The Therapy Sessions
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
The secret to long life
The (homeless) coalition claims that 3,000 out of 3.5 million homeless people died last year. That's a death rate of 0.86 per thousand. According to the CIA World Factbook, the overall annual death rate for Americans is 8.34 per thousand. That means that if the coalition's numbers are on the level, the average American is 9.7 times as likely to die in a given year as the average homeless person--this notwithstanding the sky-high rates of substance abuse and severe mental illness among the 'homeless.'
Is the secret of long life to live in a cardboard box? Or are the Coalition of Homeless's numbers simply bogus?
I'll take "simply bogus" for $500.