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[*] posted on 3.10.2009 at 07:04 AM
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:wow: 1/4 of people with masters and/or professional degrees such as doctors, lawyers, etc., do NOT believe in evolution? :shock:



3/4 of Americans are like me - like the damn banks sink or swim! :nana:


Do you believe in evolution?




William Casey "We will know that we have succeeded when everything the public believes is false"

"Buy truth and do not sell it" proverbs of King Solomon

"We are denying with our mouths what we are working hard to achieve with our hands" Arnold Toynbee , Royal Institute Of International Affairs (CFR England)

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There are 237 millionaires in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. That's 44 percent of all members of Congress. One percent of the public at large are millionaires.
Politico.com


Muslims serving in the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan often use fake last names on their uniforms to avoid being singled out by insurgents as traitors and to prevent reprisals against their families back home.
The Wall Street Journal


Nearly oe-third of the 150,000 same-sex couples who describe themselves as married are raising children, new U.S. Census data shows.
USA Today


Sections of the Berlin Wall are on public display in at least 26 U.S. states. The venues include a Chicago elevated train station, the men's room of a Las Vegas casino, a floating restaurant in Maine, and seven presidential libraries.
USA Today


Fans threw an estimated 50 tons of shredded paper down on the New York Yankees as they drove along Manhattan's "Canyon of Heroes" to celebrate their World Series victory last week. When some office workers ran out of paper, they threw intact files, pay stubs, and other documents containing people's Social Security numbers, salaries, and other confidential information.
New York Post

In the year since President Obama was elected, 41% of Americans believe race relations have gotten better, and 22% say they've gotten worse. Blacks perceive a greater shift than whites, with 53% saying there's been a change for the better.
Gallup


Just 4% of U.S. voters believe that most politicians keep their campaign promises. 45% say politicians deliberately make false promises to get elected, while 43% take the more charitable view that promises are broken because of unforeseen events. Only 17% of U.S. voters want their children to run for office someday.
Rasmussen


From "Mother Jones" news magazine:

While the rest of us sweat out our taxes, 2/3 of U.S. corporations pay no income tax at all.

Of the top 10 richest people in the U.S., four are Wal-Mart heirs. Even with the stock market way down, their joint wealth totals more than $79 billion.

60% of processed foods in your supermarket may be made with genetically modified ingredients that have never been proven safe.

61% of subprime mortgage borrowers were eligible for regular, lower-rate loans, but dishonest lenders steered them away.




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Every week, the state of Hawaii still receives 10 to 20 Freedom of Information requests from "birthers" demanding proof that Barack Obama was actually born in the state. State legislators are considering a bill that would allow agencies to ignore "vexatious requesters."
Associated Press


The FBI and other law-enforcement agencies are now setting up Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin accounts under aliases to solicit information about or directly from suspects.
The Boston Globe


A lack of clean water is killing 12.8 million children under 5 each year, according to a new U.M. report. More people die from polluted water than from all wars and other violence.
MSNBC.com


About 87% of ALL private insurance policies cover abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
The Wall Street Journal



Some 6.6 million U.S. households include at least three generations, a 30% increase since 2000. The poor job market has pushed millions of "boomerang kids" to move back with their parents after college.
Associated Press


In a surey of 1,000 laid-off people who recently landed new jobs, 290 said they'd been rehired by the same companies that fired them. Nine of 10 companies questioned in another survey said they were open to hiring their former employees.
New York Post

Hit hard by the recession, the cruise industry ordered only one new ship last year, and only so far this year, after ordering 21 in 2006. The sharp slowdown puts several shipyards at risk of bankruptcy.
Associated Press

Apple's online iTunes store has just sold its 10 billionth recording since its introduction in 2003. Over that ime, the record industry's total revenues have declined from $14.3 billion to $6.3 billion.
TheAtlantic.com
NOTE: It took McDonald's DECADES to sell it's FIRST billionth hamburger!)


