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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeSxwcPZ4cA 0:26 – *The world of 7 billion* / For more information click this: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/201… 0:46 – *Railways around the world* 1:02 – *Road fatalities* 1:19 – *Religion around the world* 1:38 – *Light eyes* 1:56 – *The hair color of our world leaders* 2:14 – *Uh or Um* 2:32 – *Cars around the world* 2:48 – *World life expectancy map* 3:07 – *Terror threat around the world* 3:24 – *Alcohol consumtion* 3:42 – *Natural hazards* (Sorry for bad quality) 3:58 – *Urbanisation* 4:16 – *Bro* 4:32 – *Richest person in each state*]]>

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

“Islamophobia, a word created by fascists and used by cowards to manipulate morons.” Christopher Hitchens I see nothing ‘right wingist’ about condemning child rape. All people should stand up against that, but it is happening all the time and in dozens of communities across the UK. From Rotherham to Telford; and from Oxford to Birmingham and it shows no signs of stopping any times soon. The estimate is about 75 towns and cities are experiencing this phenomenon. This has been going on for 30 years. It has involved young girls being gang raped and it’s the added brutality that goes with it. One twelve year old had her tongue nailed to a table to warn her against telling. All of this has gone with the complicity of police and local authorities and deafening silence of the mainstream media. This is the bit that may land me in trouble: Tommy Robinson, a figure who is constantly demonized by the main stream media and condemned as a far right campaigner was arrested on Friday 25th May 2018. He was given a 3 minute hearing at an unrevealed court and summarily sentenced, without a jury and without proper legal representation, to 13 months in prison with immediate effect. The media has been issued with what is called a ‘D Notice’ which bans them from even mentioning what has happened to him. It seems that the few that were omitted from this condition are those publications who are extremely hostile to his very existence. One of the rallies I took part in on Monday 28th May was appealing for justice for three teenage boys slain by alleged Muslim terrorists. These fiends got away with their heinous crime of running down 5 boys in Hayes (near London) while driving along a pavement at speed (clocked at 71 mph according to the official report). This seemingly deliberate attack was dismissed as a dangerous driving charge. Three of the five boys struck died almost immediately. IMG_3300.JPGThere was no full investigation by police. Apparently, one of the perpetrators was found to have ties with Islamic extremism. The road where the boys were killed was re-opened after only two hours, but next day body parts were still being discovered. The grieving parents have apparently suffered threats at the hands of the authorities and, disturbingly, at Monday’s rally in Whitehall one particular man was witnessed laughing gleefully. I will give no description of this creature here because of repercussions that would follow should I do so.   Let me reveal one more thing about the silence of the media. President Donald Trump had been scheduled to visit the UK to open the new US embassy in London, but it was cancelled last minute. The real reason for the cancellation was never revealed, but around the time he criticized Theresa May for Britain’s terrorist APTOPIX_Trump_44846.jpg-fb1cf_c0-182-3745-2365_s885x516problem that she needed to sort out. Some sources revealed that there had been a plot to assassinate him during the visit and that his own sources had discovered this. That was why he cancelled and made his criticisms. The bulk of the media is a disgrace to the term ‘Free Press’. They are mainly aggressively partisan and complicit with evil forces by their silencing of real news. DO NOT BUY NEWSPAPERS. DO NOT PAY BBC LICENCE FEES you are only sponsoring your own demise. I work alone, gathering and processing my own material with minimal resources. I have a ton of footage and recordings that I have that will be published on You Tube, Minds.com and Bitchute in due course. There are a string of Orwell’s quotes that fit the current situation. Here are just a few of them: George Orwell“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.” ― George Orwell1984 “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”  ― George Orwell “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” ― George Orwell [simple-payment id=”21826″] [contact-form][contact-field label=”Name” type=”name” required=”1″ /][contact-field label=”Email” type=”email” required=”1″ /][contact-field label=”Comment” type=”textarea” required=”1″ /][/contact-form]    ]]>

This Is How China Is Feeding Itself

How a superpower secures its future.

