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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov 2, 2011 / 5 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Idealogues versus 7 billion

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As of Halloween, or thereabouts, the world came to be inhabited by a total of roughly 7 billion people, which is fine except that some of them (radical, anti-technology, industrialism-hating environmentalists) want to keep others of them (mostly poor people in undeveloped countries) from having enough to eat.

It doesn't stop there because these sabotaging greenies don't want the world to have enough energy, either, and if they get their way, their predictions will come true. Population growth will prove to be a population bomb. There will be poverty the likes of which we have never seen. There will be famine. Nature will not provide what we need from her and will see to it that population is reduced the hard way.

For insight into what's going on now, go back to the 1980s. You'll find a scientist, Paul Ehrlich, worrying then about an unsustainable, resource-destroying population surge that would vastly diminish resources, making them cost more.

An economist, Julian Simon, bet him that 10 years down the road five commodity metals would cost less. He won because he knew that greater demand in a free society would lead to more discoveries and substitute innovations that would help save the day. Matt Ridley, a British writer, provides additional evidence that the more, the merrier, or at least that more people do not mean worse conditions.

In his book, "The Rational Optimist," Ridley notes how life just keeps getting better for humans because they become less and less self-sufficient, trading with each other for all sorts of blessings while specializing in some field and devising technologies that help us produce more, travel faster and more easily, communicate as never before, and luxuriate in ways the richest of the rich could not imagine even 50 years ago.

Compare 1995 to 2005, he says, and you will find the average human being in the latter year consuming a third more calories than earlier, experiencing a third fewer deaths of offspring and living a third longer. You will find people on a per-capita basis richer and you will find less poverty.

One of the chief heroes in making this happen was Norman Borlaug, an Iowa native and scientist who maybe saved a billion lives with his Green Revolution work enabling farmers in such poor countries as India and Mexico to get far more crop yield per acre. Another plus was that as the farmers required less labor, they had fewer children. Prosperity slows down population growth, and since the world is becoming more prosperous, growth is expected to peak by mid-century.

But as Borlaug argued, more innovation is needed and the overreaching environmental elitists simply condemn people to hunger when they fight against development and genetically modified crops. Henry Miller, a physician and scientist at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, is outraged by the unscientific, irrational opposition of governmental regulators stymieing the spread of technologies proven to work.

The issue doesn't stop there, because as others have noted, there is a great need for more energy, and look what happens when horizontal fracking opens up vast new reserves of natural gas available in the United States. The eco-ideologues make up stories of how the drilling technique causes water faucets to burst into flame, something that has been happening for decades because of natural methane deposits. What we have here is hokum that can kill.

We can handle 7 billion people, 8 billion, 9 billion and probably more, but we can't do it if we let essentially anti-human beliefs intrude on the genius of all those extra brains, on the compassion, dedication and practicality of someone like Borlaug.

Who among us does not feel loving kinship with nature? We are of it even as we are apart from it in an intellectuality in the image of divinity. To deal with what the future holds, we must use this special gift.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:

10/28/11: Obama games on student loans

10/26/11: Wit and quick moves v. humanity and thoroughgoing honesty? It's no contest —- or at least shouldn't be

10/07/11: Baptists, bootleggers and Wall Street protesters

10/05/11: Federal law will get you even if you watch out

09/28/11: Leftist bugbears on the march

09/23/11: Still hope for coal to help us

09/21/11: Obama's Madoff ploy

09/19/11: U.S. can't afford to wait until it happens

09/14/11: Defending -- and strengthening -- gung ho collectivism

09/12/11: A pipeline to better times

09/08/11: Obama just keeps destroying jobs

09/06/11: Ultra-feminists thwarting justice

08/31/11: Corporations are people? Yes, Count the ways

08/26/11: What an earthquake tells us about debt

08/25/11: The tyranny of scientific consensus

08/23/11: Fracking hardly a public health threat

08/17/11: Why Obamacare won't control births

08/15/11: Balanced budget amendment unbalanced idea

08/10/11: Kerry's war on citizen speech

08/05/11: Upside to the compromise leaving the door open for obnoxious maneuvers

08/03/11: The people who may save America

07/29/11: On making deals, Obama is no LBJ

07/27/11: The threat behind the debt

07/23/11: Mean opposition to means-testing

07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse

07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling

07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly

07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?

07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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