A reader writes:
"The person making a big stink over Pianka, Mims, is a creationist with an anti-science agenda. If you read the article, you'll note that Pianka was basically presenting his research on dangerous diseases in a silly way, and not actually seriously advocating anything at all. But such goofy over-thetop hyperbole is no longer contextual: in a world of internet context-stripping it was ripe fodder for the latest faux outrage scandal. Please, step out of the chain, and take things with a few more grains of salt. Stop and think for a second: you REALLY think that Pianka or any of his students seriously wants the end of the world? Just like end-of-times people? Come on. Trying to find phony equivalences just to look more even-handed is silly."
More context here.