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Q&A: Why are fertility rates in developing nations higher than fertility rates in developed na?

Question by Lisa: Why are fertility rates in developing nations higher than fertility rates in developed na?
provide evidence of any co-relation between mortality rates and fertility rates in developed and developing of nations. You will also address cultural issues that affect family size, as well as social mores regarding contraception in developing and developed societies

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Answer by clairance wayne
Because we use Condoms and do safe sex practises as for everyone else they just do because they wanna.

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New America – on the edge of eco-renaissance

As presented by 20th Century spiritual scientist, Rudolf Steiner, the leading edge of spiritual and social evolution has followed a westward moving progression – India, Persia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Europe, now America. (And, according to Steiner, will eventually move on to a future, transformed, Russia.)
The term “America” – as used in this article – is not at all about the nationalist concept that residents of the United States and the modern world hold to at present (may nationalism pass on, and human unity prevail) – but, rather, pertains to the aforementioned leading edge of spiritual and social evolution, as an embodiment unto itself. Thus, in a sense, America exists in places around the globe, wherever the broad range of new social-spiritual healing impulses have become increasingly active.
This article delves into the New America that pertains to the nature-human relationship. It is about an America projected into the near future. The material was derived and adapted from one of the five Earth Vision e-books, entitled “Gaia Sojourn – spiritual ecology across a series of incarnations” – a volume that explores the nature-human interface in various cultural contexts down through time. “America – facing the threshold” is the chapter in which the Sojourn of Gaia culminates in the present time. For the whole picture, both chapter and volume, refer to Gaia Sojourn, available on the Earth Vision site.

Most people transmit a jumble of conflicting wishes, hopes, and fears. The Self sorts them out and induces a set of experiences that complies with the overall transmission.
If a person can decide and discover clearly what he or she wants, and can project that in a straightforward way, will he or she not enter upon a path of rare power? Related to this, in terms of our relationship with nature, what untold resources wait to be acknowledged, and what new enterprise awaits the guiding hand of those who can deliver this new impulse to the table of holism?

One too often hears the statement these days that it’s hard to believe in the existence of the soul, or the spiritual aspect of life. But such a sentiment can only be very transitory as we continue into the third millennium. Such a statement, during this time of spiritual acceleration, can have only a very short future.
If we turn the sentiment on its ear, we arrive at the notion that it’s hard to believe in the existence of matter, a consideration that bears more credibility, especially when we examine how scientists have probed deeply into matter only to discover a Void-like emptiness pregnant with an energetic force. Given leading edge research, how can matter prove to be other than an illusionary sleight of mind?
But then, on the other hand, it is also possible that matter is a masterpiece of godly intent.
Or, perhaps, it may well prove to be both, and, speaking of godly intent, we may also find that we have more to do with this matter than we know.

In the spring wind of a new year, a sergeant of the marsh, the red-winged blackbird, stations itself on a cattail perch. And the songbird of our elation sails over a forest of intent, locked in the talon of hawk-disillusion. A sandpiper drills holes into the sand-shore of memory, its beak an injection, a portal to images of distant vistas where the soul has traversed. And a pine siskin alights its tiny frame atop a grand coniferous reverie and exclaims its chee-ee-rr, over and over in the morning light, as it mines an insectine breakfast between the petals of spruce cone resolve. Across the segue of nature a floral palette blooms as, one stitch at a time, the quilt of Primavera fashions its eruptive season. Meanwhile, in an invisible cloak tailored by ingenuity, coyote, the rebel drifter, picks his way through the tall grass, paws of stealth treading a silent rhythm, an ancient pattering quest in counterpoint to modernity.

We live in a world that represents reality.
Thought, as we experience it, is the shadow of spirit. We cannot know spirit through thought, just as we cannot know a thing by its shadow.

The spiritual world is descending into materiality, instigating transformation. The time is upon us now to develop spiritual eyes again, although we’ll need a different form of clairvoyance than that once commonly known in the distant past. Long ago, it was dreamlike, a twilit form of seeing. Now, we are compelled to cultivate a clear, wakeful forum, functioning with a pure heart and untroubled mind.

For the full version of this article visit Insight21 – doorways for the 21st Century.

J Graf is the coordinator of Insight21 and Earth Vision – doorways for the 21st Century.

