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kroika's poem
March 9, 2009
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Such clever, clever monkeys we are
we could split the atom, or measure a star.
We could tweak our genes till the cows come home
or fly to the moon and live in a dome.

Soon, and very soon
there will be seven billion of us.
Us clever, clever, clever
monkeys

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http://www.ibiblio.org/lunarbin/worldpop

March 10, 2009
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At some point kroika, that will end, and there will remain but a few thousand of us. Even clever little monkeys can't beat mother nature.

Awesome poem.

peace

March 11, 2009
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Thanks, tree.

I know that many people believe there will be a very large mass die-off, whether due to some viral plague-like epidemic, and/or warfare, and/or effects of climate change (droughts, floods, resulting famine etc.) or what have you. Such trauma would not have been necessary if we were wiser, and not merely clever. IMO.

March 12, 2009
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Klever little monkeys indeed.

As always Kroik, your way with words kuts the krap and gets straight to the point. A truly thought provoking poem. But what to do?

Our kleverness keeps us alive for years longer than our promised three score and ten, and gives our tiny premature mites the chance of survival we would only once have dreamed of. But at what kost all our advances?

It is good to see you friend. I hope you are well

love S

March 14, 2009
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Blackie!!!! Gor blymie! It's good to see you too, old friend! I am well, thank you, and hope you are too. Always so wonderful to see you here.

You are right, in a nutshell. All that we have done to decrease the death rate while failing to curb the birth rate, has created (I mean kreated ;~) this dangerous overcrowding trend we find ourselves in. I fear that things are going to get quite a lot worse before they get better.... if they get better. Unfortunately, I think the kost of all our advances may ultimately be very expensive.

March 14, 2009
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Hey kroika.

Is there a death rate counter online?

Does the birth rate one already tally in the deaths from starvation, disease, war, old age, murders, infant mortality. All of the deaths worldwide?

This may sound crazy, but with all the talk and belief about reincarnation, and the general understanding that all living things contain energy, when one living thing is killed does this transfer to human lives?

If the worlds Population increases, are these lives replacing the lives of animals brought to the edge of extinction, decreasing animal populations, decreasing forests and plant life. The shrinking wetlands? Extruding minerals from the earth?
Are our lives taking the place of what is not human and being destroyed?

Our advances=our encroachment to me.

We're just so damned important and better than everything else right?

Wrong.

Hmmmmmmm.My heads gonna explode.

March 14, 2009
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I found this realtime death counter.

http://webdeveloper.earthweb.c.....unter.html

In the last minute more than 300 people have died according to this.

Weird.
Something is amiss.

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wow, MsG, that's a fascinating website (the realtime death counter). My understanding about the other site I listed, is that it is the *net* population increase, i.e. the number of births exceeding the number of deaths each second.

Did you try using the calendar feature at http://www.ibiblio.org/lunarbin/worldpop ? Unfortunately it only goes as far back as Jan. 1, 1970, so I can't find out what the world population was on the day I was born, or other dates of interest before 1970. And I haven't tried to see how far forward it goes... but what I did do is try to narrow down when the population will reach 7 billion, and according to that website, it will be around April 10, 2010. Just over a year from now. (And 8 billion by July, 2019.)

Unless, of course, a mass die-off occurs for one or more of the reasons I mentioned above. Or a mass voluntary drop in the birthrate... which doesn't seem particularly likely. I'd be happy to be wrong about that though.

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