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  • people over 60 are mostly healthy (studies show that, just like in the past, people are in good health except for the last year of their life - which may sound trivial but really means that they are old and healthy much longer)

  • declining populations also mean lower numbers of young dependents (children), so the "burden" of non-productive citizens is not even necessarily so much higher.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 9th, 2006 at 03:37:05 PM EST
With people getting older and healthier it's common sense that they also work longer.

For example, when Bismarck introduced pension at 65, the average German laborer died at 62. So if we should continue in his footsteps people should retire not at 65 like they do today but when they turn 85.

But well, I guess we can do better than Bismarck. 70 is a good age. Or seriously, why don't retire when you feel like it? The longer you work the higher your pension will be.

If Hans Blix can work at 78, so can I.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu Nov 9th, 2006 at 05:01:40 PM EST
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Unfortunately, so can't nurses or firemen or a dozen of different occupations where you dont sit around sipping martinis all day.

As if Hans Blix is some kind of an example for the regular working person...

by Trond Ove on Sat Nov 11th, 2006 at 08:20:17 AM EST
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a report published recently also predicted a lesser crime, hence decreased costs.

Unless Hell's Grannies strike again.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Fri Nov 10th, 2006 at 06:33:13 AM EST
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