Thursday, September 2, 2010

Taking activism too far

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 11:20 AM

So, you've probably heard by now that a guy in Maryland, James J. Lee, took a few Discovery Channel employees hostage yesterday and was subsequently killed by police. You may have also heard about his list of demands, posted at SavethePlanetProtest.com. Those demands include things like:

2. All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions. In those programs' places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it.

And

5. Immigration: Programs must be developed to find solutions to stopping ALL immigration pollution and the anchor baby filth that follows that. Find solutions to stopping it. Call for people in the world to develop solutions to stop it completely and permanently. Find solutions FOR these countries so they stop sending their breeding populations to the US and the world to seek jobs and therefore breed more unwanted pollution babies. FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THEM TO STOP THEIR HUMAN GROWTH AND THE EXPORTATION OF THAT DISGUSTING FILTH! (The first world is feeding the population growth of the Third World and those human families are going to where the food is! They must stop procreating new humans looking for nonexistant jobs!)

He also wrote:

It is the responsiblity of everyone to preserve the planet they live on by not breeding any more children who will continue their filthy practices. Children represent FUTURE catastrophic pollution whereas their parents are current pollution. NO MORE BABIES! Population growth is a real crisis. Even one child born in the US will use 30 to a thousand times more resources than a Third World child. It's like a couple are having 30 babies even though it's just one! If the US goes in this direction maybe other countries will too!

Real charmer, that one. A real, scary charmer.

I can't imagine what it's like to be held hostage, nor do I want to. And, I can't imagine killing anyone, or attempting to, over my beliefs (although that's what we humans have done since the beginning). I feel for everyone involved and in no way support the actions of Mr. Lee.

At the same time, as I watched the news unfold yesterday, I couldn't help but think back to a long ago conversation with an ex-boyfriend. He said something along the lines of this: The more people there are in the world, the more of every category there will be. Translation: If one in 1,000 humans are nuts, the greater the overall population, the greater the number of nuts. Make sense? Ironic, isn't it?

It does feel like there are more nuts willing to slay or maim people because of their beliefs these days, especially since their antics are broadcast live via traditional and "new" media sources. I'd also like to remind you that there are a lot of caring, generous, conscious people in the world who are working very hard to make a positive impact in a variety of ways. And, thank goodness for that. Let's hope that population is growing.

Now, if establishing world peace and saving the planet were as easy as programing a cable television channel ...

Here's an interesting video that depicts how the world's population has grown since 1 A.D.:

Further reading: ‘Skeptical environmentalist’ Bjørn Lomborg reverses his climate skepticism -- Grist.org

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