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March 3, 2008 § 7 Comments
There is a genuine, man-made, existential threat to the environment and our very survival as a species arising out of modern global capitalism. Truly.
Fascinating. I’ve long-suspected you could base a pretty rigorous opposition to contraception based on Darwin.
John,What you’re talking about is a principle I call < HREF="http://realphysics.blogspot.com/2005/02/super-natural-selection.html" REL="nofollow">Super-Natural Selection<>.LG
Lawrence,Well said (and good post.)
This has to be one of the sweetest ironies I’ve come across in a while: “Basically the Pill stops ovulation by tricking a woman’s body into ‘thinking’ her pregnant.”
Notice, though, that the scienceblog post linked to by the post linked to says that the estrogen can be removed by secondary and tertiary waste water treatment and is less of an issue near large cities that do such treatment. So it would be foolish for opponents of contraception–of whom I am one–to jump on this story.
“So it would be foolish for opponents of contraception–of whom I am one–to jump on this story.”While speculation, however fun, about estrogenated water making girly-men out of everyone downstream is certainly unproductive, there’s a real environmental issue here that touches all fishermen and outdoorsmen.Here’s a quote from a study done on the effluence of Boulder:In response to public denial over the results of his survey, Norris took extraordinary measures to prove his findings. This column is likely the first you’ve heard of them, because the mainstream media desire to ignore this subject.Norris obtained funding from the Colorado Division of Fish and Wildlife and the EPA for a study under peer review today by scientists from the United States Geological Survey. The Norris team set up a lab next to the sewage plant in the summer of 2006. They removed all external variables and isolated fish, creek water obtained upstream from the treatment plant, and Boulder’s estrogen-rich effluent. Then they altered life.“With a ratio of water-to-effluent identical to what’s immediately downstream from the plant, we were able to feminize the fish within seven days,” Norris told me. “They all started producing female proteins. We shut down their production of sperm, and they all started acting like females.”< HREF="http://kevinjjones.blogspot.com/2007/08/estrogen-pollutes-colorado-waterways.html" REL="nofollow">More<>
But, Zippy, what in the world does this have to do with capitalism? There is nothing about the concept of pooling natural resources for achievement of economies of scale which either advances or contributes to the stupidity of killing the environment. It ain’t because they are capitalists that they do this, its because they are stupid as well as evil. Are you saying capitalism makes one stupid and evil? Have you read Centessimus Annus?
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