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The population explosion we’re all ignoring

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“Ladies, have you heard the news?” croons the singer to the women sitting beneath the tree in an isolated village in Benin. “You can take a pill every day.” The singer and his drummers have just disembarked from “the contraception boat”, said Geoffrey York in The Globe and Mail (Toronto). It is part of a nationwide contraception campaign to check Benin’s soaring population growth. Outside of Southern Africa and Kenya, less than 30% of women in Sub-saharan Africa use modern contraception. Many haven’t even heard of it. And now the entire programme is being put at risk, thanks to President Trump.

The US used to be the biggest donor to global family-planning schemes, said (Cape Town). But days after taking office, Trump ordered a halt to the $600m spend on familyplanning services overseas, saying any programme advocating abortion should have its funding removed. In April, he went a step further by withdrawing US support for the UN Population Fund. It’s a devastating blow to a continent that has to find a way to rein in runaway population growth, said Africa Times. com. The latest UN projection shows Africa’s population will at least double by 2050, and rise fourfold (to 4.4 billion) by the century’s end. By then, 40% of the world’s population will be African, said York, and the effects will be grave: “an escalating crisis in hunger, overcrowding, ecological damage, and rising migration pressures in Europe and North America”. Far from addressing the problem, Trump’s policy will aggravate it: analysts say it could lead to 6.5 million unintended pregnancies over the next four years alone.

For Nigeria, the coming baby boom is a disaster waiting to happen, said This Day (Lagos). Its population is expected to nearly double in just over 30 years and surpass that of the US. Nigeria will become the third-largest country in the world, after India and China. How can we feed and educate so many people, or guarantee access to sufficient clean water to prevent massive outbreaks of disease? Boko Haram and other extremist groups already press children into militias. Even more idle and illiterate children will mean bigger, nastier armed factions and a greater likelihood of conflict. It does not have to be this way, said If African girls got access to contraceptives and family-planning advice, it would create a virtuous circle. Africa could reap a “demographic dividend” – delayed pregnancy leading to better education and health for women, which would in turn fuel economic growth for everyone.

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20 Comments on "The population explosion we’re all ignoring"

  1. onlooker on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 2:38 pm 

    Too little too late for Africa

  2. Apneaman on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 3:01 pm 

    Yabut Trump is gonna spend that $600m on security and wall building to keep the billions of coming climate refugees out.

    And then there is the religious retards helping out…..

    Africans among the most morally opposed to contraception

    “Speaking to bishops from Tanzania last week, Pope Francis praised church workers in Africa “who strive diligently to educate people in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity” with the aim of preventing HIV and AIDS. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to more than two-thirds of the world’s people living with HIV, according to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.”

    See, I’m morally opposed to religion and thus morally opposed to feeding them when the next famine hits. Let the Catholic Church feed them.

    I’m also morally opposed to religious organization getting tax free status.

    I’m also morally opposed to having my property taxes getting spent on public education for consume zombies stupid fucking fat kids when I have never had kids. Shop less and skip or downgrade your vacation and pay for their educations yourself. And to top it all off the government of Canada gives tax breaks and taxpayer funded cheques to ‘breeders’ – covered, in part, by my income tax and 13% sales taxes.

    I’m the one who should be getting a cheque. How about a sustainability cheque for NOT breeding and for selling my truck and taking transit when I moved back to the big city?

    Stupid babies.

  3. Apneaman on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 4:02 pm 

    Killing them where they breed works better than a wall eh?

    Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire

    “Even as President Donald Trump faces ever-intensifying investigations into the alleged connections between his top aides and family members and powerful Russian figures, he serves as commander in chief over a U.S. military that is killing an astonishing and growing number of civilians. Under Trump, the U.S. is re-escalating its war in Afghanistan, expanding its operations in Iraq and Syria, conducting covert raids in Somalia and Yemen, and openly facilitating the Saudi’s genocidal military destruction of Yemen.”

