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  • Lost Jobs on the Internet and Gained Back in War?

    10/13/2013 7:06:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Moments ago, I responded to a reader James from the UK regarding automation on farms. James commented that he only need one laborer where decades ago it took 25 men to do the same job. James asked "If we displace 90% of the workforce in the next 100 years - and we could well exceed this, given rapidly increasing levels of automation (with humanoid robots becoming commonplace in this time-frame) - how will the aggregate consumer afford to consume the average product? The level of work loss seems likely to exceed the level of new product development." My Reply...
  • GRANTHAM: We're Headed For A Disaster Of Biblical Proportions

    11/26/2012 8:51:24 PM PST · by Lorianne · 70 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 21 November 2012 | Henry Blodgett
    Last year, legendary investor Jeremy Grantham of GMO published a treatise on exploding commodity prices. He also offered a startlingly depressing outlook for the future of humanity. Grantham believes the world has undergone a permanent "paradigm shift" in which the number of people on Earth has finally and permanently outstripped the planet's ability to support us. The phenomenon of ever-more humans using a finite supply of natural resources cannot continue forever, Grantham says--and the prices of metals, hydrocarbons (oil), and food are now beginning to reflect that. Grantham believes that the planet can only sustainably support about 1.5 billion humans,...
  • People Matter - Robert Zubrin’s powerful critique of antihumanism

    06/23/2012 10:07:36 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    City Journal ^ | 22 June 2012 | Bruce S. Thornton
    Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, by Robert Zubrin (Encounter, 328 pp., $25.95) A ruling idea of the last two centuries has been materialism: the notion, as arch-materialist Daniel Dennett asserts, that “there is only one sort of stuff, namely matter—the physical stuff of physics, chemistry, and physiology—and the mind is somehow nothing but a physical phenomenon.” One consequence of this belief has been the rise of antihumanism—the stripping from people of their transcendent value and a reduction of them to mere things in the world to be studied, understood, reshaped—and ultimately...
  • Really Bad Ideas: Population control (Understanding the Liberal Mindset)

    02/10/2012 6:03:37 PM PST · by mnehring · 4 replies
    Alongside today’s respect for human life there is the increasingly popular idea that there is too much human life around, and that it is killing the planet. Since the beginning of time, one of the clearest markers of an enlightened society has been the moral status it attaches to human life. And outwardly, at least, twenty-first-century Western societies express an unprecedented degree of respect for human life. For example, cultural and political institutions continually talk about the need to uphold human rights. The human rights narrative now shapes policymaking, both domestically and internationally. Many even argue that protecting human rights...
  • Why Middle-Class Americans Are Turning to Dumpster Diving

    09/20/2011 4:53:01 PM PDT · by EBH · 102 replies
    Investing Answers ^ | 9/15/11 | Michael Synder
    Have you ever thought about getting your food out of a trash can? Dumpster diving has become a hot new trend in America. In fact, dumpster divers even have a trendy new name -- "freegans" -- and as the economy crumbles their numbers are multiplying. Many freegans consider dumpster diving to be a great way to save money on groceries. Others do it because they want to live more simply. Freegans that are concerned about the environment view dumpster diving as a great way to "recycle" and other politically-minded freegans consider dumpster diving to be a form of political protest....
  • Agenda 21 - What Is It? Apparently is is a plan to reduce the population

    06/22/2011 12:44:33 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 655 replies
    Vanity | Various
    Several people have become interested in a quite controversial topic called "AGENDA 21." They have requested being on a ping list for this topic. While I do not have time to do a thorough treatment of this subject, nor am I in any way an expert, I am willing at least for a time,to ping people as I run across articles which might pertain to this concern. It might be good to start with an examination of just what it is or might be. To kick this discussion and exploration off,I did a Google search (just for fun) on "Agenda...
  • Malthus Was Wrong, But Not Why You Think

    02/03/2010 6:34:47 AM PST · by mattstat · 5 replies · 239+ views
    But Malthus was wrong about our species, and exactly in the opposite direction you commonly hear. Man has not bred up to the point that he can be supported by the available food supply. Man does not follow the strict theory of evolution. NOTE: this does not imply that that theory is wrong overall; merely that it is incomplete with respect to our species; e.g., strict Darwinan “selfish genes” theory does not sufficiently explain abortion, altruism, and adoption, to name just the As. In fact, mankind has turned out to be quite a slacker, survival-of-the-fittest-wise. As things get better, we...
  • The Political Economy of Malthus

