Well, I suppose, as predictions go, if I keep repeating it daily for the next millennium (I should live so long, my life already!) it may come true assuming trains are still a mode of transport in the future. Anyway, I am encouraged to follow this, er, 'scientific' method by the distinguished Bling - oooops, sorry - Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford. His name is Paul Ehrlich and he has been telling us, in suitable Pte. Fraser tones, that 'we're all doomed' for close to 50 years now. In the last few days he and his cult of similarly-minded loonies have issued, yet again - and again - and again - and well, for bloody ever, really - another dire warning:
There is no longer any doubt: We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity's existence.
Oh no, say it ain't so!
Prof. Ehrlich Pte. Fraser
To quote yet another favourite from Dad's Army, we must turn to the redoubtable Cpl. Jones who constantly offered this advice to his less than glorious leader, "Don't panic, Capt. Mainwaring", as he, himself, panicked!
My advice to all of you - er, you are taking note, I trust! - is to lean on the memory of the late and very great economist Julian Simon. He ridiculed Ehrlich's nonsense and went further by offering him a wager in 1980 that the price of certain essential minerals would fall not rise in the next 10 years. He allowed Ehrlich to choose the minerals. Ehrlich lost despite all you wretched, copulating humans increasing the world population by 800 million during the period - the biggest ten year rise in history! - and you're all very naughty boys - and girls!
Should you doubt my scorn for Prof. Ehrlich then let me provide you with a quote from his 1968 book, The Population Bomb:
“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.”
Yeeeeeeeees, quite! Anyway, I leave you with two bits of very sound advice - ignore anything Prof. Ehrlich says but, for God's sake, stay away from Platform 10 - you have been warned!
ADDITIONAL: Sorry, I forgot to add another Ehrlich quote from 1970 courtesy of IHTM:
In a 1971 speech, he predicted that: “By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people.” “If I were a gambler,” Professor Ehrlich concluded before boarding his plane, ” I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”
God almighty, his bookie must be a very rich man!