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Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History
CJ
1/21/2018   
 
We all have our opinions about the world, and politics, and the general state of things.

But however you see things, I think there is some strong optimism about the human race in this editorial in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof.

A few excerpts:

2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity. A smaller share of the world’s people were hungry, impoverished or illiterate than at any time before. A smaller proportion of children died than ever before. The proportion disfigured by leprosy, blinded by diseases like trachoma or suffering from other ailments also fell.
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We journalists focus on bad news — we cover planes that crash, not those that take off — but the backdrop of global progress may be the most important development in our lifetime. Every day, the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty (less than about $2 a day) goes down by 217,000, according to calculations by Max Roser, an Oxford University economist who runs a website called Our World in Data (https://ourworldindata.org/). Every day, 325,000 more people gain access to electricity. And 300,000 more gain access to clean drinking water.
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As recently as the 1960s, a majority of humans had always been illiterate and lived in extreme poverty. Now fewer than 15 percent are illiterate, and fewer than 10 percent live in extreme poverty. In another 15 years, illiteracy and extreme poverty will be mostly gone. After thousands of generations, they are pretty much disappearing on our watch. Just since 1990, the lives of more than 100 million children have been saved by vaccinations, diarrhea treatment, breast-feeding promotion and other simple steps.


The entire piece is at:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/opinion/sunday/2017-progress-illiteracy-poverty.html
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1/21/2018
 
CJ
We all have our opinions about the world, and politics, and the general state of things.

But however you see things, I think there is some strong optimism about the human race in this editorial in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof.

A few excerpts:

2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity. A smaller share of the world’s people were hungry, impoverished or illiterate than at any time before. A smaller proportion of children died than ever before. The proportion disfigured by leprosy, blinded by diseases like trachoma or suffering from other ailments also fell.
...
We journalists focus on bad news — we cover planes that crash, not those that take off — but the backdrop of global progress may be the most important development in our lifetime. Every day, the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty (less than about $2 a day) goes down by 217,000, according to calculations by Max Roser, an Oxford University economist who runs a website called Our World in Data (https://ourworldindata.org/). Every day, 325,000 more people gain access to electricity. And 300,000 more gain access to clean drinking water.
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As recently as the 1960s, a majority of humans had always been illiterate and lived in extreme poverty. Now fewer than 15 percent are illiterate, and fewer than 10 percent live in extreme poverty. In another 15 years, illiteracy and extreme poverty will be mostly gone. After thousands of generations, they are pretty much disappearing on our watch. Just since 1990, the lives of more than 100 million children have been saved by vaccinations, diarrhea treatment, breast-feeding promotion and other simple steps.


The entire piece is at:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/opinion/sunday/2017-progress-illiteracy-poverty.html
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charmschool
1/21/2018   
 
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Has trump taken credit for this yet?
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1/21/2018
 
charmschool
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Has trump taken credit for this yet?
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CJ
1/23/2018   
 
charmie, i was specifically trying to post something optimistic, and you went right for the obvious play there. ~l~

there are lots of good things in there... didn't even one of them appeal to someone's hopefulness?
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1/23/2018
 
CJ
charmie, i was specifically trying to post something optimistic, and you went right for the obvious play there. ~l~

there are lots of good things in there... didn't even one of them appeal to someone's hopefulness?
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