X-Message-Number: 28384
From: "Mark Plus" <>
Subject: Re: Nanotech, space elevator and wealth (and the cost of LN2)
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2006 08:04:10 -0700

In Cryonet #28381, Keith Henson writes,

>Ultimate cause for wars is population (adjusted for economic
>conditions).  If plague wiped out 90% of the population there the Mid East
>would be a peaceful place till the population built back up.

According to empirical data gathered by the "Human Security Report," the 
number and severity of conflicts around the world have declined considerably 
since 1990, even though much of the planet has experienced deteriorating 
economic conditions over that same time period, for example, the former 
Soviet Union, sub-Saharan Africa and much of Latin America. Cuba, 
especially, had to make traumatic adjustments to a post-petroleum organic 
agriculture, which for a time cut the average caloric intake of the island 
by a third.

The Human Security Report

So it doesn't necessariy follow that declining economic prospects will turn 
on warmaking behavior in young human males.

Manage your risk, not your terror.
Mark Plus

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