Friday, August 14, 2009

Harper Index Tidbits

Actually these little statements are much more like massive signposts or utterances from a prophet. These were taken from the September 2009 issue of Harper's Magazine.

  • Percentage change since 2002 in average premiums paid to large U.S. health-insurance companies: +87
  • Percentage Change in the profits of the top ten insurance companies: +428
  • Chances that an American bankrupted by medical bills has health insurance: 7 in 8
  • Number of states that have run out of money for unemployment insurance: 16
  • Date on which Illinois stopped paying to bury the corpses of the indigent: 7/1/2009
  • Year by which Atlanta plans to have destroyed all its public housing: 2010
  • Percentage of total U.S. home values that Americans currently own as equity: 41
  • Percentage in 1945: 84
  • Estimated value of troubled assets bought last fall by the federal government from U.S. banks, for each $1 spent: 66 cents
  • Rank of the United States among the world's most peaceful countries, according to the 2009 Global Peace Index: 83
  • Number of states in which a plurality of voters currently identify as Republican: 5
  • Chances that a U.S. conservative displays an "implicit preference" for white over black people in psychological study: 4 in 5
  • Chances that a liberal does: 3 in 4
  • Chances that an African American does: 2 in 5
Really uplifting, no?

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