WASHINGTON - The nation's population officially hit 300 million at 7:46 a.m. EDT Tuesday, when the Census Bureau's population clock rolled over to the big number.
But there weren't any wild celebrations, fireworks or any other government-sponsored hoopla to mark the milestone. Why bother? Many experts think the population actually hit 300 million months ago.
"I don't think anybody believes it will be the precise moment when the population hits 300 million," Howard Hogan, the Census Bureau's associate director for demographic programs, said in an interview before the milestone was reached. But, he added, "We're confident that we're somewhat close."...
Arthur, thanks; I was just teasing you a bit. If you hadn't told me, I might have thought "cosmopolite" was a mineral!
You might have liked Maine; I just finished reading how they had an *emigration* problem in the late 19th century - too many "going west". The governor tried to recruit Scandinavian immigrants to make up the deficit.
Thats where I see myself, not stuck in the chauvinist world of nationalism.
From an early age I bounced around the nations of the world as a sailor, and loved the freedom of travel. Perhaps that took the edge off my 'nationalism.'
I've been to your country too - the eastern seaboard side, and I would have loved to have joined you all there but alas, I got too old and retired here.
As for "independance" - When the Saxons, Angles, Normans, Scots, Gauls, Vikings and whatever else landed on this Island; - Some went north some stayed south. But we are all basically the same. The only "political"(?) reason I can see for separation is a marginally different culture, or as the anti-EU folks say = Regionalisation by the EU. Therefore I would have quite happily stayed with Westminster.
If you were to ask my nationhood today I would tell you Christian. I'm a stranger here.
As the article states, "This year, there's a good chance the 300 millionth American has already walked across the border from Mexico." So, Ginger, the whole country is tilting south. The above statement should say, illegal immigrant, but hey, with all the Papal Representatives that we send to Congress which voters mistakenly think they represent them,
I just heard on the radio this noon, that a Minuteman has come to Lincoln to organize a chapter of that group to help stop illegal immigration from a state level, legally. It is a shame that individuals have to do what the federal government should be doing.
Neil, I see that California is treating sewage water so that it can be dumped back into streams that feed reservoirs that provide water for cities. Much of the country, particularly the Southwest, does have a water problem.
UK population: ~60 million, so with 1/5 of the people the UK has 1/40 the land area.
So there's still plenty of room; ignore the Malthusian nonsense. The main constraint, as I see it, is water, esp. here in the Southwest. I just read that the UK is considering recycling effluent into potable water . We do that too, but only for irrigation.