Interesting times

Are you not entertained?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in Weimar Germany, see the Turks topple the walls of Constantinople or witness one of the gargantuan Chinese wars?

The old Chinese saying is, ‘May you live in interesting times.’ Their history tends to oscillate between centuries of not much happening and decades so terrible that the population plummets by millions. The boring times are better.

But you have to admit, interesting times are interesting.

The clownish decline of the West, so hilarious back in 2014, is now disturbingly real. But still clownish.

You can’t complain that there’s nothing in the news. The official news, of course, is full of rubbish but even those lies are funny in their own way. As to actual events, they are insane.

You could have lived in a sleepy Mesopotamian century where nothing changed at all, or in an Amazonian village cut off from the world, or in a dusty outback town where the most exciting thing that ever happened was the arrival of the first motor car.

Instead you live here, now.

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The untold catastrophe and how to stop it

Do you know the leading cause of death in the world?

It isn’t war. It isn’t cancer. It isn’t accidents, murder or suicide.

It is heart disease.

In 2019 alone, 659,041 Americans died of heart disease.

Globally, about 18 million people die of cardiovascular disease every year.

That’s a Holocaust every four months.

In terms of sheer numbers, it is the greatest catastrophe in human history.

In the US alone, heart disease takes as many lives as 990 September 11th attacks every year, or 275 Pearl Harbours, or almost the entire American Civil War – the bloodiest in United States history.

Across the world, as many people die of heart disease every four years as died in World War II.

And yet we ignore the problem.

It is morally imperative that we take action.

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The biggest story in the world?

I mentioned this story recently in a Dark Side but it needs more attention.

Long quote:

Within just a few generations, human sperm counts may decline to levels below those considered adequate for fertility. That’s the alarming claim made in epidemiologist Shanna Swan’s new book, Countdown, which assembles a raft of evidence to show that the sperm count of western men has plunged by more than 50 per cent in less than 40 years.

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Infection fatality rate

We all learned a bit of epidemiological jargon over the last year, hey?

The term ‘infection fatality rate’ means:

. . . the proportion of deaths among all infected individuals, including all asymptomatic and undiagnosed subjects. It is closely related to the CFR [case fatality rate], but attempts to additionally account for inapparent infections among healthy people.

The case fatality rate means the death rate among those diagnosed with the disease and will necessarily be higher than the IFR.

I wanted to know: overall, if you get infected with Covid, what are your chances of survival? I saw a big argument about this online with some saying it was way over 1% and some saying it was way less.

Let’s get to the bottom of it.

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