Sooooo… how about some nice greenie scaremongering aimed at your little ones, circa 1994? This book, entitled “Rescue Mission: Planet Earth: A Children’s edition of Agenda 21“, comes to us courtesy of the U.N., Gorby, and disgraced Global Citizen Albert Gore Junior… (Total Bonus, man: an introduction by UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali!)

Check out a random mish-mashy sampling of the generous multi-culti offerings that are in store for all lucky readers of this book:
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Let’s start with a scan of the cover.

I don’t want to spoil EVERYTHING, so I think I’ll skip over Mr. B. Boutros-Ghali’s introduction and jump to page 7… where you’ll find……

a Gorby quote! 

“The greatest challenge of both our time and the next century is to save the planet from destruction. It will require changing the very foundations of modern civilization – the relationship of humans to nature.”

and a quote from Algore! 

“As chairman of the Space Sub-committee in the Senate, I strongly urged the establishment of a Mission to Planet Earth, a worldwide monitoring system staffed by children… designed to rescue the global environment.”

and now a sampling of some blather from various U.N.-ified kidlets:

Gorbachev gives it to us straight: our job in the 21st century is to “save the planet from destruction.” […]

This is a book about Agenda 21 – the agenda for the 21st Century agreed upon by our governments at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Never before has something like this happened: a common commitment by 179 different nations.

The original Agenda rambles on for 500 pages and 40 chapters about a $600 billion programme to save the planet. What we’ve done is to put it into a language that ordinary people can understand. OK, so you’re thinking this is another yawn-provoking document from bureaucrats with nothing better to do. Well right, but in it, governments ask for “partnership” with us. With kids! We decided to take them at their word. Sure, let’s be partners, but equal partners!

We’re 28 very different young people from 21 countries but we have one thing in common. We’re tired – tired of seeing our beautiful planet polluted, tired of senseless wars, of the poor getting poorer day by day, of waiting for politicians to make decisions they should have made long, long ago.

The Rescue Mission is our wake-up call. […]

Agenda 21 tells you what our governments have agreed to. It’s a wish list, a dream; we can help make it reality.”

Let’s take a break now from the UN propaganda and quote from Henry Lamb: (Listen up, all you Specially-tuned-to-the-Harmonic-Frequency-of-the-Rainbow Children-of-the-World)

Agenda 21 is a 300-page, 40-chapter, “soft-law” policy document adopted by the delegates to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The document is not legally binding; it is a set of policy recommendations designed to reorganize global society around the principles of environmental protection, social equity, and what is called “sustainable” economic development. At the heart of the concept of sustainable development, is the assumption that government must manage society to ensure that human activity conforms to these principles.

The idea that government is inherently empowered to manage the affairs of society is diametrically opposed to the idea that the just power of government is derived from the consent of the governed. As these conflicting principles collide in the arena of public policy, the people who are governed are losing the ability to limit the power of government. Consequently, government power over people is expanding.

Nowhere is this transformation more dramatic than in the policies governing private property rights and the use of land and its resources…. This right is being usurped by government, which now dictates to private property owners how their land may – and may not – be used….

This transformation is not the result of a deliberate decision made by elected representatives after fair and public debate. It is the result of years of subtle influence and obscure processes relentlessly imposed through the United Nations’ agencies and organizations, and a multitude of non-government organizations accredited by, and sympathetic to the United Nations’ agenda.

Among the most influential non-government organizations are the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Worldwide Fund for Nature ( formerly the World Wildlife Fund, and still known as the WWF), and the World Resources Institute (WRI). These three organizations, together with various United Nations agencies and organizations, shaped the policies that are now being implemented in the United States, and around the world, under the banner of sustainable development.

now back to the book:

here’s a transcript of a webchat between various Canadian schools about the Canadian version of this book…

the most interesting comments:

“By the way, RM:PE is being mailed to every school in Canada. Look out for it!”

