Didn't Obama ad-Dajjal promise us hope? It looks like he was wrong about that, too:
Death awaits all of us, but how patiently? To unlock the mystery of when we’re going to die, start with an actuary.
Specializing in the study of risk and uncertainty, members of this 200-year-old profession pore over the data of death to estimate the length of life. Putting aside the spiritual, that’s crucial information for insurance companies and pension plans, and it’s also helpful for planning retirement, since we need our money to last as long we do.
The latest, best guesses for U.S. lifespans come from a study released this month by the Society of Actuaries: The average 65-year-old American man should die a few months short of his 86th birthday, while the average 65-year-old woman gets an additional two years, barely missing age 88.
This new data turns out to be a disappointment. Over the past several years, the health of Americans has deteriorated - particularly that of middle-aged non-Hispanic whites. Among the culprits are drug overdoses, suicide, alcohol poisoning, and liver disease, according to a Princeton University study issued in December.
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If you recall, something similar happened to Russians following the collapse of the USSR, only their decline was far more dramatic:
Between 1976 and 1991, the last sixteen years of Soviet power, the country recorded 36 million births. In the sixteen post-Communist years of 1992–2007, there were just 22.3 million, a drop in childbearing of nearly 40 percent from one era to the next. On the other side of the life cycle, a total of 24.6 million deaths were recorded between 1976 and 1991, while in the first sixteen years of the post-Communist period the Russian Federation tallied 34.7 million deaths, a rise of just over 40 percent. The symmetry is striking: in the last sixteen years of the Communist era, births exceeded deaths in Russia by 11.4 million; in the first sixteen years of the post-Soviet era, deaths exceeded births by 12.4 million.
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If one looks behind the numbers, the US is in a better position than post-Soviet Russia. There are LOTS of new people streaming into the US, and they should easily make up for what would otherwise be a die-off.
By the way, the common factor in post-Soviet and post-USA demographics seems to be that so-called Caucasians are the ones who are dying out. Was this change intentional? It sure looks that way to me.
But, of course, that would be genocide, and such a thing is illegal (except in the region once known as Palestine).