Life is a journey; the choices you make now will determine your eternal destination.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

An ageing population and the culture of death

Something of note on LifeSite News; the report on Global Ageing:


By Thaddeus M. Baklinski and John-Henry Westen

BETHESDA, MD, July 22, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A report by the US National Institute on Aging (NIA) says that the average age of the world's population is increasing at an unprecedented rate and that "within 10 years, for the first time in human history there will be more people aged 65 and older than children under 5 in the world."

The report entitled "An Aging World: 2008," examines the demographic and socioeconomic implications of this trend and contains detailed information on life expectancy, health, disability, gender balance, marital status, living arrangements, education and literacy, labor force participation and retirement, and pensions among older people around the world.

Childlessness among European and U.S. women aged 65 in 2005 ranged from less than 8 percent in the Czech Republic to 15 percent in Austria and Italy, the study noted. Twenty percent of women aged 40-44 in the United States in 2006 had no biological children. The study suggested that these data raise questions about the provision of care when that group of women reaches advanced ages.

"The world's population of people over age 65 is growing rapidly, and with it will come a number of challenges and opportunities," said NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D.

The number of people worldwide age 65 and older was estimated at 506 million as of midyear 2008; by 2040, that number will be 1.3 billion. Thus, in just over 30 years, the proportion of older people will double from 7 percent to 14 percent of the total world population, according to the report.

"Aging is affecting every country in every part of the world," said Richard Suzman, Ph.D., director of NIA's Division of Behavioral and Social Research. "While there are important differences between developed and developing countries, global aging is changing the social and economic nature of the planet and presenting difficult challenges. The fact that, within 10 years, for the first time in human history there will be more people aged 65 and older than children under 5 in the world underlines the extent of this change."

An important aspect of the report deals with aging population in developing countries, but the research does not identify the causes of the burgeoning imbalance of old to young, such as China's coercive one child policy, or the world-wide population manipulation policies of the UN.

A UN report on aging a decade ago warned of economic consequences from the aging problem, predicting dire implications in terms of social support for elderly people. "The potential support ratio, which indicates the dependency burden on potential workers, is falling," said the report.

"Between 1999 and 2050, the potential support ratio will decline from 5 to 2 working age persons per older person in more developed regions and by an even larger fraction in less developed regions, from 12 to 4, thus affecting social security schemes, particularly traditional pay-as-you-go systems where current workers pay for the benefits of current retirees."

The full text of the report "An Aging World: 2008" is available at www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/p95-09-1.pdf

See the UN report from 1999 here:
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/1999/19990629.PI1154.html

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Now doesn't that make the light bulb come on with the UN push to legalise euthanasia throughout the wolrd, hmmmm?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Prayer for the Week

O most Holy Heart of Jesus, shower Thy blessings in abundant measure upon Thy holy Church, upon the Supreme Pontiff,and upon all the clergy; to the just grant perseverance; convert sinners; enlighten unbelievers; bless our relations, friends and benefactors; assist the dying; deliver the holy souls in Purgatory; and extend over all hearts the sweet empire of Thy love. Amen.
Raccolta 262

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

United States: the next China?

I might not be an American, but I have to speak up on this issue: John Holdren, the latest of President Obama's efforts to destroy the US.

Holdren holds the position of the President's assistant for Science and Technology, Director of OSTP, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

President-elect Barack Obama stated in December that he had nominated Holdren as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as part of his Administration's mission to promote an unbiased science. The goal, said Obama, was to protect "free and open inquiry" and "ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology."

"It's about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it's inconvenient - especially when it's inconvenient," announced Obama.

Apparently, Obama thinks that the population of the United Stated is inconvenient. Because his appointee is not unbiased; this is from a book that he co-authored:

Holdren co-authored the work with population control advocates Paul and Anne Ehrlich with the central premise that governments may curtail individual human rights "where society has a 'compelling, subordinating interest' in regulating population size."

