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Strange but sad story from BBC

Amish farmer 1 November 2011

An elderly Amish man has had his hair and beard cut off by his own son in the latest such attack in the US state of Ohio, said police.

The victim was allegedly pounced upon while visiting his son during an attempted reunion in the city of Steubenville.

The older man – who is in his 70s – has told police he will not press charges.

Spiritual differences are said to be behind the attacks on a number of Amish men and women in recent weeks.

In religiously conservative Amish communities, women do not cut their hair and men grow beards only after they marry.

Members of the tiny Christian community, who call themselves the Plain People, generally shun modern conveniences such as electricity, televisions and cars.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said he had warned the victim’s son beforehand not to cause trouble, and was parked nearby during Wednesday’s incident.

The attacker – with the help of his sons – is said to have wrestled his father to the floor.

The victim’s wife tried to intervene, but was held back by her daughter-in-law, the sheriff said.

“This guy was just totally destroyed after this happened,” Sheriff Abdalla told Associated Press news agency.

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“They just humiliated him. I talked to him. I mean, the guy’s a broken man.”

The victim told the sheriff that instead of filing a complaint, he would return to his community and consult elders.

In recent weeks, at least half a dozen Amish men and women have been assaulted in four different Ohio counties, losing their beards or, in the case of the women, clumps of their hair.

The attacks are said to have been incited by a breakaway Amish leader.

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On Monday, the population of the world will hit 7 billion. What is interesting is that in the past 50 years, most developed countries have declined in their birthrates all the while increasing in lifespan.

Below is an excerpt from an article at The Economist on the increasing population and what future demographics will look like based on declining world-wide fertility rates:

The low-fertility countries face the biggest demographic problems. The elderly share of Japan’s population is already the highest in the world. By 2050 the country will have almost as many dependents as working-age adults, and half the population will be over 52. This will make Japan the oldest society the world has ever known. Europe faces similar trends, less acutely. It has roughly half as many dependent children and retired people as working-age adults now. By 2050 it will have three dependents for every four adults, so will shoulder a large burden of ageing, which even sustained increases in fertility would fail to reverse for decades. This will cause disturbing policy implications in the provision of pensions and health care, which rely on continuing healthy tax revenues from the working population.

At least these countries are rich enough to make such provision. Not so China. With its fertility artificially suppressed by the one-child policy, it is ageing at an unprecedented rate. In 1980 China’s median age (the point where half the population is older and half younger) was 22 years, a developing-country figure. China will be older than America as early as 2020 and older than Europe by 2030. This will bring an abrupt end to its cheap-labour manufacturing. Its dependency ratio will rise from 38 to 64 by 2050, the sharpest rise in the world. Add in the country’s sexual imbalances—after a decade of sex-selective abortions, China will have 96.5m men in their 20s in 2025 but only 80.3m young women—and demography may become the gravest problem the Communist Party has to face.

It is sadly ironic that countries who control population through legislation, abortion, and infanticide, end up having even further population problems of disproportionate age and gender ratios. Killing off future generations inhibits a country’s (and the world’s) potential.

Here’s the link to the article:  A tale of 3 Islands

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Roe Vs. Wade

I didn’t know it until I heard it on the radio, but today is the 38th anniversary of Roe Vs. Wade.  I listened as President Obama gave a statement marking the occasion:

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.

I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.

And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

Recommitting ourselves to ensure that our “daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities…..to fulfill their dreams”  Basically, ensuring that women can pursue their dreams by allowing the killing of what is thought to be getting in the way of those dreams.  Pursuing dreams by ending another person’s opportunity to have any dreams.

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Blood Protests

Gross.  I don’t understand why they don’t like the current president.  Anyone know why?

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