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What could have been:
New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline
The Guardian, By Damian Carrington, September 18
The world’s population is now odds-on to swell ever-higher for the rest of the century, posing grave challenges for food supplies, healthcare and social cohesion. A ground-breaking analysis released on Thursday shows there is a 70% chance that the number of people on the planet will rise continuously from 7bn today to 11bn in 2100.
The work overturns 20 years of consensus that global population, and the stresses it brings, will peak by 2050 at about 9bn people. “The previous projections said this problem was going to go away so it took the focus off the population issue,” said Prof Adrian Raftery, at the University of Washington, who led the international research team. “There is now a strong argument that population should return to the top of the international agenda. Population is the driver of just about everything else and rapid population growth can exacerbate all kinds of challenges.” Lack of healthcare, poverty, pollution and rising unrest and crime are all problems linked to booming populations, he said.
If present trends continue, that is…
Al Jazeera, By Wilson Dizard, September 17
Politics stink — literally — according to scientists who released a study this week showing that people find the smells of others who share their political viewpoints more viscerally attractive than the odors of their ideological opponents.
The researchers suspect that preferences of this kind stem from evolutionary adaptations that support bonds between friends and allies.
“People could not predict the political ideology of others by smell if you asked them, but they differentially found the smell of those who aligned with them more attractive,” said Brown University’s Dr. Rose McDermott, the head author of the report.
“So I believe smell conveys important information about long-term affinity in political ideology that becomes incorporated into a key component of subconscious attraction,” McDermott said.
The theme today is musical kittehs, all genre welcome.
Some time ago, I wrote a post entitled Cockleburs of Culture and later added Cocklebur Time Again. I was, of course, using cockleburs as a metaphor for those annoying little habits, practices, beliefs and expectations which our cultures (or ourselves) seem determined to embed in our lives.
The Great God of Cockleburs was evidently not amused by my figure of speech. Continue reading Did Someone Say Cockleburs?
The Twitterverse and FB are alive with the sounds of Wikileaks latest release, the text of a gag order imposed on any revelation of an ongoing investigation into multinational bribery.
Washington & Colorado…for starters.
or is he greeting Obama in Denver?
It is time to awaken and wage war. It is time that Americans accept the sacrifices which war demands, that we might have the peace that victory affords.
What we fight for is simple, and it is the historical mission of the Democratic Party. We seek a just world, based on a just peace – and, when required by circumstances, we are willing to wage a just war to accomplish it. Continue reading A first step
…the link below the fold should definitely put the issue (if not one’s mind) to rest. Russian strategic culture now either a) believes the “Colour Revolution as directed weapon” interpretation sold by so many Internet hucksters, or b) has placed a massive agitprop investment in selling the frame at the highest levels. I don’t know which of these options scares me more. I can only hope that the intelligence professionals over there don’t buy this simplistic tripe and actually realize how much more beyond intentional control things really are.
Watching the observance – one almost says celebration – of D-Day, I can’t help but remark that aside from the few veterans, most ‘celebrants’ are too young to remember it and/or have never put themselves in harm’s way. Indeed, many have worked hard to avoid military service while loudly urging others to fight.
A few postings have appeared of Ike’s comment:
or General Butler’s “War Is a Racket” but for blunt truth, it’s hard to beat a soldier telling it like it is.
And for a good example of how the warmongers operate, consider St. Ronnie.
Several Agonistas are writers beyond blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Many are serious readers; i.e. we read serious books. We have discussed here and here the lack of respect and attention given quality writing and culture in general.
Nota bene: I use the term culture as a philosophic term rather than as an anthropoligist.
Kyrgyz Cat Hurling
Waiting for SPK in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan…
Given that most of history for most people over the last 10,000 years has been pretty grim, one wonders how much the stresses of war, poverty, disease, slavery etc have determined what we casually call ‘human nature’.
The world in general and America in particular often seems like a house whose owners can no longer maintain it. It just gets more and more messy and run down as time passes. They know that eventually the roof will fall in but they neither fix it nor move out.
I’m sure my outlook is not that uncommon today. Indeed, the way things are going, optimism might well be grounds for a psychiatric examination. It was not always this way, and it may be instructive to examine why.
Ken Smith has been keeping Joe Bageant’s website live and recently posted this.
The takeaway I see in that short article is twofold: the person-to-person connection (which just happens to be father/son) and the whole-different-lifestyle thing.
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