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  • Quote:"Deaths were down for a range of causes, from heart disease to homicide, so experts don't believe there's one simple explanation for the increase in life expectancy. Better medical treatment, vaccination campaigns and public health measures against smoking are believed to be having an impact.

    U.S. life expectancy has been generally increasing since at least the 1940s, though some years it held steady and a few times it temporarily dipped.

    Previously, the CDC said a one-month dip occurred in 2008 to 77 years and 11 months. But in Wednesday's report, the agency corrected that to 78 years, attributing the glitch to a computer programming error.

    // I really hope people understand there really is a linear trend in life expectancy over the last seventy years, and that we can expect this to continue.

  • Quote:"
    After reanalysis with the 2010 data added, here is an updated summary of significant results:

    1. Those who favor smaller government are significantly better educated than those who favor bigger government or take a middle position: over the 1986-2010 period (13.6 yrs. of schooling v. 12.7 yrs.), in 2008 (13.9 v. 13.3), in 2010 (13.9 v. 13.2), and in 2008 & 2010 combined (13.9 v. 13.2).

    2. Whites who favor smaller government are significantly less racist on the “in-born ability” question than whites who favor bigger government or take a middle position: over the 1986-2010 period (11.9% giving a racist response v. 14.2%), in 2008 (4.5% v. 12.3%), and in 2008 & 2010 combined (7.0% v. 11.5%), but not in 2010 (where the differences are insignificant).

    3. White Republicans who favor smaller government are significantly less racist on the “in-born ability” question than other white Republicans and whites who favor bigger government or take a middle position…

  • Quote:"Figure 3 shows that, among whites, Republican advocates of smaller government are even less racist (1.3% believing that blacks have less in-born ability) than the rest of the general public (11.3% expressing racist views). Thus, in 2008 Republicans who believe that the government in Washington does too much have 10 times higher odds of not expressing racist views on the in-born ability question than the rest of the population (79-to-1 odds v. 7.9-to-1 odds).

    // It will be fun to see liberals rationalize this data.

  • Quote:"The research by Dr James Rockey, a lecturer in Economics, used data from the World Values Survey and described the opinions and characteristics of 136,000 individuals, in 82 countries, over a period of over 20 years.

    His study, Who is Left-Wing, and Who Just Thinks They Are?, analysed whether people misperceive their relative ideological position by measuring on a scale from 1 to 10 what people think they are — and measuring their opinion against a substantive issue ie how income should be divided.

    "The most startling result is that the more educated tend to believe that they are more left-wing than they are measured as being," said Dr Rockey. "That is, well-educated individuals are more likely to think that they are quite left-wing but actually believe things that compared to the rest of the population would make them comparatively right-wing.

    // There are social pressures at work here too. "Left-wing" signals to others in the community certain things.

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