Forty-eight percent of viewer indecency complaints filed with the FCC last year were against Fox programs, followed by CBS (18.6%), ABC (18.4%) and NBC (14.5%).
The Hollywood Reporter


A copy of Action Comics No. 1, which introduced Superman in 1938, just sold for $1 million. A few days later, Detective Comics No. 27, in which Batman made his first appearance, sold for $1,075,500.
The New York Times


Most Americans clean their refrigerators just once or twice a year, an industry survey found. Most consumers also do not make proper use of crisper drawers, cheese compartments, and other special sections designed to preserve food, simply sticking things wherever they can fit.
The Wall Street Journal


Gatorade has become the latest sponsor to sever ties with Tiger Woods, following Accenture and AT&T. The PepsiCo-owned sports drink maker said it was terminating a five-year contract, signed in 2007, that was worth an estimated $100 million. Gatorade will continue to support Woods' charitable foundation.
USA Today


With competition for summer internships growing more intense, some students are paying up to $8,000 to placement agencies like University of Dreams and the Washington Center to land the unpaid jobs, which are seen as career essentials.
Chicago Tribune



Asked to identify "what bothers me most about Washington," 74% of Democrats cited "partisan bickering." 87% of Republicans said that what bothers them most is that Washington politicians "think they are smarter than the rest of us."
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In the congressional elections, 60 percent of white voters cast their ballots for Republicans, and just 37 percent voted for Democrats. That was the largest percentage of the white vote attained by the Republicans in recent decades, including 1994's "Republican Revolution."
The New Republic Online

Democrats may have held onto the Senate because of the Hispanic vote. Exit polls showed that Sen. Harry Reid won at least 68 percent of the Hispanic vote in beating Sharron Angle in Nevada, while Sen. Barbara Boxer drew 65 percent in topping Carly Fiorina in California. (2 heavily Hispanic states. The "may have" comes in because despite the high percentages, Hispanics overall vote at a lower rate than every other race/ethnicity, including blacks).

Numerous candidates running for the House and Senate this year had to contend with old photos, circulated via Facebook or the Internet, that captured them in such embarrassing situations as: posing shirtless next to skimpily clad woman; simulating sex acts with a toy; tipsy and dressed as a ladybug; wearing yellow-duck pajamas and standing next to a woman in black lingerie; and dressed as a Nazi. "Culturally, we're going to get used to this," said James Lull, an author of several books on media and culture.
The New York Times

Despite his party's historic midterm losses, President Obama's approval rating actually went up after the election. Three days before the elction, 43% of Americans approved of the job he's doing. Now that figure is 47%.
Gallup Poll

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, the world's businest airport, is expected to be the busiest U.S. airport on Thanksgiving weekend, says travel website Orbitz.com, followed by Los Angeles International and Boston's Logan International. Thanksgiving-weekend air traffic will increase an estimated 3.5 percent over that of last year's holiday.
Chicago Tribune

Verizon plans to stop distributing White Pages telephone books in several states, beginning next year in Pennsylvania. According to a 2008 Gallup survey, only 11 percent of households look up residential numbers in the printed White pages; most look online.
Associated Press

(I don't look them up because no one has their telephone number listed anymore!)

Beginning Jan 1, the Massachusetts Hospital Association will no longer hire people who use tobacco. Lynn Nicholas, CEO of the trade group, says that shrinking the number of employers that hire smokers will ultimately reduce the number of smokers, who Nicholas says are not a protected class.
Boston.com

Workers trying to keep a roof over their families' heads, protected? HAH! Only the Tobacco industry is..... protected. If the MHA wants to "do" something - peitition to have tobacco outlawed! :roll:

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. last week seized four banks, bringing the total number of bank failures in 2010 to 143, three more than the number of failures recorded in all of 2009. The FDIC expects a total of about 160 bank failures in 2010 and a similar number next year.
The Wall Street Journal

:wtf: is going on in America! Remember, the taxpayers will have to give the tens of thousands of depositors in those banks their money back! :po:

Total U.S. consumer debt outstanding FELL to $11.6 trillion in September, a $110 billion decline from June. Americans have cut about $1 trillion in debt since consumer debt peaked in the third quarter of 2008.
Bloomberg.com

Damn right! We've SEEN the evidence of America in decline since the Dot.com crash. Now the banks are failing left and right? Puh-lese!




