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Burned out on mindless people and growing intrusions on quality of life.

Fools on the Left. Fools on the Right. No End in Sight.

A list of three significant flaws at both fringes. Just another entry in the ongoing theme of this blog.*

Newton's Cradle, showing Left & Right extremes with an apathetic Center.

Foolishness on the political LEFT:

Soft on crime is no stereotype and Democrats keep proving it, as we’ve seen in the 2020/2021 riots. Law enforcement is essential but it’s always messy business, especially when criminals fight back. Those thugs come in different colors and oppress or kill their good neighbors on a daily basis. Slogan-based, quasi-moral gangs like Antifa and Black Lives Matter never riot over those casualties. Using a related professional metaphor, they’d rather attack firemen than sources of ignition.

Socialism in its purest forms can’t work because human nature won’t allow it to. People operate on greed, self-interest and lies as a survival strategy. Power structures will always re-form over time if you destroy them, so why waste energy and resources to return to the same realization? “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it” is another way of stating the obvious. College students, fresh on history from the classroom, often understand it less than alumni who’ve forgotten minutia. Elected leaders should ideally not be under 30 because they’re naive about social processes.

Identity politics and woke historical shaming can’t force life to be fair on this unforgiving planet. All that does is irritate people trying to live their lives. Adults should understand that striving for equality of outcomes has been tried before. Future attempts will fail for the same reasons earlier ones did. Any idealistic youth who’s been on a disappointing date or lost a football game should know you can’t always be welcome or successful. It would take a species without human traits to manage full equity among races, classes and genders.

Foolishness on the political RIGHT:

Global warming is a “hoax” is the default Republican attitude on environmental topics, even if not put that bluntly. They keep assuming CO2 molecules must respect their narrow definitions of freedom and patriotism. They had the same canned skepticism about acid rain, the ozone hole and other forms of man-made pollution, all because avarice and industrial hegemony was questioned. They tend to see nature as beneath them, the height of arrogance, tying into religion (below). Being willfully ignorant of evidence essentially makes people stupid. The Right often operates with reason but builds logic walls around specific topics.

Gun worship is generally a juvenile phase but some people never outgrow it. They get bored with just looking at guns, so they take up crass hobbies like “sport” hunting and rationalize owning far more firepower than needed, which inevitably gets into the hands of criminals. Sometimes, they become those criminals, freaking out and shooting up public places after years of drooling over weaponry. They miss the hypocrisy of gun-fetishism when they complain about crime, gangs crossing the border with stolen firearms, and so on. You can tell they’d rather keep the world violent just to have an enemy to shoot at.

God is only an opinion. Churches have formed societal structures and inspired morality, but they’re also a venue for ignorance, stuck on an ancient book that needs major revisions. Many new things have been learned over the centuries in medicine and science, improving life, along with some trade-offs. But knowledge gets selectively interpreted by people of faith who wall themselves off. As the world gets more crowded and interdependent, there’s less room for rigid, dogmatic beliefs. The most dangerous ones now are environmental scarcity denials.

Summary:

Humans are too innately tribal to solve chronic social and environmental problems. Many of them enjoy having enemies more than cooperating with each other and nature. Members of each tribe claim that “only those people” have flawed logic. This could be seen as a lack of education or critical thinking deficiencies, but schooling hasn’t worked. Some of the worst offenders are well educated and presume they can’t have biases.

The publicity-shy Center must speak up to prevent the fringes from controlling narratives. Still, not all the best ideas come from the Center; they’re often too bland or stoic. A wise society would choose the smartest concepts from each side and vote on them. It’s doubtful this will happen until a intractable resource-crisis forces it (see other posts on this blog).

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It’s Not Racist To Defend Your Quality Of Life From Different Cultures

Note: Read the FULL content of this post before assuming it’s simplistic or bigoted in these polarized times.

Today’s woke, anti-police movement is naively idealistic and ignores how societies stay functional over time. This overzealous cause has decided that everyone has equal abilities, and any group that fails to thrive at modern* standards must be oppressed by others. Wokeness insists on equal outcomes merely because it seems fair. It’s really a conspiracy theory because it claims the world could be (or once was) truly fair, with scant historical evidence. Our species isn’t capable of consistent altruism, and all races are prejudiced against others in certain ways. Some claim racism only applies when one group has power over another, but there’s a lot more context. Power can simply mean the ability to spoil a neighborhood with unkempt yards or noise. It needn’t require political control.

The starkly-observed real world shows that certain “people of color” shift modern European & Asian societies to a lower level than they’ll tolerate, even if they won’t admit it directly. Some groups just have inherent traits that make their native lands unable to blend with modern life, which drives immigration pressure as they seek better prospects. When they arrive in new lands, a certain percentage will never assimilate or even try. You can ignore this known phenomenon, try to hide it with legislation, or face it squarely. That third approach is forbidden among liberals who prefer a complex framework of denial, driven by guilt over historical sins with no statute of limitations. They treat the past as more important than the future.

They downplay racial groups who overcome adversity on their own. Asian American successes show that quality of life actually rests on collective personal traits, not skin color. They were once persecuted but had the mettle and brainpower to rise above it in new lands. You don’t see them fighting police or trying to impress people with money the easy way. Other groups just haven’t shown enough of those qualities, given centuries to prove otherwise. Beware of books like Guns, Germs and Steel that try to re-frame the obvious to avoid offending anyone. Indignant attitudes over anything that might be offensive are central to identity politics. It’s a lazy strategy to discourage accountability and keep people angry.

Inability to control crime is a common problem in third-world countries, and their physical infrastructure tends to be weak for similar reasons (if they can even build it themselves). They can’t gather enough skills or discipline to make things work in modern ways. Similarly, groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter find crime acceptable because they’re too lazy to live in a rigorous (sometimes boring) way that keeps human nature in line. Instead, they want everyone to be agitated, constantly high, and free to avoid solid routines. This doesn’t align with pragmatic ways of living, and many of them are too young to see why. Radicals are mainly good at throwing tantrums and breaking things, so police are their natural enemies. No need to take it much deeper than that! There will always be some oppression, but many oppressors can be found in the mirror.

Antifa & Black Lives Matter riots.
Antifa & Black Lives Matter are anarcho-communists who want to “f-ck shit up” but the media constantly downplays their violence.

