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World Population Growth Is Speeding Up, Not Slowing Down; No Peak in Sight and Consequences Will Be Catastrophic

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Leon is an Advisory Board Member and Senior Writing Fellow with CAPS. A wildlife biologist, and environmental scientist and planner, Leon is the author of “Where Salmon Come to Die: An Autumn on Alaska’s Raincoast” and was a contributing writer to “Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation.”

In a career that spans three decades, three countries and more than 30 states, Leon has managed environmental impact statements for many federal agencies on projects ranging from dams and reservoirs to coal-fired power plants, power lines, flood control projects, road expansions, management of Civil War battlefields, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center operations and a proposed uranium mine on a national forest. He also has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop comprehensive conservation plans at more than 40 national wildlife refuges from the Caribbean to Alaska.

The writer’s views are his own.

August 29, 2016

The world’s population grew by 89 million in 2015, according to the demographers at the respected Population Reference Bureau (PRB) in Washington, D.C., who have been compiling and analyzing demographic data since 1929. In mid-2016, we stand at approximately 7.4 billion people, and counting. Counting very rapidly, in fact.

In 2015, there were 57 million deaths worldwide, far surpassed by a staggering 146 million births. Every minute, on average, there was a net increase of some 169 people, and every day, an already overburdened Mother Earth had to somehow furnish food, clean freshwater, wood, energy, land, raw materials and a safe, stable climate for 244,000 new claimants and consumers.

It has been practically an article of faith for us population scholars and activists that global population growth has been slowing down as families worldwide opt for fewer children and girls and women are educated, empowered and employed. Global fertility rates and family sizes have indeed plunged in most regions over the past half-century, and contraceptive use and family planning have risen dramatically, again, in most, but importantly, not in all, regions.

But when we are dealing with the treachery of unsustainable exponential growth, it is all too easy to perceive progress to date on these important fronts as sufficient to resolve the problem, when in fact it is merely necessary. And the gap between sufficient and necessary is huge.

The bottom line is this: Is global population growth actually slowing down? Are we truly approaching population stabilization on a global scale?

And the distressing answer is a resounding NO.

If global population growth were actually slowing down, then 10 years earlier, in 2005, the world’s population should have increased by more than it did in 2015. But this is not what has actually happened.

Using the same data sources, the PRB’s World Population Data Sheets for 2004 and 2005, we see that global population increased by 81 million between mid-2004 and mid-2005. In other words, in 2015, the world’s human population grew by eight million more than it had a decade earlier, in 2005.

The annual rate of increase measured by percentage was 1.2 percent in both 2005 and 2015, but this identical percentage was applied to a larger population base, so the annual increment increased from 81 million in 2005 to 89 million in 2015.

Back in 2005, PRB projected a global population of 9.3 billion in 2050. Now it projects 9.8 billion in 2050. Both the U.S. Census Bureau and the United Nations Population Division are also revising their projections upward. To any thinking or humane person, this should be a cause for deep consternation rather than celebration.

There are three main reasons for this serious setback on the road to a sustainable, stabilized global human population. First, fertility rates have remained stubbornly high in sub-Saharan Africa; they have not fallen in that region like demographers and economists had earlier planned and hoped. Of the top 12 countries with the highest fertility rates in the world, all of them are in Africa, with Niger the highest, at 7.6 (i.e., on average, each woman in Niger gives birth to between seven and eight children).

Having increased very rapidly over the past half century to one billion inhabitants at present, the population of Africa alone is projected to shoot up to four billion by 2100, and still be growing. The extreme pressure to migrate to Europe in desperate search of work and opportunity, already intense in these poor countries with high unemployment and few prospects, is only predicted to intensify. It is a recipe for social strife, conflict and even chaos, as we are seeing in Europe already.

Second, in some areas, fertility rate declines have stalled out, and in certain countries, fertility rates that had been falling have begun to increase again. In Egypt, for example, the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) in 2005 was 3.2; by 2015, it had edged back up to 3.5. In 2005, PRB projected that there would be 126 million Egyptians by 2050; now, in 2015, PRB is projecting 162 million Egyptians by 2050. In 1960, Egypt’s population was a mere 28 million!

