U.S. - "We're 29th!!! We're 29th!!"... and dropping on infant mortality rates
And what a sad thing to be 29th and dropping in.
The United States dropped to 29th in the world in infant mortality in 2004, the latest year that data are available from all countries, tying with Poland and Slovakia. The year before, it was 27th. In 1960, it was 12th.
The problem is twofold - other countries seem to be getting better, to their credit, while we have stagnated. According to this news brief our rates dropped from 6.89 deaths per 1,000 in 2000 to 6.86 in 2005. The good news is that we've started this century better than the last. In 1900 it was 100 deaths per 1,000 live births.
The bad news is that this story was only deemed worthy of a news brief by Mercury News.
I wait now with baited breath to see which comic siezes on this factoid to make the most offensive new "dead baby" joke.