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Halloween Thoughts from Obamas Science Advisor by Kajm Halloween Thoughts from Obamas Science Advisor by Kajm

by Robert Bradley Jr.October 31, 2013

 

Original with more links and images here www.masterresource.org/2013/10…

 

“Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the [twentieth] century.”

- John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich[1]

Doom and gloom—and falsity—hallmarks the long career of John P. Holdren, neo-Malthusian and now President Obama’s initial and still science advisor.

What else has the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy said? And can we assume that he still holds and trumpets these views to Obama?

It’s Halloween, a good time to refresh memories of the man who just might be the scariest presidential advisor in U.S. history!

Read—but don’t be too frightened. The sky-is-falling gloom of Holdren, his mentor Paul Ehrlich, and others is in intellectual and empirical trouble. From Julian Simon to Bjorn Lomborg to Matt Ridley, the technological optimists have the upper hand in a debate that continues to be one-sided.

Billion Deaths Possible!

“As University of California physicist John Holdren has said, it is possible that carbon-dioxide climate-induced famines could kill as many as a billion people before the year 2020.”[2]

Economic Decline Coming!

“Today the frontiers are gone, and the evidence is mounting that technology cannot hold the law of diminishing returns at bay much longer. Resources being stressed today are often being stressed globally; they will not be replenished from outside the ‘system’.”[3]

Economic Decline Required!

“Only one rational path is open to us—simultaneous de-development of the [overdeveloped countries] and semi-development of the underdeveloped countries (UDC’s), in order to approach a decent and ecologically sustainable standard of living for all in between. By de-development we mean lower per-capita energy consumption, fewer gadgets, and the abolition of planned obsolescence.”[4]

Optimist Not!

“We are not, of course, optimistic about our chances of success. Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century. (The inability to forecast exactly which one – whether plague, famine, the poisoning of the oceans, drastic climatic change, or some disaster entirely unforeseen – is hardly grounds for complacency.)”[5]

We find ourselves firmly in the neo-Malthusian camp. We hold this view not because we believe the world to be running out of materials in an absolute sense, but rather because the barriers to continued material growth, in the form of problems of economics, logistics, management, and environmental impact, are so formidable.”[6]

Occupy Wall Street!

“[Our] “gloomy prognosis” [requires] organized evasive action: population control, limitation of material consumption, redistribution of wealth, transitions to technologies that are environmentally and socially less disruptive than today’s, and movement toward some kind of world government”[7]

Do I Have to Prove It?

“Now, this problem puts those of us who tend to view with alarm in a somewhat curious position. We’re calling upon society to make major changes, but we cannot prove exactly what will happen and exactly when, in the absence of those kinds of changes.” [8]

Just Kidding!?

“We have been warned by our more cautious colleagues that those who discuss threats of sociological and ecological disaster run the risk of being ‘discredited’ if those threats fail to materialize on schedule.”[9]

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In-depth Holdren analysis can be found in these posts:

- See more at: www.masterresource.org/2013/10…

 

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As of this posting, Halloween is still going - at least in the White House!

 

Image attribution: us4palin.com

 

 

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ONI-Defense Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
“[Our] “gloomy prognosis” [requires] organized evasive action: population control, limitation of material consumption, redistribution of wealth, transitions to technologies that are environmentally and socially less disruptive than today’s, and movement toward some kind of world government”

So it requires forced abortion and child birth limits, rationing, legalized theft from the middle classes of countries, a transition to inefficient and unproven technologies which we are forced to use, and a global government that controls the entire world like something out of 1984 mixed with Demolition Man and Brave New World. These men and their thought processes are fucking scary as all hell, excuse my language, but holy shit...

All under the guise of stopping a fictional threat and "saving the planet". Disgusting. 


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Kajm Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And getting too damned close to reality.
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ONI-Defense Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah.
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MrEpicJustice Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
... this just makes me adamant in my view that America should demilitarize.

Why?

Because who the fuck would want to invade America? It's like trying to abduct a Massive ape that shits on your couch and mauls you to death when you try to give it free healthcare.

And what would the spoils of war be? Corn? Shitty Reality TV?

Pass, kthx.
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blackstrike Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
I thought that fear-mongering is republican tactic???
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Kajm Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've always understood it be used by anyone in power who thinks they can get away with it. Also, the words of Obama's science advisor should speak for themselves. He's been trying to scare people for 30 years, and his predictions keep failing.
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blackstrike Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yeah, he's a retard, that much is obvious. Unfortunately, in age of planet-wide communications fear is easy to spread, especially since people don't really try to investigate for themselves and rather to get their "facts" from "Faux News" & "Crap News Network". Idiots like this one just make it worse.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*g* I agree, people need to do their own homework on such matters.
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ZeroPegasi Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I still dont see what the big deal is with what they call "Obamacare"
The UK has the NHS it meas that EVERYONE is entitled to good health care and a chance to live. Dosnt matter how much you have or can afford.
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