Tuesday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.

I have no problem with this:

That "Kill the NRA" billboard was apparently not an anomaly. #KillTheNRA is currently trending on Twitter, with scores of leftists endorsing the idea.

Here's someone who actually thinks the NRA is a terrorist group:

These guys have the right idea:




Advantage: David Limbaugh.

Forty years ago entomologist Paul Ehrlich appeared on the scene warning of the impending population apocalypse. Smithsonian:

As 1968 began, Paul Ehrlich was an entomologist at Stanford University, known to his peers for his groundbreaking studies of the co-evolution of flowering plants and butterflies but almost unknown to the average person. That was about to change. In May, Ehrlich released a quickly written, cheaply bound paperback, The Population Bomb. Initially it was ignored. But over time Ehrlich’s tract would sell millions of copies and turn its author into a celebrity. It would become one of the most influential books of the 20th century—and one of the most heatedly attacked.

The first sentence set the tone: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over.” And humanity had lost. In the 1970s, the book promised, “hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death.” No matter what people do, “nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.”

Published at a time of tremendous conflict and social upheaval, Ehrlich’s book argued that many of the day’s most alarming events had a single, underlying cause: Too many people, packed into too-tight spaces, taking too much from the earth. Unless humanity cut down its numbers—soon—all of us would face “mass starvation” on “a dying planet.”

Much to Ehrlich's shock (and probably dismay), we're still here. And instead of mass starvation, we've seen major advances in farming technology that have contributed to worldwide human flourishing. (As Albert Mohler noted on The Briefing today, most starvation in the world today is due to political problems rather than to a lack of food.) Sadly, many people—and goverments—took Ehrlich's warnings seriously and implemented policies to control population, including in China with their one-child policy and forced abortion.

Such statements contributed to a wave of population alarm then sweeping the world. The International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Population Council, the World Bank, the United Nations Population Fund, the Hugh Moore-backed Association for Voluntary Sterilization and other organizations promoted and funded programs to reduce fertility in poor places. “The results were horrific,” says Betsy Hartmann, author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs, a classic 1987 exposé of the anti-population crusade. Some population-control programs pressured women to use only certain officially mandated contraceptives. In Egypt, Tunisia, Pakistan, South Korea and Taiwan, health workers’ salaries were, in a system that invited abuse, dictated by the number of IUDs they inserted into women. In the Philippines, birth-control pills were literally pitched out of helicopters hovering over remote villages. Millions of people were sterilized, often coercively, sometimes illegally, frequently in unsafe conditions, in Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

The effects in the U.S. were more subtle and had the effect of depressing the rate of childbirth as couples sought to do their part to stem the tide of overpopulation. But the worldwide human toll is breathtaking to consider.

And never forget that all bad public policy roads (or most of them) lead to Hollywood:

In February 1970, Ehrlich’s work finally paid off: He was invited onto NBC’s “Tonight Show.” Johnny Carson, the comedian-host, was leery of serious guests like university professors because he feared they would be pompous, dull and opaque. Ehrlich proved to be affable, witty and blunt. Thousands of letters poured in after his appearance, astonishing the network. The Population Bomb shot up the best-seller lists. Carson invited Ehrlich back in April, just before the first Earth Day. For more than an hour he spoke about population and ecology, about birth control and sterilization, to an audience of tens of millions. After that, Ehr­lich returned to the show many times.

The next time the Hollywood elites try to shame you into accepting their article-of-faith of the decade, remind them about Paul Ehrlich.

I LOLed.