Friday, September 15, 2023

The Greatest Source of Unnecessary Suffering

Curt Smith's (Tears for Fears) cameos on Psych

Psych is a great show - fun but not stupid, and not depressing.
Dule Hill is in that and The West Wing!

Roadrunner on our wall.

Even though he is shockingly dishonest regarding climate change, David Wallace-Wells rightly notes:

Recently I came across perhaps the most mind-bending chart about the pandemic I’d seen over three-plus years. Originally published two years ago in The British Medical Journal, it shows how Covid affected age-standardized mortality in England and Wales.

At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, there was a dramatic spike in age-standardized mortality. For men, the increase was 14.6 percent, according to the Office for National Statistics; for women, 11.9 percent...

That jump ... only brought age-standardized mortality to the level it had been in the year 2008, meaning that, correcting for age, the English and the Welsh were no more likely to die in 2020, in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime global health crisis, than they were 12 years before, in what did not seem like a particularly deadly year at the time....

The mortality setbacks of 2020 looked smaller than the apparent gains of the previous 20 years — and not just in England and Wales. Across much of Western Europe and North America, even the horrible pandemic peaks only brought age-standardized death rates as high as they were in normal-seeming years around the turn of the millennium. 

As I try to emphasize in Losing, the world is so much better than ever before for the average human being, contrary to the general narrative, especially from liberals.

I honestly think that doomers (like Wallace-Wells) may well be the greatest cause of absolutely unnecessary human suffering in the West today.

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