Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sad News About Al Bartlett

ABSTRACT: In a disturbing discussion-list post, Al Bartlett wrote that his non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, previously dormant, has returned such that doctors give him “30 days, plus or minus.” As a tribute, it may be appropriate to publicize one of Al’s latest attempts to emphasize the crucial but under-appreciated importance of overpopulation.

In his pungent Population Press letter “Close the Fire Department!” soon to be online at, Al describes his experience at a recent AAAS symposium on sustainability where a panelist, in answer to his question as to why the obvious benefits of reducing our present overpopulation were never mentioned, explained that “United Nations figures show that the growth rate of world population is declining and world population growth is expected to stop on its own later in the century. So the population is under control and there is no need to worry ourselves about it at this time.”

Al responded by inviting the panelist to come with him to City Hall and seek to convince city government that it doesn’t need a Fire Department since it's an established fact that all fires will eventually go out!

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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Hake, R.R. 2013. “Sad News About Al Bartlett,” online on the OPEN! Net-Gold archives at Post of 25 Jul 2013 10:56:39-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being distributed to various discussion lists.

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