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Wealthy high school graduates make similar incomes to poor college graduates. Nearly the same amount of rich dropouts stay in the top income quintile as poor graduates stay in the bottom (14% vs. 16%). Cumulative advantage (or disadvantage) is still noticeably present for the wealthy, even those who academically strive the least.
–from The Washington Post
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These circles represent the major causes of death in England with the circle size corresponding to the number of people. Click through for an interactive version.
–from the UK’s National Health Service
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When being fed the same diet, today’s chickens grow to over 4,000 grams, compared to 905 grams for a chicken common to the 1950’s. This is highly correlated to an increase in chicken consumption over the same period, which became more popular than pork in the 1990’s and is nearly as popular as beef today.
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Much of the US has been in a serious drought for the past few years. Although it is indeed severe in California, the intensity of this drought is not yet as serious as the famed dust bowl of the 1930’s. Click through for interactive maps and an extensive history of American droughts.
–from The New York Times
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In 1997, Hong Kong’s GDP as a percentage of the Mainland Chinese GDP was 18%, but has decreased fifteen percent over the past fifteen years, to 3% today.
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Educational mobility is quite low in the US, where the majority of people attain the same level of education as their parents, or worse. In other words, most people from uneducated families stay that way and vice versa.
–from The Economist
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Scotland votes on whether to secede from the United Kingdom tomorrow and, if they do leave, they will join a vast array of former UK nations, starting with the United States in 1776 and continuing for hundreds of years and on every continent.
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Half of Americans under age 35 have a net worth of $10,400 or less, compared to average $81,200 for all families. Strikingly, Americans with a college degree have a median wealth $167,000 higher than those with only a high school diploma.
–from The Wall St Journal
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Americans working full time work an average of 47 hours per week. Full time hourly employees work 44 hours a week. Other than a slight decline in 2003, full time employees have worked this many hours for more than a decade.
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Approximately 26% of children in households making more than $200,000 attend private schools. New Orleans has the highest percentage of children in high schools, at 25%. Click through to read the excellent, broad study of America’s private school market. The linked study does not cover charter schools, which are an important, free alternative to poor traditional public schools.
–from The Atlantic
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