Disinfection workers in protective clothing sterilize the area against the coronavirus at the Tong-in market in central Seoul in February 2020. South Korea was ready to spend 77 times the US to save a single life in the early stages of the pandemic.
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Here are some excerpts from November Harper's Index for your Friday pleasure and frustration:
The percentage that the average wildlife species population has declined globally since 1970:: 68
In Latin America and the Caribbean:: 94
The rank of deforestation among the causes of the decline in wildlife on land:: 1
Part of the number of viewers that cable channels A & E lost after it was canceled Live PD after George Floyd's murder:: ½
Percentage increase in police stops by black drivers in the month following a Trump rally in a specific area in 2016:: 4.2
Estimated number of stops this was responsible for:: 30,000
Percentage reduction in the length of the average work meeting since the outbreak of the pandemic:: 20th
Estimated amount South Korea was willing to spend in the first phase of the pandemic to save a single life:: $ 6,682,000
That the United States was willing to spend money:: $ 87,000
Part of the US adults who believe that it is likely or definitely true that the outbreak was planned by "powerful people":: ¼
Factor that mainstream newspapers cite organizations that speak out against climate action more often than those who support them:: 2
Percentage of Americans who would support testing presidential candidates' cognitive skills:: 67
Who would support drug testing on candidates?:: 70
"If you keep silent about your pain, they will kill you and say you enjoy it." ~~Zora Neale Hurston
TWEET OF THE DAY
From Politico: "TODAY IS THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY on which President DONALD TRUMP last spoke to Speaker NANCY PELOSI."
– Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) October 16, 2020
BLAST FROM THE PAST
At Daily Kos that day in 2011– Who wages class wars?
President Obama wants to raise taxes on those who make a million or more a year, and Republicans and their media outlets whine about "class warfare." The Republicans are killing President Obama's employment program, but this is not a class war. And the framing is standard operating instructions. It is standard procedure for Republicans to respond to demands for fair taxes by whining about alleged class struggles. It is standard practice for Republicans to do whatever it takes to focus more and more wealth and power in the hands of fewer and fewer, without anyone calling it what it is. (…)
Those who strive for social and economic justice do not want to hurt anyone. Balancing the income gap and the distribution of wealth will not starve or homeless anyone or receive adequate health care. Those who use all possible means to deny a measure of social and economic justice hurt people. They deliberately and unconsciously perpetuate the causes of immeasurable unnecessary suffering. So who is fighting class struggles?