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Society


Data resources

Social justice

How many Americans have no real economic security to speak of – no job security, no retirement security, no secure access to quality healthcare or education.

Is white privilege a problem in America

Why are we not taking refugees when America prides itself on having the statue of liberty yet completely disregarding its meaning?

Why did we treat the indigenous people of America so badly?

Why do we still celebrate Columbus Day?

Pew Research’s Little Change in Public’s Response to ’Capitalism,’ ’Socialism’

[Compared to capitalism,] socialism is a far more divisive word, with wide differences of opinion along racial, generational, socioeconomic and political lines. Fully nine-in-ten conservative Republicans (90%) view socialism negatively, while nearly six-in-ten liberal Democrats (59%) react positively. Low-income Americans are twice as likely as higher-income Americans to offer a positive assessment of socialism (43% among those with incomes under $30,000, 22% among those earning $75,000 or more).

People under age 30 are divided in their views of both capitalism and socialism. But to Americans age 65 and older, socialism is clearly a negative (72%), not a positive (13%), term. To Americans age 29 and younger, socialism is a positive term for 49% of them.

Why? Perhaps older Americans associate socialism with Russia (bad!) and younger ones associate socialism with the Western European social democracies the blend both capitalism and socialism. They are very prosperous and have better social outcomes due to universal health care and much less expensive if not free higher education.


Social welfare

 

Homelessness/hunger/food and health

Our World in Data’s Food per person

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’s Poverty Reduction Programs Help Adults Lacking College Degrees the Most – Nearly 9 in 10 Working-Age Adults Lifted Above the Poverty Line Lack College Degree

Statista’s

homelessness

fast food

YouGov’s food and health

PewResearch’s health

On average how many homeless people are there in the United States today?
Did the numbers of homeless people increase or decrease from the past couple of years?
Compared to other countries is the homeless rate greater or lesser?

Why are there homeless people in America?
Is there a way to help homeless people in America that we’re not doing right now?
Is homelessness something that can be fixed in America?
What is food companies doing with their food at the end of the night if not giving it to homeless people in need?
If the numbers are going up why isn’t anything being done about it?
What are other countries going to help and or control the homeless population?

Food & Health:

How much of our food is regulated/monitored by the FDA?
Compared to the past is our food considered to be healthier or the opposite?
How healthy are other countries compared to the U.S.?

Why does it cost more to get healthy food in America?
What goes into our food that we don’t know about
Are companies required to label everything in their foods that can be harmful to our health?
Do the government/ FDA monitor everything that goes into the grocery stores and other food places?
Why are other countries considered healthier than America?
What can happen to improve the health of people in America?
Do people see health to be a problem in America?
What is being done now to improve it?


Abortion

The Lancet’s “Abortion incidence between 1990 and 2014: global, regional, and subregional levels and trends” – abstract

http://lockportcarenet.net/?utm_source=go&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=bing&_vsrefdom=SwO9ez9yCUGO_RfBvwHfoA

Women’s Center’s abortion stats

Should abortion be legal or illegal for anyone?

Why do people even need to have abortion if they don’t want to take a unborn child’s life?

What ages have abortion mostly been used for?

How many people in the United Statas have an abortion at the age of 18 or younger?

What do other countries have?

What should the latest point be to have an abortion? Safe vs. not safe? Health risks to child or mother? Pro choice?


Immigration

path to citizenship?

Pew Research’s

Immigration

Immigration Attitudes

Immigration Trends

 

Voting rights

 

1st amendment/artistic freedom


Health care

https://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/AboutCDC/index.html (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

What do we already have?

–          National (CDC) and global (WHO) organizations that provide the public with information and updates on public health.

–          Vaccines (Polio etc eradicated)

What did we use to have?

What do other countries have?

–          WHO

–          Global Health observatory

Disease eradication in other countries? How have we been able to eradicate disease and illness? Steps needed to prevent spread? Universal health care; benefits?

Health care –  what do we do now for health care

-what do other successful countries doing for health care?

-should health care be available for everyone no matter what you make at the end of the year?

– what would be the benefits of having universal health care?

Health Care

Questions
How much has the price of health care gone up?
How much money does the government spend on heath care?
How many Americans/citizens actually have health care?

Resource Links
https://www.nationalpriorities.org/
https://www.ssa.gov/
http://www.taxpolicycenter.org

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/research-data-technology/statistics-research


Euthanasia

What does it mean and what are the differences between end-of-life terms?

What countries have legalized it so far?

What is the public opinion in our country regarding this subject?

What are the reasons why we should also legalize it?

Statista’s Euthanasia

NCBI – PubMed’s Euthanasia


Family

 

Drugs

Why is America the country that consumes vast majority of the world’s opioids?

Should marijuana be used as an alternative medicine for pain instead of using narcotics?

How responsive is drug use to changes in price, risk, availability, and “normalcy”?