By Tomás Sidenfaden

Politics. Technology. The Future

While there is much ado about China’s not-so-subtle efforts in the South China Sea to expand its borders, and to attain a level of influence that extends far beyond its own shores, the emerging superpower’s international strategy goes well beyond military objectives. China’s population may not be growing at a huge clip, but its rising middle class is responsible for an uptick in consumption habits as protein gobbles up a larger share of the country’s diet. While this may not seem so ominous, there are reasons for seeing it as a medium-term existential crisis for China’s governing class. This is a country, remember, in which ravaging famines are a not-so-distant memory and only 15 percent of the land is arable. China2 Industrialization has wrought a punishing effect on China’s farmland. In an uncharacteristically blunt assessment, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection indicated in a 2014 report that almost 20 percent of the country’s arable land is polluted. The worst of the affected soils were laced with inorganic chemicals such as nickel, cadmium, and arsenic — common mining by-products — while the remaining portions were rendered low yield due to heavy saturation from fertilizers and pesticides. This, sadly, was not a shock to Chinese consumers, many of whom have cultivated a healthy distrust of domestically produced food items. Food scandals in China have ranged from melamine-tainted baby formula to recycled pig carcasses, creating large demand for imports of dairy and meat products from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. China3 The appetite for meat brings with it an increasing agricultural footprint — it takes about four times as much grain to feed animals like chicken, pigs, and cows. China now consumes half of the world’s pork. This increasing demand drove Shuanghui International (now known as WH Group), a heavily subsidized Chinese pork producer, to purchase its American competitor, Smithfield Foods, for $7.1 billion in 2013. The purchase remains the largest Chinese acquisition of an American company to date. One in four American pigs is now produced by Smithfield for export to China. china4 Pork is such a critical part of China’s food security strategy that the federal government even created a strategic pork reserve — akin to the U.S. petroleum reserve — to protect against sudden declines in inventory. Reserves were “dropped” onto the market last year in Beijing to alleviate the impact of price spikes. But if China’s demand for pork drives the country’s incremental restructuring of international agribusiness, beef is capable of shaping China’s acquisitional strategy to an even greater extent. According to OECD data, beef — the most ecologically expensive agricultural product to produce — experienced a 25 percent increase in consumption in China over the last six years. Just as with Smithfield, that consumption trend drove the recent acquisitionof Australia’s Kidman cattle empire to Shanghai CRED. The Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE) finally settled a joint deal with Australia’s richest woman to buy over 1 percent of the continent’s land mass — the acreage is roughly the size of South Carolina — in one fell swoop. The purchase secured a herd of over 185,000 cattle in a belabored process that escalated all the way up to the country’s federal government. The Smithfield and Kidman deals were followed this year by the acquisition of Syngenta by another Chinese SOE, ChemChina. The purchase adds to the company’s— and by extension the government’s — array of fertilizers, pesticides, and GMO seeds, and helps give it greater access to international food markets. china4-Field Currently China prohibits the importation and planting of GMO seeds, though it does allow the limited sale of the finished crops themselves. This June it approved two new strains of GMO corn and soybean produced by Dow Chemical and Monsanto, two U.S.-based competitive agribusiness corporations rumored to be working on their own merger in the quickly consolidating industry. Free-market advocates may be encouraged by what they perceive as China’s increasing liberalization in the agribusiness industry. As the industry integrates into their domestic economy and China has a greater financial stake in it globally, many expect a greater enforcement of intellectual property protections to cover core elements of its product. This is seen as a helpful byproduct of the expanded economic cooperation. Yet observers also warn of the increasing aggressiveness of the country’s economic posture through business and land acquisitions — actions that are swallowing up sizable chunks of the food supply across the world. They’re fearful that this is putting global food security at risk. As a result, they’re sounding alarm bells inside governments from Africa to the United States. Functionally, China’s approach is an all-of-the-above strategy toward food security. China cannot compete like it does in manufacturing due to the geography it was dealt. And since its industries are guided by the state, it’s practical for them to integrate other nations’ agribusinesses into their own food supply. But international consolidation alone is not enough; Chinese farming practices also need to evolve to help absorb the demands of its population in the coming decades. In 2013, China’s Vice Minister of Agriculture, Han Changfu, said this at a meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development: We shall continue to consolidate and strengthen agriculture; ensure food security; speed up the strategic restructuring of agriculture and rural economy; raise the integrated performance in agriculture; increase farmer’s income; and push forward the transformation of traditional agriculture into modern one with the aim of developing rural economy in an all-round way. China has begun instituting some domestic reforms to encourage the consolidation of rural farm plots and even small villages into large corporate farms. Since farmland cannot be privately owned, farmers can effectively get their income from leasing their plots and indeed entire villages as well as being employed by the lessee. The non-coercive nature of the approach depends on what Han Changfu calls an “orderly transfer of land operating rights” that will enable the heightened efficiency of corporate farming. china5-Nail House Arable land is not a prerequisite for this agricultural revolution. According to the South China Morning Post, government engineers have begun the initial design of a tunnel to divert water from the Himalayan steppes of Tibet to the arid Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang province 600 miles away. It would be the world’s longest tunnel, diverting some of the region’s 400 billion tons of annual water resources to create new farmland in a process that bypasses the complicated land transfers required in China’s interior. China matches its effort toward agricultural revolution with an aggressive approach to expanding its fishing to more of the world’s distant oceans. According to the New York Times, the Chinese fishing industry has benefited from heavy subsidization, allowing it to grow to a fleet of over 2,600 ships, 10 times that of the United States. The efficacy of sophisticated Chinese fishing traulers has been stressing fish populations in less developed regions like coastal West Africa, and costing their domestic industry a reported $2 billion annually. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, they have also been used as a part of a “low intensity coercion” tactic in China’s regional waters. china6 Fishery China’s demand for food is a source of growth for global industry. It also presents unique challenges. As a larger percentage of the growing human population turns to ecologically expensive food products, suppliers must adapt by addressing efficiencies with their increasingly limited land. China is securing its food supply with a comprehensive strategy towards domestic and international markets and a willingness and growing ability to exploit the earth’s natural resources. For China, food is not just economics — it’s national security. The tendency to view China as a geopolitical threat in this arena is not entirely unwarranted, but it begs a bigger question: What about the emerging middle class in the rest of the world? Emerging economies won’t always be “emerging”; they’ll eventually demand the diet of their first world neighbors. What will that mean for countries with higher per capita food production capacity? What about those who will be net importers? A new dynamic is emerging, and it’s not about oil. China is just the stress test for how humanity feeds itself in the 21st century — and beyond that, how the earth will support us in the decades and centuries to come.  
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GRAPPLING  WITH  REALITY

