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Life expectancy in the United States dropped again in 2016, the first time in over a half century that life expectancy declined two straight years. Death rates were up in people under 65, while down among oldsters. "Unintentional injuries" were up almost ten percent in 2016 over 2015. That includes car accidents, which have been... Read More
Marge's pill bottle says "Prozac" rather than "Vicodin," but we get the message: the last decade and a half of rising white death rates without anybody paying attention has been Trump fault's.
From the Washington Post: Look how lacking was the attention to the problem faced by African Americans that black movie stars traditionally only win a representative share of Oscars rather than more than their share. Do you realize this country went two entire years, 2015 and 2016, between black movies winning the Best Picture Oscars... Read More
From the Washington Post: U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993 By Lenny Bernstein December 8 at 12:01 AM For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year [2015] — a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the United States.... Read More
I coined the term the White Death last year when attention finally turned to a remarkable fall in life expectancy among some white populations due to the lucky coincidence of economist Angus Deaton and his wife publishing a paper on the subject just days after he was awarded the new quasi-Nobel Laureate in economics. From... Read More
From The Guardian: Is the 'Ferguson effect' real? Researcher has second thoughts ‘Some version’ of theory linking protests over police killings to increase in crime may be best explanation for increase in murders in 2015, St Louis criminologist says after deeper analysis of crime trends Lois Beckett @loisbeckett Friday 13 May 2016 16.23 EDT For... Read More
From the NYT: Unfortunately, I can't yet find this data online. Update: Commenter Drake found it here. After receiving an advance look at the data, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., expressed alarm Wednesday about the spike in murders in some major cities. Reigniting the debate over a “Ferguson effect,” he told reporters that... Read More
Via Andrew Gelman, here's a graph highlighting changes in male American mortality (all races) by year of birth. It shows a spectacular spike among later baby boomers in mortality. I've been pointing out since November that the spike in increases in deaths by (especially) drug overdose, suicide, and alcoholism seem to be centered in whites... Read More
We can ask this question about life expectancy first for people in the bottom quarter of the income distribution and then for people in the top quarter of affluence. According to Stanford economist Raj Chetty’s paper, the poor live longest where there is massive economic inequality, lots and lots of cops, and unaffordable housing: e.g.,... Read More
The New York Times' "Upshot" section has a long-running arrangement with economist Raj Chetty (who recently moved from Harvard to Stanford) to publicize his research on a vast trove of otherwise confidential IRS 1040 data without emphasizing the politically incorrect implications of his research. Chetty has now posted a new paper on life expectancies by... Read More
From the NYT:
This Super Bowl Rocket Mortgage commercial seemed to be aimed at regulators and politicians as much as borrowers. It was vaguely reminiscent of George W. Bush's speech at the 2002 White House Conference on Increasing Minority Homeownership and Angelo Mozilo's 2003 Harvard address about how Bush's regulators should get the message that old-fashioned standards on... Read More
More on the White Death: Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites NYT By GINA KOLATA and SARAH COHEN JAN. 16, 2016 538 COMMENTS Drug overdoses are driving up the death rate of young white adults in the United States to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more... Read More
The growth in death rates among whites identified in late October by Case & Deaton for 45-54 year olds is turning out to be not restricted just to middle-aged whites. This week, Andrew Gelman pointed out that the age adjusted death rate was up 9% from 1999 to 2013 among white women age 35-44 (although... Read More
And, judging by how bad the single year of age graph for 35 year olds looks, the trend should be checked in 25-34 year olds too:
Yesterday I was walking along and it occurred to me that some of the horrific change in death rates among 45-54 year American whites since the late 1990s relative to other groups in America and abroad may be due to changes over time in the average age of 45-54 year olds.
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Steve Sailer is a journalist, movie critic for Taki's Magazine, columnist, and founder of the Human Biodiversity discussion group for top scientists and public intellectuals.

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