The personal, unaffiliated, underwhelming blogging home of (J.) Kelly Nestruck since February 9, 2003. He was once on the fence, but has come down.
I don't know if I'd put too much stock in anything that Haub character says after this line, "Some industrialized countries, especially France and Japan, have very low birth rates and their populations are actually dwindling, Haub notes"You'd think that 'Carl Haub, a demographer at the Population Reference Bureau, a nongovernmental organization in Washington, D.C' would know that France actually has one of the highest birth rates among Western countries and its population is not declining.From the wikipedia artcile on France's demographics: "The latest 2006 demographic statistics have been released, and France's birth and fertility rates have continued to rise. The fertility rate increased to 2.00, the highest of the G-7 countries, and for the first time is higher than the United States."One myth blasted and another one created, I guess. Must be Lavoisier's law of the conservation of myth at work.
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