Nebraska Edition | August 8, 2019

(under-5) mortality rates fell from 93.2 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 39.1 in 2017. (World Bank) • Malnutrition is declining around the world. In 1990, 24.9% of children undr five were underweight compared with 13.5% in 2017 (World Bank). The total number of calories available for human consumption has increased 31% since 1961 from 2,196 calories per person per day to 2,884; protein availability increased 32% from 61.46 grams/person/day to 81.23 (FAOSTAT). Around the world, people are better fed today than in 1961 even though population has grown from 3.0 billion in 1961 to 7.6 billion in 2018. • In 2000, the United Nations adopted a set of goals that included cutting the percentage of people living in extreme poverty, defined as an income of less than 1.90 international dollars (adjusted for inflation and purchasing power) per day, from the 1990-level of 44% to 22% by 2015. This goal was actually achieved in 2008 and the percentage has fallen further to 9.9% in 2015 (World Bank). About 1.2 billion people have been moved out of poverty in the past 25 years. • Pinker (2018) has documented a dramatic decline in wars, conflicts, and violence over the past several millennia. He also cites data showing that motor vehicle deaths in the United States fell from around 24 per 100 million vehicle miles in the 1920s to around 2 in 2015 while deaths from airplane crashes have declined from about 6 per million passengers in 1970 to less than one in 2015. • In 1850, the leading causes of death in the United States were all contagious diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera, or malaria. Today, these diseases have been largely eliminated and Americans live long enough to develop the chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer that are now the leading causes of death. Smallpox, which caused billions of deaths throughout history has been completely eliminated with the last case recorded in 1977 in Somalia. • Despite serious environmental problems, some progress in protecting the environment has been made. Pinker reports data showing that the number of oil spills has fallen from about 123 in 1975 to 5 in 2016 at the same time that the volume of oil shipped in ocean tankers has increased by about 90%. In the 1970s, the Cayahoga River in Ohio caught fire as a result of excessive pollution but today, thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Water Act the river has recovered and this year the Ohio EPA declared that fish from the river were safe to eat. • Cell phones were first introduced in the 1980s but it was only in the1990s that they began to take off. Today almost everyone on the planet has a cell phone and many low-income countries have simply skipped installing land- lines altogether. • In 1970, an average worker in the United States would have had to work for 11 days to earn enough money to purchase a 16-inch tabletop color television set. Today, an average worker can buy a 32-inch flat-screen TV with earnings from one day of work (and, of course, TV sets today are much better than the 1970 models). Pinker (2018) and Rosling (2018) document many other ways in which our lives today are better on average than lives in the past. If we could choose a time in which to live, some gamblers might opt for a date in the future but it seems unlikely that anyone would actually choose the 19th or early 20th centuries for their time on earth in preference to the world we live in today. As noted above, however, the fact that we are better off in many respects than in the past does not mean that we have reached some kind of utopia in which all problems have been solved. Many scientists think we have already entered the sixth mass extinction in the history of the earth as a result of climate change and other environmental disruptions. There will always be challenges that cry out for efforts to protect and improve life on planet earth. But the need to address these serious concerns should not blind us to the fact that human beings have made extraordinary progress in the past and that our lives are much longer and healthier and more comfortable and enjoyable as a result of that progress. © Donald A. Gardner, Inc. # W-967 The Satchwell Graceful arches contrast with high gables for a stunning exterior on this Craftsman house plan. Windows with decorative transoms and several French doors flood the open floor plan with natural light. Tray ceilings in the dining room and master bedroom as well as cathedral ceilings in the bedroom/study, great room, kitchen and breakfast area create architectural interest, along with visual space in this house plan. Built-ins in the great room and additional room in the garage add convenient storage. While a screened porch allows for comfortable outdoor entertaining, a bonus room lies near two additional bedrooms and offers flexibility in this house plan. Positioned for privacy, the master suite features access to the screened porch, dual walk-in closets and a well-appointed bath, including a private privy, garden tub, double vanity and spacious shower. Detailed Specifications General Information 2,097 Total Sq. Ft 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1 Stories Finished Square Footage 1st Floor: 2,097 Sq. Ft. Unfinished Square Footage • Bonus Room:352 Sq. Ft. • Garage/Storage:495 Sq. Ft. • Porch:163 Sq. Ft. • Porch - Screened:241 Sq. Ft Additional Specs • House Dimensions:64’ 10” x 59’ 6” • Great Room:19’ 0” x 15’ 8” • Master Bedroom:16’ 2” x 13’ 8” • Exterior Wall Construction:2x4 • ** Foundation:Crawlspace Room Information • Foyer :6’ 0” x 11’ 0” x 9’ 0” • Dining Room (Tray):11’ 0” x 13’ 0” x 10’ 6” • Great Room (Cathedral):19’ 0” x 15’ 8” x 16’ 0” • Kitchen (Cathedral):11’ 8” x 12’ 4” x 15’ 6” • Breakfast Room (Cathedral):11’ 8” x 8’ 10” x 15’ 6” • Utility Room :6’ 0” x 10’ 4” x 9’ 0” • Bonus Room :14’ 4” x 21’ 0” x 9’ 0” • Garage :21’ 8” x 21’ 0” x 0’ 0” • Garage Storage :10’ 3” x 1’ 10” x 0’ 0” • Master Bedroom (Tray):16’ 2” x 13’ 8” x 10’ 6” • Bedroom / Study (Cathedral):11’ 4” x 12’ 10” x 15’ 6” • Bedroom #3 :11’ 8” x 11’ 8” x 9’ 0” • Bedroom #4 :11’ 8” x 12’ 0” x 9’ 0” • Porch - Front :20’ 0” x 7’ 0” x 9’ 0” • Porch - Screen :25’ 10” x 9’ 4” x 9’ 0” The Satchwell The Donald A. Gardner Plan of the Week is available via email and RSS. You can receive the best of the Donald A. 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In the event of misprints, the publisher must be informed prior to the printing of the next publication Published by: Central Nebraska Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 415 • 13 E. 22nd Street • Kearney, NE 68847 1-800-658-3191 Copyright © 2019 * Gapminder (2019) for 1800 and 1900, World Bank (2019) for 2017. Life expectancy at birth in years. **Maddison Project (2018). Average annual income in real (inflation-adjusted, base = 2011) dollars. ª 1850. b 1950.