Examples put forward by the authors include the possibility of forced abortion to meet population quotas, sterilizing populations through intentionally tainting the water-supply with infertility drugs, mandating unwed and teen mothers to chose between abortion or giving their children up for adoption, and the imposition of a "Planetary Regime" to enforce policies of population control, with one enforcement mechanism being a global transnational police force.

"Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society," wrote Holdren on page 837.

Holdren defends that assertion on the next page by stating that "neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution mentions a right to reproduce" and that for the survival of society, a government could both coerce women to have children as well as force them to abort.

Large families are a particular target of Holdren and the Ehrlichs, who write that parents of such families "contribute to general social deterioration by overproducing children" and "can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility."

Holdren advances several ideas for coercive fertility control. He states (pp. 786-7) that "sterilizing women after their second or third child" may be more practicable than sterilizing men, proposes a "long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin" at puberty and then "might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births."

"Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control," says Holdren.

"Indeed, this would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems. No such sterilant exists today, nor does one appear to be under development. To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: it must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock."

Holdren proposes on pages 942-3, an ultimate enforcement mechanism in the form of "a Planetary Regime - sort of an international superagency for population, resources, and environment" that would control and distribute all natural resources and determine as well the "optimum population for the world."

"Control of population size might remain the responsibility of each government, but the Regime would have some power to enforce the agreed limits," Holdren states. Earlier Holdren had mentioned the creation of "an armed international organization, a global analogue of a police force" (p. 917) as one method of achieving international security.



Monday, July 13, 2009

Ten things.....


I received the Honest Scrap Award from my sister over at Salve Regina a little while ago, so I guess I'd better get at it! First of all, thanks for passing this on to me, but I'm not passing it forward, as most everyone has done this one at least once. So here goes:

Share ten honest things about yourself:
1. I was tall and skinny as a kid, and everyone called me "beanpole". Most kids nowadays don't even know what a beanpole is!
2. I love to sit and watch thunderstorms.
3. I can remember watching TV in black and white, and my favourite shows as a kid were the Westerns.
4. I ride a black stallion.
5. I prefer the company of my dogs and horses to the company of most people. (I don't have to make inane conversation with them.....)
6. I hate being late. It's disrespectful.
7. I don't support cancer research fundraising. They have fleeced the public for billions and aren't about to quit such a lucrative scheme by releasing information that might lead to the end of their income.
8. I always wanted to be an artist, but life got in the way.
9. I try to remember to start every day, before I even get out of bed, by placing myself within the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (Great view from there!)
10. I would like to learn woodworking, such as making furniture -rustic style, of course!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Good Grief!

I wonder if we could get 400,000 to fund the March For Life?????????


Canadian Conservative MP: Party Funding of Gay Pride Parade Came as a Shock to Most of CaucusMinister Ablonczy likely lost the file over the matter, and review of tourism spending is underway
By John-Henry Westen
SASKATOON, July 6, 2009 (
LifeSiteNews.com) - The revelation of $400,000 in funding from the federal Conservatives for the recent Toronto Gay Pride parade, which is notorious for its inclusion of full frontal nudity and public sex acts by homosexuals, came as a shock to most social conservatives in the nation. According to Conservative MP Brad Trost, however, the decision to fund the event also came a shock to most of the Conservative caucus, even those inside the Prime Minister's office.
Speaking to LifeSiteNews.com from his riding office in Saskatoon today, the 36-year-old Conservative said, "The pro-life and the pro-family community should know and understand that the tourism funding money that went to the gay pride parade in Toronto was not government policy, was not supported by - I think it's safe to say by a large majority - of the MPs. This was a very isolated decision."
Trost also hinted that Minister Diane Ablonczy, who was responsible for the funding, lost the file as a consequence of the embarrassment to the Party. Protesting more than once that there was no "official connection," he said, however, "it should be noted that the file has been reassigned to a different Cabinet Minister since that announcement was made." He added, "The whole tourism program and funding for major tourism events is being reviewed."
Trost claimed that "almost the entire Conservative caucus" including "most of the Prime Minister's Office were taken by surprise at this announcement."
"It shouldn't be deemed to have been a change in Party policy," he said, adding, "Most of the caucus is still strongly pro-traditional marriage."
The MP attributed the move to "sloppiness."
"Canadian taxpayers, even non-social-conservative ones, don't want their tax dollars to go to events that are polarizing or events that are more political than touristic in nature," he said.
"I'm glad they're owning up to a very grave error here," said Mary Ellen Douglas, national coordinator for Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), in response to Trost's remarks. CLC had originally protested the decision to fund Gay Pride as soon as it was made public. At the time, CLC's Jeff Gunnarson had told LSN, "Given the fact that the Conservative government supports marriage as a union of one man and one woman in Section 68 iii of their Policy Declaration, I am concerned that they find it prudent to give nearly half a million dollars to a group that diametrically opposes that very section of the policy."
Mary Ellen Douglas told LSN today, "Hopefully such mistakes won't happen again, especially at a time when the economy is so bad."
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Sunday, July 5, 2009

