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  • Now You Can't Trust Anyone Over 60

    12/06/2013 12:20:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    A gift of days with the extended family stretching from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday inevitably invites reflection on the fields of folly where we find the rising generations at work and play. Youth, beautiful in its blossoming, arrives with predictable attitude, often illustrated by various piercings and tattoos. They're adolescents forever in search of a way to make the "meaningful" statement, as elusive as the maturity that lies ahead. Babies, naturally, are exempt from criticism, gurgling and sucking their thumbs, blissfully unaware that the Brobdingnags around them are blowing their inheritance on big-government deficits. But as the seniors say, leaving...
  • Study: Conservative baby boom will shift nation further right

    10/16/2013 5:22:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 16, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    A baby boom among conservatives could push the nation's politics further right in the coming decades, especially since liberals aren't having as many children, according to a new study of online dating habits of conservatives and liberals. The study featured in a Harvard University Shorenstein Center review of recent surveys released Tuesday on how political polarization of the nation is impacting Washington's budget talks is the first to challenge left-leaning pundits who have claimed that as the white population shrinks, the GOP will become marginalized. Instead, the study in the authoritative journal Political Behavior, conducted by scholars from Brown and...
  • The New Normal: Baby Boomer Tribal Communities - Obama's vision for your retirement

    11/19/2012 11:20:58 AM PST · by hope_dies_last · 28 replies
    Trib Total Media ^ | September 17, 2012 | Craig Smith
    A generation of Americans who embraced communal living in the 1960s is again considering that concept and other ways to coexist as they near retirement. This time, they’ve traded peace signs for dollar signs. “By force of sheer volume, the (baby boomers) who in 1968 thought they would change the world by 2028 actually will,” said Andrew Carle, founding director of the Program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Over the next three decades, one in five U.S. citizens will turn 65 or older, Carle said. They’ll control more than half of the discretionary income,...
  • PICKET: Ryan's generation x-cellent

    08/11/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT · by paltz · 31 replies
    The Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 8/11/12 | Kerry Picket
    Born in 1970, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is the first generation X’er to be on a national ticket. Since the 1990’s my fellow generation Xer’s have been an often overlooked group of individuals compared to the older and much larger generation of baby boomers and the World War II generation. We’ve been called slackers, baby busters, cynical, skeptical, angry and indifferent among other descriptions. However, is this really the case now? Forty percent of generation X’ers are from families whose parents divorced. Many became known as “latch key children.” The Bergen County Record reported in 1995: More than...
  • As boomers wrinkle (The most troublesome age group still has some last fireworks up its sleeve)

    12/30/2010 7:08:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies · 17+ views
    The Economist ^ | 12/29/2010
    FROM the moment they entered the workforce in the 1960s, baby-boomers began to shape America’s economy and politics. They will do the same as they leave. The first of the estimated 78m Americans born between 1946 and 1964 turn 65 in 2011, the normal age for retirement. As their ranks swell in coming years, the burden of financing their retirement will mount. So will their electoral importance. Retiring boomers will squeeze the economy from two directions. The number of people enrolled in Medicare (federally funded health care, available from the age of 65) will grow from 47m in 2010 to...
  • Call Me Irresponsible?

    08/17/2010 11:01:47 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 38 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 17, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    While baby boomers are still the driving force that controls America’s cultural and spending habits, when it comes to preferred methods of communication, they are pathetically out of the loop. These days, phone calls are “out” and texting is “in,” which can create another area of tension between parents and their 18 to 34 year old millennial offspring, according to the Washington Post. Young people say it’s a control thing – but it’s more likely a new media thing. The view among those 18 to 34-year-olds in the Facebook and Twitter set is that making a phone call is invading...
  • Why More Immigrants Are an Answer to the Coming Boomer Entitlement Mess