    01/14/2010 8:39:57 AM PST · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 299+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 14, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    The Political Economy of Malthus Bethany Stotts, January 14, 2010 Those unfamiliar with the happenings at Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conventions might wonder why it is that Sarah Palin’s stance on sex education received mention during a panel on “Major Romantic Writers.” However, New York University Professor Maureen McLane considered the connection relevant enough to also reference Palin in her speech title. “[Thomas R. Malthus] envisions a feedback loop so nearly immediate that, unless checks intervene, desire moves to sex moves to children in a figurative instant,” said the English professor during her lecture on “Malthus Our Contemporary? Parsons,...
  • MLA Prof (Re)Presents Malthus

    01/12/2010 4:28:07 PM PST · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 240+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | January 12, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    MLA Prof (Re)Presents Malthus Bethany Stotts, January 12, 2010 Another installment in the MLA quotations collection. NYU Professor Maureen McLane, speaking on a panel on “Major Romantic Writers,” recently promoted the idea that should conceive of Thomas R. Malthus’ population control theories as “a theory of information” rather than biology : “In her marvelous essay ‘The Traffic in Women: Notes Toward a Political Economy of Sex’ from 1975, Gayle Rubin follows Lacan in proposing that we ‘conceive of psychoanalysis as a theory of information rather than organs’ and we might follow this through for Malthus, undertaking along the lines of...
  • Obama's Biggest Radical (ClimateGate related)

    12/04/2009 1:52:37 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 28 replies · 483+ views
    FrontpageMagazine ^ | February 27, 2009 | Ben Johnson
    NOTE: FROM FEBRUARY 2009. When Barack Obama nominated John P. Holdren as his Science Adviser last December 20, the president-elect stated "promoting science isn’t just about providing resources" but "ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology." In nominating John Holdren, his words could scarcely have taken a more Orwellian ring. Some critics have noted Holdren's penchant for making apocalyptic predictions that never come to pass, and categorizing all criticism of his alarmist views as not only wrong but dangerous. What none has yet noted is that Holdren is a globalist who has endorsed...
  • Boxer, Holdren Defend Motley CRU

    12/03/2009 5:31:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,645+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 3, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Warming Scandal: Despite the incriminating e-mails, administration science adviser John Holdren still thinks man causes global warming. And Sen. Barbara Boxer thinks it's the whistle-blowers who should be arrested. Time was when Barbara Boxer thought it was just fine for the New York Times and Washington Post to spill national military secrets and war plans on their front pages. The people had a right to know where and how they were being led. But we are not dealing here with the Pentagon Papers, the location of terrorist prisons or the surveillance of al-Qaida and its operatives. Boxer, top Democrat on...
  • Cap And trade For Babies: One Child Policy Coming to USA? (Limbaugh/IBD)

    10/20/2009 6:47:11 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 38 replies · 1,661+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | October 20, 2009 | rush Limbaugh/ IBD
    This is an editorial here from the Investor's Business Daily: "Cap-and-Trade for Babies." It's coming, folks. They're going to offer young couples carbon credits for only having one child. The theory is that human beings are polluting and destroying the planet. Now, Paul Ehrlich wrote about this back in the seventies in The Population Bomb. It's been totally disapproved, discredited. This has been part of the militant environmental extreme for years, and here now the people who can make it a reality are running the country... But like everything else in the militant environmentalist wacko community, I believe this is...
  • Cap-And-Trade For Babies? Holdren, Cal Your Office)

    10/19/2009 8:01:17 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies · 760+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 19, 2009 | IBD Editorial staffl
    Earth: An environmental writer mainstreams an idea floating around the green fringe — save the earth by population control and give carbon credits to one-child families. Are we threatened by the patter of little carbon footprints? New York Times environmental writer Andrew Revkin participated in an Oct. 14 panel discussion on climate change with other media pundits titled "Covering Climate: What's Population Got To Do With It?" People who need people they are not. In a recently rediscovered book, "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment," co-authored with Malthus fans Paul and Anne Ehrlich, Holdren wrote that families "contribute to general social deterioration...
  • The Man Who Defused the 'Population Bomb'

