Saturday, February 04, 2012

the billions of bodies can be converted to "fossil" fuels

TheOnion | Saying there's no way around it at this point, a coalition of scientists announced Thursday that one-third of the world population must die to prevent wide-scale depletion of the planet's resources—and that humankind needs to figure out immediately how it wants to go about killing off more than 2 billion members of its species.

Representing multiple fields of study, including ecology, agriculture, biology, and economics, the researchers told reporters that facts are facts: Humanity has far exceeded its sustainable population size, so either one in three humans can choose how they want to die themselves, or there can be some sort of government-mandated liquidation program—but either way, people have to start dying.

And soon, the scientists confirmed.

"I'm just going to level with you—the earth's carrying capacity will no longer be able to keep up with population growth, and civilization will end unless large swaths of human beings are killed, so the question is: How do we want to do this?" Cambridge University ecologist Dr. Edwin Peters said. "Do we want to give everyone a number and implement a death lottery system? Incinerate the nation's children? Kill off an entire race of people? Give everyone a shotgun and let them sort it out themselves?"

"Completely up to you," he added, explaining he and his colleagues were "open to whatever." "Unfortunately, we are well past the point of controlling overpopulation through education, birth control, and the empowerment of women. In fact, we should probably kill 300 million women right off the bat."

Because the world's population may double by the end of the century, an outcome that would lead to a considerable decrease in the availability of food, land, and water, researchers said that, bottom line, it would be helpful if a lot of people chose to die willingly, the advantage being that these volunteers could decide for themselves whether they wished to die slowly, quickly, painfully, or peacefully.


DD said...

Love the Onion. This is the "serious" argument, isn't it? People who drive two ton metal transports filled with the energy equivalent of hundreds of slaves to buy food packaged and shipped thousands of miles, then go home and play on precious metal based devices also running on the energy of thousands of slaves, dumping hundreds of gallons of fresh water on ornamental topiary see the only solution to "overpopulation" as.....a massive cull.

The mass slaughter may be inevitable, or extremely likely without widespread autocratic fascism. But that doesn't make it the intelligent rational solution.

CNu said...

the "non-negotiable" way of life vs. billions of lives devoid of value..,

seems the non-negotiables had better take stock of the significant investments and preparations that have been made to ensure their own manageable liquidation, as well.

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