    04/12/2010 1:10:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 105 replies · 1,743+ views
    LA Progressive ^ | 12 April 2010 | Robert Reich
    we boomers have a lot to be worried about because most of us plan to retire in a few years and Social Security and Medicare are on the way to going bust. I should know because I used to be a trustee of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Those of you who are younger than we early boomers have even more to be worried about because if those funds go bust they won’t be there when you’re ready to retire. It’s already starting to happen. This year Social Security will pay out more in benefits than it receives...
  • Older workers keeping young adults out of jobs

    04/07/2010 10:18:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 102 replies · 1,924+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/7/10 | Lucia Mutikani
    Young adults in the United States are being squeezed out of the labor force as older workers either delay retirement or seek jobs to rebuild nest eggs destroyed by the recession, a study showed on Wednesday. The size of the labor force fell 6.3 percent for young workers, but increased 8.5 percent for workers 55 years and older between December 2007 and January 2010, according to the study by the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
  • 'Generation O' ("Obama Baby Boom")

    07/27/2009 8:20:49 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 25 replies · 1,172+ views
    the Washington Times ^ | 7/27/09 | Jennifer Harper
    Cara and Jamie Vernon have begun the "Obama baby boom " - a phenomenon the press predicted would begin nine months after President Obama was elected. It's a girl.
  • The Case for Depression, Part 3: Demographics

    07/21/2009 2:31:28 PM PDT · by arthurus · 12 replies · 641+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | july 20,2009 | Moses Kim
    It's no secret that different age groups have different spending patterns. Younger people are a drag on economic growth since they consume a great deal but don't produce. In other words, they exacerbate inflation since they increase demand and reduce supply for goods. On the other hand, middle aged people are high earners, producers, and spenders. They tend to moderate inflation and prop up asset prices. Peak spending occurs on average at age 48. Spending patterns resemble a bell curve, so beyond this age, spending tapers as people save for retirement.
  • This Boomer Isn't Going to Apologize

    06/19/2009 10:46:38 AM PDT · by Daveinyork · 56 replies · 1,743+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 19, 2009 | STEPHEN MOORE
    Last weekend I attended my niece's high-school graduation from an upscale prep school in Washington, D.C. These are supposed to be events filled with joy, optimism and anticipation of great achievements. But nearly all the kids who stepped to the podium dutifully moaned about how terrified they are of America's future -- yes, even though Barack Obama, whom they all worship and adore, has brought "change they can believe in." A federal judge gave the commencement address and proceeded to denounce the sorry state of the nation that will be handed off to them. The enemy, he said, is the...
  • Sex Ed Is Failing In America

    03/19/2009 12:13:45 PM PDT · by Petro · 21 replies · 732+ views
    Obviously, the progressive viewpoint of providing sex education in our schools and the movement towards handing out birth control isn't working. And why should it? We've got an educational system in this country that can't teach the basics of reading and math, and somehow, we expect that same system to do a good job in teaching sex ed?
  • In Obama, many see an end to the baby boomer era (Barf Alert!)

    01/12/2009 9:56:37 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 71 replies · 1,301+ views
    NEW YORK-When George W. Bush lifts off in his helicopter on Inauguration Day, leaving Washington to make way for Barack Obama, he may not be the only thing disappearing on the horizon. To a number of social analysts, historians, bloggers and ordinary Americans, Jan.20 will symbolize the passing of an entire generation: the baby boomer years.
  • Britain's generous welfare system 'has created benefits baby boom'

    12/22/2008 8:38:42 AM PST · by libh8er · 27 replies · 1,035+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec 22, 2008 | Steve Doughty
    Increases in social security benefits has produced a baby boom among poor families, Government-sponsored research showed today. Tax credits and big increases in means-tested state payments have resulted in 45,000 extra babies a year - around one in 15 of all children born. And it found that young women with the least education stopped using contraception after the benefits were pushed up because they were trying to get pregnant. The findings mean that Gordon Brown's benefit reforms now stand alongside immigration as the main reason why the number of babies born in Britain is going up. They also signal that...
  • US on verge of another Baby Boom?

