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    Re: Above in diary RepublicansDemise wrote

    One can only wonder if the USA will still be around, or what it would look like. Its questionable the present population level will even be sustainable.
    Checkout this mixed Mother Jones blog & Inquiring Minds Podcast (a SoundCloud audio resource), "Jared Diamond: We Could Be Living in a New Stone Age by 2114" . —By Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney, Apr. 18, 2014—wherein "The Pulitzer-winning author (Diamond) explains why he adapted his classic book 'The Third Chimpanzee' for kids: because we need them to fix our mistakes."
      ... (goto audio at 15:43 to 46:45 with follow-up discussion through 48:20)  ...interview host Indre Viskontas asked Diamond where he thought humanity would be 100 years from now. What's striking is that he wasn't positive that the modern world, as we know it, would be around at all. It all depends, he says, on where we are at 2050: Either by the year 2050 we've succeeded in developing a sustainable economy, in which case we can then ask your question about 100 years from now, because there will be 100 years from now; or by 2050 we've failed to develop a sustainable economy, which means that there will no longer be first world living conditions, and there either won't be humans 100 years from now, or those humans 100 years from now will have lifestyles similar of those of Cro-Magnons 40,000 years ago, because we've already stripped away the surface copper and the surface iron. If we knock ourselves out of the first world, we're not going to be able to rebuild a first world.

    In 2005's Collapse, Diamond provided a great deal more detail on how ecological despoilment led to the collapse of other societies, such as the Easter Islanders, who cut down all their trees. The difference now, however, is that globalization causes our peril to be more widely distributed, kind of like a house of cards. "In this globalized world," Diamond says, "it's no longer possible for societies to collapse one by one. A collapse that we face, if there is going to be a collapse, it will be a global collapse."

          I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is willing to make a loud, serious presentation of many themes and strategies that resonate well with Jared Diamond's admonitions whereas I do not believe Secretary Hillary Clinton is capable of carrying on frank discussions of such alternatives as are likely to surface if-when Sanders (and/or Senator Elizabeth Warren, and/or Mayor Ross Carl "Rocky" Anderson and/or a tiny few others) enter the necessary, wide-ranging debates and socio-economic-religious-political struggles.

                    p.s. Illinois voters: Come to your senses and repudiate Gubernatorial candidate GTCR Chairman Bruce Rauner (R) who wants Illinois to be the next state in the same mess as Wisconsin. "Rauner says he would model his governorship after those of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Both significantly rolled back union power in what they said were necessary steps to attract business and reduce costs."

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