luly at netcom.com (Robert Luly) writes:
RL+ The International Population Report P95/92-3 graphing shows the MAXIMUM
+life span to be 110 to 120 years for tha past 100,000 years (I don't know
+how they *know* that) and thare has been no "right shift" of this age to
+date. The graphing also shows a steady "right shift" of AVERAGE life span
+from 20 years old in 10,000 bc to 35 yrs. in 1000 AD to 40 yrs. in 1700 to
+50 yrs. in 1900 and projected to be 80 yrs. in 2000.
Note that this increase to 80 years is only likely in the countries
with socialised medicine -- Europe, Japan, Canada. In the US life
expectancy is static.
In Russia, which suffers from an excess of free enterprise, life
expectancy -- and even population -- has dropped over the last few
This need not be so: there are huge easy gains to be made through
reductions in fat consumption; inoculation of children; prenatal care
for mothers, particularly welfare recipients; a gas tax adequate to pay
for roads which would cut mileage driven; and continued progress on the
In Russia rather more might be needed. Getting coal mining out of the
nineteenth century would be a nice start.
david.lloyd-jones at canrem.com
* 1st 1.11 #3818 * Gingrich, n. abbrev. : "Giving to the rich".