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2012-10-31 10:46:21 PM  

frunjer: All the more reason to legalize euthanisia. If people don't voluntarily choose to die and we quit seeking uber-longevity then the population will grow at a higher rate than anticipated and economic inequalities will be exacerbated.


Agreed, but I think that would be a drop in the ocean of population growth. The number of people who will choose a comfortable at home death instead of clinging desperately to every last second of mechanically induced heartbeat will be quite small. As evidence I give you the huge deal made by some people out of the small difference in life expectancy (less than 1 year) between Europe and the U.S. Evidently that last 6 months between 78.2 and 78.8 is really something extra special.


frunjer: China is already seeking to reverse its one-child policy due to how the changing demographics are beginning to affect its economic advancement


I don't think reproductive legislation necessarily has to have that consequence. It became a problem in China only because of a strong cultural preference for boys. The demographic imbalance isn't a natural or necessary outcome of the policy itself.
 
2012-10-31 10:59:21 PM  
Yeah,but how many have been born with extremely large schwanshtuckles?
 
2012-10-31 11:09:55 PM  

anallyproper: Yeah,but how many have been born with extremely large schwanshtuckles?


Depends on your sampling methodology. Going with the self-reported method, about 75% (including women).
 
2012-10-31 11:14:39 PM  
None.
 
2012-11-01 12:24:31 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: So, there's you, me and all of fark is three other people. crazy


The light dawns.

/slow today
//I blame the cold meds
///and the margin of error
 
2012-11-01 01:41:12 AM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: frunjer: All the more reason to legalize euthanisia. If people don't voluntarily choose to die and we quit seeking uber-longevity then the population will grow at a higher rate than anticipated and economic inequalities will be exacerbated.

Agreed, but I think that would be a drop in the ocean of population growth. The number of people who will choose a comfortable at home death instead of clinging desperately to every last second of mechanically induced heartbeat will be quite small. As evidence I give you the huge deal made by some people out of the small difference in life expectancy (less than 1 year) between Europe and the U.S. Evidently that last 6 months between 78.2 and 78.8 is really something extra special.


frunjer: China is already seeking to reverse its one-child policy due to how the changing demographics are beginning to affect its economic advancement

I don't think reproductive legislation necessarily has to have that consequence. It became a problem in China only because of a strong cultural preference for boys. The demographic imbalance isn't a natural or necessary outcome of the policy itself.


You're right that the number of people opting out would be slight in comparison to those staying in. Most has to do with the quality of life. I see so many of my older relatives just existing on social security. I realize there is the pay back issue of using current resources to finance past liabilities and this is the government's fault, not senior citizens, but I would assume if possible I would opt out as I don't want to live in a much reduced physical and economic state. I guess it's kind of stupid to use life and death as a resource allocation method but the cynic in me sees that as a future possibility: either naturally via social or environmental upheaval or as a manufactured rich vs poor process.
 
2012-11-01 02:25:10 PM  
That's A LOT of zombies!
 
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