World Press 2019

12 Apr

America 3rd world or the wealthiest?

16 Dec
  • By most indicators, the US is one of the world’s wealthiest countries. It spends more on national defense than China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Kingdom, India, France and Japan combined.
  • US healthcare expenditures per capita are double the OECD average and much higher than in all other countries. But there are many fewer doctors and hospital beds per person than the OECD average.
  • US infant mortality rates in 2013 were the highest in the developed world.
  • Americans can expect to live shorter and sicker lives, compared to people living in any other rich democracy, and the “health gap” between the US and its peer countries continues to grow.
  • US inequality levels are far higher than those in most European countries
  • Neglected tropical diseases, including Zika, are increasingly common in the USA. It has been estimated that 12 million Americans live with a neglected parasitic infection. A 2017 report documents the prevalence of hookworm in Lowndes County, Alabama.
  • The US has the highest prevalence of obesity in the developed world.
  • In terms of access to water and sanitation the US ranks 36th in the world.
  • America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, ahead of Turkmenistan, El Salvador, Cuba, Thailand and the Russian Federation. Its rate is nearly five times the OECD average.
  • The youth poverty rate in the United States is the highest across the OECD with one quarter of youth living in poverty compared to less than 14% across the OECD.
  • The Stanford Center on Inequality and Poverty ranks the most well-off countries in terms of labor markets, poverty, safety net, wealth inequality, and economic mobility. The US comes in last of the top 10 most well-off countries, and 18th amongst the top 21.
  • In the OECD the US ranks 35th out of 37 in terms of poverty and inequality.
  • According to the World Income Inequality Database, the US has the highest Gini rate (measuring inequality) of all Western Countries
  • The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality characterizes the US as “a clear and constant outlier in the child poverty league”. US child poverty rates are the highest amongst the six richest countries – Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and Norway.

To read to full report, click here.

Great news

3 Dec

I’m happy all my (rich) American friends get richer, fantastic:

  • 13 million more Americans out of an expensive health care system
  • slash Corporate tax to 20% forever and shorten the time low/middle income people can enjoy a tax break
  • no more inheritance tax up to 11 million
  • tax break for private schools not public schools
  • 90% of credits go to corporations and the wealthy, great!

Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president – daily updates

5 Feb

Wat te doen…

3 Feb


6 Jan

David had 3 hours left in AMSTERDAM, we were happy to surprise David with a bike ride on Zeedijk, drinks in ‘het Loosje’, ride along canals, Dam square, kroeghap at ‘de Orangerie’ and ride to Central Station. 

Maybe we start bike tour company…..

Print me a…..

28 Dec


26 Dec


14 Dec

Geloof ik wel of…

5 Dec