Culling the Herd

Everything you can imagine is real.

~~ Pablo Picasso

In 1974, a year after orchestrating a mass terror bombing of Cambodia — after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize — Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his National Security Council completed “National Security Study Memo 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests.” This document, whose sharp edges are dulled by page after leaden page of how to reduce over-population in the Third World through birth control and “other” population-reduction programs, was classified until 1989, but was almost immediately accepted as US policy, and remains the US blueprint for ethnic cleansing today.

It is difficult to imagine the staggering number of innocent humans who have perished through war or famine as a direct result of Kissinger’s half-century obsession with, and lust for, genocide. It’s even more difficult to imagine the cruel indifference with which Kissinger, and those like him in positions of political and corporate power — the elite — continue to plan the elimination of millions, even billions. All under the guise of national security, or to spread freedom . . . democracy . . .

Kissinger targeted a number of “key countries” whose populations, he said, must be curtailed and controlled lest they gain economic, political and military strength, and thus threaten US strategic interests. “Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world,” Kissinger said, “because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries.”

Then, as now, any nation refusing to surrender its natural resources was an ominous threat to our national security and was dealt with initially through birth control and other population-reduction programs such as food rationing. But that was too slow for Kissinger, for Brent Scowcroft who replaced Kissinger as national security adviser and was put in charge of thinning out the Third World population, and for his eager enabler, CIA Director George Bush who trotted like a love-starved puppy at Kissinger’s heels for decades.

At first, they used food as “an instrument of national power” to coerce the dumb masses to stop copulating and populating, and then as a deadly weapon because widespread famine not only dealt death quicker, but it was cost-effective. And it made more sense. Like Kissinger said, “To give food aid to a country just because they (sic) are starving is a pretty weak reason.”

If we could imagine the suffering endured by victims of such perverse inhumanity, we might feel a twinge of outrage or, as George Washington so succinctly put it — a “little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” Or not. Perhaps we are so far removed from reality because our minds cannot grasp the horror of that reality. Those who seek to destroy the denizens of this planet are totally without compassion or remorse. They are grotesque mutants who kill indiscriminately in their relentless drive for world conquest and domination.

It’s naive to think the carnage will stop once predators such as Kissinger, Alexander Haig, Robert McNamara, George H.W. Bush, and other One World advocates, many of whom are in their 80s or 90s, are no longer in our midst. With the release of thousands of tons of Depleted Uranium in both Bush Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, they have poisoned food, water and air, and turned the entire region into massive radioactive death camps. Without fear of accountability, they have ensured the slow, agonizing extermination of entire populations, to include the American military, whom Kissinger views as “dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy” — and their families — that will continue for many generations.

We’re like herds of cattle, grazing placidly, unable or unwilling to imagine that we might share the same fate as the millions throughout the Third World targeted by the elite as “bottom feeders,” contributing nothing — eating into their profit — gluttons who must be dispensed with. Any rancher or farmer will tell you that it’s good business to cull the herd for a variety of reasons, such as market outlook, cash flow, or just to maintain a healthier, more easily controlled mass of cattle. It makes no sense to keep problem cows, the elderly, the ill or non-productive around. There comes a time when you must cut your losses — and cull the herd.

There are those who, unlike Kissinger and his co-conspirators, are not interested in profit or power, but believe fervently that human population is destroying the planet. Perhaps the most outspoken is University of Texas evolutionary scientist Dr. Eric R. Pianka, who gave a speech in March 2006 advocating the elimination of 90 percent of Earth’s population.

According to Forrest M. Mims III, Chairman of the Environmental Science Section of the Texas Academy of Science, and the editor of The Citizen Scientist, Pianka shrugged aside war and famine — too slow — and said “the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die” is disease. Pianka advocates airborne Ebola because, he explained, “it is highly lethal, and it kills in days, instead of years.”

Pianka drew rounds of enthusiastic applause throughout his speech, and a standing ovation when he threw in the Bird Flu for good measure, and quipped gleefully, “We need to sterilize everybody on the Earth.” Five hours later, the University presented Pianka with a plaque, not for winning hands down as “Mad Scientist of the Year,” but in recognition of his being named 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist.

It doesn’t take a wild imagination to know that genocide is real, and it’s underway in America. The most blatant example is the barbaric response to Hurricane Katrina victims — withholding food, blocking aid, ignoring those clinging to rooftops while crying out in vain for help, leaving corpses to float in the flooded streets or to rot in the Superdome. If you start with the poor, minorities, elderly, the ill or non-productive, the culling becomes much easier the next time around. Those who wait become inured to the inhumanity and, rather than rise up against it, breathe sighs of relief that it’s others and not them who are rounded up and herded to the slaughterhouse.

