## 2017 was the best year ever

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### 2017 was the best year ever

Columnist Nicholas Kristof looks back on the state of the world in the year that just ended and arrives at a conclusion likely to surprise many: "2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity," he writes in the New York Times. It's all about perspective, Kristof explains. Yes, American politics are a "circus," North Korea poses a scary threat, and wars and related atrocities continue to plague Syria, Yemen, Myanmar, and elsewhere. But it's important to look past the drumbeat of bad news and not lose sight of bigger-picture advancements, including: "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."

Kristof is talking about "transformational" changes taking place over years, even decades, that get lost in daily headlines, including advances in health care in third-world nations and the increasing availability of clean water and electricity. Kristof writes that he isn't blind to the very real threats the world is facing, but he suggests looking at this way: "The world is registering important progress, but it also faces mortal threats. The first belief should empower us to act on the second." Click for the full column, in which Kristof promises to return to tearing his hair out and expressing outrage at the world's troubles for the rest of the year. "But today, let's not miss what's going right."
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/opin ... pe=opinion

Pessimists and doomsayers be damned. We've got it pretty damn good.

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

Idiot. Him and you.
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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

shemp wrote:Idiot. Him and you.
That wasn't very nice.

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

So does that mean it will never be that good again?

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

Cheer up. You had a good life. The best life ever, probably. If it rains tomorrow take comfort in yesterday. Fag.

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

Here is the frightening thing.
2017 gives us something to aspire to.
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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

Rob Lister wrote:Cheer up. You had a good life. The best life ever, probably. If it rains tomorrow take comfort in yesterday. Fag.
It rained today, but that's a good thing in Los Angeles.

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

You wrote that . . .

*snicker* *snort*

No . . . wait!

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

Rob Lister wrote:Pessimists and doomsayers be damned. We've got it pretty damn good.
The Weather Channel wrote:2017 Was the Most Costly Weather Disaster Year in the United States

The $306 billion dollars in damage costs for a single year easily dethroned the previous record year which was 2005. https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2 ... -tornadoes Rob Lister Posts: 19828 Joined: Sun Jul 18, 2004 7:15 pm Title: Incipient toppler Location: Swimming in Lake Ed Has thanked: 572 times Been thanked: 579 times ### Re: 2017 was the best year ever And yet our cup runneth over. Anaxagoras Posts: 21483 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan Has thanked: 1394 times Been thanked: 1181 times ### Re: 2017 was the best year ever Rob Lister wrote: Columnist Nicholas Kristof looks back on the state of the world in the year that just ended and arrives at a conclusion likely to surprise many: "2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity," he writes in the New York Times. It's all about perspective, Kristof explains. Yes, American politics are a "circus," North Korea poses a scary threat, and wars and related atrocities continue to plague Syria, Yemen, Myanmar, and elsewhere. But it's important to look past the drumbeat of bad news and not lose sight of bigger-picture advancements, including: "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." Kristof is talking about "transformational" changes taking place over years, even decades, that get lost in daily headlines, including advances in health care in third-world nations and the increasing availability of clean water and electricity. Kristof writes that he isn't blind to the very real threats the world is facing, but he suggests looking at this way: "The world is registering important progress, but it also faces mortal threats. The first belief should empower us to act on the second." Click for the full column, in which Kristof promises to return to tearing his hair out and expressing outrage at the world's troubles for the rest of the year. "But today, let's not miss what's going right." https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/opin ... pe=opinion Pessimists and doomsayers be damned. We've got it pretty damn good. Are you happy now? What the fuck are you waiting for? Kristof: 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. Every day, 325,000 more people gain access to electricity. And 300,000 more gain access to clean drinking water.
Interesting. You can read the paper and see charts here:
https://ourworldindata.org/extreme-poverty/

217,000 per day is about 79 million per year, or roughly 1% of the world's population.
According to these household surveys, 44% of the world population lived in absolute poverty in 1981. Since then, the share of poor people in the world has declined very fast—in fact, faster than ever before in world history. In 32 years, the share of people living in extreme poverty was divided by 4, reaching levels below 11% in 2013. Although the World Bank estimates for 2015 are not yet available, the projections suggest that the incidence of extreme poverty has fallen below 10% for that year.
10% of 7 billion is about 700 million, so at that rate "extreme poverty" could be (practically speaking) ended within a decade from now.
Of course, that assumes that current trends continue.
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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

Rob Lister wrote:And yet our cup runneth over.
With floodwater, of course.

That was low. Actually I quite agree with your original quote: long term betterment, short term noise. Let's just hope the climate won't skew that betterment trend towards unpleasantness. (I'll be dust by then, so…)

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

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shemp wrote:Idiot. Him and you.
That wasn't very nice.
Sorry, I apologize, you knuckle-dragging twat.
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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

sparks made you do it, you Ass-Raping Chinaman.

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

US life expectancy also fell in 2017. It may be good for the rest of the world, but as much as I hate to admit it the US isn't the only thing in the world.
It's "pea-can", man.

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

Mentat wrote:US life expectancy also fell in 2017.
But only for the heroin addicts. Watching a show on netflix about drugs from the cops and dealers perspective it seems all the dealers cut their heroin with fentanyl now; it is a very cheap way to increase the potency after stepping on it repeatedly. They "guess" as to how much they should use and then 'survey' their clients to see if they're still alive.

Other than that, heart disease and cancer are going down slightly.

What? Do you want to live forever?

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

Doctor X wrote:sparks made you do it, you Ass-Raping Chinaman.

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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

Maybe for everyone else.

Usually, around mid December, I would have been joking that 2018 sucks already but this year I honestly couldn't because the only way that 2018 could be any worse for me than 2017 was would be for me to literally end up sleeping under an overpass or for me to be diagnosed with some form of cancer that is going to kill me slowly and painfully or some other highly unlikely but terrible event. So 2018 almost can't help but be a little better than 2017 was.

So everyone else got to have a good year. Yay for them, I guess. for me, 2017 was literally the worst year of my life and I am not saying that out of my usual pessmism. It objectively was. And I am glad to see it gone.
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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

Really back yet?
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### Re: 2017 was the best year ever

We'll see
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