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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Only A Fool Can Favor France Over USA

Having ignored the French for a while, Don Luskin's website has rekindled my spirit. There are many excellent comments and analyses to show the French are falling so far behind the US that nothing NYT's Krugman says positive about France is close to supportable. If the French are so happy as compared to Americans, then why are the suicide rates (per 100,000 population) for men and women, according to the WHO:

France: 26.1 and 9.4
USA: 17.6 and 4.1

Out of the 100 countries in the survey, France ranked 19th in percentage of suicides. The USA ranked 67th. Some countries had stale numbers (like Jordan and Egypt which showed no suicides in 1985. Methinks there may have been a few since then).

(And Evo, the rates for Italy are men 11.1 and women are 3.4. which tracks Israel's 10.5 and 2.6 closely. I aks for readers to comment on what those stats mean. I have a few un-PC ideas).

I particularly liked this part of a letter to Luskin's Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid by Kenneth Krantz:

When the comparatively few French nationals who are employed deign to go to work they kick our butts on a per hour worked basis. This methodology applies equally well to other French accomplishments.

While Soviet, British, and U.S. troops foolishly bled and died in tiresome places like Stalingrad, El Alamein, and Guadalcanal the clever French were exercising the much smarter lifestyle choice of waiting to be liberated. With a few weeks of fighting followed by four years of occupation France was the military superpower of World War II on a per day fought basis. This may be the secret to national greatness in the Krugman parallel universe -- work as little as possible in peacetime and surrender as soon as possible in wartime, so that your per hour worked and per day fought numbers will look good.

1 Comments:

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I looked at the numbers and men commit suicide 4 times as often as women do. I always thought that was just true of Jewish men who die before their wives because they want to. Old joke but it fits.

 

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