If these projections come to pass, the grim squalor in that overcrowded country hugging the overstressed Nile River will only worsen for many tens of millions of inhabitants, which is good news only to Islamist extremists looking to recruit waves of unemployed, alienated and sexually frustrated young men as suicide bombers and jihadi warriors.

Third, in still other countries that had already achieved replacement or sub-replacement fertility, fear bordering on hysteria over the economic and social effects of inevitable population aging has led governments to incentivize or even coerce women into having more children. This has happened in countries as diverse as China, Vietnam and Iran. China has ended its one-child policy, while Vietnam’s TFR increased from 2.2 in 2005 to 2.4 in 2015.

The need to provide ever more energy for an ever-increasing population
will alone generate massive environmental impacts. Clockwise from top right:
the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform explodes into flames in the Gulf of Mexico, ironically on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010; solar photovoltaic panels cover desert habitats; proliferating power lines; an oil-soaked pelican; mining impacts; “green” wind energy that is renewable but can blight scenic landscapes and kill birds and bats in large numbers if not sited properly.

Humanity’s inability to tame the “population monster” – or at least our procrastination in doing so – will have massively negative social, cultural, economic and environmental repercussions on a global scale. It will stoke social, ethnic and racial conflicts at all scales, from local to regional, national to international. It will intensify competition for dwindling and depleting renewable and nonrenewable natural resources, such as fisheries, arable soils, timber, oil, minerals, lands and, most importantly, water.

It will fuel internal migration from rural areas into crowded, dense mega-cities already bursting at the seams, and it will precipitate international migration from low-income, rapid population growth countries to higher income countries with stable or shrinking populations. Those prosperous nations that have managed to achieve population stability will see that achievement crushed unless they sharply limit the influx of economic immigrants and those claiming to be refugees, mustering the will to resist international pressure to open their borders to the less fortunate.

It will exacerbate air, water and toxic pollution, and it will destroy wildlife habitat and drive many species of plants and animals extinct. Human overpopulation and overconsumption have pushed the Earth into its sixth major extinction event since multicellular life emerged on the planet. Biodiversity will plummet, as one gluttonous species, Homo sapiens, co-opts the vital resources needed to support tens of thousands of other species.

It will accelerate man-made climate change by increasing the number of energy consumers and carbon and methane emitters; this threatens to bring not only sea level rise and droughts, but water shortages, negatively impacting agriculture, settlements and ecosystems. As well, expect more deadly storms that wreak havoc, flatten and flood homes, and kill thousands.

Migrants march en masse into Slovenia, 2015: a sight that will become
ever more common as this crowded century proceeds, unless rapid population growth in some countries is tamed and borders in other countries are enforced.

It is nothing short of disheartening that half a century after awareness began to be raised of the insuperable problems posed by rapid, unsustainable human population growth that it is even necessary to harp on this issue at all. By now, humankind should have already halted population growth and moved onto other pressing sustainability challenges. Clearly, we have underestimated the enormity of the population challenge. The primordial urge to leave offspring and to increase the numbers of one’s own kind and kin is just too deeply rooted in our genes and/or cultures.

But reality is reality: on a finite planet, population growth will stop, one way or the other. The only question is how: Will it stop because enlightened human beings rationally and humanely lower aggregate birth rates or because nature – utterly indifferent to our values, wellbeing or even survival – raises the death rate?

The answer to that burning question is still unknown, but it makes all the difference in the world as to what type of Earth we are bequeathing to our descendants and the rest of creation.

UPDATE:  The PRB’s Population Data Sheet for 2016 has now been posted and is available online at: http://www.prb.org/pdf16/prb-wpds2016-web-2016.pdf.

It reveals that world population grew by 90 million over the last year, even higher than the 89 million estimated for 2015. Thus, the trend towards higher and higher annual population growth increments called out and lamented in this blog post continues. Far from having been tamed, the “population monster” continues rampaging like a juggernaut.

