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Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 12/12/2009 - 07:58

 

The Inconvenient Truth?

Overpopulation 

 

“The ‘inconvenient truth’ overhanging the UN's Copenhagen conference is not that the climate is warming or cooling, but that humans are overpopulating the world.

A planetary law, such as China's one-child policy, is the only way to reverse the disastrous global birthrate currently, which is one million births every four days.

The world's other species, vegetation, resources, oceans, arable land, water supplies and atmosphere are being destroyed and pushed out of existence as a result of humanity's soaring reproduction rate.

Ironically, China, despite its dirty coal plants, is the world's leader in terms of fashioning policy to combat environmental degradation, thanks to its one-child-only edict.

“The intelligence behind this is the following:

“ -If only one child per female was born as of now, the world's population would drop from its current 6.5 billion to 5.5 billion by 2050, according to a study done for scientific academy Vienna Institute of Demography.

“By 2075, there would be 3.43 billion humans on the planet. This would have immediate positive effects on the world's forests, other species, the oceans, atmospheric quality and living standards.

“Doing nothing, by contrast, will result in an unsustainable population of nine billion by 2050. Humans are the only rational animals but have yet to prove it. Medical and other scientific advances have benefited by delivering lower infant mortality rates as well as longevity. Both are welcome, but humankind has not yet recalibrated its behavior to account for the fact that the world can only accommodate so many people, especially if billions get indoor plumbing and cars.

“The fix is simple. It's dramatic. And yet the world's leaders don't even have this on their agenda in Copenhagen. Instead there will be photo ops, posturing, optics, blah-blah-blah about climate science and climate fraud, announcements of giant wind farms, then cap-and-trade subsidies.

“None will work unless a China one-child policy is imposed. Unfortunately, there are powerful opponents. Leaders of the world's big fundamentalist religions preach in favor of procreation and fiercely oppose birth control. And most political leaders in emerging economies perpetuate a disastrous Catch-22: Many children (i. e. sons) stave off hardship in the absence of a social safety net or economic development, which, in turn, prevents protections or development.

“China has proven that birth restriction is smart policy. Its middle class grows, all its citizens have housing, health care, education and food, and the one out of five human beings who live there are not overpopulating the planet.

“For those who balk at the notion that governments should control family sizes, just wait until the growing human population turns twice as much pastureland into desert as is now the case, or when the Amazon is gone, the elephants disappear for good and wars erupt over water, scarce resources and spatial needs.

“The point is that Copenhagen's talking points are beside the point. The only fix is if all countries drastically reduce their populations, clean up their messes and impose mandatory conservation measures.”

Diane Francis (Mother of Two) www.FinancialPost.com, 12-08-09 

 

R.E. McMaster responds


I saw this coming a mile away on the heels of this global warming and carbon footprint farce being held in Copenhagen.


This is the epitome of government as god.


Back to pagan child sacrifice.


Molek would be pleased.


And euthanasia for the old?


At what age? 72, 75, 78, 80, 82?


“Die with dignity and noble sacrifice for the planet and mankind” would be the rallying cry.


…Sadly, except for committed Christians/Catholics, the effeminate wimpy establishment religious crowd will whine and simply roll over on this one, too.


But you know who this really offends, who this is a direct war against?


The Muslims, who comprise the fastest growing population in the world with the highest birth rates.


…This one-child-per-family idea, if it becomes global public policy, will guarantee a Islamic jihad against the Copenhagen government coalition, and that means a global jihad, Islam vs. everyone else.


…Come to think of it, isn’t that pretty close to what we have already?


…There are at core only two parts of the economic equation: land and labor.


With stifling omnipresent government regulations and people nearly all herded into cities (historically slave centers), coupled with comprehensive high tech monitoring and a amoral technologically armed military and disarmed population, control of people/labor today is a given.


This is already a “Prison Planet”. (Slaves in the Old South and under Pharaoh in Egypt were only taxed 10%-20%.)

People live with the illusion of freedom, like a gold fish does swimming around a bowl with the Powers That Be watching.


So, the “Climategate” scam is the next piece of the great land grab heist by governments to control it all, both pieces of the economic equation, both land and labor
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Then, the governing elite, these human gods, can begin to whittle away at the “dandruff on the scalp of Mother Earth”, “we the people”, in a “Just Say No” to children policy.


This is the religion of the Gaia, Mother Earth, environmentalists’ crowd. Government is, after all, always the enactment of someone’s religious ideas into laws that specify the rules of human action/interaction – economics.


…China was the camel’s nose under the tent. China as the next great world empire, with its one-child-per-family policy, will increasingly dictate global policy.


...Why isn’t militant Islam waging a jihad against China?


…If Copenhagen was consistent to its earth-saving beliefs, it would implement this population control measure to solve the so-called climate crisis; it would also declare Islam to be the primary enemy of “Mother Earth”.


