[Babylon Bee] TOKYO—The 2020 Olympic Games will be kicking off next month with the ceremonial lighting of the American flag, a beloved pastime where American athletes who were given every opportunity to succeed get to show how much they hate America.
"Before the Games, American athletes will get to show much they hate their country by taking the ceremonial torch and burning the flag," said one commentator on ESPN. "We always feel the importance and gravity of this moment at every Olympic Games. As the torchbearer approaches the flag and lights it up, solemnly declaring to everyone that the U.S. is a horribly racist and oppressive country, I can't help but shed a few tears."
"Stunning and, you guessed it, brave."
One Chinese gymnast suggested she would burn her own country's flag as well, since the government kidnapped her family and forced her to compete at gunpoint, but she has since disappeared.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
07/01/2021 12:05 Comments ||
If I was on the Olympic committee, I'd ask that if any of these 'activist athletes' win a position on the winners podium, that the American flag is not raised for that position and that the anthem not be played. Use the Olympic flag and theme instead.
My neighbor's son Bob Bailey had one of these, he used it at his father's fuel oil business to deliver equipment and parts to job sites.
On Saturday he would clean up the Li'l Red and take it out on his dates. Nice truck, I'd forgotten all about this thing until this article...Thanks for the rekindling of memories..good article.
...True Story - during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, one of these things had somehow made it to Beirut, where it appeared in a bit of video.
Its new owners were, sadly, PLO...who had turned the L'RE into an improvised Katyushka, having dropped a multi-barrel rocket launcher in the bed and training it out about 90 degrees in the approximate direction of the infidels.
More than happy to do the test firing in front of the film crew,(who, interestingly, were actually some distance away from the truck and had zoomed in; an indication that they suspected what was coming next) the firing procedure was apparently to crank the launcher up to max elevation, then fire it - with a set of cables touched to what looked to be a boat battery. Unfortunately, as the PLO hearties were dragging the cables out behind the truck, they failed to notice that they hadn't set the elevation lock properly or at all - so just as the troop touches the cable to the battery, you see the launcher barrels drop majestically downwards and let the entire salvo loose into the ground...about 30 feet away. The 'gunner' comes hauling a$$ out of the cloud of dust and flame holding his hands over both ears, and the L'RE was blown onto its left side. Still apparently intact, however.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
07/01/2021 6:17 Comments ||
"...However, if people would actually look at the data, they'd realize that the Delta variant is actually less deadly. These headlines are able to gain momentum only because of the absurd public perception that somehow India got hit worse than the rest of the world. In reality, India has one-seventh the death rate per capita of the U.S.; it's just that India got the major winter wave later, when the Western countries were largely done with it, thereby giving the illusion that India somehow suffered worse...."
Many here on RANTBURG have been saying this for weeks now.
If you really wish to know what is going on within a secret society or participate in the process, you buy your way in. Of course such a membership requires that you maintain a loyal cadre of deniers and decoy men.
If groups differ at the mean and the margin of selection is far in the right tail of an ability distribution, then defining "equity" as consisting in an approximate parity across groups of their presence among the selected is a statistical fool's errand. No good can come of that. pic.twitter.com/cccKD1pCvI
— Glenn Loury (@GlennLoury) June 30, 2021
Dr. Glenn Loury has some thoughts on merit.
"Live a life of dignity" or suffer "a fundamental demoralization". It's our choice. That's my story and I'm stickin' with it at https://t.co/ZICguBef8A pic.twitter.com/F33d8mM7O8
Read the “Bell Curve” by Herrnstien and Murray. Businesses hire smart people because they are more efficient. Instead of college many people, of all races should take trade school classes. I did that and had a very successful career. About half way thru I went to college, with company.assistance,.
[BizPac via Lucianne] "Madame Speaker, I want to begin this evening by thanking my Democrat colleagues for their outstanding work in encouraging millions of Americans to celebrate their Second Amendment rights by purchasing their first, second or even 100th firearm," Boebert said. "From the left’s riots in cities across America, to Biden’s threats to strip away our basic constitutional rights, Democrats are single-handedly responsible for the sale of tens of millions of firearms. Bravo. Well done."
