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Harper's Sums Up the Bush Era

Harper?s Index: A retrospective of the Bush era (Harper's Magazine)

Percentage of U.S. veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have filed for disability with the VA: 35

Chance that an Iraq war veteran who has served two or more tours now has post-traumatic stress disorder: 1 in 4

Number of all U.S. war veterans who have been denied Veterans Administration health care since 2003: 452,677

Number of eligibility restrictions for admission into the Army that have been loosened since 2003: 9

Percentage change from 2004 to 2007 in the number of Army recruits admitted despite having been charged with a felony: 295

Fascinating numbers. All unsourced, but if true: wow.



Harpers is the second-oldest (1850) magazine in the U.S. and has been publishing their Index for years. The Index itself is pretty much an institution, let alone the magazine. Sources are listed in every print magazine; this installment appeared in the January issue.

January Index Sources
1 Harper’s research; 2 Enterprise Rent-A-Car (St. Louis); 3 National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, Md.); 4 Enron Corp. (Houston)/Halliburton (Houston); 5 The Presidential Appointee Initiative (Washington); 6 Center for Responsive Politics (Washington)/Harper’s research; 7 U.S. Government Printing Office; 8 Chevron Corporation (San Ramon, Calif.); 9,10 U.S. Government Accountability Office; 11 Judicial Watch, Inc. (Washington); 12 Anchorage Daily News; 13 Editions First (Paris); 14–16 Human Rights First (N.Y.C.)/American Civil Liberties Union (N.Y.C.); 17 U.S. Department of Homeland Security; 18 Federal Bureau of Investigation (Salt Lake City); 19 Transport Security Administration (N.Y.C.);20 Gallup Poll (Princeton, N.J.); 21 First Amendment Center (Nashville);22 Integer Group (Denver);23 Washington Post;24 Jeffrey Roitman, Research Medical Center (Kansas City, Mo.);25 American Civil Liberties Union (N.Y.C.); 26 Neil Kinkopf, Georgia State University (Atlanta); 27,28 Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (Wash- ington);29 Harper’s research;30 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Washington);31 Sony Corporation (Tokyo); 32,33 Jonathan Finer (Washington);34,35 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore);36 U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva)/U.N. Statistics Division (N.Y.C.); 37 ABC News (N.Y.C.); 38 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (Washington); 39 Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (Silver Spring, Md.);40 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs;41 Center for American Progress (Washington);42 U.S. Army Recruiting Command (Fort Knox, Ky.); 43 Scott McClellan, White House Press Office;44 Harper’s research; 45 U.S. Office of Management and Budget; 46 Mark McKinnon (Austin, Tex.);47 Mark McKinnon (Austin, Tex.)/Harper’s research;48 Mark Knoller (Washington); 49 Harper’s research; 50 U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva);51 Human Rights First (Washington); Reprieve (London); (McLean, Va.); 54,55 Parents Television Council (Los Angeles);56 Citizenship and Immigration (Ottawa);57 Harper’s research; 58 Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas, Inc. (N.Y.C.); 59 Raba Technologies, LLC. (Columbia, Md.); 60,61 Andrew Gelman, Columbia University (N.Y.C.); 62 Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Berkeley;63 U.S. Census Bureau (Suitland, Md.); 64 Hewitt Associates (Lincolnshire, Ill.);65 Economic Policy Institute (Washington); 66,67 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Rockville, Md.); 68,69 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Rockville, Md.);70 U.S. Department of Justice; 71,72 Donald Shields, University of Missouri, Kansas City;73,74 U.S. Department of Justice;75 American National Biography (N.Y.C.); 76 Impeach PAC (Washington);77 USASpending.gov (Washington);78 Union of Concerned Scientists (Cambridge, Mass.); 79 Harris Interactive (Rochester, N.Y.);80,81 Center for Biological Diversity (Portland, Ore.);82 Harper’s research; 83 Southern Pines Electric Power Association (Taylorsville, Miss.);84 U.S. Department of Defense, Northern Command (Peterson, Colo.); 85 Mississippi Development Authority (Jackson); 86 Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (Baton Rouge)/Mississippi Department of Health (Jackson);87 American Name Society (Bellevue, Neb.); 88 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta); 89,90 New York Times; 91,92 Morningstar, Inc. (Chicago);93 National September 11 Memorial and Museum (N.Y.C.); 94 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (Chicago); 95 U.S. Department of State; 96 Harper’s research; 97 Harper’s research; 98,99 U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs (Baghdad);100 Joint Economic Committee (Washington)/U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis;101 Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University (N.Y.C.)/Linda J. Bilmes, Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.); 102,103 Veronique de Rugy, George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.);104,105 Paul Light, New York University (N.Y.C.);106,107 Office of Management and Budget Watch (Washington); 108 U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee;109 National Education Association (Washington);110 Nielsen BookScan (White Plains, N.Y.);111 First American CoreLogic (Sacramento, Calif.);112,113 Goldman Sachs (N.Y.C.)/Harper’s research; 114 White House Press Office;115 Books In Print (New Providence, N.J.);116 Harper’s research;117,118 Harper’s research; 119 Harper’s research; 120 Harper’s research; 121,122 Gallup Poll (Washington);123 All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (Moscow).

My favorite:

Number of members of the rock band Anthrax who said they hoarded Cipro so as to avoid an “ironic death”: 1

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