Imagine what life would be like if the Food and Drug Administration did not ensure the safety of our food chain. . . . if our creeks and rivers were polluted by sewage and industrial waste . . . if vaccines forced on our children caused mental deficiencies, even death . . . if mothers were afraid to breast-feed their babies because the environmental toxin perchlorate present in our food and water supply accumulates in mother’s milk…if our air was contaminated…if we had a government cold-hearted enough to withhold food and aid from the needy and health care from poor children . . . if we were spied upon and incarcerated, tortured, disappeared without charges.

Oh yeah. I forgot. That is what our life is like. All that, and more, is grinding relentlessly away at our safety, our health and our lives.

We have the power to remove these madmen. They are criminals under Articles II and III of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, and they must pay for their crimes. One more year wherein millions more throughout the world are slaughtered is, as they say, not an option.

The culling must stop, even if we are forced to stampede. They must be impeached. Go here, here, and here and take action.

Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites. She can be reached at: Read other articles by Sheila, or visit Sheila's website.

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  1. gerald spezio said on December 18th, 2007 at 8:30am #

    Sheila, “we” are already stampeding, and the stampeding must continue because it makes culling easier.

    The Gaza stampede, the Bangladeshie stampede, the Iraq stampede, the black African stampede …

    Maybe the big Iranian stampede soon …?

    The system is up and running

    Until twisted preverts without any ethics or the wrong ethics; like that prevert Henry Kissenger, take the ethical training – there will not be any cheap gas, community values, localization, public crappers, or cheap medical marijuana for bewildered minds driven mad by the triangulations and preversions in the zeitgeist.

    Henry doesn’t have legal training, but Joe Lieberman and Hilarious do.

    All lawyers have professional ethics, or at least they posta.

  2. said on December 18th, 2007 at 12:04pm #

    Good article.
    But, you missed a very important point … and it is this:
    The reason Americans do not care is NOT because we don’t know … but rather because we see culling (as you so bluntly put it) as in our best interests. What your anti-hero (Kissinger) did was say explicitly what Americans actually want. In other words, we (you and I) are complicit in Kissingerism …


  3. heike said on December 18th, 2007 at 1:06pm #

    Sorry, but even people with the wildest imagnations cannot equate our government’s feeble response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina with genocide. When you start to use the g word whenever it strikes you, it loses all meaning. Likewise with population control programs. The idea is not to commit genocide on Third World populations but to teach them ways to limit the number of children they have so they can adequately feed and clothe their families. Not even the Catholic Church, which throws around the H word in regard to abortions, suggests that population control programs are genocidal. And if we were really trying to “cull” our population, we wouldn’t have Medicare, Social Security, and all other entitlement programs.

    I’d like to see the party line you spouted when you were working for the government.

  4. Tara said on December 18th, 2007 at 2:27pm #

    Hear hear!

    Irregardless of the naysayers whose employment it is to inject cynicism and hopelessness into every enlightened discourse, your points are well made and well received.

    We have a group of privileged white male individuals in power and in office, along with the sychophants who enable them and, at the core of their being is a conditioned distortion of undeserved entitlement mixed in with a deep seeded white supremist mentality which pervades their every action and reaction.

    This, coupled with a total lack of being held accountable for any of their horrific, despicable actions creates a very sinister concoction, of which many innocent, good people are being destroyed each and every moment of the day.

    You don’t have to look far to see it. Its been going on for centuries. The “culling” will most assuredly continue as low as the cud eating Americans continue to deny the gates closing in on them as well. I don’t by any means blame Americans as much as I do the deceitful folks in power who sadistically pray on people’s kindness and open trust, however at some point, people must be slapped into sobriety if you will. At some point we have to play grown ups and stop acting like silly teenagers wanting everyone to like us, and yet neglecting those who are telling us what we don’t want to hear.

    Thank you for your wonderful article Ms. Samples. By all means, keep up the wonderful work!

  5. Sheila Samples said on December 19th, 2007 at 12:17am #

    To heike…

    Please follow the link on the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide — and read Article II.

    If you believe, as you say, “The idea is not to commit genocide on Third World populations but to teach them ways to limit the number of children they have so they can adequately feed and clothe their families,” then you did not read the Kissinger Memo in its entirety. True, that was the “idea,” but Kissinger went on to propose if they did not “limit the number of children” their food supplies would be cut off, and if this led to “war and famine,” so be it.

