Friday, November 30, 2012

What is the total fertility rate of the world?

With so much talk of contraception, one would think it would be high. But it is only 2.5, less then three children on average for a woman. Yes, it varies from different regions, and the highest birth rates in Africa (about 5 children per a mother). But the secular white man, is doing its part to ensure that African uterus(es) to conform with others around the world. The world population will peak in about 15 years, then shrink. Most population growth is due to longevity, not birth rate.

Fertility Rates are Decreasing in Some Unexpected Countries

governments looking to stem a shrinking population that is causing a future problem with their social welfare programs. (Note: in general, whatever governments offer, people don’t have materially more kids. Once women are convinced that kids are more of a burden than an advantage, they do not easily shift from that view, even if that view is wrong.)

Various religious leaders realizing that the women are not with the program of growing their ranks, where contraception has become quietly common. I am speaking mostly of Catholics and Muslims here.

Abortion, especially for sex selection reasons becomes more or less common. Growth in future population depends heavily on the level of fertile women, and if they are being killed or not at birth in places like China, India, the satellite countries of the former Soviet Union, etc… fewer women means a lower growth rate, and unhappier societies 20+ years out.

7 Quick Takes Friday

1.

My son forgot I had an existence outside of being a stay-at-home- mother, as he actually read the law degree that sits in our dining room. "Juris Doctor" "You're a doctor?" "Yeah, A doctor of law. You know, a lawyer and I went to court all the time." "Oh" He then clings to me, all worried. Apparently he didn't like the idea I worked with criminals, and I informed I worked only on civil cases. He was relieved.

2.

As Catholics, we're for the truth. Right? So when my daughter pressed on knowing how the male sperm cell fuses with the female egg cell, she meant how did the sperm call transfer from the man's body into the woman's. I pulled her aside and told her, 'the penis goes into the vagina'. Poor girl, she's in the lower middle school grades and wishes she was five again and never knew. Younger brother runs up demanding to know, that he could handle the truth. She informs him, 'it's disgusting' and obeys my request not to tell him. And his response, "But disgusting is good!".

3.

Unfortunately, I also speak to them about pro-life issues. Which means I told them abortion was legal. Again I'm don't lie, but I'm fearful of not only traumatizing them about abortion, but also I fear the ridicule we will get for being pro-life.

If one is horrified I would inform my children about abortion, when they ask in detail how it happens. Does it matter if I'm pro-life? If I was pro-choice I would still be morally obligated to teach my children about it either way. No they don't take the baby out and kill it with a gun when my child asked, instead they kill the baby in the womb by cutting it into several pieces and then removing the remains. Do I tell my children the truth and give them the facts, or tell them the bull sh!t that it's all about reproductive freedom?

4.

Why is it, one has all these great thoughts for Quick Takes and then end up lost somewhere on Friday morning?

5.

I remembered the first Sunday of Advent is this Sunday, not last Sunday. Nothing is up for Christmas. Nothing, and I'm actually proud of that.

6.

So my older children want to write to President Obama to demand that abortion should be illegal. I remember being that age, believing the government officials in Washington D.C. were could do anything. "Is President Obama Catholic?" "No., But he's a Christian." "Well, Good he's pro-life!". I didn't comment.

7.

I told my children to start small being pro-life. Start praying for the parishioners of Saint Michael's and the for the people of Lowell, too many of my fellow Catholics and neighbors need to be more pro-life. How can I get the President to be pro-life, when there are people in the pews who have no problem turning the other way when it comes to being openly pro-life?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tourists want to see a canal? You don't have to travel to Venice.

In the past I've been critical of tourism and the effect it has on a local community. Venice is being 'loved' to death.

From the Christian Science Monitor

“It’s becoming unlivable," he charges. "You cannot walk over the Rialto Bridge, there are so many tourists blocking the way. Imagine what will happen when the Chinese, the Indians, and the Brazilians start to arrive – there will be millions more tourists. For Venetians not involved in tourism, the quality of life is getting worse.” On the main tourist route, between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, visitors looking for a glittery Carnival mask or a pair of €800 ($1,000) designer boots are spoiled for choice, but it is almost impossible to buy an apple, a wrench, a diaper, or any of the other staples of normal existence.

20 Million tourists a year. Lowell, and other cities, would be glad to alleviate Venica's problem.

Look, a canal with a boat. Save yourself the airfare, and drop cash you saved on downtown.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Are BabyBoomers sabotaging their children's ability to become an adult?

