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Everything posted by Bossybabe

  1. Aye, I know. That could be the reason for the spread of high iq not quite reaching into some parts of the country! [Paisley Buddy]
  2. Just think - we could bring back prison for debtors! How many of us would that leave on the outside, and what would be the effect on the economy?
  3. But look at the money being sunk into new technologies and methods to replace the old fossil fuels. Malthus advocated moral restraint and vice (in which Malthus included infanticide, murder, contraception and homosexuality) to curb excessive population growth. BUT Malthus proposed moral restraint only for the working classes and the poor. IS the current situation creating a driver for this? More home repossessions and N.E. creating more poverty, more people who have to work? Remember, this is a world, not solely a UK problem. Perhaps this is all part of a world population reduction. Now I've depressed myself!
  4. I was thinking that the protestant [with a small p] work ethic applied to most of the population, regardless of religion, race, colour, etc. My old school protestant family would never get into debt, to the extent that most of them never took on a mortgage, and never owned their own homes, unless they could buy them outright.
  5. I agree - my father used that very Shakespeare quote when I was leaving home at age 18. It has stood me in good stead, though I do have a small mortgage.
  6. I suppose mankind will just keep producing enough so long as it is able to develop the technology. Thanks for the pointer to 'Collapse'. I will read it. So are we talking a potential world population crash? Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.
  7. Seems to me that Malthus was right, so what do we have to look forward to? Anne is an example of one of the precursors. " The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation. They are the precursors in the great army of destruction, and often finish the dreadful work themselves. But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and tens of thousands. Should success be still incomplete, gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow levels the population with the food of the world. " Thomas Robert Malthus, FRS, 1766 - 1834
  8. Seems to me that the loss of the protestant work ethic is at the botom of this story. The 'something for nothing' line would not have been credible a generation ago.
  9. Please note error = england is NOT the UK! How about 'Nemo me impune lacessit'?
  10. I didn't hold shares in Railtrack, but I know a daft boy who did.
  11. How about calling it 'very old dark grey Tuesday'? Should A & E departments be put on majacc standby?
  12. The FCO are still advising on the risk of avian flu in China. This warning has been in place for 2 years. I wonder if it will be in place in another year? http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagena...d=1013618385765 Still Current at: 17 September 2007 Updated: 13 July 2007 China This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Crime and Natural disasters section. The overall level of the advice has not changed. SUMMARY * Outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in China have resulted in a small number of human fatalities. As a precaution, you should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where you might come into contact with domestic, caged or wild birds; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked. For further information see the Health section below and also read the FCO’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza Factsheet.
  13. Its all becoming clear now. I think
  14. Tsunami warning now in force across the Indian ocean. Those poor people must be terrified. I hope they cope better than they did in gloucester.
  15. take them out and suspend them by their necks as an example to other parasitic councillors around the country.
  16. Hospitals still turn away seriously ill patients today. usually because beds are full. Especially in the winter months.
  17. Daft Boy. I thought the Firemans strike was in the winter of discontent. Did it affect you ?
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