December 9, 2002
Who other than a Communist icon would think he could claim the right to replace the Ten Commandments?
At the United Nations, the Earth Charter is now officially recognized in the Chairmans Draft Political Declaration. Mikhail Gorbachev and company have been trying to introduce it since at least 1997.
Catholic Insight writer M. Jeanne Ferrari says she heard Gorbachev say twice, at two different press conferences: "The Ten Commandments are out of date. They will be replaced by the 18 principles of the Earth Charter."
"He said it again, a third time, at another press conference. Speaking through an interpreter, Gorbachev spoke candidly abut his hope for the implementation of the Earth Charter, which had been drafted by Maurice Strong, ably supported by Stephen Rockefeller. Apparently, at the first State of the World Forum, Gorbachev had stated that the new world order would be achieved step by step, stone by stone. In Rio, Gorbachev and company were just thinking about the design of the new order:
"Experience in various countries is being gathered, he said. "The advanced countries should take advantage of the new openness to work with others, and should share their technological expertise with the worlds population, thus working toward a global village.
"'What model (of one-world government) are we pursuing? he was asked.
"'The model will be a form of democracy or parliamentary body. There are many forms of democracy. The Communist idea of Utopia was one and we all know the result of that experiment, he said. "Now, the West is trying to impose Western values and religion on the whole world. We should not impose a blueprint on the world (except, of course, for the Earth Charter-Edit). We should strive toward unity in diversity, taking into account the unique qualities of each country. Nor should we be so involved with domestic issues that we forget the problems of other nations."
"With regard to the economy--and more specifically a global economy--Mr. Gorbachev was not optimistic. "'Will national economies disappear to give place to a one-world economy? "'This is unclear, he said, "Although he supports globalization, his attitude toward a global economy shifted during his press conference: We must ensure that there are new ground rules for solving many problems.
"'We have come to a point where mans intervention in nature cannot continue. Within 40 years at the latest (he said) changes in the biosphere will be irreversible. Nature has a mechanism for self-regulation. We cannot change this. We can only incorporate ourselves, restrict the activities that interfere with this, or nature will have to live without us. We must restrict or limit our consumption and reassess our way of life.
"'Until now we had the Ten Commandments; now we have a new set of ecological commandments," the Earth Charter. "'It is a powerful document, said Gorbachev, that will express a consensus toward common goals. Its importance will come from the authority from which it derives "In Rio, he urged the press to publicize this. Now, five years later in Johannesburg, it has moved forward into the Chairmans Draft Political Declaration!
"The second draft of the Charter referred to the Earth as our Mother, in terms that one outspoken delegate called a love letter to our mom.
''The Earth Charter has come a long way. It came to life as a document, on letter-sized paper, brought down by hand, from the 23rd floor of the Sheraton Hotel on Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, in 1997 by Gorbachev and company. Today it is a document on glossy 14x17 paper, ensconced in a gilt-covered Ark of Hope, made of cypress, decorated by Vermont artists, and borne into a conference at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, is now immortalized in the Chairmans Draft Political Declaration. Thank God, reason prevailed, and paragraph 13 was completely rewritten omitting the Earth Charter, deprived therefore of the hoped-for legitimacy."
Big brother and the food chain
Big Brother is watching you, and his name is the World Health Organization (WHO).
If WHO, a UN agency, has its way, governments will be able to create legislation on the human intake of salt, fat, sugar and other unhealthy ingredients in manufactured foods.
The recommendation is part of a package of suggestions contained in this years annual World Health Report, which for the first times tries to rank the major threats to health worldwide and examine ways to reduce them.
The report describes the amount of disease, disability and death in the world that can be attributed to 20 of the most important risks to human health.
It estimates that if the threats are tackled properly, at least an extra decade of healthy life could be achieved in even the poorest countries and that people in the rich nations could gain another five years of healthy life.
"Bold polices are required," the report says. "A mixture of public and private sector agreements and legislation are required to create the social milieu for health gains resulting from tobacco taxation or gradual changes to food manufacturing."
"Salt has been done (in England), and theres no reason why it cant be done more," said Dr. Gro Brundtland, WHOs director general.
"And Im sure with sugar it could be the same. You could obviously get a code of conduct where certain products should not have a sugar level over X."
The report, one of the largest research projects ever undertaken by the United Nations agency, also concludes that alcohol is responsible for much more death than previously thought.
In your grannys day caught smoking out behind the barn got you what she called "a lickin." With todays nanny state promoted from the UN, being caught licking the salt off potato chips or sneaking a chocolate bar could reach the same status.
WHO officials have made no comment about why an agency with a parent organization w advocating population control is now into sustaining life through legislating how much fat or sugar can be consumed.<