College Students More Eager for Marriage Than Their Parents Are via Science Daily
"I think parents have a lot of fear for their kids that makes them want to delay the transitions to adulthood," Willoughby said. According to Census data, the median age for first marriages is 27. Willoughby says that what people say is the "right age" generally comes a few years before the actual marriage age. "What happens is that someone thinks that 25 is when they want to get married," Willoughby said. "So at age 25, they start changing their patterns around dating, and it takes two or so years to make the transition."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The pro-life story line in "Wreck-it-Ralph"

Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) is a useless 'glitch' in her arcade game, yet Ralph heroically puts his own life on the line to save a character that is unneeded and not wanted in her own game. In the end, the 'useless glitch' actually saves all of the other characters from the game. Vanellope also saves Ralph and his game, which was ready to have the plug pulled.

Yet in real life, Silverman is not pro-life at all. She is pro-abortion, and uses it in her comedy along with rape jokes.

Scratches her head, and wonders "WTF, Sarah Silverman". I say that in the most charitable way possible. Otherwise, "Wreck-it-Ralph" isn't that bad as a family movie. Typical, but not awful. Not awesome like Toy Story, but not painful like the Chipmunks.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The marketing of public policy

We all feel the effects of consumerism, after this weekend. While we will be buying presents for loved ones, and hopefully a few for those in most need, many of us are rejecting the overwhelming buying frenzy that has invaded Thanksgiving.

Marketing and transforming our wants for the purpose of profit, isn't anything new, and we learn to discern a want versus a need. What I do find is how marketing/product placement is happening all over our public policy.

President Obama won the election on smart marketing/branding of his campaign. It didn't matter what his policies really were, he sold himself. He knew his market, Obama is a loyal brand. He got out the base, no need for swing voters. More Independents went for Romney, then McCain four years ago.

Why am I bringing this up, as I do a turn about on the subject, because there will be a new BBC sitcom on assisted suicide. Is this art, entertainment, or product placement marketing on killing the elderly. Presenting the ending days not with hospice and compassion, but with the business of killing people off.

BBC Three has now officially announced Way To Go, a black comedy series about three ordinary guys who find themselves forced by an extraordinary set of circumstances into setting up an assisted-suicide business.

The comedy is based around brothers Scott (Harrison) and Joey (Heathcote) and their friend Cozzo (Wootton). After Scott is moved by a terminally ill neighbour's request to die - and at the same time faced with a predatory female employer, a split from his girlfriend, and a desperate life or death need for cash to pay off his brother Joey's gambling debts - he and his best mate Cozzo stumble towards what they think is their only solution: an assisted-suicide machine. A deeply illegal situation about which they will have to keep very, very quiet.

Um, No thanks BBC.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wait, We were told that birth control was about my freedom.

How Over-the-Counter Birth Control Could Screw You via Daily Beast
The pill has been with us for about 50 years and is one of the mainstays of population control. It is widely available and, with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, will become reimbursed completely. Planned Parenthood and other health-care facilities already make the pill and other forms of birth control readily available for anyone in need, given that the current cost for the pill is $200-400 a year.

The author is "Kent Sepkowitz is an infectious-disease specialist in New York City." Thank you for being honest about the government's motives, this how nothing to do with women controlling their own bodies, but government trying to control women. The comment section is a mess of trolls, in which against no one is speaking about women's freedom or control. Rather they are talking population control, especially of the poor, some really degrading and dehumanizing comments.

What too much work to create a healthy and stable economy, just do away with human civilization instead?

"Too Pampered"

h/t The Digital hairshirt

On Friday I posted the story of "Where Have All the Children Gone?", in which after the Korean War, the United States and Planned Parenthood did everything within it's power to lower Korea's population. Over 50 years ago, 33,000 Americans died in Korea against communism, while Korea to this day is divided with a dictatorship on the North, South Korea was inflicted with contraception mandates that look more like China's one-child police then a nation that was freed from communism.

In Japan, more adult diapers are sold over baby diapers.
Of course, Japan—Nikkei, Discman, and all—could just be in the middle stages of terminal decline. Zero interest rates be damned: Jobs are scarce, deflation constantly threatens, and China and Korea are not getting any easier to compete with. Japan’s debt-to-gross domestic product ratio, now well over 200 percent, is tops in the world.

Birth rates fall below replacement level, and the CDC complains there are still too many pregnancies that need to be prevented. Meanwhile unsure how we can ever pay down our debt, as a country. Maybe too many people don't want to have children, in fear of burdening them with this problem.

