822 people were killed today, and the majority of people in this country are fighting to make the killer more acceptable in our everyday lives.
365 more people were killed by machines that anyone over 18 can buy without any kind of purchase restrictions.
150 more died from something we have all experienced, and we don’t even worry when it strikes our children.
And another 11 kids lost their lives, either at home or at a friend’s home, by a dangerous object that any family can own without any regulations at all.
What Killed Them, and Why Wasn’t It On the News?
These 1,300 people that died today certainly weren’t the only casualties – but all 1,300 of these individuals died from preventable, easily identifiable, sickeningly common causes.
Every single one of those 1,300 deaths could have been stopped.
And you and your family are at a high risk from at least 2 of those 4 killers.
822 people died today from obesity.
365 were killed in car accidents.
Another 150 died of the flu and pneumonia.
And 11 people, mostly young children, drowned…many in their own swimming pools.
You’re At Risk, and The News Won’t Tell You
Here’s the thing about news reports:
They’re not a public service.
How many people died, and how.
What laws were passed, what bills were introduced, and where every piece of legislation is sitting in congress.
Every local event scheduled for the next day.
It would take all day just to list every person’s death, every legislative action, every local interest story, every worldly happening…
And you wouldn’t watch any of it, because you’d realize immediately how irrelevant all of that crap is to your daily life, and you’d change the channel.
Television News is the Original Reality TV Show
Local and national news shows are on television to make money, and their competition is not just other news shows – it’s soap operas, movie channels, and Shark Week.
They’re selling something – gossip.
But you can’t tune out if there’s an attack from a “madman” with an “assault rifle,” because that’s scarier than being fat.
Even though you’re more likely to die from being fat than in a mass shooting…about 1,640% more likely, in fact.
The body acceptance movement, encouraging marketers to use overweight models and embrace obesity in entertainment, is literally promoting the second leading cause of death in the United States, and there’s no controversy or outrage.
Because obesity doesn’t scare you into watching more TV.
But terrorism does.
Here’s The Real Problem:
We’re not advocating for the news to start reporting about obesity, car accidents, drowning, and the flu.
We’re pointing out a fatal error that most Americans make:
What we see on the news is what we think is going on in the world, but it’s not an accurate portrayal.
Which do you think kills more people?
Lower respiratory failure? (including COPD, asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema)
Drug overdoses? (including illegal drugs, prescription drug abuse, and medical mistakes)
Drug overdoses kill about 47,000 people in the US annually – and that’s all drugs, all causes, accidental or intentional, legal or illegal.
Asthma and similar respiratory diseases kill about 150,000.
Respiratory failure from things like asthma is actually one of the top 5 causes of death in this country.
But you probably didn’t know how dangerous it is, because when was the last time you saw a news report talking about someone dying from asthma?
Since it kills more than 3 times as many people as drug overdoses, when are we going to start the War on Bronchitis?
Think about this:
We extrapolate our view of the world as a whole based on what we see in our immediate surroundings and on the news.
That’s a problem.
Because our own little neighborhoods aren’t an accurate representation of the world as a whole, and since they’re vying for ratings, the news media is an even worse representation of the “facts.”
What’s The Solution?
You’re not going to like it.
The solution is to stop watching the news.
No, you’re not going to be “uninformed.” If you’re forming opinions about the world based on news stories, you’re WORSE than uninformed, you’re misinformed.
Here’s the worst thing that’s going to happen to you when you stop watching the news or reading newspapers:
Don’t worry – their “opinions” are formed based solely on a 1-minute soundbite from “both sides” of an “issue.” Since an opinion is only as valuable as the information gathered to form it…it’s pretty safe to say that those opinions are worthless.
After all, if we continue to believe that whatever is on television right now is important to our lives simply because it’s on the news, and we’re simple enough to buy into the idea that a supposedly complex issue has only 2 perspectives that can be summed up in a few memorable phrases for the sake of a television show, then we deserve every bit of deception, trickery, and corruption our politicians throw at us.
If you really want to stay informed, you’ll ditch the news and use something like GovTrack.US to get alerts whenever something happens in the federal government.
You’re going to get a lot of emails…
But since you won’t be wasting time with the news media, you’ve got time to sift through and determine what actually matters to you.
Of course, you don’t have to make the change.
Independence isn’t for everyone.