Gary Fuller and Dick Kroese, President of SaddleBrooke Rotary, following Fuller’s Jan. 10 presentation.

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SaddleBrooke Rotarian Gary Fuller spoke at the Jan. 10 luncheon about a subject that is at the center of any Rotarian’s heart, global peace. 

Fuller’s career found him, in part, conducting analysis for the U.S. Government about whether there are signs that can predict when a country was about to experience turmoil or even revolution. The kind of lawlessness that can affect the world. The latest example being the Arab Spring.

Fuller, a student during the 1960s college protests and U.S. riots, discovered over years of research that there is one consistent when things take a wrong turn on a national level for any country. Interestingly it does correlate with the 60s obsession with over population, but not in the way you may think. What Fuller found is that when a country’s population of 15 to 24 year olds reaches 20 percent or more there is a “youth bulge.” 

“I discovered that you can look 20 years out at population growth and birth statistics and predict unrest in the future,” said Fuller. 

This phenomenon is new, since World War II, when modern medicine lowered mortality rates for infants. Add to this over population of young people a lack of jobs, land and higher education, and it is a formula for revolution or terrorism. 

Fuller shared facts about world population trends in general, noting that India would have the largest population in the next 50 years, as China will start to lose population by 2025.  

After a myriad of questions from the audience, Fuller ended by offering sales of his book, “The Trivia Lover’s Guide to the World: Geography for the Lost and Found.” 

Amazon describes the book as:

Gary Fuller’s entertaining and engaging guide enhances geographic know-how with good, old-fashioned fun, using trivia to open up new worlds of knowledge for all readers. 

Often dismissed as unimportant, trivia here highlights issues that are far from trivial, pondering, for example, what peaceful country requires citizens to keep guns in their homes? What continent contains at least 75 percent of the world’s fresh water? Why aren’t New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia the capitals of their respective states? 

An inveterate traveler and geographer extraordinaire, Fuller provides extensive background, clear illustrations, and thorough explanations for each intriguing question, carefully grounding the text in practical geographic concepts. Both enjoyable and enlightening, this book challenges today’s global generation to truly get to know their world.

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