    07/19/2008 4:17:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 63 replies · 334+ views
    New York, July 18 (PTI) More babies were born in the United States last year than any other year in history, pointing to a potential start of a new baby boom like the one that followed World War II. A record number of 4,315,000 babies were born in the US last year, nearly the double of those born a century ago, the National Centre for Health Statistics said. "It's a record, and it's a particularly interesting record because the year it beats is 1957, which was the height of the baby boom," Robert Engelman, author of "More: Population, Nature and...
  • Military bases see a baby boom

    07/25/2007 12:46:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 762+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/25/07 | Kristan M. Hall - ap
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Army Spc. John Luckey and his wife, Kerry, already had five children and no plans for more when he came home from a year's duty in Iraq. But there was romance in the California air when the entire family went on a vacation to see the giant redwoods. Nine months later, Kerry Luckey gave birth to a daughter, EmLee Rae. Apparently many military couples at Fort Campbell celebrated like the Luckeys when about 20,000 soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division came home last fall, because the military hospital here is now seeing a baby boom. The...
  • Nine months on, World Cup scorers spark German baby boom

    04/29/2007 9:49:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies · 868+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday, April 28, 2007 | Kate Connolly
    German politicians have been trying to improve the nation's flagging birthrate for years. The answer, it seems, lies not in childcare subsidies or school places but in a successfully staged World Cup, with a bit of good weather thrown in. Nine months after the Uefa World Cup it is German midwives who are having to be on the ball as the country celebrates an unprecedented baby boom, being attributed to the euphoria of last summer, when the team performed well and the nation basked in a successful tournament. A survey by Die Zeit shows that in some parts the birthrate...
  • HAPPINESS SPARKED HORMONE RUSH: Germany's World Cup Baby Boom

    02/23/2007 5:46:32 AM PST · by wolf78 · 5 replies · 330+ views
    SPIEGEL Online ^ | February 21, 2007 | dpa/hessicher rundfunk/cro
    Last summer's mix of sun, beer and excitement during the football World Cup appears to have produced a massive hormone rush in German bedrooms, gardens and back alleys. Nine months on, birth clinics across the country that hosted the tournament are reporting a much-needed baby boom. The football World Cup from June 9 to July 9 last year appears to have sparked a baby boom in the host country Germany, where hospitals are reporting a marked rise in imminent births nine months after the tournament, remembered here as a month-long fairy-tale of sunshine, parties and soccer success. The head of...
  • Hong Kong's Baby Boom (Expectant Chinese Travel to Dodge One-Child Policy)

    02/04/2007 10:39:57 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies · 676+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 5, 2007 | GEOFFREY A. FOWLER and JUYING QIN
    HONG KONG -- In China, longstanding family-planning policies limit most urban families to just one child. But that didn't stop a 31-year-old merchant named Ms. Li: Two weeks ago, she gave birth to her second child here in the former British colony of Hong Kong, a 10-hour bus ride from Ms. Li's home in Fujian province. Hong Kong maintains separate government records from the rest of China, so Ms. Li's newborn son won't count toward her family's quota. "I wanted to have a second child to keep my daughter company," says Ms. Li, who asked to be identified only by...
  • The Decline Of Civic Maturity

    01/05/2007 6:11:59 PM PST · by presidio9 · 15 replies · 653+ views
    CBS News ^ | Jan. 4, 2007 | Dick Meyer.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In the traditional seasons of American civic life, January is the time new governments are planted. A president is inaugurated every four years, in January. A new Congress is sworn in every two years, in January. A president addresses the state of the union most every year, in January. It is the time when the victors and rulers, not the mere campaigners, tell their stories and give their accountings to citizens, not voters. I was taken back 30 years, to the January of 1977, by Jimmy Carter's eulogy for the president he vanquished, Gerald Ford. Carter poetically ended his...
  • Katrina Begets a Baby Boom by Immigrants

