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Saturday, May 25, 2013

These 31 charts will destroy your faith in humanity

By Brad Plumer
 
Earlier this week, Rob Wile of Business Insider posted his graph-heavy opus: “31 Charts That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity.”
Naturally, we here at Wonkblog were all eager to see the results. But we’d quibble a bit with Wile’s interpretations of the data. His charts all struck us as horrible news. So we’re re-analyzing them here with the proper, gloom-heavy spin:
 
1) Inter-state wars are on the rise since 2002. Zoom in on that pink line:
wartyp10 (1)
Systemic Peace
 
2) Dictatorships still exist:
 
3) We haven’t eradicated human slavery:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
4) People around the world are becoming just as lazy as the French:
annual hours
“The Improving State of the World” (c) Cato Institute 2007.
 
5) Look at all the frivolous crap we’re spending money on:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
6) Pretty much everyone in the United States can now read Fifty Shades of Grey:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
7) More 77-year-olds are dying than ever before:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
8) We vanquished infectious disease only to find more horrible ways to die:
 
9) We’re making progress on cancer treatments, but ugly charts with blue backgrounds remain a depressing fact of modern life:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
10) There were 31,672 deaths from guns in the United States in 2010:
Pew
 
11) We’re still shooting each other all the time:
Pew
 
12) A fifth of the world lived in absolute poverty in 2000:
"The Improving State of the World" (c) Cato Institute 2007.
“The Improving State of the World” (c) Cato Institute 2007.
 
13) Again with the charts with the blue background. Stop it:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
14) The nation’s supply of cool kids who smoke is reaching a perilous low:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
15) Annoying babies are everywhere:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
16) If these trends continue indefinitely, we’ll soon be spending 100 percent of GDP on malaria research:
 
17) This chart has so many squiggly lines you have to wonder if it’s hiding something:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
18) We’re wasting tons of water on showers:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
19) Rising fluoridation of the U.S. water supply is turning us all into Communists:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
20) Electrification rates have stagnated since the 1960s:
its-getting-better-electricity-us-homes
 
21) Some of us are still using wood for energy. Wood!
Citi
Citi
 
22) Pittsburgh is reverting to 1900-era conditions:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
23) The number of nerds keeps growing:
"The Improving State of the World" (c) Cato Institute 2007.
“The Improving State of the World” (c) Cato Institute 2007.
 
24) Lady nerds, even:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
25) People have more opportunities to get bored than ever before:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
26) It’s getting cheaper and cheaper to generate toxic e-waste:
FCC
 
27) Robots are going to kill us all any day now:
moore's law
 
28) More and more people are encountering the hell of modern air travel:
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
29) This chart doesn’t include fatalities from flying cars because — oh right — those still don’t exist: 
It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
It’s Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon
 
30) Again, no flying cars. We were promised flying cars. And jetpacks:
Securing America's Future Energy
Securing America’s Future Energy
 
31) BONUS CHART: People actually have to work more hours than they did back in 1895 just to afford a simple sterling silver teaspoon:
Jefferies
Jefferies
Don’t believe the optimists. Everything is terrible.
 

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