Posts Tagged 'Marilyn Vos Savant'

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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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/24/20

Meet Marilyn vos Savant, The Woman With The Highest IQ Ever Recorded

Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person.”   —   Marilyn vos Savant

(It’s the “Ask Marilyn” lady!  She’s supposed to be a super smarty.  Maybe even give Ken a run for his money.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/11/17

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When our spelling is perfect, it’s invisible.  But when it’s flawed, it prompts strong negative associations.”   —   Marilyn Vos Savant

(Even the so-called pros fall prey to spelling errors.  In today’s USA Today there’s a story by Oren Dorell, on Trump’s attempt at repairing hurt feelings with China.  In it he wrote “. . . the U.S. will face the prospect of real disaster in the not-to-distant future.”  #1.  I don’t think the hyphens were necessary.  #2.  It’s the wrong spelling of “too”!  I’m far from being perfect, but it would be nice if newspapers still had proof readers.  Spell-check just doesn’t catch this kind of stuff.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/17/10

Avoid using  cigarettes, alcohol and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person.”   — Marilyn vos Savant

(As smart as she is, I’m sure she has very little trouble being an “interesting person”.  As for the rest of us, I think it’s a matter of :  Drink up, sailors!)   — YUR


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