This is somewhere between truth and hyperbole, sadly, probably closer to truth

To be very crude and brutal about it the modal method of death across history probably was a small child shitting itself away and into the grave.

15 thoughts on “This is somewhere between truth and hyperbole, sadly, probably closer to truth”

  1. I remember Kimball tags in Owen & Owen in the 70’s so Wallmart weren’t the first to use warehouse management via POS.

    The provision of clean drinking water and the separation of clean and waste water solve for 60% of child mortality in third world regions and is cheap to do (infrastructure and education), the rest solves itself because parents can afford vaccinations/medicines etc. when they are not wasting resources on children destined to die.

    Full traceability has been available on all MilSpec kit since forever (eg. a figure 8 on a bolt head), Blockchain has the capability to extend that traceability to other walks of life.

    The problem with extending full traceability outside of the niche is the black market in substituted goods.

  2. Dunno.

    Listening to report on Radio about women in Niger having an average of 7.2 children each I can’t help thinking that if we don’t put as much thought into not having kids in the first place as we do into keeping them alive once they are here the planet’s fucked anyway.

    Easiest way to reduce pollution by half would be to reduce the population by half.

    Maybe work like buggery to keep the first born in each family alive and the rest can fend for themselves.

  3. For the very poor a plastic bottle is a life saver. Fill it with even contaminated water, leave it on the roof of your shack for a few days and 90% of the bacteria will be gone by the UV.
    Not perfect, but better.

  4. Maritime Barbarian

    BIF – especially at altitude in Asia. That’s common in Afghanistan, I heard from a woman who worked there.

  5. AndrewC,

    children are their pension fund, if the fund is under performing more assets must be invested to provide the required return.

    Child mortality rate was 335 per thousand in1985 (UK was 11)
    Child mortality rate was 95 in 2015 (UK was 4)

    Ooh look, Total Fertility Rate in Niger is falling (who could have predicted that)

  6. ‘The world be a worse place if Richard Murphy had shat himself death in the early months of his life.’ Discuss.

  7. the modal method of death across history probably was a small child shitting itself away and into the grave

    That’s an unverifiable and poorly defined assertion inelegantly expressed.

  8. @BobRocket

    A few minutes googling and i find that the average fertility rate in Niger in 1960 was 7.42 births per woman. In 2015 it was 7.57.

    It’s remained virtually unchanged in 50 years.

    What was that about pension funds? Must be a lot of rich pensioners in Niger at the moment.

  9. Although I see it was 7.63 in 1985 so maybe you are on to something. Perhaps we just now need to explain the concept of Ponzi schemes?

  10. “Ooh look, Total Fertility Rate in Niger is falling (who could have predicted that)” BobRocket

    It’s weird, isn’t it, the internet. On it people argue by saying things. It doesn’t seem to matter if they are true or not. The fertility rate in Niger clearly isn’t falling. It’s been around 7.5 per woman for as long as they’ve been recording it.

    “children are their pension fund”

    I’ve heard that before but does it make any sense at all? Children are born because men and women have sex. Are they really thinking “this is a worthwhile investment in my future pension” as they bang away? In 1960 average life expectancy in Niger was under 40. Was anyone at all thinking about old age in those days? “hmm, I’m having problems feeding the 4 children I’ve got and some of them might die so I’d best have another 3 just in case I actually live long enough to need their support which they probably won’t be able to give me as they’ll have 8 children of their own by then anyway”?

    Has the survival rates of children had any impact at all on what people are thinking as they shag? Stats suggest not.

    What used to happen was ;

    Shag; children; most die

    Then it became

    Shag; children; some die

    And now it is;

    Shag; children; few die.

    The first two seem to carry on regardless and the third is the result of the West’s efforts.

  11. Followed the link from Tim’s article to Roger Aitken’s. His usage of punctuation is very unique.

    (He also appears to have stitched together a couple of press releases. Quite badly, from the looks of things).

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