What is truth and reality and where do facts fit in? Facts are like nuggets of reality that we navigate by. They are akin to navigation marks. How we interpret them is how they fit in with our personal reality. Facts, depending on how we relate to them, can help steer us along a safe passage or, they condemn us to a period of misery and strife. Why is there such division and animosity between groups and people in society? The tone and behaviour seems to have become unhealthily polarized. It is like the last days of empire when there are too few home-grown soldiers available to defend the aging civilization, its cultures and its values. Meanwhile, the hordes who seek our demise are full in numbers, malevolent in intent, and determined to conquer. Are things coming to pass because the facts that are before us are interpreted or ignored that deny reality and the probability of a disastrous future. Surely, to misinterpret or ignore a fact is grossly foolish and courts disaster. If you can only spout rhetoric and memes that are produced by someone else; if you only allow your pre-programmed mental conditioning to interpret facts in a particular way, and if you choose to ignore the warnings that the facts are presenting to you, then how do you know that you are not navigating into dangerous waters? I fear that time is running out and the treason against the people is criminally total. [wpvideo UigbOsbM]]]>

Writing Europeans Out of Their Own History

Mark Collett The indigenous European people are being written out of their own history, folklore and mythology by those who wish to re-write history and strip Europeans of their traditions and culture in order to propagate the lie that Europe was always multicultural and that people who did not originate in Europe have played pivotal roles in European history, and crucially that non-Europeans have a right to stake their claim to European soil. My book, The Fall of Western Man is now available. It is available as a FREE eBook and also in hardback and paperback editions. The Official Website: http://www.thefallofwesternman.com/ FREE eBook download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3cc… Hardback Edition: http://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-collett… Paperback Edition: http://amzn.eu/9LaS7HN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSBx0pqTSL0

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There is so much to write on this subject. As the saying goes: “it’s like being a mosquito in a nudist colony.” This rant below is just a snapshot of the scale of a problem that threatens the survival of modern civilization. In case anyone has been asleep, there has been a sustained attack on men as a group for the past 40 years, but it has been pitched along the lines of group rivalry where men are portrayed and treated as oppressors and women as oppressed. This attack has decimated families and, in the US, it has seen the devastating decline in the welfare of the black family. This phenomenon has created resentful divisions where the oppressed groups see themselves as unfairly abused victims. But, it has not stopped there. We have seen the fracturing of western societies where all variations of difference between people becomes amplified. A whole lexicon of gender pronouns has become a ridiculous parody of mental imprisonment to the victim narrative. Ever more terms are used to explain exemplify a particular type of oppression. In this article, it is ‘Cultural Appropriation’. The erasing of whites in history is part of a malevolent agenda and the forerunner to the elimination of whites in reality. With falling birthrates and the invasion by hundreds of thousands of migrants from those who are hostile to western culture and values the future looks increasingly bleak. We are on the eve of the fall of empire. The same fate that other empires have endured before us and, when it happens, it ain’t pretty. Our political leaders have and are betraying us. The media enforces a bigoted victim narrative while distracting us with entertainment. We MUST wake up. Do not pay money to the BBC. Do not buy newspapers. Do not contribute to big globalist charities. Do not cooperate with anyone who wants to shut you down. Never apologize to them anymore than you would to a bully. Those who are pursuing these shutdowns of free expression run on an authoritarian ticket and at the end of the track are the gulags and death camps. Having read a few books on the Russian Revolution of 1917, one of the reflections I noted was that in 1900, people would never have thought things could turn out that bad just a few years later. As Mark Collett says: learn your history. Embrace your culture. Be proud of your heritage. Find out all the good that white people have done and how our ancestors suffered to bring us all the comforts we enjoy, but DO NOT HATE those the evil Far Leftists want you to hate. Instead, spend your efforts ousting them from all the key positions they have taken over and never allow them to take over anything. RESIST   DEFY   REFUSE TO COOPERATE   NEVER APOLOGIZE [gallery ids="22465,22466,22467,22468,22469,22470,22471,22472,22473,22474,22475,22476,22477,22478,22479,22480,22481,22482,22483,22484,22485,22486" type="rectangular"]]]>

