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Treating human beings as little more than carbon
Spiked! ^ | 7 December 2009 | Frank Furedi

Posted on 12/12/2009 9:47:42 PM PST by Lorianne

Below a picture of 12 black babies, the caption warns: ‘Babies in Dakar, Senegal.’ Then, with a literary sigh of relief, the subtitle to the caption points out that a ‘cost analysis commissioned by [the Optimum Population Trust] claims that family planning is the cheapest way to reduce carbon emissions’ (1). In other words, the destructiveness of such babies, these carbon emitters, can be counteracted if we prevent them from being born in the first place.

What is truly disturbing about this, from a humanist perspective, is not simply that there is a silent crusade against the unique quality of human life, but that there is an almost complete absence of anger about it, a lack of any critical reaction against it. In modern times, there have always been small coteries of Malthusians, eugenic fantasists and bitter misanthropists who were estranged from children and who regarded babies as an imposition on their existences. Thankfully, these people tended to be consigned to the margins of society. Not any more.

A world that can place an equal sign between a baby and carbon is one that has lost its faith in humanity. This profound sense of malaise about the human condition is most systematically expressed around the extravagant, quasi-religious, time-is-running-out rhetoric that surrounds the Copenhagen conference on climate change, which started this morning. But it is important to recognise that the current anxiety about the destructive potential of human life is not a direct consequence of the issue of climate change. The campaign against climate change merely provides a vehicle through which a pre-existing sense of human self-loathing can be articulated. If climate change did not exist, the very same misanthropic sentiment would find expression through other issues.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: globalwarming
Rich nations to offset emissions with birth control

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/03/carbon-offset-projects-climate-change

1 posted on 12/12/2009 9:47:42 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Someone please explain to me the difference between these people, Margaret Sanger, and the Nazi eugenics fans.


2 posted on 12/12/2009 9:48:58 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Godspeed, T, on your fourth tour of duty in Iraq.)
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To: Darkwolf377

There is no difference.


3 posted on 12/12/2009 9:51:43 PM PST by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: Lorianne; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment
Obama: “If they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

4 posted on 12/12/2009 9:53:32 PM PST by narses ('in an odd way this is cheering news!'.)
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To: Lorianne

Yes you don’t see the elite offering to reduce their population or carbon footprint. It will always be “somebody” else- the masses- who must reduce energy use and their ecological impact.
Case in point, how much resources did this meeting in Copenhagen consume?


5 posted on 12/12/2009 9:54:04 PM PST by Redcitizen (Zartan for President 2012)
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To: Bahbah
I suspected that was the answer.

One of the worst lessons we learn from the movies is that evil is in the form of black-caped, chuckling supervillains. It's actually a lot more pedestrian than that. It's these alien beings who shuffle their papers and snottily say we'd be so much better off if we'd just snuff out the most innocent of lives, and they don't see anything wrong with saying that.

6 posted on 12/12/2009 9:59:34 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Godspeed, T, on your fourth tour of duty in Iraq.)
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To: Lorianne

These people are turning a funny Gary Larson joke into a sickening nihilist reality:

The cartoon depicted a lovely pastoral scene with birds and deer. From the clouds, a giant vial has been dropped. It is breaking as it hits the ground; I think HUMANS was on the label, and men and women were running out of it. The Almighty’s speech bubble just said “Uh oh...”

It was funny. But these creeps think human beings for real are hurting “the planet.”


7 posted on 12/12/2009 10:00:09 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Lorianne
The good time rock and roll mask is coming off the mentally challenged Left. They’re respect for life is no more than so much crap tracked in from the jungle. They can track themselves back to where they belong: the ash can of history.
8 posted on 12/12/2009 10:04:13 PM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Marxism.)
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To: jonrick46
The good time rock and roll mask is coming off the mentally challenged Left. Their respect for life is no more than so much crap tracked in from the jungle. They can track themselves back to where they belong: the ash can of history.

There. Fixed it.

9 posted on 12/12/2009 10:06:16 PM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Marxism.)
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To: Lorianne

Now, instead of purchasing carbon credits, we should be buying black babies. Does Al Gore sell black babies?


10 posted on 12/12/2009 10:07:13 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: jonrick46

Anyone who truly believes that human life is the problem causing global climate change - warming - cooling (whatever) should put their money where their mouth is and rid the world of themselves first.


11 posted on 12/12/2009 10:07:44 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Lorianne

Hey, but if you are a white European Politician, you can have as many children as you want.


12 posted on 12/12/2009 10:08:48 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: Lorianne

Liberalism’s face unmasked.


13 posted on 12/12/2009 10:11:50 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: Lorianne

My view, although a catholic and 200% against the murder of an unborn child, I do support birth control.