Blacks have an unruly, impulsive subgroup (akin to dumb rednecks) that constantly disrespects anyone in earshot or gunshot range. We’re allowed to mock trashy rednecks as bad neighbors, yet forced to have sympathy for their black counterparts due to historical oppression, and therein lies the problem. Their life soundtrack (also adopted by nasty whites) is angry rap music that amplifies negative traits. The 2021 Miami Beach spring break crowds were a recent example; primarily rowdy black people “doing what they do” without regard for others. Noisy hip-hop culture, twerking and unintelligible yammering are a big part of it. How they got that way in America is complicated, but it can be traced to 1960s welfare programs breaking up families and making fathers optional. Street gangs fill the void and crime follows. It’s a fact of life that men get out of control more easily than women, and have to be raised correctly.

It’s OK to admit what’s already clear to millions of Americans stuck living amid it. The media (liberal aspect) tries to hide black crime by blaming law enforcers and coddling the lawless over old race grievances. Joe Biden didn’t stand for that excuse in 1993, but he’s gambling big with the race card now. See more details on the crime topic and why George Floyd was no John Lewis (bad trouble vs. good trouble). The Derek Chauvin trial verdict was overwrought to appease thug culture and maintain a victimhood narrative. It should have been about one arrestee and a jaded cop, not a nationwide referendum on police, as if criminals are kind & gentle to others of their race. Cops don’t exist to “oppress POC.” They keep bad people in check, and should be respected for vital work. We’d need literal robocops for no errors to occur.

Conservative and generally wise blacks often point this out but get branded as Uncle Toms because they aren’t afraid to be intelligent or “act white.” The constantly complaining black element isn’t friendly to criminals by chance. Pseudo-intellectual whites who support Black Lives Matter assume that breaking windows and setting fires is a form of redress, not just destruction. They’re bent on defunding and deconstructing modern police and replacing them with warlords and biased rules that fail in civilized nations (Seattle’s CHAZ/CHOP was purely parasitic). They somehow think it’s a fresh idea that appeals to the public.

Few Americans want to see this become normalized. Our homeless camps look similar for good reason.

Civilized people want clean, quiet, nice surroundings, not homeless camps, social parasites and criminals doing whatever they please. Reasonable people don’t harp on random police blunders when it’s obvious who’s truly brutal and committing the most crime, in America and Europe after they dived into multiculturalism. Slavery and old white sins are a separate issue from modern crime control, but social justice zealots want to merge everything into one big gripe against the system. They offer nothing historically workable as a replacement, just cheap slogans and ruined property.

Equality of outcome is an unrealistic goal, since people end up where they are via ambition, brainpower and many subtle factors, not just external forces. We’re a lot more like tree branches than leaves on the wind. But equality of outcome is a central thesis of socialists who refuse to accept the foundations of human nature. Many of them mean well but they don’t accurately observe longstanding patterns (what works and what doesn’t). They exist in a stupor of blind hope, often aided by drugs that give a false sense of expanded awareness.

As other posts on this blog point out, modern* economies are unsustainable in their current form, but taking the sleazy road by blaming law enforcement for maintaining livability is the realm of criminals, not true progressives. We can’t keep lowering moral & achievement bars to please people who gripe unless everything’s given to them.

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Rush Limbaugh: Social Sage, Environmental Lout

The February 17, 2021 death of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh shouldn’t be made light of, as predicted when he first announced his terminal cancer. Despite his legendary crassness, he was a significant figure in America and deserves a mixed eulogy, if not a Medal of Freedom.

Wisdom:

Limbaugh exposed a lot of hypocrisy among the irrational Left, which played out in the worst way when nasty reactions to George Floyd’s arrest ignored the full context of his behavior and medical conditions. Limbaugh had been one of loudest voices to hit back at a culture of naive “fairness” at odds with the facts of crime and human nature. People say Republicans are mean-spirited but Man is often a mean animal under a veneer of politeness. Criminals who fight police are a brutal lot, yet Leftists only want to talk about their “unfair” treatment as if nothing precedes it. Goons like Antifa magnified this beyond all reason after Trump’s election.

Limbaugh spoke a lot about crime and the welfare state, and conservative blacks mostly agree. The Left’s treatment of minority races (soon to become majority) as “victims” of everyone else has always been a guilt-laden fable. A look at black & Latino crime rates in America and their native lands proves it. They’re constantly trying to emigrate from tyranny, crime and poverty endemic to their own cultures (typically loud and unstable). Aside from the evils of slavery, America has been foreigners’ top destination for good reason: We are consistently fairer than their homelands! Dwelling only on America’s past sins ignores global history. No race has earned sainthood.

Irrational people believe extreme socialism is workable, based on denial of pride-of-ownership and people’s innate desire to be autonomous. They also try to force genetic flukes and weird lifestyles into the realm of normalcy, which would only work sans legislation if it felt natural. Only a small segment of the populace – unusually kind and forgiving – could manage full tolerance, cooperation and sharing with others, yet they insist entire societies could do it “if only” their perfect social order was enforced. They can’t see that very need to enforce such a plan renders it hypocritical and unworkable. Human nature requires laws and regulations to control self-interest, which leads to Limbaugh’s dark side….

Arrogance:

Throughout his radio, TV and writing career, Limbaugh never grasped nature’s importance to life itself, or people’s utter dependence on finite resources that growth-economies keep depleting. He wasn’t overtly religious and seemed mostly motivated by greed and hubris. His famous “undeniable truths” were a laundry list of human arrogance, carried out by Presidents like Reagan, G.W. Bush and of course Trump.

It’s unfortunate that Limbaugh didn’t live long enough to see his Florida mansion flooded by global warming but it may not have mattered to him. He was stuck on the worst aspect of the GOP with his staunch indifference to the laws & limits of nature. Conservatives should be on the forefront of conservation, not pushing foolish gluttony. Nature doesn’t care about ideology, just physics and time.

Limbaugh’s disrespectful “Born Free” segment mocking endangered species was one of his low points. Here’s a full post on right-wingers versus nature to avoid redundancy in this section. On the closely related topic of fossil fuels, Limbaugh and the GOP have told many lies over the years, covered here. To be fair, many Democrats have also sold out to industrial sprawl they spin as clean and green.

Improving the GOP:

What used to be a values-centered party, tainted by greed, has morphed into mostly greed and willful ignorance of science. Tucker Carlson of Fox News is similarly thickheaded on environmental topics, but comes across as more decent than Limbaugh. A new sense of fairness and (true) balance is badly needed in the Republican party. They need to stop seeking profit over morality and supporting crass populists like Donald Trump. QAnon fools like Marjorie Taylor Greene don’t help their image, either. Tolerating such people in your ranks is like “peaceful protestors” mingling with Antifa. Republicans could get more votes from centrists if they stuck with solid views on human nature but stopped disrespecting nature itself.