NASA Is Actually Sending a Helicopter to Mars: Here's What It Will Do

By Sarah Lewin, Space.com Associate Editor | May 12, 2018 NASA will include a small, autonomous helicopter in the agency’s upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission, officials announced today (May 11). The craft will undergo a 30-day test campaign once it reaches the Red Planet to demonstrate the viability of travel above the Martian surface with a heavier-than-air craft. “NASA has a proud history of firsts,” NASA’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said in a statement. “The idea of a helicopter flying the skies of another planet is thrilling. The Mars Helicopter holds much promise for our future science, discovery and exploration missions to Mars.” [Red Planet Express: 10 Ways Robots Move on Mars] The Mars Helicopter’s development began in 2013 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California. It’s just under 4 lbs. (1.8 kilograms), and its body is about the size of a softball, NASA officials said in the statement. It will carry solar cells to charge up in the light of the sun and a heating mechanism to endure cold nights on the Red Planet. Space Helo4 The helicopter’s twin blades will whirl at about 10 times the rate of a helicopter’s blades on Earth — at 3,000 rpm — to stay aloft in Mars’ thin atmosphere. “The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet [12,000 meters],” MiMi Aung, Mars Helicopter project manager at JPL, said in the statement. “The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it’s already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet [30,000 m] up. “To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinize everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be,” she added. Mars 2020 is slated to launch in July of that year on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and the mission should arrive at Mars in February 2021. The six-wheeled rover will hunt for signs of habitable environments as well as sites that may have once hosted microbial life, examining the Red Planet with 23 cameras, a microphone and a drill to collect samples.   [gallery ids="19819,19820,19821,19818" type="square" columns="4"] The helicopter will ride to Mars attached to the rover’s belly pan, officials said. Once the rover reaches the planet’s surface, it will place the helicopter on the ground and move to a safe distance to relay commands; controllers on Earth will direct it to take its first autonomous flight. “We don’t have a pilot, and Earth will be several light-minutes away, so there is no way to joystick this mission in real time,” Aung said. “Instead, we have an autonomous capability that will be able to receive and interpret commands from the ground, and then fly the mission on its own.” The helicopter will attempt up to five flights, going farther and operating for longer each time — up to a few hundred meters and 90 seconds, officials said. It will also climb to 10 feet (3 m) and hover for about 30 seconds. The Mars Helicopter is considered a high-risk, high-reward project, according to NASA: If the helicopter fails, it won’t affect the rest of the Mars 2020 rover’s mission, but if it succeeds, the agency will have a powerful new tool to survey the planet and access currently unreachable locations. “Exploring the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars Helicopter exemplifies a successful marriage of science and technology innovation and is a unique opportunity to advance Mars exploration for the future,” Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., said in the statement. “After the Wright Brothers proved 117 years ago that powered, sustained, and controlled flight was possible here on Earth, another group of American pioneers may prove the same can be done on another world. “The ability to see clearly what lies beyond the next hill is crucial for future explorers,” he added. “We already have great views of Mars from the surface as well as from orbit. With the added dimension of a bird’s-eye view from a ‘marscopter,’ we can only imagine what future missions will achieve.” Email Sarah Lewin at slewin@space.com or follow her @SarahExplains. Follow us @SpacedotcomFacebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com. COMMENT Real space exploration has always been a thrill for me. I was first inspired when my parents bought me a small telescope which I used to peer at the Eastern sky from my bedroom window. Then there was the wonderful series of Eagle comics that were full of great cartoon strips and engaging factual content. It was in the Eagle that I first learned about Tsunamis and what we knew of space and our solar system. Did anybody else read Eagle?   [simple-payment id=”741″]   [contact-form][contact-field label=”Name” type=”name” required=”1″ /][contact-field label=”Email” type=”email” required=”1″ /][contact-field label=”Comment” type=”textarea” required=”1″ /][/contact-form]  ]]>

