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The Health of the Human Race
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I'm a fairly old guy. As Fairly Old Guys are wont to do, I've been pondering.

In the last 60 years or so, I have observed the Earth going crazy. It's not the same Earth I was born on, and society has upended itself to the point that it is now upside down from what it was when I got used to it all those years ago. Furthermore, the crazy has been accelerating, and I wonder why. That's something I ponder.

Another thing that I've observed is that my planet is getting crowded. When I was born, the world population was around 3,000,000,000 souls. Now, it is at 7,695,749,479, and climbing. In just my lifetime, the world population has increased by 257%! That's something else I've pondered.

Then, in the quiet of one dark night, those two ponders bumped into one another. There were bruises. I'm curious now whether the two may be connected.

Lemmings

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Like many other rodents, lemmings have periodic population booms and then disperse in all directions, seeking the food and shelter their natural habitats cannot provide. The Norway lemming and brown lemming are two of the few vertebrates which reproduce so quickly that their population fluctuations are chaotic,[4][5] rather than following linear growth to a carrying capacity or regular oscillations. Why lemming populations fluctuate with such great variance roughly every four years, before numbers drop to near extinction, is not known.[6] Lemming behaviour and appearance are markedly different from those of other rodents, which are inconspicuously coloured and try to conceal themselves from their predators. Lemmings, by contrast, are conspicuously coloured and behave aggressively towards predators and even human observers. The lemming defence system is thought to be based on aposematism (warning display).[7] Fluctuations in the lemming population affect the behaviour of predators, and may fuel irruptions of birds of prey such as snowy owls to areas further south.[8]

For many years, the population of lemmings was believed to change with the population cycle, but now some evidence suggests their predators' populations, particularly those of the stoat, may be more closely involved in changing the lemming population.[citation needed]

Misconceptions
Misconceptions about lemmings go back many centuries. In the 1530s, geographer Zeigler of Strasbourg proposed the theory that the creatures fell out of the sky during stormy weather[9] and then died suddenly when the grass grew in spring.[10] This description was contradicted by natural historian Ole Worm, who accepted that lemmings could fall out of the sky, but claimed that they had been brought over by the wind rather than created by spontaneous generation. Worm first published dissections of a lemming, which showed that they are anatomically similar to most other rodents such as voles and hamsters, and the work of Carl Linnaeus proved that they had a natural origin.

Lemmings have become the subject of a widely popular misconception that they are driven to commit mass suicide when they migrate by jumping off cliffs. It is not a deliberate mass suicide where the animal voluntarily chooses to die, but rather a result of their migratory behavior. Driven by strong biological urges, some species of lemmings may migrate in large groups when population density becomes too great. They can swim and may choose to cross a body of water in search of a new habitat. In such cases, many drown if the chosen body of water happens to be the Atlantic Ocean, or is in any case so wide as to exceed their physical capabilities. This, the unexplained fluctuations in the population of Norwegian lemmings, and perhaps a small amount of semantic confusion (suicide not being limited to voluntary deliberation, but also the result of foolishness), gave rise to the myth.[citation needed]

So, lemmings don't commit deliberate mass suicide for the betterment of their fellows as was commonly believed... BUT their migration habits often bring them to a bad end, and get their population back under control. Predators further keep them under control, and it appears that the predators' life cycles are geared to lemming population explosions.

Are people really very different from that? Human populations are out of control, and sure enough predators abound (more so than they did when I was younger and the population was lower), and migratory populations are wreaking havoc on host populations, with the concurrent clashes of cultures that brings... just like lemmings migrating and finding a bad end in that migration.

China and the United States have nearly the same land area. The US is about 2.5% smaller than China. However, the population densities in those two countries are vastly different. The US, with a 2019 population of 329,093,110 has about 36 people per square kilometer. China, on the other hand, with a 2019 population of 1,420,062,022 has about 151 people per square kilometer - a little over 4 times the US population density. China has a net OUTFLOW of migration. 324,919 people flee China every year. The US, on the other hand, has a net INFLOW of migration - and that inflow is a whopper. According to the UN, the US immigrates about 900,000 people a year... the most immigrants of any nation on Earth. The next closest is Germany with 370,000 immigrants a year, a little over a third of US immigrants.