 

Gary Rogers



129 Comments on "World Population Growth Is Speeding Up, Not Slowing Down; No Peak in Sight and Consequences Will Be Catastrophic"

  1. Davy on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 5:34 am 

    Wow, this is fun Clog:

    “That is true but it has out-shined every other civilization.”
    What is your definition of shiny? Is a die-off and the turning of an epoch from diversity to a world of jellyfish and locust shiny? Please!

    “That is true, that’s why globalism needs to be reverted, the world divided into segregated civilizations”
    You suffer from the syndrome of revolving doors. Globalism is a door that cannot be gone back through. We are too far down that road for civilization to survive. The question is how quick but in the end there is an end. There will likely be a process of “reversion” but it will likely be a quick one by historic standards.

    “Dream on, we’re coming back big time.”
    Nowhere is a block of nations more broke than in Europe. You have a high standard of living that will become increasingly under threat on all fronts from peak oil to migrations. Your banking system is a shell and your political construction a house of cards.

    “Racism/tribalism (=preference for your own kind) is as old as humanity itself and this will not change. Tribal differences could be papered over indeed in an era of material progress like the 20th century, with constructs like the USSR, USA, Iraq, Syria, Yugoslavia etc.”
    Your 20th century version of racism based upon rich civilizations is dated. That is part of your problem Clog, you live in the 20th century of a meme of “growing” civilizations. You keep thinking civilization will continue to grow but just adapted growth. This adapted growth is prejudiced towards your racist mentality. I see an equalization that will come with decline, decay, and deflation. One need only look at Rome and the barbarians to see the simple fact of equalization.

    “We could indeed be a dead man walking, unless we liberate ourselves from the kosher-run anti-white western empire”
    Clog, we are all dead men walking rich and poor alike. Collapse of global civilization will equalize us all. Overpopulation and overconsumption will get us not abstract ideas like “kosher-run anti-white empires”. This will likely be a process of devolution so I am not saying you are wrong with your many predictions. That is for time to tell. My point is that your point is dated to a very short time. Our modern civilization will be redrawn and not with 20th century values and ideas.

  2. Cloggie on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 6:04 am 

    “What is your definition of shiny?”

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/refugees-boat.jpg

    “Nowhere is a block of nations more broke than in Europe. You have a high standard of living”

    Contradiction.

    “Your banking system is a shell”

    US public debt doubled under Obama, EU public dent remained flat:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/51/Greek_debt_and_EU_average.png

    We can still print money if we have to in case of a banking collapse, that is indeed possible.

    “…and your political construction a house of cards.”

    Really? It remains to be seen if this Brexit thing will happen at all, I tend to think not. The British leadership under the Remainer May has zero appetite for it and May tries to delay the initiation of the Brexit (article 50) as much as she can. Furthermore, the Brexit vote is non-binding, so the British government doesn’t have to do it, but of course doesn’t dare to say so. I think they are waiting for a suitable moment to overturn this 48-52 vote. The EU is here to stay.

    “Globalism is a door that cannot be gone back through”

    Oh yes it can. The world was more globalized in the twenties than in the thirties. Many things can be undone.

    “Your 20th century version of racism based upon rich civilizations is dated. ”

    There wasn’t much racism in the 20th century, as the 20th century was Anglo-Soviet, meaning kosher, meaning anti-racist:

    https://www.amazon.com/Jewish-Century-Yuri-Slezkine-ebook/dp/B005646E32/ref=sr_1_1

    You are mixing the 20th century up with the 15-19th centuries, those were European centuries, meaning “racist centuries”. The 20th century is over btw.

    “you live in the 20th century of a meme of “growing” civilizations.”

    No, I am living in the continuation of civilizations that are hundreds if not thousands of years old. I am archaic, “reactionary”, rooted in history, not a 20th century progressive. That was for Anglos and Soviets. I am rooted in (Dutch) identity. What happened 500 years ago is just as interesting as what is happening now.

    “Our modern civilization will be redrawn and not with 20th century values and ideas.”

    With that I fully agree.

  3. peakyeast on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 7:21 am 

    I tend to agree concerning the brexit. Denmark also voted no. After some careful manipulation people were allowed to vote again just one year later. It became a yes – they moved 1% of the votes.

