Thursday, December 16, 2010

Index III

From the latest number of Harper's. Snippets from the "Index":
  • Rank of "disappointed" amoung terms used by Americans in an October to describe their feelings about the government: 1
  • Rank of "sucks": 4
  • Percentage of bills proposed by the last Congress that became law: 3
  • Percentage change in spending by independent political groups between 2006 and 2010 midterm elections: +310
  • Portion of these funds in 2010 that came from organizations not legally required to disclose their donors: 1/2
  • Percentage of such groups to supported conservative candidates: 80
  • Percentage of developing nations whose economies have grown faster than the United States' since 2001: 89
  • Number of countries which United States has a trade deficit: 77
  • Percentage change since 2007 in the amount of venture capital raised annually in the United States: -55
  • Number of offshore oil and gas leases approved by the federal government since 2005: 4,603
  • Number of offshore wind projects approved since then: 1
  • Chance that an American teen suffers from a severe emotional or behavioral disorder: 1 in 5
  • Amount the state of California spent last year on each minor in its juvenile-detention system: $224,712
  • Amount spent on each student in the Oakland public school system: $4,945
  • Number of drug and alcohol addicts who've been sterilized since 1998 in exchange for payment from a US charity: 1.325
  • Amount the charity pays per sterilization: $300
Is this a great country, or what?
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