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Reply Sun 23 Jul, 2006 05:54 am
Not something new or unknown, but a rather good report from today's Chicago Tribune (page 8)



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Online report: Europe battles its baby bust

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The rabenmutter complex helps explain why Germany has had Europe's lowest birthrate for the past three decades and why a record high 30 percent of German women will never have children.

Germany is in the throes of a baby bust. Since the mid-1960s, each new generation of Germans has been a third smaller than that of its parents. If the trend continues, Germany's population will shrink from 83 million today to about 79 million in 2050.

At the same time, the number of retirees is ballooning. By 2020, 30 percent of the German population will be 60 or older. Who will fund their pensions? The ratio of workers paying into the pension system and those receiving a pension is now 2-1; in a decade it will be 1-1.

Germany is hardly alone. All across Europe, birthrates (the number of births per 1,000 of population) and fertility rates (the number of births per woman of child-bearing age) have been in a long, steep decline.
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detano inipo
 
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Reply Sun 23 Jul, 2006 06:09 am
Sad but true. Germany might eventually end up like Hawaii, with a tiny minority of pure Germans.
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According to the 2000 Census, 6.6% of Hawaii's population identified themselves as Native Hawaiian, 24.3% were White American, including Portuguese and 41.6% were Asian American.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii#Demographics
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Reply Mon 24 Jul, 2006 04:18 am
detano inipo wrote:
Sad but true. Germany might eventually end up like Hawaii, with a tiny minority of pure Germans.
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According to the 2000 Census, 6.6% of Hawaii's population identified themselves as Native Hawaiian, 24.3% were White American, including Portuguese and 41.6% were Asian American.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii#Demographics


It's only sad if it's a bad thing... I'm not sure the majority of people part hawaiian would think it so... Granted, the pure blooded native hawaiians are a minority, but there are many hapas (people of mixed blood, but part hawaiian) living still in Hawaii and beyond, and the majority of those are glad they are mixed... better than being incestuously inbred, which is what the hawaiian alii were... better than being killed at the whim of alii, which is the fate of may who weren't alii class when Hawaii was a sovereign nation... I'm not quite sure where your train of thought was supposed to be leading, kwim?
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detano inipo
 
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Reply Mon 24 Jul, 2006 11:16 am
My knowledge of the history of Hawaii is limited. Reading some of it is very disturbing. The annexation was good for the foreigners, not so good for the Hawaiiens.
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Who are the richest people in Hawaii today? Not the natives.
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http://www.hawaii-nation.org/betrayal.html
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http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/liliuokalani/hawaii/hawaii.html
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