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Warren DeMontague

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It's vitally important that everyone here lose their shit over this picture.

It's another example of why our grandson never calls and he's dating that awful girl with the tattoo and the metal thing in her nose.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sun Sep 25, 2016, 08:20 PM (0 replies)

Once we have TP

you will bow down to the almighty bunghole.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Sep 23, 2016, 10:14 PM (0 replies)

I'm apparently no longer allowed to wear Dashikis OR cargo shorts, albeit for different reasons.

Man, some days it just doesn't pay to get dressed at all.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Sep 17, 2016, 02:56 AM (1 replies)

Well, sure. He's got a fucking TARDIS.

I wouldnt need drugs, either.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Sep 16, 2016, 03:45 AM (2 replies)

Because this:

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Wed Sep 14, 2016, 11:16 PM (2 replies)

are you suggesting that the people in that link are anti-science deniers?

"Harvard University sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson" doesn't have the authority to make a scientific calculation on the matter?



One such scientist, the eminent Harvard University sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson, bases his estimate on calculations of the Earth's available resources. As Wilson pointed out in his book "The Future of Life" (Knopf, 2002), "The constraints of the biosphere are fixed."

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Fortunately, we may be spared from entering the end-times phase of overpopulation and starvation envisioned by Malthus. According to the United Nations Population Division, the human population will hit 7 billion on or around Oct. 31, and, if its projections are correct, we're en route to a population of 9 billion by 2050, and 10 billion by 2100. However, somewhere on the road between those milestones, scientists think we'll make a U-turn.

UN estimates of global population trends show that families are getting smaller. "Empirical data from 230 countries since 1950 shows that the great majority have fertility declines," said Gerhard Heilig, chief of population estimates and projections section at the UN.

Globally, the fertility rate is falling to the "replacement level" 2.1 children per woman, the rate at which children replace their parents (and make up for those who die young). If the global fertility rate does indeed reach replacement level by the end of the century, then the human population will stabilize between 9 billion and 10 billion. As far as Earth's capacity is concerned, we'll have gone about as far as we can go, but no farther.


edited to add: I plugged "carrying capacity of the planet" into google, and that was the FIRST thing that came up. Note there was no particular spin attached to my search wording, it's not like I was looking for a particular answer.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Sep 13, 2016, 06:37 PM (1 replies)

These threads always go exactly the same, every time.

One, I'm pro-choice. Period. Mic Drop, thread over. That's it.

But just because it's apparently necessary to run through all the bullet points which must be run through every fucking time we have this utterly pointless debate (I highly doubt any meat eater has stopped eating meat due to a lecture from a vegan on DU, however, I am absolutely certain there's not a single person who was going to have a planned, wanted child and then read one of these threads and got a puppy instead) here is the cliffs notes version:



  • Population isn't fungible. the so-called "Population problem" isn't a global phenomenon, but a localized one. If that's not true, then why aren't fertility rates even across the board?



  • The thing to do is address population growth in places where it is a problem, but since we are all (hopefully) pro-choice, pro-freedom, pro-human fulfilment people, the way to do it is to advocate for better water, sanitation, standards of living, and most importantly personal autonomy and freedom- particularly for women- in terms of reproductive care and choice.

  • With those factors in place, fertility rates tend to manage themselves just fine, which is what has happened in most of the 1st world.

  • Aha, but you say, 1st world people use more resources.

  • True. But that's a resource utilization question, not a population/fertility one. And it's a statistical fact that what population growth there is, in countries like the US, is currently being driven by immigration, which oddly never seems to come up when people launch these pointless screeds against "yuppie breeders" and shit.

    Now, I'm not some crazy anti-immigration Trumpernutter, but then I'm also not in a lather over "US citizens use 300X more resources than citizens of Haiti". Seems to me if that's the case and someone is in a "we must do something now" panic about the "population problem" here, then the conclusions kind of draw themselves.

  • Lastly, "why are you so defensive"? heavy sigh, heavy sigh. Yes, people should be open to being lectured by total strangers about shit like whether they should be "allowed" to have children. Sure, I can't imagine why that doesn't go over better.

  • Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Sep 13, 2016, 03:10 AM (1 replies)

    what's the matter...


    don't you like surprises?
    Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Sep 2, 2016, 03:34 AM (0 replies)

    Pixels and words aren't the person?

    Okay, what is? Gene Wilder the baby? Christopher Hitchens the adolescent? None of us are even the same person from moment to moment.

    I know, Death is spooky black stark nothing, and this is supposed to be the great looming threat which drives us all into the warm embrace of the holy church.

    Ignoring the fact that the scenery is made of balsawood and you can see the ropes holding up the angels.

    But nothing is "nothing". Certainly not nothing. There's no such thing as nothing. So-called "empty space" is teeming with things popping in and out of existence all the time, borrowing time and matter and energy and probability from the randomness, uncertainty and chaos that is the REAL firmament underlying everything.

    It's not that I'm not scared of anything, but I'm certainly not scared of nothing, Rug.

    (It also may be completely meaningless to try and speak of what is "outside" existence, because by definition there is no outside, but that's a post for a different day)

    Gene Wilder - and Christopher Hitchens to boot- the individual, the ego, the organizational system of molecules holding forth for however many decades against the relentless and always victorious forces of entropy? Gone. But where? Back to the nameless, the Tao, the great mother of the ten thousand things which has no name and can never be created or destroyed. That's not Misty-eyed, that IS the stark reality.

    At least, that's what I choose to think this week. You think whatever the fuck you want, holmes. Your head, not mine.

    How's that, for "preaching"?

    Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Aug 30, 2016, 07:59 AM (1 replies)

    He should find more wholesome hobbies. Like, eating at McDonalds.

    i hear the McChicken is excellent.
    Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Aug 29, 2016, 08:27 AM (0 replies)
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