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Francis Fukuyama: The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

SAIS Hosted Book Launch Event With Francis Fukuyama on April 25 Francis Fukuyama, senior fellow at the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University; Adam Garfinkle, editor of The American Interest; Michael Woolcock, lead social development specialist for the World Bank’s Development Research Group; and Cinnamon Dornsife (moderator), acting director of the SAIS International Development Program, discussed Fukuyama’s new book, The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution.
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The Environmental Handbook, Edition 2

When I chatted with Managing Editor of Trialogue, Heather De Wet, at the recent breakfast launch of The Environmental Handbook, 2nd Edition, I was slightly concerned that I would have nothing to share with the readers of South African Biodiversity.

I imagined the book in my hands was going to be filled with business case studies, a fair amount of companies paying to be ‘green’ and information only on popular sustainable topics such as energy, water and waste reductions. As well as endless chapters on climate change theory rather than practise.

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the book and less than 30 pages in I had already come across useful information, research results and even a feature on biodiversity.  Further on I even found that biodiversity and conservation were on the list of the results from the surveys, although their ratings were low.

I was delighted that the handbook didn’t only contain graphs and endless tables with foreign symbols, acronyms and numbers, but articles, case studies and features. There were some organisations that appeared noticeable often, but in fairness  the most notable ones were the same organisations that co-operated to create the handbook. So other than a little project pushing and brand punting, overall the handbook is a highly useful source of information in an easy to read conversational tone.

Leonia Joubert, a science writer known for Scorched; South Africa’s changing Climate Change, wrote a feature article on nature capital which caught my eye. She used an example of the cost of a fizzy drink to simply describe how the cost of including nature capital costs could influence pricing. Ecosystems and nature resources have for far too long been banked as freebies. By using projects and company case studies Joubert demonstrates how increasing necessary action are needed to achieve Millennium Development Goals.

In chapter three; Corporate Environmental Practice, the Environmental Handbook conducts surveys with 100 major companies and reports their findings. It was a bit disappointing to see that out of the average score up to 5, biodiversity and resource only received 2.9, whereas energy got 4.7, waste 4, and water 4. Products and services stood at 3.4 and land stewardship at 2.9. What was even more of concerning was that even taking into consideration that metals, paper and wood all have a direct impact on biodiversity, 17% of the companies said that biodiversity was not ‘applicable’ to their businesses.

The survey highlighted that the biggest critical challenge of biodiversity issues was simply a lack of awareness (18%) and although 98% said they all complied with biodiversity legislation, 11% said the critical challenge was lack of awareness in legislation. Another 11% said it was not a priority for management and a further 11% said it was a daunting task. The remaining 7% said the challenge was it was too costly to the company.

The handbook covered a lot of environmental issues and contained a good foundation and scope of how companies are tackling sustainability. They covered legislations ranging from biodiversity strategy through to the new waste management paper as well as case studies on how companies are counteracting and handling environmental issues both internally and externally. The handbook is a great resource for any business or individual looking for information and useful tactics in the environmental field.

I look forward to see how biodiversity ranks in next year’s edition.

Celeste is the director for South African Biodiveristy Media which is media company focusing on biodiversity and the environment in South Africa.

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End of Days for the USA? American civilization falling apart at the seams!

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO “The Elite Illusion”. For some reason it cannot be added as a video response. www.youtube.com While most people are ignorantly busy following the latest garbage on popular media, one only has to read a little deeper into the news to see our country falling apart. The numbers of unemployed Americans aren’t going down, yet more illegal aliens are taking those jobs. This despite that it’s against the law to hire illegal aliens. Laws are meant to protect the fabric of our country, yet our politicians are more beholdened to a rich elite than our Constitution and Laws. They are making more and more cuts to the infrastructure that keeps this country running, like transportation, roads, police, and power grids. Just look at how bad things have been this winter, transit systems now shut down in snowstorms, because the roads are unplowed. Police services are cut, especially in poorer areas where crime is rising. Meanwhile the wealthy continue to pay less and less of their fair share, and a new Congress wants them to pay even less. Our economy is failing as most of the new jobs created are going to illegal immigrants, instead of US Citizens. Our government wants to make all the wrong cuts to vital services, instead of cutting overseas defense spending. They dont realize that its our homeland that needs our troops, to protect our borders from the invasion of illegals. But politicians want the open borders for the cheap labor, leaving Americans out of work. Our

Why does Obama’s Science czar thing even new borns are not human?

Question by Ronald#2: Why does Obama’s Science czar thing even new borns are not human?
President Obama’s top science adviser said in a book he co-authored in 1973 that a newborn child “will ultimately develop into a human being” if he or she is properly fed and socialized.

“The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being,” John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote in “Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions.”

Holdren co-authored the book with Stanford professors Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich. The book was published by W.H. Freeman and Company.