THE FACTS BEHIND CIRCUMCISION

no medical society in the world recommends it. This invasive procedure carries serious health risks, including infection, hemorrhage, surgical mishap, and death, as well many ethical considerations. [gallery ids="19616,19615,19617" type="rectangular"] FIND OUT MUCH MORE Myth – Circumcising baby boys is a safe and harmless procedure. Fact – Surgically removing part of a baby boy’s penis causes pain, creates immediate health risks and can lead to serious complications. Risks include infection, hemorrhage, scarring, difficulty urinating, loss of part or all of the penis, and even death. Circumcision complications can and do occur in even the best clinical settings. Myth – Circumcision is just a little snip. Fact – Surgical removal of the foreskin involves immobilizing the baby by strapping him face-up onto a molded plastic board. In one common method, the doctor then inserts a metal instrument under the foreskin to forcibly separate it from the glans, slits the foreskin, and inserts a circumcision device. The foreskin is crushed and then cut off. The amount of skin removed in a typical infant circumcision is the equivalent of 15 square inches in an adult male. Myth – Circumcision is routinely recommended and endorsed by doctors and other health professionals. Fact – No professional medical association in the U.S. or anywhere else in the world recommends routine circumcision as medically necessary. In fact, leaving boys intact is now the norm in the U.S., with circumcision rates well below 40%. Myth – The baby does not feel any pain during circumcision. Fact – Circumcision is painful. Babies are sensitive to pain, just like older children and adults. The analgesics used for circumcision only decrease pain; they do not eliminate it. Further, the open wound left by the removal of the foreskin will continue to cause the baby pain and discomfort for the 7-10 days it takes to heal. Myth – If I don’t circumcise my son, he will be ridiculed. Fact – Times have changed and so has people’s understanding of circumcision. Today, although the popularity of circumcision varies across geographical areas, more than 60% of all baby boys born in the U.S. will leave the hospital intact. Most medically advanced nations do not practice child circumcision. Three quarters of the world’s men are intact. Myth – A boy should be circumcised to look like his father. Fact – Children differ from their parents in many ways, including eye and hair color, body type, and (of course) size and sexual development. If a child asks why his penis looks different from that of his circumcised father (or brother), parents can say, “Daddy (or brother) had a part of his penis removed when he was a baby; now we know it’s not necessary and we decided not to let anyone do that to you.” Myth – Routine circumcision of baby boys cannot be compared to Female Genital Mutilation. Fact – Rationales offered in cultures that promote female genital cutting – hygiene, disease prevention, improved appearance of the genitalia, and social acceptance – are similar to those offered in cultures that promote male circumcision. Whatever the rationale, forced removal of healthy genital tissue from any child – male or female – is unethical. Boys have the same right as girls to an intact body, and to be spared this inhumane, unnecessary surgery. Myth – To oppose male circumcision is religious and cultural bigotry. Fact – Many who oppose the permanent alteration of children’s genitals do so because they believe in universal human rights. All children – regardless of their ethnicity or culture – have the right to be protected from bodily harm. Myth – Circumcising newborn baby boys produces health benefits later in life. Fact – There is NO link between circumcision and better health. In fact, cutting a baby boy’s genitals creates immediate health risks. The foreskin is actually an important and functional body part, protecting the head of the penis from injury and providing moisture and lubrication. Circumcision also diminishes sexual pleasure later in life. Myth – Male circumcision helps prevent HIV. Fact – Claims that circumcision prevents HIV have repeatedly been proven to be exaggerated or false. Only abstinence or safe sex, including the use of condoms, can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.   [simple-payment id=”741″]  ]]>