“This has become a focus for our curriculum for science, English, and math.”

ugh.

now let’s jump up to page 18, which is entitled “CHAINSAW MASSACRE“…

“…Logging, agriculture, fire, acid rain – all conspire to destroy forests. But in the tropical rain forests – it’s a massacre.”

ps: the following ancient phrases are found often in this book:

greenhouse gases
ozone layer
holes in the ozone layer
smog
acid rain
erosion
deforestation
fragile ecosystems
CFCs/chloro-fluorocarbons
ozone depletion
greenhouse effect

and, of course, you’ll be able to find these timeless gems:

sustainable development
Global Warming
Climate Change

grrrrrrr…

and now:

here’s a work of powerful imagery comin’ STRAIGHT AT’CHA noggin:

(but first please put on this “reggae riddim” for appropriate accompaniment… and keep in mind the matching haunting black/white image of a grouping of dead trees)

this poem has been entitled “Ragamuffin Nature, Tink again” and it goes a little somethin’ like this:

All de people man dem, tink again
before burning down de forest, tink again
to build de house man, tink again
before to cut de trees man, tink again

Tink all da people or some o dem
once de forest will go
de desert will come again
As de increase in a de CO2 will make de
world hotter so making life some shorter

Man me say tink again, tink about de
desert de oxygen and de flower
All de people me say loudly, tink again

— Amish K. Shah, Tanzania

clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap…

the bar has just been raised…

It wouldn’t be fair to follow that up with another offering from the youth… so let’s go back to our old reliable: Henry Lamb for another helpful nugget of gold:

Rescue Mission: Planet Earth,” Action Update, Issue No. 2 September 5th, 1994, p. 24.

The UN created another program to “empower children” to help implement the sustainable development program: “Rescue Mission: Planet Earth.” In a Rescue Mission newsletter Action Update, their work is described as getting governments together “who try to make the others feel guilty for not having done what they promised on Agenda 21.”

page 21: oh man, you’re really missing out on a delightful cartoon showing two contrasting satisfied/depressed halves of a tree… all because of the placement of garbage: on the ground vs. a nearby garbage bin…

no, I’m not going to scan it so that you can see for yourself… you’ll just have to order your own used copy from amazon.com…

you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll throw 4 bucks down the drain…

on pg. 15,  Ernest gets a tad bit dramatic… Lighten up, buddy!

A carnage of death
The soil around my village is changing colour. The army moves in and tells us that land my ancestors have farmed for centuries is no longer our’s. Miners come and destroy much land to extract precious minerals. Poachers pursue wildlife to the point of extinction. All leave behind a carnage of death in my country. They care nothing for international regulations. No police can stop them: the police are in the pay of the poachers and miners!

— Ernest, 19, Ghana

pg. 20: chapter 11 of Agenda 21 says:

Forests need to be preserved for their social and spiritual values, including the traditional habitats of indigenous people, forest dwellers and local communities.

now that we’ve entered Na’vi territory, perhaps this is a good time to step back and watch a rather long video clip of Henry Lamb speaking about: the Green Religion, The Temple of Understanding, and the U.N.

Next, let’s briefly mention the U.N.’s global new-agey version of the Ten Commandments and Ark of the Covenant called the Earth Charter and Ark of Hope…

The Ark of Hope, a 49″(124.5cm) x 32″ (81.3cm) x 32″ (81.3cm) wooden chest was created as a place of refuge for the Earth Charter document, an international peoples treaty for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century.

blah blah blah…

Believe it or not, the website actually states that the Ark’s “carrying poles are unicorn horns which render evil ineffective.” Yep. See for yourself.

I don’t endorse the following website… but there’s a good photo towards the bottom of people going all “Wicker Man” around the “Ark of Hope” in Vermont…

and now let’s return to the book for our first taste of the Leftist paradise known as Karnaka, India:

Forests from scratch

A little known village in India named Karnaka has set an example by building a small but thick wood forest. The people of the village pledged not to cut one tree. They protect the forest every moment and without any assistance from the Forest Department; in fact, they do not even allow the forest officials inside.

–Anuragini Nagar, 19, India

Let’s take this opportunity that we find before us to read some more about Agenda 21 from Henry Lamb:

…the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in 1976, where the first formal policy on land use was adopted by a U.N. agency. Many of the land use restrictions now imposed on land owners across America arise directly from the policy recommendations adopted at this U.N. conference. The preamble to the conference report on land use sets the tone for more than 50 pages of very specific land use policy recommendations:

“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable….”

Here is an example of the policy recommendations that follow:

Recommendation A.1

(b) All countries should establish as a matter of urgency a national policy on human settlements, embodying the distribution of population…over the national territory.

(c)(v) Such a policy should be devised to facilitate population redistribution to accord with the availability of resources.

Recommendation D.1

(a) Public ownership or effective control of land in the public interest is the single most important means of…achieving a more equitable distribution of the benefits of development whilst assuring that environmental impacts are considered.

(b) Land is a scarce resource whose management should be subject to public surveillance or control in the interest of the nation.

