The Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal

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Monday, December 16, 2002

Wendell Cox is Not Mediocre -- He's Just Average -- 6

"It is the unfortunate destiny of the ridiculous to be subject to ridicule."
James Howard Kunstler

"Truth passes through three phases: 1) It is ridiculed. 2) It is violently opposed. 3) It is accepted as self-evident." Albert Schopenhouer

From the Cabalmaster:

After a long, too long hiatus...

The Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal has just found another example of “weak and lame” on a “Demographia” page: “Japan Cities, Ranked by 1990-2000 Population Change" (see:

One important reason why some large Japanese cities have gained population while others have lost it has to do with political boundaries -- and nothing more.

Some cities include large tracts of sparsely-populated land (Sapporo, Sendai, Yokohama); others do not (Nagoya, Osaka). You will not find any hint of this on “Demographia.” (The various Japan Prefectural Atlases make excellent “graphic” references; one recent title is “Nippon Bunken Chizu 1999,” Tokyo: Jinbunsha, 1999.)

It would be useful if the Denizens of Demoographia would take the time to flag those cities which annexed land since the time of the “preceding count.” In other words, for Tokyo, "1930 1940*” with the asterisk alerting the reader that the city annexed land between 1930 and 1940. (We wouldn’t suggest holding your breath while waiting for Demographia’s Denizens to make this improvement.)

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