At the time “Human Ecology” was published, Holdren was a senior research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Paul Ehrlich, currently president of The Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford, is also author of the 1968 bestseller, “The Population Bomb,” a book The Washington Post said “launched the popular movement for zero population growth.”
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Answer by Conserve the Republic
because they are eugenicists. Plus the real birth certificates are not GREEN

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Why Is Tim DeChristopher Going to Jail While Massey Energy’s CEO Walks Free?

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher is going to jail, but Don Blankenship isn’t—despite the fact that he illegally destroyed an entire mountain range. Why? Because he’s the CEO of Massey Energy Company—and has completely bought off the judicial system in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. In this conversation with The Nation and On the Earth Productions recorded at Chicago’s Orrington Hotel, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says that we are once again on the verge of losing our democracy to corporate power. Yet instead of surrendering the achievements of the New Deal and Progressive Era, activists need to fight for the middle class and prepare the way for social change. For more videos, visit TheNation.com.
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Critical Issues in the Coming Decade, Part One

Summit on the Future of the Corporation Plenary Session 4 (Part 1): Critical Issues in the Coming Decade Perspectives on selected issues within the broader agenda for transformational change. Moderator: Aron Cramer, Business for Social Responsibility Kent Greenfield, Boston College School of Law Robert Monks, Corporate Library/Lens Governance Advisors Steven Lydenberg, Domini Investments Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Jason Clay, WWF-US Dialogue Facilitator: Peter Senge Please visit Summit2020.org for more information about this event.

Online Education Continues Rapid Growth

The flexibility, convenience and growing acceptance of online distance education is creating a new trend in how college students attend classes and earn their degrees. Today, almost all public institutions in the United States offer some type of online coursework–either through fully online programs or blended courses where students attend classroom lectures and participate in online class activities.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the number of students enrolled in at least one distance education course increased significantly between 2002 and 2006, from 1.1 million to 12.2 million–and the growth spurt doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In fact, the research firm Ambient Institute expects this figure to skyrocket to 22 million within the next five years. By 2014, Ambient predicts that the number of students taking all of their classes online will increase to 3.55 million, while the number of students taking all of their courses in on-campus classrooms will drop to 5.14 million.

In addition to the increased acceptance of online education by students, administrators and employers, University of North Carolina professor Leonard Annetta attributes the growth of distance learning to the younger generations’ reliance on technology. In his book, V-Learning: Distance Education in the 21st Century Through 3D Virtual Learning Environments, Annetta writes: “Generation G, the net generation, the millennials, however one might classify them, learn in fundamentally different ways than have students of the past. They have matured in a connected world where information is at their fingertips and entertainment and learning are beginning to become somewhat symbiotic. The growing use of Web 2.0 and social networking is changing how we must deliver instruction.”

Online Enrollment at an All-Time High.Research by the Sloan Consortium has found that online college enrollments have continued to grow faster than the total population of college students. This means that more and more students are taking advantage of online learning options at their colleges and universities–particularly at 2-year public universities and other schools offering associate’s degree programs.

Schools Increasing Offerings For Many Reasons.A survey of postsecondary institutions by the NCES revealed that a variety of factors influenced schools’ decisions to increase distance education offerings in the 2006-7 academic year.

92% – Meeting student demand for more flexible schedules.
89% – Providing access to college
82% – Seeking to increase enrollment
86% – Making more courses available
62% – Responding to needs of employers/business
55% – Making more degree programs available
47% – Meeting student demand for reduced seat time
34% – Making more certificate programs available

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Source: NCES

Course Delivery Technology.Interactive video and other modes of communication are still far behind the asynchronous (textual or pre-recorded) media used by schools offering any distance education during the 2006-7 academic year.

92% used asynchronous Internet-based technology
31% used synchronous (real-time)
23% used two-way interactive video
19% used pre-recorded video
12% used pre-recorded audio
6% used one-way video with two-way audio

Source: NCES

Over half of the growth of online distance education has occurred at the associate’s degree level–a fact that can be attributed to the tough economic times and the desire for unemployed individuals to increase their job skills. Another large factor is the flexibility that online coursework provides. “(Community colleges) have this outreach mission to improve the literacy, to improve the employability…for their target audience, which tends to be people who are not full-time students…who have significant job responsibilities…maybe family responsibilities,” survey director for the Sloan Consortium Jeffrey Seaman said. “The ability for the…anytime, anywhere, for a lot of them is the difference between being able to go to school or not.”

Growth in online enrollment is also being reported in bachelor and graduate degree programs, but the growth is significantly smaller than that at the associate’s degree level. A 2009 report on U.S. community colleges by theInstructional Technology Council reports that enrollment in distance education programs has increased by 22 percent from 2007 to 2008 at 2-year, public institutions.

