# Re: Smoke one for the Wilkins Ice Shelf

• From: "Paul M. Cook" <pmcook@xxxxxxx>
• Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 16:34:36 GMT

"Bart Goddard" <goddardbe@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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"Paul M. Cook" <pmcook@xxxxxxx> wrote in
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And all 6 billion of us fit in a 20 mile square -- a space smaller
than the San Francisco Bay. (View it on Google Earth for a sense of
scale.)

If we gave every person 200 sq. ft, we could get 6 Gigapeople on
Cuba. A family of 4 would have a cozy 800 sq. ft. apartment.
That leaves Nebraska and Iowa completely free for growing food
for them. Also note that we don't even have to stack the
apartments to accomplish this.

And think what we'd save in gasoline!

B. (Not that I want Cuba paved over.)

Let's try a little math. I fired up my Mickey Mouse calculator and
got the following: 20 square miles is (5280 (feet)^2 * 20) which
equals 557,568,000 square feet. Using 6 billion as the population
(closer to 6.3 billion) that means we would need to keep 10.75 people
per square foot.

He didn't say "20 square miles", he said "a 20 mile square", so
you're off by a factor of twenty.

Oh pardon me. Yeah we could stack people like cord wood and pack them into
an even tighter space. But what the hell does that prove? They don't even
live that tight in Hong Kong or Calcutta.

We could not do it if we piled people 10 feet deep on top of each
other.

That's what makes my Cuban plan so attractive.

I'm all for making Cuba a sanctuary for republicans. A 90 mile wide moat
works for me.

Paul

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