One Way.....

in which women can change the world is the challenge I gave in my last post. There have been many women who have implemented change in the world; as my sister said, the Blessed Virgin is the shining example and role model for all women.
We cannot all be in a position of power, as my other sister suggested, although it would be nice to be a lawmaker, and help to defeat some of the horrendous things that have become law in the last 50 years.
No, where I was going with this, is that the one way any woman can change the world is by practising fully the Catholic faith. A Catholic woman is bound to follow the laws of the church, which means, to start with, no abortion. Let's see where this leads: abortion and contraception are not options for Catholics, therefore a Catholic woman needs to avoid situations where unwanted children are the result. The best way to do that, is to avoid sexual encounters until marriage. The best way to do that, is to practise modesty in dress and speech, and to avoid the near occasions of sin, such as parties where drugs and booze are at hand, to choose not to watch sexually explicit movies and television, etc. See where I am going?
Catholics are also encouraged to pray, practice the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, attend Mass- daily if possible, and to raise their children in the faith. I could go on and on, but I'm sure you get my drift.
So, if all women did these things, I can't help but think that God would be pleased, and that things would change for the better. If women did these things, men would follow. Families would once again become important, churches would be filled to capacity, God would once again be revered and the focal point of family life. All of which would eventually lead to a change in the way things are marketed, which laws get passed, which movies make the most money, etc.
Jesus set the example- He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. A world that does not follow Him, is against Him. It is up to each of us, whether man or woman, to follow His teachings if we wish for the salvation of our souls, which in turn becomes beneficial for society. The world can change. It's up to us.

Friday, July 3, 2009

What a day!

What a horrendous day today was! First of all, the best part of the day was going to Adoration and Mass, and then spending some time with my mares. But coming home, I was almost T-boned by a semi, which I wrote about on my horse blog, and then I almost caused accident when I went to turn left and didn't see a lady coming down the hill; and went to turn right a block later only to find that someone had snuck up beside me to also turn right. ( I apologised to both drivers!) Then I got to work, thinking things would be okay, only to turn a tap on and forget about it resulting in a flood in the kitchen which I had to mop up. Then when I locked up at the end of the day, I had walked out with the calculator in my hand, and forgot my purse inside! So I had to shut the alarm off and go in and get sorted out; I tell ya, if it could go wrong today, it did!
I'm sure God must really love me, because he did a good job of humbling me today, and I spent a lot of time asking for His mercy and thanking Him, too, for humbling me. I was almost in tears after the third near-miss; I think though, that all these things were for me to offer up; and to remind me that I can do nothing without Him.
I have a task for all my readers; it is this:
Leave a comment about one way in which women can change the world.
I'll do my next post on that........

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

O Canada......

What has become of you?
I officially declare that Toronto is no longer a part of Canada.
They place a higher value on their homosexuals than they do on their country.
What a despicable thing to do to the rest of Canada.
For shame, Toronto.