I don’t get it, but I guess this explains it a bit. Seems to me like low oil prices would only be great for the market (which that article touches on). Guess not.
Well, that was predictable.
I recently wrote a novel (SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT: my novel is called Idempotency, published by Kindle Press!) about the forthcoming possibility of humans living extended lives. This is generally known as transhumanism. Aside from the obvious conclusion of HOLY SHIT ‘POCALYPSE!1!!1!, another ginormous and intractable impact from humanity livin’-la-vida-long-time will be economic.
As people live forever, our population will explode*, unless artificially stopped. Apparently the aging is already happening in Japan, but so is the artificial stoppage. People are living a long time in Japan: 82 years on average, for a ranking of number 1 in the world**. But as the parents are getting older (and are less able to work), their kiddos aren’t populating the earth. In fact, according to the article, Japan shrunk by 286k people last year.
Also interesting from that article: “The paper argues that the effects of an aging population on deflation are more complicated than typically thought – that aging is deflationary when caused by an increase in longevity but inflationary when caused by a decline in birth rate.” I’m not sure I understand how that works, but it sure sounds interesting, and it seems like, in Japan’s case, they cancel themselves out.
This guy thinks Japan’s PM needs to enact changes to stimulate the expansion of the workforce (such as, raising the 60 year old retirement age). But that sounds fishy to me; older people are past their prime money-making years, and frankly, probably prefer to sit on one of Japan’s awesome beaches. And encouraging women to work misses the mark a bit. This woman seems to point out a better path, noting the recent policy changes in Japan making it simpler for women to have children and work at the same time (a novel idea, to be sure). And it’s worked for France.
Anyhow, I don’t know where I’m going with this*** except that if you are from Japan, you should definitely start shagging. It’s fun, trust me. Don’t do it for yourself, do it for your country!
* The stupid internet-rumor (I know, redundant) that there are more people alive today (7.2 billion-ish) than have ever died (upwards of 100 million, estimated) is entirely false.
** I was genuinely surprised to find “Giant Mechanized Robot” was not a top-20 cause of death in Japan.
***Maybe it’s that Wayne Coyne was wrong when he wrote “everyone you know some day will die”:
Apparently there is a huge strike of port workers on the west coast which is affecting shipments coming into good ol’ ‘merica. And while this is affecting an almond farm who was “forced to cut 76 employees on its night crew”, I think we all know the true victim is our friend J, who can’t seem to find a stocked New 3DS anywhere due to the strike.
Poor guy, I don’t know how he’s going to recover from this. Hopefully Obama can step in and save J from a psychotic lack-of-3D-gaming induced meltdown. Thanks Obama.
Pretty simple, really…
for a hacker in outer Mongolia (or anywhere, really.) Details here. So how do I make my router mine Bitcoins for me?
All this super secret cyber stuff is fascinating. Today’s updates include a major bitcoin heist of a Silk Road competitor and another Silk Road competitor that is shutting its doors.
Cause I think it would be way easier to hack some gold off of a tree instead of using that godforsaken, heavy-ass rock drill that you “let” me use the last time I was 2000 feet underground in your death tunnel. Just sayin’. Maybe you should look at all those the pine trees instead.