I think I'll just refer to your previous post and not bring over bits and pieces this time. It's there and you know what you said.
You continue to misrepresent me. Where did I talk about coercing anybody with regard to contraception or birth control?
Obviously it doesn't make any difference where Jericho was. It could have been in China. The fact that cultivation occurred 11,000 years ago is obviously the point, so it is not a relatively recent, inherently technologically sophisticated practice, unknowable by the so called "primitives" of the world.
Diseases have always been propagated spontaneously in tropical areas. That doesn't make them a bioweapon or chemical weapon. You like to play fast and loose with words don't you?
Your volcano link had nothing to do with what you originally said. Having amnesia about your own assertions is a bit of a bad habit of yours.
Italy, Russia, and Hungary for instance have lost population. Other industrial countries, I'm sure, have too or for all practical purposes have achieved population stabilization. An important point is that if they were not dealing with illegal population movements a lot more would be in the losing population category.
I know you think Africa has some kind of Tarzan of the apes type history - with little agriculture to speak of, even now. Your fantasy seems quite fixed. You might be interested in these quotes.
Nearly 50 percent of the world's labor force is employed in agriculture. The distribution in the late 1980s ranged from 64 percent of the economically active population in Africa to less than 4 percent in the U.S. and Canada.".
Evidence indicates that mixed farming, combining cultivation of crops and stock raising, was the most common Neolithic pattern.
Agriculture was practiced in the Zimbabwe region earlier than 1500 B.C.
By 400 B.C., Zimbabwe and the rest of Southern Africa was well known as a producer of agricultural goods, gold and other commodities by many nations including some as far as China.
While many of Africa's people, farmers and communities have had to suffer for lack of arable land due to the possession of such lands by foreigners, it is astonishing that much of the produce of these lands are used to feed Europe and other parts of the world, where climate and weather conditions prohabit the growing of a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, grains and foods. While the myth of Africa being an 'underdeveloped" continent that cannot feed itself continues, the fact is Africa produces huge amounts of food that finds its way on the plates of Europeans and others.
Africa is located in the tropical zone and due to this, its potential to grow and produce a wide variety of crops, fruits and vegetables is a great blessing. Africa produces fruits such as dates, olives, bananas, pineapples, figs, oranges, grapefruits and tangerines at an enormous amount.
Vegetables such as yams (tropical yams), sweet potatoes, cassava, plantains, onions, bananas (found throughout tropical Africa). Pineapples are grown in nations including Ivory coast, South Africa, Congo-Kinshasa, Kenya and Congo.
Peppers, okra, eggplant, cucumber, watermellon are produced by nations like Comoros, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya. These nations also produced 185,000 tons of dried coconut (copra) in 1980. Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory coast produced 800,000 to 1,500,000 tons of palm oil.
In 1980, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gambia, Senegal, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zaire (Congo-Kinshasa) produced 5,300,000 tons of peanuts. Sudan, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Tanzania produced 1,300,000 tons of cotton and 2,300,0000 tons of cottonseed. Nigeria, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda produced 525,000 tons of sunflower seed.
The question is why are Africans and other Black/Third World nations suffering from a lack of food and even technological/industrial development? The answer lies in situations such as those suffered by the landless farmers in parts of Africa whose lands were taken during the colonial period and turned into commercial farms producing food to feed the people of Europe.
More greenery huh? Sorry you couldn't find any sources.
An area the size of Wales is being cut down every day in the rainforests around the world to make more space for cattle ranging and crop growing. Unfortunately this slash and burn process is quickly killing the world's lungs. The trees are an important source of our oxygen and cannot be quickly replaced.
Think your corn, which by the way is depleting the midwest aquifers, is going to make up for this? Or maybe Palm Springs is going to save us all.
A little note. Swamps are a valuable part of our ecosystem. But now let's talk about sea plants.