Friday, November 23, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

1.I haven't done these quick takes in a long time.

2. "Where Have All the Children Gone? from the Weekly Standard. It is rather disturbing that lower birth rates have not been by a woman's choice, but by government programs to curb population control. The article is on South Korea, but some of the government propaganda sounds like what is here in America. Why? Because we're responsible for population control in other parts of the world.

So in 1961, the Planned Parenthood Federation of Korea was established as a joint effort between Koreans and the United States. The new group worked closely with the government to launch a National Family Planning Program, the goal of which was to stop Koreans from having so many babies. It was a multipronged push. There was propaganda, with the government warning citizens, “Unplanned parenthood traps you in poverty” and “Sons or daughters, stop at two and raise them well.” Efforts were made to increase women’s enrollment in high school. Contraceptives were handed out freely to anyone who would take them. Men were exempted from mandatory military service if they submitted to vasectomies. (Wow!)

3. The Pill is being considered to become 'over-the-counter' no prescription or doctor's appointment needed. This is medicine that shuts down your reproductive system, no questions asked. Is a doctor's consultation really too much to ask? Do you think women will go for their annuals now?

Now weeks after the election it should be over-the-counter and women will have to pay the whole cost every month? If people are not using condoms, which are free everywhere, what makes anyone think individuals will use over the counter birth control pills effectively? Condoms only need to be used 'as needed', but women who may not even be in a monogamous sexual relationship will be taking a pill ever day for it to be effective.

It doesn't control birth, it suppresses female sexuality. Yes technically you can have sex with a pregnancy, but at what cost and hassle?

"There is no free lunch...or free shipping."

4.Earlier this year I wrote to my U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas over the mandate issues, her response wasn't great. She reminded me that my life saving mammograms would be covered by my health insurance as well, but now after the election. Now... Mammograms do little to help catch deadly breast cancers, large U.S. study finds

“Instead, we’re diagnosing a lot of something else — not cancer” in that early stage, Bleyer said. “And the worst cancer is still going on, just like it always was.”

5.Contraception only fails in your fertile phase and take sexual intercourse out of the fertile phase you don't get pregnant. Pretty easy concept. And because it is your own reproductive system normally functioning, no side effects, like suppression of important evolutionary pheromones your body releases during ovulation. Really important in attracting a mate.

6.How easy it is to become 'poor'. Scary, just amazingly scary. Frontline's Poor Kids

The thing that really stood out for me, is how much people still want to work. They really, truly do. Everybody I’m meeting. Because we are taking people who have known a better life to a degree. In this film, I’m not looking at the generational poor [or] drug addicts or alcoholics. We’re not looking at people who have already “slipped off the radar,” so to speak, that are also involved in social services and things like that. … These are Americans who maybe not have had the greatest jobs in the world, but they worked, and they tried to make that path for themselves. They tried to climb ladders and get further and follow this dream that you can hit the middle classes by working harder, but they’re seeing it slip away from them. And they are in a point right now where things just haven’t worked out. And because they never got to that level where they’re able to create a proper safety net, it didn't take long for them to fall down to the bottom of the ladder when it went pear-shaped for them.
The comments are nasty though. Basically the poor should be sterilized.

7. I can't wait for the Smoke Stack Christmas Tree I can see from my bedroom window.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It should be noted that idioms are covered in the MCAS Test

Local Blogger Drama

GL Tech supt. wants blogger's 'threats' investigate
The alleged threats were made by Lynne Lupien, of Lowell, on the blog "Left in Lowell," to which Lupien owns the domain name. Some local blogs have opined that Santoro made harassment allegations against School Committee member Erik Gitschier, of Lowell, at a time when the School Committee will be discussing her contract, essentially handcuffing the board into offering her another contract rather than risk her filing a lawsuit. Lupien commented Monday on a recent post with some harsh language about Santoro, saying in part, "And if someone -- a person in LEADERSHIP -- calls wolf on harassment like this, I want her head on a platter...Seriously, if this is what I believe it to be, it's absolutely disgusting, and totally unethical, and she should be hung for it." Lupien prefaced her comment by acknowledging she does not know the details of the harassment allegations. Santoro called the comment "alarming."

I want her head on a platter...

classified as an idiom, which "is an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up"

"somebody's head on a plate/platter"if you want someone's head on a plate you are very angry with them and want them to be punished "The director was furious at what had happened and wanted Watt's head on a platter."

