Sam Aurelius Milam III
In the beginning there was a wall, and many people died while trying to cross it. The number of people who were alive after crossing the wall was far smaller than the number of people who’d lived prior to the crossing. Those survivors lived among the ruins, as scavengers. In such situations, certain kinds of behavior tend to promote the survival of the species. It isn’t necessarily simple but, simply stated, it amounts to having as many kids as possible and taking whatever you want without asking. Over succeeding generations, people who were more prone to such behavior had more descendants. Their DNA accumulated in the surviving population. As the ruins fell into dust, the descendants of the scavengers adapted, and became hunter-gatherers. Over the generations, the same kinds of people continued to have more descendants. Their DNA continued to accumulate in the population.
Eventually, people developed settled communities. The kind of behavior that had previously promoted the survival of the species had different results in such communities. In those communities, it promoted overpopulation, hunger, disease, and conflict. The people in those communities developed technologies that compensated somewhat for their new problems, but that also enabled further population growth. I might be wrong about this but it seems to me that most or all of the social ills in our entire history have been a result of local or regional overcrowding.
The characteristics of our ancestors are still a part of our DNA. We’re still behaving as they did. The result is world-wide overpopulation, hunger, disease, and conflict. Our technology has allowed us to compensate somewhat, but we’ve reached a level of overpopulation that can’t possibly be sustained without the technology. The problems caused by the growing population are accumulating in such a way that they’re beginning to interfere with the ability of our technology to function. We can’t sustain the population without the technology and the technology can’t continue to function with such a large population.
The population curve that I keep showing can be viewed in different ways. With its nearly vertical slope, it looks a lot like a wall, figuratively speaking. There are many myths, legends, and theories about our origins but I suggest that, at least most recently, it was a wall. Now, as our ancestors have done before, maybe many times before, it seems that we’re facing another wall.
Letters to the Editor
I pray this finds you very well in all respects, especially in good health....
A lot of great info in the FM [September issue].
The piece about international law is a gem — if only today’s power grabbers would adhere to the wisdom expressed in Bouvier’s 1889.
Your Thoughtcrime piece is spot on. The fact that Alex Jones was ever going to trial was alarming enough as I saw the slippery slope then barreling down the pike. But, then the conviction ... if ever there were ever a judicial atrocity justifying whole country protests, this should have been it. It makes all the past “Stella Awards” jackass winners pale to dust in comparison as to the judicial damage by means of the slippery slope. Jones may be a slick charlatan in his business/marketing side (that’s my direct experience with him), and he may deserve a huge amount of praise for exposing so much to the masses of the hidden horrors & dangers of government thugs gone criminally mad against everyone who’s not in their camp — but both extremes are irrelevant to the
—F. L., a prisoner
Hello, I pray you are well. As always, your Frontiersman, August ’22 was a good read. In your article, “The Middle Way”, you state in regards to the “pro lifers” and “pro choice activists”, “The activists on both sides ... want the government to use its powers ... to impose their views on their opponents.” I disagree. When Roe v. Wade was around, all it did was make the option of abortion available to all women in every state. If pro lifers got pregnant, they could choose to have the baby or not.
With Row v. Wade gone, pro choice women are being forced to carry, in some states, even if it means carrying the rapist’s baby. Now, pro lifers have a choice still. Pro choice especially poor ones who can’t afford to travel, don’t have a choice. So, who’s forcing their views....
And as for F. L. [name withheld], asking if I’m watching the news in regards to Republicans claiming critical race theory is being taught in schools. There is a high school in Texas who is banning from their curriculum “Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger, and “Of Mice and Men” by Steinbeck because their school board is saying the books teach C.R.T. Bullshit is what it is ....
Any who, Sam, I’m praying for your A.C. because I know how muggy and humid and hot Georgia summers are.
—S. H., a prisoner
The pro life people want to forcibly control the pro choice people by preventing them from getting abortions. The pro choice people want to forcibly control the pro life people by preventing them from enforcing their morality. It doesn’t matter that the behavior in question is different on one side than it is on the other. What matters is that the people on each side want to use the power of the government to control the people on the other side. They are all, thereby, increasing the power of the government.