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Hey, Joe Biden.* Where You Gonna Put 60,000 More Wind Turbines?

USGS wind turbine database as of 11-12-20 (green replaced with blue).
If Biden is successful with a version of the Green New Deal, what you see above could be doubled with bleak urgency (source).

With Donald Trump grudgingly leaving office, we’ve lost one of the few major politicians willing to criticize the crass blight of industrial wind turbines. Though he was crass himself and fabricated certain details, he was morally right on this issue. Wind turbines may not directly cause cancer, but they’re like a cancerous growth on nature, taking over too much horizontal and vertical space in areas untouched by older energy projects. Even 22 years ago, their sprawl could no longer be described as novel and welcome. Nothing so blatantly ugly, noisy, lethal and futile has been marketed as “green” with such blind ambition. Relatively few environmentalists bother to ask if wind power meaningfully reduces carbon, or whether other footprints still matter. They assume anything beats smokestacks, even if it resembles hordes of them, minus blades.

A greenly zealous President Biden plans to carry on with Obama’s PTC wind power legacy after a notable construction lapse during Trump’s term. In his 2020 campaign, Biden spoke of building 60,000 more wind turbines on top of the 65,548 already spiking America (as of this posting-date). If funding is secured, this politically-correct and bipartisan destruction of nature will resume unless rural landowners and honest environmentalists put up roadblocks. But where would all these new eyesores be built? Offshore ocean sites promise more consistent wind and less visibility, but theory & reality have clashed and permitting is slow. It’s been unrealistic to put turbines far enough offshore and keep them affordable, including maintenance at sea.

Row of wind turbines spoils another mountain ridge (in BC).
One’s reaction to a scene like this determines whether nature matters versus coddling people’s endless needs. You’re reading the wrong blog if you find this beautiful!

This means Biden’s Departments of Interior & Energy are likely to target pragmatic onshore locations, including besieged mountaintops where wind can be most effectively “harvested” (a term also applied to anthropocentric hunting). Since wind “farms” unavoidably destroy scenery and bird & bat habitat, big environmental groups have responded to the encroachment with denial, covered at length here and here. They downplay the visceral impact of giant machines and replace it with shill-terms like “installed capacity.” To be green now, you must itemize nature as a product and wrap it around metrics.

There’s been a misleading controversy over Biden’s plan to “replace” fossil fuels with quasi-renewables, upsetting the livelihoods of traditional energy workers. It’s based on a widespread misunderstanding of energy scale and the dependency of most infrastructure on fossil fuels for construction and maintenance. The laws of physics will not allow wind or solar to actually replace oil, gas and coal. Once one understands the scale problem, nuclear power becomes our best hope in the electricity sector, though it can’t replace what fossil fuels do best. Recent urgency in approving molten salt SMRs, and fast-tracking fusion, shows that scientists understand the limits of wind & solar. Both Democrats and Republicans are too vague about our energy predicament, compounded by general denial of scarcity.

Cutesy can't hide ugly.
Quaint clip art can’t really soften what these machines do to landscapes. The world has over 360,000 wind turbines as of 2020.

We can hope that Biden’s “500 million” new solar panels are only built on roofs and parking lots, but wind turbines can’t be “carefully sited” much longer, if it was ever true. We’re stuck with the same dilemma of sacrificing open space for the growing demands of people. With Trump, this took the form of shrinking national monuments and more oil & gas drilling, which at least didn’t pretend to be green. Biden will be compelled to spoil nature in “smarter” ways, rationalizing huge structures that wreck the facade of wilderness faster than anything else.

And, just as Trump weakened hunting regulations to appease right-wingers, Biden will be forced to weaken protections for anything that flies in the path of wind turbine gauntlets, e.g. more eagle-take permits. When America’s national bird and scenic heritage are threatened by “clean energy,” you wonder what qualifies as dirty these days. If Joe Biden really thinks Big Wind is green, one needs to say “Come on, man!”

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Republicans Disrespect Nature’s Laws and Democrats Disrespect Law Enforcement

America is stuck with rigid ideologies that follow logic in some areas and denial in others. This post covers two big examples from the first Trump versus Biden Presidential debate on September 29, 2020.

Biden lies about Leftist and black crime, Trump lies about climate change and fires.
Biden lies about black & leftist crime while Trump lies about climate change and increasingly bad wildfires.

Trump spent most of the debate flouting the question & answer format, talking over both Biden and moderator Chris Wallace (one of Fox News’ most reasonable anchors). Of course, this wasn’t surprising and probably didn’t hurt Trump’s reputation. Biden went in with more to lose, given his earned reputation for talking incoherently.

Thankfully, Biden didn’t make any major gaffes, but he lied about this summer’s violence not being Left-wing, and dodged questions about police support for his candidacy. This was done to appease his BIPOC supporters who see themselves as permanent victims. He gave murky answers about how to balance calls for defunding police and keeping crime down, but told the truth about a rioting trend driven by Trump as agitator-in-chief. If he’s re-elected, America faces a dilemma of even worse riots, and the same difficulties in controlling them.

When Wallace persisted on the topic of climate, Trump refused to indict CO2 as a problem, changing the subject to the “crystal clear” water & air he’s fought against by defunding the EPA. He also repeated tiresome lies about “forest management” being enough to prevent fires from spreading in states like California and Oregon. Trump doesn’t consider the size of affected lands (workers could never reach it all) and many fires burn in grass and brush, not mature or dead trees. Also, was there ever such management in previous decades of lesser fires? He cited Europe as an example of managed forests, failing to note that they’ve cleared more of theirs relative to America, as an older civilization. Also, much of Europe is at higher latitudes than the U.S. with fewer long hot spells. Context like that is wasted on Trump and his low-information followers.

In summary, the Left’s refusal to address obvious links between black crime and numbers of police encounters (or even Antifa’s existence as a group) is no less dishonest than the Right’s refusal to accept evidence for man-made global warming and other environmental hazards. There are no real sages in mainstream politics, just appeasers of mob thinking. Society’s in an endless bickering rut, fueled by shallow social media normalization. Wise legislators would block future Presidents from tweeting to maintain dignity of the office by keeping all statements official. The Constitution never saw Presidents as bartenders!

As for which pack of lies is more dangerous, this author thinks environmental denials are much worse in the long run, but the Left is also wrong about how to save the planet, so most agendas are troublesome unless nuclear power takes off (see new hope for that). This blog is far more concerned about nature staying intact than solving intractable social issues. Both political parties are missing the point that survival is our biggest concern in this overcrowded world. It’s dumb to make racial excuses for crimes against people and even dumber to profit from crimes against nature.

