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  •  yep, exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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    7 billion = twice the sustainable population at Western European standards of living.

    So we're already in overshoot, and eco lags being what they are, we can keep going a bit further before the crash hits hard.

    At that point we'll probably head back toward 2 billion, also due to system lags continuing the high death rates for a while past the equilibrium point.

    My only quibble is that your comparison at the end is just a bit far on the hyperbole scale:  

    I would never use the "saint" comparison, but I'd say that "Hitler was the dress rehearsal" or something along those lines.

    Or:  Hitler will be seen as the supreme monster of the modern era through the 20th century, and Inhofe will be seen as the supreme monster of the 21st and 22nd Century.  

    Bottom line is, it's going to be pure distilled essence of evil H-E-L-L for most of the people on Earth for the rest of this century and into the next.  It's going to be pretty bad in the US as well.  And the risk of various forms of mass violence breaking out, in addition to the "natural" dieoff, is extremely high.  

    All so that we can have more and bigger baubles.  Isn't that something?

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 11:36:03 AM PDT

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