren’t doing so. Fluff and splash dominate our media.
Houston, Planet Earth’s Got A Big Problem: Human Overpopulation
By Frosty Wooldridge | 5 May 2014
Church and State
Sunday night, May 4, 2014, NBC’s anchor Lester Holt introduced Anne Curry for a report on Climate Change causing horrific wildfires, tornadoes, Category 5 hurricanes, rising seas, temperature changes, heat waves and worse for the future.
Anne Curry reported on climate change, but no mention of human overpopulation driving it. Nothing like ignoring the elephant in the kitchen as it stomps everything to smithereens:
She announced a special committee working to solve the Climate Change problem, but none of them mentioned that the human race adds 1,000,000 (million) of its kind every 4 days that equals to 80,000,000 (million) more of its (our) species annually, decade in and decade out with no end in sight. Curry failed to whisper a second sentence about human overpopulation driving our environmental calamities.
Reality check: The overriding, driving, undeniable force for Climate Change, titanic species extinction, accelerating destruction of the Natural World and dozens of other consequences facing all life on this planet—human overpopulation.
Why does the Main Stream Media, Scott Pelley, Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Charlie Rose, everyone at NPR, the president, Congress, all 50 governors, all 100 US Senators, 435 Congressional critters and 319 million American citizens choose to live in denial while their world degrades around them.
What more does it take? Hurricane Katrina; Hurricane Sandy; Typhoon Haiyan; Sixth Extinction Session accelerating against millions of species going extinct; California wildfires; drought, desertification accelerating worldwide, polluted air over our cities; polluted rivers; nuclear waste; melting glaciers; carbon parts per million exceeded 400 ppm last year for the first in 10 million years; 18 million humans starving to death annually; massive human pile-ups in traffic and congestion in cities.
What in the devil does it take anyone with an IQ over room temperature to start screaming over the rooftops and into the cameras that, “Houston, we’ve got a problem!”
How can the leaders, media and citizens of a free society choose to be so inept, so in denial and so out of touch with reality?
The Big Five Factors of Denial of Climate Change, Human Overpopulation and Accelerating Consequences
First, capitalism allowed technology-dominated Western countries to rape the rest of the planet of oil, diamonds, metals, wood, rubber, minerals, marine life and everything needed to create “consumption societies.” Capitalism requires endless growth for endless people to create endless consumption. That factor created an “entitlement factor” sewn into the societal thread of America and other Western countries like Canada, Australia and Europe. In the past 20 years, that “factor” migrated into China, India, Mexico, Brazil and other consumption societies.
No one wants to give it up. They choose to ride the planet to its knees before giving up their wealth, cars, gadgets, homes and fossil fuel burning. The most powerful taboo of the 21st century remains any mention of the human overpopulation factor.
Second, ancient religions brainwash parishioners into a sense of privilege that God blesses them, looks out for them and that they are the chosen ones, and commands them to go forth and multiply. For example, in light of all the human misery, starvation and deprived living conditions for followers of the Catholic Church around the world (Haiti, Mexico, Africa), the Pope denounces any form of birth control. Thus, more babies mean more poverty, illiteracy and human misery. Islam, Buddhism and Hindu encourage endless human population growth in light of the fact that 18 million humans starve to death annually and another two billion cannot secure a clean glass of drinking water. Those religions mandate endless population growth to insure the money handed into the “tithing plate” every Sunday.
Ironically, since first world countries cannot “see” nor do they experience the accelerating aspects of overpopulation, they continue in “cognitive dissonance” of it ever happening to their countries.
Third, democracies promote free choice to the point of suicide of the planet. One couple in America, the Duggars, birthed 19 children in 22 years. The mother finally suffered the death of her 20th because of her 40+ age and failing egg vitality. Nonetheless, she champions “God’s” plan for her to have as many children as possible. Millions feel the same: no one can stop them from birthing as many children as they choose. (Source: www.theDuggars.com)
In countries like Africa, at 1.1 billion, demographers expect the human mob to reach at least 3.1 billion before the end of the century—most of it via tribal illiteracy, endless birth rates and sheer animal sexual proclivities. India adds 11 million, net gain, annually, with no end in sight as they overtake China as the most populated country in the world by 2050. America, seemingly enlightened, expects to double to 625 million in this century, mostly by immigration from third world countries exhausting their excess populations into first world countries.
Ironically, China’s one-child policy faces world condemnation repeatedly, because everyone should enjoy the right to endless children. Mob stupidity triumphs via religion and uneducated cultures throughout the world.
Fourth, most average citizens of the world, including first world countries, go about their daily lives trying to make a living and hang on to whatever possessions, jobs and viability they possess today. They cannot “see” tomorrow or its surprises. I recently talked to a preacher in a church near me. When I spoke to him about my work on overpopulation in America, he said, “I had no idea that America suffers from an overpopulation problem.”
Americans saw Ann Thompson’s one-hour climate change presentation in April, 2014, but it didn’t expose the core reason:
Fifth, as I witnessed in my world travels, most leaders of the world, like average humans not affected by the lion eating one of their kin, simply ignore the danger. They don’t think they will be the next to be eaten. The same goes for power-elites who smugly don’t think they will be affected by Climate Change or any other environmental problems.
Finally, from the eyes and experiences of a six continent world bicycle traveler who has journeyed from the Arctic to Antarctica—no one escapes Mother Nature’s wrath in the decades to come. She always bats last. Whether you refuse to grasp Dr. Albert Bartlett’s brilliant “Arithmetic, Population and Energy” presentation; www.AlBartlett.org; Paul Ehrlich’s Population Bomb; Dr. Jack Alpert’s www.Skil.org population presentation, Malthus’ equation; or another 100 books on Peak Oil, Climate Change, Species extinction, acidified oceans or the Sixth Extinction Session—all of humanity faces one hell of a nasty ride. Unfortunately, so does every creature on this planet in the 21st century.
The only solution to save the human race in the 21st century: courageous leaders to mandate one child per woman via birth control to compassionately decline the human race to a viable number for this planet to handle. Additionally, return to sailing ships, solar, wind and pedal power. We cannot keep burning oil. We either come to terms with critical thinking and rational actions by our choices, or Mother Nature will demand choices rather brutally against us.
In the 21st century, humanity’s self-inflicted population numbers will prove more deadly and more treacherous than all the wars in the history of our kind. As a species, we remain too arrogant and too reckless to our own devices. Nature via cause and response, won’t be kind to any of us.
Al Bartlett — Democracy Cannot Survive Overpopulation
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