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“Planet of the Humans” Rightfully Shames Green-Growthers and Technophiles

The film’s poster shows the Lowell Mountain, Vermont wind project at an early stage. It ended up covering over three miles of ridge-line; a tiny fraction of what exists elsewhere.

On Earth Day 2020, Jeff Gibbs, Ozzie Zehner and Michael Moore released a strong attempt to save environmentalism from the pipe dreams and lies of “green growth” addicts. Other activists and blogs have been sending the same message to limited audiences but this film got wide attention, helped by its free YouTube presence. It was welcomed by deep ecologists who can’t support Man’s latest and largest assault on open space, built with fossil fuels at every step. But big environmental groups are trapped in funding cycles with mega-sprawl developers, compelling them to pan the film.

Given their addiction to technological growth, critics of the film ganged up to call it “outdated” and “dangerously” misinformed. Some even claimed that Gibbs is a fossil fuel shill and barely watched it. There’s bad press from prominent scientists like Micheal Mann but others have yet to weigh in (James Hansen’s opinion would be interesting since he’s scoffed at “100% renewable energy”). Critics cite relatively minor technology improvements that happened during the film’s pre-production years, and they assume wind & solar can do far more than physically plausible. They list incremental solar efficiency gains and somewhat cheaper wind turbine materials, missing the point of how they’re built and the vast acreage they occupy. Today’s energy sprawl will look quaint if a full Green New Deal (Mark Jacobson style) ensues.

Ivanpah and other solar projects litter the Mojave desert. Scenic ecosystems are being converted to “clean” industrial parks, rationalized by “wasted, empty space” attitudes.

In 1973, Oregon Governor Tom McCall warned that “…the future must be protected from the grasping wastrels of the land…” but today’s clean-techies are embracing that same disregard for nature on an unprecedented scale. They say it’s being done for “the planet” but it’s really an effort to reduce CO2 for civilization’s sake (more on that). Since the year 2000, the scale of landscape and seascape industrialization has grown by millions of acres due to wind & solar sprawl, including all the areas these projects can be seen from. The visibility of wind turbines can’t be compared to other structures not nearly as tall, bright or numerous. Solar has a lower profile at ground level, but even when photovoltaic panels could technically be built on roofs and parking lots, open space gets developed for expediency, like the upcoming 7,100 acre Gemini Solar Project near Las Vegas. It will supply a city that should only be a fraction of its size, given local resources. To stay viable, Las Vegas is also grabbing water from distant valleys and represents everything wrong with urban sprawl.

Obsession with Man’s carbon (vs. landscape) footprint has distracted many younger people born into the mantra of climate change as Public Enemy No. 1. They’re willing to dump former environmental concerns and develop the hell out of nature if they can brand it “clean energy.” In a YouTube review supposedly debunking the film, someone says it’s “disturbing” when people compare mountaintop wind projects with coal mining damage, as if wind power is more sacred than any mountain. Climate concerns have drowned out land ethics and open space is for sale more than ever. If people really want to save the planet, they should realize that CO2 isn’t the fundamental problem, and helping modern economies doesn’t mean expanding them.

Other films like The 11th Hour (2007) also have anti-growth themes but fall back into “clean energy” rhetoric without examining its hypocrisy. They walk right to the edge of full disclosure then decide to not offend gluttonous people too much. Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017) was full of green-growth doublespeak and Planet of the Humans showed that Gore himself represents prevailing power. Filmmakers tend to close with hopium after showing grim montages, which robs their story of integrity and leads to environmental complacency. Gibbs’ film was notably lacking in that tactic and many are grateful for it.

Strong and weak points of Planet of the Humans (2020):

What it did well:

  • Questioned our addiction to economic growth and technological fixes.
  • Explained why “100% renewable energy” is a deception on many levels. It’s a present and future lie based on carbon credit manipulations.
  • Strong critique of desert solar projects, showing old how ones are abandoned and new ones physically deteriorate.
  • Revealed that “biomass” often means cutting more trees and comprises the bulk of “renewable energy” now. Old forest industry propaganda plays into that.
  • Successfully rattled arrogant clean-techies, and reached a bigger audience than Doomers have managed to. Let’s hope it’s not a temporary boost.

What it left out:

  • It should have shown the full scale of wind energy sprawl plus more coverage of wildlife impacts, noise and shadow flicker.
  • More time could have been spent discussing human overpopulation, though they probably knew the Social Justice crowd wouldn’t like it.
  • Nuclear energy, namely SMR, wasn’t presented as a low-sprawl alternative to wind & solar invasions. Safe(r) nuclear may be the only reliable way to offset electrical-generation from fossil fuels, but not their other uses.
  • The somber orangutan scene was powerful, but could have been shortened as part of the larger context. That sort of thing was happening long before “renewables” started plundering nature.

Given the time limits of a feature film, they did well enough with their focus on energy issues, so those aren’t big criticisms. Author’s overall rating: 8/10

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COVID-19 is a Symptom of the Primary OVERPOPULATION Pandemic

Most people do not recognize that, at least in rich nations, economic growth is the disease, not the cure.” – Paul Ehrlich

The widely-viewed JHU COVID-19 curve looks like a graph of world population growth. Why has the latter been normalized by society?

A wise species would spend far more time and energy trying to stop human overpopulation than cleaning up its endless symptoms with planning commissions, biologists, catalytic converters and medical disinfectants. We’d be in much better shape if the main driver of wilderness destruction, pollution and new contagions was itself contained. This has been discussed for decades and seems like a lost cause but it’s worth repeating amid extreme measures to stop a virus that barely registers on the scale of species annihilation, including human wars & famines. It also applies to climate warnings that treat CO2 as a tangential byproduct we must vanquish to maintain economic growth while pretending the scale of fossil fuels can be replaced. It’s a mental illness when people flail around reacting to side-effects while treating root causes as inevitable and desirable. “We need more economic growth!” say the politicians & business leaders, but we really need frugality, self-control, and more thinking, not tinkering in this over-engineered world.

The acronym COVID could also stand for Chinese Overpopulation Virus Disease. Around 1978 the Chinese government allowed wildlife to be farmed as a means to curb hunger among its 950+ million people, and in 1989 they further loosened restrictions on endangered species protections, calling it the Wildlife Protection Law (typical growthist apologia). Today, China has over 1.4 billion people and constantly boasts of economic growth, meaning more people, more consumption, more pollution and more heinous food sources. It’s considered racist to call SARS-CoV-2 the “Wuhan virus” or “Chinese coronavirus” but it’s a highly accurate description of the origin. People should not be eating pangolins, bats, or shark fin soup. It’s disgusting and unnatural, just like the mindless overpopulation that spawned such desperation.

