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01/17/2012

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Zeke Putnam

I've watched all this coming for 2-3 decades. Read a lot to this day. Way down in the core of my being is early life experiences. I grew up in "days of old". My dad trapped for a living, had a cow for milk, etc, garden, hunted for meat, that type of thing. One thing I remember very clearly. Periodically the population one animal or another would suddenly explode due to a particular set of circumstances. They would out run the supply of food, water, whatever and die off. I figure this applies to humans also. We are way, way past the natural (without energy based power, fertilizer, etc) resource base. For me, it's as inevitable as the rain, humans are in for a mass die off. Just like a rabbit, we'll plunge merrily on until the last blade of grass is gone.

Since we are a fairly brutal animal with little sympathy for anything other than our own wants, this die off will be a nasty affair. To me, it already is. Millions are already starving so we can have ethenol. If invading country after country, dislocating untold millions, slaughtering the country's population, stealing their resources, supporting brutal dictators and the long list of other activities the US, let alone other countries, are involved in, is not nasty, I don't know what is.

I was a pilot during Vietnam. As us old heads watched the Air Force drastically lower their standards and shove ever less capable people through training, we grew to call them "cannon fodder". Today we are all cannon fodder. To our leaders we are simply numbers they need for election, make millions off of and play with like one would with as a doll. Frankly, I believe it was this way from the get go. Pessimist or realist? Your choice.

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