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Percentage of Americans who rated dealing with the nation's energy problem a top priority in 2003: 40
Percentage in 2006: 58

Amount willed to the U.S. Treasury by a 98 year-old widow to help pay off the national debt: $1.1 million (2)
Total amount of the U.S. national debt: $8.4 trillion (3)

Number of job openings at a new Wal-Mart outside Chicago: 325
Number of people who applied: 24,500 (4)

Percentage of U.S. troops serving in Iraq who believe the U.S. should exit the country in 2006: 72
Percentage who said that the U.S. mission is mainly "to retaliate for Saddam's role in the 9-11 attacks": 85 (5)

Percentage of 600 full-time MBA programs across six continents that required one or more courses in ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, or business and society in 2001: 34
Percentage in 2005: 54 (6)

Percentage of injections, in a Dublin study, that did not properly penetrate the buttocks due to fat tissue: 68 (7)

Number of times the White House Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has met since it was created in 2004: 0 (8)

Number of U.S. universities placed on a Pentagon watch list as a national security threat because they hosted on-campus protests against military recruitment: 8 (9)

Amount in student loans the average U.S. student borrower will owe at graduation: $17,600 (10)

Percentage of students whose federal student loan debt burden at graduation is "unmanageable": 39(11)
Number of paid hours per week a student borrower at a public, four-year university works: 22.8(12)

Total value of socially responsible investments in the U.S. in 1995: $639 billion
Total value in 2005: $2.29 trillion(13)

Average annual cost of regular checking at the 300 largest banks: $266
At small community banks: $191
At credit unions: $101(14)

Estimated number of babies born to women in U.S. prisons each year: 2,000
Number of state corrections departments that expressly allow shackling of pregnant prisoners during labor: 23
Number of women in labor who have escaped or attempted to escape: 0 (15)

Amount of money spent by the Bush administration on public relations and media contracts over the last two and a half years: $1.62 billion
Amount of that spent by the Department of Defense: $1.1 billion(16)

Number of karate club members hired at a New Zealand rally to protect 140 vintage cars against pecking by native parrots attracted to shiny objects: 40 (17)

Percentage of Americans who agreed that buying and consuming is the American way in 1995: 89 (18)
Percentage who agreed in 2004: 40 (19)

Sources

1. "Both Reds and Blues Go Green on Energy", Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, February 28, 2006, pewresearch.org/obdeck/?ObDeckID=8 The Associated Press

2. "Woman leaves entire estate to pay down national debt", Akron Beacon Journal, January 20, 2006, www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/13669347.htm

3. Bureau of the Public Debt, April 10, 2006, www.publicdebt.treas.gov/opd/opdpenny.htm

4. Leslie Baldacci, "Thousands apply for jobs at new Wal-Mart", Chicago Sun-Times, January 26, 2006, www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-walmart26.html

5. "U.S. Troops in Iraq", Le Moyne College/Zogby International, February 28, 2006, www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1075

6. "Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2005: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship", World Resource Insitute and Aspen Institute, 2005, www.beyondgreypinstripes.org/ pdf/2005_beyond_grey_pinstripes.pdf

7. "Obesity stops jabs hitting target", BBC News, November 29, 2005, news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4477716.stm

8. Richard B. Schmitt, "Privacy Guardian is Still a Paper Tiger", Los Angeles Times, February 20, 2006, www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-liberties20feb20,0,4164820,full.story

9. Meg Rafferty, "Pentagon singles out schools as security threats", The Daily Free Press, January 24, 2006, www.uwire.com/content//topnews012406001.html

10. Heather Boushey, "Student Debt: Bigger and Bigger", Center for Economic and Policy Research, September 2005, www.cepr.net/publications/student_debt_2005_09.pdf

11. Tracey King and Ellynne Bannon, "The Burden of Borrowing: A Report on the Rising Rates of Student Loan Debt", State PIRGs' Higher Education Project, March 2002, www.studentpirgs.org/BurdenofBorrowing.pdf

12. Heather Boushey, "Student Debt: Bigger and Bigger", Center for Economic and Policy Research

13. "2005 Report on Socially Responsible Investing Trends in the United States", Social Investment Forum, January 24, 2006, www.socialinvest.org/areas/ research/trends/sri_trends_report_2005.pdf

14. "Big Banks, Bigger Fees: A National Survey of Bank Fees", U.S. PIRG, November 1, 2001, uspirg.org/reports/bigbanks2001/banks2001final.PDF

15. Adam Liptak, "Prisons Often Shackle Pregnant Inmates in Labor", The New York Times, March 2, 2006, www.nytimes.com/2006/03/02/national/02shackles.

16. "Media Contracts: Activities and Financial Obligations for Seven Federal Departments", U.S. General Accountability Office, February 13, 2006, www.gao.gov/new.items/d06305.pdf

17. "Heavies fight off 'feathered terrorists'", The New Zealand Herald, February 2, 2006, www.nzherald.co.nz/search/story.cfm?storyid=00047744-2570-13E3-AB1383027AF1010F

18. "Yearning for Balance: Views of Americans on Consumption, Materialism, and the Environment", Merck Family Fund, July 1995, www.iisd.ca/consume/harwood.html

19. "New American Dream Poll", Center for a New American Dream, 2004, www.newdream.org/about/poll.php

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