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Public education shed the most jobs of any sector in 2010, with payrolls falling from 8,054,100 to 7,910,400, a loss of 143,700 jobs. Many school systems around the country are near insolvency because property-tax receipts, their main funding source, have plummeted.
Businessinsider.com

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has recalled 13 million packages of Rolaids that might contain wood and metal shavings. Earlier this year, McNeil recalled 136 million bottles of Children's Tylenol because of manufacturing defects.
CNNmoney.com

In a sign of the shift from print to digital media, Netflix, the video-streaming-and-rental swervice, has been added to the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index of large companies; New York Times Co. has been demoted from the S&P 500 to Standard & Poor's index of medium-size companies.
Bloomberg.com

Only 6 percent of Americans use Twitter. Of those who do have Twitter accounts, 40 percent look at tweets rarely or not at all.
Pew Research Center

After struggling to quit his 30-year smoking habit for some time, President Obama hasn't touched a cigarette in nine months, according to the Whie House.
The Washington Post

According to cables released by WikiLeaks, North Korea asked the U.S. to arrange a concert by Eric Clapton in Pyongyang as a way of building "good will" between the nations.
CNN.com

Brenda Starr, reporter, is closing her notebook for good. Her eponymous, daily comic strip, created by Dale Messick in 1940, will run its last installment on January 2, 2011. It joins Little Orphan Annie - which first appeared in 1924 and finished its run in June - in the comics gravehyard.
Associated Press

Life-size cardboard cutouts of female police officers in miniskirts have been place alongside Czech roads to slow down speeding drivers. And yes, they work.
Associated Press

More high school seniors now smoke marijuana than tobacco, a new survey found. In 2010, 21. percent of seniors said they's smoke pot in the past month.
Los Angeles Times




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New governors are taking the helm in 26 states, and all of them are warning of the need for major budget cuts in the face of massive deficits, revenue shortfalls, and a sluggish economy. "The year ahead will demand courage and sacrifice," said Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, in a speech echoed in every state.
The Wall Street Journal


Mass. Sen. Scott Brown, whose upset win in a special election last year was the first major victory for the Tea Party movement, may face a primary challenge in 2012 - from the Tea Party movement. Christen Variety of the Greater Boston Tea Party says Brown has voted for several Obama administration initiatives, is not "conservative enough," and may face challenges from "multiple people."
The Boston Globe

pssst! Notice - not "liberal initiatives" but "Obama" initiatives..... Um hum. :coffee:


The Air Force is deploying a new, drone-based surveillance system called Gorgon Stare, which has nine video cameras and can monitor all outdoor human actrivity in entire towns and villages. The $17.5 million device, which will be mounted on Predator and Reaper drones within the next 2 months, may later be used by the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S.
The Washington Post


Sales of fuel-efficient small cars were flat last year, with sales of the leading hybrid, the Toyota Prius, decining 1.7 percent. Sales of mid-size sport-utility vehicles, by contrast, jumped 41 percent.
The Washington Post


In 2010 the number of Ameicans filing for bankruptcy increased 9 percent, to more than 1.5 million. Consumer filings, which have increased every year since 2005, are expected to increase again in 2011.
MarketWatch.com


Coal-fired power plants account for nearly half of America's electricity supply, but a combination of cheap natural gas, the economic slowdown, and environmental litigation brought construction on coal-fired power plants to a halt in 2009 and 2010. Tighter regulations in 2011 could keep the damper on coal.
The Washington Post


Only one third of people unemployed as of Aguust 2009 had found replacement jobs by November 2010, according to a survey by Rutgers University. But even among this lucky group, hardship was common. In order to find work, 41 percent changed careers - and most took a pay cut in the process.
The New York Times


Due to new tax legislation that shrinks the Social Security payroll tax from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent, Americans earning $100,000 will now take home an extra $167 a month. DAYUM! :faint:
CNNMoney.com


