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This is the archive for December 2005

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Here's a thought, out of the blue. Are your concerned about animal and plant extinction? Want to do something about it? There's a simple way, at least in most cases, to assure the survival of a species: encourage the commercial exploitation of it.

If you're one of those people who can only do static analysis you would conclude that this would quickly lead to the complete exhaustion of the existing "supply". So then why aren't chickens an endangered species?

Anything we eat, wear, ride, make do our work, or simply enjoy having around will never disappear so long as it is possible to go out and buy one. Anything that is in demand, particularly those things for which that demand can be translated into profit, will never be fully used up so long as there is a way of creating more of it. Endangered species are, by their nature, reproducable.

So I think the best approach for the Sierra club would be to put out a series of books containing recipes for bald eagle drumsticks and spotted owl eggs, clothing patters for alligator skin, and 101 things to make from elephant ivory. Oh, yeah, and work to get the law out of the way of using these things.

The fact that the Sierra Club and the rest of the leftstream environmental movement would be horrified by this solution is evidence that their goal is not the preservation of species.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I've got three little stories to tell. By themselves, none are very important, certainly nothing to blog home about. But together, they.... Well, I'll just tell the stories and try to make sense of what they mean afterward.