 

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/27/americans-consume-almost-all-of-the-global-opioid-supply.html

http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/23622-medical-marijuana-reduces-use-of-opioid-pain-meds-decreases-risk-for-some-with-chronic-pain

https://www.nap.edu/read/9586/chapter/6#78

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6taQDF0rdAwbmhPRlZ1YlRyMmc/view


Women and children

What percentage of U.S jobs/companies offer paid maternity leave?

What is the rate of abortions in the U.S? What was it in the past/

What is the main reason for abortions in the U.S.?

Who are having abortions? (age, ethnicity, etc.)

Which regions have the highest rates of abortion?

How much do families spend when on maternity leave?

What is the average length of maternity leave?

Data Resources

Pew Research’s abortion

 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics maternity leave

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

Foster Care System-

Why aren’t abuse cases found earlier?  http://www.npr.org/sections/healthshots/2015/01/27/381636056/child-abuse-and-neglect-laws-arent-being-enforced-report-finds

Why is it so hard to find homes for children that are older? http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data?gclid=CIP89q3Pg9ICFVFXDQodJNgPIA#NY/2/0/char/0

Women-

Why don’t women get the same pay rate for doing the same job as a male? http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/

Why are women of color still being judged and payed less?  http://nwlc.org/resources/the-wage-gap-the-who-how-why-and-what-to-do/

Issue two: Women not having equal opportunity in government and military career settings

How many women have the same government jobs as men?

What is the wage gap?

Sources: https://www.govloop.com/26-stats-women-goverment/

 


International comparisons

(sources on Learn more page)

 U.S.ThailandNetherlandsChinaBrazilAustralia
mothers (rank)I 31II 20I 9II 18II 12I 2
child well-being, rank26--1----15 (est.)
birth rate, per 1,000 population141111121412
life expectancy at birth, years797581767482
infant mortality, number per 1,000 births who die before age 5711415215
maternal mortality ratio, number per 100,0002820627446
teen pregnancies, per 100086--11----44
childhood overweight / obesity, % (age range)40 (13-17)16 (10-12)23 (2-16)
adult obesity, %36(Indonesia 3)1231528
health care, % insured, % by gov't, % by private85, 32, 53--99.9, 99.9, 0----100, 100, 0
total expenditure on health, US$ per person9,5003504,7003199506,000
total expenditure on health as a % of GDP (% gov't, % private)17% (48%)7% (86%)10% (87%)5% (56%)8% (46%)9% (67%)
paid maternity leave, weeks (pay %)090 days (100%)
45 more days (50%)
16 (100%)98 days (100%)17 (100%)18 (AUD$656.90 per week)
paternity leave, weeks, all unpaid12 each026 each0< 1 (100%)52 shared
Gender Equality Index (rank)48t12t9t
Women in politics, %174124
higher education costs -- tuition and fees, in U.S. $ (total cost affordability Rank)14,000 (13)3,000 (3)8,000 (12)

Relevant data

8 Secrets of Dutch Kids, the Happiest Kids in the Worldhagelslag

  1. Their parents are among the happiest in the world.
  2. Their moms are genuinely happy.
  3. Dutch dads play a more equal role in child-rearing.
  4. Dutch kids feel no pressure to excel in school and have very little stress. They have no homework until high school and lots of time for play, especially sports.
  5. For breakfast, they eat chocolate sprinkles on buttered white bread.
  6. They have a right to express their own opinions
  7. They have Oma day (kids spending a lot of time with grandparents)
  8. The Dutch government gives families money every month to help with expenses.

From my personal experience, I would add a ninth. Dutch teenagers all have bicycles and think nothing of riding 10 miles to see their friends. They are never dependent on their parents to drive them anywhere in a car.

Maternal Mortality Rate in U.S. Rises, Defying Global Trend, Study Finds

One of the biggest worldwide public health triumphs in recent years has been maternal mortality. Global death rates fell by more than a third from 2000 to 2015. The United States, however, is one of the few countries in the world that have gone against the grain, new data show. Its maternal mortality rate has risen despite improvements in health care and an overwhelming global trend in the other direction.

The Fight Working Moms Won

The Family and Medical Leave Act, which today guarantees just 12 weeks of unpaid leave, was introduced in Congress regularly for a decade before it became law in 1993. President George H.W. Bush vetoed it twice. Conservatives continually denounced it, arguing that it would destroy the free market and the family; a Republican congressman at the time called it “nothing short of Europeanization — a polite term for socialism.”

While the very rich become much richer, are we satisfied with having the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country on earth? Can a worker really survive on the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour? How can a working-class family afford $15,000 a year for childcare? How can a senior citizen or a disabled veteran get by on $13,000 a year from Social Security?

Why is the richest country in the history of the world the only major country not to provide health care to all as a right, despite spending much more per capita? Why are we one of the very few countries on earth not to provide paid family and medical leave? With the five major drug companies making over $50 billion in profits last year, why do we end up paying, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs?