Wednesday, November 09, 2011

JoPa gets the bum's rush

So, it looks like Joe Paterno's gonna be out as head coach at Penn State. Turns out you can't let the people who work for you diddle little boys in the locker room and not report it to police. Geez, there's a shocker.

Oh! And now there's a big brouhaha about how Herman Cain's latest accuser is, for lack of a better term, a grifter. You know, I'm not sure that her past should necessarily have anything to do with what she's accusing Cain of doing. Then again, your past matters. Just ask Cain.

And in the whoa-now-THERE'S-a-big-surprise department, Mamma Duggar is preggers again. You know, at the age of 45, and with what she went through with the LAST kid, I'm not sure that this is the best decision, but it is, in the end, HER decision. I guess the only thing that nags at me about this is the REASON she keeps popping out kids, which is basically to provide an army for the upcoming war between the Christians and everybody else. Don't believe me? Check out the Quiverfull movement, of which she is an adherent.

Oh! And then! And then! They had a special episode of Nineteen Kids and Totally Insane on last night, where viewers got to ask the Duggars questions. And somebody asked Jim Bob how he could justify having so many children when the planet is already overpopulated.

And do you know what he said? Do you know what he said? Oh my God, this is priceless. Here is what Jim Bob said:

"The whole world's population could fit into the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida."

ahahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh really, Jim Bob? REALLY?

Look. I have no idea how many square miles are in Jacksonville, Florida - no wait. I just googled it. Answers vary, but evidently it's somewhere in the vicinity of 800 square miles. And good ol' Jim Bob says the entire population of the planet, which I understand to be around seven billion people, can fit into that space.

Okay, math majors, do your stuff. How many people would there be per square mile if seven billion people were living in 800 square miles? I'm guessing it would be a little, well, uncomfortable.

Oh! But wait! Maybe he only means Quiverfull people? Maybe he's talking about after the upcoming war between the Christians and the non-believers, and after all the non-believers are slain, the Quiverfull people all go to Jacksonville to live?

Oh, Jim Bob. You're so earnest. And insane.


Badass Nature Girl said...

LOL!!!!!! Good posting!

~~Silk said...

1 sq mile is 27,878,400 sq feet.
800 sq mile is 22,302,720,000 sq feet.
Divided among 7,000,000,000 people, that's 3.2 sq feet per person.
That gives each person a ground-level square 1.79 feet on each side (assuming I made no errors).

So yeah, they'd "fit", but nobody's sitting down. Incidentally, in some sections of large cities in China, the population is almost that dense, packed into tiny apartments in high-rise buildings.

Shalini said...

Apparently we're all just feedlot animals to the Duggars, eh? I don't think cows or pigs deserve that, but apparently people do? Wow. I didn't really feel anything for the Duggars before except that they were, you know, a little quirky, but now? Now I don't like them.

Logical Libby said...

I had no idea Jacksonville was that big. Oh, wait, he's talking about crazy Jacksonville.

fmcgmccllc said...

I live in China and they can't stack them high or close. I can't get that show on the Internet, but it is disturbing if these people are that stupid and breeding.

rockygrace said...

~~Silk, thanks for the math assist.

I watched the show again last night, and when the overpopulation question is asked, Jim Bob first says, "The world's not overpopulated." Then they cut to Michelle, who agrees, and then Jim Bob launches into his Jacksonville story.

If I was living in Jacksonville, I'd be a little worried right now. "Honey, why are there five thousand people in the backyard?"

~~Silk said...

To defend my statement about population density in some cities in China, I offer this quote from The Big Picture" (The Boston Globe, recent photo essay on world population:
"This post brings together some disparate illustrations of our world as it grows, including scenes from Mong Kok district in Hong Kong, which has the highest population density in the world, with 130,000 per one square kilometer."

Then I did the math. A kilometer is about 3,280 feet, so one square kilometer is 10,758,400 square feet. There are 130,000 people per kilometer squared in Mong Kok, so that makes 82.76 square feet per person, or a square about 9.1 feet per side.

So, yeah, NOT as dense as everyone crammed into Jacksonville.

But Manhattan sometimes feels that dense!

rockygrace said...

I get claustrophobic. So I guess I'd better stay away from Hong Kong AND Jacksonville.