We’re all done with travel for the year after trips to the West and to the South over the last month or so, but extending this break here at the blog seemed like a good thing to do amid all the market upheaval of late (I think crude oil will soon cost $8 a barrel again).
Recall that a few decades ago, this was the world’s number one problem, however, the recent flattening of the curve has eased those concerns substantially. The Science report argues that expectations of world population stabilizing during this century are likely wrong and that there could be more than 12 million people on the planet by 2100.
A couple of rather remarkable stats from worldometers:
During the 20th century, world population has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion.
In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now.
Lots of retrospectives on Robin Williams today, all of which make for some good reading about celebrity, entertainment, depression, etc.
I’ll never forget this performance from almost 30 years ago – not sure if we had it on tape or whether we’d catch it on HBO, but it is an indelible memory of a master comedian at work.
Click on the YouTube logo directly above to navigate to Part 2. Don’t know where it appears in this, but the discussion of his cocaine usage is pretty funny. I recall him talking about waking up in the morning (or afternoon or evening) with Buddy Rich drumming on his chest.
The U.S. is the world leader in prison population and a close second in prison population rate. How we got there is shown below from the animated graphic in this story at Vox.
We currently lead the world with over 2 million people incarcerated (many for drug crimes as part of the wildly unsuccessful “War on Drugs”) and our prison population rate is exceeded by just one country – the Republic of Seychelle (no, never heard of it before either).