January 16, 2014

In comments to my last post, James Kelly writes, “I’m not sure why you posted this. Patently untrue statements.” Fair question.

The quoted excerpt is by Stewart Brand, who was regarded as an eminently reliable source by millions of Baby Boomers back in the day. I never read The Whole Earth Catalog myself, being a Depression Era baby who was busy manning freedom’s ramparts in Southeast Asia during the ’60s. But I gathered that Brand was pretty much a back-to-the-earth greenie and I was surprised to see what had become of him.

I’m personally aware of the dangers posed by radiation poison; my grandmother died a horrible death from it shortly before I was born, the bones of her skull eaten away. The cancer was caused by a miracle elixer of the day called Radithor, the active ingredient of which was radium.

What, then, was Brand talking about? My own first reaction to his argument had been the same as that of James and the other commenters. Now that you’ve pushed me into looking further, though, it seems as if Brand might have hold of a little something — at least as far as Fukushima goes:

See here, and here, and here, and here and here.

My own theory is that Earth itself is a tumor, just now beginning to metastasize. This explains the space race.

Happy New Year.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 16, 2014 01:30 PM
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My theory is that the human race is the cancer, not the earth.

Posted by: Larry Allred on January 16, 2014 4:53 PM

Mr. Brand has written a book, the title of which I've copied from Amazon.

"Whole Earth Discipline: Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Crops, RestoredWildlands, and Geoengineering Are Necessary"

If the gentleman is as well-to-do as I suspect he is, remarks about his motives wouldn't be very smart. For the record, I don't know what he means by "RestoredWildlands", but IMO the other four notions are very bad ideas.

In any event, I'll be disposing of my Whole Earth Catalog. Not only is it totally outdated, but it's also a painful reminder.

Posted by: Zachary Smith on January 21, 2014 1:41 AM
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