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"He was very active with population control groups, the population control movement, and population control was really the entry point into specifics following the introduction. He said the population is growing too fast. Numbers of people living at any one time on the planet must be limited or we will run out of space to live. We will outgrow our food supply and we will over-pollute the world with our waste. ... He said there would be new diseases to appear which had not ever been seen before. Would be very difficult to diagnose and be untreatable — at least for a long time. No elaboration was made on this, but I remember, not long after hearing this presentation, when I had a puzzling diagnosis to make, I would be wondering, "Is this ... what he was talking about? Is this a case of what he was talking about?"
—Dr. Laurence Dunnigan recalling the words of insider Richard Day, New Order of the Barbarians

"Population growth is one of the major factors affecting the demand for resources and the deterioration of the environment in the United States. The further we look into the future, the more important population becomes. ... Indeed, we would be considerably better off over the next 30 to 50 years if there were a prompt reduction in our population growth rate. ... With continued growth, we commit ourselves to a particular set of problems: more rapid depletion of domestic and international resources, greater pressures on the environment, greater dependence on continued rapid technological development to solve these problems, and a more contrived and regulated society. So long as population growth continues, these problems will grow and will slowly, but irreversibly, force changes in our way of life."
—Rockefeller Commission Report on Population and the American Future, Chapter 5, March 1972

This section was last updated on Saturday, 26-Aug-2006 08:12:35 EDT.

Security fears as flu virus that killed 50 million is recreated
"Scientists have recreated the 1918 Spanish flu virus, one of the deadliest ever to emerge, to the alarm of many researchers ... Undisclosed quantities of the virus are being held in a high-security government laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia, after a nine-year effort to rebuild the agent ... a team lead by Dr Jeffery Taubenberger at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Maryland shows that the recreated virus is extremely effective..."

'Scientists' Continue Dangerous Virus Experimentations
"Using a new method to test potential pandemic flu strains, scientists have created a virus that contains genes from human and bird flus and found it lacks what it takes to cause a pandemic .... The experiments were risky in that 'the possibility was there' that a highly transmissible pandemic strain might have been created in the lab."

Flock Killing Planned if Bird Flu Found
"Free-ranging chickens and small, backyard flocks will be at greatest risk if deadly bird flu reaches the United States, officials said Wednesday. They also said they would begin killing off flocks large or small if they are suspected of having the virus - even before tests are completed."

Climate Change Drives Disease to New Territory
From our WEATHER section
"Global warming -- with an accompanying rise in floods and droughts -- is fueling the spread of epidemics in areas unprepared for the diseases, say many health experts worldwide. Mosquitoes, ticks, mice and other carriers are surviving warmer winters and expanding their range, bringing health threats with them."

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