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6.7 billion? When the hell did that happen?

Posted by Mr. Poe | February 18, 2008 11:18 AM

Would/could we get another lane on the bridge in this scenario?

Posted by Peter F | February 18, 2008 11:20 AM

This sounds fishy.

Real Estate agents are behind this, aren't they?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | February 18, 2008 11:21 AM

Well, that (mistakenly) assumes that every square kilometer of the US is habitable, which, of course, isn't the case. Think Alaska, much of the high Rockies, the deserts. the swamps, etc., etc.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | February 18, 2008 11:26 AM

@4. Beat me to it. To say, well, Singapore has a really high population density, so, the US should be able to have 700 people/sq. km, is a pretty bad comparison.

Posted by Julie | February 18, 2008 11:45 AM

@4 jesus dude. you could also think of 1 million other reasons why this wouldn't work. i don't think anybody is planning this. disproving wild hypotheticals is pretty fun though.

like, it also (mistakenly) assumes that 6.7 billion people would want to come here. it also (mistakenly) assumes that all 6.7 million people would make it here alive. it also (mistakenly) assumes our militas would allow it. it also (mistakenly) assumes that bigfoot would give up his territory without a fight....

Posted by cochise. | February 18, 2008 11:52 AM

This is completely ignoring the fact that people don't spread out over all of the given territory. They tend to concentrate in urban areas...

Posted by UC | February 18, 2008 11:58 AM

This is stupid and pointless. Oh wait, it's a Mudede post.

Posted by Chris | February 18, 2008 12:03 PM

Why don't we put all the people in the world in Africa? It's much bigger than the U.S.

Posted by elswinger | February 18, 2008 12:04 PM

And it also (mistakenly) assumes that the food for those 6.7 billion people will materialize out of thin air, because at 700+ peeps/square klick, nobody's gonna be growing any food on that land.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | February 18, 2008 12:04 PM

We could easily squeeze a billion into the areas around Phoenix and Las Vegas. Pray for rain.

Posted by Mahtli69 | February 18, 2008 12:06 PM

@7 NO. in figuring density, the numbers still come out the same.

6,700,000,000/9,161,923 kmē = 731

Posted by cochise. | February 18, 2008 12:10 PM

Is this has to be the low point of your entire career as a thinker!

Posted by mirror | February 18, 2008 12:23 PM

It also (mistakenly) assumes that the robot migrant workers tending the fields elsewhere in the world where all our food crops would need to be grown wouldn't also want to immigrate here in search of economic opportunity for themselves and their robot offspring.

Stop Illegal Robot Immigration!

America For Humans!

Posted by COMTE | February 18, 2008 12:26 PM

But we need people in China to make all our cheap consumer stuff!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | February 18, 2008 12:28 PM

Iam assuming that this calculation takes in every square kilometer of land in the u.s., which would mean giving up conservation land, federal parks, local parks, etc. in order to accommodate the 700 people per square kilometer. That would include 700 people per sq. kilometer of farm land as well. That would include 700 people per sq. kilometer of desert and mountain as well. And if not, then the use of land should be better spelled out. Is the land that is counted only those occupied by towns and cities, large and small? Given that 1 square mile = 2.589 988 km2, for approx. every half square mile, there would be 700 people on it. Who wants to live like that. Were that to happen, I think the rest of the world would find itself occupied by the decendants of its expatriates as Americans flee their country.

Posted by Stella | February 18, 2008 1:02 PM

@13 Charles fancies himself as a thinker?



Charles you don't fancy yourself as some form on intellectual do you?

Reality Check. You aren't. Not even in the same league as some of the SLOGGERS here, let alone in a larger capacity.

Charles a word of advice. Stick to simple topics.... you're way out of your league with anything deeper than opinions on world events. Depth of intellectualism is not your strong suit.

What is the famous saying again? "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."-- Abraham Lincoln

That quote was designed for you mu' brotha'

Learn it. Live it. Love it.

Reality Check

Posted by Reality Check | February 18, 2008 1:13 PM

Personally, I think we should let whoever wants to move to America do so, so long as they work during their productive years, up until age 62, when possible. I just don't want a large welfare burden from immigrants if we can avoid it. And we could sure use the population base for more military recruitment if we continue to insist on running large wars in other people's countries.

Posted by pragmatic | February 18, 2008 1:46 PM

So a better idea Charles would be for the United States to purchase the northern 1/3 of Mexico for a couple grand.

This would achieve a couple of things:

1. We could create a couple new states out of the new territory
2. all the current illegals could move back to their "homeland"
3. They could start up businesses of their own
4. The USA would have a ready made resort communities all along the new coast.
5. The resort communities would be warmer and drier, perfect for soon-to-be retiring baby boomers.
6. The resulting building explosion would boost the economy.
7. All the illegals would move back further south, thereby keeping some of the traditional cultural fabric intact for what remains of the U.S.
8. We could establish a new Southern border, and remove all obstacles to building a strong secure 3 mile wide DMZ zone inbetween a set of new fences.
9. We would offer a limited 1 year application process for any current Mexican citizen of good standing to apply for citizenship to the new territory.
10. We could build the new coastal cities with smart urban planning. The Federal government could get involved and control all the land use and planning, ensuring that density and transit is properly built out way ahead of time.

Sounds like a good start to me, and I don't see many obstacles or downsides.

Reality Check

Posted by Reality Check | February 18, 2008 2:23 PM

Here's a thought: not everyone wants to live in America. In fact I'd guess a vast majority wouldn't.

And if we keep electing idiots, a growing number in America will be moving on as well.

Posted by Kevin Lyda | February 18, 2008 3:15 PM
21 looks just like on the maps.

(seriously, faked or not, that picture is gorgeous)

Posted by Wolf | February 18, 2008 4:02 PM

If everyone in the world lived at Manhattan-density, they would only cover the state of Kansas. Letīs do that instead. But not in Kansas.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | February 18, 2008 7:08 PM

The white population is shrinking and the darker population is rising and the racist 1/3 of whites are in a total tizzy that the day is coming when they will be in the minority. Maybe they are afraid of payback. Like maybe white schools will be the ones short changed, or whites will suffer more from illnesses that result from a two tiered health care system. Etc.,etc.,...

Posted by Vince | February 19, 2008 7:14 AM

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