Creative Destruction

October 17, 2006

Threats of Population and Nuclear War

Filed under: Current Events,International Politics,War — Brutus @ 3:07 pm

While many of the recent posts and comments on Creative Destruction have been busy thrashing and gnashing about how someone has misstated, misinterpreted, misdefined, misconstrued, etc. some tiny bit of feminism or statistical data, I note that today is the day the U.S. population passed the 300 million mark. What does that mean, really? Not much, at least to some. It’s a milestone, a big round number of which we take note, shrug, and move on. I think the term population pressure ought to be of some concern to us, as capitalist dependence on continued expansion is known (though scarcely acknowledged) to be unsustainable.

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Similarly, we take note of the fact that we may already be in an undeclared state of war with N. Korea over it nuclear ambitions (if we allow N. Korea to define that for us or note that no peace treaty was signed at the conclusion of the Korean War — only a cease-fire is in place) or are at least poised to reenter a phase of nuclear brinkmanship not experienced since the 1960s, but I guess we’re more interested in sniping at each other about pomo deconstruction of political correctness.

Even in the face of dire and imminent threat, I realize that life goes on: we still eat, sleep, love, make love, and yes, hate. But we currently face some pretty major threats to human survival both on our doorstep and perched over the horizon. I don’t want to think about them, either. But who will if not us? I’ve lost faith in our government(s) providing stewardship. They’re too consumed with electioneering and serving their top 5% constinuencies. Ugh.

Update: Even before any substantial comments, I’m already feeling silly, sheepish, and a little ashamed. While it’s true that I’m getting personally disoriented and dispirited about the current state of the country and world, getting shrill and antagonistic is the sort of thing that leads to moving to a shack in Idaho, writing a 35-page manifesto for publication in the New York Times, and eventual self-immolation on the sidewalk in front of the White House because NOBODY IS LISTENING TO ME! I don’t want to go any further down that road. So we return you to your regularly scheduled program. Go back to what you were doing.

12 Comments »

  1. While many of the recent posts and comments on Creative Destruction have been busy thrashing and gnashing about how someone has misstated, misinterpreted, misdefined, misconstrued, etc. some tiny bit of feminism or statistical data,

    I think you’re just jealous that your posts aren’t getting 20+ comments.🙂

    Have a cookie.

    But we currently face some pretty major threats to human survival both on our doorstep and perched over the horizon.

    Would that be the great boogeyman North Korea or 300 million Americans?

    Comment by Tuomas — October 17, 2006 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  2. I’m not saying I necessarily disagree with you on substance (that it would be good that we discussed some more… meaty subjects). Btw, so don’t (ahem) misunderstand it.

    Comment by Tuomas — October 17, 2006 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  3. I think you’re just jealous that your posts aren’t getting 20+ comments.

    Or 800+ page views.

    Comment by Daran — October 17, 2006 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

  4. While it’s true that I’m getting personally disoriented and dispirited about the current state of the country and world, getting shrill and antagonistic is the sort of thing that leads to moving to a shack in Idaho, writing a 35-page manifesto for publication in the New York Times, and eventual self-immolation on the sidewalk in front of the White House because NOBODY IS LISTENING TO ME!

    You know, I’m probably not disoriented and dispirited about exactly the same things in the world, and obviously about a different country, but it might bring some comfort for you to know that on my bad moments I have seriously considered moving to my parents’ summer cottage permanently and start living off the land and writing articles, eschewing all social life, studies etc. Because (almost) nobody listens to me about the threat of fundamentalist Islam, which I happen to combine with concern over environmental issues (altough not American overpopulation, as it is very large, resource-rich country even for 300 million. Or more.) Usually people wear tinfoil hats over only one of the aforementioned, seldom both.

    I don’t think your posts have been bad at all (I’m not saying this out of pity), there just hasn’t been much in them that would have prompted a correcting comment or major disagreement.

    Comment by Tuomas — October 17, 2006 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  5. Whoops. THAT didn’t format right. Brutus, if you’ll nuke that comment I’ll repost it properly. (Well, you can follow the link if you want. Anyway, it goes from 300 million at 1 AD worldwide up to the current figure in a reasonably steady progression.

    [from Brutus: your previous comment has been nuked. Please repost at will.]

    Comment by Robert — October 17, 2006 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  6. Yeah, but 749 of that is Tuomas and Daran refreshing, so take it for what it’s worth.

    Uh-uh. They don’t count your own visits.

    Comment by Daran — October 18, 2006 @ 3:55 am | Reply

  7. It appears that Tuomas was right after all. My posts and most of my comments do not attract any attention. But … sniff … I’m not … sniff … complaining or … sniff … anything. Just be on the watch for lots more posts from me with embedded text (live, nude girls! boobies!) to bring in the masses.

    Comment by Brutus — October 25, 2006 @ 11:52 am | Reply

  8. Heh, I’m just a couple dozen short of 1000 page views now, which is the best the blog has achieved since I joined, and certainly the best I’ve achieved.

    I’ve noticed, however, a general upward trend in the number of page views. When I joined, it was rare for a post by anyone to get more than a couple hundred over a months. Now it’s common to get that in a single day. Oh yeah and hot girl-on-girl-action. Interracial orgy.

    Comment by Daran — October 25, 2006 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  9. Such shameless self-promotion. I expected more mature behavior from you two.

    And I already have you all beat. Transgendered meerkat bondage yiff porn, remember?

    Amatuers. I’d say you need a class on embedding keywords incest you ever need to know how to do it. In the meantime, hit the watersports.

    (Beat that one, kids. It takes a special kind of sick mind to put that much scat into a comment.)

    Comment by Off Colfax — October 26, 2006 @ 5:34 am | Reply

  10. OffColfax, I stand in awe of your magisterial prowess.

    Comment by Brutus — October 26, 2006 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  11. Such shameless self-promotion. I expected more mature behavior from you two.

    You’re only jealous because I’ve passed 1,000 page views on a single post, and you haven’t.

    And I already have you all beat. Transgendered meerkat bondage yiff porn, remember?

    It’s Brutus’s post your helping out here.

    Or not. In fact, there no interesting searches have lead to our blog in the past several days. Maybe it’s necrophilia that we need. Have we done bestiality yet?

    Amatuers…

    That would have been a good one. Pity you mispelled it.

    Comment by Daran — October 26, 2006 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

  12. Meh. Can’t be perfect all the time. And seeing as how I was half asleep when I typed it, one typo in 100 words is an acceptable margin without an editus for the rest of us.

    Comment by Off Colfax — October 26, 2006 @ 3:49 pm | Reply


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