    09/16/2009 9:00:55 AM PDT · by TChris · 20 replies · 1,007+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/16/2009 | Gregg Easterbrook
    Norman Borlaug arguably the greatest American of the 20th century died late Saturday after 95 richly accomplished years. The very personification of human goodness, Borlaug saved more lives than anyone who has ever lived. He was America's Albert Schweitzer: a brilliant man who forsook privilege and riches in order to help the dispossessed of distant lands. That this great man and benefactor to humanity died little-known in his own country speaks volumes about the superficiality of modern American culture. Born in 1914 in rural Cresco, Iowa, where he was educated in a one-room schoolhouse, Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize...
  • Charity in Truth: Classical Economics, Globalization, And The Pope’s Discontent

    08/15/2009 9:42:16 PM PDT · by luckybogey · 2 replies · 315+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | August 15, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    Liberalism’s classic formulation came in The Age of Enlightenment. John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government argued that legitimate authority depended on the consent of the governed, while Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations rejected mercantilism, which advocated state interventionism in the economy and protectionism, and developed modern free-market economics. Classical liberalism (also known as traditional liberalism, laissez-faire liberalism, and market liberalism or, outside Canada and the United States, sometimes simply liberalism is a form of liberalism stressing individual freedom, free markets, and limited government... From the time of the industrial revolution through the Great Depression liberalism in America saw its...
  • Obama's Science Czar Considered Forced Abortions, Sterilization as Population Growth Solutions

    07/21/2009 11:27:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies · 1,181+ views
    Obama's Science Czar Considered Forced Abortions, Sterilization as Population Growth Solutions John Holdren, director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, considered compulsory abortions and other Draconian measures to shrink the human population in a 1977 science textbook. By Joseph Abrams FOXNews.com Tuesday, July 21, 2009 President Obama's "science czar," Paul Holdren, once floated the idea of forced abortions, "compulsory sterilization," and the creation of a "Planetary Regime" that would oversee human population levels and control all natural resources as a means of protecting the planet -- controversial ideas his critics say should have been brought up...
  • Czar 54, Who Are You?

    07/20/2009 5:38:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,168+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 20, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leadership: Our new science czar, John Holdren, once backed compulsory sterilization and forced abortion as part of a government population-control program. The only thing missing was a Soylent Green recipe.In April, President Obama declared that "the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over." In everything from stem cell research to climate change and energy policy, reason and science would triumph. The problem is that what the Obama administration considers science, as exemplified by the choice of Holdren, is troubling. In a recently rediscovered 1977 book, "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment," co-authored with doomsters Paul and Anne Ehrlich,...
  • Earth population 'exceeds limits'

    03/31/2009 12:43:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 100 replies · 2,005+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | March 31, 2009 | Steven Duke
    There are already too many people living on Planet Earth, according to one of most influential science advisors in the US government. Nina Fedoroff told the BBC One Planet programme that humans had exceeded the Earth's "limits of sustainability". Dr Fedoroff has been the science and technology advisor to the US secretary of state since 2007, initially working with Condoleezza Rice. Under the new Obama administration, she now advises Hillary Clinton. "We need to continue to decrease the growth rate of the global population; the planet can't support many more people," Dr Fedoroff said, stressing the need for humans to...
  • Misplaced mercy and the stifling of blessings

    01/16/2009 12:27:29 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies · 328+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/16/'09 | Rabbi Avraham Pam
    In the first half of the 19th century, the Malthusian Theory espoused the dire prediction that the growing population of the world, coupled with the decrease in farmland available to produce crops, would lead to a great shortage of food and eventually to mass starvation. Since the earth is limited in its arable land, the theory held that the only way to deal with this growing danger was to encourage worldwide population control. This would ensure a sufficient food supply for all the world's inhabitants. History has shown how utterly wrong the Malthusian Theory has proven to be. While about...
  • Malthus And Scrooge

    12/26/2008 2:18:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 650+ views
    Forbes ^ | 12/25/08 | Jerry Bowyer
    That phrase--surplus population--is what first tipped me off to Dickens' philosophical agenda. He's taking aim at the father of the zero-growth philosophy, Thomas Malthus. Malthus' ideas were still current in British intellectual life at the time A Christmas Carol was written. Malthus, himself, had joined the surplus generation only nine years before. But his ideas have proved more durable.~snip~Hitler's hard eugenics and Sanger's (founder of Planned Parenthood) softer one, both owed a great debt of gratitude to Thomas Malthus. So do the zero-growth, sustainable-growth, right-to-die, duty-to-die, life boat bio-ethicists who dominate so much of our intellectual discussion. Malthus turned...
  • Parson Malthus Makes a Comeback as Overpopulation Zealots Destroy World

