Jared Kushner lives in a pampered bubble where he thinks he’s going to be sheltered forever.

From the last year, the one thing I’ve tried to put a priority on since I left the White House was, you know, getting some exercise in. I think that there is a good probability that my generation is, hopefully with the advances in science, either the first generation to live forever, or the last generation that’s going to die. So, we need to keep ourselves in pretty good shape.

There is no evidence that we can increase human life spans much beyond slightly over a century, and the only people claiming otherwise are scam artists or pseudoscientists (or both, <cough> Aubrey deGrey). The reasonable goal is to make our lives productive and comfortable within the limits of our biology, and that’s a good reason for exercise. Not this ridiculous post-human bullshit.

We’re not even doing that, though. Just browsing through the news, there have been catastrophic floods in Pakistan.

Millions of Pakistanis affected by the worst flooding in a decade are in desperate need of aid as authorities say they have been “overwhelmed” by the scale of the disaster, with the country’s climate minister calling it a “serious climate catastrophe”.

The death toll from monsoon flooding since June has reached 1,136, according to figures released Monday by the country’s National Disaster Management Authority.

Have Republicans been helping much with preventing deaths from climate change? Or take a look at the recent heat waves in Europe.

An extreme heat wave that meteorologists call an “apocalypse” broiled much of Europe and the United Kingdom on Monday, and hundreds of people died because of record high temperatures and ferocious wildfires.

At least 748 heat-related deaths have been reported in the heat wave in Spain and neighboring Portugal, where temperatures reached 117 degrees this month.

Gosh, it looks like science, or rather, our technological capitalist dystopia, has been inventing all kinds of unpleasant ways to die.

Mustn’t forget: at least six and a half million dead from COVID-19.

I would also point out that thanks to advances in science, Jared Kushner has an enhanced probability of dying on a guillotine. That’s far more likely than that he’d live forever.

And there are so many ways he could face mortality! Maybe it’ll be in the chaos of a civil war incited by his father-in-law, or in food riots after the collapse of the economy, or in a backstabbing struggle for power in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, or his cozy relationship with the Saudis could end in betrayal and sawed off limbs, or he could just get cancer and die. So many possibilities! Science won’t save you from human nature or the physical limitations thereof.


  1. gijoel says

    I would also point out that thanks to advances in science, Jared Kushner has an enhanced probability of dying on a guillotine.

    My money’s on lynched by TrumpNazis for hurting his FIL’s fee-fees.

  2. bcw bcw says

    Time for Jared to buy a Tesla with the beta-driving features. It’s high-tech! It’s new! Any day now it will much much safer than human drivers!

  3. whywhywhy says

    This oblivious nature is exactly what one needs in order to hook one’s fortunes to the butcher MBS and not think that one risks dismemberment.

  4. StevoR says

    China has been badly hit too – pretty much the entire Northern hemisphere it seems – see :


    Meanwhile it seems we’re in for a triple La Nina cycle here which is exceptionally unusual too..

  5. birgerjohansson says

    The big issue is the time frame.
    We will not see revolutionary increases of life span in our life spans.
    In a century, PZs colleagues may have worked out how bowhead whales stay alive for more than two centuries.
    And then we have the issue of germ-line GM (I doubt grown humans can benefit much from undetstanding the bowhead whale gemome).

  6. birgerjohansson says

    If you want a picture of the future, read about the “jackpot” in the latest SF novels by William Gibson (The lethal combination of biosphere collapse and disaster capitalism that is due in the mid- twentyfirst century).

  7. HidariMak says

    gijoel @1
    Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has stated his belief that it was Jared himself, who gave the FBI details on the classified documents recently found in Mar-A-Lago. And I really can’t picture any of the former White House Trumps taking the fall for another family member.

  8. Rich Woods says

    or in a backstabbing struggle for power in a post-apocalyptic wasteland

    He’ll most likely fail to pay his bodyguards after the dollar collapses and he runs out of krugerrands, so they’ll take their pound of flesh. Several times. Each.