It does take an amazing degree of blindness to think we’re doing fine. Like someone on the Titanic who thinks there is no cause for alarm because HIS cabin is still perfectly dry. “Why, Sir, [he] is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature.” — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784). Though I can’t agree with Night Gaunt completely. It will get worse before it gets better, but I have to believe it will get better eventually. In the meantime,however, we are all paying (and are going to pay) a heavy (and increasing) price for allowing fools to run our affairs. Perhaps when ConserveGov says “we” are doing fine, he means that he is confident that he has the resources to remain comfortable for the rest of his life no matter what happens to the rest of the planet, and he doesn’t care what happens after that. After all, no matter what economic, ecological, or political upheavals the degradation of the biosphere may entail, there are those who will ride it out without too much inconvenience. One does wonder why ConserveGov has chosen that name, since no one has see any interest in him in conserving anything. ConserveNot would be more appropriate.