THE DON JONES INDEX…

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

         7/24/17…  15,626.51

7/17/17…  15,625.77

6/27/13…  15,000.00

 

 

 (THE DOW JONES INDEX: 7/24/17… 21,580.07; 7/21/17… 21,650.54; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

LESSON for JULY 24, 2017 – UNCLE SAM… HE AIN’T FEELIN’ SO GOOD!

 

Having disposed of introductory remarks, the necessary apologies to snowflakes peeved that dead, white American males have anything of lasting import to say and qualified our results by noting that our sources… largely global institutions, think tanks and academic redoubts of a planetary elite not especially inclined to love or trust the United States (with a few free-market freebooters tossed in)… have little to qualify them for the veracity of their findings save that they are the only folks with both the charge and the resources to conduct their researches, we proceed now, to these findings, collected and duly filtered and presented to the table of Don Jones as though they were a plate of fish filets.  Rather off, too, if our Donalds (Jones and POTUS) expected a patriotic affirmation of the greatness and superiority of the American Dream… there are far too many standards by which it still remains a dream, rather than a reality (and a few categories that might best be described as nightmarish).

Proceeding, now, to the first half of our survey, we find ourselves standing in the shadow of Benjamin Franklin FRS FRSE (1706 - 1790), the scientist and diplomat whose epigrammatic counsel includes well known remarks like “a penny saved is a penny earned”, “he that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas” and, as will be of note when we reach the “liberty” indices in a month or thereabouts, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.

And the basis for the first three episodes of this investigation into national greatness and/or mediocrity… how the United States, among the nations of the globe… delivers on the promise made to those who go to bed before the braying latenite talkshows and rise before Good Morning, America: “health, wealth and wisdom”.

Last week, we took a general accounting of the identities and methodology of the for- and non-profit institutions that measure and compare attributes of the global condition, not excluding the caveat that all of these august bodies are, in some way or another, biased and that some people swear that all of them are wholly and unconditionally rigged.

We acknowledged the survey-skewing effects of such creatures as the  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which takes into account only the largest, most powerful and wealthiest countries on the planet and did not fail to mention that some see such agencies as the United Nations, the World Bank and World Health Organization and assemblages heretofore cited in our brief discussion of liberty as Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders as components of a vast left-wing conspiracy… others delegitimize data compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency or any of the dark money financed think tanks (think Heritage, Mercatus… more or less anything sporting the greasy fingerprints of the Koch Brothers, their minions and their money) as right-wing or alt-right fakes.

But they’re all we have.

Who else is going to spend the time and the money to delve into the minutae of health, wealth or wisdom?  Well, perhaps a few corporations seeking to publicize their wares by launching some study or another and thereby gleaning free media attention they would otherwise have to pay for.

Which brings us to Mr. Franklin’s admonition and the first of his three positive outcomes… the sleep habits of the world and their effects on health.  And who should be the authority on validating the principles of this revolted American?  Why the British, of course.  Specifically the London Daily Mail which colluded with the Fitbit Corporation (who make those little wristwatchy things that watch your vital signs and transmit them back to… whomever…) and analyzed data from fifty nations (but only thirty as regarded sleep habits) and so became one of those authorities that we cited in last week’s DJI, as follows…

 

“Health: acknowledging the overlap with Mr. Jefferson’s “Life”, we nonetheless can concur that Sleep as measured by the London Daily Mail and… for 35 mostly wealthy countries only…the personal tracker Fitbit (which, unfortunately, fails to take into account the times of retiring or rising).  Leaving overall life expectancy for the aforesaid, we singled out rates of infant mortality (as tallied up by both the United Nations and our own American CIA) and factored in the proportion of a national financial commitment to healthcare as a percentage of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as measured by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank…”

 

“From the best night's kip being enjoyed on a Wednesday to rising the earliest on a Sunday, new data is giving fascinating insights into how the world sleeps,” the Daily Mail reported.

“Using statistics from Sleep Cycle app users, researchers have discovered that the earliest wake-up time worldwide is on a Monday in South Africa.

“While on Tuesdays, Americans rise at 7am and are in the worst mood all week.”

No hands-across-the-water moments here… nor quarter for queen and country either…

“In terms of national average sleep quality, Slovakia topped the list. The UK was in 45th place, while the US was in 49th. The best sleep quality worldwide occurs on a Wednesday night. More than half (58 per cent) of countries surveyed said they had the most restful sleep on this day.”