    Never again has the Danes been allowed to vote. Even when it became appararent that the 5 reservations that moved the 1% votes were false. Utterly and completely false.

    Same thing is likely to happen in Britain.

  4. Truthhurts on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 12:45 pm 

    ” The world could not handle European and American levels of consumption and exploitation very long.”

    That is because they have 3x as many children while producing far less. Their efficiency is terrible.

    If European people are so terrible for the environment, then how is it possible for us to live in such clean, environmentally sound civilizations while other non-European civilizations literally live in trash heaps? The most polluted areas of the planet are not white or European. Compare Tijuana to San Diego. Beijing to New York. The beaches of Liberia to the beaches of Southern Spain or France.

    Your assertion is wrong because you don’t account for white productivity, efficiency, or ability to foresee future events and prepare for them. If anything, Europeans and the descendants are the only ones really trying to clean up the environment. They are also the only ones who are really curbing their breeding as well.

  5. ghung on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 12:55 pm 

    TruthEscapesHim said; “If European people are so terrible for the environment, then how is it possible for us to live in such clean, environmentally sound civilizations while other non-European civilizations literally live in trash heaps?”

    It couldn’t be that wealthy western nations moved so much of their nasty industrial production and resource extraction to third-world countries while diverting the profits back to western banks and corporations, could it? No,, that can’t be it.

  6. Apneaman on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 12:59 pm 

    Everything you want to know about the AGW jacked Louisiana rain bombs and then some.

    Louisiana Downpours, August 2016

    “Scattered thunderstorms began popping up in parts of Louisiana on August 9 with the storm system forming to the east, off the Florida Panhandle. As the slow-moving storm crept west, it sucked up tremendous amounts of tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Downpours increased as the storm moved closer to Louisiana. Regions in Louisiana and nearby Mississippi received more than six inches of rain on Thursday, August 11. The next day a continuous downpour soaked Baton Rouge, submerging the state capital in 11.24 inches of rain. Even greater amounts came down in other parts of the state. On August 13, the nearly stationary area of low pressure continued to wring moisture from the Gulf, dumping more than 10 inches on sodden areas of Louisiana. At the close of the weekend, August 14, scores of cities in the region could measure total rainfall in feet. The unnamed storm would eventually shower Louisiana with an estimated 7.1 trillion gallons of water — more rain than Hurricane Isaac in 2012, and three times as much rain as Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

    With the deluge came catastrophic inland flash flooding and river flooding. More than a half-dozen rivers in southeast Louisiana broke records, not just by inches but by feet. The Amite River in Magnolia, Louisiana crested at 58.56 feet, more than six feet above the old mark established on April 27, 1977.”

    https://wwa.climatecentral.org/analyses/louisiana-downpours-august-2016/

  7. Davy on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 1:17 pm 

    You miss the point truthhurts. This is about modern civilization that is basically an adapted European version and that relationship to nature. Skipping that connection and jumping to the rich/poor divide is intellectual laziness. Too much TV of the poor slums needing donations for you. Please enlighten me on clean environmentally sound places in the rich modern world. I would love to see a high population wealthy region that is clean and environmentally sound. That is a funny.

    Another funny is blaming the third world for their misery when it is modern civilization that transferred their wealth and gave them the equivalent of “glass beads” in return. They may not have had much pre-white man but they had stability of place and numbers. Even if they did not have those basics what they had was theirs. Their environment was not destroyed by industrialization. They had stable climate. We moderns took everything from them and left them with a bag of shit.

    The final funny is productivity and efficiency and equating that to trying to clean up the environment. Those words are incongruous juxtapositions that in today’s society equates to word deception and denial. You cannot have a wealthy modern society and have a clean green world. It is not possible. Modern is complex and energy intensive and that is dirty and disruptive. Technology today creates more problems than it solves. It leaves destructive change in its wake both physical and abstract. Many a wonderful societies have been destroyed in the name of progress.

    Breeding is irrelevant today. All you rich single guys without kids think breeding matters. Breeding is irrelevant because nature will cull the population. Individual breeding behavior is not effective and never has been. There must always be environmental balances to manage human breeding. Active breeding management has only worked in very small societies living in stability. Modern societies have slowed down their breeding but not enough to make a difference in the scale of time nor quantity. Modern societies have more than made up for this lower birth rates with affluence which is just as disruptive. The dynamics of affluence and natural balance are not compatible.