[Townhall] He dropped the allegation last night. Fox News’s Tucker Carlson says a whistleblower came forward to allege that he and some of his staff are being spied on by the National Security Agency. They’re monitoring their communications to find something, anything, to remove his show from the air. Now, there is no solid evidence to back this up, but there is history. The FBI did spy on the Trump campaign in 2016. The FBI did falsify documents to obtain spy warrants on Americans. There has been unmasking of Trump officials on NSA intelligence reports. They’ve done this before and now it seems they’ve restarted their dirty tricks campaign. What’s worse is that no one is really denying it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
07/01/2021 13:21 Comments ||
Five Eyes targeting someone proximate to Tucker or his sources and then information available on a shared classified system? All the "protections" met and yet, the net effect is indistinguishable from just plain monitoring. And who knows how much the other members in London were helped discern the threat to the UK from within the US that was proximate to Tucker for incidental collection?
Ref #3: Exactly! I believe the term is.....incidental collection.
As I understand, once a judge signs your fishing permit, the Two Hops rule comes into play: you are allowed to surveil the target, anyone who talks to the target, PLUS anyone who talks to those guys. As NoMo says "the net effect is indistinguishable from just plain monitoring". All nice and legal.
[Spectator] Who shot Ashli Babbitt, the pro-Trump Air Force veteran who was killed by police during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol building? The American people were told that it was a Capitol Police officer who fired the fatal shot. But Cockburn has stumbled across some information that points to a different explanation.
Sources close to and within the intelligence community tell Cockburn that Babbitt was actually shot by a member of then-vice president Mike Pence’s protective detail. The VP’s detail, of course, is provided by US Secret Service, not the Capitol Police. One person asserted to Cockburn over drinks in DC that this is ’basically an open secret’ in the intelligence community.
Law enforcement sources suggested to Cockburn that the Capitol Police Department and Department of Justice have publicly identified the shooter as a Capitol Police officer in order to protect the reputation of the Secret Service. Cockburn also wonders if this isn’t an attempt to protect Pence from further anger or threats from Capitol rioters who wanted him to refuse to certify the results of the election on January
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I suspect this story is a false flag to pit conservatives against each other. I question the authors source and really ask why Spectator published it.
Pence's career is over, he and a few others just don't know it.
This sounds like denyable BS. A protection officer should be with his principal, not wandering around. They have plenty of cameras and guys on the roof for threat assessment.
"Basically an open secret" rhymes with "that's my story and I'm sticking to it".
Posted by: ed in texas ||
07/01/2021 19:24 Comments ||
There shit in the swamp an old egret,
A provocateur and intriguer, that
Stuck to its story!
It shifted, and squawked, "Open secret."
/\ Thanks for finding this story. I've posted it to tomorrow's Burg and credited you with the find. If this fellow is in fact the shooter, my guess he's an employee of a House member, NOT law enforcement.
I would have called him a dandy, Woodrow, with that tie, coordinating rather than matching pocket square, and the cufflinks seen in the video taken from crowd in the hallway.. Definitely not what I would expect for the working uniform of either the Capitol police or a personal Secret Service bodyguard — certainly Vice President Pence was never so decorative, and his own bodyguard would want to blend in with his aesthetic.
Could he have been staff for one of the Democratic congresscritters, carrying his personal weapon where it ought not to have been, and using it in an untrained moment of overexcitement? That would explain why he is being protected, when they’ve never cared about building Security or Secret Service staffers before.
Question now is (among many others), how many of these SOB's do we have armed and wandering around The Hill? Capital Police know about these people? US Citizen? Special access, permits? Unauthorized private security ?
[Red State] When I first started in school choice activism, the recommended approach was to never criticize the teachers unions. The union PR machine has been so effective over the decades that just to mention the roadblocks they routinely throw up in front of education progress was a third rail. It would earn you the label "union buster" among the very people you were trying to persuade. School choice is a bipartisan issue with plenty of Democrats in favor of it, but it was hard to enlist those Democrats to team up in the fight when it might seem like you’re asking them to denigrate the union system.
So we stayed away from it and made our arguments in other ways. There’s too much money and not enough accountability; stats show choice works; poor minority students benefit most from school choice; school choice creates competition which drives public schools to up their game. There’s a long list of persuasive arguments and in the interest of not creating an unnecessary divide in delicate alliances, we tiptoed around the union issue.
