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Proven Scientific Stuff Number 1: Your Health
This first item might not save the world directly, but it might help extend your life enough that you'll have time to fix all the world's problems (which I'm sure you intend to make a start on right after you've finished reading this).
Let's Start with Smoking
The independent organisation in the UK that deals with the effects of smoking is ASH (Action on Smoking and Health. Cute, huh?)
Their "fact" sheets (http://ash.org.uk/information/facts-and-stats/fact-sheets) are a joy to read, if you're a bullfact spotter.
They "prove" this by saying that a high percentage of people with psychological or stress-related problems smoke a lot.
Well, F&ˆ%$£* DUH!
Fine. So, having perused their material, it's clear that we can't trust a single word these "independent experts" say, so let's go to an official government report, instead: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB07019
In England in 2010, 20 per cent of adults reported smoking, which is similar to 2009 where 21 per cent of adults reported smoking but much lower than the 39 per cent in 1980.
OK, so the number of people smoking is still on a steady decline, as it has been for years – Hell, that ain't news (except, I suppose, when it is actually reported as news). It's just over half of what it was in 1980.
E.g. 20 is "less than", not "similar to", 21.
The difference between 20% and 21% is SEVEN-HUNDRED-THOUSAND PEOPLE!
If you want to dismiss that number of people, dismiss them one at a time – that'll keep you too busy to bullshit us for a while.
Another quote (from literally a few lines further down the page):
In 2010/11 among adults aged 35 and over, there were approximately 1.5 million hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of a disease that can be caused by smoking. The annual number of admissions has been rising steadily since 1996/97, when the number of such admissions was 1.1 million.
Have cigarettes somehow become twice as dangerous, in the last 30 years? Are they stronger, now? More tar? More nicotine?
They're bullshitting us. Do we like people bullshitting us? No, we don't like people bullshitting us!
Here is one thing that I personally can attest, regarding smoking and illness:
One of the buildings I've worked in had what is known as "sick-building syndrome", in that everyone in the building was constantly feeling under the weather, catching colds and every other disease that passed through the neighbourhood...
... Except the smokers!
The people who disappeared off to the (incredibly smokey and disgusting) smoke rooms for smoke breaks always seemed healthier and more energetic than everyone else!
But think about it, for a moment: Nicotine is a poison, remember; toxic to just about everything.
The amount you take in whilst smoking certainly won't be anywhere near enough to kill a human being, but it'll as sure as cheesecake kill a bunch of the microganisms that find their way into your mouth, throat, and lungs – and maybe even your gut and bloodstream.
So, far from being the cause af all physical and mental illnesses, and killing three times as many people as actually die, smoking can prevent minor illnesses!
Not only that, but smoking really can help reduce stress, which is one of the biggest killers and can be a major contributing factor to just about any illness.
It could always do these things, which was why it used to be advertised for doing so, before world-saviour-bullfacters decided that they had the right to lie to us.
When I myself quit smoking, I considered only the facts, and decided that the risks outweighed any benefits, for me.
The only contribution that the lies and bullfacts made to the should-I-quit-smoking decision-making process was that they made me:
See the great results that bullshitting people gets?
How about Injuries at Work?
How many people suffer injuries each year whist struggling to bring home the bacon to feed their families, pay the mortgage, etc? Well, quite a few, actually; thousands, even.
Here's a little pyramid that shows workplace-related injuries per annum in the UK:
That's really terrible, when you think of it. You have to work, to provide for your loved ones and yourself, and it's really awful that so many jobs carry risks to your health and wellbeing. We just want to do our work and take home our pay; we don't want to be part of the 148.
Oh, but bear in mind that:
... And I Guess that we can Suppose that Maybe one or two People Might get a Little Hurt while Playing Sport
Unfortunately, I can't find a pyramid (like the one above) for sports injuries in the UK, but I did find one for the EU, so multiply the numbers in the UK pyramid by about a dozen, and it should be more or less equivalent, no?
Here's the EU sports-injury pyramid:
W! T! A! F!?
That's almost four times as many deaths as work-related ones!
These aren't deaths that occurred while people were driving trucks for too many hours a day, nor while demolishing buildings, nor while operating dangerous machinery, nor chasing bank robbers, nor defusing bombs!
These deaths came about while the victims were playing with F&ˆ%$£* balls!
And look at the second row of each pyramid:
21,000 "minor injuries reported by employers" v 30,000 Disabilities!
That's like "John slipped and stuck a thumbtack in his finger" v "Sally will spend the rest of her life in a F&ˆ%$£* wheelchair!"
So here they're using the other side of the bullfact coin – pretending all the time that doing sport is fantastic for you, and ignoring/hiding the fact that it is pretty damned likely to either kill you or maim you for life!
Here's a little experiment you can try: See how many people you can ask before one of them admits to having a permanent scar or "twinge" caused by sports. I shall be quite surprised if you make it as far as five.
The Conclusion is Clear
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