    None of this whining by me matter because it is too late. There is nothing left but the crying. Pain, suffering and death are ahead. If we care we can curb the worst of it. It may be better to allow the worst and get it over with. Sometimes in battle you call in airstrikes on your own position and hope for the best. I don’t have the answers to collapse but I do believe we have the ability now to make it better or worse. That is one thing we can do right now. If we miss this opportunity it will be mostly fate and a terrible fate at that.

  8. onlooker on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 2:45 pm 

    Great instructive post Davy especially to the newbies. The whole suite of continuing this modernity experiment but in a more careful, balanced and sustainable manner in just more delusion. The entire basis of our planet is consumerism with a energy source that is polluting and our numbers now are unmanageable. Basically our entire modern edifice is unsustainable. This means it will be subject to the corrections enforced by Nature as in we are living organisms subject to the limits of a viable Biosphere and sufficient resources. Well, have passed those limits and are trying to circumvent them. We will discover that we cannot play God.

  9. Apneaman on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 3:25 pm 

    Davy, some natives nations managed the land, but differently that the white man with fences and all that. They one that lived on the northern west coast lived quite well until the disease and alcohol and guns.

    BC’s Gardens of Eden
    Why were aboriginal clam farms so far out of our sight?

    http://thetyee.ca/Books/2007/02/08/ClamGardens/

    Clam gardens call into question hunter-gatherer past of B.C. First Nations
    Coastal First Nations used advanced cultivation techniques to intensify clam harvest

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/clam-gardens-call-into-question-hunter-gatherer-past-of-b-c-first-nations-1.3068709

  10. Davy on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 4:38 pm 

    I agree Ape. I have a small library of Native American books. Many are old and obscure I bought used off eBay. These so called savages lived well within the limits of their time. They fit into something unlike us who radically alter everything around us. There were not angelic but compared to moderns they represented a higher level of being. My point has always been to call into question the modernist who diminish these people. It is their life and who are we to say they don’t know a good life. I feel we need to learn from them if any education needs to be discussed.

    Another point I have concerning primitives is if we moderns have initiated an extinction event and destabilized the climate causing a cascade of disruptive change for all life how can we have the bold face to criticize other societies and civilizations that lived in relative harmony. For me harmony is not a destroyed climate and a cascade of extinctions.

  11. derhundistlos on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 12:23 am 

    Davy-

    I see one glaring fallacy in your argument that, “kids will be needed for those who survive the die off.” You assume an orderly die-off with an intact emvironment, although the signs are everywhere that the ecosystem is imploding (ex. chytrid is causing the mass extinction of amphibians, Colony Collapse Disorder has reached a loss level greater than colonies can be replenished, White Nose Syndrome is responsible for the deaths of millions of bats, Mother Nature’s most important insectivore, and has now fully infected all areas of the East, Midwest, and South, etc, etc.).

  12. makati1 on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 5:24 am 

    derhundistlos, we both know that there will be no orderly die off if the small critters that underpin the whole system go first as seems to be happening. Whole systems will seem to go at once. For instance, the first year without bees will collapse half of the fruit and veggie supply, forever. Can it happen? Sure. All systems have a typing point at which they collapse.

    I did not read any of Davy’s comments, but I don’t see kids being needed after the die off. It will mean the end of humans within a short time. Years at best. To try to bring kids into that world would be a very cruel idea. A selfish one as they are not likely to even live long enough to mature unless they like “long pig” and grass. Odds are that they would not even be born due to the rampant disease, radioactivity from abandoned nuclear waste and chemical contamination of everything.