The app “tracks a user's sleep as they go through a cycle of sleep phases.  It uses the phone's accelerometer to identify phases by tracking movements in bed and wakes users up during their lightest sleep phase, using a pre-defined 30-minute alarm window.”

Seems that this would automatically make for grumpier and unhealthier outcomes, other sleep-related data below as Attachments 2 and 3.

Among the other attributes of good health are life expectancy… a more or less simple standard that, as it also impacts the quality Life (which we will consider as part of Mr, Jefferson’s entitlements listed in the Declaration of Independence and the only factor to be considered twice) and the number of physicians per capita.  This latter does not determine whether these are competent doctors, or not, but given the number of immigrant medical professionals currently in the U.S., it may be assumed that the doctors’ colleges overseas are at least as capable as those here and, in fact, a number of American students who have the smarts and the skills for medicine but not the money have been availing themselves of these same overseas colleges and more power to them (so long as they learn the difference between a blastoma and a glioma before opening people up)

The most comprehensive study available on world and national health was also British… conducted by the magazine Lancet, full of articles and abstracts of interest to doctors and others of the medical community.  Their rankings did not include specific data on the factors employed and the weight apportioned each, but they did state that their findings were a composite of…

Disaster                  Stunting                            Wasting              Overweight         

MMRS                   BANN (marriage?) mort                            HIV                     Adolescent birthrates

Tuberculosis          Malaria                    Hepatitis B        Road injuries              IPV Water (presumably drownings)

NTDs (either neural tube defects or neglected tropical diseases)           NCDs (probably not National Cleavage Days)

Poisons                   Smoking                            Sanitation          Air poll mort           Air pollOcc

HygieneHH           Suicide                               Alcohol               Violence             War

Some of this British medical shorthand, frankly, escapes me… but since all these things are grouped together, they must be bad… and some of them should (hopefully) reflect the more mundane syndromes like heart attack, stroke, cancer and so on.  If they don’t this survey is in trouble but it did follow the rather predictable pattern – the healthiest people in the world were rich, white (and a few Asian) inhabitants of temperate and cold climates, others did not do so well.

And then we considered the joker in the deck… medical expenses as measured as a percentage of per capita income (by the CIA and WHO… the World Health Organization) and as a percentage of national GDP (as measured by the @).  This did not reflect well upon the wealthy world… and upon the United States worst of all.  Despite high PCI and GDP indices, the expense involve in seeing a doctor was off the charts, literally… and this before Obamacare (to use comparisons made by fired FBI director James Comey, a bad plan) gets replaced by Trumpcare (a disastrous plan).  American outrage over healthcare costs probably elected The Donald, and soon enough these voters are going to realize how they’ve been stabbed in the back (an expensive expense if they don’t have Congressional-quality insurance) and that we are considered a laughingstock in Chad and Madagascar and Bangladesh, places where medical care is cheap and, in the case of the latter, the professionals are good enough to emigrate to American cities.

Out of mercy (and self-serving patriotism) we halved the impact of the two sets of medical expense rankings on the grounds that, while comprehensive, they more or less duplicated one another (less, perhaps, in a few of the more unequal societies where the people are productive, but the fruits of their labor float upwards like Mylar balloons.  We also halved the Fitbit sleep and overall fitness indices since the former had only 30 and the latter had 50.  (It’s not likely that many Fitbits are being sold in Zimbabwe or even Bangladesh.)  Full credit was allotted to life expectancy, doctors per capita and the Lancet findings (howsoever arcane) meaning that the sum of all things healthy or not were divided by five and rankings rendered that will seem somewhat at odds once we get into more conventional qualities like wealth and freedom (even the differences between the Heritage and Freedom House findings therein were not nearly so stark as those in healthcare with the expense included as it reflected (or not) the quality of the rest of the sample.

Although over two hundred nations were ranked by one or more of the criteria, we included only those listed on at least three full surveys… a total of 185 countries.

So… what is the healthiest country in the world?  Would you believe Greece?

Bankrupt Greece!

Yep – with a good but not spectacular scores, bad (European) healthcare costs… but not so bad… and plenty of doctors hanging around (perhaps without paying patients) the Greeks edged out their divided, frequently war-torn neighbor island of Cyprus.

Rounding out the top five were the predictable Switzerland and the micro-states of Singapore and Iceland.

