The barbaric social engineering experiment has ended. The low birth rate has resulted in an ageing population.
The Catholic Herald:
China has ended its one-child policy after three decades.
The ruling Communist Party has said it will ease family planning restrictions, allowing couples to have two children.
It is thought the one-child policy has prevented about 400million births since it was introduced.
The controversial policy was introduced nationally three decades ago in 1978 with the aim of tackling China’s rapidly growing population.
It faced global criticism when it was brought in, as critics suggested it was an abuse of people’s human rights.
Those who violated the policy faced a range of punishments, from fines to loss of employment or forced abortions.
While the restrictions reduced the country’s birth rate, it has seen a rise in the relative number of elderly people.
Now, amid concerns over China’s ageing population, the party has bowed to activist’s call for change.
The policy had been relaxed in some areas, as sociologists began to raise concerns about rising social costs and falling worker numbers.
The rules were not formally relaxed by the Communist Party until two years ago, when it allowed couples in which at least one of the pair is an only child, and those who had a girl, to have a second.
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This is rather exciting… Discovery has the news:
The King James Bible, the most widely read book in the English language — from which phrases like “a man after his own heart” emerged — is as storied as it is elusive. Now, a historian claims to have found the oldest known draft of the Christian text, written in messy script, in an obscure archive at the University of Cambridge.
The manuscript was hidden among the papers of Samuel Ward, one of the men commissioned by King James I to translate a new version of the Christian text into English in the early 17th century.
Jeffrey Miller, an assistant professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey, chanced upon the 400-year-old notebook while doing research on Ward for an essay he’s writing. The Eureka moment came when Miller realized that the notebook contained text from the very book that Ward had been commissioned to help translate. Miller recalled thinking, “Oh my gosh, he’s talking about a book that he had been asked to help translate,” he said. “Then I realized rather he was creating the King James Bible in that moment.”
Describing his discovery in the Times Literary Supplement, Miller said the notebook is not just the earliest draft ever found, but it is also the only surviving draft written in the hand of one of the original translators…
There is more here.