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LogicalMathMan
Math, Finance, English, Business Instructor
09:23 PM on 01/04/2011
Anyone here know how to develop an inexpensive pill that fulfills one's daily nutritional requirements?
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polishlogician
Truth happens to individuals not crowds
01:07 AM on 01/05/2011
just some soylent green....
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StephenJK
All your consciousness are belong to us
08:26 AM on 01/07/2011
Maybe a thousand pills....
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teron678
A Pessimistic Optimist
07:54 PM on 01/04/2011
Where is this place in the US??
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07:57 PM on 01/04/2011
Las Vegas, from the looks of it - but anywhere in the Sun Belt would be similar...
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FTracy3
My micro-bio is as empty as the rest of my life.
07:20 PM on 01/04/2011
For all those urging population reduction, you might want to do the math on how that would impact programs like social security, where current workers fund the current retirees (no, it's not your money you're getting back, that was spent long ago), If you want to see how declining birth rates impact the social welfare state, look to some European countries and the trouble they're facing.
07:40 PM on 01/04/2011
Social security has always been a Ponzi scheme.

With 40 million abortions, there are now fewer projected workers to pay for retirees.
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AlexABC
11:58 PM on 01/04/2011
Social Security is completely solvent and is actually subsidizing the rest of the budget.
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Hirnlego
09:42 AM on 01/05/2011
A lot of the economy has to do with production moving to other countries, outsourcing.. less exports means less money and to keep the level of living standards countries were reduced to borrowing. Red numbers equals problems in the end.
It's the same thing with USA.

As for population, forget all that, because there simply isn't resources for everyone. If oil runs out the effects will be disastrous.
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Soma99
01:54 PM on 01/05/2011
We could cut oil by 50% if we wanted to and it would not be disastrous.

""ecause there simply isn't resources for everyone""

Based on what calculations
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Indigo River
06:54 PM on 01/04/2011
Suburbia is destroying the United States. Funny how the American dream is the driving force of our prosperity, yet it's also the driving force behind the deterioration of community.

People in surburbs and especially exurbs tend to care less about the welfare and prosperity of the whole country than people living in urban areas. It's no surprise that they are also more likely to be intolerant, less informed about what's going on in the country or the world and less engaged in social life than their urban counterparts.

I feel sorry for their children. As long as they don't have cars, it's impossible to meet with others. That means up until age 17, they will either have to ask friends or parents for a ride to the city and back.

That's in complete contrast to my experience as a teenager in Europe. Public transit was abundant and could take you everywhere. I could take the next light rail and be surrounded by the malls of Downtown or go to huge parks, public pools in summer and library in winter. Heck, I could even use the high speed rail to hang-out with friends 30 miles away. Back then I thought a 7 euro surcharge for high speed rail was expensive. :-P

I really feel sorry for my generation that is trapped in the golden cage we call suburbs. It's not only the young who are trapped but adults, too. A 30-year mortgage?

Suburbia is destroying America.
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07:55 PM on 01/04/2011
I agree with you. I also grew up in Europe and I feel sorry for the young people who have nowhere to go without being chauffeured around by their parents. It is beyond me why children and teenagers do not ride a bike . Every time I pass by a school in the morning or afternoon there are hundreds of cars dropping or picking up their mostly overweight children. The other day I passed by the 14 year old son walking back from school (the mother-chauffeur was out of town). I asked him why he was not riding his bike and got the answer:" I have a flat." Further questioning revealed that he did not know how to repair a flat.........
11:01 AM on 01/05/2011
We kinda like it here in America..that's why we left europe.
06:53 PM on 01/04/2011
I've always had the opinion that EVERY major problem is at root a population problem. People who say "there is no problem of overpopulation" are foolish. Problems of economics, climate, pollution, even religion are all at root too many people competing for too few resources. (Even in the days when the population was a fraction of today's.) And in the world of the future, no matter how controlled we are in the Western world, other less-controlled nations will manage to breed us out of prosperity. Civilization is doomed — I think we will probably choke on our human population before this century is out. Cheery thoughts!
06:47 PM on 01/04/2011
Beautiful saris. :)
05:46 PM on 01/05/2011
Who knew Spaniards were so into Saris? :-D
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Indigo River
06:32 PM on 01/04/2011
I'm still waiting for my magazine. :-P

There is no problem of overpopulation. We have more than enough food to provide a healthy diet for every human being on earth. The problem is distribution.

In the game of economics, the product will always go to the ones who pay the most. That is, the middle class in industrial countries. We end up with a surplus. HECK do you even know that some ships throw out tons of fruits to keep the price artificially high?
06:40 PM on 01/04/2011
Not to mention corrupt governments that starve their people.
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08:04 PM on 01/04/2011
Rubbish - the word is running out of a lot more things than food - try potable water, for one - and suitable waste disposal sites. As it happens - the massive use of fertilizers to grow all the food that seems so bountiful is rendering huge amounts of water undrinkable.

The earth is a CLOSED SYSTEM - there simply is NO POSSIBLE WAY to sustain infinite growth.

Period. End of story...
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Soma99
02:13 AM on 01/05/2011
"The earth is a CLOSED SYSTEM - there simply is NO POSSIBLE WAY to sustain infinite growth."