Attention China: When you reach a point where you’re eating pangolins, bats and other sick protein sources, you might want to retry stricter birth control.

The Internet also has physical limits to growth and its infrastructure can’t be endlessly expanded or supplied with adequate power. Data centers use a lot of electricity and water, and companies have been throttling bandwidth to accommodate more users working or video-conferencing from home. A lot of bandwidth is also used for arguably frivolous social media sites, plus spam. The impact of COVID-19 sheltering could be a preview of future overload as more people are connected, including a big increase in space junk if low-orbit Internet satellites get fully deployed. People need to know that the world is a physical place, not a spreadsheet with endless rows to add.

Reactions to any mention of population overshoot range from “How dare you say that about our Godly species?” to “It’s just a matter of inequitable food distribution” (treating hunger as the sole issue) to “Go kill yourself and lighten the load!” Few of those people bother to give counter-evidence, and are stuck on religious dogma, naive leftism or business greed. Another aspect of overpopulation-denial is ignorance of land-use and the scale of food production, physical infrastructure and energy sprawl. Those people claim there’s still “plenty of land” to fill up with farms, homes, roads, factories and wind turbines. They either won’t do the math or show little concern for what Man has already smothered. Acolytes of the late Julian Simon claim that human ingenuity can overcome physical limits, and see the Earth as not truly finite. They never prove it but they don’t care to because they view it as “optimism.” All that matters is attitude when you’re selling growth bubbles.

A big topic in mid-April 2020 was reopening economies after oppressive shelter-in-place restrictions and social-distancing. It’s understandable to want our freedoms back but the very economies we “need” to restart have been destroying nature for too long already. Scientists and laymen noticed less air & water pollution, roadkill, noise and other environmental impacts during coronavirus lock-downs. It gave a temporary glimpse of what the world might look like if we got serious about saving the planet vs. maintaining stock prices and compound interest. That wouldn’t mean building more “clean energy” sprawl, rather, scaling down human activity and limiting future births with government incentives and personal accountability. Nobody has an individual right to crowd the world to death, and all behaviors add up.

Old industrial scars and new sprawl branded as “clean energy” are compounding damage to nature. Viral machine overpopulation is no way to replace dense energy sources.

Stalling the global economy for COVID-19 has also revealed the truth of non-essential jobs and general economic bloat. Restaurants are a luxury unless your only food source is a cafe in the desert. For better or worse, film and music industries replaced people making their own entertainment. Energy-intensive sporting events are essentially showboating, with millionaires mimicking old hunting and war tactics. Other species put their energy into direct survival with little impact on their surroundings. Bears, moose, eagles and whales don’t need job-creation schemes, money or debt. People should question the true value of “passion jobs” enabled by fossil fuels, and interdependent (skilled and unskilled) professions that fall like dominoes in survival mode. Many of the highest paying jobs are non-vital, which says a lot about money itself. People seem to understand this when viewing apocalyptic dramas, but they lapse back into modern normalcy. When shale oil & gas production peaks (likely this decade) COVID-19 may be recalled as a mild economic preview.

This isn’t a call for returning to crude ancestral living, but we clearly ought to reduce wasteful labor-redundancy and ditch growthist ideology that seeks “More, more, MORE!” as it wrecks nature 24/7. People have been the main invasive species for centuries and should permanently back off to let the planet recover, just as we’re trying to recover from this virus.

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Criminals of Color Scapegoat Police to Mask Their Own Moral Failings

Criminals have killed over 16,000 Americans annually in recent years, so why dwell on random police mistakes during resisted arrests?

The vast majority of police fights and shootings occur when suspects resist arrest or behave unpredictably, inciting fear of injury & death. Police can’t react like passive robots.

Black crime rate denial has become the Left’s climate change denial. American society has reached a point where blacks literally have to kill someone to not be considered victims of police brutality and/or system racism. The brutality of criminals is treated as a sideshow and lethal risks faced by police are trivialized at a safe distance. Crime-apologists can’t comprehend why police would get edgy and jaded after dealing with dangerous people day after day. All it takes is a blink to die from a gunshot, knife or even fists, which is why they always yell “Drop the weapon!” when belligerent & intoxicated suspects resist instructions. People who’ve never been forced to conduct arrests should imagine themselves as cops with no option to remain nice or walk away from the scene. Cops have to be tough to handle their work, but exhibit far more patience than the average armed citizen during a home invasion, etc. Most of today’s “victims” in police encounters are people you wouldn’t want as neighbors (bass-bumpers, drug dealers and various sullen idiots) but cop-haters seek out racial narratives and treat actual crime as a sideshow. Fallible human cops are expected to act like fearless robots when their lives are on the line, while crooks achieve martyrdom. If we could draft SJWs to arrest violent felons, legally binding them to complete the arrests (not allowed to let resisters go) they’d shut up about “police brutality” in a few days.

“But until the black crime rate comes down, police presence is going to be higher in black neighborhoods, increasing the chances that when police tactics go awry, they will have a black victim.” – Heather Mac Donald

ACAB should stand for All Criminals are Bullshitters, not All Cops Are Bastards or Bad. Mindless leftists heap far more criticism on police than the scofflaws & degenerates who’ve always made cops necessary. This attitude had already gone too far before Trump’s election but many thugs thrive on Trump because he sets the moral bar so low. They play the Trump card, so to speak. Criminals are still doing what they’ve always done; trying to avoid or resist arrest while being dangerous to the pubic and cops who confront them. These people naturally resist those who threaten their shady livelihoods. “They won’t take me alive!” is no joke to cops. Imagine going to work every day knowing you could kill or be killed by random thugs. You have to focus on characteristics you know to be risky, with little time for racial sensitivity in the heat of battle. The moment an arrest is resisted, it turns from procedural mode to combat mode and skin color is a minor factor. A cop has to assume the worst and react with superior force. Suicide-by-cop was commonly acknowledged until the racism narrative took over. How can cops reliably discern a suicide attempt from resisting arrest? Even asking people to pay bus & train fairs (or not eat on public transit) and return library books on time is considered oppressive now. They won’t admit that certain groups are more likely to be scofflaws, so they call it racial profiling. Criminals of color are still criminals, and those who play the race card the most tend to deserve it the least.