  13. Davy on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 7:44 am 

    Der Hund, unlike some I am not sure the pace of the coming collapse process. I do not pretend to know it all. I will humbly say my predictions and comments are academic and for purposes of “what if”. They are a search for the truth with a philosophical approach. I feel more like a sage than a PHD. Of course I am nothing special just a poster on a small blog. My point is I am like a sage reflecting on life while living within it. I am not tasked with determining it for the government complete with tenure and a list of accomplishments. My life passion has been collapse and preparation for it. That walk of life has influenced me with some bias. Over the last 5 yr I have become prepped and ready either way. The status quo is fine and collapse is fine. Sure, the horrible part of collapse is terrifying but I am in complete acceptance. This acceptance has to be renewed daily just as faith is. I sometimes feel ready to face death but I know when that time comes the terror will be unique. I have no clue if I will react strong or weak to that. The reason I say this is the actual is not the same as the speculation or study of it. Acceptance does eliminate the unpleasant surprise of being wrong. It is easier to face death with acceptance than being dumbfounded from denial. For me hell on earth is being dumbfounded walking into the jaws of death. That is pure terror.

    Will it be a “mother of all” event or a combination of an underlying processes of destructive change along with embedded crisis events? Just look around nature and you can see the process of extinction and ecosystem failures now. This process is happening at different speeds within a single turning of an epoch with a destabilizing climate. Humans are an ecosystem and we will fail per natural law despite our feelings of exceptionalism. This exceptionalism is on both sides. My meaning is we have an exaggerated view of collapse just like some have the exaggerated view of a continued status quo progress. All too often and by so many collapse is a Hollywood portrayal with cannibalism and Mad Max. Personally I favor the stair step version with embedded events. It is likely we will see significant crisis develop. They will likely involve die-offs. These die offs could be local, regional, or pan global. They may occur together with different degrees and durations. It may occur like a storm as it meanders along a path building and dissipating. It will likely be a contagion that spreads slow or fast. It will be like an organism. We will likely see periods of renewed systematic balance at new levels of activity and population. It is possible we could have one big collapse but I see no evidence this has to happen with greater odds than a slower process.

    We need only look to the financial arena and see how fooled that process of decline was to many of us. In 05 I had my bags packed so to speak for a financial collapse. I was ready and made concrete changes physically and mentally. I saw all the variables in place and I was one of the few trumpeting a financial and social collapse. It almost happened but then…..we entered the new normal of today. We had an event that began a process. We have been in a stable state since 08 in regards to the status quo but we are also in decline, decay, and deflation combing in a process of destructive change. This period we are in is due for an event just as tremors foreshadow an earthquake event.

    This collapse prediction process has an element of gambling involved. We want to bet on an outcome. We have emotions tied up in this betting process. It is a game that fascinates us. We have a fantasy of what is coming. It is a scary game that will not end well any way it turns out but the degree of pain, suffering, and death has a wide berth of scale. Timing, location, and degree and duration are beyond comprehension. If this was a local event or even one nation that is failing this guessing game would be so much easier. Venezuela is a case in point. We are guessing on a process with events at a global scale. Good luck on guessing that right. Good luck on having a handle on the millions of locals. Our little minds are not up to that task. Even the best super computers are not up to that task.

  14. Kenz300 on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 10:31 am 

    Having a child you can not provide for only leads to more poverty, suffering and despair.

    Travel to the Real Philippines: Homeless Family w/ 3 Young Kids. Poverty among Filipinos is High

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgCVQqSK_Vw

    Child Beggars Of India- A Documentary

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spA3gb4Eiyc

    The Effects Of Growth: Sprawl & Development – YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA33sraoyCk

  15. Apneaman on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 10:54 am 

    Kenz, if you live in N America or the other fat countries having a child you can provide for is creating yet another 2 legged enviro holocaust. By the time that kid is 20 its eco footprint will blow away those of entire 3rd world towns. Your constant harping on the 3rd world inability to provide has been noted by some of your very own liberals as veiled racism. Not very Liberal or progressive of you Kenz. Watch out, they might kick you off the team.

  16. Jerry McManus on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 3:17 pm 

    @Apneaman

    Thanks for the clam garden links! Very interesting.

  17. Apneaman on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 4:26 pm 

    Jerry, you are welcome. They is more material out there on Pre-Columbian native land management and for other continents as well. Sorry kids no noble savage. Just pre industrial humans with a less fucked up culture and low low population, but still dopamine chasers in their own right.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_use_of_fire

  18. Kenz300 on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 4:55 pm 

    The top 1% want it all….. and the RepubliCON party will give it to them………..

