Just received it in the mail. It’s the mustiest-smelling used book I’ve ever purchased. Nasty. Could be a sign.
Ecoscience is definitely not my idea of a fun read, but I know that I have to at least double-check Zombie Post’s facts on Obama’s new ‘Science Czar’, John Holdren. Not that I don’t trust Zombie Post, but…well…I don’t trust too much, anymore. Gotta see it for myself, if you know what I mean.
If what was posted at ZP is indeed accurate, we can add Holdren to the list of extremely scary people in Obama’s cabinet (if not the scariest).
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please check my previous post on Holdren.
I’ll keep you posted…
One fact checked.
On page 787, Holdren et al are explaining ways of controlling population. I can verify that Zombie Post’s scan of this page is accurate. It says, and I quote:
A program of sterilizing women after their second or third child, despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be easier to implement than trying to sterilize men. This of course would be feasible only in countries where the majority of births are medically assisted. Unfortunately, such a program therefore is not practical for most less developed countries (although in China mothers of three children are commonly “expected” to undergo sterilization).
The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin and removed when pregnancy is desired opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births.
I’m on my lunch so I don’t have time to check more, but I’ll post back later.
I can verify that all of the information provided on Zombie Post is indeed true, and the scans he took are exact replicas of the book I purchased. I find Holdren and his pals to be loony. However, I am trying to read Ecoscience from an unbiased viewpoint.
To be fair, Holdren and Ecoscience’s co-authors, the Erlichs, are simply exploring all of the ’solutions’ to the problem of overpopulation. They don’t appear to be leaving any stone unturned, so naturally they’re examining all options. However, the fact that they entertained some of the ideas that they have should scare anyone, especially the part where they announce that Congress could constitutionally require abortions under the equal-protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
I also need to add a link to Holdren’s confirmation hearing denial of his published views on population control. You can click here for more info, again from Zombie Post. Basically all he says–and I’m paraphrasing, here–is that he co-authored the book thirty years ago and doesn’t advocate the things he wrote in it. In other words, he changed his mind. I wonder why? Could it be because everything he was warning everyone about didn’t happen and he has been proven wrong?
So are we to believe him when he warns us about the coming global catastrophe of global warming? If we can’t conclude that he’s a forced-abortion and compulsory-sterilization advocate through something he obviously spent a great deal of time and effort on and felt strongly enough to attach his name to, then we can certainly conclude that he’s a scientific hack. And this is our new ‘Science King’, ladies and gentlemen.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? Cap and Trade.
Science Fiction Czar – by David Harsanyi, Denver Post (also posted at Reason Magazine).