Children born in 1945 had a 90% chance of earning more than their parents. But only 50% of the children born in 1985 will earn more than their parents.
Alcohol, marijuana, and non-heroin opiates account for 80% of rural substance abuse.
See also, this blog post on the anesthetization of our nation.
57 million (18%) of the American public have some Hispanic heritage.
Source: NYT 4/1/18.
“data suggests that either immigration has the effect of reducing average crime, or that there is simply no relationship between the two.”
A systematic study of the relationship between crime and immigration the “data suggests that either immigration has the effect of reducing average crime, or that there is simply no relationship between the two.” Crime fell more often than it rose even as immigrant populations increased in areas.
While politicians and other demagogues love blame the “outsiders” and “foreigners” for the problems of our community, the facts don’t support their claims.
On the chart below, note how the pink dots representing small and large cities where crime has increased since 1980 cluster to the left of the chart — the less immigrants side of the chart.
Source: NYT 3/31/18.
There are three ways to compel a democratically elected government to act:
Source: NYT 2/28/18.
Economist, Albert Hirschman described disgruntled citizens’ options: Exit, Voice, or Loyalty. Voting is voice.
Lowest Ever Black Jobless Rate
Is Still Twice That of Whites
Source: NYTimes, 2/23/2018.
Office support jobs will be automated over the next 15 years along with industrial and assembly workers.
Percentage of jobs change due to technology automation from 2016-2030.
Chat bots will be replacing office workers in the coming decade.
Source: WSJ 2/20/2018.
58% of Republicans view colleges and universities as having a negative impact on the way things are going.
The right’s growing distrust of intellectual endeavor.
Source: Pew Research, 2018.
How violent is the US? The US is only second to Iraq, of all the North African and Middle East countries, in gun deaths (sic).
The two charts below offer a stark comparison. The first compares the US to countries with the lowest rates of gun violence, including several industrial powers – England and Germany.
The second compares the US to what our media would lead us to believe are some of the most violent countries at the heart of middle east conflicts. The US level of gun violence is exceeded only by Iraq, a country that has been in a three-way civil war since 2006.