However, I think it needs to be practiced by those who can’t support offspring, not those who can...


14 posted on 12/12/2009 10:12:09 PM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: narses

So ...

1) “natural born”, does not mean “born on the soil”, it means “born on the soil, to parents that are citizens”.
2) the MATERIAL evidence is not in dispute: Obama’s father was never a citizen

THEREFORE

3) whether Obama was born in Hawaii or Kenya is irrelevant
, so Obama, even if born in Hawaii, is not a “natural-born” citizen
4) the illegal aliens who have their kids here, have kids that are only allegedly “natural born” since their parents are not citizens


15 posted on 12/12/2009 10:13:10 PM PST by ROTB (40% of the country gets gubmint money. See what God thinks of "rising oceans" in Jeremiah 5:22)
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To: Porterville

Actually, I think this is a wonderful idea. Rather than sending infinite food and medical aid for rapidly growing third world populations, why not just send then contraception? It’s win/win for everyone. They get to enjoy doing something that they like, and we have less dependents that liberals will find a reason to support out of the fruits of our labor.


16 posted on 12/12/2009 10:13:21 PM PST by Marshall 4x12 (NZ is seeming like a really good option these days.....)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

No, according to the article preventing one baby being born in Kenya = one airplane trip from London to Sydney for a Western European.

So, you can continue your carbon consuming ways without guilt ... as long as ou work towards preventing births in developing nations (for example black babies in Africa).


17 posted on 12/12/2009 10:13:38 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Marshall 4x12
I don’t trust the euroweanies... never have.... it is almost reflexive.
18 posted on 12/12/2009 10:16:05 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: Lorianne

These people are so evil probably Satan himself is surprised.


19 posted on 12/12/2009 10:16:26 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: babygene
That you fail to capitalize Catholic calls into question your true leaning just as much as the substance of your comment regarding birth control. Catholics are NOT free to establish "my view".
20 posted on 12/12/2009 10:20:12 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Marshall 4x12

The thing is, is that these nations need to be industrialized not fed contraception and food. The Euroweanies could industrialize these nations with septic, energy, water, and other various plants. But they waste money and use these nations as resource pawns. ... I actually believe this. I’ve seen this.


21 posted on 12/12/2009 10:22:23 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: steve86

Listen buster... The Church has no problem with BC, as long as it’s natural...


22 posted on 12/12/2009 10:24:05 PM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: babygene
If you had meant that you would have specified "natural birth control" in your original statement, and it is for married couples under certain circumstances only.
23 posted on 12/12/2009 10:28:41 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Lorianne

we’ve tried encouraging birth control for over 40 years. some of the struggling nations refuse the birth control believing it is genocide (africana), and other nations believe their way to gain control of the world is to have as many babies as possible (Islam/LaRaza).

unless they have a new plan it’s just throwing money away on more unnecessary government jobs


24 posted on 12/12/2009 10:28:53 PM PST by blueplum
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To: steve86

“If you had meant that you would have specified “natural birth control” in your original statement”

That’s what my wife and I used, resulting in exactly two children...


25 posted on 12/12/2009 10:32:30 PM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: Lorianne

The senate is voting to overturn a ban on abortions and specifically gives D.C. abortion funding.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008/elections/dc/census/

I have to wonder if they’re trying to decrease a particular population.


26 posted on 12/12/2009 10:50:51 PM PST by swheats (America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!)
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To: Darkwolf377

Vlad Tepes (aka Dracula) would not be more brutal, but didn’t need Darwinism as his excuse, rather being religiously Christian, but informed of the more devious methods of torture by the Turks.


27 posted on 12/12/2009 10:59:10 PM PST by donmeaker (Invicto)
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To: antceecee

That’s what I’m saying too. They advocate others being aborted yet they continue to emit pollution.


28 posted on 12/12/2009 11:04:25 PM PST by swheats (America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!)
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To: Lorianne

How many Black babies could be paid for with one Algore?


29 posted on 12/13/2009 12:15:12 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (IN A SMALL TENT WE JUST STAND CLOSER! * IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: antceecee
Save Mother Earth

Re-unite with Her below a steep cliff

30 posted on 12/13/2009 12:50:34 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Lorianne

Our world is DOOMED when crap like this is happening.<P.GOD will NOT be Mocked.


31 posted on 12/13/2009 4:13:12 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: babygene

I agree-if people want birth control, they should have it, as long as they understand any risks associated with it. Give them the ability to prevent abortion.


32 posted on 12/13/2009 5:38:53 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Lorianne; Darnright; According2RecentPollsAirIsGood; livius; DollyCali; FrPR; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

33 posted on 12/13/2009 5:44:10 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Time to prosecute Al Gore now that fellow scam artist Bernie Madoff is in stir.)
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