Despite all that context, the media jumps on any story where white cops kill black people. They’re doubly complicit in the ensuing riots by calling them “protests against police brutality and systemic racism,” as if those motives are honest and undisputed. For every Elijah McClain they could report a Tony Timpa and leave race out of the headline. A major increase in “white cop, black victim” stories was triggered by President Obama, who semi-retracted his views in Dallas. In 2014, Ferguson and Michael Brown solidified Black Lives Matter, based largely on a debunked “hands up, don’t shoot” claim that portrayed the gun-grabbing Brown as no threat (lack of clear video didn’t help). Compounding all that, the media downplays same-race violence involving either police or private citizens. When you study what police actually face on the streets, often showing extreme patience with cop-taunting behavior, much of today’s reporting is criminally deceptive. It’s making police into pariahs, and hiring standards have dropped nationwide for lack of interest in the job. This is troubling to those who don’t want America’s quality of life to tank even more. As Lena Williams wrote in 1992, “Blacks worry that in crying racism too often …… legitimate cases in which racism is a factor may be undermined.” What’s being called “racism” is often just a frank assessment of real-world problems when diversity becomes adversity. Negative race-specific traits are ignored even by un-deniers, at least publicly.

“I would, without any hesitation, shoot a violent criminal again.” – Bernhard Goetz (Cops routinely face similar situations with remarkable restraint.)

Volatile flash mobs overwhelm store security. They’re typically black youths gathered via social media. News outlets deliberately don’t mention their race in many cases.

The real phenomenon is a combination of social media and smartphone cameras that omit context by recording after someone’s agitated the police, Their initial violence is downplayed and context is drowned out by slogans. The same bad behaviors that always drew police have been turned into Thug Life glorification, reflected in anti-social, anti-police, anti-female rap music that many criminals listen to. Yet this crass culture is seen by many as a mere reaction to history. Educational opportunities are often rejected by these people, as pointed out by a famous comedian. Throwing money at them rarely results in more than binge spending and ruined housing projects. The evidence shows that they’d rather be thugs than conformists. Pragmatically, they want the police to ignore their crimes because some might get offended if mistaken for others.

As a random example of this idiocy, Christopher Cukor’s father had been murdered by a black man in Berkeley, California years earlier, giving him innate reasons to mistrust blacks along with their high per-capita crime rate (big reason for “racial profiling”). He got caught up in a viral video after a black man entered his apartment building with no key-card, and was rightfully questioned about his resident status. The man refused to say who he was visiting, arousing more suspicion (very common in these cases). He turned out to be OK, but it became the latest “black guy gets picked on” incident before context was understood. Cukor was compelled to apologize for racial insensitivity.

An even more absurd case of martyrdom was the Patrick Kimmons shooting in Portland, Oregon. He’d just shot two people right in front of the police and they were expecting to be next, so they killed him out of fear for their own lives. In a balanced society it would have been clear that cops were doing what they had to do, and they prevailed later with video evidence. But Kimmons was made into a “family man” martyr with sidewalk vigils by deluded leftists. Odds are that none of those people had ever been forced to arrest or stop a dangerous suspect.

If their true goal is preventing deaths, Black Lives Matter is pushing a futile agenda. It’s no secret that blacks predominantly kill their own people, and cops get nervous around them for the same reasons other blacks do. In 1996, Chris Rock got candid about this, saying: “Everything white people don’t like about black people, black people really don’t like about black people!” You can’t keep calling everything racism when many blacks admit they can be difficult. Those with street-cred like Taleeb Starkes are allowed to use frank terms like urban terrorists, Chiraq, and N-word variants. In America, thug culture is pervasive, with showy bad attitudes and crass desires to use women and kill rivals. Ask yourself what’s so great about the loud, insincere hustlers who populate many black neighborhoods? If someone’s shallow and obnoxious that’s just who they are! You can’t blame it all on slavery angst, since many of the same traits are found in Africa. If raised in Lagos, Nigeria instead of Phoenix, Arizona, BLM co-founder Opal Tometi would surely have a bleaker view of black culture. It’s easy to debunk the racism-is-everything angle when you study Africa’s slums and intraracial fighting. Several African nations are high on the list of the world’s most corrupt police. People can be simultaneously oppressed yet their own worst enemies. The woke need to wake up to their own character flaws. Most American protestors would run back after a stint in Africa, so whose culture are they fighting for?

The agenda of the closely-linked Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement would destroy modern society and remake it into something vulgar and unworkable, mostly to appease the lower class and criminals. Be careful of what you ask for when you’re clueless about human nature and the need for laws! If these schemes actually worked, they would work and expand. They’ve been tried in many incarnations, succumbing to the nature of humans to form power-structures. Absolute fairness is mythical.

To make it technically clear, Black Lives Matter unfairly vilifies police with bad math and the deceptive merging of historical racism with modern crime control. Of the roughly 1,000 Americans killed by police each year, about 25% are black, and BLM cites this as proof of racism since blacks are just over 13% of the U.S. population. Leftist blacks refuse to weigh black data in the context of higher crime rates than other races, which is why they have more police interactions. Cops go where evidence takes them. They don’t casually enter rough neighborhoods without cause, as they could be shot for simply pulling someone over. This 2016 study by black economist Roland Fryer showed no real effect of racism on arrest-related deaths with all factors accounted for. BLM’s dehumanization of police is convenient to their agenda but unfair to the majority of decent cops.

Eight critical points dismissed by Black Lives Matter:

  • Fatherless families matter.
  • Black crime rates matter.
  • Resisting arrest matters.
  • Criminals are dangerous.
  • Cops get tough by necessity.
  • The media cherry-picks cases.
  • Exceptions aren’t rules.
  • Everything isn’t racism!

While over-hyping random police mistakes, BLM ignores countless black-on-black crime victims (like looting casualty David Dorn) and perpetuates the image of cops as southern redneck types. They think whites have a corner on evil, though it’s easily debunked by events like the 1994 Rwandan genocide and routine rapes & murders in Africa (see specific case of South Africa). Slavery among blacks had long existed before whites perpetrated it, and they were mainly able to pull it off with superior weapons, not evil intrinsic to a single race, The upshot is that people are not basically good, and you can’t pigeonhole one race as the most sinister. The general control of one race by another usually depends on the best technology, societal organization and ambition for better or worse.

Black Lives Matter had a clear role in the 2016 ambush killings of 5 Dallas cops. At right is a protest over a typical case where a reckless man barely dropped his weapon.

