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Same old story, different decade

By maxwell edison ·
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Today:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110220/ts_afp/scienceuspopulationfood

1984:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,921723,00.html

1968:

The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Population_Bomb

I could go on, and on, and on, and on?????????

Whether it's a population explosion that will doom the world, or massive famine, or global warming, or global cooling, or climate change, or ........... when will these people stop making headlines with their fear mongering and doom and gloom predictions?

Am I the only one who's absolutely sick and tired of them?

But then again, I don't know who's worse. Those why cry wolf, or those who believe them?

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Certain disaster and the fear thereof

by Tigger_Two In reply to Same old story, different ...

Since I can remember, there has been something awful that is just about to happen. When I was a kid, it was the Cold War and the ability to **** ourselves to kingdom come coupled with eco awareness, the price of gas, and Vietnam.

The inevitable disasters have changed names and faces... sort of, but the fear remains. It's as if we feel compelled to have horrible consequences constantly in the forefront of our thinking. I'd be lying if I said I understood it.

What I find fascinating is what we seem to choose to be afraid of. Climate change, for instance. There are, I'm sure, things that can be done to be more ecologically friendly, but they do tend to require a whole lot of buy in at the individual level. So instead of actually effecting a change, there is a whole lot of discussion that has modest impact if any.

The whole process actually reminds me of the "Mother's Theory of Effective Worry" which basically states that "the more I worry about something I can do nothing about, the more likely it is to have a positive outcome". Yes, it is absent of logic, but it doesn't change the fact that Moms everywhere have done it. I've been known to do it and I'm not a Mom.

Right now, I am worried about driving to a meeting I want to attend this evening. It is snowing and I don't like driving in snow, but I really want to attend this meeting. I figure if I worry about driving in snow all afternoon, by the time I need to leave for my meeting I will have appeased the gods of snow and winter driving enough to insure that I will arrive safely at my meeting and will arrive safely home afterward. Does this make sense? No. Doesn't change anything though.

The only reason my worry isn't a front page headline is because (a) I am basically unknown and (b) the meeting isn't expected to impact a sizable population.

I understand your frustration with the seemingly constant fear mongering. Yeah, I get pretty bored with it too.

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Same as it ever was and always will be

by AV . In reply to Same old story, different ...

Doom and gloom sells. This year, we have the Rapture. We're all going south, so to speak, unless you are pious. If you make it, December 21, 2012 is the end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar. Wow. Maybe I shouldn't bother doing any repairs on the house for now. What for.

Life goes on, doesn't it. It might become something different, but it just doesn't make sense to take many of these dire predictions to heart.

AV

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Yep, you're right

by maxwell edison In reply to Same as it ever was and a ...

The BIG thing the doom and gloomers ALWAYS overlook is the remarkable ability of the human being to adapt to change. We always have, and we always will. So even if they're right, they end up being wrong!

P.S. No, I don't know the name of that flower. Maybe I'll send it to Neil. I'd bet he knows. (But it is a neat picture!)

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Where theres a will, theres a way

by AV . In reply to Yep, you're right

No one should ever discount the human spirit. If anyone knows what the flower is, Neil would. It looks familiar to me, but I can't quite place it yet.

AV

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The Part That's Missing

by dogknees In reply to Same old story, different ...

Is the forecasters coming back after the (non-)event and explaining why their prediction was wrong.

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No need to worry

by GSG In reply to Same old story, different ...

we'll all be killed off in some global catastrophe on December 21, 2012. (rolls eyes)

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Are you sure?

by Tigger_Two In reply to No need to worry

The way I heard it, that's the day the Mayans have to go buy a new calendar.

If that whole global catastrophe thing is the real deal, I won't have to renew my car insurance. There could be some benefits here.

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Sucks to be a mayan, then...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Are you sure?

those enormous engraved stone wheels cost a fortune, and it's a **** lugging them home

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Unfortunately..

by Fregeus In reply to Same old story, different ...

Gloom and doom (like sex) sells. These headlines are nothing more than attemps at selling the magazine they are in. It is very unfortunate and I too am sick of it.

Wow, Max and I share a view on something. Maybe there's some truth to these doom days scenario this time!!! LOL, just kidding. It was bound to happen at some point. ;-)


TCB

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Serves a purpose...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Unfortunately..

A conjurer has his/her buxom assistant, the rex mundi has the impending doom, and the inexhaustable font of "excuses not to do right" that flows from that impendity.

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