But I can no longer deny the biggest issue facing the success of our students. I can no longer pretend that the number one roadblock to providing the education our communities need is just a "side issue." I can no longer be a party to the perpetuation of greed in the name of "coming together." What has happened to our children during COVID has stripped away the last of my tolerance.
Teachers unions are a scourge and it is time to end them.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a student of history and I understand the power of collective bargaining and how it changed our society for the better during the industrial age. The wealthy and entrepreneurial industrialists pushed us into the era of American dominance and that is a good thing. There is no doubt that without being forced into accountability, many would have continued to abuse and overwork desperate employees and their children. Unionizing forced that accountability.
Power and greed are not exclusive to any one economic set, and unfortunately as unions began to increase in influence and dues money, they also increased their greed. Which is fine when a private company is negotiating with union bullies. That’s a transactional relationship and companies can be held accountable for their own terrible negotiations. I don’t like it, but it’s private business. Everyone can do what they want.
Public school teachers are paid by the taxpayers. When they unionize they do not do so against a large corporation like Ford or GE. They are necessarily unionizing against the taxpayer. Except the taxpayers have no say in negotiations. It’s a one-sided relationship, with unions having all the power and their bosses (we, the taxpayers) having no choice but to pray they negotiate themselves into actually serving our children.
So far they have failed miserably. It should be no surprise, given that they are unions for teachers, not students. It’s right there in the name. But it is shameful that people like Randi Weingarten keep using our children as shields for their greed, pretending that everything they do is for the students. Nothing they do is for children and I might not even mind that if they were honest about it.
The Weingartens of the world have no interest in making better opportunities for our children. The greedy underbelly of their noble exterior has been stripped away by COVID. While parents helplessly watched their children sink into isolation and depression and lose over a year of vital skills work, the teachers unions bullied local schools boards and muscled their way into the CDC — of all places — to enforce their desires on the COVID language coming out of the nation’s health entities.
It was supremely evil.
It is even more evil that Randi Weingarten — president of America’s most powerful teachers union and the head of the lone stumbling block preventing schools from returning to education — has been trying to gaslight Americans into believing that she’s been advocating to get kids back to school this whole time.
Given that getting rid of the teachers unions is unrealistic it’s time to have a contract that holds them to student performance goals with incentives or penalties as the individual case may warrant.
Given that getting rid of the teachers unions is unrealistic
In Wisconsin under the last governor — that mild-mannered former accountant who quickly gave up running for president thereafter — they passed a law making membership optional, and membership immediately fell precipitously, as I recall.
[Red State] Budweiser isn't my favorite beer company and it's done some woke nonsense in the past, but its recent commercial is a straight-up patriotic knock out of the park and it encourages us to celebrate our independence day with one of the most patriotic speeches ever made in cinema.
You probably know the one I'm talking about already, especially if you're in my age group, and in the interest of keeping to my tactic of rewarding a business when it does good and lambasting it when it does bad, let's check out this latest commercial.
I was but a lad when I sat down to watch the unbelievably amazing movie Independence Day in the movie theaters. That movie was pure genius with stellar acting, awesome visual effects, edge-of-your-seat action, and writing that allowed for levity and seriousness to coexist side by side. Thing is, one moment always sticks out from that movie, and it wasn't the White House blowing up.
Near the end of the movie, before the climax, President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman) gave a speech that still gives out goosebumps to this day.
Well, we faced a different threat, and it wasn't aliens from outer space. The world was facing the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the spirit of the world fighting against a threat as one, Budweiser decided to seize on the moment and used this famous speech to encourage people to party harder during the 4th of July than ever before.
The cool part? They brought Bill Pullman back to give the speech again, and with a few alterations.
For the first time in 25 years, Bill Pullman is back with a new speech to celebrate Independence Day. Watch now and #GoFourthAmerica.
Join us in supporting vaccine access everywhere in partnership with @directrelief pic.twitter.com/yt6CmU9kSP
— Budweiser (@budweiserusa) June 30, 2021
It's odd that even as many leaders, media, and activists would still have people terrified of COVID, Budweiser is actually telling people to get out there and celebrate the 4th in style. You'll notice there wasn't any mask-wearing in the commercial either.