Some 50,000 prospective car buyers are on waiting lists to purchase the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf. Yet automakers have been slow to ramp up production of the electric vehicles. Chevy sold fewer than 35 Volts in December; Nissan released only 10 Leafs during the last two week s of the year.
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U.S. airlines didn't have a single fatality in 2010, despite more than 10 million flights involving more than 700 million passengers. It was the third year in the past four without a death.
USAToday

In March, the U.S. Postal Service - facing a decline in the volume of mail and $8.5 billion in losses - will begin closing 2,000 post offices in addition to 500 others it began closing in recent months. Most of the closings will be in rural areas and small towns.
The Wall Street Journal

Shoveling snow causes an average of 100 deaths, and 11,500 emergency-room visits every years, according to a new study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy in Ohio. Back, hand, and arm injuries are the most common, with heart attacks causing most of the fatalities.
HealthScout.com

About 24.2 million people in the world have $1million or more in net assets, and control more than a third of the world's wealth. There are now more millionaires than there are Australians.
The Economist

So far, 76 people have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for president in 2010 - all of them unknown to the general public. "We have a bunch of idiots in Washington," said one filer, Dennis Knill, a home remodeler from Sedona, Ariz. "They are ruining the country, and somebody has to stop it."
USAToday

For the first time in General Motors' 102-year history, the carmaker last year sold more cars in China than it did in the U.S. GM sold 2.35 million vehicles in China, compared with 2.21 million in the U.S.
USA Today

The funds set up by the U.S. Treasury to take toxic assets off the hands of financial firms have earned a combined 27% return, the Treasury said. The funds, run by private managers, spent $5.2 billion of the Treasury's money on the assets. The assets are now worth $6.3 billion, according to Treasury data.
CNBC.com

Nearly one in five children ages 2 to 5 (19 percent) can operate a smartphone application, according to a survey by security-software developer AVG. Only 9 percent of children that age can tie their own shoelaces.
TheAtlantic.com

Opinions on the reliability of Fox News are shifting. 46% of Americans now say they do not trust Fox News as a news source: 42% say they do. Last year, 49% trusted Fox and 37% did not, ranking it first in trust. This year's most trusted TV news source was PBS, with 50%.
Public Policy Polling

77% of Ameican voters believe that prayers helped Rep. Gabrielle Giffords survive the Tucson shooting.
Fox News Poll




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The medicines recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound show he no longer suffered from kidney ailments, but he did have drugs for treating ulcers and high blood pressure, as well as Avena syrup - an extract of wild oats marketed as a "natural" Viagra. Bin laden, 54, was living with three wives.
New York Daily News

Higher temperatures in Europe, Africa, and Asia have reduced grain yields in recent years, costing consumers about $60 billion a year, according to a new scientific study. Researchers say their calculation is a conservative estimate of climate change's impact on food prices, since it doesn't include the impact of heat waves or flooding exacerbated by changing temperatures.
The New York Times

One out of three adults under the age of 40 has a tattoo. The inks injected under the skin - including a new, "glow in the dark" variety - are not regulated by the FDA and can contain harmful chemicals that cause skin and immune-system damage. "Nobody knows for sure what's really in them," says dermalologist Tina Alster.
NPR.org

At the current birthrate, the world's population, now 7 billion, will reach 10 billion before the end of the century, the U.N. estimates. But if the global birthrate increases even slightly, the global population could soar to 15.8 billion by 2100.
Beijing People's Daily

White men were better represented on corporate boards of large public companies last year than they were in 2004. Their share of board seats rose from 71.2 percent to 72.9 percent in that period, while that of minority men fell from 11.9 percent to 9.1 percent. The share of women's seats rose modestly.
TheAtlantic.com

For the second consecutive year, Wal-Marft, ExxonMobil, and Chevron top Fortune's annual ranking of the 500 largest U.S. public corporations. For-profit educator Apollo Group and private-equity giant KKR joined the list for the first time, while household names Black& Decker and H&R Block dropped off the rankings.
Fortune

About 61 percent of couples surveyed by American Express say their discussions about money often turn into arguments. That is a sharp increase over the 45 percent who admitted to quarrels about spending a year earlier.
CNBC.com


