WSJ : “Hispanics Outlive Whites and Blacks”

I saw in my daily Wall Street Journal read the “startling report” that “Hispanics Outlive Whites and Blacks.”

“Startling” for whom, may I ask?

According to the article (which is online now), “U.S. Hispanics outlive whites by more than two years and blacks by more than seven, according to the government’s first calculation of Hispanic life expectancy.”

Wait… their first calculation of Hispanic life expectancy? Seriously?

The article says that “until recently, federal researchers didn’t calculate life expectancy for Hispanics as a separate group; they were included among the black and white populations.”


Anyhow, the article goes on to say… “The startling report released Wednesday is the strongest evidence yet of the “Hispanic paradox”—long life expectancy for a population that has a large share of poor, undereducated members. A leading theory is that Hispanics who manage to immigrate to the U.S. are among the healthiest from their countries.”

The article concludes that “An estimated 40% of the U.S. Hispanic population are people born in other countries who immigrated here, and in some cases they arrived after arduous journeys to do taxing manual labor. It takes a fit person to accomplish that, suggesting that the U.S. is gaining some of the healthiest people born in Mexico and other countries, said Dr. Peter Muennig, an assistant professor at Columbia University’s school of public health who has studied life expectancy in different countries.”

Um… hey guys? Maybe the extended lifespan is genetic. Maybe it has something to do with the awesome food selection. Maybe it’s the amazingly strong family bonds. Maybe it has something to do with an overall happier and content lifestyle.

Lumping a extended lifespan under the “fit immigrants came over” banner? I think there’s more to it than that.

Wait, which hurricane was first to hit the U.S. this year?

Every so often, the Wall Street Journal makes me do a double take.

Today, September 1st, 2010, the Wall Street Journal mentioned on page A7 that Hurricane Earl “could easily veer west in the coming days, becoming the first hurricane to hit the U.S. this season”.

Hoookay then. Sooooo…

WTF was hurricane Alex?

I do remember hurricane Alex coming by to say “howdy” back around July 1st, and it was definitely more “hurricane” than “hurricane-ish”. Does the eye have to pass directly over the continental U.S.’ line of scrimmage to be considered “official”? Did the mega-sized hurricane bands from Alex that were handing out free tornadoes and monsoon-flavored water not count?


Free Wall Street Journal Audio Newscast : 800-WSJ-3916

I was reading the Wall Street Journal for lunch (yes, I’m a WSJ junkie) and found an interesting little notice on one of their financial pages.

Apparently, there’s a free Wall Stret Journal Audio Newscast Portal available for anyone to call in and listen to at 1-800-WSJ-3916 (800-975-3916). It works from any phone and is toll free.

Once the automated system picks up, you will have the following options to pick from…

  • Pressing 1 gets you the “Wall Street Journal report”, a two minute update on breaking news that’s updated twice an hour.
  • Pressing 2 gets you the “Dow Jones Money Report”, a one minute update on what is going on in the markets that’s updated every hour.
  • Pressing 3 gets you the “Whats News” headlines from the Wall Street Journal Online, and is updated three times a day.
  • Pressing 4 gets you the “Wall Street Journal Tech News Briefing”, which gives all the tech stories of the day and is updated twice daily.
  • Pressing 5 gets you the “Morning Watch Stock Talk”, which reviews what is currently moving the stock market and is updated every weekday morning.
  • Pressing 6 gets you to “Your money matters”, which reviews advice on budgets and personal financial stories and is updated every weekday morning.
  • Pressing 7 gets you to “Money Markets and More”, which reviews the day ahead on wall street and is updated every weekday morning.
  • Pressing 8 gets you to “Wall Street Journal This Morning” which covers early morning news and is updated every weekday morning.

You can press the * key to go back to a previous menu at any time.

This is a pretty cool freebie!

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WSJ Audio Newscast