Arty-charty disco party

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There’s a great thing happening at Cornell – the faculty have been asked to provide the infographic which has been ‘the most most important, remarkable, meaningful or valuable.’ The responses are many and varied, but one chart keeps cropping up:

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Population growth is the 800lb gorilla in any discussion of what is likely to happen in the next century, in part because the notion of population control is anathema to most societies. So, playing devil’s advocate, maybe Bush et al. are actually doing the smart thing by provoking a conflict between two of the dominant social forces on the planet, hoping for an apocalyptic solution to the problem. Of course, focussing on the apocalyptic allows them to ignore their responsibility to address the more immediate problems. Strange then that Clinton & Gore are spending their post-Presidential careers focussing on climate change and the long game.

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