Last year, a record 105,900 women in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam took the GMAT exam, a prerequisite for most U.S. business school applications. That's 40 percent of all test takers from those countries. The uptick in Asian women students has helped U.S. business schools boost their overall female enrollment numbers.
BloombergBusinessweek.com

Dayum, black people! They're killing us! We've got to get our act together!

psssst! Betcha they're all getting into American universities under Affirmative Action! :po:


64% of Americans agree with President Obama's decision not to release the death photos of Osama bin Laden, including 52% who "strongly believe" it's the right decision. 29% say the photos should be released, with 24% saying they strongly feel that way.
NBC News

61% of Americans say they believe Osama bin Laden is in Hell. 10% say he is NOT in Hell, 24% sare unsure, and 5% say they don't believe in Hell.
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The average cost of health care for an American family of four insured through an employer is now $19,393 - up 7.3 percent since last year.
CNNMoney.com

So far, the U.S. has spent $750 million on the war in Libya.
Associated Press

In April, 25 U.S. active-duty soldiers committed suicide, almost half the number (51) that were killed in Afghanistan.
Time.com

Despite arrests and military action by Western nations, piracy on the high seas is up 177% this year, with 97 pirate attacks in the region of Somalia and 142 worldwide. At the moment, more than 480 people are being held for hostage for ransom on more than four dozen ships in Somali waters.
Bloomberg Businessweek

In a survey that correlated Americans' incomes with their religious affiliations, Reform Jews emerged as the most affluent group, with 67% making more than $75,000. Hindus were second, with 65% at that income level, and Conservative Jews were third, with 57%. Penecostals, Baptists, and Jehovah's Witnesses were the least affluent, with less than 20% making $75,000.
Pew Research Center

Since blacks are highly represented in the last group, it's not so much religion as race that is at work. :nod:



Hawaii pays the richest unemployment benefits in the U.S. with an average weekly stipend of $416, or 54% if the average weekly wage. Despite concerns that generous benefits discourage jub-hunting, the state's unemployment rate is only 6.3 percent.
DailyFinance.com

With vacancies scarce, rents on residences in London's poshest areas have risen 16.3 percent from last year, while sales prices have risen only 8.3 percent, reports real estate broker Knight Frank. A one-bedroom in the Knightsbridge district rented recently for $897 a week, 18 percenty more than the previous tenant paid.
Bloomberg.com

Kraft said last week that it had raised prices 3.7%, enough to offset input costs that have outpaced last year's by $375 million. Most other food producers are struggling to pass along higher costs that have sliced profits.
MarketWatch.com

The nation's mortgage debt declined by $100 billion in the first three months of the years, falling to $10.3 trillion from a peak of $11 trillion in 2008, as borrowers refinanced at lower rates, paid down principal, or defaulted. The additional cash in homeowners' pockets has stimulated the economy in many parts of the country.
USAToday

Iraq says it will miss its goal of pumping more than 12 million barrels of oil a day by 2017, up from its current output of 2.6 million barrels. The news dashes hopes that Iraqi output would rein in oil prices.
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The top 0.1 percent of earners


(that's the top 1% of 1%! OR them= .01%; us= 99.99%) in the U.S. take in more than 10 percent of the personal income, with business executives leading the way. The income of the wealthiest executives has soared 400 percent since the 1970s, while for most workers, it has stalled.
The Washington Post

Cancer rates are twice as high among the least educated Americans as among those with graduate degrees. Cancer experts say the poorly educated are more likely to smoke, eat unhealthful food, and lack health insurance.
CNN.com (Well, d'uh! :sarcastic: )

China is now the third most visited nation in the world, after France and the U.S. The country took in $194 billion in domestic tourism revenues in 2010, a 19 percent increase over 2009.
Fortune

Farmers in Georgia are still looking for 11,000 workers to harvest crops this year, and say they can't find enough help because of a new state law cracking down on illegal immigrants. The state's unemployment rate is nearly 10 percent, but few citizens are apply for jobs picking crops.
Los Angeles Times
(What crops? Cotton? How much are you paying? What are the working conditions? The living
conditions? Uh huh... :coffee: )


A total of 262,282 illegal immigrants have been deported form the U.S. so far this year.
The Wall Street-Journal
(That leaves 9,737 ,718 Mexican nationals to go!)

