by Marcus Roberts
The Guardian recently published a fascinating article by Ma Jian, the author of A Dark Road, about China’s one-child policy. In this article, Ma describes his travels to Guangxi Province in 2008, where he had decided that his novel would begin. His interest in the province had been sparked in 2007:
“In 2007, I read of riots breaking out in Bobai County in China’s south-western Guangxi province. Under pressure from higher authorities to meet birth targets, local officials had launched a vicious crackdown on family-planning violators. Squads had rounded up 17,000 women and subjected them to sterilisations and abortions and had extracted 7.8m yuan (£800,000) in fines for “illegal births”, ransacking the homes of families who refused to pay. Tens of thousands of peasants occupied Bobai County town and set fire to government buildings to protest against the crackdown. This was the largest outbreak of popular unrest since the 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square.” Read more…
by Denyse O’Leary
Glib answers will not conjure away the hard, cold fact that workers everywhere are getting older and older.
In a recent piece, I talked about how increasing longevity was affecting technologically advanced societies in ways that only occasionally come to the surface. Pope Benedict broke with tradition by resigning due to advanced age, for example, rather than dying in office. Popes of old didn’t usually live long enough to face the problem. Read more…
Matt Barber reveals government brochure on how to treat LGBT employees
Excerpt from the article:
…Our sources have provided Liberty Counsel an internal DOJ document titled: “LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers.” It was emailed to DOJ managers in advance of the left’s so-called “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.”
The document is chilling. It’s riddled with directives that grossly violate – prima facie –employees’ First Amendment liberties.
Following are excerpts from the “DOJ Pride” decree. When it comes to “LGBT pride,” employees are ordered: Read more…
by Marcus Roberts
The challenge for Western countries in the short to medium term is that the number of workers that they have to support their economies (and social support networks) is declining or set to decline. We’ve banged on about this challenge here at Demography is Destiny for a while now. According to a report in the Economist, not only will an aging population eventually result in fewer workers, but as those workers age they will also be less productive. Read more…
by Robert Oscar Lopez
The children of same-sex couples normally love the people who raised them. But many of them still have reservations about same-sex marriage.
During the oral arguments about Proposition 8, Justice Anthony Kennedy referred to children being raised by same-sex couples. Since I was one of those children—from ages 2-19, I was raised by a lesbian mother with the help of her partner—I was curious to see what he would say. Read more…
We have cold cereal for breakfast almost every morning. The names of the different brands of cereal have gotten lost in toddler translation. One of our three-year-old’s favorites is “Honey Bunches of Oats”, but when we ask her what she’d like to eat she says… Keep reading.
Jennifer Roback Morse of The Ruth Institute defends traditional marriage to young people
by Les Sillars
This article was originally published April 18, 2013, at worldmag.com.
Jennifer Roback Morse, an economist, rejects the notion that increasing support for homosexual marriage among young people means that its legalization is somehow inevitable. She is founder and president of The Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund that promotes traditional marriage to college students and other young adults. The arguments for marriage can work with that group, she said, because they’ve never heard them before. Presented well, the case is “extremely powerful.” Read more…
by Anne Ponton
A Texas mother remembers how doctors struggled to save her premature twin daughters.
With the media full of the horror of Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion mill, we might forget how hard parents fight to make sure that their children survive. This is one mother’s story.
One popular news site today posted these two headline links in consecutive order:
1. FDA Approves Morning-After Pill For Over-the-Counter sales Age 15 and Up
2. Doctor: Gonorrhea super bug worse than Aids
On the one hand the FDA has just approved a drug that will encourage sexual activity among teenagers. On the other hand national health organizations are sounding the alarm about an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea. Read more…