Circumcision: The double standard of genital mutilation

Joe Wilson 7 Comments The debate on circumcision, male genital mutilation, is once again gaining attention. On August 1, on behalf of their wives, 12 men were ambushed and forced to undergo male genital mutilation without anesthesia. The men were stripped naked, smeared with mud, and paraded around the town of Moi’s Bridge in Western Kenya. Their crime? Apparently they lacked hygiene and were not sexually satisfying to their women. Besides the barbaric nature of the attack, equally disturbing but predictable is the mainstream media’s lack of coverage of the crime. Had this been done to women … ah yes, we would have heard about it. But for males, circumcision has evolved from a cultural ritual to a routinely practiced procedure. Debate brings out strong opponents both for and against the procedure. I can understand the “against” proponents since the procedure is rooted in ancient rituals and the science behind the practice is at best quackery, but the “for circumcision” group really stumped me until I began researching. My mom was a “for circumcision” advocate but had later changed her position. I had been circumcised—and I was the only one in my family. My mom told me that the doctors convinced her to have it done (neither my dad or brothers were circumcised). She regretted it after I developed an infection and had to go back to the Montreal Children’s Hospital several times over the course of a month. But before regretting the decision (which came years later), she told me that she often took a stand to strongly defend the procedure when discussing it with her circle of friends. As I probed her stand, she stated it had more to do with avoiding guilt than anything else. She had made the decision to have me circumcised and couldn’t live with the idea that her decision was in retrospect wrong and would result in actual harm to her child. There had to be some “benefit” to justify the ordeal. My mom’s position could be the reason a lot of dissenting voices come out at the calls for abolishing circumcision. After being coached into making the decision—which is easier done if the father is circumcised—they justify their actions (because frankly there is no going back). If the mutilation takes a turn for the worse (i.e., infection, complication)—or more commonly after witnessing the pain experienced by the boy—parents feel it even more necessary to back up their original decision. It has more to do with lessening their own guilt than validating the purported benefits of circumcision. The Benefits of Circumcision Then there are those out there who will vehemently argue with you that male genital mutilation (circumcision) IS NOTHING like female genital mutilation. They (usually feminist who don’t like to share the victim podium) will quote that male circumcision is a benefit. I am here to tell you that they are correct! There is a tremendous benefit—but NOT TO THE MALE. The real benefit goes to the institutions that gain to profit from this barbaric procedure. In the fall of 1989, I was a graduate student at a prominent Montreal university. I was heading back to my tissue cell culture lab when I stumbled upon Dr. G. After exchanging greetings, she asked me how things were going with my research. I told her “not so good.” I had been having challenges getting my V79 human fibroblast cells to work for a series of experiments. And that’s when she told me. She gets her cells from the [redacted] hospitalfrom circumcised boys! And how exactly does she do that? Well, [redacted] conducts a huge number of circumcisions each year and yes the foreskin … they sell them! They make excellent cell cultures, she said enthusiastically. This revelation on the whereabouts of discarded foreskin rubbed me the wrong way. There was an ethical component, but on a more personal level there was an intuitive feeling that somehow perhaps the whole procedure was a sham. But like most people I shifted attention to other issues, and had it not been for the recent red pill revelation I most likely would never have given a shit. Global Conspiracy? Besides guilt-ridden parents or religious zealots, why would anyone else want to ensure that male genital mutilation continues unhindered? Could it be because circumcision is a BILLION-DOLLAR industry! The foreskin of a Caucasian newborn male will set you back $431. That’s if you’re buying it for profit (i.e., cosmetics); if you’re buying it for research, then it’s $359.17. What cosmetics? Human male foreskin is the latest sick trend in the cosmetics world. For instance, facial cream from SkinMedica is a cream that contains boys’ foreskin. It is a product that is promoted by Oprah Winfrey. One of the side benefits of using human foreskin is that it doesn’t have to undergo animal testing! The circumcision procedure itself is a valuable cash cow as well. Each year, 55% of the approximately 2 million men in the US are circumcised. This number has decreased recently and has the medical establishment