If the issue is not enough babies, Mike Lee is part of the problem, not the solution

By George Pyle. The Salt Lake Tribune “Sure overpopulation is a problem. That’s why people should have lots of babies. Because one day, one of those babies is going to grow up and solve that problem.” — Ted Baxter In geometry, any two points make a line. In professional punditry, any three points constitute a meaningful trend. • Point 1: Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee made a total fool of himself by standing up on the floor of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body to claim that the answer to ...
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Sen. Mike Lee criticizes the Green New Deal

By Thomas Burr, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 26, 2019 Washington • To poke fun at a liberal plan to tackle climate change, Sen. Mike Lee on Tuesday took to the Senate floor with a poster of President Ronald Reagan riding a dinosaur while firing a machine gun. No joke. The Utah Republican, a serious conservative not generally known for prop-supported political stunts, said his point was that the Democrats’ Green New Deal was as absurd as the poster he was showing. “I rise today," Lee ...
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How Much Immigration is too Much?

DAVID FRUM-THE ATLANTIC-APRIL 2019 ISSUE I. The Wave That’s Still Building Through much of the 20th century, the United States received comparatively few immigrants. In the 60 years from 1915 until 1975, nearly a human lifetime, the United States admitted fewer immigrants than arrived, legally and illegally, in the single decade of the 1990s. If you grew up in the 1950s, the 1960s, or even the 1970s, heavy immigration seemed mostly a chapter from the American past, narrated to the nostalg...
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‘Replacement Theory,’ a Racist, Sexist Doctrine, Spreads in Far-Right Circles

By Nellie Bowles, The New York Times, March 18, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO — Before the massacre of 50 people in New Zealand mosques last week, the suspect released a document called “The Great Replacement.” The first sentence was: “It’s the birthrates.” He repeated it three times. If the phrase about replacement sounded familiar, perhaps that was because it echoed what white supremacists bearing tiki torches shouted in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017: “You will not replace us.” It is also the sloga...
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How to reach a sustainable human population

By Andrew Freeman | For The Salt Lake Tribune “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” — Genesis 1:28, KJV This scripture was written around the sixth century BCE, when an estimated 150 million people inhabited Earth. The current global population is approaching 7.7 billion. It is imper...
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Will the world RUN OUT of people?

Book claims global population will start to decline in 30 years despite UN predictions - and says once it does 'it will never end' There are 7.7 billion people living on Earth, expected to climb to 9 billion by 2050 Book says population will start to drop in roughly 30 years and steadily decline Authors say improvements in women's education worldwide will have big impact This and other factors will cause many people to choose not to have children By CHEYENNE MACDONALD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM ...
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What goes up: are predictions of a population crisis wrong?

Changing fertility rates challenge dystopian visions and UN projections about the future of our overcrowded planet Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, The Guardian Sun 27 Jan 2019 06.00 EST Last modified on Tue 29 Jan 2019 05.48 EST She is a well-educated, professional woman, working in an office tower in central Nairobi, Kenya. Because of her status and education, the price required to marry her is bound to be high. Although dowries are often now paid in cash, she expects hers will be p...
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Americans aren’t making enough babies to replace ourselves

Jan. 9, 2019, 10:53 PM MST / Updated Jan. 10, 2019, 6:06 AM MST / NBC News By Linda Carroll and Shamard Charles, M.D. Americans are having fewer and fewer babies, a new government report finds. In fact, we now aren’t making enough babies to replace ourselves. For the population to reproduce itself at current numbers, the “total fertility rate” needs to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age over their lifetime, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sa...
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What explains America’s mysterious baby bust?

The Economist - November 24, 2018 In some ways, the Atlantic Ocean seems unusually wide at the moment. Polls by the Pew Research Center show that western Europeans take an increasingly dim view of America, and not just its president. On the other side of the ocean, conservatives think that a clinching argument against universal health care is to call it European. Yet in other, more intimate, ways the two continents appear to be converging. American families are increasingly hard to disti...
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So Over Population [Part I and II]

Outside/In Radio, October 11, 2018 Overpopulation was one of the biggest environmental issues of the 60s and 70s, arguably bigger than saving the whales, planting trees, and acid rain. But then… it seemed to disappear from the conversation. That is until the release of the movie Avengers: Infinity War where the ultimate bad guy Thanos is motivated by one concern: overpopulation. Today, we’re talking about population. How it went from being on the front pages of our newspapers and all over ...
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