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Population Control for the Philippines


It’s Christmas and countless poor and destitute families have descended upon the city in droves in order to make the most of the relatively generous sentiment that grips the general citizenry during this time. Driving down Gilmore Avenue, you see entire makeshift villages spring up by the side of the road like the camps of the Roman legion. What bothers me the most is the sheer number of children that make up these seasonally nomadic communities.

Like most poor countries, the Philippines has a growth rate that far exceeds 2% per year. In some urban areas the figure exceeds 3%. Why is this so? There may be many reasons, but ultimately, I suspect that it is a Tragedy of the Commons as discussed by Garret Hardin.

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Merry Christmas!!


Santa Gautama

Hello everyone. The Dalai Santa hasn’t been posting much because of the confluence of two interesting coincidences. The first is that it’s Christmas. Obviously, it’s a hectic and insufferable time for people who live in a painfully Catholic country like I do. The second thing is that it’s only the second time in about two and a half months that I’ve been back in the country. And that means Christmas is doubly hectic. Try cramming all your Christmas shopping in 5 days. Add to that all the friends and family who want a piece of me.

Actually, there’s a third reason. And that’s the overriding commitment to not post too much inane crap on this blog. I’ve got 4 posts that I’m still in the process of writing. Yes, it’s taking a while. Yes, these posts are turning out to be painfully long. But hey, I promise that it’s not going to be about my mood for the day or what I had for breakfast.

Then again, there are only 6 of you reading my blog plus about a few thousand who found this site while looking for sex-dolls. It’s Christmas for chrissakes. Stop surfing porn.

In any case, MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!! I’ll see you in Vietnam in a few days.

*The Pope