Despite the inclusion of healthcare costs as a factor respected by both the World Health Organization and World Bank, the bottom thirty were almost entirely African… only Afghanistan took the walk of shame.  The rock bottom of the rock bottom was Somalia.

North Korea let enough of the bean counters in and out again to get a ranking… and they finished in the top half.  So did Syria, but as the data was several years old, in some cases, that is likely to change in the future.

And us?

America barely made the top fifty, finishing tied for that spot with the Seychelles, just ahead of the Chinese.  (Had we given full credit to both the PCI and GDP expense factors, we would have finished somewhat lower.)

Maybe there is hope.  If the President and Congress pass more tax cuts for the rich, increase military spending and do nothing about entitlements, we might go bankrupt, too.

Then, we can catch up to the Greeks.

 

While the attention of the media was focused on all of those Russians spilling out of the administration’s collusioneers like clowns from a Prius, Don Jones kicked back, stayed out of the heat and dodged the floods and the celebrity fiascos (O.J., Phelps, and the inevitable fall of Sean Spicer), hardly anything on the index moved much and the result was a gain of less than one point. 

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

                                                                                                                                             

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX (45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

INCOME

 

(24%)

BASE

6/27/13

      RECKONINGS

       LAST             CHANGE

 

NEXT

DON

7/17/17

DON

7/24/17

 

OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS

 

 

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)    

9%

1350 points 

       7/10/17

+0.14%

7/31/17

     1,452.33

 

     1,452.33

 

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages   22.03 nd

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

7/24/17

+0.04%

7/31/17

644.25

644.48

debtclock.org/    30,343

Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

7/10/17

+2.27%

7/31/17

     1,034.48

     1,034.48

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000     4.4 nd

   Official (DC - in millions)

2%

300

7/24/17

-0.23%

7/31/17

510.96

512.14

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      6,930

   Unofficl. (DC - in millions)

2%

300

7/24/17

-0.49%

7/31/17

485.10

487.52

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    13,649

Workforce Participation

     Number (in millions)

     Percentage (DC)

2%

300

7/24/17

 

+0.03%

+0.13%

7/31/17

287.93

288.31

Americans in/not in workforce (mil.) 

In: 153,286 Out 94,821 Total 247,107

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    62.03%

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

7/24/17

+0.32%

7/31/17

150.07

150.07

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate   62.80%

 

 

OUTGO

    (15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Inflation (aggregate)

7%

1050

7/24/17

nc

August, 2017

995.84

995.84

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm       0

 

Inflation – Food

2%

300

7/24/17

nc

August, 2017

280.94

280.94

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm       0

 

               - Gasoline

2%

300

7/24/17

-2.8%

August, 2017

393.30

393.30

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    -2.8

 

               - Medical Costs

2%

300

7/24/17

+0.3%

August, 2017

269.44

269.44

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +0.3

 

               -  Shelter

2%

300

7/24/17

+0.2%

August, 2017

289.12

289.12

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +0.2

 

 

WEALTH

(6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

7/24/17

-0.53%

7/31/17

381.58

380.34

Dow – 21,580.07

Homes – Sales

             -  Valuation

1%

1%

150

150

7/24/17      7/24/17

Sales   -2.45%  Valu.  +3.55%

July, 2017

202.30         225.97

202.30         225.97

http://www.realtor.org/research-and-statistics nd

Sales (M):  5.62 Valuations (K):  252.8

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

7/24/17

+0.53%

7/31/17

264.78

263.39

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    56,537

 

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions – tr.)

2%

300

7/24/17

 +0.02%

7/31/17

377.02

377.10

debtclock.org/       3.3057

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

7/24/17

 +0.08%

7/31/17

265.73

265.53

debtclock.org/       3.977

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

7/24/17

 +0.01%

7/31/17

366.53

366.49

http://www.usdebtclock.org/     19.965

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

7/24/17

+0.04%

7/31/17

379.58

379.45

http://www.usdebtclock.org/     67,617

 

 

 

GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

7/24/17

-0.05%

7/31/17

317.28

317.44

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   6.037

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

7/24/17

+0.52%

7/31/17

153.81

153.81

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html   191.0 nd

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

7/24/17

-0.04%

7/31/17

136.11

136.11

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html   238.5

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

7/24/17

-2.37% 

7/31/17

107.76

107.76

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html     46.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                 SOCIAL INDICES (40%)

                       LIBERTY and SECURITY INDEX           (15%) 

ACTS of MAN

(9%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Peace

3%

450

7/24/17

-0.2%

7/31/17

429.84

428.98

Trump drops support for anti-Assad moves after Turkey snitches on US bases.  Venezuela tells America to go to hell and rewrites Constitution anyway.

