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   Undertoad  Saturday Aug 30 12:33 PM

8/30/2003: Singapore not getting enough



Hard to believe? This is Singapore "sex guru" Doctor Wei Siang Yu, trying to convince people to get laid more often. Fertility experts in Singapore are warning that their country's birth rates are so low that it will soon have an economic impact, and this is leading to a "baby panic" of sorts.

(This indirectly relates to practically every thread we've been having recently.)

It turns out that Singapore used to be terribly concerned about their rising population. In the late 60s-early 70s, they put together all kinds of incentives to try to stop their people from breeding like rabbits.

They were successful. Too successful. By the mid-80s, they realized that the birth rate was below the death rate. The government reversed and started to try to convince people to have more kids. At this point they are giving parents actual cash money to have second and third children.

Maybe they would get more lovin' if they didn't wear such tacky suits. What is that, pastel plaid?



bmgb  Saturday Aug 30 12:41 PM

I think their slogan is "Go for four!"



elSicomoro  Saturday Aug 30 12:53 PM

Singapore is already one of the most densely-populated places in the world. And now they want to add more? Perhaps they're concerned about being overrun by foreign workers in the end.

Interesting tidbit from the BBC: Most of the country lives in high-rise public housing. Bleh.



elSicomoro  Saturday Aug 30 12:54 PM

Another one:

Government-led initiatives encourage Singaporeans to have more babies, be more courteous to each other, and "Speak Good English".



Nothing But Net  Saturday Aug 30 02:41 PM

Are mullets common in Singapore? That <i>could</i> be the problem.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Aug 30 06:42 PM

Buy honey, it's your patriotic duty for the flag, octopus pie and motherhood.



tw  Saturday Aug 30 09:14 PM

Maybe they should schedule a few electrical blackouts. That shoudl fix the birthrate.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 31 01:54 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by tw
Maybe they should schedule a few electrical blackouts. That shoudl fix the birthrate.
Or shut off the TV transmitters.


tokenidiot  Sunday Aug 31 02:54 AM

Or make "sex robots" that roam the streets, randomly grabbing people and forcing them to have sex. It will have lasers, and rockets.



tokenidiot  Sunday Aug 31 02:55 AM

And it would shoot bees. Love bees.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 31 08:18 AM

Why go to all the trouble to build robots. Just call for volunteers



bjlhct  Sunday Aug 31 02:45 PM

Three drink minimum leaving work.



chrisinhouston  Sunday Aug 31 06:39 PM

He's one flashy dresser, looks like a used car salesman



Guey  Monday Sep 1 10:52 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by tokenidiot
Or make "sex robots" that roam the streets, randomly grabbing people and forcing them to have sex. It will have lasers, and rockets.
sounds like someone has been reading too much Megatokyo. :P


tokenidiot  Monday Sep 1 03:05 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Guey
sounds like someone has been reading too much Megatokyo. :P
I actually have no idea what that is.


99 44/100% pure  Monday Sep 1 03:53 PM

Dig the suit. Hate the tie.



warch  Monday Sep 1 04:23 PM

I'm diggin the chart. Its really so easy and logical. See,I never made that connection between boink and younguns. I always thought it had something to do with campfires and fish.



russotto  Monday Sep 1 09:17 PM

Bah humbug

The place is so dense that people have no option other than to be exposed to all sorts of children at all times. No one in their right mind exposed regularly to children would want any of their own. So unless they're going to put mind-altering drugs in the water, their campaign is doomed to failure.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Sep 1 10:33 PM

Bwahahahaha! Your killin' me, Russ



Bitman  Wednesday Sep 3 01:52 PM

Re: 8/30/2003: Singapore not getting enough

Quote:
Originally posted by Undertoad
What is that, pastel plaid?
No, that's moire from the digital camera. Noone would wear a suit like that.

I've heard the US has a similar problem -- as the baby boomers finally die off, there aren't enough skilled grunts to replace them.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 3 01:56 PM

That's a moire?
Like when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie?



warch  Wednesday Sep 3 05:01 PM

An aside:
Moire was the fabric most forced on hapless bridesmaids during the 1980s. It makes a good swooshing sound.



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