Many times, as a teacher in classrooms across this country, I shook my head and gnashed my teeth when students failed to understand simple mathematical equations. They just couldn’t work the problems. At first, I thought I had failed to teach correctly. But, over the years, I learned that some students did not possess the IQs to understand mathematics. Not their faults, but their conditions.
After writing a column on the Hancock versus Wooldridge radio debate, several of my ‘students’ argued against me, and in fact, put words and thoughts into my presentation—from their biased grids. I’ll share a few with you below.
Dechivo said, “Frosty, I am responding to your angry comment below. I think you are just a plain angry crusader of population control. You are so angry because nobody listens to you. I am with you with regards to the problem you see of population explosion, especially when the government seems indifferent to the danger it presents to the nation that is bursting with censal headcounts in its seams. However, your arguments are full of holes. Let's look at what you are saying: We cannot, and I repeat, we cannot add 100 million people to this country without degrading quality of life, standard of living and destruction of our environment. What about the millions we SUBTRACT when they leave your company and transfer their residence to the Great Blue Beyond, giving the funeral industry a great boast in time of economic recession?
“Having said that, it dawns to me that you are still thinking in terms of Malthusian Theory in your long-winded writings, a theory that had been discarded long, long time ago. With advance technology and new scientific discoveries this theory had become so stale that not even students of social science in schools, colleges and universities would think that the threat of the end of world through overpopulation that you repeatedly harped on in your writings is sane enough to merit attention.”
This individual failed to compute 2+2=4. This person failed to understand the term ‘net gain of population’ over and above deaths. No way this individual can understand the ramifications of adding 100, 200 and 300 million to this country! It’s not my fault that he/she fails understanding exponential growth so well documented at www.albartlett.org ; www.postcarboninstitute.org ; www.capsweb.org and www.thesocialcontract.com . Instead, this individual argues for his or her own lack of educational ability. And, no, I am not angry or sad. Like any math teacher, I present the reality via numbers. This individual turned it into something emotional. That won’t work in the overpopulation equation. And, Malthus’ Theory is right on the money, just the timing is off. As Ehrlich reported, since he wrote the Population Explosion over 300 million humans starved to death. With 18 million human deaths annually globally, I’d say Malthus hit it dead on the money. But this responder cannot comprehend it.
Second responder said, “Control, kidnap, kill and steal from others to avoid degrading your quality of life? My goodness, sounds like a great motto for rapists, looters and thieves as to not degrade THEIR quality of life or standard of living. I guess I am just done bowing down before the control freaks that gain power with each new boogie man they present. If that means it is left in God's hands or in Frosty's world, Darwin's and Mother Nature's hands then so be it. Mother Nature and Darwin have never directly threatened me with lethal force and imprisonment if I do not allow them to control my life and steal my resources. If one feels so strongly about Zero Population why not form a self-subscribed group of vasectomies, hysterectomies and abortion just like the Zeitgeist group does for like minded people or like the Vegans that VOLUNTARILY do not participate in the killing of animals or eating animal products. The problem is, it always comes down to force and control and most of us are tired of it.”
Again, this individual fails to understand the exponential equation, also. “Let Nature take its course,” this person responded. Maybe for lemmings, but we humans may choose another path! Actually, I have been a vegan for 40 years! Also, again, use of emotions rather than logic when it comes to Mother Nature or Darwin—simply won’t work! Refer to Bangladesh, India and China!
Bakadude said, “I would have loved to listen to this radio debate if not in conflict with my TV sci-fi programs. Here is Ernest Hancock on one hand who according to Frosty is a NARROW-MINDED libertarian revolutionary that "does not understand the big picture", and on the other here is Frosty Wooldridge, a BROAD-MINDED Jeffersonian whose mind is so broad that in a distance you could no longer see the dot of what he is saying. It is hard to find it in a mountain of words, just as it is hard to see the trees in the forest when you are spaced out by too much lapsus linguae in-between coming from a non-stop ligulae of a narrator who bicycled the world to tell Ernest of what he thinks he saw along the way. What’s interesting is what Ernest thinks of Frosty as an illusionist.”
This individual again, used emotions and conjecture. I never said anything of any derogatory words toward Ernie. I respect him to the highest degree.
Michele said, “I’m not buying what you’re selling, Frosty. I listened to the show the other day and got a sick feeling in my stomach. What exactly do you propose? Should we sterilize people at birth? Set a limit on babies? Who is going to enforce that? Our water is poisoned, our food is toxic, and so is the air we breathe. I’ve heard statistics that say 1 out of 5 people in America get cancer. What more do you want? You remind me of the bully on the playground who wanted all the school’s basketballs for just you and your friends. People are resilient and resourceful and I believe our earth was made to hold us all. They’ve already found that oil is a renewable resource.”
Again, Michele espoused ‘ideas’ that I never uttered. I never spoke about sterilizing people at birth, forced birth control, eugenics or anything about extreme anything! I simply said that since American women have been averaging 2.03 children since 1970, we need to reduce immigration down to 100,000 or less annually. Simple, rational, logical and sane! Then, she thinks oil is renewable! Pahleeeze!
Again, I bring a rational, logical and educational message, but my classroom must harbor a few ‘innumerates’ (innumeracy is the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy) , and you know who you are, because you simply cannot think past your own limitations. As Paul Ehrlich said, “Every cause is a lost cause without limiting human population.”
And, remember Jacque Cousteau when he said, ““We must alert and organize the world's people to pressure world leaders to take specific steps to solve the two root causes of our environmental crises - exploding population growth and wasteful consumption of irreplaceable resources. Over-consumption and overpopulation underlie every environmental problem we face today.”
I remain your patient teacher, if not Noah constructing a boat for you to grab onto for your life!
Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock Afternoon September 8th 2010
1st Hour - Jet Lacey - The Revolution Continues with Jet Lacey / 2nd and 3rd Hour - Frosty Wooldridge - joins Ernest to talk about Immigration & Population Control