May 6, 2005


I try to get back into blogging on a day when nothing whatsoever seems to be happening in the world. Ye gods, it's a slow news day. Everything is about the UK election - which was such a foregone conclusion, except Howard's resignation - and a little bit about the elections in Palestine, which don't seem any more interesting than the UK ones.

Oh, and Texas is banning sexually suggestive cheerleading, which seems pretty much to defeat the purpose. Honestly, every now and then I wonder if I've fallen into a parallel universe. A couple months ago, everyone is discovering that Lebanon is full of hot Arab chicks, but in Texas, they want cheerleaders to wear burkas. Pretty soon, they be bitching about how promiscuous Islamic girls are corrupting the morals of Our Brave Troops.

If it's going to be a useless news day, I'll see if I can get a chapter from Grandpa out tomorrow.

Posted 2005/05/06 20:44 (Fri) | TrackBack

I'm hard set to think of a UK opposition leader who _hasn't_ resigned in response to an election defeat over the last couple of decades.

Something Edward (perhaps) brought up at; if the answer to aging first world populations is more immigration from less prosperous parts of the world, shouldn't someone be worrying about the dependency ratio problems of those less prosperous parts of the world after this migration?

Posted by: Aidan Kehoe at May 7, 2005 20:28

Yes, I expected that Howard woudn't be up for another election. But announcing his departure the day after the election seemed quite novel. In Canada, we usually wait for the vultures to circle first.

As for immigration and dependency, traditional patterns of immigration usually involve non-inheriting children emigrating, while the inheriting children remain to take care of the elders. o dependecy is not such an issue. Or am I missing what you're getting at?

Posted by: Scott Martens at May 8, 2005 11:16

Yeah, I suppose Howard didn't instinctively seem to be someone fond of the grand gesture :-) .

Dependency as an economic issue is something more than "who's there to take care of the old folks"; it's harder for economies to have a comparable GDP per head to some norm when for every working two people you have two old people and some number of children to support, and other countries aiming for that norm have higher numbers of workers for every non-working member of the population.

The old-school Irish experience with it was starkest in the West, where there was a period where it seemed, stereotypically, to be populated exclusively by old people and children, and everyone of working age was in Amerikay. Bit of a problem for economic development, though the remissions helped. That said, I'm pretty sure much of today's developing world won't have a birth rate quite as high as was the case in Mayo in 1900, and their judgement should be trusted on who they want to export at least until it obviously seems to be a problem.

Posted by: Aidan Kehoe at May 9, 2005 22:35
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