Good on Budweiser for this commercial. Not only did they knock it out of the park by utilizing the Whitemore speech, but they also shrugged off the hysteria that we're all still going to die tomorrow.
Hollywood hasn't had a new idea since the invention of "talkies" in 1928...the scripts/stories since then have been recasted, reconfigured, and replayed for each successive generation...consistently devolving into stories for the LoCoDIn (Lowest Common Denomination Intellilect) within the viewing public.
The locodin, whose warped minds then emulate the most despicable material presented in these torrid presentations in real life, are the murders, sex fiends, and miscreants we read about in the news.
This advertisement helps to camouflage INBEV, global owner of Budweiser, for its recent "woke" exploits, and 'plays' you by conning you into believing they support of traditional American values evoked by the 4th of July; What INBEV is suddenly "Not Woke" ?
The movie was left-wing Hollywood fantasy by a GERMAN hack director trying to strike a blow against American post-Comd War triumphalism.
It was so fucking stupid and ridiculous as to be camp: it even had a screaming dad performance by Harvey Fierstein, some obnoxious white asshole doing a bad Jesse Hackson imitation (!), and everyone's favorite plays-shirt slacker lovable slouch character Bill Pullman as a Clinton POTUS.
Literally everything about it was stupid and phony -- even Pullman's shitty Men's Wearhouse downmarket striped shirts. It even featured a cameo of Saddam, a clip doctored to show him joining forces with Bill Pullman against the pesky galactics.
I have to think Anheuser's got a Woke creative agency that's having fun at America's expense.
Next we'll see Bruce I mean Caitlyn Jenner dressed up as a prancing pink Clydesdale leading a team of 8 purple unicorns
[AMERICANTHINKER] It’s shaping up to be a long, hot summer, one filled -- like Yellowstone Park -- with geysers and hot springs ready to blow at any moment. But these are political eruptions, not nature's fury. If I didn’t know that God has things under control I’d be terrified, but in the interest of keeping track of the truth let’s list the top 10 political eruptions we can expect to blow sometime soon.
10. Hunter Biden ......son of President Joe: cashiered from the Navy, a crackhead, wheeler dealer, leg humper, horn dog, and general all around ne'er do well. We're supposed to feel sorry for him..... . He’s at the end of the list because what happens with him is not likely to directly impact any of us, but he’s such a shocking collection of immoralities and corruptions that we all know deep in our bones that such nastiness cannot be condoned in a reasonable, prosperous, free society. Hardly a week goes by without some new scandal surfacing, and each seems worse than the last. Now he’s selling "paintings" as a money-laundering scheme. He and his slimy doings are bad enough by themselves, but he’s the president’s son. Sooner or later something has to be done about him and about the part his father has played in all of it.
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I'd add a couple to make an even dozen from the following: Corruption in government; this exists in the judiciary, legislature and executive branches. Weaponization of government against the people. Deep State problems that come about from a government that is too big and out of control.
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IA REGNUM continues to investigate the traces of Hitler's aggression and genocide on the territory of modern Russia. Our new step on this path is a series of essays on concentration, labor, transfer camps on the territory of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation within its current borders.
[American Thinker] Kamala Harris is creating a problem. That comes as a surprise. I figured she'd be president by now. The cognitive decline of the Elected Official Formerly Known as Joe Biden is plain to see. The old Joe was a glib glad-hander who played the game as well as anyone. He could explain without missing a beat his devout Catholicism and his simultaneous support for abortion on demand. He was also quite electable, to a point. SNL's Woody Harrelson mocked him gently: "I'm like plastic straws. I've been around forever. I've always worked. And now you're mad at me?"