    What do RepubliCONS believe…….. depends who is paying….. follow the money……. fossil fuels….. oil, coal, natural gas…, nuclear, NRA………the top 1%

    Are RepubliCONS the real EVIL DOERS………..they want to end Social Security, Medicare and access to contraception…….

    RepubliCONS are the reason the middle class is shrinking…… in the past the top 1% wanted to import all the cheap labor they could get ……..They are no friend of the middle class

  19. Anonymous on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 6:20 pm 

    LoL, you an inverted version of our other village fool, plantadope? There is no ‘republiCON’ party in the amero-zionist empire kenzparrot. Its a one-party(war) state. Both ‘parties’ are two sides of the same coin. Your ‘dems’ sign off on neo-liberal ‘FTA’s which as much enthusiasm as your ‘repubs’ do. Their voting records, are virtually identical in almost all respects, except(maybe) when it comes to meaningless bits of hot-button social issues of little consequence.

  20. Cloggie on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 6:48 pm 

    Anonymous, you have to admit that Trump is special and busy attempting to “hijack” America from the oligarchs, very similar to what Putin in Russia did after 2000.

    Building a wall, breaking with political correctness and smoking the peace pipe with Putler, is not what card carrying oligarchs likes to do. In their view America exists to bring them the world.

  21. peakyeast on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 7:02 pm 

    It is so funny if it wasnt so sad..

    People vote the same again and again – democrats / republicans – and each time they expect a new and better result if only their side wins..

    Doing the same action that failed again and again and again – and each time expect a new result…

    That is pure stupidity.

    If they really want change they have to do something entirely different than going a little back and forth between the two empirically proven mismanagers of state.

  22. peakyeast on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 7:05 pm 

    This site is starting to show me commercials for sending money to the philippines.. I wonder why google would think I was interested in doing that?

    Makati is that you? I wont send you any money – forget it.

    😀

  23. makati1 on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 7:26 pm 

    peaky, I don’t need or want your money. The Ps have fewer ‘poor’ than America, but Americans don’t want to admit it. In America they beg with plastic cards, not paper cups. About 100,000,000+ million of them, or the entire population of the Philippines.

    If there is any more proof needed that the government can watch you 24/7/365, those ads are it. The algorithm that picks those commercials are smarter than you or I. I noticed long ago that if I look up an item to buy or visit a site on the internet, an appropriate ad pops up on the sites I visit later. It also suggests movies to watch, info sites to visit, etc.

    Brainwashing/sales from birth to death. The American Capitalist way, and its downfall. We are in the 3rd act and the ‘fat lady’ is spraying her throat…

  24. derhundistlos on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 10:02 pm 

    Then there are ecological issues being covered up by governments equal in ability to cause a global doomsday event. Following is a request for information that was being distributed at a cattle ranching event in Colorado:

    The Animal Mutilation Research Organization (AMRO) requests the urgent assistance of the farming/ranching community as well as the general public for information relating to the mutilation of domestic and wild animals.

    For the past five decades ten of thousands of horses, sheep, goats, and a variety of other domesticated animals, as well as a wide range of wildlife and even aquatic creatures have been found mutilated throughout the world.

    Compelling evidence suggests a clear and present UFO connection. All conventional explanations (ex. satanic cults, mentally disturbed persons, military) have been excluded as causative agents. We hypothesize that an extra-terrestrial species is monitoring the dissemination of prion related diseases (i.e. Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy) throughout the world; an event with the most severe implications for humans and the entire planetary food chain.

    Your assistance is required if we are to solve this insidious mystery. Time is of the essence. We must intercept and stop the progression of the prion pathogen before the planetary food chain is hopelessly infected.

    All information provided will be held in the strictest of confidence. Your name and location will not be revealed without your express permission.