(d) Governments must maintain full jurisdiction and exercise complete sovereignty over such land with a view to freely planning development of human settlements….

The recommendations contained in this report are remarkably similar to the conclusions reached in three publications financed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, compiled and edited by William K Reilly. The first, The Use of Land: A Citizen’s Policy Guide to Urban Growth, was published in 1972. The second document, entitled The Unfinished Agenda, was published in 1977. …

The third publication of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund was entitled Blueprint for the Environment, which was 1500 pages containing 730 specific recommendations delivered to President-elect, George Bush on November 30, 1988.

William K. Reilly was responsible for the development of each of these publications. He was also one of the U.S. delegates to the 1976 U.N. Conference on Human Settlements who signed the document on behalf of the United States. This same William K. Reilly, left his job as head of the World Wildlife Fund, to become the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, appointed by George H.W. Bush.

This same William K. Reilly, while serving in the Bush Cabinet, accompanied then-Senator Al Gore, to the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. There, he publicly urged President Bush to sign Agenda 21, and the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and ridiculed the President for not signing the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Agenda 21, Chapter 37.4(a) recommends that:

(a) Each country should aim to complete, as soon as practicable, if possible by 1994, a review of capacity – and capability-building requirements for devising national sustainable development strategies, including those for generating and implementing its own Agenda 21 action programme;

On June 29, 1993, President Bill Clinton complied with this recommendation by appointing Vice President Al Gore to conduct a National Performance Review, and by issuing Executive Order Number 12852, which created the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Its 25 members included most Cabinet Secretaries, representatives from The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club and other non-government organizations, and a few representatives from industry.

The function of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development was to find ways to implement the recommendations of Agenda 21 administratively. Al Gore’s National Performance Review resulted in overhauling the Departments of Interior and Agriculture to implement what he called the “Ecosystem Management Policy.” This policy embraced many of the recommendations found in Chapters 10 through 18 of Agenda 21, all of which deal with management of land and resources.

At the 11th meeting of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, Ron Brown, then Secretary of the Department of Commerce, reported that his department could implement more than 60 percent of the recommendations of Agenda 21 through the rule making process, without additional legislation. Similar reports came from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

These two departments were primarily responsible for funneling more than $5 million in grants to the American Planning Association for a project that resulted in the publication of Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Change.

This publication provides model legislation for state legislatures which, when adopted, writes into state law many of the policy recommendations set forth in Agenda 21.

WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING SCARYNESS APPROACHING!!!!!

How about if we begin our descent into the darkness on the mild end of things by taking a gander at a few pieces of silly-scawwwwy artwork in the book from our concerned youngsters: [ number one | number two | number three | number four ]

page 11:
now let’s head straight down while we check out the dark brooding brain of Aleksandra:

[please use this or maybe this for accompaniment]

Death
Crushed by burden of lead
I breathe in the black particles of invisible death
They are surrounding me
surrounding me from all sides
I keep them away
with a movement of my hand
I don’t see them but
They are still in a terrible nearness
Hidden in mysterious words;
Dioxins, Phenol, Nitrogen Oxides,
Death is lurking,
Encircling every particle of the air
it kills and kills cruelly
With a black chain which surrounds
My head, my hands, my mind
Death coming with Acid Rain
Turning our world into something monstrous
Mutated trees, Dead animals
Black dust swirling over my head
I’m looking for the greenness
and for the normal trees –
people unchanged into crazies
But only the black smoke
do I have in sight
Clouds heavy with the poison
There is invisible death
Lurking in them
Invisible Death
Invisible Death
DEATH…..

— Aleksandra Warzecka, 17, Poland

check out the “SMOG” photo from the same page here

page 12:

I am not an expert. I am just the father of four children who doesn’t want my children – or any children – to inherit a world where the air is not fit enough to breathe and where they have to run for cover every time the sun comes out. The politicians of this planet must act soon for if they do not, they will not have a planet left to practice politics on.

— Paul McCartney

page 13:

Agenda 21 Says:

* Promote energy efficiency standards.

* Tax industries in ways that encourage the use of clean, safe technologies.

* Improve substitutes for CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances.

* Get all these technologies transferred to poor countries!

* Deal with acid rain that floats across frontiers by having regular exchanges of information, training experts and applying international standards of pollution control.

a plaintive cry rises from a lone child in India… imagine his anguished face as he wails into a dark uncaring night sky filled with acid rain and smog… his pitiful shrieks would ordinarily move any man to attention, but in this wasteland of ashes and soot, they fall on deaf ears… so please… a little compassion perhaps? and maybe some attention paid to his message?

