Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Coming to suburb near you

In my opinion, overpopulation is the biggest problem in the world. As a wealthy country, why are we overpopulating Australia and ruining our lifestyle? It is all about big business and rich people and companies making huge profits.

I hate crowded public transport and as an alternative to our frequent but crowded tram service, R and I both used the buses that pass by. But, we have lost our nearby bus stops with the recent road and tram works and then anyway, the routes are to be altered and would not suit us mostly anyway. But we do have nice new tram stop opposite The Highrise. I quite happily don't get on the first tram and then get on one soon behind that is not so crowded.

I think I would get a taxi cab or an Uber before I would try to get on a train in such an overpopulated city, such as Dhaka in Bangladesh.

It is one thing to see crowds on train roofs, but quite another to see close ups of people actually getting up there, including women and children. We'll begin with crowded roof photos and then see what really happens personally.






Family nearly aboard here.


Child on.


Wife/Mother on. Not sure if he managed to get on. 


Coming to an Australian city near you soon. 

27 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:01 am

    I have recently come bank to melbourne after several years awayn qld. I can't believe how much the population has grown in that time - millions - we are becoming an unliveable city. Australia has limited water reserves and we will soon run out, google the great artesian basin

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    1. Anon, no argument about that from me. The depletion by ground water extraction of the Great Artesian Basin and other underground water is of great concern.

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  2. Anonymous7:35 am

    It's probably a lot cooler riding on top of a train in India or Bangladesh than being inside, baking in an overheated metal oven. But then it rains - occasionally. - Ian

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    1. Ian, and we won't worry about the occasional person fried by the electrics, knocked out dead by some infrastructure of falling off.

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  3. Only yesterday our Premier and Transport Minister boarded a train to announce hundreds of new services for Western Sydney. The train was crowded and they had to stand.

    What wasn't announced in the same detail were the hundreds(?) of existing services that will be dropped to facilitate the new services.

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    1. Victor, giving with one hand and taking with the other. I have read a little about this.

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  4. Sigh. While in India I can remember seeing (and being horrified) whole families on a motor bike. Male rider, sari clad pillion and up to four children also hanging on.
    You are right about overpopulation. Scary. Ugly. Unsustainable.

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    1. EC, that happens in some Asian cities too. I would like to say it is quite safe, but it is not and people are injured all the time.

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  5. Overpopulation! Easily the scariest thing happening to the world today according to Mum. Have you ever read Stephen King's "The Stand"? Mum reckons it would be a blessing if something like this happened. We need to start again and maybe, this time, get it right. She's glad she's on the way out. Not her problem anymore but she sure worries about what is in front for her children and Grandchildren.

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    1. Charlie, I feel rather like your Mum. I worry about the future for the young ones, but people are very smart at fixing things. Pity they are not so good at not breaking them in the first place.

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  6. Andrew, We seem to be having some horrendous delays at Waterloo Train Station. Crowds have been getting angry over the new works and upgrade of the train platforms.
    Apparently the platforms are being extended so as to accommodate the new longer trains that will soon come into operation.
    Longer trains!!?? Perhaps just another sign of over population.

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    1. Dee, don't they have those unused platforms at Waterloo, once used by Eurostar? Puzzling that the crowds cannot be accommodated. I really don't know about London's population growth. Surely the centre and middle rings are already full...ah, of course, high rise towers, moving hundreds in to certain areas.

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  7. Overpopulation will always be a problem as nations will always require a larger young work-force to pay for the pensions of the elderly. The only solution will be to stop paying pensions.

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    1. Cro, no no. With great vested self interest, I don't want to go that far.

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    2. Whoops Mum takes offence at this Cro! She's 73 and still working. Never asked for a penny from the government EVER in her life so far and hopefully never will. She's helping to pay for the YOUNG dole bludgers. They are far worse than the elderly pensioners in her opinion.

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    3. Charlie, I will just point this out to your Mum. It is pretty difficult now to be a professional dole bludger. Many who receive dole money should be on invalid pensions because of poor mental health, ok, yes at times drug related, but chicken and egg, which came first, the drugs or the mental health problems.

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  8. Wow! That is nuts! There is no way I would get on board that. NO WAY! I'll take a cab or call that Uber. That's ridiculous and I can't believe people are allowed to travel that way. There are so many things wrong with those pictures. That's crazy...

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    1. VA, I don't expect anyone gets sued when there is a mishap, so the authorities turn a blind eye to it. In Indonesia they have placed suspended concrete block above the train tracks that will knock anyone off who is riding on the roof of a train, and this will probably kill them.

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    2. VA, it does sound horrible but I expect it is an effective deterrent.

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  9. You wouldn't want to lose your grip, and how many do?
    I'm glad Adelaide is still small enough that I can walk just about anywhere I need to go within city limits and the buses to other areas aren't yet packed like sardine cans.

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    1. River, I have seen people losing their grip in YouTube videos. It ain't pretty. There is the matter of the overcrowded Glenelg trams!

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  10. I feel sorry for all those poor people boarding those trains in India. I don't often use public transport as it would take me just over 1 hour to get to work instead of 15 min by car. So the only time I take a train is if I go into the city, otherwise parking would be costly, but I also avoid peak times.

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    1. Sami, most people will use public transport when it is fast and convenient. In your case, it is not, with the exception of the city trip.

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  11. Our tiny town here is so overcrowded now, rents skyrocketing, traffic a nightmare, so that sometimes it takes a long time to cross town. This is or was a small town. Now people are moving to Oregon by the score, some say its because pot is legal here now, so we get the drug people moving here from all over. Its horrific if you ask me, to jostle in lines everywhere and nowhere to experience aloneness. The county and state parks and even trails in the mountains are jammed with people. My solution would be spay neuter, as always. In fact, with our current cold war going on with NK, all I see is world leaders acting like male cats facing off on a fence, puffing up and yowling and spray marking and I think, we should neuter them all.

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  12. Similar here, Strayer, but without the drug factor, not that we don't have lots of drug use. The worst is all the parks where we used to go for family barbeques are now too full to get a table or public barbeque.

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