    08/22/2008 10:07:01 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 180+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/22/08 | Austin Ruse
    LifeNews.com Note: Austin Ruse is president of the New York and Washington DC-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. C-FAM is a leading pro-life group that lobbies at the United Nations.Nothing makes a Malthusian's heart beat faster than a good famine and so these are feast days for good Malthusian hearts. Parts of the world are now awash in water shortages and in food riots. Thomas Malthus was the 18th century preacher/mathematician who first postulated that overpopulation would inevitably lead to widespread starvation, galloping disease, war and other grisly large-scale die-offs. Using Malthusian arguments the eugenicists and the population controllers...
  • The coming population bust [The Malthusian Overpopulation Hysteria]

    06/18/2008 2:27:29 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 51 replies · 94+ views
    boston.com ^ | June 18th, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    THOMAS MALTHUS has been dead for 170 years, but the Malthusian fallacy - the dread conviction that the growth of human population leads to hunger, shortages, and a ravaged environment - is unfortunately alive and well: America's congested highways are caused by "population growth wildly out of control," the group Californians for Population Stabilization laments in a new ad. So are "schools and emergency rooms . . . bursting at the seams." And with every additional American, immigrant or native-born, "comes further degradation of America's natural treasures." In a new documentary, Britain's Prince Philip blames the rising price of food...
  • Green Warfare

    06/02/2008 7:26:22 AM PDT · by vadum · 7 replies · 71+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | May 27, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    The misanthropic movement known as environmentalism doesn't mind the military killing people, but God forbid if an instrument of warfare generates carbon dioxide! According to this LiveScience article, Environmentally Friendly Bombs Planned: TNT, RDX and other explosives commonly used in military and industrial applications often generate toxic gases upon detonation that pollute the environment. Moreover, the explosives themselves are toxic and can find their way into the environment due to incomplete detonation and as unexploded ordnance. They are also extremely dangerous to handle, as they are highly sensitive to physical shock, such as hard impacts and electric sparks. To make...
  • Feeding 40 billion people and the Green Revolution in Africa

    03/13/2008 12:30:12 PM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 6 replies · 434+ views
    Biopact ^ | 3/2/8 | Biopact
    The biofuels debate is not one about future scarcity of resources (land, water) or about a conflict between food and fuel. However, reactionary forces try to get a grip on the discussion by introducting neo-Malthusian perspectives. These forces typically think about human development in static terms and forget that all factors that drive it are instead highly dynamic in nature: population, agriculture, economics, scientific and technological progress. Scientists do not engage in neo-Malthusian mythical thinking. Instead, they do science. In the following interview Prof. Dr. Ir. Rudy Rabbinge, Chairman of the Science Council of the CGIAR (the leading body comprising...
  • Falsified Temperature Record in China Behind Al Gore's Climate Fraud (84 Temperature Stations)

    02/16/2008 12:38:00 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 48 replies · 294+ views
    LPAC ^ | January 30, 2008 | LPAC
    Scientific truth struck back against Al Gore's genocidal global warming fraud this week, as record snows and cold weather blanketed much of the northern hemisphere. China, which last year was forced to close 553 coal-fired power stations to placate the carbon dioxide mafia, now finds itself suffering under blizzard conditions not seen in 50 years. Half a million soldiers from the People's Liberation Army have been mobilized to rescue freezing residents and clear transportation corridors in large parts of east, central, and southern China. As it turns out, a falsified record of Chinese temperature stations also plays a central role...
  • Biofuel and diet sow seeds of farm crunch [Malthus was right?]

    11/26/2007 10:38:30 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 32 replies · 128+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | November 26, 2007 | By Ambrose Evans- Pritchard
    Malthus may have been right after all, though two centuries early and a crank. Mankind is outrunning its food supplies. Hunger - if not yet famine - is a looming danger for a long list of countries that are both poor and heavily reliant on farm imports, according to the Food Outlook of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The farm crunch has been creeping up on the world for 20 years. Food output has risen at 1.3pc a year: the number of mouths at 1.35pc. What has abruptly changed is the twin revolution of biofuel politics and Asia's...
  • In Dusty Archives, a Theory of Affluence

