Harper’s Index — From the June 2014 issue

Harper’s Index

Percentage change in the past year in the number of Mexicans requesting U.S. asylum : +160

In the number of anti-Hispanic hate crimes in United States : +233

Number of people fatally shot near the Mexican border since 2010 for throwing rocks at U.S. Border Patrol agents : 10

Number of minutes Mexican men and women work each day, respectively : 580, 607

Respective percentage of that work that is unpaid : 19, 62

Percentage change since 2004 in the number of people using Texas’s long-term-care Medicaid programs : +612

Ratio of seriously mentally ill people held in U.S. state prisons and jails to those held in state psychiatric hospitals : 10:1

Percentage change since 2008 in the number of adults aged 26 to 34 taking medication for ADHD : +84

Percentage of e-cigarette nicotine-poisoning cases in Oklahoma this year that have involved children under six : 87

Minimum number of Alabama women charged under a “chemical endangerment” law for taking drugs while pregnant : 100

Portion of British family doctors who are considering early retirement because of increasing workloads : 3/5

Estimated number of doctors working in and around Aleppo at the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011 : 5,000

Number working there today : 36

Percentage of Egyptians who say it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person : 95

Percentage of Americans who do : 53

Of Chinese : 14

Maximum daily compensation a Chinese travel agency offers tourists who sign up for “smog insurance” : $8

Minimum acres of U.S. grassland that have been converted to soy and corn fields since 2006 : 1,300,000

Average portion of the Great Lakes that has iced over during the winter in the past forty years : 1/2

Portion that iced over this winter : 9/10

Minimum number of remains of World War I casualties uncovered in northern Italy since 1990 because of retreating glaciers : 40

Factor by which an Army soldier is more likely than the average American to be diagnosed with intermittent explosive anger : 5

By which a heterosexual U.S. woman is more likely to be killed by her intimate partner if he owns a handgun : 5

Percentage of homicides by white women of black men that are deemed justifiable on the grounds of self-defense : 14

By black women of white men : 3

Portion of inmates held in federal prisons who are nonviolent drug offenders : 1/2

Portion of Republicans who favor raising the federal minimum wage : 1/2

Percentage of Democrats over sixty-five who support same-sex marriage : 62

Of Republicans under thirty who do : 61

Percentage of spending last year by Our Country Deserves Better, the largest U.S. Tea Party PAC, that went to fund-raising : 79

That went to campaign contributions : 0.09

Portion of all online advertising that is never seen by a human being : 1/2

Minimum percentage of ATMs worldwide that operate on Windows XP : 95

Date on which Microsoft stopped providing tech support for the operating system : 04/08/2014

Percentage change in U.S. worker productivity and compensation, respectively, between 1947 and 1973 : +104, +93

Between 1973 and 2013 : +108, +44

Percentage of U.S. CFOs who say they would forgo an attractive investment if it meant missing a quarterly earnings target : 55

Estimated percentage of U.S. female CEOs who are overweight : 10

Of U.S. male CEOs : 65

Figures cited are the latest available as of April 2014.
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June Index Sources

1 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
2 U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics
3 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (El Paso, Tex.)
4, 5 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris)
6 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (Baltimore)
7 Treatment Advocacy Center (Arlington, Va.)
8 Express Scripts (Saint Louis)
9 Oklahoma Poison Control Center (Oklahoma City)
10 National Advocates for Pregnant Women (N.Y.C.)
11 British Medical Association (London)
12, 13 Assessment Capacities Project (Geneva)
14–16 Pew Research Center (Washington)
17 Ctrip.com (Shanghai)
18 Christopher Wright, South Dakota State University (Brookings)
19, 20 National Ice Center (Suitland, Md.)
21 Archaeological Heritage Office (Trento, Italy)
22 Ronald Kessler, Harvard Medical School (Boston)
23 Mayors Against Illegal Guns (N.Y.C.)
24, 25 The Urban Institute (Washington)
26 U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics
27 Gallup (Princeton, N.J.)
28, 29 Pew Research Center (Washington)
30,31 Center for Responsive Politics (Washington)
32 comScore (Reston, Va.)
33 NCR Corporation (Duluth, Ga.)
34 Waggener Edstroms Communications (Bellevue, Wash.)
35, 36 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
37 Campbell Harvey, Duke University (Durham, N.C.)
38, 39 Patricia Roehling, Hope College (Holland, Mich.)

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