Sunday, May 21, 2006

Food For Thought


Thanks to Radley Balko for the heads up on the cartoon.

14 Comments:

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure I "get it."

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Oh come on now, anon. Two cave men wondering how it is that they're doing everything politically correct by 21st century standards, yet they're still dying by age 30.

Then, to go one step further, you're supposed to wonder, if everything's so dangerous and the environment is degrading to where it's endangering our health, why is it that life expectancies are over twice what they were in the cave man days?

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

Let's see caveman/woman probably didn't live in a city like setting,so when diseaes came about they were unprepared.Just walking through old town on any day you encounter hundreds of viruses,but our bodies have adapted the necessary immunities to fight them off.Yeah sure, we'll get hit with a batch of some bad stuff that our bodies aren't ready for:black plague,inluenza,etc,but its bound to happen,and our bodies adapt to the virus fairly quicklike.Even nowadays,a common flu strain floating around San Francisco could devastate any village in say Borneo for example.

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger Fred said...

That may be true, but I think the bottom line is...TECHNOLOGY; we can treat and even cure diseases that people would have died from even one hundred years ago.

People also are less prone to feast and famine than they were back then, mostly due to TECHNOLOGY.

As an aside, I was down at the welfare office the other day. Amazing how many people that are as poor, or poorer, than I am are overweight, if not obese.

The standard of living for poor people, at least in developed countries like ours, is much better than it was even fifty years ago.

 
At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Fred. No matter the size of your house, whether you are rich or poor, we all live better than the kings in their castles did. We have light, we have heat. We have hot and cold running water on demand. We have power, gas and electric stoves, refrigeration, washing machines... They had none of those.

 
At 9:08 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

Technological advances moved people into city-like areas,especially Europe.People then started moving to these areas to further advance those technologies.Western civilization got a head start on developing immunities,then spread those diseases wherever they saw fit to conquer. Good reading reccomendation:"Guns,Germs,and Steel"by Jared Diamond.

 
At 12:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

but mresquan, they didn't INTENTIONALLY spread those diseases. they didn't understand that they were spreading them, don't you think they would've liked to have stopped them? you make it sound like it was a plot, like it was intentional like a weapon

 
At 8:30 AM, Anonymous mresquan said...

conquering territory was not a plot?Your correct,they didn't intentionally spread all diseases which came with them,but they did see advantages in doing so.

 
At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In some cases diseases were intentionally spread, like when Native Americans were given blankets covered with small pox.

 
At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

revisionist history

 
At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They gave themselves small pox? To spite the settlers?

 
At 1:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think someone is confused. The Injuns gave small pots to the settlers.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Do we know whether stone age folk only averaged 30 years in lifespan? I'm not arguing the point, I just don't know.

 
At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:47 idjut

 

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