During his 14 years as a congressman, Anthony Weiner sponsored 191 bills. Not one of them passed.
The Washington Post
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China's booming economy is beginning to slow amid rising inflation,increased labor costs, and growing local government debt. Chinese economists have lowered growth forecassts to about 8.5 percent, from earlier estimates of 9 percent to 10 percent.
The New York Times

Texas this week became the first state to require drillers to publicly disclose the chemicals added to the water they pump under high pressure to free oil and gas from dense underground rock formations. Environmentalists have said the process, called fracking, can taint water supplies.
Associate Press

Charitable giving in the United States rose 4 percent last year after two years of big drops. Corporations and individuals donated about $290 billion in 2010, according to the Giving USA Foundation. The increase is one sign of a rebounding economy.
The Washington Post

Cable channel Al Jazeera English posted a 135 percent ratings gain this spring in Los Angeles, where it is shown on KCET-TV, a public TV station. Until the L.A. broadcasts began in February, the network had been unable to gain a foothold in the U.S.
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The final bill for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq


according to a new study from Brown University, will come to between $3.7 trillion and $4.4 trillion, including nation-building efforts; the cost of providing medical care, services, and long-term benefits to veterans and interest on what the U.S. borrowed to fund the war.
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Despite the soft economy, high unemployment and stagnant wages for msot workers, top executives got huge raises last year. The average paycheck for top executives at 200 big companies in 2010 was $10.3 million - a 23 percent gain from 2009.
The New York Times

Over the last 3 decades, Americans went from eating an average of 3.3 meals and snacks a day to 4.9 a day. The average American now consumes about 2,375 calories per day - about 32 percent more than in the 1960s.
Time.com

About $17 billion in unemployment insurance benefits paid out over the past year - 11.6 percent of the total - was obtained through fraud, the U.S. Labor Department says. People are cheating the government mainly by continuing to cash checks after they find a job, or by claiming benefits for which they're not eligible.
USA Today

Microsoft this week struck a deal with China's largest search engine, Baidu.com. to offer English-language searches in China. A ink to Microsoft's Bing search-service will appear on Baidu Web pages by year's end. Google withdrew from China 18 months ago, partly over censorship concerns.
The New York Time

American companies save $2 billion annually by not paying their interns minimum wage, analyst Ross Perlin recently estimated. In fact, 48 percent of all internships are unpaid. Once the domain of students, internships are now common among older Americans struggling to find jobs in a tight labor market.
Reuters.com

Corn prices have fallen sharply after U.S. farmers planted some 92 million acres, the second largest corn crop in nearly seven decades. If the harvest is strong, the abundant corn supply could eventually lead to a decline in food prices.
The New York Times

A group of privatge investors said last week it would pay $2.25 billion to buy Go Daddy, the Internet's largest domain-registration company. The buyers, including KKR and Silver Lake Partners, are expected to increase the company's Web hosting and online marketing services.
Los Angeles Times

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick this week signed a new endorsement deal with Nike, four years after the company dropped him after he admitted involvement in dog fighting. Vick spent 21 months in prison. Terms of the deal were not made public.
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The Harry Potter movie series has earned


$6.37 billion at the box office over the past decade. That exceeds the entire annual GDPs of more than 50 countries.
The Atlantic.com

Since 1980, the federal debt ceiling has been raised 39 times - 17 times under Ronald Reagan, 4 times under Bill Clinton, and 7 times under George W. Bush. It's been raised 3 times under Barack Obama so far.
The Washington Post

About 1 million fugitives from the law are at large in the U.S., the U.S. Marshals Service estimates. Many of them have succeeded in avoiding authorities for years.
The New York Times

Births have overtaken immigration as the driving force behind the growth of the U.S.'s Mexican-American population. Between 2000 and 2010, about 7.2 million babies of Mexican heritage were born in the U.S., while 4.2 million Mexicans immigrated to the U.S.
The New York Times