“There’s only one atmosphere. It has no borders. We don’t want poisonous gases floating around. We must react. All together.”

–child from India

All together, indeed…

Alrighty… I don’t know about you, but I need a slight break from the grime and terror…

I know! Henry Lamb time!

The Ecosystem Management Policy, coordinated with existing legislation such as the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, gave the federal government the power to regulate land use in rural America. The model legislation provided in the American Planning Association’s publication, gave state governments the power to regulate land use at the state, county, and municipal levels. The federal government encouraged states to adopt this legislation by offering incentive grants to states and to local governments. Consequently, the recommendations prescribed in Agenda 21 are being systematically implemented across the nation.

This process is transforming America into the managed society envisioned in the 1976 U.N. Habitat document. This vision has been described in much greater detail in subsequent documents published by both the U.N., and the federal government.

The Global Biodiversity Assessment, published by the United Nations Environment Program, to be the instruction book for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity, describes a nation where most of the land is protected for wildlife and biodiversity:

“This [protected areas] means that representative areas of all major ecosystems in a region need to be reserved, that blocks should be as large as possible, that buffer zones should be established around core areas, and that corridors should connect these areas. This basic design is central to the recently-proposed Wildlands Project in the United States.”

The Wildlands project referenced here has an even more vivid description:

“…that at least half of the land area of the 48 conterminous states should be encompassed in core reserves and inner corridor zones (essentially extensions of core reserves) within the next few decades…. Nonetheless, half of a region in wilderness is a reasonable guess of what it will take to restore viable populations of large carnivores and natural disturbance regimes, assuming that most of the other 50 percent is managed intelligently as buffer zones. Eventually, a wilderness network would dominate a region…. with human habitations being the islands. The native ecosystem and the collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans.”

Protection of these vast reaches of land requires the removal, and redistribution of the population, as was recommended in A (b) and (c)(v) of the 1976 U.N. Habitat Conference document. The “National Policy on Human Settlements,” developed by the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, has come to be known as “sustainable development.” The islands of “human habitation,” described in the Wildlands Project, are now called “sustainable communities,” which are defined in the model legislation created by the American Planning Association.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development prepared a progress report for the U.N. Conference on Human Settlements in 1995, which describes in great detail the features of the “national policy on human settlements.” Here is a sample:

“…Community Sustainability Infrastructures [designed for] efficiency and livability that encourages: in-fill over sprawl: compactness, higher density low-rise residential: transit-oriented (TODs) and pedestrian-oriented development (PODs): bicycle circulation networks; work-to-home proximity; mixed-use-development: co-housing, housing over shops, downtown residential; inter-modal transportation malls and facilities …where trolleys, rapid transit, trains and biking, walking and hiking are encouraged by infrastructures.”

This report describes precisely what the model legislation produced by the American Planning Association is designed to accomplish.

Most states have now enacted some form of comprehensive planning legislation, which requires each county to develop a land use plan that conforms to the recommendations that originated in the international community, and were filtered through the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, and written into law by state legislatures. Nearly every community in the nation is involved in some form of “visioning” process designed to construct public policies consistent with the recommendations set forth in Agenda 21. …

Throughout the entire process, the role and influence of the U.N. is minimized, or denied. Especially at the local and state level, even the most active proponents of “sustainable development” are either unaware, or deliberately deny, that the process is related to the United Nations….

back to the book, page 21:

Suhail Sheriff, from Tanzania, was kind enough to share with us Westerners the following tip and let us “borrow” it. Tip o’ the hat to ya, Suhail…

REDUCE, RECYCLE, RE-USE!
In our community, we use and re-use things until they are completely worn out. For example, glass bottles are used again and again for water storage. Polythene bags are washed and used many times. Re-use is an idea the West can borrow from the developing world. It sure is the cheapest form of recycling.

–Suhail Sheriff, Zanzibar, Tanzania

pg. 27:

Here’s a poem called “A drop” supposedly written by an anonymous person from the USA… I say “supposedly” based on his/her suspicious spelling of “colours”…

Oh, FOR SHAME!

you actually thought you’d pull the wool over the eyes of both me **AND** my snarling wolf friend ??

NO, SIR…

A drop
Nothing more than a drop and in it –
Everything! A whole world
Transparent but full, wet and alive
One sphere meets a universe of water
Glowing in brilliant colours
Unattainable and always present.