fuming mad. But the reasons they are upset of course isn’t because they fear revenue lost … no … it’s because of their concern for the health of men. Yeah right! Because we care so much for men that we have national commissions set up for their welfare! We’ll look at the so-called benefits a little later on and dispel any reason these so-called intellectuals have. Back to the question, What does eliminating circumcision mean? Well, in the US, a circumcision could cost you about $250. When you multiply that out, it comes to about $275 million (in the US alone) each year. As for the rest of the world—consider that one-third of all males are circumcised! But Circumcision Is NOTHING Like Female Genital Mutilation, Right? The foreskin is a specialized, functional organ designed for enhancing pleasure. Nature has designed it with a GREATER variety and concentration of nerve receptors THAN ANY PART OF THE PENIS. Those who condemn female genital mutilation say it’s because it removes part of the girl intended to enhance sexual pleasure. Well, the same could be said for the foreskin. An average circumcision will remove as much as 240 feet of nerves, and more than 20,000 nerve endings! Without the foreskin, the glans (tip of the penis) also becomes desensitized to touch—further robbing the male of sexual pleasure. A circumcised male’s glans becomes keratinized (addition of successive layers of skin), becoming much tougher and dryer as a result. The glans was never designed to be an “external organ.” The circumcision process requires tearing foreskin from the glans and “pieces” of the glans could be torn off as well. Sometimes “shreds” of skin left over from the mutilation will hang from the glans. Depending on how much foreskin is removed during circumcision, as much as 80 percent or more of a boy’s penile skin could be removed. This results in a significantly SMALLER PENIS—as much as 25% shorter. Removing the “extra skin” also prevents penile skin from moving freely over the shaft and glans of the penis. This results in destroying the process that normally works to stimulate the glans. A circumcised male also lacks sebaceous glands, which were designed to lubricate the penis during coitus. Without the lubrication, the dry penis dries out, making it susceptible to cracking and bleeding. Circumcision Is Illegal Doctors’ Hippocratic Oath: “First, do no harm.” EVERY doctor that has performed a circumcision procedure on a healthy boy has in fact broken the Hippocratic Oath they were sworn upon. Removing otherwise healthy skin is doing harm to the boy. In addition, in some countries, the existing laws make it unlawful to circumcise healthy boys. As Jacqueline Hooman stated in her recent article, circumcision in Canada violates the law and medical ethics. Despite this, Canadian practitioners continue to circumcise boys. Where are the legal advocates? Why hasn’t the law been addressed? The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that “Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.” (Section 15-1.) While females are protected from even a prick of their foreskin, males continue to be subjected to ancient barbaric practices with no medical or legal basis. The Canadian Medical Association’s Code Of Ethics maintains that medical personnel have a duty to “consider first the well-being of the patient” and “refuse to participate in or support practices that violate basic human rights.” Furthermore, the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons deems that for consent to be valid it must be “related to treatment, informed, voluntary, not be obtained through fraud or misrepresentation.” In Layman’s terms, the Physician is obligated to inform the patient of all potential risks associated with a procedure, along with the risks of not performing said procedure. But infants are incapable of giving consent. In the instance of proxy consent (parental consent) to treatment, the O.C.P.S. states, “A physician must provide the substitute decision-maker with the information that would otherwise have been given to the patient to enable him or her to make an informed decision as to consent.” (18.) and that “A physician must consider whether the substitute decision-maker is complying with the principles set out in the HCCA. If a physician is of the view that the substitute decision-maker is not acting in accordance with the HCCA, he or she can call the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.” In other words, doctors are not allowed to amputate healthy, functional body parts just because the parents request them to do so. In addition, the circumcised foreskin sold actually violates (at least in Canada) The Human Tissue Act: “A person shall not buy, sell or otherwise deal in, directly or indirectly, for a valuable consideration, tissue for a transplant or a body or part of a body, other than blood or a blood constituent for therapeutic purposes, medical education or scientific research.” So What Are the So-called “Benefits” of Circumcision?

