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a HS classmate compiled a list of deceased class members and it looks consistent with the CD stat studies on increased mortality among the middle aged and older white rural working class.


Looks like we're about 10 years ahead of where we ought to be.


The higher rate appears to come from the lower academic quartiles, also consistent with the premise.


I don't know a lot about the life trajectories of more than a few of them but in the cases I know they came out of HS without a lot of academic distinction or ambition and walked into a pretty poor economy for most of their first 10 years out of school. Some got into some trouble which just put them father behind.


But basically their trajectories were heading in a weak direction a long time ago- a long time before a lot of the indignities that are pointed to as sources of Trumpism ever came into play.