    08/08/2007 8:24:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 558+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 7, 2007 | Nicholas Wade
    Gregory Clark, an economic historian at the University of California, Davis, believes that the Industrial Revolution — the surge in economic growth that occurred first in England around 1800 — occurred because of a change in the nature of the human population. The change was one in which people gradually developed the strange new behaviors required to make a modern economy work. The middle-class values of nonviolence, literacy, long working hours and a willingness to save emerged only recently in human history, Dr. Clark argues. Because they grew more common in the centuries before 1800, whether by cultural transmission or...
  • Too Many People? (AEI Report on "Population Stabilisation")

    07/13/2007 8:11:56 AM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 23 replies · 578+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 12 July 2007 | Nicholas Eberstadt
    A demographic spectre is haunting authoritative and influential circles in both the United States and the international community. This spectre is the supposed imperative to "stabilise human population." The quest to "stabilise human population" (or to "stabilise world population," or sometimes just "stabilise population") was formally launched on the global stage in 1994 by the United Nations at its Cairo Conference on Population and Development, whose "Programme of Action" intoned that "intensified efforts" to this end were "crucial" given the "contribution that early stabilisation of the world population would make towards the achievement of sustainable development." That objective is today...
  • Beware the Population Alarmists

    07/13/2007 7:47:28 AM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 15 replies · 571+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 2 July, 2007 | Nicholas Eberstadt
    This week's UN "State of World Population" report warns that by 2008, more than half the world's population will live in urban areas. Shock, horror! But there is a serious point to the UN report: it wants to slow down urbanization by reducing birth rates. The only problem is that it provides no compelling reason for so doing. For years, the UN Population Fund has been seeking to justify its existence by issuing reports claiming that we must reduce birth rates in poor countries in order to achieve "sustainable development." While intuitively appealing, these ideas are not supported by evidence....
  • Children 'bad for planet'

    05/12/2007 2:20:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies · 731+ views
    News Austrailia ^ | May 07, 2007 | Sarah-Kate Templeton
    HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank. The paper by the Optimum Population Trust will say that if couples had two children instead of three they could cut their family's carbon dioxide output by the equivalent of 620 return flights a year between London and New York. Full coverage: Climate change in-depth John Guillebaud, co-chairman of OPT and emeritus professor of family planning at University College...
  • The Left's Global Warming Solution: No More Children! (Ben Shapiro: Leftist Eco-Nazism Alert)

    05/08/2007 10:45:18 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 27 replies · 1,069+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 05/09/2007 | Ben Shapiro
    Proving once again that foolish ideas don't die or fade away -- they walk the earth eternally, preying on the brains of the living -- scientists at a UK think tank have determined that the greatest threat to the planet is more human beings. "The effect on the planet of having one child less is an order of magnitude greater than all these other things we might do, such as switching off lights," explains Professor John Guillebaud, co-chairman of the Optimum Population Trust (OPT). "The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of the planet would...
  • Children 'bad for planet'_(hail the new religion of Mother Earth zombies)

    05/06/2007 4:22:47 PM PDT · by Flavius · 68 replies · 2,167+ views
    news ^ | 5/7/07 | By Sarah-Kate Templeton in London
    HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank.
  • Group Calls for Population Control to Stop Global Warming

    04/18/2007 9:10:28 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 73 replies · 1,316+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 18, 2007 | Monisha Bansal
    Group Calls for Population Control to Stop Global Warming By Monisha Bansal April 18, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - Ahead of Earth Day on Sunday, an advocacy group warned that the United States is ignoring "the most crucial factor in reducing global warming" -- population control. "Human population growth is the paramount environmental issue," Ric Oberlink, a spokesman for Californians for Population Stabilization, told Cybercast News Service. "Global warming is a very serious problem, but it is a subset of the overpopulation problem," he said. Oberlink argued that an increase in the emission of "greenhouse gases" -- carbon dioxide and other gases...
  • EUGENICS

    10/10/2005 11:23:50 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 108 replies · 2,495+ views
    Introduction to Eugenics The principal manifestations of eugenics are racism and abortion; eugenics is the basis for "scientific racism" and laid the foundation for legalizing abortion. It is the driving force behind euthanasia, in vitro fertilization, and embryo and fetal research. It is the driving force in global population policy, which is a key element in American foreign policy. It is the force driving much of the environmentalist movement, welfare policy, welfare reform, and health care. It is found in anthropology, sociology, psychology—all the social sciences. It is reflected in much American literature, especially science fiction. So it is worth...
  • Overpopulation of Earth will make it unsustainable

