“Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
George Orwell, from “1984”, 1949
It’s April, 2018, and Nature is booming and burgeoning to a level not seen in my lifetime.
Since that statement directly refutes our State Religion, which holds that “Poor Mother Gaia is Dying, Crushed by the Virus-Like Burden of Mankind”, I’ve appended multiple recent news accounts below to support it.
March 15, 2018 – Antlered deer harvest in Western North Carolina hits record high
Deer hunters in the mountains bagged a record high number of antlered bucks this past hunting season, following a 10-year trend of “exponential” growth.
According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, hunters reported a total 161,854 white-tailed deer (antlered, button bucks and does) killed, or harvested, across the state during the 2017-2018 hunting season, an increase of 8 percent from the 2016-2017 season.
This matched the increase for District 9, which includes most of Western North Carolina from Buncombe County west to the Tennessee border.
But the harvest of antlered bucks in WNC was 60 percent higher than the 10-year average, said Jonathan Shaw, wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Commission, based in Raleigh.
There were 4,371 antlered bucks – considered a coveted, trophy species – reported killed this past season, up 12.7 percent from the 2016-17 season, and up 93 percent from 2008 when 2,270 were harvested in District 9.
One reason for the sharp increase is that the numbers started low a decade ago, Shaw said, but they are still impressive.
(Where “numbers started low a decade ago” is a local plausible-deniability excuse. No mention is made of similar booming, burgeoning populations worldwide. –ed)
March 16, 2018 – Virginia hunters harvest a record 2,861 bear
Hunters in Virginia killed a record number of bears during the most recent hunting season.
The Roanoke Times reports that state figures show 2,861 bears were killed, a 17 percent increase from the previous season.
The increase in bear hunting was partly due to a first-ever three-day season in early October. The state sold 32,687 bear licenses, with hunters from 33 different states reporting they killed a bear.
(Where “a first-ever three day season in early October” is a local plausible-deniability excuse. No mention is made of similar booming, burgeoning populations worldwide. –ed)
March 23, 2018 – Brazil’s VLI adds rail capacity as farmers harvest record soy crop
Brazilian logistics company VLI SA has increased capacity of its Ferrovia Norte-Sul railway, a 720-km (447 miles) line linking the central state of Tocantins to the northern port of Itaqui, to serve farmers now harvesting this year’s summer crop.