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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.
“ -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.
“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.”
…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.
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.
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.
…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.
…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”. …