Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the April edition of Harper's Index


A few excerpts from the Harper’s Index:

Number of the twenty least prosperous US congressional districts that are represented by Republicans: 16

Of the twenty most prosperous districts that are represented by Democrats: 20

Percentage of statewide elections in the Deep South won by Republicans since 2008: 97

Net loss of foreign-language programs at US colleges and universities from 2009 to 2013: 1

From 2013 to 2016: 651

Factor by which Facebook users over 65 are more likely to share stories from fake news sites than users between 18 and 29: 7

Percentage of US adult Facebook users who are unaware the company categorizes them according to their interests: 74

Number of minutes by which the average American man has more leisure time each day than the average woman: 33

Percentage of this extra time that men spend watching television: 65

Percentage of US adults in 1978 who said that the country’s levels of consumption were “immoral”: 65

Who say so today: 46

Percentage of Americans aged 18 to 34 who say they’d like to live forever: 24

Of Americans over 55: 13

Factor by which the rate of asteroids hitting Earth has increased over the past 290 million years: 3

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2003—Blair steels himself for 2-front war:

Bush claimed he had nine, or at least eight votes in the UN Security Council. He lied. He said he would force a UN vote to force countries to "show their hand". He lied. As the US and UK come to terms with their massive diplomatic failure, both countries turn to building legitimacy for their invasion.

In the UK, Blair is steeling himself for the resignation of Robin Cook and Clare Short -- an icon of the Labour Party left. And the rebellion amongst Labour Members of Parliament is growing, with more MPs ready to vote against Blair when he introduces his war resolution.

There have been threats that people will lose their jobs,' said Graham Allen, Nottingham MP and a leading figure among those seeking to launch a rebel amendment against the Government. 'They are telling people that the PM needs their loyalty. People are being put in a very difficult position.' Allen, Chris Smith, the former Culture Secretary who led the last rebellion, and Peter Kilfoyle, the former Defence Secretary, will put down an amendment to the Government's position; 200 MPs could rebel. A number of Ministers below Cabinet rank are likely to resign.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: We're once again under the cloud of a mass shooting. Yes, "we." Trump's veiled civil war threats. Suit against Bushmaster OKed in CT. How the Rep. Omar flap, plus anti-Semitism resolution vote(s), plus motions to recommit = a Yemen resolution debacle.

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