Wednesday, June 9, 2010

More Chewy Tidbits

Here are some tidbits from the latest Harper's Index:
  • Estimated cost of the environmental damage caused each year by the world's 3,000 largest companies: $2.2 trillion
  • Portion of the companies' total profits this represents: 1/3
  • Percentage change since 2008 in the number of American expatriates who have given up their citizenship: +220
  • Minimum value of all stocks currently held by life- and health-insurance firms in U.S. fast-food companies:  $1.88 billion
  • Chance that a publicly traded U.S. company started with venture-capital funds was founded by immigrants: 1 in 4
  • Percentage of Afghan police units that the U.S. military believes are capable of operating without assistance: 12
  • Chance that a new Afghan police recruit knows how to read: 1 in 10
  • Minutes of reporting on the Iraq war aired so far this year on network-television news programs: 14
  • Percentage change since 2007 in the number of alleged sexual assaults committed by U.S. service members: +18
These things always raise more questions than they answer, of course. How long can the planet sustain $2.2 trillion worth of environmental damage every year before something snaps? for example. And, just how many sexual assaults in actual numbers are our "heroes" in uniform committing every year? 
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