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Re: [skeptics-137] HARPER INDEX

From: Penny
Sent on: Thursday, August 22, 2013 5:47 PM
A nice snapshot of disparities, and thanks for sending. I didn't even realize Harper's was still around. Do you subscribe, and if so, do you have access to the sources for these statistics?  I found the index online, but without a paid subscription, I can't see where they're getting the original data.


From: eric <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, August 22,[masked]:51 PM
Subject: [skeptics-137] HARPER INDEX

Below are selections from the Index from the September 2013 issue of Harper's.

Percentage of all private U S assets owned by white or Asian Americans:  99
Percentage of black and white Americans, respectively, who use marijuana:  14, 12
Factor by which a black American is more likely than a white American to be arrested for marijuana possession:  3.7
Minimum number of mosques the NYPD has targeted in a clandestine surveillance program:  250
Number of terrorism leads the program has generated in six years:  0
Cost of 50 pork-coated 9mm rounds designed by an Idaho company as a "natural deterrent" to radical Islam:  $24.75
Percentage of Americans who support using drones to enforce speed limits:  23
Tons of military equipment the U S has destroyed in anticipation of its withdrawal from Afghanistan:  85,300
Year by which the majority of Americans are expected to choose cremation over burial:  2017
Percentage of U S military sexual assaults in which the victim is male:  53
Amount of the signing bonus the U S Army is offering psychiatrists willing to serve for four years:  $272,000
Minimum number of prescriptions paid for by Medicare in 2009 written by people not allowed to prescribe drugs:  417,000
Factor by which a U S teenage boy is more likely to vomit or use laxatives to control his weight if he lives in LA:  2
Estimated number of high school students prosecuted each year for truancy by the state of Texas:  118,000
By the other 49 states combined:  52,000
Percentage of U S lesbians, gays, and bisexuals who are out to their mothers:  56
To their fathers:  39
Percentage change since 1996 in the number of U S children living in poverty:  +12
In the number receiving cash aid from the U S government:  -60
Portion of U S public-school students who are Latino:  1/4
Portion of U S children's books published annually that are by or about Latinos:  1/50
Estimated number of immigrants deported since July 2010 whose children are native-born U S citizens:  200,000
Chance that a  U S firearms dealer depends on trafficking to Mexico for its economic existence:  1 in 2
Portion of Britons born before 1944 who consider the welfare state "one of Britain's proudest achievements":  3/4
Of Britons born after 1979 who do:  1/4
Number of European nations among the twenty most populous in the world in 1950:  7
Today: 1  (Germany--Russia is not included in this definition of Europe)
Ratio of bicycles to people in Amsterdam:  1:1


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