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Lemmings. Migration. Disaster.

There is more to this population explosion than just folks refusing to work because they can lay around and make babies instead. Medical science has progressed to the point of being able to overcome Darwin. No longer is Survival of the Fittest the rule. Nowadays, a great many people who are UNFIT to survive make it through life all the same. Think on that just a minute - the human race has overruled Nature. We are allowing, perhaps forcing, unfit-for-survival humans to tip our population. This is having the deleterious effect of diluting the human gene pool, and is allowing unfit (including mentally unfit) humans to overrun the fit among us. Humans are living longer, on average, having more babies, on average, and getting crazier, on average, than ever before in the past. This is expressing itself in mass shootings, higher crime rates, and mass immigrations that are producing strife in culture clashes. The Human Race is, in effect, producing it's OWN predators.

It seems Mother Nature will always have her say.

At the time of the America Revolutionary War, about 3% of the world population was urban, the other 97% rural. After the Industrial Revolution, that jumped by a factor of 10, and 30% of the world population was urban, the other 70% rural. NOW, in 2019, 55% of the world population is urban, and a mere 45% rural. That trend is increasing, by about 1/3 to 1/2 percent per year currently. How the hell are humans going to feed themselves if that continues? City folks can't farm. they don't have the arable land to support themselves, and most no longer have the know-how to produce food. If everyone moves to the cities, who will be left in the countryside to feed those teeming masses? I knew we were in trouble when a survey of city folks a number of years ago indicated that they don't know where food comes from - the upshot was that it just "appeared" on grocery store shelves from their point of view, and THAT was the source of food.

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As population increases, as people live longer and unfit-for-survival folks increase among the general population, insanity is increasing as well. I personally believe that is the reason for the current political climes. Folks who are increasingly urban, uneducated, and greedy are voting themselves raises at the government expense. Not knowing where food comes from, or how it is procured, they think that just printing - or borrowing - more money will solve all ills. They seem not to realize that money does not equal food. How would they know? That has been their experience of life! Few of them realize you have to grub in the dirt, worry over rainfall, or kill odd beasts to make their steaks and side salads. Just printing more money will do nothing to husband the fields when everyone is rushing to the urban ant-hills.

Socialists in particular seem to think that's how it works. Just "control the means of production", print enough money to make everyone rich, and all will be well. I have to wonder, however, how all those Socialized, Unionized, United Factory Workers are going to produce anything at all, even by "owning the means of production", when they weigh 73 pounds and look like Death Camp survivors because no one is out in the hinterlands making food to feed them. Who will they get to work those fields, grub in the dirt, and kill their steaks? Certainly not to pampered city folks who are busy voting themselves raises at the government expense! They think just printing more free money is the answer!

John Titor was probably a fraud. I'm almost certain he didn't really come from the future to warn us... but he WAS a fantastic prognosticator. When pressed, he refused to flat out state that the war he saw coming in our future was ideological "left vs. right" or cultural "urban vs. rural". Instead, he insinuated both and confirmed neither... and I believe, from what I see, that he was  right. Sure, his time-line was way off (Russia never nuked DC in March 2015, for instance), but I believe it was on track for what is coming...

... because, at the basic level, humans are lemmings.

We are overpopulating, and stacking that population with idjits and lunatics - and producing our own predators via such mechanisms as the aforementioned increase in unfit-for-survival insane and stupid folk..

Immigrants are swarming "the good lands", which, if unchecked, they will turn into the same shit-holes they came from. When they do, there will be a net outflow of people from the old "good lands" (newly made shit-holes) to new "good lands" (former shit holes), and the cycle will continue. Crazies will continue to increase, and push crazy and stupid to the masses, who, because they are conditioned to crazy and stupid, will eat that crap up... until they die.

About half of the US population is stupid enough to live within 50 miles of a coast. I suspect that the rest of the world is more or less the same. When Global Warming raises the sea level far enough, those folks will drown, just like migrating lemmings. Some will flee the coasts inland to rural areas, but - as John Titor said - farmers have nothing better to do when they stop farming than hide in the bushes and shoot interlopers.

Mother Nature will have her say, some will survive, and the human race will continue... but it's going to be a hell of a ride, it appears.