    07/25/2006 5:12:58 PM PDT · by SJackson · 107 replies · 1,900+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 7-25-06 | Bill Berry
    MELLEN - "There are too many people in the world. It's not sustainable." That is what the chairman of the Backwoods Anti-Social Social Club said. We were sitting in a little bar working on hamburgers thick enough to make the cholesterol count jump just by looking at them. The chairman was saying something he wished he had said at a recent conference on sustainability, but he's not the type to stand up in front of a crowd. He likes to work the edges and lead from behind, so to speak. Not being the religious sort, he has never been admonished...
  • Professor's Death Wish

    04/03/2006 3:05:37 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 52 replies · 978+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | April 3, 2006 | Christopher Flickinger
    If six billion humans died, the world would be a better place. That's the message a professor from the University of Texas is proclaiming. An article in The Gazette-Enterprise details Professor Eric Pianka's doomsday beliefs. "In his estimation, 'We've grown fat, apathetic and miserable,' all the while leaving the planet parched. The solution? A 90 percent reduction." Can anyone say "Thomas Malthus wannabe" (high school flashback: Malthus was the guy who said the earth's population would outgrow its food supply). Pianka tells the Gazette, "[Disease] will control the scourge of humanity. We're looking forward to a huge collapse." The professor...
  • Moving on from 'sustainablity'

    03/16/2006 9:45:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 363+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 08.20.02 | James K. Glassman
    The aims of the World Summit on Sustainable Development are laudable. Cleaner air and water, better stewardship of global resources, the eradication of poverty and disease no one can argue with such objectives. The question is how to get there from here. Let me offer a prescription for sustainable development that begins with a simple and powerful idea - an idea which, unfortunately, will often be at odds with what delegates, journalists and other observers hear in Johannesburg. The idea is that economic growth leads to levels of wealth and income that, in turn, inevitably produce societies that are cleaner,...
  • Under the Spell of Malthus

    09/12/2005 9:12:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 798+ views
    Reason ^ | August/September 2005 | Ronald Bailey
    Biology doesn’t explain why societies collapseCollapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond, New York: Viking, 592 pages, $29.95 Jared Diamond’s new book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, is neither “superb” (The New Statesman), “incisive” (The Washington Post), “magisterial” (BusinessWeek), nor “insightful and very important” (Boston Herald). It is, instead, a telling example of how a smart man can be terribly misled by a fixation on one big idea. In this case, Diamond, a biologist, is trying to apply biology’s master narrative to human societies. In 1838 the founding father of modern biology, Charles...
  • Coast to Coast with George Noory: Guest Tonight is John Taylor Gatto

    12/07/2004 12:23:09 AM PST · by bd476 · 52 replies · 2,694+ views
    Tonight George Noory is interviewing John Taylor Gatto, once NYC Teacher of the Year, turned author History of Education in America and Dumbing Us Down. John Taylor Gatto has also been labelled "homeschooling guru" by many American homeschooling groups and families. From the Coast to Coast site: "Legendary teacher and reformer, John Taylor Gatto, looks at our classrooms and how they are evolving generations that may not contribute to a healthy society in the future." John Taylor GattoWFLA Live Streaming Audio Listen Here
  • The Ford Foundation's Proxy War with the Roman Catholic Church

    05/07/2004 5:15:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 332+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | May 7, 2004 | Joseph D'Hippolito
    In promoting its political agenda, one of the world’s largest philanthropic agencies has made itself the biggest single financial contributor to a self-described Roman Catholic group dedicated to vigorously fighting the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion and birth control. For more than 20 years, the Ford Foundation and Catholics For A Free Choice (CFFC) have forged a strong political and financial alliance that sacrifices the lives of the unborn to a discredited view of international economic development.[1] Founded in 1973, CFFC has been led since 1982 by Frances Kissling, a feminist who has actively promoted abortion for more than...
  • Science and Public Policy

    02/04/2004 7:27:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1,311+ views
    Reason ^ | February 4, 2004 | Ronald Bailey
    Our man in science goes to Congress I am testifying at an oversight hearing before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on "The Impact of Science on Public Policy" today, Feb. 4, 2004. I was asked to submit testimony about how and why environmental predictions have gone wrong. What follows is the written version of my testimony. (I get a whole five minutes to speak.) My name is Ronald Bailey. I am the science correspondent for the public policy magazine Reason and I have written and reported on scientific and environmental policy for more than two decades for...