20 January 2021 Dear Reader, On average nearly 150,000 people die throughout the world every single day, from all causes, amounting to a total of more than fifty million each year. Those totals should be constantly in our minds as a sort of yardstick or backdrop to our consideration of the numbers reported slain by Covid … Continue reading ADDING UP THE BUTCHER’S BILL
14 December, 2020 Dear Reader, An attempt to boost circulation of my last newsletter (‘Better History’ 30 November) was rejected by Facebook: it didn’t ‘comply with [their] advertising policies’. I could ‘request a review’, but half an hour trawling the site yielded no means of doing so. Their policies reveal no way in which a general … Continue reading Rejected by Facebook!
30 November 2020. Taking 25 years as an average human generation, a quick calculation shows that each of you has had 4,096 ancestors in the 300 years since 1720. This fact is obscured by our obsession with patrilinear reckoning, which counts only the male line. Not only is that sexist, but it conceals the truth that all … Continue reading Better History, more Honesty