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  •  Silly person, 5 billion dying is not the end of (5+ / 0-)

    humanity.  The end of freedom, western ideals of liberal democracy, liberty, etc., but not the species.  Frankenfish are being engineered with Frankenfood even as we speak.  The rich and some serfs will survive - and the rich will thrive, pro'ly off-planet where they're are a heck of a lot more resources anyway.

    Ironically, the best bet for long-term survival of the very things they're going to kill is also moving lots of the manufacturing and resource-accumulation off-planet... but starting yesterday, not 50 years from now.  'Course, Thugs gotta kill all science because 'Freedom!(tm)', aka slavery for 99%, complete destructive license for the 1.

    And so it goes...

    •  disagree (12+ / 0-)

      the rich are only rich because of the current fragile economic/fiat system, when and if that falls, they have no useful skills, and that powerful 70 year old billionaire, now becomes just another old 70 year feeble male with no useful skills.

      Not a religious person perse but the meek our going to inherit the earth.

      What I see happening. Financial systems will collapse, wars will break out over energy resources and things such as the Petrodollar.  They will escalate beyond just proxy wars. Once the big boys go at it directly, the wars will last a few weeks at most.  EAch country will easily sink each others navies, and they will hack and destroy each others powergrids. Much of the developed world will plunge into darkness.   Economies totally collapse, food runs out, civil unrest and riots begin everywhere.  War is basically over because without energy wars cant be waged.

      No energy, civil unrest, no functioning economies, insane weather patterns, dying oceans, radiation still spreading from the decade old Fukushima disaster, western civilization will end.  In the last century we have managed to forget all the necessary skills in order to survive on our own.  To reliant on tech. the western civ human is doomed.

      Who will survive all this? the semi isolated poor peasant farmer of the third world.  Other than the weather patterns, none of this effects him, and some may even benefit him as energy companies and so forth wills top poisoning his water supply and stealing resources.

      The meek may well inherit the earth.

    •  there are 7b now, increasing to 9b (7+ / 0-)

      by 2050. What happens after that is anyone's guess.

      I happen to be on team No More People by 2300. This is something I'm more than happy to be very wrong about. Not even the rich will survive (however if they do, they'll be the ones going into space. Elysium was perhaps a pretty good extrapolation of the actual future.)

      The linked articles are pretty clear. This is the biggest crisis since our species evolved. It's bigger than the explosion of Toba.

      Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility- mperiousRex.

      by terrypinder on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:35:14 AM PDT

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    •  In 500 years (0+ / 0-)

      all the humans will be clones of the Koch brothers.

      I'm still mad about Nixon.

      by J Orygun on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 11:55:04 PM PDT

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