We’re #2

According to the 2007 Brewers Almanac, the U.S. was the second largest beer producing country in the world as of 2005, the most recent for which complete data is available.

Here are some more stats (via Foreign Policy in Focus) regarding America’s prowess in things like war, pollution and more:

The United States is number one in the world in oil consumption, military expenditures, arms exports, and the training of soldiers overseas.

We rank number eight on the U.N. Human Development Index, which measures characteristics such as average life expectancy, literacy, and per capita GDP. The average life expectancy of an American at birth in the year 2004 was 77.5 – nearly five years lower than the Japanese.

The Environmental Performance Index, published by Yale, places the U.S. at number 28 – far behind nations such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The Index measure such trifling matters as water resources, air quality and energy sustainability.

The Global Peace Index – published by those peaceniks over at The Economist – places the U. S. of A. at an appalling 96, a lower rank than such beacons of tranquility as Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, and El Salvador – and neck in neck with Iran. A couple factors that contributed to the poor ranking: our huge jailed population (one out of every four prisoners in the world are jailed in the U.S.) and our easy access to weapons.


2 Responses to We’re #2

  1. Tim O'Brien says:

    you must be some kinda tree hugging liberal commie beer swilling hippie! right now the department of homeland security is buggin’ your house and will soon swoop down for some extraordinary rendition. you’ll be trapped in a budweiser plant and forced to write ad copy praising corporate beer mediocrity. and after you’ve had your entire body covered in an american flag tattoo you might be allowed to leave….

  2. beeractivist says:

    Hmm, sounds like a consbeeracy.

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