Friday Evening Owls: Excerpts from the November version of Harper’s Index

Disinfection workers in protective gear sterilize the area against the coronavirus in Tong-in Market in the center of Seoul, in February 2020. South Korea was willing to spend 77 times as much as the United States to save a single life in the early phase of the pandemic.

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Here are a few excerpts from the November Harper’s Index for your Friday pleasure and frustration:

Percentage by which the population of the average wildlife species has declined globally since 1970: 68
In Latin America and the Caribbean: 94
Rank of deforestation among the causes of wildlife decline on land: 1
Portion of its viewership that the cable channel A&E lost after canceling Live PD in the wake of George Floyd’s killing: ½
Percentage increase in police stops of Black drivers in the month after a Trump rally was held in a given area in 2016: 4.2
Estimated number of stops for which this accounted: 30,000
Percentage decrease in the length of the average work meeting since the onset of the pandemic: 20
Estimated amount that South Korea was willing to spend to save a single life in the first phase of the pandemic: $6,682,000
That the United States was willing to spend: $87,000
Portion of U.S. adults who think it is probably or definitely true that the outbreak was planned by “powerful people”: ¼
Factor by which mainstream newspapers cite organizations that oppose climate action more often than those that support it: 2
Percentage of Americans who would support testing presidential candidates’ cognitive ability: 67
Who would support administering drug tests to candidates: 70



“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoy it.”~~Zora Neale Hurston



From Politico: “TODAY IS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the last time President DONALD TRUMP spoke with Speaker NANCY PELOSI.”

Lucky Nancy.

— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) October 16, 2020


At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Who is waging class warfare?

President Obama wants to raise taxes on those making a million or more a year, and the Republicans and their media stooges whine about “class warfare.” The Republicans kill President Obama’s jobs program, but that’s not class warfare. And the framing is standard operating procedure. It’s standard operating procedure for Republicans to respond to calls for fair taxes by whining about supposed class warfare. It’s standard operating procedure for Republicans to do all they can to concentrate more and more wealth and power in the hands of fewer and fewer without anyone calling it what it is. (…)

Those striving for some measure of social and economic justice mean to hurt no one. Creating some balance in the income gap and the distribution of wealth will not cause anyone to go hungry or homeless or to lack adequate health care. Those using every possible means to deny some measure of social and economic justice are hurting people. They are deliberately and unconscionably perpetuating the causes of immeasurable unnecessary suffering. So who is waging class warfare?


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