# H1N1 Vaccine - An American Perspective

JLM
#91
Quote: Originally Posted by VanIsle

I've mentioned some of this is some other thread. It used to be that women lived longer then men. I don't know if statistics say that is still true but I have to wonder. Out of the 125 - 135 people I work with, the first one sick a few months ago was a man. He has cancer but is taking treatment and hopefully will survive and be back to work. He's in his early 50's. The next is a woman in her early 50's - just had a major heart attack and a stint put in. She won't be back for awhile. She almost didn't make it. Next a younger woman in her mid 40's went in for a routine check-up. I guess she has a great doctor because today she is having not triple but (whatever word 5 is) quintuple? by-pass surgery and apparently last week another woman in her early 40's blacked out and hit her head on a filing cabinet and she's been off work since! I'm beginning to think the "average" is dropping or would be if not for modern day medicine and diagnotic tools.

This figure of 80.4 years is a statistic and means next to absolutely nothing. These figures are likely arrived at by plotting a line graph and extending it. For instance the latest year we have fairly reliable figures for is the birth year of 1910 - pretty well everyone born in that year is dead, so you can add them up and take the average and that figure is x. Next you go to 1900 and do the same thing and 1890 and do the same thing and 1880 and 1870 and so on. You plot those numbers and then extrapolate 10 years ahead to 1920 and that figure is likely quite accurate, but still out a tad, then you do 1930 and extrapolate to there it is in the ballpark but out a larger tad. 1940 might still be quite accurate, but 2010 - ABSOLUTE *#&@!(% BULLSH*T.

JLM
#92
Quote: Originally Posted by VanIsle

Juan, you probably heard that just a few days ago, a 14 year old boy committed suicide due to bullying at school. Dover Bay I believe. My oldest grandson goes there next year.

Very, very sad. Would that be a reflection of the school, the boy, the teachers, the neighbourhood residents? How best to fight it? Perhaps on two fronts, less tolerance for bullying and increasing kid's tolerance for adversity?

Cliffy
#93
Quote: Originally Posted by VanIsle

Juan, you probably heard that just a few days ago, a 14 year old boy committed suicide due to bullying at school. Dover Bay I believe. My oldest grandson goes there next year.

I would think that a 14 year old whot commits suicide because of bullying has already a case of low self esteem and the bullying was the straw.... There is usually more to a story like that than meets the eye.

JLM
#94
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy

I would think that a 14 year old whot commits suicide because of bullying has already a case of low self esteem and the bullying was the straw.... There is usually more to a story like that than meets the eye.

Well that's right, I was about 4' nuthin' and 75 lbs up until I was about 15, so got picked on more than my share and some of those kids were pretty formidable, and have to admit at times I was scared, but did learn to fight although it was against my nature - BUT SUICIDE!!!!!!!!!!!! I was probably 17 before I knew what the word meant. There is definitely something sinister in today's culture, but then that was all back prior to '59.