 

Terrorism

2%

300

7/24/17

-0.1%

7/31/17

236.34

236.58

After stabbing intifada declines, Israel removes metal detectors from historic holy sites.

 

Private/Public Corruption 

2%

300

7/24/17

-0.2%

7/31/17

308.67

308.05

Where to begin?  Trump accuses recusers, threatens to pardon himself.  AG Sessions infested with Russians like a skin disease and DOD wastes 28 mil on jungle camo uniforms for Afghan soldiers

 

Crime

1%

150

7/24/17

+0.1%

7/31/17

241.78

241.54

The shootings and stabbings continue in Baltimore, Mexico and Pennsylvania where a creepy fellow confesses to killing and burying four teens.

 

 

ACTS of GOD             

(6%)

(with, in some cases, a little… or lots of… help from men, and a few women)

 

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

7/24/17

   +0.2%

7/31/17

368.49

369.23

Hot heat blankets the country and a “ring of fire” threatens Yosemite.  But tropical storm Donald fizzles out

 

Natural/Unnatural Disasters

3%

450

7/24/17

   +0.2%

7/31/17

386.10

385.33

Earthquake strikes Greek islands.  Famous passengers like wrestling heir Shane McMahon and the producer of “Scrubs” escape death in separate plane crashes.  Not so lucky are immigrants discovered in a sweltering truck in a Texas WalMart… at least ten have died

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         LIFESTYLE and JUSTICE INDEX          (15%)

Science, Tech. & Education

4%

600

7/24/17

-0.1%

7/31/17

611.44

610.83

Trump education cuts inspire protests.  That inevitable Elon Musk has a new project, an underground New York to Washington hyperloop (or maybe hydroloop?)

Equality (economic/social)

4%

600

7/1717

+0.2%

7/31/17

735.43

736.90

Dallas hires first female police chief, Saudis, meanwhile, arrest a woman who goes out in a miniskirt.

Health

4%

600

7/24/17

-0.1%

7/31/17

549.91

549.36

Cleveland docs start transplanting faces, just like Nicholas Cage and John Travolta did.  Nasty British bureaucrats refuse to let Baby Charlie leave to have experimental surgery in America.  In politics, John McCain returns to the Senate for yet another try at repealing and/or replacing Obamacare and New Jersey raises smoking age to 21.

Freedom and Justice                        

3%

450

7/24/17

+0.1%

7/31/17

494.81

495.30

The juice is loose.  And Speaker sprung… Hastert out of the klink.  Baltimore police caught planting drugs on black people while politicians across America propose tough new laws like castrating parolees or letting drug overdosers just die.

 

                       

                       MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX        (10%)

All miscellaneous incidents

 (transient and cultural)

10%

1000

7/10/17

nc

7/24/17

1046.24

1046.24

Manic monkeys attack in Houston, killer squirrels in New York.  Shark beats Phelps in race (but doesn’t eat him).  America finally bans tourists from North Korea, so China bans Justin Bieber.  100K fanatics attend San Diego Comic Con

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of July 17th through July 23rd, 2017 was UP 0.74 points. 

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ATTACHMENT ONE

 

The Don Jones Index Health and Healthcare Composite Indices…

 


 

 

Country

Sleep

Fitness

Life Expectancy

Health Expenses as % of…

Physicians per capita

Average Ranking

 

 

 

 

 

Per Cap. Inc.:

Gross D. Prod.

Total

 

 

 

 

Fitbit

Rank           Rank      Avg. Rank

Lancet

 

World Health Org.

Years      Rank

World Health Org.

Rank         Score

 

OECD/World Bank Rank         Score

 

Rank

Nationmaster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Greece

23

 

22*

26

81.0

25

152

2098

 

136

8.1

144

6

44.6

2

Cyprus

 

 

 

17

80.5

29

151

2062

 

 

119

7.4

85

51

45.5

3

Singapore

30

 

30*

2

83.1

3

175

4047

 

 

49

4.9

112

81

45.6

4

Switzerland

6

5

5.5

19

83.4

2

187

6468

 

 

181

11.7

184

17

45.6

5

Iceland

 

 

 

1

82.7

7

173

3882

 

 

146

8.9

159.5

16

45.8

6

Slovak Rep

1

 

