Talking Points: President’s Day, Mortality, Democracy

President’s Day, Mortality, Democracy

Calling “Presidents Day” a holiday doesn’t make it so. Yesware, an email analytics firm crunched the numbers on 23 million emails circulating through corporate inboxes over the course of one year. Their finding: Open and reply rates on Presidents Day exceeded other federal holidays, and even a typical workday. Time, February 13, 2019 

Niall Ferguson banged out a laundry list of the president’s shortcomings: He’s a serial adulterer with medical issues that he keeps hidden from the press. He hired a close relative to work in his administration. He’s got a back-channel to the Kremlin. He’s a disrupter who uses modern media to communicate directly to the public. And the prospect of a nuclear war under his leadership is more than a little unsettling. He was talking, or course, about President John F. Kennedy. InvestingSecrets, January 16, 2019

It costs about $81 billion annually to house and feed the nation’s 2.2 million incarcerated individuals. FoxNews, December 6, 2018

“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man’s inclination to injustice make democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr

Since 1990, the global mortality rate for children under 5 has fallen from 93 per 1,000 kids to just 39 per thousand- a reduction of 54%. The decrease has been driven largely by the $10 billion in donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. World Health Organization

50% of adults can’t remember the content of a 10-minute presentation mere seconds after it ends. A staggering 75% will have forgotten everything after 48 hours. Hubspot .com

My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all of their fingers.” President Jimmy Carter

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