  6. Sheila Samples said on December 19th, 2007 at 12:19am #

    To Tara…

    Thank you so much for your insight — and kind words.

  7. heike said on December 19th, 2007 at 11:58am #

    You are badly misreading both Article 2 as well as NSSM200. In the case of the former:
    a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    No one, except perhaps Lyndon Larouche and the Catholic Church argue that abortions are tantamount to genocide. Are you a member of either organization? Article (d) concerns preventing, that is to say, stopping births within a group, not limiting them. If you argue otherwise, you would have to agree that birth control in the U.S. is tantamount to genocide.

    Secondly, you completely misrepresent the intent and language of NSSM 200 to suggest that it advocates some kind of genocidal policy. It makes nonsense to send food aid to countries that don’t cooperate by limiting population growth. The notion that this constitutes “genocide” is simply a fantasy. If countries want to have unlimited population growth, they don’t need to have the American taxpayer fit the bill. There is no language about cutting off food supplies, and the NSSM is quitesensitive about avoiding any appearance of coercion.

  8. John Feeney said on December 19th, 2007 at 4:15pm #

    Hmm, well, without looking into the rest, I do know this is unfortunately a serious misreporting of what Eric Pianka said. Mims is a creationist who runs an amateur science site. Apparently, he went to Pianka’s talk (which Pianka has given many times) then grossly misrepresented what Pianka had said, which did not involve advocating killing anyone. Some links:

    Here, even the authors of a creationist site retract their support of Mim’s reporting:

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain said on December 19th, 2007 at 5:02pm #

    The reality of a planned, unfolding, Malthusian solution to global overpopulation is there for all to see. Climate change is being impelled forward, and all efforts at remediation are being stymied. Why? Clearly the establishments of The West are not populated entirely by denialist cretins screeching about solar radiation and the ice-caps of Mars. They know the truth, yet they sabotage all amelioration. It seems obvious to me, and I believe is confirmed by reports that the Pentagon, the real power centre of the Yankee Reich, is planning for the savage wars of climate change induced chaos, that our masters intend to allow climate change, with its inherent drought, flood and pestilence, to cull billions. They seem convinced that they can survive in their gated, heavily armed communities of privilege, and emerge to rule a world cleansed of ‘useless eaters’. The process is being hastened, in a coldly deliberate manner, by policies such as the promotion of biofuels, such as ethanol. To allow the Yankee masters to keep driving their SUVs more and more of the world’s grain is being diverted, to ethanol production, while grain prices skyrocket. This will soon convert the habitual malnourishment of hundreds of millions of poor into death by starvation, and spread hunger further. Moreover the US has not invested tens of billions in recent years in biowarfare research for no reason. We know already that there has been much research into ethnically specific diseases, clearly weapons designed for mass murder and genocide. What is going on in the ‘black programs’ kept secret, in the era of genetic engineering, boggles the mind. The one consistent thread in the history of humanity, and ‘Western Civilization’ in particular, is the lust for mass murder of certain types of psychopathic individuals. From the extermination of tens of millions of the indigenous of the Western Hemisphere, accompanied by truly grotesque cruelties, the millions worked to death by slavery, the tens of millions deliberately starved or worked to death, on rations less than those at Belsen, in British ruled India, through to the current Holocaust of thirty to fifty thousand children under five dying each and every day from easily preventable disease, the record of European ‘civilization’ is that of an enormous charnal house. Faced with ecological collapse I am convinced the Masters of Humanity have embarked on a program of mass murder that will put their previous such endeavours in the shade. After it’s over, they will rewrite history,in the familiar manner, being sure to heap praise on their ‘moral purity’, and bitterly regret the ‘unavoidable’ passing of those lesser types less fit for continued survival.

  10. Adonis Tate said on December 20th, 2007 at 5:29am #

    I read Dr Pianka’s speech, and can aver that he did not take the step that was broadly attributed to him. He merely said words to the effect that an airborn strain of ebola might evolve, and would achieve the effect of depopulating our crowded planet. Not one word about weaponization. Similarly, during and after the Rwandan genocide, no one in the press mentioned that Rwanda is the world’s most densely populated country, or very close to it. Well, if anyone mentioned it, this news junkie (me) missed it. Well, now I gotta state squarely that I’m not justifying that incident of ethnic cleansing, only linking it causally to overpopulation. Now that Third World countries have chlorine, road systems, vaccines, antibiotics, fertilizers, etc, their populations are at risk of growing past the carrying capacity of the environment, and we really should be providing birth control to them as a humanitarian act. Only a hysterical media-hog would call it genocide.

  11. gerald spezio said on December 21st, 2007 at 7:52am #

    Mulga, Your following statement is what is known as psycho-history, and is a completely dis-credited Freudian based historical school

    “The one consistent thread in the history of humanity, and ‘Western Civilization’ in particular, is the lust for mass murder of certain types of psychopathic individuals.”

    The phrase; ‘lust for mass murder of certain types of psychopathic individuals,” is Freudian literature but certainly not scientific history.

  12. Mary Largent said on December 21st, 2007 at 4:43pm #

    As a farmer, I am not found of the ‘culling the herd” metaphor. Of course, the farmer has to make a living, but there is also a question of stewardship of the land behind culling. On a farm, there is no option than to keep the number of animals inside the limits of the space, food and other resources available. Slaughtering is a reality most people caring for their animals could to without, but its a responsability the farmer took upon itsef because the animals, left to their own design, will breed and the herd will grow exponentionally. One would hope that humans behave responsibly enough to take upon themselves to limit their number.
    I do not suscribe to any form of mass elimination of the human population. But overpopulation is nonetheless a real issue. I would add coupled to overconsumption. There is too many of us and the ecological footprint of developped countries is too heavy for our small planet. This being said, family planning and women education are proven solutions, far more acceptable and compassionate than letting nature takes its course.
    Famine and epidemics are often the results of a species which overshot the carrying capacity of its environment. Its unfair to shoot the messengers from the scientific community, as Ms. Sample did in the case of Dr. Pianka. It’s a pleasing though to imagine that humanity will control its greed and its biological urge to multiply and move toward sustainability. Is it likely? As long as the problem is denied and the likes of Paul Erhlich and Eric Pianka are burned at the stake for saying out loud what common sense should make obvious, its doubtful.

  13. mareta said on March 12th, 2009 at 1:10pm #

    The crisis that we are facing is multidimensional and so it cannot be solved with a single solution. It is naiive to think that depopulation will solve all our problems as much as everyone simply reducing consumption.
    The problem needs to be attacked on many fronts in order to be equitable and respectful of all life.
    – Yes, people in developed nations do need to cut back on consumption and the wealthy elite must take the lead. There is no rational for a ten-bedroom house for 3 or 4 people to live in. No, the elite do not have to travel with private jets. They do not need 7 houses. Carbon credits are illogical. No one should be buying or selling the right to pollute.
    – Legislation should be enacted to ensure production is more efficient, more ecologicaly respectful and resulting in less waste for the consumer. We do not need 10 different brands of cookies to be individually wrapped , styrofoam plated, and packaged in paper, much less the multitude of other products similarly presented.
    – Developed nations with a long, cold winters need to develop low impact alternative energy sources to heat their homes.
    – People in nations with birth rates above replacement need assurance that if they are willing to have small families that their children will survive, be educated, find meaningful work and bring prosperity to the family.
    – There should be no oil extraction in ecologically fragile areas.
    – There must be legislation that inhibits the owners of gas and oil companies from stalling the development of other forms of energy.
    – The trend of privatizing the earth’s resources needs to be stopped. Resources should be managed by the nation in which they are found and how they are managed should be dictated by global agreements to the benefit of all. This would include the preservation of endangered species and the protection of ecologically important regions.
    – There should be compensatory measures in these global agreements, for example, a nation that is expected not to develop its rain forest must be compensated for this lost potential revenue not monetarily but by giving it access to a larger share of other resources.
    – Fundamentalist capitalism should face heavy restrictions. Governments – in all nations – should be encouraged to find balance between the needs of the public and the needs of industry.
    – The banking system is a dinosaur that doesn’t have the good sense to just roll over and go extinct. It is a system that creates economic uncertainty and exacerbates economic disparity.
    – It would be nice if the pace of globalization could slow down a little in order to allow society to catch up and deal with the sharp social, economic and ethical issues it is facing. It strikes me that there is a small group of globalization enthusiasts encouraging everyone to jump in without letting anyone think about the possible consequences and produce meaningful legislation to deal with it.
    – If cities were nice, clean, car-less, bus-less, truck-less, peaceful areas full of parks and green space, and designed in a way that life’s necessities were a walk away, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to suggest that humans should be housed in them in order to leave the rest of the earth to the non-humans.
    We also have to recognize that no matter how much legislation or dialogue or how many agreements made, inevitably, some people will cheat and some will simply screw-up. These people should be encouraged to compensate society in some meaningful way in order to make up for it.
    There are many more things we can do to tackle this crisis but the real hurdle we face is a lack of serious committment to solve the problem in the first place.