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HARPER'S INDEX FOR DECEMBER

From: eric
Sent on: Friday, November 29, 2013 10:33 AM
Here are some stats from the Harper's Index in the December 2013 issue 
of Harper's Magazine.  The figures are from the latest available in 
October 2013.  Some of these stats are shameful and require no comment.

Percentage change in the S&P 500 since its pre-crisis peak:  +8
In the price of financial stocks:  -44
Portion of wages paid in Manhattan that come from the financial-services 
industry:  1/3
Percentage by which New York City's homeless-shelter population has 
increased under Mayor Michael Bloomberg:  65
Portion of the city's shelter population who are children:  2/5
Percentage of black U S children under the age of five who live in 
poverty:  43
Portion of U S foster children who will experience homelessness by age 
twenty-six:  1/3
Percentage of Americans who think children are better off when their 
mothers stay at home rather than working:  51
When their fathers stay at home rather than working:  8
Median age of a U S woman giving birth for the first time:  25.7
Getting married for the first time:  26.5
Estimated amount spent globally on fertility drugs and devices this 
year:  $4,054,984,000
Percentage of first-time fertility treatments that fail:  75
Portion of U S births from unintended pregnancies that are paid for by 
Medicaid:  2/3
Percentage change in the portion of uninsured young adults in 
Massachusetts since the state's health-care reform:  -67
Portion of U S college graduates who say their job does not require a 
college degree:  2/5
Percentage of 2012 U S law-school graduates not currently in full-time 
jobs requiring membership in the bar:  43
Portion of hyperlinks included in Supreme Court decisions that no longer 
work:  1/2
Minimum percentage of all federal background checks handled by the 
Office of Personnel Management:  90
Percentage of OPM employees who are private contractors:  76
Percentage of Pentagon background checks sampled by the GAO that were 
processed with insufficient information:  87
Percentage increase in "employee misconduct" at the TSA between 2010 and 
2012:  26
Cartons of cigarettes the ATF lost during a botched sting operation last 
year:  2,100,000
Estimated chances that a recent crack cocaine or methamphetamine user is 
not physically addicted to the drug:  4 in 5
Minimum number of retired California public servants receiving pensions 
of more than $100,000 a year:  21,874
Percentage of rentable property in San Diego County that registered sex 
offenders parolees are prohibited from living on:  97
Portion of men in China who say they have raped a woman:  1/5
Percentage of those men who said they did it because they were bored or 
wanted to have fun:  57
Percentage of flights out of Beijing's Capital International Airport 
that have left on time this year:  27
Portion of Tajikistan's GDP that is composed of migrant remittances:  1/2
Kilowatt-hours of energy used each year by the average Ethiopian 
citizen:  52
By the average U S refrigerator:  454
Amount the Canadian Armed Forces spends each year on weight-loss surgery 
for obese soldiers:  $220,000
Replacement cost of the munitions used by the U S military in the first 
nine days of its intervention in Libya:  $259,200,000
Percentage change from 2002 to 2012 in the amount the United States 
spent on "security assistance" to other countries:  +227
Percentage of U S Jews who believe God gave Israel to the Jewish people:  40
Percentage of white U S evangelicals who do:  82
Portion of U S Jews with Christmas trees in their homes:  1/3
Estimated profit an Illinois zoo has earned since 2008 by selling tree 
ornaments made of reindeer droppings:  $50,000



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