Also, the pro life people do, indeed, lose their choices when abortion is prohibited. Before such prohibition, a pro life woman could still compromise her beliefs and get an abortion. After prohibition, she no longer has that option, just like the pro choice woman no longer has that option. The prohibition controls both of them, whether or not the pro life woman would have refrained from getting an abortion anyway. They’re both still controlled and the government still gets stronger.
The debate about whether or not Critical Race Theory should be taught in the government schools is a good example of wasting effort on the wrong issue while distracting attention from what’s really important. The important point is that the students are compelled by the threat of force to attend schools that are government-controlled monopolies. Instead, parents should have the absolute right to decide which school their kids will attend, or if the kids will attend any school at all. Anybody should be able to start any kind of school that he wants to start, and teach anything that he wants to teach, with or without the approval of the government. Then, what is or isn’t taught in a particular school wouldn’t matter. The parents could choose whichever school suited them, or no school at all. As I’ve previously noted, when free public education becomes mandatory public education, then education becomes brainwashing. It’s the same in every police state.
Don’t let the bastards get you down. Source: Unknown
—J. M., of Victorville, California
The statement is a translation into English of the mock-Latin phrase “Illegitimati non Carborundum”. Because of the use of the word Carborundum, an industrial abrasive, a better translation would be “... grind you down”, or “... wear you down”, instead of “... get you down”. I’d previously believed that the phrase was originated by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, but Wikipedia claims otherwise. See the Wikipedia article.
I tend to avoid using the phrase because of the pejorative meaning of the word “bastard”. I believe that the construed or alleged misdeeds of a child’s parents don’t justify diminishing the legitimacy of the child. Of course, that’s entirely a restriction on my own usage. I’m not proposing yet another stupid political correctness restriction on everybody. People should be free to hold their own opinions, and to use the phrase or not, as they choose. Maybe we can try to make things better by setting a good example.
Greetings to you Sam,
... Thank you for keeping the Frontiersman coming to me I am grateful! I asked [name withheld] to send you some money at the
beginning of 2022. But she failed to send any because she’s been out of work. Basically just doing side jobs to get by. Times are hard for her right now.
Well must go now, and you are still my respected elder.
Hope you are not too hot during this extra hot summer. Town of Weeds in the northern part of Cali burned. 120 homes lost & people dead & missing. You may know this town?
With respect & truth.
—R. H., a prisoner
I just got your newsletter [September issue] at mail call, “thank you” for helping spread the word about the really poor quality of food that they’ve been feeding us here in this Arkansas prison, and hopefully it will help get the attention of the state health dept. and they’ll investigate this problem, and if the ADC can no longer afford to feed us the proper foods, then I think it’s time that they send us all home, don’t you?
Hey the guy who escaped from prison here last month on 8-12-22 still hasn’t been caught yet, his mom and sister helped him escape, and now all 3 of them are on the run! We’re all making bets on if they’ll get caught or not.
—a prisonerStray Thoughts
Sam Aurelius Milam III
• Edmund Burke didn’t consider all of the possibilities. Another thing that will promote the triumph of evil is for good men to become evangelists.
• The place to start trying to solve the problems of the world isn’t in somebody else’s behavior, but in our own.
• One of the great tragedies of war is that people are so easily manipulated into supporting it.
• The more that I learn about the Earth and the universe, the less likely it all seems.
• The greatest possible virtue in a woman is if she knows how and when to keep her mouth shut.
• The idea that time is just another physical dimension is almost as stupid as the idea that the universe began with a big bang.
• People cannot be freed. You might help them a little, but they must free themselves. If you have to do it for them, then they’re not ready for freedom.
My thanks to the following: El Dorado Bob; Betty; Eric, of Stockton, California; Sir Donald the Elusive; and J. M., of Victorville, California.
Forwarded by Marilyn, of Bingham County, Idaho.
Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.
—Attributed to Alex Levine
The cardiologist’s diet is “if it tastes good, don’t eat it.”
Defense Attorney’s Dilemma
Original Source Unknown. Forwarded by Don G.
A witness was testifying before the court. The prosecuting attorney was asking him questions.
Attorney: You witnessed the robbery?
Attorney: What was stolen?
Witness: Two televisions.
Attorney: Did you see the thieves?
Attorney: Could you identify them?
Attorney: Are the two men who stole the televisions in this courtroom?
At that point, the two defendants raised their hands.
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