Saturday’s news items, part 2 [after the nuclear war; paying those hospital bills; reliable cars & more] – 8/31/2019

After the nuclear war | “Here’s what would follow a US-Russia nuclear war”Futurity

The worry of many | “What Happens When You Don’t Pay a Hospital Bill”RouteFifty

Ole’ reliable – 1992 Camry | This is from

“The average age of a car is almost 12 years, according to research firm IHS Markit. That figure is expected to grow ahead. The quality of American cars is the reason often given for the trend. Very simply, a functioning car lasts longer than it did 20 or 30 years ago. That means that the average car on the road in America was sold in 2008. (Our 1992 Toyota Camry has been an incredibly reliable vehicle. See “Just turned 100K ” here.)

“Although the electronics in cars and light trucks have changed in the past decade, most other features have not. New cars have safety features that enhance many driver functions. Cars can automatically brake when they get to close to the car ahead of them. They have mapping systems that can reroute when there are traffic backups. However, a car made in 2008 has anti-lock brakes, airbags and, in many cases, a rear camera. Crumple zones, which are parts of a car that collapse to protect the passengers, have been part of the manufacture of most cars for years. Most product lines included hybrids as well.

“The primary worry of many car dealers today is that when people step into showrooms, the cars are not substantially different from those they marketed in 2008. So the 17 million cars sold in the United States annually could end this year. Based on current trends, sales levels may drop well below that figure in 2020. A decline in consumer confidence may be part of the problem. However, worried consumers almost always can keep their current cars until next year.”

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College and drinking | “College plays a crucial role in helping teenagers develop into well-rounded adults. While colleges may be enacting stronger disciplinary actions towards alcohol and drug-related incidents, it may not be as effective.

Here are some Pennsylvania college stats:

  • The northeastern region on the U.S. has the highest average of liquor-related arrests on college campuses per 10k students–with Pennsylvania in the top 10 states with the most alcohol-related arrests on college campuses.
  • Pennsylvania State University reported about 160 alcohol-related arrests per 10K students, with over a 10% increase between 2015 and 2017.
  • While Pennsylvania has two colleges topping the charts for the most alcohol-related arrests, it does not appear among the schools with the most disciplinary action.

We’ve seen the tragic headlines. Although an increase in discipline may help some schools, the rules continue to be broken, resulting in higher arrest rates on college campuses. Read more here.

Special justice for cops | “In Secretive Court Hearing, NYPD Cops Who Raped Brooklyn Teen in Custody Get No Jail TimeThe Intercept

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