Nearly 40% of couples that were considering separation or divorce before the recession have decided to stay together, according to a poll by the University of Virginia. While some couples said the downturn made them remember their "for richer or poorer" vow, others said they now couldn't afford a divorce.
Time.com

The use of food stamps in the United States has skyrocketed since the recession began, with one in seven Americans now participating in the program. The cost to the government has nearly doubled, to $65 billion a year.
The Economist

Eleven states earned more revenue from lotteries than from corporate income taxes in 2008. Americans spent more than $50 billion on lotteries that year; the latest for which complete data are available.
Reuiters.com

Women make more successful investors than men, according to a new study, because they don't take as many risks with their money. Barclays Wealth and Ledbury REsearch found that women tended to buy stocks and hold them, trading less and more likely earning more.
MarketWatch.com

Somali pirates have grown bolder. In the first half of 2011, there were 163 attacks, compared with just 100 during the same period last year. Pirates banked an average of $5.4 million per ship in 2010, compared with $150,000 per ship in 2005.
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Foreclosures take longer


Foreclosures in the U.S. now take an average of 318 days to complete, up from 277 last year. The process is shortest in Texas, at an average of 92 days, and longest in New York, at 966 days.
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The wealth gap between whites and minorities in America has reached a new high, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data. The median net worth of a white household is now 20 times that of a black household and 18 times that of a Hispanic household, largely because of the housing market decline. The gap has doubled since the beginning of the recession.
The Washington Post

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expects wind and solar power to provide 60 percent of all new electrical generating capacity in the U.S. between now and 2019.
The New York Times

Milk and eggs in June cost at least 10 percent more at the supermarket than in June 2010, says the USDA. Overall, food inflation is expected to continue to rise by 3 to 4 percent next year.
MarketWatch.com

Indians take the helm
Among S&P 500 companies, Indians hold more CEO positions than any other nationality except Americans.
Time


Eleven states—including Alabama, Missouri, New Mexico, and Virginia—have scheduled sales-tax holidays for the first weekend in August in a bid to encourage back-to-school shopping. Four more states have set dates later in the month.
Kiplinger.com


The financial crisis reduced the roster of American millionaires by nearly 40 percent, according to the IRS. In 2007, 390,000 people filed taxes reporting incomes of $1 million or more. In 2009, just 237,000 did. The number of filers with incomes of $10 million or more dropped by 55 percent.
The Wall Street Journal

High vacancy rate in traditional malls
One in every 11 store sites at traditional American malls is empty, the highest vacancy rate in a decade. Outlet malls, which are cheaper to operate and offer lower prices for shoppers, are thriving.
Time.com

Mortgage rates have hit a 50-year low, with the average 30-year fixed-rate loan falling to 4.15 percent in mid-August. That could entice prospective buyers, but tight credit and the poor state of the overall economy will likely hamper a housing recovery.
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Thanks to the popularity of craft beers, the number of U.S. breweries has increased from fewer than 50 in 1980 to 1,759 today. That’s more than the pre-Prohibition high of 1,751.
Mother Jones

Among Standard & Poor’s 500 companies, 241 have increased their dividends this year, and only three have decreased them. Overall payments to shareholders are up almost $29 billion, belying the common mantra that American companies aren’t spending their money.
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This is about the WORST......


Wall Street under Obama and Bush
Wall Street securities firms made $83 billion in profit during the first two and a half years of the Obama administration—more than the $77 billion in profit these firms made over the entire eight years of the George W. Bush presidency.
The Washington Post

A timeline for information
In any two days, human beings create as much information online as it took our species to create in the 30,000 years between the dawn of cave painting and the year 2003. In another 10 years, that same amount of information will be generated in less than one hour.
Reuters.com

White House denies knowledge of aliens
In response to an online petition signed by more than 12,000 people, the White House has formally denied any knowledge of extraterrestrial life. The petitioners asked that the government admit that it’s had contact with aliens, but the Obama administration responded that the government has “no credible evidence” UFOs have visited Earth or that “life exists outside our planet.’’
The Wall Street Journal

