People sometimes complain that the press never writes about all the planes that land safely. By the same token, it also doesn’t write about all the people who aren’t dying in wars. But the decline in war-related deaths is a huge story — one of the most encouraging of the 20th century, for sure. “On average, about 15 percent of people in prestate eras died violently, compared to about 3 percent of the citizens of the earliest states,” wrote Harvard’s Steven Pinker. “The rate of documented direct deaths from political violence (war, terrorism, genocide and warlord militias) in the past decade is an unprecedented few hundredths of a percentage point.” Vox’s Zack Beauchamp explains the reasons for the decline here, and it includes some culprits you probably don’t expect, like nuclear weapons.
(after Episode 64, I wanted to go back to the beginning of the stream to the Underdark and the “good ole days” when they snuck into Duerugar strongholds & pretended to be their god riding a giant scorpion. Also this adorable scene)
(referenced the crap out of the cats because what even are tigers)