    12/10/2006 8:13:31 PM PST · by Ellesu · 19 replies · 945+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | 12/11/06 | EDUARDO PORTER
    NEW ORLEANS — First came the storm. Then came the workers. Now comes the baby boom. In the latest twist to the demographic transformation of New Orleans since it was swamped by Hurricane Katrina last year, hundreds of babies are being born to Latino immigrant workers, both legal and illegal, who flocked to the city to toil on its reconstruction. The throng of babies gurgling in the handful of operational maternity wards here has come as a big surprise — and a financial strain — to this historically black and white city, which before the hurricane had only a small...
  • As Europe Grows Grayer, France Devises a Baby Boom

    10/18/2006 2:09:54 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies · 1,147+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, October 18, 2006 | Molly Moore
    JUMEAUVILLE, France -- When the municipal day-care center ran out of space because of a local baby boom, the town government gave Maylis Staub and her husband $200 a month to defray the cost of a "maternal assistant" to care for their two children. When Staub delivered twins last December -- her third and fourth children -- the nation not only increased their tax deductions and child allowances, the government-owned French train system offered 40 percent discounts off tickets for the parents and the children until they reach their 18th birthdays. "The government favors families a lot," said Staub, 35,...
  • The Netroots' Iraq Advantage (McGovernites enjoyed much less popular support than that ilk Today)

    08/20/2006 11:02:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 355+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 8/21/2006 | David Hogberg
    Most conservative commentators have heralded Ned Lamont's victory as the solidification of far left's grip on the Democratic Party. Lamont's victory "defined the Democratic Party as a vigorous, motivated, organized force that is...completely out of touch with mainstream America," claimed Kathleen Parker. "Today, the Democratic Party is, simply, a McGovernite party," said Jonah Goldberg. "That is where the passion and the money are. But, nedrenaline addicts beware: That is not necessarily where the voters are." The reasoning goes that Lamont's win means that Democrats have succumbed to the McGovern thinking of "Come Home America." This spells disaster for the Democrats...
  • US sees ethnic minority baby boom

    05/10/2006 6:06:20 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 4 replies · 467+ views
    BBC ^ | May 10, 2006
    Nearly half of American children aged under five are from an ethnic minority, according to a new report from the US Census Bureau. The latest figures show 45% of US pre-schoolers are non-white, with the Latino population growing the fastest. Of the overall US population, one-third are now from an ethnic minority. The report comes amid a series of huge immigrant demonstrations protesting against tough anti-immigration measures being considered by the US government. Immigrant increase In 2005 the minority population was 98 million, 33% of the 296.4 million people in the US, the census agency said. These mid-decade numbers provide...
  • US sees ethnic minority baby boom

    05/10/2006 1:39:11 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 66 replies · 1,321+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 10, 2006
    Nearly half of American children aged under five are from an ethnic minority, according to a new report from the US Census Bureau. The latest figures show 45% of US pre-schoolers are non-white, with the Latino population growing the fastest. Of the overall US population, one-third are now from an ethnic minority. The report comes amid a series of huge immigrant demonstrations protesting against tough anti-immigration measures being considered by the US government. Immigrant increaseIn 2005 the minority population was 98 million, 33% of the 296.4 million people in the US, the census agency said. Latinos are the largest minority,...
  • Conservative Baby Boom, Liberal Baby Bust

    03/17/2006 10:02:54 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 46 replies · 1,358+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 03/17/2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Conservative Baby Boom, Liberal Baby Bust In a trend that’s found worldwide as well as in the U.S., liberals are much less likely to have children than conservatives. That trend "augers a far more conservative future — one in which patriarchy and other traditional values make a comeback, if only by default,” Phillip Longman, a fellow at the New America Foundation, writes in an essay in USA Today. "Childlessness and small families are increasingly the norm today among progressive secularists. As a consequence, an increasing share of all children born into the world are descended from a share of the...
  • (Vanity) Whither the Economy?

