Well- the time is coming where critical mass will be achieved in the population, and this will be known when there is not enough water for the world to consume. Fast upon the heels of a lack of water will come a lack of food, and famine will ensue. There are only so many people who can exist at any one time.
This is a given, especially when you have the population of the Middle East Muslims, and the Hispanic populations growing at a four to one pace versus everyone else. The Chinese have had a cap on their population, but we have gone from 3 billion people in the 1950s to over 6 billion people now- double the amount in just 50 something years- a fact that is distressing, when you think that another doubling could come in twenty more years.
And here we have corn being siphoned from the food chain to make ethanol, when sugarcane could do this better and not affect the food cycle. I have to wonder at the lack of intelligence- could this be intentional, or are they just that stupid? I vote for the stupidity- it’s more hopeful.
But I am going to play Devil’s Advocate here- a little “What If” sort of guessing game where I think of the scenarios that might be possible under this administration and Barama’s fellow travelers in other governments.
First, the economy is not going to get much better globally, until there is a culling of people worldwide- how this is done could be iffy- a bio- weapon might get the job done, but what if it was to change, to morph into something that there was no vaccine for? That makes that scenario not so sure. The virus might double back on the instigators. There would have to be a vaccine prepped ahead of time.
Still, at least half of the populace would need to go- armed conflict? That gets chancy also, as the various powers would begin to take it seriously, and jockey for territory, not just culling people, so no government could trust another in this exercise- greed takes over, and the violence would inevitably escalate, and the landscape gets altered in negative ways- not a good alternative.
That leaves a natural killer, one that has been around since day one- cancer. Cancer affects everyone at one time or another. Everyone has had someone they knew who has been at least affected by this in one form or another.
If there was an enhanced version or versions of cancer, that could not be cured ( and there are already several versions of cancer that are difficult to treat), and if people at an advanced rate got these cancers, soon the problem would begin to solve itself as the death rate inevitably rose above the present levels.
Now, I know that this is an unpleasant subject for anyone who has had to deal with cancer. I have had to deal with it twice, so I am sensitive to the emotional impact- but we are talking Devil’s Advocate here, so the problem is, how do they (the Governments of this world) deal with over- population? Something will have to be done eventually- whether it is disease, war, or mass emigration to another planet (yeah- not real high on the list of possibles), the problem will need to be addressed within the next fifty years at the most.
In the wake of the Swine Flu, weak though that was, the question remains, because our population density as well as our modes of travel have produced a faster than expected spread of this virus. In addition, the 24/7 news cycle has kept a fine map, if you will, that demonstrates how this disease has spread. We have been lucky in that this version of the flu was weak, and it has come during the spring, rather than the winter, when peoples immune systems are compromised, and people are staying inside.
Could the Swine Flu have been a test run for some other, more lethal strain of disease to be unleashed at a later date? Sure- I rather doubt it, but in this governmental environment, I truly believe that there are no ethical limits that would not be crossed by the people in power now, and that is something I never thought I would say about ANY American, ever. So, could they kill (or cull, if you will) a percentage of people in this country, in order to stay in power? Yes, I believe they could.
Look at how little they are doing to ease the monetary crisis- as long as the public believes the crisis is still here, this administration has basically carte blanche to do as they will. They like that.
After all, as Rhomboid Emmanuel is very fond of saying, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”
With cynicism like that, ANY scenario becomes possible.