This article isn’t solely about black criminals. They just get the most media sympathy and the narrative is seriously affecting police morale. You’ll find that “ghetto” blacks and “barrio” Hispanics have a lot in common with “trailer park” whites and right-wing trash. They share marginal intelligence, tend to have gun-identity personas, listen to anti-social music (including lowbrow rebel country) and are prone to using violence to get their way. They also tend to be owners of pit bull dogs which have come to symbolize “misunderstood” people. Specifically bred to be aggressive and powerful, their population exploded in recent decades, exposing their negative traits to a much wider demographic. Many of the people in denial of pit bull genetics also defend violent human traits as “sticking up for your own,” which includes vilifying the police.

Aside from some Old West and Prohibition figures, most whites don’t glorify their worst element, but blacks tend lump themselves into one big group of “the oppressed.” They only completely shun the worst cases, like black serial killers, including a U.S. record holder. Remember the happy black reaction to the first O.J. Simpson verdict, including a civilized audience on Oprah? They wanted revenge for past transgressions, not objective justice. Violence perpetrated on innocent bystanders after the Rodney King video (which also omitted him resisting arrest) was targeted at whites and Koreans. Jealousy over Asian economic success has been another chronic element in black rage (there was a time when whites treated Chinese poorly but they rose above it).

Similar behavior was unleashed decades later in the George Floyd “justice” riots. Before May 25, 2020 he was just another ex-con who’d done armed robbery, drugs, porn, and tried to pass bad money. Not someone you’d want as a neighbor, despite standard posthumous praise for thug martyrs. His luck ran out when he resisted a cruel cop who probably wasn’t intending to kill him in public. The dramatic video was overblown in the context of all arrests and the real issue of crime was trivialized once more. Stockholm syndrome spread among naive riot sympathizers with the phrase “property can be replaced, lives cannot.” Are random dead criminals really worth billions of dollars in losses? Many protestors want to defund and/or disband the police on top of that, assured to raise crime rates which they were part of in the first place. Criminals have long sought this scenario because they hate interruptions. One way to defund the police would be eliminating them from neighborhoods of color where most crime occurs. Officers would be freed from that dangerous grind and have more time for “community policing” where they don’t fear getting shot each day. This would allow bad neighborhoods to “take care of their own” as they claim to desire. Of course, law-abiding residents would quickly admit that criminals, not racism, were always the real problem, and beg for police to return, as would people everywhere, since thugs are mobile.

Degenerates of varying races live barely within the law and enjoy pushing the envelope, e.g. Cop Block and Sovereign Citizen charades where they stonewall and harass cops to catch predictably annoyed reactions on camera. They often call it a “First Amendment Audit” but it’s usually pointless harassment designed to reduce police morale. Effort put into dealing with pseudolaw gadflies can pull manpower from nearby crimes in progress. This foulmouthed punk took it to an extreme and was convicted for aggressive behavior. These people share the core premise that nobody has the right to investigate them as suspicious before a crime occurs. “I’m just filming” is the usual cover story. Many people wish Timothy McVeigh was investigated further before he snapped. He’d probably have bleated about his “rights” being violated. “What do you mean I can’t park at this curb?!”

Of course there are incidents where blacks are treated unfairly, but that’s not the focus of this post. It’s about the scales tipping too far toward criminals and their sympathizers, with too many videos taken out of context. Big Tech aids that agenda with routine censorship of anything that makes POC look less than saintly. Twitter suspended this author’s account for “hate speech” but the offensive tweet merely pointed out that blacks have a crime problem. If we want black lives to really matter, good blacks should stop making excuses for bad ones, and things like gangsta rap should be seen as creating culture, not reflecting it.

The long-running network TV series, COPS might never have gotten started in today’s thug-martyr climate. It would be seen as pro-police “propaganda.” A less edited view of similar encounters can be found on the PoliceActivity YouTube channel and various others. Watch enough raw footage and you’ll get a good idea of the stress police deal with. Also, talks by Sam Harris shed light on law enforcement psychology and the naive detachment of cop-haters. If you want to improve society, support the true victims in any given case.

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Wind Energy Shills Capitalize on Trump’s Climate Change Denial

Even unscrupulous liars can be fundamentally right about a topic or two. Donald Trump, despite his crassness and pro-development attitude, was telling truths about industrial wind power years before the 2016 Presidential election. His motives didn’t have to be pure to describe the obvious. The public had been brainwashed by “clean energy” rhetoric associated with progressive causes, enabling widespread desecration of scenery. It caught many people off guard when the blight rapidly accelerated in Europe and under Obama’s PTC.

With growing resistance to onshore projects, Big Wind hopes to industrialize the oceans with even bigger turbines. You’re slammed as a climate-denier or NIMBY if you resist this.

Trump’s public involvement started when he opposed an offshore wind project that would blight views from his Aberdeen area golf course (map), which itself was under scrutiny for covering shoreline sand dunes. There was also local opposition to the wind farm but environmentalists focused on protecting the dunes. Many have turned a blind eye to Scotland’s growing wind power blight as urgent CO2 targets are chased. See videos of Trump facing Scotland’s Parliament and getting nothing but smug attitudes despite articulate experts testifying with him. The wind industry treats iconic landscapes like graffiti walls and Loch Ness residents now fear encroaching wind monsters, much realer than their mythic beast.

Someone famous needed to call out the environmental hypocrisy and Trump was it, but he’s tarnished the anti-wind-power movement during a critical phase where subsidies may not be extended. Whenever he speaks you can imagine greentech nerds smirking over “installed capacity” on some ruined horizon. The only places safe from new wind projects are either windless, officially designated as scenic from many angles, obvious flyways for birds & bats, or capable of angering enough landowners. Even though backlash is growing, the world faces an increasingly ugly future as civilization pretends to right its wrongs.

The documentary, “You’ve Been Trumped” (2011) covered the golf course dunes dispute. It was depicted as greedy old Trump vs. Nature, while a much bigger wind power invasion of Scotland and other countries was in full swing. Trump’s golf course is a relative blip compared to the total scope of land alteration. Both the dune-protectors and Trump were losers in that case, and nature loses to energy sprawl daily. People have built wind turbines directly amid sand dunes (below) and just about anywhere they can get away with it. Calling it green on the flimsy premise that it’s “fighting” fossil fuels (which allow it to exist) is the very sort of lie Trump would tell!

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How many environmentalists cared when these sand dunes were targeted? These turbines happen to be in Brazil, but developers chase whatever locations they can get.