Idioms are cover in the 4th grade and are tested on MCAS.

"4.11 Identify the meaning of common idioms and figurative phrases. For example, students collect and illustrate idioms, such as: “It’s raining cats and dogs”; “It’s only the tip of the iceberg”; and “That happens once in a blue moon.”"

It wasn't about the children, it was about the check.

Ever hear someone complain about a mother on welfare, that she just had her child 'for a check'. I do not believe that, and I know that even poor women love their children. I'm sure if she has the natural social support of family to balance bills and domestic needs, she wouldn't be on welfare and still have her children.

Fewer students could mean less money

No, they are not talking about a welfare mom, they're talking about our school system. Someone how the government is upset women aren't having enough babies, so they have to consolidate and lose funding to a smaller school population.

It is no longer a public interest in educating children, whatever that number may be, but now it is all about the marker and choice. The idea and need for public school is an important one for the community, and that is why we fund it with tax dollars, no matter the enrollment.

Subsidizing education is not a market for parents to make consumer like choices, subsidizing education is a public goal with a community interest. Charters are subsidized as if public monies should be used to make private choices. They're not doing it for the child or out of public interest, they're doing it for the 'welfare check'.

So now all the school districts are looking for children and no where can they be found, they need it for the money.

In light of the fall out in Ireland

A pregnant woman dies, it is unclear until an independent investigation if an abortion would of saved her. The Western world is in an uproar over this woman's death. Meanwhile.... at The New Feminism May 2012
There were at least 50 deaths linked to Yasmin and Yaz from 2004 to 2008. But that does not mean they were the only brands of birth control pills linked to deaths. They were just singled out because they increased the “low” known risk 74%. In fact, all birth control pills are known to TRIPLE the risk of heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism (clots in the lung).

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bringing a new meaning to being a 'Grinch'

Judge denies bid for Nativity displays in Santa Monica
But last year, after requests for display spots exceeded the space allotted, the city held a lottery to allocate spaces. Atheists won 18 of 21 spots. A Jewish group won another. The traditional Nativity story that used to take up 14 displays was crammed into two.
And many of the spots were left empty or had anti-Christian messages in them. Oh yes, so many people will want to comes down to see that!

"Spinning the Pill"

Where's feminism?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

United Nations violates the right to be Catholic or just anyone who doesn't want to use birth control

UN report: Religious objections to contraception and abortifacients violate human rights What about the human right not to use birth control? We still have that right of privacy that the government shouldn't be all up in a woman's body telling her how many and when she should have a baby.
Without such services, Mexico’s faithful Catholic women had to wait until “after their reproductive years” to “have the ‘possibility of enjoying sexual intimacy free from the worry of an unintended or unwanted pregnancy,’” the report stated.
I don't live in Mexico, but as a Catholic, but I'm sure if I moved there with my husband the rules of Natural Family Planning would still work and I could still enjoy sexual intimacy without the fear of getting pregnant. You know what else, even if I became an atheist Natural Family Planning would still work!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Can we be critical of Wall Street without being becoming a Socialist?

a comment from Mark Shea's blog.
Capitalism has collapsed into a nihilistic monopolized private sector that thrives off rent seeking and cartel behavior. Corporate welfare and regulations that benefit big business at the expense of market entry, widespread ownership, innovation, choice and competition — this is what platitudes about the free market, trickle down ideologies and plutocratic endeavor have wrought. Conservatives who seize this reality and transform markets to work for all, in particular markets oriented toward supporting family life, will be way ahead of the political game.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Troubling

Nigerian Catholics Respond to Attack with Prayer and Fasting | Daily News | NCRegister.com
The European/American media are going nuts over a malpractice issue in Ireland, where a delayed abortion of a miscarrying woman may have lead to her death. It is being independently investigated, but the hatred towards my faith is vocal despite the Church allowing an abortion to save the life of the mother.

Meanwhile 690 Nigerian Catholics died this year in attacks. Outrage?

Pollutants Linked to Lower Fertility in Both Men and Women

And yet we need more contraception! Pollutants Linked to Lower Fertility in Both Men and Women
The trial followed 500 couples who stopped using contraception for a period of either 12 months or until they got pregnant, whichever came first. Researchers measured their blood for the presence of 63 organic pollutants such as (PCBs) found in oil-based paint, electrical parts and adhesives until they were banned in 1979, and pesticides that fail to degrade in the environment but are absorbed by livestock and then by people consuming fatty fish, meats and dairy.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The law is a lousy aphrodisiac.

