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Nov 29, 2006


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brad wright

What an interesting post! I knew things were getting better, but I didn't realize it was that much!

I've often heard in sermons and other Christian teachings that things are getting worse and things aren't what they used to be. Well, the first statement seems to be wrong on perhaps on one of the most important things in life, so to speak.

Thanks for the information!

Brad Wright

Michael Kruse

Thanks Brad. There are more to come in this series. But most (not all) indicators point in a similar direction.


Interesting, but on both indicators the US has improved at a far slower rate than most other wealthy countries. Here, for example I a chart on life expectancy:

It shows that US life expectancy was well above the median for 21 other wealthy counties in the 1960s. Now it is dead last.

Michael W. Kruse

Fascinating graph. I've read others who stated something similar but not in quite this way.

Two factor I've heard suggested is that half (I think) of worldwide migration, is to the United States. We have a high influx of people from other places where health factors have not be at our par.

The other factor, which I haven't checked out personally, is that if you take out the murder rate of the death statistics, or life expectancy numbers move in tandem with the other countries in your graph ... the implication being we have less of a health care problem and more of a violence problem.

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