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The Trickle - Disease

July 29, 2014 - Brian Ferry
I get a lot of junk email. Who doesn't?

Most of it, I trash immediately. Sometimes, something about an email catches my eye.

Today, I read a few paragraphs of the email regarding 'Soaring Divorce Rates: Are Americans Becoming Indifferent to "Separation?"'

The message cites rising divorce rates in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

It also mentions the divorce rate in the United States. The statistics are impressive. They are delivered in this way: "the marriage rate per 1000 in population is currently at 6.8, whereas the divorce rate per 1000 in population is 3.4."

Pretty straight forward math there... half as many divorces as marriages. If I were to judge, I'd say that's not good.

However, that's not my goal here.

What I found more interesting about the statistics was the source.

The piece cites the "Center for Disease Control" - which I would assume is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) out of Atlanta.

That brings up the question 'Why does CDC keep those records?' Which does it consider the disease? Marriage or divorce?

And further, are there a lot of single people working there?


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