Facts & Trends

Dept. of Homeland Security and Low Morale

The Department of Homeland Security has spent $2 million over the past three years on four studies analyzing why its workers suffer from such chronically low morale. It has yet to publish or act on the findings of any of ...
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It was a bad week for . . .

. . . ordering a margarita, after heavy rains, tree disease, and cartel violence sent prices for Mexico’s limes soaring from to $14 a case to $100.  “We don’t buy them [anymore],” said the owner of a San Antonio Mexican ...
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Oscar Romero on path to sainthood

Pope Francis has declared Oscar Romero a martyr of the faith, paving the way for the murdered Salvadoran archbishop to be beatified, a step toward sainthood.  A right-wing death squad executed Romero in a hospital chapel in 1980 while he ...
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Suicide rate in South Korea soars

The suicide rate in South Korea has more than doubled in the past decade, the government said this week.  South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world; for citizens in their 20s and 30s, suicide is ...
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Life Expectancy In Syria

Since the start of the Syrian civil war four years ago, the average life expectancy in the country has dropped from 79.5 years to 55.7 years, about the same as in South Sudan and Malawi, according to a new U.N ...
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Voter’s Despair

The reason for the voters’ despair is plain, said Ron Fournier in NationalJoumal.com. The American dream of upward mobility seems dead, and neither party seems to have any plan to revive it. “For many, the Republican Party is becoming too ...
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The Cost of Dementia

As the population ages and lives longer, dementia has become one of the country's most expensive medical conditions, with $109 billion in direct medical costs in 2010, a new RAND study found. The medical cost of dementia exceeds that of ...
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Crime In The U.S.A.

In the United States, a theft occurs every 4 seconds, a burglary every 10 seconds, an assault every 29 seconds, a rape every 5 minutes and a murder every 21 minutes ...
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Kids And Electronic Devices

Average number of hours a U.S. child aged 8 to 18 spends using an electronic device or watching television each day: 7.6 ...
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Food Stamp Benefits Spending Has Gone Up

The government spent $74.6 billion on food stamp benefits last year, up from $30.4 billion in 2007. With 15 percent of Americans now receiving food stamps, the program's budget is equivalent to the combined budgets of the Department of Homeland ...
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