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Archive for April 28th, 2009

The amazing Leonard

Set aside a couple of hours and relish this. Really. It’s worth it.

Leonard Cohen. Live. In London. And hurry. It’s on for this week only.

So cool you’ll have to wipe the frost off your screen.

[Thanks to Remy for finding this.]

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The end of Europe

The video below may be a tad dramatic but in reality it points to a very serious problem for the “Christian West.” Birthrates in Europe have been falling since the 1970s and are now seriously below replacement level. Apart from the high levels of immigration that the European countries have had, they would already be experiencing the serious effects of underpopulation. The culture of European nations is going to be transformed. It is now unavoidable. Here are the birthrates of Western countries as of 2002:

Australia…………………1.8
Canada………………….1.6
France……………………1.7
Germany………………..1.4
Ireland……………………1.9
Italy………………………..1.2
Japan…………………….1.4
UK…………………………1.7
USA……………………….2.1
(Estimates for 2002, source ‘The World Fact Book’)

If you take replacement level to be 2.1 children per family, the USA is the only “Western” nation meeting that level. And the only reason that we are meeting it is the very high level birthrates of the Hispanic population. One thing is clear: people of European descent don’t have babies.

The West has bought into the “overpopulation” myth and that coupled with the embrace of contraceptives and the general apostasy from Biblical faith have laid the foundations for a pretty bleak future (if things continue as they are). The birthrates of nearly all European nations over the past 30 years mean that there will be a massive shift in what we have known as “traditional European culture.” As Muammar Qadaffi says, Islam is about to win a great victory in Europe without shooting a gun or making a single threat. Again we see the real battle cannot be won with armies and ammunition. It is a spiritual warfare and one that we cannot ignore.

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