Buckle up, y'all, and don't be lemmings!

Note: it took me an hour and 15 minutes to formulate this post. In that time, the world population has increased to 7,695,761, 115 people, a net increase of 11,636 people. That is 2.6 people PER SECOND, and factors in the dying folks in the same time period. By the time I get this posted, and more importantly by the time you read it, there will be many, MANY more. Some of them are crazy, and many of them are stupid. A few are fit for survival, the rest are not. Good luck, folks!

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" I don't mind killin' a man in a fair fight... or if I think he's gonna start a fair fight... or if there's money involved... or a woman... "

 - Jayne Cobb, Hero of Canton
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(04-08-2019, 06:18 AM)Ninurta Wrote: ...Immigrants are swarming "the good lands", which, if unchecked, they will turn into the same shit-holes they came from...

Which explains London!

Quote:'...As population increases, as people live longer and unfit-for-survival folks increase among the general population,
insanity is increasing as well. I personally believe that is the reason for the current political climes.

Folks who are increasingly urban, uneducated, and greedy are voting themselves raises at the government expense.
Not knowing where food comes from, or how it is procured, they think that just printing - or borrowing - more money
will solve all ills...'

It could well be that many of us have lost the understanding of what a promissory note is and that in fact, it's merely
a representation of an agreed worthy barter-item. Currency has -to some, become a thing of value and so producing
more will bring better prosperity.

But it doesn't work like that and I'm surprised it isn't taught in schools that the dollar -in Ninurta's case, can't be eaten,
used as clothing or keep the weather out. Yes, it's doubtful anything John Titor claimed has already happened in the
future, but the background-sense he was purveying had merit.

Quote:'...We are overpopulating, and stacking that population with idjits and lunatics - and producing our own
predators via such mechanisms as the aforementioned increase in unfit-for-survival insane and stupid folk...'

There's nothing to add here, it's simply true.

I see 'Mother Nature' has less of a caring matriarch and more of a Lizzy Borden! 
If you take your eyes of her for more than a second, you'll find ones gonads being chewed on by one of her
furry minions or frozen into something that clinks nicely in a whisky glass.
Oh... and she doesn't accept payment with money!
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(04-08-2019, 09:39 AM)BIAD Wrote: I see 'Mother Nature' has less of a caring matriarch and more of a Lizzy Borden! 
If you take your eyes of her for more than a second, you'll find ones gonads being chewed on by one of her
furry minions or frozen into something that clinks nicely in a whisky glass.
Oh... and she doesn't accept payment with money!
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Mother Nature can be a fickle hussy. I learned a long time ago that she does not play favorites, and does not care if you live or if you die. She does not care if you are a human, the alleged pinnacle of creation, or if you are a lowly ant. ALL meet the same end. She will kill you dead for a mere miscalculation, and not care in the least that you suddenly started pushing up daisies. She also doesn't care if you conquer Everest and scream it to the world from the mountain top. It's all the same to her, either way. One has to live WITH Nature, not conquer her nor oppose her. She can give you a good life if you chose to live with her, IN nature, and will kill you dead after an incredibly rough and short life if you choose to oppose her.

To further develop the increasing dichotomy, I've noticed things in election maps of the US. Urbanites vote overwhelmingly Socialist, and Ruralites vote overwhelmingly conservative. I don't know if it's that way in the rest of the world, but it holds true here in the US.

The maps also show that most of the cities, voting mostly Socialist, are near the coasts. So most of the population is coastal. The coasts are voting to control the whole country, the interior of which has an opposing cuture to them.

55% urban, 45% rural, and that divide is increasing in favor of the urbanites. As the population balance tips towards cities, so does the Socialist vote. Eventually, perhaps sooner rather than later, the US WILL become a Socialist State. There is no avoiding it at this point, I think. The seas cannot rise fast enough to get them before they get us... as I said before, Mother Nature does not care. She works on her own time table.

Once the balance tips irrevocably, the lemmings will march, and the fun begins.

It's happened over and over again in socialist state after socialist state. I've never known one that could get fat on feeding itself. Remember Bernie Sanders' praise of bread lines.

