Bill Gates proposes population control measures


WASHINGTON, DC, January 18, 2011 ( – In the keynote address to the mHealth Summit held in November last year, Bill Gates introduced a plan to use cell phone technology to register every birth on the planet in a newborn vaccination database.

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Take a look at the numbers of children born in Muslim and African countries.
Then look at the life expectancies.
Russia has a lower life expectancy than most Arab or African states.
AND the Russians are in a death spiral demographically.
So, I think Bill Gates’ premise is wrong.
Just because a baby makes it past 5 years of age is no guarantee the parents will have fewer babies.
Ask Bono.
He admitted that all his charity to Sudan/Somalia simply left the adults free to stay home and make more babies.
That little point in the article about B-hCG brings back bad memories.
We were within fewer than 10 cases of polio worldwide when an unfounded rumor that the American Polio Vaccine was either, 1) causing infertility in females or 2) killing the vaccinated ones slowly.
Neither was true.
Nigeria and Pakistan stopped all polio vaccinations however.
Guess who stepped up and insisted they finish the job?
A scared witless Saudi Arabia.
Darn that Hajj obligation!
Proof of polio vaccination is required to visit the Saudi Kingdom.
Polio finally has almost died.
Only took an extra 12 years.

Any idiot that purchased Windows Vista should be eliminated!

It’s an interesting article (and interesting topic). For greater nuance, however, I’d suggest the following:

I know that you guys don’t like NPR, but the Krulwich science pieces are virtually always informative, entertaining, and relatively devoid of political bias.

What Gates is noting is simply a clear and strong statistical association between birth rate on one hand and childhood mortality and infant mortality on the other hand. His conclusions and views on the issue are entirely factual. The counter-argument of Russia is really a red-herring. In countries such as Sub-Saharan Africa and Bangladesh, life expectancy is most powerfully determined by infant and child mortality. When people are at high risk of losing children, they consciously try to have more babies. The low life expectancy in Russia is not so much owing to infant and child mortality as owing to the horrendous premature death toll of drinking and smoking and accidents — afflictions of adults, not children, and having no effect on a young woman’s decision to conceive and carry to term, or to abort.

This is from Wikipedia:

While the Russian birth rate is comparable to that of other developed countries, its death rate is much higher, especially among working-age males due to a comparatively high rate of fatalities caused by heart disease and other external causes such as accidents. The Russian death rate in 2009 was 14.2 per 1000 citizens. For comparison, the US[13] death rates in 2009 were 8.4 per 1000 .

In any event, childhood vaccination (to prevent death from infectious diseases) is, in my opinion, an entirely praiseworthy method of “population control.” It doesn’t involve killing anyone or anything. It’s all about saving human life (at which it has been breathtakingly effective). It is sick to oppose vaccination because of the idea that higher “natural” childhood mortality will reduce the abortion rate.

– Larry Weisenthal/Huntington Beach, CA