This also brings up the question of whether the society will have to stop reporting the numbers in the future - that 8000 odd count is starting to kind of smell, isn't it?
Yes it is! This very point was the one that made me perk up and begin to smell the coffee. I cut my apostate teeth on this issue and trying to make any sense out of how 90+ year olds quit dying in the mid 1980's within the ranks of the annointed.
It is now two decades that the number has not fallen but a few dozen.