Listening to the moving waves
I feel the peace inside myself.
But the perfume-flavored, man-made drop
I cannot swallow.
Toilets flush,
House water bubbles.
The inebriated captain crashes the tanker.

Anon. USA

Page 28 brings us to the section on Biodiversity.

What is Biodiversity? Bio means life, as in Biology, the science of life. Diversity means variety so biodiversity means the variety of life – 30 million species according to one estimate. Trouble is, one species seems intent on wiping out the other 29,999,999. People need what plants and animals provide: for example, a drug that comes from the rose-colored periwinkle of Madagascar, has helped many people recover from leukaemia (a kind of cancer). By our lack of respect for other life forms around us, we are gradually killing the ecosystems that give us life.

check out these youtube videos on “The Biodiversity Fraud” to learn the truth about such fun topics as buffer zones, bioregions, corridors, reserves, and how supreme rights of movement will be given to non-humans…

[ part one | part two ]

staying away from the book for a little while longer, let’s read this together:

Agenda 21 is a 40-chapter tome focused on reorganizing society around “sustainable” use and development of the planet. Based on socialist principles of equal sharing of all natural resources, Agenda 21 sets a goal to control all human activity to protect the Earth’s ecosystems and biological diversity. Mining, for instance, would have to be “environmentally sound” and could only be done “in areas adjacent to protected areas with a view to furthering protection of these areas.” The meaning of “protected areas” and “environmentally sound” is not defined in Agenda 21, but it is clarified in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (Biodiversity Treaty) and the Wildlands Project.

The Wildlands Project is the master plan for both Agenda 21 and the Biodiversity Treaty, and represents a grandiose design to transform at least half the land area of the continental United States into an immense “eco-park” cleansed of modern industry and private property. The Wildlands concept is largely the work of Dave Foreman, the principal founder of the eco-terrorist group Earth First! and a current member of the board of the Sierra Club. Foreman describes the Wildlands Project as an effort to “tie the North American continent into a single Biodiversity Preserve.” Foreman summarizes Wildlands as “a bold attempt to grope our way back to 1492” — that is, to repeal a half-millennium of Western civilization, with its unique blessings of material prosperity, technological progress, private property and individual rights.

According to Foreman, Wildlands activists would “identify existing protected areas” such as federal and state wilderness areas, parks, national monuments, refuges and other designated sites; such tracts would serve as “core reserves” completely off-limits to human activity. The next step would be to create wilderness corridors along streams, rivers and mountain ranges that interconnect the core reserves. Where necessary, private property would be purchased, condemned or regulated to fill in the gaps where public land did not exist.

The activists would then demand the creation of “buffer zones” to further protect the core areas and corridors. Wildlands Project co-author Reed Noss explains that in the core, corridor and buffer areas, “The collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans.” Because mining is viewed as highly destructive, it cannot be allowed in protected areas, and its use must be severely limited elsewhere so as to be “environmentally sound.”

Noss defined the all-encompassing magnitude of the Wildlands Project in Wild Earth, the publication of the Cenozoic Society. Noss explains that “Half of a region in wilderness is a reasonable guess of what it will take to restore viable populations of large carnivores and natural disturbance regimes, assuming that most of the other 50 percent is managed intelligently as buffer zones. Eventually, a wilderness network would dominate a region and thus would itself constitute the matrix, with human habitations being the islands.”

John Davis, editor of Wild Earth, acknowledges that the Wildlands Project seeks nothing less than “the end of industrial civilization…. Everything civilized must go. . .”

In this bizarre scheme, human civilization must be radically reconfigured, mines would be closed, roads torn from the landscape, timber harvesting stopped and human populations relocated. All of this is to be done, according to Wildlands co-founder Michael Soulé, in harmony with a prophetic vision: “The oracles are the fishes of the river, the fishers of the forest and articulate toads. Our naturalists and conservation biologists can help us translate their utterances. Our spokespersons, fund-raisers and grass-roots organizers will show us how to implement their sage advice.”

are you finished yet? i’ll wait for a bit and let you catch up… I’m a quick reader…
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Okay, now back to our book…

I’m in the mood for something REALLLLLLY dark…

only these pages will do, I believe… they are the ones that I find the most disgusting… the subject matter? OVERPOPULATION, of course…

Please check them out: [ page 32 | page 33 | page 34 | page 35 ]

and these two pages are the ones I find most disturbing: [ WAR | PEACE ]

and this page is just strange… yes, it really is entitled “Poverty Rocks!”

