Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Too damn many people dept., revisited

Have I mentioned lately that there are too damn many people in the world? Well, I'll just take care of that right now. Paul B. Farrell at MarketWatch and a bunch of rich guys have noticed, too:
So what's the biggest time-bomb for Obama, America, capitalism, the world? No, not global warming. Not poverty. Not even peak oil. What is the absolute biggest, one like the trigger mechanism on a nuclear bomb, one that'll throw a wrench in global economic growth, ending capitalism, even destroying modern civilization?

The answer, of course, would be overpopulation, and especially an overage of population that wants a high-consuming way of life. Read the whole column here. Guy seems a little overbesotted with Jared Diamond but realizes what a horrible problem we face with the overpopulation of the world. Wonder how many of these worried billionaires cited in the piece are staunch against more immigration? We have the resources in this country to thrive if we don't turn ourselves into the Third World by inviting a bunch of Third-Worlders in as cheap labor. Billionaires loooove them some cheap labor.
And then a Reuters story:
[A British researcher's] study of climate change adaptation plans by governments in the world's 40 poorest countries showed that almost all of them link rapid population growth to environmental impact, but only six had proposed steps to tackle it.

Read all that one here. We have a right to protect ourselves from the fecund peasants of the globe.


Pilot said...

Well, you've got me to the point that I use that quote(too damn many people).....on a regular basis. The girl just expects it from me on occasion with a head shake. I doubt I need to again tell you my opinion of the outsourcing of work and importing of educated hired help that undercut the locals' pay rate. I imagine if I am ever convicted of any federal crime, it will be for defacing that big statue in the harbor as I am caught grinding off the "Give us your tired, your poor".....you know, the wretched refuse part, and spray painting "no vacancy over it"........

Sugar Magnolia said...

But Pilot, you won't have to travel that far, sir. There will be a FATAL FUNNEL monument ritchere in V-town, don'cha know? Perhaps that would be closer, and even though it "honors" only one certain demographic, it would be a suitable target....And just think, you could in your own way be getting back at the VicAd....ya know, kill two vultures with one stone.

dennis lerner said...

You're right - too damned many people. Nature has means to keep over population in check. People, being too clever by half, have systematically defeated the diseases that would have kept our numbers at a sustainable level. Our objectives 1) being comfortable, 2) reproducing, and 3) living forever are a plan for defeat of our objectives and catastrophe for the world we know. As long as we continue to maximize each of our objectives we will continue to move toward use and ultimately,destruction of everything in our deluded self interest. Personally, I don't think there is any realistic hope. The end will be ugly, and I'm happy that I will be long gone.

The Loon said...

Well, Dennis, there is that small comfort to mortality, but I cringe for the world to come unless Nature makes her harsh adjustments. We are running short of water, arable land, cheap fuel … you name it, we're in trouble with it.