The frail, wandering Biden who emerged from his basement for a mini-campaign sometimes resembled an audio-animatronic replica of the veteran pol. But few other candidates developed even momentary traction — certainly not Kamala Harris, the oddly off-putting junior senator from California, who checked several boxes but never contested a primary. When she was tapped as V.P., the outline of a scheme began to emerge. The mainstream media, propaganda arm of the Democrat Party, would haul Joe across the finish line by praising manufactured virtues and burying ugly truths. The loyal or clueless would pull the Biden lever. Dead people and photocopies would provide the winning margin. Then, after a dignified interval, he could "develop some disease and say he'd have to resign," as he told us plainly, on camera with Harris. That card could be played whenever needed. Let the con run too long, and the public would get wise. Joe was certainly not up to the task of his new office. When he repeated aloud the whispered directive from his earpiece to "salute the Marines" upon entering the White House on Inauguration Day, we knew that it wouldn't get better. Six months of word salads and vacant stares from the leader of the free world have removed any doubt.
The problem? V.P. Harris is not ready for prime time.
Installed puppets for Obama 3.0 have begun to "not stay bought" and are increasingly wandering off the reservation. Dr. Jilly wants more time in place and more immersion in the pleasures of being powerful and feeling the tongue-bathing of fawning media and needy petitioners. Kamala is a prim-donna diva who knows she has a lock on the Presidency if she just waits and avoids anything serious responsibility. Finding ways to move Kamala aside point to those who don't like what the future utopian Marxist POC looks like with her in charge.
[Politico] When Vice President Kámala Harris Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, now a senatrix from California former 2020 Dem presidential hopeful, then Joe Biden's wing nut... finally made the decision to visit the Mexico border last week, people inside her own office were blindsided by the news.
For days, aides and outside allies had been calling and texting with each other about the political fallout that a potential trip would entail. But when it became known that she was going to El Paso, it left many scrambling, including officials who were responsible for making travel arrangements and others outside the VP’s office charged with crafting the messaging across the administration.
The handling of the border visit was the latest chaotic moment for a staff that’s quickly become mired in them. Harris’ team is experiencing low morale, porous lines of communication and diminished trust among aides and senior officials. Much of the frustration internally is directed at Tina Flournoy, Harris’ chief of staff, a veteran of Democratic politics who began working for her earlier this year.
In interviews, 22 current and former vice presidential aides, administration officials and associates of Harris and Biden described a tense and at times dour office atmosphere. Aides and allies said Flournoy, in an apparent effort to protect Harris, has instead created an insular environment where ideas are ignored or met with harsh dismissals and decisions are dragged out. Often, they said, she refuses to take responsibility for delicate issues and blames staffers for the negative results that ensue.
[FRONTPAGEMAG] Kámala Harris Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, then a senatrix from California, former 2020 Dem presidential hopeful, and now Joe Biden's wing nut. She's displaying her level of competence in her hanling of the Biden Border Surge is a the Socialist paradise of San Francisco ...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964... socialite who hooked up with the right people, but never picked up the right skills for the various jobs she managed to secure. Unlike Obama, she isn't the front face of an organized team. Kamalaworld is whoever drifted into her orbit.
Not only can't she run the country, let alone tackle any major problems, but she can't even manage her own people.
Her Veepness turns out to be an echo of the same mess as her campaign.
By then her campaign had broken out in spasms of vicious infighting between her sister Maya and campaign manager Juan Rodriguez who were only speaking to each through media leaks. Rodriguez had run Kamala’s Senate campaign and had the requisite skills to win elections in a corrupt one-party state. He was out of his depth competing in a national election and the dysfunctional campaign showed it.
Maya Harris had headed the ACLU in Northern Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,, then had a plum spot at the Ford Foundation, before becoming a senior advisor to the Crooked Hillary Clinton ...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away. Politix is not one of her talents, but it's something she keeps trying to do... campaign in 2016, and then as campaign chair for her sister. "Hillary really trusted her instincts," John Podesta said of Maya. So did Kamala.
Kamala Harris for the People, the campaign brand, played off Kamala’s background as a prosecutor. But under Maya, that part of her resume, the biggest part that doesn’t involve Willie Brown, got buried. Maya pushed Kamala into the same radical policy space as Bernie Sanders ...The only first openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords. He ran for the 2016 nomination for president, to be cheated out of it by Hillary Clinton, then went back to being an Independent socialist, waiting for 2020 to roll around... and Elizabeth Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren The Great White Squaw, Lizzie is the Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts. She traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. She has high cheekbones that stretch all the way to the top of her head. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless while trying to compete for Joe The Big Guy Biden ...46th president of the U.S. We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created ... by the — you know — you know, the thing... ’s black voters. But Kamala and Maya were too detached from the black community to realize that South Carolina black voters wanted a more conservative candidate.
