September 29, 2005
— LauraW. Hey buddy. This is your call to arms!
During a budget speech in May last year, Costello urged Australians to have more children, telling couples to "have one for your husband, one for your wife and one for your country."
I can't say that's really such a big idea. I mean, what else do Aussies have to do?
Its sad. Hump, or wrestle crocodiles? Make love, or skin another kangaroo?
Posted by: Village Idiot at September 29, 2005 06:12 PM (N5NIk)
Are those euphemisms? I'm trying to decide if I have an informed opinion here.
Posted by: VRWC Agent at September 29, 2005 06:17 PM (ovnMC)
Posted by: Mike Beversluis at September 29, 2005 06:20 PM (k9s69)
Posted by: john at September 29, 2005 06:38 PM (bQ4nJ)
Ummm, assuming monogamous relationships (I know this could be a dicy assumption) even this isn't enough to even maintain the population.
Now if they were to pay a bounty for tykes - say $100,000 per, I'd be down there in a flash impregnating everything in sight.
If a bloke could go on one solid week long sex bender and walk away with a million bucks I'm sure they'd be knocking down the doors to oblige.
Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 29, 2005 06:42 PM (X+OCl)
Posted by: Anita at September 29, 2005 07:31 PM (O81zL)
Posted by: Michael at September 29, 2005 07:53 PM (pRtzm)
Posted by: Anita at September 29, 2005 08:15 PM (O81zL)
This struck me as quite a practical solution to youthful miscreants - something sadly missing in American society. Being a "traditional kinda guy", things like the stocks, pillory, public humiliation, have great appeal to me.
Seriously - does anyone really doubt that say 48 hours being stretched on the rack would have LESS "deterrant effect" than being threatened with a few years in the pokey? Meh! they laugh at jail time these days. NOBODY would laugh at doing some time on the rack, or spending a couple of days in the stocks in public having rotten fruit/veggies/eggs and ripe road kill thrown at them - NOBODY.
A retired (now deceased) ex-NYC dective I knew had a saying -- "nothing hurts like pain". Valid 50 years ago, still valid today.
Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 29, 2005 10:07 PM (X+OCl)
Not too shabby for a former penal colony. It's like a second home to me right now because of the exchange rate. You need to get down there with the Mrs. and check it out.
Posted by: El Capitan at September 30, 2005 03:24 AM (eBSF5)
Posted by: J at September 30, 2005 05:32 AM (4THOe)
mmmmmm not bad.
Posted by: Darwin's Moustache at September 30, 2005 05:56 AM (vLNLO)
Yeah, fun fun fun, until it gets to the part when they've got to come out. It's a good thing for the human species that we women have short memories when it comes to childbirth.
Posted by: Sue Dohnim at September 30, 2005 06:16 AM (rE+jU)
Just as Europe stopped reproducing at adequate rates, the Arabs and the Turks started to move in. Likewise with Australia - soon the Indonesians and the SE Asians will be jamming the place.
Plus, I sooo agree with Sue - thank goodness women love babies!
Posted by: Whitehall at September 30, 2005 06:40 AM (surHd)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at September 30, 2005 06:53 AM (pzen5)
"Yeah, fun fun fun, until it gets to the part when they've got to come out."
The same can be said of it being "free." (Even without marriage and kids, is there such a thing as "free" sex for guys? Dinner, drinks, dancing, cab fare the next morning ... And those rufies don't exactly grow on trees, either.)
Posted by: at September 30, 2005 07:25 AM (gjy1/)
How many Australians have both a husband and a wife?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 30, 2005 08:57 PM (CJBEv)
Posted by: lauraw at October 01, 2005 07:35 AM (Lt6Tu)
I'm glad the Australians are at least talking about the problem of the low birth rate and that the talking seems to be having good effects. One sees how important even mere lip service can be, when one considers the effect of all of the talk, in the U.S. and perhaps other industrial democracies, about overpopulation in the 1970s. It seems to have become a common view back then that having no children, or just one, was commendable austerity; having two or, at most, three was moderation; and that having four or more was carelessness at best. It's only occurred to me just now to wonder how much of the scaring and shaming about overpopulation was indirect marketing on the part of the companies producing and selling the Pill. If the Australian government wants to increase the birthrate sufficiently by talking about the need, they'll have to talk on the same scale as did the scaremongers some decades ago.
Now it occurs to me to wonder also how much of the feminist campaign for female "careers" was indirect marketing on the part of the drug makers. I'm not proposing conspiracy on a grand scale, but mostly just that in the minds of the owners and managers of drug companies, the feel-good politics of environmental protection and sexual "equality" must have aligned itself very easily with the good feeling of profits from sales of their contraceptives.
I know LauraW was joking about sending missionaries to Australia, but our hosts sometimes even hit the target when they're not aiming. The people who talk about the "post-colonial era" are such stupid fucks. We are never post-anything; colonization is permanently one of the alternative orders and, right now, it's being practiced on the descendants off the old colonists. I'm sure most of the old colonists were nice people; after all, they were adherents of Christianity, a religion of peace. But their large-scale effects included wiping out the American "Indians" and the Australian aborigines. Thank Heaven for the ancestors who cleared the way for us, but their work will only confer lasting value on their descendants if their descendants don't succumb in turn.
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