Using the logical fallacy of guilt by association, Trump is continually mocked for daring to criticize a “renewable energy” technology, with emphasis on his comments about birds and cancer. At rallies and conferences, he’s said that wind turbines are ugly, killing all the eagles, and actually cause cancer. It’s automatically assumed in politically-correct crowds that he’s lying or grossly exaggerating, since wind turbines still have a “green” sheen through extensive lobbying. They’re not killing all eagles (yet) and his cancer correlation should have focused on noise which can weaken immune systems and lead to greater disease risk. But he was telling a core truth when he said they’re an unreliable energy source because wind “only blows sometimes” (millions have seen idle blades). Trump erred by implying the power would go completely out, but fossil fuels usually provide backup, and new plants (typically gas) have been built to accommodate wind projects. They will never be 100% renewable, including their heavy manufacturing inputs.

2020 Presidential candidate Jay Inslee said of Trump: “Wind turbines do not cause cancer, they cause jobs.” He was cherry-picking Trump’s most dubious criticism while ignoring other big negatives. Inslee is a classic “bright green” progressive who thinks technology and rebranded growthism can fix everything. With that mindset comes denial of wind power’s big energy sprawl problem. As a long-time Washington Congressman, then Governor, he was OK with the southeast corner of his state being overrun by huge pinwheels and blinking red lights. The other end of the Columbia River has been under threat from the Whistling Ridge Energy Project which has more urbanites within its viewshed and may not happen. Scenery aside, Inslee’s job-creation angle is misleading, since wind projects generally bring in outside specialists with relatively few permanent local jobs. Emphasizing jobs as the gospel of progress also promotes economic growthism, which is what led to climate change in the first place. Most politicians will not touch that subject.

Typical example of wind energy sprawl in southeast Washington. Wide, scenic areas have become distracting industrial parks. This aspect of Big Wind is trivialized by tech junkies.

In time, as more turbines are built, Trump’s statements today will seem prescient, and he’s hardly the only one concerned. Even his rants about “fake news” have some merit in wind energy’s spun context. Highly intrusive due to their extreme size and acreage-needs, wind projects are no less harmful to the environment than any large structures displacing nature’s physicality, but they’re worse because of stark contrast with rural environs, like having Sky Whirl triple Ferris wheels all over the countryside, and much taller. Wind factories also require vast new road networks and forest clear-cuts, and their impact on birds and bats is well documented, despite industry attempts to understate it. Corpses are often eaten or dragged away; impossible to fully count over tens of thousands of acres per facility. Calling wind turbines “beautiful” is absurdly subjective if you see what environmentalists used to protect from bulldozers and chain saws.

If Trump proves that wind power is GOOD, Charles Manson proves that environmentalism is BAD. His general derangement didn’t debunk his deep ecology views, which were echoed by the likes of Arne Næss (as fair-minded as you’ll find). Trump is no Manson, just a greedy megalomaniac, but you don’t mock a logical message simply because the messenger is unpleasant. Almost everyone has valid views on certain topics, hard as it can be to admit. If Trump manages to slow the growth of wind power, the end could justify the means, especially since it’s doing very little to offset fossil fuels and can never replace them.

More thoughts on what ails industrial wind power:

End note on Trump: In a fair world he’d be impeached for environmental policy corruption, like accusing California of Clean Air Act failures after running an anti-EPA campaign and trying to cut MPG standards. Still, he brings up important issues like excessive immigration, the main source of U.S. overpopulation. Immigration has declined since he took office. Few politicians are willing to say “Our country is full,” even if Trump is in denial of overpopulation, ecologically. A leader with similar views who didn’t conduct himself like a reckless teenager, could actually do some good in the world. It’s too bad Trump has shown few signs of maturing during his White House stay. Re-electing him would be a yuuge mistake, but we sure don’t need the Green New Deal either.

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Simulation Hypothesis = Insane Technological Hubris

Starting around 20 years ago, some otherwise intelligent people began asking whether we might live in a simulation created by computers. In other words, completely fake reality conjured by devious entities. You’d not even know you were unreal. The idea was triggered by advancements in video games, CGI, and specifically “The Matrix,” which accelerated paranoia among conspiracy theorists, followed by people who ought to know better. The latter use disclaimers to appear sane, but some take it seriously.

At first, second and third glance, the whole thing reeks of blind faith in technology and chronic detachment from nature. Yes, there are visually impressive video games and 3D immersive experiences, but that’s all they’ll ever be in the world outside of Silicon Valley or Hollywood. The simulation hypothesis is the latest stretch of thinking that places people and machines above the very laws of nature. It’s the embodiment of a God complex. Anthropocentric arrogance is prevailing over everything, including “green” ideology.

Simulation Hypothesis - Nick Bostrom, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk
Nick Bostrom, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon (space junk denier) Musk are among those who’ve floated the concept. Too much thinking or wealth can over-inflate human abilities.

Here’s why a simulated planet or universe defies logic:

  • Who or what built the computers, and what materials, energy and social structure maintains them? Is it powered by nuclear fusion? Just like the (planet-bound) “100% renewable energy” fallacy, no machines can exist or replicate in a vacuum.
  • Where do these creatures or entities live, if not on an actual planet, and where is it physically located? If they are actually us, it gets even nuttier, like looking at endless mirrored reflections. One may as well try to prove God exists.
  • Why would they go to such lengths? The notion that someone wants to “control us” can be explained by banal things like marketing. There’d be no logical gain in making a virtual society, just twisted entertainment for someone.
  • No computer is 100% reliable, even the combination of millions networked online, so the system would occasionally crash. Billions of people would notice something’s wrong, as would other species caught up in a simulation.
  • How can countless discrete instances of self-awareness exist in a computer? Simulating an external environment is one thing, but so many different selves wandering around is a tall order, including the minds of other species. As with belief in ghosts, people get confused by entertainment media vs. things they’ve truly seen.
  • Why would the makers allow accidents, diseases and the pitfalls of aging in a virtual environment? If it was done for a serious purpose you’d think they’d strive for Utopia. But if it’s all unreal, why would it even matter? The conflicts are endless.
  • Would the deep oceans and atmosphere all be part of it, or just the immediate surroundings that individuals perceive? Why would they allow numerous environmental problems to escalate or begin in the first place? A “runaway simulation” is absurd because the very capability of creating it should allow the ability to shut it down or destroy its hardware (again, the question of who’s maintaining the whole scheme).

Scientists have already debunked the hypothesis with other types of reasoning, if one needs more detail. Being dazzled by computer power doesn’t make Moore’s Law infinite, and YouTube will eventually run out of server space, if the power even stays on. People treat fallible systems like bedrock just because they still happen to work.

If someone insists we’re actually living in a simulated world (no less crazy than solipsism) they ought to join the Flat Earth club as well. Wild concepts distract people from pressing problems on a real planet with too many distractions already.

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