Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bark Bits... Quick Hits and Fazed Cookies

Footin' the Wrong Bill
If 50% of the nation's record bankruptcy filings being caused by medical expense emergencies was not bad enough, now comes this gem--40 of our great 50 states charge hospital patients for incorrect procedures. That's right, in 80% of the country, if you go in to have your right foot amputated and they cut off the left--you foot the bill (pun intended).

Reserve Vet Suicides HighAs we've reported before, the suicide rate among returning Iraq War veterans is startling. Recent reports now indicate Reserve and National Guard soldiers are taking their own lives at a particularly troubling clip. More than half (53) of all veteran suicides were committed by Reserve and National Guard members, even though their ranks comprise only 28% of the total force supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We're #1!!Who says we can't get things done any more? According to the most recent Pew Research numbers, the United States is the world's incarceration leader--with more than 2.3 million citizens behind bars. That's far ahead of more populous China with 1.5 million prisoner citizens. America is also the leader in inmates per capita (750 per 100,000 people), ahead of Russia (628 per 100,000) and other former Soviet Bloc nations, which make up the rest of the top ten. Overall, better than 1 in 100 Americans is currently in prison.
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Gonfalon Priquer said...

The Army and military suicide rate since 9/11 is cherry picking statistics, just like the "crisis" of returning war vets committing crimes. Studies show that the suicide and crime rates of these vets, when compared to their cohort in America (mostly men in their late teens and early 20s), is either lower or the same.