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  •  what possible reason could exist that (3+ / 0-)
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    etbnc, qofdisks, internationaljock

    we would want 4 billion MORE people here on this poor exhausted planet?

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 07:47:47 PM PDT

    •  getting folks to think about these things (4+ / 0-)
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      I have some comments up-thread about this.

      I've been peripherallly involved in human-population-uh-oh topics for a decade. I've seen a lot of well-meaning folks get skewered for attempting to start a conversation about this stuff.

      Some folks -- many folks, in my experience -- aren't ready to talk about human population. Ever. At all.

      Talking about food and agriculture instead can be a way to approach the subject obliquely. Vegetarian diet has been VL's schtick for quite a while. Talking about alternative diets sometimes works to engage new participants in a conversation about sustainability.

      My diet is not strictly vegetarian, nor will I advocate adding billions of humans to our population. As a conversation-starter at a web site where a lot of participants are likely to be wary of the conversation in any form? I'm okay with it.

      As my signature below says, I think it's wrong, but it's useful anyway.


      •  as i have pointed out before here, (0+ / 0-)

        there is precisely one modern industrial country that has addressed this issue.  But Kossaks will scream  **anti-democratic!*,  *human rights!*  and *authoritarian!**  and the discussion closes.  Meanwhile nobody thanks the nation in question for reducing the potential global population by a billion mouths.

        don't always believe what you think

        by claude on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 07:20:49 PM PDT

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