    02/08/2006 10:53:43 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 29 replies · 1,685+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 02-08-2006 | grey_whiskers
    There has been a good deal of speculation about the state of the US economy lately. Which way are interest rates headed, now that Bernake has replaced Greenspan at the Fed? Will the housing bubble burst or just leak slowly? What will be the influence of the tensions in Iran? While all of these questions are challenging, and may present the opportunity for a quick strike, they are still among the easiest of all economic questions. Why? Because they are short term questions. If we just wait six months or a year, the answers will have already happened. Instead of...
  • Networking: Capturing baby boomers' knowledge

    12/12/2005 11:04:14 AM PST · by 2Jim_Brown · 11 replies · 343+ views
    UPI ^ | December 12, 2005 | UPI
    CHICAGO, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A third of the aging baby-boom generation employees of Bruce Power, Canada's private nuclear power producer, are poised to retire in the coming years, taking decades of insights into complex nuclear reactor systems and steam generators with them. Like many other employers of sophisticated technical talent, the energy company is hoping to retain some of those insider perceptions through so-called knowledge networks, software and hardware solutions to capture, and keep, the vital information, experts tell United Press International's Networking. By Gene Koprowski
  • The Vice Guide To Killing Yout Parents -re: Baby Boomers; title is satire like A Modest Proposal

    10/10/2005 8:08:11 PM PDT · by weegee · 14 replies · 1,217+ views
    Vice Magaznine ^ | Oct 2005 | Vice Editors
    Before we bust out the .50 caliber rifles and start shooting people from a mile away it’s important to know exactly who we’re talking about. Your parents, the baby boomers, are between 40 and 60 years old. They “stopped a war.” They “can’t remember the 60s” and they ruined everything for every generation to come. Though their politics were knee-jerk liberal 25 years ago, today they combine the worst of both parties. They pretend to be Democrats but secretly vote Republican at the last second so they don’t have to pay taxes on the incredible amount of income they’ve accrued...
  • The Generation Gap (Social Security)

    05/17/2005 1:27:17 PM PDT · by weegee · 82 replies · 1,455+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | 23 May 2005 | Lou Dobbs
    I'm feeling a little guilty these days. in fact, President Bush sometimes makes me feel awful. He and I both hail from Texas, we've both been Republicans, and we're about the same age. But he's constantly reminding all of us baby boomers that when we first started working each of us was 1 of nearly 7 workers paying Social Security taxes for every retiree. By the time we retire, however, there will only be two workers supporting each of us. As we say in Texas, that ain't right. But I do wish the president, with a lot of heavy burdens...
  • Docs: Hurricanes Behind Florida Baby Boom

    05/13/2005 1:09:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies · 711+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 05-13-2005 | Staff
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Some doctors are attributing a recent baby boom in Florida (search) to the three hurricanes that hit the Sunshine State last summer. One health official says there are more than twice the number of parents-to-be in her birthing class. And another says she has 51 expectant mothers due this month and 43 more due in June, up from an average of about 30 per month. One set of parents admits that the numbers are no coincidence. The couple says it, too, was stuck at home with no electricity and ended up getting pregnant.
  • "Svorsk" baby boom (Norway)

    04/16/2005 3:07:50 PM PDT · by franksolich · 6 replies · 258+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 15, 2005 | not specified
    "Svorsk" baby boomWhile Norway may be experiencing a swell of national pride and heightened rivalry in the centennial year of independence from Sweden, the citizenry have warmer feelings that ever.The number of children born to Swedish-Norwegian (svensk-norsk or "svorsk") couples has risen 128 percent from 1990 to 2004, according to figures Statistics Norway (SSB) has prepared for newspaper VG.At the beginning of 2005 there were 24,648 persons in Norway who were the result of a union between a Norwegian and a Swede, and 12,369 of these were under the age of 18.In 1990 the comparable figures were 10,794 and 7,201....
  • Blair Attacks "Swinging 60's" (Not-Dreaming-This Alert)