This in no way contradicts what Indigo River said at all. Acknowledging a finite planet is fine, which we don't, but we still have enough to go around. A steady state economy is possible. There is no need to go playing survivor earth yet, when we waste most of our resources and distribution is so disproportionate,

Our system now is contradictory. Money at it's core, is a scarcity regulator, while at the same time expecting infinite growth. It's schizophrenic. What needs to be done, is acknowledge, infinite growth is not possible BUT their is enough to go around.

heck, we've had third of the population starving for 100 years. It was distribution back then and it's distribution now. During the depression framers through out food while people starved because there was no money, it was distribution
11:06 AM on 01/05/2011
with today's technology..but you never know what's around the corner..open your mind a little..
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06:31 PM on 01/04/2011
population growth is the new boogeyman.
06:44 PM on 01/04/2011
Actually, it's old and tired. You can go back to 1968 to Paul and Anne Erlichman with their "Population Bomb" scare book. We're not even supposed to be here now.
09:30 PM on 01/04/2011
Actually it's old and it should have scared people but didn't. The authors of that book were the Ehrlichs, not Erlichman, and were making statistical projections based on current technology, and they were not off.
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Candide33
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05:30 PM on 01/04/2011
When I was a kid, Japan was over populated so all the junk we bought had made in Japan on it... they cut down on their birth rate and became prosperous then all the sweatshops moved to Taiwan... then their birth rate declined... sweatshops moved to Honduras ....... same thing happened... birthrates declined... now everything has made in China stamped on it ... but they have a 1 child policy... when they work their way out of the sweatshops.... who will be the next sweatshop country? America?
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moutonnoir
iconoclastic demagoguery
06:15 PM on 01/04/2011
if our leaders have anything to say about it, the sweatshopification is in full swing by the middle of this year..
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Indigo River
06:26 PM on 01/04/2011
You forgot Africa in your equation. China is eye-balling Africa.
10:57 PM on 01/04/2011
They're too busy with civil wars.
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alienator
democrats win when republicans talk
05:09 PM on 01/04/2011
noooo... not the viewer thingy again
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TYRANNASAURUS
UGH!....people taste like crap!
05:03 PM on 01/04/2011
GREENHOUSE… I’ve been following GLOBAL WARMING since 1973

Electric cars, light bulbs and solar panels won't change anything as weather becomes more extreme. It will get worse as China and India's 2,500,000,000 people move up the success ladder and demand even more energy.

Sad but check all the earth sciences and you will find everything in the process of collapse due to over population of the planet including starvation which has been going on for years, even that will increase.... and pick up momentum.

Dufar in the Sudan looks on the surface to be ethnic cleansing.... next time you look, look not at the starving people but the desert they live in that won't support the winners of this war. The Sahara is moving south at 20 miles a year...soon they will all starve.

Because of peoples egos of procreation and for religious reasons they fail to look at the reality of 7,000,000,000 people devouring everything on this small planet like locus in a wheat field.

Extreme weather at this point is beyond the human reach to repair it. It is picking up momentum as anything does when going down hill. We don't have 100's of years left in spite of what people want to believe.

IT’S GETTING TIME TO KISS YOUR BLANK GOOD BYE.
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Soma99
03:28 AM on 01/05/2011
A dramatic depiction of the issue:

The richest 10% account for 60% of all private consumption

The richest 20% account for 77% of all private consumption

The richest 30% account for 85% of all private consumption.
And the remaining 70% -- ALL the people on the planet who are
either poor or of modest means -- consume only 15%. And we're
telling them that the problem is that they are having too many
kids, which is causing resource and environmental problems?!

I believe that this re-defines the word "GALL".
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MohammedAbbasi
Co-Director, Association of British Muslims
04:59 PM on 01/04/2011
such diversity in humanity, such potential to be a great united people and planet...
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HerrMonk
Pro-Athlete/Trainer Ex-National Security Consult
05:03 PM on 01/04/2011
You don't get both, you want diversity or unity?
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Indigo River
06:21 PM on 01/04/2011
You can have both, clown. E pluribus unum? Untied in Diversity? Never heard of that stuff. It's working when we get rid off the intolerant conservatives on both sides.
09:32 PM on 01/04/2011
They're not mutually exclusive.
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TYRANNASAURUS
UGH!....people taste like crap!
05:04 PM on 01/04/2011
You're a sicko..................
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American Air
04:56 PM on 01/04/2011
All the individuals who are concerned about over population, please do your part and stop breeding and or kiII yourselves!

You can then go to heaven for contributing to the solution.

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Frank17
04:48 PM on 01/04/2011
more "scary" pictures of too many brown people courtesy of the "the planet's overpopulated" crowd. The planet is not overcrowded. The problem is the social engineers that believe this planet belongs to them and no one else. Western civilizations are replacing themselves below the necessary replacement rate, and the only reason their numbers increase is due to immigration (legal or otherwise). Third world countries are strangled by the powers that be that have always been in power. There's a reason the world bank and the IMF systematically destroy these countries and keep them in perpetual debt, so they can't develop. And if they don't play along, CIA, MI6 and Mossad sweep in and remove whoever is in the way of keeping these countries underdeveloped. And why? Because developed, industrialized countries' populations begin to decline eventually as all the western civilizations are already doing. And the social engineers can't have that. Where will they outsource for slave labor? How will they scare people into accepting world-wide one child policies? My question is when will we stop letting the eugenicists pull the wool over our eyes?
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mfrantom
Proud Veteran, Minority, Southern and Conservative
04:48 PM on 01/04/2011
Don't worry. When the Zombie Apocalypse begins to spread this will all be an afterthought. Better pull an Ashton Kutcher or you will be one of those casualties that make room for the rest of us!