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Most Loving Decision a Parent Can Make Today has been declared International Anti-Procreation Day, by a group whose evidence of existence is limited to Facebook, The Advocacy for Anti-Procreation. This is only the third year the day has been observed, but it clearly isn’t catching on in a big way. I believe that’s because of all the emotional baggage attached to baby-making. I can tell you from experience that drawing attention to the importance of choosing a small family makes many people uncomfortable. Not one to give up easily, today I honor on the Wall of Fame a piece published in Slate two years ago: Why One Child is...
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Jeb Bush Promises Relentless Destruction of Life-Support Systems In a U.S. presidential campaign kickoff speech yesterday, the third member of the Bush dynasty trifecta met Hillary Clinton’s bigger-chicken-in-every-pot bet (my words), and raised her one: "So many challenges could be overcome if we just get this economy growing at full strength. There is not a reason in the world why we cannot grow at a rate of four percent a year. And that will be my goal as president - four percent growth, and the 19 million new jobs that come with it.” Bush finds a spot on the Wall of Shame today for promising robust economic growth, without...
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Hillary Clinton Wants You to "Get Ahead" Prosperity for all and ever-rising income are about as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. Hillary Clinton promised to restore this American Dream in the first speech and rally of her 2016 presidential campaign.  We’ve come to expect that each year we’ll be materially richer than the year before. Of course that dream has been shaken over the last few decades, as humankind went into overshoot and the U.S. led the charge. With mother nature pushing back, the costs of growth have risen, and it’s become more difficult to “get ahead,” as we’ve always called it. The middle-class has to...
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Honoring the Choice Not to Reproduce Today we move on, after beating a dead horse to death (the New York Times’ slick propaganda piece designed to convince us to keep calm as we crash human civilization). We’ll stick with the population topic one more day, however, as we honor this commentary: 7 Appeals To Moms From Women Without Children In her commentary at Huffington Post, blogger Hélène Tragos Stelian shares some useful information about conversing with childfree women: “What was the etiquette around engaging with childless women? Was it ok to talk about my kids? Could I ask about their circumstances? And could I even use the...
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Overpopulation Denial, Ignorance, Optimism and Boosterism Yesterday we took to task one of the many overpopulation deniers who celebrated at least parts of the recent New York Times mini-documentary claiming humanity has figured out how to grow our population past 7 billion without the crises biologist Paul Ehrlich warned of in the 1968 book, The Population Bomb.  Of course there have also been many responses critical of the Times report. So far, the best rebuttals I’ve seen are James Howard Kunstler’s and my own, published last week (listed below). If you run across a noteworthy rebuttal, let me know. I am, however, anxious to move on to other examples of...
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