Friday, June 27, 2008

Interesting

Excerpts from Harpers Index (April, June and July 2008):

Percentage of EPA scientists who say they have experienced political interference with their work: 60

Change since 2001 in the percentage of Americans who believe that humans are causing climate change: -4

Number of times that U.S. media have called John McCain a "maverick" since 1995 : 6,757

Percentage change between 2001 and 2007 in the number of instances per year: +76

Rank of John McCain among the most conservative-voting senators in 2001 and 2007, respectively: 45, 8

Percentage change since last year in the number of people receiving assistance from U.S. food banks: +20

Percentage change since then in the amount of food that the federal government has donated to the banks: -9

Estimated percentage of the 143 million tons of US. beef recalled in February that had already been eaten: 50

Minimum percentage that had been consumed by children in school lunches : 23

Number of nations that do not legally guarantee women any paid maternity leave: 4

Average annual per-capita income in the three other than the United States: $1,226
Okay - I know that's all pretty dark and depressing, but consider this gem:

Chance that a result on an Internet search relating to suicide will be an anti-suicide website: 1 in 8

Chance it will be a site offering pro-suicide advice or suggesting methods: 1 in 5

posted at 9:04:00 AM by Neil

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