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  •  on the other hand . . . . (6+ / 0-)

    Third Class women and children had better odds of surviving than First Class men did. 32% of First Class male passengers survived. 49% of Third Class female passengers survived.

    The best odds of survival were for the First Class women and children--of the 148 on board, only five of them died. And 24 of these First Class women were actually servants to wealthy passengers--none of these died.

    As an aside, 306 of the people on Titanic were Americans--58% of them survived. 327 people were British--only 32% of them survived. That may reflect the fact that nearly the entire crew was British, and only 24% of the crew survived.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 03:49:25 AM PST

    •  Good points, one would like to think (2+ / 0-)
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      that in the past century sexism and ageism have been reduced to the point that women and children would be dying at the same rate as everybody else.

      Not sure about the crews - they're mostly 3rd world these days, so there still might be some disparity in that regard.

    •  I have read that several very wealthy men felt (5+ / 0-)

      that honor demanded that they give up their place on the lifeboat to women and children, regardless of the social rank of the women and children.

      I can hardly imagine a wealthy man behaving this way today.

      Can anyone come up with a recent story of a wealthy male doing something which put their live at risk in order to save someone who was not family?

      •  Today's Oligarchs believe they are entitled... (0+ / 0-)

        ..to bankroll carbon-emitting joyrides into subspace while asking the poor to pay an income inequality-exacerbating carbon tax.

        Carbon-emitting joyrides for some.

        Carbon taxes for others.

        And this Oligarch actually believes that he's helping avoid an environmental catastrophe!!!!!

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

        by PatriciaVa on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 09:06:25 AM PST

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    •  A nice chart, here: (1+ / 0-)
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      PatriciaVa

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/...

      Broken down by class of passage, gender, adult/child, crew, etc.

      E.g.:

      class    #     died    % died
      1        324    130    40%
      2        284    166    58%
      3        709    536    76%
      crew    899    685    76%

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