Poverty, environment, even traffic fatalities: UN’s sweeping sustainable development goals aim to fix everything — on paper

United Nations logoEnd global hunger and all forms of mal­nu­tri­tion and poverty by 2030, along with all urban slums around the world. Halve the num­ber of deaths from road traf­fic acci­dents glob­ally (an esti­mated 1.24 mil­lion in 2010, accord­ing to the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion) by the same date—and “reduce lev­els of vio­lence and halve related death rates every­where” by then too. Make sure that the income of the bot­tom 40 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion in all coun­tries grows faster than the national aver­age. Achieve “global resource effi­ciency,” and try to sep­a­rate eco­nomic growth from “envi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion and resource use” every­where over the next decade and a half.

All of those lofty, ambi­tious –and for crit­ics, improb­a­ble and not-very-closely-linked—objectives, as well as many more, are cur­rently being bun­dled, mas­saged and repack­aged at the United Nations, to be for­mally unveiled in Sep­tem­ber as the ”sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals,” the cen­ter­piece of the lat­est multi-trillion-dollar U.N. bid to reshape the planet along largely social­ist or pro­gres­sive lines. [Con­tinue reading]

Blowback from the NSA Surveillance

Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier

There’s one piece of blow­back that isn’t being dis­cussed — aside from the fact that Snow­den has killed the chances of any lib­eral arts major get­ting a DoD job for at least a decade — and that’s how the mas­sive NSA sur­veil­lance of the Inter­net affects the US’s role in Inter­net governance.

Ron Deib­ert makes this point:

But there are unin­tended con­se­quences of the NSA scan­dal that will under­mine U.S. for­eign pol­icy inter­ests — in par­tic­u­lar, the “Inter­net Free­dom” agenda espoused by the U.S. State Depart­ment and its allies. [Con­tinue reading]

Two More Governors Turning Against Common Core

Utah Governor Gary Herbert

Two more state governors have hopped on the anti-Common Core bandwagon, urging either a second look at it or pushing for outright repeal.Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah ordered his attorney general to conduct a review of the controversial … [Continue reading]

In Historic Blow to Climate Hysteria, Australia Kills Carbon Tax

Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott

With final approval of the Senate on July 17, Australia officially became the first developed nation to repeal its deeply controversial tax on emissions of carbon dioxide, dealing a major setback to proponents of increasingly discredited man-made … [Continue reading]

Is your boss watching you?

Business Microscope monitor

The days of skiving behind your boss's back may be numbered, following the announcement of a new product that can track your every movement in the workplace. Electronics manufacturer Hitachi has unveiled a high-tech ID badge that not only tracks an … [Continue reading]

Globalist Mouthpiece Calls For The Entire Planet To Adopt The ‘National Identification System’ One European Country Has Established

Would you like to have a digital identity card that is automatically issued to you at birth? In one European nation, residents use such a card when they go to the hospital, when they do their banking, when they go shopping and even when they vote. … [Continue reading]