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  • Science proves kids are bad for Earth. Morality suggests we stop having them.

    11/15/2017 7:58:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 15, 2017 | by Travis Rieder
    A startling and honestly distressing view is beginning to receive serious consideration in both academic and popular discussions of climate change ethics. According to this view, having a child is a major contributor to climate change. The logical takeaway here is that everyone on Earth ought to consider having fewer children. Although culturally controversial, the scientific half of this position is fairly well-established. Several years ago, scientists showed that having a child, especially for the world’s wealthy, is one of the worst things you can do for the environment. That data was recycled this past summer in a paper showing...
  • Sustainability Professor: To Stop Climate Change, Stop Having Babies

    07/20/2017 12:55:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Rush ^ | July 20, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Grab audio sound bites number 20 and 21. Classic illustration. Major point made on the program yesterday. And particularly I think a valid point if you’re trying to convince Millennials of something. Let me restate it a slightly different way. As we know, Millennials are frustrated economically. They come out of college, they have student loan debt that is oppressive. They’re looking at maybe not being able to pay it back for a long, long time, many of them still have to live at home with mom and dad. Why? The job market is still not there because economic...
  • Have More Kids; Save The World

    08/24/2016 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | August 24, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    From time immemorial, humankind has regarded it as a blessing to be fruitful and multiply. Not Travis Rieder.A philosopher and bioethics instructor at Johns Hopkins University, Rieder was the focus of a recent NPR story, in which he argued that having children is immoral and should be discouraged with government penalties. It's not that Rieder dislikes children — in fact, he has a 2-year-old daughter of whom he's quite fond. But with "dangerous climate change" approaching a tipping point "very, very soon," he says, bringing more children into the world is unethical. After all, every additional baby means additional carbon...
  • (SOURCE: NATURALNEWS.COM 2015) FEMINIST CELEB: We need ‘Euthanasia Vans’ to drive around and get rid

    FEMINIST CELEB: We need ‘Euthanasia Vans’ to drive around and get rid of all the old people Katie Hopkins suggests that we create “euthanasia vans” that drives door-to-door and kills off the elderly. “We just have far too many old people,” the feminist says. “It’s ridiculous to be living in a country where we can put dogs to sleep but not people.” According to Hopkins, this can be carried out stylistically, you know, with a flair. “Euthanasia vans — just like ice-cream vans — that would come to your home,” Hopkins says “It would all be perfectly charming. They might...
  • Katie Hopkins sparks new outrage by branding Ebola outbreak 'efficient'

    10/10/2014 9:14:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Daily Express ^ | Thursday, October 9, 2014 | Aaron Brown
    MORE than 3,750 people have died during the current Ebola pandemic – but that didn't stop controversial Katie Hopkins PRAISING the disease for being an "efficient" means of population control. Writing on Twitter, the former reality TV star posted repeatedly about the fatal viral infection currently spreading throughout west Africa. "Woman next to me was cold," the former Apprentice star wrote this morning, adding: "I tried: 'It is because I throw so much shade'. She took that as code speak for Ebola and moved seats." ...She tweeted: "I rather admire the efficiency of Ebola. "From a Malthusian and marketing perspective,...
  • Lost Jobs on the Internet and Gained Back in War?

    10/13/2013 7:06:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | 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 · 658 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 ^ | 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...