(04/24/2002) Number of low oxygen "dead zones" in the world's coastal waters has doubled from 50 to 100 since 1995 due to fertilizers in farm runoff fueling the overproduction of algae. The Black and Baltic Seas and the Gulf of Mexico top the list of water bodies suffering from a low-oxygen condition known as hypoxia. Unfortunately, the list is getting longer. The condition typically follows the overproduction of algae [an algae bloom]. When the algae die, they sink to the seafloor, where bacteria consume them. But these bacteria use up oxygen - and so carve out hypoxic or low-oxygen zones that choke fish and other organisms. It's a natural process, but human activity - mainly fertilizers in farm runoff - stimulate the overproduction of algae, leading to the development of new hypoxic zones.
- Seagrass beds are in general decline. Unrelated to marine algae, seagrasses are actually flowering plants more closely related to the terrestrial versions. In this sense they are in a class by themselves in the ocean. Seagrasses have undergone a general decline in many places worldwide, and restoration projects have been surprisingly difficult and unsuccessful (Larkum, et al., 1989). The reason for the decline in seagrass remains unclear, but their disappearance has not generally been due to displacement by any other plant or algae in most cases. Exploring the places where the seagrass once grew, now in many cases reveals only a bare muddy or sandy bottom.
- Kelp is in decline. Atlantic coast, Pacific coast, Australian coast...kelp beds are seemingly in decline everywhere. Recognized as providers of critical habitat for a large range of marine creatures, the disappearance of kelp forests is a major cause of concern.
That fellow from the Ayn Rand Institute, now he's an interesting piece of work. He makes it clear he:
1) Has only a passing interest in nonfossil based alternative energy.
2) Is not interested in conservation.
3) Is not interested in alternative forms of transportation.
4) Continually sets up straw men that I have never associated with environmentalists.
5) Sees no value in wilderness from which we evolved or which God created, which ever is your bent.
6) Thinks that government auto pollution standards and for instance raising the mpg average because it comes from government only makes things worse. He's wrong. Glad we have lead free gas etc.
7) Affirms, he says, only the fundamental value of human life and not of any of our living cousins. That's monstrous and, ultimately, antihuman to boot.
8) Mentions the problems of cows and pollution, environmentalists talk about that a lot believe it or not and include also their depredations of the rain forests, and then seems indifferent to the dietary implications and thinks cows are a nonindustrial source. Excuse me? Stockyards anyone? Transportation, artificial insemination, packing houses?
9) Seems uninterested in the historical annihilation of thousands of cultures and languages and the millions pillaged, murdered and enslaved due to techno-colonial predation.
10) Doesn't seem to get that the lack of a major famine among white people in the United States going presumably way back has a lot to do with the advantageous afforded by the low population to resources relationship in the early preindustrial period and beyond. Compare that with the major drop off in life expectancy, particularly among males, in modern industrialized Russia.
11) Seems to be uninterested in the implications of a world full of WMDs, resulting from badly managed and badly focused technological growth.
12) Obviously doesn't care about accelerated species loss and the loss of biodiversity buffers.
13) Seems not to understand that we have been placed in a position where our life expectancy can only be calculated to world war 3. That is an unprecedented development in our history.
14) Doesn't seen to understand that it is the business of man to winnow out the good of scientific and technological developments and make them serve our most decent future vision. Instead he buys the whole package which contains within it, unfortunately, the seeds of our destruction.
It's hard to evaluate your desalinazation link since it only talks about the energy to pump salt water through a membrane. I'm a big believer in it for coastal communities but even there it hardly is going to be sufficient for most agricultural needs or a major factor in large metropolises like LA. Forget inland communities.
You claim knowledge of the aquifer issue and then la de dah dismiss it and rhapsodize about green Phoenix. See something missing there?
I can see that you’re a person of vague, usually uninformed, sentiments and beliefs. Hopefully being on this Forum will help you discover realities you weren't aware of and dissuade you from delusions you presently entertain.
Anyway, I got a little bit of interesting research out of it.