Thursday, September 13, 2007

Boink for Breshnev, Win a Prize!

Don’t work on Wednesdays, have sex instead, says Russian governor
The governor of a central Russian province urged couples to skip work on Wednesday and make love instead.

And if a woman gives birth in exactly nine months time on Russia's national day on June 12 she will qualify for a prize.
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Russia wants to reverse a trend in which the population is shrinking by about 700,000 people a year as births fail to outpace a high death rate boosted by AIDS, alcoholism and suicide.
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On Russia Day this year, a family won a jeep after their fourth baby was born on the holiday. This year a record 78 babies were born on June 12 at the main hospital in the regional capital of Ulyanovsk, beating the 2006 total of 26, said chief doctor Andrei Malykh.

"The scheme is working. People want the prizes," he said.
Ah yes, because that is who we want parenting the next generation - couples who can't manage to schedule sex outside of work hours, and who make childrearing decisions based on the possibility of a TV set.

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1 comment:

Shannon said...

I don't understand why we reward people for multiplying in the first place. But to bribe them is downright shameful. We should reward people for making the wise choice of not reproducing.