Sexual harassment in the schools
In the course of the 2010–11 school year, 48 percent of students in grades seven through 12 experienced some form of sexual harassment in person or through texting and social media, according to a new survey. It’s now routine, students say, to be called “whore” or “gay” in rumors that spread like wildfire, to be sent unwanted sexual photos, or to be groped
at school.
Associated Press


Long-term Treasury bonds versus the S&P 500
Bonds have outperformed stocks over the past three decades, the first time that has happened for a 30-year period since the Civil War. Since 1981, long-term Treasury bonds have gained 11.5 percent a year on average, beating the 10.8 percent average increase in the S&P 500.
Bloomberg.com

Dodd-Frank's deadlines
The Dodd-Frank financial reform bill was signed into law 15 months ago, but government agencies have missed more than three quarters of the bill’s deadlines to implement new regulations, according to a new progress report.
Politico.com

Netflix loses 800,000 subscribers
Netflix lost 800,000 subscribers from its more than 23 million customers between June and the end of September, thanks to a controversial price increase to its video-rental and online-streaming services.
Associated Press

The astronomical cost of health care
Last year, Americans spent $2.6 trillion on health care, slightly more than the French spent on everything—education, defense, health care, food, housing, and more—making U.S. health-care spending alone equivalent to the fifth-largest economy in the world.
The New York Times

When the man DOES get something right, stupid Americans..... :smh:

Turkey's credit card debt
As Turkey’s economy has grown—per capita income has nearly doubled over the past decade, to $12,300—so too has credit card debt. Nearly 7 percent of Turkish credit cards are at least 90 days delinquent. That rate is slightly higher than the U.S. delinquency rate, and it could hit 9 percent next year. Credit card debt is up 20 percent this year, on top of a 23 percent increase
last year.
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Mario Monti targets tax evasion


Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has banned cash payments in Italy over 1,000 euros ($1,340). Many Italians pay cash for major expenditures like monthly rent, and small companies often pay salaries in euro notes, making tax evasion easier. Monti hopes the move will recoup some of the 100 billion euros the government loses each year in unpaid taxes.
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Ticketmaster has settled an eight-year-old lawsuit alleging that its processing fees are excessive. The company will credit $1.50 per order, to be used toward future transactions, to anyone who bought tickets on its website from Oct. 21, 1999, to Oct. 19, 2011. People who paid for expedited UPS ticket delivery will be credited $5.
The New York Times

Assembling the gifts of “The 12 Days of Christmas”—including 12 drummers drumming and 11 pipers piping—will cost your true love a record $24,263 this holiday season. When the gifts from all the repeated verses are added up (not just one partridge, but 12), the 364 gifts total a hefty $101,119.84.
The Atlantic

Apple’s claim to the iPad trademark in China has been rejected by a Chinese court, which could disrupt the company’s sales of the popular tablet in the country. A court in Shenzhen ruled that when Apple purchased the name “IPAD” from a Taiwan-based technology company in 2006, the deal did not apply to the company’s China-based unit.
Financial Times

Federal prisons hold 362 inmates convicted of terrorism, including 269 with connections to international terrorist groups. By comparison, only 171 detainees remain at Guantánamo.
The New York Times

Arrests of illegal immigrants at the Mexican border have plunged to 327,600 in fiscal 2011, the lowest level since Richard Nixon was president. With many Mexican workers returning home because of the poor U.S. economy, the net migration is now “essentially zero,” said Jeffrey Passel of the Pew Hispanic Center.
The Washington Post

Families of 9/11 victims say a design for a pair of high-rise buildings in Seoul cruelly evokes the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, with a “cloud” of jumbled blocks coming out of each tower. “It looks just like the towers imploding,” said Jim Riches, the father of a fireman who died there. The Dutch firm that designed the buildings—due to be completed in 2015—said no association with the twin towers was intended.
New York Daily News

Cremation is now chosen over burial in 41 percent of American deaths, up from 15 percent in 1985. The increase is being driven partly by a desire to save on funeral expenses, since a typical cremation costs about $1,500, while a traditional casket, wake, and burial usually exceed $10,000.
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