(Yes...I have been watching Rowan and Martin's Laugh In on DVD but this isn't about Arte Johnson!)
Gleaned from the Boar's Head Tavern is this link from Hans Rosling debunking some of the myths about Third World development. A bit of an eye-opener. A lot of it is basic common sense. There are a couple of anomalies that he doesn't address that I think may skew his data. China's policy of two children only and the legality of abortion in America due to Roe v. Wade. He does take into consideration the effect of HIV/AIDS in Africa as well as civil wars and world conflicts.
My interest in this comes from living in England in the mid 70's and from living in Saudi Arabia in the early 80's and seeing many different people types from that time and how those countries have changed over the decades due to technology and western influence.
Here's the link: TedTalks Hans Rosling