Human Population . . . again!

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On occasion, some of you haven’t exactly supported/subscribed to my assertion that the world is quickly being overpopulated by human beings, who are resulting in climate change, aka: global warming. Granted, I’m much more of a wiseacre . . . wise guy . . . wise ass – take yer pick – than an actual wise man, but I am certainly not alone in my contention.

A reader of Parade Magazine, a Mr. Don Vollmer, posed to “Ask Marilyn” if the growing human population was enough to cause climate change.  The noted genius, Marilyn vos Savant, pointed out what I’ve said numerous times.  It took around 100,000 years for us to get to a population of 2 billion by the year 1900 – or so – which was just as the Industrial Revolution was getting into full swing, but since then we’ve skyrocketed to nearly 8 BILLION souls!  In a mere 122 years we’ve quadrupled what took us 99,878 years (998 CENTURIES) to *achieve*!  A lot of the growth is because we’ve solved smallpox and many other major killer diseases, but also it’s because of how of our modern conveniences have increased our standard of living.  Until a few hundred years ago human life expectancy averaged around 28.5 – 32 years.  By the 1950s it had grown to an average of 45.7 – 48 years.  Now, the world average is up to 72.6 – 73.2 years.  And, it’s even higher in first-world countries, like the U.S. and Canada.

Marilyn pointed out that if we lived the simpler agrarian lives, of days gone by, the population increase would be sustainable, but because of how we now live – our increased standard of living – the continued growth cannot be sustained.  She didn’t go into detail, but one can infer she meant we’ve all become such huge consumers, and a lot of that consumption comes in the form of burning fossil fuels, both in the generation of electricity, and in powering our automobiles.  And, also the petroleum we use to create all the plastics, that so much is made of these days, and the rare earth metals that our electronics use.  And, all of our single use paper products – like toilet paper, napkins and paper towels – are contributing to the global deforestation, just as the reliance on palm oil – in the foods that we eat – is causing deforestation in the rain forests of the world.  We’re spoiling too much of our ground water, and we’re running out of places to put our trash.  The genie is out of the bottle, folks!

Marilyn vos Savant has the highest recorded I.Q. in the Guinness Book of Records.  She has served on numerous boards of directors, and was the Chief Financial Officer for Jarvik Heart, Inc., as well as authoring “Ask Marilyn”.  No one is saying that she’s the smartest human on the planet, or anything, but she is a very respected thinker.  Dismiss my diatribes if you will, but don’t mess with Marilyn!  Be well and do good, friends.     YUR

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7 Responses to “Human Population . . . again!”

  1. 1 Anonymous April 10, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    When Reveille was sounded, the commander
    Said it was ?

  2. 2 unclerave April 11, 2022 at 11:16 am

    Some of our commanders have heard it! (Including the current one) Unfortunately, the best? Congresses corporate money can buy have both handcuffed and hamstringed them! — YUR

  3. 3 lwc April 11, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Unc, your thesis on Ms vos Savant comment is essentially that that the human population is, and has become, an uncontrolled infestion on planet Earth to the degree that we are a century or two from poisoning the entire planet to the point that we can no longe live on it.

    I agree with that thesis.

    The Earth and other species can recover from us only if we poison ourselves out of existence, or we move to another planet and start over, and hopefully a little smarter regarding the level of abuse a planet environment can take.

    Hopefully, by that time I’ll be long gone and out-of-the-way.

  4. 4 unclerave April 11, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Ah! A kindred spirit! The world needs more people who think like we do, lwc. People who see the writing on the wall, and haven’t bought the corporate conspiracist’s assertions that “global warming” is a “left-wing” conspiracy.

    — YUR

  5. 5 lwc April 12, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Well, from what I can see, Unc, the evidence of humanity’s effects on the Earth’s environment has been staring at us in the face for quite a while.

    As far as I see now, there’re only three questions left:

    When will it bite us in the butt; will we be ready for it; and, is there anything we can do then to save ourselves for the future ?

    Maybe we should start making plans now to move to Mars and start over, and hopefully manage that environment a little smarter.

  6. 6 unclerave April 13, 2022 at 10:21 am

    It’s already biting us in the butt in so many ways. We’re not ready for it now, and I doubt we ever will be. We need to make immediate drastic changes, but not enough of us are willing to do so. But Mars? Nope. There is no viable Plan B. Some elites might hide out in a moon station, but for how long?

    — YUR

  1. 1 Human Population . . . again! – SHOPPEX NIGERIA Trackback on April 10, 2022 at 3:31 pm

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