September 18 2016

What started it all was of course that I had a few things I wanted to say to no one in particular. I get worried about things like global warming and overpopulation and I'd be surprised if anything gets done about them in my lifetime. You see, there's a link there that nobody wants to talk about. We didn't have global warming until the population got so huge. Everybody wants a car and to be warm in the winter, it's just that there are about 10 times as many people as the planet can support.

Maybe there are safety valves like too many people causes more wars which reduce the population, but that's not a very nice way to do things. Better to use birth control and not have more than 2 kids per couple. Maybe better yet only 1 for the next 50 years or so.

I grew up not travelling much and reading old books about how sparsely populated certain places are. So it came as a shock to poke around with Google Earth and find out that's not true anymore at all. Houses marring pristine woods or they're cut down entirely. Quaint villages have turned into cities. I find it depressing, partly to realize we're badly overpopulated and totally oblivious to the concept. Whole generations live in cities and don't realize there was ever a different way.

There was an episode of PBS's Nova a couple years ago that pointed out that of all the petroleum products that have ever been burned on Earth, half has been in the last 10 years. We can't keep that up. More fuel efficient cars is only part of it, we need less people driving them. The last thing we need is more oil, whether by fracking or whatever.

OK, enough for a first night of this. Oh, and by the way, I don't have any spell checker in this editor, so typos may slip through. You can email me about them if anybody's reading this. 1apps is supposed to have Wordpress blogging software but it's not obvious how to enable it. There's no web page hit counter either that I've ever found.

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