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14 February 2003 @ 11:07 am
*hugs and kisses to anyone who wants 'em*  
Happy Valentine's Day to anyone who wants those sorts of wishes. :) *gives a special kiss to a certain someone*

I heard something amusing as I drove in to work this morning on the news, which altricial and puckmalfoy especially should find interesting, though I would imagine they already know.

Apparently, Valentine's Day is basically a federally mandated holiday in Singapore. The declining birth rate in the country has concerned the government so much that they have set up all sorts of activities for single people to get together - there are supposed to be parties, kareoke, and other things - all to hopefully get people to have babies.

In all seriousness, I have no problem with encouraging people to have sex responsibly. But is this responsible, really? Is there perhaps a reason that the birth rate is declining - people are realizing they can't afford a large family, perhaps? Is the government going to pay to raise these kids? Puck or Anna, if you know any more about this, I'm curious.

But mostly I'm damned amused. >:D
I feel: flirtyflirty
I hear: Alice Peacock w/John Mayer - Bliss
serehmia on February 14th, 2003 07:19 pm (UTC)
Well Australia is apparently in negative-population growth. I saw a segment on one of our current affairs programs about childcare centres and how hard it is to get your kid into one, and that when you do, you end up paying three or four hundred a week. It's no wonder then that people can't afford to have kids. As well as other factors such as the way your career usually comes to a grinding halt when you have a baby. It's interesting. I've heard people who don't want children called selfish.
Vicki: Dariahermorrine on February 15th, 2003 06:00 pm (UTC)
*shakes head* The truly selfish thing would be to have children for the wrong reasons.