in the following eight pages, the kiddoes get extra whiny about how adults won’t listen to them…

and then they demand to be heard in something called a “Day of Access”

[ one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight ]

Welp, that’s a bit of a sampling… There’s a whooooole lot more to make you nauseated and angry that children were fed this drivel… not to mention all of the teachers that were probably given a copy…

oh, I can’t stop myself… I have to add a few final poems and informational sidebars:

Let’s start by visiting a second Leftist paradise in India called Kerala:

Dump the fertilizers. Damn the pesticides. Sow what you want. Leave the weeds alone and leave the rest to nature. This is exactly what M.P. George of Kerala, India has done. The results are astounding. The soil which was dying due to the increasing use of fertilizers and pesticides began to rejuvenate. The earthworms came back. The life giving microbes thrived. Spiders once again made the farm their home, gobbling up pests. The soil became rich in humus. Even the weeds contribute to it. After five years of such farming, his land has become a gold-mine.

— Rekha Menon, 14, India

the top 10 most frequently used words in Agenda 21:

10) Disabled – 6
9) Children – 66
8 ) Youth – 80
7) Indigenous people – 162
6) Education – 249
5) Women – 272
4) Training – 368
3) Cooperation – 416
2) Research – 421
1) Government – 1107

Third World’s Lament
The First World has had its fun
The Third World’s just begun
But fluorocarbons from the fridge
Make ozone holes we cannot bridge
So poverty must be our lot
And development, it seems, must stop.

The First World now has made its gold
With grand new plans it makes so bold
Fudging figures to give skewed statistics
(Developed folk are adept at these antics!)
They tell us:
“Rice fields pollute more than our cars!”
So pressure is put on poor countries like ours
For decades of indulgence, they pay no price,
But in such matters, we have no rights.
Loans are withheld;
Hard bargains are driven.
With backs against the wall,
We toe the line.
The First World goes all out for their kill
And the poorer nations become poorer still.
A change of heart must take place
If the poorer world is to see better days.

–Rekha Menon, 14, India

how about checking out a couple pieces of artwork featuring a despair-inducing quality: [ number one | number two ]
I highly advise using this song for accompaniment…

I’m loving Kerala, India so much I’d like to present another tidbit about this magical land:

It’s rather surprising in a place like India to find an actual matriarchal society. In most of India it seems that men have a hold on everything, but in Lakshwadeep and Kerala in Southern India it’s the woman who is boss. In the rest of India the girl is supposed to give dowry to the bridegroom, but here the bridegroom gives a dowry to the girl. In Lakshwadeep and Kerala women are better educated and as well as taking care of their homes, they are the breadwinners of the family. They keep accounts of family expenditure, run the shops and are generally responsible for running the community.

— Rekha Menon, 14, India

Let’s finally bring this to a close with some inspirational words from the last page, number 91:

So you’ve reached the end of this book. But this is not the end of the story! Every one can take action for a better world.

Often we feel powerless. We think we cannot change anything until we grow up. Well, remember Samantha Smith: she helped end the Cold War with her letter to Andropov when she was only 10…

Thanks, but I’d rather remember Irina Tarnopolsky. Here’s a snippet from Mona Charen’s book “Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First”

Samantha Smith had one more imitator, but this one did not get worldwide attention and acclaim. Irina Tarnopolsky, age twelve, heard about Andropov’s correspondence with the American girl, and was inspired to write a letter of her own to the Soviet leader. She wrote to Yuri Andropov pleading for him to release her father from prison. Yuri Tarnopolsky, a research chemist who taught at Krasnoyarsk, had applied for an exit visa for himself, his wife, and their daughter. Permission was refused and Tarnopolsky was dismissed from his position as a professor. Tarnopolsky then joined other Soviet Jews in agitating for freedom of emigration. He also smuggled out a book of poetry which was published in France. At this, he was arrested and sentenced to three years in a labor camp for “slandering the Soviet system.” He was also accused of “parasitism” by the KGB — for being out of work.

Irina never became an international celebrity.

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:: E N D L I N K S ::

for some maddening reading about land grabbing by the Enlightened Ones…

Henry Lamb link 1
Henry Lamb link 2

attention Pro-Lifers: these are the scans that you should definitely look at: [ overpopulation one | overpopulation two | overpopulation three | overpopulation four | other one | other two ]

A good introduction to Agenda 21: an mp3 to download of an episode of a Christian radio show called Crosstalk: Brannon Howse interviewing Henry Lamb…

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