1*

37

76.7

47

154

2179

 

 

91

6.1

122.5

34

46.3

7

Czech Rep

4

16

10

34

78.8

33

153

2146

 

 

120

7.4

136.5

22

47.1

8

Australia

46

14

30

10

82.8

4

177

4357

 

 

156

9.4

161.5

47

47.5

9

Spain

24

7

15.5

7

82.8

5

164

2966

 

 

150

9.0

157

30

48.1

10

Sweden

33

3

18

3

82.4

10

185

5219

 

 

182

11.9

183.5

26

48.1

11

Belgium

20

13

16.5

18

81.1

23

178

4392

 

 

169

10.6

173.5

12

48.6

12

Portugal

12

17

14.5

22

81.1

21

162

2690

 

 

157

9.5

159.5

26

48.6

13

Netherlands

18

4

11

8

81.9

14

184

5202

 

 

173

10.9

178.5

34

49.1

14

Germany

10

9

9.5

15

81.0

24

183

5182

 

 

177

11.3

180

23

50.4

15

Finland

26

8

17

6

81.1

22

170

3701

 

 

159

9.7

164.5

46

51.1

16

France

16

20

18

24

82.4

9

179

4508

 

 

180

11.5

179.5

25

51.1

17

Italy

13

15

15

20

82.7

6

167

3239

 

 

153

9.2

160

8

51.8

18

Austria

8

11

9.5

31

81.5

18

182

5039

 

 

176

11.2

179

23

52.1

19

Israel

27

26

26.5

23

82.5

8

161

2599

 

 

133

7.8

147

13

52.3

20

United Kingdom

44

2

23

5

81.2

20

168

3377

 

 

151

9.1

159,5

55

52.6

21

Argentina

 

27

27*

52

76.3

50

127

1137

 

 

45

4.8

86

37

53

22

Luxembourg

 

 

 

12

82.0

13

188

6812

 

 

106

6.9

147

43

53.75

23

Denmark

22

6

14

16

80.6

27

181

4782

 

 

172

10.8

176.5

40

54.8

24

Estonia

 

 

 

29

77.6

40

140

1668

 

 

95

6.4

117.5

33

54.8

25

Ukraine

9

24

16.5

118

71.3

104

84

584

 

 

112

7.1

98

39

55.1

26

St. Lucia

 

 

 

 

75.2

66

95

698

 

 

103

6.7

99

4

56.2

27

Malta

 

 

 

14

81.7

16

166

3072

 

 

160

9.7

163

32

56.25

28

Canada

41

19

30

9

82.2

12

180

4641

 

 

167

10.4

173.5

57

56.3

29

Armenia

 

 

 

86

74.8

73

64

362

 

 

37

4.5

50.5

18

56.9

30

Japan

35

18

26.5

27

83.7

1

171

3727

 

 

164

10.2

167.5

63

57

31

Andorra

 

 

 

4

 

 

176

4273

 

 

135

8.1

155.5

14

57.8

32

Turkmen

 

 

 

60

66.3

132

59

320

 

 

3

2.1

31

9

58

33

Ireland

49

1

25

13

81.4

19

172

3801

 

 

132

7.8

152

41

60

34

Qatar

39

 

39*

89

78.2

35

165

3071

 

 

4

2.2

84.5

54

60.2

35

Uruguay

 

 

 

38

77.0

44

145

1792

 

 

143

8.6

144

15

60.25

36

New Zeal

47

10

28.5

30

81.6

17

174

4018

 

 

174

11.0

174

55

60.9

37

Mexico

32

 

12*

69

76.7

46

126

1122

 

 

94

6.3

110

78

61

38

Brunei

 

 

 

21

77.7

39

144

1778

 

 

6

2.6

75

111

61.5

39

Un. Arab Emir.

36

 

36*

84

77.1

43

157

2405

 

 

24

3.6

90.5

62

63.2

40

Romania

14

 

14*

74

75.0

67

124

1079

 

 

72

5.6

98

67

64

41

Poland

5

22

13.5

39

77.5

41

138

1570

 

 

98

6.4

118

47

64.6

42

Latvia

 

 

 

45

74.6

79

111

940

 

 

85

5.9

98

37

64.75

43

Norway

40

12

26

11

81.8

15

186

6347

 

 

161

9.7

173.5

34

64.8

44

Slovenia

 

 

 

25

80.8

26

163

2698

 

 

154

9.2

158.5

53