Post Tagged with: "deaths of despair"

Part of Bethleshem Steel, once a premier American producer, now demolished for a gambling casino. (Wikicommons)

An American System Economic Scorecard

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 8, 2019—The coincidence of recent extravagant claims about the sterling performance of the American economy (highest stock market ever, lowest unemployment rates, etc.) and the persistent decline of key demographic indicators (increased mortality rate, increasing rates of suicide and other deaths of despair), should provoke some […]

by November 8, 2019 History, News
An artist's conception of a maglev from D.C. to NYC. The trip would take one hour.

Will 2020 Bring Winds of Change?

By Angela Vullo Aug. 24, 2019–On Sunday night, August 18, MSNBC completed a four-part docuseries called “American Swamp,” which included a segment on infrastructure entitled “Bill to Nowhere.”  The segment detailed both the crisis condition of our national infrastructure and the gridlock in Washington which has failed to address this […]

by August 24, 2019 Commentary
Opioid Legislation Passed: Not with a Bang, But a Whimper

Opioid Legislation Passed: Not with a Bang, But a Whimper

Oct. 4, 2018—Passage of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, an omnibus bill purported to deal with the acknowledged public health emergency known as the opioid epidemic, with overwhelming bipartisan support in both Houses of Congress, is being heralded as a great achievement. In fact, from every point of […]

by October 4, 2018 News Shorts
The CDC's latest chart on the 2017 increase in drug overdose deaths.

Opioid Deaths Leap Up: No Solution in Sight

August 17, 2018—Once again, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a report which should shake Americans to the core. On Aug. 15 the CDC issued a preliminary estimate that 72,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2017, a figure which represents a 7 to 10% increase over 2016. […]

by August 17, 2018 News Shorts
CDC chart on suicide rates. The higher the rate, the darker the blue.

Rising U.S. Suicide Rate Demands Profound National Change

by Nancy Spannaus June 13, 2018—The June 8, 2018 Vital Signs Report from the Centers for Disease Control provides a gruesome context for the latest headline suicides of celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. Suicide rates are on the rise among all sections of the U.S. population except those over […]

by June 13, 2018 News
Decline in the U.S birth  rate (World Bank)

U.S. Birthrate Falls to 30-Year Low

May 20, 2018—A report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on May 17 declared that the U.S. birthrate fell 2 percent between 2016 and 2017, bringing the rate to the lowest level in 30 years. Fertility rates also fell to a near record low of 1.76.  The only year […]

by May 20, 2018 News Shorts