The Page That Counts :: Spring 2004

FBI estimate of cost of burglary and robbery in the U.S. every year: $3.8 billion

Cost of health care fraud in the U.S. per year: $100 billion to $400 billion (1)

Amount Americans spent on Internet dating during the first half of 2003: $214 million (2)

Number of people in the U.S. Army on the eve of World War II: 186,000 (3)

Number of people in today's U.S. regular Army: 480,000 (4)

Number of U.S. troops in Iraq who have been killed, wounded, or become sick enough to require airlifting out of Iraq, as of December 19, 2003: 10,854 (5)

Percent of Americans whose favorite sport is not football, baseball or basketball: 44 (6)

Average daily wage of an adult male in an Indian/Pakistani football stitching factory: less than $0.50 (7)

Percent of the low-wage workforce in the U.S. that is not composed of teenagers: 93

Percent of low-wage jobs that are in the fast food industry: less than 5% (8)

Number of hours between the appointment of a six-person team of military defense lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners and their dismissal for decrying the unfair design of the tribunals: about 8 (9)

Number of members of the replacement defense team who signed a brief to the Supreme Court arguing that the rules for these tribunals are unfair: 5 (10)

Percent of Americans who are unable to identify a single department in the U.S. Cabinet: 58 (11)

Minimum number of times a year the Kentucky legal code requires its citizens to take a bath: 1 (12)

Rank of “It's too cold” among office complaints in a survey of workplaces with 100 people or more: 1

Rank of “It's too hot”: 2 (13)

Percent of Wal-Mart employees eligible for food stamps: around 50% (14)

Combined net worth of the three Waltons who own 38% of Wal-Mart's stock: $66 billion

Net worth of Afghanistan: $19 billion (15)

Value of the gift certificate Wal-Mart offered a 10-year-old girl who was allegedly fondled by a store employee in South Carolina: $25 (16)

Size of the tax break Denver, Colorado, is offering Wal-Mart to locate a store in the city: $10 million

Projected sales tax this Wal-Mart will produce between now and 2016: about $1.6 million (17)

Value of merchandise Wal-Mart—which earlier advertised its mission to “Buy American”—imported from China in 2002: $12 billion (18)

Cost of a single-serving bottle of Coca-Cola in Ecuador: $0.55

Daily wage of the average Ecuadorian: $5

Amount of Coca-Cola consumed daily by the average Latin American: 1 bottle (19)

Percent of Americans who would like to have a simpler holiday season: 77 (20)

Rank of Alaska in the most polluted states in the U.S.: 4 (21)

Number of people there would be in Manhattan if it had as few people per square mile as Alaska: 14 (22)


1. Corporate Predators, “Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the Decade,” 2. “No Time For Dating? You're Not Alone,” USA Today, 3. “The War Business,” Harper's, November 2003 4. “Army To Delay Soldiers' Exits,” Reuters, Jan.5, 2004. 5.“Medical Evacuations from Iraq Near 11,000,” United Press International, 6. “Why You Don't Have to Care About Michael Jackson,” Progressive Review, December 2003, 7. Global March Against Child Labour, “Child Labour and Sporting Goods,” 8. The Betrayal of Work, 9. “U.S. Fires Guantanamo Defence Team,” The Guardian, December 3, 2003 10. “Military Lawyers Question Tribunal Rules,” Washington Post, January 13, 2004, 11. The Polling Company, 12. News, 13. “IFMA Survey Ranks Top 10 Office Complaints…and Some That Score High on the Laugh Meter, The 2003 Corporate Facility Monitor International Facility Management Association Survey, 14. “Tear Down That Wal-Mart,” AlterNet, 15. “Will Break to Wal-Mart Really Pay?” Common Dreams News Center, 16. “NOW Declares Wal-Mart a Merchant of Shame,” National Organization of Women, 17. “Will Break to Wal-Mart Really Pay?” Common Dreams News Center, 18. “The Wal-Mart You Don't Know,” Fast Company, 19. “Coca-Cola: Latin America's Second Religion,” AlterNet, 20. The Center for a New American Dream, 21. “Alaska: Oil and the Natives,” Earth Island Journal, Autumn 2003 22. “How Big is Alaska?”