I’m sure some smartass out there will be
thinking that the most dangerous animal is man, but I’m thinking of other
animals that kill humans.
And by a mile, the
winner is the mosquito. To put it in context, sharks typically kill five or
six humans per year, worldwide. Depending on your sources, mosquitoes kill somewhere
between 700,000 and 2.7m
people per year. Get that, mosquitoes kill at the very least 100,000 times
more people than sharks. They are estimated to be responsible for about 17 per
cent of all the disease on the planet. I can’t wait for Mosquito Week on the Discovery Channel.
Black people make up 27 percent of the population, but represent 71 percent of drivers pulled over by police officers. Last year, the town issued 29,072 traffic citations, according to statistics from the Missouri attorney general’s office.
I say a couple of weeks back, but the
detection made last month was actually of something that happened 900 million
years ago, long before the dinosaurs walked the earth. It was detected last month
because that’s how long it took the gravitational waves to arrive at earth from
where this event happened, 900 million light years away.
Reese Erlich has won numerous journalism awards including a Peabody award. He’s also a freelance journalist who writes for CBS Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corp., NPR and VICE News, and his Foreign Correspondent column distributed nationally in the US.
I mentioned the pro-democracy protests in
Hong Kong a few weeks back, particularly the fact that a huge proportion of the
city’s population was taking part in them. Since I talked about them, the
protests have been covered widely in the western media, and they haven’t
dissipated, they are continuing every weekend.
During our discussion, I metioned the Dickey Amendment, which forbids the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from advocating or promoting gun control, but has widely been interpreted as preventing the CDC from studying the health effects of gun ownership.
Maybe, like me, you have had various social
media invaded by people making all sorts of complaints about something called
5G. That’s the newest mobile data standard. Unless you are really special, that
doesn’t work on your phone yet, but the networks are being installed, and newer
handsets using them will be available soon, probably starting at the top end of
the price range.
Greg Shupak has a PhD in Literary Studies and teaches Media Studies at the University of Guelph in Toronto. He regularly writes analysis of politics and media for outlets including Electronic Intifada, In These Times, Jacobin, and the website Fairness and accuracy in reporting.
Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist and writer, with a degree in physics, before two degrees in theology, and a PhD in philosophy. He’s written books covering subjects from friendship and belief, to wellbeing and love.
Grayson Quay is a freelance writer. His work has been published in The Washington Times, Reason.com, National Interest, Townhall and others. He is also MA candidate at Georgetown University Master’s Degree candidate.
Aaron Naparstek is a cohost of the War on Cars podcast, and also the founder of Streetsblog.org.
There have been a couple of stories about
facial recognition. This audio is from a BBC
report where the police set up a van with cameras filming passersby and
searching for records on them based on facial recognition. One man decided that
he didn’t like that, and pulled his sweater up over his mouth and nose to
frustrate the camera system; the police stopped him, forced him to be
photographed, and fined him £90, about $115 for what they called disorderly
Mitchell Robinson is a writer for Eclectablog and associate professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University, as well as being a former high-school teacher. His research is focused on music education and education policy.
Cathy Reisenwitz is a writer whose work has appeared in The Week, Forbes, the Daily Beast, VICE Motherboard, Reason magazine, Talking Points Memo and others, and she’s appeared as a commentator on Fox News and Al Jazeera, which an interesting combination to say the least.
Clement Atlee, the British World War II Labour Party leader, and minister was once quoted by Margaret Thatcher, the conservative party leader of the 1970s and 1980s. They both agreed that referendums are ‘a device of dictators and demagogues’.
I saw a couple of
things recently related to podcasts, or at least that might resonate with
podcast listeners. One was
a YouTube video that compared the market valuation of WeWork, the company that offers
hotdesking to remote workers, to Regus, a similar but much more established
company, now owned by the IWG
group. WeWork has a valuation
of $47 billion. WeWork have been advertising heavily on some podcasts.
Hell, if they have that much money, I should be tapping them for ads on
Challenging Opinions. Regus has a valuation of $4 billion and, get this, Regus
is does almost ten times the business. Almost ten times bigger, but less than
one tenth of the valuation.