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About That Overpopulation Problem
Slate ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | Jeff Wise

Posted on 01/10/2013 1:33:44 PM PST by DYngbld

The world’s seemingly relentless march toward overpopulation achieved a notable milestone in 2012: Somewhere on the planet, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the 7 billionth living person came into existence.

Lucky No. 7,000,000,000 probably celebrated his or her birthday sometime in March and added to a population that’s already stressing the planet’s limited supplies of food, energy, and clean water. Should this trend continue, as the Los Angeles Times noted in a five-part series marking the occasion, by midcentury, “living conditions are likely to be bleak for much of humanity.”

A somewhat more arcane milestone, meanwhile, generated no media coverage at all: It took humankind 13 years to add its 7 billionth. That’s longer than the 12 years it took to add the 6 billionth—the first time in human history that interval had grown. (The 2 billionth, 3 billionth, 4 billionth, and 5 billionth took 123, 33, 14, and 13 years, respectively.) In other words, the rate of global population growth has slowed. And it’s expected to keep slowing. Indeed, according to experts’ best estimates, the total population of Earth will stop growing within the lifespan of people alive today.

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1 posted on 01/10/2013 1:33:51 PM PST by DYngbld
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To: DYngbld

I’m moving to a more rural setting soon.


2 posted on 01/10/2013 1:40:20 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: DYngbld
The probabilities are he/she is named muhamed Lee.


3 posted on 01/10/2013 1:44:25 PM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: DYngbld

Global Warming didn’t work as a reason for Socialism, so they’re back to overpopulation?

Remember “The Population Bomb” from the 1970s?

We were all supposed to be dead by now from that scare.

I’m tiring of refuting the same B.S. every decade or so.


4 posted on 01/10/2013 1:44:55 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (The shooter in CT was a Satanist. Curtail Satanists' First Amendment Rights for the Children!)
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To: DYngbld

Well, the U.S. is doing its part by murdering at least 1.2 million Americans every year through the act of abortion.


5 posted on 01/10/2013 1:45:58 PM PST by Parmy
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To: DYngbld

The world is not over populated.
The countries that are starving are run by liberals.
Birthrates are falling in modernized countries.
If Slate is so worried about “over” population they can just leave.


6 posted on 01/10/2013 1:46:09 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: DYngbld

I recall a time when India had a population of around 400 million, and its people were starving. We routinely exported wheat as foreign aid to India. Although at that time my uncle, who worked for DuPont, watched India dock workers manually pushing wheelbarrows of flour bags from a US freighter over to the other side of the harbor where it was being loaded into a freighter with a hammer & sickle on it.

Today India is a net exporter of wheat. It now has a population in excess of one billion.

Go figure.


7 posted on 01/10/2013 1:48:56 PM PST by henkster ("The people who count the votes decide everything." -Joseph Stalin)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Remember, Tuesday is Soylent Green day!


8 posted on 01/10/2013 1:54:34 PM PST by research99
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To: DYngbld

From one of the best bumper stickers I saw about thirty years ago:

If you think the world is overpopulated why don’t you kill yourself.


9 posted on 01/10/2013 1:55:45 PM PST by stanley windrush
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To: research99

The LIB asshats who keep predicting doom in various ways should do the world a favor and off them selves. That might change their prediction...and bring the rest of us some peace.


10 posted on 01/10/2013 1:57:51 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: svcw
I don't think that was the point of the article. I thought it was interesting, We have heard liberals scream the "overpopulation" scream as loud as the "global warming" scream. Turns out by looking at trend data, that quite the opposite is happening.
11 posted on 01/10/2013 2:01:44 PM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: DYngbld

Only socialists believe the world is overpopulated.


12 posted on 01/10/2013 2:06:37 PM PST by wideawake
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To: DYngbld
Malthus should have been hung, drawn and quartered.
13 posted on 01/10/2013 2:08:18 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: DYngbld
The figures that really count:


14 posted on 01/10/2013 2:14:56 PM PST by Petrosius
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To: ansel12

Current trends indicate the rural setting will be coming to you.


15 posted on 01/10/2013 2:20:07 PM PST by Romulus
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To: DYngbld

How does an educated person still swallow this?

Here’s a guy who was ahead of his time on this who might surprise you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yRh5NNiFG0


16 posted on 01/10/2013 2:22:55 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: DYngbld

What horse manure...


17 posted on 01/10/2013 2:24:56 PM PST by babygene ( .)
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To: DYngbld

Just read the intro to a new college research design text and the publisher or editor (doesn’t say who wrote it) used overpopulation as a means to push their agenda. “The key to population growth lies in the social structures that lead people to have more babies than is needed to perpetuate the human species.”

Instead of gun control, I want professor control.


18 posted on 01/10/2013 2:25:38 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

I have a solution to the problem of overpopulation and minority demographics...increase the budget of Planned Parenthood 10 fold.


19 posted on 01/10/2013 2:38:30 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Wow! Great Post FA.

I have long been an advocate of populating the moon - what a great place to retire. No bugs (bacteria and viruses would be more easily controlled), very few broken hips, fewer sags and wrinkles.

