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Re: [skeptics-137] HARPER INDEX

From: eric
Sent on: Friday, August 23, 2013 7:56 AM
I subscribe to the print edition of Harper's.  At the bottom of the page with the Index, they say "Figures cited are the latest available as of July 2013.  Sources are listed on page 79.  'Harper's Index' is a registered trademark."  The sources are in fact listed on page 79.  If you want to know the source for any of the items on the list I sent, let me know.

Eric 

On 8/22/2013 5:47 PM, Penny wrote:
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.

Penny



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

Eric






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