Instead of winning over leftists and black voters, Kamala lost both.
It won't surprise you to learn that Kamala's people are fighting again.
[American Spectator.org] Catholic parishes, schools, and dioceses have for years responded to transgenderism by simply ignoring the issue altogether. But that's starting to change, largely because the problem is getting too big for churches to ignore.
"My sense is that nearly every parish includes families with loved ones grappling with identity issues or gender dysphoria," Mary Rice Hasson told The American Spectator.
Hasson, who directs the Catholic Women's Forum at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, recently founded an initiative called the Person and Identity Project, which aims to equip Catholic parishes and schools with resources to combat gender ideology.
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[SPECTATOR.ORG] It may be the most astonishing story of the year that no one is paying much attention to. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported on their front page, "Chinese officials are drawing up plans to further loosen birth restrictions and transition toward policies that explicitly encourage childbirth," (emphasis added). My personal opinion is that population growth has probably peaked. Couples can limit the number of their children with just a little pill.
According to Chinese insiders, China, the most populous nation on the planet, is replacing its brutish childbirth restrictions with a program allowing, and even rewarding, couples for having kids. Beijing has announced that its demographic problem today is too few young people, not too many.
The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize... put the point even more emphatically in its coverage of this amazing twist of fate, by acknowledging in a headline that the dreaded "population bomb" of the 1960s and ’70s has turned into a global "population bust."
Let us put it even more concisely: the greatest environmental/demographic scare of the second half of the 20th century — overpopulation — is now officially conceded to have been a monumental fraud.
To appreciate what an embarrassing reversal this is for the green movement, consider that 40 to 50 years ago nearly all the scientists, policymakers, U.S. government agencies, and experts at the United Nations ...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships... told us that rampaging population growth would lead to a Malthusian doomsday with the world in our lifetimes running out of food, energy, and nearly everything else. If ever there were an ironclad "scientific consensus," this was it.
In their 1967 book Famine 1975!, U.S. government agronomist William Paddock and Foreign Service officer Paul Paddock predicted that population growth would soon lead to such mass starvation in so many nations that triage would be required and that nations like India and Egypt should be written off as "can’t-be-saved."
Stanford scientist Paul Ehrlich became the most famous academic in the world with his mega-bestseller The Population Bomb and its widely quoted opening sentence: "The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now." Ehrlich was Al Gore ...Former Vice President, Nobel Prize winner, Global Warming prophet and speculator, and crazed sex poodle Al Gore... before there was Al Gore. there have always been charlatans and assholes. Gore was just a snotty liberal hypocrite that he made me wanna punch his fat face every time I saw him
It wasn’t just some academic kooks who were peddling these apocalyptic predictions. In 1975, a statement signed by such luminaries as soon-to-be National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, business titans J. Paul Getty and Henry Luce III, United Auto Workers President Leonard Woodcock, and others appeared on a full page of the Wall Street Journal with a similar forecast: "The world as we know it will likely be ruined before the year 2000," because "food production cannot keep pace with the galloping growth of population."
As we have seen in country after country that becomes a 2nd or 1st world country, their population naturally declines. People like their pleasures, you don't need extra hands to help out around the house and kids are bloody expensive.
All that together makes richer countries naturally stop having kids and their replacement rate declines below replacement levels.
The commandment to 'honor thy father and mother' was to insure they were taken care of in later life. Since they've moved that to the state, many in the 1st world don't believe in having kids around to do that. Given that the evil vile patriarchy spent a lot of effort in the early 20th century to reduce child mortality rates and fatal complications of birthing, the need to have many was also impacted.
And yet, the pendulum is swinging back in some circles. In addition to the Jews and Christians of Israel, in upper middle class America Ivanka Trump with her three children is perfectly on trend, whether or not the wife is working. Both of Mr. Wife’s nieces went beyond two: the dentist has four and the nurse practitioner has three. One of my fosterlings has four; she may not be done yet, though she and her husband count as lower middle rather than upper middle class.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.