On Planet Earth people will go into the poverty category of humanity. Why?

Apparently, there isn’t enough food to go around and about 100,000,000 (that’s 100 million) people will go into the poverty/starving category of humanity in the following months/year on top of an already 1 billion to 1.5 billion who are already in that category.  Of course, that’s what the UN is telling us and they couldn’t count any number of “things” if they tried really hard.

We can assume that at least 50 million more people are going into the impoverished category, where they won’t be able to afford gas and foods as there is no doubt, even by the UN’s always outlandish estimates, a consensus on the fact that these two staples of life are increasing in price, in some places by as much as 25%, without inflation which in America is at 4%.

CNN seems to be reminding me every day that there is worldwide turmoil and there are riots around every nationalistic corner and sure enough in a few minutes the sky will open up and the world will finally be rid of those bible belting Christians. Poverty, of course, is nothing new and the US has a great experience in fighting it, however, to CNN’s dismay, I’m sure, the world still turns and problems still persist.

Many are pointing the cause for the worldwide food shortage problem at a higher demand for food products to convert into ethanol, which creates less of a food supply for consumption.  What nobody really seems to have numbers for is how much has the demand for ethanol grown?

I mean I live in a city where there are at least 10 gas stations and not a single one serves ethanol, and while we are a minuscule percentage of the world, where exactly is all this ethanol going.  The fact is if ethanol isn’t the problem, then there is a bigger problem out there which could be really bad, and if I could underline really I would.

Moving CNN’s fear mongering to the side, I have no doubt that if the problems of today aren’t solved tomorrow, they will result in even worse conditions in the future, where history is our predictor.

Remembering  Arthur C. Clarke

As a child I mused at the ‘e’ in his last name, often pronouncing it with the rest of Clark.  Today I’ve learned a great deal from the man, and especially the places where his works have taken me, and I will never forget those places that opened up my imagination to new possibilities.

Clarke leaves a long legacy at an age of 90, whereupon he passed away earlier in the day at a hospital in Sri Lanka, his home since 1950.  From the creation of the idea for satellite communication systems in 1945, right after WW II had ended and years before any effort in satellite communications would be undertaken, to his epic and unforgettable 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke has become more than a name for a man of great scientific imagination, but an idea that embodies the notion of a future where humans have left the solar system for exploration, found alien life forms, solved global climate problems, and undertaken peace initiatives between the various peoples throughout the planet.

As the Internets undoubtedly filled up with eulogies or epitaphs describing the greatness of Arthur C. Clarke, and personal connections to a man who changed how many of us see the world, as I have done here, we cannot forget his message.  Whilst grand, it can be simple, and that is the Exploration of Space, well beyond our own solar system, is essential to the future of mankind.

While exploration alone cannot fully achieve an end to world hunger or poverty, it cannot be sacrificed for problems that are solvable via human input more so than technological input.  It takes a scientist and engineer to build a spaceship, and it takes a decent human being to provide food and care for humanity’s sick and poor.  Both can work together.

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