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Happy Labor Day!

3 Sep

Well, here in the United states it’s Labor Day which reminds me that it is predicted that the world’s human population shall reach 8 billion by the year 2024.

We reached 1 billion in 1818 after millions of years of struggle just to get there…that is of course if you believe in science. If you don’t then about 5,000 years ago Adam and Eve had a few million kids all named Cain and Abel or was that Cain and Mabel? Because how Cain and Abel had all of those children is still a mystery to me.

Anyway, there were 3 billion humans in the world by 1963, about the time when I was turning 8 years old, and according the Worldometer website (isn’t the internet great!) Population in the world is currently growing at a rate of around 1.14% per year and the average population change is currently estimated at around 80 million per year. Which oddly enough is good news because back in the 60’s the growth rate was at its all time high at over 2.1%. Should we thank god that contraception caught on?

In any case, thankfully the annual growth rate is currently declining and it is projected to continue to decline in the coming years. Currently, it is estimated that the growth rate will become less than 1% by 2020 and less than 0.5% by 2050. However, we have twice as many people now than we had in 1960 when the rate was double so we’re still kinda screwed (pun intended)… so it is now estimated that the world’s population will take a further 43 years to increase to  9 billion by 2042…when I’m 87…I’m hopeful…I think?

But the latest projections from the United nations indicate that world population will finally stabilize at just above 10 billion persons after 2062….Aren’t you glad?… I should be turning 107 by then…don’t laugh…and with the help of Obamacare and a few million bucks that I don’t have right at the moment, I should be mostly robotic, rechargeable and nursing home friendly.

But then again when was the last time the United Nations got something right? (Hint: it was in 2003 when they said there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq) So maybe we’ll get lucky after all…?

But still I find it most interesting and fortuitous for us here in the USA that right now over 2.5 billion of us live in either India or China. That’s over one third of everybody! And I sure am glad that they don’t like to wander around as much as we Europeans did and they do seem to be pretty peaceful when you consider the fact that most of the world’s wars began in you know where. I just hope they don’t get any imperialistic ideas in the next 50 years or so and continue to remain the homebodies they now are…although where the next 3 billion people are going to decide to live is beyond me.

I also find it interesting to note that only 2.1 billion people in the world, less than one third of all of us, consider themselves to be Christian…and that’s after over 2,000 years of preaching and proselytizing and conversion by somewhat other than peaceful means…plus don’t forget all of the begetting that we Christians have been doing. You’d think that by now we would already have everybody on our team. Thanks a lot Adam and Steve!

And it also should be noted that about 1.6 billion people consider themselves to be of the Islamic faith, and it’s the fastest growing religion in the world…so go figure! Plus over 1.1 billion of us have no religion at all…so in what or whom will the next 3 billion people believe? Your guess is as good as mine but my money is on some sort of creature that looks like an iPad and acts like a telephone…you know, something we can still talk to but also see at the same time. (some I believe have already begun worshipping at this altar)

So happy Labor Day to one and all! May your Labors be mild, your backyards spacious and may your relatives never stay longer than 3 days!

Hey, What Exit?

10 Feb

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When it comes to population density New Jersey is first!…among states that is. The District of Columbia actually has more residents per square mile and Puerto Rico is a close second, but they don’t count because when it comes to states,  we’re still the most crowded! ..at least for now…

However, according to the moving company United Van Lines which released its 36th annual study of customer migration patterns, New Jersey and You are apparently no longer perfect together.

These patterns, analyzing a total of 125,000 moves across the 48 continental states in 2012 show that  New Jersey has the highest ratio of people moving out compared to those moving in. Of the 6,300 total moves tracked in the state last year, 62% were outbound. Ouch!

Apparently New Jersey has been suffering from deindustrialization for some time now and even though it’s  starting to smell better  it’s still tied to New York, and its  high housing costs which may also be pushing people out.

And sadly, just when we had finally figured out how to keep New York’s garbage from washing onto our beaches, it’s now washing off of our beaches!… in the form of our houses, cars, boardwalks and amusement park rides…thanks to global warming (Yes, it is real) helping to bring those mega-storms up the coast on what’s becoming a yearly basis.  

And with new and more strictly drawn FEMA flood zone maps being approved along with  requirements to rebuild “off the ground” or above the flood plain,  insurance costs are sky rocketing,  not to mention the costs of rebuilding. . .and what was once our greatest asset is fast becoming our greatest liability…It will be interesting to see just how many of the homes destroyed during hurricane Sandy will actually be rebuilt.

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Of course we still have “Snookie” and her friends around somewhere to help draw people back in although most of us New Jersians don’t see them as an asset, and even though I think we still lead the world in pizza, bagels and wise guys, if the trend continues perhaps someday soon the old Jersey joke, “Hey what exit?” will no longer refer to where we Jersy-ites live along our parkways and turnpikes but rather by which egress we are leaving.

But maybe the numbers are wrong and my beloved New Jersey will not have to  relinquish its claim to fame as the most densely populated state …maybe we New Jerseyers aren’t really leaving. We’re just being nudged, jostled and pushed out because it’s so crowded. Hey, could be… I bet if you look around you can even find some of us who have spilled into your state.

 Here in New Jersey, that’s called looking on the bright side…or a vacation.

 

 

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