When folks get hungry enough, they'll try to find ways to feed themselves. America is no different. When the urbanites realize they can't get their own food in the cities, they'll start trying to raid the countryside in one way or another. They'll start by ordering folks to collectives to grow food, despite their former promises of riches for all. No one ever got rich farming. Anyhow, folks around here do not take kindly to being told what to do. We don't care if the orders come from a Socialist or a Conservative. Orders is orders, and we balk at them.

As John Titor said, farmers who no longer farm haven't got anything better to do than shoot interlopers.

So when forcing folks who know how to farm onto collectives doesn't work out well for them, raids as we have come to know them will start.  You can shoot raiders the same as you can "tax" collectors.

Urbanites do not understand the countryside, or how war is waged here. How could they? They've never had much, if any, experience of it. They think that you can control people because that's all they have ever experienced. When you get enough people corralled in a city, you can lead them anywhere you want them to go, just like cattle in a chute. Exemplary control measures can be applied to city environments because the people are so concentrated, movement is restricted to certain corridors, and what the military calls "lines of communication" can be controlled, choked off or opened up as the controllers see fit. Food, water, electricity, and practically everything else can be doled out or withheld to achieve the desired control.

It's a little different out here in the hinterlands. We have more independent resources, things that are harder to achieve control of, and can move in any direction at will.

Cut off our power? Sure, go ahead. We know how to get along without it. Disconnect our internet? Sure, go ahead. When we don't have internet to occupy our time, we'll find something else to do... like shoot at interlopers. Cut off our water? Sure, go ahead and try. That'll keep you busy for a while, damming all those rivers and streams and figuring out how to keep the dams from overflowing... and then there are the fresh water springs. How are you going to find all of them? When you do, how are you going to plug them? Cut off our food? Har har har! have you forgotten who MAKES the food? Go ahead and cut off the "just in time" deliveries to the grocery stores. We'll show you what Hank Jr was talking about when he sang "a country boy can survive".

That, I believe, is the reason the Socialists are supporting unrestricted immigration. I believe they intend to use the immigrants as shock troops in their plan to conquer the countryside. It doesn't risk the Snowflakes' own precious lives, and the immigrants are, generally speaking, more familiar with the countryside culture. It's mostly what they came from, after all. They are immigrating currently in droves seeking more resources, and that will be used against them, and against US. "Boys, out THERE are your resources. Go git 'em, and don't forget to bring back our share!"

Do you know how to blow up a bridge or crater a road or a runway? I do, and there are more of me than you can imagine out here. Any produce they get out of here will have to be airlifted, and there ain't enough choppers in the world to airlift enough to feed those hungry city dwellers. It sure as hell won't be leaving here by road.

Vercingetorix had it right in the Gallic Wars against Caesar. He employed a scorched-earth policy to deny the Romans the resources they needed to survive and prosecute their war, and he was winning. His first mistake was acceding to ONE woman, who was pleading that the fields not be destroyed because she had a child to feed. He didn't destroy those resources, based upon her pleas. There was just enough left there to supply the Roman Legions for one last push, so the Romans took those crops from their rightful owners. The woman and her child probably starved to death all the same as if Vercingetorix had destroyed those fields.

That one last Roman push was at Alesia, and it ended Vercingetorix's resistance by siege. That was Vercingetorix's second, and last, mistake - allowing himself to get corralled, pinned down, and besieged at Alesia rather than retaining his mobility. Had he destroyed those crops instead of leaving them at the woman's request, and remained mobile so the Romans had to chase him all over Creation on empty stomachs, the Romans would have been finally starved out and had to run back home with their tails firmly tucked between their legs, dropping dead of starvation, singly and in bunches,  on the way. Instead, Gaul lived under the Roman boot until the Roman empire collapsed centuries later. After Alesia, the Romans went on to use Gaul as a stepping stone to invade Britain.

Vercingetorix lived six more years, in chains, in a prison cell in Rome, until Caesar finally took him out for a victory celebration, paraded him through the streets of Rome like a chained and captured pet, and then had him strangled to death in a public execution at the end of the parade. The moral of that story is "never let yourself be taken alive".

We should learn from history.

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" I don't mind killin' a man in a fair fight... or if I think he's gonna start a fair fight... or if there's money involved... or a woman... "

 - Jayne Cobb, Hero of Canton
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