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Let's talk about Population

Whatever your political beliefs, if you believe that overpopulation (both worldwide, and in our own country) is a problem, don't be silent about it. I am starting a non-partisan group called "Conversations on Population." Some of the issues I hope to address include how to speak more openly about population and its role in deforestation, global warming, poverty, world hunger, water shortages, the spread of disease, violence, as well as Loss of habitat and Species Extinction, just to name a few. Let's talk about this phenomenon and what we can do to convince others to join our cause. For more information, please check out my new group "Conversations on Population" at Meetup.com or contact me at my profile on Meetup. 



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  • A former member
    A former member

    I did not use sarcasm and I am sorry for that long comment - I just felt very silly for my behavior. I have social issues and get very hard on my self when I make mistakes. I never meant to come off as attacking or immature. I think smart phones are totally optional (I only recently received one myself and don't like it) and since I had no reason to suspect otherwise, I incorrectly relied too heavily upon others having one as well. No big deal. It was a mistake. I do not think anyone did anything wrong and certainly not you. The discussion was a clever idea and I thank you for creating it. I just reacted overly sensitively to the term "smart sense." I never, ever, would try to insult, undermine, or attack anyone. So sorry that it was taken this way.

    September 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Alana, I think I should apologize to you, and I am very sorry you have left the group. An hour and a half is a very long trip, and you in fact were the only person who signed up for this event who took the time to confirm it with your "like" two days ago. I think this meetup sight can be very frustrating for everyone sometimes, I am no exception. My problem is that I have difficulty with Smart phones being a generation X-er who is a bit of a technophobe. I apologize on that account... every time I have tried the "smart" screen keeps disappearing on me and the virtual keypad types all the wrong letters. But I wish I had given you my phone number at least beforehand. Please forgive me, and I hope you won't be discouraged from future meetups.

      September 7, 2014

  • Michael

    Well, you know, if want to have a meeting at a large, overpriced pretentious restaurant, it doesn't seem unreasonable in 2014 to have a smart phone to keep track of the event's social media stream. If you can't afford a smart phone, pick a cheaper, smaller venue.

    September 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well Michael, I you are going to sign up to an "overpriced" event, it doesn't seem unreasonable to drive there in a car. If you can't afford a car, then don't sing up to an overpriced event.

      September 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    VelvetyBlue, no one called you stupid. We simply missed each other today. It isn't a tragedy. I'm assuming you did everything you could in order to make a connection as I hope you would be able to see that I also did likewise. Again, I am sorry I was unable to meet you both...However you and Michael attacked me with sarcasm on this thread for no reason and THAT DOES SHOW a certain level of immaturity which I don't need at a meetup. Good luck to you both!

    September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very sorry about this mishap. My assumption was stupid. I realized my very dumb thought processing that you pointed out. I just used my phone because the bus was late and I had no way of predicting that. In the past the host usually is unaware of a meetup group and I have had them embarrass me because of it. Tried to search for you, in the restaurant but as unsuccessful. I was really stupid today. Sorry you wasted your time and that I traveled 1.5 hours just to behave so stupidly. Thank you for creating the event. I was looking forward to a friendly and intellectual discussion.

    September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael, my name is Tina. You could identify me with my name or with the group name, both of which the hostess had. Again, I am sorry we weren't able to meet.

    September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This event did happen. Sorry you weren't able to make it Michael. Also it is truly disappointing to see the assumptions that certain people make. Not everyone in the world has a "smart phone." Some of us rely on the smart sense of others to confirm appointments, and contact us beforehand if there are any doubts or concerns. I was waiting and looking at the door for well after 5 pm. Our meeting was noted at the hostess desk in case anyone asked.

    September 6, 2014

  • Michael

    We made it. We didn't know how to identify you to the Hostess. We looked around, but weren't able to see anyone we could identify.

    September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Michael and Alani. I just made it home to my computer. My husband and I waited until a little after 5, then sat down and let the hostess know where we were if you came in. Did you make it? I

    September 6, 2014

  • Michael

    I am disappointed by how this event didn't happened. People who plan events should take smart phones to the events.
    At least, I did have a good time hanging out with Alani.

    September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here! Where ate you guys?

    September 6, 2014

  • Michael

    I am on the same bus.

    September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all! I'm Alani and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

    September 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I may be late. Took the bus in...it is so unreliable.

      September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello all, Joel, Theresa, and Ms. Blue... my husband Michael will also be joining us and I look forward to seeing all of you! Just a reminder we will be meeting on Saturday at 5pm at the Cheesecake Factory at the Ross Park Mall (north hills location off of highway 19.) Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions beforehand and "like" if possible to confirm you'll be there! Thanks!

    September 4, 2014

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