    07/19/2004 9:47:04 AM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 58 replies · 2,190+ views
    This is London ^ | 7/19/2004 | Joe Murphy and Ben Leapman
    Tony Blair today launched an extraordinary attack on the decline of the traditional family and the rise of "different lifestyles". In a speech which risked a backlash from single parents' groups and Labour MPs, the Prime Minister said the culture of the "Swinging Sixties" was partly to blame for crime and social breakdown. "A society of different lifestyles spawned a group of young people who were brought up without parental discipline, without proper role models and without any sense of responsibility to others," said Mr Blair. "All of this was then multiplied in effect by the economic and social changes...
  • Having Babies Seen As 'Patriotic Duty'

    05/12/2004 8:35:03 AM PDT · by qam1 · 43 replies · 1,480+ views
    CNS News ^ | 5/12/04 | Patrick Goodenough
    Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - The Australian government is risking the ire of population-control advocates by urging -- and offering incentives for -- citizens to have more children. Announcing the conservative government's federal budget, Treasurer Peter Costello, the minister responsible for economic and fiscal policy, unveiled a "family-friendly" $13.3-billion package that for five years starting in June will pay couples $2,000 for each new baby born. The budget also made provision for maternity payments, family tax credits and an increase in the number of subsidized after-school childcare places. Costello, widely regarded as a prime ministerial hopeful when John Howard finally...
  • You’re Messing With the Wrong Generation (Quintuple Barf Alert!)

    03/12/2004 6:50:55 AM PST · by qam1 · 279 replies · 1,085+ views
    Op Ed News ^ | 3/11/04 | Becky Burgwin
    We were born at the end of World War II to a generation that had just won a war against pure evil. We were their hope for a brighter future. The forbearers of a new era. An era of peace and prosperity. An era of fun. We had hula-hoops, silly putty, slinkies and slip 'n slides. We ate Spaghetti-o's, Alphabits, TV dinners and Spam. We watched Ed Sullivan, I Love Lucy, The Flintstones and American Bandstand. We witnessed the first manned space flight and prayed for Apollo 13. We saw a man step onto the moon and suffered through the...
  • Boomer Bishops on the Rise (All Christians)

    10/21/2003 4:28:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 126+ views
    e3mil.com ^ | 10/20/03 | Terry Mattingly
    Some of the lessons Father Kevin Martin learned in seminary have faded with time, but he remembers when the future Episcopal priests were taken to see Catherine Deneuve play a Paris prostitute in the soft-porn “Belle de Jour.” The late 1960s were heady times at Yale University’s Berkeley Divinity School, he said. The sexual revolution inspired people in clerical collars to do things that, today, would turn a sexual-harassment attorney into a pillar of salt. “It was the spirit of the day,” said Martin, who leads a renewal group called Vital Church Ministries near Dallas. “We were supposed to be...
  • Toronto Mayor Predicts Baby Boom, Slams Candles

    08/15/2003 11:01:09 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 6 replies · 166+ views
    reuters ^ | 08/15/03 | reuters
    Mayor Predicts Baby Boom, Slams Candles 1 hour, 10 minutes ago Add Oddly Enough - Reuters to My Yahoo! TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman predicted on Friday that a surge in births may be seen in nine months after the blackout that struck Canada's largest city, but he advised citizens against using candles in any get-togethers in the dark. "I guess in nine months we're going to see the biggest baby boom we've ever seen," Lastman told a news conference on Friday, responding to the state of emergency in the city. It is widely believed that the birth...
  • French obstetricians stop work amid boom in births

    01/08/2003 12:13:39 AM PST · by TheMole · 13 replies · 223+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday January 2, 2003 | Jon Henley
    In the midst of a baby boom of postwar proportions, the first French newborns of 2003 were delivered safely yesterday despite a strike by more than half the country's obstetricians. "Local authorities around the country have put emergency procedures into action, and so far we have managed to avoid any major dramas," a health ministry spokesman said. "But it is hardly a happy new year for expectant mothers." Obstetricians in private maternity clinics, which delivered more than 45% of the near-record 771,000 babies born in France last year, had warned earlier this week that they would stop work from midnight...