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(Al Jazeera)   Poland's population is approaching a 'demographic crisis' as births decline and deaths mount due to Covid-19 and possibly screen doors on submarines   (aljazeera.com) divider line
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2021-01-26 1:17:29 PM  
rates not seen since World War II,

Damn, that's a pretty farking high bar, particularly when Poland is concerned.
 
2021-01-26 1:33:11 PM  
Going to be a similar situation here, and in a lot of countries for a while. People are too stressed and/or underemployed to even think about having kids.
 
2021-01-26 1:38:33 PM  
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Well, maybe they ought to stop drowning their babies.
 
2021-01-26 1:52:31 PM  
They lost a couple of million people to the rest of the EU in recent years. Most of those were young people of child bearing age. This is good because it lowers their own unemployment and gets you some remittance flows. But you can end up experiencing population decline.

A good fix used to be to encourage more people to get their Polish citizenship by relaxing ancestry rules and paperwork. But since Poland is in the EU, they'd be giving citizenship to a bunch of American or Argentine Poles who would move to other countries in the EU.
 
2021-01-26 2:07:21 PM  
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2021-01-26 2:10:00 PM  
Meatheads.
 
2021-01-26 2:10:04 PM  

steklo: [Fark user image image 522x460]


Whoa, check out Marathon Man right there!
 
2021-01-26 2:10:30 PM  
Given Poland's descent into right wing insanity, I'm struggling to care.
 
2021-01-26 2:11:31 PM  

steklo: [Fark user image 522x460]


3 pumps? Stop bragging!
 
2021-01-26 2:13:19 PM  
Battleship subby.
/I know
//I keeed
 
2021-01-26 2:13:46 PM  
It's not a crisis.

Global warming is a crisis.

Depopulation is the only solution that humans have left at this point.

/good jorb humans
 
2021-01-26 2:13:49 PM  

kbronsito: They lost a couple of million people to the rest of the EU in recent years. Most of those were young people of child bearing age. This is good because it lowers their own unemployment and gets you some remittance flows. But you can end up experiencing population decline.


Which has knock-on effects for economic productivity and social security.
 
2021-01-26 2:14:03 PM  
A lot of them died learning to drive septic tanks too.
 
2021-01-26 2:14:42 PM  

bthom37: Given Poland's descent into right wing insanity, I'm struggling to care.


This. I've been told that Poland is a beautiful country, but given how hard they are digging into fascism, I wouldn't move there. If I want to live with a bunch of Poles, I'd move back to Chicago.
 
2021-01-26 2:15:45 PM  
Polish women aren't as smokin' hot as the Czechs, but I'd still be willing to do my part - you know, for the future of humanity and all that.
 
2021-01-26 2:16:01 PM  

abhorrent1: steklo: [Fark user image 522x460]

3 pumps? Stop bragging!


The legend of the 3 pump chump... is it true?
 
2021-01-26 2:16:30 PM  
Plenty of Poles.  In Milwaukee, Chicago, NYC, Philly, every city in Ohio.

Like the country my parents are from, the smart ones left.  The old world sucks.
 
2021-01-26 2:20:13 PM  

bughunter: It's not a crisis.

Global warming is a crisis.

Depopulation is the only solution that humans have left at this point.

/good jorb humans


That's what the virus is for.
 
2021-01-26 2:20:27 PM  

kbronsito: They lost a couple of million people to the rest of the EU in recent years. Most of those were young people of child bearing age. This is good because it lowers their own unemployment and gets you some remittance flows. But you can end up experiencing population decline.

A good fix used to be to encourage more people to get their Polish citizenship by relaxing ancestry rules and paperwork. But since Poland is in the EU, they'd be giving citizenship to a bunch of American or Argentine Poles who would move to other countries in the EU.


Nothing to add to this.  Excellent summation.
 
2021-01-26 2:21:02 PM  
We've reached the point where we can't keep pumping kids out. A century from now, there needs to be less people than there are now. And peoples' issue with that is... what? That we don't have enough imaginary money to support them?
 
2021-01-26 2:21:30 PM  
The whole fascism thing runs in to some real trouble when young people can just get up and leave.
 
2021-01-26 2:21:50 PM  

Boo_Guy: A lot of them died learning to drive septic tanks too.


It's freaking awesome that the people subject to one of the largest genocides in history can be joked about.  So funny! Thank you funny man. I award you 2 abortions.
 
2021-01-26 2:22:10 PM  
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2021-01-26 2:22:38 PM  
I wouldn't mind returning to my maternal ancestors home in the Beskids. There have been many days when I've strongly considered setting up my retirement hermitage there... especially over the last four years.
 
2021-01-26 2:25:13 PM  

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K, fellas... get ready to swipe right...

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2021-01-26 2:26:22 PM  

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Polish Sex Manual:

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2021-01-26 2:26:54 PM  
When you give people the ability to control their fertility, accidental/unintended pregnancy rates go down.  Many Polish women (and maybe many Polish men) are probably looking at things right now and saying "this is a bad time to have a kid."  This is a feature, not a bug. Birth rates should return to "normal" once the pandemic ends.

Also, if men had better birth control options than condoms (reliability problems + doesn't feel as good as unprotected) or vasectomy (great if you don't ever want to create pregnancy (again) but that's not most men), you'd see birth rates fall even faster.  It's insane how many pregnancies happen without the unambiguous intent of both the woman and the man.
 
2021-01-26 2:28:38 PM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: Polish women aren't as smokin' hot as the Czechs, but I'd still be willing to do my part - you know, for the future of humanity and all that.