  4. Davy on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 4:59 pm 

    Well, any effort is something. Any effort helps in little ways here, there and on the fringe. Overall in the big picture no human effort will matter. This is a biological momentum. It will be stopped biologically by a die down from breaching overshoot just like reindeers and rabbits. Let’s quit pulling our pud. This article is just like the Paris accord party where lying fake greens rejoiced in human cooperation. What a joke because it was more like a fake political rally. Talk about a fake climate effort. All the howling over Trump but what about China and their coal plant build out. Not only China but what about all the coal plants China is building in south Asia and Africa. The same self-deception is true for this article on population. We are just talking but not accepting reality. We are heading for a rebalance and there is nothing that we can do. It will be painful and unfair but where in nature has fairness and comfort been the norm? It is part of the balance to have pain, suffering, and death. Get used to it and quit your whining.

  5. DerHundistlos on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 5:08 pm 

    Maybe so posters, but I am inclined to at least try and hope for the best. Otherwise, what is the point of this experiment?

  6. onlooker on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 5:32 pm 

    Derhund, the best we can hope at this point for is a resetting with a lot less of us and hopefully a world that can support higher life forms

  7. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 6:21 pm 

    Buy KFC stock.
    They have excellent opportunities
    to expand into Africa.

  8. Hubert on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 6:45 pm 

    Problem is, Africans are not going to stay in Africa. They will move.

  9. Hubert on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 7:18 pm

  10. Sissyfuss on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 7:51 pm 

    It’s Clogburts problem. Maybe he can give out free condoms with each solar powered hot tub.

  11. Sissyfuss on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 7:59 pm 

    Davy, if more Africans pulled their puds there wouldn’t be so many rug rats being popped out. Wait, do they have rugs in their huts?

  12. Davy on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 8:05 pm 

    Yea sis, paid vasectomies and pud pullin classes would be a good start at a global level for population control.

  13. boat on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 8:59 pm 

    Demographically it’s Muslims that have to many kids. Nation to nation migration allows the populations to spread. As ape says incentives should be paid/less taxes, for non bearing humans, not subsidizing those who do.

  14. Shortend on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 9:17 pm 

    I remember reading an article about an African leader speaking about the dangers of overpopulation. While he addressed the audience of people to his surprise starting CHEERING as you rattled off the increasing numbers of people and resources needed to sustain the country.
    In their minds it was a POSITIVE good change having a larger population.
    Also, at this time even birth control would have a marginal influence for the outcome.

  15. Makati1 on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 11:10 pm 

    Worth repeating:

    “Masters of propaganda from its inventor, Jewish public relations expert Edward Louis James Bernays, to the Nazi Minister of Propaganda Paul Joseph Goebbels, agree that a lie can be turned into truth by constant repetition. … “If it were false, surely the media would have exposed it.” … The power of the military/security complex is the premier power in Washington.”

    War is peace. War is peace. War is peace. War is peace … LMAO

  16. AM on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 7:28 am 

    peaktard bans me because i support women. just look at all the comments here wanting to kill babies. I’m not even a fundamentalist christian. i just want a different way of supporting women and reducing population by having them fight and kill.

  17. AM on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 7:31 am 

    the patriarchy of this site is incapable of supporting women because biochemical processes dictate how we think. jay hanson said it takes the hardware to think of the software and this is true as demonstrated once and all the time on this board.

    yes lions and gazelle are smart in their own rights but we’re forcing women to be gazelles. we need women to have the intelligence of a predator and killer, that of lions. this is our hope for the future

  18. Sissyfuss on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 7:52 am 

    AmIreal, you’re a big Zena/Wonderwoman fan,aren’t you?

  19. AM on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 8:02 am 

    @sis dear that’s just a dumb tv show. women do real work and they have been fighting for ages. look again how many leaders in the world are women who gained prestige through leading revolutions.

    as tards we are tasked with this job of supporting women but we fail spectacularly.

    my mom tasked (she really didn’t) me with this job of aleviating poverty for women. if i ever see a woman scooping poop i think all tards in the immediate vicinity must go to heaven pronto.

  20. AM on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 8:13 am 

    if you don’t kill then how do you really love life? you can’t. This is why it’s so horrible to ask women to kill because they do it with ease.

    why do people risk life climbing the most dangerous peak? why do they fight to the death? it’s the only way to appreciate life, through experience.

    why fear women so much? they will get combat experience, they kill and they will become gentle souls. then they can solve problems.

    i always make a mental note and retreat into a corner whenever some excited stranger tard speaking politics near me. one must be prepared mentally to kill in order to love.

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