Out of the Blue

Man has it gotten cold! I was definitely enjoying the unseasonable warmness that marked the end of 2003 around these parts. At approximately 0.0001% body fat, I am just not built for cold snaps. On that topic, Ice Age Ancestry May Keep Body Warmer and Healthier (registration required) is an article sent along today by linkmeister general Mike Martinez with a bit on the science behind keeping warm. This just makes me wonder how my ancestors made it through the ice age, as if they adapted to the cold, it's hard to see what of that they passed along to me. I am pretty good at building campfires (and in more civilized moments, working the thermostat).... maybe that's my genetic gift in this regard.

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Hell, you can wipe out poverty in the US for 18 billion.

How?

Mandatory birth control.

Edit: I see a few people have beaten me to to punch here, but it's absolute truth: if you don't have the financial means to support a child, then you shouldn't be having them. Having a social welfare system is a noble and necessary thing, however it has become a means for people to avoid working simply by pumping out children. If you allow yourselve to take a step back, you will notice that just like in any biological sytem, when food (or the means for survival) is plentiful then a population multiplies. Now of course as creatures with a conscience we can't simply abandon people who can't afford to pay their way, but I don't think it's unreasonable to ask those who aren't contributing to society not to increase the burden that they are putting on the rest of us.

I know this is an unpopular view, but it represents the only real solution to the problem (other than that of ensuring compliance to such a program).


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