Posts filed under “Current Affairs”

US Gun Homicide & Cost Data

Morbid (but interesting) discussion on the way home this evening about gun related deaths in the US. Here is the data I dug up:

The United States has the highest rate of gun related injuries (not deaths per capita) among developed countries.

In terms of their Firearm homicide rate (per 100,000 pop), only 8 nations — Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belarus and Barbados — beat the United States, which registers 2.97 gun deaths per 100,000 pop.

Most other developed nations run a fraction of our gun death rate per capita.
Switzerland (0.56), Canada (0.54), Germany (0.47), Finland (0.43), Ireland (0.32), Denmark (0.26), England (0.12), Australia, Japan, Korea? WAY WAY BELOW US. Singapore at 0.02 and Hong Kong at 0.01 barely even register

Estimates of gun violence costs in the USA are as high as $100 billion per year (See Phillip J. Cook, Gun Violence: The Real Costs (Studies in Crime and Public Policy) Most of that cost is due to emergency medical care. (National estimates of nonfatal firearm-related injuries).

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See gunpolicy.org and nationmaster.com for data

Category: Current Affairs, Data Analysis

The Fourth By The Numbers

As you prepare to consume a fifth (or more) on the Fourth, some factoids from the good folks at the Census Bureau. A happy Fourth of July to all. @TBPInvictus The Fourth of July 2012 On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on…Read More

Category: Current Affairs

Austerity At Work

Covering the waterfront of some recent economic and political matters, herewith some thoughts as you prepare to enjoy your summer’s first Bloody Mary: I’ve still not seen a supply side response to this wonderful piece by Mark Dow. If anyone has, please drop a link in comments. President Obama was excoriated recently for his clearly…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Data Analysis, Economy, Employment, Federal Reserve, Politics

If Information Is Power, What Is Lack Of Information?

I’m going to take the charitable (though probably mistaken) view and say that Representative Daniel Webster was not deliberately trying to turn out the lights on Americans’ access to critical data when he proposed an amendment to defund the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). I tried (unsuccessfully) last year (here, here) to salvage the…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Data Analysis, Markets, Politics

Hey, Big Spender

I’ve written about this before, but since Paul Krugman just posted about it, perhaps it’s time to revisit the issue. Professor Krugman’s chart, in my opinion, doesn’t go far enough in that it does not provide sufficient context. While the chart does show the YoY percent decline in Real Government Expenditures & Investment, it does…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Data Analysis, Economy, Markets, Politics

Merrill’s Heroes

Invictus here. BR’s comments yesterday, plus some unfortunate softball media coverage, led me to today’s rant. There are few things in the world that annoy me more than revisionist history, especially when it’s done to burnish one’s own damaged legacy. To make a George Bush/Osama bin Laden analogy,  I don’t think that much about Merrill…Read More

Category: Corporate Management, Current Affairs, Really, really bad calls

A Quick (and Belated) Look at Flow of Funds

Though the data are always a bit dated, the Fed’s Flow of Funds report is always of interest to me, as it paints fairly comprehensive pictures.  My favorite part of the release is Table B.100: Balance Sheet of Households and Nonprofit Organizations, in which much can be gleaned about the health of households in the…Read More

Category: Credit, Current Affairs, Data Analysis, Economy, Research

Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool…

…than to open it and remove all doubt. Invictus here.  I usually know exactly where I’m going when I sit down to write a post — some numbers tell me a story that I think would be interesting to be share. Not so this time. I’ve wondered often and aloud what it takes these days…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Data Analysis, Economy, Employment, Media, Politics, Think Tank

Invictus here. Interested parties were treated to a fascinating debate on the evening of November 14, as the Munk Debates assembled four estimable economic minds to debate the following resolution: Be it resolved North America faces a Japan-style era of high unemployment and slow growth Arguing the pro side of the resolution were David Rosenberg…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Cycles, Data Analysis, Economy, Employment, Federal Reserve, Wages & Income

11/11/11 11:11:11

Today has been called a one-derful day. At eleven seconds past 11:11 am, on this, the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year, we have an unusual date and time: 11/11/11 11:11:11 This is not going to happen again for a while. And 1000 900 years ago, in the year 1111, we…Read More

Category: Current Affairs