Stu, my learned friend, I have no problem with you perhaps not agreeing with my post but I think there really is no need to call it 'about the stupidest comment you have read on the forum'. The writer of the said post might just take that the wrong way and find your comments somewhat insulting. But lets move on....
As far as my source goes, it's an article that appeared in the last issue of Flight Internation (a leading aerospace magazine, you may have heard of it ?) . I have merely summarized the article in my post above. The conference I was talking about was the Flight Internation Crew Management conference, held in Amsterdam on the 25th and 26th of March (you didn't honestly think I would mention some fictitious conference, would you?)
As far as my first paragraph contradicting my last, well, not really. I was merely being more detailed. In the first paragraph I said that airlines were getting less people, which (I know) isn't actually true, they are getting less good people. The net result being the same.
Hoping to have sufficiently answered your queries concerning my post I shall now move on to other, more interesting, things.