Early Christianity: a tough gig The Roman Empire was far more hostile than today's world. From Mercator
It was a pornographic culture. Entertainment was all about sex and spectacular violence. Abortion and infanticide were considered a normal part of family life. Adultery was so common that private investigators were among the few growth industries in third-century Rome. It was legal to sexually abuse a slave. It was socially acceptable to sexually abuse children. All the emperors did it. Domitian was considered moderate because he kept only one boy lover. There was great material prosperity in Rome, but no hope, really. People moved from one wine-fueled hookup to the next, but couldn't come up with good reasons to have children. They coddled their pets instead. The emperors saw the demographic crisis coming. They worried about homeland security. So they tried to legislate fertility. But their efforts came to nothing. The law is a lousy aphrodisiac

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Catholics are still against the death penalty.

I say still, I remember back in the 90s, the death penalty and repealing was a big deal within social justice groups. I was pretty young, only 14/15 when it became an interest in being anti-death penalty. I went to the movies in 95' with watch 'Dead Man Walking' and definitely had an impact on my faith as well. Do Democrats really care about the Death Penalty? Maybe the antics of convicted cop killer, Mumia Jamal played a role in the public's disinterest in the repealing it. California is as liberal as Massachusetts, but this election cycle they were unable to repeal the death penalty.
Referendum 34 proposed to replace California's death penalty with a sentence of life in prison without parole. If it passed, the sentences of almost 725 convicted death row inmates would have been reduced to life in prison. It also promised to dedicate $100 million in the state budget for police agencies to solve more homicide and rape cases. The measure failed with 52.8 percent voting against.
Obama could win California, but it couldn't repeal the death penalty?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

If you mean abortion, when you say 'women's rights' yes, it is still a discussion

Despite the chill, Valley voters flock to polls - http://bit.ly/SWKRL9

" Pecks, who support Warren for her stance on women's rights.

"Jobs are important," said Millie, "but if it means I'm going to become a second-class citizen, we can't support that. We already went through this whole women's rights thing in the '60s; it's amazing that it's still a discussion.""

Help me, God.

Old people, they talk like the 60s was special. To us born after, it's just history. My children think of the 90s in the same way.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Catholic Democrats’ Curious Claim: We’re the Real ‘Pro-Lifers’

Over at the National Catholic Register...

I should note both parties are not pro-life, but one is clearly pro-abortion as a national platform. Here we are as Catholics to focus on the needs of the poor, and it is always attached to abortion/contraception as the solution, sadly when it comes to public policy and government funding.

To quote,

But during a panel discussion hosted by Democrats for Life during the Democratic National Convention Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C., political scientist Stephen Schneck, head of the Institute for Catholic Policy Studies at The Catholic University of America and a member of the Democrats for Life board of directors, declared that “the most powerful abortifacient is poverty.

I would disagree based on the data I read up on, the most powerful abortifacient is the fear of poverty. Poorer women still have a higher total fertility rate, compared to women living in higher income brackets. Poor women are more likely to have unstable relationships and when clearly available still choose not to use contraception consistently. The fear of not having social/economical support from the father and family also leads to abortion.

Schneck did concede that the Democratic Party has handled the abortion issue “stupidly” in this election cycle by choosing to “double down” on their support for abortion. “They haven’t been open at all to the third of their supporters that are pro-life,” he said. “And that’s a big reason why this election is so close.”

YES! Double Down! Best use of terms on how the Democrat Party isn't pro-choice, it's pro-abortion and will use the violence of rape to protect all abortions for any reason.

After Tuesday, all the Democrats who supported Brown need to either take control of their party or move on and create an alternative for Democrats. The State Republican party is very weak, and is afraid to deal with social issues. In fact state Republicans can be far most socially liberal then the Democrats. While not ‘pro-life’ many Democrats support public policy that is supportive of that position, and still recognize the importance of mothers and father even if we can no longer call it marriage.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Twisted Irony?

The 'War on Women' is about a woman's access to free mandated contraception and subsidized abortion. The 'thing' asking the question, is considered detrimental to women. I have no problem answering the question to my daughter, "Where was I?". I was defending your life, and not my right to abort you. And instead of dragging you at the age of 14 to the GYN, for a preventative IUD, I will teach you about your fertility (in scientific terms). I will discuss how STDs are transmitted through multiple partners, and the importance that a healthy relationship is the best protection a woman can have.