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Expecting 11 Billion People by 2100

July 12, 2013 by TurboDog

“No country has ever become rich without 100 years of low population growth. The more growth, the more capital goes to provide for survival of new citizens rather than improvement of life.”
– Lester Thurow, economist, Dean Emeritus,
MIT Sloan School of Management

Today is World Population Day, an annual event begun by the United Nations to build awareness about population growth and its impacts. The news in this 25th year of the event is discouraging.

The UN last month announced upwards revisions of earlier growth projections made just two years ago. In only a dozen years, world population – now at 7.1 billion – is estimated to reach 8.1 billion. The prior projection was 8 billion. For perspective, adding another 100 million people to the planet is equivalent to adding the current population of the Philippines.

In other words, it’s a whole lot of people.

By 2050, the estimate is 9.6 billion people – up from 9.3 billion – and by 2100, the world population is expected to reach 11 billion – up from the prior projection of 10.1 billion.    Read more

Follow #OpenGov Leaders on Micropublishing

June 17, 2013 by David Moore

I spend a fair amount of time on the Twitter micropublishing service, sharing links & ideas – to follow along, just click “subscribe” in the left-hand sidebar:     Read more

Gay Marriage Maybe Part of Platform for Democratic National Convention

April 11, 2012 by fidlerten

Even eight years ago, the very idea of gay marriage on the Democratic National Convention’s platform was something made up of pipe dreams by gay people like me. But there is serious talk among DNC heavyweights which sounds like it’s a done deal.

This year’s DNC chairman, Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa spoke clearly that he supports it. When asked by Politico’s Mike Allen “Do you think that the Democratic national platform should have a marriage equality plank?”    Read more

President 2012: Santorum Out, Obama vs. Romney Inevitable? [Dean's Corner]

April 10, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

An interesting turn of events! Now on live video feed, it appears that Obama vs. Romney may well be inevitable with the announcement of Rick Santorum leaving the Presidential race.

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Why Israelis Love Iranians [Dean's Corner]

March 28, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

How could Israelis love Iranians? This compelling video points a simple truth: how can you hate someone you don't know? Could this be a game changer?

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The Uneasy Balance of Residential Academia [Uncertain Principles]

March 27, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

I mentioned this in the Links Dump this morning, but Timothy Burke's post on the inherent tensions in the residential part of small college life is really excellent stuff, and deserves more than the 1000 characters I can quote in Delicious:    Read more

Jesus, À la Carte [Dean's Corner]

February 26, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Is that Jesus looking into a mirror? A recent study shows that Christian conservatives and liberals reflect themselves upon the image of Jesus, and it's not an ordinary mirror.

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Rick Santorum: Live Longer with God [Dean's Corner]

February 20, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Why has our life expectancy increased so much since the American Revolution?

According to Presidential candidate Rick Santorum: "Because God says they have rights."

What about the role of sanitation, nutrition, education, medicine?

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Save Our Books!

October 6, 2011 by Peter Funt

DENVER - A protest by students at the University of Denver is eye-opening because of how it is being conducted, what it has so far achieved and, most of all, what it concerns.

Students here are demanding more books.     Read more

What if Jared Loughner were a Muslim?

January 14, 2011 by THE POLITICUS

Loughner were a Muslim?
I doubt any white people hope a suspect isn't one of them -- it's just not relevant.

By Dean Obeidallah, Special to CNNJanuary 14, 2011 5:49 a.m. EST    Read more

Elena Kagan nomination: military, gay questions, and surprising positions on abortion

May 13, 2010 by pfeifer

With Elana Kagan's nomination to the US Supreme Court moving towards Senate confirmation hearings, a number of questions and controversies have arisen about her qualifications and credentials. Some are also raising questions over whether she has an anti-military bias, whether or not Kagan is gay, and whether she may actually be pro-life on the abortion issue.    Read more

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