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heavy thinkin, no heavy breathing

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Jun 20, 2006

The Rand-Europe think-tank has determined that fertility rates rise in places where in vitro fertility treatment is available.

Well gee, thanks, guys. And I bet hamburgers are more commonplace in neighborhoods that have a McDonald's franchise, too.

But seriously, Rand-Europe has noticed a major public-policy problem: European couples aren't having babies. And where there's a public-policy problem, there must perforce by a government program. Increased funding for artificial reproduction is a first step.

OK, now let's see. Is there any other way to boost the rate of childbirth? Maybe government-funded candlelit dinners and moonlight cruises?

Or maybe-- just maybe-- the government could stop supporting something that interferes with reproduction. Try this: Go into the local pharmacies, take all the contraceptives off the shelves, and throw them in the trash. See what that does to fertility rates.

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  • Posted by: Adeodatus109 - Feb. 03, 2012 9:41 PM ET USA

    Such a long year without Diogenes...

  • Posted by: Japheth - Jul. 05, 2011 10:49 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, you are still missed very much. I understand that circumstances must be preventing you from writing. I hope this is a time of grace for you. And I pray that you can eventually come back to us.

  • Posted by: BobJ70777069 - Apr. 12, 2011 8:53 PM ET USA

    OK, that's enough time off, Diogenes. Return to the fray.

  • Posted by: ILM - Mar. 29, 2011 10:14 PM ET USA

    We miss Diogenes very much. Can you offer us any hope of his return?

  • Posted by: FamilyMan - Mar. 09, 2011 5:20 PM ET USA

    This distressing news is prompting me to comment for the first time ever. Is there a way of petitioning the powers that be to bring him back? I'm hoping for a speedy return!

  • Posted by: rpp - Mar. 08, 2011 6:16 PM ET USA

    kman, I was wondering the same thing. I hope Uncle D. is okay.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2011 10:30 AM ET USA

    Has the messenger been shot? No more OTR?

  • Posted by: Phil - Feb. 26, 2011 2:26 PM ET USA

    Since you ask, Japeth, the simple answer is Yes-- a temporary retirement, at least. But please don't spread the news; we don't want people to get too comfortable.

  • Posted by: Japheth - Feb. 26, 2011 11:29 AM ET USA

    Did Diogenes retire?