  1. Fighting Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) According to the latest information, approximately 1% of boys will develop a UTI within the first years of life. However, there is absolutely NO evidence (in the form of random controlled trials) that links circumcision to a reduction in UTIs. If anything, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)—one of the instigators pushing for male genital mutilation—showed scant evidence that 100 circumcisions would have to be conducted to prevent only one case of UTI. And what about a MORE SERIOUS infection resulting from circumcision? Well, as we’ll see in a minute, no one’s bothered to collect data!
In reality, the “urban legend” arose from an extremely flawed study back in 1985 (Wiswell 1985). The study didn’t even accurately count whether the boys were circumcised or not!
  1. Penile Cancer You hear this one a lot. Circumcision prevents penile cancer. Penile cancer is perhaps one of the rarest forms of cancer—occurring in only 1 out of a 100,000 males. And when diagnosed early it has a good survival rate. But let’s face it, who wants to get penile cancer? So how effective is circumcision against preventing penile cancer? Well, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) study,you would need to conduct up to 322,000 circumcisions to prevent one case of penile cancer! In addition, penile cancer is thought to be linked to infection with human papillomaviruses, which is contracted during sex. If you were really concerned about it, you could use a condom!
One conclusion we should consider: since penile cancer associated with human papillomaviruses is such a concern, then why not let the boy reach adulthood (and hence age of sexual activity) and after reviewing the evidence decide for himself whether the surgery is necessary? Given the choice to use a condom or have an irreversible penile mutilation, I would expect that would help the young adult come to a decision rather quickly.
  1. Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV The next argument for circumcision put forward by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is that circumcision prevents two common viral STDs (genital herpes and genital warts). The studyfor this is based on a hardly relevant sub-population of adult men in sub-Saharan Africa.
With regards to HIV, again the science is sketchy. Evidence purports that circumcision prevents HIV in heterosexual men. In particular, the data seems to support a reduction of HIV in black men. However, the data shows that the effects of preventing HIV is MOST NOTABLE in men having the procedure AFTER THE AGE OF 35! Again, with regards to STDs and HIV, if there is any concern, then the boy could decide for himself at an age of consent. If anything, at least with regards to HIV, it would actually be a benefit to wait until after the man turned 35. Well, What About the Risks of Circumcision? Again, uninformed trolls—and guilt-ridden parents—throughout the Internet will let you know that the risks with circumcision are minuscule … that the benefits outweigh the risks. In reality, the risks are very real: infections (for one, I can attest to that), hemorrhaging, meatal strictures, and even incidental deaths and partial amputations of the penis. But incredibly, probably to the benefit of the institution, the EXACT NUMBERS FOR THE RISKS HAVE NEVER BEEN MADE AVAILABLE. That’s correct. We cannot say for sure what the incident rates are for circumcision complications because there are none to be referenced. Why would such a vastly routine procedure like circumcision not have any statistics? When AAP’s eight-member team recently decided that circumcision is a “good thing,” they hardly had enough data to determine the relative magnitude of the risk involved. Anyone versed in risk management will tell you that risk = severity x probability. Without probability, the level of risk is unattainable, and by default the regulators only ASSUME that it is low. Let’s Look at the Risks in More Detail We’ve already looked at the very real desensitization of the penis to sensual touch. As I’ve indicated, we have no idea exactly how much “damage” is attributed to circumcision—because frankly I don’t think they want us to know. But there have been numerous accounts of boys losing their glans … or having their entire penis cut off usually without anesthesia! Let’s look in more detail to the harm circumcision results in.
  1. Meatal Stenosis A condition known as “meatal stenosis” can occur as a result of circumcision. Normally blood flows from the extra skin to the penis. Without the circumcised skin, blood flow is disrupted and causes a back flow of blood, resulting in an obstruction of urine flow. This condition is almost always associated with circumcised boys.
  2. Severed Lymph Vessels Circumcision results in the severing of lymph vessels. Lymph is a colorless fluid containing blood cells that is intended to bathe the tissues. When lymph circulation is hampered, it could result in lymphedema, a very painful and disfiguring condition that results in lymph not draining from the penis. This fluid becomes trapped and begins to swell.
  3. Effects on the Brain Wonder why men have lower pain thresholds than women? Studies (Taddio 1997; Anand 2000) published in leading medical journals have shown that circumcised boys have lower pain thresholds than girls or intact boys. Dr. James Prescott, a researcher in this area, suggested that circumcision could result in disturbing levels of brain damage (to the developing boy).
  4. Effect on Women The free-flowing skin of an intact penis allows the penis to move easily inside a woman in a much more pleasurable fashion. The sebaceous glands also aids in lubricating the inside of the vagina. Is it any wonder why most couples (where a man is circumcised) require an artificial lubricant?
Another effect of circumcision on moms (as well as dads) is the disruption that circumcision has on the parent-infant bonding that occurs during this crucial time following birth. Studies at the Washington University School of Medicine found that most boys would not nurse right after they were circumcised and most would not look into their mother’s eyes!
  1. Painful Procedure Before a boy can be circumcised, his foreskin must be removed from his glans. He is literally being skinned alive! In most cases, the procedure is done without anesthesia. But even when it is, studies performed at the University of Colorado School of Medicine showed that circumcised boys usually had unrestful non-REM sleep. This is in response to the boy’s bombardment of neural pathways, resulting in unbearable pain. The boys sometimes fall into a “semicoma” that can last days if not weeks. Think about it: Why do boys cry during and after a circumcision? It’s disingenuous to suggest that they DON’T FEEL ANYTHING!
Moreover, in the civilized West, only 45% of doctors (and even fewer obstetricians, 25%) use anesthesia. The reason they don’t is because it takes too much time! Studies have shown that circumcision results in post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, lower self-esteem, and issues related to intimacy (Goldman 1999; Hammond 1999; Boyle 2002). But Doesn’t Circumcision Make It More Hygienic? Perhaps the biggest myth about circumcision is that it aids in hygiene. That’s like saying cutting off a boy’s eyelid makes it more hygienic in caring for his eye! In healthy boys, the foreskin is COMPLETELY FUSED to the glans. It is designed to keep feces off the head of the penis. Circumcision causes the glans to be more susceptible to infection and more likely to bring invading germs in closer proximity to the urinary tract. But what about the production of smelly smegma? Doesn’t circumcision prevent this? Smegma is produced by both boys and girls equally. It is washed off easily during bathing. And NO, it doesn’t cause cancer. PERIOD! In conclusion, we already know the outcry a single case of female genital mutilation would bring … nothing less than a candlelight vigil and 24/7 coverage on CNN. But because men and boys are disposable, their genital mutilation comes with benefits to society … the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Isn’t it time that we revisit why it is that we continue to do this … and perhaps even more importantly why we continue to pretend nothing is wrong? Circumcision should not only be less prevalent, but I would suggest it should be outlawed the way female genital mutilation is.

About Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson is a healthcare executive living in Toronto. In his spare time he runs a blog on men’s rights issues. He is particularly concerned with the challenges boys face, especially with regards to education. Today’s men’s movement is giving him new hope in humanity.   [simple-payment id=”741″]]]>