I had no idea John Lennon favored it, too.

20 posted on 01/10/2013 2:45:43 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (The trouble with the "masses" is that they never achieve the "m")
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To: DYngbld

Based on my random daily sampling of people I interact with, that would mean that about 1,400,000,000 complete morons inhabit the earth.


21 posted on 01/10/2013 2:48:11 PM PST by wny
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To: DYngbld

Based on my random daily sampling of people I interact with, that would mean that about 1,400,000,000 complete morons inhabit the earth.


22 posted on 01/10/2013 2:48:23 PM PST by wny
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To: huldah1776
Instead of gun control, I want professor control.

That, and "Professors who force their students to buy their wildly overpriced textbooks" control.

23 posted on 01/10/2013 2:50:37 PM PST by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: DYngbld
I don't think that was the point of the article. I thought it was interesting, We have heard liberals scream the "overpopulation" scream as loud as the "global warming" scream. Turns out by looking at trend data, that quite the opposite is happening.

My husband has tried to educate our daughters on the foolishness of these fads that the doomsayers always come up with. I dismissed the "global warming" bs immediately as a sham. Why, because I am now old enought to have gone from the "global cooling -- we are all gonna die!!!" to the, "global warming -- we are all gonna die!!!". Neither was true and I have come to believe that we can do nothing about weather patterns and perhaps we should worry about things we can do something about.

Anyway, I sent this article today to my hubby and he responded that he couldn't believe that he was ever so gullible to have bought that nonsense. I think that if you live long enough you begin to recognize the pattern of these grifters.

It also doesn't help that they have looked at enough data recently to figure out that the Earth hasn't "warmed" for more than 16 years. Unfortunately, with liberals, truth is not something that they like to deal in.

24 posted on 01/10/2013 2:55:25 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: ez

I have a great way to reduce stress on food, water and energy that is much better. Abolish the Federal right to write bad checks. The EPA would dry up and blow away like a tumbleweed, and farmers could farm again without mountains of paperwork.


25 posted on 01/10/2013 3:00:36 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Romulus

That sure isn’t true.


26 posted on 01/10/2013 3:15:22 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: Uncle Miltie

We will be contributing to the food shortage in the future because of our new “Food Safety Act” that will lower production and raise prices, by our governments design to insure that all our savings,investments, and resources are exhausted and we too will become a third world country looking to the new world government to take care of us.


27 posted on 01/10/2013 3:15:49 PM PST by duffee (In need of new tag line)
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To: henkster

Capitalism works. Everywhere it is put into practice.

When the peasants of India were given the means to become more productive (access to markets, more efficient means to planting, harvesting and transporting the crops, sufficient access to credit so the operations could get under way), India as a food producer blossomed. And it could come to every part of the world, Haiti included, if these or similar opportunities were presented.

But first, there would have to be an attitude adjustment for the “planners” and their dogma as it relates to availability of resources. Artificial scarcities only benefit a very few, at the expense of the many.


28 posted on 01/10/2013 3:35:47 PM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; KarlInOhio; zot; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; Carry_Okie; blam

Folks,

This is the Slate article I referred to in the post about glowbaloney warming causing people to become Hobbit sized.


29 posted on 01/10/2013 4:39:02 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: DYngbld

Welp, there go the libs again. Meanwhile, the population growth of the majority, if not all, western countries is below replacement level, as is it in South Korea and Japan.


30 posted on 01/10/2013 6:01:57 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: GreyFriar

Prediction from this trend seems plausible — except for the Muslims.


31 posted on 01/10/2013 7:49:33 PM PST by zot
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To: GreyFriar; Perdogg; Kevmo; KevinDavis; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ...

Thanks GreyFriar.


32 posted on 01/10/2013 8:13:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: GreyFriar
In my case I never delved into any of the books nor movies based on the said character being highlighted.
So I'm not one to make comments on the size of a Hobbit, for I have not a clue as to what such a fictional character even represents. Nor do I have any interest in exploring Tolkien's works. But for those that indulge in such literature, enjoy discourse. And I mean that in a positive way.
33 posted on 01/10/2013 8:44:41 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

It’s quite possible that the book had an influence on the world.


34 posted on 01/10/2013 9:00:25 PM PST by firebrand
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35 posted on 01/10/2013 9:05:10 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SunkenCiv
Demographic transition, Sanderson says, “is a shift between two very different long-run states: from high death rates and high birthrates to low death rates and low birthrates.”

Thank you. We could use more characters for keywords.

36 posted on 01/22/2013 8:30:46 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: svcw

Populations are committing cultural suicide... the good thing for liberals is they’ll be able to have that ‘brown country’ they all speak of so lovingly - here and in Europe.


37 posted on 01/23/2013 3:39:14 AM PST by GOPJ ( Do murder laws control murders?... freeper Red Badger)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks neverdem. The population increased sevenfold in about a century, and the same kinds of Malthusian BS continues to be used to manipulate the political outcomes.


38 posted on 01/23/2013 4:09:47 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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