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skippy000127 Jan 2012 7:10 a.m. PST

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Right! So, volunteers?

May be Blue Fez territory here but how do you see this being done?

Bob Applegate27 Jan 2012 7:13 a.m. PST

Soylent Green could hold the answer.

Sloppypainter27 Jan 2012 7:19 a.m. PST

Hmmmmm. Considering this comes from Onion News there can be only one answer: induce a zombie plague. We KNOW the U.S. has the zombie virus stored at the CDC so we just use it. Should reduce the population sufficiently for the rest to make proper use of the natural resources.

A Twiningham27 Jan 2012 7:34 a.m. PST

I thought the current plan was to ship them to the moon.

teboj1727 Jan 2012 7:44 a.m. PST

The earth will take care of itself, with either another plague, or natural disaster of epic proportions. Or along something like in "Children of Men" were humans can't give birth anymore. Or another world war were it would be easier for a country to justify bombing entire towns. This is if the Aliens do not come and reduce our population first.

MajorB27 Jan 2012 8:25 a.m. PST

Completely silly.

flicking wargamer27 Jan 2012 8:31 a.m. PST

teboj17 has it right. Sooner or later something will come along and thin us out. We are way overdue.

Personal logo Tango 2 3 Ditto Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2012 8:40 a.m. PST

Hmmmmm, let's see, US, Russia, and China should do it. grin

OK guys, line up for the disintegration chambers cue that Star Trek episode where computers decide who casualties are.
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Tim

Personal logo Brigadier General Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2012 9:09 a.m. PST

I blame China, because it's easy. Africa, India and Pakistan too. The US could lead by starting with the prisons over here. Could make a good post-apocalyptic scenario.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2012 12:36 p.m. PST

cue that Star Trek episode where computers decide who casualties are.

I'm bidding on the government contract to build that software.

And lookie here – none of my family's or friends' names are on the "to do" list. What are the odds?

Personal logo kallman Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2012 7:36 p.m. PST

Sounds like the 1972 movie with Oliver Reed ZPG (Zero Population Growth) a world government imposes a one generation end to all births. Of course, we can see the results of such a program and how it has affected China where now due to birth selection and the one child rule there is an overwhelmingly high male population in ratio to female. This has caused a plethora of social issues for Chinese society. In particular as it seems that upwardly mobile and affluent Chinese women seem to be opting out of marriage and family or seek to immigrate to the west to find husbands.

As others have already stated nature and/or man himself has a way of dealing with this. Sooner or later we will have a plague/outbreak that will take a toll or due to overcrowding and the competition for resources we will have a world war or both scenarios together.

Here are some chilling stats for you, WW II in China and Asia claimed over 25 million lives the majority of them civilian. Russia lost on the order of 21 million (13.5 million were military). Germany had a loss of over 7 million and Poland comes in fourth with 5.58 million lives lost. Of course there were fewer people on the planet then than now and we have far more destructive and insidious devices at our beck and call to do the job.

Also I have to ask the scientist who made the announcement if they need to have their head examined. Was this really the best way to pitch their findings?

KatieL28 Jan 2012 3:44 p.m. PST

You know in the dystopian world of "Make Room! Make Room!" the world's population had reached the dizzy heights of 7Bn. That's where it was in "Stand on Zanzibar" as well.

The guy who wrote the book that ZPG was based on famously bet that the scarcity resulting from massive population increase would raise the price of 5 key commodities and put his money where his mouth was. He lost out on all five.

Grizzlymc Inactive Member28 Jan 2012 4:53 p.m. PST

When the club of Rome told us all that we were going to run out of most commodities in the '80s and the rest in the '90s I figured mineral exploration was a good line of business.

Not until Chinese socialism decided that greed was good did real metal prices rise two years in a row.

kyoteblue Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2012 8:41 p.m. PST

It was The Onion, um satire.

Grizzlymc Inactive Member30 Jan 2012 2:22 p.m. PST

Well, of course, everyone knows that you cant kill 1 Bn people with a thermonuke!

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2012 9:17 a.m. PST

Grizzlymc--of course not! That's why you buy them in the handy six-pack!

Grizzlymc Inactive Member03 Feb 2012 12:42 p.m. PST

Abdul has offered me more than you, but he wants delivery.

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