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The Salmon is the Work of God’s Hands

May 02nd, 2014 by G.

A Northwest tribe pooled money to fertilize the nearby ocean with iron sulfate. They hoped to boost plankton, giving wild salmon more to eat.

They succeeded in spades. The salmon catch quadrupled.

This year, the number of salmon caught in the northeast Pacific more than quadrupled, going from 50 million to 226 million. In the Fraser River, which only once before in history had a salmon run greater than 25 million fish (about 45 million in 2010), the number of salmon increased to 72 million.

I deeply respect the tribe’s initiative and self-help in the service of the common good and of their customs. This is how people should live.

One of my most cherished memories is an Eagle Scout project where we spent a weekend in the mountains improving a stream to make it better habitat, including for fish for fishermen. The sun was bright and there was a breeze stirring the pines. There was something stirring in the soul too that we all felt; working to promote God’s creations, including in our own interests, was right.

I love to see the works of man commingling in harmony with the works of God, caribou warming themselves by an oil pipe, a hawk perched on a powerline, stalk-rustling pheasants in my corn patch to glean it in the fall.

God created earth and sky, water and land, algae and plants, fish and fowl, beasts and people, and saw them all together and judged them Good.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

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May 02nd, 2014 08:19:46

Nature Red in Tooth and Claw

June 13th, 2012 by Vader

Lileks confronts reality:

[N]ature ripped out the bunnies from their soft home and drank their blood, and you want me to help it? With money?

Lileks himself isn’t a milquetoast, but he had a couple interrupt his morning’s work.

His Majesty: “There is unappreciated value in such things as bull fights and bear baiting. Civilized man needs to see a good mauling now and then, to keep him aware of what the alternative is.”

His Majesty is not a member of PETA.


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June 13th, 2012 14:37:43

Under the Hood, a Hod of Coal or a Cord of Wood

July 27th, 2011 by G.

Robert Zubrin approaches problems like an engineer. He tries to solve them. The engineering approach to problems is problematic when the problems are unsolvable–like the problem of human nature, for instance. But when it comes to fuel, actually trying to solve our fuel problems is an idea whose time has come. Zubrin’s flex-fuel plan allows vehicles to use methanol, which can be economically derived from coal, natural gas, and wood and organic byproducts. It’s a great plan. (more…)

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July 27th, 2011 08:49:39

Avatar — the Unknown Message

April 01st, 2011 by G.

I have Avatar, as I should. But a discussion recently made me think that it’s unconsciously not as anti-technology as it appears on the surface. In fact, its real message is not only that technology and and environmentalism are compatible, but that they are necessarily compatible.

Consider. The ideal world of the Navi is enterable only through the high-technology construct of the Avatar. In other words, as John Reilly claims, the function of technology is to recreate the enchanted and organic world of the fairy tale.

Anti-technological environmentalism is a dead end. Technologism that doesn’t help us fulfill the human aspirations that are at the root of environmentalism is also a dead end.

The movie is still drek, though.

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April 01st, 2011 00:01:39

All Things Denote There Is a God

July 23rd, 2009 by G.

All things denote there is a God. The brutality and suffering and waste and beauty and peace and dynamic order of Nature are all signposts to God’s being. (more…)

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July 23rd, 2009 11:03:28

EPA to Regulate Water Vapor and Carbon Dioxide as Pollutants

April 21st, 2009 by Pecos Bill

They kin regulate my breathing when they pry my lungs from my cold, daid mouth.  Not ‘fore then.  (more…)

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April 21st, 2009 18:49:26

The Democrat War on Science

April 17th, 2009 by G.

Why is it that we hear the loudest yelps of devotion to science from the drivers of public hysteria on nuclear waste? (more…)

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April 17th, 2009 14:16:48

Green Unemployment in Spain

March 27th, 2009 by Man SL

I know smart people who are convinced that we could create tons of new jobs and new prosperity if only we forced industry to go green. Green jobs, man. Green technology, man. Yes, we can! (more…)

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March 27th, 2009 14:01:52