“Sicko” — Did Michael Moore Get It Right?
* Life Expectancy at Birth. According to the same source, Andorra ranks #1 in the world with an average life expectancy of 83.52 years. This is followed by Macau (82.27), Japan (82.02), San Marino and Singapore (81.80) and Hong Kong (81.68). The U.S. (78.00) ranks 45th in the world, bracketed by Saint Helena (78.9) and Cyprus (77.98).
* Death Rate. “The World Factbook” reports that the lowest death rate occurs in the United Arab Emirates, with 2.16 deaths per 1,000 population. This is followed by the Northern Mariana Islands (2.29), Kuwait (2.39), Saudi Arabia (2.55), Jordan (2.68) and American Samoa (3.24). The United States ranks 118th in the world with 8.26 deaths per 1,000, bracketed by Cambodia (8.24) and San Marino (8.27).
Michael Moore just might be on to something.
P.S. A wonderful e-mail, received December 17:
Denny, At the holiday season we give thanks for many things, and one of them is your column. I enjoy your insight all year, and wish you and your family a wonderful 2008.
On another note, if you’re looking for a column idea, think about “stupidest marketing ideas of 2007” ... and I have a candidate. After years of being a Comcast customer, enduring frequent outages, fewer and fewer channels, and ever-rising prices, we switched to Verizon FIOS as soon as it was offered in our neighborhood.
Since we switched in the middle of a billing cycle and still owed Comcast for a couple weeks of our service, I called them to see how much money I needed to send.
After wading through the auto-attendant system, I finally had the chance to select an option to speak with a representative.
Here’s the clincher: the voice prompt said, “If you want to speak to a representative in person, the charge will be $4.95.”