This country has the most suicides (and it might surprise you)

Dr. Shawn Baker (a passionate carnivore) retweeted this:

But is it really true?

For the record, I admire Dr. Baker and his push to help people eat a nutrient-dense diet via meat eating. But, his tweet is pushing a common myth…

I dug a little bit and found more recent statistics from the United Nations’ and World Health Organization data (2016)… and here are the top 10 countries with the highest suicide rates:

Guyana
Lesotho
Russia
Lithuania
Suriname
Ivory
Coast
Kazakhstan
Equatorial
Guinea
Belarus
South Korea

It is true that Pakistan was 169th on the list.

But, India was 49th on the list – not first.

Also, it is interesting to note that India is not a largely vegetarian country. According to this BBC report (if it can be believed), just 1 out of 5 Indians are vegetarians or vegans. The vast majority of India’s population includes meat in their diet.

The news is lying to us again (hint: half the world is at least middle class)

One of the many reasons I stopped watching the news long ago was to avoid their lies.

And the biggest lie they tell us is that the world is terrible, brutal, awful and dangerous.

But when we turn off the news, their fiction does not meet reality.

For example:

This article claims 50% of the world are now living as middle class (or better):

By our calculations, as of this month, just over 50 percent of the world’s population, or some 3.8 billion people, live in households with enough discretionary expenditure to be considered “middle class” or “rich.” About the same number of people are living in households that are poor or vulnerable to poverty.

Question: What makes you middle class? According to this income calculator:

… A before-tax salary of $37,106 for a three-person household is considered middle class in Jackson, Tenn., the lowest threshold in the country.

But in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area of California, it takes about $20,000 more; households of that size must earn at least $57,443 a year to attain middle-income status, the most money required of any area in the United States.

Whenever I am forced to watch the news (e.g. airports, hotel lobbies – even some restaurants), I keep hearing how the world is economically doomed. They scream that the middle class has been slaughtered. And all earth’s population will all live in a homeless shelter.

Yet most of the time, I only see prosperity. Life is amazing in so many ways. Technical advances have turned The Jetson’s science fiction into reality. And most people I talk to live a life better than their parents.

Bottom line: Once again, the news is lying to us. Their “fear porn” makes it seem like the middle class is all but gone. But the truth is, there will always be a middle class. Even better, there is a migration of the middle class to the upper class. Count me in for living the good life!

Here are the smartest countries in the world (and no, the USA does not top this list)

Ever wonder what the average IQ is by country.

Wonder no more. Here is the map:

iq by country

And here is the list of the smartest countries in the world.