A Shocking Rise in White Death Rates in Midlife -- and What It Says About American Society

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    Nov 03, 2015 9:14 PM GMT
    A Shocking Rise in White Death Rates in Midlife -- and What It Says About American Society


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    USW = US Whites
    USH = US Hispanics

    http://prospect.org/article/shocking-rise-white-death-rates-midlife-and-what-it-says-about-american-society
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    Nov 04, 2015 3:48 PM GMT
    So what it's saying is that white trash red-necks are drinking & drugging themselves to death. And what's the harm in that? Other than a loss of a NASCAR audience, some Confederate flag sales, obviously lost weapons and ammunition purchases, a few tattoo parlors going out of business, and less unwashed wife-beater undershirts and greasy baseball caps to look at.

    Actually I consider this a good development. Accelerating the diminishment of the dominant White voting class in the US.
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    Nov 04, 2015 4:49 PM GMT
    I don't know exactly why more people are doing these things which harm them but it is interesting to see what some people think it might be:


    http://mobile.nytimes.com/comments/blogs/krugman/2015/11/04/heartland-of-darkness/
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    Nov 05, 2015 12:44 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidSo what it's saying is that white trash red-necks are drinking & drugging themselves to death. And what's the harm in that? Other than a loss of a NASCAR audience, some Confederate flag sales, obviously lost weapons and ammunition purchases, a few tattoo parlors going out of business, and less unwashed wife-beater undershirts and greasy baseball caps to look at.

    Actually I consider this a good development. Accelerating the diminishment of the dominant White voting class in the US.


    Wow. I hope I'm misunderstanding what you're saying because this seems harsh and kind of elitist. The article cites education, income, drug overdose and poor health as the main factors for the rise. It didn't say the deaths were because these were bad people who didn't deserve to walk the earth. In fact the article seems to point out these factors affect many demographics, its just happened to end in death at a much higher rate for whites with less resources and education to cope.
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    Nov 05, 2015 2:19 PM GMT
    Fwd: #AllLivesMatter

    I wonder how the inability for Americans to access regulated marijuana, compared to, say, regulated tobacco and alcohol and "prescription" drugs, exacerbates the US numbers. That, and pre-ACA policies regarding health insurance.

    The American ProspectThe increased deaths were concentrated among those with the least education and resulted largely from drug and alcohol “poisonings,” suicide, and chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis...

    None of this is to suggest that whites are generally in worse health than blacks. Among blacks, midlife mortality has been higher than among whites. But over the period 1999-2013, according to Case and Deaton, midlife mortality declined by more than 200 per 100,000 for blacks while it was rising for whites.

    As a result, the ratio of black to white mortality rates dropped from 2.09 in 1999 to 1.40 in 2013. Contrary to what many Americans may still believe, drug overdoses are no longer concentrated among minorities; in fact, among the 45-54 age group, drug-related deaths are now higher among whites.
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    Nov 05, 2015 2:45 PM GMT
    I'm OK with out of shape know nothing losers dying off. Should have more of an impact of ratings for Fox News, but other than that, I see now problem. The planet is over populated, so the more fat people die off, the better.
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    Nov 05, 2015 3:26 PM GMT
    woodfordr said
    Art_Deco said
    Actually I consider this a good development. Accelerating the diminishment of the dominant White voting class in the US.


    Wow. I hope I'm misunderstanding what you're saying because this seems harsh and kind of elitist. The article cites education, income, drug overdose and poor health as the main factors for the rise. It didn't say the deaths were because these were bad people who didn't deserve to walk the earth. In fact the article seems to point out these factors affect many demographics, its just happened to end in death at a much higher rate for whites with less resources and education to cope.

    I dunno about elitist, since I happen to belong to that "dominant White voting class" myself. And although our demographics are declining, our voter turnouts are still higher than most other groups nationally and in State-wide elections. Meaning we still have clout on election day, and influence with politicians.

    Aided now, of course, by successful Republican Party efforts to restrict voting access by minority groups, and others that Republican strategists believe are more likely to vote for Democrats. It is that elitist membership that I repudiate for myself. Except, of course, to exploit it while it lasts to vote exactly opposite the way Republicans want me to vote, on behalf of the newly disenfranchised. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 05, 2015 3:38 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidSo what it's saying is that white trash red-necks are drinking & drugging themselves to death. And what's the harm in that? Other than a loss of a NASCAR audience, some Confederate flag sales, obviously lost weapons and ammunition purchases, a few tattoo parlors going out of business, and less unwashed wife-beater undershirts and greasy baseball caps to look at.

    Actually I consider this a good development. Accelerating the diminishment of the dominant White voting class in the US.




    This is the most ignorant thing I've ever heard you say. If someone were to post this exact same statement with "blacks" replacing "whites" you'd have a shit fit. Since you're white too, I guess that means you wave a Confederate flag, wear wife-beaters and wear greasy baseball caps too. Have fun at the next NASCAR event! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 05, 2015 3:45 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidSo what it's saying is that white trash red-necks are drinking & drugging themselves to death. And what's the harm in that? Other than a loss of a NASCAR audience, some Confederate flag sales, obviously lost weapons and ammunition purchases, a few tattoo parlors going out of business, and less unwashed wife-beater undershirts and greasy baseball caps to look at.

    Actually I consider this a good development. Accelerating the diminishment of the dominant White voting class in the US.

    I have such a low opinion of you that it's hard to be surprised at any vile, ignorant thing you say.....and yet here we are.