Our'n is larger than their'n: We tried to cover too many topics this morning. Sometimes that happens.
With respect to coronavirus deaths, one point is very basic:
It didn't make sense when Donald J. Trump kept saying we led the world in tests. Also, it doesn't make sense when journalists keep pimping the claim that we lead the world in deaths.
It's highly misleading, but everyone in the anti-Trump realm says it. Just in this morning's cites, we mentioned Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams, Jake Tapper and CNN's Robyn Curnow.
They all said that we lead the world in deaths. In one sense, of course, that's literally true. But just as it was when Trump kept saying that we lead the world in tests, the claim is grossly misleading.
(Everybody criticized Trump. Then, our team did the same thing!)
For this afternoon, we're just going to show you the populations of some of the world's nations. Many people may not realize how large our population is, as compared to the populations of other well-known lands.
Let's get started:
China and India are the world's largest nations by population. Each has 1.4 billion people, give or take a few.
Below, you see the populations of some countries which get mentioned a lot with respect to the coronavirus. Our population is much larger than everyone else's. Among nations which are being discussed, we do lead in that!
Population of various nations:We're four time the size of Germany. All those other famous nations are ven smaller than that.
United States: 330.7 million
Japan: 126.5 million
Germany: 83.8 million
United Kingdom: 67.8 million
France: 65.2 million
Italy: 60.4 million
South Korea: 51.3 million
Spain: 46.7 million
Canada: 37.7 million
Australia: 25.5 million
Taiwan: 23.8 million
Belgium: 11.6 million
Sweden: 10.1 million
New Zealand: 4.8 million
Given these data, are you surprised to learn that the United States (330.7 million) has suffered more Covid-19 deaths than Belgium (11.6 million)? We don't think you should be.
Should anyone have been surprised to hear that the United States had administered more tests than everyone else? The same principle applies.
The United States is much larger than the other currently relevant nations. As usual, Donald J. Trump was clowning the nation when he kept saying that we led the world in tests. Maddow, Williams and Tapper are doing the same thing now.
Below, you see the way some of the numbers look when you adjust for size of population. The United States doesn't come close to leading the world in this death statistic:
Coronavirus deaths per million population, as of May 19:When you make this obvious statistical adjustment, we aren't leading the world in deaths. It's sheer dumbness, and it's propaganda, to keep pimping the unadjusted ranking, just as it was when Donald J. Trump played the same game with tests.
United Kingdom: 513
United States: 278
South Korea: 5
New Zealand: 4
For the record, we don't lead the world in tests either. On deaths, we currently rank 13th in the world, including some smaller nations.
On tests, we currently rank 30th. Trump was conning us, day after day, when he kept saying different. (Cable channels canceled their programs to let him con the public day after day on the air)
This is just extremely basic statistical blocking and tackling. That said, our intellectual infrastructure is extremely sad.
It's been this way for decades now. We run on the fuel called Dumb.