Tuesday, November 1, 2011

War as the great leveler

if you look closely at the range on that chart between, say, 1920 and 1945, you can see that the population of the world had virtually leveled off.  Between the two World Wars, the depression, the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918 and Hiroshima,  we, as a collective "we" had managed to lower the population of the world to almost an even  birth/death ratio.   Men on a battlefield are a double problem, arent they.  One, they die, and two, they don't go home to produce the next generation. 


  1. Mits, this has nothing to do with your post, but I wanted to let you know -- I'm reading _Snuff_, the new Pratchett, and it's very very good. Better than _UA_, I'd say qualitywise it's clkoser to _Jingo_. Sam Vimes faces the greatest challenge of his career: a two week vacation at his country estate.

  2. well thanks, epo, ill check it out. Nice to know he's got a new one and hasnt lost the flavor yet.
    and just in time, I've almost reached the end of the yearly run with him.

  3. Perfect! _Snuff_ does have a couple subplots that just sort of trail off, but overall it's strong. It's just below _Thud!_, quality-wise, which is pretty good, and I'd say it's better than _Carpe Jugulum_ and _Maskerade_.

  4. guess it's really hard to know, and espcially for me, since by the time Im at the end of it all only the not-as-good ones (which is all wildly subjective opinion anyway) are the more memorable.

    And with the closing of most of our bookstores, it's now a 40 mile drive (through ice and snow and howling winds) to get to one. sigh.