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  •  It's not only a "USA #1" phenomenon (8+ / 0-)

    Racism and  murderous religiosity is full-on global these days. Look at the impending elections in India, look at China's pollution and Han versus any other ethnic group. Look at friggin' "al Qeda."

    Fuck a bunch of "interesting times." Why can't we all just get along? (Sayeth the Rodney King, bless him on the highest)

    Maybe because there are too damn many of us?

    To heck with the "Browning of America." How's about we procreate according to the resources available instead? A few of my Caucasion relatives are popping out children with no though about the 'morrow with no education and about as soon as their gonads reach viability.

    I think that a Billion smart people living here with our new-found scientific and technological skill-sets could create an albeit temporary, but enticing utopian civilization. And not melt geo-diversity with old-school fossil fuel technology.

    Now - What to do with the excess population.

    The Koch Bothers are right. Bring on the white-walled cities with parapets and shit. Soylent Green.

    /snark

    I'd be willing to reduce the populace by one if suicide was painless. A tooth-ache will do that to a person. A complete mouth-ache almost makes it a given.

    Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies, We were roaring drunk on petroleum -Kurt Vonnegut

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 06:55:22 AM PST

    •  I told you not to eat the whole HumVee, (4+ / 0-)

      Anthony!

      A whole mouth-ache?  You surely have my deepest sympathy.  That sucks.  And yes, any severe pain in the head makes it seem like any alternative is preferable.  I'm sorry.

      Overpopulation has somehow disappeared as a serious discussion -- excepting the Center for Biological Diversity, bless them, too.  

      One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. -Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)

      by Yasuragi on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 07:02:31 AM PST

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      •  It's the damn teeth making me nutsos (4+ / 0-)

        I'm ready for Doc Holiday or any other dentist with a pair of pliers and maybe a cocaine preparation.

        One of Obamacare's fatal flaws in my book.

        I do have some Tetracycline from the aquarium-store because Mexican antibiotics now require dealing with Tijuana drug-lords. And some expired left-over stuff from a female urinary-tract infection.

        Dead by abscess? That would about finish this adventure with a flourish in "teh stupid."

        Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies, We were roaring drunk on petroleum -Kurt Vonnegut

        by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 07:29:09 AM PST

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      •  Some decades ago, it was assumed that (2+ / 0-)
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        countries would not go through the so-called demographic transition from 7 or even 8 births per fertile woman to about 2.3, which is roughly replacement, until they became prosperous. This supposed that poor people treat children as an investment in the family work force, and in particular as a resource for support in old age.

        It turns out quite otherwise. The birth rate falls roughly in proportion as girls are educated and birth control becomes available. Many quite poor countries are half-way through their transitions, down to 4 births per fertile woman or better. A number of countries are below replacement fertility.

        You can see lists and maps at the links given above showing the status of each country. I can also recommend the graphs at GapMinder, where you can plot birth rates against any other economic and social measure in their database. They have a free documentary about population that you can view on their site, with lots more information than I can give here.

        Another measure is Crude Birth Rate, so-called because it does not take any account of the comparison with death rates. The CBR has come down from an estimated 37.2 in 1950 to 19.4 today, and is projected to reach 13.4 by 2050, which is close to global replacement.

        It seems likely that the birth rate will go below replacement after that, unless societies decide to provide incentives for slightly larger families. There is no consensus on a desirable global population level.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 11:13:18 AM PST

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    •  racism/ethnocentrism (10+ / 0-)

      are certainly not exclusive to the US - I'm working on a piece about it in Russia

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 07:07:36 AM PST

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    •  Well, if we stopped making more than 1 baby per... (2+ / 0-)
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      "uterus" (as it were), then we could see a dramatic change in population to the downside.

      I found the statistic somewhere but by the end of the century, if we cut the overall birth rate, we would be down to 4 billion by century's end and thence heading to a population of 1 to 2 billion is all this planet really needs of this nasty monkey called "human"...

      Ugh. --UB.

      "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

      by unclebucky on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 07:44:20 AM PST

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      •  I'm careful about (10+ / 0-)

        population control narratives - simply because I've looked at sterilization disguised as "population control".

        How many children people have or don't have is a variable that depends on a lot of factors.  

        "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

        by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 08:08:08 AM PST

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        •  I get you. Years ago, this was a meme that was... (1+ / 0-)
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          heard from/about Republicans talking about minorities.

          However, and I think you understand, if we don't reduce global population, it will not make a jot of difference who gets that last ocean fish, the last drop of clean water, or the last gulp of clean air, because we will all be ski roo'd.

          If we make progeny an arms race, we are indeed doomed.

          Well, what the heck, it's already an arms race.

          Dang. ;o)

          --UB.

          "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

          by unclebucky on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 12:15:22 PM PST

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    •  Some of us are working on getting up to a billion (4+ / 0-)

      children at a time real educations and real technology and infrastructure (renewable energy, broadband Internet, mobile phones) for getting educated, ending poverty, and getting together to work on the problems of the world. The project is called One Laptop Per Child.

      Volunteers welcome. We need people to write civics textbooks, for example, along with everything else. I'm in charge of the Replacing Textbooks program at Sugar Labs, which provides Free Software and Open Educational Resources for use with OLPC laptops and other Linux computers.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 10:32:24 AM PST

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