…It all comes down to which philosophical position one holds as ultimate. Either “The earth was made for man” (with good stewardship a priority), or “Man was made for the earth”, …either a primary supernatural or a natural perspective respectively, one or the other, no middle ground.


Man either effectively worships the Creator or the creation. The latter is clearly the global establishment's position.


…Mankind being mankind, human nature being unchanged, history being history, this comprehensive growing global upheaval has the risk of ending in plague (probably human engineered) and a horrific global population reducing war, the “Mother Of All Wars”. …

 

To paraphrase Warren Buffett

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 12/08/2009 - 13:14

 

 

 

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To quote the Roanman

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 07:47

 

                                                                                    

                     

                                        

  

Carmel Egan, www.TheAge.com.au
 
 

 

A short conversation

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 11/27/2009 - 09:12

 

 

China, history repeating?

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 11/21/2009 - 14:41

 

From The Daily Reckoning

Bill Bonner

11/20/2009

“In the early 19th century, traders from Britain and America bought porcelain (china), silk and tea. Trouble was, they could find nothing to sell in exchange. The trade balance with China went negative, with China building up substantial monetary reserves (in silver). In 1830, a Chinese merchant, Hao Gua, who enjoyed a near monopoly on trade with the gweilos [foreign devils], was said to be one of the richest men in the world. Then, the English found something the Chinese would buy - opium. The fruit of the poppy was popular in many countries but, as usual, the Chinese over-did it. First, it was a favorite of the leisure classes. Then, it trickled down to ordinary workmen. Soon the coolies were neglecting their labors and China was in crisis. When the authorities tried to stop the drug trade, the English opened fire, humiliating the government and almost bankrupting it. People lost confidence in Manchu rule. By mid-century, nearly half the country was in open revolt. A Christian revolutionary had set up the ‘Heavenly Kingdom’ in Nanjing. He raised armies and challenged the Qing Dynasty to battle. For a time, it looked like he might win.
 
“In the north, meanwhile, infanticide of female babies had become common in Nien territory - a reaction to famine and scarcity. By mid-century, one out of four young men in the region couldn't find a bride; ‘bare branches,’ they were called. By 1855, these bare branches were ready to break. They armed themselves and organized. They drove out government forces and controlled a large part of the country before they were finally put down. Between natural calamities and war, some experts put the 19-century death toll at an unimaginable 200 million. And then came the 20th century! The Middle Kingdom staggered forward, from error to accident to catastrophe! From the Taiping insurrection to Mao Tsetung. Then, 30 years ago, Deng Tsaoping announced the new line: ‘To get rich is glorious,’ he said. Suddenly, the Chinese began saving every penny. Building factories. Cutting prices. And beating the barbarians at their own game.

“Again, they exaggerated. While Americans built too many shopping malls, the Chinese built too many factories. Then, in 2008-2009 came the ‘greatest collapse in world trade in history,’ says Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman. Americans - their biggest customers - rediscovered thrift. You might think China would realize it had too much capacity and back off. Instead, it rolled more steel. It built more factories and offices...entire cities.

“If stimulus spending is a measure of stupidity, the Chinese are three times as dumb as Americans. Both governments respond to correction by doing more wrong than they did before. Loans in China are rising by about 40% of GDP annually. The money supply is soaring at nearly 30% a year. ‘We estimate that [fixed capital formation] accounted for 70% of China's growth in 2008 and close to 90% of China's first half of 2009 growth,’ says a report from Pivot Capital.

“It is just a matter of time until this capital spending bubble blows up. But China is full of bubbles. In another example of its central planning, it made the ancient practice of infanticide state policy. One couple/one child was the rule. Missing girls was the result. Then, when the boys grew up, they discovered that their brides were missing too. The working age population of China is collapsing. There were 7 workers to every old person in 1990. Now, there are barely 4. By 2035, there will be only 2. What happened to the workers? They are the missing children of the missing girls who then became missing mothers. And by 2040, 397 billion old people - more than the total populations of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK combined - will be missing the support of those missing workers.”

Bill Bonner, The Daily Reckoning, 11-20-09
 
 
 

 

Reading on a Saturday Morning

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 11/21/2009 - 13:21

 

 

How does Israel, with fewer people than the state of New Jersey, no natural resources, and hostile nations all around, produce more tech companies listed on the Nasdaq than all of Europe, Japan, South Korea, India and China combined?

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The MIT Real Estate Center says that commercial property prices have dropped almost 42% over the past 2 years.

As a result of that drop, about  55% of the $1.4 trillion commercial mortgages that will mature in the next five years are underwater.

The delinquency rate for commercial mortgages climbed to 5% in October.

A year ago the delinquency rate was just 0.77%.

About half of all commercial mortgages sit on the balance sheets of smaller banks.

So the massive number of bank failures this year is significantly attributable to losses from commercial real estate.

Late last month, CIT Group, one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the world filed for bankruptcy.”

John Carney, www.BusinessInsider.com, 11-16-09

 

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