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How to solve overpopulation

Paxson gives Lions Club a glimpse of the world problem

April 25, 2013

Overpopulation and possible solutions to make the world sustainable took center stage in a presentation to Lions Club members by speaker David Paxson Wednesday. Paxson, of Minneapolis, Minn....

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Apr-29-13 6:58 PM

As one of the EDF founders said when it was pointed out that EDF's success in banning DDT would cost the lives of 30 million children a year, "Is there a better way?" Perhaps that compassionate progressive/liberal attitude on a myriad of other issues such genetic engineering (frankenfoods), herbicides, fossil fuels, etc., will obviate Paxson's Malthusian concerns.

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Apr-29-13 3:07 PM

OVERPOPULATION FACTS FARMLAND: World loses another 75 million acres of farmland to development and soil erosion -- size of Wisconsin & Iowa COMBINED -- every YEAR! WATER: Fresh water tables falling for over half world’s people, including in U.S. & Iowa! ENERGY-MINERALS: Cheap fossil fuels drove unbelievable growth in population & consumption for past 200 years. But we’ve used up the cheap, easy oil, gas, coal, metals. What’s left is far more expensive, harder to get, and degrades environment. POVERTY: BILLIONS don’t have enough food, water, shelter, education, health care, & a life-sustaining job. More are in poverty than ever before. KILLING SPECIES: We’ve already killed off THOUSANDS of species. THOUSANDS more are endangered. Experts estimate we’re killing species at 1,000 times faster than the rate before humans were dominant. “Facts are stubborn things” -- President John Adams. More overpopulation FACTS: ***********worldpopulationbalance****/ Dave Paxson, President

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Apr-26-13 9:06 PM

hbockhoven, Thanks! I think I may have gotten that as an email once but I'll check it out. Inch by inch we're losing our freedom. I've often thought that some of these politicians who are trying to ban cigarettes have $$$ connections with companies that make anti smoking drugs & devices. When they first started trying to ban cigarettes, I noticed a huge increase in TV commercials pushing gum & all kinds of other junk that supposedly helps people stop smoking. You can almost bet there's big $$$ in the ban on cigarettes for these politicians.

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Apr-26-13 3:27 PM

hbockoven, you are so right! ADHD & ADD were also never heard of when our generation was growing up. We were just normal healthy kids who happened to be little live wires as our parents called us. They have turned normal healthy foods into nothing but glorified junk food and many are paying dearly for it!

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Apr-25-13 7:40 PM

BorninFD2, my guess would be that The Messenger might have printed this ridiculous story to show just how b**t backward some have gotten in their thinking over the last few yrs. Anyway, whatever the reason, the cat will have a fresh litter box liner tomorrow.

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Apr-25-13 6:42 PM

Make war not love. That should help with population control & ease poor Mr. Paxson's worried little mind.

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Apr-25-13 5:43 PM

Since our overpopulation is destroying the ecosystem's capability to support life in general, (we're causing more extinctions than at any other time in the past 65,000,000 years), our time on the planet is limited as a species.

That's why even one child is too many, it is adding to the destruction of the planet, and, more will be suffering by being here.

The answer, to save the rest of the planet from Human Beings, is vhemt****.

We're vehement.

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Apr-25-13 2:10 PM

Well, everybody, you all better stop the h a n k y p a n k y & stay on your own side of the bed for a good long while. lol By the way I think I heard a chunk of the sky fall in the back yard the other night.

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Apr-25-13 12:58 PM

So somebody with an inflatable globe and a ticking timer spoke to 20 people at a Lions Club meeting and it made the newspaper? The globe isn't over-populated, certain areas of different continents have over-population in their biggest cities. If you cram 20 million people in area smaller than the size of Rhode Island, then yes it will tax the resources. There are vast, unclaimed areas on this planet that should be used to thin out population centers because with all of this technology, people can make a living and manufacture products without having to resort to having just one child. I have been around several only children, they have fewer social skills than those with even one other sibling. This world doesn't need to be run by a generation of brats.

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Apr-25-13 2:37 AM

Didn't the Brookings Institute do a study on this matter years ago and concluded that the ideal population for the world is around 500 million? Having said that, this guy's knowledge seems to be lacking heavily. Yes, birth control helped reduce large families but, so did technology. Couples used to have many more children because not all of them were likely to survive and the physical help was needed to do work to earn a living & survive. You don't need a huge family to run a farm now for example. On top of that, most places currently experiencing the worst overpopulation like sub-Saharan Africa are projected to plateau in a few generations and possibly even begin to fall if a cure AIDS isn't found. Many places like Japan & Russia have lost millions of people and are encouraging people to have MORE children. I took a geography class from a man much more accomplished in this area and his words were much different than this Lions Club speaker.

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