The 14-year-old boy accused – but not yet convicted – of marijuana possession in Bali will be moved to the notorious Kerobokan prison where Schapelle Corby and the Bali 9 are housed. The lead prosecutor in the case said he would be separated from other prisoners while they decide ‘what to do with him’. It could still be a week, at least, before charges are tabled in the courts.
That’s a lot earlier than March next year as predicted at one stage. Rod Tiffen broke down exactly what this means over the weekend, and said it best: “It took thousands of years – from prehistory to 1960 – for humankind to reach 3 billion. But then it took only 39 years – to 1999 – to add the next 3 billion. And now it has taken just 12 more years to move from 6 to 7 billion. Growth has been so rapid that the US Population Reference Bureau estimates that about 5 per cent of all the people who have ever lived are living now.”
The Dean of Medicine at the University of New South Wales says the first drugs that would drastically slow the ageing process will become available in about 10 years, allowing anyone born then to live until they are 150 years old … or even older. He said a girl born today could ‘reasonably’ expect to live until she were 100 or more, with advances in medicine and technology. But growing older by itself isn’t exactly a plus. It has to be healthy and wortwhile … do you think it could be, would you want to?