Heh.

I have been to Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.  The women in Slovakia belong at the top along with CZ.

/Refuse to call it "Czechia".
 
2021-01-26 2:29:07 PM  

cowgirl toffee: K, fellas... get ready to swipe right...


She's seen her share of big kielbasa
 
2021-01-26 2:30:06 PM  
Q: What's big and hard that a polish wife gets at her wedding?

A. A new last name.
 
2021-01-26 2:30:51 PM  

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2021-01-26 2:31:35 PM  
People always make submarine jokes about the Poles, but some of the most hair rising stories from World War 2 is the Poles using their submarines to sneak key people out of their country during the early weeks of WW2.
 
2021-01-26 2:31:46 PM  

steklo: cowgirl toffee: K, fellas... get ready to swipe right...

She's seen her share of big kielbasa


Speaking of kielbasa.....

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2021-01-26 2:33:14 PM  
I thought screen doors was an Italian navy feature on subs?  Better than the US that has a brand new class of destroyer that can't fire its gun.
 
2021-01-26 2:33:51 PM  

BafflerMeal: cowgirl toffee: steklo: [Fark user image 850x676]

K, fellas... get ready to swipe right...

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Say what you will. I don't trust that smug smile. She's up to something.
 
2021-01-26 2:34:04 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: The whole fascism thing runs in to some real trouble when young people can just get up and leave.


British Tory party seen furiously taking notes, circa early 2016....
 
2021-01-26 2:34:08 PM  
GOOD.
 
2021-01-26 2:39:16 PM  

winedrinkingman: People always make submarine jokes about the Poles, but some of the most hair rising stories from World War 2 is the Poles using their submarines to sneak key people out of their country during the early weeks of WW2.


This.  Both the Orzel and the Wilk had some pretty heroic moments.
 
2021-01-26 2:40:39 PM  

kbronsito: They lost a couple of million people to the rest of the EU in recent years. Most of those were young people of child bearing age. This is good because it lowers their own unemployment and gets you some remittance flows. But you can end up experiencing population decline.

A good fix used to be to encourage more people to get their Polish citizenship by relaxing ancestry rules and paperwork. But since Poland is in the EU, they'd be giving citizenship to a bunch of American or Argentine Poles who would move to other countries in the EU.


Who knew turning into a right-wing autocracy would result in a brain drain.
 
2021-01-26 2:43:25 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Plenty of Poles.  In Milwaukee, Chicago, NYC, Philly, every city in Ohio.

Like the country my parents are from, the smart ones left.  The old world sucks.


Pittsburgh is another one.

I was in Prague a couple of years ago, and the hilly terrain and constantly dreary weather reminded me of Pittsburgh. No wonder my ancestors from Poland and Slovakia settled there.
 
2021-01-26 2:46:06 PM  
I remember as a kid in the 70s I had a joke book that on one side was a Polish joke book. Flip it over and it was an Italian joke book.


It was a joke book for kids. That I was allowed to bring to school

Simpler times.

I still remember this one from the book

New! Imported Italian tires!
Dago through rain!
Dago through snow!
When dago flat dago wop wop wop
 
2021-01-26 2:50:27 PM  
Haven't Russia and Japan already been experiencing population decline for years?
 
2021-01-26 3:00:13 PM  
What do Polish women get on their wedding day that's long and hard?


A new last name.  Ba-dum tsss!
 
2021-01-26 3:04:10 PM  

krispos42: What do Polish women get on their wedding day that's long and hard?


A new last name.  Ba-dum tsss!


Midwest Catholic here.
Had several Polish family names in my high school.  10+ letters long, very few vowels.
One of my friends married another Pole, and bragged that her last name was now 1 letter shorter.
 
2021-01-26 3:05:47 PM  
Well, if you set up an autocracy with inadequate housing, that's what tends to happen.
 
2021-01-26 3:16:51 PM  
More wood in the bedroom.
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2021-01-26 3:21:09 PM  

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2021-01-26 3:22:55 PM  
Two thoughts:

1. The traditional reason for Poland to worry about low birth rates is that they won't have enough young men to keep the Russian Bear at bay. Luckily for Poland, Russia is even worse at dealing with covid, and had the same shrinking population long term as they do. So you don't need to worry about that.


2. My takeaway from the article is that I've been thinking about the death rate from covid all wrong, and this is concerning.  We hear that the death rate from covid is 1-2% and shrug.  But total deaths present sa different picture. If in a normal year 350,000 people die but in a covid year 450,000 die, deaths are up almost 30%.  That's horrifying- That many more total people are dying from this.
 
2021-01-26 3:23:50 PM  
There's only one man that can instill the pride and vigor back into the Polish people. I speak of course of George W. Bush.
Rather have a better house instead of a kid? You forgot Poland.
You're going to get a vasectomy? You forgot Poland.
Only you can remember Poland.
 
2021-01-26 3:24:20 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: bughunter: It's not a crisis.

Global warming is a crisis.

Depopulation is the only solution that humans have left at this point.

/good jorb humans

That's what the virus is for.


unfortunately we blew it. we were handed a gift from god to not only rid ourselves of the old and useless but to move past the octogenarian politicians who stood in the way of sound environmental policy. instead we burned society to the ground so that the old rich assholes had time to get a vaccine. CV could have been the greatest gift ever - think of all the shiatty landlords who would have died freeing up property to be owned by young productive members of society, think of the old people who refuse to retire, etc.
 
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