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Of course this is aimed only at western sorts of people. It's hard to see how third-world or aspiring countries will be interested in putting the brakes on, which is just like the way global warming counter-measures work.
All these green/liberal/white guilt people only ever seem to want to hurt western ways of life. Of course we COULD cut the population quickly in the same way as we could reduce CO2 emissions. Go nuclear. Funny how that one never appeals to the greens.
Guilt works really well.
Too bad not one of these Greenies recognizes that if they didn't have those 7 billion people to support them, they wouldn't be able to stand up on their soap boxes and feel morose over anything they do. Since they feel miserable, it is their duty to make us as miserable as possible.
Randi (randi.org) suggested that we (humans) made a big mistake when we entered the Petroleum age. He fell into the abundance trap and failed to recognize that the Petroleum age was responsible for making life a hell of a lot nice and make it possible for him (an entertainer) to create an organization that spends it time fighting the irrational. Before that wouldn't have been possible. There wasn't enough free capital to allow donation based societies to survive as readily.
The only reason people in greenpeace (and I MEAN ONLY) and its like can continue to exist is because there is excessive excess of capital available to fund them. That capital came without exception from the very organizations they claim to despise. EXXON is being targeted for it's windfall profits (of 9%, whoopee). Not one media outlet is recognizing that that 9% means that $39B/.09 went into many different peoples pockets. (This would be the money that was expenses) Keynes then stepped in and turned it into trillions. Smith on the other hand is taking hold of that $39B and doing a variety of things with it, like ensuring that there is another quarter of revenue to pay the bills.
Such thinking will only get me shot by the elite, highly educated people, who failed to understand that it was okay to be alive and to continue to be alive. They also fail to recognize that since it is okay for them to be alive, it is also okay for EVERY OTHER HUMAN on the planet to be alive. Many of you may have BOD lists, but we like to keep those hidden, so we won't discuss them.
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Well I think the first requirement for any person who wants less people in the world to be taken as sincere, they should remove themselves from the population first.
Back in the early 1970's at the height of the global cooling scare the US "National Lampoon" humour group created a spoof musical show called the "Woodshuck Festival of Peace, Love and Death". Based on the story of Woodstock of course.
Part of this revolved around the suggestion that people should 'offer themselves' in order to save the planet. Difficult to do ethically at the time because the capitalists corporations controlled the production nylon rope, razor blades and most other ethical, non-polluting means of self-extermination. However despite that the recommendation was for TNT suppositories (instant manure) or, as the parodied Woodstock weather turned wet and thunderstorms appeared, to keep warm by wrapping oneself in tin foil and lying in the middle of a field.
An LP was produced - I have it on tape somewhere.
Despite the 30 or so years which have passed since it was produced it occurs to me that it may be even more pertinant as a social commentary today than it was then.
"Who should have children? Those who are responsible and completely dedicated to the responsibility which is actually a very small percentage of humans. Being a parent should be a career. Whereas some people are engineers, musicians, or lawyers, others with the desire and the skills can be fathers and mothers. Schools can be eliminated if the professional parent is also the educator of the child. "
"Paul is married to Allison Lance Watson. He has one child from his first wife "
Presumably he's one of the elite. I bow in homage.