Facts & Trends

A NATIONAL TREND

SINCE 2006 THE INCOME GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR HAS GROWN \H THE 15 LARGEST U.S. CITIES ...
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Cost of War

$6 trillion - Upper estimate of the cost to the U.S. of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan ...
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Protecting The World

25%:  Share of the world’s population that the U.S. is legally bound to defend thanks to pacts and treaties signed with over 60 countries, according to a report from the Harvard Belfer Center ...
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Outsmarting the NSA

Russia’s secret service ordered dozens of electric typewriters, saying that recent revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency’s online surveillance program made them distrust computer communications ...
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Rising Demand for Meat

Appetite for meat is growing as the developing world becomes more prosperous. But meat—especially beef-can be polarizing, on health, environmental, and ethical grounds. Chicken outpaced beef in the U.S. in 2010. Total U.S. meat consumption peaked in the mid-2000's and ...
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Naked Surprise

An Australian man hid naked inside a top-loading washing machine to surprise his girlfriend, and had to be freed by police, who used olive oil as a lubricant ...
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Percentage of Earnings In The U.S.

The top 20 percent of taxpayers—those earning $134,300 or more—account for about 84 percent of all federal income tax revenue.  When you include all federal taxes, including those on Social Security and Medicare, the top quintile's share drops to 67 ...
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Hog Slaughter

Portion of hogs slaughtered in the United States that are raised by a single Chinese company: 1/6 ...
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IS GOD ESSENTIAL TO MORALITY?

The Pew Research Center asked people in 40 countries if it was necessary to believe in God to be moral. Here is a sample of those who said it was: 95% - Egypt 86% - Brazil 53% - U.S. 14% - ...
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Love and Hunger

Number of reported cases in the past decade of an Antarctic fur seal having sex with a king penguin: 4 Then eating it: 1 ...
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