    Following are the principal hallmarks of an animal mutilation:

    • Complete absence of blood in and around the carcass. The mutilated animals are almost always completely drained of blood (i.e. Exsanguination);

    • Absence of tracks or footprints around the carcass site, even when weather conditions like rain, frost or snow would have favored their presence;

    • Muscle and tissue are removed down to the bone usually on one side of the jaw (i.e. Jaw Swipe);

    • Removal of one or both eyes and ears;

    • Excision of the tongue deep at its root;

    • Removal of internal and external genitalia including the penis/scrotum or udder;

    • Anus is cored out to a depth of several inches and used as a portal for extraction of the animals rectum (i.e. Anal Coring);

    • Circular or teardrop shaped orifices to the inner viscera show a laser-like cauterization on the borders leaving small “cookie cutter” like serrations;

    • Absence of various organs;

    • Decapitation and/or bifurcation of torso resulting in internal organ removal. Small portals bored through the skull from which the brains may be removed. In the case of seal and porpoises, deep corkscrew lacerations may run along the entire length of the body;

    • Secondary injuries resulting in broken limbs and ribs suggest the mutilated animals are dropped from high above. To the astonishment of utility workers, mutilated animals (ex. deer, elk, cattle) are found atop telephone poles or entangled in power lines, and in wooded areas, branches of nearby trees are found broken or bent implying that the animal was dropped to the ground;

    • Mutilated cattle are avoided by scavengers (i.e. carcass avoidance), and domestic animals may appear to be visibly agitated and fearful of the mutilated corpse;

    • The bodies of mutilated animals are often found in the vicinity of UFO activity.

  25. Kenz300 on Fri, 9th Sep 2016 11:05 am 

    The top 1% want it all….. and the RepubliCON party will give it to them………..

    What do RepubliCONS believe…….. depends who is paying….. follow the money……. fossil fuels….. oil, coal, natural gas…, nuclear, NRA………the top 1%

    Are RepubliCONS the real EVIL DOERS………..they want to end Social Security, Medicare and access to contraception…….

    RepubliCONS are the reason the middle class is shrinking…… in the past the top 1% wanted to import all the cheap labor they could get ……… .They are no friend of the middle class

  26. Apneaman on Fri, 9th Sep 2016 11:29 am 

    Louisiana flood price tag could hit $15 billion

    ” At least 13 people were killed in the floods that left parts of Baton Rouge underwater, destroyed 150,000 homes and left thousands homeless.

    Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards (D) is seeking $2 billion in federal aid for his state, which was also hurt by flooding in its northern part earlier this year. ”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/louisiana-flood-price-tag-could-hit-15-billion/

    Louisiana Flood of 2016: Shock sets in for ‘the land of the lost’

    “You can hear it in their trembling voices. You can see it in their sad eyes. They still can’t believe their own stories.”

    “Jami Haws, 22, had more than a foot of water in her rental. She said her landlord is demanding $500 rent before he will touch the mess. She feels it should be cleaned before she pays. “I just want to cry. I hate talking about it now,” she said. She’s afraid she may be evicted.

    The kitchen cabinets are warping and the damp floor tiles are peeling. Several of the doors are swollen shut. “At least I have a working air conditioner to sleep under,” she said.”

    http://www.nola.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/09/louisiana_flood_of_2016_storm.html

  27. Michael on Thu, 15th Sep 2016 11:01 am 

    “Global warming has been a focus of attention of science and politics for about two decades now. A lot has been said about its expected disastrous consequences; perhaps the most notorious is the global flooding that may result from melting of Antarctic ice if the warming exceeds a few degrees compared to the pre-industrial level. However, it now appears that this is probably not the biggest danger that the warming can cause to the humanity.

    “About two-thirds of the planet’s total atmospheric oxygen is produced by ocean phytoplankton – and therefore cessation would result in the depletion of atmospheric oxygen on a global scale. This would likely result in the mass mortality of animals and humans.”
    ocean plants called phytoplankton contribute 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.
    an increase in the water temperature of the world’s oceans of around six degrees Celsius – which some scientists predict could occur as soon as 2100 – could stop oxygen production by phytoplankton by disrupting the process of photosynthesis.

    You can migrate from global flooding but when oxygen production is radically reduced everyone and everything will die off…except maybe the cockroaches…

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