College and University Response to the Growing Demand.The Sloan Consortium found that 66 percent of postsecondary institutions were seeing an increased demand for new distance education course offerings and 73 percent were seeing an increased demand in their existing distance education coursework. The demand for on-campus classes, on the other hand, was significantly lower at 54 percent.

A collaborative study between the Sloan Consortium and Babson Research Group reports that public schools in particular are working on enhancing their online program offerings to meet student demand. While only 51 percent of for-profit and 50 percent of private, non-profit schools believed that online distance education was a critical component of their future growth, a whopping 74 percent of public colleges and universities were focused on enhancing their distance education offerings.

Lingering doubts regarding the effectiveness of online learning exist even though the Department of Education released a study that showed students in classes with an online learning component learned better than those who only attended on-campus classes. According to the Sloan Consortium study, “Those institutions most engaged in online (education) do not believe it is a concern for their own campus, but do see it as a barrier to a more widespread adoption of online education.”

This may explain the findings of the Instructional Technology Council, which found that almost all community college administrators strongly believed in the effectiveness of distance education. The study found that 82 percent of administrators at 2-year community colleges believed online courses were just as effective as on-campus courses and 9 percent believed online courses were superior to on-campus courses.

The Future of Online Distance Education.Although the Sloan Consortium reports that 69 percent of academic leaders believe student demand for online education is still growing, the rapid level of growth that has occurred over the past decade is beginning to slow down. The report states, “Compound annual growth of 20 percent is not sustainable. Most institutions that plan to offer online education are already doing so. The transition is nearing its end.”

That is not to say that the future is not bright for distance education. Of the postsecondary institutions that offer online coursework, 83 percent expect their enrollment numbers to increase over the next year–particularly in psychology, social sciences and liberal arts.

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Tips for designing your green hill country home

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<p>In today’s current home building and designing trends, sustainable and economic living are on the forefront of future homes. Home builders and interior designers are finding ways to make your home more economically efficient, renewable, and sustainable. Some of the trends you will find are solar panels, energy star rated appliances, sustainable flooring such as bamboo, rain water collection, and better efficient floor plans which allow for natural heating and cooling. When designing your hill country home, consider these tips and ideas to make your home a greener home.
<p>You have found the most ideal site for your home and are ready to begin designing. Building a home in the hill country allows you the ability to take advantage to the hills countries best resources: nature, fresh air, the warm sun, and rain.  Imagine how you would position your home on your property and ask yourself, how can I increase ventilation and air flow through my home and turn down the air conditioner? According to Rick Burleson, facing the front of your home north and the back south this will minimize solar exposure during the summer and protect your windows from direct sunlight. In the winter time, ideal window and door placement will allow the southern sun to warm the house. Additionally, if you consider wind direction, windows can be placed in locations which allow for natural ventilation allowing your home to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
<p>Do you ever feel like less is more? In home building, this can apply too with a creative and thoughtful floor plan. In designing a smaller, more economical floor plan you can easily eliminate a lot of heating and cooling costs. Should you decide to design a smaller floor plan consider bringing the outdoors in to maximize your living space. One idea would be to design a living room which opens up into an outdoor patio or courtyard helping to make a room feel larger.
<p>Another way to bring the outdoors in is to have a back up rainwater collection system. Rainwater collection in areas where rain falls abundantly is a feasible alternative to city water and wells. Rain water is clean and free and can function as a backup water source for your home and a water resource for your landscaping. Homes designed with tin roofs make collecting rain water a breeze as well as serving as an additional way to keep your house cool. Did you know that metal roofs will reflect the sun and help to minimize heat collecting in the attic? Another way to use sustainable resources in the construction and design of your home is to use limestone. Limestone is a natural resource and Texas has plenty of it. Limestone is a strong and durable resource and makes for a great looking exterior and interior fireplace. For the insulation of your home, consider spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation for houses are becoming increasingly popular; the spray foam is made from recycled newspaper making it a renewable resource, easy to insulate with, and an excellent insulator for your home.
<p>Building a green home requires an efficient design, sustainable building materials, and the right construction techniques.  With a few simple changes your home can easily become an energy efficient, sustainable home saving you hundreds of dollars in energy costs. Go green and do something good for the earth

Deborah Allen is a sales counselor at Ranches of Brushy Top, a hill country acreage real estate community. They sell some of the most remarkable, rural, hill country Texas land located near Blanco, TX. For more information please visit http://www.brushytop.com

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